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These broadcasters will be covering the Parker fight Saturday evening NZ time. Box Nation appears to be offering a watch online sub for 12 u.k pounds

TV3 Samoa
BOX Nation
Fox Sports (Australia)
ESPN Brazil

It's not likely to be on a FTA feed anywhere. Though there was report of it being FTA on Asiasat @ 100.5E last fight

From my Email


From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 3732 V CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV News, China Movie, CCTV Entertainment, Taishan TV, Anhui International Channel, Henan TV International Channel, CCTV 9 Documentary, CCTV 11, Yunnan International Channel and Guangdong International TV have started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

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ABC's decision to end shortwave radio service 'could be life threatening' ranger says

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-12-08/abc-shut-shortwave-radio-service-met-with-anger/8103096

An Indigenous ranger group in the Northern Territory says the ABC's decision to end its shortwave radio service could be life threatening.

The ABC announced this week its three HF shortwave radio transmitters at Katherine, Tennant Creek and Roe Creek (Alice Springs), would be switched off on January 31, 2017.

ABC Radio will continue to broadcast on FM and AM bands, via the viewer access satellite television (VAST) service, streaming online and via the mobile phone application.

Mark Crocombe from the Thamarrurr Rangers, in the remote community of Wadeye, said the rangers spent days and sometimes weeks at a time away in the bush and out on sea patrols.

He said the group relied on the ABC's shortwave radio for weather reports and emergency information.

"Otherwise you have to call back to the base on the HF radio to ask people [there], but then you can't listen to the report yourself, you are relying on someone else's second-hand report," Mr Crocombe said.

Mr Crocombe said on previous bush trips he had received warnings of cyclones via the ABC's shortwave service, without which he would not have had any notice.

"Sure, it is expensive to keep the shortwave radio service going, but during cyclones, for the bush camps and people on boats, that is their only way of getting the weather reports," he said.

"It could be life threatening, if you are out and you don't know a cyclone is coming."

Mr Crocombe said the VAST service did not work during cloudy weather, especially during monsoons and cyclones.

"The VAST satellite dish is fixed to your house, we are working in the field, and when we are on the boats we are not in mobile phone range, so applications and VAST do not work in the bush," he said.

In response to Mr Crocombe's concerns, a spokesperson for the ABC said "In emergencies, the ABC works very hard to ensure that its services remain available through a range of FM broadcasts and re-broadcast arrangements in the NT.

"Cyclone activity is usually coastal in nature, in which case users are covered by FM, Maritime distress frequencies, and the ABC's close working relationship with northern Indigenous broadcasters — particularly in times of emergency broadcasting," the statement read.

"The BOM provides forecasts and warnings in HF on the hour, every hour. The Emergency Flying Doctor service also broadcasts in HF."

Cattleman's Association says ABC decision ignores people in the bush

The national broadcaster said in a statement on Tuesday the move was in line with its "commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings."

But the announcement was met with anger by the Northern Territory Cattleman's Association.

President Tom Stockwell, who lives on Sunday Creek Station with no access to AM or FM radio or mobile phone coverage, said the ABC's decision to focus on digital transmission ignored people in the bush.

"It affects a big area of Australia and it affects those people that are remote from other forms of communication that rely on radio network," he said.

Shortwave evades dictators and warns of disasters

The ABC's decision to end Radio Australia's shortwave service has raised questions about who will fill the void.

"The ABC argument that it's a 100-year-old technology doesn't stack up. Electricity is 100-years-old — is the ABC going to get rid of electricity as well?

"Anybody who's remote and away from a satellite dish won't get local radio, won't get emergency radio, won't get emergency messages and they're going to use the money to put in another digital platform for crying out loud.

"It's just the most selfish, ridiculous decision I've ever heard," Mr Stockwell said.

Head of ABC Radio strategy Jeremy Millar defended the broadcaster's decision while admitting he was unsure about the size of the shortwave audience in the Northern Territory.

"[It is] very hard to identify audiences in remote areas that are specifically hinged on these services.

"Our estimates are that they are fairly low given the VAST service is available across the Northern Territory," Mr Miller said.

"The downside is that VAST is a technology which is best working in a stationary environment, at home, a business or a place of work and not necessarily mobile.

"But a number of communities have a landed service which means they receive VAST off the satellite and then can rebroadcast their programs on a low-powered FM in their market.

"That landed VAST service has certainly plugged a lot of gaps in terms of geographic coverage."

Mr Millar would not reveal how much the ABC would save by ending the service.

More information on the cessation of the ABC's shortwave service can be found on the website.

ABC Exits Shortwave Radio Transmission

From http://about.abc.net.au/press-releases/shortwave-radio/

The ABC will end its shortwave transmission service in the Northern Territory and to international audiences from 31 January 2017.

The move is in line with the national broadcaster’s commitment to dispense with outdated technology and to expand its digital content offerings including DAB+ digital radio, online and mobile services, together with FM services for international audiences.

The majority of ABC audiences in the Northern Territory currently access ABC services via AM and FM and all ABC radio and digital radio services are available on the VAST satellite service.

ABC International’s shortwave services currently broadcast to PNG and the Pacific. Savings realised through decommissioning this service will be reinvested in a more robust FM transmitter network and an expanded content offering for the region that will include English and in-language audio content.

Michael Mason, ABC’s Director of Radio said, “While shortwave technology has served audiences well for many decades, it is now nearly a century old and serves a very limited audience. The ABC is seeking efficiencies and will instead service this audience through modern technology”.

The ABC, working alongside SBS, is planning to extend its digital radio services in Darwin and Hobart, and to make permanent its current digital radio trial in Canberra. Extending DAB+ into the nation’s eight capital cities will ensure ABC digital radio services can reach an additional 700,000 people, increasing the overall reach of ABC digital radio to 60% of the Australian population.

ABC Radio is also investigating transmission improvements to address reception gaps in the existing five DAB+ markets. It aims to ensure a resilient DAB+ service in every capital city, with enhanced bitrates and infill where necessary.

“Extending our DAB+ offer will allow audiences in every capital city in Australia equal access to our digital radio offering, as well as representing an ongoing broadcast cost saving owing to lower transmission costs,” added Michael Mason.

ABC International’s Chief Executive Officer Lynley Marshall said the reinvestment from closing international shortwave services would maximise the ABC’s broadcast capabilities in the region.

“In considering how best to serve our Pacific regional audiences into the future we will move away from the legacy of shortwave radio distribution,” Ms Marshall said. “An ever-growing number of people in the region now have access to mobile phones with FM receivers and the ABC will redirect funds towards an extended content offering and a robust FM distribution network to better serve audiences into the future.”

Once international shortwave ceases transmission, international listeners can continue to access ABC International services via:
◾a web stream at: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/listen
◾in-country FM transmitters, see Radio Australia’s ‘Ways to Listen’ at: http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/waystolisten/fiji
◾the Australia Plus expats app (available in both iOS and Android)
◾partner websites and apps such as www.tunein.com and www.vtuner.com.

Audiences can access further information via the reception advice line 1300 139 994 or via ABC Local Radio (Darwin & Alice Springs).

For more information

Louise Alley
P: +61 2 8333 2621
(ABC Radio queries)

Nick Leys
p: +61 3 9626 1417
(ABC International queries)

(Craig's comment, I use to love listening to the cricket on ABC Grandstand shortwave back in the 80's before internet and pay tv)

Seven guilty in Sky TV & Duco boxing 'piracy' crackdown over Joseph Parker fight

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11763383

Seven individuals have been found guilty of illegally live streaming one of Joseph Parker's fights, and more are in front of district courts around New Zealand as Sky Television and Duco Events crack down on what they describe as piracy.

New Zealand heavyweight Parker will fight Mexican Andy Ruiz Jr for the vacant WBO heavyweight title at Auckland's 10,000-capacity Vector Arena tomorrow, and both Sky TV and Duco will be keeping a close watch for further illegal activity.

Martin Snedden, the chief executive of Parker's promoters Duco Events, told the Herald yesterday that his company had increased their anti-piracy team to five. They, along with about eight or nine from Sky TV, will be be monitoring the activity around the fight from the satellite channel's Mt Wellington headquarters. Sky and Duco took eight individuals to court for the illegal live streaming of Parker's knockout victory over Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July.

One is still to be processed. None of the individuals defended their actions.

And Snedden said about another eight are in the gun for the live streaming of Parker's win over Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau in October.

"This is a good result, I just hope the message gets out just how seriously we, Sky and Duco, take this unlawful behaviour," Snedden said. "We have a larger team than ever working this weekend to find anyone unlawfully streaming Parker v Ruiz."

The seven found guilty were ordered to pay a nominal damages charge of $100, plus costs of $2670 each.

Sky chief executive John Fellet said: "We believe that piracy is theft of copyright. We will continue to work hard to protect Sky's investments in all kind of content."

Porirua man Moze Galo was said to have attracted more than 20,000 illegal views of Parker's victory over Carlos Takam in Manukau in May, but Snedden said Galo was not one of those prosecuted or facing legal action.

The Parker v Ruiz Jr fight will cost viewers $59.95, and Fellet said those without Sky could buy it on Fan Pass "or go to a venue that is showing the fight - there are plenty of legal options".

A statement from Sky said in finding the seven individuals guilty, the judge also granted an injunction restraining any further infringement of the copyright work and ordered that each defendant must delete and/or destroy any copies held, including from Facebook.

Snedden said Facebook was increasingly helpful in thwarting the illegal activity.

He said about 300 tickets - many of which cost $199 - are still available for the fight.

Australian satellite channel Fox Sports is showing Parker's fight free as Aussies Jeff Horn and Shannon O'Connell seek to further their careers on two undercard bouts.

(Craigs comment, those people streamed/rebroadcast the fight. Its not people watching online streams they are going after but those who buy the sky ppv and rebroadcast it. These people had their sky card number flashed up on screen during the event. Very easy to trace it)

Sky wins damages against six Parker fight pirates

From https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sky-wins-damages-against-six-parker-fight-pirates-ck-197703

Sky TV has won a District Court judgment against seven people who streamed the Parker vs Haumono fight, staged by Duco Events in July.

Judge Sharp ruled that each defendant had infringed Sky's copyright. and granted an injunction restraining any further infringement of the copyrighted work and that each defendant must delete and/or destroy any copies held, including from Facebook.

Each must pay nominal damages of $100 as well as costs of $2670 (the amount sought by Sky).

Sky and Duco filed seven more cases after October's Parker-Dimitrenko bout (the first seven cases were handled in one hearing in Auckland on Wednesday but the remaining seven are expected to be heard individually around the country, including Christchurch).

Drop the hammer
Earlier, Duco chief executive Martin Snedden told NBR that although only nominal damages had been sought in the first wave of legal action, it was likely his company, acting in cooperation with Sky, would drop the hammer if offending continued.

"It's about raising awareness. We’re not about killing anyone financially, he said, "though if it happens again, we’ll have to think about that.” It's likely Sky and Duco will seek more than nominal damages if offending continues. Lowndes Jordon partner Rick Shera says damages sought could be high. If 10,000 people watched a defendant's illegal stream of a $50 pay-per-view fight over Facebook, Sky could use $500,000 as a starting point — although if it won, damages would likely be less as the judge would have to consider how many of the stream viewers could have been reasonably expected to pay for the event.

This morning, Sky chief executive John Fellet said, "It’s a good result to have this unlawful behaviour confirmed by the courts. We have more claims in the judicial system that we await further positive results from in the coming weeks. We believe that piracy is theft of copyright. We will continue to work hard to protect Sky investments in all kind of content."

Carrot and stick
Sky has offered some carrot along with the stick, lowering pay-per-view pricing by $10 and putting pay-per-view bouts on its no-contract Fanpass service for the first time.

"If you don’t have Sky, just purchase from Fan Pass or go to a venue that is showing the fight – there are plenty of legal options," Mr Fellet says (although in NBR comments, some have complained about a cost of up to $2000 for a pub or sports bar to screen the event; Sky won't comment on its pricing).

Hit squad
Sky and Duco were caught on the hop in May when a Porirua man used his smartphone to stream the Parker-Takam fight via Facebook's new Live video feature.

But by the time of the Parker-Haumono fight in July, Sky and Duco had formed a 13-person hit squad to monitor social media. Crucially, they also won the cooperation of Facebook, with the social media giant helping them to identify alleged offenders within minutes.

Mr Snedden says “We have a larger team than ever working this weekend to find anyone unlawfully streaming Parker vs Ruiz."

More grief to come
Although it’s got all the attention, Facebook Live is just one of many livestreaming services on offer. Others include Twitter, which recently acquired Periscope – the bane of live sport promoters' lives in the US. There are so more many moles to whack.

“It’s a work in progress. We’re not kidding ourselves. There are some very clever people out there,” Mr Snedden says.

Regulator takes temple TV off air

From http://www.thephuketnews.com/regulator-takes-temple-tv-off-air-60142.php#HmjY7PrizqFaW6ZF.97

BANGKOK: The national telecom regulator has ordered Wat Phra Dhammakaya’s satellite TV station off the air for 15 days following a request by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), which plans to raid the temple to arrest embattled former abbot Phra Dhammajayo.
crime, corruption, religion, police,

Dhammakaya Media Channel (DMC) broadcasts two channels over cable, satellite and the internet. Photo: Screengrab via dmc.tv via Bangkok Post

The move could indicate that an operation to arrest the abbot is about to kick off.

The decision was made at a meeting of a broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday (Dec 7).

Committee member Tawatchai Jittapanan said the panel agreed the temple’s 24-hour satellite TV channel, DMC, must temporarily cease broadcasts, acting on a request filed by the DSI.

NBTC Secretary-General Takorn Tantasith endorsed the order suspending DMC’s broadcasting but declined to comment, saying the matter was sensitive.

Dhammakaya Media Channel (DMC) broadcasts two channels over cable, satellite and the internet.

Despite the order, the station was still offering full-service broadcasts on its internet servers. The NBTC attempt to censor and DMC TV’s standard cable and satellite formats could focus even more attention on the internet broadcasts.

According to the request letter signed by DSI director-general Paisit Wongmuang on Tuesday (Dec 6) and sent to the NBTC, the ban on the temple’s satellite TV broadcast is to prevent the temple from using the TV channel to mobilise its supporters to block the authorities operation to raid the temple.

The DSI said the agency is in the process of laying out plans to search Wat Phra Dhammakaya in a bid to arrest Phra Dhammajayo.

In the first attempt to arrest Phra Dhammajayo at the temple on June 16, it was found that the DMC channel had persuaded the followers of the temple and the then abbot to gather for religious activities, though its real purpose was to prevent officials from arresting the suspect, the letter says.

If the TV channel is allowed to incite people to violate laws, there could be a risk of clashes between people and law enforcement officials, which could lead to violence and endanger national security, it says.

According to the letter, the DSI requested the NBTC to temporarily suspend the DMC broadcasts while the DSI is formulating plans to search and arrest the suspect.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday insisted Phra Dhammajayo must be arrested.

“The police will be very careful to raid the temple in order to prevent a clash with the temple’s devotees, but the abbot must be arrested,” Gen Prayut said.

This case is no different to other cases in which offenders must face punishment, he added.

“All are subject to the same law,” he stressed.

Gen Prayut has urged the former abbot to turn himself in if the monk believes himself innocent.

“If the monk thinks he is innocent, he should come forward and explain himself to the authorities,” the premier said.

Phra Dhammajayo has been indicted for allegedly laundering money and receiving stolen property in connection with the multi-billion-baht Klongchan Credit Union Cooperative (KCUC) embezzlement scandal.

The case was investigated by the DSI.

The deadline for the former abbot to report to the DSI expired at the end of last month.

In a fresh accusation, the DSI revealed earlier that its investigation found the money allegedly siphoned from KCUC to the temple, its monks and related individuals were used to buy shares of some listed companies which have close relationships with the temple.

The amount could be worth more than one billion baht.

However, Wat Phra Dhammakaya denies the allegation. According to a press release issued by the temple yesterday, Wat Phra Dhammakaya receives donations honestly and transparently and the donated money is used in line with the donors’ wishes.

It also urged the DSI to show evidence backing up its claims.

The temple insisted that DMC TV played no role in inciting unrest or disturbances as claimed by the DSI.

It also plans to petition against the channel being taken off air, saying the DSI’s move infringes on the public’s right to access news and information.

Phra Dhammajayo is also facing charges in connection with alleged forest encroachment in Nakhon Ratchasima and Loei. These two cases are being investigated by the police.

Meanwhile, Lt Col Wichien Muangsuwan, chief investigator at Klong Luang Police Station in Pathum Thani sought a warrant yesterday for the arrest of Phra Thammasuthi Suthammo, the temple’s acting abbot, on charges of providing shelter to Phra Dhammajayo, but the court instructed investigators to send a summons to him first.

According to the summons, which has been sent to the temple, the acting abbot must report to police by Tuesday (Dec 13).

Teaching an old satellite new tricks

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Teaching_an_old_satellite_new_tricks_999.html

XMM-Newton in orbit around Earth. Image courtesy Copyright ESA/D. Ducros. For a larger version of this image please go here.

XMM-Newton is one of Europe's longest-flying and most productive orbiting observatories, investigating the hot X-ray Universe. Thanks to teamwork and technical innovation, it's on track to keep flying for a long time yet. Launched 17 years ago, ESA's orbiting X-ray telescope has helped scientists around the world to understand some of our Universe's most mysterious events, from what happens in and around black holes to how galaxies formed.

At 3800 kg, the 10 m-long XMM-Newton is the biggest science satellite ever built in Europe and its telescope mirrors are the most sensitive ever developed. Expected to operate for as long as a decade, the hardy spacecraft has happily surprised everyone by lasting almost two decades - and it shows no signs of giving up.

The success of XMM-Newton has been possible not only because of the robust spacecraft, but also the close cooperation between ESA's astronomy centre near Madrid, Spain, and the mission controllers at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany. "The total number of 4775 scientific publications to date, with 358 from this year alone, is an impressive record of the mission's scientific success, covering many, many areas of astrophysics," notes project scientist Norbert Schartel.

But keeping it fit and healthy into its third decade means the team must continue to develop and test new control techniques. A complex change to the orbit control system has almost halved fuel consumption, for example.

(Not) running on empty
For starters, keeping XMM in orbit will require occasional thruster firings, about once per day, and that means burning fuel. "We've got plenty of fuel and over the years we've figured out how to use less and less to maintain our science orbit," says Marcus Kirsch, spacecraft operations manager.

"The fuel is distributed between four separate tanks, but the main tank will run dry first. The design means we could not use the remaining fuel in the other tanks, so we're moving it all into tank 1. This will enable us to continue operations into the coming decade."

Back in the control room
As part of this process, the flight control team returned to ESA's large, general-purpose Main Control Room at mission control in November - the first time since launch in 1999 - for five days of intensive simulations. The team usually works from a smaller, dedicated room shared with the Integral and Gaia mission teams.

The simulations checked the procedures that will be used for moving the fuel and for reconfiguring XMM for working beyond 2017.

No one's ever done this before
"Not many spacecraft use the specially designed tank fuel system like on XMM," says Nikolai von Krusenstiern, spacecraft operations engineer.

"As far as we know, no one's ever shifted fuel from one tank to another with a tank design like ours in a satellite in orbit, and we want to take as much time as necessary to minimise any risk to the mission."

Tank-to-tank replenishment was never foreseen in the original design specifications - as XMM wasn't meant to last so long - so no process was devised by builder Astrium (now Airbus Defence and Space).

"Airbus have been very helpful - they even helped us get in touch with the now-retired designer of the fuel system to help us to safely design the procedures," says Nikolai.

XMM's third decade
The team will now analyse results of last month's simulations with the aim of reconfiguring the spacecraft in 2017. This will complement the careful optimisation of the flight control procedures already in place, and keep XMM thrusters firing - and the spacecraft flying reliably - into 2023.

After that, the team will have a low-risk and confirmed plan on hand to conduct the fuel replenishment, which would thereafter keep the craft in its science mission well into its third decade.

"The time spent in training and simulations last month was hugely valuable for the entire team," says Marcus.

"We worked together to devise a solid solution for XMM's coming decades, and the individual engineers gained excellent training experience that they can use for XMM or even take with them if assigned to other missions."

Inmarsat teams with Arianespace on next satellite launch

From http://www.itwire.com/market/76123-inmarsat-teams-with-arianespace-on-next-satellite-launch.html

Global mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat has inked an agreement with Arianespace to launch its S-band satellite for the European Aviation Network (EAN) on an Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle.

The EAN payload is part of a "condosat" constructed by Thales Alenia Space, which incorporates a second payload for Hellas-Sat and is scheduled to be launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourou, French Guiana in mid-2017.

The condosat was originally scheduled for launch with SpaceX but a delay in SpaceX’s launch schedule resulted in the condosat to be moved to an Arianespace launch.

Inmarsat will now launch Inmarsat-5 F4, a Global Xpress (GX) satellite, with SpaceX, with the launch planned for the first half of 2017. The company says it is looking forward to continuing to work with SpaceX.

“We are delighted with flexibility that Arianespace has shown in being able to provide a launch slot that enables us to place our European Aviation Network S-band satellite in orbit by mid-2017,” said Michele Franci, chief technology officer, Inmarsat.

"This launch schedule supports the introduction of our ground-breaking integrated satellite and air-to-ground network, developed by Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, which will deliver a very high capacity broadband Wi-Fi experience for passengers flying throughout Europe.”

Report: Content piracy becoming fully-fledged business

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/08/report-content-piracy-becoming-fully-fledged-business/

Findings from digital platform security specialist Irdeto indicate that content theft by pirates has become a fully-fledged business and a formidable competitor to established pay-TV operators.

According to the data, currently there are more than 2.7 million advertisements on e-commerce websites, including Amazon, eBay and Alibaba for illicit streaming devices. In a true cross-channel effort, these advertisements can also be found on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter and other prominent social media platforms. Pirates are becoming more business savvy and expanding their product marketing of illicit streaming devices. Data from digital market intelligence specialist SimilarWeb shows that the growth in global traffic resulted in more than 16,460,000 visits per month to the top 100 pirate IPTV supplier websites. The US and UK led all countries with more than 3.7 million and one million site visits per month, respectively.

Typically, consumer choice comes down to content, value and convenience when selecting a service. Pirates exploit those three needs by offering services and devices that rival their legal counterparts. Without the costs of legally acquiring the rights and content, pirates are able to take valuable market share in the process. According to Irdeto data, a typical pirate supplier offers an average of 174 channels, with some pirate suppliers offering more than 1,000 channels. This content comes in at an average subscription cost of $194.40 per year or a staggeringly low $16.20 per month – much lower than the average US cable cost of $103.10 per month. In some cases, despite the illegal nature of the offering, these low costs and the compelling content provided sway consumers to choose a pirate device over legal cable, satellite or OTT services.

“To keep these growing pirate businesses at bay, content owners and operators need to understand the factors that go into consumer choice, including a full picture of piracy and strategies pirates use to grow into legitimate businesses,” said Rory O’Connor, Vice President of Services, Irdeto. “Content owners and operators need to make sure they are implementing a comprehensive, 360-degree anti-piracy strategy. This includes detection, monitoring, source identification/watermarking, intelligence-gathering, investigations and enforcement. With the right information and a trusted security partner, content owners and operators can prevent piracy while also adapting offerings to more closely match consumer demand.”

While some consumers are aware that they are purchasing pirated content, others do not realise that the subscriptions they are purchasing are pirate operations. As pirates have grown and refined their business practices, Irdeto has seen an increase in pirates creating professional websites, technology and services, fooling some consumers into thinking they are purchasing a legal service. In addition, the top 100 pirate IPTV suppliers add credibility to their offerings by providing legitimate-looking devices powered by Android, Linux, Kodi and Roku.

Device Supported Percentage
Android 27 per cent
Infomir Mag 250/254 26 per cent
Kodi 21 per cent
Generic Devices 19 per cent
Roku 7 per cent

“Like any growing business, pirates are now diversifying their portfolio by adding new technology and more content options to their illegal offerings,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director of Cyber Services and Investigations, Irdeto. “Our data found that of the top ten channels offered, half were sports-related. This clearly indicates that pirates are listening to their customers and addressing consumer demand by offering more live sports content, including baseball, football/soccer, mixed sporting events, tennis and motorsports. As pirates continue to add to their portfolio, it is becoming increasingly important for content owners and operators to adopt a 360-degree anti-piracy strategy designed to continually adapt and grow with the changing market.”

Top Five Categories of Live Pirated Sports – August 2016
Category Percentage
Baseball 25.2 per cent
Football/Soccer 23.4 per cent
Mixed Sporting Events 13 per cent
Tennis 10.5 per cent
Motorsports 8.9 per cent

(Craig's comment, another stupid survey , Kodi isn't a device its a piece of software available on multiple hardware platforms. Why don't they list how many DTH services are being pirated and card shared using Irdeto encryption providing the source signal of many of those dodgy iptv services!)



From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4060 H "NHK World Premium and NHK World TV" have left .

Optus D1 160.0E 12394 H "Viceland New Zealand" has started on , Videoguard.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Probashi Bangla TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3739 H "NHK World Premium and NHK World TV" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Kingdom Life Network, Untouchable TV and Faith World TV" have started on, fTA.
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ABC updates mobile app with better streaming

From https://www.finder.com.au/abc-updates-mobile-app-with-better-streaming

A streamlined look with live streaming and news built in for the ABC’s primary mobile app.

The ABC’s shift to digital broadcasting is going full steam ahead, with the switch this week to HD broadcasting for its primary ABC channel, as well as the release of its ABC Me smartphone app.

iPhoneABCAppIt has also released an updated version of its primary ABC app for mobile and tablet with a redesigned interface and inbuilt live streaming of ABC, ABC News 24, ABC Me and ABC Kids content. You can use it to access ABC radio streaming and a wide variety of podcasts, as well as the ABC’s digital Double J and triple j Unearthed channels.

If you’re using an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the app also includes 3D Touch shortcuts for Just In, TV On Demand, Now On TV and Listen Live sections of the app.

The ABC App is available for Android devices via Google Play or iOS devices from the iTunes store as a free download, although obviously if you’re streaming video, data charges will apply.

Optus this week announced it was making content from the ABC Me app free to stream for selected mobile customers, alongside its existing free iView streaming, but it’s yet to announce the same for the core ABC app.

Air New Zealand signs contract with Inmarsat for in-flight WiFi

From Press Release

Inmarsat has signed a contract with Air New Zealand to provide Global Xpress (GX) connectivity across the airline’s long-haul and short-haul fleets. GX for Aviation, the world’s first globally available high-speed broadband network designed for mobility, will be deployed by Air New Zealand to deliver a reliable, seamless broadband in-flight Wi-Fi experience across the world.

“We’re very excited about working with Air New Zealand. They’re an innovative organisation and have taken a fresh approach to finding the right connectivity partner,” says Inmarsat Aviation president Leo Mondale.

“GX for Aviation is the only in-flight broadband solution that is fast, reliable and truly consistent, with seamless coverage across the world provided by a single operator. Our focus is on ensuring customers enjoy a frictionless inflight broadband experience,” continued Leo Mondale.

Air New Zealand’s Chief Digital Officer, Avi Golan, said “We wanted a world-class solution that would meet the high expectations of our customers, offering both a consistent and reliable service. We then spent time testing the GX live experience on Honeywell’s B757 test aircraft, as part of Inmarsat Aviation’s global test tour. We‘ve been monitoring the developments in inflight connectivity for some time and with GX, we believe we will be able to offer broadband on-board in innovative ways that will further set Air New Zealand apart as one of the world’s leading airlines.”

For the first time, GX for Aviation connectivity will be integrated with Air New Zealand’s Inflight Entertainment (IFE) system provided by Panasonic. This was specifically requested by Air New Zealand and all parties have embraced the opportunity to come together to meet their needs.

GX for Aviation is the ideal solution for Air New Zealand. The global nature of the GX network means that Air New Zealand’s ultra-long-haul routes, across the Pacific and on to the United Kingdom are covered, whilst the ability to layer-in capacity over Air New Zealand’s key regional destination hubs, such as the East Coast of Australia, will ensure that the customer experience will be of consistently high quality.

The first GX-equipped aircraft are expected to begin proving flights in the second half of 2017, with services progressively available on Tasman, Pacific and long-haul fleets from the end of next year. It is anticipated that domestic routes will be added to the connected fleet from 2018.

Air New Zealand is joining a growing fleet of airline customers who have chosen GX, including Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Singapore Airlines.

All Blacks tests could become free-to-air

From http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11763044

All Blacks tests would have to be broadcast on free-to-air television under a proposed law change to be debated by Parliament.

The bill in the name of New Zealand First MP Clayton Mitchell would ensure that any game of "national significance" was freely available to all New Zealanders.

That included all international rugby, rugby league, netball, cricket, and football games either played in New Zealand or in a major event such as a world cup.

It would also include the Summer and Winter Olympics and the Commonwealth Games.

The bill also proposed making some domestic events such as the National Rugby League (NRL) grand final or Super 15 rugby final free to air if they featured a New Zealand team.

The bill's explanatory note said supporting New Zealand teams and other taxpayer-supported events could involve costs of $1000 a year per household.

"The objective of this bill is to break this barrier down so that taxpayers can support New Zealand teams in key events and enjoy events that have about due to taxpayer support."

The bill will get its first reading next year.

The full of proposed free-to-air events:

• All Rugby World Cup matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women)

• All domestic rugby test matches involving New Zealand

• Super XV Competition Rugby Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)

• ITM Competition Cup Final

• All Netball World Cup matches involving New Zealand

• All domestic netball test matches

• ANZ Netball Championship (if a New Zealand team is involved)

• All Cricket World Cup matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women)

• All domestic one-day cricket international matches involving New Zealand (adult men and women) \

• All Rugby League World Cup matches involving New Zealand

• All domestic Rugby League test matches involving New Zealand

• National Rugby League Grand Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)

• All Football World Cup matches involving the New Zealand All Whites

• All domestic football international matches involving the New Zealand All Whites

• All Women's Tennis Association and Association of Tennis Professionals tennis events held in New Zealand

• Australian National Basketball League Grand Final (if a New Zealand team is involved)

• The Summer Olympic Games

• The Winter Olympic Games

• The Commonwealth Games

• The New Zealand Trotting Cup

• Any other sporting event funded by the Major Events Development Fund

Astro eyes 75% household penetration by end of 2017

From http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2088233

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd, which currently serves five million or 71% of Malaysian TV households, is eyeing an increase to 75% by end of next year, helped by improved customers' experience as well as more premium and differentiated content offerings.

Speaking at a press conference here yesterday, Astro group CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan said it currently offers 186 TV channels to its five million customers (3.4 million pay-TV subscribers and 1.6 million NJOI customers) with growth primarily driven by its subscription-free TV service, NJOI.

"Our OTT (over-the-top) online video service and On Demand offerings continue to resonate with Astro On The Go (AOTG), which saw its registered users increase to 1.1 million and an average viewing time of 130 minutes weekly," she noted.

In addition, Rohana said its On Demand service currently registers 600,000 video downloads per month, with 5.1 million unique viewers monthly on its social media platforms.

She said the group will continuously offer compelling content to its customers, with a focus on original signature IPs (intellectual property), local and Asean movies, same day/date global windows, live music events, sports, as well as international blockbuster movies.

"Through AOTG, we will be more aggressive on the individuals, where the current download numbers are three million, and next year we are expecting it to grow to five million."

"We are going to make sure that our customers understand that there is a value extension to be an Astro customer, where they can watch every content that they have subscribed for and paid for on their AOTG," she added.

Furthermore, Rohana said the group is also planning to attract more millennials viewers, by offering more digital content that is preferred by the group.

She said the group's Tribe OTT service is on course to build a community for the millennials in the region, with its December launch in the Philippines, following the launch in Indonesia last March.

The group recently entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Philippines mobile brand Globe Telecom Inc to offer Tribe OTT video services to its customers in the country.

Tribe is an OTT service for Asean video consumers, which offers live and on demand content comprising live sports, Asian movies, and TV series including Korean entertainment.

Meanwhile, Rohana said the group expects its content cost for its television business to remain the same at 36% of its annual TV revenue in the next financial year ending Jan 31, 2018 (FY18).

Astro's net profit for the third quarter ended Oct 31, 2016 increased 43.8% to RM151 million from RM106.01 million a year ago, mainly due to decrease in depreciation of property, plant and equipment and lower net finance cost.

Its revenue was 3.6% higher at RM1.42 billion against the corresponding quarter last year of RM1.37 billion, mainly due to an increase in subscription, advertising, home-shopping and other revenue.

The board has declared a third interim dividend of 3 sen per share, 9% higher than in the same period last year.

For the nine months period, net profit rose by 17% to RM478.61 million from RM411.55 million a year ago. Revenue was higher by 3.5% at RM4.22 billion against RM4.07 billion previously.

SKY Perfect JSAT, KSAT to Collaborate on Asia-Pacific Ground Stations

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2016/12/07/sky-perfect-jsat-ksat-collaborate-asia-pacific-ground-stations/

KSAT’s satellite station in Tromso, Norway. Photo: KSAT

[Via Satellite 12-07-2016] SKY Perfect JSAT has entered into a strategic alliance agreement with Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) in order to jointly develop and expand KSAT’s ground station services for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite operators in the Asia-Pacific region. The agreement will also allow KSAT to expand remote sensing operational monitoring services using satellite images.

This is the latest in a string of LEO-related business investments by SKY Perfect JSAT, such as a 2015 investment into a Japan’s VB Axelspace, a 2016 investment in optical satellite images sales in Japan provided by Planet, and ground station services that will launch in the second quarter of 2017. Through this strategic alliance with KSAT, SKY Perfect JSAT is aiming to accelerate expansion of its ground station network in the Asia-Pacific region and provide more reliable ground station services to global LEO satellite operators.

Moreover, in terms of remote sensing services using satellite images, SKY Perfect JSAT will start joint marketing of KSAT’s existing remote sensing services and jointly develop various maritime information services.

ULA launches WGS-8 military communications satellite to orbit

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/ula/ula-successfully-delivers-wgs-8-military-communications-satellite-orbit/

The Delta IV Medium+ carrying the WGS-8 satellite clears the tower on its way to orbit. Photo Credit: ULA

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — United Launch Alliance (ULA) successfully delivered the latest member of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation to orbit. The launch of WGS-8 (ULA’s 114th overall and the 34th Delta IV ) occurred on-time with liftoff commencing at 6:53 p.m. EST (23:53 GMT) Dec. 7, 2016, precisely at the opening of its 49-minute launch window.

“Thank you to the U.S. Air Force and industry team whose flawless execution enabled today’s successful launch of the WGS-8 mission,” said Laura Maginnis, ULA vice president of Custom Services, in a news release. “Last week ULA celebrated our anniversary and 10 years of 100 percent mission success. This evening’s launch epitomizes why our customers continue to entrust ULA to deliver our nation’s most crucial space capabilities.”

Step By Step

The Delta IV, configured in its Medium+ (5,4) arrangement, took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s (CCAFS) Space Launch Complex 37 (SLC-37). It quickly left the pad as the four strap-on GEM-60 solid rocket motors (SRMs) ignited. This occurred approximately five seconds after the core stage’s RS-68A engine roared to life.

Clearing the tower a few seconds after liftoff, the Delta IV began its pitch, roll, and yaw maneuver as it rapidly gained speed on the “uphill” climb to orbit, and ultimately a supersynchronous transfer orbit.

With the RS-68A and four SRMs continuing to fire, the vehicle surpassed Mach 1 (the speed of sound) around 37 seconds after liftoff and encountered the greatest aerodynamic stress on the vehicle about 9 seconds later. This region of increased aerodynamic loads on the rocket is called “max Q” and is a function of the vehicle’s speed and atmospheric pressure.

The next milestone on the way to orbit was the burnout and jettisoning of the four SRMs, more than a minute-and-a-half after liftoff.

At two minutes into the flight, the vehicle was traveling at Mach 5, and doubled its speed only a minute later. As the vehicle continued to accelerate — with the RS-68A consuming nearly 2,000 pounds (907 kilograms) of propellant every second — it was high enough to be able to shed the protective payload fairing at three minutes and fourteen seconds into the flight.

Booster Engine Cutoff (BECO) successfully occurred just short of four minutes after liftoff, and the second stage, the Delta Cryogenic Second Stage (DCSS), separated a few seconds later. The DCSS’s RL10B-2 engine ignited shortly thereafter, and with its 24,750 pounds (110.1 kilonewtons) of thrust continued to power the WGS-8 satellite to orbit.

This RL10B-2 burned for approximately fifteen minutes during this first burn, with main engine cut-off (MECO-1) occurring nearly twenty minutes into flight. The DCSS and its WGS-8 payload then entered a 10-minute coast period, and re-ignition of the RL10B-2 initiated nearly 30 minutes after liftoff.

The second burn was significantly shorter than the first, lasting slightly more than three minutes, with MECO-2 occurring some 32 minutes after lifting off from SLC-37.

Its job nearly done, the DCSS and WGS-8 satellite coasted for approximately nine minutes before the spacecraft separated from the second stage, high above and slightly east of Madagascar. Now free-flying, the satellite will use its onboard propulsion system to reach its ultimate destination high above the equator in an undisclosed geostationary orbit.

A Successful Launch

While ULA notched their 114th successful launch, their success also rides on the shoulders of the men and women in uniform of the United States Air Force’s 45th Space Wing. Brig. Gen. Wayne Monteith, 45th Space Wing commander and mission Launch Decision Authority, was full of praise for his team.

“Thanks to the astounding commitment, focus on the mission, and teamwork the men and women of the 45th Space Wing share with our mission partners at SMC and ULA, we successfully launched the next satellite in the WGS constellation,” Monteith said. “This mission demonstrates the Air Force’s commitment to deliver secure and reliable satellite communications around the globe to U.S. forces and our allies. It also once again showcases why the 45th Space Wing is the ‘World’s Premiere Gateway to Space.’”

The successful launch and deployment of the WGS-8 satellite marks ULA’s 11th of 2016, and is the company’s penultimate mission on their manifest for the year. ULA’s next scheduled launch, on Dec. 16, 2016, from SLC-41 at CCAFS, is for an Atlas V carrying the EchoStar 19 satellite.

India’s ZEE gets Teleport licence

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/07/indias-zee-gets-teleport-licence/

Subhash Chandra’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises (ZEEL) is setting up its own satellite Earth Station and teleport to uplink its portfolio of satellite channels. India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has granted ZEEL an uplinking licence.

Previously, ZEEL has used the satellite uplink services at Dish TV (which is also majority owned by Chandra’s companies).

Comments in India’s Television Post news site says there will be no overlap between the Dish and new ZEEL uplinking facilities.

ZEEL operates 55 broadcast channels, and will further develop its Noida teleport facility, near New Delhi.


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Jonathan Spink new CASBAA board chairman

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/people/jonathan-spink-new-casbaa-board-chairman-161206

MUMBAI: Following its first meeting on 06 December, the CASBAA Board of Directors announced that Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the next 12 months.

With almost three decades of experience in the pay television industry, Jonathan Spink is responsible for the overall management of HBO in South East and South Asia. Under Spink’s leadership, HBO Asia has built a growing network of standard-definition and high-definition channels and services, as well as developing several groundbreaking original local productions.

Spink succeeds Sompan Charumilinda, Vice Chairman of TrueVisions, as Chairman of the CASBAA Board. “Khun Sompan has been a Board member for more than a decade, and most recently, served diligently in his term as Chairman of the Board,” said Spink. “On behalf of my fellow Directors and the broader membership, we thank him for his guidance and insights over the years and we look forward to his continued contribution on the Association’s Board.”

Spink also welcomed new Directors elected during the Association’s 2016 AGM held 10 Nov in Macau; namely, Rohit D’Silva (FOX Networks Group Asia), Jonas Engwall (RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network), Marcel Fenez (Fenez Media), Todd Miller (Celestial Tiger Entertainment), Alexandre Muller (TV5MONDE), and Andrew Stott (Olswang Asia). They join returning Directors Sompan Charumilinda (TrueVisions), Andrew Jordan (AsiaSat), Amit Malhotra (The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia), Ricky Ow (Turner International Asia Pacific), Mark Patterson (GroupM), Joe Welch (21st Century Fox), and Christopher Slaughter (CASBAA) to make up CASBAA’s Board.

“With the multichannel TV industry in all its forms facing unprecedented challenges as well as opportunities in 2017,” Spink added, “the coming year promises to be busier than ever for CASBAA. I look forward to working with my fellow Directors and the CASBAA Executive Office to ensure that the work of the Association is relevant to all its Member companies, as they adapt to a rapidly developing operating environment.”

Following the announcement of the Chairman and Board of Directors 2017, CASBAA CEO Christopher Slaughter highlighted the increasingly broad Membership of the Association. He noted that during 2016 several new members joined, including the Premier League, Rewind Networks, Nielsen, Strategic IP Information, Metrasat, Trilegal, and Kantar Media. Also during the year, TV5MONDE, Intelsat, RTL/CBS and INVIDI all upgraded to Patron status. “It is a delight to welcome these new additions across all our membership categories,” Slaughter said. “We are confident they will prove to be valuable additions to the CASBAA community, and we look forward to their participation in our activities and on our Committees.”

Spacecom Chinese deal done?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/06/spacecom-chinese-deal-done/

Chinese telecommunications company Beijing Xinwei Technology Group is to buy Israeli satellite communications company, Spacecom, for $190 million (€177m), according to Israeli press reports, unconfirmed by the company.

A Statement from the company issued to advanced-television.com said: “Spacecom wishes to inform the public that merger talks with Luxembourg Space Telecommunication S.A., a Luxembourg company and subsidiary of Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, are continuing and there is no final agreement about terms for Spacecom’s acquisition by the Luxembourg company.

Spacecom wishes to clarify that the signing of this deal is contingent upon completing discussions between the sides on certain principles that remain open between the two sides. At present, there is no certainty that the deal in its current condition or with future conditions will or can be signed.”

The Chinese company had originally offered to pay $285 million for the satellite operator but that was prior to the September 1st catastrophic loss of its Amos-6 satellite when an engine test-firing of a Falcon 9 rocket went badly wrong.

The new price is some 50 per cent more than Spacecom’s market capitalisation ($128 million) on the Tel Aviv stock exchange, but one-third less than the original price offered.

The September 1 explosion meant that plans to place the Amos-6 satellite into Spacecom’s 4 degrees West orbital position had to be scrubbed. However, last week it emerged that Spacecom had leased a satellite from AsiaSat (AsiiaSat-8) and this craft is being moved to the 4 degrees West position.

Spacecom’s senior executives will receive completion bonuses once the deal wraps. For example, David Pollack (CEO) will receive a NIS 3 million payment (€731,000), plus a further NIS 2 million if he stays on at Spacecom for six months after the deal closes.

Amos 6 was to be Spacecom’s main future source of income, with an orders backlog estimated at $345 million. One of the main deals cancelled following the explosion was Spacecom’s $95 million agreement with Facebook. Last year, Spacecom reported that Amos 6 will be used by Facebook for one of its main projects in recent years – connecting African countries to the Internet.

AsiaSat-8 is a fairly-new craft, launched in August 2014 to 105.5 degrees East. It carries 24 Ku-band and 1 Ka-band transponder. The deal with Spacecom only covers Ku-band capacity. Spacecom is coughing up $22 million a year for the AsiaSat capacity and has leased the satellite for four years with a further one-year extension option. AsiaSat-8 is expected to take 45 days to reach 4 degrees West and enter service early in 2017.

MNC Media Chief Weighs in on TV, Digital in Indonesia

From http://worldscreen.com/tvasia/mnc-media-chief-weighs-in-on-tv-digital-in-indonesia/

SINGAPORE: Free-to-air TV is set to remain the dominant platform in Indonesia, David Fernando Audy, CEO of MNC Media, said at ATF today, with a lack of broadband infrastructure hindering the rollout of online platforms.

As the head of MNC Media, a division of PT Media Nusantara Citra, Audy oversees four free-to-air TV channels, including the market-leading RCTI, pay-TV assets, the company’s digital businesses, its content production activities and a talent management agency. In Indonesia’s crowded FTA market, with a total of ten stations, MNC’s four channels have a market viewing share of 44 to 48 percent and an advertising share of 40 to 45 percent, Audy said. It produces 15,000 hours a year and has a library of 270,000 hours, “representing about 40 percent of the local content market.”

The way in which online viewing is changing television in other markets “has yet to come to Indonesia” Audy said, with FTA still the leading viewing and advertising platform. However, the country has the lowest rate card for TV spots compared with other markets in the region, with just $5,000 charged for a 30-second spot. “This represents future potential upside,” Audy noted. Nevertheless, “MNC is among the top media companies in Southeast Asia. We have the three and four positions after Astro and ABS-CBN.”

Positioning itself for future growth, Audy said MNC recently completed a $250 million investment in new infrastructure, with four new buildings and 48 new studios. “The aim is to enhance our content production capability, in quantity and quality. The new studios will be key to improving our onscreen quality and increase our production hours in the coming years.”

Audy then went on to discuss if, and how, the internet will disrupt the television industry in Indonesia. The country of 258 million people has 88 million internet users at present, of which 79 million are active social media users. There are 326 million mobile phones in use in the country, about half of which are smartphones. The majority of internet access in Indonesia is from smartphones. Mobiles will remain the dominant internet device for the next five years or so, he said.

The smartphone, however, is not being used yet for AVOD or SVOD streaming, with YouTube dominating internet video use.

“Content consumption is growing healthily in Indonesia,” Audy continued. “It’s the cheapest form of family entertainment. It’s free.”

Indonesians average five hours of TV viewing every day and three hours of internet use.

TV has a 65-percent share of the ad market at present, with online at about 11 percent. Over the next five years, TV’s share is expected to drop to about 62 percent while online will rise to about 19 percent—that gain will largely come out of print’s share, not television’s, Audy stated.

Digital platforms are hindered by the geographic challenges Indonesia presents in terms of broadband infrastructure rollouts. As such “monetization [of digital platforms] will not come anytime soon.”

Nevertheless, MNC is preparing itself for expected internet gains in Indonesia’s major cities. It has a successful second-screen app for RCTI that has fared well when combined with hit shows like Rising Star. Audy said that 40 percent of MNC’s digital revenues come from the RCTI app.

Netflix, Mediacorp partner for Singaporean TV showcase

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/07/netflix-mediacorp-partner-for-singaporean-tv-showcase/

Singapore media company Mediacorp and Netflix have confirmed that the streaming service will bring locally-produced TV series to its members around the world from early 2017.

The agreement brings over 20 popular Chinese TV series made in Singapore, including award-winning classics such as The Little Nyonya and The Golden Path, and more recent dramas such as The Dream Job and The Truth Seekers to Netflix.

CheeK, Mediacorp’s Chief Content Officer, said: “We are delighted to have this opportunity to showcase our local dramas to a global audience on Netflix, and give them a taste of made-in-Singapore content. We hope to cultivate more discerning fans beyond our shores, who are looking for high-quality Asian content. Mediacorp produces some 1,600 hours of entertainment content in four languages a year. We’re excited about making more of this available to a wider audience on Netflix.”

“Netflix’s content library is growing every day and we are excited to be adding homegrown dramas by Mediacorp to the service. These popular local shows will now find new audiences all over the world, truly making Netflix a service that has something for everyone,” said Jessica Lee, Vice President, Communications, Netflix Asia.

ISRO launches remote sensing satellite RESOURCESAT-2A on board PSLV-C36

From http://www.gizmodo.in/indiamodo/ISRO-launches-remote-sensing-satellite-RESOURCESAT-2A-on-board-PSLV-C36/articleshow/55848592.cms

In a follow on mission to RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2, which were launched in 2003 and 2011 respectively, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has today launched 1,235 kg RESOURCESAT-2A remote sensing satellite on board PSLV-C36 from Satish Dhawan Space Center SHAR, Sriharikota.

PSLV-C36, which is the thirty eighth flight of ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), has successfully placed RESOURCESAT-2A into an 817 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

RESOURCESAT-2A carries three payloads which are similar to those of RESOURCESAT-1 and RESOURCESAT-2.
The first payload are a high resolution Linear Imaging Self Scanner (LISS-4) camera operating in three spectral bands in the Visible and Near Infrared Region (VNIR) with 5.8 m spatial resolution and steerable up to 26 degrees across track to achieve a five day revisit capability.
The second payload is the medium resolution LISS-3 camera operating in three-spectral bands in VNIR and one in Short Wave Infrared (SWIR) band with 23.5 m spatial resolution.
The third payload is a coarse resolution Advanced Wide Field Sensor (AWiFS) camera operating in three spectral bands in VNIR and one band in SWIR with 56 m spatial resolution.

Besides these three payloads, RESOURCESAT-2A carries two solid state recorders with a capacity of 200 Giga Bits each to store the images taken by its cameras that can be read out later to ground stations.

It must be noted that PSLV is the ISRO's versatile launch vehicle for launching multiple satellites in polar SSOs, Low Earth Orbits (LEO) as well as Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) and sub GTO. PSLV has launched a total of 121 satellites, of which 79 satellites are from abroad and 42 are Indian satellites, from 1994 till 2016.


ABC Australia have started their HD broadcasts

IS19 12557 H Sr 15000 wizzie tv mux is still running FTA

Tuesday feed

IS19 12601 V Sr 7000 "STS3" Cricket FTA

From my Email

From FeralKiwi

134E Apstar
I found a new TP.
3733 V 30000. 20+ channels with 10+ FTA.
CCTV 4, CCTV News Eng, CCTV 9 Doco Eng and Chn Movies plus more.
A good strong signal.

(Craig's comment, announced last month , settings as below )
Reception Parameters of Great Wall Asia Platform

APSTAR-5 @ 138E
12.538GHz & 12.721GHz
Sr 41250

APSTAR-6 @ 134E
Sr 30000
DVB-S2, 8PSK, Fec=3/4

Apstar-L #128.5E
Sr 40000
DVB-S2, 8PSK, Fec=3/4

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is encrypted again.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Hits" has started on , PowerVu. Sports Illustrated 3 has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Tsargrad TV" is Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CNN(菲律宾)替换亚洲新闻(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD替换MN+ HD(Sun Direct)频道,设置10970 V 32000参数有条件接收。 [12月6日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,BBC Earth替换BBC entertainment(Sky Net)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,SD Reserve 08、HD Reserve 01(测试)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,LOAD(美国)频道重现,设置3760 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,NHK World TV(日本)等全组频道消失,设置3739 H 26590参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,ETC、Fox Sports 2(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,BTV、Fight Sports HD(环宇卫视)等全组频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World TV(日本)等全组频道消失,设置4060 H 26590参数无效接收。 [12月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fox(菲律宾)频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]


SpaceX cutting it fine for Dec 16 launch date

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/05/spacex-cutting-it-fine-for-dec-16-launch-date/

Elon Musk’s rocket company SpaceX is expected to return to flight with a Falcon 9 rocket on December 16th, and to launch a cluster of satellites for space telephone and data company Iridium.

However, SpaceX has yet to receive a clean bill of health in the shape of a formal investigation to a September 1st catastrophic explosion which destroyed an Israeli satellite, Amos-6. The Federal Aviation Administration is one of the bodies compiling the report into the incident.

The explosion took place at SpaceX’s facility at Cape Canaveral, Florida, while the December 16th event is scheduled for a launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

Iridium Communications has confirmed its expects the launch to proceed as expected, at 12.36pm Pacific Time on December 16th. “This launch is contingent upon the FAA’s approval of SpaceX’s return to flight following the anomaly that occurred on September 1st 2016 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida,” Iridium said in a statement. “We are grateful for [SpaceX’s] transparency and hard work to plan for their return to flight. We are looking forward to the inaugural launch of Iridium NEXT, and what will begin a new chapter in our history.”

SES adds another UHD channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/05/ses-adds-another-uhd-channel/

4KUniverse, a general entertainment Ultra HD channel, is the latest in a series of networks to join SES’s fast-growing Ultra HD line-up being delivered to cable operators and other television platforms across North America

A mix of documentaries, sports, movies, and TV shows aimed at Millennials and Generation-X viewers, 4KUniverse will make its debut in January on the SES-1 satellite, one of three satellites (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) hosting North America’s leading Ultra HD distribution platform at the centre of the orbital arc. 4KUniverse, licensed to multiple video programme distributors (MVPDs) by Vivicast Media, is the fourth Ultra HD channel in less than two months to join SES’s regional Ultra HD platform, home to eight linear Ultra HD channels as of Januar
4KUniverse takes the overall total of UHD channel to 30 on various SES satellites.

The channel offers Ultra HD content featuring high-end entertainment series, including Model Turned Superstar and wine competition series Best Bottle. Live sports content includes exclusive 4K rights to the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, while the 4KUniverse movie vault features a broad range of titles, such as 80’s drama The Toy Soldiers and the launch of crime thriller Wolf Mother next year. Nature documentaries on the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier and the Hoh Rainforest showcase majestic drone aerials over popular landmarks, rounding out the offering at launch. Plans for 2017 include brand new, original Ultra HD shows for daytime and primetime audiences.

“4KUniverse represents a tremendous addition to the expanding Ultra HD content choices offered over the SES Ultra HD distribution platform serving North America,” said Matthew Mancinelli, Founder and CEO of 4KUniverse. “We have been collaborating with the SES team for months, by testing with block programming on their promotional channel – all leading up to this exciting launch of our 24/7 Ultra HD channel with cable and telecom companies across the US. Our first carriage deals will be announced shortly.”

Lebanese Court orders al-Manar back onto Arabsat

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/05/lebanese-court-orders-al-manar-back-onto-arabsat/

Controversial Arabic channel al-Manar was taken off air last December because of its lack of balance and its support of Hezbollah. The channel was alleged to have breached Arabsat’s contract terms.

On December 2nd a Lebanese court ruled that Arabsat should put the channel back on air “as soon as possible”.

Judge of Urgent Matters Hasan Hamdan said in his ruling that the Code of Civil Procedure allows him to examine “urgent matter cases which have occurred in his constituency.”

The judge’s constituency is the Lebanon, usually the home base of the al-Manar, although the channel shifted its base on nearby Jordan earlier this year. Most observers do not see a speedy return of the channel to Arabsat, given that the judge has no jurisdiction in Saudi Arabia where Arabsat is headquartered.

Vega Lofts Turkey's Earth Observation Satellite

From http://www.koreaittimes.com/story/63187/vega-lofts-turkeys-earth-observation-satellite

Korea IT Times, December 5, 2016-- ESA released today Arianespace today launched a Vega rocket on a commercial mission to deliver a Turkish Earth observation satellite into orbit.

Liftoff of Vega’s eighth flawless mission from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana came at 13:51 GMT on 5 December (14:51 CET; 10:51 local time).

With a mass at liftoff of 1060 kg, Göktürk-1 was manoeuvred into its target Sun-synchronous orbit about 57 minutes into the mission after a series of burns of Vega’s upper stage.

Complying with debris regulations to help keep space clean, Vega’s upper stage fired a final time to burn up high in the atmosphere over the ocean.

Vega is a 30 m-high, four-stage vehicle designed to accommodate small scientific and Earth observation payloads of 300–2500 kg depending on the orbit.


Sunday feeds

Intelsat 19

12430 H 7200 3/4 8psk "IMG GOLF AU (STS)" FTA
12440 H 7500 5/6 8psk "Supercars media path 2 (STS)" Encrypted
12454 H 15000 3/4 8psk "Supercars media path 1 (STS)" Encrypted

12557 H 15000 the "wizzie tv mux is fta"

a couple of screenshots for the gallery



From my Email

From Feral Kiwi

D2 12546 V 22500 "ERI TV(NEW)" up today
Old "ERI TV" still on 12734 V 22500.
If you want to view LOW res video encoding this is the channel.


(Craig's comment , yes horrible video and still in Mpg 2. Come on Telstra overhaul your D2 platform.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E Family Channel Network is back on 4057 V, clear.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3700 V "N TV and E News" have started on , Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "DW" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "CBN News" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E Spice has replaced Ed on 11474 H, Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V Super Screen has replaced Silver Screen on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,News 18(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3968 H 6500参数有条件接收。 [12月5日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna Prime News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [12月5日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem(高清)频道改格式,设置11300 V 30000参数免费接收。 [12月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,ALA、SPO-OSA(传送)频道新增,设置4156 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,AMC SG(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Travelxp(测试)频道新增,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [12月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Gang Cartoon(IPM)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test-1、Test-2 HD(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数有条件接收。 [12月4日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,亚洲新闻替换CC(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Best Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置4040 V 30000参数无效接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,PNN TV、D Music(柬埔寨)等全组频道消失,设置11480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [12月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Gang Cartoon(IPM)频道解密,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,珠江台、测试(HEVC)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森洋片、动物星球(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12711 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、HBO HD(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Star World、Star Movies(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、东森洋片(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、日舞高清(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,台视、天映经典(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,台视、天映经典(环宇卫视)等全组频道解密,设置12461 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,广东体育替换CCTV-5(HEVC)频道,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Travel+Adventure HD(高清)频道新增,设置11996 L 27500参数有条件接收。 [12月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Safaa(印度)频道新增,设置3700 V 3840参数免费接收。 [12月3日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hamra One(印度)频道消失,设置3700 V 3840参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,E News替换E1(印度)频道,设置3700 V 3840参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Hits(高清)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3、CCTV-5替换CCTV-娱乐(香港)等频道,设置12731 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6替换山东教育(香港)频道,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,ETC、Fox Sports(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]


Netflix surges in Australia

From https://www.warc.com/LatestNews/News/Netflix_surges_in_Australia.news?ID=37857

SYDNEY: Streaming site Netflix has seen its subscriber audience in Australia rise to levels comparable to rival Foxtel but the amount of time consumers spend with the two platforms, is very different according to new research.

Latest figures from Roy Morgan Research indicated a post-winter surge in Netflix subscriptions so that another three quarters of a million have been added since May: by November, 5,776,000 Australians over the age of 14 (29% of the population) had Netflix in the home, through 2,223,000 household subscriptions, B&T reported.

But while these numbers are rising, viewing time is not necessarily following suit: some 42% of Netflix subscribers streamed less than three hours of its content during an average week, a figure that includes 16% who didn't watch anything at all.

Just over a third (35%) spent between three and seven hours watching, while 14% managed between eight and 14 hours; a dedicated 9% entered binge territory, watching 15 or more hours of content.

In comparison, a majority of Foxtel subscribers watched at least eight hours a week, including over a third who watched for 15 hours or more. Only around one in 20 people with Foxtel hadn't watched it at all in the last seven days.

"The full impact of Netflix as a competitor for viewership, and entertainment dollars, remains to be felt," said Michelle Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan Research.

"Over the past few months, almost half of Netflix's total growth has come from homes of empty nesters aged 45 to 64," she noted, adding: "Notably, this is the most common household type in Australia – and their Netflix adoption still has plenty of room to grow."

And that, she suggested, was likely to put additional pressure on pay TV services to justify their premium cost to subscribers.

"One good area to investigate is the big difference in how much time their subscribers spend watching compared with SVOD, and that its sports content appeals to men - who Roy Morgan's research shows are much more likely to be the decision-maker when it comes to the home's pay TV services."

NZ: Quickflix launches Access and Red carpet

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/02/nz-quickflix-launches-access-and-red-carpet/

Quickflix, New Zealand’s original movie and TV streaming service, has revealed changes to its legacy digital movie streaming business with the launch of Quickflix Access and Quickflix Red Carpet – new products that will bring the latest Hollywood movies and exclusive entertainment and other benefits to Kiwi movie fans.

Quickflix Access allows users to sign up for free and watch latest release movies on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Quickflix Red Carpet users get all the benefits of Quickflix Access along with pre-paid discount credits to watch several new release movies each month, as well as access to bonus movies and TV shows from the Quickflix subscription catalogue. Current subscribers will be able to keep their existing plan or adopt the new plans at any time.

Russia’s RSCC wants two new satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/02/russias-rscc-wants-two-new-satellites/

Russia’s state-owned commercial satellite operator Russia Satellite Communications Co (RSCC) is looking to buy two new commercial satellites, provisionally called Express-80 and Express-103.

RSCC is hiring a bank in order to secure finance of a total of some $165 million in order to fund the building of the two satellites. Thales-Alenia Space will supply the payloads for the satellites.

RSCC is the leading Russian satellite operator, and maintains satellites covering the orbital arc from 14 degrees West to 140 degrees East.

It works closely with international players such as Eutelsat and Intelsat. For example, RSCC operates a ground station (teleport) with Eutelsat to serve the Express-AMU1 satellite which operates at 36 degrees East.

China-made satellites in high demand

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_made_satellites_in_high_demand_999.html

China will construct and launch two remote sensing satellites for foreign countries in the coming two years, an industry insider said. China Great Wall Industry Corp, the nation's only authorized firm for international space collaboration, will launch Venezuela's second remote sensing satellite next year and Pakistan's first remote sensing satellite in 2018, said Fu Zhiheng, vice-president of Great Wall Industry.

"Preparation work for the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 2 project is proceeding according to schedule. The contract for the Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 project was signed earlier this year and will be fulfilled in 2018. The two satellites are being developed by the China Academy of Space Technology," Fu said on the sidelines of an international forum in Beijing on Friday.

A total of 180 space officials, diplomats and researchers took part in the Symposium on Space International Cooperation Promoting Economic and Social Development of Developing Country, which was organized by the China International Exchange Center for Astronautical Science and Technology and the International Academy of Astronautics.

Remote sensing satellites are tasked with forecasting weather, observing Earth, surveying land resources or monitoring oceans.

Fu said some other countries that already use Chinese satellites are also in talks with his company on the procurement of new satellites.

"In addition to traditional clients, we pay great attention to finding new customers. For instance, we are striving to tap the space market in the Middle East that is dominated by the United States and European firms," he said. "What I can tell you now is that we have made substantial progress in this region."

China has exported 11 satellites to nine countries, including Bolivia, Nigeria and Laos, statistics from Great Wall Industry show.

Fu said that Chinese satellites have become popular among developing countries for two reasons: First, they are as reliable as Western models; and second, Great Wall Industry is able to provide solution packages to developing countries covering design, launch, operation and training.

The Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 2 is the third Chinese satellite designed for the South American country, following the Venesat-1 communications satellite that was launched in 2008 and the Venezuelan Remote Sensing Satellite 1, launched in 2012.

The Pakistan Remote Sensing Satellite 1 is the second Chinese satellite to be used by Pakistan. Before that, China developed the PakSat-1R communications satellite that was launched in 2011.

Hu Zhongmin, director of the international cooperation department at China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp, parent company of Great Wall Industry and China Academy of Space Technology, said the space giant is willing to strengthen exchanges and collaboration with developing countries so space data and technologies can benefit such countries.

"Under bilateral cooperation frameworks, we are also happy to help them to build their own space capability," he said.

Hiroki Matsuo, vice-president of the International Academy of Astronautics, said China could share its knowledge and expertise in manned and robotic spaceflight, space-based navigation and data applications with other countries.

StarTimes Kenya DTH launches

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/02/startimes-kenya-dth-launches/

Fast-growing African DTH service StarTimes has launched in Kenya. Deputy Governor of Kajiado County Paul Ntiati thanked China for the initiative, noting that it will go a long way toward transforming the lives of Kenyan people through increased access to information and entertainment. “It is our hope that more people will continue to access the same as the project extends to other regions,” said Ntiati.

Sun Zhijun, vice minister of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, attended the launching ceremony of the project. Senior executives from StarTimes and Kajiado county officials also witnessed the launch of the project.

“The satellite television programme will build a new bridge that will connect Kenya and China in many aspects. It will enable local people to access content that enriches their cultural and spiritual awareness,” Mr Sun said. “Digital broadcasting platforms will expose Chinese culture to Kenyan people,” Sun remarked, adding that StarTimes satellite television will also boost Sino-Kenya friendship.

StarTimes VP Guo Ziqi said the Chinese firm had invested significant resources to support Kenya’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting. She noted that the launch of StarTimes’ digital television project for rural Kenya will boost access to high-value content on current affairs and entertainment in villages. “We are honoured to be part of this project that will drive access to StarTimes digital television across rural households in Kenya,” said Guo.

India: 34% of DTH subs are “inactive”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/02/india-34-of-dth-subs-are-inactive/

India has a claimed DTH universe of some 91.5 million TV subscribing homes. The problem is that more than a third of these ‘subscribers’ are inactive according to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

TRAI looks on the bright side and says that ‘active’ subscribers grew 3.36 per cent in the quarter-year to March 31st (to a total of 60.5 million). However, ‘inactive’ subs grew almost as fast, at 3.05 per cent to 30.1 million. This means that the growth -0 in ‘active’ and ‘inactive’ subs has stayed much the same over the past 3 quarter-year periods.

TRAI has modified how it calculates these inactive subscribers, and now calculates its data on the number of “temporary suspended” homes as being inactive for not more than 120 days.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


The "new" Asiasat 8 @ 105.5E is being moved to replace AMOS6 see news section for the details

Kodi version 17 beta 6 is released

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Hillsong Channel" has started on , Fta.(Yikes this has been there 6 months already?)

Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Cahaya TV" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3760 H "DW Deutsch" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Jesus Vision" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3836 V "M Tunes" is back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道加密,设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,音像世界(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3827 H 6222参数无效接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Life Time(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fight Sports HD(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [12月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2、Fox Family Movies HD(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12461 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [12月2日]
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News Corp Australia takes full control of Sky News

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/news-corp-australia-takes-full-control-of-sky-news/news-story/e5ccd8b6d2296cd4df3c33c21b02aa65

News Corp Australia has taken a significant step towards creating a pure-play media company by acquiring Sky News, knitting together a group of pay-TV channels with newspapers reaching more than seven million people every day.

The publisher has bought Sky News parent Australian News Channel in a long-awaited deal that strengthens the company’s hand as it grapples with technological disruption and sweeping changes to consumption habits, giving it crucial scale in the marketplace.

On completion of the estimated $20 million deal, News Corp Australasia executive chairman Michael Miller immediately vowed to commit more resources on content, talent and quality journalism at Sky, ushering in a new era of investment and closer co-operation between the brands.

The move, Mr Miller said, combined two of Australia’s “strongest and most credentialed” news media sources.

“This is a significant investment that reinforces News Corp Australia’s continued commitment to quality journalism, talent and content,” he said.

“I’m excited by the prospects offered by this acquisition and to lead a company that is investing in the best news coverage for all Australians.”

Commenting on how Sky had burnished its credentials as a first-class breaking news organisation in recent years, Mr Miller said: “This acquisition has come about because News Corp Australia recognises the increasing value of Sky News; its employees, the shows they host and the audience it attracts.”

News takes control of seven channels on its half-owned pay-TV platform Foxtel: Sky News Live, Sky News Business, Sky News Weather, Sky News Multiview, Australia’s Public Affairs Channel A-PAC, Sky News New Zealand and Australia Channel.

“Together, we will ensure the strengths and benefits of each company are leveraged fully in the long term,” Mr Miller said, noting how the company aimed to create synergies between media businesses that serve audiences in different ways.

Australian News Channel chief executive officer Angelos Frangopoulos welcomed the investment, calling it a “tremendous opportunity to grow and develop talent, content and commercial revenues”.

Talk of a possible takeover first emerged in February last year. The deal took a long time to complete as News negotiated a tricky shareholder structure with ANC.

Prior to News taking control, ANC was one-third owned by three main shareholders: Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and pan-European satellite broadcaster Sky, controlled by 21st Century Fox following a split with News Corp in 2013.

The timing of the offer was prompted by the expiry of ANC’s 21-year carriage agreement, ending in February 2017, with pay-TV operator Foxtel.

Negotiations become so strained that the refusal by some shareholders to countenance any changes in control and a speedy conclusion to talks saw News Corp executives draw up contingency plans to go it alone.

Duncan Grieve: Will Viceland fill Sky's missing youth demographic?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11758525

Viceland's new channel launches in New Zealand today. Should you watch it? Here's your answer.

Yeseterday, Sky launched a new channel with a lot riding on it. Viceland, which arrived at 13 (edgy number!) on your black box, represents part of the pay TV giant's attempt to confront what all legacy media companies are consumed with at the moment: the youth's overwhelming indifference to both what they make and how they deliver it.

This matters not so much for commercial reasons in the immediate term - the company declared a healthy profit of $87m in February of this year - but because, in quite a short period of time Sky has gone from being a sharemarket behemoth with an entrenched position and major growth prospects to battling perception that it is a sunset business tottering to its grave.

This is hardly unique to the company - legacy businesses all over the world are fighting off digital insurgents and dealing with generational behavioural change. What's interesting is the pace at which this is happening to Sky.

Most legacy companies are venerable and ancient, having built up their cumbersome infrastructure and attachment to particular ways of behaving over decades and thus blinding themselves to some of the dangers lurking in the current business environment. But Sky itself is a millennial, just 29 years old, a cruel irony as that is precisely the kind of consumer demographic which would now laugh Sky and its weighty bills (mine is $140 a month, which makes me feel sick just typing it) out of the room.

So you would expect this relatively young business to know how to adapt to a changing environment. To this point, its efforts have been somewhat desultory. Its streaming service Neon has incredible content, but at $20 a month is more expensive than its competition. It was late and slow to introduce Fanpass, online delivery mechanisms for some of its sports product. And SkyGo, its digital platform seems to crash so frequently under the kind of heavy load that major live sporting events induce that I've wondered whether it wasn't a deliberate ploy to ensure that television remains the delivery mechanism of choice when you really need to see it live.

Tellingly, these are all platform-centric innovations. They're haltingly promoted because they risk cannibalising their own audience and thus accelerating the costly customer churn which surpassed 15% recently, the highest number in at least a decade, according to the Herald's Matt Nippert.

