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Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Cinema" is encrypted again.

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BBC Knowledge HD(传送)等全组频道消失,设置4152 H 14832参数无效接收。 [10月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BBC Knowledge HD(传送)等频道新增,设置4152 H 14832参数部分免费接收。 [10月1日]
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Australia Shuts Down Its TV Network

From http://thediplomat.com/2014/10/australia-shuts-down-its-tv-network/

There’s a heavy sigh from viewers in Asia as Canberra loses an important plank in its soft power.

When the final whistle blew on Hawthorn’s thumping victory over the Sydney Swans in this year’s Aussie Rules grand final it also sounded the death knell for Australia Network (AN), the television channel that delivered Australian programs across much of Asia and beyond.

As anticipated, the network was shut down shortly after the final due to government spending cuts that were delivered by the conservative Liberal Party after its victory at last year’s election.

However, the $223 million bill over 10 years was considered small by many who felt the network’s ability to show-off the best of Australia to a potential audience reach of billions of people was worth the money.

Lindsay Murdoch, Southeast Asian Correspondent for The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, wrote, “A stake will be driven through our souls” with the closure of the network and asked why the national broadcaster ABC was not screening across Asia.

Richard Broinowski, former Australian ambassador to Vietnam, South Korea and Cuba, and former general manager of Radio Australia, echoed those sentiments and said projecting an image of the country abroad was too serious a matter to be left to commercial interests.

“I think it’s a short-sighted and stupid decision. Australia needs all the profile it can get in Asia, and this is a move in the opposite direction,” he said.

The running of AN fell under Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and despite popular beliefs to the contrary among expatriate Australians the service was not designed for them. AN’s target audience was locals, in their home country.

“The satellite TV market is so crowded. There are 200 channels available. Every country in Asia, including the poorest, have at least one or two 24-hour news services, and everyone is struggling,”  said Bruce Dover former AN Chief Executive Officer and now a broadcasting consultant. “So what were we providing?”

He agreed with the sentiments of many viewers, angered by AN’s closure, but he added the decision was complicated by costs and politics.

He said the latest figures showed the service was drawing about 250,000 viewers a month and the US$20 million a year it cost would be more effectively spent on online digital programing that could also be produced in local languages.

“Every international broadcaster is having its problems at the moment. The real play in Asia is mobile digital,” he said. “The grand colonial view of a pan-world service has died.”

Australian Network will apparently be replaced Australia Plus, which will provide a six-hour block of television programming. However, details remain sketchy. They say it will be “available online and on-demand, on television and radio.”

Dover said there was merit to the argument of transmitting the ABC 24-hour news channel and charging perhaps US$5 or US$10 a month to view, but this too had problems because it was not as simple as just transmitting the same signal that is broadcast in Australia.

The bulk of ABC programming is based on exclusive rights in Australia, which means the ABC was not in a position to screen internationally, particularly programs acquired from the BBC in Britain, PBS in the United States, or Al Jazeera in Doha.

Nevertheless, he said Australian expats numbered about one million, of whom 200,000 might be expected to subscribe to a service that could fall under the ABC’s charter to provide for Australians abroad.

Independence would be key. AN programming was dictated by DFAT, which stipulated dedicated hours for English learning, drama, kids programs, news and current affairs, as well as the often derided Aussie soap operas.

“… and that was part of the problem,” Dover said.

Hong Kong-based Mike Hoare, Managing Director of The Blueprint Communications Foundry, said AN had been widely criticized for showing too much football from the Australian Football League (AFL)  and ABC-produced programs.

“And while there’s truth to that, the current affairs and news coverage was second to none.”

“Some of the coverage, depth of insight and commentary on Asian affairs was a match for any serious news organization. So cutting Australia Network was disappointing for many reasons but I think the Australian government has squandered a scarce opportunity to be an important, and independent, media voice and play a role in shaping the region.”

In Cambodia, American and co-founder of The Phnom Penh Post Michael Hayes said his compatriots abroad were avid viewers of AN and in particular Four Corners, Landline, Barry Cassidy and Insiders, Q&A and Poh’s Kitchen.

“That TV channel shows you can have crucial debate about issues that matter without killing each other,” he said, before singing the theme song from the nightly soap opera Neighbors.

Importantly, AN was a rare avenue to push Australia’s view of the world, and this mattered in times of trouble. In 2000 and in early 2001 speculation was rife that then Prime Minister John Howard was prepared to cut the service due to budget pressures.

But he relented after al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden launched his attacks on New York and Washington, in September, 2001.

Howard was in the United States during those attacks and quickly realized the value – and public relations advantages – of controlling a television network with an international scope as the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the rise of Jemaah Islamiyah in Southeast Asia unfolded.

Dover added that Australian expats had made themselves heard before the service was disconnected, and he said they got what they wanted.

“Their driving message was the AFL, it’s the footy. They can get their news from The Sydney Morning Herald or The Age online but they want to watch Collingwood and Hawthorn play live.”

But audiences are fickle and the content did not always sit well with Peter Miles, a Hong Kong-based doctor from New South Wales. He said he was regular television news watcher but even that changed as the network became dominated by the AFL, Australia’s local football code.

“My lack of a regular look at the Australian Network came when they said that the only games that would be covered were from the AFL. No Rugby was covered at all. Very parochial.”

M2 Telecommunications taking on Foxtel with Fetch TV offering

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/m2-telecommunications-taking-on-foxtel-with-fetch-tv-offering-20141001-10ofwb.html

“Foxtel has made an aggressive move on pricing but the key for customers is now a single price point including phone line and broadband”, says Scott Lorson, chief executive of Fetch TV. advertising. Photo: Rob Homer

Australia's second-fastest growing internet service provider M2 Telecommunications is poised for an aggressively-priced launch into internet television that will pit it against Telstra and Foxtel, which is preparing to launch into broadband next year.

M2's consumer brand Dodo will offer a basic version of Fetch TV's service for free with its $39.90 Unlimited ADSL 2+ broadband service for metropolitan areas. Line rental starts at $29.90 per month.

Consumers will also have to pay $69 plus postage and packaging for the Fetch-TV set top box, which offers a personal video recorder, 36 channels, access to a movie library of 3000 titles with 30 pre-selected movies each month and catch up TV among other features.

"Whilst a number of companies have an IPTV offering... we have launched what we believe to be some of the most disruptive plans on the market," said Boris Rozenvasser, M2's consumer director.

Melbourne-based M2 owns internet service providers Dodo and iPrimus as well as business services veteran Commander. It added more subscribers than any other ISP bar Telstra in the first six months of the year.

Facing increasing competition in the pay-television sector, Foxtel, controlled by News Corp and Telstra last month slashed the value of its basic cable and satellite service from $49 to $25.

"Foxtel has made an aggressive move on pricing but the key for customers is now a single price point including phone line and broadband and we are seeing Dodo launch a very aggressive salvo in the bundle battle," said Scott Lorson, chief executive of Fetch.

Foxtel boasts 2.6 million customers to Fetch's 140,000, and now makes huge profits after initial years of losses, whereas Fetch has just turned profitable after its own heavy investments. 

However, Foxtel is facing increasing competitive threats to its historic monopoly, the impact of which is as-yet-unknown.

The addition of M2 gives Fetch TV three of the top five ISPs, or 40 per cent of the country's five biggest ISPs.

It means that the top five have now all chosen their television dance partners for internet television:Telstra and TPG have aligned with Foxtel while iiNet, Singtel-Optus and now, fifth-placed M2, have selected Fetch TV as their pay-TV partner.

All are betting that "triple play bundles" of phone, broadband and internet-delivered television are key to retaining customers and maintaining growth as the national broadband network is rolled out offering higher downlaod speeds.

Foxtel has also launched a subscription movies on demand service Presto, and cut the price to just $9.99 a month. It is preparing its own "triple play" offer from next year including broadband and phone line with its cable and satellite service.

It's move to drop prices was one of the most heavily researched decisions in its history and analysts have been impressed by the amount of work undertaken by the Foxtel strategy team.

Of the circa 9.million occupied homes in Australia, analysts estimate that the number that already have a set-top-box based service is approaching 3 million, divided between Foxtel, Telstra's T-Box and Fetch. By comparison, the combined number of users using a subscription service that relies on a virtual private network - such as Presto, Quickflix and Netflix - is estimated at around 250,000.

Those proportions may change if Foxtel signs up Seven West Media to its service and adds television content. Nine Entertainment Co has also teamed up with Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, to launch its on subscription video-on-demand service next year.

Comedy Central Asia launches in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Pacific islands

From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2014/10/comedy-central-launches-hong-kong-indonesia-pacific-islands/

Viacom has launched the Comedy Central channel in Hong Kong, Indonesia and the Pacific islands.

The announcement:

SINGAPORE, 1 October 2014 – Comedy Central Asia is laughing hard across Asia as Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia announced today, further regional distribution of the biggest comedy network, Comedy Central Asia(CCA) on i-CABLE in Hong Kong, Transvision and Matrix in Indonesia, and the Pacific Islands on Sky Pacific in Fiji, PNCC in Palau, Digicel in Tonga.

With these new distribution announcements Comedy Central is now available 24/7 in 15 Asian markets via 39 providers across Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Tonga.

Last week, the first and only all-comedy channel announced its availability on HyppTV’s IPTV service in Malaysia, which makes Comedy Central Asia the only English entertainment channel to be across all nationwide subscription TV platforms in Singapore and in Malaysia. Additionally, the channel marks a major milestone asSouth Park makes its way to Malaysia for the first time via Comedy Central HD on Demand channel on HyppTV’s Channel 851.

“In just under two years, we have launched Comedy Central Asia across 15 markets via 39 providers. This is a phenomenal progress and speaks to Asian fans and operators desire for great comedy content. Comedy Central Asia has become our fastest growing brand both globally and in Asia. We expect to see the channel ‘laughing’ its way into more Asian markets,” said Mark Whitehead, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Asia.

Encompassing a wide variety of comedy-genres talk-show and stand-up comedy, animation, live-action sitcom, sketch-comedy, physical and gag that is designed specifically for Asian viewers, Comedy Central Asia features both original and acquired content including Emmy® and Peabody® award-winning content, such asThe Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Comedy Central Roasts, Comedy Central’s global hit series, Comedy Central Presents, Tosh.0 and Key and Peele, the Asia Pay-TV premiere of such titles including Saturday Night Live, Anger Management, The Exes,as well as classic titles Mind Your Language, Ellen and Absolutely Fabulous.

Details for each announced operator’s transmissions follow:

Operator Country Package Details (where available)
i-CABLE Hong Kong Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 36Packaging: Basic Pack

Launched: June 27th 

Transvision Indonesia Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 508Packaging: Transvision Gold, Platinum and Diamond Packages (basic packs)

Launched: May 1st

Matrix Indonesia Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 508Packaging: Basic Pack

Launched: Launching October 1st

Sky Pacific Fiji Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 12Packaging: Basic PackLaunched: August 1st

PNCC Palau Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: Channel 55Packaging: Basic Pack

Launching: October 1st

Digicel Tonga Comedy Central AsiaChannel number: To be advised at a later date.Packaging: Basic Pack (Red Pack)

Launching: November 15th

Source: press release

Space debris expert warns of increasing CubeSat collision risk

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Space_debris_expert_warns_of_increasing_CubeSat_collision_risk_999.html

The increasing number of small 'CubeSat' satellites being launched combined with a relaxed attitude to debris mitigation could lead to hazards for all space users unless preventative measures are taken, warns a leading space debris expert from the University of Southampton.

Speaking at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto, Dr Hugh Lewis said that this combination leads to a growth in space debris, as a result of collisions between CubeSats and other objects in orbit.

CubeSats are small satellites (around 10x10x10cm) that are providing opportunities for companies to break into the space data and communications industries. Despite many CubeSats not having any manoeuvring capability so they cannot avoid collisions during the mission or manoeuvre to a disposal orbit at their mission end, they are still perceived to have a low impact on the space debris environment.

However, despite guidelines requiring the satellites to deorbit within 25 years, some are being launched into high Earth orbits, which means their orbital lifetime could be much greater.

More than a third of all CubeSats launched to-date (around 160 between 2003 and 2013) are predicted to remain on-orbit for more than 25 years. Since 2005, CubeSats have been involved in more than 360,000 close approaches of less than 5 km with other orbiting objects.

Dr Lewis says: "To reduce the risks, some effort is needed to engage with the growing small satellite community. All space users, not just those in the CubeSat community, who are taking the right steps should be encouraged to continue and, ultimately, lead on sustainable practices and debris mitigation activities.

"Those who are not yet engaged with this approach should be encouraged to do so. It's probably a matter of changing their perceptions of the risks and helping them to understand that there is a collective responsibility to ensure that outer space activities are sustainable so that future generations have the same opportunities to use space as we do."

Dr Lewis and his team used their Debris Analysis and Monitoring Architecture to the Geosynchronous Environment (DAMAGE) model to simulate three future CubeSat launch traffic scenarios until the year 2043. By comparing these with close approach data from 2005 to 2013, the team found CubeSats are estimated to be involved in millions of close approaches over the next 30 years, with a handful leading to a collision.

Analysis of the close approaches found that most of the collision risk from CubeSats comes from high-speed encounters with large spacecraft. In addition, many of these encounters were in Sun-synchronous orbits that are popular with remote sensing and Earth science satellites.

Dr Lewis adds: "By far the greatest risk comes from those with long lifetimes at altitudes of about 750 km. If CubeSats continue to be launched into long-lived orbits without any means of disposing of them, then they will contribute to the growing space debris hazard. This is not a responsible or sustainable practice, in my view. However, if efforts are made to limit the lifetimes- as some are already doing - then the risks will be reduced."


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Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Animax East Asia" has started on , Conax.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E "TVBS News" has moved from 12574 H to 12579 H again, BISS.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "Asian Games" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "Food Network Asia, Travel Channel HD Asia and Travel Channel Asia" are back on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12526 V "TiJi" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4000 H "Nat Geo Music" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H Toonami, Syfy Universal Asia and Crime & Investigation Network Asia have started on, encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 V "Dragon TV has replaced UDD TV" on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12562 V Stadium 4-6/X and Thairath TV and Cinema have started on , encrypted. Thrill has started , encrypted. SET SE Asia, Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia have started , encrypted. Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Smile, Fox Sports Asia and Fox Thai have left. CTH WWE has left V.Mahidol Channel and ChernYim Channel have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "Angel TV Africa" has started on , Fta.

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东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Mahua TV(印度)频道新增,设置11171 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Mi Marathi(印度)频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox(俄罗斯)等4个频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS Prime替换TV Chosun(韩国)频道,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]

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Battle to save the 9cm band

From http://www.southgatearc.org/news/2014/september/battle_to_save_the_9_cm_band.htm

The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) has lodged a strong submission to the Department of Communications to save loss of access to two segments of our 9 cm band – a 25 MHz block at 3400-3425 MHz and a 50 MHz block at 3492.5-3542.5 MHz.

In August, the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, issued the ACMA a draft Direction to enable licensing of these two spectrum blocks to the National Broadband Network for fixed wireless services in metro fringe and hard to service areas of the major mainland cities.

The Department of Communications called for comment, with a closing date of 22 September 2014.

The block at 3400-3425 MHz overlays the narrowband, weak-signal and satellite segment in the bandplan at 3400-3410 MHz, which also includes beacons. Many countries throughout the three ITU regions have amateur allocations covering this segment. The WIA has argued for retention of 3400-3410 MHz to maintain harmonisation with amateur allocations across the world.

In summary, the Institute’s submission put the case as follows:

1. The WIA seeks preservation of Amateur Service use of 3400-3410 MHz Australia-wide, consistent with international allocations and CEPT footnote EU17 in Region 1, and suggests that a 25 MHz block for the NBN could be found elsewhere in the 3400–3600 MHz band.

2. In addition, the WIA seeks preservation of Amateur Service use of 3492.5–3542.5 MHz (and the repositioned 25 MHz NBN block) outside those geographic areas where NBN fixed wireless services are deployed, such that any likely interference to the NBN service is obviated and subject to the existing provisions of secondary services.

Roger Harrison VK2ZRH

A copy of the WIA’s submission can be viewed below.
WIA submission to 3.5 GHz consultation.pdf


Announcement: Foxtel Play is finally coming to Xbox One – but when?

From http://www.techly.com.au/2014/09/30/foxtel-play-comes-xbox-one/
Some five months after Foxtel Play launched on Sony’s Playstation 4, Foxtel have announced the streaming subscription service will come to the Xbox One, although there’s no word on when.

Xbox One owners will need an Xbox Live account but the good news is a free account should be enough to take part, if Foxtel roll over the same requirements from the current Xbox 360/Foxtel Play arrangements.

The problem is, Foxtel’s announcement doesn’t actually say when the service will be available on Xbox One. The only reference in the release sent out by Foxtel is “…the service goes live in the coming months.”

We hope coming months means before 2015. Techly has contacted Foxtel for comment, and is awaiting an update from the company.

Update: Foxtel’s representative has told us that the timeline is likely to be a month or two, as the Foxtel Play app is customised and readied for Xbox One. It’ll be ready before 2015, but the exact date isn’t known yet.

You can trial Foxtel Play for up to 14 days, and the costs are all based on packages, with a minimum cost of $25 for a single package, up to $100 a month if you want everything, including sports and premium movies and TV.

Here’s the quotes from Foxtel and Microsoft:

Foxtel’s Executive Director of Sales and Marketing, Ed Smith, said, “Foxtel and Xbox are synonymous with brilliant entertainment. Our shared history of filling living rooms with funny, adventurous, nail-biting and immersive experiences is what we live for and our partnership to bring Foxtel Play to Xbox 360 has been an unmeasured success for our customers. We’re thrilled to announce plans to add Foxtel Play to Xbox One and take that success even further.”

Microsoft Australia Xbox lead, Jeremy Hinton, said, “With Xbox One, our aim is to deliver an all-in-one solution that couples industry leading games with best-in class film and TV entertainment experiences. This latest milestone in our already game-changing relationship puts the latest and greatest movies and TV shows into the hands of our fans, and adds to the ever growing line-up of Australian and international content available to all Xbox One owners.”

Express AM4R report concludes

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/30/express-am4r-report-concludes/

The ILS Failure Review Oversight Board (FROB) has concluded the May 16 failure of the Express AM4R satellite was down to a loss of structural integrity of a bolted interface that attaches the Stage III steering engine turbopump to the main engine structural frame.

In a detailed review of reports from the Russian State Inter-agency Commission (IAC) and Khrunichev (KhSC) investigations into the probable cause of the failure the FROB said the loss of integrity led to an excessive steering engine turbo pump vibration environment that damaged a fuel inlet line to the oxidizer gas generator, resulting in a fuel leak. The loss of fuel led to the premature shutdown of the turbopump and loss of stage control authority and ultimately loss of mission approximately 545 seconds into the flight.

The FROB agreed that the identified corrective action plan would address the identified probable cause and contributors to the failure.

“We thank all of the FROB participants—our customers, insurance underwriters, technical experts and all others–for their diligent work and generous time; their continued support is sincerely appreciated,” said ILS Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Programs and Operations, John Palmé.

Proton returned to work on September 28 with a launch on behalf of the Russian Federal Government.

RR Media to deliver Arsenal programming

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/29/rr-media-to-deliver-arsenal-programming/

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, has been chosen as a delivery partner for Premier League football club Arsenal’s International Programming Block.

The distribution of the weekly Arsenal Media programming block from the London based football club, will consist of two magazine shows plus the matches Arsenal plays during that week.

The three-year deal will see RR Media utilising its smart global distribution network to take the content from BT in London, through its global media centre and optimising delivery using fibre and satellite to Europe and Asia to an audience reach of millions of households. There is an option for further distribution using the RR Media network into the future into new regions.

Luca Marinoni, Head of Sports and Live Events at RR Media says: “We are thrilled to have the privilege to distribute high quality content for one of the world’s most successful and recognised Premier League clubs. This demonstrates our ability to distribute high profile sports content worldwide, whilst also giving us the platform for future partnerships with sporting clubs and organisations.”

Russia: Over 40m pay-TV subs by 2018

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/29/russia-over-40m-pay-tv-subs-by-2018/

A report from J’son & Partners Consulting says that Russia’s pay-TV subscribers will expand to some 40.9 million by 2018, up 17 per cent on the December 2013 figure, and reach a penetration rate of 75 per cent by 2018. Typical growth rates will be 3 per cent per annum, says the research.

Russia’s three leading pay-TV operators are Tricolor TV, NTV Plus and Orion Express. Tricolor says it has added “almost 800,000” new subs in the first half of this year to its near-15 million subs, and is focusing on converting Russia’s continuing users of analogue TV (said to be almost one-third of the overall market). It is also developing expanded offerings in Siberia, and utilising new satellite capacity from the launch in March of Express-AT1.

NTV Plus claims some 750,000 subs, and is attacking the ‘basic’ market with a portfolio of channels at less than $1 a month and yet still contains 90 all-digital bouquet. NTV Plus says it is adding 20,000 subs a month.

Equally active is Orion Express with a 2.5 million subs base, and which expects “significant growth” during 2014-2015.

The US is ready to redefine “television” to include the internet

From http://qz.com/273354/the-us-is-ready-to-redefine-television-to-include-the-internet/

The US Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to treat certain online video services like cable and satellite TV providers.

The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant pay-TV providers like Comcast.

“This is a very big deal,” said Richard Greenfield, an industry analyst for BTIG. “It could pose very significant challenges to the traditional [cable TV] bundle.”

The FCC’s Media Bureau is working on the proposal, which could be shared more broadly within the commission as early as this week, according to an FCC official.

Kim Hart, an FCC spokesman, declined to comment.

The proposal would only apply to online services that offer pre-scheduled programming. So the rules wouldn’t cover Netflix, which allows subscribers to watch videos whenever they want.

But it could revive the controversial online video service Aereo, which allowed subscribers to watch broadcast TV channels on their computers and Internet connected-TVs. The Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Aereo was stealing the broadcasters’ copyrighted content.

In response, Aereo asked to be reclassified as a cable provider. The move wouldn’t give it free access to broadcast programming, but it would force the broadcasters to negotiate following certain rules and would likely mean cheaper access to their channels.

“Aereo is back,” Greenfield said.

Classifying the online services as cable providers would bring a variety of regulatory perks but it would also carry some burdens—such as requirements to offer certain stations.

The proposal is only an initial step. So even if the commission approves it, the agency will then have to seek public comment before making any final decisions.

Multichannel News first reported on the proposal Monday


The Australia Network has changed over to their new Australia Plus service. Same satellite details as previously used.

Interesting link


"The UCS Satellite Database is a listing of the more than 1000 operational satellites currently in orbit around Earth.

Our intent in producing the database is to create a research tool for specialists and non-specialists alike by collecting open-source information on operational satellites and presenting it in a format that can be easily manipulated for research and analysis.

It is available as both a downloadable Excel file and in a tab-delimited text format. A version is provided, as well, in which the "Name" column contains only the official name of the satellite in the case of government and military satellites, and the most commonly used name in the case of commercial and civil satellites."

Users can answer questions such as:

How many satellites does a given country have in orbit, and what are they used for?

How many satellites are used for military purposes versus commercial purposes?

Which countries have earth-observing satellites?

When was the oldest working satellite launched?

At what altitudes do most satellites orbit?

What activities are most satellites involved with?

We welcome corrections, additions, and suggestions. These can be emailed to the database manager at


Weekend feeds


Optus D2 12660 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" with feed of Womans Rugby League

IS19 12561 V Sr 7200 "motor racing"

From my Email

From saldav1

weekend feed logs
All Asiasat 5

3867 H SR 7200 DNSG 7 IMG STUDIOS HD TEST - (wording with colour test pattern and sound) then ARSENAL vs TOTTENHAM from the Emirates Stadium, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 6110 Media Ass. Int Time News Programme, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)

Two different afternoon Soccer feeds.

3867 H SR 7120 ATP M'sia Open M ATP WORLD TOUR - MALAYSIA OPEN -Tennis from Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7200 LOL WORLD CHAMP 2 Video Games Championships, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 7200 LOL WORLD CHAMP 2 Video Games Championships, (FTA.)

Both tp's have different video games!

3708 H SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 Sunday Evening Soccer - J LEAGUE Division 2, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 DSNG Enc 12 World Rythymic Gymnastics 2014 from TURKEY, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 7500 TATA BT ENC betway World Cup of Pool - FINLAND vs ENGLAND, (FTA.)
3667 V SR 7120 ATP M'sia Open B ATP World Tennis from Kuala Lumpur, (FTA.)
3730 H SR 15000 $Ryder Cup World f, ($ scrambled.)
3750 V SR 14399 $ATM4 E-260 VIA1 Shimano Men's Cycling from Spain, (actually FTA.)
4175 H SR 7120 DSNG Enc 12 LONGINES Rythymic Gymnastics 2014 from Izmir, TURKEY, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 Korean Horse Racing Afternoon, (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
3930 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
3910 H SR 10000 Service-1 MOK Fashion - Fashion model pic's with some sound, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 6110 9MHz 4x Horse Racing from PERTH Western Australia - (PERTH RACING), (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 DSNG Enc 12 LONGINES Rythymic Gymnastics from Izmir, TURKEY, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 7500 TATA BT ENC betway World Cup of Pool- PHILLIPINES vs FINLAND, (FTA.)

From the Dish

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12650 H "Disney Channel Indonesia has replaced Discovery HD World South East Asia" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Quran TV and Sunna TV" are encrypted again.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3880 H "GMM Channel" has replaced Big on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Cinema" is Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12604 V "GTH On Air" has started on , encrypted
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12728 V "Bluesky Channel and Thai PBS" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox(俄罗斯)等4个频道加密,设置11045 H 44923参数有条件接收。[09-29]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS Prime替换TV Chosun(韩国)频道,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,GS Shop、Channel A(韩国)等3个频道消失,设置12490 H 27489参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Anibox、MBN(韩国)等6个频道消失,设置12530 H 27489参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,YTN、国家地理(韩国)等7个频道消失,设置12650 H 27489参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNTV、FTV(韩国)等13个频道消失,设置12730 H 27489参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5+高清(数码天空)等频道消失,设置12660 V 45000参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,Australia Plus(DISH HD)频道消失,设置11766 R 27500参数无效接收。 [9月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,江苏卫视、CCTV-5+等替换MGM(数码天空)等频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [9月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、东森新闻HD等替换霹雳台(数码天空)等频道,设置12660 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [9月29日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus替换Australia Network(澳)频道,设置3829 H 13238参数免费接收。 [9月29日]

东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Mta TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3920 H 3000参数免费接收。[09-28]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Pasien TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3616 H 2000参数免费接收。[09-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ch 10(测试)频道消失,设置12152 V 45000参数无效接收。[09-28]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fox HD、Fox Life HD(俄罗斯)等24个频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。[09-28]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share Channel替换Matrix(MPEG-4)频道,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。[09-27]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Express News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。[09-27]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MRTV-4(缅甸)频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox替换TV Maria(菲律宾)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Star Movies替换Net 25(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Net 25、Viva、TV Maria替换ETC(梦幻卫视)等频道,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。[09-27]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1 HD(高清)频道解密,设置12152 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fight Sports(缅甸)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,MRTV(缅甸)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月27日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Future 5(测试)频道新增,设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月27日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,PSI(泰国)频道新增,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月26日]


Australia Network goes off the air in the Asia and Pacific region

From http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2014-09-28/australia-network-goes-off-the-air-in-the-asia-and-pacific-region/1373079
The Australia Network has gone off the air after the Federal Government withdrew funding for the broadcaster earlier this year. 

Australia Network had a potential audience of 144 million people, the ABC said. (Credit: ABC) 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade cut Australia's international television service, which had broadcast content to 46 countries in the Asia and Pacific region including Solomon Islands, India, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, in the May budget.

The ABC was one year into a ten-year contract to provide the service, which had a potential audience of 144 million people.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop told ABC's Insiders program on Sunday that the Government cut funding to the broadcaster because it did not believe it was meeting its contractual obligations.