Shane Smith, founder of Vice Media, is aiming to bring millennials back to television.
Vice Media's gamble for traditional TV

The new Viceland channel perfects the modern journalistic art of playing dumb

Viceland, though, is an attempt to stop the bleeding not with delivery but with content. It's the TV offshoot of Vice, a media brand which began life as sometimes funny, often obnoxious free magazine, then became an online monster thanks largely to the guerilla-style documentary videos, which will make up much of the channel's content. These are often shot in forbidden areas like warzones or North Korea, and appeal to young people who feel alienated from - or simply never see - traditional media outlets.

Investors have taken note, and a joint venture featuring Disney has pumped US$400m into the company in recent years, valuing it at over US$2 billion. They're asking it to do the same thing Sky is here - get those online kids turning on their TVs again, subscribing to Sky. Or at least stopping their parents from cutting the cord.

You'll notice I've got this far without mentioning the content. I haven't watched it. While Vice's New Zealand operation is sharply-staffed and run, its US leaders seem like jerks and overly-confident about their own awesomeness. In a searing scene from the 2011 documentary Page One: Inside the New York Times, the Times' late media reporter David Carr interrogated Vice's founder and CEO Shane Smith, who had dismissed his paper, bizarrely, as writing about surfing while he chased down purported cannibals in Liberia.

Carr stopped him dead in his tracks. "Before you went there," he spat, "we were reporting on genocide after genocide. And just because you went there and put on a safari helmet and looked at some poop doesn't give you the right to insult what we do."

At that point the Times' digital strategy was flailing and Vice was in the ascendant. Today Vice is starting to look stale and the Times is more vital than ever. It's a lesson that startups (like The Spinoff, the one I run, or Newsroom, the one accidentally unveiled this week by Jennings Murphy) would do well to heed: that giants might move slowly, but they have heavy feet. And that Sky, for all its flaws, remains a big and profitable force, with revenues from this small island nation which aren't a long way off what Vice makes from the entire world. So despite Sky's share price having cratered over the past couple of years, its still has plenty of time to get it right.

Disclosure: Duncan Greive is founder and CEO of The Spinoff, a media company which could be perceived as being in competition with Vice in New Zealand, and has a commercial relationship with Spark, a direct competitor of Vodafone, with which Sky is currently attempting to merge.

Spacecom borrows AsiaSat-8 to cover for Amos-6 satellite lost in Falcon 9 explosion

From http://spacenews.com/spacecom-borrowing-asiasat-8-to-cover-for-amos-6-satellite-lost-in-falcon-9-explosion/

Spacecom will use AsiaSat-8 for at least four years while it crafts a replacement for the lost Amos-6 satellite. Credit: AsiaSat

WASHINGTON — Israeli satellite operator Spacecom, whose relationship with Facebook could be summed up as “it’s complicated” following the loss of its Amos-6 satellite in September, will borrow part of AsiaSat’s newest satellite for at least four years, Spacecom and Hong Kong-based AsiaSat announced Dec. 1.

AsiaSat-8, launched in 2014, will serve as an interim replacement for Spacecom’s Amos-6, which was destroyed Sept. 1 when its SpaceX Falcon 9 launcher exploded during pre-launch testing.

Facebook, through Eutelsat, had leased all of the Amos-6 satellite’s high-throughput Ka-band capacity to provide internet access to Africa. Facebook and Spacecom haven’t provided any sort of updated relationship status since the loss of Amos-6.

The just-announced $88 million deal with AsiaSat doesn’t provide any clarity since Spacecom only leased AsiaSat-8’s Ku-band payload, not the Ka-band capacity Facebook was seeking when it booked Amos-6. Eutelsat, in an October press release, said it was procuring Ka-band capacity on two Yahsat satellites, but avoided mention of a possible reconstitution of the Facebook deal.

Amos-6, which Israel Aerospace Industries had touted as the most advanced Israeli-made satellite, was equipped with 39 Ku-band beams and 24 Ka-band spot beams. AsiaSat-8, built by Space Systems Loral in the U.S., has 24 Ku-band transponders as well as a Ka-band payload. AsiaSat appears to be holding onto the Ka-band payload.

Spacecom told SpaceNews in a Dec. 1 statement that it will replace the Ka-band capacity it lost with Amos-6 when it launches its next new satellite to the 4 degrees west orbital slot in about four years.

Spacecom’s immediate need for AsiaSat-8 is to replace Amos-2, which launched in 2003 and is nearing the end of its service life. Amos-6, had it reached orbit, would have allowed Spacecom to retire Amos-2 while also providing growth capacity.

The loss of Amos-6 added to Spacecom’s woes, since the operator unexpectedly lost a core satellite, Amos-5, last year when it abruptly ceased communicating following a power supply problem. Amos-5, which was built by ISS Reshetnev of Russia around a payload supplied by Thales Alenia Space of France, launched in December 2011 on a Russian Proton rocket.

It is unclear whether the AsiaSat-8 lease will have any bearing on Spacecom’s dealings with Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, a Chinese conglomerate that had agreed this August to purchase the Israeli operator for $285 million. Xinwei stipulated that the successful launch of Amos-6 was a requisite for completing the acquisition.

Together, Spacecom and AsiaSat now intend to relocate AsiaSat-8 from 105.5 degrees east, where it is covering China and its neighbors, to 4 degrees west, where it will join Amos-3 in covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Spacecom will pay AsiaSat $22 million a year for AsiaSat-8’s Ku-band payload, according to AsiaSat. The four-year agreement includes an optional 12-month extension.

AsiaSat expects the satellite to reach its new perch over Europe, the Middle East and Africa within 45 days of receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. The satellite will then undergo a period of testing before entering service under Spacecom early next year.

The deal makes Spacecom one of AsiaSat’s largest customers by revenue. AsiaSat operates a fleet of six satellites, including AsiaSat-8, which it will continue to control. The operator’s next satellite, AsiaSat-9, is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2017 on an International Launch Services Proton rocket.

Spacecom said in November that it would recover the $196 million cost of Amos-6 under the insurance policy Israeli Aerospace Industries had taken out to cover its handling of the satellite prior to launch.

Spacecom said at the time it is still seeking $10 million in liquidated damages from Israeli Aerospace Industries for construction delays, which pushed back Amos-6’s originally intended 2015 launch.

PEMRA bans 11 “Christian” channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/12/01/pemra-bans-11-christian-channels/

Pakistan’s media regulator PEMRA has reportedly banned “at least” 11 TV channels alleged to be broadcasting Christian content on the nation’s cable distribution systems. Last month PEMRA completely proscribed all Indian channels from distribution in mostly Islamic Pakistan.

The 11 which have been accused of being illegal are: Isaac TV, Gawahi TV, God Bless TV, Barkat TV, Praise TV, Zindagi TV, Shine TV, Jesus TV (Jessi TV), Healing TV, Khushkhabari TV, and Catholic TV.

PEMRA’s general manager/media, Sheikh Tahir, in a statement, said: “These TV channels are banned in line with ongoing PEMRA campaign to ban illegal channels. There are many other Indian channels which are banned and there is no special campaign against minorities.”

Tahir added that the blocked TV channels did not have licences to continue their transmissions and that there was no segregation in the name of religion

US space firms eye Indian skies for communication satellites

From http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/economy/us-space-firms-india-satellite/article9405020.ece

Opportunities galore The growing demand from DTH pay-TV platforms and rising telecommunication needs too offer good scope

Hughes, Intelstat, ViaSat see huge potential here; seek DIPP’s help for clearance

US space companies are knocking on the doors of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) seeking help to get the necessary clearances to operate their satellites in the Indian sky.

“Representatives of companies such as Hughes, Intelstat and ViaSat recently met a team of senior officials from the DIPP requesting the department to push their case with the Department of Space,” a government official told BusinessLine.

The companies are eyeing the country’s huge potential market for satellite communication given the growing demand from DTH pay-TV platforms and the rising telecommunication needs.
Hughes’ proposal
Hughes Network Services, the Maryland-based provider of broadband satellite networks and services, has been trying to operate its satellites in India for the last few years with no success.

Despite the BJP government’s stress on digital India and the new foreign direct investment rules allowing 100 per cent FDI in satellites establishment and operation, the Department of Space kept a decision on fast-tracking Hughe’s investment proposal hanging after examining it last year.

The company wanted to invest $500 million in building and operating a KA-Band satellite to cater exclusively to India. It also seeks to support the government’s Digital India programme with the objective is to cover rural India with high-speed Internet networks.

“The Department of Space, however, is hesitant after the Antrix-Devas episode where it was accused of giving spectrum to Devas, an Indian company based in Bangalore, at a throw-away price. It appears that the department does not want to take a decision on foreign companies in a hurry to avoid controversies,” the official said.
ISRO’s near-monopoly
Interestingly, there are no foreign satellites in the Indian skies as yet. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) enjoys near-monopoly in the area but it does not have the capacity to fulfil total commercial demands and often capacity on foreign satellites have to be leased to meet demand from the Indian industry.

The US companies, which met the DIPP as part of the US India Business Council (USIBC) team, want the DIPP to take up the matter with the DoS to convince it to move forward on Hughes proposal which would also set the stage for more US space companies coming into the Indian space.

“The DIPP has asked the USIBC to come back to it with a proper proposal on the kind of investments the space companies want to make in India and what are their expectations from the government. The matter will be taken forward from there,” the official added.


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News Corp acquires Sky News operator

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11758653

News Corp Australia has taken control of Australian News Channel, the operator of the Sky News pay TV channels.

Australian News Channel was previously a joint venture owned equally by Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and UK pay TV group Sky Plc but will now be 100 per cent owned by News Corp, under a deal announced on Thursday.

News Corp executive chairman Australasia Michael Miller said the acquisition was made because News recognised the increasing value of the Sky News channels and would provide opportunities to enhance News's print and digital brands.

Australia’s NBN satellite consumer broadband service suffering outages and customer response issues

From http://spacenews.com/australias-nbn-satellite-consumer-broadband-service-suffering-outages-and-customer-response-issues/

Australia's NBN Co. agrees that its Sky Muster consumer satellite broadband service has suffered outages and a lack of response to customer problems. But the company says it has taken steps to resolve the issues. Credit: NBN PARIS —

Australia’s national satellite broadband service continues to suffer regional outages seven months after its introduction, with a majority of users reporting installation or connection problems, according to a survey conducted by a national broadband association. The Better Internet for Rural, Regional and Remote Australia (BIRRR) found that 86 percent of satellite customers on NBN Co.’s Sky Muster service reported one or more connection hiccups, with 20 percent reporting installation problems. The Australian broadband plan is arguably the world’s most extensive and expensive, including fixed wireless, fiber and microwave links. The satellite service is assigned to users by their location based on service provider NBN’s assessment of areas where terrestrial links are not feasible.

Half of the BIRRR survey respondents said they use the Sky Muster satellite service mainly for business purposes. In a measure of how far off the grid these premises are, 42 percent said they have no other internet service beyond Sky Muster. “We hope Sky Muster will become more reliable and that the so-called ‘teething problems’ that have plagued the last few months can be sorted quickly,” BIRR spokesperson Kristy Sparrow said in a statement accompanying the survey, published Nov. 2. “It is imperative that Sky Muster becomes much more reliable….

The outages and issues over the past few months have devastated some rural businesses and jeopardized children’s education.” NBN: We understand the issues and will fix them In response to SpaceNews inquiries, NBN on Nov. 30 issued a statement acknowledging the problems but insisting they were being addressed. NBN “experienced some early connection and operational stability issues on the Sky Muster satellite service, with many of these remedied, and more than 47,000 end users on the service since launch seven months ago,” the NBN statement said. “Additional operational improvements have been introduced, including software upgrades and dedicated call centre teams to assist with consumer queries. We have been receiving positive early feedback from our resellers on these measures.”

The satellite service is provided by two large Sky Muster Ka-band satellites, launched in September 2015 and last Oct. 5. Sky Muster 1 entered service in April. The two satellites have a combined 135 gigabits per second of throughput. In its financial statements for the three months ending Sept. 30, NBN said its satellite service. BIRRR said NBN’s peak data plans average 55.5 gigabytes per month of download for 135 Australian dollars ($102). The speed of the Sky Muster service, according to NBN, is 25 megabits per second for downloads, and 5 megabits per second upload. NBN Chief Financial Officer Stephen Rue said satellite-derived revenue for the three months ending Sept. 30 was 3 million Australian dollars, flat from a year ago. The company has set ambitious coverage and revenue targets for 2020.

Already some NBN customers have begun to speculate that the two Sky Muster satellites will be insufficient to mean the bandwidth demand of its rural customers in a few years. BIRRR said some of the issues with the Sky Muster service were exacerbated by the slow responsiveness of the company’s call center, which the association said was incapable of delivering basic network status information so that subscribers could learn if the issues were specific to their premises, or part of a wider outage.

BIRRR expressed “cautious approval” that NBN appeared to be addressing the issues, but said the company should redraw its coverage map to extend fixed terrestrial wireless coverage for towns now with unsatisfactory DSL connectivity but slated to be assigned Sky Muster service. BIRRR said an entire Sky Muster beam covering central western Queensland was “completely out” for a time, and that some customers reported service outages of more than 13 days — none of it reported by NBN or its regional service providers. - See more at: http://spacenews.com/australias-nbn-satellite-consumer-broadband-service-suffering-outages-and-customer-response-issues/#sthash.dYMvvcOM.dpuf

New Aussie RadioApp goes live with 250 radio stations

From http://www.itwire.com/strategy/75974-new-radioapp-goes-live-with-250-radio-s

The radio industry has joined forces to launch a new mobile app — RadioApp — which live streams programmes from 250 radio stations in Australia to smartphones.

The free app lets listeners tune into Australian radio stations from anywhere in the world, as well as viewing a list of recently played songs.

The app was developed by the radio industry body, Commercial Radio Australia (CRA), and app developer All In Media, and is part of a strategy to make listening to radio on smartphones much easier.

"RadioApp is the best way to stream radio on your smartphone because it puts commercial AM, FM and DAB+ digital radio stations, as well as ABC and SBS stations all into one place,” said CRA chief executive Joan Warner.

“It’s about setting commercial rivalries aside and putting the consumer experience first, so listeners can simply swipe and listen to their favourite stations wherever they are.”

The new RadioApp, launched on Wednesday, provides users with a number of features including:

· Listen live to 250 Australian radio stations covering music, sports, talk and news;

· Access digital-only stations such as Buddha, Kinderling Kids Radio, Koffee, EON Sports Radio and Christmas station Elf Radio;

· See what’s playing on air and simply swipe to change stations;

· Search for stations by name, town or frequency; and

· View a list of recently played songs and purchase songs.

The CRA says more features will be built into the app in future stages, including the ability to subscribe to podcasts.

The industry will promote the app through a national marketing campaign that launched on Wednesday, including radio and online advertising, social media and interior bus panels. The ads carry the tagline: “RadioApp. Your radio, wherever you are.”

According to the CRA, more than 95% of the population listens to Australian commercial and public radio stations each week in the five metropolitan capitals, and GfK figures show Australians spend about six hours on average listening to Australian radio via a mobile phone or tablet each week.

CRA board member and Southern Cross Austereo chief executive Grant Blackley said: “What’s in the marketplace at the moment is a very scattered view, with different technology and different apps across different platforms. This brings it all together and makes it easy for the listener, and that’s going to benefit the industry.”

ABC Radio director Michael Mason says the ABC fully supports collaborative involvement in the “innovative all-of-industry app”.

“This is an example of radio continuing to evolve to stay relevant to our listeners,” he said.

SBS director of Audio and Language Content Mandi Wicks said: “SBS Radio is keen to be part of RadioApp with eight SBS stations because it’s a great platform to deliver our music and more than 70 in-language programs to radio audiences.”

RadioApp can be downloaded free through the App Store and Google Play;.

'Thank the aliens': Thousands displaced for China's huge telescope

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Thank_the_aliens_Thousands_displaced_for_Chinas_huge_telescope_999.html

Humanity's best bet at detecting aliens is a giant silver Chinese dish the size of 30 football fields -- one that simultaneously showcases Beijing's abilities to deploy cutting-edge technologies and ignore objectors' rights as it seeks global prominence.

The Five-hundred-metre Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) in the country's southwest, which began operations in September and cost 1.2 billion yuan ($180 million) to build, is the world's largest radio telescope.

Once fully operational, FAST will be able to peer deeper into space than ever before, examining pulsars, dark matter and gravitational waves -- and searching for signs of life.

Authorities also hope it will bring tourist dollars to the province of Guizhou, one of China's poorest regions.

But it comes at the cost of forcibly displacing about 9,000 villagers who called the site in Pingtang county their home.

Many were outraged at being forced to leave the valley surrounded by forested karst hills and hundreds of families are now suing the government, with some cases being heard this week.

Octogenarian Han Jingfu drank pesticide days after being made to sign a relocation contract and died at his front door, neighbours and relatives said.

China built FAST as part of efforts to take on international rivals and raise its embarrassingly low tally of Nobel Prizes, explained Peng Bo, director of China's National Astronomical Observatories, which oversees the telescope.

The 500-metre-wide (1,640 feet) dish dwarfs its nearest competitor, the US's Puerto Rico-based Arecibo telescope, which is only 305 metres across.

"We said we had to be a little more daring, because we had to surpass the US no matter what," Peng said.

"I think we can get a few Nobel prizes out of it. We as Chinese people really want to win them."

The world's most populous country and second-largest economy has so far only won one scientific Nobel, awarded last year to chemist Tu Youyou for medicine.

FAST's receivers are more sensitive than any previous radio telescope, and its pioneering technology can change the shape of the dish to track celestial objects as the Earth rotates.

It could catalogue as many pulsars in a year as had been found in the past 50, Peng said.

But he acknowledged that FAST will be overtaken by the larger Square Kilometre Array telescope in South Africa and Australia, which will be built over the next decade.

- 'Pushed into a corner' -

FAST needs a five kilometre-wide (three miles) "radio silence" buffer zone around it with electronics banned in order to reduce interference with the sky's much fainter frequencies.

Relocated residents would "enjoy better living standards", the official Xinhua news agency said when the dish was completed in July.

"Villagers in nearby communities admired their luck, saying they should 'thank the aliens'," it added.

But locals allege land grabs without compensation, forced demolitions and unlawful detentions, and up to 500 families are suing the Pingtang county government.

Lu Zhenglong, whose case was heard Tuesday, said officials demolished his house without warning or consent when he was not even present, burying his furniture.

"What would have happened if I had been inside?" he told AFP, adding that authorities had "pushed ordinary people into a corner. It's really unbelievable".

A neighbour also surnamed Lu said: "They've chased us all off to some wasteland and ordered us to live there with no way to maintain our old standards of living. For 90 percent of us, basic survival is a problem."

The rubble of their homes now lies under soil and new saplings in a tourist park just outside the radio silence zone, with a museum, a space-themed hotel and visitor reception facilities which will sell tickets for nearly $100 each.

According to the Pingtang county government website, the park was aimed at "high-end people from developed cities" and cost over 1.5 billion yuan -- more than the telescope itself.

- 'Eye to the sky' -

Meng Xiujun, whose Elites Law Firm in the southern city of Guangzhou is handling most of the cases, said officials tried to intimidate him, telling him he should "see the bigger picture for a key national project".

But he told AFP: "This isn't just a matter of economic interests -- once you start asking average citizens to kneel down or beat them, it becomes about human rights and problems with China's rule of law."

The Pingtang county government did not respond to requests for comment by AFP.

Andreas Wicenec, head of data intensive astronomy at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research in Australia, said that FAST had "world class" potential and its engineering was "absolutely a marvel".

Unusually, the FAST programme was "remarkably, extremely open" to outside collaboration, he said.

It was not clear how many tourists have visited the park since it opened -- almost none were present when AFP visited recently.

But authorities have high hopes.

Along the roadside, government-sponsored billboards emblazoned with the dish declared: "Rapidly build a unique astronomy tourism site based on 'China's eye to the sky'".

RSCC to insure its telecom satellites

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/rscc-to-insure-its-telecom-satellites--1174112

Russian state-owned satelite operator RSCC plans to insure its nine satellites in 2017. The maximum sum to be paid under the insurance contract totals RUB 578 million. Applications under the tender will be accepted until 13 December. The tender is scheduled to be completed on 15 December.

The contract will run for one year to end December 2017. The insurance amounts will be RUB 10.9 billion for the Express-AMU1 satellite, RUB 7.2 billion for Express-AM7, RUB 6.6 billion for Express-AM5, RUB 5.6 billion for Express-AM6, RUB 5.1 billion for Express-AM8, RUB 2.8 billion for Express-AT1, RUB 2.3 billion for Express-AT2, RUB 501 million for Express-AM44, and RUB 264 million for Express-AM33.

Pentagon ready to launch first upgraded WGS satellite

From http://spacenews.com/pentagon-ready-to-launch-first-upgraded-wgs-satellite/

The final three satellites in the Air Force's 10-satellite WGS constellation include a digital channelizer that will boost capacity by enabling the satellite to use bandwidth more efficiently. Credit: Boeing WGS video still

The military's next communications satellite is awaiting a Dec. 7 launch window.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Air Force’s first upgraded Wideband Global Satcom satellite is ready for a planned Dec. 7 launch, Air Force officials told reporters during a press call-in Tuesday.

It’s the eighth WGS satellite in the military’s communication constellation, first launched in 2007. It’s also the first to carry an upgrade that will allow it to carry more traffic than previous WGS satellites.

Despite having launched similar satellites before, Walter Lauderdale, the WGS-8 mission director at the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), said the team is taking time for all necessary precautions.

“Just like each human being is a unique individual, each rocket is unique as well,” he said.

WGS-8, like all but the first WGS satellites, will launch atop a United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.

The satellite is already encapsulated inside its fairing, awaiting launch from Complex 37 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Officials are shooting for liftoff between 6:53 p.m. and 7:42 p.m. EST.

Thomas Becht, SMC’s deputy director for MILSATCOM Systems, said WGS features “broadcast, multicast, and point to point connections anytime at anywhere around the world” as well as supporting “X- and Ka- band communications simultaneously and seamlessly connect the two bands.”

It will also feature several spot beams that will aid in cutting through jamming attempts.

The satellite costs an estimated $425 million, but will provide 45 percent more bandwidth than previous WGS satellites.

That’s due to a digital channelizer that more efficiently handles communications. According to information from WGS prime contractor Boeing, the channelizer divides uplink bandwidth into 1,900 sub-channels, providing communications more routes for transmission. The Air Force added $111 million to Boeing Satellite System’s contract in 2012 to add the digital channelizer to WGS-8 and WGS-9. The new channelizer will also be included on WGS-10, which the Air Force ordered from Boeing around the same time for roughly $340 million.

“We see the information age has resulted in an explosion of communication needs for everybody,” said Rico Attanasio, the director of Boeing MILSATCOM programs. “For our armed forces, wideband communications are necessary for the people that defend the United States.”

Two more WGS satellites are planned for launch, bringing the constellation total up to 10 by 2019. Each satellite is designed with a 14 year service life.

Becht said the Defense Department is “kicking off an analysis of alternatives” to see what the next step in military satcom might be after WGS concludes, which could include purchasing communication services from private companies.

“There is an enormous demand from the warfighter for satellite communications,” he said. “Unfortunately 10 dedicated satellites isn’t enough to meet that demand.”
- See more at: http://spacenews.com/pentagon-ready-to-launch-first-upgraded-wgs-satellite/#sthash.NDWS4kd4.dpuf

Netflix launches download service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/30/netflix-launches-download-service/

Netflix members worldwide can now download their favourite content, in addition to streaming the service’s series and films at no extra cost, which it says makes it even easier to watch Netflix on the go.

In a blog post, Eddy Wu, Director of Product Innovation, says that while many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, Netflix hears they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. “Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an Internet connection,” he advises.

“Many of your favourite streaming series and movies are already available for download, with more on the way, so there is plenty of content available for those times when you are offline. For example, Orange is The New Black, Narcos and The Crown are available for download today,” he says.

The new feature is included in all plans and available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS.

He recommends that to begin downloading today, a user needs to update the Netflix app to the most recent version “and take us with you to enjoy Netflix everywhere you go”.

Transformational DVB-S2X Technology Incoming From iDirect

From http://satnews.com/story.php?number=1808321869

VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a leader in satellite-based IP communications technology and a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), has just announced transformational DVB-S2X technology that is based on a powerful, customized ASIC (Application-Specific Integrated Circuit) chipset that will deliver revolutionary gains in data throughput and will also power a new line of DVB-S2/DVB-S2X remotes called the iQ Series.

iDirect is also introducing exponentially higher hub processing capabilities and virtualization of core gateway components to offer further gains in performance and efficiency and lower business costs.

iDirect’s DVB-S2X solution is the result of a significant investment to co-develop a state-of-the-art ASIC chipset that is customized to exploit the full capabilities of the DVB-S2X standard and optimized for the iDirect enhanced waveform. This next generation of technology will allow iDirect to leverage the benefits of today’s High Throughput Satellites (HTS) and the capabilities of next-generation HTS to unlock additional features of the DVB-S2X standard.

The iQ Series establishes a new model for satellite remote performance providing a future-proof strategy to deliver successive gains in performance and efficiency as network operators strive to keep pace with the launch of increasingly higher throughput satellites. Remotes can be continually reprogrammed over the air to increase network capabilities and throughput levels, driving a massive expansion of applications and setting new service level standards.

iDirect’s iQ family of remotes is targeted for broadband, enterprise, and mobility applications and packaged in desktop, rack-mount, and embedded compute form factors that will become available over the course of the next 12 months. The first iQ remote available in early 2017 will be a desktop version that features dual GigE VLAN-aware networking ports.

With the introduction of DVB-S2X, iDirect is also releasing the Intelligent Gateway, which leverages blade-based compute and virtualization techniques to support the very high throughput and processing required for DVB-S2X operations in a high-density virtualized appliance. The Intelligent Gateway appliance results in massive footprint reduction while exponentially increasing our processing capabilities, enabling iDirect’s clients’ gateway infrastructure to scale for growth.

The iQ Series remote portfolio and Intelligent Gateway will operate over iDirect’s recently released Universal Line Card, which supports both DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X networks and operates in iDirect’s existing Universal Hub chassis.

Wayne Haubner, Senior Vice President, Engineering & Emerging Technologies at iDirect, said, “We are incredibly excited to deliver DVB-S2X capabilities to our partners,” stated . “DVB-S2X represents a major opportunity for network operators to gain greater performance and efficiency to meet escalating user demands and realize lower business costs. We are currently performing over-the-air testing of our new DVB-S2X chipset, and results are demonstrating 500 Mbps of aggregate throughput. This technology will allow us to exceed 1 Gbps of throughput as we keep pace with future satellite developments.”

ISRO to launch 83 satellites in one go in Jan. 2017

From http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/ISRO-to-launch-83-satellites-in-one-go-in-Jan.-2017/article16730366.ece

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 83 satellites, 80 of them being foreign, in one go in January next year, the Lok Sabha was told on Wednesday.

80 satellites weighing 500 kg belong to five foreign countries — Israel, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, Switzerland and the U.S.

“These international customer satellites are being launched as part of the commercial arrangement between them and Antrix Corporation Ltd., the commercial arm and PSU under the ISRO,” Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the PMO said in a written reply. The Department of Space comes under the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

It will be the first of its kind mission in the ISRO’s space history.

The three Indian satellites are Cartosat-2 series weighing 730 kg as primary payload, INS-IA and INS-1B, totally weighing 30 kg.



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Partnership for live rugby on TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=380326

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum speaks to the media as Vodafone sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau and RC Manubhai national sale and marketing manager Oscar De Mel looks on during a press conference at the Fiji Broadcasting Corporatio

FIJIANS will get the opportunity to watch the 2016-2017 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series live on television from Friday.

This is after Fiji Broadcasting Corporation Television signed a partnership deal with Vodafone Fiji Limited and RC Manubhai in Suva yesterday.

While commencing the sponsorship deal, FBC TV CEO, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the sevens game meant a lot to the people of Fiji on the back of the team winning back to back world series title and gold medal in Rio earlier in the year.

"Sevens is a sport that glues us together as a nation. This is one of the sports events which builds our patriotism and nationalism in this country. It's not a sport that differentiates between culture and communities but actually brings us together." Khaiyum said.

"Anticipation is really high this year for the team to continue to perform well and win yet another series title. It is a wonderful experience to be associated it."

Vodafone sponsorship manager, Adriu Vakarau said the company was always supportive of giving back to the community.

"As you know we are a hundred per cent Fiji-owned company and we were happy with the coverage we got last year," Vakarau said.

"We are delighted to give something back to the people and we are thankful to FBC for giving us this opportunity."

RC Manubhai national sales and marketing manager, Oscar De Mel said Fiji was a country that was passionate about rugby and because of this reason they had put themselves on the world map.

In addition, FBC TV will also provide live coverage of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series this weekend in Dubai. The series will be played concurrently to the Men's Competition.

The national sevens side is pooled in Pool A alongside Argentina, Wales and Canada.

Fiji will play Canada in its first match.

Thaicom launches broadcast platform with iSat Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/29/thaicom-launches-broadcast-platform-with-isat-africa/

Thaicom has signed a contract with iSAT Africa -a growing Broadcasting, Data and Internet service provider with teleports in Africa and Europe – to expand its C-band Multi Channel Per Carrier (MCPC) broadcast platform and service into Africa. The service will facilitate distribution of TV channels on the THAICOM 6 satellite.

The MCPC broadcast platform enables Thaicom to expand its broadcast services in Africa from the THAICOM 5 to the THAICOM 6 satellite at the company’s 78.5° East prime video neighbourhood. The platform is a cost-effective solution for African and international broadcasters requiring to develop their content distribution across Sub-Saharan Africa. Teleport operator iSAT Africa will provide ground and uplink services for the MCPC broadcast platform from its facility in Nairobi, East Africa.

GEE Rugby On The Sea... And In The Air... Follow The Bouncing Ball

From https://satnews.com/story.php?number=882234674

Sailing the high seas or flying the skies doesn't mean you can't keep up with your fave rugby team. You can whoop and holler (in a polite manner) as you watch your team while enroute to your destination, and, when you arrive you don't have to ask, "who won?"

“It is the first of its kind for club rugby in England and continues our strategy to increase the global reach of our competitions and our 12 clubs. The recently announced broadcast deal with NBC Sports in the United States, along with a number of other new international TV agreements for 2016-17, will see Aviva Premiership Rugby broadcast in 200 countries, reaching over 170 million households around the world. Now we will add to this global reach by showing our rugby on commercial flights and cruise ships throughout the world,” said Dominic Hayes, the commercial director at Premiership Rugby. “This has been a breakthrough season in terms of Premiership Rugby’s global footprint, and this latest partnership extends the reach of Aviva Premiership Rugby, Singha Premiership Rugby 7s series and Anglo-Welsh Cup competitions even further,”

Global Eagle Entertainment Inc. (GEE) (NASDAQ:ENT) has signed a five-year distribution agreement with Premiership Rugby to offer telecasts of sports events to commercial flights and cruise ships through its global VSAT networks.

Under the agreement, GEE has been granted worldwide rights to provide programming of Aviva Premiership Rugby, Singha Premiership Rugby 7s series and Anglo-Welsh Cup competitions. The broadcasts will include group matches and semi-final and final competitions of the three rugby series, including live events and highlights.

“This is another exciting offering in GEE sports programming, allowing cruise ship and airline passengers an unparalleled onboard experience, especially in countries that follow the Premiership Rugby events,” said Jim Griffiths, senior vice president, content distribution and purchasing, for GEE. “Whether you’re at sea or in the air, you don’t have to miss your favorite sporting events.” http://www.geemedia.com http://www.premiershiprugby.com/home

New rules for foreign broadcasters in Kazakhstan

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/29/new-rules-for-foreign-broadcasters-in-kazakhstan/

All non-Kazakh broadcaster using satellite or cable for distribution in Kazakhstan must now open “representation” offices in the country, according to the country’s Minister of Information and Communications of Kazakhstan Dauren. Offices have to be opened, or representatives appointed, by January 2017.

“The norms, which oblige every foreign channel to have a representation office in Kazakhstan, will be applied from 2017. This whole autumn I have been meeting heads of [television] offices and channels, including foreign ones. The head of the representation office must be a citizen of Kazakhstan. We will communicate with that specific person,” the minister said at a meeting with representatives of the Institute for Strategic Studies under the President of Kazakhstan, and reported by BBC Monitoring.

Abayev raised the issue of Kazakh people using “grey dishes” or satellite antennas transmitting only foreign content. “We are conducting specific work in this area, including the legislative part. We understand that in case we restrict the “grey dishes” while they, for instance, broadcast English Premier League, then we will have to offer the national channels, cable and satellite operators an opportunity to acquire rights for broadcasting the Premier League. This, in turn, leads to a large amount of additional work: commentators’ work, quality of the picture and broadcast. We are carrying out work in all these areas,” Abayev added.

Advanced weather satellite reaches planned orbit

From http://www.cbsnews.com/news/goesr-weather-satellite-reaches-planned-orbit/

A powerful new weather satellite, the first of four at the heart of a nearly $11 billion upgrade to the nation’s forecasting infrastructure, completed a fifth and final main engine rocket firing Tuesday, the last step in a 10-day climb to its operational orbit 22,300 miles above the equator.

Greg Mandt, the GOES-R program director with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said the agency hopes to downlink the first pictures from the satellite’s camera, the Advanced Baseline Imager, or ABI, in early January, after allowing trapped gases and contaminants to escape in the vacuum of space.

“We let it outgas for 30 days before we open up the instruments and start running data through them,” Mandt said. “Things have been very nominal at this point. So to me, the (next) big thing is when we open up the ABI lens and get our first image.”

Mandt said the agency hopes to unveil one of the first high-resolution pictures during the January meeting of the American Meteorological Society in Seattle.

Launched Nov. 19 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite — GOES-4 — also is equipped with a first-of-a-kind lightning mapper and a suite of sophisticated sun-watching and space weather instruments.

Powerful new weather satellite, GOES-R, is launched on Nov. 19, 2016.

GOES-R will scan the western hemisphere five times faster than current satellites with four times the resolution across multiple spectral bands. As such, it represents “a quantum leap above any satellite NOAA has ever flown,” Stephen Volz, NOAA associate administrator for satellite and information services, said before launch. “Without a doubt, GOES-R will revolutionize weather forecasting as we know it.”

The Atlas 5 released the satellite into a highly elliptical initial orbit, with a low point of 5,038 miles and a high point of 21,926 miles. To reach the required circular orbit 22,300 miles above the equator, where satellites take 24 hours to complete one orbit and thus appear to hang stationary in the sky, the spacecraft’s main engine. with a thrust of 100 pounds, had to complete five relatively long firings.

The same type Liquid Apogee Engine experienced problems aboard two other satellites. GOES-R is equipped with smaller maneuvering thrusters that could have pushed the satellite to its final orbit if necessary, but Mandt said the main engine performed flawlessly.

Even so, engineers opted to adjust the durations of the final four rocket firings after noticing higher-than-expected temperature readings on a truss holding the rocket nozzle in place. As it turned out, the pre-flight temperature limit was not valid for GOES-R and engineers decided to raise it after the first LAE firing.

But in “an abundance of caution,” Mandt said, the durations of the four subsequent LAE burns were adjusted, keeping them all under 41 minutes each to reduce heating. In addition, activation of a heater used to warm the spacecraft truss structure before engine firings was delayed. The fifth and final rocket firing was successfully executed Tuesday afternoon.

Bottom line: “There’s no concern there,” Mandt said. “The engine’s performing just as we expected.”

NOAA is spending nearly $11 billion to buy the GOES-R, S, T and U satellites, their rockets and launch services, along with major upgrades to ground systems and data analysis infrastructure. Each satellite is valued at around $500 million, not counting development costs.


Another very quiet update

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Optus Accused Of Hurting Image Of UK Premier League

From https://www.channelnews.com.au/optus-accused-of-hurting-image-of-uk-premier-league/

Optus has been accused of hurting the image of the UK Premier League, with coverage of the preeminent League and clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United, getting less media attention than ever before, they have also been accused of not delivering “Premium Coverage”.

While the League was a winner after Optus shelled $189M over three years a price that Foxtel refused to pay Clubs and interest in the League are waning in Australia because fans don’t want to switch to Optus who saw earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation dropped 10.3 per cent to $633m even though mobile subscribers grew according to their latest financials.

The Australian newspaper recently reported that the League is suffering from sharply reduced press coverage and a lower profile in Australia since Optus swooped on rights to the football competition.

Press items in November plunged 29 per cent compared to a year ago when the EPL was broadcast on sports programming broadcaster Fox Sports, according to an analysis by research firm iSentia’s media monitoring service.
While the new deal helped swell the EPL’s coffers, with Optus agreeing to pay a record $189 million over three years, the arrangement is hurting the image of the sport’s top clubs.

Manchester United saw Australian press coverage reverse 10.1 per cent, dealing a blow to efforts to push the club’s brand in the local market.

Recently Alcatel cut a deal with Liverpool that allows them to market to the large Liverpool fan base in Australia.EPL_Background_Logos

The Australian said that despite criticism Optus has limited its EPL coverage to its own customers, the telco is currently pursuing broadcast rights for the domestic A-League and a number of Socceroos matches.

It comes after the EPL recently broke its silence over Optus’s beleaguered coverage amid mounting doubts over the telco’s technical capacity to provide a premium service.

Top clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea have invested enormous amounts of money growing their fan bases in Australia.

Despite criticism Optus has limited its EPL coverage to its own customers, the telco is pursuing broadcast rights for the domestic A-League and a number of Socceroos matches. It comes after the EPL recently broke its silence over Optus’s beleaguered coverage amid mounting doubts over the telco’s technical capacity to provide a premium service.

A spokesman for the EPL issued a statement to The Australian that suggested executives are watching the situation closely. “Optus is working very hard to provide the best possible service for fans in Australia,” he said.

Eutelsat pays up on RSCC dispute

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/28/eutelsat-pays-up-on-rscc-dispute/

Eutelsat has been involved for much of the past year in a dispute between the Russian government and the country’s Yukos oil and energy company.

Under dispute was $400 million (€375.4m), and a portion of assets worth around $1 billion, initially seized on the orders of the French government and owed by Eutelsat to Russia’s Roscosmos (Russia’s Satellite Communications Company, RSCC). Last week it emerged that Eutelsat had paid the amounts due in full, even though certain appeals were still running in Paris (and which did not directly involve Eutelsat).

The background to the case was that back in July 2014 an arbitration court at The Hague ruled that Russia was obliged to pay $50 billion for expropriating the assets of Yukos. The court ruled that the Russian authorities had destroyed Yukos by filing massive tax evasion claims against the company after oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky fell out with President Vladimir Putin. Khodorkovsky himself was not among the claimants, having transferred his shares to business partners.

A French court (Tribunal de Grande Instance de Paris/the High Court of Paris) ruled in April the lift of the “attachment” (lien) over the cash owed by Eutelsat to RSCC. The French court has held that the attached assets did not belong to the Russian Federation but were the property of RSCC. Consequently, and therefore, they could not be identified as the Russian Federation’s debt.

“We are satisfied with the equitable decisions of the French court”, commented Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, last April. “Also, we are looking forward to further successful cooperation with our strategic partner, Eutelsat, in satellite communications and digital broadcasting”.

EAN conducts 1st tests of LTE satellite internet for planes

From https://www.telecompaper.com/news/ean-conducts-1st-tests-of-lte-satellite-internet-for-planes--1173679

The European Aviation Network (EAN), the first ground-to-air network for in-flight broadband services, has conducted its first test flights in the UK. The EAN is operated by satellite operator Inmarsat and its mobile network partner Deutsche Telekom, along with equipment suppliers Nokia and Thales. Commercial services over the network are expected to start in mid-2017, with BA recently announced as the first customer.

The test flights confirmed that the satellite system, with onboard equipment provided by Thales, can connect to the LTE ground network provided by Deutsche Telekom and Nokia. The systems performed multiple successful handovers between sectors and cell towers, and maintained a stable connection. The transfer of data to and from the aircraft was also tested, based on a video conference with both parties connected over the network. The outcomes exceeded expectations, according to a statement from the partners.

As a precursor to the test flight series, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia achieved the first EAN live over-the-air connection in Nokia’s Stuttgart laboratory. To achieve EAN’s live connection to the LTE ground network, Deutsche Telekom and Nokia have adapted Nokia's LTE base stations and Remote Radio Heads to the frequency used for EAN, provided by Inmarsat, and built a specific base station antenna to cover the sky. The changes mean the LTE network can work at speeds of up to 1,200 kph, at cruising altitudes requiring cells of up to 150 km. Nokia will manage the operations for the network from its global delivery centre in Romania.


Saturday feed

Hockey Feed on IS19Ku
12459H, 7500, 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA

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Anti-siphoning and reform on agenda, but not this year

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/antisiphoning-and-reform-on-agenda-but-not-this-year/news-story/500e57dba610125f3ab2ada654c6de0e

The Turnbull government is ­considering reviewing the anti-­siphoning list to win industry ­support and deliver genuine ­reform of decades-old ownership and control laws.

Free-to-air network television licence fees are also expected to be addressed in conjunction with the media reform bill as Communications Minister Mitch Fifield adopts a rejigged approach amid resistance to the current proposal.

Pay TV operator Foxtel has argued the anti-siphoning list, which ring-fences premium sport for the free-to-air networks, is too extensive, can be bypassed via internet streaming anyway, and is out of step with global standards.

A spokeswoman for Senator Fifield said: “As the minister has observed previously, significant changes to the anti-siphoning scheme would need broad parliamentary support.”

Cricket Australia is planning to lobby the government to take some short-form international matches off the list to create more competitive tension in the market for sports rights as it prepares to negotiate a new deal in 2017.

Dealing with media ownership rules, licence fees and anti-siphoning at the same time would deliver wins for the industry, some ­observers believe, and progress for the government as it seeks to ­implement its legislative agenda.

A Senate committee recommended that parliament pass the bill to abolish the reach rule, which prevents mergers between metropolitan and regional TV networks, and the two-out-of-three law that stops any one entity owning a newspaper, TV licence and radio station in the same market, this month.

However, Labor said it would not support the bill, which it slammed as “narrow and short sighted”, and the Greens echoed the major party’s sentiments.

It leaves Senator Fifield to work with the crossbench to try to pass the bill and he has conceded the government is unlikely to ­mobilise the necessary support this year. Labor and Seven West Media oppose the reforms while Nine Entertainment wants to see the bill deferred until licence fee cuts are tackled.

The commercial networks were granted a 25 per cent cut to their licence fees this month, but have demanded more relief to bring the tax into line with global peers and better reflect a new competitive environment dominated by digital giants such as Google and Facebook.

Although the government was considering announcing another cut in December’s Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook, the issue is now expected to drag into next year, which would allow it to be negotiated at the same time as other reforms and potentially used as a bargaining chip.

“The government is giving consideration to further reductions in licence fees in conjunction with other reforms including spectrum pricing,” the spokeswoman said.

Foxtel is jointly owned by News Corp, publisher of The ­Australian, and Telstra.

Himawari-9 launched on atop of H-IIA F31

From http://satprnews.com/2016/11/27/himawari-9-launched-on-atop-of-h-iia-f31-2/

Japanese weather satellite Himawari-9 was launched today at 07:21 GMT from Tanegashima Space Center. It is second start of launch vehicle from Tanegashima in 2016 – it was preceded by launch of Astro-H (Hitomi) on February and it will be followed by mission of the HTV cargo vehicle, which will be launched with supplies for International Space Station on 9th December.

JAXA has launched today their new weather satellite for Japanese Ministry of Transport, Civil Aviation Bureau and Meteorological Agency. Himawari-9 mission was preceded by mission of Himawari-8, which started on October 7, 2014. Both satellites were ordered by Japanese government at Mitsubishi Electric. Mitsubishi, which is also manufacturer of H-II launch vehicle, decided to choose Boing as subcontractor for developing payload for Himawari satellites.

Launch of the H-IIA (202) F31 was planned for 15:20 JST (06:20 GMT). Since early morning hours weather at Tanegashima Island was favorable; engineers finished uploading wind data for H-IIA onboard computers around 06:00 GMT; rocket was standing at Launch Pad 1 at Yoshinobu Space Complex since yesterday, when it was rolled out from assembling facility. Now, twenty minutes before T=0, rocket was almost ready for starting automated countdown procedure planned to begin at T-4’30. Payload was reported as ready for the mission at 06:15 GMT and one minute later, rocket was already using own power system an fuel tanks started to be pressurized. One minute before planned T=0 (06:19 GMT) special water curtain system was turned on to prevent extended noise generated by rocket. At 06:20 GMT rocket ignited first stage and two boosters and started to rise over Launch Pad 1. At T+1′ rocket reached speed of 1 Ma and started phase of flight when aerodynamic pressure is reaching maximal value. At T+2’50” both SRB-A boosters were separated 55 km over Pacific Ocean. Rocket already was on correct course towards East. At T+4’11” payload fairing was jettisoned and Himawari-9 satellite was exposed on altitude of 148 km. Main stage cut off and starting propulsion of the second stage started at T+6’50”. At T+12’50” second stage propulsion was cut off and first burn was finished. For the second time engine started at T+23’44” for four minutes. It was cut off at T+27′; exactly 43 seconds later Himawari-9 was deployed on altitude of 263.9 km during flight with speed of 35063 km/h.

Himawari-9 satellite was delivered to GTO orbit on atop of H-IIA rocket manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It was used in 202 configuration; rocket in this version weighs 285 t with total length of 53 m and diameter at 4 m. During start it is supported with two SRB-A solid fueled rocket boosters. Each SRB booster, fueled with HTPB, is generating thrust at 4520 kN. Rocket is capable to deliver 4100 kg to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. First stage is powered with LE-7A engine fueled with LOX/LH2 and generating thrust at 1098 kN. Second stage is equipped with LE-5B engine, which is also fueled with LOX/LH2 and is generating thrust at 137 kN.

Two Himawari satellites delivered by Melco are replacements for Himawari-6 and Himawari-7 satellites, which finished their service life planned for 15 years. Designed with utilization of DS-2000 bus, Himawari-8 and Himawari-9 are also designed to serve without minor problems 15 years on GEO orbit. Himawari-9 launched today will stay at GEO 140° East orbital slot. It will reach GEO starting its travel from GTO orbit of 250 km x 35976 km (with inclination of 22.4°). Himawari-9 weighs 3500 kg (1300 kg dry mass) and is powered by single gallium-arsenide solar array providing 2.6 kW for onboard systems and scientific instruments and for charging onboard battery. It will use its 16 channel multispectral imager over Asian-Pacific and provide detailed images (with resolution of 0.5 km – 2 km) in visible light and infrared. Along with this imaging device called AHI (Advanced Himawari Imager), Himawari-9 is also equipped with SEDA (Space Environment Data Acquisition Monitor) device serving for measuring radiation on GEO orbit and DCS (Data Collection Subsystem) data relay transponder operating on Ka band.

Spring News Channel to broadcast CNN content

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1143845/spring-news-to-broadcast-cnn-content

Spring News Corporation has teamed up with Turner Broadcasting System Asia-Pacific, the distributor of CNN International, to strengthen international news content and expand the audience base.

Spring News channel will officially broadcast CNN International content with Thai subtitles, beginning Jan 1. The affiliate partnership with CNN will last five years.

Spring News Corp chairman Thanachai Theerapattanavong said CNN will help Spring News channel train its staff.

Having content from CNN International will enhance the Thai digital TV channel's ratings and cement its leadership in the news channel category.

After partnering with CNN, Spring News channel will be able to clearly differentiate itself from other digital TV channels with insights and outstanding news content.

"CNN International is the most watched international news channel in the world, so Spring News will use this opportunity to reaffirm our positioning as the best news channel in Thailand," Mr Thanachai said.

He noted that CNN can leverage Spring News resources and expertise to strengthen its news coverage in Thailand while familiarising itself with pertinent issues.

Spring News is CNN's first news affiliate partner in Asia.

Spring News Corp vice chairwoman Watanya Wongpasi said CNN's staff training will cover news production and news reporting in a more professional manner.

Partnership with CNN will expand the channel's audience target group from mass to upper mass segment aimed at middle-income people living in both Bangkok and major provinces.

Mr Thanachai said the channel is not concerned much about the TV rating but wants to broadcast quality international news content.

"The improved quality of news will reflect itself in higher advertising spending from many brands," he said.

Spring News channel is known for multi-platform news production for in TV, radio, tabloid, magazine and out-of-home media.

Mr Thanachai believes that News Networks, the parent company of Spring News Corp, will see a 20% growth in revenue next year as it has multimedia platforms and newly-merging companies Thansetthakij and BLT tabloid, due to launch on Jan 1.

Dutch content pirates sentenced

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/25/3-dutch-content-pirates-sentenced/

Following the 2013 raid of five homes in the Netherlands cities of Apeldoorn, Enschede, Vlagtwedde and the Hague which resulted in the 2015 convictions of two pirates, a further three pirates arrested during these raids have been sentenced at the Zutphen courthouse.

Two defendants received 200 hours of community service and three months of conditional sentencing. The third defendant received 240 hours of community service and four months of conditional sentencing. The three defendants also forfeited amounts of €52,245, €53,245 and €110,406.85 respectively.

The sentence comes after an extensive collaboration between The Dutch Police, The Public Prosecution Service, Dutch TV providers and digital platform security specialist Irdeto, to see the arrest of seven suspects for Card Sharing. The suspects offered control word sharing equipment and illegal pirate subscriptions for sale and following further investigation, it was revealed that the control word sharing networks were also providing unauthorised pirated access to international pay TV channels.

Cable operators UPC and Ziggo, who have since merged, began investigations into several suspects offering control word sharing equipment and illegal pirate subscriptions for sale in 2011. Irdeto helped the cable operators by gathering the necessary evidence to refer the cases to the Dutch police in 2012.

“Convictions such as these clearly reaffirm the seriousness of this criminal conduct and the willingness of the Dutch authorities to work with our industry to tackle the ongoing issue of piracy,” said Mark Mulready, Senior Director, Cyber Services & Investigations at Irdeto. “Working closely with all parties involved, we welcome yet more successful convictions of pirates. Irdeto has a proven track record when it comes to investigating and shutting down criminal pirate networks around the globe, and continues to support not only content owners like the major studios and sports rights holders but also operators and the local police and other governing bodies, to drive positive results for every case undertaken. Control word sharing piracy is one of many major threats posed to pay TV operators, and we will continue to work all necessary parties to gather details of any criminal pirate networks, to help reduce business revenue loss and see justice is served for our customers.”

IPTV: Mass Piracy That’s Flying Largely Under The Radar

From https://torrentfreak.com/iptv-mass-piracy-thats-flying-largely-under-the-radar-161127/

Kodi and its third party 'pirate' addons have been getting an awful lot of press this year but there's a hidden side to streaming that receives much less attention. Enter the world of black-market IPTV, streaming services that provide a TV, sports and movie experience that rival commercial offerings.

Anyone with a Kodi setup understands how it works. Download the software, install a bunch of third party addons, and enjoy TV shows, sports, movies and PPVs, all for free.

While millions have fun doing just that, even the leading experts in Kodi setups acknowledge that they are limited by the content being provided by third parties. Sometimes the quality is good and the service is reliable, but at the other extremes people can spend more time getting stuff to work than actually watching and relaxing.

For those who simply can’t stand this kind of messing around, going legit is the sensible option. Subscribe to a big TV package with a local provider, pay for all the sports and PPVs, tack on the movie package, throw in Netflix for good measure, and then sit back and enjoy the ride. Trouble is, it costs a fortune.

However, somewhere in the middle lies a third way. It’s a lurking piracy monster that is getting very little press.

IPTV is short for Internet Protocol television, which is a fancy way of describing TV content that’s streamed over the Internet rather than via terrestrial, satellite, or cable formats. That said, thinking this is all IPTV has to offer would be a big mistake.

We aren’t going to name names, but the service shown to TF this week boasts more than 3,000 live and premium TV channels from all over the world, many of them in HD quality. Apparently a bigger package of more than 4,000 channels is also available if you really want to gorge on media.

Streamed over the web, the channels can be viewed on a range of devices, from VLC Media Player on PC, through to Android and Apple apps. However, the jewel in the crown is a tiny little device called a Mag Box.


A Mag Box is a cheap Linux-based box that plugs into any modern TV and utterly transforms the way streaming pirate content is consumed. Instead of reams of text in a VLC playlist, for example, Mag Boxes and an appropriate IPTV service are almost indistinguishable from the real deal.

Channels are presented in Electronic Program Guide format (EPG) and switching from one to another is achieved in fractions of a second. Poor photography skills (and dodgy Christmas wallpaper aside), the menus are very well presented.

As shown in the image above, when a channel is selected a moving preview appears in the window on the right. Under that sits an EPG covering the next few hours which allows for planning ahead. Also accessible are full channel EPG views that are easily as good as many commercial offerings.

But while at first glance these services seem dedicated to only live TV (albeit on any channel you could imagine, anywhere in the world), many have another trick up their sleeve. The service we saw also carries hundreds of the latest movies, up to 4K in resolution and even in 3D. They too can be accessed from professional looking menus and play, interruption free, every single time.

Also on offer is a massive ‘catch-up’ service which provides all the latest episodes of the most popular shows on-demand. Shows appear to be available minutes after airing and can be paused and skipped within a convenient media player setup.

Instead of using dedicated hardware, many IPTV users also use Kodi to view these kinds of streams. There are plenty of tutorials available online which detail how to activate the PVR component of the popular media player to access these kinds of services. However, from what we’ve seen so far, the Mag Box experience is head and shoulders above everything else.

So what’s stopping everyone from dumping torrents and web-based streaming services and jumping over to premium IPTV products right now? Well, it’s the same old story – cost.

Like a good VPN service, a decent IPTV service costs money – a few dollars, pounds, or euros per month. Depending on what they’re offering, Netflix-style deals are possible but for those who simply must have everything, it’s closer to double that price per month, or less if one subscribes for a whole year.

That being said, as we’ve seen before in many areas of piracy, these pirate IPTV services offer massively more bang for your buck than official offerings. The only practical problem is that there aren’t enough hours in a lifetime to watch everything they have to offer. The selection is bewildering.

Needless to say, these services are definitely illegal, certainly when it comes down to offering them to the public. Whether it’s illegal for users to watch these streams is down to individual countries’ laws, but on the whole the legal system is untested in both Europe and the United States so prosecutions seem unlikely, at least for now.


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Vice Media's gamble for traditional TV

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11754642

In its 25-year history, Vice Media has treasured a reputation for operating at the edge, embracing the digital shift and paying little heed to tradition. So it might come as a surprise to find out that its big new bet is a linear TV channel.

Vice has even hired a Discovery Channel veteran, Jay Rosenstock, to push its Viceland channel into dozens of international markets. Rosenstock acknowledges that partnering with companies like Sky in New Zealand and BSkyB in the UK might seem at odds with the company's style.

"We were coming at it from a different perspective. We've got a strong digital business today, we've got a built-in audience. We're producing the content for the channel all ourselves, so we can use it on a multi-platform basis," he says.

"As we look around the world, building the Vice brand even deeper and having television as part of that offering is very important. Television is still very meaningful in a lot of parts of the world - both from a viewing perspective and an advertising perspective.

We're not becoming a TV company, but TV will be part of our multi-platform strategy."

It's a long-term strategy being enacted very quickly. Rosenstock has been with Vice for a year-and-half, but he was only made president of Viceland International last month. He was in New Zealand last week off the end of a visit to Australia, where Viceland has gone with SBS - its first free-to-air partner.

If advertising income will be crucial in Australia, where there is no subscription revenue to underwrite things, it's clearly part of the proposition here too. The pitch to both distribution partners and advertisers is clear enough: Viceland can reach 18-34-year-old audiences that others cannot.

"Viceland reaches young, affluent, well-educated men," says Rosenstock. "A very tough demographic to reach."

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He says Sky, which will be doing the selling, is receiving "very robust interest" in what the channel offers. He may be hoping that advertisers don't dwell on Viceland's indifferent BSkyB launch. On some nights in September, launch month, Viceland rated a prime-time zero with its target audience. Viceland launched to lacklustre audiences in the US last year too, but has since pulled closer to where it needs to be.

"Its really too early," responds Rosenstock. "We launched the channel in the UK a month ago, we've been growing it significantly, we're very proud of the content and the localisation we're doing. We're producing a lot of UK hours. We're in the UK for the long-term and we're happy with where it is."

Even the doubters agree that Viceland's content is strong. The vibe from its digital portfolio carries over into Viceland programmes like the marijuana magazine show Weediquette (Vice has made a virtue of plainspoken content about drugs, across its various brands) and F**k That's Delicious, fronted by bad-boy bon vivant rapper Action Bronson. Cyberwar, Black Market and Big Night Out are all essentially the kind of zesty "immersive journalism" the company has pioneered online with Vice News documentaries.

Rosenstock says there will be local production, although how much budget makes it here from Australia remains to be seen.

"If you look at our initial slate - factual entertainment, news - we'll be broadening that out, we're likely to do some scripted content in the coming year. We're testing some daily comedic-type shows in America right now."

Vice already has a number of brands operating in New Zealand, including the music website Noisey.

These will run separately from Viceland. But the most millennial part of the business - an in-house creative agency - is very much part of Viceland's revenue model.

Will Viceland, as Vice's founder Shane Smith promised this year, "bring millennials back to television"?

That remains to be seen. But it does offer a kind of programming that Sky has not been able to offer viewers till now. And, possibly, the kind of viewers Sky wants and hasn't had a clear way to get.

Viceland launches on Sky on December 1.

SpaceX to launch twice in December?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/24/spacex-to-launch-twice-in-december/

Elon Musk-backed SpaceX, still suffering from a September 1st fireball catastrophe that destroyed an Israeli-owned satellite, is reported to be readying two rockets for launch in December.

One Falcon 9 rocket has been delivered to its Vandenberg Air Force Base, California (launch complex 4), in readiness for a flight. Prime candidate for this particular launch would be the Iridium communications fleet of 10 satellites and much delayed and needed by the operator. The launch has already been postponed from July and September.

The other rocket is reportedly being tested at SpaceX’s McGregor test facility in Texas, ahead of being shipped to Cape Canaveral (launch pad 39A). Pad 39A has been refurbished by SpaceX while the nearby Pad 40 is being repaired following the explosion in September.

This launch could be the – also much delayed – EchoStar 23 satellite. Local reports from Florida suggest that it could be as late as December 30th before the Cape Canaveral launch takes place.

However, SpaceX has not yet issued the formal report on the Sept 1st explosion from the investigation board comprising the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), NASA, the US Air Force, and other industry experts.

The other candidate for a Florida launch is SES with its SES-10 satellite, but this has been widely acknowledged to be using a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket, and is not now expected to be ready for launch until January. Also scheduled for launch by SpaceX in Q1 next year are BulgariaSat, KoreaSat 5A and Es’Hail-2.

Russia seeks new satellite funding

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/11/24/russia-seeks-new-satellite-funding/

RSCCThe Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) is planning to borrow R10.7 billion (€157.2 million) for the procurement and launch of two upcoming communications satellites.

According to Comnews, it has announced an auction to select banks willing to provide loan facilities.

RSCC will accept offers for the loans until December 14 and hold the auction two days later.

The satellites, known as Express 80 and Express 103, are scheduled to launch in 2019.

They will provide services to fixed and mobile communication, digital broadcasting, high-speed internet access and data transmission throughout Russia.

UAE's Yahsat says to expand satellite fleet by 2020

From http://www.arabianbusiness.com/uae-s-yahsat-says-expand-satellite-fleet-by-2020-654124.html

Expansion plans come as UAE seeks to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021
Satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) plans to substantially increase its fleet by 2020, its chief executive said, as the United Arab Emirates pushes ahead with its ambition to diversify its economy.

The focus on space technology is a point of pride for the local authorities - which unveiled a plan last year to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.

It comes at a time when the UAE is investing billions of dollars in industry, tourism and infrastructure to diversify its economy away from oil, whose price has nearly halved from its peak in 2014.

The country has already launched a number of satellites. Thuraya Telecoms Co has launched three, while Yahsat has two, with the launch of the third, which will help expand high-speed broadband operations, set for the first half of 2017.

"We are ready for launch of our third satellite and have signed subscriber contracts in Brazil and Africa," CEO Masood Sharif Mahmood told Reuters at an industry event.

"Next are (the launch of) four satellites together," he added, which would take its fleet to seven by the end of the decade.

These four would be used for commercial communications, including global in-flight connectivity, as well as for government use, said Mahmood.

Yahsat's investment in its third satellite is around $350 million. The company had invested $1.8 billion in the first two satellites, although this included the cost of initial launch services and associated ground infrastructure, he said.

Yahsat launched its first satellite in 2011 and the second in 2012, serving markets in the Middle East, parts of Africa, Europe and central and south-west Asia.

The third satellite is being built by Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, and will be launched aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket.

The increase of its fleet by 2020 would help the company, fully-owned by Abu Dhabi state investment fund Mubadala , move up the scale of global fixed satellite operators.

"You will see us at number four or five in revenues globally from number seven now," Mahmood said.

Yahsat's annual revenues are a little over 1 billion dirhams ($272.3 million) now, with operations on the ground in 55 countries, he said.

By comparison, Inmarsat, among the top four operators globally with a fleet of 11 satellites, had revenues totalling $1.27 billion in 2015.

Globecast, Vatican TV partner for UHD transmission

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/24/globecast-vatican-tv-partner-for-uhd-satellite-transmission/

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has partnered with Vatican Television to bring the Consistory and the Holy Door Closing Ceremony to viewers around the world in Ultra HD.

Alessandro Alquati, Managing Director at Globecast Italy, said, “Globecast is pleased to confirm once again its leading role in introducing Ultra HD as the next TV standard. We are excited to be one of the Official Partners of Vatican Television and Radio Vaticana, carrying out the worldwide satellite transmission of the event in UHD.”

As part of this official partnernship, Globecast is working closely with Sony and Eutelsat for the production and transmission of these events. Globecast will deploy its most advanced SNG mobile units to trasmit the live HD and UHD satellite feeds that will then be distributed worldwide via Eutelsat’s fleet.”

Alquati added, “Following on from our successful transmissions of the Pope’s Canonisation Ceremonies in 2014 and the Holy Door Opening Ceremony in 2015, it has been natural for us to cooperate with Vatican TV and our partners on these new important events. We’re extremely proud to make available our technical resources and business acumen for this event.”

Pakistan wraps DTH auction

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/24/pakistan-wraps-dth-auction/

Fifteen hours of Pakistan auction bidding for DTH licences closed in the early hours of November 24th with all three licences being sold.

A total of 11 companies – Orient Electronics Lahore, Mag Entertainment Lahore, Skyflix Islamabad, Smartimes Communications Islamabad, Sardar Builders Islamabad, Smart Sky Islamabad, Parus Media and Broadcast Islamabad, NayaTel Islamabad, Shahzad Sky, Islamabad, HB DTH Islamabad and IQ Communications Karachi – took part in the bidding process to secure the three licences, says a report from BBC Monitoring.

The highest bid was raised by Mag Entertainment (€44m) followed by M/s. Shahzad Sky and Star Time.

“All the three licences were sold for Rs 14.69 billion (€132m),” informed Chairman PEMRA Absar Alam, while speaking to the press.

“To date, this is the biggest investment in Pakistan’s electronic media history,” Alam said, adding that estimates and feasibility studies carried out by PEMRA suggested the overall investment would be $450 million ($150 million each) and could touch $750 million more in the next two years. These estimates did not include the bidding proceeds, he made it clear.

“The current analogue distribution system is offering a maximum of 80 channels while the DTH would increase the capacity to around 120 and each local DTH licence holder is expected to have at least 500,000 subscribers,” said the PEMRA chairman.

Pakistani DTH services, once launched, will counter the sale of illegal Indian DTH services in Pakistan, which incur a heavy loss to the national exchequer because of transfer of between $200 million to $350 million to India annually on account of subscription fee. Now the legal DTH services will give consumers a choice against the current monopoly of cable operators as well.

Foreign channels will get landing rights to come under the local regime through a regulatory process and launching of new local satellite channels will be allowed. The DTH licence holders will have to start operations within the year or risk termination of licences. The bidders are required to deposit 15 per cent of the bid money at the outset of the bidding as earnest money, followed by 50 per cent of the bid money upfront. The remaining amount could be paid immediately or in three yearly instalments at a mark-up rate.


Not much today..

Feed seen Wednesday night
Intelsat 19 12459 H Sr 7500 Australia v India Field hockey

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4016 H "TV Perú and IPe" have started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Smile Home Shopping" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "DC 7 has replaced SNB TV" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11733 H News Nation, Filmy, Firangi, Sahara One, Samay, News Flash and Cinema TV have started on, Fta. DD News, DD Sports, DD National, Sathiyam TV and Nepal 1 have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11793 H "Sankara TV and Tara Muzik have started on , Fta. Sarv Dharam Sangam and K News 24x7" have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11853 H Chardikla Time TV, Nepal 1, K News 24x7 and Live Today have started on, Fta. News Flash, Cine 21 and E 24 have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Enterr 10, Bangla Time TV and Jonack" have started on, Fta Swaraj Express, Channel 2 and 1 Yes TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R Vision、Bangla Time TV替换BTV News(印度)等频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [11月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tara TV、Sri Sankara替换R-Plus Gold(印度)等频道,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [11月24日]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV、Mono 29(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11758 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,QBTV、Style TV HD(AVG)等频道新增,设置11300 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Mahar、Mn TV(泰国)等频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 1(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Budsaba(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置11838 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chic Station(泰国)频道新增,设置4037 V 2025参数有条件接收。 [11月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Inda Voice(测试)频道新增,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Transmission HD 1(测试)等4个频道消失,设置12560 V 22500参数无效接收。 [11月23日]


DVB approves commercial requirements for ABR multicast

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/23/dvb-approves-commercial-requirements-for-abr-multicast/

After consideration of the Commercial Requirements for ABR (Adaptive Bit Rate) Multicast presented to the 84th meeting of the DVB Steering Board (SB), the decision was made to commit the Technical Module to produce a specification. The scope of the work will pave the way to providing a harmonised solution to the problem of transmitting linear video at scale across IP-based networks.

The purpose of the work is to help meet the growing consumer demand for superior quality OTT multiscreen services. In today’s environment operators and content providers are under increasing demand to deliver video content anytime, anywhere, over any network to any device.\\

The technical specification resulting from these Commercial Requirements will be applicable to both managed and unmanaged networks. The aim is to leverage existing media workflows and transmission infrastructure while retaining support for security and stream manipulation features.

“The broadcast industry faces the challenges of serving multiple devices across broadcast and broadband networks,” advised DVB Chairman, Peter MacAvock. “It’s essential to have a good set of tools to help, and DVB’s work in adaptive bitrate streaming continues to be a cornerstone of industry efforts in this area.”

“Adaptive bitrate streaming delivered over the top on managed networks is based on unicast technology, making it difficult to scale for live applications,” noted Thierry Fautier of the Ad Hoc Sub-Group of CM-AVC, which is tasked with defining the Commercial Requirements for ABR Multicast. “To resolve this issue, the DVB has decided to develop a specification that will enable ABR multicast distribution via any bidirectional IP network, including telco, cable, and mobile.”



From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 805 169.0E 4026 H "Edge Sport, Premier League TV and Sky News Australia" have left .

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3799 V "Fox Family Movies, FX Asia, Colors and SET Asia" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "Silver Screen has replaced Music Plus" on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4082 H "G World has replaced Dekho TV" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3874 H "YBN news" has started on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Channel 5 has replaced Zoom Vision" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3632 H "CCTV 4 Asia, Baby TV Asia, Fashion TV India, Sangu TV, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Peace TV English, Alkaun TV, Fox Asia, Rai Italia Asia, M Tunes, TV 5 Monde Asia, E! Asia & Pacific, Zee Classic, DW, Fox Family Movies, MTV India, Phoenix Chinese Channel, Zee Café, Zee Cinema Asia, Zee Studio, Sony Six, Nick Jr Asia, Zee TV India, Sony ESPN, YTV, Nat Geo People Asia, National Geographic Channel India, Star World India, Aljazeera Channel, Quran TV, Premier League TV, HBO HD Asia, Ten 1 HD and National Geographic Channel HD India" have started on , Safeview.

Intelsat 20 68.5E M 3836 V Tunes has left .

From asiatvro site

东经169度轨道位置的国际8号卫星C频段,S1(测试)频道消失,设置4025 H 1900参数无效接收。 [11月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Super Screen替换Music Plus(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cineplex替换Shrrang(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4177 H 2815参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,D TV Gold(印度)频道消失,设置4100 V 29700参数无效接收。 [11月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Naaptol Green(印度)频道新增,设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Astitva News(印度)频道新增,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [11月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Nation(印度)频道新增,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。 [11月23日]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SBS Plus UHD(高清)频道消失,设置12410 H 29500参数无效接收。 [11月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Bangla TV(RRSat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [11月22日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TV Peru HD、Ipe HD(高清)频道消失,设置4016 H 4165参数无效接收。 [11月22日]


Ariane 5's impressive 75 in-a-row launch record

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_5s_impressive_75_in_a_row_launch_record_999.html

Ariane 5 has marked a new chapter of operational service with its 75th launch success in a row, and Arianespace is celebrating the milestone - achieved this month - with a dedicated website page that brings together videos, key facts and mission highlights underscoring the heavy-lift vehicle's track record of reliability and service.

Among the features of Arianespace's dedicated website page are interactive "tiles" with details on each flight in Ariane 5's consecutive string of on-target missions, including liftoff images and launch team photos, plus information on the payloads.

"The Ariane 5 story is one of shared success involving Arianespace, its customers, the European Space Agency (ESA) and member states, along with European industry - including prime contractor Airbus Safran Launchers - all our partners and our great staff," explained Stephane Israel, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace.

"This has been a key part of fulfilling Arianespace's mission of using space to make life better on Earth, and we are pleased to be highlighting Ariane 5's track record with our special focus on the Arianespace website"

With its latest launch achievement, Ariane 5 now holds the record for consecutive missions accomplished among Arianespace's launcher family operating from French Guiana - surpassing Ariane 4's string of 74 in a row from 1995 to 2003.

And "75 in a row" is far from Ariane 5's only impressive figure. During the 13-year period that began in 2003, the launcher deployed 149 spacecraft for commercial and institutional operators, with over 623 metric tons (1.4 million pounds) delivered to orbit.

Billions of people have benefited from the space applications deployed via Ariane 5 - confirming this heavy-lift vehicle's unrivaled reliability in the commercial market, along with its availability and flexibility for a wide range of missions to various orbits.

China successfully launches fourth data satellite 'Tianlian I-04'

From http://zeenews.india.com/space/china-successfully-launches-fourth-data-satellite-tianlian-i-04_1952507.html

Beijing: China has successfully launched its fourth data satellite to achieve global network operation that will provide data relay, measurement and control services for its manned spacecraft.
The satellite, Tianlian I-04, was launched on a Long March-3C carrier rocket at 11:24 pm Beijing time from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in southwest Sichuan province last night, state-run Xinhua quoted officials of the centre as saying.

Developed by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, the satellite will join its three predecessors to achieve global network operation.

The network is expected to provide data relay, measurement and control services for China's manned spacecraft, space labs and space stations, according to the centre.

The network will also offer data relay services for the country's medium- and low-Earth orbiting resources satellites, as well as measurement and control support for spacecraft launches.

China launched its first data relay satellite, the Tianlian I-01, in April 2008.

The second satellite was launched in July 2011, and the third was launched in July 2012.

The launch of the Tianlian I-04 marked the 241st mission of China's Long March series of rockets.

Since China's first experimental communications satellite was launched in the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in 1984, it has sent more than 100 spacecraft into space in recent decades, including over 20 BeiDou navigation satellites and the country's first lunar probe, Chang'e-1.

According to the centre, 10 or more satellites will be launched there next year.

Amazon eyes live sports rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/22/amazon-eyes-live-sports-rights/

Amazon has held talks with US sports leagues the NBA, MLB and NFL and others to stream live sports, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Amazon is said to have proposed a premium, exclusive sports package as part of its Amazon Prime subscription service. The online retail giant has also reportedly looked to foreign sports such as cricket and surfing, and has asked traditional broadcasters such as Disney (owner of ESPN) for the rights to games they choose not to air.

The NFL’s deal with Twitter to stream 10 games ends after this season, which could allow Amazon to get its foot in the door, at least in regards to American football.

Pakistan cable operators strike

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/22/pakistan-cable-operators-strike/

Some 4,200 0f Pakistan’s cable operators have suspended services. The ‘strike’ started during the evening of November 21st. BBC Monitoring says the action is over the refusal of Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to postpone introducing DTH service.

The operators recently held a meeting with Finance Minister Ishaq Dar who reportedly refused to agree to their demand. On November 15th, the country’s Cable Operators Association chairman Khalid Arain had said that the launch of DTH was not justified since the cable operators have invested billions of rupees in converting the analogue cable system into the digital one. “It will also ruin their business and cause a huge economic loss.”

According to Arain, they need at least three years to create awareness among the people about cable digitalisation. The introduction of DTH will not provide us the opportunity to promote it, he claims.

On November 17th, Pemra officials had said successful launch of DTH services would be a game changer for the Pakistan’s media industry. The authority had shortlisted last week, 12 out of 16 companies for the bidding.

The licences will initially be issued for 15 years and could be extended later, according to the agreement.

The country’s media industry is poised to get a $400 million injection, the biggest ever investment in the sector as Pemra is set to auction three licences for digital satellite television services.

Unlike the analogue cable connections, DTH service is a digital platform that relays channels directly to homes from satellite through small dish antennas.

Estimates of illegal DTH users in Pakistan range from 70,000 to 2.5 million with most of them concentrated in Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.


Not much today.

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Kruiskyk TV" is Fta.

Apstar 6 134.0E 3712 V "CCTV 4 Asia" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 11052 V "Zee Cinema Asia has replaced Zee Premier" on , Tongfang.
Apstar 7 76.5E 11105 V "MCOT HD" has left .
Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "NDTV Profit, NDTV Prime and Home Channel" have started on , Tongfang.
Apstar 7 76.5E 11167 V "Travel Channel Asia and Police Channel" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel HD替换SCTV 5(VTC)等频道,设置11085 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV HD、VTC 2 HD替换Sony GE(VTC)等频道,设置10968 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月22日]
东经56度轨道位置的快车AT1号卫星Ku频段,Yuvelirochka(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12149 L 27500参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC 1替换亚洲新闻(K+)频道,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [11月22日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Ipe HD、TV Peru HD(高清)频道新增,设置4016 H 4165参数免费接收。 [11月22日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCJ Shopping替换VTV 1(VTC)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [11月22日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DTV 3、DTV 4(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4057 H 2727参数有条件接收。 [11月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,AMG(印尼)频道新增,设置3429 H 1250参数免费接收。 [11月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,GMA Life TV(菲律宾)等全组频道消失,设置3725 V 5925参数无效接收。 [11月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Magic FM(广播)频道消失,设置4006 V 1011参数无效接收。 [11月21日]


Pacific Television Centre bought by The Switch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/21/pacific-television-centre-bought-by-the-switch/

Fast-growing TV transmission and facilities company The Switch has bought Pacific Television Centre (PacTV) which has major TV distribution, uplinking and playout operations in Los Angeles, London, New York and in Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

“Through this acquisition, we intend to continue to build upon the solid reputation and relationships PacTV has built within the international broadcast community,” said Scott Beers, Chairman/CEO of The Switch.

The Switch has tapped into fresh finance from True Wind Capital, along with New Amsterdam Capital as well as its existing shareholders for extra funding.

Its client roster includes ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, CNN, Sky and BBC in the UK, Network TEN in Australia and Sky in New Zealand as well as top carriers including Level 3/Vyvx, SingTel, Intelsat, SES, and BT.

Financial terms were not revealed.

BBC Worldwide content for Hong Kong’s TVB

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/21/bbc-worldwide-content-for-hong-kongs-tvb/

BBC Worldwide has signed a deal with TVB to launch its suite of five channels and brands in Hong Kong.

BBC First, BBC Lifestyle, BBC Earth, CBeebies and BBC World News are now available on myTVSuper, TVB’s new subscription service that is available on the set top box, mobile and tablet as an app. Subscribers to myTVSuper are able to livestream BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle, BBC World News and CBeebies channels, as well as watch BBC First on-demand online, and via the myTVSuper app. Subscribers will also be able to catch-up select programmes from BBC Earth, BBC Lifestyle and CBeebies for 14 days.

“We are excited that five of our branded channels and services encapsulating the quality, breadth and depth of BBC’s programming are now available to myTVSuper’s subscribers,” said Kelvin Yau, GM of Greater China, BBC Worldwide. “Hong Kong is an important market for BBC Worldwide and our latest partnership with TVB builds on our commitment to bring great quality programming to more viewers in Asia,” he added.

Vivacom to launch platform for satellite TV for Africa

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/vivacom-to-launch-platform-for-satellite-tv-for-africa--1172643

Vivacom will launch a platform for satellite transmission of TV and radio channels for Africa in partnership with Eutelsat in the beginning of December. Vivacom recently presented to clients and partners its fully renovated teleport “Plana”. This is in one of the most modern facilities in the region, providing services in Europe, Middle East, Africa and part of Asia, the operator said. The teleport was selected by the satellite operator Eutelast for 3rd party teleport.
At present, Vivacom uses Eutelsat for data transmission to Africa and will expand this platform for video service. Following its good practice, Vivacom`s teleport is a member of WTA (World Teleport Association). The operator continues with the development and expansion of its two existing MCPC platforms, namely Intelsat 45E and Eutelast 36Е. Thanks to the improvement of the infrastructure and the expansion of the antenna field, Vivacom improved the conditions for collocation of customer satellite equipment.

Intelsat General to provide satellite services to RiteNet for US Army network

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_General_Announces_New_Contract_to_Provide_Satellite_Services_to_RiteNet_for_Army_Warfighter_Network_999.html

Intelsat General has announced a new contract to provide satellite connectivity to RiteNet Corp. to support testing by the U.S. Army at Ft. Bliss in El, Paso, TX, and at the nearby White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

The Army conducts a range of testing using the Warfighter Information Network (WIN-T) at these two facilities, including two Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) events each year to evaluate new technologies.

Using Ku-band capacity on an Intelsat satellite, RiteNet will provide both ongoing and surge capacity for the network. RiteNet, based in Rockville, MD, provides information technology and telecommunications services to a number of government and commercial customers.

"The Warfighter Information Network is the U.S. Army's backbone in terms of communications with its troops in the field," said Skot Butler, President of Intelsat General Corporation. "Our services will support the Army as it tests new equipment and technologies that will one day provide American warfighters around the globe with advanced capabilities."

This Comsatcom Transponded Capacity (CTC) task order is awarded by the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency-Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization (DISA-DITCO) for one year, with options to renew it annually for an additional four years.

Reliance Jio eyeing December DTH launch

From news

Reliance Jio is planning to launch a direct-to-home (DTH) TV service in India on 15 December 2016, according to a local report.

Led by billionaire businessman Mukesh Ambani, Jio – which launched a 4G mobile service in September – plans to offer its DTH service for free for the first six months, according to Gizbot. After that, the service will reportedly be priced from INR185 per month.

The DTH service, delivered at speeds of up to 1Gb, will offer customers access to high-speed Internet and other Jio services such as gaming, according to Indian Express. Consumers would be able to access the service through a set-top-box as well as an Android smartbox or Apple TV, the report added.

Jio TV will reportedly deliver more than 360 channels, at least 50 of which will be in HD, as well as catch-up services. Different content packs will be offered, such as a sports combo or a South Indian TV combo, according to Gizbot.

Jio has shaken up India’s mobile communications sector since launching its 4G LTE service in September, with a free offer for voice services, zero roaming charges and low data rates geared at offering mobile video.


Apstar 7 76.5E 4156 H Sr 7200 tp:14A  fec:3/4 "TVB8 has started" currently FTA , as mentioned in a press release last week

TV Charity is new FTA on Intelsat 19 12646 H Mysat mux Vpid 572 Apid 573 this mux is still fta

raw web stream link

Sunday feed

IS19 4007 H Sr 7199 Motorsport Macau FTA

Saturday Feed log scan 4pm NZ
D2 12634 V Sr 7100
D2 12652 V Sr 7500
D2 12670 V Sr 22400
D2 12258 H Sr 8569 (NZ beam)
D2 12271 H Sr 8569 (NZ beam)

IS 19 12646 H all Mysat channels are running FTA
IS 19 12600 V Sr 7000
IS 19 12609 V Sr 7000

Unfortunatly I wasn't able to load much of the above due to a reception issue, basically I need to fix the pole my Ku Dish is mounted on to get it back to vertical. No it wasn't the quake, the board its mounted on has slowly over the years tilted forward as the weight of the dish and strong wind has pulled the nails loose.

Saturday evening
Intelsat 19 12450 H 7499 "NBL"

Saturday feeds

Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA "STS3"
Intelsat 19 12609 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6, DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Two Chs load for Ch9 QLD telethon later today

Intelsat 19 12525 H Sr 30000 "Z1" blank screen in the TV Plus mux

From my Email


From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0E 3712 V "CCTV 4 Asia" has started on , Fta
Apstar 6 134.0E 4044 H "CTV 8" has started on , Fta

Horizons 2 84.8E 11800 H "Bridge TV Classic has replaced Topsong TV" on , encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Gram Bangla and Music Choice TV" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4048 V "CSN" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 3658 H "Ten 3 and Boomerang Asia have started on , Safeview. Ten 1, Dhi TV, CCTV 4 Asia, Baby TV Asia, Fashion TV India, Sangu TV,
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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Cinema 2 has replaced Entertainment TV" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3920 H "Boomerang Australia, CNN International Asia Pacific, Cartoon Network South East Asia, Cartoon Network Australia, TCM Australia, Cartoon Network Taiwan, Cartoon Network Philippines, TCM Asia and Toonami Asia" have left again.
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 3791 H "Buland News Samachar Plus and Samachar Plus Rajasthan" have started on , Fta.
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "Trace Sport Stars and Inspiration TV" have started on ,Videoguard.
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CTV to stop broadcasting, move to web-based platform

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/86683733/ctv-to-stop-broadcasting-move-to-webbased-platform

Star Media chief executive Steve McCaughan said Canterbury Television (CTV) was transitioning to a web-based platform starting December 19.

Christchurch's regional television network is moving to a 24/7 web-based platform, which will result in job losses.

Star Media chief executive Steve McCaughan said Canterbury Television (CTV) was moving to a web-based platform starting December 19. The broadcaster had recently celebrated 25 years on air.

"The reason for that transition is because we need to compete with a whole lot of screens now for audience — that is mobile devices, tablets, phones web-based products and so on.

"It's been very difficult for traditional TV to continue to grow audience however by transitioning to a web-based platform it gives CTV the opportunity to reach its audiences 24/7 anytime, anywhere and have a far bigger reach into the people of Canterbury."

McCaughan said some roles would go, with redundancies to follow. He said the team were "very professional".

He said the decision was a "move to the future".

"I'm confident this gives CTV every opportunity to succeed.

"This is where audiences are going and we need to go where audiences are."

The company's director Pier Smulders declined to comment.

Star Media was formerly known as Mainland Media and bought The Star and Oamaru Mail in 2013.

(Craig's comment, just my thoughts, drop the Canterbury Television branding, become CTV New Zealand, boost the programming with more NZ content for the international audience. Make proper IPTV streams available to overseas providers who want linear and block programming. 8 hours of content a day cycled 3 times. )

Premier League in record Chinese TV rights deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/18/premier-league-in-record-chinese-tv-rights-deal/

The English Premier League has sold its television rights in China for about £564 million (€660m), marking its biggest-ever overseas sale.

Online video streaming service PPTV, a media division of China’s Suning retail group which also owns Italian football club Inter Milan has agreed a three-year deal from the 2019-20 season.

The deal is said to be more than 10 times the current contract with Super Sports Media Group, which is paying around £16 million a season to cover all 380 matches. PPTV also has the live rights for games from Spain’s La Liga in China.

Thaicom sees foreign partnerships as way to expand business collaboration

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/business/corporate/30300436

SATELLITE OPERATOR Thaicom is hopeful that its recent partnerships with satellite manufacturer China Great Wall Industry Corp and another foreign company it has declined to identify will lead to further business collaboration in the future.

Thaicom’s senior vice president for corporate affairs, Ekachai Phakdurong, said these partnerships could pave the way for other business collaborations in China or even in other foreign markets.
Thaicom, which has been recognised as one of the global top 10 satellite operators, continues to explore new business models to boost revenue, he said.

Last month Thaicom announced that its subsidiary International Satellite Company (ISC) had entered a partnership with a foreign business to develop a new broadband satellite project worth around US$208 million (more than Bt7.3 billion). Thaicom has declined to reveal the name of this partner.

The planned satellite will operate under the licence and orbital slot held by the partner. The partner will also provide Thaicom with advanced service fees that will serve as the source of funding for the construction of the satellite.

As part of the project, ISC also entered a satellite-procurement contract with China Great Wall Industry Corp, which is China’s leader in satellite construction and commercial launch services. The satellite, with a 15-year life span, is expected to be completed around the end of 2019. It will provide broadband and mobility services in the Asia-Pacific region.
Ekachai said the project would be a new revenue source for Thaicom from its procurement of the satellite for the partner and its provision of maintenance service for the project.
He said Thaicom was still considering developing its own Thaicom 9 satellite and was waiting for the satellite-service regulations in Thailand to become clearer.

Working panel

Late last week, acting Digital Economy and Society Minister Prajin Juntong said he had appointed a working panel, chaired by deputy permanent secretary Somsak Khaosuwan, to work out details regarding the ministry’s plan to reform the satellite-service industry.

The panel was ordered to finish its work within 45 days. Prajin added that he had not instructed the panel to focus on any specific ways to reform the industry.
Earlier the ministry focused on the goal of bringing Thaicom’s two licensed satellites, Thaicom 7 and 8, into the ministry’s concession regime as part of the reform.
Thaicom currently has five satellites in operation: the Thaicom 4 (IPSTAR) broadband satellite and the Thaicom 5, 6, 7 and 8 broadcasting satellites.
Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 operate under the ministry’s concession regime, while the other two fall under the National Broadcasting and Telecom Commission’s licensing regime.
A telecom industry source said that if the panel did not go for the option of asking Thaicom to bring its licensed satellites into the concession regime, it might instead propose that these satellites pay the ministry a fee for the right to use Thailand’s orbital slots.

The fee would also be imposed on the future Thaicom satellites under the NBTC licensing regime and those of any other satellite operators that will come to Thailand in the future.

Why going private might be the right move for Astro

From http://www.marketing-interactive.com/why-going-private-might-be-the-right-move-for-astro/

Malaysia’s pay-TV operator and broadcaster Astro is rumored to be going private. The speculations first started approximately a week ago when The Star reported last week that its billionaire founder, Ananda Krishnan is pondering on the possibility of taking Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd private again.

The company first became public in October 2003 as Astro All Asia Networks, but was taken private in June 2012. It was then listed again on 19 October 2012 as Astro Malaysia Holdings.

While Astro did not comment on A+M’s request of a statement, it directed us to its filing on Bursa which it responded to The Star report a day after it was published. The report said the company has not received confirmation of any privatisation proposal and said, “As far as the company is aware, after due enquiry, it has not received confirmation of any privatisation proposal.”

The Star also reported that, according to its industry sources, Ananda who owns 40% of Astro, is looking at a corporate exercise to buy out the rest of the shares in the company. This is via his private vehicle company Usaha Tegas. In addition, it said the exercise is still in preliminary stages and that Usaha Tegas feels that the market is not valuing the company fairly.

Coupled with Ananda’s previous style of delisting and relisting other companies under his stable such as Maxis and Bumi Armada, it probably will not shock industry players as much – if he is indeed going to delist Astro once again.

Experts that A+M spoke to are pretty upbeat about its privatisation, that is – if it does happen.

Ranga Somanathan, newly appointed CEO of Omnicom Media Group of Singapore and Malaysia said that Astro’s privatisation will enable the company to reinvest its revenue towards future proofing. It will also ease the management of any distractions from the investors and focus all its energies on its customers.

Privisation process is a growing pain, Rajesh Mahtani, head of business development and brand communications of Asia Pacific at Publicis Groupe Media said. He added that while it is a higher risk to take, it can potentially bring positive benefits for Astro’s business as a whole with more leeway to try new things and make faster decisions to come up with a new business idea.

“It will no longer answer to the public stakeholders and have less restriction in their business directions and goals too,” he said, adding:

Public listed companies are often handcuffed with more obligations to follow such as internal staffing and policies.

Prashant Kumar, senior partner of experimental marketing firm Entropia is also optimistic. He said, “It’s clear that the market undervalues Astro. I believe that Astro has some fundamental strength that can be leveraged into new platforms and new commercial models to deliver sustained performance.”

Mindshare Singapore’s former managing partner.

More opportunities to innovate

Going private, Kumar said, apart from the financial dimensions, is expected to allow it more strategic choices, “Without the pressures of quarterly numbers, it can make longer-term bets to re-orient the company in a deeper way. I consider it a positive step from this point of view.”

Also sharing the same sentiment is, Ivan Wong, commercial director of SPH Magazines in Singapore and former Wong said that without having to be concerned over the impact to shareholders and short term business targets, privatisation could actually free Astro to develop longer term strategies and pivot more nimbly to grasp opportunities.

Wong added without the statutory shackles, Astro could likely operate and innovate more as a startup.

Mahtani also pointed out that some startup firms are doing better than larger companies, also because they have much more freedom to innovate and execute those ideas with lesser restrictions, “Privatisation will probably allow more innovation initiatives coming from Astro, including invention or partnerships to bring even more digital and tech-related ideas and platforms in making sure it remains competitive in the industry.”

“With more freedom, we may see Astro hiring more talents in boosting up various teams especially in the digital and tech space,” he added.

Impact on advertising revenue

In terms of advertising revenue, Wong said in the short term, he does not think Astro’s privatisation will have much impact on its business, “For instance, advertisers will still continue to support in order to connect with its vast audience via Astro.”

Prashant too, agreed with Wong as he does not see a major impact on advertising revenue growth trend.

With lesser bureaucracy, Mahtani said, Astro also may be able to show a much bolder and hungrier side when facing potential advertisers: “It will be interesting to see how the company navigate as a private firm.”

However, there are always two sides of a coin. In this case, Mahtani said the drawbacks will be in terms of scale and connection: “A listed company would have the big bothers funding you and watching your back for larger investments, in driving scale. Their projects also tend to get approval easier from the government.”

The critical thing about privatisation is, to change your behavior and adjust to the new environment and system, said Mahtani.

Challenges the broadcaster currently faces

That said, one of the challenges Astro faces, apart from a weaker ringgit, is also the increasing competition from upcoming video-on-demand (VOD) service providers such as Netflix, iflix, Viu and most recently, the newly launched Dimsum by Star Media group.

With seismic shifts in audience viewing habits and robust competition in new ways of distributing content, Somanathan also said, it will be critical for Astro to invest in data and tech to stay ahead and stay relevant.

Somanathan added that if Astro gets it’s formula right, the investments in data, tech and new licensing models will not only enable the company to endear itself to the Malaysian consumers, it will also help in market expansion and wider footprint across the region. He added:

It’s clear that the market undervalues Astro. I believe that Astro has some fundamental strengths that can be leveraged into new platforms and new commercial models to deliver sustained performance.

Meanwhile, Entropia’s Kumar also noted that increased VOD competition is expected to expand the market, “I would like to believe that their understanding of the content market in Malaysia and the commercial appetite is better than the pure play operators.”

NASA launches next generation weather satellite

From http://www.thestatesman.com/science/nasa-launches-next-generation-weather-satellite-1479709084.html

A "next generation" US weather satellite that was rocketed into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:42 pm EST on Saturday (5.12 am Sunday, India time) is on its way to sharpen forecasts, watches and warnings about hurricanes and storms, NASA said.

After the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R (GOES-R), reaches its final designated orbit in the next two weeks, it will be renamed GOES-16, the US space agency said in a statement.

"The launch of GOES-R represents a major step forward in terms of our ability to provide more timely and accurate information that is critical for life-saving weather forecasts and warnings," said Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

"It also continues a decades-long partnership between NASA and NOAA to successfully build and launch geostationary environmental satellites," Zurbuchen added.

The new satellite will become operational within a year, after undergoing a checkout and validation of its six new instruments, including the first operational lightning mapper in geostationary orbit.

"The next generation of weather satellites is finally here," NOAA Administrator Kathryn Sullivan said.

Forecasters will use the lightning mapper to hone in on storms that represent the greatest threats.

The satellite's primary instrument, the Advanced Baseline Imager, will provide images of Earth's weather, oceans and environment with 16 different spectral bands, including two visible channels, four near-infrared channels, and 10 infrared channels.

Improved space weather sensors on GOES-R will monitor the sun and relay crucial information to forecasters so they can issue space weather alerts and warnings.

In all, data from GOES-R will result in 34 new or improved meteorological, solar and space weather products, NASA said.

PlayStation Vue on Apple TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/18/playstation-vue-on-apple-tv/

The PlayStation Vue OTT service is now available through Apple TV.

In a company blog post, Dan Myers, Head of Business at Vue, said: “As one of the most highly-requested devices by our fans, the PlayStation Vue experience on Apple TV will provide viewers with a better option to watch your favourite live TV programming, with unique streaming features such as cloud DVR, simultaneous streaming, and no long-term contract commitments.”

Available immediately, PlayStation Vue will be supported on Apple TV (4th generation), leveraging Apple TV’s latest hardware. Users can take advantage of Apple TV’s Siri Remote and easy navigation with touch. PlayStation Vue brings popular programming to Apple TV, from live sports networks like ESPN and NFL Network, to premium channels like AMC, FX, HBO, and Showtime

UK 'space junk' project highlights threat to missions

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/UK_space_junk_project_highlights_threat_to_missions_999.html

The mass of "space junk" orbiting the Earth poses a serious threat to future exploration, a British scientist said on Friday at the launch of a project to raise awareness of the issue.

"Tackling the problem of space debris is one of humankind's greatest environmental challenges, but is also perhaps the one that is the least known," said Hugh Lewis, head of astronautics research at the University of Southampton.

He was supporting the launch of a creative project at London's Royal Astronomical Society by artists and scientists aiming to shed light on the 27,000 pieces of debris being tracked as they orbit the Earth.

There are believed to be around 100 million pieces in total, but some are too small to chart.

So-called "space junk" has been left in space during the many missions that have taken place since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite, in 1957.

The debris now poses a serious threat to future space exploration, scientists warn.

"Every day, we use and rely on services provided by satellites without ever realising how vulnerable they are," said Lewis.

Space debris puts these satellites at risk of being destroyed or damaged and "may affect the dreams and ambitions of future generations to work and live in space", he said.

The project, titled "Adrift", uses film, sound and social media to explore the dangers of space junk.

A documentary by filmmaker Cath Le Couteur features British-American meteorologist and astronaut Piers Sellers, who dropped his spatula during a space walk on NASA's "Discovery" mission in 2006.

The tool was left travelling at a speed of 27,000 kilometres per hour before burning up in the atmosphere.

"Space debris as an operating astronaut, it was just the enemy... It's a sleet of very fast-moving stuff," Sellers said in the film.

Speaking at the launch, Le Couteur said the documentary highlighted a "critical contemporary crisis".

"It is now a very serious threat to future space exploration, to us here on Earth, and to the damage and destruction of satellites that we rely on," she said.

Audiences can "adopt" a piece of space junk on Twitter, such as Vanguard, the second US satellite into space and the oldest existing piece of space debris.

The project also includes an attempt to follow audibly the path of space debris, using an electromechanical sound instrument to transform its movement into sound.

BAFTA-winning composer and sound artist Nick Ryan recorded 1,000 sounds using objects chosen to represent space debris -- which itself is silent -- and used it to represent live data from space.

UK pubs fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/18/uk-pubs-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following successful prosecutions by intellectual property protection body FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft) the Designated Premises Supervisors of the Miners Arms and The Old Crooked Clock, in the Northern UK city of Leeds have each been convicted and ordered to pay a combined total of more than £8,500 (€9,864) in fines and costs for showing Sky Sports illegally in their premises.

On November 11th at Leeds Magistrates Court, Peter Pinder of the Miners Arms was found guilty after trial to two offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission (a Sky televised football match) at the above licensed premises with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. This is contrary to Section 297 (1) of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. In addition to receiving a criminal conviction, Pinder was ordered to pay a total of £7,875 in fines and costs.

In a separate case, Sarah Harwood of The Old Crooked Clock was also prosecuted by FACT for screening Sky Sports without the correct commercial viewing agreement from Sky Business in place. To date, there have been 22 convictions brought by FACT this season alone, bringing total fines and costs paid by licensees across the UK to over £90,000.

The Leeds licensees both told the court that they had purchased systems to show Sky Sports from a company they named as MV Rentals. They claimed that MV Rentals had told them that the system they were supplying was legal to use. However, Sky Sports is only available to UK pubs via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky.

“These cases should send a clear warning to pub owners and licensees who show Sky broadcasts without a commercial subscription,” declared Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager. “If convicted, fines for this offence are unlimited and you may have to pay substantial legal costs, as well as putting yourself at risk of having your licence suspended or revoked.”

“Illegal broadcasts of sporting events, films and TV programmes are damaging to the creative industries and puts businesses and people’s livelihoods at risk and so we work closely with our members to ensure their content is protected and that legitimate customers are not left short changed.”

These convictions were carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premise reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and will visit hundreds of pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

George Lawson, Head of Commercial Piracy at Sky Business, said: “These sentences demonstrate how seriously the courts take piracy and should act as a wake-up call to those licensees who continue to listen to suppliers who tell them they can show Sky Sports via an alternative system and avoid prosecution – Sky Sports is only available to pubs and clubs in the UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky; no other method of showing Sky Sports in licensed premises is legal.”

“Sky’s on-going support for FACT in prosecuting licensees who break the law, as well as investigating suppliers is part of our unwavering commitment to protect our legitimate customers’ investment from those that threaten their businesses.”

Pak to award three DTH licences on 23 Nov; Chinese, UAE companies also in fray

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/pak-to-award-three-dth-licences-on-23-nov-chinese-uae-companies-in-fray-161119

MUMBAI: Twelve companies have been shortlisted by PEMRA to bid for the award of three DTH licences on 23 November which is anticipated to fetch around US$400 million. Initially the authority will issue license for a period of 15 years, which will be extended as per agreement.

No TV channel would be allowed to be a part of the licence directly. The base price for the bid offering was PKR 20 million.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority is expecting indirect and direct investment of PKR 4194 crore (INR 2720 crore) through bidding of Direct to Home licenses during the next three years. PEMRA officials said the body will open the bidding process at the PEMRA headquarters to give away three licenses, for which 12 companies including Chinese, Russian and UAE firms out of 16 had been selected, Pakistani newspapers reported.

The short-listed companies are:

Mag Entertainment Lah­ore

Orient Electronics Lah­ore

Skyflix Islamabad

Startimes Communi­ca­tions Isla­m­abad

Smart Sky Islam­abad

Sardar Builders Islamabad

Parus Media and Broadcast Islamabad

Naya Tel Islamabad

Sha­h­zad Sky Islamabad

Maestro Med­ia Distribution Islamabad

HB DTH Islamabad

IQ Com­munications Karachi

PEMRA had fixed the price of DTH service box PKR 2,500 to PKR 3,000 and its subscription fee will be only PKR 550 a month.

Countrywide, this decision is forecast to create 1,500 direct and 15,000 indirect employment opportunities. PEMRA officials said DTH had captured maximum 25 per cent market while the rest was being served by digital cable suppliers.

There are around three million consumers, using Indian DTH, and the government aims to eliminate it through local facilities and save about PKR 24 billion in capital flight to India.

A PEMRA official said that a Chinese firm was keen to establish a company in Pakistan to manufacture set-top box for DTH and digital cable TV. The Pakistani cable market is primarily analogue, and the most of the operators have not adequately invested in upgrading their networks.

Cable operators in Pakistan had launched an anti-DTH campaign. The Cable Operators Association had staged a protest last week against the DTH bidding. Association chairman Khalid Arain said that the PEMRA chairman had assured the association that PEMRA would not launch DTH in the next two years, warning it to stop the bidding or face the consequences.

Meanwhile, Christian Post reported that PEMRA had banned all 11 Christian TV channels airing in the country and arrested at least six cable operators for defying the order.

PEMRA does not grant landing rights for religious content, allowing the airing of Christian messages only for Christmas and Easter.

However, the Christian channels had been operating for over 25 years. PEMRA has now formally labelled the Christian channels as illegal, the Post reported quoting UCAnews.


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Amazon Prime opens streaming access to Australian consumers

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/amazon-prime-opens-streaming-access-to-australian-consumers

Amazon has begun allowing Australian consumers to sign up and stream Amazon Prime Video content from its UK and US catalogues, technology website Gizmodo reports.

While not yet officially launched here, Australians can gain Prime membership by following ads on Amazon's US and UK websites and filling out a form with credit card details.

Allowing Australians access to its US and UK catalogues will further fuel speculation that Amazon Prime Video is planning to launch here imminently.

It has been rumoured for some time that Amazon Prime Video would use the global launch of The Grand Tour - a new motoring show featuring ex-Top Gear stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and Brian May - as a platform to launch Prime in Australia. However, this now appears unlikely as the show is due to launch today (US and UK time).

The timing of Amazon Prime's launch on these shores could hinge on the availability of content and Amazon's broader plans in the market.

Established local media companies Stan and Foxtel have already secured licenses with production houses Showtime and HBO, locking down the Australian first runs of hit US shows.

It is also questionable whether it would precede the launch of Amazon's e-commerce operation as many consumers sign up to Prime because it provides a free and fast delivery service and benefits.

As the recent demise of Presto has shown, a third SVOD in the relatively small Australian market is unlikely to survive without a strong content catalogue. For Amazon this would require a combination of its Amazon Prime original series as well as content from other production houses.

Amazon Prime Video is the second-largest SVOD in the world with an estimated 57 million to 61 million global subscribers to Netflix's 75 million. It is particularly popular in the US and UK markets where Amazon is also a dominant e-commerce retailer and Prime membership saves consumers cost on shipping.

Amazon recently quadrupled the size of its Sydney office, fuelling speculation the e-commerce giant could begin trading in Australia as soon as next year – a move that could radically shake-up the retail sector and place pressure on bricks and mortar department stores.

Ariane5 rocket launches 4 Galileo satellites from French Guiana

From http://www.indialivetoday.com/ariane5-rocket-launches-4-galileo-satellites-french-guiana/62105.html

An Ariane 5 rocket has launched four additional Galileo satellites, accelerating deployment of the new satellite navigation system.

The Ariane 5, operated by Arianespace, lifted off from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 13:06 GMT (14:06 CET, 10:06 local time) carrying Galileo satellites 15–18. The first pair was released 3 hours 35 minutes and 44 seconds after liftoff, while the second separated 20 minutes later.

The Galileos are at their target altitude, after a flawless release from the new dispenser designed to handle four satellites.

Over the next few days, engineers will nudge the satellites into their final working orbits and begin tests to ensure they are ready to join the constellation. This is expected to take six months or so.

This mission brings the Galileo system to 18 satellites.

The satellites already in orbit will allow the European Commission to declare the start of initial services, expected towards year’s end.

The previous 14 satellites were launched two at a time using the Soyuz–Fregat rocket.

“Now that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,” remarked Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities.

Two additional Ariane 5 launches are scheduled in 2017 and 2018. The full system of 24 satellites plus spares is expected to be in place by 2020.

“With this 75th successful launch in a row, Ariane-5 sets a new record within European developed launchers and proves once more its reliability, ” said Daniel Neuenschwander, ESA’s Director for Launchers.

About Galileo

Galileo is Europe’s civil global satellite navigation system. It will allow users worldwide to know their exact position in time and space with great precision and reliability. Once complete, the system will consist of 24 operational satellites and the ground infrastructure for the provision of positioning, navigation and timing services.

The Galileo programme is funded and owned by the EU. The European Commission has the overall responsibility for the programme, managing and overseeing the implementation of all programme activities.

Galileo’s deployment, the design and development of the new generation of systems and the technical development of infrastructure are entrusted to ESA. The definition, development and in-orbit validation phases were carried out by ESA, and co-funded by ESA and the European Commission.

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA) is ensuring the uptake and security of Galileo. Galileo operations and provision of services will be entrusted to the GSA from 2017.

About the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency (ESA) provides Europe’s gateway to space.

ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA has 22 Member States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, of whom 20 are Member States of the EU.

ESA has established formal cooperation with seven other Member States of the EU. Canada takes part in some ESA programmes under a Cooperation Agreement.

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes.

ESA develops the launchers, spacecraft and ground facilities needed to keep Europe at the forefront of global space activities.

Today, it develops and launches satellites for Earth observation, navigation, telecommunications and astronomy, sends probes to the far reaches of the Solar System and cooperates in the human exploration of space.

Iran’s endless war against private satellite TV nets over 713,000 dishes since early 2016

From http://spacewatchme.com/2016/11/irans-endless-war-private-satellite-tv-nets-713000-dishes-since-early-2016/

Tehran’s police chief, General Lofti, told an audience at a Chastity and Hijab meeting held on 13 November 2016, that Iranian authorities have seized 713,546 satellite dishes, 923,299 low-noise block downconverters (LNB’s) and 10,766 satellite receivers over the past seven months.

Further, General Lofti informed his audience that authorities have arrested 293 individuals accused of installing satellite dishes, and that over 40 gangs of satellite dish installers have been broken up or otherwise disrupted.

Another Iranian official at the meeting accused other officials of actually impeding the efforts of Iranian police and other authorities from confiscating illegal satellite dishes and other equipment. Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said, “Some officials provide statistical data saying that 60 per cent of the population use satellite dishes and denying the actions the police and the prosecutor’s office are taking to remove and collect satellite dishes.”

Jafari Dolatabadi also pointed out that possession of any equipment associated with receiving and watching satellite television is against the law, and urged other official and members of the public to not impede Iranian law enforcement efforts to confiscate this kind of equipment.

Not only is possession of satellite television equipment illegal in Iran, it is also considered to be harmful to public “morals” by Iran’s leadership.

Speaking in July 2016 after a crackdown saw 100,000 satellite dishes confiscated, General Mohammad Reza Naghdi, commander of the Basij paramilitary force, said, “What these televisions really achieve is increased divorce, addiction and insecurity in society. Most of these satellite channels not only weaken the foundation of families but also cause disruptions in children’s education and children who are under the influence of satellite have improper behaviour.”

According to a report in the Christian Science Monitor earlier this year, anyone caught possessing satellite television equipment can face fines of up to U.S.$2,800.

Regime hardliners in Tehran believe that satellite television broadcasts from the West and Gulf Arab countries are part of a deliberate campaign to wage a ‘soft war’ against Iran, and that all programming broadcasted into Iran is designed to undermine support among ordinary Iranians for the government. Yet not everyone in the Iranian government believe that the ban on satellite television is worth the effort, with President Hassan Rouhani and Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati both known to have called for the law to be relaxed and changed.

DVB approves ‘milestone’ UHD spec

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/17/dvb-approves-milestone-uhdtv-spec/

The 84th meeting of the DVB Steering Board (SB) has approved the latest specification for Ultra High Definition Television, UHD-1 Phase 2. The industry consortium says the new specification is a major milestone for the industry, guaranteeing interoperability and enabling broadcasters and CE manufacturers to provide UHD-1 Phase 2 products and services. This could mean that the first DVB UHD-1 Phase 2 services, that include the new features, would be available from next year.

The specification covers various elements for the improvement of video and audio quality for broadcast TV services including High Dynamic Range (HDR) which significantly increases the contrast ratio and results in pictures with more ‘sparkle’. The DVB solution supports Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) and PQ (Perceptual Quantizer). Furthermore, the new specification defines Higher Frame Rates (HFR), going beyond the current 50/60 Hz. HFR offers sharper images of moving objects. When it comes to audio, DVB has added the latest Next Generation Audio (NGA) schemes supporting object- or scene-based audio. These new features can be combined with HD and UHD resolutions. The specification will be published as BlueBook A157 and will be passed to ETSI for formal publication as TS 101 154 v2.3.1.

“Today’s approval of the specification is the result of enormous effort from the contributors, and further evidence of DVB’s leadership in the broadcast industry,” DVB Chairman Peter MacAvock. “DVB views the Phase 2 specification as a key enabler for exciting products and services.”

The specification was a massive team effort with over 30 companies and other interested parties participating through the DVB Commercial Module, the Technical Module and the Steering Board. It is estimated that some 36 online meetings and 14 physical meetings took place over the three years. This commitment by DVB Members bears testament to how standards bodies play an important role and emphasises the importance of getting consensus and wide approval for new standards.

David Wood, Chair of the DVB Commercial Module for UHDTV who oversaw much of the work on the specification, commented: “When they draw up the history of television, the agreement by the DVB Steering Board to the UHD-1 Phase 2 specification will surely be writ large. It marks the culmination of many years’ work by scores of DVB Member engineers, and is probably the tipping point for the new age of UHDTV.”


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SpaceX wants to cover the globe with an internet service 10 times faster than the NBN

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/spacex-internet-satellite-constellation-2016-11?r=US&IR=T

SpaceX, the aerospace company founded by the Mars-hungry tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, just made a big move to enshroud the planet in high-speed internet coverage.

On November 15, the company filed a lengthy application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to launch 4,425 satellites. (We first heard about the filing through the r/SpaceX community on Reddit.)

That is a hell of a lot of satellites.

According to a database compiled by the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are 1,419 active satellites currently orbiting Earth. There are estimates of roughly 2,600 satellites that no longer work floating in space, but even factoring those in, SpaceX’s planned fleet would be larger than everything already in space.

Some of the biggest telecommunications satellites can weigh several tons, be the size of a bus, and orbit from a fixed point about 35,000km above Earth.

After we took a look at SpaceX’s FCC application, though, it seems these won’t be your typical telecommunications satellites.

Each satellite in SpaceX’s planned constellation will weigh 386kg and be roughly the size of a MINI Cooper car. They will orbit at altitudes ranging from 1,150km to 1,275km.

From this lofty vantage point, SpaceX says each satellite could cover an ellipse about 2,120km wide.

“The system is designed to provide a wide range of broadband and communications services for residential, commercial, institutional, governmental and professional users worldwide,” SpaceX wrote in its application.
Spacex internet satellite detailsSpaceX/FCC

SpaceX’s filing with the FCC outlines a two-phase launch plan.

To get the party started, SpaceX wants to send up 1,600 satellites at one orbital altitude, then follow up with another 2,825 satellites placed in four shells at different altitudes.

“With deployment of the first 800 satellites, SpaceX will be able to provide widespread US and international coverage for broadband services,” SpaceX wrote. “Once fully optimised through the Final Deployment, the system will be able to provide high bandwidth (up to 1 Gbps per user), low latency broadband services for consumers and businesses in the US and globally.”
Turbo speeds

A speed of 1 Gbps globally would be huge.

The global average for internet speed in late 2015, according Akamai’s “State of the Internet” report, was 5.1 Mbps per user — about 200 times slower than SpaceX’s target — with most of the higher speeds tied up in cable and fibreoptic connections.

At its fastest and most expensive tier, Australia’s NBN network is promising 100 Mbps.

Here are some more details directly from SpaceX’s filing, which are notable:

High capacity: Each satellite in the SpaceX System provides aggregate downlink capacity to users ranging from 17 to 23 Gbps, depending on the gain of the user terminal involved. Assuming an average of 20 Gbps, the 1600 satellites in the Initial Deployment would have a total aggregate capacity of 32 Tbps. SpaceX will periodically improve the satellites over the course of the multi-year deployment of the system, which may further increase capacity.
High adaptability: The system leverages phased array technology to dynamically steer a large pool of beams to focus capacity where it is needed. Optical inter-satellite links permit flexible routing of traffic on-orbit. Further, the constellation ensures that frequencies can be reused effectively across different satellites to enhance the flexibility and capacity and robustness of the overall system.
Broadband services: The system will be able to provide broadband service at speeds of up to 1 Gbps per end user. The system’s use of low-Earth orbits will allow it to target latencies of approximately 25-35 ms.
Worldwide coverage: With deployment of the first 800 satellites, the system will be able to provide U.S. and international broadband connectivity; when fully deployed, the system will add capacity and availability at the equator and poles for truly global coverage.
Low cost: SpaceX is designing the overall system from the ground up with cost- effectiveness and reliability in mind, from the design and manufacturing of the space and ground-based elements, to the launch and deployment of the system using SpaceX launch services, development of the user terminals, and end-user subscription rates.
Ease of use: SpaceX’s phased-array user antenna design will allow for a low-profile user terminal that is easy to mount and operate on walls or roofs.
The satellites will last between 5 years and 7 years and decay within a year after that.

Musk first discussed the unnamed satellite constellation project back in January 2015, later filing for an FCC application to test basic technologies that would support it.

According to a June 2015 story by Christian Davenport at The Washington Post, Musk said the project — estimated to cost some $10 billion — “would be like rebuilding the Internet in space.”

Davenport also noted that Google and Fidelity invested $1 billion into Musk’s company, in part to support the project, so it’s a good guess that if and when the network becomes functional, those companies would partly assume control of it. (Google parent company Alphabet is also working on its own effort to beam internet connectivity from the skies using satellites, balloons and drones).

The filing comes just two months after a SpaceX rocket exploded during a routine launchpad test. It was carrying the $US200 million AMOS-6 satellite, which Facebook intended to licence to beam free internet to parts of Africa.

Business Insider contacted SpaceX for more details on the project, including its projected timeline and how the satellites would be launched (presumably through Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets), but representatives did not immediately answer our questions.

Russian New Generation Satellites to Undergo First Flight Tests in 2020

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_New_Generation_Satellites_to_Undergo_First_Flight_Tests_in_2020_999.html

Russia's new generation Earth observation Resurs-PM series satellite will have first flight tests in 2020, Roscosmos Director of Automatic Space Complexes Department Kirill Borisov said on Monday. According to the presentation made by Borisov, Resurs-PM2, Resurs-PM3 and Resurs-PM4 will be launched in 2021, 2023 and 2024, respectively as part of the Earth observation satellites update program.

"The first satellite of the next generation with improved equipment will undergo flight tests in 2020," Borisov said at the conference held at the Space Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Resurs-PM satellites will be the successors of the Resurs-P remote-sensing satellites designed to provide high-resolution imagery of the Earth surface that are used by Russia's ministries of agriculture, meteorology, transportation, emergencies, natural resources and defense.

++ Russia Develops New Satellite Communication System for Military Use Russia has started the development and engineering of a unified satellite communication system for military use; when completed the system will give the country's Ground Forces considerable superiority over the communication technologies of the ground forces of leading foreign states, according to Gen. Maj. Alexander Galgash.It will be a multi-echelon system, Galgash told Life Zvuk radio broadcaster.

The major echelons will be space, aerial and ground. He further explained that while the ground forces are involved in operations on the ground, the communication services, taking into account the physics of the process, use all the echelons from the ground to aerial and space.

There is currently development and engineering work going on within these echelons, which will provide ground forces with a unified third generation system of satellite communication in the space echelon (the system currently in use is of the second generation, the Gen. Maj specified).

There will also be orbital and ground groups which will provide communication in any part of the world. In the aerial echelon it will be provided by rebroadcasting transmitters which will be mounted on various flying and lifting devices including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), helicopters and aircraft. By using the physics of allocation process and radio-wave transmission they will increase the transmission range and ensure the command of troops operating in different areas.

The ground echelon is the basis of the field component in the operative strategic system, Galgash said. It will consist of mostly "Redoubt" mobile communication complexes, a basic set of hardware connections and hardware communication control tools.

"Redoubt" allows a combination of different means of communication in a single radio network. The complex provides a reliable and uninterrupted communication with a wind speed of 30 m/s and at a temperature from -50 degrees C to +55 degrees C with remote antenna control, automatic control system, communication security and information protection. "Redoubt" is equipped with an efficient life-support system, which makes its use more comfortable for the crew of the complex.

The complexes will provide communication for high ranking officials, successfully blocking the network from external unauthorized use, videoconferencing, telephone communication, data transmission and automated command of troops.

According to Galgash, this would bring up the percentage of cutting-edge communications technology in the Ground Forces to 45 percent, which is scheduled to go further up to 70 percent by 2020.

Pakistan to “eliminate” all Indian DTH

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/16/pakistan-to-eliminate-all-indian-dth/

The already strained relations between Pakistan and India will result in all Indian TV channels being barred from Pakistan’s existing cable and planned DTH services.

Absar Alam, the chairman of the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, has announced the backers to 12 proposed Pakistani channels which are pre-qualified to enter a bidding auction on November 23rd for the country’s DTH service.

Alam told journalists at an Islamabad press conference that PEMRA would continue to pursue its actions against the “illegal” carriage of Indian TV channels, “until they are eliminated,” he said, adding that the carriage of Indian channels when the Indian army was [allegedly] violating a ceasefire agreement in the disputed Kashmir region “was out of the question”.

The short-listed would-be broadcasters are Orient Electronics Lahore, Mag Entertainment Lahore, Skyflix Islamabad and Startimes Communications Islamabad, Sardar Builders Islamabad, Smart Sky Islamabad and Parus Media and Broadcast Islamabad, Naya Tel Islamabad, Maestro Med­ia Distribution Islamabad, Shahzad Sky Islamabad, HB DTH Islamabad, and IQ Communications Karachi.

However, the proposed ban on Indian channels has not been received well by some Pakistan cable operators. Cable Operators Association Chairman Khalid Arain asked the Pemra board to slow down the issuing of the planned DTH licences. He also argued that Pemra was giving favour to the government’s blue-eyed companies.


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Sky TV takes action against NZME, TVNZ and Fairfax over rugby clips

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11749164

Sky has filed High Court action against TVNZ, Fairfax and NZME alleging the media companies breached the pay TV firm's copyright in their use of rugby video footage.

The case follows the unsuccessful injunction against Fairfax for use of Olympic footage and a failed Press Council complaint on the reporting of the wrangle over video from the Rio Games.

TVNZ brought the proceedings to light in a submission to the Commerce Commission on the proposed merger between Vodafone and Sky where they argued that the pay TV company was limiting New Zealander's access to news.

"Sky's conduct represents an attempt by Sky to leverage its monopoly over premium content, in order to effectively foreclose the ability New Zealanders to access sports news - unless they are prepared to pay a premium subscription to Sky in exchange for such access," they said in the submission.

NZME publishes The New Zealand Herald and the company's managing editor Shayne Currie said the proceedings add to a growing list of defendants in copyright litigation from Sky.

"As a news media organisation NZME is committed to covering news of national significance for the benefit of all New Zealanders whether they can afford a Sky subscription or not," he said.

"NZME will therefore vigorously defend the Sky action."

Currie said the move shows Sky attempting to extend their "domination" of sports coverage in New Zealand by limiting how news media can report the news.

"The Copyright Act preserves the right of the news media to cover the news through "fair dealing" provisions," he said.

Sinead Boucher, Fairfax executive editor, said the proceedings were an "aggressive move," and that Fairfax would also defend their position strongly if the matter appears before court.

"We believe we are acting fairly and within the law when we use footage," she said.

Currie and Boucher both said they hope the matter can be worked out before it goes to court.

"NZME believes rather than litigation, an industry fair dealing agreement is the better solution to address use of sports video coverage in reporting the news," Currie said.

Sky spokesperson Kirsty Way alleged the use of footage went beyond "fair dealing".

"Very substantial, and in our view totally unacceptable amounts of SKY footage are, at times, being used in news programmes.

For example sometimes up to 10 minutes in a 45 minute programme," Way said.

"Sky has paid very substantial amounts to win rugby rights in a competitive process, on an even playing field with TVNZ and other media outlets."

"Sky accepts and embraces the statutory recognition of fair dealing for reporting current events, we simply do not accept that fair dealing allows our investment in rights to be devalued."

Way said the submission from TVNZ has "little, if any," relevance to the proposed merger between Sky and Vodafone.

"Like we've said all along, we would like the High Court to rule on what constitutes fair dealing in the current environment," she said.

Way also said that Sky not being awarded the interim injunction over Fairfax's use of Olympic footage was the first step in a process and that Sky are now heading to court "for a less time sensitive ruling."

Japan to launch satellite Dec. 20 to explore Van Allen radiation belt

From http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/11/15/national/science-health/japan-launch-satellite-dec-20-explore-van-allen-radiation-belt/#.WCwD6GfJOUk

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says it will launch a satellite Dec. 20 from the Uchinoura Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture to study high energy electrons.

The satellite, named the Exploration of Energization and Radiation in Geospace, will study the region of outer space near Earth, including the upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere. This region is called “geospace.”

JAXA said Tuesday the satellite will gather information meant to clarify how highly charged electrons in the Van Allen radiation belt are created, as they are generated and vanish repeatedly along with space storms.

The satellite will be carried aloft by a second-generation Epsilon rocket.

The 26-meter-tall Epsilon Launch Vehicle is a revamped version of the first one launched in September 2013, with enhanced launch capability and artificial intelligence that performs checks and monitors operations.

The rocket is to be launched between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 20 from the space center in Kimotsuki, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Eutelsat, Broadpeak claim ‘game-changer’ for live, VOD delivery to mobile

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016111545067/eutelsat-broadpeak-claim-game-changer-for-live-vod-delivery-to-mobile.html#axzz4Q9XCKtD3

Leading French satellite provider Eutelsat is teaming with its compatriot CDN supplier Broadpeak to offer content providers a satellite-based solution for multiscreen video delivery to connected devices.
The new offer is claimed to be a ‘game-changer’ for extending access to video content on mobile devices beyond terrestrial networks. Moreover, the partners say that the combination gives a competitive edge for mass market delivery of OTT services.

The partnership sees Eutelsat's new SmartBeam service combined with the Broadpeak nanoCDN. SmartBeam is designed to enable broadcasters and pay-TV operators to use satellite coverage of broadcast video content in IP format, creating a network that is completely dedicated to IP-native terminals, including tablets and smartphones. SmartBeam works with any Wi-FI-enabled device, supporting instant channel change, DRM security and low latency.

nanoCDN is the underlying streaming technology for SmartBeam, allowing operators and content providers to contain bandwidth requirements in order to multicast OTT services to simultaneous devices. By managing video consumption peaks that are not supported by terrestrial network infrastructure, nanoCDN is said to make multiscreen satellite delivery scalable and affordable for content providers, including key live sporting events that create surges in consumption.

“SmartBeam redefines how satellite can extend access to live and on-demand content on mobile devices, enabling an exceptional quality of experience for OTT customers located beyond range of terrestrial networks,” explained Eutelsat chief development and innovation officer Jacques Dutronc. “In combining our skills with Broadpeak we are ready to support TV broadcasters as they evolve into a multi-platform environment, starting with Tricolor TV, Russia's leading pay-TV operator, that has selected SmartBeam for the first satellite network in Russia to deliver video content to mobile devices."

ATSC 3.0: The “greatest thing since colour”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/15/atsc-3-0-the-greatest-thing-since-colour/

Plans in the US for a third-generation broadcasting standard, ATSC 3.0, is not only taking shape but has some broadcasters urging early adoption in order to create an “unprecedented” viewer experience and the “greatest thing since the introduction of colour”.

The comments were made at last week’s NAB-sponsored TV2020 conference in New York, and during ‘The Future of Television’ panel session by Matthew Goldman, SVP/Technology & Compression at Ericsson. Goldman, long an enthusiast for Ultra-HD and greater viewing clarity extolled the benefits of Wider Color Gamut, Higher Frame Rates and 10-bit minimum image sampling. “The combination of all of these together is what gives you that wow factor,” he said.

The conference had already heard that the ATSC 3.0 standard would be in place by the end of this year, and that some nations (such as South Korea) were already committed to adopting ATSC 3.0 next year, and to be in place in time for the 2018 Winter Olympics.

John Taylor, VP/public affairs, LG Electronics USA, said that ATSC 3.0 chipsets would be available in South Korea within weeks. “Chips and receivers for ATSC 3.0 are coming and they’re coming fast,” Taylor said. “When ATSC Next Gen TV is launched in the United States, consumers will have a wide range of opportunities in consumer electronics to be able to see these signals,” he added.

Demo broadcasts have already taken place. The first live ATSC 3.0 broadcast of a major pro sporting event – Major League Baseball’s 2016 World Series – was a home run in October. Using the newly-standardised A/322 Physical Layer ATSC 3.0 Standard, Channel 31 in Cleveland transmitted simulcast network and local programming from Fox8 as the American League’s Cleveland Indians hosted the National League’s Chicago Cubs.

“ATSC 3.0 standards are nearing completion, and over the coming months in conjunction with partners, we expect to test real-world Next Gen TV applications – like UHD TV, interactive services, targeted advertising, advanced emergency alerting, and more,” said Sam Matheny, NAB/EVP and CTO, who called the Cleveland test station “a platform for demonstrating the Big League capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards”.

New satellite to give high-def look at U.S. weather

From http://www.usatoday.com/story/weather/2016/11/15/goes-r-weather-satellite-launch/93905160/?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=usatoday-newstopstories

It will be like moving from black-and-white to high-definition TV, one expert said.

The USA's newest weather satellite — scheduled for launch this weekend from Florida — will send back the best images we've ever seen of severe storms, blizzards, hurricanes and lightning strikes. And it's fast: The satellite can scan the entire Western Hemisphere in just five minutes.

"It will revolutionize how severe weather forecasting is done," said meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBell Analytics.

The school-bus-size satellite, known as "GOES-R," will be in a "geosynchronous" orbit, meaning it will hover in the same spot above the Earth about 22,000 miles above the equator. It will move as the Earth rotates.

GOES-R was designed and built by Lockheed Martin and will be run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"GOES-R is a key milestone for us," said Stephen Volz, head of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service. He said it's the first in the USA's next generation of weather satellites. The satellite will transmit more data in the first six months of operation than all previous GOES weather satellites combined, said Lockheed Martin in a statement.

GOES stands for geostationary operational environmental satellite. The "R" describes the specific satellite: Future satellites will be called GOES-S, GOES-T, and GOES-U, which will keep these eyes in the sky through 2036.

Plans for GOES-R began nearly 10 years ago since NOAA knew its current three satellites were nearing the end of their functionality. If one or two of them stopped working, we'd be in danger of losing important weather information, NOAA said.

“It’s a big deal," said Fred Johnson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Melbourne, Fla. "It’s a big upgrade from what we’ve had in the past. This should save lives and property."

Of the six instruments on board the satellite, two will focus on Earth's weather: The "Advanced Baseline Imager" is a fancy name for the camera that will send back extremely detailed pictures of weather and can survey the entire Western Hemisphere in just five minutes.

The camera, built by Harris Corp., will be able to peer into a hurricane’s eyewall, helping forecasters gauge the storm’s intensity and whether it's strengthening or weakening.

“GOES-R will advance environmental monitoring significantly, marking a quantum leap from 1990s technology into the 21st century,” said Eric Webster of Harris.

Hurricane photos could rival recent breathtaking photos of typhoons taken from Japanese weather satellites, which already have these types of cameras aboard, Maue said.

Romy Olaisen of Harris likened it to switching from black-and-white to high-def.

The other weather instrument, known as the "Geostationary Lightning Mapper" and built by Lockheed Martin, will monitor all lightning strikes over North America and the nearby oceans. Better detection of lightning should increase lead time for tornado warnings and also reduce false alarms, NOAA said.

The four other instruments will keep an eye on space weather and radiation hazards from the sun, such as solar flares, which can wreak havoc with satellites, air traffic and power grids down here on Earth.

PEMRA announces DTH licence bidders; Indian DTH eviction to continue

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-services/pemra-announces-dth-licence-bidders-indian-dth-eviction-to-continue-161116

MUMBAI: The countdown has begun. Amidst protests from cable TV operators and even private broadcasters, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) earlier this week announced the shortlist of 12 companies which will be participating in the bidding for the first direct to home service (DTH) licences auction which is scheduled to take place on

23 November. The Pakistan government is on a drive to evict Indian channels, DTH services and content from its shores following the border skirmishes between the two countries over the past few months.

Among the firms which have got into the shortlist include: Lahore-based firms Orient Electronics and Mag Entertainment, Islamabad-based companies Skyflix, Smartimes Communications, Sardar Builders, Smart Sky, Parus Media and Broadcast, Naya Tel, Maestro Media Distribution, Shahzad Sky, and HB DTH and Karachi-based IQ Communications. This was revealed by PEMRA chairman Absar Alam.

Alam told reporters that the auction of three licences would be held through open competitive bidding.

Alam appeared unwavering in his intent to completely eliminate all Indian DTH services from Pakistan. The authority has been urging its ministry of defence to take action against residential and housing societies which continue to use Indian DTH services.

He also emphatically stated that Indian content stands banned in Pakistan, and there was no going back on the decision.

“A lobby seems to be working for ending the ban on airing of Indian content and dramas on Pakistani channel,” he informed Pakistani media on Monday. “But they will be unsuccessful in their conspiracy,” he said.

Alam probably was also referring to the petition filed by the Pakistan Broadcasters Association’s (PBA’s) petition filed in Pakistani courts against the ban. Around a dozen broadcasters took PEMRA to court late last month for issuing an order banning Indian content completely from Pakistan’s general entertainment channels.



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Satellite center to support New Zealand's nascent space industry

From http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1018010.shtml

The New Zealand government Tuesday announced it was backing a satellite development center as another key stepping stone in building a national space economy.

The Center for Space Science Technology (CSST) would establish an international satellite data exchange and collaborate with leading researchers and businesses, in New Zealand and abroad, to design, build and launch New Zealand's first fleet of cube satellites, said Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce.

The CSST would be based in Alexandra, in the South Island's Otago region and undertake research to explore the use of space-based measurements and satellite imagery unique to New Zealand to meet the specific needs of regional industries, Joyce said in a statement.

The government would provide funding of up to 14.7 million NZ dollars (10.46 million US dollars) over four years for the new institute with additional funding from industry, and it would operate as a private, independently governed organization.

It would support the development and growth of New Zealand's space economy by filling critical gaps in the collection and processing of New Zealand's satellite data, he said.

In September, Joyce opened New Zealand's first space launch site, the privately run Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast.

The US-owned Rocket Lab is a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand.

The government tabled the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill in Parliament the same month and it is intended to become law by mid-2017.

It would enable the development of a space industry in New Zealand, and enable regulators to manage risks and implement certain international obligations relating to space activities and space technology.

The Bill would also ensure the country's space industry met its international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement, recently signed with the United States.

Rocket Lab plans to begin space launches from New Zealand this year and is expected to start taking commercial payloads next year.

Big plans for Fiji TV

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=378508

THE drop in share prices is not a true reflection of Fiji Television Ltd's true performance, says director Nouzab Fareed.

Mr Fareed, who is the CEO of major shareholders Fijian Holdings Ltd, made the statement in response to questions on the drop in Fiji TV shares and its consequences.

According to the South Pacific Stock Exchange, Fiji TV now trades at $1 a share compared with $2.39 last month.

Mr Fareed said as a major shareholder of the company, they were confident it would do well in the future.

He said the past 12 months had been challenging for the company with the sale of its Papua New Guinea operations and SKY Pacific.

Mr Fareed said as a result of the sale, the company did not see much interest from buyers for its shares and that was why the share price did not move.

He said Fiji TV was going to relocate to Toorak and with this movement they planned to launch anew state-of-the-art studio which would attract more advertisers.

"You will see the improvement in the quality of programs and the quality of pictures. As such we see Fiji TV will become attractive for advertisers."

Mr Fareed said they were also looking at launching few more programs.

He said the company would use the existing equipment and buy some new equipment.

The move to the new location and the state-of-the-art studio would create some new jobs in the information technology sector.

"We will reveal the total cost of this relocation at a later date.

"But again, historical performance is not a reflection of the future, what has happened in the past has gone."

He said fall in share prices of a company had no impact on the day to day running of a business.

As far as lessons go, Mr Fareed said he wished the company had given more information out to the public on what its plans were for the future.

Airbus and GigaSat Partner to Provide Milsatcom to Indonesia

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/government/2016/11/10/airbus-gigasat-partner-provide-milsatcom-indonesia/

The Skynet 5A satellite, launched in March 2007, provides secure beyond line of sight communications to the U.K. Ministry of Defense. Photo: Airbus Defence and Space

[Via Satellite 11-10-2016] Airbus Defence and Space has signed GigaSat to its channel partner program for Skynet services in a partnership that will enable Gigasat to provide Skynet 5 military satcom services to its Indonesian customer base. GigaSat will be offering Skynet services as part of their mobile and fly-away communications portfolio, to Indonesian Defence Forces operating within the Asia-Pacific region.

After moving the Skynet 5A satellite from 6 degrees east to 95 degrees east in 2015 to provide global X-band and Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) coverage in the Asia-Pacific, Airbus Defence and Space is working with service providers to develop new partnerships to deliver highly Skynet military satellite communication services to the region.

Airbus owns and operates the Skynet X-band satellite constellation of eight satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the U.K. Ministry of Defence. The contract also allows other NATO and allied governments to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services.

NeuLion brings RugbyPass to Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/14/neulion-brings-rugbypass-to-asia/

NeuLion, a specialist in the broadcasting, distribution and monetisation of live and on-demand digital video content, has announced an expanded partnership with Coliseum Sports Media, to deliver live and on-demand rugby action throughout Asia on RugbyPass, an OTT service, powered by the NeuLion Digital Platform.

Every match on RugbyPass is available live and on-demand in HD quality and RugbyPass includes year-round action from International Test Matches, the Rugby Championship, Super Rugby and more on multiple internet-connected devices.

RugbyPass is currently available in the following 23 countries throughout Asia: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Asia and China have a significant role to play in rugby’s future,” says Tim Martin, CEO of Coliseum Sports Media. “Our recent partnership between NeuLion, World Rugby and Alisports, Singapore’s return to the World Rugby Sevens circuit, the participation of the Sunwolves in this year’s Super Rugby, and the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan, all point to an exciting future for the game in terms of participation as well as viewer engagement.”

Can India beat China at its game with common satellite for South Asia

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Can_India_Beat_China_at_Its_Game_With_Common_Satellite_for_South_Asia_999.html

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has ended months of dithering and announced the launch of a satellite that will be shared by several member states of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC). As the needs of most South Asian countries is not substantial, India will be hoping that this satellite will encourage them to say no to China's plan to involve them in a similar initiative.

Pakistan has disengaged from the project, while Afghanistan has shown no interest. However, other SAARC members like Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh may find the Indian proposal tempting. The configuration of the two metric ton South Asian satellite avoids prickly areas like security and mapping.

It instead focuses on services that help in boosting social indexes like education, tele-medicine and disaster monitoring. The satellite was to be named 'SAARC Satellite.' However, Pakistan's walkout and Afghan disinterest led India to rename it the South Asian satellite. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced the project at the 2014 SAARC summit in Kathmandu.

China's Great Wall Industry Corporation has already linked with a Sri Lankan company to build a satellite ground station in Kandy. It is also believed to be actively wooing Bangladesh for the same purpose. Indian intelligence agencies have been highlighting Chinese interest in partnering with Sri Lanka in the satellite arena since 2013.

"The SAARC Satellite will be launched in March of next year. Earlier it was scheduled for December this year," ISRO Chairman A. S. Kiran Kumar said. The satellite will have 12 Ku band transponders, with each dedicated to one country in the region.

India is the only country in the region with the capability to build and launch satellites for communications, Earth observations and space sciences. Islamabad had opposed the launch of the satellite as it did not want India to reserve certain rights. All other member countries of SAARC have ratified the proposal to launch the satellite.

SES addresses US Government SATCOM needs in a cost-efficient way, brings US Government civilian content to homes across the globe

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161113005075/en/SES-Government-Solutions-Awarded-BBG-Managed-Services

SES Government Solutions is Awarded BBG Managed Services Contract (Photo: Business Wire)

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES S.A. (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) announced today that SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, was awarded a managed services contract to support the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG). The service will support the Broadcasting Board of Governors in broadcasting US Government civilian content across the world via SES satellites. The single Firm-Fixed-Price Task Order will service some of the existing BBG’s satellite capacity requirements. SES GS will provide high quality satellite solutions and possesses the agility to reach BBG’s distribution hubs, news bureaus, and international audiences via satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

“We are proud to support the BBG using SES’s cost-effective, reliable, scalable and secure global network, which is optimized for high definition audio and video broadcast programming.”
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The contract for these SES GS managed services includes a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods for a total value of approximately USD 15 million over the period of performance. Under this new agreement, the BBG has employed a new model for purchasing COMSAT as a managed service, which effectively obviates having several disparate contracts for each part of their broadcasting infrastructure. The agreement was executed using the US Government’s Custom COMSAT Solutions (CS2) contract vehicle, allowing federal agencies to build large, complex, custom end-to-end satellite solutions.

“This type of innovative buying practice serves as an example of how agencies can benefit from cost savings while addressing their SATCOM needs,” said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES GS. “We are proud to support the BBG using SES’s cost-effective, reliable, scalable and secure global network, which is optimized for high definition audio and video broadcast programming.”

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent agency of the federal government that oversees all US civilian international media. Its mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy.

TVPlayer boosts channel offering

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/15/tvplayer-boosts-channel-offering/

Freemium OTT service TVPlayer has added another 11 channels, including ITV2, Film4 and E4. TV fans can now choose from over 75 free-to-access channels – all available to stream live or catch up directly to their mobile, tablet or computer.

TVPlayer streams live TV across multiple devices from some of the UK’s most notable free-to-air broadcasters and pay-TV channels. Thanks to deals with UK commercial broadcasters ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, it now offers over 75 free-to-air channels spanning Entertainment, Sport, Kids, News, Music and Lifestyle – plus an optional bundle of more than 30 others for £4.99 (€5.799) a month without a contract.

“We’re massively simplifying the TV streaming experience, bringing all the channels onto one great service so you no longer have to move between different websites and apps,” declared Rob Hodgkinson, chief operating officer at TVPlayer. “This new deal is an exciting step forward for consumers and we’re expecting a surge in viewers as a result.”

ITV Hub, All4 and My5 give UK viewers the chance to watch their favourite programmes on mobiles, tablets and PCs, but via their own individual apps. With 23 per cent of streaming now done on smartphones and tablets, TVPlayer suggests it provides a much easier way to find hit shows such as Family Guy or The X-Files.

“We’ve seen a phenomenal growth in users over the last twelve months and it shows that people want convenience,” added Hodgkinson. “People are living busier lives and they want to be able to watch their favourite shows wherever they want, rather than restricted to their living room.”

The additional channels now available on TVPlayer are: ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe, CITV, More4, Film4, E4, 4Seven, 5Star, Spike. The new channels join the likes of BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5, 4Music, CNN and Dave – all available as part of TVPlayer’s free package of over 75 channels. For £4.99 a month, TVPlayer Plus also offers access to 30 premium channels, including MTV, Comedy Central, Gold, TLC and Eurosport 1 and 2.