However, an ABC spokesman said the number of viewers in the region had grown over the past 12 months.

"Australia Network met all of its contractual obligations and key performance indicators as set out in its contract with DFAT," he said in a statement.

"During the first 12 months of the contract the network grew to with a potential an audience of 144 million in the Asia and Pacific region.

"The termination of the contract led to redundancies within the ABC and had affected the organisation's ability to maintain its international broadcasting responsibilities."

On Monday the ABC will launch Australia Plus, a new multi-platform international service which will screen blocks of ABC entertainment, sport, education and English learning content through Asia and Pacific broadcast partners.

Network partners include NowTV in Hong Kong, Astro and TM Net in Malaysia, Singtel and Starhub in Singapore, Indovision and Telkomvision in Indonesia, True Visions and Thai Cable Holdings in Thailand, Dream, Sky Cable and Cignal in the Philippines and DD Direct in India.

"The Australia Plus international media service is a digital-led multiplatform service, it is a fully commercial service and will be working closely with business to enhance their opportunities for market access and growth across the region," the ABC spokesman said.

Australia Plus will also ensure big events from Australia including the Melbourne Cup, Sydney's New Year's Eve Fireworks and the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race air in the region.

ABC could continue to deliver Australia Network: Bishop

Ms Bishop said the ABC's failure to meet its obligations and the "corrupted tender process" which delivered the national broadcaster the contract had convinced the Government there were "much more creative" ways to promote Australia abroad.

However, she said the decision to end the service had been taken by ABC management.

"It's up to the ABC to determine how it wants to prioritise the taxpayer money that it gets now," she said.

"But I don't believe that it was meeting its contractual obligations to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in promoting Australia abroad through the Australia Network.

"So I'm looking at other alternatives where I think we can do it in a much more creative and positive way."

The Government will also save $43.5 million over four years from cuts to the base funding of the ABC and SBS.

Communications minister Malcolm Turnbull has described the 1 per cent budget cut as a "down-payment" on the recommendations of an Efficiency Study, which the Minister commissioned earlier this year.

(Craig's comment, still running but with a new name and different content)

News Corp Australia's interim boss Julian Clarke to stay another year

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/news-corp-australias-interim-boss-julian-clarke-to-stay-another-year-20140928-10n96k.html

Julian Clarke has impressed the Murdochs.

Julian Clarke is set to remain as chief executive of News Corporation Australia for at least another year after impressing the Murdoch family by steadying the performance of its struggling domestic publishing operations.

When the veteran newspaper executive was asked by Rupert Murdoch to come out of retirement in August 2013 it was widely anticipated to be an interim appointment while the company calmed down unrest among some editors under his predecessor Kim Williams.

However, insiders at News Corp have been told the popular 70-year-old former chairman of the Herald and Weekly Times will remain at the helm of the company, which also controls REA, Fox Sports and 50 per cent of Foxtel, for at least another 12 months.

In an interview with Fairfax Media, News' biggest Australian rival, Mr Clarke declined to comment on his tenure at Australia's largest media company, saying he "can guarantee it won't be longer than 10 years".

"At 70, it's not the next step in your career necessarily, but I do have a track record of developing talent around me and we're doing that," he said in his first interview with a non-News Corp publication since taking the role. "There's an embarrassment of riches, which is a good position to be in."

Mr Clarke's earliest move was to unwind the controversial centralised advertising sales structure adopted by Mr Williams, who used Boston Consulting Group. (Mr Williams has robustly defended his own tenure at News.) "Of the billions of dollars of advertising revenue we write, 66 per cent of it is local," Mr Clarke said.

"That is a lot of money. I want to make sure that the mousetrap we've got is capable of doing the job."

Internal figures leaked to the website Crikey last month showed revenue at News Corp's Australian newspapers fell 14 per cent to $1.9 billion in 2012-13, with operating income tumbling 67 per cent to $94 million.

Mr Clarke, who took over after the figures were filed, said that some of those titles were now writing more in advertising. "Nobody is holding [the leaked accounts] up as a tale of commercial success," he said. "Some discipline needed to be put back into the business, which is what we've done."

News Corp's 2014 accounts said Australian newspaper revenue had fallen 8 per cent in local currency terms compared with the previous year, driven by a sharp fall in advertising revenues, which has affected all newspaper publishers to differing degrees.

"The changes to the media scene, in particular the advertising industry have been huge," Mr Clarke said. "And I pay Fairfax credit for this, too – it's not as though Fairfax or News have been sitting on their hands, not knowing what to do about it. We've both embraced the digital world. Everybody knows that's where we need to be If you can get the model right, then you can say actually I don't care whether our readership is in print, or digital only, or both."

He also said the media war between News and Fairfax had "got the potential of becoming silly. These things have a rhythm and you observe them and sometimes you think the pitch is getting too high," he said, noting "it isn't just one-way traffic".

The favourite to eventually replace Mr Clarke is News Corp Australia's chief operating officer, Peter Tonagh, who also impressed in his role as temporary CEO of News' real estate company REA. Mr Murdoch and his son Lachlan, News Corp's deputy chairman, could also ask Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein.

Court allows Channel 3 to continue airing through satellite and cable until Oct. 11

From http://www.pattayamail.com/news/court-allows-channel-3-to-continue-airing-through-satellite-and-cable-until-oct-11-41555

BANGKOK, 27 September 2014  The Administrative Court has issued an order allowing Channel 3's signal to continue to be relayed through satellite and cable channels, allowing the television broadcaster time to settle its dual-system broadcast affairs without facing interruption to its relayed contents.

Ms. Suphinya Klannarong, a member of the committee on broadcasting affairs at the National Broadcasting Telecommunications Commission, said that with the court's order, Channel 3 will be able to air on cable and satellite channels until 4.30 pm on October 11. Channel 3 will need to complete its arrangements with the NBTC concerning the dual airing on both analog and digital systems. The broadcaster will also have to report its progress on completing the said arrangements to the court.

Channel 3 earlier filed for a protection order from the Central Administrative Court, concerning the NBTC's resolution to have satellite and cable operators stop relaying Channel 3's analog signal on September 30. The broadcasting regulator had reached the resolution after deeming that Channel 3 failed to go through with the proposed simulcast.

Ch 7 seeks 'fair treatment' from broadcasting panel

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Ch-7-seeks-fair-treatment-from-broadcasting-panel-30244341.html

Operator BBTV concerned that Channel 3 may get special treatment from NBTC

Channel 7 operator Bangkok Broadcasting and Television wants fair treatment from the national broadcasting committee in connection with the latter's effort to pave the way for Channel 3 to simulcast analogue content on a digital TV channel.

A source at the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission said that last Friday a BBTV lawyer submitted a letter to the broadcasting committee asking it to ensure that any plans it devised regarding Channel 3 would not affect terrestrial digital TV operators such as BBTV.

The source said the letter also stated that if the committee amended any rules, it must ensure the changes were fair and did not favour a particular company.

It is BBTV's first written reaction in the matter. BBTV simulcasts its Channel 7 analog programmes on its digital Channel 35.

Channel 7 has the largest audience base and is the main competitor of Channel 3, which is operated by Bangkok Entertainment Co.

The broadcasting committee has explored several options trying to convince BEC to simulcast its programmes on the digital Channel 33 of its sister company BEC-Multimedia. It is part of its attempt to quickly switch Thailand to the terrestrial digital TV era.

BEC declined to simulcast its analog content, saying it and BEC-Multimedia were different entities.

The broadcasting committee will hold another meeting today in the search for a solution to the problem.

However, an industry observer is sceptical that will happen, given that the five-member committee is reportedly divided into two factions that have different ideas on how to deal with this issue.

One plan the committee is expected to consider is a revision of the rule governing the content ratio on a digital TV channel to make it possible for BEC to simulcast programmes on Channel 33.

The committee's digital TV content rule obliges a digital TV licence-holder to produce at least 60 per cent of the content itself and rent airtime to other parties to produce the remaining 40 per cent of content for them.

Unless this rule is amended to allow a digital TV channel to rent 100 per cent airtime to another party to produce content for it, BEC will not be able to simulcast all its programmes on Channel 33.

BEC keeps saying that it is willing to simulcast its content but the simulcast must not breach any related NBTC rules.

The broadcasting committee meeting today follows last week's ruling by the Central Administrative Court to grant temporary relief to BEC in response to the broadcasting committee's recent order for all cable and satellite TV networks to drop Channel 3 programmes from their networks yesterday.

The deadline has been extended to October 11, during which time the broadcasting committee and BEC will have to jointly seek ways to end the impasse.

The committee had instructed cable and satellite TV networks to drop Channel 3 programmes as the channel was not free TV based on its definition.

It obliges cable and satellite |TV networks to carry free TV |channels, which are the digital TV channels.

China Successfully Orbits Experimental Satellite

From http://en.ria.ru/world/20140928/193388997/China-Successfully-Orbits-Experimental-Satellite.html

China has launched a new experimental satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center

MOSCOW, September 28 (RIA Novosti) – China has launched a new experimental satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwestern Gobi desert on Sunday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

The Shijian-11-07 was boosted by Long March 2C launch vehicle at 05:13 UTC. This is the seventh in a series of satellites that – according to Chinese media – known as "experimental satellites".

They are developed by China Spacesat Co. under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. The Shijian series of satellites has been used for scientific research and experiments in space. The first Shijian-11 satellite was launched on November 12, 2009.

This launch was the 194th successful Chinese orbital launch and 193th launch of the Long March rocket series.

Russian relay satellite enters calculated orbit

From http://en.itar-tass.com/non-political/751714

MOSCOW, September 28. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian relay satellite Luch, launched by the Proton-M carrier rocket from Baikonur space launch facility early on Sunday, has separated from the Briz-M rocket booster and reached the calculated orbit, the press service of the Russian Space Agency (Roskosmos) reported on Sunday. 

“The space apparatus has separated in scheduled time,” the press service said.

It was this years’ fifth launch with use of the Proton carrier and the first launch after the accident with the carrier. On May, Proton-M with the Express-AM4R communication satellite took off from Baikonur, and later on burned down in the dense layers of the atmosphere.

The Luch spacecraft is another satellite of the Luch Multifunctional Relay System which is being developed under the 2006-2015 Russian federal space programme. The Luch relay system is intended to provide the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS); low-orbiting space devices; boosters and upper stages with communication with ground-based facilities.

The Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) can communicate directly with the mission control centres in Russia and in the U.S. for 2.5 hours a day. For communication outside the time limit, Russia buys services of the U.S. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System.

The previous Luch spacecraft - Luch-5B - was successfully put in orbit on April 28 this year

Sky Perfect JSAT To Launch Dedicated 4K Channels on March 1, 2015

  • From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2014/09/26/sky-perfect-jsat-to-launch-dedicated-4k-channels-on-march-1-2015/

  • [Via Satellite 09-26-2014] Japan-based Sky Perfect JSAT has set the date for the launch of two Ultra-HD 4K channels on March 1, 2015. The channels will be available on the Sky PerfecTV! premium service.

    Sky Perfect JSAT plans to broadcast sports, movies, live concerts and other content, including J-league matches on the channels. To view the 4K pay-TV channels, subscribers will need SKY PerfecTV! premium service tuners. Sales of the tuners are now available and additional models will be revealed in the future.

    In preparation for the channel, Sky Perfect JSAT has been conducting trial broadcasts. The company plans to release details on channel names, numbers and subscription fees in the future as they are still under consideration.

    Get Ready to Look 'Beyond the Box'

    From http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2014/09/29/casbaa-convention-2014-firms-up-speaker-line-up

    Hong Kong, Sept 29, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - An impressive line up of heavyweight speakers from the global broadcast industry has been confirmed for this year's CASBAA Convention 2014 (#casbaacon). Taking place at the Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong, from 27th October - 30th October 2014, the convention's theme this year - Beyond the Box - promises to explore how technology is changing the region's TV consumption habits.

    The convention gathers key operators, content providers, satellite services, technology, carriers and ad agencies from across Asia, and the world, in lively debate and exchange of information through keynote addresses, conversation sessions and panel discussions. This year, the convention looks to tackle how the advent of new content platforms 'Beyond the Box' will affect the Asian cable and satellite broadcast industry.

    "While linear TV is still an important industry growth factor in the region, the proliferation of new technologies and platforms herald a new era for the industry," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, and CASBAA. "These developments have enabled content providers to meet new consumer demand by offering access to TV content how they want, and when they want."

    "We hope that, with the superb line of up industry stalwarts speaking on the 'beyond the box' theme this year, our members will feel well-placed to take advantage of the opportunities that content 'beyond the box' presents and explore how different business models and strategies can work for them."

    Discussing the 'beyond the box' theme and sharing both best practice and vision from their respective markets across the content, marketing and technology spectrums will be a strong line-up of speakers from across the globe including Jon Feltheimer, Lionsgate; Tom Mockridge, Virgin Media; Andrew Rashbass, Reuters; Kim Moses, Sander/Moses Productions; and Danny Keens, Twitter, while Asian based Victor Koo, Youku Tudou, Sudhanshu Vats, Viacom 18 and David Haslingden, NHNZ will offer insights from a regional standpoint. Please see the table below for keynote and In Conversation speaker line-up.

    With a strong cross-section of thought-leaders from the industry offering local, regional and global insights, topics discussed at the convention will cover a broad range of pertinent industry issues, including developments in the over-the-top (OTT) industry; opportunities in the mobile broadcasting space; the impact of ultra-high-definition "4K" television; and the implications of recent innovations in broadcast and transmission technology. Sports issues - including rights, exclusivity and licensing - as well as the broadcast news cycle will also be on the agenda.

    Networking is also a focus of the event and members and delegates will have plenty of opportunity to get together at the newly revamped exhibition space outside the Main Ballroom of the Grand Hyatt, which will feature display booths and networking lounges.

    Supporters for the CASBAA Convention 2014 include Official Entertainment Channel Partner ITV International Channels, Official Media Partner Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific and Sponsors ABS, Akamai, APT Satellite, ARRIS, AsiaSat, Australia News Channel, Bloomberg Television, Brightcove, Conax, Deutsche Welle, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, Elemental Technologies, Ericsson, FRANCE 24, InvestHK, Irdeto, MEASAT, nowTV, Playboy Plus Entertainment, PwC, Scripps Networks Interactive, SES, Tech Storm, Time Warner, TrueVisions and TV5MONDE.

    - Confirmed Keynote Speakers and In Conversation Line-up To Date:

    Jon Feltheimer, CEO, Lionsgate
    Jon Feltheimer shares his views on what it takes to navigate the complex media landscape, and how to thrive in an age of constant change.

    Victor Koo, Chairman & CEO, Youku Tudou
    Youku Tudou is one of the behemoths of China's gigantic online video market but as the fiercely competitive marketplace comes under greater official scrutiny, how can Youku Tudou ensure that it stays on top?

    Mike Weatherley, Conservative MP for Hove and Portslade UK Parliament
    As the Intellectual Property Adviser to the UK Prime Minister, Mike Weatherley is charged with leading the British government's efforts at fighting piracy and raising awareness of IPR. Weatherley is bringing his media industry experience to bear on the piracy problem, raising awareness in innovative ways.

    Andrew Rashbass, Chief Executive, Reuters, Thomson Reuters
    Andrew Rashbass is challenged with bringing a legacy brand into the modern digital age. What lessons can be learned by other media organisations?

    Tom Mockridge, CEO, Virgin Media
    Virgin Media is a leader in the UK digital space. Following its acquisition last year by Liberty Global, how have things changed? What are the advantages to being part of the world's largest cable company?

    Kim Moses, Co-founder, Sander/Moses Productions
    Kim Moses has been in the TV industry for over 20 years, as the executive producer of successful network TV shows such as Ghost Whisperer and Reckless. She co-founded Sander/Moses Productions, and is a leading advocate to help further the role of women in media.

    David Haslingden, CEO, NHNZ
    Since leaving National Geographic Channel, David Haslingden has built Asia's first "super indie" production company, bringing together assets in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Singapore, and Taiwan to form a unified company. A look at his views on how the original content market is shaping up in Asia, trends to watch out for, and pitfalls to avoid.

    Jay Rosentock, President, Discovery Education Int'l & EVP Corporate Development, Discovery Communications
    Topic TBC

    Bruce Tuchman, President AMC and Sundance Channels Global, & AMC Networks Asia Pacific
    Bruce Tuchman leads the strategic distribution, programming, business development and marketing of AMC Global and Sundance Channel Global throughout the world as well as the strategic distribution, programming, business development and marketing for AMC Networks International channels in Asia.

    Jim Samples, President, International, Scripps Network Interactive
    From its 19th century origins as a newspaper publisher, Scripps has become a pioneer in lifestyle programming in the US. Now, with the acquisition of the Asian Food Channel last year, the network has entered the Asia-Pacific region in a meaningful way. How will its lifestyle channels fare in the markets of Asia?

    Barry Cupples, Global CEO Investment, Omnicom Media Group
    Barry is passionate about evolving his organisation's existing business model to drive change through the development of new success metrics for clients to help them realize business growth that's measurable in real time.

    For further information about the CASBAA Convention 2014, please visit www.casbaaconvention.com.

    About CASBAA

    Established in 1991, CASBAA is the Association for digital multichannel TV, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across geographic markets throughout the Asia-Pacific. CASBAA and its members reach nearly 470 million connections within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. The CASBAA mission is to promote the growth of multichannel TV and video content via industry information, networking exchanges and events while promoting global best practices. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit www.casbaa.com.

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    Desmond Chung Associate Director, PR & Communications, CASBAA Tel: +852 3929 1712 Email: desmond@casbaa.com Amy Chan/Fiona To Ogilvy Public Relations Tel: +852 2884 8421/ +852 2884 8521 Email: amy.chan@ogilvy.com / Fiona.to@ogilvy.com

    NSSLGlobal Adds New Satellite Beams

    From http://www.marinelink.com/news/nsslglobal-satellite378023.aspx

    The additional beams will improve NSSLGlobal’s coverage of Europe and the Far East.

    NSSLGlobal, an independent service provider of satellite communications, has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network. The additional beams will provide customers in the Nordics, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East with better coverage at sea and on land.

    The Telenor Thor 6 Nordic beam, positioned 1° West, is a new addition to NSSLGlobal’s existing VSAT network covering the Nordics and Europe and will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Norwegian Teleport. It will improve connectivity for customers from Svalbard and Iceland to France and Romania, covering the majority of Europe.

    The Eutelsat 70B, positioned 70.5° East, will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Cyprus Teleport, and is a replacement for the existing ABS2 beam. This will allow vessels travelling between Europe and the Far East via the Suez Canal to stay connected via one beam for their entire journey, rather than switching between different beams. This will ensure customers have a consistent connection to phone lines and the internet around Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

    The introduction of the two new beams provides NSSLGlobal customers access to higher levels of bandwidth, faster broadband and more reliable voice/data communications at sea and on land. The beams were operational from the 1st September 2014 to current and new customers.

    Sally-Anne Ray, Managing Director, NSSLGlobal said, “The enhancement of our global VSAT network is further testament to our commitment in providing high quality and consistent coverage to our customers across as many territories as possible. Earlier this year we added two new teleports, Perth, Australia and Connecticut, USA, to strengthen our service to customers and improve our global coverage, which we will continue to do for 2014 and beyond.”

    Lockheed to buy European satellite for South Korea in F-35 deal

    From http://www.brecorder.com/business-a-economy/189/1228596/

    Lockheed Martin Corp said it will buy a European-built military communications satellite for South Korea as part of a $7 billion deal to supply Seoul with 40 F-35 fighter jets, in what industry observers call among the most unusual "offset" agreements ever to accompany a major arms sale. Lockheed, which builds its own satellites, declined to detail the cost of the new satellite or name its manufacturer, but said the spacecraft would provide a "state-of-the-art" system that met South Korea's military requirements.

    "The Lockheed Martin offset commitment ... directly benefits Korean national defense requirements, enables substantial Korean industrial activity and transfers a large amount of high technology to the Republic of Korea," Lockheed said. Steve Over, director of international business development for the F-35 program, said Lockheed would buy and launch the satellite by 2017, including all necessary control equipment and technical training. He declined to give further details.

    US government and industry officials said they believed it was the first time that a US firm had included a satellite in a so-called "offset agreement" with an arms deal. In this case, Seoul's offset target was 50 percent of the value of the jets. Weapons sales are generally negotiated between governments, but offset deals are worked out between the company and the purchasing government. A US defense official said the State Department had approved the overall F-35 deal, including any offset costs, but the decision to include the European satellite was "purely" that of South Korea and Lockheed.

    "The US Department of Defense is not a party to any offset arrangement between US industry and the foreign government," said the official, who asked not to be named. Such agreements have long been demanded by countries to "offset" the cost of new weapons systems. They pay for a wide array of goods and services, ranging from arms components to unrelated items such as construction of hotels and financing for movies. In one case in 2005, Thailand asked Lockheed to buy 80,000 tons of stockpiled frozen chicken as part of an ultimately unsuccessful bid to sell F-16 fighter jets.

    Analysts and industry executives say offset deals have grown more sophisticated in recent years, but South Korea's interest in a satellite is a new development. Most of Lockheed's F-35 sales thus far have been with countries that helped fund the plane's development and qualify for industrial participation in the F-35 program, rather than offset deals for unrelated items. Lockheed's two other sales to countries outside the partnership, Israel and Japan, did not include offset arrangements, according to company officials.

    As part of the offset deal with Seoul, Lockheed will also provide engineering expertise and technical documentation to help South Korea develop its own fighter airplane. Marco Caceres, an analyst with the Virginia-based Teal Group, said the new satellite may be built by France's Thales , which has already built several satellites for South Korea. The satellite was likely medium-sized and would cost several hundred million dollars to build, plus another $100 million to launch, he said. The other major European satellite builder is Airbus.

    Neither company had any immediate comment. Brett Lambert, a former senior Pentagon official, said it was not unprecedented for companies to buy equipment from a third countries as part of offset deals, but it was ironic in this case since Lockheed builds its own satellites and has long called for changes in the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) export rules to enable more exports. "It's the last ironic twist of ITAR," Lambert said, noting that the US government had finally begun reforming export control laws for satellites and related exports, but the Korean deal may have been shaped before those rules went into effect.

    Transmissions of hope through Cairo’s satellite dishes

    From http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/09/28/transmissions-hope-though-cairos-satellite-dishes/

    American writer and artist transforms “depressing” rusty dishes into brightly-coloured ones

    In a balcony that views “the endless sea of dirty brown satellite dishes,” the American writer Jason Stoneking’s conversation with Egyptian artist Hany Hommos inspired him to start a new project.

    Stoneking has launched the “Cairo Dish-Painting Initiative” to beautify the city’s skyline and use it as a medium to empower people.

    The writer, who originally came to Cairo for a residency programme at Artellewa Art space, started his project by painting dishes on the art space’s roof. Mixing paint colours at the local store in Ard El-Lewa neighbourhood, Stoneking transforms the “depressing” rusty dishes into bright day-glowing ones.

    “We wanted to launch an interactive project,” he said, “for everyone, even if they don’t speak English.”

    The initiative has gone beyond Ard El-Lewa to reach other neighbourhoods. Fady Azzouny, who lives in New Cairo, has painted three satellite dishes and sent his photos to Stoneking. The artist hopes to spread the word to other parts of Cairo, he said.

    “We want to get people to express themselves through the space,” he said. “Their voice will be heard all over the city.”

    The process of painting is easy and cheap, he said. One can of paint, which can paint over 20 dishes, cost around EGP 30.  People of the same building can share one can. However, colouring satellite dishes on a building roof requires asking each resident for permission.

    “It’s a long process,” he said, “but we have got positive responses from everyone we spoke to so far.”

    Visiting Egypt for the first time, Stoneking was nervous about how he will be received the neighbourhood, he said.

    “The US doesn’t have good reputation,” he said, “people have been very warm and generous though.”

    Stoneking plans on staying in Egypt for three months, during which he and his wife Leslie McAllister, who is also a resident artist at Artellwa, will continue working on the project. The couple will also give workshops and a talk about their work, which will be presented in a final exhibition in November.


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    Don't touch that dial: Netflix not the answer to Aussie viewers' prayers

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/dont-touch-that-dial-netflix-not-the-answer-to-aussie-viewers-prayers-20140925-10kpgq.html

    The subscription video-on-demand service has evolved into a $US27.5 billion listed company with more than 50 million subscribers worldwide. Photo: Bloomberg

    For decades, Australians have been in the habit of paying more for television and movie entertainment than many of our overseas kin. Only recently have consumers begun to realise that companies operating here have, for years, been squeezing as much money as they can out of their content.

    But, as with clothes, cars and cosmetics, the argument that Australia's isolation is the cause for paying more is wearing thin. And looking  hungrily at the buffet of content on offer in the US at much lower prices, it's little wonder Australians are licking their lips excitedly at rumours Netflix – the $US9-a-month ($10) streaming service – is planning an entry into the Australian market next year.

    There's a misconception among Australian consumers that Netflix has every movie or television show created available on it. 

    But it's time for a reality check. Even after Netflix arrives in Australia, local television viewers and movie-goers will not find a single source for an endless amount of cheap, up-to-date and premium content.

    There was a spike in 'binge-watching' when series two of Netflix's Orange Is the New Black was released in June.

     Netflix's business model is strong and the subscription video on demand service has evolved into a $US27.5 billion listed company with more than 50 million subscribers worldwide.

    But the model is not a one-stop-shop service – which may come as a disappointment to Australians.

    Netflix has based its business on a huge catalogue of TV shows and movies which are usually a year, or a season, behind the first run of the content.

    Netflix has financed its own series, including House of Cards (above) and Orange is the New Black.

    There are some exceptions. As it has grown, Netflix has begun to finance its own television series, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. But the majority of its content is second-run, after broadcast, or considered not premium.

    "There's a misconception among Australian consumers that Netflix has every movie or television show created available on it," Citi analyst Justin Diddams said.

    As revealed by Fairfax Media, Netflix has secured exclusive Australian SVOD rights to the upcoming superhero series Gotham. However, it would not be able to offer the show on its service until a year after the premiere on broadcast, which will be on Nine.

     Netflix has offered popular shows like Walking Dead (above) and Breaking Bad after their seasons end.

    While the Australian rights came as part of an international rights deal with Time Warner's Warner Bros, it is the biggest hint yet that Netflix is assembling an arsenal of content for a rumoured launch down under.

    A representative for Netflix said the company would not comment on its plans for Australia or any other country where it has not launched.

    Despite having exclusive SVOD rights to Gotham, if Netflix were to launch in Australia it would be staying true to the business model it built in the US

     There is no cut-price way of legally watching Game of Thrones, here or in the US.

    Netflix would also not have the rights to run the same content in Australia that it does in the US and Europe, due to licensing agreements.

    "Content rights are a minefield. There's a lot of moving parts and a lot of things that content buyers have to navigate. It's not clear-cut how it's going to plan out," Credit Suisse analyst Fraser McLeish said.

    Sports, news, first-run drama and big reality TV are more suited to free-to-air or pay TV, while Netflix provides binge viewing, in many cases replacing the need to buy DVD box sets, Mr McLeish said.

    In the US, Netflix's home market, traditional subscription (or cable) television penetration is estimated to be above 85 per cent. Netflix has grown to about 25 per cent penetration in the US.

    "There's a belief among investors that there is going to be this new era of television, which sparks the death of traditional broadcasting models," Mr Diddams said. "I'm not convinced that SVOD is the death of broadcast."

    Australians often complain that they are getting a raw deal in terms of content and pricing, and it's true that local subscription services are more expensive than Netflix – Foxtel recently cut its basic cable pricing to $25 a month, Quickflix charges a basic monthly subscription of $9.99, however, premium movies and television episodes are an additional $5.99 and $2.99 per item respectively; Netflix costs $US8.99 per month. But if consumers are expecting a premium content offering from Netflix, they may be disappointed – as Netflix's local, would-be rivals are quick to warn.