As well as iOS and Android apps for phones and tablets, TVPlayer is also available via over-the-top devices such as Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Samsung TV, or on laptops via a browser.


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China’s meteorological satellite Yunhai-1 Launched

From https://www.newsghana.com.gh/chinas-meteorological-satellite-yunhai-1-launched/

China sent into space a meteorological satellite, Yunhai-1, at 7:14 a.m. Saturday from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern China’s gobi desert.

Yunhai-1 was carried by a Long March-2D rocket, the 240th mission for the Long March rocket family.

Developed by the Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology, the satellite will be used for observation of atmospheric, marine and space environment, disaster prevention and mitigation, and scientific experiments.

Vietnam, ITU reach deal on satellite monitoring

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Vietnam and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) sealed an agreement on satellite monitoring during a ceremony in Hanoi on November 11.

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Signatories were General Director of the Ministry of Information and Communications’ Authority of Radio Frequency Management Doan Quang Hoan and Director of the ITU‘s Radiocommunication Bureau Francois Rancy.

Over the past years, the authority has successfully registered Vinasat-1, Vinasat-2, VNRedsat-1 satellite orbits, and micro satellite PicoDragon. It is considering registration for Radar satellite projects, Hoan said at the event.

The first satellite monitoring system in Vietnam was based in Viet Tri city, the northern midland province of Phu Tho, which specialises in regularly monitoring domestic satellites and others in Vietnam’s territory.

Another similar system is scheduled to be built in the northern province of Bac Ninh.

Hoan affirmed that the cooperation agreement will help Vietnam engage deeper in radiocommunication activities and also help the ITU use global radio frequency resources effectively.

According to Rancy, Vietnam’s satellite monitoring system could connect with the world’s, making it easier for the country to improve its capacity for protecting satellites as well as professional competence of satellite monitoring staff.

Dish TV Videocon: Building a DTH powerhouse of global reckoning

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-videocon-building-a-dth-powerhouse-with-global-reckoning-161112

MUMBAI: It’s a reflection of what’s hitting the corporate world globally – consolidate and build global scale. And scale is important in television distribution – whether cable, satellite or terrestrial or direct to home (DTH). Yesterday’s announcement of -- what was speculated for nearly a year – the merger of India’s No 1 DTH operator Dish TV India with India’s fastest growing DTH player Videocon d2h – is a reflection of that trend and the building of a DTH powerhouse and pay TV operator.

The merger has created a pay TV behemoth unrivalled in TV distribution in the Indian market (let’s discount the public service terrestrial broadcaster Doordarshan and its satellite service FreeDish). The next Indian private DTH provider is less than half the size of the merged entity’s size in pure net subscriber terms.

A collective 27.6 million subs for the combo firm Dish TV Videocon places it just behind the US-based DirecTV (which is now owned by AT&T) with its 37.6 million subs. That’s a number which is hard to ignore. Much senior players such as Sky in the UK and dishnetwork in the US have just 21 million subs and 13.6 million subs, respectively.

Of course, one may argue that ARPUs in India are wafer thin at about $3 or so per subscriber and revenues too are minuscule for the DTH operators. ARPUs for Sky which is so much smaller than Dish TV Videocon are around pounds sterling 47 while these are at $111 at DirecTV which is far bigger.

Team Dish TV led by Jawahar Goel and his CEO Arun Kapoor have reason to celebrate. For the fusion of the two players has created an enterprise that probably has overtaken his elder brother Subhash Chandra’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises in terms of EBIDTA and in revenue. And what must be even more pleasing is that Dish TV has been operational for fewer years than Zee Entertainment which has led the cable and satellite TV revolution in India since the early nineties.

Ditto for team Videocon d2h that is led by the executive chairman Saurabh Pradeep Kumar Dhoot and CEO Anil Khera. The last entrant in the DTH game, the merger has catapulted it into the leadership position in India.

True, the market capitalization of Dish TV (alone) is Rs 9,321.1 crore and Videocon d2h is being merged at an equity valuation of around Rs 7,200 crore and at an enterprise value of around Rs 9,000-odd crore (as per reports) as compared to Zee Entertainment’s Rs 46,284 crore and Sun TV’s Rs 19,747 crore . The market capitalization value of the Dish TV Videocon has yet to be calculated at the time of writing but there’s no doubt it will skyrocket substantially post the completion of the merger in the next six to seven months.

What does the fusion mean for DishTV Videocon?

For one, lower costs. On almost every front.

Imagine the negotiating power it will have with broadcasters on content pricing. Carriage and placement fees will end up being substantial. It will be in a position to get better rates on hardware, middleware, ERP software, consumer premise equipment. And then, the two companies’ administration and sales teams could also be streamlined to form a formidable lean and mean sales force. Both have vast and deep distribution strengths. While Dish TV has 2,268 distributors, 244,688 dealers and 1090 service franchises across 9322 towns, Videocon d2h has 2280 distributors and direct dealers, 230,000 dealers/retailers and 320 direct service centres nationally. A consolidation of this could also yield cost benefits.

A PhillipCapital estimate to CNBC TV18 was that the synergy benefit at the EBIDTA level would be between Rs 300 crore to 350 crore from year two onwards.

The lower costs could allow Dish TV Videocon to also pass on the benefits to consumers and possibly start a price war, should it choose to, and thus attracting subscribers from cable TV or other DTH providers, in the process scaling up even further.

Dish TV Videocon’s value-added services (VAS) will get a collective boost as these could be cross-promoted between the platforms. Its scale will allow it to negotiate better advertising deals for the two services opening screens, sponsorships and on TVCs.

Most importantly, the combined entity will end up with a robust financial report card with revenues of Rs 5,915.8 crore ($883 million) for the year ended 31 March 2016. The figure for the first half of the current fiscal (H1-2017) is at Rs 3,100 crore. That means one can expect it to cross the $1 billion topline milestone either by end this year or mid next.

Dish TV Videocon’s EBIDTA margins too look healthy at 31 per cent and absolute last-fiscal-year figures of Rs 1,826 crore ($274 million).

The figure for H12017 is at Rs 1,040 crore. EBIDTA minus capex stands at a puny Rs 195 crore ($29 million) but that’s significantly higher than the Rs 116.5 crore of DishTV and Rs 78.5 crore of Videocon d2h, individually. In H12017, that figure had already climbed to Rs 190 crore. The merged entity will have a net debt load of Rs 2161 crore

($323 million). H1 2017, however, saw that climb to Rs 2660 crore.

How Dish TV Videocon will service this higher debt - whether it will be through internal accruals or through an external cash infusion – is a question. Both the firms have to also grapple with subscriber acquisition costs - at around Rs 1500 for Dish TV at the end of March 2016 and at Rs 1,869 for Videocon d2h at the end of 30 September 2016. But, the good part is that both have generated net profits and free cash flows.

The combined entity will end up with close to 2.8 million HD subscribers, which is around 10 per cent of the overall subscribers.

These higher ARPU customers are also growing rapidly, forming around 50 per cent of the net adds.

Now, one does not know the future ambitions that the Goel and Dhoot families have. Will they go for further scale in a few years once the merger gets digested? Will they acquire other Indian DTH players as competitive forces compel further consolidation? Will they go outside and look for opportunities elsewhere?

It appears as if the road to that journey may have just begun.


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ABC Shifts Main Channel To HD, News 24 Pushed To SD

From http://www.channelnews.com.au/abc-shifts-main-channel-to-hd-news-24-pushed-to-sd/

ABC is shifting their main channel to high definition in time for this year’s New Year’s Eve telecast, while ABC News 24 will move to standard definition.

Unlike ABC News 24, the new ABC HD channel will be broadcast in MPEG-4. Some viewers with TVs purchased prior to 2009 will not be able to view ABC HD due to incompatibility.

Existing ABC channels, including the SD main channel broadcast on channels 2 and 21, as well as ABC 2 on 22 and ABC ME on 23, will not be changed. Some viewers may choose to continue tuning in to ‘channel 2’, but the ABC is pushing viewers to try the new HD broadcast once it becomes available.

“The beauty of HD is that it offers a sharper picture quality,” the ABC said in a statement. “If you have a HD MPEG-4 compatible TV set, why wouldn’t you take advantage of this optimum picture quality?”

The broadcaster first announced the plan last week, and has now begun on-air promotions to inform viewers they may need to retune to add the new HD channel.

Most primary free-to-air channels are now broadcast in high definition, with Channel 7 in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth still yet to make the shift. Plans for 4K broadcasts on any of the free-to-air networks or Foxtel have not yet been announced.

Along with shifting to SD, ABC News 24 will also be rebranded to ABC News to unify the network’s news presence on TV, radio and online.

ABC HD will be available on channel 20 from December, with more details to be released at a later date.

NASA small satellites will take a fresh look at Earth

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_small_satellites_will_take_a_fresh_look_at_Earth_999.html

Beginning this month, NASA is launching a suite of six next-generation, Earth-observing small satellite missions to demonstrate innovative new approaches for studying our changing planet. These small satellites range in size from a loaf of bread to a small washing machine and weigh from a few to 400 pounds (180 kilograms).

Their small size keeps development and launch costs down as they often hitch a ride to space as a "secondary payload" on another mission's rocket - providing an economical avenue for testing new technologies and conducting science.

"NASA is increasingly using small satellites to tackle important science problems across our mission portfolio," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "They also give us the opportunity to test new technological innovations in space and broaden the involvement of students and researchers to get hands-on experience with space systems."

Small-satellite technology has led to innovations in how scientists approach Earth observations from space. These new missions, five of which are scheduled to launch during the next several months, will debut new methods to measure hurricanes, Earth's energy budget, aerosols and weather.

"NASA is expanding small satellite technologies and using low-cost, small satellites, miniaturized instruments, and robust constellations to advance Earth science and provide societal benefit through applications," said Michael Freilich, director of NASA's Earth Science Division in Washington.

Four CubeSats in Three Launches
Scheduled to launch this month, RAVAN, the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes, is a CubeSat that will demonstrate new technology for detecting slight changes in Earth's energy budget at the top of the atmosphere - essential measurements for understanding greenhouse gas effects on climate. RAVAN is led by Bill Swartz at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.

In spring 2017, two CubeSats are scheduled to launch to the International Space Station for a detailed look at clouds. Data from the satellites will help improve scientists' ability to study and understand clouds and their role in climate and weather.

IceCube, developed by Dong Wu at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, will use a new, miniature, high-frequency microwave radiometer to measure cloud ice. HARP, the Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter, developed by Vanderlei Martins at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore, will measure airborne particles and the distribution of cloud droplet sizes with a new method that looks at a target from multiple perspectives.

In early 2017, MiRaTA - the Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration mission - is scheduled to launch into space with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Joint Polar Satellite System-1. MiRaTA packs many of the capabilities of a large weather satellite into a spacecraft the size of a shoebox, according to Principal Investigator Kerri Cahoy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. MiRaTA's miniature sensors will collect data on temperature, water vapor and cloud ice that can be used in weather forecasting and storm tracking.

The RAVAN, HARP, IceCube and MiRaTA CubeSat missions are funded and managed by NASA's Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) in the Earth Science Division. ESTO supports technologists at NASA centers, industry and academia to develop and refine new methods for observing Earth from space, from information systems to new components and instruments.

"The affordability and rapid build times of these CubeSat projects allow for more risk to be taken, and the more risk we take now the more capable and reliable the instruments will be in the future," said Pamela Millar, ESTO flight validation lead. "These small satellites are changing the way we think about making instruments and measurements. The cube has inspired us to think more outside the box."

Two Small-Satelite Constellations
NASA's early investment in these new Earth-observing technologies has matured to produce two robust science missions, the first of which is set to launch in December.

CYGNSS - the Cyclone, Global Navigation Satellite System - will be NASA's first Earth science small satellite constellation. Eight identical satellites will fly in formation to measure wind intensity over the ocean, providing new insights into tropical cyclones. Its novel approach uses reflections from GPS signals off the ocean surface to monitor surface winds and air-sea interactions in rapidly evolving cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons throughout the tropics.

CYGNSS, led by Chris Ruf at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is targeted to launch on Dec. 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Derek Posselt of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is the deputy principal investigator.

Earlier this year NASA announced the start of a new mission to study the insides of hurricanes with a constellation of 12 CubeSats. TROPICS - the Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats - will use radiometer instruments based on the MiRaTA CubeSat that will make frequent measurements of temperature and water vapor profiles throughout the life cycle of individual storms. William Blackwell at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington leads the mission.

CYGNSS and TROPICS both benefited from early ESTO technology investments. These Earth Venture missions are small, targeted science investigations that complement NASA's larger Earth research missions. The rapidly developed, cost-constrained Earth Venture projects are competitively selected and funded by NASA's Earth System Science Pathfinder program within the Earth Science Division.

Small spacecraft and satellites are helping NASA advance scientific and human exploration, reduce the cost of new space missions, and expand access to space. Through technological innovation, small satellites enable entirely new architectures for a wide range of activities in space with the potential for exponential jumps in transformative science.

MultiChoice launches new ARRIS HD PVR

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/10/multichoice-launches-new-arris-hd-pvr/

South African pay-TV provider MultiChoice recently launched the new DStv Explora 2 decoder from ARRIS to customers in South Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. The decoder is the fourth generation of HD PVR devices that ARRIS and MultiChoice have launched together and makes it easier for customers to access MultiChoice’s growing on demand services. In the future, its HEVC technology will reduce the bandwidth needed to stream or download shows, helping to lower the data charges that customers incur when streaming or downloading content from one of the DStv services.

The device features a streamlined hard drive and ships with a new remote control that features motion-sensor back-lit buttons and a dedicated ShowMax button.

“We invest in technology that enables us to offer our customers the leap in entertainment at the best value,” said Gerdus van Eeden, Group CTO Naspers: Video Entertainment Segment. “We’ve collaborated with ARRIS on our HD PVR decoders for nearly a decade, and we’re confident in their ability to deliver advanced technology to make tomorrow’s entertainment more accessible today. The DStv Explora 2 will help us to offer our customers a wider range of entertainment which they can stream or download to watch when they are read.”

Dish Network: “OTT could be bigger than DTH”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/10/dish-network-ott-could-be-bigger-than-dth/

Dish Network founder Charlie Ergen has said that OTT “has the potential to be as big or bigger than the DBS [i.e., DTH] business.”

Speaking to analysts following Dish Network’s quarterly results, he said: “It’s the next way to watch live TV, right? Cable, then satellite and now, OTT because it has some built-in advantages, right? It’s immediate. It’s just an app so you don’t have to wait for an installer. You don’t have two-year contracts. You can watch on any device. The advertising can be more meaningful to you. It can be more directed to you. So there’s a lot of different things you can do with it.”

Dish is already tapping into a potential audience of some 25 million US homes who do not subscribe to a conventional pay-TV service with its Sling TV service.

Ergen admitted that some pay-TV services were subject to considerable churn, saying that seasonality, as well as some viewers coming into a service such as HBO just to “binge watch” shows such as Game of Thrones, and then immediately dropping the service until the next season of the show came along.

He stressed that Dish was well placed. “There’s a lot of things that we put in place for depending on which way it goes and we’ve maintained the flexibility that we need here and the technology is not so easy to duplicate overnight. And so we think we’re positioned in whatever direction it goes.”



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Intelsat 19 at 166.0E 3747 H "TFC USA West, TFC Middle East, Lifestyle Network, TFC Asia-Pacific, A0NC, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Myx USA, Pay Per View on TFC, DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC" have started on , Fta.

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Optus satellite gains top certification for teleports from WTA

From http://www.itwire.com/telecoms-and-nbn/75655-optus-satellite-gains-top-certification-for-teleports-from-wta.html

Optus Satellite has achieved the highest level of certification - Tier 4 - for its teleports at Belrose in Sydney, and Lockridge in Perth through the World

Teleport Association (WTA).

The full certification for Optus’ four primary teleports was achieved under the WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Programme, with the telco’s Hume Teleport in Canberra and its Oxford Falls Teleport in Sydney securing Tier 3 certification.

Full certification is issued in tiers, from one to four, with four representing the highest degree of excellence, and remaining in effect for three years.

Certification under the WTA’s program requires a teleport operator to complete a comprehensive questionnaire which is then analysed based on standards

established by the WTA’s Certification Committee. A provisional certification is then issued, based on the self-reported information, which is followed by an audit of the teleport to provide independent validation of the data submitted.

Paul Sheridan, vice president, Optus Satellite, says Optus is the first Australian and New Zealand satellite operator to achieve the highest level of certification.

“As the leading provider of satellite services in Australia and New Zealand, Optus has always been committed to ensuring exemplary standards of excellence across all facets of our business, and I am proud of this benchmark endorsement from the WTA and the positive reflection on the professionalism and passion of our team,” Sheridan said.

“With more than 30 years’ experience across a range of industry sectors including broadcast and media services, government, resources and mining, Optus delivers world class teleport infrastructure, operational excellence, and the skills to understand our customers’ requirements to enhance their business and end user experience.

“This certification represents another example of Optus Satellite’s leadership across the Australia and New Zealand markets, and further highlights our commitment to provide outstanding service and support to our customers.”

Second launch for Long March 11 – lofts five satellites

From https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/11/second-long-march-11-five-satellites/

The Chinese have conducted the second launch of the Long March-11 solid fuel rocket – this time carrying five small satellites into orbit. The launch took \place from a mobile launch platform from the Jiuquan satellite Launch Center at 23:42 UTC on Wednesday.

Chinese launch:

Onboard the LM-11 rocket was the XPNAV-1 pulsar navigation satellite. Along for the ride were the Xaiaoxiang-1 and three Lishui-1 satellites2016-11-10-011921With a launch mass of 240 kg, the XPNAV-1 ( X-ray Pulsar NAVigation) satellite will test autonomous spacecraft navigation. X-ray pulsar navigation is a navigation tool in which periodic X-ray signals emitted from pulsars are used to determine the location of a spacecraft in deep space.

Current ground-based navigation methods are limited by the time delay between spacecraft and the Earth. However, for certain type of pulsars, called “millisecond pulsars,” pulses of radiation occur with the regularity and precision of an atomic clock.

As a result, in some scenarios, the pulsar X-ray can take less time to estimate a location. This leads to more precise measurements of a spacecraft’s location.

As X-rays from pulsars are absorbed by the atmosphere, scientists have to test this technique in space. This satellite is to detect the details of X-ray signals of 26 nearby pulsars and to create a pulsar navigation database. This target could be achieved within five to 10 years.

Developed by the Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) Fifth Academy, the satellite carries two detectors to test its functions in responding to the background noise of the universe, outline pulsar contours, and create a database for pulsar navigation.

X-ray pulsar navigation techniques will help to reduce the reliance of spacecraft on ground-based navigation methods and are expected to achieve autonomous spacecraft navigation in the future.

Xiaoxiang-1 is a 6U Cubesat designed, developed and manufactured by the Changsha Gaoxinqu Tianyi Research Institute. Weighing 8 kg and placed on a 500 km LEO orbit, the small satellite will test new stabilization system for imaging devices installed in satellites.

The three Lishui-1 satellites were developed by the Zhejiang LiTong Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. These are small commercial remote sensing satellites.The Long March-11:

The Long March-11 (Chang Zhwng-11) is a small solid-fueled quick-reaction launch vehicle developed by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT) with the goal to provide an easy to operate quick-reaction launch vehicle, that can remain in storage for long period and to provide a reliable launch on short notice.

LM-11 is a four stage solid-fueled launch vehicle equipped with a reaction control system on the fourth stage.

The vehicle has a length of 20.8 meters, 2.0 meters in diameter and a liftoff mass of 58,000 kg. At launch it develops 120.000 kg/f, launching a 350 kg cargo into a 700 km SSO. The CZ-11 can use two types of fairing with 1.6 meters or 2.0 meters.

2015-09-25-033828LM-11’s first launch took place on September 25, 2015, when successfully orbited the Pujiang-1 and the three Tianwang small sats from the Jiuquan satellite Launch Center.

The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in Ejin-Banner – a county in Alashan League of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – was the first Chinese satellite launch center and is also known as the Shuang Cheng Tze launch center.

The site includes a Technical Centre, two Launch Complexes, Mission Command and Control Centre, Launch Control Centre, propellant fuelling systems, tracking and communication systems, gas supply systems, weather forecast systems, and logistic support systems.

Jiuquan was originally used to launch scientific and recoverable satellites into medium or low earth orbits at high inclinations. It is also the place from where all the Chinese manned missions are launched.

The LC-43 launch complex, also known by South Launch Site (SLS) is equipped with two launch pads: 921 and 603. Launch pad 921 is used for the manned program for the launch of the Chang Zheng-2F launch vehicle (Shenzhou and Tiangong). The 603 launch pad is used for unmanned orbital launches by the Chang Zheng-2C, Chang Zheng-2D and Chang Zheng-4C launch vehicles.

Other launch zones at the launch site are used for launching the Kuaizhou and the CZ-11 Cha ng Zheng-11 solid propellant launch vehicles.

The first orbital launch took place on April 24, 1970 when the CZ-1 Chang Zheng-1 rocket launched the first Chinese satellite, the Dongfanghong-1 (04382 1970-034A).

MUOS-5 Secure Communications Satellite Reaches Orbit, Begins Pre-Operational Testing

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/MUOS_5_Secure_Communications_Satellite_Reaches_Orbit_Begins_Pre_Operational_Testing_999.html

For the US Navy, MUOS-5 completes a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces.

The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite built by Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) for the U.S. Navy has reached orbit, successfully deployed its solar arrays and antennas, and is beginning pre-operational, on-orbit testing.

Originally launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on June 24, MUOS-5 experienced an anomaly with its orbit raising propulsion system on its way to geosynchronous orbit on June 29. Out of caution, the Navy and Lockheed Martin engineering team immediately placed the satellite in a safe mode in transfer orbit as they investigated and examined their options.

"In the end, the Navy and Lockheed Martin engineering team were able to isolate the issue and develop a work-around using alternative propulsion," said Mark

Woempner, director of Narrowband Communications Systems at Lockheed Martin. "Once we had a plan together, in early October we carefully re-started orbit raising maneuvers."

MUOS-5 completed orbit raising on Oct. 22, and successfully deployed its solar arrays for power generation and its antennas for mission operations on Oct. 30. The satellite will begin on-orbit testing before being turned over to the Navy for further testing and eventual commissioning into service.

For the Navy, MUOS-5 completes a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. Users with MUOS-capable terminals will be able to seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the world and into the Global Information Grid, as well as into the Defense Switched Network. MUOS' capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data over a secure high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.

The MUOS network provides near-global coverage, including communications reach deep into polar regions. Once fully operational, the network will provide users with 16 times more communications capacity than the legacy system it will eventually replace.

The Navy's Program Executive Office for Space Systems and its Communications Satellite Program Office responsible for the MUOS program are based in San Diego. Lockheed Martin assembled and tested all five now-on-orbit MUOS satellites at its Sunnyvale, California, facility.

EchoStar 23 wants urgent SpaceX launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/09/echostar-23-wants-urgent-spacex-launch/

EchoStar 23, a high-power satellite built by Space Systems/Loral, and originally due for launch “in the late Q3 period” of this year, is looking for an extremely urgent launch. EchoStar-23 is a Ku-band DTH/DBS satellite.

The problem is that SpaceX has a long queue of clients wanting their satellites to be launched. But for EchoStar, a delayed launch for E-23 could mean financial penalties and is subject to potential penalties from Brazil if it fails to be in position, and working, by Q2 2017.

EchoStar-23 is due for launch to the 45 degrees West orbital location. Meanwhile, another EchoStar craft, EchoStar-21 is currently said to be on track for launch on a Proton rocket from Kazakhstan in December. E-21, built by Space Systems/Loral, is supplying S-band capacity and should its launch be delayed into the New Year it could face EU-levied penalties.

SpaceX says it will return to launch in mid-December.

South Africa DSO set for Dec 2018

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/09/south-africa-dso-set-for-dec-2018/

South Africa’s roadmap to digital adoption for broadcasting has had more than a few pot-holes to slow adoption. However, the country’s Dept. of Communications says that it will take another two full years to wrap the process up.

South Africa originally signed up to the ITU’s global ‘analogue switch-off’ target date of June 2015, but missed that deadline and has consistently missed even its own self-imposed dates for digital adoption.

Some regions have now started the transition process, notably those close to neighbouring countries and where border interference is a real risk. The Northern Cape, which borders Namibia, was the first to migrate to digital.

South Africa’s government is committed to issuing free set-top boxes to the poorest of its citizens to aid with digital adoption.

US cable adopts SES 4K/UHD demo channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/09/us-cable-adopts-ses-4kuhd-demo-channel/

An additional four of the smaller US cable operators are taking a demo 4K/UltraHD channel from satellite operator SES.

SES is transmitting seven UHD channels from its satellites covering the US (SES-1 and SES-3) and potentially serving almost 100 million US and Canadian homes.

SES has struck new Ultra HD trial agreements with Marquette-Adams in Wisconsin, Buckeye Broadband in Ohio and Southeast Michigan, Service Electric Cable TV in Pennsylvania, and enTouch Systems in Texas, and now has eight operators currently assessing the satellite-based UHD solution aimed at accelerating 4K delivery to homes across America. The first wave of trials kicked off this past summer with Cable America in Missouri, Golden West Telecommunications in South Dakota, MTC Cable in New York, and Sjoberg’s Cable TV in Minnesota.

“Cable operators participating in the trials have been impressed with how easy it is to implement Ultra HD across their networks with SES’s pre-packaged solution. Ultra HD TV sales and demand for 4K content are both reaching unprecedented levels, and SES is leveraging the scalability and reliability of satellite to accelerate the delivery of Ultra HD to homes throughout North America,” explained Steve Corda, VP/Business Development in North America for SES.

“SES has developed a fully-managed Ultra HD platform capable of quenching the increasingly insatiable appetite for Ultra HD. We are the leader in Ultra HD across North America and the world with the largest bouquet of UHD programming, and our UHD multiplex and neighbourhood has become the UHD destination of choice.”

“Ultra HD is on the verge of becoming an exciting reality for our subscribers, who are buying new Ultra HD TVs in anticipation of the best viewing experience available today,” noted Danny White, Director of Product Management, enTouch Systems. “enTouch is well positioned to provide game-changing 4K content quickly and cost effectively to our customers across the Greater Houston area, thanks to our collaboration with SES and its breakthrough Ultra HD solution.”

“We will soon be testing a great mix of 4K movies, cutting-edge TV shows, news and sporting event coverage from SES’s growing, satellite-based Ultra HD platform, with plans to deliver Ultra HD to subscriber homes on the horizon,” said Brad Mefferd, Chief Administrative Officer, Buckeye Broadband.

“The fact that the SES solution works over existing, high-capacity DOCSIS 3.0 cable networks and traditional digital QAM will enable us to be flexible in how we distribute Ultra HD content in our markets.”

“Ultra HD has arrived in Wisconsin and we’re just days away from delivering compelling 4K content to our subscriber homes,” said Shane McCann, Network Engineer for Marquette- Adams. “SES’s innovative and simplified platform solution has really allowed us to leap ahead to reliable and scalable technologies that have made the transition to Ultra HD much faster and more efficient.”

SES says that its Ultra HD solution leverages the scalability of satellite and delivery options, using either managed IP multicast DOCSIS 3.0 streams (versus over-the-top Internet connections) or traditional digital QAM transport streams. With its pre-packaged Ultra HD platform, SES combines Ultra HD channels, 4K set top boxes and reception gear in a cost-effective service, which is enabling small and medium tier cable operators to be among the first in North America to provide linear and live Ultra HD to subscriber homes. SES’s managed Ultra HD solution is delivered over dedicated bandwidth, providing a much higher quality viewer experience compared to current Internet-delivered 4K offerings susceptible to buffering and network congestion.


Some very interesting news with the planned launch of a Freeview satellite platform at 159E, with decoders costing around $35 u.s and no subs fee this might revive some interest in Cband.

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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Jack TV、HBO HD(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12460 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang、Frcnce 24(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12401 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Entertainment TV替换SONY BBC Earth(高清)频道,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Channel V替换卫视中文(英语)频道,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,辽宁卫视(测试)等频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [11月8日]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)等9个频道新增,设置11101 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [11月8日]

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Foxtel Smashed, Layoffs, Profit Slump, But News Corp Fails To Report Downturn

From http://www.channelnews.com.au/foxtel-smashed-layoffs-profit-slump-but-news-corp-fails-to-report-downturn/

Foxtel who has dead iQ3 boxes piling up in Sydney warehouses, has reported an $11M loss for the quarter, they have also started laying off staff as competitors such as Fetch TV, Stan and Netflix strip share away from the pay TV Company.

It’s also been revealed that the killing off Presto has cost the Company $21M.

News Corporation who own 50% of Foxtel have today failed to mention the massive loss in the Australian Media section despite it being a major story about a content streaming Company. What they did report was that Fox Sports finished fiscal 2016 with increased revenues and record ratings driven by sports rights including NRL, AFL and V8 ­Supercars. The launch of a dedicated NRL channel in fiscal 2017 is expected to further strengthen ­ratings. Pay-TV provider Foxtel now has more than 2.9 million subscribers.

They not only failed to mention the Foxtel and Presto losses they also failed to mention that their all new iQ3 box which was rolled out to take on Netflix was a “lemon” with over 200,000 iQ3 boxes now lying idle in a Homebush warehouse.

Yesterday’s financial results also revealed that new CEO Peter Tonagh is desperately struggling to restructure the pay TV Company who for many years’ price gouged consumers with high priced content.

The loss included write-downs by News in the value of “finite-lived tangible assets” of the company.

“Foxtel’s strategy is to focus its resources on acquiring the best content from Australia and around the world, delivering an exceptional customer experience, and investing in great technology and products,” said Tonagh.

“To help achieve this strategy we have conducted a review of aspects of our business to ensure that Foxtel is as efficient and agile as possible. We have looked to simplify structures, clarify reporting lines, remove areas of duplication and overlap, and cease activities that do not assist in advancing our strategy.

“As a result of this review, we have determined that a number of structural changes need to be made in the business and this has resulted in some employees being informed this week that their positions will be made redundant.

“It is always difficult when friends and colleagues leave a business in this way. We are talking to all affected employees and where there are redeployment possibilities we will explore them, otherwise we will provide career transition advice and support.”

Mumbrella said that the news of the job cuts follows on from News Corp Australia seeking to make $40m in cuts from its Australia operation as advertising continues to shrink, with modest redundancies to form part of the cuts.

Decision to close Presto cost Foxtel $27 million

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/the-decision-to-close-presto-cost-foxtel-27-million-2016-11

Foxtel’s decision to close streaming media platform Presto cost the cable entertainment group $US21 million ($A27 million).

The 50/50 Foxtel and Seven West Media business launched in 2015 is closing in January 2017. From December, Presto customers will be able to access the new Foxtel Play product.

The departure of Presto brings the market down to two players, the US giant Netflix and Stan, the Fairfax Media and Nine venture.

Quarterly results released by News Corp show Foxtel lost $US11 million ($A14 million) for the three months.

“Net income decreased mainly due to the $21 million loss resulting from Foxtel management’s decision to cease Presto operations in January,” News Corp reported.

Presto had 130,000 paying subscribers in September, according to News, putting the service in third place behind Netflix and Stan.

Stan, which launched in January 2015, has more than 600,000 active subscribers and is growing at a rate of 30,000 to 40,000 a month.

Roy Morgan Research says Netflix has 1,878,000 subscribing homes including paid, free trials, and special offers.

For the three months to September, Foxtel’s revenue increased 5% to $US31 million, mainly because of foreign currency fluctuations. The actual increase in Australian dollars was modest.

Foxtel is a 50/50 joint venture between Telstra and News Corp.

ABS Announces Partnership with PT Sarana Media Vision to Launch New Indonesian DTH FreeViewSat Platform

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/press-release/english/33338/abs-announces-partnership-with-pt-sarana-media-vision-to-launch-new-indonesian-dth-freeviewsat-platform

MACAU, Nov 8, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - Leading satellite operator ABS has announced today that it will partner with PT Sarana Media Vision (SMV), using SMV's DTH license to launch a consumer FreeView satellite service - FreeViewSat - across Indonesia in January 2017. The service will be called SMV FreeViewSat and will initially broadcast over 60 television channels via the ABS-2, ABS-2A and ABS-6 satellites in both Ku and C-band.

For the first time in Indonesia, a free-to-view platform will be available throughout the entire country, allowing advertisers the opportunity to reach the full potential of the Indonesian audience.

The FreeViewSat model will promote maximum distribution and the cost of the STB & dish will be less than US$35. Customers will only need to make this one-time purchase to enjoy all the TV channels on the platform (with no monthly recurring subscription fees).

Tom Choi, CEO of ABS commented that "SMV's FreeViewSat will be very attractive for Indonesia by providing great quality international and unique domestic programming to the entire country. The goal is to deliver high quality entertainment and educational content affordably to all - For the first time, everybody, not only the affluent or those in the urban areas, will be able - receive high quality programming for free, with just a one-time purchase of a set-top box and dish. FreeViewSat will also give advertisers the first real opportunity to reach the whole population of Indonesia, even in rural areas. ABS is delighted to be partnering and supporting this highly worthwhile venture."

At launch in January, FreeViewSat will carry at least 30 local Free-to-Air channels and more than 30 high quality international channels. The number of channels will continue to grow to over 100 channels in the first 6 to 12 months as new and interesting content is added.

FreeViewSat will be available via 75cm Ku band dishes from 75E on ABS-2 and ABS-2A, and via 1.6m C-band antennas from 159E on ABS-6 simultaneously, so that consumers have the choice of small dishes, or larger ones with better rain protection. Since Indonesia already has over 10 million C-band antennas installed, the adoption rate is expected to be rapid.

ABS has selected the ABV conditional access and middleware system, along with Ali chips for its Set-Top Boxes.

Confirmed channels for launch include: TV9 Nusantara, TVRI Nasional, DAAI TV, TV One, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosair, Kompas TV, Net TV, Bali TV H2, Bloomberg TV, France 24, Fix and Foxi Channel, Action Hollywood Movies, Pulse TV, Al Jazeera English, CCTV-News, CCTV-4, CCTV-9, Russia Today, MediaCorp Channel, Landscape HD, TRACE Urban and TRACE Sport Stars, B4U Music, B4U Movies, NDTV 24/7 and NDTV Good Times, and many more.

About PT Sarana Media Vision

PT Sarana Media Vision ("SMV") is an Indonesian company licensed by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics to provide nationwide Direct-To-Home broadcast services. The SMV FreeViewSat DTH service is the digital direct broadcast satellite platform operating on the ABS-2, ABS-2A, and ABS-6 satellites in both Ku-band and C-band with excellent coverage over Indonesia. The platform carries a rich bouquet of local Indonesian and International channels including High Definition (HD) channels.

It is a unique Free-To-View DTH platform available nationwide that provides TV services directly to households in Indonesia. Unlike other PayTV services, subscribers of SMV FreeViewSat only need to purchase the receiver equipment (set-top box and antenna) at a very affordable one-off cost and enjoy the TV services without recurring charges.

About PT Sarana Media Vision

PT Sarana Media Vision ("SMV") is an Indonesian company licensed by the Indonesian Ministry of Communications and Informatics to provide nationwide Direct-To-Home broadcast services. The SMV FreeViewSat DTH service is the digital direct broadcast satellite platform operating on the ABS-2, ABS-2A, and ABS-6 satellites in both Ku-band and C-band with excellent coverage over Indonesia. The platform carries a rich bouquet of local Indonesian and International channels including High Definition (HD) channels.

It is a unique Free-To-View DTH platform available nationwide that provides TV services directly to households in Indonesia. Unlike other PayTV services, subscribers of SMV FreeViewSat only need to purchase the receiver equipment (set-top box and antenna) at a very affordable one-off cost and enjoy the TV services without recurring charges.

About ABS

ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations. ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-2A, ABS-3A, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, and ABS-7. The satellite fleet covers over 93% of the world's population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia. Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, UAE, South Africa, and Asia. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira. For more information, visit www.absatellite.com.

About Lightning International

Lightning International is a content solutions company. Core businesses are: 1) Channel representation and distribution, 2) Syndication of finished TV programmes and formats from a catalogue of 3000+ hours of content, and 3) Content and media business consultancy. The Lightning team have over 35 years of content distribution experience in the region. As well as the Hong Kong team, we have representatives in Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, and India, and have just opened a UK office. Please visit www.lightninginternational.net.

For further information, please contact:

Amanda Yang, Lightning International, amanda@lightninginternational.net, +852-9400-2605 or Penny Hill, ABS, penny@absatellite.com.

TVB Launches on APSTAR

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/press-release/english/33342/tvb-launches-on-apstar

MACAU, Nov 9, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - TVB officially launches on APT Satellite (APSTAR), a major breakthrough jointly announced in a ceremony held at the Great China Content Showroom during CASBAA Convention 2016 (Nov 8). The new pack includes TVB8 and TVB Xing He, which are tailored for Asia, the Middle East, Australia and Central Asia audiences.

"TVB is the most influential TV content provider in overseas Chinese communities. We have established a worldwide distribution network through cable, satellite and OTT technologies. The cooperation with APT Satellite will expand the coverage of our content to the new areas," said Mr. Sherman Lee, Controller of TVBI.

"We are excited of the cooperation with TVBI, it greatly broadened the variety of our satellite's TV neighborhood. And we are especially proud of being given the opportunity to team up with TVBI, showcasing the theme of Great China Content Showroom here. APT Satellite is always standing with our customers, brings more value to them," said Huang Baozhong, Senior Vice President of APT Satellite.

The new TVB package is available throughout Asia Pacific, South Asia, and Middle East on APSTAR-7 satellite at 76.5E.

Reception Parameters

Satellite APSTAR-7 @ 76.5E
Frequency Band C-band
Downlink Frequency 4155.5 MHz
Downlink Polarization Horizontal
Symbol rate 7.2 Msps
Modulation DVB-S2, 8PSK, FEC=2/3
Roll-off 25%
Video Format MPEG-4, HDTV

APT Satellite Provides Capacity, Promotion for CICC Great Wall TV

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/broadcasting/2016/11/08/apt-satellite-provides-capacity-promotion-cicc-great-wall-tv/

Chinese International Communication Co. (CICC) has selected ATP Satellite to provide capacity and promotion for Asia's Great Wall TV. Photo: CICC

[Via Satellite 11-08-2016] Chinese International Communication Co. (CICC) has officially selected APT Satellite to promote the Great Wall TV Platform, a mix of 25 TV channels from China with Chinese, English or French voice-over, to new viewers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. APT Satellite plays two roles in the cooperation: providing satellite capacity and promoting Chinese TV content landing in ASEAN countries. The commitment comes after two months of test runs by CICC on the Apstar 6 satellite at 134 degrees east and the Apstar L satellite at 128 degrees east.

“The Great Wall TV is the only platform with exclusive right to export TV contents from China to the world. The new expansion this time is a strategic move to attract new audience,” said LYU Chunguang, general manager of CICC.

The Great Wall Asia platform is available throughout the Asia-Pacific region through its operation on three Apstar satellites, namely Apstar 5 at 138 degrees east, Apstar 6 at 134 degrees east and Apstar L at 128.5 degrees east. The whole package or any channels inside can be contributed to cable TV, satellite Direct-to-Home (DTH), or Over-The-Top (OTT) operators based on authorization.

JCSAT-15 arrives in Kourou for Dec Ariane 5 launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/JCSAT_15_arrives_in_Kourou_for_Dec_Ariane_5_launch_999.html

JCSAT-15 was produced by Space Systems Loral (SSL) using its SSL 1300 platform.

Payload preparations for the December dual-passenger flight of Arianespace's heavy-lift Ariane 5 are moving into gear following JCSAT-15's arrival at the Spaceport in French Guiana. This Japanese spacecraft was delivered last week to Felix Eboue International Airport near French Guiana's capital city of Cayenne, then transferred by road for processing inside the Spaceport's S5 satellite preparation facility.

JCSAT-15 was produced by Space Systems Loral (SSL) using its SSL 1300 platform. Equipped with Ku-band transponders, the 10-kW-class satellite will be used by operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corp to help broadcast its multi-channel pay TV service SKY PerfecTV! across Japan, as well as provide data transfer communications and maritime/aviation applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean regions.

A dual-payload mission with SSL satellites
Both payloads on the Ariane 5 mission in December - designated Flight VA234 in Arianespace's numbering system - will be SSL-built satellites. In addition to JCSAT-15, it will orbit Star One D1 for Brazil's Embratel Star One.

Initiating the fourth generation "D" family of Embratel Star One satellites, Star One D1 is the largest ever built for the company, equipped with C-, Ku-, and Ka- band relay capacity. It will have a total mass at liftoff of 6,433 kg.

Flight VA234 with Star One D1 and JCSAT-15 will follow Arianespace's upcoming mission with its heavy-lift launcher, which is to orbit the next four satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system on November 17; and the next lightweight Vega launch, scheduled for December 5 with Turkey's GOKTURK-1A observation satellite.

First Ariane 5 for launch in 2017 at Spaceport
Preparations are starting for another busy year of Arianespace launch activity, with the initial Ariane 5 of 2017 now delivered to the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This vehicle recently arrived in French Guiana aboard the MN Colibri, which is one of two roll-on/roll-off ships that transport Arianespace launchers from their European manufacturers to South America.

After docking at Pariacabo Port, the Ariane 5's components were unloaded and transported by road to the Spaceport - where they will be assembled during activity inside the Launcher Integration Building.

Getting off to a strong start in 2017
The first Ariane 5 mission of 2017 - designated VA235 - will orbit a pair of communications satellites: SKY Brasil-1, for operation by DirecTV Latin America; and Indonesian service provider PT Telkom's Telkom-3S.

A total of 232 Ariane missions have been performed since the family of European launch vehicles began operation in 1979. Number 233 will be marked on Arianespace's next flight from the Spaceport, scheduled for November 17 - during which an Ariane 5 ES version will loft four satellites for Europe's Galileo navigation system.

So far in 2016, Arianespace has conducted five flights with the heavy-lift Ariane 5. This activity was complemented by two missions using the medium-lift Soyuz, plus one with the lightweight Vega vehicle.

Arianespace's 2016 launch activity will be completed with two December missions: the Vega flight with Turkey's GOKTURK-1A observation satellite, which will be followed by an Ariane 5 mission to orbit the JCSAT-15 and Star One D1 telecommunications relay platforms.

AsiaSat granted patent for providing effective satellite solutions for high speed connectivity to aircraft

From Press release

Hong Kong, 8 November 2016 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia's leading satellite operator, has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, titled, ‘Methods and Systems for Providing High-speed Connectivity to Aircraft.’ (US Patent No. 9,425,888)
The patent is about the methods and systems that enable effective aviation communication via satellite over a broad area at high altitude. Example methods include the use of a wide-beam antenna on a satellite to provide a wide flatten coverage by transmitting signals at a frequency higher than 10 GHz and at a relatively low satellite power (EIRP) to avoid interference with ground stations or adjacent satellites. At the same time, the satellite system is configured with a spot beam antenna to receive signals from a mobile antenna on the aircraft at a different frequency of at least 13.75 GHz to achieve better gain for higher data throughput rate of the connection.
With the use of a low-power wide beam antenna, the described system enables communication coverage for aircraft with fewer beams, fewer antennas and receivers onboard a satellite thus reducing its payload, hardware and ground stations requirements, and results in a more reliable service that can be achieved with less switching and traffic handover issues.

The same method and system can also be configured to provide connectivity to an unmanned aviation vehicle (UAV) for establishing immediate communication links in emergency situation due to natural disaster or warfare.

The invention was developed by Dr. Roger Tong, Vice President, Engineering and Operations and Chief Technical Officer of AsiaSat and his team members, Fred Vong and Harry Leung. “Being in the satellite industry, where technologies and user needs are rapidly changing, we recognise there is no boundary to our imagination and we have to continue to innovate in order to provide the best services to our customers,” said Dr. Tong.

Full patent specification is available on AsiaSat website at http://www.asiasat.com/technology/technical-support/technical-resource-centre
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in Q2 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

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VICE Media launches VICE Indonesia

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/08/vice-media-launches-vice-indonesia/

VICE Media has announced a major market expansion into Indonesia, the world’s fourth largest nation. VICE will launch a full-scale operation in Indonesia, producing local content and creative agency services to reach the skyrocketing young population of over 100 million people in the country. In addition, VICE today announced multi-platform partnerships with Jawa Pos TV and Google that will bring linear and digital programming to the country. Content will be available in both English and Indonesian.

Young people aged 18-34 comprise 50 percent of Indonesia’s overall population. In the country, mobile, linear and digital markets have grown so expansively that there are more mobile phones than people, and the average person spends five hours on the internet every day. This demonstrated thirst for multi-platform content opens the door for VICE to fill the void and reach young people on whatever platform they consume content.

To date in Asia, VICE has operated out of Japan, China and South Korea, and last month the company launched branded VICELAND blocks, which will eventually become 24-hour VICELAND channels, in 18 Southeast Asian territories, including Indonesia, through a partnership with local media powerhouse MultiChannels Asia. Partnerships with DOCOMO Digital and AbemaTV have also brought original VICE content to mobile and digital platforms across Japan. In the coming months, VICE will launch full-scale offices in India and the Middle East.

Building upon this growth in Asia, VICE Indonesia, which is based in Jakarta, will bring VICE’s award winning content to a young audience that is consuming mobile, digital and linear content at a staggering pace. VICE Indonesia will be at the forefront of content production in the country, creating and distributing local and international programming that appeals to the enormous young population. By working with young Indonesian talent and producers, editors, shooters and creatives, the content will maintain VICE’s distinct voice and satisfy the appetite for uniquely intimate content focused on culture, food, music, technology, sports and more.

Through the partnership with Jawa Pos TV, a leading news television network in Indonesia, VICE News Tonight, VICE’s recently launched daily news show on HBO, will air every night on Jawa Pos TV in a primetime slot. Select VICELAND programming will also air on the network during primetime. Jawa Pos TV significantly expanded its reach earlier this year, and with infrastructure and other upgrades underway, will soon reach over 150 million people in Indonesia. As the company continues to expand its footprint in Southeast Asia, this partnership will bring VICE’s distinct, youth-oriented content to a growing market of young viewers in the region.

“With Indonesia’s massive young audience increasingly consuming video content across all screens, launching VICE here is a no brainer,” said VICE Co-President James Schwab. “Combining our award-winning global content with content produced locally in Indonesia, both digitally and on TV through partnerships with Jawa Pos TV, Google and MultiChannels Asia, enables us to reach as many young people as possible, whenever and wherever they are consuming content.”

“It’s been a truly life changing experience to bring VICE to Indonesia, a country I love and call home,” said Mo Morris, Managing Director of VICE Indonesia. “We will aim to produce some of the most unique content Southeast Asia has ever seen. Indonesia is a great fit for VICE, a beautiful, turbulent, and progressive country with an engaged young audience hungry for a media company that speaks their own language. By partnering with Jawa Pos TV and Google, we will be able to meet young people on whichever screen they are consuming content.”

“Indonesia is the perfect environment for VICE,” said Ardyan M Erlangga, Managing Editor, VICE Indonesia. “The country is a diverse, complicated, and incredibly exciting place that is full of under-covered stories, unique characters, and young people hungry for compelling content. We will bring these stories to life with the best young talent locally, telling some of the world’s most important stories to the rest of the region and world.”

“Jawa Pos TV is very excited to partner with VICE and VICELAND,” said Maesa Samola, CEO of Jawa Pos. “I am constantly fascinated by the VICE point of view and unique stand in the media world, and thrilled that VICE’s content is now available to experience through our very own Jawa Pos TV.”

Along with VICE Indonesia launch partner Google, VICE will create digital content powered by the world’s most prolific search tool. Utilizing VICE’s unique lens and local talent, SEARCHLIGHT will showcase youth culture and nightlife across Indonesia to a global digital audience. Through a series of videos, stories and social events, SEARCHLIGHT will take viewers into unknown stories of Indonesian urban life, and expand VICE’s presence into Indonesia’s digital market.

VICE’s expansion into Indonesia comes on the heels of a major global expansion for VICE and VICELAND. In June, VICE unveiled an expansive slate of international deals that, within the next year, will make its multi-screen programming available to audiences in over 50 new territories in Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, the Middle East and India. In total, VICE’s award winning multi-platform programming will be available in over 80 territories.

Ukraine addresses satellite TV hacking

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/11/08/ukraine-addresses-satellite-tv-hacking/

Media Group UkraineMedia Group Ukraine (MGU) is looking into the possibility of broadcasting simultaneously on two satellites in order to counter the outside interference from hackers its channels have suffered this year.

To that effect, it has begun tests on Eutelsat 9B at 9 degrees East.

MGU’s channels, which are distributed by Astra 4A at 4.8 degrees East, suffered unprecedented levels of hacking during Euro 2016, when viewers were deprived of the opportunity to watch the semi-finals.

The company says it has repeatedly asked the police, regulator and security bodies to investigate the situation and take appropriate action. As nothing has been forthcoming, it decided to consider the possibility of simulcasting.

MGU is a media holding company that manages System Capital Management Group’s TV and new media projects. Its assets include the national FTA channel Ukraine; NLO, a channel aimed at young viewers; and the thematic channels Football 1, Football 2 and an HD version of the latter.

TVB Hong Kong tops 1m OTT users

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/08/tvb-hong-kong-tops-1m-ott-users/

TVB Hong Kong, says its ‘myTV Super’ OTT service has topped 1 million users in the past six months. The service was announced in January and went ‘live’ in April.

The service was launched in order to compete with Netflix.

TVB says the total number of myTV SUPER users has reached 1,037,777 including 312,359 OTT TV boxes sold through ISPs or various retail outlets and 725,418 active App users.

TVB spokesman said, “We are excited that the number of myTV Super users has grown to more than a million in just six months. When launching the myTV SUPER on 18 April this year, we had the vision of creating a second platform to meet changing viewing habit and viewers’ need for more diversified contents. Today we are very encouraged that one million people have recognised that vision.”By Chris Forrester

TVB Hong Kong, says its ‘myTV Super’ OTT service has topped 1 million users in the past six months. The service was announced in January and went ‘live’ in April.

The service was launched in order to compete with Netflix.

TVB says the total number of myTV SUPER users has reached 1,037,777 including 312,359 OTT TV boxes sold through ISPs or various retail outlets and 725,418 active App users.

TVB spokesman said, “We are excited that the number of myTV Super users has grown to more than a million in just six months. When launching the myTV SUPER on 18 April this year, we had the vision of creating a second platform to meet changing viewing habit and viewers’ need for more diversified contents. Today we are very encouraged that one million people have recognised that vision.”

Indian broadcasters welcome DSO ruling

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/08/indian-broadcasters-welcome-dso-ruling/

The Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) has welcomed the order passed by the Honourable Delhi High Court dismissing the nine petitions dealing with the time extension for implementing digital addressable system (DAS) in certain areas of Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Uttar Pradesh under Phase III, the deadline for which had expired on 31 December 2015. With the dismissal of these petitions, the stay granted by various High courts in areas covered by the above-mentioned nine cases stands vacated and will no longer apply.

The Delhi High Court, while dismissing these nine petitions, has also directed the petitioners to switchover to digital addressable systems within three weeks i.e., by 24 November 2016 and inform the subscribers by running a scroll on their networks about the digital switchover deadline.

The High Courts in various parts of the country had earlier granted stay in certain matters on DAS Phase III deadline. The stay orders had stalled the implementation of DAS Phase III in those areas. This prompted the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to move the Honourable Supreme Court to get all the cases transferred to the Apex Court.

The Honourable SC made Delhi High Court as the designated court for all cases related to DAS Phase III.

The above-mentioned order of the Delhi High Court has removed the impediments in implementation of DAS in Phase III areas.

The IBF has advised all its Member Broadcasters to apprise all its affiliate Multi System Operators and local cable operators about the said switchover deadline of 24 November 2016 in these Phase III areas and make it clear that after the said date the channels can be received only through a digital set-top box. The subscribers in these areas are advised to immediately contact their respective Local Cable Operators/Multi System Operators to ensure the installation of STBs before the expiry of the above-mentioned deadline of 24 November 2016.

There is no change in DAS Phase IV deadline, which continues to be 31 December 2016.



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WIN TV loses appeal against 9Now streaming

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/11/win-tv-loses-appeal-against-9now-streaming.html

WIN TV has lost an appeal against Nine Entertainment Co live-streaming broadcasts into regional areas.

In April the NSW Supreme Court ruled in Nine’s favour, allowing it to stream content into WIN markets in a case that sought to define the definition of broadcasting.

On Friday the Court noted that WIN had willingly entered into an extension of its Program Supply Agreement even after Nine had announced plans to live stream its programming.

“The fact that WIN was prepared to agree to an extension of the PSA after it became aware that Nine proposed to commence live-streaming rather suggests that WIN took a sanguine view of the likely impact of the live-streaming on its advertising revenue during the five months between 27 January 2016 (when live-streaming commenced) and 30 June 2016 (the amended expiration date of the PSA),” the judgement said.

It ruled that the definition of “broadcast” as contained in the agreement did not extend to streaming over the internet.

“There can be no doubt that the parties, being major operators in the relevant commercial field, entered into their contract with the knowledge that live-streaming was technically possible. But the subject matter of the contract had nothing to do with that technical possibility. The bargain was concerned with programs transmitted on Nine’s free-to-air channels in Nine’s licence areas,” it said.

“Viewed in its context, the word ‘broadcast’ was correctly regarded by the primary judge as referring to broadcasting by free-to-air transmission; and that meaning applied both for the purpose of delineating the right granted to WIN and in determining the scope and content of the restriction accepted by Nine as a consequence of the exclusive quality of the licence it granted.”

The regional broadcaster was ordered to pay costs.

Nine began a new affiliate agreement with Southern Cross mid-year, while WIN subsequently partnered with TEN.

Satellite launch delayed by Canyon Fire set for Veterans Day

From http://kcbx.org/post/satellite-launch-delayed-canyon-fire-set-veterans-day

A rocket launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base that was delayed back in September because of a wildfire is now scheduled to be launched this Friday, Veterans Day.

The Atlas V rocket will carry the WorldView-4 imaging and data satellite into orbit.

"Team V is thrilled to be launching again following the devastating wildfires we experienced in September," said Col. Chris Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, who will be the launch decision authority. "We are excited to launch the Atlas V WorldView-4 mission from Vandenberg's Western Range and are looking forward to a safe and successful mission."

The World View is so advanced it can discern the make of a car from its orbit in space. You can view this launch from the Hawk's Nest on Hwy 1 just a half mile south of Vandenberg Air Force Base's main gate.

It's scheduled for 10:30 a.m.

Panasonic Selects Newtec As Technology Partner For Its Advanced Global Satellite Network

From http://gisuser.com/2016/11/panasonic-selects-newtec-as-technology-partner-for-its-advanced-global-satellite-network/

Technology ensures an unmatched user experience with 20 times the bandwidth currently available for mobility applications

SINT-NIKLAAS, Belgium, 7 November 2016. Panasonic Global Communications (Panasonic), A Division of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, and Newtec – a specialist in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications – today unveiled a new, high bandwidth satellite modem, which offers Panasonic customers twenty times the bandwidth of Panasonic’s current solution. Versions of this new modem will be available across Panasonic’s mobility markets including air transport, business aviation, maritime, cruise ships, mega yachts, and river cruises.

Developed in partnership, the new modem is capable of exceeding 400 Mbps, and it can scale to meet the evolving needs of airlines and their passengers by facilitating the increasing bandwidth coming on stream over the next two years as High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) and Extreme-Throughput Satellite (XTS™) services continue to be layered over Panasonic’s existing global network. This will expand network capacity from 2,300 MHz today to 15,000+ MHz by 2017.

The next-generation modem includes three demodulators for seamless beam switching and simultaneous data and video reception and is also part of the Newtec Dialog® multiservice platform, which supports a wide range of verticals, including aviation and maritime. Featuring the award-winning dynamic bandwidth allocation Mx-DMA®, it combines the efficiency of SCPC with the dynamic bandwidth allocation capabilities of TDMA to deliver up to 300 percent more data than legacy Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA) systems. With support for DVB-S2X, the latest Satcom transmission standard, and VL-SNR MODCODS (Very Low Signal to Noise Ratio Modulation and Coding), the modem is optimized for HTS and small VSAT antenna applications, maximizing efficiency and availability.

Paul Margis, Chief Executive Officer of Panasonic Avionics Corporation, says: “As we continue to optimize our second generation Global Communications network, we are constantly looking for new pieces of critical technology that will enable our customers to take full advantage of HTS and XTS technology. Newtec’s broadband modem, which is based on the innovative DVB-S2X standard and customized to our requirements, allows us to access much larger blocks of frequency and better support high bandwidth platforms across all of our vertical markets.”

Serge Van Herck says on behalf of the Newtec Board of Directors: “Newtec has a proven track-record in delivering high-quality and reliable Satcom solutions. Our partnership with Panasonic will combine next-generation ground segment and satellite technology to deliver the most efficient high-throughput solution to customers across the world.”

Panasonic’s Global Communications network already covers 100 per cent of all major oil and gas hotspots worldwide, 99.6 per cent of aero traffic routes, and greater than 98 percent of global maritime routes worldwide.

Utilizing this network, the modem will enable the consistent delivery of high speed broadband communications and digital entertainment services, including live HD live TV and IP streaming, to all of Panasonic’s markets including air transport, business aviation, maritime, cruise ships, oil, gas and energy.


The Australian Official Freeview "FV" streaming app is out, download it from Itunes and Google playstore

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This one app shows live streaming from all five free-to-air TV networks

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/this-one-app-shows-live-streaming-from-all-five-free-to-air-tv-networks-2016-11

The five free-to-air television networks in Australia have never agreed on much. But they have put their swords down temporarily to combat flagging audience numbers with a “world-first” app.

The Freeview FV mobile app allows users (for free, of course) to view live streaming and catch up services from the one place.

The app was launched this morning on iOS and Android, and starts off with live streaming of ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, Ten, One, ABC2/ABC Kids, ABC ME, ABC News 24, 7Two, 7Mate, 7Flix, Racing.com, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life. Other channels are expected to be on-boarded as soon as they start digital streaming.

The catch-up, or video-on-demand, services for all five networks – SBS On Demand, ABC iView, Plus7, 9Now, and Tenplay – are also accessible from the Freeview FV app. However, this will be a referral service only and will require the individual catch-up app to be also present on the device.

The Freeview FV app is designed to work on both iPhones and iPads, but for Android users it is only optimised for mobile devices. Location services also needs to be switched on the device for software to work.

Freeview, an alliance of the five free-to-air networks, has claimed a world-first with its software. The industry has copped declining audience numbers in the face of digital-only streaming services such as Netflix and Stan; subscription TV providers such as Foxtel; and the fragmentation of viewers through multiple free-to-air channels.

Fairfax Media reported in April that free-to-air television audience numbers had dropped 5% in the year-to-date, according to figures from ratings agency OzTAM. Morgan Stanley has predicted that advertising spend on traditional (non-digital) media would drop from a peak of more than 1.3% of GDP in the mid-1980s to just over 0.2% by 2020.

“The Australian FTA industry has united to create and deliver a powerful mobile consumer experience – in no other market has an FTA industry collaborated to create its own live streaming app,” said Freeview chief executive Liz Ross.

Viewer numbers from the app will count towards ratings, as measured and reported through OzTAM.

“This is a fantastic new way for people to enjoy TV on their terms and never miss a thing, especially when they’re on the go. It’s great news for viewers and we’ve worked hard to create a powerful, simple and user-friendly experience,” said Freeview chief executive Liz Ross.

One major exception to free-to-air live streaming and catch up services are sports. Most sporting organisations sell the digital streaming and video-on-demand broadcast rights separately to the television contract, so some events may not be seen through Freeview FV.

Ross said that the new app would appeal especially to commuters, as her organisation sought to meet new viewer expectations for convenience.

The app also includes a TV guide, browse and search functionality for all free-to-air programs, favourites and reminders, and program recommendations.

Freeview FV can already mirror to Apple TV using AirPlay. Business Insider has contacted Freeview about any plans to support Google Chromecast.

Freeview launches mobile TV app, but you still can't have it all

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/freeview-fv-app-australia-launch-catch-up-mobile-tv-streaming-abc-sbs-7-9-10/

Finally! With the Freeview app, channel surfing on your phone won't require a thousand apps. But if you're expecting all TV on your mobile, the broadcasters aren't quite ready to give it to you yet.

Freeview is bringing free-to-air TV to mobile.

Ever since Australians started getting TV streaming on demand, it's fair to say we've started to expect more from media across the board. But until now, free-to-air TV hasn't quite met the task.

That could change today with the arrival of the Freeview FV app, which lets you stream every digital free-to-air TV channel to your mobile, for free.

The app was announced in October and has been put together by Freeview, the industry body that wrangles all Australia's broadcasters together to get them to play nice for the sake of Australian viewers. Freeview brought them together for the splashy launch of digital TV, and for the decidedly more fragmented launch of Hybrid Broadband television (HbbTV), which it dubbed Freeview Plus.

The idea behind the Freeview app is an easy sell -- it's regular TV, streamed straight to your phone.

The app lets you watch live TV or catch-up programs, and shows are all series-linked. That means when you tap on a program to watch, you'll see all the electronic program guide (EPG) metadata, like show synopses as well as upcoming episodes and previously-aired episodes available on catch up.

Freeview is borrowing from other streaming interfaces with nifty features like the ability to set reminders, create a list of favourite programs or tap out direct to the channel's own catch-up TV site.

The Freeview FV app features live and catch-up TV.

But even with all the broadcasters playing together, you still won't get everything on the app.

Some top-tier sporting codes have already sold digital rights to other players -- such as the AFL, which is exclusive to Telstra -- so when you tune into Channel 7 during game time, you won't see the match.

Other channels are choosing not to stream everything direct to mobile, for what Freeview CEO Liz Ross calls "strategic" reasons, and that includes Channel 10.

During my demo with the app, on a Wednesday afternoon at roughly 2 p.m., the Ten Network's primary channel was greyed out with a "not available at this time" message.

It's a minor inconvenience (more so if you want your "Bold and the Beautiful" fix) but it's a sign of one of the things that could hold the Freeview app back.

It's a simple enough concept to bake everything together into the one app -- these are features you can take advantage of on digital TVs after all -- but until now, you would have had to download a separate app for each individual channel you wanted to watch. That means apps for iView, SBS OnDemand, TenPlay, Plus7 and 9Now stealing home screen real estate.

But Australia's broadcasters may still want to protect those apps, as well as their individual brands and terrestrial broadcast ad revenues. Whatever their "strategic" reasons are behind closed doors, it still sells viewers short.

Freeview has pulled off the seemingly mammoth task of getting all of Australia's media players to come to the table. And they need to, or they risk losing viewers to the lure of the glossy, seamless video on demand apps that Australians are already using.

But the success of Freeview on your mobile will all come down to broadcasters recognising that the TV is no longer the indefatigable centre of our lives. It's our smartphones

Queensland signs up for satellite scientific hub

From http://www.technologydecisions.com.au/content/gov-tech-review/news/queensland-signs-up-for-satellite-scientific-hub-45032173#axzz4PIM1Rxcg

Queensland has agreed to partake in the establishment of a scientific hub in Australia to access European satellite data and imagery.

The agreement between the Queensland Government, Geoscience Australia, CSIRO and the NSW Government will establish a Regional Copernicus Data Hub to share data collected from Europe’s high-tech Sentinel satellites.

“The Regional Copernicus Data Hub will ensure data from the Sentinel satellites — a collection of six different types of satellites that will provide new measurements of the land, water and atmosphere — will be fully, freely and openly available to research, industry, government and public users,” said Science Minister Leeanne Enoch.

“Queensland is keen to ensure we make the most of this agreement, so we are working closely with our scientific colleagues nationally to establish a dedicated data collection and research hub which we can all benefit from.”

The hub also aims to drive greater scientific research collaboration between partner organisations, increase scientific knowledge and give Australia the edge in spatial data research.

“The imagery we will receive from the Sentinel satellites is of very high quality, providing us with much greater information about Queensland’s natural resources,” said Enoch.

“The imagery has clear benefits for government for cost-effective monitoring and reporting and will provide support to the state’s agricultural producers to better manage their valuable assets.”

The Queensland Government currently uses imagery from the US Geological Survey’s Landsat satellite program.

With 40 years of near continuous monitoring, the Landsat program is the longest earth observation program in human history.

“In combination, the Sentinel and Landsat images can be used to build long-term time series for measuring vegetation and land cover change over time,” Enoch said.

The Regional Copernicus Data Hub is expected to reach full operational capability by early 2018.

China unveils satellite smartphone

From http://www.therakyatpost.com/world/2016/11/07/china-unveils-satellite-smartphone/

China has unveiled its first satellite smartphone capable of covering the whole country and the disputed South China Sea.

The satellite phone is designed for use with the country’s a first mobile communications satellite, Tiantong-1 (TT-1), at the six-day Airshow China in Zhuhai, Guangdong, which ended yesterday. China unveiled its J-20 stealth aircraft at the airshow.

The new smartphone, developed by state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC), is scheduled to go on sale in two to three months, where it will compete in a global market dominated by the British Inmarsat system, Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post reported.

Satellite experts said the new satellite smartphone was a product of the “space-based Silk Road”, a long-term strategy proposed by Chinese aerospace companies, institutions and scholars to support the country’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative.

“The TT-1 smartphone is so far capable of covering the territory of China and the whole South China Sea,” said an engineer from CASC’s Fifth Academy, based in Xian, Shaanxi province.

The engineer said the smartphone was specially designed for emergency communication by field geologists or relief workers in remote areas, or when ground telecommunication networks were interrupted by natural disaster or accidents.

“We are going to expand our coverage to the whole world by launching a network TT satellites in the next five years, because our ultimate goal is to replace Inmarsat, or even surpass it,” the Post report said.

“Besides satellite coverage, the smartphone is compatible with multiple ground-based cellular networks, including 4G LTE and 3G, supports SMS, WeChat, video and data transmission, and allows free switching between satellite and ground communication.”

BBC readies for UHD/HDR transmissions

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/27/bbc-readies-for-uhdhdr-transmissions/

The BBC is stockpiling suitable programming in preparation for the start of a dedicated 4K/UHD channel.

The Corporation, as part of its relationship with commercial arm BBC Worldwide, has been producing 4K programming for many years. This content usually comes from the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol and mainly comprises quite stunning factual programming shot in – at least – 4K and High Dynamic Range.

It is understood that the dedicated channel will go on air about a year from now and starting with long-form coverage of the 2017 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The BBC – usually with help from Sony – has trialled 4K at the All England Club since 2013. Last year, Wimbledon’s Number 1 Court saw tests and closed-circuit transmissions of 8K managed by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster.

NHK is already working with the BBC on its jointly-developed Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) technology which is backward compatible with today’s normal Standard Dynamic Range displays.

The BBC has also tested 4K workflow processes since 2014, as well as various data compression technologies, in readiness for transmission to begin. It captured some of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 4K, for example.

At one stage it was thought that 4K transmissions might have been announced for 2016 broadcasts, but have not materialised.

Last week, GfK issued statistics which showed that by the end of 2017 some 5 million British homes would have bought 4K sets.

Viewers can already watch 4K/UHD programming, on services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as on UHD Blu-ray devices.

NBCUniversal’s USA Network on Amazon Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/04/nbcuniversals-usa-network-on-amazon-fire-tv/

NBCUniversal has further expanded its TV Everywhere footprint on connected devices with the launch of USA Now on Amazon Fire TV. Customers with Fire TV or Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote who authenticate via their pay TV provider can now access full seasons, and current and past episodes of hit series from USA.

USA is the first cable entertainment network in the NBCUniversal portfolio to launch on Amazon Fire TV. Customers can download the USA Now app to enjoy the network’s powerful lineup of acclaimed original programming, including the latest season of the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning series Mr. Robot. Fire TV customers can catch up on US’s newest dramas, including Colony, Falling Water and Shooter (premiering November 1th5); long-running fan-favorites Suits and Chrisley Knows Best; the critically-acclaimed comedy Playing House, and more.

“NBCUniversal continues to champion new ways for consumers to watch TV, anytime, anywhere, and we are excited to team up with Amazon to make USA Network’s leading shows available to Amazon Fire TV customers,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal.

Other NBCUniversal network apps available on Amazon Fire TV include NBC, NBC News and NBCSN.


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Australia Launches Giant Deep Space Satellite Antenna

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2424502&CategoryId=13936

SYDNEY – A giant satellite antenna which could be used to track and communicate with manned space flights to Mars was launched Thursday near the Australian capital.

The DSS36 antenna was unveiled at the Canberra Deep Space Communications Complex at the Tidbinbilla tracking station, according to ABC news.

Built by NASA at a cost of $120 million AUD ($92 million), the device is the second of its kind at the complex and forms part of the US space agency’s Deep Space Network which has similar research centers in California and Spain.

“We work very closely with our colleagues at our sister stations in the United States and Spain to provide this 24-hour coverage of the entire universe,” said Glen Nagle, Education and Public Outreach Manager at the Canberra complex.

Nagle envisions the antennae as aiding with communications in NASA missions to the Moon, Mars and even robotic missions to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons which is thought to have a subterranean water ocean.

“This new antenna does give us additional capabilities to be able to array with other dishes so that we can combine their power to look at spacecraft even further away ... and across higher frequencies as well,” he said.

Though the antenna was officially launched Thursday, it has been operating for several weeks and has assisted in more than 40 space missions.

The antenna is 34 meters wide and requires a staff of 20 to operate, out of the 87 who work at the site, according to the Canberra Times.

Foxtel launches pay-TV via nbn

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016110344926/foxtel-launches-pay-tv-via-nbn.html#axzz4P00oI4Hj

Australian pay-TV giant Foxtel has begun offering services on the country’s new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP)-based National Broadband Network (nbn) in the current coverage area.

nbnlogoFoxtel says the nbn services will strengthen the company’s ability to deliver high quality, reliable streaming of its internet delivered services across iQ3, Foxtel Go, Foxtel’s on-demand programming and other popular video steaming, social media and gaming applications.

“With today’s launch on the nbn network, we’re taking our broadband service to the next level. When our customers couple Foxtel’s premium movies, TV shows and sport with our unlimited broadband bundles they will receive their content on broadband that is purpose built for entertainment,” said Andrew Lorken, executive director of broadband, Foxtel.

“We think this truly differentiates Foxtel from other broadband providers in an increasingly competitive market and we aim to be the broadband supplier of choice for those customers seeking a combination of the highest quality Internet access and the best content,” he added.

New customers can sign up to an unlimited broadband, home phone and TV bundle, with the Entertainment pack, from A$111 per month on a 24 month plan. Existing Foxtel TV subscribers can add an unlimited broadband bundle to a non-Platinum HD pack from $85 extra each month on a 24 month plan, or $75 extra per month on a 24 month plan when added to a Platinum HD pack.

Current and new customers on Foxtel ADSL broadband plans will be able to switch their service to an nbn from Foxtel service, without the need for a new contract, once the national broadband infrastructure roll out reaches their home.

My Box NZ makes play for Kiwi streaming audience

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11741617

A business claiming it is "backed up" by MediaWorks is taking on Sky and entering the streaming box market.

My Box NZ owner Krish Reddy, 27, told the Herald the Android boxes his company sells are customised with Kodi software, and customers can access movies, TV shows and international channels.

They are imported from China and My Box NZ sells them for $259.

"It seemed like a great idea so we decided to do it ourselves," Reddy said.

On the business' Facebook page it says it is "backed up by big companies such as Media Works [sic] NZ".

Reddy said he advertised the product through MediaWorks radio stations.

The product's website lists that the box is "programmed with Freeview NZ, Sky TV channels (sky sports, sky movies and more) [sic]", and showed an image with a list of Sky TV New Zealand channels.

In a list of the box's features on the website it asks "Why pay $80 minimum per month for sky when for one payment you can have it free for good? [sic]".

After speaking with the Herald Reddy removed the list of New Zealand Sky channels from the website.

Reddy said he is not worried about the legality of his product.

"I spoke with lawyers before we started doing it, we are programming a box with a few basic links ... We can't control what you will find."

Reddy said channels broadcast by Sky in New Zealand wouldn't be available on the box, but Freeview and international channels would be.

It also has Netflix built in, but Reddy said customers will need to have their own paid account to access it.

He is not concerned about Sky raising any issues with him over his product.

"I don't see why they would contact me but if they do contact me and ... if there's something of theirs that they feel I've unlawfully taken then yeah ... but as it stands I don't [have any concerns]."

Reddy said he has been selling the units - which are imported from China - for five or six weeks, and has sold between 70 and 80 of them in that time.

Last month internet piracy expert Rick Shera warned that a similar product to My Box NZ could be infringing copyright by selling customised Android boxes.

He said there were "no [legal] precedents" in New Zealand or internationally in relation to the provision of online streaming boxes.

MediaWorks and Sky Television have been contacted for comment.

(Craig's comment, lots of scams going around at the moment, flogging way way overpriced Android STB with Kodi installed plus various addons or apps that provide access to copyrighted materials. The NZ Herald needs to stop giving free publicity to these scammers and stop creating such bullshit poorly researched non news items . Can you believe my box are asking $250-$99 NZ for these things that you can pick up on Alixpress for $25 u.s and upwards!)

Turner’s Boomerang lands in Taiwan

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/03/turners-boomerang-lands-in-taiwan/

Boomerang, Turner’s global kids’ brand and companion channel to Cartoon Network, is now available in Taiwan for the first time.

With an additional 1.6 million subscribers across Kbro and Taiwan Mobile platforms, the agreement increases the channel’s distribution in Asia Pacific to 32 million households since the channel’s relaunch in late 2014.

Phil Nelson, Turner’s Managing Director for North and Southeast Asia Pacific, said: “To see Boomerang’s country count and regional distribution maintain this kind of momentum is fantastic. Cartoon Network is already the No. 1 international Kids channel in Taiwan and Boomerang will complement it perfectly – providing viewers with the ultimate family-friendly destination for iconic cartoon franchises.”

Astro, StarHub launch Go Shop channel in Singapore

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/astro-starhub-launch-go-shop-channel-in-singapore--1170045

Astro Malaysia and StarHub Cable Vision have signed a partnership agreement to offer Go Shop, a 24/7 shopping destination on TV, online and mobile to customers in Singapore. The Go Shop Mandarin channel (StarHub TV Channel 110) offers customers 24/7 shopping on StarHub TV, or via any device of their choice.

Go Shop offers a 24-hour shopping experience where products and services are demonstrated, promoted and sold on multiple platforms, currently through Astro in Malaysia. Go Shop was launched in Malaysia in January 2015 on TV, online and mobile, and has attracted over 500,000 customers and a total of 75 million online and mobile page views in Malaysia.

Customers in Singapore can access Go Shop via StarHub's Mandarin language Channel 110, www.goshop.com.sg, and the Go Shop mobile app, downloadable from Google Play Store for Android users and Apple app store for iOS users.

China sends satellite, upper stage craft into orbit

From http://www.ecns.cn/2016/11-04/232737.shtml

China on Thursday sent a payload combination of a satellite and an upper stage aircraft into space with the latest heavy-lift Long March-5 carrier rocket.

In its maiden flight, the rocket blasted off at the Wenchang Space Launch Center in south China's Hainan Province, at around 8:43 p.m. Thursday Beijing Time.

Shijian-17, developed by China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, is a satellite for verifying new technology in geostationary orbit, the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence said.

China Satellite Communications Corporation will run communication and broadcast services through the satellite, and verify technology in observation of space debris, new electric sources, and electric propulsion.

The Yuanzheng-2 is China's largest liquid-fuel upper stage aircraft with the strongest capability for orbit transfer. The integration of Yuanzheng-2 with Long March-5 carrier rocket will strengthen China's capability to launch multiple satellites with one vehicle and send satellites directly into orbit.

Navy satellite claws its way to usable orbit after main engine failure

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/11/03/navy-satellite-claws-its-way-to-usable-orbit-after-propulsion-system-problem/

CAPE CANAVERAL — After four months of drama in space caused by a crippling failure of its main engine, a U.S. Navy’s mobile communications satellite has successfully rescued itself and achieved a usable orbit.

The Mobile User Objective System satellite No. 5, launched from Cape Canaveral on June 24 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket, lost its primary orbit-raising engine just five days after reaching space.

The engine was supposed to fire 7 times over 9 days to push the Lockheed martin-built craft into a circular geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles above the Earth, inclined at five degrees to the equator.

The satellite was launched into a customized high-perigee geosynchronous transfer orbit as planned, stretching from 2,379 by 22,219 miles at an inclination of 19.1 degrees.

With some maneuvering already accomplished before the main engine was lost, MUOS 5 lifted its perigee to around 9,471 miles and reduced inclination to 9.8 degrees, hobbyist observers tracking the satellite reported in early July. They were the first to notice and publicly reveal that the craft has suddenly stopped maneuvering.

In order to use the $600 million satellite, the Navy had to get the craft into a geosynchronous orbit.

So controllers had to improvise, relying on the smaller, less powerful thrusters meant for orbital relocations and station-keeping maneuvers.

Between Sept. 7 and Oct. 22, a total of 26 firings by the thrusters lifted MUOS 5 to a meaningful, synchronous orbit and salvaging the mission in the face of failure.

“This orbit is slightly less circular and more highly inclined than the intended orbit,” the Navy acknowledged today.

“The effects of the new orbit are being mitigated through ground and waveform software changes. No significant impact is anticipated for the operators or users.”

Hobbyist satellite observers say MUOS 5 has settled into an orbit of 21,687 by 22,787 miles at an inclination of 9.7 degrees, and it is located at the Western “stable point” of 105 degrees West longitude.

“Synchronous spacecraft located there experience minimal longitudinal drift, greatly reducing, if not eliminating the need to perform east-west station-keeping maneuvers,” said Ted Molczan, a respected satellite analyst.

When the 100-pound-thrust main engine failed, MUOS 5 was left in a 16-hour orbit more than 12,000 miles from its target.

Luckily, the craft came equipped with 18 monopropellant hydrazine thrusters designed for attitude control — a dozen 0.2-pound thrusters and six 5-pound thrusters.

The BT-4 main engine, made by IHI Aerospace of Tokyo, Japan, uses hydrazine fuel and nitrogen tetroxide. Aerojet Rocketdyne made the thrusters for MUOS.

The Navy declined to identify the culprit for the propulsion system woes or implicate a specific component. Sources say, however, it was some sort of nozzle failure, and the Air Force has said its GSSAP orbital patrol satellites were used to image the satellite as part of the post-anomaly investigation.

After obtaining a good orbit, the satellite successfully unfurled its umbrella-like antenna reflectors and power-generating solar arrays by Oct. 30. The on-orbit test program of spacecraft systems and the communications payload — expected to last several months — began today.

“We are very proud of the commitment our team members demonstrated,” said Capt. Joe Kan, program manager for the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office. “Working together with industry, we were able to execute an alternative propulsion method to maneuver MUOS 5 to reach a position that is operationally suitable.”

Acting as cellphone towers from geosynchronous parking spots over the equator 22,300 miles high, the MUOS satellite constellation generates global coverage and reaches just miles shy of the poles.

MUOS serves a dual-provider of both voice traffic currently routed by the Navy’s legacy generation, albeit aging, Ultra High Frequency Follow-On spacecraft. The first four MUOS craft are supplying UHF communications today.

Coverage to legacy users transmit through 17.7-foot-diameter reflectors on the the satellites and the advanced, multi-beam features of MUOS to significantly increase the transmission capacity over the Navy’s previous satellites use large 46-foot reflectors on MUOS.

Once checked out and declared operational by next spring under the revised schedule, MUOS 5 will immediately go into service for the legacy UHF users. The 3G-type services, however, will be held in reserve since the satellite is a spare to replace one of its sister-craft in the future.

“The system will undergo on-orbit testing before final acceptance of the system by the Navy and offering it up for operational use,” said Cmdr. Jason Pratt, MUOS principal assistant program manager. “The satellite and its payloads will go through rigorous tests with our ground systems and terminals to make sure everything operates properly.”

Positioning of MUOS 5 will be changed from the pre-launch plan, however. Originally slated to serve over the Indian Ocean, it appears that the craft will remain in its current, stable location.

“Subject to results of normal satellite testing currently in progress, the satellite is expected to fully perform its mission in its current orbital location. The satellite will not be relocated to another orbital location,” the Navy said today.

“It would make sense to permanently station MUOS 5 at the Western or Eastern stable point (the latter is at 75 E), since much of its fuel reserve for use in GEO was consumed in recovering from the failure of the liquid apogee engine that left it stranded in GTO in late June,” Molczan said

MUOS 1 — Launched Feb. 24, 2012 (177 W — Pacific Ocean region)
MUOS 2 — Launched July 19, 2013 (100 W — Continental U.S.)
MUOS 3 — Launched Jan. 20, 2015 (15.5 W — Atlantic Ocean region)
MUOS 4 — Launched Sept. 2, 2015 (72 E — Indian Ocean region)
MUOS 5 — Launched June 24, 2016 (*75 E was planned)

The UHF communications routed through previous Navy satellites and now MUOS provide command and control between combat leaders and their warfighters, connectivity to tactical forces, communications for Special Operations and support to rapid deployments of land, air and naval forces worldwide.

But at the heart of MUOS is the new “rugged smartphone” capability that enables users to communicate with small devices, unlike the bulky gear needed to talk with the Ultra High Frequency Follow-On satellite fleet.

With the older satellite system, users had to be stationary with an antenna positioned directly toward the satellites to send out information. MUOS will enable communications on the move, enabling users to send and receive data, make calls and watch video anywhere.

Spacecom to receive full payment for AMOS-6

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/03/spacecom-to-receive-full-payment-for-amos-6/

Spacecom has been informed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that IAI’s insurers will pay a sum of $196 million (€176.5m), the full amount that was paid to IAI for the construction and delivery of the AMOS-6 satellite that was destroyed on September 1 in an explosion at the Kennedy Space Center. The sum will be paid directly into Spacecom’s bank account during the month of November, 2016.

Following receipt by Spacecom of the $196 million payment, the company and IAI will discuss the interest to be paid, as well.

The sum of $196 million does not include a liquidated damages amount of $10 million Spacecom is owed by IAI for construction delays of the AMOS-6 satellite, in accordance with the agreement between the companies. Spacecom reiterated to IAI that it also demands receipt of the full amount of liquidated damages.


Sorry no Thursday update



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ABC switching to HD in December

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/11/abc-switching-to-hd-in-december.html

ABC will finally switch its primary channel to HD in December, with a full schedule in HD by December 31st.

But the move comes six months after ABC initially pledged HD availability.

“We said we would be HD ready by mid year but we didn’t actually specify a time. We will make it just before the end of the year. We will be HD from December and the first major TV event in HD will be New Year’s Eve fireworks,” Richard Finlayson, Director of TV told TV Tonight.

ABC is mindful that it has many viewers who will need some technical advice as it switches to HD.

“There’s a rollout that will happen and a number of people will probably have to adjust their sets.

“We need to make sure that when we go HD it’s a service that can be accessed by all Australians.”

Once completed this will leave Seven viewers in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth as the only primary channel not available in High Definition.

Viewers will have to wait a little longer for iview to switch to HD.

“We’re working on it,” Finlayson said.

“It’s a project that’s on the list and we will get to it as soon as we can. It won’t be too far away.”

Speedcast acquires Harris CapRock

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/01/99379/

Fast-growing satellite communications and facilities company Speedcast is to buy Harris CapRock, for $425 million (€386m).

Harris CapRock has a strong position in supplying bandwidth and connectivity in the Energy and Maritime sectors. The acquisition strengthens SpeedCast’s already strong position in the Maritime industry, in which Harris CapRock has a leading position, and in particular, in the fast-growing and bandwidth-hungry Cruise sector, and creates a global leader in Energy.

The combined entity will service over 6,200 vessels, hundreds of oil rigs and platforms, and enterprise and government customers around the world with a wide portfolio of communications and IT services, and an industry-leading global support network.

Speedcast has expanded rapidly over the past year or two. The company already either owns or operates 39 teleports around the world. Founded in 1999, and initially majority owned by AsiaSat, the company was itself acquired by TA Associates in Sept 2012. It has since acquired three major businesses, Australian Satellite Communications in Dec 2012, Elektrikom Satellite (based in the Netherlands) in Jan 2013 and Pactel in April 2013.

The company is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.


From https://www.sky.co.nz/-/sky-sport-signs-three-year-deal-with-cricket-australia

SKY Sport is proud to bring cricket fans LIVE coverage of Australian cricket for the next three years.

The agreement – which includes both men’s and women’s international games along with the respective Big Bash League competitions – starts with the eagerly anticipated first test match between Australia and South Africa in Perth on Thursday.

It’s a bumper summer of cricket in Australia with three test matches against South Africa followed by the Chappell-Hadlee Series and then tests, one-day-internationals and T20 games featuring Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

The women’s team, the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars take on New Zealand’s WHITE FERNS in three T20s, which will be broadcast as double-headers with the men’s games against Sri Lanka in February.

The KFC Big Bash League and the Rebel WBBL are, once again, set to captivate fans when they start in December. The first broadcast of WBBL games will be during the opening weekend on December 10 & 11, with the BBL following on December 20

Fans can tune into SKY Sport 3 this Thursday from 3.28pm for ball by ball coverage from the WACA Ground in Perth

For updates go to skysport.co.nz or facebook.com/skysportnz or follow us on Twitter @skysportnz

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Japan launch new weather satellite into space

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3897416/Japan-launch-new-weather-satellite-space.html

TOKYO, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Japan successfully launched a weather satellite into space on Wednesday to help improve cyclone monitoring in Asia and Oceania, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAEA) said.

An H-2A rocket carrying the Himawari-9 weather satellite lifted off at 3:20 p.m (0620 GMT) from Tanegashima Space Center in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, after Tuesday's scheduled launch was delayed by bad weather.

The Himawari-9 has a high-spec camera, more than three times more observational bands than the existing Himawari-8 satellite and is expected to be fully operational by 2022, JAEA said.

SSL delivers Sky Perfect JSAT satellite to Kourou

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_delivers_Sky_Perfect_JSAT_satellite_to_Kourou_999.html

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that the JCSAT-15 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT), has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace.

The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will be used to provide broadcasting and communications services in Japan, Oceania, and the Indian Ocean Region.

"SKY Perfect JSAT and SSL have developed a close working relationship based on our shared commitment to quality, service, and making the world a better place," said John Celli, president of SSL.

"It has been an honor to work with the SKY Perfect JSAT team on JCSAT-15 and we are looking forward to the upcoming launch."

JCSAT-15 is the third SSL-built satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year. It is a 10-kW satellite that will replace the N-SAT-110 satellite, which is currently located at 110 degrees East longitude.

Operating in Ku-band, the satellite will be used to help broadcast the multichannel pay TV service SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, and will also provide data transfer communications and maritime and aviation applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean Region.

"JCSAT-15 will allow SKY Perfect JSAT to contribute to the new era of TV broadcasting by offering Ultra HD or 4K programming. In addition, its expanded coverage will help us to fulfill the growing demand for mobile connections," said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, president and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT.

"SSL has already provided us with two satellites this year, which are both performing well on orbit. We have appreciated SSL's strong support in the expansion of our fleet."

JCSAT-15 is based on the highly flexible SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances.

The satellite will be launched together with a second SSL 1300 satellite built for Embratel Star One. Following the launch there will be 84 SSL-built geostationary satellites on orbit.

Boo! A new spooky channel on Astro delivering 24-hour Asian horror flicks

From http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/10/184847/boo-new-spooky-channel-astro-delivering-24-hour-asian-horror-flicks

KUALA LUMPUR: If horror and suspense is your thing, Astro’s newly launched channel called Boo will be your best companion this Halloween and many nights to come.

Boo is set to whet your appetite for horror movies, taking it to a whole new level.

The channel, which will deliver 24-hour Asian horror flicks, is offering an appetising line-up of slashers, psycho-thrillers, action-horror and more. Just be sure to leave the lights on.

At the launch event of the channel held at Art Printing Works earlier today, Astro’s chief operating officer Henry Tan said: “Horror and the supernatural are among the top favourite genres for the Malaysian audience, thus Boo is a well-timed addition to our line-up. We believe that Boo and similar Asian vernacular content will be able to travel beyond Malaysia, to resonate with audiences across Southeast Asia,” he said.

Horror fans can expect to catch Thai and Japanese classics like Nangnak and Shutter. Local favourites like Kami Histeria, Hantu Tok Mudim will also be made available. In addition to that, Boo will also feature a new horror movie every Friday.

Thai actress Apinya Sakuljaroensuk who stars in Thai thriller, Grace, was present to officiate the launch. Grace will also be shown on Boo.

Viewers can now subscribe to Boo on Astro channel 404, which will be complimentary until Nov 21, 2016. Boo is also available on Astro on the Go.

BBC First debuts in Hong Kong

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/01/bbc-first-debuts-in-hong-kong/

Premium British drama brand BBC First has made its debut in Hong Kong as an SVoD service on the territory’s largest pay-TV provider, Now TV.

The premium drama brand has launched successfully in key markets around the world including Australia, South Africa, Benelux and the Middle East and offers viewers the best British drama from the BBC and UK independent production companies. Viewers will also be able to access select popular and distinct dramas from the BBC within 24 hours of their original transmission.

Kelvin Yau, GM of BBC Worldwide Greater China, commented: “We are thrilled to bring BBC First to Hong Kong. We are committed to sharing the most fascinating dramas and Hong Kong viewers have always appreciated the intelligent and distinctive content of BBC programmes. BBC First is the ideal platform for us to showcase the best and latest BBC dramas to discerning viewers in Hong Kong, anytime they like.”

“We are very excited to work with BBC Worldwide on this new brand which will deliver the very best of quality drama from the BBC, on demand on Now TV to our viewers,” said Ms. Loke Kheng Tham, PCCW’s Executive Vice President of Pay TV. “With BBC First, Now TV is giving our customers direct and around-the-clock access to quality programmes from the BBC.”

SpaceX Aims to Resume Falcon 9 Flights in 2016, Blames Helium Tank for Explosion

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_Aims_to_Resume_Falcon_9_Flights_in_2016_Blames_Helium_Tank_for_Explosion_999.html

In recent testing at the company's facilities in Texas, experts have managed to recreate the exact conditions that caused the COPV to fail.

According to a statement released October 28, SpaceX has made progress in determining the cause of last month's accident on the Falcon 9 rocket's launch pad and expects to resume flights before the end of this year.

After the incident, in which the entire Falcon 9 rocket and its AMOS-6 satellite payload was lost, a group of experts including professionals from the Federal Aviation Administration, NASA and the US Air Force, has been thoroughly investigating possible causes.

SpaceX stated shortly after the explosion that it happened during fueling of the launch vehicle before a routine static fire test rather than during the test itself, and that the "anomaly" was likely caused by a breach in the rocket's cryogenic helium system.

In the latest statement, the company said that the investigation has zoomed in on a specific pressurized helium container located in the second-stage oxygen tank.

"Attention has continued to narrow to one of the three composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) inside the LOX tank," the release read.

In recent testing at the company's facilities in Texas, experts have managed to recreate the exact conditions that caused the COPV to fail.

According to SpaceX, the failure can occur "entirely through helium-loading conditions" mainly affected by the helium's temperature and pressure.

The company intends to continue to probe for the "exact root cause" of the eruption and to develop improved helium loading conditions to make sure there's no repeat of the failure.

But given that the incident likely was caused by helium handling issues rather than a design issue with the rocket itself, SpaceX expects to return to flight operations before the end of 2016.

India’s Reliance going UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/31/indias-reliance-going-uhd/

Reliance Jio, a major mobile player in India, is to offer customers a 4K set-top box powered by the Android OS.

The boxes will work with Reliance’s 1 Gb/s fibre connections. Initially the STRBs will go to “enterprise”, higher-value clients. Reliance says that two new high-end boxes will be available. The first will be powered with a Broadcom supplied chip-set. The other will run on a Marvell processor.

Consumers will need a suitable 4K television set to view content, and the devices come pre-loaded with Jio TV and Jio ‘on demand’.

Nickelodeon suspended in Pakistan

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/11/01/nickelodeon-suspended-in-pakistan/

Kid’s channel Nickelodeon has seen its broadcasts “suspended” by Pakistan’s media regulator. The suspension took place on October 31st, reports BBC Monitoring.

Pakistan Electronic Media Regulation Authority (PEMRA) ruled two weeks ago that even those channels which were authorised to be carried by the country’s cable operators had to observe limits on Indian content. Nickelodeon is accused of carrying programming dubbed into Hindi, which is seen as being India’s language.

ARY Communications, which holds the “landing rights” licence for Viacom-backed Nickelodeon in Pakistan, has been informed of the decision to bar the channel from distribution in Pakistan. Local reports say the decision by PEMRA is being seen as a ‘tit-for-tat’ move by Pakistan amid suggestions that India has ruled against Pakistani content.

Nickelodeon India is owned by Viacom-18, and is based in Mumbai, India, and is also carried by cable operators in Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, the Maldives as well as Pakistan.


Cup day feeds

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From news release

SBS and global youth media company VICE have partnered to bring Australians a new lifestyle and culture TV channel SBS VICELAND, launching at 4pm on Tuesday 15 November 2016.

The announcement of the name of the channel and the launch date comes following SBS and VICE announcing their partnership earlier this year. The channel will replace SBS 2 on televisionand online platforms, and will be available to all Australians for free.

SBS VICELAND will feature the best of SBS 2 news, sport and entertainment alongside the best
programs from VICELAND – the distinctive channel of VICE-produced programs overseen by
award-winning Director Spike Jonze, which launched to critical acclaim in the United States
earlier this year. The line-up will include new shows covering culture, music, sports, fashion,
technology and more, from around the world.

JAXA to launch Himawari 9 weather satellite

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/jaxa/jaxa-launch-himawari-9-weather-satellite/

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) is set to launch the second of two Himawari (“Sunflower”) weather satellites on Nov. 2 from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at the Tanegashima Space Center (TNSC) – a delay from Nov. 1. Himawari 9 is a next-generation Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) satellite that will observe clouds, sea surface temperatures, volcanic ash, and other phenomena.

The launch was delayed 24 hours due to unfavorable weather that was forecasted for the rocket’s roll-out. Liftoff is currently set for 3:20 p.m. Japan Standard Time (2:20 a.m. EDT/6:20 p.m. GMT). The launch window will be 2 hours, 58 minutes in length.

The mission

Providing visible, infrared, and near-infrared images, Himawari will assume a geostationary orbit (GEO) at 140 degrees east longitude. The spacecraft will join Himawari 8, which is stationed nearby at 140.7 degrees, to observe East Asia and the Western Pacific and provide full coverage of Japan every 2.5 minutes.

The satellite’s 2.6-kilowatt solar array will power the Advanced Himawari Imager (AHI), the Space Environment Data Acquisition (SEDA) monitor, and a Data Collection Subsystem (DCS). The AHI was developed by Exelis, Inc. (now part of Harris) and is similar to the imager that will be launched aboard the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES-R).

The launch

Himawari 9 will head for GEO aboard JAXA’s 174-foot (53-meter) tall H-IIA 202 launch vehicle. The H-IIA’s first stage is powered by an LE-7 liquid oxygen/liquid hydrogen engine capable of generating some 242,501 pounds (1,098 kilonewtons) of thrust. The 202 variant also includes two polybutadiene composite solid rocket boosters, each generating a 507,056.6 pounds (2,255.5 kilonewtons) thrust. The second stage is powered by a restartable liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen LE-5B-2 engine with 30,798.8 pounds (137 kilonewtons) thrust.

The H-IIA has been upgraded to incorporate improved payload separation systems, an onboard navigation tracking system, and increased loiter time on the upper stage. Himawari 9, at 7,716 pounds (3,500 kilograms), is near the upper limit of H-IIA’s maximum payload capability to GEO.

When it does take to the skies of Japan, it will mark the second of three planned launches for JAXA’s 2016 launch manifest.

The year got off to a rocky start for JAXA after the loss of the ASTRO-H X-ray astronomy satellite on March 26. While the launch of the space-based observatory proceeded without incident, communications with ASTRO-H (also known as Hitomi) was lost. Radar tracks later showed that the spacecraft had broken up into several pieces.

The last flight of the year, currently set for December 9, will be the sixth launch of an HTV cargo freighter bound for the International Space Station.

Read more at http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/jaxa/jaxa-launch-himawari-9-weather-satellite/#ACmYb24kqMyXLyb4.99

Mystery behind why satellites lose GPS connection solved

From http://www.dnaindia.com/scitech/report-mystery-behind-why-satellites-lose-gps-connection-solved-2269031

'Thunderstorms' in the ionosphere are to blame for the black out of the Global Positioning System (GPS) systems on low-orbiting satellites when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America, a new study has found.

European Space Agency's (ESA) Swarm, a trio of satellites, is measuring and untangling the different magnetic fields that stem from Earth's core, mantle, crust, oceans, ionosphere and magnetosphere.

The Swarm satellites carry GPS receivers as part of their positioning system so that operators keep them in the correct orbits. In addition, GPS pinpoints where the satellites are making their scientific measurements.

However, sometimes the satellites lose their GPS connection. In fact, during their first two years in orbit, the link was broken 166 times.

The new study shows that there is a direct link between these blackouts and ionospheric 'thunderstorms', around 300 600 km above Earth.

"Ionospheric thunderstorms are well known, but now we have been able to show a direct link between these storms and the loss of connection to GPS," said Claudia Stolle from the GFZ research centre in Germany.

"This is thanks to Swarm because it is the first time that high-resolution GPS and ionospheric patterns can be detected from the same satellite," said Stolle.

These thunderstorms occur when the number of electrons in the ionosphere undergoes large and rapid changes. This tends to happen close to Earth's magnetic equator and typically just for a couple of hours between sunset and midnight.

The ionosphere is where atoms are broken up by sunlight, which leads to free electrons.

A thunderstorm scatters these free electrons, creating small bubbles with little or no ionised material. These bubbles disturb the GPS signals so that the Swarm GPS receivers can lose track.

As many as 161 of the lost signal events coincided with ionospheric thunderstorms. The other five were over the polar regions and corresponded to increased strong solar winds that cause Earth's protective magnetosphere to 'wobble'.

Resolving the mystery of blackouts is not only good news for Swarm, but also for other low-orbiting satellites experiencing the same problem.

"What we see here is a striking example of a technical challenge being turned into exciting science, a true essence of an Earth Explorer mission such as Swarm," said Rune Floberghagen, ESA's Swarm mission manager.

"These new findings demonstrate that GPS can be used as a tool for understanding dynamics in the ionosphere related to solar activity. Perhaps one day we will also be able to link these ionospheric thunderstorms with the lightning we see from the ground," said Floberghagen.


Kodi 17 beta 5 is out

Intelsat 19 12550 V 3750 L - Bird - 1 is now showing as A15K - 1

new naming for the Channel 9 stuff on Intelsat 19
A15K-1 was Lbird-1


Specs and info manual for New Optus Satellite receiver (used for EPL on OptusC1/D3)

Very interesting, it has 16 Tuners!



Monday feeds

D2 - 12681V Sr 7199 "service 01" currently showing the funeral service of two of the victims of the triple murder, suicide in Sydney
D2 - 12681V Sr 7199 "service 01" currently showing test card

Sunday feeds

D2 - 12672V Sr 6669 "ad hoc enc 02" horse racing, FTA
D2 - 12571V Sr 7500 "STS 8" Video gaming championship, FTA

Saturday feed

IS 19 12431 H Sr 7199 "101 END 1" free to air.Motor racing from NZ
IS 19 12619 V Sr 7000 "STS-9" feed setup

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Stan stands strong in streaming wars

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/tv/stan-stands-strong-in-streaming-wars-20161027-gsbwhq

Stan chief executive Mike Sneesby says an alignment with CBS's Showtime, local productions and unwavering support from the joint-venture partners are key for the company's ongoing success as competition ramps up in Australia's video streaming market.

In an investor presentation last week, Stan, which is 50-50 owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, revealed it had 600,000 active subscribers or households, 1.4 million sign-ups and an estimated 1.5 million active users.

Mr Sneesby said after 18 months the pay entertainment market has three clearly defined segments: traditional premium pay TV, mid-tier skinny bundle packages and pure-play subscription video on-demand, where Stan sits.

Competition is tough in SVOD with smaller local players closing shop and the first major casualty, Presto, a joint-venture between Seven West Media and Foxtel, falling earlier this month.

The Financial Review revealed Amazon was mulling over a launch of its video streaming service, Prime Video, next month to be headlined by The Grand Tour, starring former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

"Our deal with Showtime is much more than securing a long-term content supply out of Showtime...both Showtime and HBO could have been direct to consumer players in our market," Mr Sneesby said.

HBO has signed a long-term agreement with Foxtel and Showtime now with Stan.

Netflix is targeting 50 per cent of its content to be original productions - the streaming giant is expected to spend more than $US5 billion on programming this year.

"Amazon and Netflix are increasingly production houses and studios themselves, the net result of that means they are spending less money acquiring content and competing more as a studio," Mr Sneesby said.

"The Hollywood studios are really supportive of independent local leaders like us."

Last week, Stan launched the second series of its original production No Activity and has a number of other new shows in development.

The company said its conversation rate from free trials to paid subscribers was 73 per cent to 75 per cent and churn has dropped significantly over the last 18 months. Stan expects to cash break-even in the second half of the 2018 financial year.

"Our sign-up run rate is accelerating ... churn is falling, interest in our brand is increasing ... converting into cheaper and cheaper cost per acquisition. Every one of those metrics drives our business plan," Mr Sneesby said.

Stan is able to take advantage of the reach of its shareholders Nine and Fairfax through the combined assets of free-to-air television as well as print and digital news.

"The thinking, the planning and the intentions from Nine and Fairfax in this business are more aligned than I've seen in any other joint venture," Mr Sneesby said.

ComCom pushes out Sky/Vodafone merger decision on concerns tie-up may stifle competition

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11738981

Sky Television's shares have slumped this morning on news that the Commerce Commission is delaying its decision on whether to approve the company's tie-up with Vodafone New Zealand.

The regulator is concerned the merged entity would use its muscle to squeeze out smaller rivals.

Sky shares were down 4.17 per cent this morning to $4.60 after the announcement.

The commission is in talks with the companies to extend the application timeframe to give them the opportunity to submit on its initial view, it said in a statement. At this stage, the commission isn't satisfied the deal wouldn't limit competition, saying while consumers may benefit from cheap services at first, other broadband and mobile providers could lose the ability to build scale in their businesses and become weaker rivals.

"Over time, this could reduce competition in these markets and potentially enable the merged entity to raise prices or lower the quality of service beyond what it would be able to without the merger occurring," the commission said.

Spark New Zealand Two Degrees Mobile have formally opposed the merger, saying the deal would adversely impact consumers as a result of creating a company willing and able to use premium live sports content to stifle competition, something Sky TV chief John Fellet described as "misleading and inaccurate".

The commission appears less convinced, telling Sky TV and Vodafone that its concern comes from the substantial market power the merged entity would have "by virtue of its portfolio of content, including premium content such as live rugby", and whether it would make a standalone Sky TV product less attractive and shy away from reselling arrangements.

That could lead to the merged company's rivals losing customers to the point that "they no longer provide an effective constraint in a telecommunications market, allowing the merged entity to profitably raise prices of a telecommunications service above levels that would prevail in the counterfactual," the regulator said.

Sky TV's Fellet has been at pains to say he plans to resell the merged entity's services, however, the regulator says the merger would create fewer incentives to do so, and while it "may not go so far as to outright refuse to supply, it could instead make the terms sufficiently unattractive to ensure there was no take up."

Submissions on the regulator's letter of unresolved issues are due by November 11, and cross-submissions are needed by November 18. The commission will update the project timeline once a new decision date has been confirmed, it said.

Sky shares last traded at $4.80, above the $4.47 price they traded at before the deal was announced in June but still below the $5.40 issue price Vodafone would pay for a 51 per cent of the merged entity.

TARA-fic! Astro's new channel, Tara HD, promises a flood of Bollywood fare

From http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/10/184489/tara-fic-astros-new-channel-tara-hd-promises-flood-bollywood-fare

ASTRO’S newest TV host, the warm and chatty Jelisa Shanjana, will soon be a household name, with the launch of the station’s latest channel that caters to fans of popular Hindi fare.

Jelisa is host of Bollywood Express, a travel programme airing weekends on Tara HD (Astro channel 108).

She highlights exciting destinations in India and enlightens viewers on the latest Hindi movies in town.

There are also exclusive interviews with Bollywood stars, where fans can find out the latest developments about their favourite stars such as Datuk Shah Rukh Khan.

Joining her occasionally on the other entertainment programmes will be radio station THR Raaga’s popular announcer Aanantha Rajaram.

Tara HD was recently launched by Astro senior vice president of Indian customer business Dr Rajamani Chellamuthu at Grand Seasons Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

A general Hindi entertainment channel that brings viewers the newest programmes from South Asia, it also features its own productions.

Rajamani says: “This channel is on free preview for Astro B.yond customers until Nov 20. There will be the latest Bollywood programmes and films, TV series, reality shows, talk shows and drama series on two Astro-branded Hindi channels namely Tara HD and BollyOne HD (251).”

After the free preview ends, Tara HD will be available in the Astro Family HD pack and on a prepaid basis via NJOI.

NJOI customers will also enjoy the free preview until Nov 20, after which they can access the channel on a prepaid basis at RM7 for 3 days, RM10 for 7 days and RM25 for 30 days.

Tara HD channel manager Hemalatha Ramakrishnan says: “In 2014, we launched BollyOne HD, a 24-hour Hindi movie channel showcasing the latest movies, and viewers loved it. Tara HD will deliver even more Hindi entertainment.

“We’ve handpicked movies and dramas from popular Bollywood channels such as Colors, Star Gold and Star Plus.”

Viewers can also look forward to dramas such as Chakravarthi Ashok Samrat, Nagin, Yeh Hai Mohobattein, CID and Ishqbaaz.

TV series such as Yudh starring Amitabh Bachchan, talk shows Koffee With Karan and The Kapil Sharma Show and variety shows Bolly Stars, Bolly Dance and Comedy Nights Bachaq are all part of Tara HD.

Tara HD is available with English and Malay subtitles. Details at www.bollyonehd.com/bollywoodnews.

FOTV Channel launches on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/31/fotv-channel-launches-on-roku/

FOTV Media Networks has confirmed that the FOTV Channel is now available on Roku players and Roku TVs globally. Roku users will now have access to FOTV’s OTT app, which features both LIVE TV and ON DEMAND sections. FOTV’s On-Demand offerings are available for free and are ad-supported, as are most of the live and linear channels.

The FOTV channel will be available on Roku streaming players, the Roku Streaming Stick and Roku TV models. The FOTV application is also available on iOS and Android devices, and is preloaded on every PC made by Lenovo. FilmOn.com Pay-TV subscribers can access additional live pay-TV channels from this app when they are logged into the channel on Roku.

“The FOTV Channel brings a rich library of on-demand and live content to Roku users,” said Alki David, Founder and CEO of FOTV Media Networks Inc. “By partnering with Roku, we’re able to extend the potential reach of our ad-supported programming, which includes hundreds of channels across sports, news, movies, and music, as well as our patented hologram content to millions of Roku devices.”

According to FOTV Media Networks, bringing this new FOTV channel to Roku users is a natural extension that leverages existing internal resources and adds to the entertainment offering on Roku. FOTV Media Networks already has a strong presence on the Roku platform through its subsidiary OVGuide, which powers over 20 ad-supported Roku channels. All advertising for those existing channels is managed by the FOTV Media Networks Ad Operations Team.

The new FOTV channel capitalises on linear viewing, allowing users to simply tune to a channel, sit back and enjoy their programmes

Share all World Cup, T-20 feeds with Prasar Bharati, rights holder told

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/share-all-world-cup-t-20-feeds-with-prasar-bharati-rights-holder-told-161025

NEW DELHI: The telecast of all official one-day and Twenty-20 matches played by the Indian Men’s Cricket Team will henceforth have to be shared by the rights holder with the public broadcaster Prasar Bharati under the Sports Broadcasting Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Act 2007.

A Gazette notification issued on 22 October 2016 and placed on the Information and Broadcasting Ministry website today also states that this includes “such Test matches as are considered to be of high public interest by the Central Government.”

In addition, the notification says this also includes semi-finals and finals of Men’s World Cup and International Cricket Council Championship Trophy will also figure among the the sporting events of national importance with respect to cricket.

The notification has been issued by the Government under Section 2 (1) of the Act read with Rule 6(1) of the Sports Broadcast Signals (Mandatory Sharing with Prasar Bharati) Rules 2007. The notification issued by the joint secretary Anju Nigam, says this is in supersession of the notification of the Government of 23 August 2012.

A Ministry source told indiantelevision.com that the notification had been issued in view of some cases filed earlier in the different courts and to avoid further litigation with regard to sharing the feed with All India Radio and Doordarshan with regard to cricket.Motion Pictures Association, MPA, Netflix, RedBull Media House, torrent, forensic watermarking, online piracy


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Optus offers its customers data-free cricket this summer

From https://www.cnet.com/au/news/optus-offers-its-customers-data-free-cricket-this-summer/

Cricket Australia joins the EPL as part of Optus' own sport channel.

Optus customers can watch cricket on the go this summer.

Optus Sport is expanding this summer in the most Aussie of ways: with 24/7 cricket.

Starting from Monday October 31, 2016 and running until February 28, 2017, Optus customers will have live, data-free streaming of the cricket as part of the telco's partnership with Cricket Australia.

The Optus Sport app will grant subscribers access to Cricket Australia Live. From the dedicated app, you'll be able to watch live Test matches, one day internationals, and the local and international T20 matches over the summer. You'll also get access to classic matches, highlights and analysis.

There's a caveat, though. The offer is only available to Optus customers. It's on selected postpaid mobile, home broadband and mobile broadband plans that cost AU$30 per month and above, but you'll pay an extra AU$15 per month for the privilege. If you're currently on AU$85 or higher plans, you'll nab Optus Sport for free this summer.

It's a data-free offering (aside from ads and a few other things), so you'll be able to stream cricket all summer to your heart's content without cutting into your monthly data allowances.

Optus made a similar offer last year, but it's worth noting that this time around the data-free streaming is folded in to the telco's own Optus Sport channel.

The cricket joins Optus Sport's English Premier League coverage, with subscribers getting access to both sports. Optus won the broadcast rights for the EPL earlier this year, outbidding Foxtel and leaving the pay TV service somewhat in the lurch. By now adding cricket into its Sport portfolio, it's clear Optus is stepping up to the crease when it comes to providing content.

Indo Government Attempts to Save Satellite Orbital Filling Slot

From http://en.tempo.co/read/news/2016/10/27/056815659/Government-Attempts-to-Save-Satellite-Orbital-Filling-Slot

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - General Director for the Resources of Post and Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and Informatics Technology, Ismail Akhmad says that state officials are attempting to defend Indonesia’s satellite orbital filling slot so it will not get erased.

“Once the slot is erased, it will be tough to get them back,” Ismail said on Thursday, October 27, 2016.

The threat of having our satellite orbital filling slot will be erased arose because of the failure on the launching of Telkom-3 satellite on August 7, 2012. Indonesia’s obligation to fill the slot with the Palapa-C3K satellite under international satellite regulation failed due to the Telkom-3 failure.

The preparation of a replacement satellite, which was the Telkom-3S, turned out to have needed a longer deadline compared to the preparation time determined by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which was on June 6, 2016. However, the satellite is expected to be able to launch in the first quarter of 2017.

However, the 73rd Radio Regulation Board ITU trial which was held on October 17-21, 2016, has decided to not scrape the Ku-band frequency in the filling of Palapa-C3K satellite in the 118 orbital slot from Indonesia’s ownership.

Ismail mentioned that currently, Indonesia already has seven orbital slots that can be used to operate satellites. One of the slots is empty and is currently being suspended by the ITU, and another slot is filled with a nearly expired satellite.

For Ismail, the loss of an orbital satellite filling slot ownership is considered as a huge loss for the country. He could not even mention the amount of loss that Indonesia will endure if Indonesia’s satellite orbital slot reduced. “It can’t be measured (in rupiah); that is a valuable national asset.”

SSL delivers communications satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch base in Kourou

From http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2016/10/28/ssl-delivers-communications-satellite-for-sky-perfect-jsat-to-launch-base-in

PALO ALTO, CA, Oct. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, today announced that the JCSAT-15 satellite, which it designed and built for SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SKY Perfect JSAT), has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The satellite, which is currently being prepared for launch, will be used to provide broadcasting and communications services in Japan, Oceania, and the Indian Ocean Region.

"SKY Perfect JSAT and SSL have developed a close working relationship based on our shared commitment to quality, service and making the world a better place," said John Celli, president of SSL. "It has been an honor to work with the SKY Perfect JSAT team on JCSAT-15 and we are looking forward to the upcoming launch."

JCSAT-15 is the third SSL-built satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT to launch this year. It is a 10-kW satellite that will replace the N-SAT-110 satellite which is currently located at 110 degrees East longitude. Operating in Ku-band, the satellite will be used to help broadcast the multichannel pay TV service SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, and will also provide data transfer communications, and maritime and aviation applications for the Oceania and Indian Ocean Region.

"JCSAT-15 will allow SKY Perfect JSAT to contribute to the new era of TV broadcasting by offering Ultra HD, or 4K programming. In addition, its expanded coverage will help us to fulfill the growing demand for mobile connections," said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. "SSL has already provided us with two satellites this year, which are both performing well on orbit. We have appreciated SSL's strong support in the expansion of our fleet."

JCSAT-15 is based on the highly flexible SSL 1300 platform, which has the capability to support a broad range of applications and technology advances. The satellite will be launched together with a second SSL 1300 satellite built for Embratel Star One. Following the launch there will be 84 SSL-built geostationary satellites on orbit.

About SKY Perfect JSAT

SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia's largest satellite operator with a fleet of 17 satellites, and Japan's only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV! platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3.4 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT's satellite communications services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Oceania, Russia, Middle East, Hawaii and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit www.sptvjsat.com and www.jsat.net.

Another US Satellite Just Broke in Space Orbit

From http://www.scienceworldreport.com/articles/51073/20161026/another-satellite-broke-space-orbit.htm

US authorities have confirmed the breakup of DMSP F-12 in orbit.

A third US weather satellite, which was launched 20 years ago, has broken in orbit on Monday evening. It was the Joint Space Operations Center at the Vandenberg Air Force Base that revealed the destruction of the vehicle in space.

After the breakup of the long-retired Defense Meteorological Satellite Program Flight 12 satellite (DMSP F-12), the air officials stated that an additional object was spotted near to the vehicle before its breakage. The vehicle consisted of the same battery which was utilized in the destruction of DMSP F-13 in February 2015.

Both the destructed satellites were built by Lockheed Martin and were launched with a gap of less than a year. According to the Space News, "DMSP F-13 suffered a breakage during its service and was broken apart into nearly 150 debris pieces." But DMSP F-12 was shut down in 2008 - a process which involves the burning of the satellite's remaining fuel, releasing the compressed gasses and discharging the battery.

As per a report published in Parallel State, the air force team revealed that they were still tracking one piece of debris associated with the breakup of DMSP F-12. When a DMSP satellite gets shut down at the end of its service, there is no guarantee that it won't suffer a catastrophic breakup. According to Space news, in 2013, a 13-year-old DMSP spacecraft was torn apart and produced nearly 56 pieces of debris even though it has been taken out of its service.

After the breakup of DMSP F-13 in February 2015, the officials of Air Force stated that a total of nine satellites launched between 1982 and 1997, all of which suffered a similar damage related to battery assembly. At that time, only seven were in orbit. With the breakup of DMSP F-12, the number reduced to six. Today only one survives - DMSP F-14.

It is difficult to determine the cause of DMSP F-12's damage since they have no telemetry from the satellite situated at a distance. The Air Force still has five DMSP in service. The oldest, DMSP F-14 was launched in 1997 whereas the youngest, DMSP F-18 was launched in 2009.

Intelsat’s Q3 backlog squeezed

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/27/intelsats-q3-backlog-squeezed/

Intelsat reported that its future contracted backlog had fallen from $9.2 billion (€8.4bn) $8.9 billion over the past 3 months. This means that since December 31st last year, Intelsat’s backlog has fallen from $9.4 billion to today’s $8.9 billion, which still represents 4-times annual revenues.

Revenues for the quarter-year were also under pressure at $542 million (compared with $580 million for the same period last year). The satellite operator’s Q3 net income grew (y-o-y) to $196 million in Q3 from $79 million a year ago.

“Our Q3 financial results, $543 million in revenue and $405 million in Adjusted EBITDA, demonstrate stability in revenues and are on track with our guidance for 2016,” said Stephen Spengler, CEO. “Our objective for this year is to build a solid foundation that will support Intelsat’s strategy to deploy space-based solutions that unlock new and faster growing opportunities. We are delivering on this plan. During the third quarter, we successfully launched two satellites, bringing the total number of satellites launched to four in 2016. Intelsat 36 is now in service and Intelsat 33e is scheduled to enter into service in the first quarter of 2017.”

World Series broadcast marks ATSC 3.0 first

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/27/world-series-broadcast-marks-atsc-3-0-first/

In what has been described as “a defining moment” for the future of television in the US, a local TV station in Cleveland is ushering in the era of Next Gen TV broadcasting with the first live ATSC 3.0 broadcast of a major professional sporting event – Major League Baseball’s World Series.

Using the newly-standardised transmission system for the ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV standard, the experimental station is simulcasting network and local programming from local Fox affiliate WJW-TV as the American League’s Cleveland Indians host the National League’s Chicago Cubs at Progressive Field in the World Series.

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) received an FCC experimental licence to operate a full-power Channel 31 transmitter in Cleveland as a living laboratory for broadcasters and manufacturers creating the Next Gen TV service. The ATSC 3.0 broadcasts are using the transmitter and broadcast facilities of WJW, the Tribune Media-owned Fox affiliate in Cleveland.

In addition to the support of Tribune Media, Fox and the NAB, the ATSC 3.0 World Series broadcasts are made possible by technical contributions of GatesAir (ATSC 3.0 exciter for over-the-air transmission), LG Electronics (ATSC 3.0 receivers and antennas), Harmonic (real-time encoders for HEVC video and Dolby AC4 audio) and Triveni Digital (signalling/announcement metadata, IP stream generation, ATSC 3.0 analyser, and system integration support).

Richard Friedel, 2016 chairman of the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the standards development organisation developing and documenting ATSC 3.0, spearheaded the project. “This is a defining moment for the future of television. Together with Tribune Media, the NAB and our technology partners, we are showing the FCC and our fellow broadcasters that Next Gen TV is a grand slam home run,” said Friedel, executive vice president and general manager for Fox Networks Engineering and Operations.

Tribune Broadcasting’s Director of Engineering Operations Bill VanDuynhoven echoed Friedel’s remarks: “With this test station we’re swinging for the fences, putting the new transmission standard through its paces to demonstrate that ATSC 3.0 technologies are real and can deliver meaningful benefits to broadcasters and viewers alike.”

Sam Matheny, NAB executive vice president and chief technology officer, called the new Cleveland Next Gen TV test station a platform for demonstrating the Big League capabilities of the ATSC 3.0 suite of standards. “ATSC 3.0 standards are nearing completion, and over the coming months in conjunction with partners, we expect to test real-world Next Gen TV applications like UHD TV, interactive services, targeted advertising, advanced emergency alerting, and more,” he added.

Field trials of the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer standard using the Cleveland station – conducted this summer by broadcast equipment maker GatesAir and digital TV pioneers LG Electronics and its US R&D subsidiary, Zenith – generated tens of thousands of data points showing how Next Gen TV with ATSC 3.0 can deliver 4K Ultra HD content, excellent robust mobile reception, deep indoor reception by fixed receivers and unparalleled spectrum efficiency.

Apple unveils Discover & Watch TV app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/28/apple-unveils-discover-watch-tv-app/

Apple has introduced the new TV app, offering a unified experience for discovering and accessing TV shows and movies from multiple apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. The TV app provides one place to access TV shows and movies, as well as a place to discover new content to watch. Apple has also introduced a new Siri feature for Apple TV that lets viewers tune in directly to live news and sporting events across their apps. According to Apple, watching TV shows and movies its Apple devices has never been easier.

“Using apps on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad has become the primary way for so many of us to watch television,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “The TV app shows you what to watch next and easily discover TV shows and movies from many apps in a single place.”

Key features include:
•Watch Now: Watch Now is where viewers will see their collection of available shows and movies from iTunes and apps. From Watch Now, viewers can then go to Up Next or Recommended to choose what to watch.
•Up Next: Users can enjoy the shows and movies they are currently watching, including recent iTunes rentals and purchases — all presented in the order they are most likely to watch first. For example, when viewers finish an episode, the next one will automatically appear at the start of the Up Next queue, as will any new episodes as they become available. At any time, users can simply ask Siri to continue watching a show and immediately pick up where they left off.
•Recommended: Viewers can explore a great selection of curated and trending shows and movies, including collections handpicked by Apple’s curators, and dedicated categories and genres such as kids, sci-fi and comedy.
•Library: Viewers can access their entire collection of iTunes movies and TV shows that they have rented or purchased on iTunes.
•Store: If users are looking for something new, they can check out the Store to discover great new content across video services that they have not yet downloaded or are not yet subscribed to, along with the latest releases on iTunes.

The TV app will be available for Apple TV, iPhone and iPad and always stays in sync so that when users begin watching on one device they can easily continue where they left off on their Apple devices.

Live Tune-In With Siri

Siri continues to gain powerful new capabilities, including making it really easy to tune right to live news and sporting events on Apple TV. Siri is now aware of live sporting events across apps so users can simply say things such as: “Watch the Stanford game” or “Which games are on right now?” Siri knows additional details of the games, can provide live scores and can take viewers directly to the live stream within the app that’s carrying it. Viewers can also tune directly to live video by just saying the name of the app, for example “Watch CBS News” without having to navigate to the live stream from within the app.

Single Sign-On for Pay-TV Apps

In addition to the new TV app, customers in the US will have a simplified way of enjoying their pay-TV video apps by using single sign-on. Starting in December, subscribers to DirectTV, DISH Network and more will just sign in once on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad to enjoy immediate access to apps that are part of their pay-TV subscription.

Apple says that since its introduction just a year ago, the latest Apple TV has revolutionised the experience in the living room with 8,000 apps, including 2,000 games and 1,600 video apps, across categories such as sports, news, fitness, education, kids, lifestyle and more.

The TV app and single sign-on will be available in December as free software updates for Apple TV (4th generation), iPhone and iPad customers in the US. Live tune-in with Siri is available immediately.

MPA secures site-blocking orders

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/28/99280/

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) – the international counterpart of the Motion Picture Association of America – has obtained UK High Court Orders requiring the five major UK ISPs to block access to thirteen websites dedicated to making copyright infringing material available for free on a large scale. The blocks are set to go live in the next few days.

The sites in question enable people to search for, locate and access copyright infringing film and television content.

The sites are:

According to the MPA, the legal process is a well-established, legitimate and proportionate response to illegal websites that make creative content available without permission from rights holders. It is provided for by Section 97a of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act. Furthermore, it says that the principle that linking to infringing content directly infringes copyright is well established in EU law (Newzbin, Solarmovie, Svensson).

The process was first used by the MPA in 2011 and has subsequently been used by rights holders in the film, music and sports sectors to require UK ISPs to block access to illegal sites. All blocking actions require robust evidence demonstrating the illegal nature of a site which must be considered and accepted by a High Court judge.

Research shows that site blocking is effective – Incopro’s 2015 study found that, on average, sites in the UK lose 75 per cent of their Alexa estimated usage following a site block.

A recent study from Carnegie Mellon University found that former users of blocked sites increased their visits to paid legal streaming sites by 23.6 per cent. It also found that site blocking caused a 6 per cent increase in visits to paid legal streaming sites such as Netflix and a 10 per cent increase in videos viewed on legal ad-supported streaming sites such as BBC and Channel 5.

The MPA notes that blocking actions are just one measure to tackle copyright infringement. Others include consumer education campaigns such as ‘Get it Right’ and promoting consumers’ access to legal content.

Pakistan police seize dishes and set tops

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/26/pakistan-police-seize-dishes-and-set-tops/

Pakistan police and agents of the country’s media regulator started seizing ‘illegal’ DTH dishes and satellite set-top boxes in and around the capital Islamabad.

The Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, and reported by BBC Monitoring, says the inspection teams confiscated 1762 “illegal instruments” in their raids.

The equipment was being used in “illegal business” said the agency. Monitoring of all satellite TV channels and FM Radios was started from October 21st 2016.


Just a quick update

Thursday feeds
IS19 - 12442H Sr 3750 "STS 3" feed of Fox Sports segments

D2 - 12663V Sr 7500 "Telstra Broadcast Service" horse racing
D2 - 12681V Sr6669. "ADHOC ENC 01" NAB staff conference

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3986 H "Smile Home Shopping" has started on , Fta

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "AP1 TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3750 V "Attanr TV" has started on , Fta. Message TV and Pakhoon TV have left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 "HN News" has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "U" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, Peace TV, DDTV, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel and TV 24" on are now in Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "NTV Serial, NTV Styl and NTV Pravo" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)等4个频道消失,设置12730 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)等4个频道重现,设置12730 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Now 华剧台、Now TV(香港)等3个频道新增,设置3875 V 7200参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Madras TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Hyper替换国家地理(MPEG-4)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月27日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Vision(RRSat)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Dee Dee TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(高清)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,YAO替换Sabzbaat TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [10月27日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Tag Channel替换Balls Cable(菲律宾)频道,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月26日]


Sorry no news update


Kodi beta release 4 is out (released a few days ago)

Tag Channel is new??? FTA Intelsat 19 4180 H 30000

Interesting software



Wednesday feed
D2 - 12697V s/r7500 test card Astra 4 Path 1

From my Email


From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 3866 H "CCTV 13" has started on, Fta.

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H "ICTA TV" is Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Reformed 21" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Share Channel TV and Shop & Share" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3753 V "Space Toon 3 Indonesia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Share Channel TV" is back on , Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5E 11659 V "Kazakstan Oral" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "MK Tunes and MK Six" have started on , fta. Sree TV has left.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MCOT Live(泰国)频道加密,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [10月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Maya TV(IPM)频道加密,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Wish Chennel(泰国)频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月26日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Seven(印度)频道新增,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [10月26日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes替换Music Xperss(标清)频道,设置3837 V 7200参数免费接收。 [10月26日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Music Xperss替换IConcerts(MPEG-4)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [10月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share Channel TV替换Persada TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share Channel TV、Shop & Share(印尼)频道消失,设置3574 V 6363参数无效接收。 [10月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS World HD、History HD(高清)等全组频道改频率,设置12560 V 22500参数有条件接收。 [10月26日]

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Nambikkai TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Test 1、Test 2(测试)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,MRTV、MN TV(Sky Net)等频道加密,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Talkies HD(高清)频道加密,设置3810 V 15000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,美食星球替换知识(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test(测试)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [10月25日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ummat Quran TV(印度)频道新增,设置3908 H 1820参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Smart替换美食星球(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Line Thai(IPM)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]


ISPs facilitate piracy and should have to pay: Rights holders

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/isps-facilitate-piracy-and-should-have-to-pay-rights-holders/

The final day of the piracy site-blocking hearing saw the music studios argue that ISPs are sufficiently proximate to the infringement of copyright to have to bear legal and compliance costs.

As the Australian Federal Court hearing between music studios and internet service providers (ISPs) over the blocking of KickAss Torrents and its related proxy sites stretched into its second day, the rights holders argued that ISPs should bear the cost of compliance because their carriage service facilitates copyright infringement.

Telstra, Optus, TPG, and Foxtel spent the first day of the hearing arguing that they should be reimbursed for the costs associated with blocking access to foreign piracy websites.

However, on Wednesday, counsel representing the four music studios -- Universal Music Australia, Sony Music Entertainment Australia, Warner Music Australia, and J Albert & Son -- told Justice Burley that it is fair for the ISPs to bear the costs of complying with the blocking order because it is their business that provides a facility that is then used to infringe copyright.

ISPs are not "mere innocent bystanders", the rights holders said; they provide access to an online location that is "flagrantly" for the infringement of copyright. That makes ISPs "sufficiently proximate" to have to pay for their own expenses of blocking access to those websites, counsel for the music studios concluded.

Telstra claimed that ISPs are innocent respondents and have infringed no copyright. Rather, it is the online location, not the ISP, that facilitates copyright infringement, and the rights holders should therefore pay for the website blocks that protect their intellectual property.

Telstra said it would cost AU$795 in total to block the seven domain names associated with KickAss Torrents; by comparison, TPG cited a AU$750 compliance costs figure, and Optus and Foxtel adopted a AU$1,500 figure.

Calling the AU$1,500 amount an "appropriate and reasonable once-and-for-all figure", counsel for Foxtel Richard Lancaster said it covers the immediate costs of DNS blocking these seven sites, as well as incorporating some notion of sunk costs, future capital that may arise, and future blocking costs if there's a decision to add further websites to the blocking order.

TPG, which presented a compliance cost of AU$50 per domain name plus GST on Tuesday, was accused of plucking this figure from the air by counsel representing the music studios. "It's essentially arbitrary," they said, as illustrated by the conflicting numbers presented on Wednesday.

Agreeing with Telstra that it is the online location and not the ISP that facilitates infringement, counsel for TPG added that ISPs were recompensed for their compliance costs in the outcome of the Dallas Buyers Club case, and said the Federal Court should not decide costs differently just because KickAss Torrents is a foreign website.

Foxtel, walking what counsel for the music studios called an "extremely elegant" fine line, attempted to balance its interests as an ISP in this case with its stance as a rights holder in the other piracy site-blocking case between Foxtel/Roadshow and ISPs that is also currently facing Federal Court judgment.

Repeatedly stressing that its position in this case on rolling injunctions to block mirror sites and costs allocation are not representative of its stance on those matters in the Foxtel/Roadshow case, Lancaster said Foxtel has agreed "for reasons of practicalities" to go along with the positions of the other ISPs.

He did, however, also say that there is "enormous value in principle and practice" in the uniform treatment of ISPs on costs of compliance and legal costs, and while Foxtel would be content with no orders to be made in the other case, Lancaster stressed that one precedent should be set.

Optus emphasised the fact that if the Foxtel/Roadshow case had been decided already, it would not have had to make an appearance in the music studios' hearing, thus driving up its legal costs. In rare agreement, the music studios said the courts should not be clogged by fights about who should bear costs, with one precedent to determine the matter.

The case began in April, when the music studios filed a joint Federal Court application against ISPs in a bid to get them to block Kickass Torrents and its related proxy sites. The full list of respondents subject to the action involves TPG, Telstra, Optus, Foxtel, Virgin Mobile Australia, Vividwireless, Pacnet, Alphawest, and Uecomm.

In July, Burley J said the case would turn on whether Kickass Torrents is shut down for good following the arrest of the man allegedly running Kickass Torrents by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) earlier that month, and on the precedent set in the Foxtel/Roadshow case.

In the Foxtel/Roadshow case, ISPs Telstra, Optus, M2, and TPG argued in June that they should not have to bear the costs of compliance in implementing website blocks against torrenting sites The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, isoHunt, and TorrentHound and streaming site Solarmovie.

Costs were not determined prior to the passage of the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Act 2015, which passed both houses of parliament in mid-2015 and allows rights holders to obtain a court order to block websites hosted overseas that are deemed to exist for the primary purpose of infringing or facilitating infringement of copyright under Section 115A.

Both cases are now awaiting judgment.

Panasonic Avionics Nabs IFEC Deals with Air Tahiti Nui and China Eastern Airlines

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/10/24/panasonic-avionics-nabs-ifec-deals-air-tahiti-nui-china-eastern-airlines/

[Via Satellite 10-24-2016] Panasonic Avionics has entered two new contracts for In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) solutions, one with French airline Air Tahiti Nui and the other with China Eastern Airlines.

Air Tahiti Nui is equipping four of its Boeing 787 planes with inflight Wi-Fi service as well as Panasonic’s eX3 IFE system. The platform offers passengers a high-definition screen together with broadband through eXConnect, which uses Panasonic’s Ku-band satellite network.

China Eastern Airlines has also furthered its relationship with Panasonic, signing its third partnership agreement with the company. This latest award is to outfit China Eastern Airlines’ entire wide body fleet with Panasonic’s high-speed communications service. China Eastern Airlines, in partnership with China Telecom Satellite, was the first Chinese carrier to offer Panasonic’s global Wi-Fi service on domestic flights, and has already begun offering broadband communications on international routes.

Eurosport lands TV rights for English Football League Cup in Malaysia and Brunei

From http://www.televisionpost.com/news/eurosport-lands-tv-rights-for-english-football-league-cup-in-malaysia-and-brunei/

MUMBAI: Eurosport has secured exclusive rights for the English Football League (EFL) Cup 2016/17 in Malaysia and Brunei on Astro.

The agreement includes the rights to the remaining 11 matches featuring a match-up between the qualifying teams.

Licensed from MP And Silva, the official rights holder and distributor in Asia, the EFL Cup will showcase a number of exciting ties on Eurosport. Airing from 26 October, Round Four will see Malaysia favourites and eight-time winners Liverpool drawn against Tottenham Hotspur ; Manchester United will host fierce rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford, while Chelsea travels to West Ham in the London derby.

Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific GM Southeast Asia Louis Boswell said, “We are thrilled to bring back the EFL Cup exclusively to Malaysian fans, a country with an undying passion for football. Enjoyed by millions of people around the world, today’s announcement guarantees Malaysian football fans the return of this world-class tournament. Together with Astro, the agreement further marks our continued investment in building our sports portfolio in Southeast Asia, where we present high quality sports and fuel the passion of fans across the region.”

The series will be broadcasted on Eurosport (Astro Channel 814), Astro SuperSport (Channel 831 HD /810) as well as Astro on the Go.

The 2016/17 fixtures for the EFL Cup are as follows:
•Round Four: 26-27 October 2016
•Quarterfinal: 30 November-1 December 2016
•Semifinal (First Leg): 11-12 January 2017
•Semifinal (Second Leg): 25-26 January 2017
•Final: 26 February 2017

Launched in 1960, the EFL Cup features 92 clubs from the EFL and Premier League in a straight knock-out format across seven rounds, with the semi-finals being played over two legs. Premier League clubs enter the competition in Round Two with clubs that have qualified for the Champions League or Europa League joining in Round Three. The competition culminates in a final at Wembley Stadium, with the winner qualifying for the subsequent season’s Europa League.

Overseas broadcast deal for FA Cup

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/25/6-season-overseas-broadcast-deal-for-fa-cup/

The Board of the English Football Association (FA) has ratified what is described as a “hugely significant” overseas broadcast rights deal that will ensure The Emirates FA Cup’s status as the world’s original and greatest domestic cup competition.

After an extremely competitive bidding process for the international rights to televise The Emirates FA Cup for the six seasons from the 2018-19 campaign through to 2023-24, The FA has signed a memorandum of understanding with sports marketing agency Pitch International to cover western Europe, the Middle East and North Africa and with IMG for the rest of the world.

The new deal comes after The FA adopted a new rights strategy. The tender process allowed for agencies as well as broadcasters to bid on single territories, regional groupings or a global package of rights and came after English football’s governing body undertook a benchmarking exercise into the competition’s global appeal.

As part of the agreements with IMG and Pitch International, the financial terms will remain confidential. The rights include The Emirates FA Cup, The FA Community Shield and The FA Youth Cup. As confirmed earlier in 2016, the domestic rights will remain with BBC and BT Sport, with an agreement already in place to extend those strong relationships through to 2021.

“This is a hugely significant deal for The FA as a not-for-profit organisation,” declared FA Chief Executive Martin Glenn. “It means we will be able to invest even more than we currently do in pitches, facilities and participation programmes to make football available for all.”

“It is not overstating it to say that it could have a transformational impact on what we are able to achieve across the country. It also underlines the global popularity of The Emirates FA Cup, with its history and tradition it has the remarkable ability to create fantastic stories and inspire fans, players and clubs to believe anything is possible.”

“On top of that, by the time we get to the Wembley showpiece next May, more than £30 million will have been distributed to competing clubs this season, from the amateur game right through to the elite level.”

“We are extremely grateful to Pitch International and IMG for recognising the value of this wonderful competition – as we are to our other cup partners – and their support will have a direct and lasting impact in helping us to grow the grassroots and making sure football is for all.”

“We are delighted to have secured a deal of this magnitude with the Football Association,” added Michael Mellor, SVP and Head of Football for IMG Media. “English football is extremely popular all over the globe and in The Emirates FA Cup we have the most prestigious domestic cup competition in the world, which every year manages to provide magical moments and outstanding entertainment for broadcasters and viewers. IMG, of course, runs the Club Wembley programme so it’s good to extend our relationship with The FA even further.”

“Our partnership with The FA dates back over two decades and we are delighted to extend this to 2024,” commented Jon Owen, Founding Partner of Pitch International. “We take great pride in representing the world’s oldest cup competition. It is a unique event that richly deserves its place in the sporting calendar.”

“We are confident that by continuing to work together we will deliver ongoing success for The FA and its media partners for many years to come.”

SES brings Nature Relaxation UHD to US

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/26/ses-brings-nature-relaxation-uhd-to-us/

SES has added the Nature Relaxation Ultra HD channel to its fast-growing UHD distribution neighbourhood hosted by a trio of satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) at the centre of the North American orbital arc. Earlier this week, SES added INsight TV onto its North American neighbourhood.

Nature Relaxation UHD will be carried as part of the Vivicast Media portfolio of channels, and results from a partnership between the world’s leading HD relaxation channel NatureVision TV and the highly acclaimed nature cinematographer David Huting, who founded Nature Relaxation. The channel features more than 800 hours of beautiful, calming nature scenes, perfectly matched with soothing music designed to help viewers de-stress, relax, study or sleep. The new UHD channel captures everything from majestic mountain ranges and waterfalls to incredible canyons, enchanted forests, brewing storms, wonderful wildlife and mesmerising sunsets around the world in stunning, high picture quality 4K.

“Nature Relaxation UHD offers an unsurpassed and growing collection of video that allows viewers to escape the daily rat race of life. Just like with our NatureVision TV HD channel, audiences can simply tune in to Nature Relaxation 4K to replace their worries with the wonders of nature and benefit from watching the calming and comforting nature vignettes after a long day,” explained Jon Gorchow, CEO of NatureVision TV. “We chose SES, the world’s leading satellite operator with unrivalled expertise in global video distribution, to launch our new Nature Relaxation Ultra HD channel in North America. Relying on SES, we’re well positioned to reach the biggest audiences across the region and eventually the world.”

“Consumers across North America are buying Ultra HD TVs at such a pace that more than half of the homes in the region are expected to have at least one 4K TV by 2020. Now they want to see a full line-up of Ultra HD programming on their screens as soon as possible,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. “Nature Relaxation Ultra HD TV is the latest channel to join SES’s fast-growing, premier Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood.”