    "Netflix has done a great job," Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told Fairfax Media. "They have a couple of fantastic new shows and a lot of older stuff, and that's a business model that's working for them. But you can't compare that with Foxtel and other providers."

    Netflix hosts no HBO content, which includes the heavily pirated Game of Thrones. It does have popular shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad, but they are offered after the season has finished on television. 

    Quickflix chief executiive Stephen Langsford believes streaming will become a big part of viewing for Australians, but platforms needed to offer the right content at an affordable price.

    While Australians complain about the lack of "cheap", legal options for watching HBO content – especially Game of Thrones – it's worth noting that there is no cut-price way of legally watching Game of Thrones in the US either. It is only available in the US through a traditional pay TV subscription; one of the cheapest being $US29.99 a month with 20 channels, including HBO, through Time Warner, or by bundling HBO with an internet provider.

    Foxtel is betting that its triple play of cable TV, internet and phone services, which will  launch in the first quarter of next year, will be able to tempt Australians, who have held out of getting subscription TV because of price, to sign up.

    "Triple play makes pay TV more accessible, making it even more compelling from a value point of view," Foxtel chief operating officer Rohan Lund said.

    Netflix is a supplement, not a substitute, Mr Lund said, and it faces a tough battle to satisfy Australian viewers.

    "We think people's expectations for content in this market will be high, so they'll want more currency and quality," Mr Lund said.

    There is a demand for content and Australians are willing to pay for it, Mr Diddams said.

    "Australians don't mind paying for content. We spent $6.2 billion on content in 2013, of which $2.5 billion was the direct purchase of physical content, albeit declining year-on-year, but it still highlights the demand."

    A key argument as to why Australians pirate American TV shows is access to content at the same time it's broadcast in the US; Netflix would not offer any change on that front.

    "Let's cut through the marketing hype that Netflix is some sort of programming panacea," Seven Network director of programming Angus Ross said.

    "The latest episodes of the Australian and international programs that the majority of Australian viewers love will not be available on Netflix."

    It would be naive for Australian broadcasters to think Netflix does not harbour ambitions to become a one-stop stop for content and to dominate the global television landscape.

    There is a reason why Australia's big media players are getting their ducks in a row and announcing SVOD deals, such as the 50:50 venture between Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment; StreamCo, while Seven and Foxtel are rumoured to be in advanced discussions.

    "The goal is to become HBO faster than HBO can become us," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told GQ last year.

    FetchTV chief executive Scott Lorson said he expects Netflix to enter the Australian market sooner or later, but it won't be smooth sailing.

    "Netflix is a playing a long game with some very deep pockets and a growing catalogue of their own content," Mr Lorson said.

    "We wouldn't bet against them in the medium- or long-term, but we do recognise they will have some challenges at launch."

    Issues impact results

    From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=281289

    LEGAL challenges arising from the change in satellites and a slight increase in operating expenses from increasing the number of pay television channels on the Sky Pacific platform were major issues encountered by Fiji Television Ltd in the 2014 financial year.

    Chairman Padam Lala said another issue which impacted the financial results of the company was expenses from previous years being fully provided for in this year's accounts.

    He said Fiji TV's pay television platform had also made some changes to its business model by making Sky Pacific product more affordable though this had resulted in an increase in depreciation expenses.

    "The operating results for the group are adequate given the challenges and economic conditions faced in its different areas of operations in the Pacific during the 2014 financial year.

    "The depreciation of the kina during the year had a significant impact on the group results.

    "The economic environment and the stringent regulatory requirements continue to provide operating challenges for our businesses in the Pacific," Mr Lala said in a statement.

    Grammy launches TV channel

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/434318/grammy-launches-tv-channel

    SET-listed entertainment giant GMM Grammy Plc is spending 1 billion baht on GMM Channel, a standard-definition digital TV channel, hoping it will be ranked in the top five channels within three years. 

    Saithip Montrikul Na Ayudhaya, chief executive of GMM Channel, attends the official launch of the standard-definition digital TV channel.

    GMM Channel chief executive Saithip Montrikul Na Ayudhaya said Grammy had more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment field and had a fan base ranging from children, teenagers and working people to modern, open-minded seniors.

    "We are trying to make GMM Channel different from One HD, another Grammy digital channel, which focuses on mass viewers like Channel 3 and 7," she said.

    The channel is designed to differentiate content from the market. For example, it will simplify hard topics such as legal issues and Buddhism into informative entertainment.

    GMM Channel runs under a theme of "Have fun every day, being together every minute".

    Grammy's investment includes the channel's licence fee and content production costs in the first year of operation.

    Ms Saithip said GMM Channel has gathered prominent programmes from Grammy's eight satellite TV channels, such as Club Friday The Series 5 from Green Channel and Hormones The Series 2 from GTH Channel, as both series are widely popular and have gained high ratings.

    After the inclusion of some content from Grammy's satellite channels, GMM Channel's rating climbed from 21st to 11th of the 24 digital channels.

    If only viewers aged 15-19 are considered, its ranking was fifth.

    "We are happy with the ratings so far. This reinforces our effort to become a top-five digital TV channel focusing on entertainment," said Ms Saithip.

    GMM Channel has implemented a relationship marketing and event television strategy to create close ties with advertisers and viewers.

    Its advertising rates range from 25,000 to 30,000 baht a minute on average.

    The channel, which is set to break even within three to five years, was officially launched yesterday with an attractive programme line-up.

    Preemont Pinsakul, chief financial officer of GMM Grammy, said the company has changed its strategy to give priority to the two digital channels, which will get first-run programmes, while its satellite channels will produce specific content to fit each niche target group.

    GMM Grammy secured the new channel for 2.29 billion baht.

    GRAMMY shares closed yesterday on the Stock Exchange of Thailand at 13.90 baht, up 10 satang, in trade worth 2.6 billion baht. 

    Russia Today gets $400m Putin boost

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/25/russia-today-gets-400m-putin-boost/

    Russia Today (RT), the pro-Kremlin news broadcaster, has received a major financial boost from Russia’s government. According to The Times of London Russia Today will receive 15.38 billion Roubles (about $400 million) for its 2015 budget, and up from last year’s 11.87 billion Roubles.

    Other reports suggest that Russia’s parliament is considering a proposal to limit inward investment into Russian media to 20 percent (currently 50 percent) and the new regulations, if approved, will apply to all media, including broadcasting and print-based media. Disney, Condé Nast, Viacom, Axel Springer and others have large stakes in local media.

    Russia Today achieved notoriety in March this year when one of its news presenters Liz Wahl, resigned on air telling viewers that she could not be part of an operation that was funded by the Russian government and “which whitewashes the action of Putin” and referring to Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine. She resigned immediately from the RT-America branch of the channel following the transmission.

    RT was owned by the now liquidated RIA Novosti news agency, and The Times reports that Russia’s parliament is also putting extra funding into news agency Rossiya Segodnya, which is seeing its budget tripled to 6.48 billion Roubles.

    RT has been widely criticised for its pro-Putin comments and Soviet-era propaganda. Its UK-based operation has been twice criticised by the UK’s broadcasting regulator Ofcom for lack of balance in its reporting. Twice in 2102 Ofcom ruled that RT had breached its broadcasting code, and this year has been the subject of another Ofcom investigation over RT’s coverage of the loss of the Malaysian airliner MH17.

    Google hits back at News Corp piracy jibes

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/26/google-hits-back-at-news-corp-piracy-jibes/

    Google has responded to News Corp’s open letter to the European competition commissioner Joaquín Almunia in which News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson branded the company a “platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks”.

    Writing for Google’s Europe Blog, Rachel Whetstone, SVP Global Communications, offers the company’s views on the Internet and society in a ‘Dear Rupert’ open letter of its own.

    “Last week, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp sent an open letter to the European Commission complaining about Google. We wanted to share our perspective so you can judge the arguments on their merits,” writes Whetstone, setting out a detailed rebuttal of points made in Thomson’s letter.

    In response to News Corp’s piracy assertion, Whetstone contends that Google has done more than almost any other company to help tackle online piracy.

    • Search: In 2013 we removed 222 million web pages from Google Search due to copyright infringement. The average take-down time is now just six hours. And we downgrade websites that regularly violate copyright in our search rankings.

    • Video: We’ve invested tens of millions of dollars in innovative technology — called ContentID — to tackle piracy on YouTube.

    She says that Google is also an industry leader in combating child sexual abuse imagery online. “We use hashing technology to remove illegal imagery from all our products and from the search index. We have safe modes for both Search and YouTube that filter out inappropriate content. And we are committed to protecting our users’ security. It’s why we remove malware from our search results and other products, and protect more than 1 billion users every day from phishing and malware with our Safe Browsing warnings.”



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    Foxtel signs deal to sell TV content to TPG

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-signs-deal-to-sell-tv-content-to-tpg-20140925-10lrfs.html

    Pre-emptive strikes: Foxtel boss Richard Freudenstein is positioning the pay TV company to grow even as it faces new competitors. Photo: Christopher Pearce

    Foxtel has licensed some of its television channels to cut-price internet service provider TPG Telecom, which is set to launch its own premium television service from early 2015.

    The unprecedented move by Foxtel to sell a "white label" version of its content to an independent competitor is a further sign of the former pay television monopoly's radical efforts to bolster growth in the face of cheaper competition.

    Foxtel already has some of its content shown via Telstra's internet television service. Telstra owns 50 per cent of Foxtel while Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Australia owns the other 50 per cent.

    It is understood Foxtel's entry-level television content would be shown through TPG's own set top box as part of a low-cost service. This would be similar to Telstra's basic T-Box service.

    Foxtel is facing new competition from Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of BusinessDay, which have formed a $100 million joint venture to offer a subscription video on demand service called StreamCo that will undercut Foxtel's cable and satellite service.

    That move is itself a pre-emptive strike against the expected arrival of US giant Netflix in Australia next year.

    In response to these threats, Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein has slashed the price of the basic Foxtel cable and satellite service from $49 to $25 and is preparing to offer a broadband and phone service from early next year.

    That will pit Foxtel head to head against both Telstra and now TPG, which will launch a "triple play" service of broadband, fixed line telephony and pay television – via the internet – in the new year.

    It is unknown what the TPG contract is worth to Foxtel. Both parties declined to comment.

    Internet-protocol television (IPTV) is an increasingly important service used by telcos to keep customers loyal to their brand.

    Most other major internet service providers, including SingTel-Optus and iiNet, have partnered with Malaysian-backed service Fetch TV for their subscription television content. M2 Group, which owns Dodo and iPrimus, is expected to join the service.

    TPG consumer business general manager Craig Levy told Fairfax Media on Tuesday he had secured a content partner.

    "TPG has been doing IPTV for more than five years now on our network, using multicast technology and we have the underlying infrastructure to do it," Mr Levy said. "What we've always lacked is the content."

    Foxtel is in talks with Seven West Media for the free-to-air network to join its own subscription video on demand service Presto, which currently features only movie content but is expected to include television content before too long.

    SatLink Communications—PoP'ing Into Hong Kong (SatBroadcasting™)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=737717447

    [SatNews] SatLink Communications has launched their new Point of Presence (PoP) in Hong Kong.

    The new South East Asian based PoP, which accompanies SatLink’s multiple PoP’s in New York , London, Frankfurt and additional worldwide located PoP’s via partners, has been selected to provide broadcasters and TV operators located in Asia and those looking to expand their reach into the Asian region with high quality, cost effective and reliable fibre connectivity. Located at the Equinox Data Centre, one of the busiest center’s for trade in Hong Kong, the PoP provides both international and local connectivity for broadcasters and operators allowing for quick and low latency connectivity to and out of the APAC region combined with a highly secure and resilient network infrastructure to ensure maximum uptime.
    The PoP will be integrated into SatLink’s global satellite and fibre network to enable customers to extend their audience reach into new markets and gain access to SatLink’s full range of end-to-end broadcast services including HD playout, content management and OTT solutions. Satlink currently operates two MCPC (Multi Channel Per Carrier) platforms on the AsiaSat 5 C-band satellite, delivering content for tier one international and news broadcasters to Asian Pay TV markets in DVB-S2 and Free to air markets in DVB-S.
    David Hochner, CEO of SatLink Communications, said, “The Asian market is one of the largest in the world and this investment in a Hong Kong based PoP is another sign of our continued dedication and commitment to the region due to it’s potential for rapid and high growth. The availability of the PoP is a part of our expansion of content aggregation and streaming solutions for operators that want to benefit from SatLink’s strategic location at the crossroads of three continents. We have continued to see a real demand from broadcasters and TV operators already in the Asian market  looking to expand their audiences both locally and globally and from international broadcasters looking to enter the Asian market for a facility and presence in the region itself. Broadcasters want high availability, high quality, low latency, reliable and cost effective solutions, through this enhancement of our network capabilities and facilities in Hong Kong it enables us to better support broadcasters and operators in Asia and beyond for the future.”

    SatLink Communication's infosite can be opened at http://www.satlink.tv/

    Channel 3 to sue NBTC if it is banned from cable, satellite as planned

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/politics/Channel-3-to-sue-NBTC-if-it-is-banned-from-cable-s-30244065.html

    CHANNEL 3 says it will immediately sue the broadcasting regulator if the 50 million Thais who watch its analog programmes via cable and satellite TV receivers face a blackout because of the edict forcing cable-sat operators to discontinue airing the popular channel.

    Meanwhile, a source at the National Broadcasting and Communications Commission said its broadcasting committee would call an urgent meeting with Bangkok Entertainment Co today to propose new incentives for it to simulcast Channel 3's analog content on a digital channel. BEC is operator of Channel 3.

    The source said NBTC might propose that BEC air the analog content on one of its digital channels on an interim basis in exchange for the company's agreement to switch off its analog programming in areas covered by the terrestrial-based digital networks.

    Pravit Maleenont, executive director of BEC, delivered a message to television audiences during a special 45-minute show yesterday evening, blasting the effort to restrict airing of Channel 3.

    "Not only will our audience be affected by this edict, but this company will also suffer a severe impact. The value of this loss cannot be estimated," he said.

    Pravit suggested that only five members of the NBTC broadcasting committee held the key to defusing this crisis.

    The NBTC edict should by now have reached the cable and satellite TV operators. If there is no change in that order, they should drop Channel 3 from their platforms some time between Sunday and Tuesday next week.

    However, the head of Channel 3 still called for confirmation from the broadcasting panel on whether simulcasting Channel 3 analog programmes on a digital channel operated by BEC-Multimedia could be done without violating any laws.

    "We will simulcast our analog TV programmes on our 3HD digital channel and adjust our business plan for digital TV if the NBTC can unlock the legal impasse," he said.

    Pravit was a key person in building Channel 3 into one of the most popular TV stations for drama and entertainment programmes.

    Chatchai Thiamthong, vice president for finance at BEC World, parent company of BEC, insisted that under a 2008 law governing television broadcasting, the owners of TV licences must be the same entities as the digital-channel operators.

    BEC runs analog Channel 3 under a concession contract with MCOT that will expire in March 2020. But BEC-Multimedia, a wholly owned subsidiary of BEC World, won three licences to run terrestrial-based digital TV channels - variety channels in high and standard definition and a third one for children's and family programming.

    Chatchai explained that because there were some obstacles and legal conflicts in the broadcasting concession with MCOT, BEC decided not to join last year's licence auction held by the NBTC. Instead, its affiliate BEC-Multimedia joined the auction, while BEC continued to run Channel 3 independently without any plan to simulcast its programmes via digital terrestrial TV.

    Pravit said the company's three digital channels - 3HD, 3SD and 3Family - each had its own business plan.

    "In terms of business, having four channels [Channel 3 analog, 3HD, 3SD and 3Family] should be better than [in effect] operating only three channels by simulcasting analog on 3HD," he said. "Therefore, the NBTC should look into this matter to make simulcasts possible," he said.

    Also yesterday, cable and satellite operators lodged a petition with Takorn Tantasit, secretary-general of the NBTC, calling for postponement of the deadline to drop Channel 3 analog programmes.

    Wichit Aurareevorakul, president of Charoen Cable TV, said he did not want to see any impact on customers who love to watch this popular channel. Therefore, the firm appealed to the commission to understand his reasons.

    However, in a bid to minimise the impact, Wichit added that his company had prepared about 10,000 sets of old-fashioned TV antennas to be sold to his customers if the deadline remains unchanged. The antenna sets are priced at Bt500 including installation.

    Bangladesh Poised To Request Bids for Telecom Satellite Project

    From http://www.spacenews.com/article/satellite-telecom/41963bangladesh-poised-to-request-bids-for-telecom-satellite-project

    PARIS — The Bangladesh National Economic Council’s approval of the long-delayed Bangabandhu 1 telecommunications satellite appears to hinge on successful negotiations for the long-term lease of another nation’s orbital slot given the obstacles to using a Bangladesh-registered position, government and industry officials said.

    After several years of attempts to coordinate one of its several orbital positions, especially at 69 and 102 degrees east longitude, Bangladeshi authorities have now turned toward the 26-nation Intersputnik organization of Moscow to lease a slot held by an Intersputnik member at 119 degrees east.

    Officials described these negotiations as nearly complete, leading the National Economic Council’s Executive Committee to give final approval for Bangabandhu 1 the week of Sept. 17.

    The council approved a budget of some 29.68 billion Bangladeshi taka, or $374 million, for the satellite’s construction, launch, insurance and ground network.

    Bangladesh officials have said that while Chinese officials have offered to arrange the project’s development, the government is determined to organize an open international competition, with no prearranged winner.

    A request for proposals for the satellite, to carry 24 Ku- and 16 C-band transponders, is expected before the end of the year, officials said.

    Bangladesh would be the latest in a series of developing nations to embark on its own national satellite program in an attempt to stimulate its domestic technology industry and to end its current purchase of perhaps $10 million per year in satellite bandwidth leased from foreign fleet operators.

    The Bangladesh satellite story also illustrates the difficulty some nations have in using what are, in principle, orbital slots allocated to them.

    As has been the case with other developing nations entering the satellite communications business, Bangladesh has run into a thicket of complications at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Geneva-based United Nations affiliate that regulates wireless spectrum and orbital positions.

    The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has been trying for years to coordinate several orbital slots with other nations that have priority access to these positions.

    The BTRC said that for the 69 degrees east and 102 degrees east positions alone, it has sought, through the ITU, to coordinate broadcast rights with the United States, India, Pakistan, Israel, Japan, Armenia, Uzbekistan “and many more.” Not all these nations have registered satellites at the slots in question, but all have submitted filings to the ITU that have priority over Bangladesh’s.

    One government official familiar with the Bangladesh situation said the attempt to coordinate frequencies at the 102 degree east position looks almost impossible, especially since Bangladesh’s deadline for completing coordination and putting a satellite at the slot is December 2015.

    Other developing nations have faced the same roadblocks. In effect, they are only now arriving at a party that started 20-plus years ago and at which all the seats are occupied. This has led to creative use of ITU rules, most notably the Iranian attempt to persuade the ITU that it had met a satellite-use deadline by broadcasting through a U.S. satellite.

    More recently, the government of Qatar has had to use its considerable financial muscle, and its privileged relationship with the Al Jazeera broadcast network, to wrest frequencies from the Arabsat consortium of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Bangladesh has already begun investing in Bangabandhu 1, with $11 million in consulting and technical management fees allocated between 2011 and 2015.

    BTRC now looks ready to prepare a request for bids to be sent to global satellite manufacturers for an in-orbit-delivery contract, meaning the satellite builder handles the satellite’s construction, launch and insurance, and perhaps the ground control stations as well.

    BTRC officials did not respond to inquiries about their continued work with ITU on frequency coordination.

    In a statement that could have been written by any of the developing nations now entering the telecommunications satellite operations business, BTRC said: “A sovereign country, in pursuit of sustainable development, needs its own satellite to reduce its dependency on other nations. ... Every member state of ITU has to follow ITU regulations in order to launch their satellite.”

    Globecast deploys IP video monitoring with DigitalGlue

    From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2014092535408/globecast-deploys-ip-video-monitoring-with-digitalglue.html#axzz3EKfmcHE6
    Satellite specialist Globecast, which provides media processing and transmission services for television broadcasters and content owners, has tapped DigitalGlue for an IP stream-monitoring platform.
    Based on Bridge Technologies' monitoring and analysis tools, the new installation gives Globecast technicians visibility into the status of more than 300 North American IP video streams quality monitoring.

    "DigitalGlue has been one of our premier global partners for many years," said Jake Perez, senior information systems administrator at Globecast. "The DigitalGlue engineers know our business well enough to anticipate our requirements and envision effective solutions, and we rely heavily on their foundational knowledge of media technology to keep our operation successful."

    The new solution uses fibre connections between the operations center and other Globecast points of presence in North America to route video through a variety of signal types, including satellite RF, ASI and IP. The Bridge Technologies probes monitor 300 video streams to check the signals for quality and compliance at various points from input to output. DigitalGlue designed an open-architecture solution that enables Globecast to poll data from the probes and import it into existing systems. And, another key feature of the installation is an Internet GUI application that enables operators to troubleshoot issues from any location.

    "Not only do the new Bridge Technologies tools deliver the precise and specific measurements we need to ensure video quality with a lower operating expense than other solutions, but they're providing the foundation for a global initiative to propagate stream monitoring capabilities at all of our other business units," Perez added.

    GVF's VSAT 2014 Conference—Euroconsult, European Space Agency (ESA) + Satellite Spectrum Initiative—Push Wireless Industry Back, Vital African Spectrum At Risk (Analysis | Report)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=280707430

    [SatNews] New research has revealed that wireless industry efforts to take massive amounts of additional spectrum—amounts that have been shown to be in excess of actual requirements—would undercut African economies, and threaten social and safety-of-life services by disrupting mission-critical satellite services for key applications delivered throughout the continent.

    The research, which was conducted by international consultancy firm Euroconsult and commissioned by the European Space Agency, was revealed during the VSAT 2014 conference in London, as organizations representing a variety of African user groups including broadcasters, humanitarian and disaster-response agencies, civil aviation authorities, and other stakeholders—reach out to their governments to convey how essential C-band satellite services are for continued socio-economic development.
    “Euroconsult’s report re-affirms what African governments, industry, and millions of individuals have long taken for granted,” said David Hartshorn, Secretary General of GVF, the London-based global association of the satellite communications industry. “C-band satellite services provide highly reliable, cross-border and continental broadband connectivity that is a cornerstone of African socio-economic growth. We endorse Euroconsult’s conclusion and commend the European Space Agency for commissioning this timely research.” 

    Euroconsult, which recently confirmed similar reliance on C-band satellite in the Asia region (http://www.casbaa.com/CBandAssessment), examined three country markets representative of the diverse economies of southern, western and central Africa, and found that—in addition to the millions of consumers who rely on C-band television—the wireless, banking and finance, energy production, civil aviation, and government sectors were particularly reliant on satellite networks using C-band spectrum, which is prized for its reliability and scope of coverage.
    “These findings stand in stark contrast to claims made by representatives of the wireless industry which, regardless of the consequences, are attempting to seize C-band for their own use,” Hartshorn said. “C-band communications are being represented by wireless manufacturers from Developed Countries to be of declining importance, but that is clearly not true in Africa, most of Asia, Latin America and other regions where conditions are fundamentally different than in South Korea, Japan, and Sweden. In particular, C-band communications are part of the bedrock of daily life and economic activity in Developing Countries.”   
    A sample of African uses of C-band networks described in Euroconsult’s report included:

    • Nigeria: The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) of Nigeria says TV households reached over 11 million in 2013, representing a 33% penetration, and they are highly reliant on C-band satellite capacity, principally for contribution to earth stations. Given the fact that terrestrial reception remains the principal TV reception mode for a large part of the population, C-Band is required for the Nigerian television industry to operate.
    • Democratic Republic of the Congo: For DRC’s 25 - 30 million mobile subscribers, satellite remains a primary option to connect a large part of mobile networks, and ISPs are currently using C-band capacity as primary backbone network for International connectivity. Despite the introduction of fiber connectivity in certain cities, its limited reach, as well as concerns on data-rate availability and transmission reliability, means that C-band capacity remains the primary option or a mandatory backup option for connectivity.
    •  Angola: According to IMF, oil revenue accounted for almost 80% of total government revenue and grants in 2011. As most of the oil exploration in the country is through deep-water projects, VSATs are a major communication channel for the industry. C-band is preferred, as the oil fields in the west coast are affected by high rainfall and energy companies typically require reliability levels above 99%.
    •  All Three Nations have recently recorded increasing investment that has contributed to a boosting of their economies. A key segment is banking. C-band satellite connectivity facilitates the opening of new branches. This in turn favors banking inclusion by giving access to banking services for millions of existing and new customers. The use of C-band capacity for video distribution and contribution links will also be very important for the rollout of digital terrestrial television, which will accelerate in the next few years in most of Africa.

    The report notes that C-band communications benefit from two physical characteristics that make it central to Africa’s environment: resistance to “rain fade” and availability of wide beams. “There is simply no substitute that can equal the coverage and the reliability of C-band satellite beams,” said Hartshorn.  As a result, billions of dollars have been invested in C-band satellites over Africa, providing almost half of the total satellite capacity used in the region.
    “Between now and November of 2015—the date of the World Radiocommunication Conference in Geneva—national administrations will be making key decisions on spectrum priorities,” said Hartshorn.  “African governments need to factor Euroconsult’s analysis and conclusions regarding the huge contribution by satellite C-band communications to their populations and their economies.”

    For further GVF information, head over to http://www.gvf.org/

    Copies of the full report may be downloaded directly from the Satellite Spectrum Initiative infosite at  http://www.satellite-spectrum-initiative.com/.

    The Euroconsult infosite is located at http://euroconsult-ec.com/

    CNN to boost primetime Entertainment

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/24/cnn-to-boost-primetime-entertainment/

    News broadcaster CNN is seeking to increase its non-news output dramatically from its current roster of two non-fiction series in primetime to 12 next year.

    Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide, told journalists September 23rd that the evening series, including a travel and food show (Parts Unknown, hosted by Anthony Bourdain), have gone down well with viewers and advertisers. Zucker said: “I can envision we will move more and more to this storytelling genre in the years to come.”

    Zucker said that the viewing age demographic at CNN had dropped to 59, the first time it had been below 60 since 2008, and its primetime viewing numbers (25-54) had risen 2 per cent over the past 5 years.

    He stressed that CNN would not be abandoning its obligation towards news, especially important breaking news, but he was seeking to test new programming when news events were not bringing major audiences to CNN.

    Samsung interactive Ryder Cup app

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/24/samsung-interactive-ryder-cup-app/

    Samsung Electronics America has unveiled the Ryder Cup TV App, a new and interactive way for golf fans to enjoy this year’s Ryder Cup.

    Developed in collaboration with Turner Sports and the PGA of America, the Ryder Cup TV App is designed exclusively for Samsung Smart TVs and brings viewers closer to the green allowing them to experience the Ryder Cup in a whole new way. From following live scores, accessing exclusive behind-the-scenes video footage, to viewing course information through virtual hole flyovers, the new app immerses viewers by giving them the chance to experience exclusive Ryder Cup content.

    “In our continued effort to bring consumers new and immersive experiences across our products, Samsung is excited to be working with the PGA and Turner Sports, bringing golf fans a way to deepen and enrich their Ryder Cup viewing experience,” says Eric Anderson, Vice President of Content and Product Solutions at Samsung Electronics America. “Whether using a Samsung Smart TV or mobile device, the Ryder Cup TV App is just another example of what lies ahead as we develop new ways for consumers to view their favourite content.”

    The Ryder Cup TV App is available across select 2013 and 2014 Samsung Smart TVs.

    Most US homes stream content through games consoles

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/24/us-households-mostly-stream-content-through-games-consoles/

    Parks Associates research shows that 46 per cent of US broadband households have a game console connected to the Internet and over one-quarter (28 per cent) use the connected gaming console as their primary connected CE device. Among these primary console users, roughly three-quarters use the gaming console to access non-gaming content online at least weekly, and nearly 40 per cent access such content for more than 10 hours per week.