“Nature Relaxation Ultra HD is a great addition to SES’s tremendous Ultra HD line-up, offering a welcomed break from a fast-paced world with some of the finest, breath-taking views of nature at its very best,” said Stuart Smitherman, President/Vivicast Media. “Together, SES and Vivicast are enabling audiences across North America and around the world to enjoy the finest 4K programming available today.”


Back after the break with a larger than usual catchup update

Tuesday Feeds

D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC out the front of Dreamworld waiting for cross
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC now feeding Nine News broadcast
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC now feeding Seven News broadcast
D2 - 12539H s/r6978. ABC chooper footage at Dreamworld fatal accident
D2 - 12547H s/r6978. ABC at Dreamworld fatal accident

IS19 - 12600V s/r6111 Nine News at Dreamworld fatal accident

D1 - 12679V s/r7199. Seven News at Dreamworld fatal accident

Thanks to Garry L for those reports

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Epsilon TV, ERT 3, Mad TV, ERT 2 and Alpha Sat" have left .

ABS 6 159.0E 3679 V Apostolic Oneness Network, Kanal 10 Asia and SBN International have left .

Palapa D 113.0E "Ummat TV and Ummat TV Quran" have moved from 3986 H to 3908 H, Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Share Channel TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" is back on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3906 V "Such TV" is back on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E4000 H Sundance Channel South East Asia and Sundance Channel Middle East have left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 12040 H "Kaleidoskop TV" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "IPM Show and IPM Show 2" are Fta. Chokdee TV has left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Zoom Vision has replaced Neha TV" on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12093 V "World Business Channel" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Marathi" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Dharm Sangeet" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 V "E Movies Extra has started on , Videoguard. Kruiskyk TV is now encrypted. Afrikaanse Satelliet TV, Spirit Word, Ekurhuleni TV and Wild TV Africa" have left.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One(时尚疯)频道加密,设置11052 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bethat TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4100 V 29700参数无效接收。 [10月24日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,AP1 HD 、BTV Busines频道开播,设置3640 H 4000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,News 24替换Independent TV(Real VU)频道,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Warner Bros替换道通天地(TVB)频道,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-6替换CCTV-3(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4替换东方卫视(MPEG-4)频道,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月24日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ZEE TV HD、ZEE Cinema HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors HD、Ten HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet Zawlbuk(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3949 H 3673参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Gen Channel(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Plus Gold替换K NEWS(印度)频道,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Shinsegae Shopping替换SBS Plus UHD(韩国)频道,设置12410 H 29500参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,History TV18 HD(高清)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten 3 New(印度)频道新增,设置3712 H 14454参数免费接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Rupasi Bangla、Filmy(Dish TV)等频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,BTVi替换Bloomberg TV(Dish TV)频道,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Zee Talkies HD、ETV HD(Dish TV)等频道加密,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,HBO(东南亚)频道新增,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月23日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,VIP News(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Papua TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(印度)频道消失,设置3922 V 7000参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Deepam TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Blink Cinema(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置4011 V 10000参数无效接收。 [10月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Cartoon Network替换AXN(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,NBA替换国家地理(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Solar News(菲律宾)频道消失,设置4011 V 10000参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,In TVAhsan TV(印尼)频道改频率,设置3988 H 3635参数免费接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,H Bangla、DM TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Zoom Vision替换Music Bangla TV(RRsat)频道,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月21日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Movie 1、Neha TV(RRsat)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Deepam TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [10月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel XP HD、Sony Espn HD(高清)等频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Colors、Life Ok(MPEG-4)等频道消失,设置12405 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(高清)频道加密,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,新视觉(艺华卫视)频道加密,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,H Bangla、DM TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,MK Six、MK Tunes(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 27692参数免费接收。 [10月20日]


Nine Network Australia Selects Intelsat to Distribute Domestic Television Programming

From http://www.intelsat.com/intelsat-news/nine-network-australia-selects-intelsat-to-distribute-domestic-television-programming/

Intelsat will provide satellite connectivity and global fiber services via the IntelsatOne network to bring news content from around the world to Australia

Luxembourg, 24 October 2016 – Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, today announced a contract with Nine Network Australia to distribute programming to the company’s six domestic television stations as well as provide global satellite and fiber connectivity using the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to bring news content and special events from around the world to Australia for its network affiliates.

Nine Network Australia (NNA) is one of the country’s top-rated commercial television networks, with local stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, along with a regional broadcaster, NBN. The network also has news bureaus in Canberra, London and Los Angeles. NNA is a subsidiary of Nine Entertainment Co., one of Australia’s leading media companies.

Intelsat initially is providing services via the Australia/New Zealand Ku-Band beam on Intelsat 19 for the network’s broadcasting requirement. Under the agreement, Intelsat’s network support will extend well into the next decade.

“Our Globalized Network allows us to meet NNA’s needs today and to increase our level of support if the network expands over time to meet the demands of multi-platform coverage,” said Terry Bleakley, Regional Vice President, Asia Pacific Sales, Intelsat. “NNA will also benefit from Intelsat’s global coverage for international contribution and distribution requirements.”

NNA previously used Intelsat for its domestic and international occasional use requirements. Most recently, NNA chose Intelsat to provide short-term services for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro using Intelsat 29e.

Supporting Resources:
•Intelsat Media Services: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/
•Intelsat Video Neighborhoods: http://www.intelsat.com/solutions/media/distribution-solutions/video-neighborhoods/

About Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) operates the world’s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat’s Globalized Network combines the world’s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. Thousands of organizations serving billions of people worldwide rely on Intelsat to provide ubiquitous broadband connectivity, multi-format video broadcasting, secure satellite communications and seamless mobility services. The end result is an entirely new world, one that allows us to envision the impossible, connect without boundaries and transform the ways in which we live. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

Jason Bates
Media Communications Manager
+1 703-559-7044

Foxtel offers free viewing for select HBO shows

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016102444810/foxtel-offers-free-viewing-for-select-hbo-shows.html#axzz4O0pZqTXK

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel is offering non-subscribers the opportunity to view the first episode of a number of HBO programmes for free via its website.

westworld 13 Oct 2016The opening episode of HBO’s new sci-fi drama Westworld was the first show to be offered by Foxtel without charge, with Divorce and Quarry next in line. The pay-TV operator is also making the initial episodes of upcoming HBO shows Insecure and High Maintenance available on its website from next month.

Episode one of Westworld – a dark portrayal of the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin – starring Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and James Marsden is available on the Foxtel website until 2 November.

Divorce, starring Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church (Sideways, Broken Trail), is also available until 2 November. The show focuses on Frances, who after a decade of marriage and two children, has begun to reassess her life and her strained relationship with her husband Robert.

The first episode of Quarry, also available for free on-demand until 2 November, is set during the early 1970s and tells the story of Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green), a US Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972.

From 4 November until 3 December Foxtel will play host to the opening episodes of the new HBO series Insecure and High Maintenance.

Optus Satellite, Aeeris partner on remote worker services

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-satellite-aeeris-partner-on-remote-worker-services--1168243

Optus Satellite has signed a partnership agreement with Aeeris, the developer, operator and provider of the Early Warning Network (EWN) multi-channel, Geographic Notification and Information System (GNIS). Aeeris will support remote worker services such as tracking of staff, and delivery of communications services across Australia using Optus Satellite Services and the Thuraya SatSleeve+.

EWN maps live data from multiple sources relating to severe weather, fire, traffic and other geo-spatial hazards specifically, supporting natural disaster awareness problems, personal and employee safety, asset protection and risk management. As part of the arrangement, EWN customers will be able to use their mobile phone to make satellite calls and SMS using the Thuraya SatSleeve rather than via a satellite specific handset.

Managers will be able to know where there remote staff are, can receive and view check-in’s and outs of locations, and be notified of ‘man down’ situations automatically and alert staff as required by either group or location based sending. All users will receive EWN’s 24/7 alerting service for their location should any severe weather event or hazard affect the area they are in.

John Drinnan: Where now for Freeview?

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11732704

Freeview could be an important counter to the growing power of closed platforms like Facebook and Google.

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams has invited Television New Zealand to deliver a plan to expand Freeview - confirming a report in this column last week.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick says expansion would make the free-to-air platform more commercially focused.

In my view, it would also open the door to online digital TV on the platform.

Freeview could also be an important counter to the growing power of closed platforms like Facebook and Google.

As it stands, Freeview is a high definition-capable service offering free access to the local free-to-air services, from mainstream channels to minority tastes, as well as some radio stations including RNZ.

Any expansion might also open the door to pay TV, something the Freeview electronic programming guide is already technically capable of providing.

I would expect TVNZ to take the platform towards accommodating online pay TV, competing with Sky

But expanding Freeview would mean additional investment and that raises questions about whether the shareholding might change.

While Freeview has received taxpayer funding, it is a private company owned by four broadcasters: MediaWorks, TVNZ, Maori TV and RNZ.

Adams said: "The TVNZ board is the major shareholder of Freeview, and I would expect them to be actively thinking about how best to increase the value of its investment and to that end what future investment requirements might be.

"TVNZ have indicated to me that it's something they're interested in looking at," she said. "I've invited them to send me a formal proposal and will consider it in due course."

Ready to invest?

In my opinion, the question is whether the current shareholders can or will make the necessary investment.

I would expect TVNZ to increase its current 44 per cent stake to further dominate Freeview. MediaWorks is the next biggest shareholder.

There have been rumours of closer ties between TVNZ and Mediaworks. An expanded Mediaworks investment in Freeview might make sense, though MediaWorks would surely resist if TVNZ held a dominant stake. MediaWorks declined to comment.

For Maori TV, spokesman Rick Osborne said: "Maori Television remains committed to working with other Freeview shareholders to advance the continuing development of the platform."

Officially, RNZ is relaxed. Its head of business transformation strategy, Alan Withrington, is currently chairman of Freeview. RNZ said in a statement: "A lot has changed in the media environment in the last decade and like any responsible business organisation regular strategic reviews are important for future planning."

Given that RNZ has been starved of government funding for years, it is not clear that RNZ could afford extra capital investment if Freeview was expanded.

TVNZ & Spark

Television New Zealand wants Freeview to become a Kiwi bulwark against Google and Facebook. That makes sense to me. But in my opinion there are risks in Freeview becoming seconded to a new role supporting TVNZ's commercial aims, such as pay TV.

TVNZ's Kenrick plays down the notion that there are plans to move beyond 44 per cent. He says he would prefer Freeview to continue with multiple shareholders, to spread the load of any extra investment.

TVNZ has been in talks with telecommunications company Spark about a joint venture linking its online distribution network with TVNZ's media expertise,

In my opinion, dominance of Freeview would make a TVNZ joint venture more attractive to Spark, which badly needs programming support for its Lightbox pay TV venture.

Both companies need to link telecommunications with content, now that Vodafone plans to merge with Sky TV.

Better on the box

Television New Zealand and MediaWorks are in talks to revive a joint industry body to promote TV as a medium to advertisers and marketers. The networks abandoned a similar body called Think TV during the Mark Weldon era.

TVNZ commercial director Paul Maher said both he and new MediaWorks CEO Michael Anderson saw the need for an industry-wide approach.

Maher stressed TVNZ was heavily invested in digital. But advertisers and marketers were moving too fast and needed to be reminded that TV viewing was more valuable than online hits.

"Marketers have moved 1 per cent of the market away from TV each year despite its cost staying low," Maher said.

Facebook has been reported as overstating audiences for video ads.

But, says Maher, "I've been surprised there has been little reaction from the advertising and marketing sector.

"If I went to the market and said our prices have been overstated by 70 per cent I would be crucified.

"Big media owners have significant reach and advertisers are now saying that reach is important".

Other players such as Herald publisher NZME have made inroads into taxpayer funding for short-form video, but Maher does not see that as a major threat.

"The model for short-form video is still evolving. Long-form is more accessible on platforms."

Thaicom inks USD 208 mln satellite procurement deal with CGW

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-inks-usd-208-mln-satellite-procurement-deal-with-cgw--1168180

Asian satellite operator Thaicom, via its International Satellite Company (ISC) subsidiary, has signed a satellite procurement contract with satellite manufacturer China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC). The transaction value is USD 208 million (approximately THB 7.28 billion). The asset purchase includes a satellite having 37 GHz or 53 Gbps Ka-band capacity, an approximate operating lifetime of 15 years, and a service footprint in Asia covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Lao, Cambodia and Thailand.

The total value of the procurement of the satellite is approximately USD 208 million, which includes the cost of the satellite and launch. The payment will be made in instalments. Thaicom expects the construction of the satellite to be completed around the end of 2019.

Thaicom expects this satellite deal to generate an increase of its revenue from Ka-band capacity leasing services. In this regards, ISC has agreed to lease out the entire capacity of the satellite to a major customer for the entire duration of the satellite’s lifetime and will receive full payment of service fees in advance from that customer. These fees in advance will be the source of funding for the payment of satellite construction expenses, Thaicom also said.

Thaicom Contracts With China Great Wall Industry Corporation For A New Satellite

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=325754234

Thaicom Public Company Limited has announced that their subsidiary, International Satellite Company Limited (ISC), has entered into a satellite procurement contract with China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC), China’s leader in satellite construction and commercial launch services.

The Company has been entrusted to initiate a new satellite project for a business partner. The satellite will be operated under license and orbital slot of the partner. The partner will provide the Company with advanced service fees, which will serve as the source of funding for the construction of the satellite, and this project is expected to contribute to increased revenue for the Company.

The satellite project is valued at approximately $208 million, or 7,280 million baht (based on the Bank of Thailand’s average exchange rate for October 2016 of 35 baht to 1 USD). The satellite is designed to carry 37 GHz of Ka-band capacity, equivalent to 53 Gbps.

With a 15-year lifetime and a service footprint covering China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand, the satellite will strengthen broadband and mobility services in the Asia Pacific region. The satellite is expected to be completed around the end of the year 2019.

MENA broadcast anti-piracy coalition agrees enhanced co-operation

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016102144789/mena-broadcast-anti-piracy-coalition-agrees-enhanced-co-operation.html#axzz4Nje9Isz7

MBC 21 octAs it attempts to strengthen the fight against piracy, the MENA Broadcast Anti-Piracy Coalition has convened to develop strategies to reduce the number of infringements and to prevent notoriously rogue pirate channel operators.

As major stakeholders in the Middle East Satellite TV industry, the members of the Coalition, which was formed in March 2014, share information and align strategies to prevent copyright infringement in the Middle East. Piracy has always been a huge issue in the MENA region: the Coalition says that statistics show that over the past six months a total of almost 200 Western content infringements and over 4,000 Arabic content infringements occurred.

In its ninth meeting in Amsterdam, the Coalition gathered MENA stakeholders from the satellite broadcast industry — such as Eutelsat, Arabsat and Gulfsat — as well as content producers and distributors including MBC, OSN, Rotana, ART, CNE and the MPA. The members agreed that co-operation between the stakeholders had to be a key priority. The meeting also revealed that pirate channels were operated by a handful of individuals and agreed on how better to identify and take actions against them.

“Satellite TV piracy has relied upon everyone ignoring or being ignorant of the rules, of the individuals behind the pirate channels and of the major companies who profit by selling services to the pirates. Our coalition is step by step removing the cloak from this murky sector,” remarked MBC Group CEO Sam Barnett.

“We are very encouraged by the progress made so far by this important coalition but it is equally clear that all lot still needs to be done,” added Okke Delfos Visser, head of the legal department of the MPA in Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It has been our experience that progress in this area can only be made when stakeholders constructively work with each other. Curbing TV piracy is essential to keep growing legitimate TV channels thereby enhancing the consumers’ viewing experience, reinvesting money into the creation of new high-quality content and securing millions of jobs worldwide.”

Another man in court for selling 'Kodi' boxes that illegally show Sky and BT Sports

From http://www.gazettelive.co.uk/news/teesside-news/another-man-court-selling-kodi-12061662

Anthony Ayre, 32, had advertised the TV boxes on Facebook with 'all channels for £100'

TV 'Kodi' boxes were among the items offered for sale by Anthony Ayre

Another man has been before the courts for selling TV boxes which allow viewers to illegally watch Sky and BT Sports.

Anthony Ayre, 32, advertised the devices on Facebook - and also sold fake football shirts and designer handbags, clothing and jewellery.

Ayre received a six week sentence, suspended for six months, at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

It is the latest case of people being hauled before the courts after trying to get round subscription TV rules.

Earlier this month, the firm which owns the Navigation pub near the Riverside Stadium were fined £8,000 for showing a Boro game on a ‘Kodi’ box, instead of paying for a Sky Sports subscription.

Navigation court case prompts warning that Kodi box users could face UNLIMITED fines

And last month Kodi box dealer Brian Thompson denied selling the boxes ‘pre-loaded’ at Teesside Magistrates’ Court in what was thought to be the first prosecution of its kind.

The TV boxes stream content - including sports and movies - from the internet, and are attractive as they are much cheaper than a Sky subscription.

In the latest case Ayre, of Dene Road, Blackhall, near Hartlepool , was taken to court by Durham County Council for ten counts of breaching trademark and copyright laws.

The court heard how Ayre had been using Facebook to sell the TV devices, which were found to contain the illegal software which allows access to subscription channels without having to sign up.

Investigations revealed that Ayre said he had TV boxes with all channels for £100 and could supply items including trademark handbags, purses, jewellery and make-up sets.

A search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home in November last year and around 40 TV devices were seized, as well as a number of suspected counterfeit items.

The defendant voluntarily attended an interview and replied “no comment” to most questions.

The TV boxes seized from Ayre’s home were examined by the regional trading standards Scambusters Team before being forwarded to the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) for further assessment.

FACT found that the TV devices had the ability to access copyright infringing content from providers such as Sky and BT.

Nike trainers, MAC make-up sets, Michael Kors merchandise and a Sunderland football shirt were also discovered to be fakes.

In court, Ayre pleaded guilty to the charges with the court hearing he is of previous good character.

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.

Cisco pushes Streaming Piracy Prevention

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/24/cisco-pushes-streaming-piracy-prevention/

Amit Wohl, Video Security Product Manager in the Service Provider organisation at Cisco, has suggested the company is pioneering a new approach to piracy prevention, with its Streaming Piracy Prevention service utilising technology to locate illegal redistribution of content on the open Internet and closed pirate networks.

In a Cisco blog post, Wohl notes that online video piracy is growing and becoming one of the most significant threats facing pay-TV service providers. “With a prior focus on low-resolution streaming through web sites that were notoriously riddled with inappropriate advertising and malware, streaming piracy has transformed to match consumer demand for high definition multiscreen delivery,” he notes.

“In the past pirate streaming sites have targeted the highest profile sports events; now pirate services are delivering whole channel packages into smart devices (mobile, tablet, smart TVs), IPTV set-top boxes, and plug-ins for video streamers and other such devices,” he adds.

He advises that in the last month alone, piracy monitoring specialist Friend MTS’s online threat analysis has uncovered over 12,000 unique instances of HD channels (1280 x 720 frame size or higher) on pirate services, being sourced from pay-TV service providers around the world. “Expand this to SD resolution, often targeted at mobile devices, and the number increases to over 22,000 channels,” he suggests.

According to Wohl, the demand for premium content, in every language and into every market, has led to a surge in the supply of pirate services offering a high-quality user interface, suggesting that the video quality offered is unprecedented, rivalling that on pay-TV platforms themselves. Bitrates of 4-6 Mbps for HD channels are common, with 1 Mbps H.264/AVC for SD channels. Even an Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) channel being delivered in HEVC at 15 Mbps is on offer.

“To effectively monetise live content, both the service providers that distribute content and the rights owners that license it need to ensure that it is available exclusively through licensed channels. Wide availability through illegal services or sites diminishes the value of the content, as paying viewers opt for the cheaper or free options made available by the pirates. Increasingly, rights owners are requiring their licensees to implement greater levels of platform security in order to gain access to their ultra-premium content. But deploying additional security is not always possible or practical, especially on older platforms. And sometimes even the enhanced protections deployed on newer platforms is defeated by pirates, so content remains vulnerable to piracy,” he warns.

“A new approach is needed,” he suggests. “Traditional takedown mechanisms such as sending legal notices (commonly referred to as ‘DMCA notices’) are ineffective where pirate services have put in place infrastructure capable of delivering video at tens and even hundreds of gigabits per second, as in essence there is nobody to send a notice to. Escalation to infrastructure providers works to an extent, but the process is often slow as the pirate services will likely provide the largest revenue source for many of the platform providers in question,” he observes, adding that for live events, the need for a timely detection of piracy and an effective response is even greater.

“Cisco is pioneering a new approach to piracy prevention,” he declares. “Its Streaming Piracy Prevention (SPP) service utilises technology to locate illegal redistribution of content on the open Internet and closed pirate networks. Using a forensic watermark, it identifies the subscriptions/sessions used to source the content, and shuts down the source through the video security system – all in real-time. The process is fully automated, ensuring a timely response to incidents of piracy. Gone are the days of sending a legal notice and waiting to see if anyone will answer; SPP acts without the need to involve or gain cooperation from any third parties, enabling an unmatched level of cross-device retransmission prevention and allowing service providers to take back control of their channels, to maximise their revenue,” he claims.

“In order to tackle live event piracy, Cisco and Friend MTS (FMTS) have partnered to put their respective technologies to work. FMTS’s market-leading piracy monitoring capabilities feed the Cisco SPP service with real-time pirated video feeds found on the open Internet, which are used by SPP to locate the source of the leak and shut it down,” he says.

German court confirms conviction of Sky card sharing pirate

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/10/20/german-court-confirms-conviction-sky-card-sharing-pirate/

Sky Deutschland smart cardThe German appeal court of Celle has confirmed the legal assessment of the district court of Verden in the trial against a Sky Deutschland card sharing pirate.

The district court imposed a 1-year prison sentence on probation on a 53-year old man from federal state Lower Saxony because of computer fraud in conjunction with circumventing technical protection measures in 65 cases in February 2016.

The appeal court confirmed the conviction for computer fraud following the appeal lodged by the defendant against the lower court’s verdict. This marks the first time that a higher regional court has confirmed that card sharing constitutes computer fraud. The decision is final and non-appealable.

The judges considered it to be evident that card sharing resembles an illegal usage of data leading to a direct financial loss at Sky Deutschland.

The appeal court, however, didn’t confirm the criminal offences of spying out data and circumventing technical protection measures the district court took into account in its verdict. The judges therefore submitted the case back to the lower court for reassessment of the sentence.

The defendant had been illegally distributing Sky Deutschland’s offers through the internet since spring 2009 by operating a card sharing server and selling access to it. This enabled third parties to watch Sky Deutschland’s programmes without paying subscription fees to the pay-TV broadcaster.

The close collaboration between Sky Deutschland, encryption system provider Nagravision and the Verden district court’s central department for the combat of information and communication crime as well as the investigative work by the public prosecution office of Verden enabled the legal proceedings.

“This decision by the appeal court of Celle is a success for Sky. It is also a clear signal to all criminals seeking to enrich themselves at the cost of our company and our honest customers by selling our exclusive content,” said Dr Andreas Rudloff, vice president platform services & security at Sky Deutschland.

“Card-sharing is not a petty crime, but computer fraud that will be prosecuted by the authorities and can be punished with a prison sentence,” he added. “In the interest of our over 4.6 million customers, we will continue to enforce the prosecution of such activities in collaboration with the relevant authorities and our partners.”

50% work of Bangabandhu satellite completed: Minister

From http://businessnews24bd.com/50-work-of-bangabandhu-satellite-completed-minister/

The government can launch the country’s first broadcast satellite Bangabandhu-1 on December 16 next year according to plan as 50 percent work of the satellite has been completed, State Minister for Telecommunication Tarana Halim said today.

“We are hopeful to finish it by the deadline as the French firm, Thales Alenia Space, has completed 50 percent work of the project,” she said at a press briefing at the BTCL office in Dhaka’s Gulshan area.

The satellite, meant for communication and broadcast services is so far the most sophisticated technological project undertaken by Bangladesh, worth about Tk 2,967.96 crore. Of the amount, some Tk 1,652.44 crore is from foreign loans and the government will supply Tk 1,315.51 crore.

Kratos Awarded $6.2 Million Contract Modification to Expand Global Satellite RF Interference Monitoring For U. S. Department of Defense

From http://forextv.com/top-news/kratos-awarded-6-2-million-contract-modification-to-expand-global-satellite-rf-interference-monitoring-for-u-s-department-of-defense/

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that it received a Joint Functional Component Command for Space (JFCC Space) contract modification to expand RF monitoring, interference detection and geolocation services to now include all Department of Defense (DoD) leased Ku and C-band commercial bandwidth worldwide, and X-band geolocation in select locations. DoD relies on commercial bandwidth to support critical mission needs, including reconnaissance, surveillance and broadband communications between commanders and field units. The contract modification is valued at $6.2 million.

A component of the U.S. Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), JFCC Space is responsible for executing continuous, integrated space operations to deliver theater and global effects in support of national and combatant command objectives. This includes monitoring and protecting the commercial satellite bandwidth leased by DoD.

Kratos currently provides RF services for the Central Command (CENTCOM) and Pacific Command (PACOM) Areas of Responsibility (AORs). The contract modification expands Kratos’ services to include the four remaining geographic COCOMs: European Command (EUCOM), Northern Command (NORTHCOM), Africa Command (AFRICOM) and Southern Command (SOCOM). In addition to expanding geographic coverage and infrastructure, Kratos will provide event and trend analysis of Space Situational Awareness (SSA) information for contracted DoD leased commercial bandwidth.

Kratos delivers these services from an infrastructure that comprises an extensive global network of RF monitoring and interference detection sensors and geolocation systems serving a broad range of commercial and government clients. To provide the DoD with the increased worldwide coverage, Kratos will significantly expand its current infrastructure. The upgraded configuration will add seven new worldwide monitoring sites, host more than 60 antennas and provide visibility to over 50 satellites, 100 beams and 200 transponders. Additionally, Kratos will add X-band geolocation capability, particularly suited to military requirements, greatly increasing the ability to support geolocation tasking on commercial and military X-band satellites in key areas of the world.

The services are anchored around Kratos’ Monics®, the industry-leading carrier monitoring product and satID®, its highly accurate geolocation system. “Monics uses a high-speed digital signal processing capability that makes carrier measurements against a monitoring plan, so that we are notified whenever there is any change to our customer’s terminals or bandwidth. satID is a highly accurate system where we typically see results within 5km of the interference location,” Greg Caicedo, Kratos’ Vice President who oversees the program, explained.

“Our program with JFCC Space is a prime example of the increasingly important concept of government agencies utilizing commercial managed services so uniformed personnel can focus their attention on critical mission-related activities. With commercial services, the power of the market helps to keep costs down for the government. The program also demonstrates the growing interest and potential of closer military-commercial partnerships in all aspects of space operations,” said Phil Carrai, President of Kratos Technology and Training Division.

About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) is a mid-tier government contractor at the forefront of the Department of Defense’s Third Offset Strategy. Kratos is a leading technology, intellectual property and proprietary product and solution company focused on the United States and its allies’ national security. Kratos is the industry leader in high performance unmanned aerial drone target systems used to test weapon systems and to train the warfighter, and is a provider of high performance unmanned combat aerial systems for force multiplication and amplification. Kratos is also an industry leader in satellite communications, microwave electronics, cyber security/warfare, missile defense and combat systems. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 2,800. Substantially all of Kratos’ work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos’ primary end customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are available at www.KratosDefense.com

BBC to offer UHD via iPlayer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/24/bbc-to-offer-uhd-via-iplayer/

Last week the BBC’s Mike Gunton (Creative Director/BBC Natural History Unit) and Andy King (its outgoing Head of Technology/Television Productions), speaking to advanced-television.com at the MIPCOM programming market, said that the BBC was now working hard to get its Ultra-HD productions out to the consumer.

King said that high-profile shows, such as the upcoming Planet Earth II series, were increasingly being produced in High Dynamic Range (HDR), helped by the various standards bodies having agreed their specification for HDR. HDR is widely agreed to deliver the ‘Wow’ factor needed to further differentiate 4K production over ‘ordinary’ HDTV.

King said: “What we now need to work on is how we are going to get [these shows] to the viewer. Obviously, as an organisation we are committed to delivery on every platform. But Digital Terrestrial is going to be very difficult. However, we are very much strategically taking an ‘Internet first’ approach. So we see our first offerings with UHD/HDR, and HDR is very important, to be on the iPlayer platform. [We also need] to take a look at sound. We have moved to 5.1 but I’d really like to see some serious developments in Object Based Audio. As an industry we need not to forget the sound stuff!”

Three new TV channels join DD FreeDish bouquet; 24 get extension

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/three-new-tv-channels-join-dd-freedish-bouquet-24-get-extension-161021


NEW DELHI: Doordarshan earned a sum of Rs 1293 million (Rs 129 crore ) by sale of three new slots and extension of the licence of another 24 on the 31st auction of its free-to-air direct-to-home platform FreeDish on 20 and 21 October.

The auction was called off on 6 October 2016 because of technical glitches. The new channels which successfully bid for the slots are -- News State Uttarakhand/Uttar Pradesh, 9x Bajao TV, and a teleshop channel.

A DD announcement had earlier said the reserve price per slot is Rs 4.3 crore. FreeDish has not raised its reserve price, although the price for one channel went up to Rs 5.3 crore in an earlier auction. The reserve price had been Rs 3.7 crore till last year but was raised to its present level for the 25th e-auction in January.

The e-Auction was conducted by M/s. C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida which also conducted the first stage of the FM Radio Phase III auctions on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

Earlier this month, a senior DD official told indiantelevision.com that the “glitches were experienced by the bidders”. Following several complaints received in this regard, “the Competent Authority has cancelled the e-Auction conducted for the slots on 5 and 6 October 2016”.

DD had made it clear that all registered bidders for the 31st e-Auction will be eligible for participating in the fresh bidding process on the rescheduled date, “which will be communicated in due course of time”.

Meanwhile, DD has formally announced that it is now capable of carrying 104 television channels on its FTA FreeDish and the 24 channels being added to the present 80 channels will be the first to be launched on MPEG4 technology.

DD officials also confirmed that FreeDish will soon be capable of carrying up to 250 channels.

The official confirmed that a Call Centre would be set up for subscribers as soon as MPEG 4 becomes fully operational. The customer care service will have extensive complaint redressal mechanism.

DD has decided to implement Indian Conditional Access System (iCAS) on DD Freedish Platform. iCAS, an initiative of the Central Government, is being initially introduced in the 24 MPEG-4 Channels. The introduction of iCAS will provide enhanced viewing experience to the viewers.

DD officials said these additional 24 MPEG-4 SDTV channels will be available to viewers in FTA mode. The existing viewers will continue to get 80 SDTV channels, but will have to obtain iCAS-enabled authorised Set Top Boxes for accessing all 104 channels.

Although FreeDish will remain free to air with no monthly or periodic fee, the viewers will be required to register with DD Freedish on getting the new STB from Doordarshan authorised STB dealers.

FreeDish was launched with a modest bouquet of 33 channels in December 2004 and now carries 80 TV channels and 32 radio channels.

The platform has a bouquet of channels consisting of 22 Doordarshan channels, two Parliamentary channels, seven general entertainment channels, 18 movie channels, 13 news channels, seven ,music channels, three religious channels and eight channels of other genres.

After active consultation with all the stakeholders, DD has started the process for rolling out MPEG-4 STBs for its DD Freedish with iCAS. Doordarshan has invited e-Applications for authorisation/empanelment of STB original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to sell / distribute DD approved CAS enabled DD Freedish STBs in India. In this regard a pre bid meeting with the Indian STB manufacturers was held on 3 October 2016.

Once the Indian STB OEMs are authorised by DD, they will start manufacturing quality STBs in India. They will set up their distribution network all over India for selling Indian STBs and providing services to Doordarshan Free Dish viewers.

The participation amount (EMD) in the e-Auction was Rs.1.5 crore which had to be deposited in advance before or by 12 noon on the date of auction along with processing fee of Rs.10,000 (non-refundable) in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs 10 lakh and the time for every slot e-auction will be of fifteen minutes duration. This may be extended by five minutes if a bid is received before the closing time.

Of the reserve price, Rs 1.1 crore will be deposited within one month of placement and another Rs 1.1 crore within two months along with service tax of 14.5 per cent on the bid amount.

The balance bid amount will be deposited within six months, failing which the deposited amount will be forfeited and the channel discontinued after a 21-day discontinuation notice.
Also read: FreeDish ready to beam 104 TV channels; 24 on MPEG4


Monday holiday, no update


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday, no update , back Tuesday


As mentioned a few months ago, Viceland is starting on SKY NZ December 1st

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Vinasat 1 132.0E 3590 V "VTV 5 Tay Nam Bo" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Cine 21" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "SMBC Insight has replaced High News" on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "DM TV and H Bangla" have left .

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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,H Bangla、DM TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3799 H 4280参数无效接收。 [10月20日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,南方影视替换凤凰香港(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [10月20日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,MK Six、MK Tunes(印度)频道新增,设置3845 V 27692参数免费接收。 [10月20日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Zonet Zawlbuk(印度)频道解密,设置3949 H 3673参数免费接收。 [10月20日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,新视觉(艺华卫视)频道解密,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Prabhatam New Raj (印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Dangal(印度)频道重现,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广东卫视替换中天综合(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。 [10月19日]


Ten shares hammered on $157m loss

From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/32953528/ten-network-halves-fy-loss-to-156-8m/#page1

Ten Network has halved its annual loss to $156.8 million after lifting TV revenue 7.5 per cent.

Investors have wiped almost $100 million from the value of the Ten Network after another big writedown in the value of its television licence dragged it to an annual loss of $157 million.

Shares in Australia's third-placed free-to-air broadcaster dropped 19 per cent after Ten wrote down the value of its licence by $135.2 million.

Chief executive Paul Anderson called for the government to further reduce the amount networks have to pay for broadcast licences and said regulatory uncertainty is stifling decision making and investment in domestic content.

The networks have long lobbied for a big cut to licence fees to help them compete against the likes of Netflix, but the government this year reduced them by just 25 per cent.

"Increased competition from untaxed and unregulated providers is bringing major challenges," Mr Anderson said.

"In order to continue investing billions in a strong Australian voice on screen, this sector urgently needs a significant reduction in television licence fees."

Shares in Ten fell 27 cents to $1.15, reducing its market value by $98 million to $416 million.

The writedown in the licence was the biggest single hit to Ten's bottom line, which showed the network's full year loss had halved from a year ago.

Underlying earnings came in at $4.5 million, a turnaround from a $12 million earnings loss a year earlier.

A tie-up with Foxtel's Multi Channel Network that came into effect on September 1, 2015, helped lift television revenue for the 12 months to August 31 by 7.5 per cent to $676.4 million.

That was despite the capital city free-to-air television advertising market declining 2.9 per cent in the same period.

"Our strategy of investing in prime time content and new distribution channels, coupled with the innovative and market-leading arrangement with MCN, is producing sound results," Mr Anderson said.

"The arrangement with MCN has delivered clear benefits in terms of scale, audience reach and innovation."

Mr Anderson said new five-year affiliation agreements with WIN Network and Southern Cross Media, which came into effect on July 1, were already lifting audience numbers.

Television costs increased 5.1 per cent, below guidance of 5.5 per cent given in April 2016, and they are expected to increase by mid-single digits in 2016/17.


•Net loss $156.8m v $312.2m

•Revenue up 5.4pct to $689.5m

•No final dividend.

Bill to help others follow in Rocket Lab’s launch-steps

From http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2517537-135/bill-to-help-others-follow-in

NZ's first piece of legislation to regulate outer space passes first reading in Parliament.

NEW Zealand’s first piece of legislation to regulate outer space has passed its first reading in Parliament but rocket launches from Mahia can still go ahead before the new law is introduced.

The new bill will pave the way for more rocket companies to enter the aerospace industry and Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce yesterday welcomed the first reading of the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill as a “significant milestone” for the development of a New Zealand-based space industry.

“Space is now a global multibillion-dollar industry and this bill is New Zealand’s passport to be part of that industry.

“The bill establishes a regulatory regime for space launches, the deployment and operation of payloads such as satellites; and governs high-altitude activities from New Zealand.

“A New Zealand space industry has the opportunity to build our capacity and expertise across a broad spectrum of space and high-altitude activities, from rocket technology to the use of satellites to perform functions that benefit our economy, environment and society.

“Satellites enable a range of critical services and infrastructure that we use every day including for banking, telecommunications, the internet, navigation, disaster response, earth monitoring and national security.”

Auckland-based company Rocket Lab is expected to conduct the world’s first commercial satellite launch from Mahia early next year, with a first test launch expected to take place before Christmas.

The new bill will be considered by the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade select committee and the Government is seeking it to come into law in mid-2017.

Rocket Lab intends commencing launches before the bill is able to become law, so the Government and Rocket Lab had signed a contract as an interim measure.

The contract authorises Rocket Lab’s space activities to be conducted from New Zealand, manages government liability under the United Nations Liability Convention, and implements New Zealand’s obligations under the TSA enabling it to enter into force.

Once the bill is enacted, Rocket Lab will be subject to the new regulatory framework.

Rocket Lab has submitted a proposal for partial road closures close to its Mahia launch complex between November 17 and December 24.

For safety reasons, during a launch Rocket Lab has requested restrictions on parts of Mahia East Coast Road (from Wainuiorangi Road to Onenui Station) and the unformed Tawapata Road.

'Netflix killer': Viewers looking for alternatives

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/media-technology/316048/'netflix-killer'-viewers-looking-for-alternatives

The director behind an internet service marketed as a Sky TV and Netflix killer says he does not think it is allowing illegal viewing.

Netflix said bypassing its systems to access its services would violate its terms of service.

Hamilton-based NZ Streaming Boxes is selling smart set-top boxes that can stream thousands of channels, including sports such as the English football Premier League.

The company has previously been marketed as Bye Bye Sky and has sold close to 1000 boxes since starting a few months ago.

Internet law specialist Rick Shera said it could infringe copyright and Sky TV was likely to take action, while Netflix said bypassing its systems to access overseas networks would violate its terms of service.

But the director of NZ Streaming Boxes, who has asked only to be called Joe, said it was just putting existing technology in people's homes.

"The thing I need to be very clear on here is that the customisations that take place on these boxes when they come into the country and we program them is mainly around the graphical interface.

"So there are a lot of these boxes on the market, a lot of them aren't very user-friendly. And so for us it was around making these boxes a lot more user-friendly for consumers and everyday Kiwis in their home - rather than just being exclusive to the techies of our country."

The customisation wasn't geared or designed to access overseas streams and did not provide VPN to allow access to services such as the US version of Netflix, he said.

It did give people in places where Freeview was limited, such as Raglan, the chance to get channels.

"For me it's fantastic seeing a third of our customers were between the age group of 50 and 65 ... These people, and I hate generalising here but [they] don't even know what a stream is."

On its website, the product listed a number of channels including Sky Sports, ESPN and Animal Planet, which would normally sit behind a Sky paywall.

He said he did not think it was necessarily allowing illegal viewing.

"It's no different to somebody going and buying a computer at JB Hi-Fi or Noel Leeming and going onto a website and watching a stream of their favourite channel or sports show.

"I'm not a judge, all I can do is what I think is right and what is ethical"

While he could see why subscription-based services might look at what they could do about it, he said they needed to look at their own business models.

"A lot of the feedback I'm getting from our customers is that they seem to see their Sky bill go up and up and up but the benefits go down and down and down.

"People are going to find alternative to this because it's just not acceptable any more or certainly not to the people I've been speaking with."
'It'll probably get shut down fairly quickly'

Consumer technology writer Hadyn Green said it was an interesting idea but doubted it would take over from Sky.

"I don't want to say it's dodgy, but it definitely sounds dodgy but I can't see this being a major hindrance for Sky and definitely not for Netflix."

Watching over the internet was increasing so there would be more of this sort of thing popping up, Mr Green said.

"VPN and DNS systems put in place for people to get to US Netflix for example have been shut down pretty ruthlessly all through this year. So these sorts of companies that are coming out saying, 'Oh this box will work and you can get all these things' - probably not for very long. I'd imagine it'll probably get shut down fairly quickly."

Mr Shera said if the content being accessed was pay-to-view or geo-blocked and infringing copyright, the person providing the facility to access it could be liable.

If the product was imported directly and changed to allow copyright infringement, there would be an issue, he said.

"If I go and buy a plain vanilla box off Amazon or whatever and they haven't done anything to the box, and they're not promoting it for the purpose of infringing content, then Amazon's not going to be liable for authorising that infringement.

"But if they've done something to it and/or if they're promoting it or making it particularly useful for infringing content then they could be liable."

Sky was likely to take some kind of action, he said: "Not necessarily because they're particularly worried about this particular company but simply to put a line in the sand."

New Zealand Centre for ICT Law director David Harvey, a former district court judge, said there would be a problem if the service allowed people to bypass subscriptions.

"If they're making the stuff available and there're no charges for it, there is an issue there, that I think needs to be addressed.

"The licensees and various content providers and so on and so forth here in New Zealand will be looking at it very very carefully."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet said, at this stage, he had no comment to make.

Netflix also declined to give a specific comment, but said bypassing its systems to access overseas networks would violate its terms of service.

Google signs CBS, in talks with others on web TV - sources

From http://in.reuters.com/article/google-television-idINKCN12J2FE

Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google has reached an agreement with CBS Corp (CBS.N) to carry the network on its planned web TV service and is in advanced talks with 21st Century Fox (FOXA.O), Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) and Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) to distribute their channels, people with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday.

The service, which will be part of Google's YouTube platform, is expected to launch in the first quarter and will include all of CBS's content, including live NFL games, one of the sources said.

Google's offering, known as a "skinny bundle" because it will have fewer channels than a typical cable subscription, will cost $30 to $40 a month, the source said. It was unclear which Fox and Viacom networks would be part of the Google service, two of the sources said.

The sources requested anonymity because the discussions are confidential. A spokesperson for YouTube declined to comment.

A representative at Disney was not immediately available for comment. CBS, Viacom and Fox declined to comment.

Google will be launching into an increasingly crowded market. Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) and Sony Corp <6758.T in the past year have launched skinny bundles delivered over the internet to appeal to younger viewers who do not want to pay for cable.

Both AT&T Inc (T.N) and Hulu, the online video service owned by Disney, Fox, Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O) and Time Warner Inc (TWX.N), have streaming television offerings that are expected to go live in the next few months.

Traditional cable operators also have unveiled smaller packages to fight "cord cutting" by consumers who are dropping their more expensive packages with hundreds of channels.

The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. (on.wsj.com/2eShhLp)

Google has been talking to media companies about its web TV for years, but its plans have just ramped up over the past few months, one of the sources said. Apple Inc (AAPL.O) had looked at a similar service but has shelved that plan for the time being, sources previously told Reuters.

Shares of CBS, Viacom and Fox rose to session highs on the news before they pared gains. Shares of Twenty-First Century Fox ended up 0.6 percent at $25.12, Viacom rose 0.6 percent to $36.37, and CBS closed up 0.8 percent at $55.53.

Clubbing TV goes Ultra-HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/20/clubbing-tv-goes-ultra-hd/

Paris-based ClubbingTV is about to shift to Ultra-HD and launch two linear channels in UHD. One service will be provided on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird satellite over Europe, while the other will be hosted by SES for North American distribution.

The channels go ‘live’ on November 1st in UHD. The channel is widely distributed on French cable TV, and is also currently shown on Meo in Portugal and some 27 countries via satellite and cable or OTT.

The music and lifestyle channel was initially launched in January 2009, and has since become home for techno and electronic music, and covers numerous music festivals around the world which feature electro-music including the famous TommorrowLand event, and high-profile music from the Amsterdam Dance Event, the Music Summit in Ibiza, the Time Warp Festival and the Barcelona Summer Week of music.

ClubbingTV says it is the world’s first channel exclusively dedicated to electronic music. It is backed by media company AB Groupe.



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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H Fox Asia, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Family Movies, Star World Vietnam, Fox Crime Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Fox Family
Movies HD, National Geographic Channel Asia, FX HD Asia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Fox HD Asia and Fox Sports Asia have started on ,

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Share Channel TV" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "INews TV" has started on , Fta Fuel TV and JTV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "MCOT World "has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Fan TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Sadhna Prime News" has started on Fta.Yes Channel has started

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "ACBN Africa, One Touch TV and Free Indeed TV" have started on , Fta. Breakthru TV and Blessing TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Christ TV, CT Live! Beats, Fire TV, MFM TV, Destiny Delivery TV, Favour TV, Nollywood, Rapha Channel and Rhema TV" have started on , Fta. God's Chapel TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Good News TV" has started on , Fta.

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Miniature spacecraft for Australian Defence ready to fly

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Miniature_spacecraft_for_Australian_Defence_innovation_ready_to_fly_999.html

UNSW Canberra Space engineers, Dr Philippe Lorrain and Mr Arvind Ramana, tuning the Buccaneer spacecraft.

A state-of-the-art miniature satellite that will play an important role in developing Australian Defence space capability is ready for launch into orbit after successfully passing gruelling tests that simulate the harsh environment of space.

A team of space engineers from UNSW Canberra (the University of New South Wales' campus at the Australian Defence Force Academy) and Defence Science and Technology Group, put the satellite through its paces in 24/7 thermal cycling, with the help of spacecraft test engineers from the Australian National University at the Advanced Instrumentation Technology Centre on Mt Stromlo.

"The cubesat that we tested is the first of two in a joint program called Buccaneer to build Australian capability to develop and fly satellite missions," says Professor Russell Boyce, Director of UNSW Canberra Space.

Buccaneer will perform calibration experiments for Australia's world-leading over-horizon Jindalee Operational Radar Network (JORN) from Low Earth Orbit, several hundred kilometres above the surface of the Earth.

Buccaneer will also contribute to aspects of UNSW Canberra Space's research program, looking at ways to more accurately predict the orbits of space objects.

"Satellites and space debris move around erratically due to space weather and atmospheric drag, even at high altitudes. These movements are not well understood and so are very hard to predict, and are a major reason why collisions in space are a serious risk," says Boyce.

"Being able to avoid collisions in space is essential if we are to safeguard the space-based technologies upon which the world depends."

Importantly, Boyce says Buccaneer is a stepping-stone to an increasingly sophisticated home grown Australian space capability that can take advantage of rapidly transforming technology and a boom in the Asia-Pacific space sector.

Dr Doug Griffin, UNSW Canberra Space's Flight Mission Lead, says miniaturisation of electronics and sensors, and a reduction in satellite launch costs, are opening the door to potentially game-changing applications of innovative small spacecraft.

"These will lead to new ways to inexpensively perform remote sensing - for example, for environmental monitoring, national security, and much more - and improve communication links.".

UNSW Canberra has made a $10 million strategic investment to build a domestic space program, which includes assembling a team of space engineers and scientists.

"Part of our investment involves bringing world-class Australian space talent back from the international space sector and reversing the brain drain," says UNSW Canberra Rector, Professor Michael Frater.

UNSW Canberra's Master of Space Engineering and Master of Space Operations degrees offer unique up-skilling for Defence and non-Defence professionals working in the space sector and related industries.

"UNSW Canberra is playing a key role in the transformation of space technology and helping Australia to become an important space-faring nation in ways that make economic sense and meet national needs," Professor Frater says.

Melbourne Cup Carnival live on Racing.com

From https://www.racing.com/news/2016-10-19/racingcom-to-broadcast-melbourne-cup

Racing.com will once again broadcast live racing from the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington after negotiating a deal with the Seven Network.

Under the agreement, audiences around Australia will be able to watch all four days of the world famous carnival without delay on Racing.com channels 78 (metro), 68 (regional) and Foxtel 529.

Additionally, viewers from Australia and around the world will be able to watch via the Racing.com digital platform and app.

The deal allows for broadcast of all races during the four-day Flemington Carnival without a two-minute delay and Racing.com is currently the only racing broadcaster to have secured the rights for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Racing.com’s Melbourne Cup Carnival coverage will be led by Shane Anderson and Michael Felgate, with legendary racecaller Greg Miles broadcasting his 36th Carnival to audiences all around the world.

Brent Zerafa will get each day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival off to a flying start with 'Before The First' starting 90 minutes before the opening race on the card, giving punters detailed information to find plenty of winners.

Form experts David Gately and Clint Hutchison will analyse each race, with Lizzie Jelfs in the mounting yard giving her views on the appearance of the horses in the pre-race parade.

Former champion jockey Shane Dye, who rode 93 Group 1 winners in a glittering career including Tawriffic in the 1989 Melbourne Cup, will be on the panel to give his insights into what it takes to win, while Hayley Moore will analyse all of the international runners competing throughout the week.

Sam Hyland will provide plenty of insight off horseback, including post-race winning jockey interviews.

A big editorial team led by Andrew Eddy will have all of the news across digital and social media platforms with in-depth coverage for racing fans.

China to push Asian SVoD – without Netflix

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/19/china-to-push-asian-svod-without-netflix/

The Asia Pacific region will have 157.78 million SVoD [subscription video on demand] subscribers by 2021, up from 41.68 million in 2015 and 76.12 million expected by end-2016. The total will be nudging 100 million by end-2017, according to the Asia Pacific SVOD Forecasts report from Digital TV Research.

Rapid smartphone subscription growth means that China will command 47 per cent of the 2021 total SVoD subscribers – up from 38 per cent in 2015. From the 82 million additions between 2016 and 2021, China will supply 34 million, Japan 9 million and India 15 million.

By 2021, 17.5 per cent of the region’s TV households [across 17 countries] will subscribe to an SVoD platform, up from only 5.1 per cent by end-2015 and 9.1 per cent expected by end-2016.

Penetration rates in 2021 will vary from 53.5 per cent in Australia (with four countries above 50 per cent) to 8.0 per cent in Pakistan.

“Although Netflix, Amazon, Iflix, HOOQ and Viu will enjoy rapid growth, they will collectively only account for 16 per cent of the region’s SVOD subscribers by 2021,” advised Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research.

“Netflix is forecast to have 7.59 million subscribers in the region by 2021, up from 3.17 million at end-2016. Australia, Japan, Korea and New Zealand will together account for nearly three-quarters of the total. Netflix is considered expensive in most other countries. We do not believe that Netflix will launch as a standalone platform in China,” he stated.

Meet Sport24, The Biggest Sports Network 40,000 Feet Above The Ground

From https://www.fastcocreate.com/3063794/behind-the-brand/meet-sport-24-the-biggest-sports-network-40000-feet-above-the-ground

Take a look inside IMG's 24-hour sports channel created specifically for the airline and cruise industries.

We live in an on-demand society. This, of course, is no surprise. It's why I can order diapers with a push of a Prime button while watching the third season of The Sopranos, eating Domino's I ordered with a tweet. But believe it or not, there are STILL places on this planet where life is very much like it was in, say, 1996, when if you weren't home to watch Friends on Thursday night at 8 p.m., then guess what? No Friends. Horrors. Yet one such place where this has largely remained the hard reality is airplanes.

Yes, many offer in-flight Wi-Fi (usually terrible) and a preprogrammed selection of TV and movies. And of course, we can download whatever show we want to our phones, tablets, or laptops, in preparation for a long boring flight. Or we could just sit and stare at the back of a headrest. But there is one very important form of entertainment that does not travel so well, and that is live sports. Yes, the last vestige of the once common concept known as appointment viewing, now a rare and valuable jewel. How much more enjoyable would that eight-hour flight to Berlin be if you could watch a whole day's worth of live NFL football? Or English Premier League Soccer? Ryder Cup golf? Olympics? Yes, yes, sitting in a chair in the sky is amazing, but y'know what would make it more amazing? Not missing the Champions League final because whomever scheduled your flight to that international meeting obviously has no love for European soccer.

That's exactly what IMG was thinking in 2012 when it launched Sport24, the only 24-hour sports channel created specifically for the airline and cruise line industries. Now, this has been possible in the domestic U.S. for a while, but the real breakthrough for Sport24 was taking the concept global. So far the brand has 13 airlines . . . ahem, on board, including Alitalia, American Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Lufthansa, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet, as well as nine cruise lines including Carnival, Disney Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, and Viking Cruises. In June, the company just launched a second in-flight channel Sport24 Extra.

Satellite Sports

Okay, so how do you beam live sports into a metal tube hurtling through the air at high speeds? According to IMG's vice-president of Sport24 and business development Tim Wood, it's all about the right technology partner, and plenty of satellites.

"We forged a relationship with Panasonic Avionics, which was and is still, very much the global leader in in-flight entertainment," says Wood. "We've been working with them closely over the last few years about what a product would look like, and how to create a sports channel for the world. It's incredibly expensive to do this, the channel is created through a series of 14 satellites that work in areas where there hasn't been a need for satellite activity, like the middle of the Atlantic Ocean or the northern parts of Alaska and [the] arctic circle where there are a lot of flight paths. So it's involved having to launch satellites and finding connectivity in places that traditionally didn't need it."

Going Global

The thing about live sports, particularly now with its increased value—the English Premier League sold its domestic TV rights alone for more than $6 billion—TV rights are packaged up to domestic and international broadcasters for top dollar. But Wood says IMG started thinking about the opportunity of international flights about a decade ago, and as an agency that distributes live sports rights, and a production company that produces them, it found itself in a unique position.

"Over the last decade we've been carving out international in-flight rights to any agreement we were doing, and discussing with federations the opportunity for when the technological capability arrived for a connected aircraft, there will be an ability for us to deliver live sports, and we wanted to make sure those rights were all clean because obviously you can't have aircraft flying over different territories and having to switch off or change over, like having to clear rights with ESPN over America, Sky over the U.K., and so on," says Wood.

Selling Brands A Captive Audience

Think about all those potential viewers, strapped to their seats, with nothing to do for a good five to eight hours. Sounds like an advertiser's dream, right? Sport24's brand marketing strategy revolves around teaming with brands on an exclusive basis for their category, like Hyundai for automobile, and Samsung for wireless. Marriott International also just signed up this month.

"In a world where appointment viewing sports is the last bastion of a captive audience, that applies even more for people on a flight, and allowing the exclusivity offers something a bit different," says WME/IMG head of sales Ciaran Bone.

For Marriott, it's about tying the brand to a premium traveling experience. "Sport24 is part of this global strategy by enabling us to deliver engaging and relevant content to a highly engaged audience while they are in the midst of traveling," says Marriott International global marketing officer Karin Timpone.

SES carriage for UHD C4K360 channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/19/ses-carriage-for-millennial-targeted-uhd-c4k360-channel/

Satellite operator SES has agreed a capacity deal to launch the new C4K360 Ultra HD channel across North America aboard its SES-1 satellite. C4K360 joins SES’s 4K Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood hosted on three satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) at the centre of the orbital arc over North America.

Tailored to young audiences, C4K360 offers Ultra HD content featuring high-end entertainment programmes including e-sports; lifestyle magazines and interviews; gaming and gameplay; extreme sports; all this together with live DJ sets, mega concerts and festivals. The new UHD channel, licensed across North America by Vivicast Media, fully embraces the second screen concept with 360° Virtual Reality premium content in addition to ultra-high resolution production values, increasingly important to millennial viewers.

“As an innovative content producer and lifestyle channel, C4K360 is leveraging the world’s leading satellite operator, SES, with its unmatched expertise in global video distribution, to launch our breakthrough Ultra HD channel, C4K360, across the US and North America,” said Stephane Schweitzer, CEO of C4K360. “C4K360 represents an exciting source of relevant and entertaining programming for thriving millennial audiences, who are increasingly demanding Ultra HD content in both their lifestyle, gaming and virtual reality experiences.”

“C4K360 is a forward-thinking Ultra HD channel with its finger on the pulse of young, millennial audiences around the world,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. “TV enthusiasts across North America and across the globe are buying Ultra HD sets at an unprecedented pace, ready to see the very best programming available today, and satellite is absolutely the ideal platform for delivering high quality content to large audiences.”

“C4K360 producers have already developed innovative club and dance programming that’s extremely popular with European viewers, and the mix of clubbing and lifestyle entertainment shows is sure to be a big hit with audiences throughout the North American region,” said Stuart Smitherman, President of Vivicast Media. “The dynamic programming of C4K360 is a great example of the 24/7 linear and episodic 4K content that Vivicast licenses to operators worldwide.”

Vudu Intros Free, Ad-Based OTT Option

From http://www.multichannel.com/news/advanced-advertising/vudu-intros-free-ad-based-ott-option/408515

‘Vudu Movies on Us’ competes with Tubi TV, Crackle

Taking competitive aim at services such as Tubi TV and Crackle, Vudu, the Walmart-owned OTT, has launched a free, ad-supported offering called Vudu Movies on Us.

Vudu said the new ad-based option features “thousands” of movies and TV shows in 1080p and in Dolby Digital sound (when available). Examples of Vude’s free, ad-supported titles include Mad Max (1980), True Grit (2010), School of Rock, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Star Trek X- Nemesis, Out of Time, Sliding Doors, and The Phantom of the Opera.

Vudu said the new service is its first move into free, HD streaming and follows recent upgrades to its traditional EST service that includes support for titles in 4K/UHD with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos Audio.

“Millions of customers already buy and rent content on Vudu on a monthly basis. This new service provides value for customers who want to watch movies and TV for free, when and how they wish to watch, without sacrificing quality,” Jeremy Verba, VP and GM of Vudu, said in a statement.

To access Vudu’s new free fare, viewers must login to Vudu via a Web browser, mobile or connected TV device, click on the “New” tab on their desktop or “Spotlight” tab on their mobile or living room device, and then click on the “Movies on Us” option.

Vudu supports a wide range of streaming platforms, including certain smart TVs and Blu-ray players, Roku devices, Chromecast adapters, iOS and Android mobile devices, Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles, PS4 and PS3 consoles, and the new Android TV-powered, 4K-capable Mi Box.

Italy resolves TV frequency interference

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/18/italy-resolves-tv-frequency-interference/

Italy is close to ending the 30-year long problem of TV frequency interferences with neighbouring countries, which led the ITU to install proceedings.

Two years and a half later, the ITU now admits that Italy has gone a long way, resolving interference with France, Switzerland and Malta, reports daily “La Repubblica”. Also, on November 9th, the Italian government should announce the shutdown of all TV repeaters that interfere with broadcasters in Croatia and Slovenia.

The government has been able to convince the local broadcasters to free up the disputed frequencies, allocating €50.8 million for this purpose. Some broadcasters agreed to the economic compensation, while others moved to other frequencies that did not produce interference to other countries, in agreement with the Communications Authority.

For their part, the Ministry of Economic Development and the regulator had at their disposal spare frequencies – some were left unsold during the 2014 bidding for new national TV networks, while others (in the 700 MHz band) were not used and available.

DishTV takes total HD channel count to 55; adds regional HD channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dishtv-takes-total-hd-channel-count-to-55-adds-regional-hd-channels-161018

MUMBAI: Catering to the demand of regional viewers and bringing them under the High Definition umbrella, DishTV, Asia’s largest DTH service provider, has added four new regional HD channels to its HD offerings. With addition of these channels, DishTV encourages regional language subscribers to opt for HD TV viewing in their preferred language such as Marathi, Kannada, Bangla & Telugu.

Dish TV is Asia Pacific’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) company and part of one of India’s biggest media conglomerate – the ‘Zee’ Group. Dish TV has on its platform more than 575 channels & services including 22 audio channels and over 55 HD channels & services.

DishTV India CEO Arun Kapoor said, “DishTV has always taken a lead in enhancing TV viewing experience and exploring opportunities to bring wholesome entertainment to the audience. With a sharp focus on regional language content, the move aims at connecting strongly with the regional language subscribers. Addition of four new regional HD channels will not only strengthen our presence in the HD space but will also diversify our offerings.”

Having already built a strong connection with the regional speaking audience through their regional channels in HD such as Gemini HD in Telugu, and Sun TV HD, Sun Music HD and KTV HD in Tamil, the addition of 4 more new channels exemplify DishTV’s commitment to cater to a wide range of viewers in all the regions. The newly added channels from DishTV include Zee Talkies HD, Colors Kannada HD, Colors Bangla HD and ETV HD. With these measures, DishTV has taken the total count of HD channels from 51 to 55.

DishTV’s newly added channels will be available to the subscriber for a free preview till November 1, 2016.


In order to take the most viewed HD channels to the households, DishTV has also introduced special festive offers to enable customers to opt for a new High-Definition connection by just paying Rs 120 extra. Customers just have to pay an introductory price of Rs. 1990 which will include subscription of one-month Super Family Pack/ Jumbo Pack and any one HD add-on (worth Rs 75) for one month at no extra cost. Customers will also get options to select HD sachets as per their interest at a nominal price of Rs.75.

Dish TV uses the NSS-6 satellite platform which is unique in the Indian subcontinent owing to its automated power control and contoured beam which makes it suitable for use in ITU K and N rain zones ideally suited for India’s tropical climate. The company also has transponders on the Asiasat 5 platform and on the SES-8 platform which makes its total bandwidth capacity equal to 828 MHZ, the largest held by any DTH player in the country.



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Defiant live-streamer of Joseph Parker's fights moves every day as Duco chases him

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11730420

A man being chased by Duco Events for live-streaming Joseph Parker's fights says he is moving to new accommodation every day, but denies he is on the run.

James Bryant told the Herald he "cracked up laughing" when he saw Duco had produced a "Wanted" poster for him, offering $1000 for his home address.

"I was actually watching TV with friends when I saw the wanted poster pop up, we all cracked up laughing and joked about who would dob me in so we could get on the piss and have a few sleepless nights," he said.

The "Wanted" image was posted on Duco Boxing's Facebook page.

"James likes attention so we'd like to give him a little more of what he craves," it reads.

"If you can be the first to personal message us his correct address, and, as result, we are able to serve him court papers, then we will give you $1000. Discretion is 100 per cent assured, so if you're his 'friend', you can dob him in, with no fear of reprisal."

Bryant said he had been recognised in public since the poster was produced, and the response he had received had been positive.

"A few people have noticed me in the streets and they have given me a high five and one guy even brought me a drink.

Dean Lonergan of Duco Events, who are pursuing an illegal live streamer in Auckland. Photo / Photosport
Boxing: Duco post $1000 reward for live streamer's details

Live-streamer of Joseph Parker boxing fights remains defiant

"I move to a new area every day so by the time Duco's team get here I'll be in another Airbnb somewhere in this country."

He denied he was on the run from Duco.

"I never admitted I was on the run, I have been on holiday."

Bryant previously told the Herald he wasn't worried about prosecution, and has started a Givealittle page to raise money towards legal fees.

Bryant said his parents, who live on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, had been visited by private investigators looking for him.

Bryant used Facebook's Live feature to stream Parker's fight with Carlos Takam in May, saying the $49 price of the fight was "ridiculous", and issued a challenge to Duco boss Dean Lonergan to sue him.

He is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live-streaming.

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden previously told the Herald he was dismissive of Bryant's comments.

"The guy's wrong. In our view it is out-and-out theft, and people are starting to get the message that the risk isn't worth getting involved."

Duco has been contacted by the Herald for comment.

Lawyer urges caution over 'Netflix killer'

From http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11731067&ref=NZH_FBpage

A streaming service provider marketed as "Bye Bye Sky" and a "Netflix killer" is selling fast in New Zealand, despite an internet piracy expert's warnings that it could be infringing copyright.

NZ Streaming Boxes, branding itself as Bye Bye Sky, has sold 450 of its units in the two months it has been operating.

The boxes plug into customers' televisions and allow them to stream online content.

On the company's website under the banner "Say goodbye to Sky and their high fees!", it states the box gives viewers access to "tens of thousands of channels".

Director Joe, surname withheld, told the Herald the box has a one-off cost of $140, and runs on open source Android software.

"The idea for me came out of the UK... they're absolutely massive over there. The thing that struck me was the convenience of having everything in one place."

Viewers are able to access live streams of channels from around the world.

"No content is hosted by ourselves or in New Zealand and we do not have control of any of the content that is viewed. Our offering is more around the service than the tangible product," Joe said.

"Our market proposition is that we take all the customisation work out for you.

"Should a stream go down somewhere we've always made sure you're able to watch the match that you want to watch or Keeping Up With The Kardashians or whatever it may be."

Joe said demand for the devices has been high.

"I just can't get the boxes in quick enough, everything's constantly on back order."

He admits the brand name is "inflammatory", but it was a ploy to encourage awareness of his product particularly given there are similar products sold in New Zealand that have failed to generate sales.

"The marketing has been poor, no one knows [what] they offer. Because it is a very new way to watch content ... people don't understand it."

He said there was no intent to steal any of Sky's content, although it was possible to view content that Sky had exclusive rights for, such as All Blacks test matches.

"But you'd be getting them with English commentary. People sticking their phones in front of the Joseph Parker fight and broadcasting that media, I do not agree with and do not condone that."

The boxes have been sold to customers across the country from Central Otago up to Northland, and Joe said he was "shocked" to see that over a third of his customers were aged between 50 and 65.

People were buying into the service for a "mixed bag" of reasons.

"Generally it's a Netflix killer above all else ... [Netflix] content in the US far [exceeds what] you can get in New Zealand."

Internet piracy expert Rick Shera worked on a similar case when he acted for Call Plus, the owner of Orcon and Slingshot, in defence of action taken by Sky, TVNZ, MediaWorks and Lightbox owner Spark in regards to Call Plus' Global Mode service.

It allowed people to access US Netflix and other international content usually blocked to New Zealanders. The case was ultimately settled and the service was removed.

Shera told the Herald there are "similarities" between Call Plus' service and the one offered by Bye Bye Sky.

"You first look at 'is there a breach by the people who are viewing this material', then if there is a breach then you go to 'is the person who is facilitating that therefore liable for copyright infringment because of assisting or authorising the infringement'.

"It would seem likely I would've thought that whoever is getting that stream and putting it on the internet is breaching copyright ... therefore everyone who views it is also infringing copyright."

Shera said if Bye Bye Sky was simply offering the box without customisation they would not be liable for copyright infringement, but it appeared they had been customising them specifically so customers could access copyrighted content.

"The software is Android software so it's open source, from that I take it that what they've done is customise the software so that it targets certain sites where they can target these streams."

Shera said there were "no [legal] precedents" in New Zealand or internationally in relation to the provision of online streaming boxes.

He suspected Sky would be looking to take action regarding the Bye Bye Sky brand name.

Bye Bye Sky director Joe said the legality of his service was a "grey area", but he considers it to be legal.

"But I'm not a judge, and really a case needs to be tested. I hope it's not tested against me, we will see."

Sky chief executive John Fellet said he has "no comment at this time", and the Herald had approached Netflix for comment.

(Craig's comment, the only piracy here is someone charging $140 for an android stb running Kodi that sells for $30 on alixpress)

AP Exclusive: US ignored rising-sea warnings at radar site

From http://www.cachevalleydaily.com/news/national/article_d2674d02-5232-5cea-9cdc-6abd5168cf97.html

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is spending nearly $1 billion to build a radar installation that will help keep astronauts and satellites safe by tracking pieces of space junk as small as a baseball. That is, if global warming doesn't get in the way.

The Space Fence is being constructed on a tiny atoll in the Marshall Islands that scientists say could be regularly swamped by rising seas within a couple of decades as a result of climate change. The salt water could play havoc with the equipment, the scientists say.

And The Associated Press found that neither the military nor its contractor, Lockheed Martin, gave serious consideration to that threat when designing the installation and choosing a site, despite warnings from the island nation's environmental agency.

The future "does not look good for a lot of these islands," said Curt Storlazzi, an oceanographer with the U.S. Geological Survey who is leading a study at Kwajalein Atoll, where the Space Fence complex is being built.

Dana Whalley, a civilian who is managing the Space Fence program, said that the radar installation has a projected lifespan of 25 years and that he doesn't expect sea levels to rise enough over that period to cause a problem. But if necessary, he said, the base could take steps to improve its seawalls.

Still, because of budget pressures, military equipment is often used well beyond its projected lifespan. In fact, a key part of the radar tracking system that the Space Fence replaces was built during the dawn of the space age and was badly outdated by the time it was shut down 50 years later in 2013.

Midway between Hawaii and Australia, the Marshall Islands are specks of land that typically poke just a few feet above the Pacific Ocean, making them some of the world's most vulnerable places to rising seas.

The U.S. military has a longstanding connection to the islands. Bikini Atoll was used as a nuclear test site after World War II. Kwajalein Atoll, a battle site during the war, is now an Army base, a ballistic missile test site and an important part of the military's space surveillance network.

The growing problem of space debris was highlighted in 2009, when an old Russian satellite smashed into a commercial U.S. satellite, creating hundreds of pieces of orbiting junk. The 2013 movie "Gravity" dramatized the threat to astronauts, who need to be safe from debris whether they're traveling on the International Space Station or in a rocket.

Lockheed Martin won the $915 million Space Fence contract in 2014 and broke ground last year. When the radar system becomes operational in late 2018, it should increase the number of objects that can be tracked tenfold to about 200,000 and provide more precise information on their orbits.

The Space Fence installation will include digital transmitters and receivers as well as power and cooling facilities. About 15 people will operate and maintain it around the clock.

The military chose the Marshall Islands because the Space Fence works best near the equator. But it means the installation is being built just 10 feet (3 meters) above sea level, or the height of a basketball hoop.

Storlazzi said his study explored the point at which storms will cause the sea to wash clear across an island, completely submerging it, at least once a year. He said that's when an island will no longer be able to sustain most plant or animal life.

He examined one island within Kwajalein Atoll and found that it will probably reach its tipping point within a few decades. He said the island on which the Space Fence is being built faces a similar threat.

The flooding there will probably damage power cables, sewer lines and other electronics and hardware, he said. The seawater will erode land, he said, and eat away at everything from concrete to cars.