    “Gaming consoles are the most frequently used connected CE device because of their high adoption rates-of the broadband households that have only one connected CE device, nearly 60 per cent have a game console,” said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “As the non-gaming capabilities of consoles have expanded, so too has the potential for consoles to become an entertainment platform for online content such as video, music, and apps.”
    Two-thirds of US broadband households currently have at least one connected CE device. Smart TVs trail gaming consoles as the second most commonly used connected CE device. Twelve per cent of US broadband households with an Internet-connected CE use a streaming media player most frequently, and only 9 per cent use a connected Blu-ray player most frequently, according to Parks Associates’ Q1 2014 survey of 10,000 US broadband households.

    “Smart TVs are popular, but households typically make these purchases when they need to upgrade their flat-panel TVs, which will spread out adoption to coincide with the TV replacement cycle,” Kraus said. “Blu-ray players are performing poorly as a connected CE platform, whereas many gaming consoles have already staked a claim in the living room, which helps to drive non-gaming uses for the platform.”

    Kraus added that households with multiple connected CE devices are less likely to use the console as their primary connected CE device.

    “The ability to play console-quality games remains the core adoption driver,” Kraus said. “However, our research shows that younger console owners and those with children in the home are heavier users of online, non-gaming content. While 62 per cent of all broadband households have a gaming console, more than 80 per cent of households with children in the home have the device.”


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    TPG taking on Foxtel with premium TV service

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/tpg-taking-on-foxtel-with-premium-tv-service-20140924-10l6f5.html

    “Now we’ve secured premium content and that’s something that will probably be part of a triple play.”: TPG consumer business general manager Craig Levy. Photo: Rob Homer

    Cut-price internet service provider TPG Telecom will take on Foxtel and FetchTV with its own premium television service from early 2015, setting up a three-way telco battle over how Australians tune in to their tellies.

    TPG consumer business general manager Craig Levy told Fairfax Media the company had long owned the technology required to broadcast television over its internet services but lacked the content that customers demanded.

    Internet-protocol television (IPTV) is an increasingly important service used by telcos to keep customers loyal to their brand. Foxtel is due to launch its own "triple play" in 2015 to boost customer numbers by selling pay TV, internet and phone services.

    "TPG has been doing IPTV for more than five years now on our network using multicast technology and we have the underlying infrastructure to do it," Mr Levy said. "What we've always lacked is the content.

    "Now we've secured premium content and that's something that will probably be part of a triple play."

    The move will set up three main factions of internet service providers in the battle to control what people watch at home.

    Telstra has found success by bundling products with Foxtel products while iiNet, SingTel-Optus and others use rival Malaysian-backed rival Fetch TV. TPG and its potential base of 748,000 broadband subscribers would stand alone.

    But Mr Levy declined to reveal any details about the types of content, the pricing of services or the set top box due to be released in 2015.

    "With the partnership that we've entered into, both parties need to consent to the specifics around it and at this stage it's a little bit early on," he said. "We're expecting it in early 2015 if everything goes to plan.

    "What you've seen in the past is we try and maintain excellent value for money offerings amongst consumers so it can appeal to them. I can't see this being any different from what we've typically done in the past."

    Mr Levy said TPG had the option of becoming a Fetch TV reseller but chose to offer its own products instead.

    "When we looked at it it was very much a 'me too' type of proposition," he said.

    TPG's purchase of AAPT for $450 million and ownership of Pipe Networks has given it an extensive amount of fibre optic cabling between buildings and cities, which in turn slashes the price of carry large amounts of data.

    This can make it cheaper for TPG to offer data intensive services like IPTV to some of its customers.

    Services that stream television over the internet are gaining traction in Australia with US streaming media giant Netflix rumoured to be launching its popular service in Australia in 2015. However, analysts have warned locals may not get access to the hit TV shows that have made it a success.

    Channel Nine and Fairfax Media last month announced they were launching "StreamCo" to let customers watch video on demand for a fee.

    TPG on Tuesday reported a solid 15 per cent increase in net profits to hit $172 million during financial year 2014. Revenues over the same period rose by 34 per cent to $970 million.

    Sky TV boss given 7.6pc pay rise

    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11330742

    Sky Television chief executive John Fellet has been given a 7.6 per cent pay rise after a record net profit for the year to June 30 with a package of $1.8 million according to the company annual report issued today.

    Some of the pay is understood to be performance based. Last year the company recorded a 22 per cent increase in profit to June 30 at $164.1 million.

    This year has seen the advent of subscription video on demand competitors such as Spark's "Lightbox" with the prospect of more to come.

    Sky is planning to launch its own new SVOD service before the end of the year.

    Fellet cautioned that the strength of the dollar had for the past five years masked an underlying rise in content costs that had been driven by competition between broadcasters.

    "Since most international content is priced in US dollars, expect greater headwinds as the New Zealand dollar starts to return to long-term averages with the US dollar," he told shareholders.

    Its share of television viewing has risen from 28.7 per cent to to 29.4 per cent.

    Fellet said: "To continue to grow SKY must look at evaluating and potentially launching new business models. This process

    started with the purchase of our online DVD delivery business called DVD Unlimited. It continued when we

    launched IGLOO which is designed to offer no frills prepay television,

    "All of these business models face the primary challenge of the limited New Zealand population." he said.

    Thaicom’s CEO Named Satellite Executive Of The Year By Peers At APSCC Awards

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1891396365

    [SatNews] Turned the company into profit in her first quarter at the company and continued the profitability for 12 consecutive quarters. In the year 2013, the company has announced a consolidated net profit of 1.1 billion Baht, an increase of 548 percent over the previous year.

    Thaicom’s CEO Suphajee Suthumpun has been named ‘Satellite Executive of the Year in the Asia-Pacific’ by the Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC).

    Suphajee Suthumpun was recognized at the organization’s tenth annual awards ceremony, which took place at the JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, in Phuket, Thailand, as part of the APSCC’s 2014 Satellite Conference and Exhibition, ‘New Landscape For Satellites: Asia and Beyond’.
    Appointed as the CEO of Thaicom in August 2011, Suthumpun turned Thaicom into profit in her first quarter at the company. Since then, she has managed to continue the profitability for 12 consecutive quarters. In the year 2013, the company has announced a consolidated net profit of 1.1 billion Baht, an increase of 548 percent over the previous year.
    Under Suthumpun’s leadership, Thaicom has been focusing on developing and implementing strategic directions with an aim to grow profitably and sustainably. The company has three new satellites; Thaicom-6, which was launched in January 2014; Thaicom-7, which was launched on September 7th this year; and Thaicom-8, which will be launched by the first half of 2016. In addition, Thaicom has been moving into new territories, namely Africa. The company also now focuses on providing end-to-end solutions, such as the first high speed Ku-band In-Flight connectivity in Asia-Pacific. Thailand’s number one premium low cost airline Nok Air launched the service on September 23rd.
    “While we have strengthened the company’s financial and business performance, we have also concentrated on setting strong foundations for growth, which are creating innovative technology and business solutions. We believe that embracing partnerships, creating growth for the industry and contributing to the society where we operate, are the ways to create sustainable growth for Thaicom,” said Suthumpun. “It is my great pleasure and honor to receive the APSCC award. I would like to present this award to Thaicom’s Board of Directors, Thaicom’s management and staff, our customers and our partners, who have always been supporting Thaicom and who actually make this happen.”
    APSCC is a not-for-profit organization which works to promote communications and broadcasting via satellite, as well as outer space activities, in the Asia-Pacific for the socioeconomic and cultural welfare of the region. The APSCC Awards recognize companies and individuals who have made significant contributions to the satellite and space industry. Recipients are acknowledged for their innovations and achievements, as well as their leadership in developing and expediting the distribution of new services via satellite in the Asia-Pacific region.
    THAICOM Public Company Limited, an Asian satellite operator, was established in 1991, was the first to launch a broadband satellite in the world, and is a leader in developing integrated solutions for satellite broadband and broadcast services. The Company’s engineering teams provide solutions for satellite-based telecommunications services. Since its establishment the Company has launched seven satellites, with four satellites in operation: Thaicom-4 (IPSTAR) provides a variety of broadband and data services, including cellular backhaul, mobility, government USO support, content delivery, business continuity and emergency services in thirteen countries in Asia Pacific. Thaicom-6 is to expand the Company’s broadcast carrying capacity in SE Asia and Africa (by the name “Africom-1”) and is collocated with Thaicom-5 at 78.5 degrees East; the satellites board a combined 700 TV channels both in SD and HD formats. Thaicom-7 was launched in September 2014 to provide media and data services for Asia’s and Australasia’s entertainment and telecom industries at 120 degrees East. Thaicom-8 will be launched in 2016 to expand Thaicom’s servicing capacity and footprint in the region.

    Intouch, Kantana launch TV broadcasting JV in Thailand

    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/intouch-kantana-launch-tv-broadcasting-jv-in-thailand--1038846
    InTouch, the parent company of Thai operator Advanced Info Service (AIS) and satellite operator Thaicom, is entering the TV broadcasting market via a joint venture with TV and film production house Kantana Group. InTouch will use the joint venture to explore business opportunities on the digital TV broadcasting market. The Kantana – Intouch joint venture will have an initial capital of THB 40 million, The Nation reports. Intouch will contribute THB 20 million through its Intouch Media subsidiary, while the other half of the investment belongs to Kantana Group. 

    According to Kim Siritaweechai, executive vice president for portfolio management at Intouch Holdings, The JV will produce TV programmes and leverage the potential of its existing businesses. An unnamed Intouch source said the new unit was planning to remake a US teen drama series called ‘Gossip Girl’ into a Thai version to be shown on a digital channel in Thailand. 

    Streambox + CNN Indonesia—Realtime Location Services To Be Supplied (SatBroadcasting™—Encoders)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=334370786&menu=1

    [SatNews] Streambox has announced a deal to provide 80 (eighty) Streambox Avenir devices with Signal Extenders to CNN Indonesia, a 24-hour news channel just starting, as a result of a strategic partnership between Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific, Inc. and PT Trans Media Corporation, one of the largest media corporations in Indonesia.

    Streambox Avenir Mini IP network bonding encoders with GPS capabilities provide realtime location services via the Streambox Cloud for coordinated breaking news coverage for CNN Indonesia. The Streambox core video technology, ACT-L3/L4 compression with LDMP reliable multi-path networking, is designed to perform in challenging environments for live video transmissions over cellular networks.

    The Streambox solutions for live and file-based video are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3/L4™ codec with LDMP networking which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. Streambox end-to-end solutions enable broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises and other users to enhance their content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies. The scalable Streambox Platform can be integrated into all IP-centric operations using a variety of wired and wireless IP networks.

    The Streambox infosite may be accessed at http://www.streambox.com/

    iSAT Africa signs capacity deal with Gazprom Space Systems

    From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/247122/isat-africa-signs-capacity-deal-with-gazprom-space-systems/

    Satellite service provider iSAT Africa has signed a network capacity deal with Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central Africa.

    The deal, which was announced at the East Africa Com conference in Kenya, will see iSAT Africa use capacity on the southern beam of Gazprom’s Yamal-402 satellite, which is located at 55 degrees East and was launched in December 2012.

    “Yamal-402 satellite perfectly meets our requirements due to its high power and the wide Ku-band coverage zone, allowing us to use it for the small regional networks as well as for pan-African VSAT networks in Sub Sahara region. We are planning to further develop our services on this satellite and are very interested in the extension of our partnership,” said Santosh Sakpal, technical manager of iSAT.

    iSAT Africa also recently selected  satellite operator Eutelsat for free-to-air delivery of African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa. 
iSAT and Eutelsat will use the high-power African service beam of the Eutelsat 70B satellite to broadcast a platform of channels to digital headends and on a DTH basis to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception.

    The first channels were launched by iSAT on September 1. They include Family TV and K24 that are multiplexed in a DVB-S2 platform and uplinked from iSAT’s teleport in Nairobi to Ku-band capacity on Eutelsat 70B. Homes receiving the platform on a DTH basis can pick up channels without subscription using a maximum 90cm antenna and a digital free-to-air box that can be purchased off the shelf.

    iSAT has also agreed terms with Eutelsat for use of C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite for contributing channels to the Nairobi teleport where they can be aggregated into the platform. The C-band footprint on Eutelsat 3B embraces Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America.

    iSAT Africa is a subsidiary of Wananchi Group. Its main services include internet and data via satellite, TV and radio broadcasting, telemedicine, video conferencing, distance learning, e-governance, trunking solutions and turnkey solutions.

    Gazprom Space Systems has a fleet of three satellites: Yamal-202, located at 49° East; Yamal-300K at 90 degrees East; and Yamal-402 at 55 degrees East.

    Police chief calls for global collaboration on IP crime

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/24/police-chief-calls-for-global-collaboration-on-ip-crime/

    City of London Police Commander Steve Head has called for greater global co-operation and a worldwide day of action to tackle organised criminal networks who are making millions of pounds through intellectual property (IP) crime.

    Speaking at the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference in Vietnam Commander Head, who is the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, highlighted how the UK’s approach to IP crime had been considerably strengthened by the establishment of the force’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

    The conference in South East Asia, which is being co-hosted by INTERPOL and the Vietnam National Police, has more than 500 public and private delegates from nearly 70 countries.

    Commander Head, who oversees PIPCU, provided attendees with an insight into the unit’s work both in the UK and around the world since launching in September 2013.

    In particular, he focused on how the team has successfully targeted individuals and organised crime gangs that are damaging legitimate businesses through copyright infringing websites and selling counterfeit goods online.

    As a result PIPCU is now the subject of considerable interest and recognition from national and international governments, law enforcement and counter fraud agencies.

    In conclusion, Commander Head recommended to delegates that other countries adopt the City of London Police’s approach to tackling specific economic crime types that transcend national and international borders, engaging with multiple-agencies and implementing phased prevention and disruption initiatives.

    “PIPCU are pioneers in … tackling intellectual property crime, moving away from traditional policing methods to embrace new and innovative initiatives to disrupt and dismantle the criminal networks responsible for causing huge damage to legitimate businesses,” he said.

    “This work includes close collaboration with private sector organisations inadvertently supporting IP crime either through advertising or allowing payment provision on websites that are providing illegal access to copyrighted material. At the International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference I urged delegates to support and engage with PIPCU and to look at its strategy for policing IP crime as a potential way forward for themselves and partner agencies.”

    PIPCU is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Lead Force for Fraud. It is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

    The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 and is initially being funded by the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    Third of online pirates say no industry impact

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/24/third-of-online-pirates-say-no-industry-impact/

    Illegal viewers are not aware of the impact their activity has on the wider entertainment industry, according to new research by PriceSpy.co.uk.

    The price comparison site found that one in four (24 per cent) have illegally downloaded or streamed a programme online and 35 per cent of them feel that it is not a big issue for the television and film industry.

    The majority (42 per cent) choose to access and watch illegally-sourced content because it is free, compared to the traditional TV Licence which, at £12.50 per month, over half (52 per cent) of holders polled feel is poor value for money.

    Other reasons given for illegal viewing were because it is available more immediately (27 per cent) or is unavailable to view in their own country or region (18 per cent)

    Exports such as Game of Thrones, Orange Is The New Black and Breaking Bad are the most popular shows viewed online, by both legal and illegal means – not surprising as half (47 per cent) of viewers believe that American programming is superior to British shows.

    And one in three (35 per cent) are so fond of viewing shows on demand that they would rather give up their television than their online streaming methods.

    Lorna Barker, Senior Marketing Manager for PriceSpy UK and Ireland, noted that online programming is growing rapidly in popularity, through the natural convenience of being able to watch what you want, when and where you want. “However, the impact of illegal downloads on the industry have been a topic of discussion for some time. We wanted to find out what those who actually use illegal downloads think about them, why they use them and if they are aware of the impact. We were surprised at the number of users who were not aware of the potential issues caused by illegal viewing, and by the number of people who would happily lose their television and rely instead on online content,” she admitted.

    INSAT-1A: Setback in space

    From http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/multi-purpose-satellite-insat-1a-fails-setback-for-isro/1/392140.html

    Multi-purpose satellite INSAT-1A fails, setback for ISRO  

    At 2.57 a.m. on September 6, while the nation slept, a bleary-eyed Pramod Kale, project director of the Indian National Satellite System, INSAT-1A, depressed three switches at the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka. The final switch snapped contact with the crippled gold and blue satellite lurching drunkenly 36,000 km above the ground, west of New Delhi. "Our bird is dead," mourned a space scientist in Bangalore.

    The multi-purpose Rs.60-crore satellite, providing a unique combination of telecommunication, meteorological and mass communication capabilities, lasted barely 148 days after it was launched from Cape Canaveral on April 10. With its premature death, India's giant leap into an era of operational space systems went into an unaccountable tail-spin. An Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist admitted: "It's a shame for all of us. Our plans have suffered a serious setback."

    With INSAT-1A dead, over Rs.150 crore worth of related ground facilities now wait for a second satellite or alternative uses. Eight of 20 Doordarshan centres have been deprived of the daily 90-minute national TV programme that started on August 15.

    Similarly, 11 radio terminals that were broadcasting national programmes have fallen silent, while 150 direct reception sets (DRS) in the villages of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa will also miss national programmes and lie idle.

    Casualties: National coverage of the Asian Games is another casualty, with large chunks of the population in Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Orissa, Maharashtra as well as the north-east now certain to miss out on live coverage. Some 20 imported low-power transmitters that were to be used in remote areas for Asiad telecasting will also be quite useless.

    Other users of INSAT-1A are as badly affected: 28 earth stations set up specifically by the Posts and Telegraphs Department for satellite-telecommunications will now fall into disuse unless a skeletal service can be maintained with the help of the International Satellite Telecommunication Organisation (INTELSAT) satellite, at an estimated cost of Rs.2 crore annually. In fact, of the 4,000 communication lines that were to be hooked on through INSAT, barely 300 were operational before the satellite went dead.

    The Meteorological Department, the third major user of INSAT-1A, has been as badly hit. In its short life, INSAT had been able to help the weathermen track this year's aberrant monsoon accurately, and give advance warning of the cyclone that hit Orissa in early June. But the computers and other facilities installed at the data utilisation centre in New Delhi will not now be used for their original purpose till INSAT-1B becomes available next year.

    And the satellite was dead before the Meteorological Department could even fully test the first of 110 data collection platforms that, once located in remote areas, would have fed data to Delhi via the satellite. Further testing (and hence production of the remaining platforms) will also have to wait for a year, as will the disaster warning system that was supposed to be installed using INSAT.

    So, though the satellite itself is insured with the New India Assurance Company for Rs.58.41 crore, the loss because of the disuse of the ground facilities (many of which are still not ready) is estimated at Rs.18 crore, while the non-financial damage goes beyond what figures can assess.

    INSAT 1B, an identical twin of INSAT-1A, was initially planned as a stand-by satellite, and is due to go up aboard the US space shuttle next July. But with INSAT-1A's premature death, the stand-by will become the main satellite. A third satellite. INSAT-1C, is scheduled for 1989 but this date may now have to be advanced so that it can function as a space spare. At the same time, efforts continue to send up a satellite manufactured in India.

    Inevitably, a pall of gloom descended on the ISRO offices in Bangalore when the latest case of infant satellite mortality was announced. Said ISRO's balding director U.R. Rao: "The setback is not only psychological, but otherwise too. There is need for a thorough indepth analysis to understand the problems."

    Probes into the reasons for the failure have already started, both nationally and at the Palo Alto (USA) headquarters of Ford Aerospace and Communication Corporation (FACC), who built INSAT-1A and were responsible for its operation for its first 180 days (the insurance period which the satellite failed to see through). Said an exasperated Dennis Killen, FACC's manager for INSAT: "I wish I had an explanation for INSAT's failure right now."

    Plagued with problems ever since it "was launched in April, the ill-starred satellite, already working at barely half its capacity, developed unexpected snags last fortnight. On September 4, at 2 p.m., the Master Control Facility at Hassan noticed "strange errors" in the data coming in from the satellite.

    The reason: INSAT-1A had lost its attitude (or direction) control and was "pitching" slightly. In its normal geostationary position, its antennae look towards earth and its solar array tracks the sun. If this position is disturbed, attitude control has to be rectified immediately.

    But when the scientists sent commands to stabilise the satellite, they inexplicably lost telemetry contact. Space Department Secretary Satish Dhawan, Rao and other scientists immediately huddled together in an emergency meeting at the ISRO headquarters in Bangalore, while "blind commands" were being sent by the MCF in the hope of regaining contact. This was finally established after four hours, but continued to be intermittent.

    Project Director Kale, who was away in Ahmedabad - ironically to attend a meeting to discuss the "expansion plans of the master, control facility of INSAT" - was asked to rush back. Rao meanwhile left for Hassan, about 100 km from Bangalore. But bad luck dogged him as the car driver lost his way, and had to drive through the night.

    Finally reaching Hassan, Rao and other scientists noted while trying to stabilise the satellite that the thrusters which power it were reacting sluggishly to commands. To their surprise and consternation, the fuel data being fed in showed them that the two fuel tanks in the satellite were completely empty.

    Without fuel, no manoeuvres were possible with the satellite. And at 9 a.m., a dejected Rao telephoned Dhawan to inform him that the INSAT-1A chapter was over. Dhawan then reportedly informed the Prime Minister, Mrs Gandhi.

    Kale, who reached the MCF that afternoon, was asked to perform the funeral rites. He made vain efforts to deploy the solar sail, which had never opened, and also the Very High Resolution Radiometer (VHRR), which had gone dead in mid-August. When there was no response to either command, Kale decided at 2.30 a.m. to shut down INSAT-1A, starting with the electronic system, then the propulsion systems and finally the telemetry transmitters.

    Only one transmitter was left on so that scientists could check later which way the satellite was drifting. "It will drift in an uncontrolled fashion, and may continue to do so for 1,000 years," Kale said, INSAT-1A had joined the space junkyard.

    Problem Child: But long before the final days of crisis, the satellite had been a problem child. On April 6, two days before the scheduled launching, a badly placed baffle in the satellite's air-conditioning system ripped the gold-coloured conical solar sail which had to be replaced. After blast-off, two days late, the dish-shaped C band antenna - without which the satellite would become deaf and dumb - refused to open.

    Ten days later, the solar sail refused to open. With the satellite's balance thus lost, more fuel had to be used to keep it stable. Then thermal constraints developed for the S band transponders used for radio and TV broadcasts. Only one of these could now be used, and broadcast capability was reduced from 24 hours to 5 hours daily.

    On April 22, the C band antenna finally opened after ground control resorted to the desperate measure of firing the thrusters under the closed antenna. But on June 1, power drops were noticed in the VHRR, which finally failed altogether on August 13.

    With fuel being used up for the various extra manoeuvres, the satellite's life was reduced from seven years to just 30 months, and only 44 kg of fuel was left when the satellite lost attitude orientation on September 4. Kale feels the fuel tanks emptied themselves during the black-out period when telemetry contact was lost. A valve which is supposed to feed the fuel for oxidation in the thruster chambers got stuck, and the fuel drained out.

    With bolts getting jammed, switches becoming stuck, ejection systems not working and valves blocked, INSAT-1A was crippled and finally gave up the ghost. Observed Rao wryly: "It was the minor problems that seem to have caused the major setbacks."

    The majority opinion was that failure resulted from plain bad luck, but criticism has not been absent. E.V. Chitnis, director of the Space Applications Centre in Ahmedabad, as well as numerous scientists in Bangalore, feel the policy of buying satellites will have to make way for indigenous manufacture, the implicit criticism being that FACC was to blame for some of the troubles.

    There was also criticism of the decision to go in for a multi-purpose satellite (INSAT was the world's only civilian operational satellite combining telecommunications, broadcasting and meteorological functions).

    Such multi-purpose satellites save money - send up one, instead of three - but the satellite becomes more complex. A third point of criticism was that the three-axis mode of stabilising the satellite should not have got preference over the more common spin stabilisation technique.

    While these are matters of technical judgement, and implicitly risky because of the high technology and the learning process, ISRO spokesmen were pointing out that the components which failed in INSAT had proved themselves in other satellites: the C band antenna had not caused problems earlier, and the solar sail's astro-mast boom had been used on no fewer than eight satellites. Said one of them: "She was a good bird and is going to be the forerunner of many other satellites."


    Interesting product for those that have a dish that needs moving


    From my Email


    From the Dish

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "Animax Taiwan, Cartoon Network Taiwan, TTV, CTV, PTS, PTS 2 and Channel V China" have started on , encrypted. CCTV 5 has left.

    Thaicom 4 119.5°E 11535 V Rajawali TV, Trans 7, Santrivision, Kompas TV, Lejel Home Shopping, TV Edukasi 2, TV Anak Space Toon, Jak TV, Iqraa Asia & Australia, Saudi 2, RT English, NHK World TV, Riyadiya TV 1, Da Vinci Learning Asia, BeIn Sports Global, LBS TV Mix and LBS TV C-Drama have left .
    Thaicom 4 119.5°E 11542 VTV 9 Nusantara, CNTV, Infinity Network and Coop TV have started on , Fta.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "DMC TV" has started on , Fta. Quran TV, Sunna TV and Aswaja TV are Fta again. MTV China has left.

    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4073 H "Jame-Jam TV Network 3" has left again.
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4082 H "DM Dhoom" has left again.

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3820 V "Yemen TV" has left .
    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 4085 H "Rai Italia Asia" has started on , Fta.

    SES 8 95.0°E 12170 H "KTN has replaced ATV" on , Conax.

    Measat 3a 91.4°E 4120 H "Celestial Movies Singapore" has left.

    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12276 H "Net, World Cup Ultimate 1 and ANTV" have started on , Videoguard.
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12276 H "LBS TV Mix" has left .
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12276 H "Kompas TV" has left .
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "RCTI and MNC TV" have started on , Videoguard.
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12396 H "K+ and CNN International South Asia" have started on , Conax.
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12436 H "Cartoon Network Asia" has started on , Conax.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Hero Channel" is Fta again.

    From asiatvro site

    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Universal Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-23]
    东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11681 V 15525参数有条件接收。[09-23]
    东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,BeIn Sports 3 Premier League(高清)频道加密,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-23]
    东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,TV Anak Space Toon Two(印尼)频道解密,设置3732 H 4160参数免费接收。[09-23]
    东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Aceh TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3825 H 5000参数免费接收。[09-23]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Real、Know(高清)等13个频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-23]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Jim Jam(测试)频道解密,设置4000 H 29700参数免费接收。 [9月23日]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,MGM、My Cinema(Encompass)频道新增,设置3760 V 29700参数有条件接收。 [9月23日]

    东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Saudi 1、半岛电视(阿拉伯)等全组频道消失,设置11680 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
    东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky UHD(4K高清)测试频道新增,设置12610 H 27489参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
    东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,24 Dok(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。[09-22]
    东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,BeIn Sports 3 Premier League(高清)频道解密,设置3620 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-22]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Max Sports HD(高清)频道加密,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-22]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(高清)频道加密,设置11550 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-22]
    东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Saudi 1、半岛电视(阿拉伯)等10个频道新增,设置11680 H 27500参数免费接收。[09-22]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(高清)频道解密,设置11550 V 30000参数免费接收。[09-22]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Max Sports HD(高清)频道解密,设置11590 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khabar Bharti、Get Punjabi (测试)等频道重现,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [9月22日]
    东经132度轨道位置的JCSAT 5A号卫星Ku频段,Not TV 4(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12711 V 19475参数有条件接收。 [9月22日]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Punjabi By Nature(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3854 H 7200参数无效接收。 [9月22日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,On Shop替换IPM Show(泰国)频道,设置3949 V 2550参数免费接收。 [9月22日]

    Stream Links

    I'm not sure about these French channels , they seem to work for about a minute then stall.

    tf1 http://tvnet.net16.net/01.m3u8
    france2 http://tvnet.net16.net/02.m3u8
    france3 http://tvnet.net16.net/03.m3u8
    france5 http://tvnet.net16.net/05.m3u8
    m6 http://tvnet.net16.net/06.m3u8
    arte http://tvnet.net16.net/07.m3u8
    d8 http://tvnet.net16.net/08.m3u8
    w9 http://tvnet.net16.net/09.m3u8
    france4 http://tvnet.net16.net/14.m3u8
    D17 http://tvnet.net16.net/17.m3u8
    guile http://tvnet.net16.net/18.m3u8
    France O http://tvnet.net16.net/19.m3u8
    TF6 http://tvnet.net16.net/456.m3u8
    Equidia Live http://tvnet.net16.net/equidilve.m3u8

    other misc untested



    Optus 10 satellite completes orbit raising

    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-10-satellite-completes-orbit-raising--1038503

    Australian operator Optus has announced that its Optus 10 satellite has completed its orbit raising and has been positioned at a temporary test location on the geostationary arc to enable the testing of the satellite payload to commence. Manufactured by Space Systems/Loral, the Optus 10 satellite was launched on 12 September.