"When you get to the point where water is going over the top of the island annually, it will affect a lot of daily life, whether it's related to the Space Fence or other operations, like moving food around," he said.

The study, funded primarily by the Defense Department, has not yet been peer-reviewed or published. But it paints a much more dire future for the atoll than earlier studies.

"We are talking the next couple of decades, not centuries, as previously thought," Storlazzi said.

He said his team studied the underwater contours of the islands and showed how coral reefs will become less effective as breakwaters when sea levels rise.

The Marshall Islands base is among dozens of U.S. military sites threatened by climate change. A July report by the Union of Concerned Scientists analyzed 18 military installations along the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. It found that with just a moderate rise in sea levels, 16 could flood 100 times a year by 2050.

Last October, strong winds and waves battered Kwajalein Atoll. Ferries were canceled and a dock was damaged, forcing the base to take the unprecedented step of hosting 845 Marshallese day workers overnight.

Whalley said the military investigated threats, including ocean flooding, in an environmental assessment of the site before beginning construction. "The over-wash threat, if you will, is built into the government requirements of the site," he said.

Yet that 2014 assessment, which runs over 100 pages and addresses everything from sea turtles to the island's archaeological history, makes no mention of climate change, noting only that the Space Fence would be able to withstand a small earthquake-generated tsunami.

A single line reads: "Based on historical data, there are no anticipated issues with ocean tide and/or wave flooding."

Lockheed Martin did not investigate the issue either. Bruce Schafhauser, Lockheed's program director for the Space Fence, said the Air Force asked it to design the system to withstand earthquakes but not rising seas.

"We don't have any insight into that," Schafhauser said. "It has not been something that has been required from the Air Force."

Schafhauser said the responsibility for finding a suitable location for the installation fell to the military.

The Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority wrote a response to the environmental assessment, describing the U.S. military's overall treatment of the climate change threat to Kwajalein as "wholly inadequate." It questioned whether the military was overstating the atoll's elevation and criticized its reliance on historical data when the problem is rising seas, a more recent phenomenon.

The military responded in its final report: "Detailed study of sea-level rise risks are beyond the scope of this document."

Since then, leaders from the Marshall Islands say they have been working with the U.S. to improve environmental standards and ensure climate effects are seriously addressed in future military projects.

Whalley said he plans to find out more about the USGS research at Kwajalein.

"It's the first I've heard about the study," he said. "When they give you a billion dollars, you tend to focus on getting the radar built."

Nat West Bank freezes RT UK accounts

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/18/nat-west-bank-freezes-rt-uk-accounts/

RT says the entire Royal Bank of Scotland Group, of which NatWest is part, was refusing to service the broadcaster. It says NatWest wrote to its London office: “We have recently undertaken a review of your banking arrangements with us and reached the conclusion that we will no longer provide these facilities.”

The bank, RT said, had insisted its decision was final and it was “not prepared to enter into any discussion.”

MP Sergei Zheleznyak, from the ruling ‘United Russia’ party, told the privately-owned Interfax news agency: “We will be demanding an explanation from Britain’s official authorities in connection with this situation,” according to BBC News.

Zheleznyak, who sits on the international affairs committee of the State Duma, called NatWest’s refusal to offer its banking services “outrageous” and “an infringement of the rights of journalists”.

Qatar says Es'hail 2 satellite is '80% complete'

From http://www.arabianbusiness.com/qatar-says-es-hail-2-satellite-is-80-complete--649388.html

New satellite to launch next year, will aim improve TV broadcast in Qatar

Qatar has reportedly completed 80 percent of its latest satellite project, scheduled for launch in the third quarter of next year.

Qatar Satellite Company, ES’hailSat, announced on Monday that the Es’hail 2 project was almost complete.

The satellite is being manufactured by a company in Japan. It is intended to strengthen the services provided by ES’hailSat, including improving the quality of TV broadcast in Qatar, The Peninsula newspaper said.

Qatar’s first television and communications satellite was Sohail 1, carried into orbit by European rocket Ariane 5 in August 2013.

The company was quoted as saying Es’hail 2 will be launched in the third quarter of next year and be positioned at 25.5 degrees East.


Sunday feed
Intelsat 19 12450 H Sr 7500, DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, NBL FTA

Saturday feed
Intelsat 19 12600 V Sr 7500 "UPLINKS.COM" League Test Match Aust V NZ, FTA

From my Email

Alez (Perth W.A)
Strong carriers received Cband Laosat 128E 2.7m dish
3418H and 3458H Sr 24500

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E Mediaset Italia on 12726 H is now encrypted.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3940 V "Jiangxi TV 1 and Jilin TV Station" have started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3922 H "Indonesia Network" has started on,Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "More TV and Smile Home Shopping" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Point of Sale Media Network and Holla" have left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3725 V "BTV Chittagong" has left.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3742 V "DM Global" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3752 V "Message TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3906 V "Such TV" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "The STAR TV" mux has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Dil TV" has started on Fta

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 12273 H "Next TV News" has started on, Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H Viva International has started on , PowerVu+.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Kix 360" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3 91.5E 3640 "VCT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV" have left .

Yamal 401 90.0E 11501 V "UzReport TV" has started on , BISS.

ST 2 88.0E 11050 H."A Videocon d2h mux" has started on

Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "Tochka TV" Fta.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Rubl" on is now in Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 H "Fox Life Africa has replaced Fox Crime Africa" on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Somali National TV" has left again.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Test V(测试)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [10月17日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,AXN替换Fox Filipino(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,DTV 5、DTV 8(印尼)等4个频道新增,设置11024 V 20200参数免费接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,壹电视新闻(传送)频道新增,设置12273 H 3300参数免费接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD替换HBO Hits HD(Dish TV)频道,设置12642 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,SAB HD(高清)频道新增,设置12522 V 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月16日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,XXL(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV Zvezda、Mir(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Rodja TV(印尼)频道消失,设置3628 H 17986参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,As Movies替换Baqa TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Edge Sports(高清)频道消失,设置4040 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Sahar TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4060 H 23000参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道改格式,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Sabaoon TV替换Silver Screen Promo(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Zindagi TV、Dhanak TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4037 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Azadi(测试)高清频道新增,设置4154 V 6666参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera Ts3 Test(测试)等4个频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Jack TV、NBA Premium TV等全(菲律宾)频道改频率,设置4011 V 10000参数部分免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jak TV(印尼)频道新增,设置4080 H 28125参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,GBI Race(赛马)频道新增,设置3790 V 3333参数免费接收。 [10月15日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race替换GBI Race(BISS)频道,设置3716 V 1916参数有条件接收。 [10月15日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,SBN、Kanal 10(ABS)等频道消失,设置3680 V 31500参数无效接收。 [10月15日]


William Wade to retire as AsiaSat’s Executive Director

From media release

President & CEO and assume new role as Senior Advisor; Andrew Jordan named successor from 1 November 2016

Hong Kong, 17 October 2016 - Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited (AsiaSat – SEHK: 1135), Asia's leading satellite operator, announced that William Wade will retire as Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2016, and remain as Senior Advisor of AsiaSat until 31 March 2017.
Andrew Jordan will be appointed by the Board to succeed Mr. Wade as Executive Director, President and Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 November 2016. Mr. Jordan, aged 56, has over 25 years of experience in the satellite industry. He was the General Manager in the Marketing Department of AsiaSat from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Jordan has held executive positions with several satellite operators, and has led complex deal negotiations in China, Hong Kong SAR, Australia, Italy and the United Kingdom. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
AsiaSat’s Chairman, JU Wei Min, said, “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Wade for his many years of dedicated and exceptional service. AsiaSat’s solid reputation in the industry and its strong commitment to quality and reliability are a credit to his leadership. We look forward to his contributions as Senior Advisor to assist in the leadership transition.”

“I would like to welcome back Mr. Jordan, who is an industry veteran with extensive experience, knowledge and contacts across the satellite communications, broadcast and telecom industries. We are confident that he has the strategic vision and experience to drive AsiaSat’s next phase of growth,” Mr. Ju added.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: +852 2500 0899
Mobile: +852 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Follow AsiaSat on:
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/asiasat
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/asiasat2014
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/asiasatellite
Website: http://www.asiasat.com

FilmOn for Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/filmon-for-roku/

FilmOn TV has its first channel on Roku. Roku streaming players, sticks and TVs will be able to stream content from FOTV’s OTT app, both live and on demand. The on demand content is free, as is most of the live programming.

The FOTV app is available on iOS and Android devices and is on phones, tablets and SmartTVs from Lenovo.

“The FOTV Channel brings the lean-back TV experience to Roku users…It extends the potential reach of our ad supported programming—hundreds of channels across sports, news, movies, music and more– to millions of devices,” said FOTV Media Networks CEO Alki David.

(Craig's comment, There use to be a 3rd party non official Filmon app for it a few years ago. My Roku has been gathering dust in a cupboard for a few years. It might be worth digging it out again for something extra to look at)

IPTV ‘banned’ in Bangladesh

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/iptv-banned-in-bangladesh/

Bangladesh, which has only just permitted DTH broadcasts (via operator RealVu) to start, has slapped a ban on the country’s embryonic IPTV and VoD service providers.

The local regulator (Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, BTRC) already has something of a reactionary reputation. In 2013 it slapped a similar ‘ban’ on online blogging, as well as limited competition in the country as far as ISP provision is concerned. Human Rights Watch, for example, has frequently criticised Bangladesh for its actions which include prison sentences for some on-line individuals who were critical of the government.

The BTRC’s latest actions prohibits ISPs from continuing IP-based services, and says the providers are not licensed. The BTRC is using the local Telecoms Act (2001) and the more recent National Broadcast Policy (2014) which requires any such services to be licensed.

The local Daily Star newspaper quotes MA Hakim, the president of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, saying: “We find no violation of the existing policies or regulation and the regulator didn’t even discuss it with us. If the Government wants to block VoD, then logically, they have to block Youtube. Can they do so?”

Vietnam to launch home-made satellites for earth observation

From http://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-to-launch-home-made-satellites-for-earth-observation-3483334.html

Japan's HTV-4 cargo spacecraft was launched into space, carrying Vietnam’s micro satellite PicoDragon in 2013. Photo from Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology

The country is working closely with Japan on its plan for four new satellites.

Vietnam plans to launch four earth observation satellites in the coming years, most of which will be manufactured in the country, the government said in a post on its website on Thursday.

The Vietnam National Satellite Center (VNSC) plans to use a Japan’s Epsilon missile to bring MicroDragon, a 50-kilogram satellite, into orbit in early 2018.

The satellite is developed by VNSC researchers under instruction of professors from a group of Japanese universities. The main missions of MicroDragon are assessing coastal water quality to develop aquaculture and locating living resources.

VNSC is scheduled to launch the NanoDragon, weighing six kilograms, in 2019. The earth observation satellite will be in charge of providing support for an automatic system for identifying sea vessels and monitoring of fishing boats.

Two other radar earth observation satellites, the LOTUSat-1 and 2, about 600 kg in weight each, are set to be launched by 2022, the government said. The LOTUSat-1 will be manufactured by Japan with Vietnam's assistance. The other will be manufactured by Vietnamese engineers.

The first remote sensing made-in-Vietnam satellite, the PicoDragon, was successfully launched into space in 2013. The design, manufacturing and test of the earth observation satellite were all done by Vietnam.

Vietnam’s first telecom satellite VINASAT-1 was put into orbit in 2008 and the second telecom satellite VINASAT-2 in 2012. Both are invested by the state-owned group Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT).

VNSC has sent 36 young engineers to study satellite technology in Japan and established cooperation in training with five Japanese universities.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Friday Feed

IS19 - 12609V Sr 6999. STS 1, cricket

From my Email


From the Dish

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3757 V Thai TV 5 HD1 has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4008 V "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have left
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4017 V "Thai PBS" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "SK Movie" is back on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4056 H "Kantipur Gold" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1 HD、ANTV HD(AVG)等频道解密,设置11260 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTC HD 1、VTV 1(AVG)等频道解密,设置11220 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Avto 24(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,ABS Corp Video(宣传)频道新增,设置3780 V 32144参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Viva International(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3717 H 7500参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]

东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置3713 V 2300参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile替换Holla(Seynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-8(DISH HD)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Jonack替换Channel No.2(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Vision替换B News(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]


News Corp closer to Oz channels deal

From http://www.c21media.net/news-corp-closer-to-oz-channels-deal/

News Corp seems likely to succeed in its 21-month quest to take full ownership of the Sky News pay channels in Australia and New Zealand.

Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment (NEC) and European satcaster Sky jointly own Australian News Channel, parent company of the news and business channels carried on the Foxtel and Optus platforms and on Sky in NZ.

The three companies have broadly agreed commercial terms with News Corp in a deal valued at more than A$20m (US$15.1m), according to News Corp-owned broadsheet The Australian.

The Nine and Seven Networks would continue to provide content for Sky News, for which they would receive a trailing fee for two to three years, the paper added.

Sky launched in 1996 as the first 24-hour Australian-produced TV news channel. News Corp, which plans to put more resources into the broadcaster and integrate the service with its suite of news assets, launched a A$25m bid in February 2015 but was rebuffed by the Australian shareholders.

Sky’s carriage agreement with Foxtel, co-owned by News Corp and Telstra, expires at the end of this year. News Corp had threatened to launch its own satellite news service if the other investors refused to sell.

Foxtel signs distribution deal with Sky Vision

From https://mumbrella.com.au/foxtel-signs-distribution-deal-sky-vision-401952

The distribution and production arm of Sky, Sky Vision has signed an exclusive output distribution deal with Australian subscription broadcaster Foxtel.

The partnership will see Sky Vision represent Foxtel’s original slate with the titles forming part of Sky Vision’s international catalogue on an exclusive basis with Foxtel managing distribution in Australia and New Zealand directly.

This is the first time that the Australian broadcaster has partnered with a distributor in this way.

Millichip: Sky is “delighted to represent Foxtel exclusively”

Jane Millichip, managing director of Sky Vision, said: “Foxtel’s commitment to original programming is impressive, and we are delighted at Sky Vision to be able to represent them exclusively. The deal was borne out of a strong existing relationship and shared investment in, and exploitation of, quality entertainment.”

Ross Crowley, director of content and movies at Foxtel, said: “We look forward to working with our partners at Sky Vision, and broadening the viewership of Foxtel’s diverse slate of Australian productions, exposing our programming to a global audience.

“We are committed to producing original Australian stories for our customers and providing a wide range of content across lifestyle, drama and factual. We look forward to our successful Australian series finding new homes in other markets around the world.”

Kicking off the deal is the latest series from Donna Hay, Donna Hay: Basics to Brilliance.

New projects coming down the line include factual series Lawrie Voitier as he and his family demolish everything from heritage mansions to industrial warehouses, as well as Maggie Beer’s latest series.

Both series will be made available by Sky Vision later this year.

John Drinnan: The future of Freeview

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11728476

The media revolution is about to hit free-to-air TV, as TVNZ tries to take a majority stake in the Freeview platform.

It's just the latest big change in media, but some in the industry fear such a move would make TVNZ more influential as a gatekeeper for new, independent channels. There are suggestions that it could use Freeview to make a foray into pay TV, and to make itself more attractive to a potential partner such as Spark.

Freeview is a non-profit body controlled by four broadcasters. Its main role is in controlling the electronic programming guide, approving new channels and setting technical requirements. Freeview general manager Sam Irvine describes it as the software infrastructure for free-to-air television.

TVNZ has the biggest stake, at 45 per cent, MediaWorks has about 40 per cent, and Maori TV and Radio NZ have the remainder.

One TV industry source, who declined to be named, argues that the incumbent broadcasters already have too much power and that Freeview should become an industry-wide organisation.

Instead, it was moving in the opposite direction as a TVNZ profit centre, the source said.

TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick confirmed change was afoot, but gave scant detail:

"TVNZ is one of four Freeview shareholders and is committed to working with other shareholders to realise the platform's full potential," he said.

"The strength of Freeview is the breadth of content from its various shareholders and our current focus is to provide simple and easy access to the most compelling content across a wide range of viewing devices," said Kenrick.

Notably, he referred to shareholders' content, and not to content from the wider industry.

Yes, Minister?

Two parties will be fundamental to whether any Freeview takeover goes ahead.

The first is MediaWorks - owner of TV3 and a partner in the Bravo channel.

It is understood that the minor players - both state-owned - have been coaxed to sell their stakes. That would not be necessary for a majority stake if MediaWorks were on board.

The other key player is the Government. It has a conflict of interest, given that it is TVNZ's owner. Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams' office did not respond to requests for comment by print time.

TVNZ - like MediaWorks, for that matter - desperately needs to form relationships with other players so it can keep up with radical changes to the ownership structure of media.

NZME and Fairfax, Sky TV and Vodafone are seeking approval for their respective mergers, and it is understood Treasury has advised TVNZ not to be left out during the current coagulation of the media industry.

It is expected TVNZ will sell the idea of controlling Freeview as a bulwark against the intrusion of global players such as Google and Facebook.

Media in monochrome as broadcasters switched to state feed

From http://www.thephuketnews.com/media-in-monochrome-as-broadcasters-switched-to-state-feed-59470.php#fusXZdkBzfi8c87i.97

BANGKOK: All television channels nationwide – including international satellite networks – were replaced with black and white palace broadcasts late Thursday following the death of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

A person clutches a photo of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej after news of his death on Thursday. Photo: AFP

TV networks were ordered to replace their programmes with a prepared rolling state media programme for the next month, said national spokesman Lt Gen Sansern Kaewkamnerd.

All broadcasters must “link to a signal from the TV Pool for 30 days,” he said.

In accordance with the order, all radios stations must also switch their broadcasts to the state feed as provided by the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT, also called Radio Thailand - click here) for the same 30 days.

As soon as His Majesty’s passing was announced, domestic stations switched to monochrome pictures and video of HM The King throughout his 70-year reign.

Satellite channels – including international news networks such as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera – were replaced later in the day with the same programming.

Thai news websites continue to publish their own material, but in monochrome.

Internet access is unaffected. Major Thai language websites including the Pantip.com chat forum, had gone entirely black and white, while major platforms beyond the local media’s format control, such as Facebook, featured some content in colour.

Facebook introduces TV video streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/14/facebook-introduces-tv-video-streaming/

Facebook is rolling out the ability for users to stream videos from Facebook to their TV, allowing them to enjoy their favourite videos on a larger screen through devices such as Apple TV or Google Chromecast.

According to Brent Ayrey, Product Director, Facebook is focused on creating video experiences that people want, and is responding to peoples’ desire for different options for how and where they watch videos that they discover on Facebook. “You can already stream Facebook videos to Apple TV (and other AirPlay-enabled devices) or Chromecast (and other Google Cast–enabled devices) from an iOS device or your web browser, and soon you’ll be able to cast from Android devices to Chromecast as well,” he advises.

To watch a video from Facebook on your TV:
•Find a video you want to watch on your phone or desktop and press the TV symbol in the top right corner.
•Select the device you want the video to stream to.
•Enjoy the video right from your TV.

“While you’re watching a Facebook video on your TV, you can go back and scroll through News Feed on the device you’re streaming from, so you can catch up on other stories while your video keeps playing on the TV. Or you can find more videos to watch by choosing a new one from places like News Feed or your Saved tab. And if you’re streaming a Facebook Live video to your TV, you can see real-time reactions and comments on the screen, and you can join in the conversation yourself by reacting or commenting,” he says.

Kymeta Takes a Step Closer to Production with Successful Live Flat-Panel Satellite Demonstration

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2016/10/13/kymeta-takes-step-closer-production-successful-live-flat-panel-satellite-demonstration/

[Via Satellite 10-13-2016] Kymeta has announced performance results of a weeklong live demonstration at the Monaco Yacht Show. The company realized data rates of 65 Mbps down and 6 Mbps up, and also demonstrated 2.9 dB additional gain when combining two Kymeta mTennau7 Antenna Subsystem Modules (ASMs). The demonstration represents a major milestone for the company, which aims to begin pilot production in December.

During the demonstration, Kymeta mTennau7 ASMs simultaneously received eight live Panasonic multicast eXTV channels, performed multiple live Skype video sessions, multiple HD and Ultra-HD Netflix video sessions, and provided Wi-Fi access to an average of 80 users at any one time during the show. The demonstration also confirmed the low-power consumption of the Kymeta mTenna technology, drawing only 12 watts of power per ASM.

“The demonstration of the maritime product throughout the Monaco Yacht Show will be closely followed by further product testing on various vessel types in December and continue in early 2017 through commercial availability in Q2 2017,” said Hakan Olsson, vice president of maritime at Kymeta.

Kymeta has built an ecosystem of partners to deliver the mTenna technology to the maritime industry. Intelsat is a primary satellite provider partner for satellite bandwidth, and the Monaco demonstration leveraged the Panasonic satellite network for high-speed internet access. Kymeta also used an iDirect 9350 modem during the show, and Intellian is a key maritime integration partner for the Kymeta mTenna technology.



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News Corp to buy Sky News Australia for up to $25m

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/tv/news-corp-to-buy-sky-news-australia-for-up-to-25m-20161013-gs1foy

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is expected to take control of Australian News Channel, which owns subscription television channel Sky News, for between $20 million and $25 million.

An announcement is expected in the next few days as negotiations come to a conclusion, as foreshadowed by The Australian Financial Review.

Street Talk revealed Nine Entertainment had put its stake on the chopping block and that News Corp coveted the stake, with a deal expected imminently.

Australian News Channel is shared between Nine, Seven West Media and Britain's Sky, which is 39.3 per cent owned 21st Century Fox, also controlled by Mr Murdoch.

News Corp is understood to be close to deals for Nine, Seven and Sky's stakes.

Sources said the latest round of negotiations had been for Sky News to become a joint-venture between News Corp and Seven. However, it is understood that Seven decided against that approach.
Deal expected shortly

A final deal has not been signed, but negotiations are understood to be going well and the parties expect to reach agreement shortly.

The value of Sky News is largely related to its contract with pay TV business Foxtel, which is 50-50 owned by News Corp and Telstra.

The carriage arrange with Foxtel is due to expire in December 2017 and there were previous threats from News Corp that it would simply not renew the deal and create its own 24-7 news channel should it not have been able to work out a deal.

The expiring contract gave all side as incentive to talk about whether they would invest more in the business or sell out.

Seven and Nine are both expected to continue Sky News' existing content supply agreement which will involve News Corp paying fees to the two free-to-air networks.

News Corp has long coveted Sky News and the first negotiations began close to two years ago.

News Corp is known to believe Sky News as a natural fit for its other businesses across Australia, such as newspapers The Daily Telegraph, The Australian and the Herald Sun as well as its pay TV platform Foxtel.

Speedcast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) Australian Border Force Select SDA for Satellite Management System

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/amp/en/85154/Speedcast-International-Ltd-(ASX-SDA)-Australian-Border-Force-Select-SDA-for-Satellite-Management-System.html

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications service provider, today announced that it has been awarded a tender for delivery of Wideband Management Systems for military and commercial satellite networks used by the Australian Border Force (ABF) for the delivery of satellite communications to their Cape Class Patrol Boats.

SpeedCast will deliver the ABF a full network management system, consisting of equipment, software, monitoring, maintenance, and support, as well as provide a secure network integration strategy to satisfy the customers' stringent security and quality requirements.

SpeedCast's certified engineers will equip each of the eight Cape Class vessels with Wideband Management terminals and state-of-the-art, high-efficiency satellite modems, which will allow two-way communication between the vessels and the ABF Headquarters in Canberra. The network management component of the solution supports remote access management, and is designed to comply with the operational management controls specific to ABF requirements.

In addition to the provisioning of the Wideband Management Systems, SpeedCast was awarded an overarching supplier contract to provide fixed and mobile satellite solutions to the Commonwealth Government including the ABF and other relevant departments in the agreement.

"It is an honor to have been chosen by the Australian Border Force to deliver monitoring and control functions, which enable enhanced management of chosen military & commercial satellite networks, and we are pleased to contribute in some respect to their mission", said Andrew Burdall, Vice President Business Development at SpeedCast. "SpeedCast is providing the Australian Border Force an end-to-end Wideband Management solution that integrates high-efficiency advanced modem technology with a superior network monitoring system for information, management and control superiority. It is an important proof point of our strategy to expand our business in the government sector, by providing solutions that go beyond connectivity, thus enhancing the value we create for our customers." he added.

Simon Luck, Inspector Maritime Communications, Electro-Optic and Sensor Systems at the Australian Border Force said that having a cutting-edge network monitoring system for the ABF's telecommunications network is essential to ABF's maritime operations.

"Australia's maritime domain exceeds 10 million square kilometres and protecting this vast area from a wide range of civil maritime security threats is vital to Australia's national security. The ABF monitors Australia's waters 24/7 and responds to any sign of illegal activity," Mr. Luck said. "We have chosen SpeedCast for their global and reliable network infrastructure and proven experience providing end-to-end solutions to Government agencies worldwide."

About Speedcast International Ltd

SpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider that is redefining connectivity around the world. Driven by its customer-first mindset and passion for leveraging communications technology to advance the government and enterprise customers it serves, SpeedCast has built an unsurpassed global satellite network and has expanded its infrastructure and presence to 42 sales and operations offices and 39 teleports across every region in the world.

Operating on the core belief that it’s the people behind the technology that makes the difference, SpeedCast combines deep expertise with fast, reliable, genuine service—ensuring that its customers’ communications needs are always met; anytime and anywhere in the world. For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Media Contact Information:
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SpeedCast International Limited
T: +852-3919-6894
E: clara.so@speedcast.com

Boxing: Duco post $1000 reward for live streamer's details

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11728008

The battle between Duco Events and a defiant advocate of illegal live streaming rages on with Duco offering $1000 for an alleged live streamer's home address.

Duco, promoters for boxer Joseph Parker, posted a 'Wanted' image on their Facebook page yesterday seeking details for James Bryant, who has previously admitted to the Herald live streaming a Parker fight on Facebook.

"James likes attention so we'd like to give him a little more of what he crave," the Duco Facebook post reads.

"If you can be the first to personal message us his correct address, and, as result, we are able to serve him court papers, then we will give you $1000. Discretion is 100 percent assured, so if you're his 'friend', you can dob him in, with no fear of reprisal.

"And James, some of your 'friends' have already messaged us after watching the TV3 Story programme. It seems you get under the skin of a lot of people."

In the interview with TV3's Story programme last week, Bryant openly admitted to streaming Parker fights illegally.

"If I'm watching a stream of a sport and someone else can't watch it, and they message me on (Facebook) Messenger and say 'hey man, I see you are watching the fight, can you put a stream up?'. Yes, of course I can," he said.

Joseph Parker has his sights set on the WBA and WBO world titles thanks to Tyson Fury's decision to give them up.
Parker - Fury decision provides 'exciting opportunity'

In this Nov. 29, 2015 file photo, Britain's new world champion Tyson Fury, celebrates with the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts. Photo / AP.
Boxing: Tyson Fury set to be stripped of title, opening way for Joseph Parker

Boxing: Tyson Fury vacates titles 'with immediate effect'

James is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live streaming of Parker bouts.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight people who illegally live-streamed Parker's fight against Solomon Haumono and promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

Event organisers went as far as stopping people in the crowd from attempting to illegally live-stream the fight between Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau last weekend.

Bryant has responded to Duco's 'Wanted' sign by launching a Givealittle page 'to raise money towards legal fees in regards to the upcoming court battle between myself and Duco Events/Sky TV.

Bryant claims on the Givealittle page that his parents received a knock on the door from a private investigator to serve papers to go to court for allegedly streaming the Parker-Takam fight in May.

"My mission is to raise money for the upcoming battle and also to raise funds which will be put into developing a dedicated website which will be hosted on an overseas server which will broadcast live events as they happen.

"I believe that as New Zealander's we shouldn't have to feed the pockets of the corporations to watch sports we care about.

"It's time to stand up New Zealand!"

The Givealittle page has so far raised $43.

China to launch world's first X-ray pulsar navigation satellite

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_worlds_first_X_ray_pulsar_navigation_satellite_999.html

The China Academy of Space Technology has announced plans to launch the world's first X-ray pulsar navigation satellite (XPNAV-1) in November, Xinhua reported. The move brings autonomous spacecraft navigation and a more precise deep-space GPS one step closer to reality.

X-ray pulsar navigation is an innovative navigation technique wherein periodic X-ray signals emitted from pulsars are used to determine the location of a spacecraft in deep space.

Current ground-based navigation methods are limited by the time delay between spacecraft and the Earth. However, for certain type of pulsars, called "millisecond pulsars," pulses of radiation occur with the regularity and precision of an atomic clock.

As a result, in some scenarios, the pulsar X-ray can take less time to estimate a location. This leads to more precise measurements of a spacecraft's location.

However, since X-rays from pulsars are absorbed by the atmosphere, scientists must launch satellites to continue research of the new technology.

According to Shuai Ping, chief scientist behind the research of XPNAV-1 satellite, the key aim of this satellite is to detect the details of X-ray signals of 26 nearby pulsars, and to create a "pulsar navigation database." This target could be achieved within five to 10 years, Shuai estimates.

X-ray pulsar navigation techniques are an improvement over the current navigation methods of the ground-based Deep Space Network (DSN) and the European Space Tracking (ESTRACK) network. The time delay affecting DSN and ESTRACK can be up to several hours for a mission taking place near the outer planets, and even longer for a mission outside the solar system.

Who’s afraid of ViaSat-3? Some Asian operators say it won’t work there

From http://spacenews.com/whos-afraid-of-viasat-3-some-asian-operators-say-it-wont-work-there/viasat-vs-conventional-sats

High-throughput satellites like the one pictured here have massively more throughput for broadband applications than conventional satellites. But Asian satellite operators said that's only part of the story. Obtaining landing rights in Asia will be no easy matter, they said. Credit: ViaSat

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Asian satellite fleet operators are divided over whether U.S.-based ViaSat Inc.’s terabit-per-second ViaSat-3 satellite or anything like it is viable in Asia, and whether Western fleet owners’ rush into mobility markets is a smart move.

There are those who think Carlsbad, California-based ViaSat, which is now building two ViaSat-3 spacecraft to provide unbroken coverage over the Americas, the Atlantic air and sea routes, Europe and Africa, will set its sights next on Asia, as it has promised.

ABS Chief Executive Tom Choi said his company “dodged a bullet” in not being able to secure U.S. Export-Import Bank loans the Boeing-built ABS-8 satellite, which was to have a high-throughput-satellite (HTS) payload.

“Mark Dankberg and ViaSat have set the bar really high” with ViaSat-3, Choi said here Oct. 4 during the APSCC 2016 conference, referring to ViaSat’s chief executive. As a result of ViaSat’s announcement, Choi said, ABS is redesigning ABS-8, with Boeing, and still hopes to secure Ex-Im Bank backing.

ViaSat has clearly rattled Asian satellite operators. Peter Jeon, chief operating office of South Korea’s KT Corp., said one indication of the power of the ViaSat-3 idea is ViaSat’s stock performance, which bears no resemblance to the performance of the larger fleet operators such as SES, Eutelsat and Inmarsat.

ViaSat’s price/earnings ratio was 170 as of Oct. 12. SES’s P/E was 18, Eutelsat’s, 11 and Inmarsat’s, 14.5.

‘Bringing a knife to a gunfight’

“Investors value the growth of ViaSat” compared to the growth prospects of the more-established fleet owners, Jeon said. Investing in wide-beam satellites to compete with a ViaSat-3-type satellite for data transmission markets, he said, “is like bringing a knife to a gunfight.”

But others expressed skepticism that a monster satellite like ViaSat-3 could find traction in Asia, no matter how favorable its cost-per-megabit economics. Were they all whistling past the graveyard? It’s too soon to say, but they marshaled several arguments as to why a satellite that large would not work in a region with so many national regulators and national priorities.

“HTS has been coming for some time now, and it’s still in the future,” said Mitsubishi Akao, executive officer at Sky Perfect Sat of Japan.

Geo-orbit satellites and 5G

In a comment that surprised several in the audience, Akao said the Japanese government has expressed concerns that signal latency in a 5G-mobile era could be a serious handicap for geostationary-orbit satellites. He said geostationary satellites might not be in conformance with 5G standards. “We have to solve this problem,” he said.

Nile Suwansiri, chief commercial officer of Thailand’s Thaicom satellite fleet operator — which launched the first HTS satellite, called IPStar, in 2005 — said regulatory access would be a problem for a terabit-per-second satellite.

Thaicom bears the scars of finding out how difficult, and time-consuming, it is to secure consumer broadband landing rights in Asia. The company still has not decided on a successor to IPStar, and it is still refining a business plan for the long-promised Thaicom 9 satellite.

Akao agreed, and said that in addition to landing rights, ViaSat would need to secure an orbital slot and associated frequency rights in the geostationary-orbit arc over Asia, which he said would not be easy.

“If they get a [regulatory] filing from some other operator, they could find a slot but they would need to set up a sales force and so on,” he said.

Several operators said proposed low-orbiting satellite constellations such as LeoSat for corporate connections and OneWeb for consumer and small-business connectivity both will have trouble getting landing rights in India and China.

Huang Baozhong, executive vice president of APT Satellite of Hong Kong, said regulatory issues are a huge obstacle, and even if they are settled there is the matter of the Asian consumer.

“Demand in the underdeveloped world may not be as big as they suppose,” Huang said of a future consumer broadband initiative in Asia.

Aero, maritime: Fool’s gold or major opportunity?

One of the markets seen as attractive for HTS satellites is for mobility applications, mainly aeronautical and maritime.

ABS’s Choi, despite being impressed by the ViaSat-3 model in some respects, said fleet operators are chasing mobility markets “like sheep heading off a cliff.” The real market, he said, was television and consumer broadband in the huge markets of Asia, especially India.

Huang said China is already strewn with fiber connectivity, even in the smaller cities. “It would be difficult to find a market there for a terabit-per-second satellite,” he said.

Thaicom’s Suwansiri agreed, saying commercial airlines and maritime fleets, unlike satellite-television customers, will be able to switch easily to find the least-costly satellite provider, especially in an environment of falling satellite-bandwidth prices. He advised operators seeking entry into these markets to purchase satellite capacity through short-term contracts on the spot market rather than to build their own spacecraft.

Thaicom has nonetheless taken steps to enter the in-flight connectivity market in Asia with partners Hughes Network Systems and Global Eagle Entertainment.

Eurosport 1 launches free live-stream in Germany

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/10/12/eurosport-1-launches-free-live-stream-germany/

Eurosport 1+2 ScreenshotEurosport 1 has commenced offering its linear TV channel as a free-of-charge live-stream on the internet in Germany.

Following a registration, the live TV service is freely accessible, as an OTT service, on the Eurosport website.

The Eurosport 1 live-stream has so far only been provided as part of subscription service Eurosport Player. It also contains Eurosport 2 and Eurosportnews as live-streams as well as additional channels, multi-camera options and on-demand content.

For mobile devices, the Eurosport Player app can be downloaded in iOS and Android versions


Wednesday feed
IS 19 12610 V Sr7000 1080i H.264 Cricket

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D2 - 12678V s/r6670. SkyNews Paul Murray Live at Wentworth Park Dogs

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12550 V Channel Nine has started on , Fta

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V "Fox Crime India" has started on Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Du TV" has left .
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Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "Ani Lava and Kids Song HD" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 8 78.5E 11680 H "IPM Show, IPM Show 2, Motorsport TV, IPM Show 4, Kids Song, Toon Toon, Kit Kids, MNS, MNS 2, Nakhon Channel, Chumpon Channel, Songkhla Channel, Hatyai Channel and GangCartoon Channel" have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "SK Movie" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V Ayurveda TV has started on , Fta. Maa TV, Maa Movies, Maa Music and Maa Gold have left.
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Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Maha Mazza" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R "Arewa 24" has started on , Fta. Lagos TV, MITV, Silverbird TV, TVC News Nigeria, TVC News, Trybe TV,
Spice, Televista, OnTV and Soundcity TV are Fta.

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ddish Live(蒙古)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Yes Channel替换Jaya Shankara TV(印度)频道,设置4012 H 7200参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN CDO(测试)频道消失,设置3738 H 1700参数无效接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cebu(测试)频道消失,设置3725 H 3000参数无效接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cebu(传送)频道新增,设置3725 H 3000参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN CDO(传送)频道新增,设置3738 H 1700参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(Discovery Asia)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月9日]/16


Sky TV and 2degrees negotiate as Vodafone merger decision nears

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/85251812/sky-tv-and-2degrees-negotiate-as-vodafone-merger-decision-nears

Consultant representing 2degrees and TVNZ says it can't see how Vodafone can offer Sky Sports free for a year unless Sky is chipping in.

Sky Television's proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand may hinge on a high stakes game of poker between the broadcaster and telecommunications companies.

Sky TV and 2degrees are exploring a partnership that could placate the country's competition watchdog and increase Sky's chances of getting the merger across the line.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said it last week provided 2degrees with the terms on which 2degrees would be able to buy Sky programming.

2degrees spokesman Mat Bolland said it "could not comment on confidential commercial negotiations".

Spark spokesman Andrew Pirie would not say whether it was also in talks with Sky.

Spark managing director Simon Moutter has said Spark would be keen to package up Sky services with its own, but only on the right terms.

The Commerce Commission is due to rule in less than a month whether Britain's Vodafone should be allowed to merge its New Zealand business with Sky TV and take a majority stake in the combined firm.

But Sky is under pressure to show its stranglehold over rugby and other key sports wouldn't spillover and undermine fair competition in the broadband and mobile markets post-merger.

Opponents of the merger upped the ante by making a fresh appeal to the country's competition referee.

Economic consultancy Covec questioned whether a deal under which Vodafone is offering customers on its unlimited broadband plans free Sky Sports for a year might already be offside.

Covec said in a report prepared for 2degrees and Television New Zealand that it "cannot understand" how Vodafone could afford to make the offer unless Sky was dipping into its own pocket to fund it. Sky Sports usually costs $30 a month on top of Sky's basic charge.

Vodafone NZ spokeswoman Andrea Brady said it purchased products from Sky "under the same wholesale terms as offered to other partners".

But Covec said in its September 30 report that 2degrees had been unable to obtain Sky's "standard" wholesale terms and conditions and pricing from Sky "despite a number of requests".

Way said Sky had "reached a point that we were able to provide details to them last week".

However, Bolland indicated 2degrees did not know the terms and pricing were in fact the same ones Sky had offered Vodafone.

"We don't have visibility of what Sky has provided to Vodafone, so don't understand how they can afford to deliver their sports package," he said.

Way appeared to acknowledge there were differences between Sky's offers, saying "each approach to us regarding resale or retransmission invariably has its own unique set of requirements".

But the economic terms were "very similar" and the Commerce Commission was "across all our deals", she said.

A competition lawyer said Vodafone had not promised it would wholesale Sky's programming to rivals post-merger on the same terms that the merged firm could supply that programming to itself.

"You almost think they are saying that those same terms will apply to themselves but in fact they don't say that at all. Clearly they will provide themselves, internally, with content on terms that aren't available to anyone else," he said.

Bathurst ratings reach unprecedented levels

From http://www.speedcafe.com/2016/10/11/tv-ratings-bonanza-for-bathurst-1000/

The remarkable finish to the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 has delivered Supercars huge audiences across the free-to-air and subscription television networks.

Will Davison and Jonathon Webb’s victory played out before an average audience of 2.1 million viewers, peaking at 3.1 million, across Fox Sports, Network Ten and WIN TV.

An average 2.6 million viewers watched the podium presentation at Mount Panorama, making it the number one program across Australia.

Foxtel’s dedicated Bathurst channel, which was in commission for the entire week leading up to The Great Race, was the highest rating channel on pay television last week.

Network Ten’s Sunday Supercars ratings were not inclusive of the subsequent screening of the first part of the Brock telemovie, which attracted 1.3 million viewers nationally.

“This year’s event was attended by 204,512 fans, the second highest attendance in the history of the race and further proof that we have some of the most passionate and loyal fans in Australia,” Supercars chief executive James Warburton said.

“Our digital channels continue to explode… and on Twitter #Bathurst1000 trended globally throughout the weekend.

“Combined with the massive television audience across Australia and global reach of 233 million homes, this was by any measure one of the biggest and best events in the history of the race.”

The numbers on Fox were particularly encouraging for the sport in the second year of its $241 million deal struck with the Murdoch-owned pay TV giant and Network Ten.

The remarkable finish to the 1000km marathon helped drive Fox Sport’s Channel 506 to its biggest share at 10.53 percent to ensure the highest rating day for a Fox channel this year and 14th best since the subscriber network came into operation in the mid-1990s.

Patrick Delany said the results vindicated the unprecedented effort which went into the coverage that was highlighted by the unique Bathurst channel.

“We threw everything at our coverage this year, offering a dedicated 24/7 Bathurst channel across the week into live, continuous racing from practice to the thrilling finale,” Delany said.

“Our revolutionary FOX Vision App added another layer to our comprehensive coverage, providing fans a 3D immersive experience of the mountain in the palm of their hand.”

“Viewers are showing that they love what we are serving up with The Great Race becoming the highest rating Supercars event ever on Fox Sports, driving ratings up a massive 39 per cent on last year.”

Boxing: Live streamer admits he's on the run from Duco

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11726545

A defiant advocate of illegal live streaming of sports events admits he is on the run from Duco Events and Sky Television.

TV3's Story programme featured the young Auckland man whom they named "James" and whose face was not pixelated or obscured in any way during the interview screened last night.

James said he had left his Auckland home to avoid being served court papers over illegal streaming of Joseph Parker boxing bouts owned by Duco Events and broadcast on Sky's pay-per-view television network.

In the interview, he openly admitted to streaming Parker fights illegally.

"If I'm watching a stream of a sport and someone else can't watch it, and they message me on (Facebook) Messenger and say 'hey man, I see you are watching the fight, can you put a stream up?'. Yes, of course I can," he said.

James is one of eight people identified by a 13-strong combined Duco and Sky team investigating illegal live streaming of Parker bouts.

Duco say court proceedings are being issued.

James admitted he was effectively "on the run" over the issue.

He said his parents, who live on the Hibiscus Coast north of Auckland, had been visited by private investigators looking for him.

"They also went over to one of my mate's places and said 'where can we find James?'," he told the programme. "They've also gone to my old flat. They say they've got papers to serve on me."

"They're trying to pull a few of us before the courts but I think it's a bit of a laugh to be honest."

James said he would not be backing off illegal live streaming of sport, even if the courts do catch up to him.

"It's not going to stop," he declared.

"If I get prosecuted, I'll be making it my mission to stream absolutely everything I can."

InfoSat-Laos to launch DTH platform on Thaicom 8 satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/infosat-laos-to-launch-dth-platform-on-thaicom-8-satellite--1166439

Asian satellite operator Thaicom has signed a contract with DTH satellite TV operator InfoSat-Laos. InfoSat-Laos will launch its new DTH platform on the Thaicom 8 satellite. InfoSat-Laos has signed a multi-year transponder agreement for Ku-band capacity on Thaicom 8.

InfoSat-Laos will build the DTH platform to meet the increasing demand of Ku-band in Laos. The platform has more than 15 channels available in both SD and HD formats.

Thaicom 8 has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 at 78.5°E longitude, Thaicom 8 entered service in July this year. Thaicom 8 is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

China’s ambition in global satellite operations may be coming into view

From http://spacenews.com/chinas-ambition-in-global-satellite-operations-may-be-coming-into-view/

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — China’s presumed ambition to snatch up satellite spectrum by purchasing struggling satellite operators around the world was one of the hottest topics at this years APSCC conference, despite the absence of the Chinese government.

Industry officials said that, whatever the U.S. government’s future policy toward China — the current policy can be summarized as, ‘We wish China’s space program would go away’ — a Chinese foothold among established Middle Eastern, European, Latin American and Asian operators is a likely part of the industry’s landscape within a decade.

Aside from an increased role in East Asia’s satellite market, notably through fleet operator APT Satellite Holdings of Hong Kong, these officials said indications are that China has identified satellite telecommunications as a strategic value far beyond assuring China’s formidable domestic needs.

That ambition, combined with the fact that fixed satellite services market trends suggest multiple satellite operators will be up for sale in the coming years, has opened a window for China.

Chinese ambitions beyond Israel suspected, not confirmed

Whether Chinese interests will seize the opportunity is unclear. To date, only one confirmed operation has surfaced. The $285 million purchase, by Beijing Xinwei Technology Group, of Israel’s Spacecom appears to have cleared Israeli government approval, albeit with caveats.

The transaction is now suspended over what may be nothing more than a valuation assessment following the Sept. 1 loss of Spacecom’s Amos-6 satellite in the explosion of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket preparing for a static-fire test.

Spacecom and other industry officials had said Xinwei had intended to use Spacecom — to be owned via a Luxembourg company — as the first step in an attempt to consolidate multiple satellite fleet owners under its roof.

The Amos-6 satellite’s importance to Spacecom is difficult to overstate, and negotiations over the company’s sale continue. Among other conditions set by Israeli authorities were that the physical operation of the Spacecom fleet remain on Israeli territory.

Global satcom market seems ripe for consolidation

The satellite telecommunications market is traversing a difficult patch. Publicly traded companies no longer can sell their investors a high-growth story and now must offer dividend yields that some are having trouble maintaining.

Operators with heavy investment in Africa and Latin America in particular are struggling, and Asian fleet owners are warning investors that the road ahead will be rough, especially given Asia’s crowded, competitive market.

One- or two-satellite fleet owners owned by national governments are likely to be under pressure to get out of the business in the coming years as satellite bandwidth prices continue to fall. Given its weight in Asia, the Chinese government could well be viewed as a white knight coming to save otherwise doomed national satellites.

The situation is more dire in Latin America and Africa. Satellite fleet operator Avanti Communications of London, heavily exposed in Africa, has put itself up for sale. Industry officials said at least one Chinese group has expressed interest.

“There is a move in China to buy satellite businesses,” said Huang Baozhong, executive vice president of APT. “The recent example is the announced takeover of Spacecom by Xinwei. But there are others trying to acquire more satellite businesses around the world.”

Huang said China’s space market, arguably the world’s most dynamic alongside the United States, has developed to the point to where Chinese authorities believe they may need their own global low-orbiting constellation of satellites for Internet delivery.

He said China was unlikely to join any of the constellations now being proposed in Europe and the United States, including OneWeb and LeoSat, out of both strategic interest and national pride.

One Western industry official with a professional interest in keeping the market the way it is — that is, with the U.S. government banning the export of U.S. satellites or satellite parts to be to China — said that at the very least, Chinese ownership of satellite operators would provide an additional market for Chinese rockets and satellites.

The U.S. government in the past has used its influence and the ban on satellite exports to stop Chinese interests from purchasing interests in satellite operators whose existing assets include U.S.-built satellites in orbit.

Long-sought opening for China’s satellite and launch-service exporter

But the U.S. government is isolated in its policy. The signs of that isolation are ever-more apparent as South American, African and Asian nations purchase turnkey satellite communications systems including Chinese satellites and Chinese launchers.

In an extraordinary example of the erosion of support for U.S. space policy toward China, the space program director at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) of Japan, which is prime contractor for Japan’s national H-2B rocket, in September said MHI would prefer that the United States end its ban on Chinese participation in much of the global commercial launch market.

The announcement was as surprising as would be a declaration by United Launch Alliance of the United States, the near-monopoly launch-services provider to the U.S. government, that competitor SpaceX should by all means get immediate full access to the U.S. Defense Department market.

For China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC) of Beijing, China’s lead exporter for both satellites and launch services, a scenario in which Chinese interests own established satellite operators around the world looks like paradise.

“Our customers so far have been national satellite operators with no experience in satellite systems,” Fu Zhiheng, CGWIC vice president, said Oct. 5 at the APSCC conference. “But we know that in order to stay in the commercial market, we need to target the established operators. It took us a long time to get a contract with a customer like APT. We just launched Apstar 9 for them and this has given us experience.

“Right now, for some Chinese companies, satellites seem like a good investment. You saw the possible acquisition of Spacecom by a Chinese company. I think it’s just the start. There will be more Chinese companies going into satellite services. We think it could give us a good start to entering the Western commercial market.

“A few years ago a [satellite fleet operator] was put up for auction. Chinese companies were interested in buying but were prevented by the U.S. government. But this time they [the prospective Chinese buyers] were smarter and understood the rules of the game.”

Globecast brings Korean channel to Sky

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/globecast-bring-korean-channel-to-sky/

Globecast has been selected by Arirang TV to launch its new HD channel on Sky’s satellite platform in the UK and Ireland. Arirang TV is a Seoul-based public service broadcaster that provides a mix of English language news, cultural programmes, educational shows and documentaries and is the first Korean channel available to Sky viewers.

Didier Mainard, SVP Sales, Marketing and Communications at Globecast, said, “In a country as multicultural as the UK, there’s a huge demand for programming from different International broadcasters. We’re delighted to have been chosen by Arirang TV. The reach of our network, our strong relationships platform operators and the expertise and knowledge of our staff on the ground were key to the success of this project.”

On top of the ground services and satellite capacity, Globecast provided Arirang TV with assistance and guidance to gain a European Broadcasting Licence, liaised with the UK satellite platforms Sky and Freesat, and worked with PRS for Music regarding the channel’s music licensing.

Leo Park, Senior Manager Satellite Distribution and Marketing at Arirang TV, said, “This is a major milestone for Arirang TV, and we’re delighted to bring our programmes to a new British audience. We chose Globecast to deliver our content because of its reputation, network reach and strong relationships with platforms like Sky.”

Satellite TV viewers only watch 10% of their channels

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadband/182596-satellite-tv-viewers-only-watch-10-of-their-channels.html

Recent research from Nielsen shows that, on average, pay-TV users only watch about 10% of the channels on the platform they pay for.

Recent research from Nielsen shows that, on average, US pay-TV users only watch about 10% of the channels on the platform they pay for.

According to a report by USA Today, the research looked at cable, satellite, and telco-delivered TV services.

“With more than 200 channels available, viewers are actually watching, on average, only about 20 channels,” stated the report.

The number of channels watched in a home with multiple viewers was higher, as different viewers visit different channels.

Nielsen found the pattern of consumption has not changed much in recent years, despite changes in channel numbers.
•In 2014, viewers watched 10.6% of 197 channels.
•In 2015, viewers watched 9.6% of 208 channels.
•In 2016, viewers watched 9.6% of 206 channels.

4K Hitachi Roku TVs now available

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/4k-uhd-hitachi-roku-tvs-now-available/

hitatchi-roku-tv-4k-uiThe first ever Ultra HD Hitachi Roku TV models are now available in the US.

Writing in the company blog, Chas Smith, SVP and general manager Roku TV & Players, notes that the three new TV models feature the Roku OS for one of the best streaming experiences in the industry and have access to more than 3,500 streaming channels, including 350,000+ movies and TV episodes, and the 4K Spotlight channel that offers curated 4K content making it easy to access “stunning” video from Netflix, Amazon Video, FandangoNOW and 10+ other streaming channels.

All 4K UHD Hitachi Roku TV models include a quad-core processor and 2160p resolution for what Smith describes as “brilliant” image reproduction. The 55”-Class models (55R7, MSRP $599) will be available at Sam’s Club in early October and the 65”-Class (65R8, MSRP $999) and 50”-Class (50R8, MSRP $499) models will follow shortly thereafter.

“It’s been a great year for Roku TV thus far,” declares Smith. “In the first half of 2016 we captured 12 per cent of the US smart TV market share, up from 8 per cent at the end of 2015. With Hitachi on board we will launch 100 Roku TV models in North America this year,” he advises.

India likely to miss DSO again

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/11/india-likely-to-miss-dso-again/

The switch-over to all digital, and mandated, addressable set-top boxes have been something of a struggle for India. Almost all of the nation’s cable MSOs will have made the change by December 31st, and the country’s DTH players are already all-digital.

The worry now is that India’s Doordarshan public broadcaster will badly miss the deadline. Reports now suggest that Doordarshan will only start converting its terrestrial analogue transmitters next year. Digitisation is expected to ensure better broadcast quality and higher number of channel availability to viewers throughout India.

Doordarshan uses 1416 terrestrial towers and repeaters throughout the country, and retransmitting programming from 67 separate studios and cities.


Sorry no update due to a lack of time


Sunday feeds, sorry no detail I didn't finish scanning, but the 7500 ones were probably the usual racing feeds

D2 12571 V Sr 7500
D2 12581 V Sr 7500
D2 12589 V Sr 3750
D2 12611 V Sr 15000
D2 12633 V Sr 7500

Saturday feed

IS19Ku 12439V SR 3750 - supercars media path 3 FTA HD

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12286 H "TBS Channel 2" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12563 V "9 GEM, Channel Nine Melbourne, 9 Go!, 9 Life, Extra, Channel Nine Brisbane and Channel Nine Perth" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12575 H "TFC Asia-Pacific, ANC, Cinema One Global, Bro, DZMM TeleRadyo, Pay Per View on TFC, Lifestyle Network and Pay Per View on TFC 2" have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3986 H "Ummat TV Quran" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Sunna TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3638 H "AP1 TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E Hum TV World and Hum TV MENA on 4155 H are encrypted again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E Kitanesia TV and Space Toon 3 Indonesia have started on 12500 V, clear.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11170 V "Vaa Movies has replaced Teleshop" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 4012 V "CT, Solar Sports, Basketball TV, Jack TV, 2nd Avenue, ETC, NBA Premium TV and Shop TV" have started on , PowerVu.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "BeIn Sports 1/2 Indonesia" have started on , Irdeto.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11668 H "Fashion One Europe" has left .

ST 2 88.0E 11672 V Zee Yuva, Vaa Movies and Sony Max 2 have started on , encrypted. GS TV, BTV News and SVBC have left.

ST 2 88.0E 3629 H "TVBS, TVBS News, TVBS Entertainment Channel, TVBS Asia and TVBS News" are encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Ishwar TV" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Cine 21" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "ABN TV Network" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Maya Channel HD Life TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Somali National TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Lady Channel and Playboy TV Thailand" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3809 V "Zee Talkies" has started on , Conax.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Theos TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Vision 3 TV, Press TV and IFilm English" have started on , Fta. Rock of Victory TV has left.

Thaicom 8 78.5E 11640 H "MCOT HD, One HD 31, TV 3 HD, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7, PPTV HD 36, Series + HD, Travel Channel HD, Variety One HD, Variety Two HD,Motorsport TV, World Story HD, World Movies HD and Asia Movie HD" have started on, BISS.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Kanal Disney" is Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Test Party(高清)频道新增,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Iiiustratrd 2(高清)频道新增,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道重现,设置12642 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道消失,设置12642 H 24000参数无效接收。 [10月8日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Test Party(高清)频道新增,设置11639 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Sports Iiiustratrd 2(高清)频道新增,设置12401 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道重现,设置12642 H 24000参数部分免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,台视、中视(中华电信)等全组频道消失,设置12642 H 24000参数无效接收。 [10月8日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,天映电影替换Star Movies(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,World Kabaddi(体育)频道新增,设置4157 H 4800参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Indian Watch替换Samaya TV(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bethat TV (MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Fashion One、MN TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11052 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Maya TV替换Colors Bar(泰国)频道,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Test 8(测试)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today、JTV(ABS)等频道新增,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [10月7日]


Sky Muster satellite performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_built_Sky_Muster_satellite_performing_post_launch_maneuvers_according_to_plan_999.html

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a leading provider of innovative satellites and spacecraft systems, has announced that its second high throughput satellite designed and built for Australia's national broadband network (nbn) was launched on Wednesday afternoon and is successfully performing post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite, Sky Muster II, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle from the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

It will begin firing its main thruster early tomorrow morning in order to propel it toward its final geostationary orbit. nbn will use Sky Muster II in conjunction with the first Sky Muster satellite, to provide high-speed broadband service to more than 200,000 Australians.

"The two nbn satellites are very sophisticated and complex high throughput satellites that will bring broadband internet to people that can't be reached by the country's fiber, cable, and wireless networks," said John Celli, president of SSL. "SSL commends nbn on the implementation of its vision, which is improving the quality of life for so many people."

Like the first nbn satellite, also built by SSL and launched last year, Sky Muster II is a Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that optimizes bandwidth for Australia's widely distributed population.

Together, the two satellites provide advanced services to Australia's most difficult to reach citizens, including those in mainland Australia as well as those on offshore islands including Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Lord Howe Island, Cocos, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

"Sky Muster II, working in concert with the Sky Muster I satellite, will help bring essential services such as telehealth, video-conferencing, and distance education to people in regional and remote Australia," said Bill Morrow, chief executive officer of nbn.

"SSL has performed well in providing us with the space segment for our extensive network and our teams have worked closely to reinforce the Sky Muster service coverage with the Sky Muster II satellite."

Sky Muster II is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and advanced technologies. The SSL 1300 is the world's leading platform for broadband HTS service.

Free-to-air networks unite to put live TV on mobiles before December

From http://www.theage.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/free-to-air-networks-unite-to-put-live-tv-on-mobiles-before-december-20161009-gryk8f

Television will be in your pocket before the end of the year, after Freeview announced plans for a live TV app on Monday.

However, the app puts Freeview in direct conflict with several sporting codes, including the AFL and Cricket Australia, which hold a tight grip on their digital streaming rights or have sold them to telcos for a significant price.

NRL games will be available for free on mobile phones through the Freeview app from 2018, because Nine acquired digital streaming rights last year. But AFL fans will have to pay for Telstra's live mobile app because the telco has tied up digital streaming rights until 2022.

Cricket Australia holds the digital rights for both Big Bash League and international matches, but Ten and Nine have television broadcast rights.

The Freeview app will offer "live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks" and feature at least 15 of the 25 free-to-air channels when it launches in November. This means it will have at least one digital channel from each network - Nine, Seven, Ten, ABC and SBS.

While each network already have apps offering live streaming and on-demand content, such as ABC's iView or Ten's Play, this is the first time all stations will be available on one app all day long.

"For the first time globally, a free-to-air industry has united to create and deliver a powerful consumer experience ... Freeview TV will completely revolutionise access to the free-to-air TV offering in Australia," Freeview chief executive Liz Ross said in a press release.

It has not yet been confirmed which channels will be available. Users will also need to consider how much data live streaming uses on mobile broadband networks.

The Freeview app will offer "live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks" and feature at least 15 of the 25 free-to-air channels when it launches in November. Photo: Glenn Hunt

Freeview represents free digital television channels and its mission is to "deliver free-to-air content to all Australians where, when and on whatever device they choose".

When asked whether live sports would be available, Ms Ross said "Yes, if a broadcaster has the digital rights for mobile."
Telstra paid about $300 million for "exclusive live streaming of all AFL matches to mobile devices.

In 2011, Telstra successfully forced Optus to shut down its TV Now app through legal action in the Federal Court. TV Now offered near-live streaming of television, including live sports.

Last year, Telstra paid about $300 million for "exclusive live streaming of all AFL matches to mobile devices from 2017 via the Official AFL Live App". This means Seven will have to put something else on the Freeview app when it broadcasts AFL matches.
Cricket Australia will start re-negotiating its broadcast and digital rights next year.

When the NRL rights were re-negotiated last year Channel Nine bought digital streaming rights. A Nine spokesman confirmed that until 2018 NRL games would "go black" when being watched over Freeview or NineGo. But after that, fans would be able to watch games on mobiles by streaming Channel Nine.

"We welcome all innovation in the entertainment and content industry," a Telstra spokesman said on Monday.

"Telstra has mobile digital rights agreements with the NRL and AFL to live stream matches to mobile devices via the NRL Digital App and the Official AFL Live App," he said, adding the new NRL deal would take effect from 2018.

Cricket Australia will start re-negotiating its broadcast and digital rights next year. The current deal will end in early 2019.

This is the latest move within Australia's television and radio industries to put competition aside and co-operate in a fight for survival against digital advertising.

Last week, Commercial Radio Australia launched RadioApp, featuring more than 250 stations from commercial and public broadcasters. And the television industry, including Foxtel, earlier this year created ThinkTV, a group lobbying advertisers to return to television. ThinkTV is modelled on a UK group called ThinkBox, which uses television ads to promote advertising on TV.

ThinkTV has launched a program to quantify the impact of television advertising, and will host its first conference in a few weeks.

Australia: Freeview to launch FV mobile app

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/10/australia-freeview-launches-fv-mobile-app/

Australian free-to-air digital TV platform Freeview has announced that its world-first mobile app, delivering FTA TV channels with just one click, will launch in November. The new live streaming service is branded Freeview FV and will deliver TV into viewers’ hands, extending viewing out of the home.

Offering a new TV experience with more than 15 free-to-air channels delivered live from Freeview members, the free Freeview FV mobile app also features catch-up content from all the free-to-air networks – on the go, in a single app.

“For the first time globally, an FTA industry has united to create and deliver a powerful consumer experience,” declared Freeview CEO Liz Ross. “Freeview FV will deliver fantastic choice and convenience in one place, it is simple and-easy to-use, and it will meet the needs of audiences wherever they may be. From live streaming news and current affairs during the morning commute to catching-up on a favourite TV programme on the way home, Freeview FV will completely revolutionise access to the free-to-air TV offering in Australia.”

Freeview FV features will include:
•Live-streaming from all the free-to-air networks
•Access to all catch-up TV
•Browse and search
•A free-to-air TV guide

Freeview notes that Australians’ TV viewing habits have changed dramatically and says that the launch of Freeview FV in November is an exciting step forward for Australian FTA TV as the industry continues to evolve and retain its position as a global leader in innovation.

Freeview FV will be available to all Australians through their mobile devices and will be measured and reported through OzTAM VPM.

The Freeview FV mobile app brand joins Freeview’s existing hybrid TV service, FreeviewPlus.

More details will be announced shortly

(Craig's comment, it sounds good. I wouldn't mind beta testing it if anyone has access to it)

Sky Muster a giant leap forward for remote internet users: NBN chief engineer

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/nbn/sky-muster-a-giant-leap-forward-for-remote-internet-users-nbn-chief-engineer-20161010-gryl3g

The chief engineer behind the rollout of the national broadband network says the Sky Muster satellites, the second of which was launched last week, are a giant leap forward for regional internet customers.

Sky Muster II was launched aboard the Ariane 5 rocket, following a 24-hour delay due to bad weather, from French Guiana. The first satellite was launched in October last year. It is intended to provide the minimum speeds required for 250,000 homes and businesses expected to connect to the service.

It will be three to four months before Sky Muster II is ready for commercial internet traffic, as the satellite moves towards its final altitude of 36,000 kilometres above the Earth and NBN goes through various testing and commission processes.

"It is massively important...the Sky Muster service is quite transformational in terms of delivering broadband to remote and regional parts of Australia," NBN chief engineering officer Peter Ryan told The Australian Financial Review.

Satellite footprint

The combined footprint of the satellites is expected to be around 400,000 homes and businesses – NBN is expecting around 250,000 to connect.

About 30,000 customers are connected so far, and NBN expects that number to be at 85,000 by the middle of next year and increase a further 50,000 over the next financial year.

Including the Sky Muster satellites, the launches, ground stations and other various expenses will cost about $1.8 billion. The rocket was launched by Arianespace.

The preparation involved months of rigorous testing by Arianespace, which has now chalked up more than 70 successful rocket launches in a row.

"We get a mathematical model of the satellite," Arianespace ASEAN managing director Richard Bowles said.

"We know what the shock is...we know what the temperature will be, we know what the acceleration of the whole vehicle will be and we have to also ensure that the vibration environment is within a certain envelope."

More expensive

Mr Bowles acknowledged that Arianespace is at the more expensive end of rocket launchers, but said it is required when businesses cannot afford failure.

"We are not the cheapest around, but you can save $10 million on the launch and watch it drop in the ocean...that's maybe not a good idea," he said.

"Every time we launch, we don't launch again until all of the telemetry has been examined. There are hundreds of points on the rocket that are sending data back, vibration, temperature, all sorts of data, and we examine all of that and compare it to the previous launches."

The Coalition government's multi-technology mix, rather than Labor's all fibre-model, has been criticised because the speeds will not be as fast.

Mr Ryan said the Sky Muster service is "a big leap forward" from what regional and rural customers have had in the past, but agreed that the speeds that metropolitan consumers will be able to get will be different to their remote counterparts.

The service did experience a temporary outage last week, which Mr Ryan said NBN had tackled.

"We were rolling out a planned software change into the network that didn't go exactly as we expected. We immediately rolled back," Mr Ryan said.

He said testing and feedback showed NBN was meeting its minimum 25 megabits per second download and 5 mbps upload mandate.

Nine to switch off Sky News sooner rather than later

From http://www.afr.com/street-talk/nine-to-switch-off-sky-news-sooner-rather-than-later-20161007-grx5i0

Street Talk can now reveal that Nine's 33 per cent stake in Australian News Channel could be sold as soon as this week.

Nine Entertainment's stake in Sky News may be out the door quicker than expected.

Following UBS selling down Nine's 9.99 per cent stake in Southern Cross Austereo, making a $30 million profit over around six months, this column revealed that the free-to-air broadcaster's stake in Sky News' parent company Australian News Channel was on the chopping block.

Street Talk can now reveal that Nine's 33 per cent stake in ANC could be sold as soon as this week.

The other two-thirds of ANC are shared between Seven West Media and Britain's Sky, which, is 39.3 per cent owned by News Corp's sister company 21st Century Fox.

The value of Sky News largely depends on its carriage deal with Foxtel – an agreement which expires in December 2017. Foxtel is 50-50 owned by News Corp and Telstra.

Both Seven and News Corporation have previously shown interest in Nine's stake. News Corp is understood to have made a number of buyout offers before talks hit a stalemate earlier this year.

Seven has previously sought to distance itself from such a deal. But, it is seen as a logical buyer.

News Corp has long coveted ANC and previously wrote to its three owners to seek a buyout.

The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company is known to see Sky News as a natural fit for its other businesses in Australia: its titles such as The Daily Telegraph in Sydney and the Herald Sun in Melbourne have websites that increasingly integrate video content.

Australians continue to embrace OTT, connected devices

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/07/australians-continue-to-embrace-ott-connected-devices/

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen, and covering Q2 (April-June) 2016 – continues to explore the impact of digital technologies, new channel and platform choices, and take-up of connected devices on audience behaviour.

Most households now own numerous screens, the majority Internet-capable and many portable, leading people to spread their screen time across multiple options.

With the number of hours in the day fixed however, evolving viewing patterns reflect the collective influence of platform and device choice, rather than one activity replacing another.

This is evident in the times of day at which Australians most often use their TV sets and other connected devices to watch catch up broadcast TV content – notably in the evenings, when people generally have the most time and opportunity to view.

Ongoing trends include:
•Television remains the most-watched screen.

Even with extensive device, channel and platform choices, across the population as a whole the greatest share of viewing happens on TV sets: each week on average 88.1 per cent of Australians (20.67 million people) watch at least some broadcast TV on in-home sets (free-to-air and/or subscription channels).

Reach remains strong among all major age groups: for example, 72.3 per cent of 16-24 year-olds, traditionally among the lightest TV viewers, watch weekly.
•The way Australians use their TV sets continues to change.

People can use their TV sets for many things in addition to watching live broadcast television, thanks to take-up of internet-capable TVs and/or devices attached to the TV. This functionality enables other TV screen use (using the TV set for any purpose other than watching live or playing back broadcast TV content within 28 days), and is an example of how screen activity is spreading, thereby affecting the time people spend with different devices and the activities they undertake on them, too.

Meanwhile ‘longer tail’ playback viewing continues to grow: 1.8 per cent of all broadcast TV watched on in-home sets in any four-week period is time-shifted between eight and 28 days later. In prime time that proportion is 1.7 per cent.

The chart below shows that ‘other TV screen use’ and 8-28 day playback viewing combined now account for 14 hours per month per Australian in prime time. The growth in such activity contributes to the gradual decline seen in live TV viewing and playback within seven days over the past several years.

•Broadcast TV viewing levels vary by time of day, day of week and device.

Using OzTAM Video Player Measurement (VPM) Report data to create ‘shape of day’ graphs, we can compare the peaks and troughs when people view broadcast TV material on television sets and connected devices. Some patterns are evident:
•In volume terms, watching live TV remains the dominant viewing activity.
•Among all devices there is an evening ‘peak’, reflecting the times of day at which people generally have the greatest ability to view.
•In the evenings, live viewing on TV sets begins to increase earlier and peaks earlier than playback, other TV screen use, and catch up viewing on other connected devices.
•There is also a distinctive morning peak for live TV viewing on the TV set and catch up viewing on tablets and phones.
•Live TV however has a less pronounced morning peak on weekends.
•In contrast, there is a distinctive evening peak for catch up on desktops/laptops; playback viewing on the TV set; and other TV use, following a gradual, steady build from early morning.
•On weekends this behaviour grows more quickly during the course of the day, which makes sense: on weekends people are more likely to be at home and have time to spend with non-portable screens.
•The late evening peak for viewing on portable devices indicates people may be taking their devices to bed with them before switching off for the night. The morning peak for phones and tablets also suggests these devices are being used in bed.
•On Sundays, other TV screen use is prominent during the day and the evening. It grows quickly across the morning and reaches levels close to its evening peak from about lunchtime.

For example, the following graph shows broadcast TV viewing across TVs and connected devices, along with other TV screen use, on Sunday. However, viewing on connected devices, along with other TV screen use described above, has impacted the time people spend viewing live and playback TV on TV sets – particularly in the evenings.

Overall, the majority of VPM catch up viewing occurs on tablets, followed by desktop/ laptops and then smartphones:

Percentage of VPM catch up viewing on connected devices
•People increasingly take advantage of connected devices to view any kind of video content.