    Optus 10 will undertake preliminary deployments and tests prior to reaching the geostationary orbit where it will complete testing to ensure all on-board equipment is fully operational. This process is expected to be completed by mid-October. Once testing is complete, the satellite will be relocated to its operational location at 164 degrees east.

    Optus 10 is designed to provide consumer broadcast services and two-way voice and data communications services for Australia and New Zealand.

    19 jobs set to go as Trackside departs Avalon

    From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/10531631/19-jobs-to-go-as-Trackside-exits-Avalon

    The New Zealand Racing Board will make 19 staff redundant when production of its Trackside television channels shifts from Avalon Studios to Auckland next month.

    All up, 42 staff spread between the company's Petone offices and Avalon Studios were given the opportunity to relocate to Auckland with 17 taking up the offer, six taking up other roles, and 19 leaving the company.

    The studios have produced some of the country's most-watched film and television including Peter Jackson classics such as Brain Dead to the latest Dancing With the Stars series.

    Avalon Studios co-director Gary Watson said he was very disappointed by the move, which would strip a "significant" chunk of revenue and reduce core staff numbers from 31 to eight.

    He had believed the NZRB would keep production of its Trackside 1 and 2 channels in Avalon when he and others bought the former TVNZ stronghold about 18 months ago.

    Watson was made aware of its intention to leave about a year ago.

    "The racing board gave us confidence they were here for the long haul," Watson said.

    "We tried hard to keep them here, we didn't just roll over. We tried to convince them to stay."

    Trackside has been produced in Avalon since it launched in 1992.

    The studios and adjoining Avalon Tower, which was TVNZ's head office, opened in 1975, just three years after the switch to colour television.

    TVNZ used to employ more than 700 staff at Avalon but numbers have dwindled since the 1980s as production and administration moved to Auckland.

    Avalon Studios co-director Paul Mainwaring said television work had slowed in general as major television networks such as TVNZ, TV3 and Sky TV may be funding less shows.

    "There's been a drift to Auckland over the years in terms of television production.

    "We're concentrating more on film lately because that's where the opportunities are."

    Recent productions include Consent, a film about Louise Nicholas which screened earlier this year, and How to Murder Your Wife.

    The company also hoped to take on a $15 million American production next year.

    "We're optimistic about the future. We've got a spare lot we're investigating turning into a 2500sqm sound stage."

    TAB executive general manager Glenn Patrick said production staff who had not relocated, and are not being redeployed, will be taking redundancy and leaving the business once Trackside 1 and 2 shifted on October 1.

    "The move . . . to Auckland was made due to the business need to upgrade our facilities to support a high definition broadcast.

    "Our former facilities were only a standard definition, which is quickly becoming obsolete."  

    The board considered upgrading existing facilities and partnership opportunities before committing to the move.

    Viewers may notice a new-look studio, and new shows introduced next month.

    The NZRB does not plan to move any more services out of Lower Hutt and intends to keep its head office in Petone.

    Scripps Taps Globecast For APAC Playout

    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3680

    Globecast today announced that it has been selected by Scripps Networks Interactive to provide distribution, playout, content preparation and select post production services for the company’s portfolio of networks across Asia-Pacific. Scripps Networks owns and operates four channels across the region including Asian Food Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel and HGTV, which will launch at the end of the year. 

    The channels will be carried on the Measat-3 satellite, which provides extensive reach across the region, and will have access to a full range of content preparation and playout services using Globecast’s Media Factory. The new state-of-the-art digital Media Factory in Singapore offers broadcasters and content providers a converged workflow to prepare and playout content, pulling together the company’s highly evolved global expertise across the content and channel preparation sectors.

    Derek Chang, Managing Director, Scripps Networks Asia Pacific, said, “We selected Globecast to manage our distribution and playout services due to its wide range of services as well as its geographical proximity to our offices.”

    Darby Sanchez, Globecast Asia CEO, said, “We are delighted that we will be working with Scripps Networks in Asia Pacific for both playout and distribution services, providing a real value add for the broadcaster.”

    Source: Globecast

    Wi-Fi in the Sky: Thaicom Launches Asia-Pacific In-Flight Connectivity Service

    From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/09/23/wi-fi-sky-thaicom-launches-asia-pacific-flight-connectivity-service#axzz3E9LPDlWW

    Leading Asian satellite operator becomes first to offer service using Ku-band in Asia-Pacific

    Nonthaburi, Thailand, 23 September 2014 - The first flight to use Thaicom’s new satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) service in Asia-Pacific took off from Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport today. The service, which uses Ku-band and is now fully operational, provides broadband on commercial flights for Thailand’s number one premium low cost airline, Nok Air.

    Journalists and regular passengers on board Nok Air flight DD7510 from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport to Phuket, Thailand, had the opportunity to be the first to use the service and access the Internet while airborne.

    Suphajee Suthumpun, Chairman of the Executive Committee and CEO, Thaicom Public Company Limited said: “Today’s in-flight connectivity service launch is testimony to our continued efforts to provide innovative services that offer real-life benefits to many people and enhance the quality of life of many in Thailand and Asia. We are excited to be working with Nok Air to help increase its customer experience by providing such a milestone service for the satcom industry.”

    Thaicom is now enabling Nok Air’s passengers to receive broadband Internet via Wi-Fi and satellite, giving them access for web browsing, sending and receiving emails, using social media and reading the news. The agreement with Nok Air is initially for six aircraft, with a plan to expand the service to the whole fleet of 22 aircraft within three years. With 48,000 flights per year, six million Nok Air passengers could benefit from the newly launched, value-added service, which is capable of delivering 3G-like speed for a superior broadband experience.

    Patee Sarasin, CEO of Nok Air, commented at the press conference: “We’re very excited to be the first in Asia to offer free in-flight Wi-Fi to our passengers on top of our other free services. This is testament to our promise of being proactive in bringing new and innovative services to our passengers. In-flight Wi-Fi will provide our passengers with a whole new travelling experience, as they can still connect to what is important to them at 35,000 feet in the air.”

    The IFC solution is developed in partnership with Global Eagle Entertainment, a leading provider of satellite-based in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions to commercial passenger aircraft, and marks the first step in Thaicom’s recently announced “New Frontiers” campaign, which will see the growth of its portfolio in mobility services, designed for on-the-move communications on land, at sea and in the air.

    Thaicom has almost 25 years of operational and technical experience for providing premium satellite communication services.

    For more information about Thaicom, please visit www.thaicom.net.


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

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

    About Nok Air

    Nok Air is Thailand’s homegrown premium low cost airline, and the leading domestic carrier with the most extensive coverage plan. Established in 2004, Nok Air operates from Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport with a fleet of 16 Boeing 737-800, 2 ATR 72-500, and 1 Q400 NextGen aircraft, serving 24 domestic routes and 1 international route. Fleet expansion is in place with confirmed orders for 6 Bombardier Q400 NextGen, and 7 Boeing 737-800 Next-Generation and 8 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. Nok Air passengers enjoy complimentary services such as seat selection, inflight snack, 15kg of luggage, a cutting-edge distribution and payment channel, and upcoming Wi-Fi onboard. For more information, please visit: www.NokAir.com


    Torsten Notzke (66 2) 596-5083, (66 81) 372-5772 torstenn@thaicom.net

    Proactive PR
    Martyn Gettings (44 1) 636-812152, (44 7) 769-748670 martyn.gettings@proactive-pr.com

    S'pore to launch 6 satellites next year

    From http://news.asiaone.com/news/science-and-tech/spore-launch-6-satellites-next-year
    Spire’s chief executive Peter Platzer said the American firm’s goal “is to build dozens of satellites out of the Singapore office”, set up last month. It will have at least 20 nano-satellites in the air by next year to collect data. Six Singapore satellites are also expected to be launched by ST Electronics, NUS and NTU next year.
    In the next few years, tiny ears and eyes in the sky, built and manned by Singapore engineers, could help to track ships and planes, and stop piracy and illegal fishing.

    The satellites will collect weather and climate change data, and monitor the Earth's environment by, say, mapping changes in river courses and catching firms that are cutting down trees illegally.

    Some of them will even help make Global Positioning Systems (GPS) more accurate, and test state-of-the-art encryption technology to keep communications secure.

    A record six Singapore satellites are expected to launch from an island in India next year to do some of these tasks.

    ST Electronics, ST Engineering's electronics arm, is launching one, the National University of Singapore (NUS) will put two into the sky, while Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will have three.

    American firm Spire, which set up a Singapore office last month, will also have at least 20 nano-satellites in the air by next year to collect data.

    The firm, which has raised US$25 million (S$31.7 million), plans to hire at least 100 people for the office here in the next five years. They will help to research and build hardware and software for the satellites, assemble and test them, and analyse the data collected. "Our goal is to build dozens of satellites out of the Singapore office," Spire chief executive Peter Platzer told The Sunday Times last week.

    The developments are a shot in the arm for Singapore's space ambitions, which were set out last year when the Government opened the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTin) under the Economic Development Board (EDB).

    OSTin's mission is to plan and execute economic strategies to grow Singapore's space industry.

    The US-based, non-profit research organisation Space Foundation said the global space economy grew 27 per cent from 2008 to US$314 billion last year, and the Asian satellite industry is poised for a bigger piece of the pie, OSTin believes.

    Nearly 200 satellites were launched globally last year, about two-thirds more than in 2012.

    Micro-satellites - which weigh less than 200 pounds, or 91kg - made up more than half of the launches last year, the foundation said.

    Experts here say that the space industry - and small-satellites field, in particular - are a natural fit for land-scarce and talent-focused Singapore, especially at this time when it is trying to move its economy into high-value industries.

    Indeed, Mr Platzer said he set up shop here as "building nano-satellites and running data analytics - which are driven by software in the cloud and rely on brain power - is as typical of Singapore Inc as you can get".

    NUS' Dr Goh Cher Hiang, who is chairing Singapore's first space symposium on Wednesday, added: "The domain of space is 'free', and the industry is one based on knowledge and high-tech skills."

    The university's two satellites to be launched next year will study the Earth's features, collect data to improve navigation systems and test an advanced quantum communications concept created by the NUS Centre for Quantum Technologies.

    Nano-satellites - weighing 1kg to 10kg - are easier, cheaper and faster to build, taking one to two years compared to at least three years for larger spacecraft, said Dr Goh, who is a Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at DSO National Laboratories, seconded to NUS' Electrical and Computer Engineering Department as an adjunct professor.

    The speed enables firms to gather and sell data more quickly to recoup their investment costs.

    Associate Professor Low Kay Soon, director of NTU's Satellite Research Centre, said that small satellites can be used to test new ideas and components at a relatively lower cost, before these are scaled up for larger spacecraft.

    NTU already has four satellites in orbit, ranging in weight from 193g to 105kg. Its new technologies tested on them include an inter-satellite communication system and "sun sensors" that allow a solar panel to re-orient itself to capture more sunlight.

    Its three satellites to be deployed next year will include Singapore's first EDB-funded weather satellite, which will be used for tropical climate studies.

    Prof Low said that the multi-disciplinary research and work that go into such innovations and satellites could boost a wide range of industries here.

    But the experts noted that several obstacles need to be overcome, starting with the paucity of trained manpower here.

    Prof Low said students have to be able to design and test products to withstand extreme vibrations as well as changes in space temperature, which can range from minus 60 deg C to more than 100 deg C.

    "You don't need to do this for products on Earth. The closest equivalent we have for such testing is the automotive industry," he said.

    NTU does not have a dedicated course for satellites, but Prof Low's centre accepts about 50 students each year, mostly from engineering disciplines, to work on satellites for their third- and final-year projects.

    NUS has an undergraduate engineering track for students focused on satellite design. It also offers a 41/2-day course on space systems basics for the local industry.

    "It is a chicken or egg problem," said Prof Low.

    "Without manpower, firms may not want to come here. Without firms, students may not want to study the subject due to the low job prospects."

    He added that a dedicated government space agency is needed to represent Singapore, for instance, when firms or institutes here register satellites for launches in other countries. "I had a lot of trouble in the past when I applied for permits," he said.

    Singapore Space and Technology Association president Jonathan Hung said more international and regional partnerships with foreign space agencies and established commercial players would help fuel Singapore's space industry growth in the near future.

    "Singapore is progressing well with a focus on small-satellite developments," he said.

    Still, "while nano-satellites have inherent advantages, there are limitations such as the trade-off of payload capacity or imagery resolution".

    NUS' Dr Goh added that leadership will be critical to boost the field here.

    "For larger space systems, the risk of failure is very high. Simple mistakes by anyone in the project can cause problems, the worst-case scenario being a complete failure," he said.

    "Leadership, coupled with technical and programmatic skills, is crucial to the success of a space programme."

    MBC: “1000 more MENA channels”

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/23/mbc-1000-more-mena-channels/

    Middle East Broadcasting’s (MBC) CEO Sam Barnett says that his region is already home to about 1000 channels, many of them small and serving local audiences, but that it could absorb “several thousands more”. He said 100 were launched last year, about 43 in Kurdish alone. “There are lots more to come,” he added.

    Indeed, MBC has now adding to that total having won a 10-year deal to cover the extremely important Saudi Arabian soccer league. “We launched four FTA sports channels in early August which is a major departure for us. Saudi TV has part of the second division, but our rights cover Division 1, so our focus is on making sure that we can deliver the high-level international quality that MBC is famous for.  We think this should work well for us. Saudis, like Arabs everywhere, are soccer mad, really passionate about their teams. King Abdullah is building 11 new stadiums across the country, so the focus is going to be huge, and a wonderful buzz about the efforts.”

    MBC beams out almost all of its channels in HD, which it puts behind a soft-encryption wall to protect copyrights and Hollywood sensitivities about piracy. “We are absolutely not about pay-TV,” stressed Barnett. “We are free. But behind a pay-environment.”

    Asked whether these Saudi rights could be extended, and Barnett said his Chairman had expressed the view that wider [sports] investment were possible. “But we, for the moment, just want to concentrate on the quality and coverage throughout MBC’s MENA region.”

    Of course, the Egyptian football league is currently under discussion and MBC has a channel (MBC Masr) wholly concentrating on the huge Egyptian TV market. “Egyptian soccer is looked upon passionately by viewers. And MBC Masr is obviously interested in what’s available in that region. MBC Masr is very much an Egyptian channel. We have some 500 people working in Egypt, and they’ve been there for a very long time. We have an aspiration to provide the best content that would appeal to Egyptians.”

    MBC’s drama output is also performing well. “We are hugely excited by our new drama series. For many years we were importing drama, and dubbing. Turkish output resonated well with our audiences. But now we have found a way to produce at a high quality the output we need, and at prices that are manageable. Our experiences is that we can create local drama with issues and topics and themes that are of interest to the region, and this will always dominate imported material. It isn’t always easy, and our new studio in Dubai as well as our existing facility in Cairo means we are well placed for the future. Our historical dramas, such as Omar, which was a hit show for us during Ramadan, have been of interest internationally. The quality of the production, as well as the very real creativity we have in the region, are coming together and will be of interest to buyers internationally.”

    Barnett admitted that the political upheavals have created some headaches for production. “At a high level any political uncertainty is not helpful to a business. We, like many others, especially as an event moves from uncertainty to real trauma, then our employees are affected. We have continued operating in almost every country affected. The fact that we have some 65 different nationalities working for us helps. Pick a country, and we have a highly-skilled number of staff who know the local environment. We are not seen as outsiders, but part of the community. It helps. We continue to operate from Beirut, from Cairo, from Riyadh, from Syria and of course the Emirates.”

    With new sport and drama currently being digested MBC could be excused for taking a breather. Not so. “Shahid.net has been part of the operation for some time, and was our VOD and ‘catch-up’ service. We spent some time fine-tuning and revamping the site, and earlier this year made a real breakthrough. It is now easier to use, with far improved buffering, and we have aggregated a much wider portfolio of content. And it is working. In Ramadan, it was some 200 per cent busier than in 2013 and it continues to move forward every month. People had to get into the habit but we’re now the premium site for on-line video. Seventy per cent of the access to Shahid is from mobile phones, and this is coming from everywhere. The brand is becoming well known.”

    “As far as Ultra-HD is concerned I sense a huge enthusiasm from the 5000 engineers here at IBC, and that enthusiasm is shared by my engineers back in Dubai,” admitted Barnett. “We were not late with HD, but right on time for when the audience were ready. I intend to be right on time for when we can make 4K pay. This does tend to be slightly after the engineers are perhaps ready. Like HDTV I suspect that 4K will need some sort of pay-premium. The challenge for us is that we can do this fancy stuff, and make the screen better, but where is the money? We will have to find a business model where we can extract some benefit to replay those costs, which will be large. What’s exciting though is that Ultra-HD seems to have the biggest impact on sport. We were not players, but now we are. If perhaps we were to bring Ultra-HD to the Saudi league then this would be in tune with the quality that the MBC brand is known for. This not an announcement but could be an aspiration!”

    “About 92-93 per cent of that huge audience view us on satellite, and we enjoy a 48 per cent market share.  Our viewership is growing. Our current numbers are about 350 million, all speaking more or less the same language.  About 55 million view us free-to-air.  Our youth viewing is up 5 per cent.”

    Barnett explained that MBC was active – and successful – in some of the world’s most closed markets, where today some countries still banned satellite reception.  “The authorities in some cases still exert control at the borders and equipment can be banned.  The authorities can license a broadcaster for an encrypted service and then use the threat of a cancelled license to exert pressure.”

    “We decided to stay free-to-air and allow the market to bring in its own boxes and receivers.  Under Saddam Hussein, satellite TV was completely banned. When the regime changed, any driver with a workable pick-up truck was driving out of Iraq to bring in every scrap of satellite equipment he could buy, such was the demand for our exciting new viewing options.  Iraq now has better than 90 per cent access to satellite TV.”

    “However, the downside of this somewhat anarchic distribution model is that it is extremely difficult to bring in the sort of on-line and other ‘Red Button’-type services on the hundreds of different set-top box versions. In other words free-to-air still dominates viewing. When a Palestinian contestant won last year’s Arab Idol show we had an audience of 92 million.  Average viewing in Saudi Arabia is 6 hours 50 minutes.  Its population is young, 50 per cent under age 25, and their viewing is up 5 per cent.

    Russia’s Kartina orders PeerTV HEVC STBs

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/22/russias-kartina-orders-peertv-hevc-stbs/

    PeerTV, the TV over the OTT technology solutions provider, has received the first order for its latest quad core High Efficiency Video Coding  (HEVC) standard set top boxes from Russian specialist pay per view TV operator Kartina in a deal expected to be worth approximately $1.2 million.

    The new technology will mean content can be streamed using 50 per cent of the bandwidth previously required for H264 technology. Significant enhancements to transmission quality have also been achieved.

    Kartina and PeerTV will now work jointly on a plan to adapt the STBs to meet the requirements of Kartina’s platform. The last time PeerTV and Kartina embarked upon a similar programme of development and testing, Kartina reported customer feedback and results exceeded expectations.

    PeerTV CEO Avi Vermus comments, “We are delighted by this vote of confidence in our latest quad core H265 set top box. We will now begin developing and testing this to meet Kartina’s individual requirements. This additional order marks an important step in the development of our OTT TV business and our ability to deliver solutions to Telcos and TV companies wishing to enter the OTT space.”

    4K F1 feed from Tata

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/22/4k-f1-feed-from-tata-communications/

    CDN provider Tata Communications has become the first company to deliver a live 4K feed from a Formula 1 event. The landmark was achieved during the first practice session at the 2014 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, where live footage was delivered end-to-end over Tata Communications’ Global Video Connect Network, to Formula One Management’s (FOM) Technical HQ in Biggin Hill, UK.

    Demonstrated to an exclusive group of broadcasters, the live delivery highlighted the next generation 4K broadcast capabilities afforded by fibre-optic cable, as well as illustrating how the future of 4K sports broadcasting could look.

    Mehul Kapadia, Managing Director F1 Business, Tata Communications, noted that in 2013, the company was able to showcase its broadcast capabilities by transmitting a live JPEG 2000 feed from the same Grand Prix. “This year, we have taken a huge step in next generation broadcast with the first-ever transmission of a live 4K feed from a Formula 1 event. It is another milestone in our journey with Formula One Management and shows the real potential of sports broadcasting over our Video Connect Network, as well as the quality and speed by which it can be delivered,” he added.

    4K broadcasting promises ground-breaking definition, but also presents the challenge of significantly increased bandwidth demand. Typically, Tata Communications provides 120 megabits per second (Mbps) for JPEG 2000. During the Biggin Hill showcase, Tata Communications provided 500 Mbps for a single feed, a capability that was only made possible thanks to the company’s global Video Connect network, delivering video and converged IP services seamlessly for high quality sports events.

    John Morrison, Formula One Management’s Chief Technical Officer, said that Formula 1 racing was the pinnacle of cutting edge technology, and provided the ultimate showcase for innovation. “4K is an exciting new technology which could have great potential when it comes to sports broadcasting. We are focused on giving F1 fans the best possible experience, which is why we are pleased to be supporting Tata Communications in bringing 4K closer to reality,” he added.

    According to Kapadia, consumer demand for high quality and live content across different platforms is now the norm and with the emergence of bandwidth hungry production workflows, especially that of 4K broadcasting, quick turnarounds and availability of content across multiple platforms are hygiene factors for content owners. “Having the world’s only wholly-owned global fibre-optic ring of super-fast cables means that we are able to fully exploit the potential of new technologies such as 4K, from locations across the globe; and give broadcasters and content owners the ability to reach an ever more demanding audience with ever higher quality content,” he advised.

    Prasar Bharati Plans To Broadcast 20 TV Channels Live On Mobile For FREE

    From http://trak.in/tags/business/2014/09/23/prasar-bharati-broadcast-free-20-tv-channels-mobile/

    India’s largest public broadcaster- Prasar Bharati has plans to let users watch TV on their smartphones for free. You may say that there is nothing new about this plan as we can easily watch live TV on our mobiles using the internet. But, how many of you really use that service for watching live matches on your smartphone?

    The problem with watching live TV on mobiles is that it works only on 3G internet, and consumes a lot of expensive high-speed data too. That’s the main reason why most of us don’t watch TV on our mobiles?

    What good would be a technology if it is too expensive for the public?

    Prasar Bharati understands this and will let users watch live TV on their mobiles using DVB-T technology. At first, Prasar Bharati will only launch a bouquet of 20 free to air channels for mobiles after partnering up with private media houses.

    DVB-T (Digital Video Broadcasting- Terrestrial) is a European standard for broadcasting digital terrestrial TV. It employs audio and video compression for transferring data in MPEG format using Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) modulation.

    Speaking about Prasar Bharati’s plans, its CEO Jawhar Sircar said, “At present you have choice of dish, cable and antenna. The fourth choice that will come up is digital antenna, which will offer a bouquet of 20 free channels on TV this year and next year on mobile.”

    Initially the service would be available only in Delhi and Mumbai. Prasar Bharati will use ‘DVB-T2 Lite’ technology for broadcasting Doordarshan (DD1) which can be accessed via a specially designed dongle. The big plan is to convince mobile companies for embedding this chip into their upcoming mobile phones.

    With this chip embedded, users will not need mobile internet or WiFi to watch channels – this chip will act as a receiver to get satellite TV signals.

    “We now do not get to watch TV during 10 – 12 hours of office time. Most of the things happen on either tablet or mobile phone. There are so many people who travel daily and can watch channels on mobile phone as long as their battery supports without paying for the service”, said Sircar. “It will be supported by ad revenue”, he added.

    He said that DVB-T technology is very popular in European countries because of its cost efficiency. “If 44 countries are working well on terrestrial, why are we junking it?” he argued.

    We really don’t know why such a useful technology hasn’t been introduced in India till date. It would have proven to be very useful during the recent J&K floods, but as the saying goes, better late than never. We are really looking forward to its public launch. At least we will be able to enjoy live cricket matches for free! How would watching live TV on mobile change your life?

    Pay-TV penetration set to rise in India

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/22/pay-tv-penetration-set-to-rise-in-india/

    There’s likely to be gradual acceleration of pay-TV penetration in India and leading to major growth over the next five years, according to a report from the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) report compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers, unveiled on September 19th.

    According to the CII report, TV penetration in India is already at 60 per cent, but this is much lower than in developed countries where it is greater than 90 per cent. “Hence, there is considerable amount of potential to increase the number of TV households in India. Pay-TV penetration among TV-owning households is expected to increase steadily in five years, driving the growth in television sector,” the report stated.

    As of December 2013, India has some 129 million TV-owning households, of which 64 million are analogue cable TV subscribers and 30 million have digital cable. Satellite DTH subscribers stand at 35 million. This number is expected to register higher growth in five years helped by the existing digitisation of cable networks.

    The CII says in 2017 DTH subscribers would be 56 million, rising to 64 million during 2018. Cable’s digital subscribers would rise from 85 million in 2017 to 90 million in 2018.  Analogue cable would – in effect – evaporate to only around 5 million by 2018 as the digitisation process wraps up.


    Optus 10 Update

    Optus 10 on the arc at 176.4E for tests
    see the tracker here http://www.n2yo.com/?s=40146

    Jabaru sat 2 aka Measat3B at 91.5E with capacity /Ku for Australia + Indonesia


    Sunday Feed log

    D2 12320 V Sr 7500 "Sydney Marathon" DVB-S2/8PSK, SD 576i, FTA

    D2 12661 V Sr 7500 "globecast oz" Encrypted
    D2 12679 V Sr 7500 "globecast oz" Encrypted

    Saturday NZ Election Feeds

    D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "default" Election

    D2 12455 H Sr 6670 "default" Election Maori?

    D2 12464 H Sr 6670 "chch03" Election

    D2 12482 H Sr 6670 "01" Election Labour party HQ

    IS 19 12520 V Sr 6111 "Waicomm_12" feed (Encrypted)
    IS 19 12527 V Sr 2999 "TVNZ" Election
    IS 19 12531 V Sr 2999 "TV3 NZ" Election
    IS 19 12538 V Sr 5632 "TVNZ SNG02" , DVBS/QPSK, (Encrypted)
    IS 19 12561 V Sr 5631 "TVNZ004"

    Other feeds

    D1 12644 V Sr 7200 "peddle car races" ??