Looking across all screens, devices and any type of video across the population as a whole: 86.4 per cent of viewing (90:01)∧ is TV content watched on in-home sets within 28 days of original broadcast. Connected devices account for 13.6 per cent.

Looking only at people who view video on PCs and laptops; active online users who claim to watch video on tablets or smartphones; and taking only viewers within OzTAM and Regional TAM markets into account: 82.5 per cent of viewing happens on in-home TV sets, with 17.5 per cent on connected devices.
•Younger viewers are most likely to spread their viewing across devices.

For all major age groups however the largest proportion of viewing time on any single device is to broadcast TV viewed on in-home sets.

“There’s no denying that technology continues to transform the video experience with each passing day. With more and more devices in use within our homes, household viewing habits are evolving and expanding, offering more media touch points than ever before,” said Craig Johnson, Managing Director, Media, Nielsen.

OzTAM CEO Doug Peiffer said: “The latest Multi-Screen Report shows people using their various screens to catch up with TV content at all times of the day. This ability to move from one screen to the next and back again keeps people close to their favourite TV content. While viewing on connected devices is currently a small proportion of overall viewing, this behaviour is gaining momentum and broadcasters are smart to make their content available across all screens.”

Regional TAM Chairman and General Manager, Prime Television, Tony Hogarth said: “Regional Australians continue to watch free-to-air broadcast television on the main screen and predominately consume the content live. Broadcast television continues to deliver strong reach and in Regional TAM markets our viewers spent on average just over 100 hours per month watching television, that is almost six hours more per month compared to the national average.”


o The number of screens in homes continues to grow even as penetration levels for various device types plateau. This is because people often upgrade a tablet or mobile phone and retain the older one for secondary use.

o 59 per cent of homes have PVRs; 17 per cent have two or more (Q2 2015: 57 per cent; 16 per cent).

o 36 per cent of homes have internet-capable TVs, whether connected or not (Q2 2015: 30 per cent).

o 49 per cent of homes have tablets (47 per cent in Q2 2015).

o 81 per cent of Australians aged 14+ own a smartphone (79 per cent in Q2 2015)

Explanatory Notes in the Q2 2016 Multi-Screen Report for details.

o 100 per cent of Australian television homes can access digital terrestrial television (DTT) channels.

o 97 per cent can do so on every household TV set.

o 96 per cent can receive high definition (HD) DTT broadcasts on all TV sets in the home.

o Household internet penetration is stable at 81 per cent.

o Active online Australians spend on average 54:44 per month online2.

O 14.0 million Australians watch some video on the internet each month (incl broadcast TV and non-broadcast content): on average 12:48 per viewer per month. Such viewing is highest among 18-24s (21:52 per month)

Taiwan: Fox Sport live MLB streams

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/07/taiwan-fox-sport-live-mlb-streams/
Fox Sports has announced a digital-rights partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) in Taiwan from 2016 to 2020, which enables baseball fans to watch MLB games on their mobile phones, tablets, computers or smart TVs, in addition to catching the action on the Fox Sports network on TV.

Joanne Tsai, EVP & Managing Director of Fox Network Groups, Taiwan & China, said, “MLB is one of Fox Sports’ key properties. We are delighted to work with MLB to bring more content on a larger scale to Taiwan. The audience can now watch live streaming of MLB games anywhere through the Fox Sports branded on-demand service. We expect this cooperation to raise MLB viewership in Taiwan.”

Jim Small, Vice President of Major League Baseball, Asia Pacific, added “We are delighted that baseball fans throughout Taiwan will be able to access MLB games anytime and anywhere via our partnership with Fox Sports.”


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SpaceX confirms satellite constellation plan

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/06/spacex-confirms-satellite-constellation-plan/

SpaceX’s president/CEO Gwynne Shotwell, speaking at a conference in Kuala Lumpur, says that while the rocket company has not yet identified the cause of the catastrophic September 1st explosion (which destroyed a rocket as well as the Amos-6 satellite), she nevertheless said she was optimistic the company will be back launching satellites this year.

She added that the sort of discounts clients could earn by re-using a pre-flown rocket would be in the region of 10 per cent, and not the 30 per cent that’s widely been quoted. SpaceX is currently vigorously testing a rocket that was used to launch JCSAT-14 earlier this year, and which is a strong candidate to be re-used again, although probably not for an upcoming SES satellite which is expected to use

Shotwell also confirmed that SpaceX’s plan to build and launch a ‘super-constellation’ of Low Earth Orbiting broadband satellites was very much alive. She told trade mag Space News that the project was now in its development phase.

She explained that the challenge wasn’t in building satellites but in manufacturing a rooftop antenna that was simple, and worked seamlessly and “could be installed for a couple of hundred dollars”.

Intelsat 36 Starts Commercial Operations

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/publications/st/2016/10/06/intelsat-36-starts-commercial-operations/

[Via Satellite 10-06-2016] Intelsat 36, launched Aug. 24 aboard an Arianespace Ariane 5 rocket, has entered service for satellite operator Intelsat, the company announced today. Built by Space Systems Loral (SSL) in less than two years, the satellite is collocated with Intelsat 20 at 68.5 degrees east, providing broadcasting and Direct-to-Home (DTH) services for African DTH giant MultiChoice.

MultiChoice will use the Ku-band payload, and Intelsat will use the C-band payload to provide in-orbit resilience for its media neighborhoods serving Africa and the Indian Ocean regions.

“There are dynamic changes taking place across the global media landscape, and Intelsat 36 supports our customers as they address the growing demand for content throughout the African continent,” said Brian Jakins, regional vice president of Africa sales at Intelsat. “This satellite will enable our customer, MultiChoice, to extend high definition channels throughout the region. The C-band payload will provide additional redundancy for media customers to ensure that all viewers have access to reliable, high quality content.”

Forty-Two Companies Vie for Five New MRTV Channels

From http://www.irrawaddy.com/business/forty-two-companies-vie-for-five-new-mrtv-channels.html

RANGOON — The Ministry of Information announced on Thursday that 42 companies have been included in the initial content provider list to work under the state-owned Myanmar Radio and Television (MRTV).

From among these companies, five will be selected to run their own channels under MRTV, one of four entities granted a broadcasting license by the ministry—others include the Forever Group, Shwe Thanlwin Co., and Myawaddy TV.

MRTV was set up in 1979, and for decades was used to broadcast propaganda by Burma’s former military regime. It currently has 10 channels.

“Five channels will be working under MRTV. There is a third party that will select five companies [from among the 42 on the content provider list]. The whole procedure is expected to finish within the next three months,” U Myo Myint Maung, deputy permanent secretary of the Ministry of Information, told The Irrawaddy.

“We will provide five channels to the private sector. Companies must submit their detailed proposals to the selection committee, and they will choose by the end of this year,” he said.

Of those companies designated as approved content providers eyeing the channel spots, some already have a satellite TV broadcasting service. The Democratic Voice of Burma (DVB TV) is one such group—a news organization which long operated in exile from Thailand and Norway.

U Toe Zaw Latt, bureau chief of DVB TV, told The Irrawaddy that they have run a successful satellite broadcasting service for 25 years, but they hope that a digital platform will introduce their coverage to new audiences.

“This channel will go by the digital broadcasting system, so we want to target audiences who are not watching satellite TV,” he said. “We’re a TV news channel—we have experience broadcasting news. I don’t think it is too difficult for us, but for beginners, I agree it is hard to start.”

U Toe Zaw Latt added that the market competition will be stronger in the new platform, and that challenges regarding technology, investment and human resources lay ahead.

“Investment will be big—we should expect an investment of three to five years in order to return the benefits,” he said.

U Nyi Lin Seck, former channel director of the 5 Network, part of the Forever Group, told The Irrawaddy that as far as he knows, most companies want to set up entertainment channels, including shopping networks, which could bring in more money than news channels.

“If they want to make a profit, there should be a variety of channels for the long term—there will be risks ahead,” he said. “In my experience, [channels] can’t run 3-5 years unless they spend at least US$3 million.”

U Nyi Lin Seck added that the government should grant licenses to companies with strong capital, who can commit to long-term investment.

“What we are concerned about is, how in the previous government’s time, one person was granted a license but the real operator is someone else,” he said.

U Ye Htut, former Minister of Information under ex-President Thein Sein’s government, told The Irrawaddy that news content providers will face difficulties as long as they are unable to provide a variety of programs in a digital media age. Facing the greatest challenge will be newcomers to the digital TV scene, he speculated.

“As far as I know, TV remotes are controlled by children and housewives,” he said. “They like entertainment channels and these have high potential. For news channels, it is difficult, as long as they can’t surpass online news,” he said.

U Ye Htut added that content providers must prepare programs for at least eight hours per day—repeated three times—and three hours’ worth of shows must consist of new programming.

“For the initial three months, new programs can attract people. Then beyond three months, they can mix old and new programs. This is what content providers must prepare, starting now,” he said.

Japan gears up for 8K TV broadcasting

From http://www.channelworld.in/news/japan-gears-8k-tv-broadcasting

With only four years to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Japan is fast developing gear for the new broadcasting format

If you've bought a 4K television and are disappointed at the lack of content, this might not ease your frustration: Japan has is fast on the way to 8K TV broadcasting with a full service due in the next four years.

The system is called "Super Hi-Vision" and it delivers a signal with a resolution of 7,680 x 4,320 pixels. That’s four times better than the latest 4K televisions and 16 times that of regular HDTV. Simply put, the image quality is amazing.

It's been under development by Japanese public broadcaster NHK for the last couple of decades -- before most people had even made the switch to high-def LCD TVs -- and test broadcasts began earlier this year with arts, science and music programming and daily highlights from the Rio Olympics.

Right now, those test broadcasts are limited to receivers within NHK, but a service for the public is due by 2018. Japanese electronics manufacturers are working on TVs and receivers for the broadcasts and early prototypes are on show this week at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo.

8K TV reception isn't without its challenges. The biggest one is managing to process the 8K satellite TV signal in real time. It has a data rate of around 100Mbps, so receivers need a significant amount of power to be able to handle it.

At Ceatec, Sharp was showing off what it says is the world's first 8K satellite TV receiver. The unit was about the same size as a desktop PC on its side and had large grilles at the front, presumably to aid cooling.

A prototype receiver for 8K satellite TV broadcasting developed by Sharp and on show at Ceatec Japan on October 4, 2016.

A much smaller prototype set-top box was being demonstrated nearby for cable TV broadcasts in 8K, which use a slightly different format to those of satellite.

It was using a new video processing LSI chip developed by Socionext, a company formed last year through the merger of the LSI chip businesses of Fujitsu and Panasonic.

A prototype cable set-top box for 8K broadcasts using a new video processing LSI developed by Socionext, on show at Ceatec Japan on October 4, 2016.

And NHK was showing off a massive hanging 8K television that it had developed with panels from LG Display.

The 130-inch screen was made by stitching together four 4K panels -- something that left visible black borders between each smaller panel -- but still meant for an amazing picture.

An 8K display made up of four 4K panels and developed by NHK, on show at the Ceatec electronics show near Tokyo on October 4, 2016.

The screens were just 1 millimeter thick and the entire display, with backboard, was 2 millimeters thick -- about the thickness of three credit cards.

Development of 8K technology is accelerating in Japan thanks to the start of test broadcasting in August. The industry has pledged to provide coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games in 8K, in Japan at least, so there's a clear deadline for everything to be ready.

Google unveils Chromecast Ultra

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/06/google-unveils-chromecast-4k/

chromecast-ultraAs expected, Google has confirmed it is launching a new version of its Chromecast streaming dongle that can stream 4K video.

The ‘Chromecast Ultra’ will cost $79/€69 when it launches in 15 countries in November.

The new device can load content 1.8 times faster than Google’s previous Chromecast dongles. It also supports Ethernet connectivity and improved speeds. Users will need a TV that supports Ultra-HD in order to receive the 4K content, but the Chromecast Ultra will detect the maximum resolution of the display and match the content accordingly.

DD FreeDish e-auction put off due to technical errors

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dd-freedish-e-auction-put-off-due-to-technical-errors-161007

MUMBAI: In probably what is a first, DD FreeDish’s e-auction was scrapped yesterday. The reason: technical glitches on the site of the auctioneer C1 India Pvt Ltd.

DD has made this announcement on its website admitting that, since bidders were experiencing problems, the bidding process was being put off until C1 India rectifies the errors.

DD FreeDish had announced 5 October as the 31st e-auction date last month. It had put the reserve price for the vacant slot at Rs 4.3 crore despite the bid amount touching Rs 5.2 crore in the previous 30th e-auction. It had also urged private channels whose agreement with the free DTH was expiring on 31 December 2016 needed to take part in the e-auction to continue to be distributed by it.

DD said it would keep bidders informed about the resumption date.

The free TV service is gearing up to expand its capacity to 104 channels and then to 250 by 2018. It has started rolling out MPEG4 boxes with iCAS, in place of the earlier MPEG2 ones.

DD FreeDish has come as a boon of sorts, helping India’s broadcasters to generate good revenues from old library and catalogue channels. Channels such as Zee Anmol, Sony Pal, Star Utsav – tenants of DD FreeDish -- which show reruns of old TV shows and films have suddenly become the eye candy of the advertising community as they offer them reach in rural areas that channels distributed by cable TV and private DTH cannot.


Sky Muster 2 has launched!

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JCSAT 2B 154.0E 12496 H "Shinnyo-en" has started on , Fta.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3825 V "Zhejiang Satellite TV" has left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3895 H "Ummat TV, INTV and Ahsan TV" have left .

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11670 V "Swayam Prabha 17-32" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV and Unique Satellite TV on are encrypted again.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News" on are encrypted again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "NTV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3922 V "M Tunes" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Adonai TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Indo Bein 1、Indo Bein 3(高清)等3个频道新增,设置3760 H 29720参数有条件接收。
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Utility 3(测试)频道消失,设置3851 V 10800参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC PNG替换AXN(MPEG-4)频道,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道加密,设置11669 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(越南)频道加密,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fox Sports HD(高清)等4个频道消失,设置3760 H 29720参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox、Channel V(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置12520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]
东经128.5度轨道位置的老挝1号卫星Ku频段,东方卫视(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置10790 H 40000参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TLC(台湾)频道消失,设置3760 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,Tag(菲律宾)频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]


Blast-off for NBN's second satellite

From http://www.crn.com.au/news/blast-off-for-nbns-second-satellite-438816

NBN satellite Sky Muster II has successfully launched into space after being delayed yesterday due to high winds.

Set to play a critical role in providing broadband to about 400,000 regional Australian homes and businesses, the satellite blasted 36,000km into orbit from the French Guiana Space Station in South America.

Over the next few months the satellite will undergo final testing and soon boost the data capacity of NBN’s first satellite, Sky Muster I, which launched in October last year.

About 37,000 customers are already using interim satellite services in Australia, with NBN expecting that number to reach 85,000 full-time users by June 2017.

The Sky Muster service uses the NBN satellites and 10 ground stations to provide broadband to regional and remote Australians, where a physical connection would otherwise be too costly.

The program also allows NBN resellers to supply wholesale broadband services from the satellite. Current resellers include Activ8me, Ant Communications, Clear Networks, Harbour ISP, IPSTAR, reachnet and Sky Mesh.

NBN chief executive Bill Morrow said the launch marked the next step in delivering world-leading broadband to people right across the country.

“This service is already helping to improve healthcare outcomes by connecting remote patients to city specialists, delivering access to a new world of educational opportunities for kids in the bush and increasing productivity for local small businesses,” he said.

“We are ensuring that no Australian is left behind by providing access to fast broadband for those who need it the most.”

Second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, set for take off in South America

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/second-nbn-satellite-sky-muster-ii-set-for-take-off-in-south-america/news-story/ebf81a0be43411cb04c32cfce1a42cd6

A technician during preparations for the launch of Sky Muster II. Picture: Supplied

AFTER a delayed launch, the NBN satellite has blasted into orbit, bringing the hope of faster internet speeds that little bit closer for half a million Aussies.

The Sky Muster II satellite successfully launched from the French Guiana Space Centre at 7.30am AEDT.

The launch, originally scheduled for Wednesday, had to be rescheduled due to high altitude winds.

Sky Muster II will combine with the Sky Muster satellite launched in October last year to provide a broadband network to about 400,000 Australians in regional areas.

The 6.4 tonne satellite will stay in fixed orbit 36,000km above Australia, providing a coverage footprint across Australia. Sky Muster II will be in full operation in a few months after final technical testing.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow said the original plan for the second Sky Muster satellite was that it was to haven been a back-up system but increased demand for broadband services meant the two satellites would now work together to provide a greater capacity.

“Technology keeps changing but for our time with what’s going up in the sky today, it’s one of the most advanced,” Mr Morrow said.

The Sky Muster satellites offer download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and a combined capacity of 135 gigabits per second, which is about 30 times the capacity of the interim satellite service that the NBN began offering in 2011 when it bought capacity on an Optus satellite.

“When you think about the fact that some people have never had any broadband capability, not even from their mobile, for suddenly for them to get 25Mbps it’s life changing,” Mr Morrow said.

“If you’re running a small business or trying to make your farm profitable, this thing kicks in a whole different sort of way.

“It’s just a game changer for these people.”

Sky Muster II was built in Silicon Valley by SSL, the world’s biggest commercial satellite provider.

Mr Morrow said the NBN would consider launching a third satellite as demand for broadband grew.

The McIntosh children, James, 9, and Emily, 6, from Gum Creek Station, in regional South Australia, are third generation School of the Air students who can testify to the benefits of better broadband in the bush.

“Prior to the NBN Sky Muster our ability to use the internet was touch and go,” their mother Lisa said.

“Our provider would simply turn us off if we went over our data limit so it was always a juggle to make sure we didn’t use up our 20GB for that month otherwise we had no access to anything.

“Prior to Sky Muster the children either had to miss some online classes or we had to drive in excess of 120km to access mobile coverage to download work.

“Since we have been on the Sky Muster satellite above all we have a reliable connection and the children can now access their work, talk to their teachers and classmates with ease.”

Botched software upgrade stutters NBN satellite connections

From http://www.itnews.com.au/news/botched-software-upgrade-stutters-nbn-satellite-connections-438865

Modems struggle to connect to network after reboot.

A botched software upgrade for the Viasat modems helping power NBN Co's satellite network last week has caused connection issues for rural and regional users.

Communications Minister Mitch Fifield today conceded the upgrade "didn't go to plan".

After being pushed out to the networking equipment at NBN's satellite point of interconnect at Eastern Creek last Wednesday, users began reporting problems connecting to the Sky Muster network after the Viasat modems had been rebooted.

Instead of taking a matter of seconds to reconnect to the network, users are being left waiting a minimum of ten minutes for internet access.

Despite NBN Co's advice to leave modems running, many users in rural and regional areas turn their modems off when not in use to conserve solar energy and save on power costs.

NBN Co was unable to provide a figure for how many of the 30,000-odd end users connected to its satellite network were affected by the issue, as complaints are handled by its service provider partners. iTnews understands the figure is substantial.

Viasat is understood to be currently working on a new version of the software to address the bug. It is expected to be rolled out to devices next week.

NBN satellite services have been available to end users since April this year, following the launch of the network builder's first Sky Muster satellite last October.

Its second, Sky Muster II, set off into space early this morning.

Air New Zealand to introduce in-flight wi-fi

From http://www.newshub.co.nz/business/air-new-zealand-to-introduce-in-flight-wi-fi-2016100619

Air New Zealand has announced it plans to roll out in-flight wifi in 2017.

Chief executive officer Christopher Luxon said at a media and travel event in Sydney on Thursday that trans-Tasman flights would be the first to receive the service.

Mr Luxon says the airline is completing commercial negotiations with Panasonic Avionics and British satellite communications company Inmarsat to provide the internet connection and technology needed for the service.

Flights with wi-fi will begin in the latter half of 2017, starting with Tasman and Pacific flights before expanding to long haul services by the end of next year.

Domestic New Zealand flights are likely to offer wi-fi in 2018.

(Craig's comment, they are likely to use Eutelsat @172E)

FreeCast delivers SelectTV ahead of Kodi lawsuits

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/freecast-delivers-selecttv-ahead-of-kodi-lawsuits/

FreeCast has approached Android set-top box manufacturers to propose pre-loads of SelectTV or white label variants of the company’s set-top box UI. This initiative comes as another popular pre-load, the open-source Kodi (formerly XBMC) media player comes under fire for third-party plugins that enable content piracy. Device-makers that preload SelectTV onto their hardware will become affiliates, earning money for each user that signs up for the service, while those that opt for a co-branded or white label version of the service enjoy further revenue sharing opportunities.

FreeCast CEO William Mobley explained why he feels the time is right for manufacturers to ditch Kodi for SelectTV: “Consumers are dumping their cable and satellite subscriptions, so they need new hardware that can give them a complete media experience on their TV, and with the FCC’s latest proposal, the market for new set-top hardware is only going to grow. SelectTV has the potential to change a one-time sale into a recurring revenue opportunity, while satisfying users with legal access to all of the TV shows and movies they’d be able to see with a traditional cable subscription. Perhaps most important as lawsuits loom, it does this with no legal risk to manufacturers.”

ATSC moves forward with next-gen standard

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/atsc-moves-forward-with-next-gen-standard/

The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) has standardised three more components of the next-generation television system that is expected to transform the ability of broadcasters to deliver mobile, interactivity and higher quality content.

ATSC members have ratified the Link Layer Protocol and Audio and Video Watermark Emission standards to be part of the ATSC 3.0 suite of 20 standards and recommended practices. At the same time, three new Proposed Standards and two new Candidate Standards are moving forward within the technical subcommittee charged with developing and documenting ATSC 3.0.

“The latest ATSC 3.0 standards will help future devices transport incoming data and provide for both audio and video watermarks in broadcast content. These are each important elements that will give ATSC 3.0 remarkable flexibility. The three new standards join two others (the A/322 Physical Layer and A/321 System Discovery and Signalling standards) already approved by ATSC members. Other parts of ATSC 3.0 are rapidly moving through the standardisation process,” said ATSC President Mark Richer.

Technical details on the three newest ATSC 3.0 standards:

•The Link Layer Protocol Standard (A/330) defines the layer between the physical layer and the network layer. The link layer transports the data from the network layer to the physical layer at the sending side and transports the data from the physical layer to the network layer at the receiving side. The ATSC Link-Layer Protocol also optimizes the proportion of useful data in the ATSC 3.0 Physical Layer, by means of efficient encapsulation and overhead reduction mechanisms for IP and MPEG-2 TS transport. Extensible ‘headroom’ for future use is also provided.

•The Audio Watermark Emission Standard (A/334) specifies the audio watermark encoding for use with systems conforming to the ATSC 3.0 family of specifications. This standard specifies the format in which the audio watermark resides in an uncompressed audio signal.

•The Video Watermark Emission Standard (A/335) specifies the emission format for video watermarks used in ATSC 3.0 broadcasts. The video watermark technology provides the capability to robustly embed ancillary data in the transmitted pixels of a video signal. It provides a data path for its ancillary data payload that can readily survive changes in video compression data rate, transcoding to other video compression codecs, and delivery over legacy consumer HDMI interfaces.

This week, ATSC Technology Group 3 (TG3) members have begun voting to elevate three ATSC Candidate Standards to Proposed Standard status (the final step before ATSC member approval):
•A/322 Service Announcement, which defines announcement of services in an ATSC 3.0 broadcast;
•A/333 Service Usage Reporting, which defines service usage reporting for ATSC 3.0; and
•A/343 Captions and Subtitles, which defines the required technology for closed caption and subtitle tracks over ROUTE-DASH and MPEG Media Transport.

TG3 members also are voting to elevate the A/360 Security draft document to Candidate Standard status. A/360 specifies the mechanisms for security and service protections in ATSC 3.0 systems. The A/324 Scheduler and Studio-to-Transmitter Link is now a Candidate Standard. Among other things, it specifies the interface protocol and operation parameters for Single Frequency Network transmitters.

220,000 Portuguese homes watch pirate pay-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/05/220000-portuguese-homes-watch-pirate-pay-tv/

An estimated 220,000 households in Portugal watch pay-TV illegally, an increase of 20,000 compared to 2014, according to figures obtained by local newspapers.

The economic crisis is the main reason for the growth in illegal access, as the price of pay-TV packages in general, dropped in the same period.

Consumers pay around €10 to receive a relatively complete TV channel offer, compared to the €50 charged by pay-TV operators.

Two technological factors have also contributed to the rise of piracy card-sharing networks and streaming. In Portugal, users who illegally distribute TV signals commit at least four crimes punishable by penalties that can go up to five years in jail and hefty fines.

It is estimated that losses from piracy for pay-TV operators reach around €600.000 per month.

GSAT-18, ISRO’s latest communication satellite, launched successfully: All you want to know

From http://www.financialexpress.com/lifestyle/science/gsat-18-isro-communication-satellite-launch-ariane-5-highlights-all-you-want-to-know/408125/

ISRO's latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has successfully been launched from Arianespace's European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 in French Guiana.

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GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European space agency and this mission was the 280th for Arianespace launcher family. (image by Arianespace Twitter)

GSAT-18 launch: Marking another success for the space agency, ISRO’s latest communication satellite GSAT-18 has successfully been launched from Arianespace’s European launcher Ariane-5 VA-231 in French Guiana. GSAT-18 is the 20th satellite from ISRO to be launched by the European space agency and this mission was the 280th for Arianespace launcher family. Given that ISRO has been dependent on Ariane-5 rocket for carrying its heavier satellites, the space agency is now developing GSLV Mk III for this purpose.

The main aim of GSAT-18 is to provide telecommunications services. It would strengthen ISRO’s present fleet of 14 operational telecom satellites. GSAT-18’s mission life is around 15 years, and carries Ku-band beacon to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. “GSAT 18 is an important satellite for us that will enable the continuity of the vital communication services in our country by replacing the currently ageing satellites,” the ISRO chief said. Television, telecommunication, VSAT and digital satellite news gathering were a few of the services that GSAT 18 will support in coming days, he added.

Also read: ISRO successfully launches SCATSAT-1 and 7 other satellites from PSLV C-35: Why the mission is a big deal for India

The 3,404 kg GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders in C-band, upper extended C-band and Ku-band for providing various services to the country, says ISRO. The GSAT-18 was launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) about 32 minutes after the lift-off. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-18 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle. According to preliminary health checksc conducted by ISRO, the satellite is in ‘normal health’. In the coming days, ISRO will perform the orbit raising manoeuvres to place the GSAT-18 in the Geostationary Orbit (36,000 km above the equator).

After that two solar arrays and both the antenna reflectors of GSAT-18 will be deployed. Lastly, the satellite will be put in its final orbital configuration. There are subsequent plans to experimentally turn on the communication payloads of GSAT-18. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-18 will be ready for operational use, says ISRO.

GSAT-18 successfully launches, new capacity for DTH operators, TV channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satellite-launches/gsat-18-successfully-launches-new-capacity-for-dth-operators-tv-channels-161006

MUMBAI: Indian DTH operators, television channels, VSAT and digital satellite news gathering providers are a happy lot because of a development in Kouro French Guiana this morning. The reason: the successful launch of Arianespace’s Ariane 5 VA 531 rocket with its passenger, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s GSAT-18 satellite. When the satellite starts ticking fully a few weeks later, its 48 transponders ranging from Ku-band, C-Band to extended C-Band will be beaming their signals over India to Indian TV viewers and companies.

32:28 minutes after blasting off from the launch site, the 3,400 kg GSAT-18 was placed in geo-synchronous transfer orbit (GTO) this morning around 2:30 am. And, ISRO officials including the Indian ambassador in France Mohan Kumar leapt up, fisting the air in triumph.

Following that, ISRO’s master control facility took charge of it and will perform operations which will result it being placed in a circular geo-stationary orbit. Following this, ISRO will deploy the solar panels – which will provide it power over its 15 year life – and antenna. The satellite will then be stabilized on three axis, placed at 74 degrees East longitude, and become part of ISRO’s 14 telecom fleet in space

Later, it is planned to experimentally turn on the communication payloads of GSAT-18. After the successful completion of all the in-orbit tests, GSAT-18 will be ready for operational use.

This was the Indian space organisation’s twentieth satellite mission through Arianespace. It will add to that count when it launches two more satellites – GSAT 11 and GSAT-11 – using Arianespace launchers in 2017.

The VA 531 flight had another payload – Australia’s SkyMuster II satellite – which too was placed successfully in orbit. SkyMuster II aims to provide broadband facilities to remote locations in Australia.


FLIGHT VA231 – Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18:
Due to the unfavorable weather conditions currently observed over the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, Ari-anespace has decided to delay the launch – planned for October 4, 2016 – by 24 hours. Flight VA231 will place into geostationary transfer orbit the Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18 telecommunications satellites.

As the weather forecast for tomorrow is favorable, the liftoff of the Ariane 5 is now planned for Wednesday, October 5, 2016, as early as possible within the following launch window:
> Between 05:30 p.m. and 06:45 p.m., Kourou time
> Between 04:30 p.m. and 05:45 p.m., Washington D.C. time
> Between 20:30. and 21:45, Universal Time (UTC)
> Between 10:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m., Paris time
> Between 2:00 a.m. and 3:15 a.m., Bangalore, India time on October 6
> Between 7:30 a.m. and 8:45 a.m., Sydney, Australia time on October 6.

The launcher, with its Sky MusterTM II and GSAT-18 satellite payloads, remains in a safe standby condition.

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IS 19 12610V, Sr 7000, 3/4, DVB-S/QPSK, feed FTA..

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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Sabzbaat Balochistan" has left again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H As TV has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Hum TV World and Hum TV MENA" are Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "DD News and MTV Beats" have started on , Fta. Housefull Movies and X-Zone have left.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11590 V "Swayam Prabha 1-16" have started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "Sports Illustrated 3" has started on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 3629 H "TVBS, TVBS News, TVBS Entertainment Channel, TVBS Asia and TVBS News" are Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV and Unique Satellite TV are now Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 3740 V "ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SET Taiwan and SET News" are fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Lady Channel、Playboy(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月5日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,ETC、Solar News(菲律宾)等全组频道改频率,设置3641 V 10000参数部分免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Maha Mazza(印度)频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Sport 24、CNBC US(美国)等全组频道改频率,设置4136 R 13006参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Vision TV(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [10月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ahsan TV、In TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3988 H 2100参数免费接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯(DISH HD)频道重现,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Hyper替换HBO Hits(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies替换AXN(Cignal)频道,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Show 1、Show 2(泰国)频道加密,设置11679 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月4日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,SI 3(高清)频道新增,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Football(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经49度轨道位置的雅玛尔202号卫星C频段,MBTS 1、MBTS 2(阿富汗)频道新增,设置3950 L 1500参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Divyavani TV替换DVTV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABN TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道解密,设置11669 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM(标清)频道解密,设置11048 H 28800参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,ABS Corporate Video(ABS)频道改格式,设置12523 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-3(HEVC)频道新增,设置11101 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经57度轨道位置的新天12号卫星C频段,Special Events替换France24 Francais(MPEG-4)频道,设置4132 R 11250参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,CNN、Travel HD(DISH HD)等全组频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [10月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,TVBS(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月3日]


Second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, set for take off in South America

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/nbn/second-nbn-satellite-sky-muster-ii-set-for-take-off-in-south-america/news-story/ebf81a0be43411cb04c32cfce1a42cd6

WHILE many city folk will be waiting for years to connect to the NBN, the launch of the second NBN satellite will mean nearly a half a million people living in remote areas are the first Australians to have a completed NBN service.

The launch, originally scheduled for today (Wednesday), has been delayed for at least a day due to high altitude wind.

A NBN spokesman said the launch would be rescheduled to happen within 48 hours.

Sky Muster II, to be launched from the French Guiana Space Centre in South America, will combine with the Sky Muster satellite launched in October last year to provide a broadband network to about 400,000 Australians in regional areas.

The 6.4 tonne satellite will stay in fixed orbit 36,000km above Australia, providing a coverage footprint across Australia. Sky Muster II will be in full operation in a few months after final technical testing.

NBN CEO Bill Morrow said the original plan for the second Sky Muster satellite was that it was to haven been a back-up system but increased demand for broadband services meant the two satellites would now work together to provide a greater capacity.

“Technology keeps changing but for our time with what’s going up in the sky today, it’s one of the most advanced,” Mr Morrow said.

The Sky Muster satellites offer download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second and a combined capacity of 135 gigabits per second, which is about 30 times the capacity of the interim satellite service that the NBN began offering in 2011 when it bought capacity on an Optus satellite.

“When you think about the fact that some people have never had any broadband capability, not even from their mobile, for suddenly for them to get 25Mbps it’s life changing,” Mr Morrow said.

“If you’re running a small business or trying to make your farm profitable, this thing kicks in a whole different sort of way.

“It’s just a game changer for these people.”

Sky Muster II was built in Silicon Valley by SSL, the world’s biggest commercial satellite provider.

Mr Morrow said the NBN would consider launching a third satellite as demand for broadband grew.

The McIntosh children, James, 9, and Emily, 6, from Gum Creek Station, in regional South Australia, are third generation School of the Air students who can testify to the benefits of better broadband in the bush.

“Prior to the NBN Sky Muster our ability to use the internet was touch and go,” their mother Lisa said.

“Our provider would simply turn us off if we went over our data limit so it was always a juggle to make sure we didn’t use up our 20GB for that month otherwise we had no access to anything.

“Prior to Sky Muster the children either had to miss some online classes or we had to drive in excess of 120km to access mobile coverage to download work.

“Since we have been on the Sky Muster satellite above all we have a reliable connection and the children can now access their work, talk to their teachers and classmates with ease.”

Presto video streaming service to disappear as Seven sells stake to Foxtel

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-04/presto-to-disappear-as-seven-sells-stake-to-foxtel/7900778

Presto will disappear early next year as Seven West Media sells its stake to joint venture partner Foxtel, while rival online video streaming service Quickflix is set to emerge from administration.

Rather than keeping Presto running, Foxtel has announced the service will shut at the end of January, with Presto customers encouraged to switch to the pay TV operator's own web-based streaming offering, Foxtel Play.

Foxtel said Presto customers will be able to access the new Foxtel Play product from December.

"It has been great working with the team at Seven on Presto and we look forward to future collaborations," Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh said in a statement.

"We are delighted to be able to offer Presto subscribers access to the new look Foxtel Play."

Seven West's chief executive Tim Worner said his network would maintain a content partnership with Foxtel, despite exiting the joint venture.

"We look forward to continuing to work closely with Foxtel, in particular in the creation of new programming content," he noted in a statement.

Foxtel revamps OTT service, shutters Presto

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/foxtel-revamps-ott-service-shutters-presto/

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel has unveiled a new look for its Foxtel Play streaming service, set to roll out from December 2016. Low prices and flexible packages are designed to offer consumers greater choice and ease of access to Foxtel’s premium content, without the need to sign up to a fixed term contract. The initiative will also see the closure of SVoD service Presto, Foxtel’s joint venture with Seven West Media.

According to Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh, Foxtel Play will be a simpler, cheaper and more flexible IP-delivered product, which will create much better value for its customers. “It is the logical step for us to take in the evolution of Foxtel’s service. The new offering will mirror the successful launch of HBO Now in the US and NOW TV by Sky in the UK.
“Customers who use an IP connection, with their own device and bandwidth will have access to this great new offering. Consumers will be able to sign up by downloading the app to their eligible connected TV, laptop, PC or games console.”

The new service will have five different entry level tiers to match viewers’ interests including two options for drama priced at A$15 per month each or A$25 for both, while at the A$10 per month level, there will be one option for Lifestyle, one for Documentary and one for Kids. In addition, customers will be able to take the Sports tier for an extra A$25 per month and the Movies tier for an additional A$20 per month, effectively reducing the cost of Sport to as little as A$35 per month.

Subscribers will have access to all linear channels in the tier along with all of the on-demand, catch up and library content available to that tier plus mobile and tablet access via Foxtel Go.
From December, existing Foxtel Play customers will be transferred to the new pricing, with the package that best aligns with their current service.
“I am sure that existing and potential customers will be delighted at the flexibility that the new Foxtel Play will offer. For example, Foxtel is the Home of HBO and Showcase will be included in both drama tiers, which means that shows like Game of Thrones will now be available for $15 per month,” said Tonagh.

“I recently announced that from January 2017 we will significantly increase the amount of HBO content that will be available on demand and in full to anyone who subscribes to Showcase. All Foxtel drama tier subscribers will benefit from this great library of programmes.”

The announcement comes on the same day as Foxtel revealed that it had acquired Seven West Media’s shares in the Presto TV joint venture.
Presto customers will be invited to transition to the new Foxtel Play packages from December 2016 and the Presto service will cease on 31 January 2017. All Presto entitlements will be honoured; should any promotional entitlements remain after 31 January; Presto customers will be offered appropriate alternative content.
When they move to the new Foxtel Play offering, Presto customers will get access to more premium first-run television programmes and more recent movies than ever before.

Quickflix snapped up for $1.3 million by US entrepreneur Erik Pence

From From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/quickflix-snapped-up-for-13m-by-us-entrepreneur-20161004-gruqoq.html

US media entrepreneur Erik Pence has emerged as the new owner of Quickflix, after paying its administrators just $1.3 million for the streaming and subscription service.

The deal was coincidentally announced the same day Foxtel revealed plans to shut down its streaming service, Presto, after joint owner Seven West Media pulled out of the project.

Seven West Media announces plans to sell its share of Presto to Foxtel, with current subscribers getting access to Foxtel Play from December.

Quickflix has been in administration by Ferrier Hodgson since May this year.

A deed of company arrangement signed on Tuesday will see Karma Media Holdings take control of Quickflix. Karma Media, a special purpose vehicle for Mr Pence, plans to retain 24 employees and pay all entitlements owed to former employees.

Quickflix offered the first streaming service in Australia.

Joint voluntary administrator, Jason Tracy, said the deal was a good outcome for all stakeholders.

"Quickflix has encountered corporate challenges and impediments in a highly competitive environment. As Administrators we have been able to continue trading the business since our appointment, reduce costs, retain value, keep employing the majority of staff, and conduct a global sale process," he said.

Unsecured creditors will get up to 21.5¢ in the dollar.

Quickflix listed on the Australian stock exchange in 2005 and was one of the first subscription streaming services in Australia.

However it ran into trouble when other streaming services, such as Netflix, launched in Australia.

Quickflix also blamed Nine and Fairfax Media's joint venture, Stan, for demanding $4 million in cash, or cash plus all its customers.

Stan had a 15.7 per cent stake in Quickflix, which it acquired from HBO in 2014. HBO bought the shares in Quickflix in 2012 for $10 million. Fairfax Media publishes The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Mr Pence founded Inception Digital Services, which recently rebranded as Mojo Makers. Mojo provided the initial infrastructure and studio gateway services for Quickflix streaming services and possesses significant direct knowledge of its technology and operations infrastructure.

Karma will invest more money for marketing and a "planned shift in content strategy towards niche markets".

New Zealand government open-minded on space collaboration

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Interview_New_Zealand_govt_open_minded_on_intl_space_collaboration_minister_999.html

The New Zealand government is keeping an open mind on international cooperation in its nascent space program, saying it could be open to future collaboration with China and other space powers, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said Thursday.

Joyce, who opened New Zealand's first space launch site on Tuesday, told Xinhua that the newly formed New Zealand Space Agency had to ensure the country meets a range of international conventions and regulatory requirements.

Opening the privately run Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast, Joyce said attracting international players would be easier now since the government had established a regulatory regime to be managed by the agency.

"We're opening to partnering with countries around space," Joyce said Thursday in an exclusive interview during an official engagement in the North Island city of New Plymouth.

The U.S.-owned Rocket Lab is a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand.

"We have a very good relationship with the U.S. and we have a good relationship with China and other countries and we'll just keep an open mind in terms of all our technology collaborations, but obviously we'll be needing partners," Joyce said.

The government tabled the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill in Parliament this month and it is expected to become law by mid-2017.

It would enable the development of a space industry in New Zealand, and enable regulators to manage risks and implement certain international obligations relating to space activities and space technology.

The Bill would also ensure the country's space industry meets its international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA), recently signed with the United States.

However, the TSA would not exclude New Zealand from partnering with other nations in space, Joyce told Xinhua.

"It's really important that you don't share proprietary technologies inappropriately with other countries when they come to New Zealand so it is with U.S. technology, but then I imagine with the Chinese it would be the same with any proprietary technologies that they have," he said.

Rocket Lab is to begin space launches from New Zealand this year and is expected to start taking commercial payloads next year.

Rocket launch site to open up New Zealand space industry: Minister

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Rocket_launch_site_to_open_up_New_Zealand_space_industry_Minister_999.html

New Zealand first space launch site was officially opened Tuesday, with Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce saying it would help generate the national space program.

Joyce said he was looking forward to the first launches this year from the privately run Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast, followed by more next year when Rocket Lab launched commercial payloads.

"Rocket Lab will be a catalyst for other space-related activity in New Zealand," Joyce said in a statement. "Space activity is pervasive in our lives, to such an extent we are no longer aware that our Internet, our decision-making around energy and resource management, our marine surveillance to name only a tiny fraction, all rely on what we are doing in space."

Attracting international players would be easier now the government had established a regulatory regime to be managed by a new New Zealand Space Agency.

"The new agency has been very busy not only supporting Rocket Lab to navigate the regulatory environment, but also putting in place the foundations for an internationally credible, competitive and well-connected New Zealand-based space industry," said Joyce.

The New Zealand Space Agency would capitalize on Rocket Lab launches to help build New Zealand's capacity and expertise in all manner of space-related activities and support the strategic opportunities that were likely to flow.

The government tabled the Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill in Parliament this month and it was intended it will become law by mid-2017.

It would enable the development of a space industry in New Zealand, and enable regulators to manage risks and implement certain international obligations relating to space activities and space technology.

The Bill would also ensure the country's space industry met its international obligations, including the Technology Safeguards Agreement (TSA), recently signed with the United States.

The U.S.-owned Rocket Lab, a commercial space launch operator using technology developed in New Zealand, had to obtain a license from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration so it could conduct its space launch activities in New Zealand.

NHK unveils 4K/8K box

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/nhk-unveils-4k8k-box/

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK has unveiled a prototype 4K/8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ Ultra-HD cable decoder box. The box is being showcased at the giant CEATEC Japan technology show (October 4-7).

The set-top box has been developed in conjunction with KDDI, Jupiter Telecommunications (J:COM) and Japan Digital Serve Corp.

NHK has been test-transmitting 4K content for more than a year, while J:Com has been trialling 4K services since Jun 2014, and a 4K VoD service since May 2015.

NHK says: “The prototype receiving system is the first to use the channel bonding technology developed by NHK for splitting 4K/8K signals into multiple cable TV channels. This technology has the advantage that it can utilise existing cable TV facilities and transmission infrastructure in their present form. The miniaturisation of this 4K/8K cable TV reception equipment was achieved by the development of a demodulation Large Scale Integrated (LSI) chip (which comes from Socionext Inc) that converts cable TV signals into video and audio signals. Now all the main modules for 4K/8K reception on cable TV are ready. High expectations are now being placed in the development of a commercial version of cable TV receivers for the practical start of 4K/8K broadcasting.”

Thailand Digital TV stations to get tax break under new plan

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Digital-TV-stations-to-get-tax-break-under-new-pla-30296806.html

BROADCASTERS will be able to deduct their expenses fully for digital-terrestrial TV transmission under the “must carry” rule, while the progressive tariff for contributions to the broadcasting fund is expected to start next year.

"We hope that this new scheme will encourage providers of satellite TV platforms to carry both standard and high-definition digital channels for their customers," Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's broadcasting Committee, said yesterday.

Under this relief measure for struggling TV broadcasters, all terrestrial-based digital-TV operators would have the opportunity to get a full deduction for the cost of transmitting their programmes through satellite networks, which is governed by the "must carry" rule.

This rule aims to ensure that satellite-TV subscribers can access all digital free-TV channels.

In the meantime, operators of satellite-TV networks carrying digital TV programmes will also be eligible for the tax break. The broadcasting committee also approved the new rates for the annual fee collected for the Broadcasting and Telecommunications Research and Development Fund for Public Interest.

Pakdee Manaves, deputy secretary-general of the NBTC, said the new rates aimed to help broadcasters survive the economic downturn, but would not be retroactive.

No digital-TV broadcaster has paid this fee, which is currently a fixed rate of 2 per cent of gross revenue.

The new rates will step up from 0.50 per cent of revenue up to Bt5 million, to 0.75 per cent of Bt5 million to Bt50 million, 1 per cent of Bt50 million to Bt500 million, 1.35 per cent of Bt500 million to Bt1 billion and 2 per cent of Bt1 billion and over.

Asian TV broadcasters say satellite DTH remains their preferred platform

From http://spacenews.com/asian-tv-broadcasters-say-satellite-dth-remains-their-preferred-platform/

MNC Sky Vision of Indonesia is an example of an Asian market where direct-broadcast satellite television faces no immediate threat from Internet-delivered TV. Credit: MNC KUALA LUMPUR — Television broadcasters in Asia on Oct. 4 said their satellite direct-to-home linear-TV business is not under immediate threat from over-the-top (OTT) Internet delivery services such as Netflix and Hulu. They said that while satellite-delivered television has many good days still ahead, the fleet operators will face pricing pressure as fewer broadcasters demand hundreds of channels. The aggregate demand for capacity thus is likely to fall, putting pressure on prices. Addressing the APSCC 2016 conference here, organized by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council, these broadcasters said Asian markets do not offer a cut-and-paste opportunity in which a success in the United States or Europe determines a winner here.

David Weiland, executive vice president of BBC Asia, said no one has time to watch 300 or 400 channels and that broadcasters ultimately will reduce the amount of programming they offer. Satellite yes, but smaller bundles “Nobody watches that much TV, so we changed our strategy,” Weiland said. “Our linear portfolio is four channels — news, preschool children’s programming, premium factual content and lifestyle — all offered in HD,” or high-definition format. “That linear portfolio is here to stay.” Weiland nonetheless said his network is paying less for satellite capacity today than in the past as broadcasters settle on a few channels of core programming and drop the 400-channel approach. BBC Asia is offering drama programs for OTT distribution. Weiland said binge-watching of drama is better suited for non-linear distribution than the BCC’s core programming.

Sky Perfect JSat of Japan also sees no immediate threat to its television audience from OTT, in part because Japan’s aging population is less likely to switch to OTT. Minoru Yonezawa, executive officer for the multichannel pay TV business unit at JSat, said 40 percent of his company’s TV viewers record some of their programming, but that OTT providers will have difficulty getting consumers to pay for services such as Netflix and Hulu. Netflix and Hulu a factor, but not a big one “Netflix entered the Japanese market about a year ago, and I don’t think they’ve done well,” Yonezawa said. “But they did cause a price war and increased the competitiveness of the market for the younger generation of viewers. Netflix and Hulu in Japan are offering Japanese content in addition to their non-Japanese lineup. Indonesia, a nation of more than 13,000 islands, remains a unique case among large-population nations in offering what might be called natural geographic barriers to OTT, and a natural haven for satellite broadcasting. Rudy Tanoesoedibjo, president of Indonesia’s largest pay-television broadcaster, MNC Sky Vision, said mobile broadband remains too expensive for most people in Indonesia, reducing the current OTT market to a selected few high-income areas. In addition, signal piracy is an issue that any OTT provider would need to confront, limiting the Indonesian market’s appeal.

That’s also true for the satellite broadcast sector, which in Indonesia is growing quickly with several new satellites on order by Indonesian owners. ‘Skinny bundles’ also in Indonesia Also of concern for satellite operators is what Tanoesoedibjo called “skinny bundles” of television channels that broadcasters are turning to because their subscribers no longer want the 400-channel offerings. “So there is good and bad for the satellite sector” in Indonesia, he said, adding that MSN had no regrets about taking part in the 2009 purchase of the Protostar 2 satellite, in partnership with SES, following the bankruptcy of Protostar Ltd. SES purchased Protostar 2, in orbit, for $185 million with MSN as anchor customer. “We got it at a very good price,” Tanoesoedibjo said. With the average Indonesian television screen less than 40 inches in size, HD broadcasting is taking longer to catch on. Tanoesoedibjo said MNC has 65 percent of the Indonesian market, with the remaining 35 percent divided among 11 other companies. Some are offering more HD than MNC, but to no real effect so far, he said. “If you cannot charge more” for HD programming, he said, “then the demand is not there.”

He said the top Indonesian channels are distributed free-to-air and have considerable local content — a necessity since the growth of the Indonesian television market is now mainly in smaller cities outside Jakarta, in regions where only local-language programming will find an audience. The BBC’s Weiland said he expected that trends now seen in markets like Britain are likely to arrive in Asia, but will take time, and in all markets it will be content quality that determines success. “Of course consumer demand is changing,” Weiland said. “In the U.K, 16- to 24-year-olds each 15 percent less television than before, and 30 percent of their video is non-linear, a figure that will climb to 40 percent — much of it Youtube.” - See more at: http://spacenews.com/asian-tv-broadcasters-say-satellite-dth-remains-their-preferred-platform/#sthash.LXgYSzP1.dpuf

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA) CEO Named Satellite Executive of the Year

From http://www.abnnewswire.net/press/en/85075/

Kuala Lumpur, Oct 5, 2016 AEST (ABN Newswire) - SpeedCast International Limited (ASX:SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, announced today that its CEO, Mr. Pierre-Jean (PJ) Beylier, has been named 2016 Satellite Executive of the Year in Asia-Pacific by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC).

The accolade recognizes his outstanding contributions to the satellite communications industry and was presented to Mr. Beylier during an October 4th awards ceremony at the APSCC 2016 Satellite Conference and Exhibition in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mr. Beylier, who was also recently named Teleport Executive of the Year by the World Teleport Association (WTA), has led an ambitious global expansion at SpeedCast that has resulted in significant revenue growth and has positioned the company as one of the few truly global satellite solution providers.

Through a combination of organic growth and targeted acquisitions, Mr. Beylier has turned SpeedCast-which has its roots in the Asia-Pacific region-into a worldwide force with 42 sales and operations offices spanning six continents. He has also been instrumental in driving the company's ongoing network and infrastructure augmentation program to ensure the most robust, redundant global network for worldwide maritime, government and enterprise customers, leveraging over 70 satellites and 39 teleports.

Nurturing a strong company culture driven by four core values - Customer Focused, Agile & Responsive, Success through People & Safety, Team Spirit - has been instrumental to Mr. Beylier's and SpeedCast's success, enabling him to maintain top talent while leading the company through seven acquisitions over the past eighteen months. Along with instilling a customer focused mindset that is reflected across all facets of the global organization, he ensures that all SpeedCast team members have a stake in the company's success by keeping them apprised of what's happening in the market, what has been achieved, and what goals are on the horizon.

"I'm honored to have been recognized as a leader in the satellite communications industry by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council," notes Mr. Beylier. "I view it as a company-wide award that reflects the incredible dedication and customer focus of our staff around the globe, and our ongoing commitment to build SpeedCast into the world's premier communications and network service provider. SpeedCast has been an incredible 16-year journey, to which a lot of special people have contributed over the year and I thank them for their contribution."

About Speedcast International Ltd

Speedcast InternationalSpeedCast International Ltd (ASX:SDA) is a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, offering high-quality managed network services in over 90 countries and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. With a worldwide network of 43 sales and support offices and 39 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization. For more information, visit SpeedCast

Premier League broadcast pirates hit with £1m fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/premier-league-broadcast-pirates-hit-with-1m-fine/

Two fraudsters who supplied illegal broadcasts of Premier League football to commercial premises have been ordered by the court to pay close to £1 million (€1.14m) – which will go back into the ‘public purse’.

The individuals behind the company Digicams, Simon Hopkins and Leon Passlow, were found guilty of supplying a variety of systems allowing their customers to view live Premier League football without making appropriate payments.

On Friday 30th September at Guildford Crown Court, in the south of England, the pair were ordered to pay back £992,947.60 within three months or each face up to seven more years behind bars.

Their scam involved obtaining Sky and other viewing cards using false names and addresses and then selling them on to commercial businesses including hotels, pubs and betting shops.

They enjoyed lavish lifestyles with the proceeds of their crimes, driving expensive cars and buying thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery.

The pair had previously been sentenced to three and a half years in prison last August, after pleading guilty to Conspiracy to Defraud between January 2008 and September 2012 following a prosecution brought by the Premier League, working together with Surrey Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the UK’s leading trade organisation established to protect and represent the interests of its members’ Intellectual Property.

After serving his sentence Passlow, an Australian citizen, will be deported back to Australia.

“Hopkins and Passlow made hundreds of thousands of pounds through their criminal enterprise, allowing them to live lavish lifestyles and believing they would never get caught,” commented Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT.

“The court has confiscated £992,000 of their criminal funds and the pair are already serving lengthy sentences in prison. This should serve as a strong warning that ultimately intellectual property crime does not pay.”

“Confiscation orders are often the final piece of the jigsaw following a conviction and, where applicable, provide for victims to be compensated for their losses,” advised Detective Sergeant Chris Rambour of the Surrey Police Economic Crime Unit. “Seeking a confiscation order following a conviction is a lengthy, complex process which can take many months but these figures show that the hard work, tenacity and determination of the team has most definitely paid off.”

“Securing these confiscation orders follows a complex investigation that involved working closely with our partners to ensure that these criminals were put behind bars. I hope this demonstrates our determination and reassures the public that we will leave no stone unturned to put offenders before the courts.”

A Premier League Spokesman said the case provided further evidence that companies and individuals which illegally supply Premier League football to pubs and commercial premises risk jail time for doing so. “Injunctions and significant costs awards are regularly being made in the Premier League’s favour in the Courts, and several suppliers have been jailed for illegally making systems available to commercial premises.”

“We would advise the owners and operators of hotels, pubs, betting shops and other premises interested in broadcast Premier League football to contact Sky Sports and BT Sport as they are the only broadcasters authorised to do so in this country.”

Viceland UK struggling to find audience

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/10/04/viceland-uk-struggling-to-find-audience/

Vice’s UK TV channel has got off to a slow start, with some nights during peak viewing time achieving a zero rating audience figure.

Viceland UK, which launched on September 19th exclusively on Sky, has only managed a peak audience of just under 14,000 during 9pm to 11pm in its first two weeks of broadcast. Some nights the slot, in which Viceland, achieved zero live viewers, according to an analysis of Barb data by Enders Analysis.

Enders says the channel’s best result attracting 16- to 34-year-olds, the market at which Vice is targeted, was fewer than 10,000 viewers one night during the first two weeks.

Tom Harrington, an analyst at Enders, said that Viceland UK represented a “lacklustre launch”, following a “similarly underwhelming” debut in the US earlier this year.

“It is surely early days, but despite strong content, the initial results were predictable, considering the challenges,” he said. “The response by Vice, that viewing figures are essentially immaterial to its plans, was expected, but deviated from earlier bullish sentiment.”

Enders said that the channel was always going to struggle due to factors including being so far down the TV electronic programme guide at slot 153 in the general and entertainment listings.

“Vice has paid for a home where browsing footfall is rapidly diminishing, surrounded by neighbours, which tellingly, create no original programming,” continued Harrington. “Added to this is a marketing budget which is seemingly unable to stretch to anything outside the already enraptured Vice-sphere.”

Responding to the research, a Vice spokesperson said: “Judging a new channel on its ratings when it’s just out of the blocks is extremely premature. Looking at Viceland in the US after six months, the average audience age dropped by nearly 20 years, its audience is growing week by week, and our programming is Emmy nominated. In the coming months we expect to mirror the same success here in the UK as well.”

(Craig's comment, coming soon to SKY NZ and SBS)

FreeDish ready to beam 104 TV channels; 24 on MPEG4

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/freedish-ready-to-beam-104-tv-channels-24-on-mpeg4-161003

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan today formally announced that it is now capable of carrying 104 television channels on its free-to-air direct-to-home FreeDish. 24 channels that are being added to the existing 80 channels will be directly be launched on MPEG4 technology.

DD officials also confirmed that FreeDish will soon be capable of carrying up to 250 channels.

In line with the ‘Digital India’ and ‘Make in India’, DD has decided to implement Indian CAS (iCAS) on DD FreeDish Platform. iCAS (which is an initiative of the central government, is being initially introduced in 24 MPEG-4 channels. The introduction of iCAS will provide enhanced viewing experience.

DD officials said these additional 24 MPEG-4 SDTV channels will be available to viewers in FTA mode. The existing viewers will continue to get 80 SDTV channels, but will have to obtain iCAS-enabled authorised set-top boxes for accessing all 104 channels.

Although FreeDish will remain free to air with no monthly or periodic fee, the viewers will be required to register with DD FreeDish on getting the new STB from Doordarshan authorised STB dealers.

Slots on DD FreeDish are allocated to private channels through a transparent system of e-auction. DD earned Rs 980 million in 2014-15, Rs 1800 million in 2015-16, and Rs 1040 million till September in 2016-17. The next auction – the 31st – is slated for 5 October. FreeDish was launched with a modest bouquet of 33 channels in December 2004, and now carries eight TV channels and 32 radio channels.

The platform has a rich bouquet of channels consisting of 22 Doordarshan channels, two parliamentary channels, seven general entertainment and music channels each, 18 movie channels, 13 news channels, three religious channels and eight channels of other genres.

DD officials said implementation of iCAS and authorisation of STB original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) by Doordarshan will give a major thrust to ‘Make in India’ and ‘Digital India’. At present, a majority of STBs are imported. However, the introduction of iCAS will help in standardization of STBs and encourage quality STB manufacturing in India.

For authorisation of STB OEMs, a series of meetings were conducted by DD DG Supriya Sahu and her team with the Indian STB manufacturers, Department of Telecom and Information Technology, C-DAC, chip set manufacturers and other stakeholders.

After active consultation with all the stakeholders, DD started the process for rolling out MPEG-4 STBs for its DD FreeDish with iCAS. Doordarshan has invited e-applications for authorisation / empanelment of STB OEMs to sell / distribute DD-approved CAS-enabled DD FreeDish set-top boxes (STB) in India.

Once the Indian STB OEMs are authorised by DD, they will start manufacturing quality STBs in India. They will set up their distribution network all over India for selling Indian STBs and providing services to Doordarshan FreeDish viewers. Doordarshan DTH has also planned to set up customer care service for DD FreeDish viewers and has planned extensive complaint redressal mechanism.


No update, back Wednesday


The TVNZ channels are now renamed as below, what a pointless waste of tax payers money!

TV1 is now TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 1 + 1
TV2 is now TVNZ 2 and TVNZ 2 + 1
Duke is now TVNZ DUKE

Monday feed

IS19 12610 V Sr 6111 Fec 3/4 DVB-S/QPSK, reporter at a beach FTA..

Sunday feeds

IS 19 12600 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6 DVB-S2/8PSK, "STS NNA HD" FTA colour bars

Saturday feeds
IS 19 12436 H Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 DVB-S2, 8PSK, 1920 x 1080/50i HD, AFL Grand Final Day FTA..

Optus D2 12670 V Sr 6669 "horses"

Asiasat 5 3906 H 7500 "globecast oz" FTA boxing? not checked

Optus D2 12593 V Sr 15000 didn't load
Optus D2 12679 V Sr 7500 didn't load
Optus D2 12258 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12271 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12455 H Sr 6670 "default" fta media hub reporter at the boxing
Optus D2 12473 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12491 H Sr 8570 unknown encrypted
Optus D2 12659 H Sr 45000 ?? NZ beam new? data?

From my Email

From RSM

Ka-band Earth Stations in-Motion (ESIM)

A new provision in Ka-band 29.5-30 GHz is permitted in New Zealand for uplink transmission by the class of station known as “earth station in motion” (ESIM) communicating with fixed-satellite networks in the downlink band 19.7-20.2 GHz (space-to-Earth direction).

This provision is in line with the outcomes of the World Radiocommunication Conference that concluded in November 2015, particularly Resolution 156 (WRC-15).

In order to fully cover the definition of ESIM, this new provision applicable to ESIM in the uplink band 29.5-30 GHz is included in the updated version of the following three General User Radio Licences applicable to satellite uplink transmission – one for terrestrial, one for aeronnautical and one for maritime, respectively:

NZ Radiocommunications Regulations (General User Radio Licence for Satellite Services) Notice 2016 (updated)
see here https://gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2016-go5552

From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4013 V "Anhui TV" has left .

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H ICTA TV has started on , Tongfang.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4067 H "Fujian South East TV" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3986 H Ummat TV has started on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3988 H INTV and Ahsan TV have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Sunna TV has replaced TV Mu" on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3690 V "BTV" is now encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3751 V "Cinemachi Kids" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H Filmax has replaced Sabzbaat Balochistan on , Cryptoguard.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "RTP Internacional Ásia" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "Fox Sports Asia, Fox Sports 2 Asia, Fox Sports 3 Asia and Fox Sports News Asia" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Divyavani TV" is back on, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "GCJ O Shopping" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Wish Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "True Select" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Somali Channel" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4000 V "Mahadthai Channel" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "T News TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Movie 1" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Multimania onis" now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Immaculate Impact TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Untouchable TV has started on , clear.Solution TV, Charis TV, The Herald TV, Recovery Channel and Free Indeed TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12566 V "Ovy Movies and Revelation TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Blessing TV, TREM FITV, MFM TV, TTVM TV and Emerald TV have started on , Fta. Smile TV and Life Africa TV" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12640 V "Access TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "African Movie Channel Series, African Movie Channel and Teach Every Nation" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Emerald TV, 3ABN International, TREM FITV, Triumphant Broadcasting Network and Sautul Islam TV" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Lumen Christi TV Network" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,TVBS、TVBS-欢乐(TVBS)等频道加密,设置3629 H 24700参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,TVBS、TVBS-新闻(台湾)等全组频道解密,设置3629 H 24700参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 5 Khome(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3590 V 19200参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星8号卫星Ku频段,Karnmanee(IPM)频道新增,设置11679 H 30000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mountain TV、Business Plus(泰国)等3个频道新增,设置3454 V 3750参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Kolkatta Ishwar(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD替换India TV Wiz(高清)频道,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Smile TV替换Holla Shop(印尼)频道,设置3574 V 6363参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,时代家居、时代出行(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3640 V 27500参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,收藏天下、时代美食、时代风尚(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3600 V 27500参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,八大第一、三立都会(台亚卫星)等全组频道解密,设置3700 V 33000参数免费接收。 [10月2日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,时代家居、时代出行(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3640 V 27500参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,收藏天下、时代美食、时代风尚(鼎视传媒)频道消失,设置3600 V 27500参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,澳门莲花(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11101 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV World、Hum TV MENA(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4155 H 9833参数免费接收。 [10月2日]

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,No.1 News替换NRS Royal TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [10月1日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,1 Yes替换Benze TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [10月1日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TiJi(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12600 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月1日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Talkies HD(高清)频道新增,设置3810 V 15000参数免费接收。 [10月1日]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,MTV Live(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11727 R 27500参数无效接收。 [9月30日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,ASN HD、Fashion TV HD(DISH HD)频道解密,设置11727 R 27500参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Rainbow TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,天映频道、TFC(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Kabah TV替换More Mall 2(skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TBN、SBN TV(ABS)等7个频道新增,设置12714 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月30日]


Sky Muster II ready for launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/09/30/sky-muster-ii-ready-for-launch/

Australia’s Sky Muster II satellite, built for the National Broadband Network, is ready for launch from the French Guiana spaceport by Arianespace. The launch is scheduled for October 4 between 20.30pm and 21.45 UTC (10.30pm-11.45pm Paris time).

Sky Muster II, built by Space Systems/Loral, reflects the country’s political commitment to bridging the digital divide, especially in the rural and isolated regions of Australia. This new satellite will help extend high-speed internet to the entire country, including the Norfolk, Christmas, Macquarie and Cocos islands, in conjunction with broadband services already delivered by Sky Muster I.

The satellite is intended to serve and improve connectivity for some 400,000 Australian homes, mostly in isolated regions of the country.

The Australian satellite will have a co-passenger on the launch in the shape of India’s GSAT-18, for India’s Space Research Organisation. Weighing 3404 kg at lift-off, GSAT-18 carries 48 communication transponders to provide Services in Normal C-band, Upper Extended C-band and Ku-bands of the frequency spectrum. GSAT-18 carries Ku-band beacon as well to help in accurately pointing ground antennas towards the satellite. GSAT-18 will be positioned at 74 deg East longitude.

Anti-siphoning needs to encompass digital players: Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/antisiphoning-needs-to-encompass-digital-players-foxtel-chief-executive-peter-tonagh-20160928-grqxrc

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh has urged the Turnbull government to extend the anti-siphoning list to telcos and digital players, at least in the interim, while it formulates a deregulation plan for the media sector.

Anti-siphoning legislation prescribes which sporting events free-to-air television have first rights to bid on, but the scheme does not prevent internet or telecommunications companies from bidding before free-to-air.

For example, the weekend's Australian Football League and National Rugby League grand finals are on the list and subscription television players, such as Foxtel, are prevented from bidding for the events before their free-to-air counterparts.

However, under the current legislation, companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix and Twitter could buy the rights to those events before the likes of Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment or Network Ten, and potentially charge a fee for access.

The scheme has been designed to keep certain sporting events free for all Australians consumers.

"We see it difficult to convince the government to extend the list to other players. In which case, we think you've got to dramatically change the list if you're going to do that, because you either extend to everybody, and trim it a little bit, or you dramatically overhaul it," Mr Tonagh told The Australian Financial Review.

The government has indicated it has no plans to extend the anti-siphoning list to cover digital players, but the Opposition believes the scope of the scheme is something worth looking at.

"My concern is will it take a major Australian sporting event to go to one of those digital players before the government sees that there is an issue?" Mr Tonagh said.

Mr Tonagh said he believed the reason for the government's stance is want to get the issue of the anti-siphoning list right.

"The problem is they don't have time to get it right because it takes a long time to think through and to end up with the right solution. I think, we're being asked, in a sense, to carry the can by saying 'we'll bare the risk while they work through what the future might hold'," he said.

"Our view is we shouldn't have to carry that risk and so they should extend it in the interim."

There is no doubt that telco and over-the-top services are keen on sports rights. While not on the anti-siphoning list, Optus' $63 million per season deal for broadband and digital rights to the English Premier League, where it outbid Fox Sports and beIN Sports, highlights growing interest in premium content from entrants outside of traditional television.

Foxtel supports the removal of all five media ownership and control rules and wants to see some events removed from the anti-siphoning list that it believes are not culturally significant to Australia.

"The principle of the anti-siphoning regime is something that we firmly believe in. That's a principle that says there is some iconic Australia sporting events that are really core to the fabric of Australian society and where that's the case those sporting events should be made available to all Australians live, free and in high quality," Mr Tonagh said.

"There's no argument at all from us around that. We think those events include things like this weekend's NRL grand final, the AFL grand final, it includes the Melbourne Cup. Those things really are important to the fabric of Australian society."

Live-streamer of Joseph Parker boxing fights remains defiant

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11721046

A man who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's fights says recent efforts to crack down on the practise are ineffective.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight people who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's fight against Solomon Haumono and promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

Event organisers stopped people in the crowd from attempting to illegally live-stream the fight between Parker and Alexander Dimitrenko in Manukau last night.

James Bryant streamed Parker's fight with Carlos Takam in May, and said he isn't worried about prosecution.

"I have been on holiday for the last few months and they are not doing a very good job at finding me," he said.

He posted a link to a third-party stream of last night's fight on his personal Facebook page.

"It doesn't bother me one bit ... as soon as they fine me, I will make it my personal mission to stream every event."

Sky charged $39.95 to view last night's fight, which was also available on its Fanpass platform.

Sky's website crashed last night, leaving some frustrated fans unable to book to watch the event.

Eight people, all based in New Zealand, face nominal fines of $2670 each for breach of copyright for the streaming of Kiwi heavyweight Parker's victory over Australian Solomon Haumono in Christchurch in July.

Bryant said Duco were "shooting themselves in the foot", and that there were "heaps" of illegal live-streams available for last night's fight.

"If Duco didn't make a big deal about it in the first place people wouldn't be doing it. They are only punching themselves."

Duco chief executive Martin Snedden was blunt in his dismissal of Bryant's comments.

"The guy's wrong. In our view it is out-and-out theft, and people are starting to get the message that the risk isn't worth getting involved.

"We know we can't eradicate this, but we're getting better at running interference."

Snedden said increased co-operation from Facebook was enhancing their efforts to crack down on live-streaming.

"The big change is we now have the engagement and full support of Facebook, which has significantly increased our ability ... to take immediate action."

He said there will be a second wave of court proceedings filed against people who streamed last night's Parker-Dimitrenko fight.

(Craig's comment, Sky are flashing the users subcard details up on screen and this how they are tracking the illegal streams that are being put up on Facebook and other services. This is fine to stop those casual "pirates" However I believe that anyone uses a 3rd party satellite receiver won't be effected as the method to display the card number onscreen will not be supported. The other problem for Duco is they are selling the fight to overseas broadcasters like Sky Sports U.K or Arena Sports 2 which anyone can find a pirated stream of online in about 30 seconds via google. As for the price of $40? here's an idea what if they made it pay per round say $3.00 a round. If the fights over in round 2 then you are billed only $6 and if its a total farce like most PPV boxing events are then at least you don't feel robbed for 5 minutes entertainment.)

Legal action taken against Parker live-streamers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11720229

Duco Events and SKY have taken legal action after illegal live-streaming of his recent bouts.

Sky Television and Duco Events have filed court proceedings against eight individuals who illegally live-streamed Joseph Parker's last fight and have promised to "up the ante" should others ignore their hard line.

The eight people, all based in New Zealand, face nominal fines of $2670 each for breach of copyright for the streaming of Kiwi heavyweight Parker's victory over Australi