    D2 12473 H Sr 6670 "service 01" Horse Racing coverage from New Zealand

    D2 12320 V Sr 7500 "Sydney Marathon" DVB-S2/8PSK, SD 576i, FTA
    D2 12679 V Sr 7500 unknown Biss encrypted
    D2 12256 H Sr 4249 "Kordia sd" unknown Biss encrypted

    From my Email

    From saldav1

    weekend Feeds

    All Asiasat 5

    3733 V SR 6200 Tandberg Service Bloomberg Audio Check - German reporter for ntv tv, (FTA.)
    3906 H SR 6110 NY ENC 2 NY Stock Exchange, (FTA.)
    3876 H SR 7500 LPGA Yoko Day 2A Women's LPGA Golf from ALABAMA, (FTA.)
    4085 H SR 4720 RaiItalia ASIA programming on a new frequency parallel to the usual 3805 H SR 4725
    3745 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Horse Racing afternoon from KOREA, (FTA.)
    3876 H SR 6110 Selangor Master 2 Selangor Golf Masters English commentary in (4:2:2.) - a mess of colour!
    3887 H SR 7200 ARQ NST HD1 KIA Motors Korea - WTA Women's Tennis Open, (FTA.)
    4148 H SR 7000 $UFC Hunt vs Nelson Fight Night is $.
    3876 H SR 7500 LPGA Yoko Day 3A Women's Golf from ALABAMA, (USA.)
    3867 H SR 7200 ARQ NST HD 1 Kia Motors Women's Tennis Open from Korea, (FTA.)
    3915 V SR 7120 Via 1 HD Sailing Championships from Santander, SPAIN, (FTA.)
    4155 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
    4165 H SR 7200 service-1 Video Games Championships from TAIWAN.
    4175 H SR 7200 Service-1 Video Games Championships from TAIWAN, (both tp's are FTA.)
    3867 H SR 7200 European Tour Wor ISPS Handa Men's European Tour Golf Open from WALES, (FTA.)
    3877 H SR 7120 LADIES EU TOUR Ladies European Tour - Golf - Open de Espana 2014 from Tenerife in the Canary Islands, (FTA.)

    From the Dish

    Optus D2 152.0°E 12608 H "Marjaeyat" has started on, Fta.
    Optus D2 152.0°E 12734 V "Al-Iraqiya TV 2" has started on , Fta

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12430 V "CTV has replaced CTI TV Asia InfoNews" on , Fta.
    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "CTV, Animax Taiwan, Cartoon Network Taiwan, TTV, ETTV Variety, CTV Variety, PTS, PTS 2 and Channel V China" have left .

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Fight Sports" has left
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Rujak TV, Matrix Sports 1 and Matrix Sports 2" have started on .Aswaja TV, Sunna TV, Quran TV and MTV China are now encrypted.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H Fox Movies Premium, Fox Action Movies, Fox Family Movies, Celestial Movies SE Asia, Fox Indonesia, MGM Channel Asia, Kix, Thrill, Nickelodeon Indonesia, Nick Jr Asia, JimJam Asia, English Club TV, National Geographic Channel Asia, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Indonesia, Fox Sports 3 Asia, MTV South East Asia, Channel M, Comedy Central Asia, Star World Asia and Al Jazeera English have started
    on , Xcrypt. DMC TV Fta again. Rujak TV, Zee Bioskop and DW Asien have left again.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "K Plus" has started on , Conax.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Festival and Dangdut Channel" are Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E Almost all channels in Skynindo are encrypted again.

    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3750 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" have left .
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3780 V "National Geographic Channel Philippines, Star World Philippines, Star Movies Philippines, Fox Crime Asia and Fox Asia" have left.
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4000 H Fox Crime Asia, Fox Sports Vietnam, Fox Life India, Fox Asia, National Geographic Channel India and Nat Geo Wild Asia have started on , Videoguard. Phoenix Chinese Channel, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Phoenix Movies Channel, Channel V International, Fox News Channel and FX Asia have left.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 3880 V "Food Network Asia" has started on , Irdeto.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 10982 V "Astro Best SD 4" has started on , encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11062 V "Astro Best SD 10" has started on , encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11522 V"Astro First SD 9" has started on encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11522 V "Eurosport News" has left .
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11562 V "Fox Sports 2 Malaysia and Astro Bella" have started on , encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11642 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has started on , encrypted.

    Measat 3a 91.4°E 4000 H "MGM Channel Asia and JimJam Asia" have started on , Irdeto.

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 10972 H "Sahar 1" has started on , Fta.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Thai Station TV" has started on, Fta. Hero Channel is now encrypted.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Vetee Thai" has started on , BISS. Beauty TV Thailand, Variety Hit 49 and TV Meekhun have left.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3709 H "MRTV Sports 1 and MRTV Sports 2" have started on , Fta.

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "Channel 5" has left .
    Apstar 7 76.5°E 4038 H "Channel One" has started on , Fta.

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 12604 V "CTI TV Asia InfoNews" has left .
    Apstar 7 76.5°E 12604 V "BabyFirst TV" has started on , Fta. Cybercast Sports Network has left.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3752 V "Dabangg" has left

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 H "Hispan TV" has started on , Fta.
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H Hadi TV 5, Gof TV, Favour TV, Nollywood, Press TV, IFilm English and Christ TV have started on , Fta. Hispan TV has left.

    Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3894 H "RVS TV" has left .

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    东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,体育联播(中国)频道消失,设置3722 V 4750参数无效接收。[09-21]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Bangkok(IPM)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[09-21]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Ve-T Thai(泰国)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[09-21]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ahsas TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[09-21]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K Plus替换Fight Sports(印尼)频道,设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。[09-21]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Globo(国际)频道消失,设置4077 H 4444参数无效接收。[09-21]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raitalia(亚洲)频道消失,设置4085 H 4720参数无效接收。 [9月21日]

    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(BISS)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Cinema(CTH)频道解密,设置4080 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Asian Games替换P7 News(亚运会)频道,设置11150 V 27500参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
    东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Eutelsat 4K(测试)高清频道消失,设置11100 H 17241参数无效接收。 [9月20日]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(BISS)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。[09-20]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Cinema(CTH)频道解密,设置4080 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-20]
    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Asian Games替换P7 News(亚运会)频道,设置11150 V 27500参数免费接收。[09-20]
    东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Eutelsat 4K(测试)高清频道消失,设置11100 H 17241参数无效接收。[09-20]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Globo(国际)频道重现,设置4077 H 4444参数有条件接收。[09-20]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raitalia(亚洲)频道重现,设置4085 H 4720参数免费接收。[09-20]
    东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Eutelsat(宣传)高清频道新增,设置11419 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月20日]
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    东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,CTS、OU 1(传送)等7个频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]
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    T-Box era ends ahead of pay TV overhaul

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/tbox-era-ends-ahead-of-pay-tv-overhaul-20140921-10k0bn.html

    Telstra's Thodey calls for infrastructure investment

    Telstra chief executive David Thodey says both the private sector and the government have a role to play in infrastructure development for further power economic growth.

    Telstra is expected to scrap its T-Box personal video recorder and internet television device, which has been a major driver of Foxtel's recent subscriber growth with 760,000 units now in the market.

    Foxtel is also understood to be developing a cheaper set-top box in addition to its soon-to-be-launched, state of the art IQ3 - the cheaper box will carry Foxtel's Presto subscription video on demand [SVOD] service which launched in March. It is possible the two companies will share the new, cheaper set-top boxes.

    Telstra would not comment on "commercial agreements " but people familiar with the developments said the current T-Box device would not be continued. T-Box is a personal video recorder which delivers free-to-air channels, pay TV and Telstra's content services including the telco's AFL and NRL rights to the big screen and BigPond Movies with recording and catch-up capabilities.

    Telstra's dropping the T-Box is part of a strategic rethink of its bundled broadband, telephony and entertainment strategy.

    Foxtel, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corporation, has overhauled its own tariffs, slashing the price of its basic cable and satellite service from $49 to $25. It is due to launch into broadband early next year, reselling Telstra's wholelsale service.

    Telstra dropping the T-Box is part of a strategic rethink of its bundled broadband, telephony and entertainment strategy. Its new approach could include several devices which target different customer and pricing segments.

    It remains unclear whether the T-Box brand will be used in the new regime or will just remain on the current set-top box which Telstra will continue for existing customers.

    Telstra chief executive David Thodey and Foxtel chief Richard Freudenstein have both pointed to lower-priced pay-TV packages as a key growth area for Foxtel subscriptions, which are under pressure due to cheaper competition.

    "We continue to be leaders in IPTV [internet-based television]," Mr Thodey told an investor briefing in August. "The number of customers using Foxtel through T-Box grew by 111,000 to 185,000 subscribers in total. And we've now sold 761,000 T-Boxes." T-boxes come with a "PayLite" Foxtel option.

    Mr Freudenstein mirrored that view during his keynote to the ASTRA conference two weeks ago.

    "A good proportion of our subscriber growth last year came from IP products," he said. "There is a significant segment of the population who really value the flexibility and convenience of these products. They may be relatively light TV watchers or they might be highly mobile."

    On the plans for T-Box, a Telstra spokesman said: "We can't comment on commercial agreements except to say the T-Box is an important part of how we deliver our entertainment offering.

    "We are also always on the lookout for innovative technology to deliver brilliantly connected experiences for our customers. If anything changes we'll let you know."

    Seven, TVN on brink of 10-year deal for two-state vision rights

    From http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/seven-tvn-on-brink-of-10year-deal-for-twostate-vision-rights-20140921-10k1v0.html

    Grand vision: Channel Seven will offer TVN $600 million for a decade-long deal. Photo: Getty Images

    Channel Seven is set to table an offer to the board of racing channel TVN this week to control the vision rights of NSW and Victoria racing for the next 10 years.

    Fairfax Media has learnt the offer will be more than $600 million and is what racing administrators have been awaiting in writing after months of negotiations.

     TVN pays Seven more than $2 million for 28 Saturday meetings to be shown on free-to-air television. But this deal would eventually be linked to possibly take up a wagering licence, something the racing industry has wanted to do in Victoria.

    The Victorian industry was blocked by government from bidding at the last set of negotiations because Racing Victoria is the regulator. The Victorian wagering licence held by Tabcorp does not come up for grabs for another decade.

    The top-secret dealings between Seven and TVN were exposed by Fairfax Media this month but racing administrators have been at pains to say there is nothing formal in place. It has been flagged that it will come this week.

    Under the deal TVN could move to the Seven digital television platform, which would open it to a wider audience, one of the stated aims of the racing channel. That would also lessen the value of the pay-TV rights held by Tabcorp-owned Sky Channel.

    TVN holds the rights to all NSW and Victoria racing and has spent more than two years trying to agree on the new deal with Sky Channel. It has stalled at a price of $40 million to $44 million a year with Tabcorp wanting live vision and access to race replays for its website in the contract.

    While the rights deal has been in a state of flux, TVN and Sky have been rolling over their previous arrangement on a month by month basis.

    Seven is the second player in the market, which TVN has been hoping for, and it would also be interested in moving TVN's website racingnetwork.com.au to its Yahoo7 from Telstra.

    TVN is set to be rebranded next month as the Racing Network to match its website. The racing channel recently moved on to a general package at Foxtel, where its contract ends next year.

    TVN, which costs about $20 million a year to run, gets to only 30 per cent of the TV audience through Foxtel. The roll-out of the digital spectrum in 2015 makes the Seven deal attractive.

     The TVN-Telstra joint venture for digital rights ends next April and TVN's agreement with Chief Entertainment, which is owned by Telstra, for studio and production space is believed to be up next year.

    Racing Victoria's new website Racing.com and Racing NSW are paying Telstra to have access to race replays because of its digital contract.

    The Seven deal would open up the opportunity for the free-to-air channel  to take on the production of TVN and have its website on Yahoo7.

    Looming Netflix arrival sparks TV rights scramble

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/looming-netflix-arrival-sparks-tv-rights-scramble-20140921-10k0qt.html

    US studios and even local TV executives are still split on whether spoiling tactics will have much impact. Photo: Bloomberg

    TV broadcasters are scrambling to renegotiate some of their rights deals with US TV and film studios in an offensive against the much anticipated arrival of on-demand video powerhouse Netflix.

    TV bosses figure they can squeeze Netflix before it launches in Australia by acquiring the so-called "hold back" rights on first-run TV shows and feature films, preventing them from running on subscription video on demand services [SVOD]. The hold back window can be up to 18 months for SVOD operators like Netflix.

    Broadcasters are also bankrolling their own local SVOD platforms, striking exclusive and non-exclusive rights for the US studio's back catalogues as well as new TV series and feature film releases.

    Seven West Media is at this point aligning with Foxtel's Presto although Seven executives have told TV executives there is "no guarantee" it will align with Presto and say that it is still pursuing potential alternatives.

    Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media have jointly committed to invest $100 million into their own SVOD joint venture, Stream Co. Ten has yet to align publicly with an SVOD provider.

    One senior TV executive told Fairfax Media his network had retrospectively secured hold-back rights on some its better-ratings shows. But US studios and even local TV executives are still split on whether such spoiling tactics will have much impact.

    Shaun James, a director for Foxtel's Presto SVOD service, launched in March, said that Netflix would be an "inferior service" in Australia.

    "I'm not trying to undersell the task we have got in terms of raising Presto's brand awareness but [Netflix] will be an inferior local service because of the rights that currently sit with Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC and Foxtel," he said. "They have looked at this market and seen that."

    Foxtel's CEO Richard Freudenstein pointed to his deal with HBO which will block Netflix from Australian distribution of critically acclaimed series which Netflix originally commissioned and funded such as Kevin Spacey's House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. HBO has international rights to the show, which Foxtel picked up for Australia.

    "You will never see an HBO program on Netflix in Australia," Mr Freudenstein told Fairfax Media. "Netflix will find it is a very competitive market for the acquisition of first-run programming."

    Mr Freudenstein's point is potent. At the time it commissioned those shows the US-based start-up did not have global expansion plans and sold the international distribution rights to its shows.

    Now Netflix is attempting to close those loops for new high-profile SVOD series exclusives such as its deal last week with Disney-owned Marvel Studios for TV series Gotham.

    Netflix retains all international rights on the TV franchise, although it will have to wait until the first-run series finishes on Nine.

    "Where they [Netflix] don't have those rights, they're now aggressively trying to claim them back," a studio executive told The Australian Financial Review.

    Malaysia to Launch Home-Made Satellite in 2024

    From http://www.menafn.com/1093957940/Malaysia-to-Launch-Home-Made-Satellite-in-2024

    (MENAFN - QNA) Malaysia targets to launch the country's very own satellite, built exclusively by local scientists, in 2024.

    Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Dr. Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah said in pursuit of this goal, the ministry had begun training local scientists, beginning this year.

    "We have initiated this programme by sending our scientists abroad for training with companies which are big players in the satellite field," he told reporters Saturday.

    Abu Bakar said the function of the satellite would depend on the nation's needs in 2024, and the cost needed to build the satellite had not been determined, according to (Bernama) news agency.

    In the meantime, he said Malaysia was moving closer towards achieving the 70 scientists per 10,000 workforce target by 2020, in a move to become a developed nation.

    Chinese-Brazilian satellite CBERS-4 ready to be placed in orbit

    From http://www.macauhub.com.mo/en/2014/09/22/chinese-brazilian-satellite-cbers-4-ready-to-be-placed-in-orbit/

    The Chinese-Brazilian satellite CBERS-4 programme is ready to be launched, the coordinator of the Spacial Segment, Brazil’s Antonio Carlos de Oliveira Junior said Saturday in Beijing.

    The satellite is the fifth one developed as part of a cooperation agreement between Brazil and China, and the final review of the project, an important step that precedes its launch, was conducted on 18 September.

    Experts from the National Institute for Space Research (INPE) and the Chinese Academy of Space Technology (CAST) presented and discussed the results of electrical and environmental tests performed on the new model of the Chinese-Brazilian satellite, which is scheduled to be launched in December.

    “Not having identified any major problem, the conclusion of experts from both countries was that the satellite is ready to start its launch campaign,” said António Carlos de Oliveira Junior, according to the Brazilian Space Agency.

    The satellite now goes to the satellite launch base in Taoyuan, Shanxi province, 760 kilometres southwest of Beijing, where it is expected to arrive on 16 October. (macauhub/BR/CN)

    Astro records higher 2Q net profit at RM137m

    From http://themalaysianreserve.com/main/news/corporate-malaysia/6549-astro-records-higher-2q-net-profit-at-rm137m

    Increase in subscription has contributed to Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd posting a higher second-quarter (2Q) net profit of RM137.6 million or 2.65 sen per share for the year ended July 31, 2014, from RM98.8 million or 1.9 sen per share it posted in 2013.

    The media broadcast company said in an exchange filing last Friday that the increase in subscription revenue is attributed to both an in increase in average revenue per user for Pay-TV residential subscribers of RM3.10 (from RM94.90 to RM98) and an increase in number of Pay-TV residential subscribers by 126,800 (from 3,358,800 to 3,485,600).

    The increase in other revenue is due to an increase in licensing income of RM45.6 million and sales of decoders for NJOI customers of RM8 million. NJOI is a first free satellite television launched on Feb 18, 2012, in collaboration with the government of Malaysia and Astro.

    It was officially announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak on Dec 20, 2011.

    During the launch, this service provided 18 television channels and 19 radio stations. Turnover for the period rose to RM1.34 billion compared to RM1.18 billion it recorded last year.

    Meanwhile, the company said the radio’s revenue for the current quarter of RM71.8 million was higher by RM6.2 million compared to corresponding quarter of RM65.6 million.

    The higher revenue performance was driven by continuous strong l i stener ship ratings.

    For the cumulative period of six months, the company posted a rise in revenue to RM2.6 billion compared to RM2.3 billion in 2013, while net profit for the same period increased to RM265 million as against RM212 million it recorded for the same period in 2013.

    Cable TV loses foreign clients due to illegal OTT services

    From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/112201/cable-tv-loses-foreign-clients-due-to-illegal-ott-services.html

    VietNamNet Bridge – The boom in unlicensed OTT television services since mid-2013 is threatening the business of TV content service providers.

    HTV-TMS has 700,000 subscribers after seven years of operation, holding 9 percent of the market share. In the past, it was allowed to provide services in HCM City only, but since 2010, its services have been available in 29 cities and provinces.

    Nguyen Duc Hoa, general director of HTV-TMS, the service provider, complained that it was difficult to develop cable TV services, and that the number of subscribers had remained unchanged over the last three to four years.

    HTV-TMS is not alone. Other Vietnamese pay-TV firms also complain that they have lost many clients recently. This explains why the number of subscribers has not increased, even though they get new subscribers.

    Hoa said there are “problems existing in the pay-TV state management”, and that the Ministry of Information and Communication needs to tighten control over the market to support authentic service providers.

    Hoa complained that too many barriers still exist, preventing television companies from expanding their service coverage. Though HTV-TMS is now allowed to provide services in 29 provinces and cities, it still cannot do anything in some localities if they do not receive approval from local authorities.

    Television companies have been asked by the watchdog agency to provide subtitles when showing foreign TV channels so as to ensure customer benefits.

    The regulation, in the eyes of service providers, is also a barrier which has caused problems for them.

    Hoa said the requirements on censoring, editing and translation are major obstacles to providing foreign TV channels.

    Since HTVC cannot transmit many foreign TV channels, it has lost many clients who are expats in Vietnam.

    “The clients would rather watch foreign TV channels with unofficial IPTV,” Hoa said. Unofficial IPTV is understood as a type of illegal OTT TV.

    “We have lost many clients in HCM City to the hands of OTT TVs,” he added.

    Commenting on measures to tighten control over the pay-TV market, Vu Tu Thanh from the US-ASEAN Business Council noted that the watchdog agency needs to think carefully when creating policies to manage the market. The policies need to be designed in a way that allows enterprises to develop.

    He said Vietnam should learn a lesson from China, where youth watch programs on the internet instead of on TV, as many international TV channels on pay-TV are restricted.

    The same problem has also occurred in other countries, where the watchdog agencies have tightened the control over the pay-TV program content, and the public instead chooses OTT TV.

    Le Dinh Cuong, deputy chair and secretary general of the Vietnam Pay-TV Association, also noted that though OTT TV only appeared one year ago, it can be a big threat to TV service providers.

    He called on the Ministry of Information and Communication to keep a tight control over the market to prevent illegal OTT TVs, which may hinder the development of authentic TV services

    Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition adds six members

    From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/245382/broadcast-satellite-anti-piracy-coalition-adds-six-members/

    The Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition has added six new members to its ranks, following its second meeting, which took place in Cairo.

    The new members are ART, IAA, The Egyptian Chamber of Commerce, Gulfsat, Rotana and WWE.

    At the meeting, coalition members agreed to “strengthen and speed up” the process of identifying pirated material, communicating details of the pirates to all members of the group, and jointly acting against them.

    The coalition said that due to combined action in recent months a total of 15 channels have been taken off air. Steps taken against illegitimate channels include shut downs, black outs, termination of contracts and working with advertisers to cease support of such channels.

    “Piracy of Arabic content causes tremendous damage to the whole media production sector, particularly here in Egypt. We now know that the piracy of both non-Arabic and Arabic content is basically perpetrated by the same group of people,” said Hanya Atallah, copyright management manager at ART.

    “What started as piracy of Hollywood content then mushroomed into whole TV channels airing only pirated, Egyptian Arabic films, is now stretching to include Arabic – mainly Egyptian, but also Syrian and Turkish – TV series. The sooner the legitimate members of the media sector and broadcasting sector in MENA co-operate to tackle this scourge, the better.”

    Currently OSN and MBC are monitoring for infringements and have established a process of studio verification. New coalition members Rotana and ART have been invited to join this exercise.

    Existing members of the coalition include Arabsat, du, Eutelsat, Gulfsat, JMC, MBC Group, Motion Picture Association of America, Nilesat, Noorsat, OSN, STN and Viewsat.

    GS launches new box

    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/22/gs-launches-new-box/

    Russia’s GS Group has launched its first hybrid set-top box.

    Known as the GS E212, it has been specifically developed for the DTH service Tricolor TV and allows for the reception of DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T2 signals.

    The GS E212 employs technology supplied by STMicroelectronics, a GS Group partner, and GS Nanotech, a GS Group subsidiary.

    Commenting on the receiver, Andrew Bezrukov, director for strategic marketing, GS Group, said: “The GS E212 set-top box was designed with due regard for broadcasting digitisation objectives in Russia and, in our opinion, will be in high demand by the consumer. It allows users to significantly save on their purchase of receiving equipment and to receive additionally to their satellite operator HD-channels all free-to-air terrestrial content broadcasted within the region with digital quality and supporting HD format. It will also save the customer from the need to use additional devices for receiving various types of signals”.

    A 100,000 units batch of the GS E212 will be available for retail sale by the end of this autumn.

    Cloudio TV launches on Philips and LG TVs

    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/22/cloudio-tv-launches-on-philips-and-lg-tvs/

    Cloudio TV has entered into a contract with TPVision to develop and deliver an application for the Philips Smart TV Platform.

    “There is a worldwide trend in cross boarder TV channel distribution and in conversion of satellite distribution to OTT TV distribution occurring right now. We have noticed that TV channels and VOD owners in countries around the globe are rushing to create Smart TV applications to reduce distribution costs and expand access for their customers,” said Cloudio TV CEO, David Vargas-Racero.

    “Cloudio TV has a successful track record in servicing global broadcasters in this service, as Sun TV India, TV Globo Brazil, VTC Vietnam, KBS & Arirang South Korea and Caribvision Caribbean, with a global distribution and for lower costs, inclusive local language call centers, translation services and sales team to drive up subscriptions.

    “We are constantly looking for new ways to grow our Cloudio TV OTT platform with the best and most recent content available from top programmers,” added Marc Van Steyvoort , VP Business Strategy at Cloudio TV .

    “It’s no secret that the smart TV market is severely fragmented, with eight leading TV app store providers dividing the global market.

    “With TPVision in a leading role in this space, as one of the founding members of the Smart TV Alliance, we are hoping to focus some of the customisation energy and time on a single, common TV app store integration, reaching the widest distribution on TVs across different TV brands worldwide. Combining these advantages with the real time viewing statistics and upcoming programmatic buying of advertising, that OTT TV enables, allows us to deliver a next generation of TV distribution.“


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    Asiasat 6/Thaicom 7 has arrived at 120E

    NZ General Election is on Saturday so lookout for a load of satellite feeds most likely via D2

    Two new channels

    Optus D2 12734 V "Al-Iraqiya TV2" FTA ENGLISH / Arabic Vpid 1610 Apid 1621

    Optus D2 12608 H "Al-Marjaeyat 4" FTA Arabic? religion Vpid 2003 Apid 3003

    From my Email

    From Saldav1

    Asiasat 5 feed log

    3875 H SR 7500 LPGA Yoko Day 1A Yokohama Tire LPGA Women's Golf Classic from Prattville, ALABAMA, U.S.A., (FTA.)
    3672 H SR 4937 Parliament 7 HD Test sound with no picture.
    3676 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu guru speaking, (FTA.)
    3785 V SR 1610 KOCHI DSNG India Stock Market report, (FTA.)
    3877 H SR 7120 Via 1 HD 2014 ISAF Windsurfing Championships from Santander, SPAIN, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7200 Service - 1 2014 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS STAGE GROUP 1 - (LEAGUE LEGENDS.) Video Games Championships from TAIPEI, TAIWAN, (FTA.)

    From the Dish

    AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0°E: AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 has arrived at 120 East.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Rujak TV" has started on Xcrypt.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H TVB 8, Fox Action Movies, TV 5 Monde Asia and Al Jazeera English have left DMC TV, Macau Lotus TV, KBS World Indonesia, Sunna TV, Quran TV, MTV China, Australia Network Asia, Arirang World and Zee Bioskop are now encrypted.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "All Sports Network 2 has replaced All Sports Network" on , Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4118 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV" has left .
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V "Janapriya TV, Sakhi TV, Melody TV and TV New" have left.

    Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3968 V "Sakhi TV and TV New" have started on , Fta.

    From asiatvro site

    东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,华视(传送)等7个频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。[09-19]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、国家地理野生(高清)等全组频道加密,设置12711 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-19]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,探索频道、动物星球(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11105 H 43200参数无效接收。[09-19]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hero Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-19]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD、Fox Action Movies HD(高清)等全组频道解密,设置12711 H 28800参数免费接收。[09-19]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Travel XP HD(高清)频道加密,设置4090 H 14368参数有条件接收。[09-19]
    东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Encoder 03(伊朗)频道新增,设置4073 H 3600参数免费接收。 [9月19日]
    东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 2 HD替换FS3 HD(新加坡)高清频道,设置3920 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [9月19日]
    东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Sports 2(东南亚)频道消失,设置3920 H 26666参数无效接收。 [9月19日]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Liberty TV(SatLink)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月19日]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,BeIn Sports Globa(沙特)频道消失,设置3760 H 27500参数无效接收。 [9月19日]

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    Sept 30 deadline for Channel 3

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/433170/final-deadline-for-channel-3

    Pay-TV operators will have to stop carrying TV Channel 3 on Sept 30 unless an agreement is reached with regulators before then. 

    The deadline was confirmed on Friday by Thakoon Tanthasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC). The date marks 15 days from the date that satellite and cable operators received a formal letter from the regulator about its decision.

    The NBTC has singled out Channel 3 for punishment because it has failed to make its analogue programming available on the digital TV platform. Channel 3 says it cannot do so for legal and business reasons, and that in any case its analogue broadcasting concession has until 2020 to run.

    An earlier NBTC resolution to help promote the adoption of digital broadcasting compelled all free-to-air TV stations to also offer their programming on digital channels. Any that did not would lose their free-TV status and pay-TV companies would no longer be obliged to carry their analogue signals. All of them complied except Channel 3.

    Currently, Thailand has 22.9 million households that can watch TV on all platforms: terrestrial, satellite and cable. About 70% use satellite or cable services.

    Several rounds of talks with excecutives or BEC World, the Channel 3 operator, have failed to reach an agreement.

    Channel 3 said it was willing to simulcast on both analogue and digital platforms if the NBTC compensated it for all expenses incurred, a condition the regulator find unacceptable.

    The NBTC also announced on Friday that it would mail out the first lot of 690-baht discount coupons to 4.64 million households on Oct 10 as part of its promotion of digital broadcasting. The coupons can be used for the purchase of set-top boxes or digital-ready TV sets.

    The coupons will go to households in 21 provinces: Bangkok (1.34 million), Nonthaburi (326,535), Nakhon Pathom (192,886), Pathum Thani (291,930), Samut Prakan (300,405), Samut Sakhon (108,247), Ayutthaya (193,629), Sing Buri (48,111), Ang Thong (66,670), Rayong (149,204), Suphan Buri (191,890), Nong Khai (101,204), Sukhothai (138,453), Udon Thani (292,696), Chachoengsao (143,883), Samut Songkhram (42,174), Phatthalung (121,792), Songkhla (276,937), Nakhon Nayok (59,171), Ratchaburi (171,291) and Chai Nat (82,246).

    Money Astro’s Q2 pre-tax profit rises to RM196.07m

    From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/astros-q2-pre-tax-profit-rises-to-rm196.07m

    Astro's revenue grew to RM1.35 billion from RM1.19 billion previously due to the increase in subscription, advertising and other revenue of RM92.5 million, RM12.7 million and RM55.6 million, respectively. — AFP picKUALA LUMPUR, Sept 19 — Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s pre-tax profit increased to RM196.07 million for the second quarter ended July 31, 2014, from RM131.55 million in the same period a year ago.

    Revenue also grew to RM1.35 billion from RM1.19 billion previously due to the increase in subscription, advertising and other revenue of RM92.5 million, RM12.7 million and RM55.6 million, respectively.

    “The increase in subscription revenue is attributed to a RM3.10 increase in average revenue per user (ARPU) for pay-TV residential subscribers and an\ increase in the number of pay-TV residential subscribers to 3.49 million from 3.36 million.

    “The increase in other revenue is due to a rise in licensing income of RM45.6 million and  sales of decoders for NJOI customers totalling RM8 million,”it said a filing to Bursa Malaysia.

    Going forward, its Chief Executive Officer Datuk Rohana Rozhan said the new studio deal with NBC Universal, together with existing partnerships with Walt Disney, Sony Pictures and Lionsgate, were expected to further drive ARPU growth. — Bernama

    South Korean company feeding Southeast Asia's appetite for Japanese anime

    From  http://asia.nikkei.com/magazine/20140918-MARKETS-IN-YOUR-PALM/Business/South-Korean-company-feeding-Southeast-Asia-s-appetite-for-Japanese-anime

    When Aniplus held a preview in Singapore in July, nearly 100 anime fans showed up to watch "Terror in Resonance."

    SINGAPORE -- A South Korean pay-TV provider has found a niche in Southeast Asia -- Japanese anime. Aniplus is now available in Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. It reaches 3 million households in Southeast Asia and is working to expand into other countries in the region.

         Tuea Chun Kah, 27, a Singaporean event organizer, signed up to subscribe to Aniplus in March, when the channel was launched on SingTel mio TV, the pay TV broadcaster of Singapore Telecommunications. He is one of numerous Singaporean anime fans who grew up watching "Dragon Ball." Like many otaku, Tuea usually watches his favorite anime shows during his train commutes, on his smartphone, via an online service. Now Aniplus has become a weekend habit. People in Singapore can enjoy famous Japanese anime, such as "Attack on Titan," "Terror in Resonance" and "Hozuki's Coolheadedness" on TV.

         Many subscribers in Southeast Asia did not know where Aniplus originated, not to mention the fact that it is a well-known name among anime fans in South Korea. Aniplus has a presence on all pay-TV networks in Korea, reaching 16 million households.

         Joen Seung-taek, president of Aniplus, in 2002 co-founded the online video-on-demand service targeting high-schoolers, college students and young working adults. In 2009, he and his partner bought a small South Korean economic information channel and transformed it into Aniplus. In 2012, Aniplus signed on with TOT, a big state-owned communications carrier in Thailand. It in January 2013 started out in the country as a channel on TOT's IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) service.

         Aniplus last September became available as a satellite channel in Indonesia through First Media, and then through Big TV in December. It went on the air in Singapore next, earlier this year, via SingTel mio TV and StarHub TV.

         The company sees its lineup as its strength. It focuses on top-rated anime adopted from best-selling manga comic books or games. And it has a big advantage: speed. Aniplus broadcasts the latest episodes very soon after they first air in Japan -- in a matter of hours in South Korea and within the same week in Southeast Asia. It has a team of freelance Korean translators that works on five episodes every day. At any given time, the South Korean Aniplus has 20 brand-new series running.

         In Southeast Asia, the number of shows available is still limited. Aniplus is trying to expand this number while simultaneously expanding to new markets. "We hope to start service in the Philippines and Malaysia by the end of the year," said Rosanne Lo, general manager who oversees business outside Korea.

    All about content

    Southeast Asia presents a certain set of challenges. One is the fragmented market. A different language is spoken in each country. Currently the majority of the shows Aniplus carries in the region have only English subtitles. If it wants to increase its viewership in the region, it is going to have to hire more translators for local language subtitling.

         Then there is government censorship. Indonesia and Malaysia, with large Muslim populations, are conservative and especially averse to anything sexual. Singapore also has strict censorship laws. So Aniplus has to pay qualified censors in each market to cut out the sensitive parts of its shows.

         Aniplus also has to go up against websites in each market that illegally stream anime for free. Due to its own experience in South Korea, the company is not too pessimistic about the situation. "Once a legal platform is established," Joen said, "consumers will start paying for content."

         An encouraging sign is that Southeast Asia is gradually introducing legal frameworks to control digital content. Singapore in July passed a bill making it much easier for intellectual property owners to request that service providers block illegitimate websites.

         Aniplus thinks it can attract paying subscribers across the region by carrying high-definition programming. It also realizes it will have to broaden its lineup.

         "After all," Joen said, "it's all about content."

    Launching of Marjaeyat TV 1, 2, 3 and 4 satellite channel around the world

    From http://www.english.shirazi.ir/1345

    Thanks to God Almighty, and the blessing of the fourteen infallible’s. In compliance with the religious authority, Grand Ayatollah Sayed Sadiq Al-Shirazi (may god prolong his life). Al-Marjaeyat TV 1, 2, 3 and 4 have been re-launched in multiple languages. They are now available to be accessed on four different satellite’s around the world so that the message of Islam can be spread worldwide.

    North America
    Satellite: Galaxy 19
    TP: 11929
    Pol: V
    SR: 22000
    Fec: 3/4

    Satellite: Hotbird 13
    Freq: 11179
    Pol: H
    SR: 27500
    Fec: 3/4

    Middle East
    Satellite: Nilesat
    Freq: 11603
    Pol: H
    SR: 27500
    Fec: 5/6

    Satellite: Optus D2
    Freq: 12608
    Pol: H
    SR: 22500
    Fec: 3/4

    France raises heat on decision for next Ariane rocket

    From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/France_raises_heat_on_decision_for_next_Ariane_rocket_999.html

    France's space agency on Thursday unveiled a revised proposal for an Ariane rocket ahead of a tough decision on launchers by the European Space Agency (ESA).

    Ministers must decide whether they can afford to fund the development of two projects for Europe's next rocket.

    These are an Ariane 6, promoted by France, that would be operational from the next decade and an intermediate launcher, the Ariane 5 ME, backed by Germany.

    At a press conference in Paris, France's National Centre for Space Study (CNES) said the overhauled plans for the Ariane 6 resulted in a "simple design with great payload capacity," able to take between five and 10 tonnes into orbit.

    It could be ready for launch in 2020, said CNES boss Jean-Yve Le Gall, a date that is a year or two earlier than was expected in July 2013.

    "We are looking at a two-booster version, with costs of around 65 million euros [$83.85 million] per launch, and a four-booster version, at around 85 million euros per launch," said Le Gall.

    "The per-kilo cost will be around 10,000 euros, roughly half that of Ariane 5 today," he said, referring to ESA's current workhorse.

    CNES' previous design for the Ariane 6 had promised a 30-percent gain on Ariane 5 per-kilo launch costs.

    "The industrial and institutional organisation of the project will be simplified, with the goal being to save costs," Le Gall pledged.

    He admitted there would have to be "compromises" in Luxembourg, adding that around eight billion euros will be earmarked for launchers for the next decade.

    "We tend to want everything, but the means to do so aren't always there," he said.

    The presentation came a day after a preparatory meeting at ESA where the revised plans were approved by other figures in the space industry, including the head of launch operator Arianespace, Stephane Israel.

    The December 2 meeting in Luxembourg will determine the outcome of a difficult political compromise in 2013 between ESA's major partners as nimble US firms such as SpaceX eye the market for satellite launches.

    The German-backed Ariane 5 ME, standing for Midlife Evolution, would be a tweaked version of the Ariane 5.

    It would in theory be ready by 2017 and yield operational costs over the existing ECA and ES models, which are highly reliable but need hefty subsidies.

    In February, France's national auditor disclosed that French policymakers favoured dropping the ME to keep down development costs and prevent a feared delay to the Ariane 6.

    Amazon founder strikes deal to build US rocket engines

    From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Amazon_founder_strikes_deal_to_build_US_rocket_engines_999.html

    The aerospace company Blue Origin has struck a deal to build a US-made rocket engine that aims to eliminate reliance on Russian engines for American satellite launches.

    Blue Origin owner Jeff Bezos, who founded Amazon.com and also owns the Washington Post, announced the deal to jointly fund a new BE-4 rocket engine with United Launch Alliance in the US capital on Wednesday.

    ULA is a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

    "ULA has put a satellite into orbit almost every month for the past eight years -- they're the most reliable launch provider in history and their record of success is astonishing," Bezos said.

    "With the new ULA partnership, we're accelerating commercial development of the next great US-made rocket engine."

    The deal allows for a four-year development process, with full-scale testing in 2016 and first flight in 2019, Blue Origin said in a statement.

    The BE-4 would not replace the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine that ULA uses to power its Atlas V rocket.

    Rather, two BE-4s would be used to power both Blue Origin's and ULA's "next generation launch systems," it said.

    The companies declined to say how much they were spending to develop and build the new rocket engine, which has already been three years in the making.

    Another Internet entrepreneur and aerospace magnate, Elon Musk who runs SpaceX, has complained about US reliance on Russian-built engines for rocket launches.

    In April, SpaceX also filed a legal challenge to the US Air Force's award of a major contract to ULA, saying it unfairly excluded other companies from competing for a share of national security satellite launches.



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    From the Dish

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Fox Sports Indonesia and Channel NewsAsia" have left . TVB 8, Fox Action Movies, TV 5 Monde Asia and Al Jazeera English are back, Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Al-Manar TV" is now Fta.

    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4082 H "DM Dhoom has replaced Paigham TV" on , Fta.
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4146 H "Azad TV" has started on , Fta.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 11102 V "Sundance Channel Asia" has started on , Fta.

    Insat 4A 83.0°E 3841 H "Alankar TV" is Fta

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3433 V "MV Lao TV" has started on , Fta.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "Shop Thailand, H Plus Channel and Vetee Thai" have left .

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "Moradokthai and Happy Home TV" have started on , BISS. THV and You2 Play have left.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "Peace TV" has started on , Fta.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4160 V "Joo Music" has started on , Fta.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3758 HHorn Cable TV, Universal TV and Somaliland National TV have started on , Fta.

    From asiatvro site

    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DD Chhattisgarh替换DD Raipur(印度)频道,设置3762 H 4250参数免费接收。[09-18]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3712 H 14454参数免费接收。[09-18]
    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,B4U Music替换Gyan Darshan 2 (印度)频道,设置11570 V 27500参数免费接收。[09-18]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,AsiaSat(测试)频道加密,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。[09-18]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚运会(香港有线)传送频道新增,设置12598 V 43000参数有条件接收。[09-18]
    东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,CNN(标清)频道改格式,设置11804 R 27500参数有条件接收。[09-18]

    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ch 9、Ch 10(测试)频道新增,设置12152 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sadhna TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khabar Bharti、Test 15(测试)等3个频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。 [9月17日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Shop at home(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [9月17日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Grace TV替换Oom TV(泰国)频道,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月17日]


    Can FreeviewPlus win over Australian viewers?

    From http://www.techly.com.au/2014/09/18/can-freeviewplus-win-australian-viewers/

    FreeviewPlus makes it easier than ever to watch catch-up TV – assuming you own a new television – but is it too little, too late from broadcasters who have taken us for granted for so many years?

    The concept behind Freeview’s new internet television service is certainly appealing. You simply press the green button on your television’s remote control to call up the onscreen guide. As well as looking forwards seven days, you can also scroll back in time to find shows you’ve missed and stream them from the internet with a click.

    Alternatively you can press the red button on your remote to call up the catch-up app for the network you’re currently watching. All five major Australian television networks are present, which is a significant achievement considering that most internet-enabled home entertainment gear is lucky to have access to three or four.

    It’s an impressive service, but right now FreeviewPlus has two major shortcomings and it will need to overcome both, and quickly, if it wants to get Australian viewers into the habit of turning to FreeviewPlus rather than the wide range of other internet video services. Foxtel’s upcoming price cut makes pay TV more attractive than ever, offering a wider range of content and easy access to Foxtel’s own slick catch-up service.

    The first challenge faced by FreeviewPlus is that it’s only available to the lucky few people who own a 2014-model television. Only a handful of Sony and LG televisions are officially certified so far, and Freeview makes no guarantees in terms of performance if you stray beyond this list.

    Many 2014-model Panasonic televisions support the HbbTV platform required to watch FreeviewPlus, and Panasonic was expected to be on Freeview’s approved list, but they failed to strike a deal. As such, you’ll get no sympathy from Freeview if you encounter any glitches. The same goes for video recorders from Humax and Beyonwiz which support HbbTV but don’t have Freeview’s official tick of approval.

    Freeview has a history of using its certification process as a way to enforce restrictions on video recorders, such as disabling ad-skipping and limiting fast-forward speeds to 30x. Manufacturers who won’t play by those rules won’t get the FreeviewPlus tick, regardless of whether or not it runs smoothly on their devices.

    Freeview chief Liz Ross is hopeful that 10 per cent of Australian homes will have access to FreeviewPlus by this time next year, although that seems extremely optimistic. Depending on which stats you believe, Australians only upgrade their television every five to ten years.

    If every new television on the shelves supported FreeviewPlus then 10 per cent take-up in 12 months might be feasible, but not when Freeview is so fussy about which devices can sport the FreeviewPlus logo.

    If take-up is much slower, then the majority of homes may have made other internet video arrangements by the time they own a FreeviewPlus-compatible television.

    If you are lucky enough to have a FreeviewPlus-compatible television in your lounge room then you’ll encounter the second hurdle to its success; there’s not a lot to watch. The ABC and SBS offer a reasonable spread of channels, but it’s hit and miss with the commercial networks.

    Many of the catch-up programs which are available via their websites aren’t available through your television – which is frustrating if you’re searching for your favourite show. The more FreeviewPlus leaves you in the lurch, the less likely you are to turn to it next time you want to watch something from the internet.

    To be fair to Freeview, the blame for this lack of content falls more on the rights holders than it does on the networks. It’s an issue that the entire entertainment industry needs to address. While the industry is quick to condemn Australians who download shows via BitTorrent, or sneak into foreign services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, the local operators have been slow to offer legitimate alternatives.

    The next year will be a hectic one for Australia’s entertainment industry, as local players brace themselves for the arrival of Netflix and the expansion of Foxtel. If FreeviewPlus doesn’t step forward to be counted, it risks being left out of the picture.

    Channels kick for NFL touchdown on Australian TV

    From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/channels-kick-for-nfl-touchdown-on-australian-tv-20140915-10h100.html

    Owen Daniels of the Baltimore Ravens will be among those leading the play for viewers. Photo: Getty Images

    While the competition has been fierce on the AFL field this season, and broadcasters Seven and Foxtel have also duelled to provide the best coverage, there's another battle building, this time over coverage of another indigenous sport which is all-consuming in its home market.

    As the AFL season reaches its apex, the American National Football League – a competition the AFL has turned to for guidance for decades – has begun. And Seven has been at the forefront of lifting its value here by securing the free-to-air rights from Ten's OneHD, pitting it against pay television's ESPN.

    ESPN was a necessity for any Australian fan seeking their fix of the NFL and NBA. However, that is under threat, thanks to Seven in terms of the NFL, and the NBA's digital league pass, with Australia having the most subscribers outside of the US.

    Seven is showing three gridiron or, depending on your leaning, football matches a week on its digital channel, 7Mate, with ESPN matching that offer.

    Seven's head of sport, Saul Shtein, said there was a symmetry between owning the AFL and NFL free-to-air rights. 

    "There are a lot of AFL players who are serious fans of the NFL: Sam Mitchell, Nick Riewoldt, Jobe Watson and his dad [Essendon great Tim] just to name a few," he said.

    "The Hawks, Cats and Bombers are into the NFL fantasy leagues and follow them as seriously as any other competition. Our own Tom Harley can vouch for that and he jumped at the chance to interview NFL superstar Reggie Bush when he was out here recently.

    "We believe that many AFL fans are passionate about NFL. It goes right back to the 1980s in Australia when Joe Montana was winning Super Bowls with the 49ers. And we hope to see some of our Australian NFL players really break through and shine this season, including Brad Wing at Pittsburgh, Jesse Williams at Seattle and David Yankey at Minnesota.

    "It is an easy and comfortable fit with the NFL season, starting as the AFL enters into the finals, so we feel there is real opportunity for our viewers to get to know both through September and engage in the NFL season after that."

    ESPN hopes its Red Zone system will "revolutionise" its presentation, with live coverage switching from match to match – when there are two or more games on at once – to ensure all the important plays, especially when a team gets within 20 yards of a touchdown, are shown. 

    Fox Footy introduced a similar system, dubbed the "live eye", as the AFL season unfolded. It's a great way of providing not only live coverage but also a quasi news service; for even the most rusted-on club supporter is keen to know the events happening elsewhere. This keeps the coverage relevant, and can prevent viewers from turning off and seeking information elsewhere at a time when pay television bosses are facing a fight on several fronts to retain – and increase – subscriptions.

    While sport has the advantage in that it is live, and cannot be downloaded earlier by what the president of Turner Broadcasting System International, Gerhard Zeiler, says are tech-savvy "millennials", it doesn't mean viewers, especially those younger ones, will pay for the pleasure.

    Piracy, as was highlighted during soccer's recent World Cup, is becoming an increasing problem.

    As Zeiler says, it's this same younger generation "who have grown up in that internet culture, where everything seems to be free of charge".

    "[They are the] ones who navigate themselves through the web faster than anybody else and the demographic group who watch more than any other demographic group on the web. We have to be honest. As an industry, we haven't even started yet to tackle this challenge in a meaningful way," he said at a conference in Sydney.

    By providing the add-on benefits, and keeping prices in check – or slashing some fees as Foxtel has pledged to do – live sport on pay television will remain crucial to viewers.

    For Seven, the NFL provides additional benefits. 7Mate is the network's "blokey" channel, and the NFL – with all of its macho reputation – fits perfectly. It also provides another option for advertisers to pitch their products at the important demographic of men aged between 25 and 45.

    Seven has promoted the NFL through its AFL finals coverage, and will continue to do so through the summer, peaking ahead of, arguably, the world's most hyped event, the NFL Super Bowl.

    "The Super Bowl is the morning after the Australian Open tennis men's final," Shtein said.

    "With all the tennis finals on the weekend, it means we have the world's biggest sporting events for that weekend and the Monday – all on Seven."

    ESPN will also broadcast the Super Bowl. It has turned such places as Melbourne's Federation Square into a party zone during its coverage as a way of promoting its brand and the NFL.

    Sky TV may offer sports fans 'season tickets'

    From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/10515346/Sky-TV-may-offer-sports-fans-season-tickets

    TESTING TIMES: Sports fans may soon be able to watch Richie McCaw and the All Blacks on Sky without requiring a full subscription.

    Sky Television may let viewers buy "season tickets" to watch individual sports or competitions online without requiring they subscribe to Sky Sports or any of its other pay-television services.

    Spokeswoman Kirsty Way said Sky could not yet provide any details of what sports or events it might offer that way, for example whether they might include rugby or A-League football, or what the price for season tickets might be.

    Also undecided was whether Sky might bundle season tickets with its forthcoming standalone subscription entertainment television service which it is due to launch later this year.  

    Sky TV expected to have more information early next year if it went ahead with the idea, Way said.

    Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said Sky TV would be careful to price any new standalone online sports offerings at a level that minimised the risk of it cannibalising its existing pay-television revenues.

    "The question is how they end up rolling it out, if they end up doing it, and what the model is going to look like. It may involve throwing more value at [pay-TV] subscribers because the question is what is going to differentiate a satellite subscriber from a non-satellite subscriber," he said.

    Way's comments came a day after internet provider Orcon launched an online petition calling for New Zealand Rugby to stream All Blacks games online. The CallPlus-owned business said people should be able to watch matches live online in HD without an "expensive Sky subscription".

    Orcon general manager Mike Shirley said the season-ticket service outlined by Sky was exactly what Orcon had been calling for. More than 3000 people had signed its petition on its first day and Orcon planned to keep it open until it presented it to New Zealand Rugby at the end of next month, he said.     

    Way said the timing of Orcon's petition was entirely coincidental. Instead, Sky TV was responding to customer demand, she said.

    Technology improvements had made live-streaming sport more viable, she said. Another consideration was that some people were now pirating foreign streams of live sports over the internet.

    Shirley believed Sky TV was likely to be responding to pressure from sporting bodies that believed they could make more money and address a wider market by splitting off streaming rights from their broadcast television rights.

    New Zealand Rugby, along with the South African and Australian rugby unions, is currently involved in negotiations over a new five-year agreement covering the rugby championship, super rugby, international tours and domestic provincial competitions, to replace an existing licensing agreement with Sky that expires at the end of next year.

    Forsyth Barr's Galpin said Sky's motivations were ultimately unimportant. "Whether it is driven by sporting bodies or Sky proactively at the end of the day doesn't matter. It is a logical progression and something they have to look at," he said.

    Rival internet television company Coliseum shook up the pay-television market last year when it outbid Sky TV for the rights to the English Football League, which it offers live online. This month Sky TV also lost the rights to PGA golf events.

    Way said she not think Sky TV had been outbid for the PGA events and believed instead that it was possible New Zealand was being used a testbed to measure demand for a streaming service. Some golf clubs were disappointed as they supplemented their green fees by organising social events around Sky broadcasts of major tournaments, she said.  


    Sky Television may be able to start broadcasting some programmes in ultra high definition (UHD) in about two years.

    The pay-television company currently has little spare satellite capacity with which to broadcast programmes in the super-sharp, bandwidth-hungry format, which is the next step-up from HD.

    But spokeswoman Kirsty Way said a decision Sky made earlier this year to replace all its older non-MySky decoders would have the spin-off of freeing up about half its satellite transmission capacity.

    Because its older Sky digital decoders receive programmes in a different file format to its newer MySky set-top boxes, Sky has had to broadcast its channels twice, once to each set of customers, Way explained.

    But Sky TV will replace all its older Sky Digital decoders over about 18 months, from March. The main reason for the change is to ensure all customers will be able to use new software and an electronic programme guide (EPG) that will let them watch a selection of programmes at a time of their choosing.

    Although replacing the older decoders will free-up satellite capacity for UHD, and possibly extra channels, customers would also need a new set-top box to receive programmes in the new format. Sky is in the early stages of designing a new generation of set-top boxes that will support UHD but does not yet have a release date.

    UHD television currently comes in two main variants; 4K, which has a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels and 8K which has a resolution of 7680 x 4320 pixels. Full HD broadcasts have a resolution of 1920 x 1080.

    John Drinnan: Could TVNZ 7 make a comeback?

    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11326582

    Television New Zealand used direct government subsidies to run TVNZ 7 from July 2009 to 2012.

    A Labour-led Government with the backing of the Green Party or New Zealand First could mean the return of the public service channel previously known as TVNZ 7.

    The Labour Party 2014 broadcasting policy calls for a TVNZ 7-style channel run by Radio New Zealand and providing public service programming that would not run on commercial channels.

    Both the Green Party and New Zealand First have complementary policies for a public service channel, and Labour broadcasting spokesman Kris Faafoi says that bodes well for the policy being enacted.

    After an initial infrastructure cost, the new channel is budgeted at around $15 million a year. Radio New Zealand already insists it needs a substantial funding boost.

    Labour has explained the initiatives to RNZ and it seems like a plausible way to secure the future of RNZ. RNZ is trying to show more video content, which will be important if it is to maintain its profile under new platforms such as ultra-fast broadband (UFB).

    Labour wants the new channel to use traditional "radio waves" technology to create the channel using frequencies owned by the Crown recently returned by Sky Television.

    The global trend is to internet distribution of content and streaming of content rather than linear channels.

    For all its low impact - public service TV is a small niche - the notion of a taxpayer-funded channel is radical in a sector ruled by market forces and commercial models for broadcasting.

    If the next Government is led by National it will stick to that line and is unlikely to support new platforms.

    National sees taxpayer support as a foundation for the viability of commercial networks and the production sector that services it.

    Over the past six years National has strenuously avoided supporting distribution arms such as TVNZ 7, arguing that it will focus on content.

    NZ On Air, which comes under intense pressure from networks to make commercial decisions, focuses on programming that has widespread appeal.

    Should TVNZ 7 be revived, commercial broadcasters will be concerned this non-commercial channel does not take money away from NZ On Air.

    Television New Zealand used direct government subsidies to run TVNZ 7 from July 2009 to 2012.

    It claims to have subsidised the venture. But many in the industry insist the opposite was true, and the taxpayer-funded venture contributed to the considerable overheads of TVNZ.

    TVNZ pulled the plug when it decided Seven was commercially non-viable and the Government was not going to subsidise a non-commercial venture.

    MediaWorks, owners of TV3 and New Zealand's commercial radio stations, would also be likely to question Radio New Zealand having automatic rights to the channel given its lack of expertise in television.

    The company has strenuously lobbied against state-owned broadcasting ventures having preferred access to funding,

    National's broadcasting policy is aimed at boosting the production sector and opposes the growth of ventures that would bring ongoing costs.

    Much of that support has been through giving generous incentives to the film and TV sector, for both local producers and Hollywood studios that produce content here.

    Broadcasting Minister Craig Foss says a re-elected National Government will make more New Zealand content available online, while examining our regulatory environment to ensure it is appropriate for the digital age.

    "We are focused on funding New Zealand content, culture, accents and stories via NZ On Air, rather than risking valuable taxpayer money on subsidising a particular distribution method or channel," he said.

    Foss says National will maintain public ownership of Television New Zealand and Radio New Zealand, and is future-proofing the distribution of TV, radio and movie content through the digital switchover and roll-out of ultra-fast broadband.

    AsiaSat to Broadcast the 2014 Asian Games

    From Press Release

    Hong Kong, 18 September 2014 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications

    Company Limited (AsiaSat) will provide transponder capacity to Globecast and ktsat to support live coverage of the 2014 Asian Games.
    The 2014 Asian Games, featuring 439 events in 36 sports will be held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October. AsiaSat will supply C-band capacity on AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7 for television feeds, enabling viewers to watch the Games on TV or real-time on their mobile devices.

    William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “The 2014 sports calendar has been one of the busiest and most exciting for AsiaSat. Following the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, we are proud of the key role AsiaSat will play in broadcasting the 2014 Asian Games across the Asia-Pacific region.”

    Back in 1990 when China hosted the 11th Asian Games in Beijing, AsiaSat provided capacity on the company's first satellite AsiaSat 1, for telecasting China's first large-scale international sports event. “With the region-wide coverage of our growing fleet and our ubiquitous access to all leading free-to-air TV broadcasters and pay-TV platforms, we are confident that our service quality and reliability will provide a fantastic viewing experience to viewers across Asia.” Wade 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 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

    Media Contacts:
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited

    Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
    Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
    Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

    Globecast, ktsat to broadcast 2014 Asian Games via AsiaSat

    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/globecast-ktsat-to-broadcast-2014-asian-games-via-asiasat--1037844

    Hong Kong-based Asia Satellite Telecommunications (AsiaSat) will provide transponder capacity to Globecast and ktsat to support live coverage of the 2014 Asian Games. The 2014 Asian Games, featuring 439 events in 36 sports will be held in Incheon, South Korea from 19 September to 4 October. AsiaSat will supply C-band capacity on AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5 and AsiaSat 7 for television feeds, enabling viewers to watch the Games on TV or real-time on their mobile devices.

    Fox re-signs Wimbledon for Asia

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/18/fox-re-signs-wimbledon-for-asia/

    FOX Sports, FOX International Channels’ sports network, has secured exclusive broadcast rights (cable, satellite and terrestrial) and multi-media rights with The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (AELTC) to The Championships, Wimbledon for another six years, from 2015 – 2020 in Asia. The announcement of the deal today at the Sports Matters conference, held in Singapore, adds Wimbledon to a stellar list of the world’s top tennis events already airing on the FOX Sports network, including the Australian Open and the French Open.

    In addition to serving up LIVE coverage of the entire two-week showpiece from Wimbledon, in standard and high definition, fans will also be able to catch the action LIVE and on-demand on FOX Sports Play or via the iOS and Android apps. Subscribers to FOX Sports Mobile, may also follow the action streamed LIVE to their mobile phones. Extensive highlights are also available on the 24/7 sports news channel, FOX Sports News.

    Viewers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand will also be able to access commentary in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai respectively, in addition to English.

    “We are pleased to continue our strong relationship with the AELTC as we build on the strength of Wimbledon and offer our fans the best in grand slam tennis,” said Zubin Gandevia, President of Asia Pacific and Middle East at FOX International Channels.

    “We are delighted to build on our strong partnership with FOX Sports for a further 6 years. Delivering live output across all platforms of all the action, plus telling the Wimbledon narrative to a growing pan-Asian audience is a high priority for The Championships,” added Mick Desmond, Commercial Director, AELTC

    Gogo to Provide Inflight Connectivity Services to Vietnam Airlines

    From http://www.asiatraveltips.com/news14/189-VietnamAirlines.shtml 

    Gogo has received a bid award letter from Vietnam Airlines to provide inflight connectivity services on Vietnam Airlines’ fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft and a majority of Vietnam’s Airbus A350 aircraft.

    The aircraft will be outfitted with a mix of Inmarsat’s new GX Aviation Ka-band service and SwiftBroadband connectivity. The parties are currently negotiating a definitive agreement, with the GX service expected to launch in the second half of 2015.

    “Gogo continues to gain momentum with the global expansion of our connectivity service. This partnership with Vietnam Airlines will mark many firsts for Gogo, notably the first airline commitment to Inmarsat’s GX Aviation broadband connectivity and Gogo’s first Airbus A350 aircraft and Boeing 787 service commitment,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “We look forward to working with Vietnam Airlines and our other partners to provide a unique in-flight experience for their passengers.”Leo Mondale, President Aviation, Inmarsat, said, “GX Aviation is gathering momentum fast. The first satellite is in operation and the other two satellites are awaiting launch to support a global commercial service expected at the end of June 2015. As the technology challenges are now largely met, we are able to enter into firm contracts with airline customers, and it is particularly exciting to have Vietnam Airlines, who are expanding rapidly in the Asian market, as our GX Aviation launch customer. We are very pleased to support Vietnam Airlines as they upgrade their fleet and their service to their passengers, who are increasingly demanding the type of connectivity they enjoy on the ground.”

    MPAA’s Dodd urges greater content protection

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/18/mpaas-dodd-urges-greater-content-protection/

    Christopher Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has made clear how China – and the world – needs to make greater efforts to protect creative content. Delivering a keynote speech at the World International Copyright Organization (WIPO) Copyright Forum, the former US Senator brought up the importance and impact of the Beijing Treaty, which regulates copyright for audiovisual performances and expands performers’ rights.

    “Copyright has been the life-blood of film and television industries everywhere for as long as they have existed,” said Dodd, as he praised WIPO for its work persuading governments to ratify the treaty into international law. “It has allowed creators and artists, safe in the knowledge that they can earn a living from their work, the freedom to experiment with new ideas, bring incredible stories to life, and develop groundbreaking filmmaking distribution technologies.”

    Senator Dodd’s sentiments reflected statements made on the opening day of the Conference such as those made by Yan Xiaohong, deputy chief of the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), who said that the copyright industries had become an engine for economic growth: “More than three decades of reform and opening up to the outside world have seen a rapid development in China of key sectors of the copyright industries such as literature, art, radio, film and television, arts and crafts, computer software and information network.”

    Dodd highlighted the same theme to 150 young film-makers and students at the two-day ‘MPA-CICE International New Media and Short Film Development Forum and Workshop’, held in conjunction with the WIPO conference and jointly organised by the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and China International Copyright Expo (CICE).

    “As we contemplate your aspirations and future careers as film-makers, the importance of creating the right environment and ecosystem for developing talent and innovation bears mention,” said Dodd. “Without a doubt, the nurturing of artistry and innovation goes hand-in-hand with the active protection of intellectual property.”


    A few feeds from Wednesday

    Asiasat 5 4148 H Sr 7200 (MPEG4/FTA) ACL: FC Seoul V Western Sydney Wanderers

    D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "rtv-001" showing some nice scenery

    D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Globecast Sydney enc 1" showing 7 News

    Tuesday Feed

    7 Two was up on D1 12642 V sr 7200

    From my Email


    From the Dish

    No Lyngsat (on Vacation)

    From asiatvro site

    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sadhna TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。[09-17]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khabar Bharti、Test 15(测试)等3个频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。[09-17]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Shop at home(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-17]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Grace TV替换Oom TV(泰国)频道,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-17]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,MRTV Sport 2、MRTV Sport 3(缅甸)频道重现,设置3709 H 10000参数免费接收。[09-17]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,IPM Phuket、Beayty TV(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置3600 H 26667参数无效接收。[09-17]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai Station(泰国)频道解密,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Telairity Encode(印度)频道重现,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。 [9月17日]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Health替换Kyan-Mar-Yay(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月17日]
    东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-4、Ch-5、Ch-6(测试)频道消失,设置12435 H 3565参数无效接收。 [9月17日]

    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,LGCC(韩国)频道改频率,设置12411 V 11111参数免费接收。[09-16]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-5+(数码天空)高清频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。[09-16]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,LGCC(韩国)频道改频率,设置12406 V 3333参数有条件接收。[09-16]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、Star World等替换Matrix TV(印尼)等频道,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。[09-16]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(高清)频道新增,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-16]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,ATV Channel 5(IPM)频道加密,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-16]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MGM Asia、Jim Jam(测试)频道加密,设置4000 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [9月16日]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CTV中国电视替换中天亚洲资讯(华人卫视)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数免费接收。 [9月16日]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CTV中国电视替换中天亚洲资讯(数码天空)频道,设置12430 V 22425参数免费接收。 [9月16日]

    东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,JCTV、TBN(宗教)等全组频道消失,设置12636 V 8570参数无效接收。 [9月15日]
    东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Yakutia、TK Sakha(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置11102 V 3616参数免费接收。 [9月15日]


    NBN's Satellite Ground Stations develop in rural Australia

    From http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/2565188/nbns-satellite-ground-stations-develop-in-rural-australia-video-poll/?cs=507

    REMOTE and regional Australia has taken a step closer to receiving fast broadband this month.

    NBN’s ninth Satellite Ground Station at Waroona in Western Australia has recently been completed.

    NBN’s network of Satellite Ground Stations will feature 24 satellite dishes across 10 sites once completed.

    They will be critical pieces of infrastructure, essential to the delivery of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service, due to launch in early 2016 or sooner if possible.

    “Once in service, NBN’s Long Term Satellite will help people in remote and regional Australia access e-health, distance education and entertainment on demand, whilst businesses could potentially increase productivity, reduce costs and access new markets,” NBN Program Director Satellite, Matt Dawson said.

    “When fully operational, each NBN Satellite Ground Station will be capable of transmitting 10 gigabits per second – which is equivalent to downloading one HD movie every second.”

    The completion of the stations follows the launch of NBN’s Satellite Subsidy Scheme and the addition of extra capacity to the Interim Satellite Solution – both designed to provide broadband access to remote and regional Australia until the launch of NBN’s Long Term Satellite Service.

    Locations of ground stations include Wolumla, Broken Hill, Bourke, Carnarvon, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Waroona, Roma, Geeveston and Ceduna.

    The sites were selected to best enable the NBN to deliver a world class, fast broadband service to remote and regional Australia.

    Some facts are:

    Each ground station features two, 13.5metre satellite dishes

    Wolumla and Kalgoorlie have an extra two dishes each for back-up, telemetry and tracking

    The majority of stations have on-ground solar farms, designed to offset the power consumption of the facilities.

    Netflix secures Australian streaming rights to Batman prequel series 'Gotham'

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/netflix-secures-australian-streaming-rights-to-batman-prequel-series-gotham-20140917-10i1j6.html

    Providing the biggest hint yet that Netflix is preparing to launch locally, the US-based company has secured exclusive Australian subscription video on-demand rights to the highly anticipated superhero television series Gotham.

    The US streaming giant, which has not launched its platform in Australia, looks to be building its arsenal ahead of a rumoured launch in 2015.

    By acquiring subscription video on-demand (SVOD) rights from Time Warner's Warner Bros, Netflix is giving its biggest sign yet that it intends to launch in Australia.

    While the local rights were part of a larger internationally exclusive SVOD rights deal between Warner Bros and Netflix announced two weeks ago, Australia was not mentioned.

    Warner Bros, on Wednesday, confirmed to Fairfax Media that Netflix had secured the exclusive SVOD rights to Gotham in Australia.

    At the time of publication, Netflix had not responded to phone calls and emails from Fairfax Media.

    Nine Entertainment holds the broadcast, first-run, and in-season catch up rights to Gotham.

    Netflix, should it launch in Australia, will not be able to stream the show until after the linear broadcast of each season on Nine. It's understood Nine will air Gotham later this year.

    A Nine Network representative said any SVOD service would not be able to stream Gotham in Australia until a year after the broadcast premiere of the show on Nine.

    Warner Bros international rights deal with Netflix is different to how the studio normally goes about selling rights, which is usually country-by-country.

    Gotham tells the story of the fabled city and Bruce Wayne before he became Batman. The show stars Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue and Jada Pinkett Smith.

    "The Batman origin story is sure to have massive global appeal so it is fitting that, along with Warner Television, we have created a new model for distributing a show that international and domestic audiences will love," Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said when the deal was announced earlier this month..

    The move comes as Nine and Fairfax Media look to launch their own joint-venture streaming service StreamCo to rival the anticipated launch of Netflix in Australia, while the Seven Network has previously confirmed it is in talks with partners to launch its own streaming service.

    On September 4, cable subscription service Foxtel slashed in basic cable package by halve to $25 per month, in what was seen by many analysts as preemptive strike ahead of a launch for Netflix in Australia. Foxtel is also planning to launch its triple-play offer buddling television, broadband and home phone services in the first quarter of 2015.

    Chief executive and founder of Australian streaming and DVD service Quickflix, Stephen Langsford, has continually campaigned against Netflix turning a blind-eye to Australian users using VPNs (virtual private network) to bypass the site's geoblock and access the US service.

    In the US, Netflix costs $US8.99 per month. However, there has been no indication of how much Netflix would charge if it launches in Australia.

    Netflix And Infringement Called Out During Australian Copyright Forum, But One Major Studio Admits Windowed Releases Are Stupid

    From https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20140915/08423728520/netflix-infringement-called-out-during-australian-copyright-forum-one-major-studio-admits-windowed-releases-are-stupid.shtml

    Being a good Australian means waiting weeks or months for movies or software and then paying an exorbitant amount for them. It took all the way until 2013 for the Australian government to finally allow its adult gamers to buy games for adults, after years of deciding that if the content was too harsh for the (government's idea of a) 15-year-old's sensibilities, then no one could have it.

    All sorts of IP-reform discussions by rights holders and government reps have taken place over the last several months. Not included (much): the public, which is expected to purchase content and abide by the new rules, whatever they end up being. The foremost subject is still piracy, despite the fact that the business model(s) suck. (See also: the Australian Tax.)

    And it's still what's on everyone's minds, at least indirectly. ZDNet reports on some interesting comments from the Online Copyright Infringement Forum recently held in Sydney, Australia. But at least there's some admission that the business model is at least part of the problem.

    First off, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein complained about Netflix.

    The US streaming-video giant is rumoured to be launching in Australia in 2015, and ZDNet has reported that the company is already negotiating with content owners to obtain rights for the content that would be in the Netflix library should it launch in Australia.

    Until then, the common industry wisdom is that roughly 200,000 Australians are currently subscribed to Netflix, using virtual private network services to make their IP address appear in the US to get around the geoblock, while paying for the service using Australian credit cards and entering in a US post code when signing up for the account.
    This would seem to be an encouraging sign: Australians are going out of their way to pay for content. But that's not how Freudenstein sees it.
    Freudenstein, whose company owns the licences for much of the content that Netflix would want to include in its library for an Australian launch — including Netflix's own shows Orange is the New Black and House of Cards — told ZDNet after the forum that Netflix has no right to be selling services to Australians without the rights agreements in place.

    "I'm opposed because Netflix doesn't have the rights to sell those shows in Australia," he said.

    "It's a contractual issue. We have the rights to those shows in this country, Netflix is not paying for those shows in this country, they shouldn't be able to show them."
    While this may be a legitimate gripe, it only further highlights the convoluted travesty that is international rights management. It's not enough to get the OK from parent companies. You have to haggle with every other intermediary between your service and the end users.

    On the plus side, Freudenstein at least sees this as a rights holder problem rather than a government problem, saying that rights holders need to pressure Netflix and its illicit users, rather than seek a legislative remedy. But that's only as far as Netflix is concerned. Rather than allow the content industry to handle with its own distribution shortcomings, Freudenstein thinks this area needs more government attention.
    Freudenstein said that shows like Game of Thrones are played on Foxtel within two hours of airing in the US, but that such responses aren't enough; the government needs to step in and encourage ISPs to help reduce copyright infringement in Australia.

    "If we sit and wait, and we don't introduce some schemes soon, there won't be an industry," he said.
    He also said this, which puts him squarely on the other side of the divide between the rights holders and their intended audience.
    "There will be a lot more cats on skateboards; we'll have a lot less Game of Thrones."
    Because only major companies make anything worth watching, listening to, etc. Belittling the creative efforts of others is a terrible way to create interest in your own. Those representing legacy industries continue to pretend there's a massive gap in quality between their output and the general public's. They ignore how quickly that gap has closed in recent years and how that trend will only continue. So, they create a false dichotomy in order to talk legislators and gullible members of the public into siding with the plan to turn ISPs into copyright police: it's either Game of Thrones or cat videos. There's no middle ground.

    More positively, Village Roadshow's co-CEO Graham Burke stepped up to admit his company had badly mishandled distribution of one of last year's biggest blockbusters.
    Burke admitted last night that the delayed release of The Lego Movie in Australia after the release in the United States to coincide with the school holidays was a mistake.

    "We made one hell of a mistake with Lego. It was an Australian film, we financed it together with Warner Brothers, it was made here in King's Cross. Because it was so important, we held it for a holiday period; it was a disaster," he said.

    "It caused it to be pirated very widely, and as a consequence — no more. Our policy going forward is that all of our movies we will release day and date with the United States."
    Better distribution won't eliminate piracy but it can put a dent in it. Comments delivered at this forum by Spotify indicated that the introduction of its service resulted in a 20% drop in file sharing. The (official) introduction of Netflix should have the same sort of effect. Simultaneous worldwide releases will also chip away at infringement.

    The problem is that the rights holders pushing for government intervention have unrealistic aspirations. They want something closer to a complete elimination of copyright infringement, something that will never, ever be possible no matter how draconian the legislation. They're unwilling to accept a reality where a certain amount of infringement will always occur and that business models that decrease piracy will never carry the same margin as selling individual plastic discs.

    Slamming Netflix 'backdoors' shut will not help local streamers

    From http://www.zdnet.com/slamming-netflix-backdoors-shut-will-not-help-local-streamers-7000033713/

    Summary: Quickflix and Foxtel are both unhappy about Australians using Netflix via VPNs, but even if Netflix stopped it, there's no indication that those customers would suddenly want to use their services.

    "We can't compete against free."

    This is the line that is often trotted out in the fight against online copyright infringement. It is not an unreasonable argument to make. Faced with the prospect of competing against piracy, where users get access to content for free, how can a for-profit service that needs to charge customers ever hope to succeed?

    It becomes less believable when Australian streaming companies insist that they can't compete with overseas services that Australian customers actually pay for.

    Back when everyone still watched DVDs, and online shopping was still a relatively new phenomenon, I routinely imported DVDs from Amazon or other stores for shows and films that either weren't available in Australia because the distribution company hadn't finished flogging that season of the show on free-to-air TV, or were super expensive because they could get away with charging more for it because Australians, mostly, were willing to pay.

    The local companies probably weren't very happy about it, but the easily circumvented region coding on DVDs was a security blanket; a way for them to feel like they were doing something, and just continue as though Australian consumers wouldn't notice the delays or disparity in pricing.

    For a decent portion of the Australian public, the notion already set in that getting content from overseas was cheaper and faster than waiting for local distributors to play catch-up.

    So it feels a bit like history repeating itself with the complaints this week from both Foxtel and Quickflix that Netflix should stop allowing Australians to bypass geoblocks to access the service through virtual private networks.

    Last week, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein told ZDNet that content owners had to push Netflix to stop accepting Australian credit cards, because Netflix doesn't own the rights to show that content in Australia. He stated that the US streaming giant is exploiting the rights that Foxtel is paying for.

    Then, late last night, Stephen Langsford, the CEO of local DVD-rental-turned-streaming-company Quickflix, joined Freudenstein, penning an open letter (PDF) to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. He told the company to come to Australia or stop "turning a blind eye" to "unauthorised backdoor access" via VPNs.

    The trick being that, should Netflix launch in Australia as rumoured in 2015, due to the local content deals already secured by companies like Quickflix and Foxtel, Netflix would likely have a vastly different, and arguably much smaller content library than it does in the US today.

    The popular myth of Netflix being Australia's content saviour with every TV show you would ever want would be quickly dispelled, because it wouldn't live up to the hype.

    In the meantime, if Netflix listened to the complaints from Australian companies, and somehow cut off the estimated 200,000 Australian Netflix subscribers, it is optimistic at best to believe that those customers would suddenly see the light and sign up for a Quickflix or Presto subscription.

    Leaving aside the debate over whether Netflix access in Australia is legal, those who have signed up for Netflix have already considered the options available to them here, researched, and decided that investing in Netflix and a VPN service is worth their time and money.

    If Netflix cuts those people off, they're going to know that it was at the behest of Foxtel and Quickflix, and would likely boycott those services instead of flocking to them. If nothing else, it would encourage those who have tried to do the right thing by subscribing and paying for content on Netflix to return to copyright infringement.

    Then, if and when Netflix finally launches in Australia, those users will just resubscribe and go back to using VPNs to access the content that is locked up in the US or UK regions, just as already happens elsewhere in the world today, and happened in the DVD era with region-free DVD players.

    Regional distribution windows are a form of old-world trade protectionism that is an anachronism that we are somehow still stuck with for TV and film distribution much longer than most other industries, and longer than we ever should have been. Complaining that consumers don't want to be a part of that anymore is just counter-productive.

    Local content players like Quickflix and Foxtel would do far better to turn a blind eye to Australian Netflix users, and instead focus on making their own platforms easy to use, and much more appealing than Netflix.

    Nine bullish on online streaming

    From https://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2014/9/15/emerging-tech/nine-bullish-online-streaming

    More details are beginning to emerge on Nine Entertainment’s streaming joint venture with Fairfax Media as Seven West Media appears closer to launching its own Netflix-like service.

    In an interview with Business Spectator, Nine chief financial officer Simon Kelly said “commercial sensitivities” dictated that details on the $100 million StreamCo joint venture would be kept fairly scarce until closer to the release of the platform, but preparations were well down the line.

    “We are in a situation where we have signed up pretty much all the content we need, the technology of the platform is in place, the user interface is close to completion and we’re right now getting the necessary approvals from Apple, Chromecast etcetera, so you can use those technologies to get the content onto your big screen,” he said on the sidelines of the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Australian Investment Conference.

    “So we are well advanced – we’ve been working on this for over a year before Fairfax came in.”

    Mr Kelly also revealed pricing would be broadly in line with expectations.

    “We feel the price we are setting this service at – we haven’t confirmed it yet – but around $10 a month with no contract, that’s a very fair price,” he said.

    The media group is very confident of finding strong demand for subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), provided the right value proposition is offered. If the firm is right, growth in the local sector will be remarkable over the next five years.

    “We think the marketplace for SVOD is big enough for two or three players,” Mr Kelly said.

    “There’s about four million potential subscribers in Australia today and only a couple of hundred thousand being serviced by Netflix.”

    He said the prospect of four million paying subscribers in the market within five years appeared “very achievable”.

    In response to speculation about Nine testing the waters on a tie-up with rival Seven before committing to an agreement with Fairfax, Mr Kelly said discussions had been held with a broad range of players in the sector.

    “We can’t (say) who we actually spoke to as everything was under confidentiality (agreements) but we’ve talked to all the big media companies about participating, so you can make your own conclusions on that,” he said.

    He added that Nine had “said consistently we’d welcome Seven as one of the partners in this venture.”

    Seven is tipped to be ready to announce its own SVOD service in the short-term, with Seven Group chief executive Don Voelte hinting progress was being made on this front.

    “I think (Seven West chief executive) Tim Worner and his management team will have more to say on that in the very near future,” he said in a separate interview with Business Spectator.

    Seven Group owns 35 per cent of Seven West and Mr Voelte sits on the board of the media group.

    Seven and Ten Network have both been linked to a tie-up with Foxtel on streaming.

    It appears almost certain that Netflix will also officially enter the local space next year, but Mr Kelly noted it would have a few challenges to overcome.

    “I’d have to imagine we’d be talking $30, $40, $50 million per annum of content costs if they wanted to buy the content that’s currently accessible on their service in the US for the Australian market,” he said.

    “And some of it won’t be available because it’s already tied up by maybe ourselves or (other networks).”

    Foxtel Play Adds E! & Style Channels

    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3667

    Foxtel today announced that three additional channels have arrived on Foxtel Play, Foxtel’s internet delivered subscription service, raising the total number of live channels available to 57. The news comes just over a month since Foxtel Play added four other new channels via Foxtel Play*, and sees E!, 13th Street and Style joining the channel line-up.

    E! and Style are now available under Foxtel Play’s Entertainment Pick while 13Th street is available to customers who select the Drama Pick. All three new channels are available to subscribers as of today.

    Programming highlights for the new channels in September include: E! – #Richkids of Beverly Hills, Total Divas and Botched; 13th Street – Endeavour, Vera and The Doctor Blake Mysteries; Style – The World According to Paris, Fashion Star and I’m Having Their Baby. October will also see the premier of Fashion Bloggers, Style’s first local production.

    Foxtel Play enables customers with a broadband connection to watch programs from Foxtel’s amazing range of drama, entertainment, documentary and movie channels live or on catch-up without the need for a set-top box.

    Foxtel Play offers customers access to content within minutes of signing up and enables them to subscribe by the month and pay as they go. With no lock-in contract and no installation costs, subscribers can stop and start their subscription month-to-month, to suit their circumstances or viewing choices.

    Foxtel Play customers also have access to Foxtel Go* as part of their subscription. In addition to their primary device, customers can register Foxtel Go on up to two additional devices including selected iPads and iPhones and selected Samsung Android tablets and smartphones.

    Inmarsat, roKKi launch inflight connectivity service in APAC

    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/inmarsat-rokki-launch-inflight-connectivity-service-in-apac--1037541

    Inmarsat and Inflight entertainment services brand roKKi have jointly launched a low-cost inflight connectivity service in the Asia Pacific region. The roKKi connectivity service, powered by Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband, allows passengers to access messaging applications on their personal mobile device. By using a Cobham four-channel satellite communications system that offers total throughout of up to 1.3 Mbps, roKKi developed a system that offers an instant messaging service similar to that on the ground. The service is currently being deployed on AirAsia aircraft. RoKKi plans to gradually expand its connectivity service in 2015, to provide access to emails and social media.

    K-Plus Premieres In Asia

    From press release

    K-PLUS goes live on Indonesia’s pay-TV platform K-Vision today at 6pm Jakarta time. K-PLUS is a brand new Korean drama-driven network bringing together many exclusive first-run shows direct from major Korea TV networks to the Asia audience. 

    K-PLUS is the ultimate Korean entertainment channel featuring exclusive and first-run titles in drama series, variety shows, movies and lifestyle programmes in K-pop, beauty & fashion. K-PLUS will be fully subtitled in Bahasa Indonesia, and will target mass audience aged 15-54 and is skewed towards the female audience. 

    “We are thrilled to work with K-Vision to bring K-PLUS to Indonesia audience.” said Jeon Seungtaek, Managing Director, Plus Media Networks Asia. “With programming pillars built around popular drama series, and a good mix of other genres, the new channel’s premiere will bring K-Vision viewers a season of quality Korean entertainment.” 

    Bimo Setiawan, Group of TV Director Kompas Gramedia said, “To complete the variety of offerings of K-Vision’s prime channels, KVision is happy to collaborate with Plus Media Networks to bring KPLUS to Indonesian viewers exclusively on the platform. K-PLUS is a channel that not only airs drama series but also variety shows, which are both a trend amongst Indonesian people.”

    The launch schedule includes:

    • K-Drama: Let a new love heal old wounds in It’s Alright. This is Love starring Korean heartthrobs Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin, actor Lee Kwang Soo and singer D.O from EXO. Age is only a number. Overcoming destiny with romance, workaholic 39-year old reporter Ban Jin-Yeon (starred Uhm Jung-Hwa) and 25-year old young man Yoon Dong-Ha (starred Park Seo-Joon) fall in love madly in A Witch’s Love. Other popular drama series include In Need of Romance 3, Secret Affair, Full House Take 2, Cheongdamdong Alice, Heartless City and many more.
    • K-Variety: Let impersonators amaze you with their talents. Catch Hidden Singer 3 during the same time as it telecasts in Korea.
    • K-Life: We take the lead in style. Catch Get it Style 2014 and Fashion Killa and other fashion and lifestyle programmes.
    • K-Movie: Romance blooms between ex-boxer and a telemarketer who is slowly going blind in Always. Catch many more movies from The Client, Hwayi to Champ, lining up on KPLUS.
    • K-Pop: Reveal the hottest moments of famous boy band, EXO in The Hot Moment XOXO, EXO. Followed by The Show All About K-Pop as it airs in Korea.

    The launch of K-PLUS marks Plus Media Networks Asia’s second channel in Asia. Plus Media Networks Asia is a Korean subsidiary company based in Singapore, it also operates ANIPLUS HD, which is a Japanese anime network targeted at teens and young adults currently available in Korea, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam reached out to 20 million households in Asia.

    Source: Plus Media Networks Asia

    NBTC urged to probe Channel 3-MCOT

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-urged-to-probe-Channel-3-MCOT-30243435.html

    The Civil Society Network for Radio and Television Observation has asked the broadcasting regulator to examine the concession that MCOT granted to Channel 3, as the operator allegedly breaches certain conditions.

    Takorn Tantasit, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said yesterday that the civil society group had claimed that Bangkok Entertainment Co (BEC), which holds the concession from the state enterprise to run analog terrestrial TV Channel 3, had violated the concession.

    The consumer group also claimed that BEC World, the parent company of Channel 3, was the de facto operator of Channel 3.

    This seems to defy the concession and the Act on Organisation to Assign Radio Frequency and to Regulate Broadcasting and Telecommunications Services.

    Under the concession, BEC must transfer all assets incurred under the concession to MCOT, but the company opted to rent space in an office building called Maleenont Towers, which is owned by the Millionaire Property Fund, to avoid the asset transfer to MCOT, the group said.

    Takorn said his legal advisory team would examine the details provided by the group, then submit its findings at the NBTC's meeting today.

    The NBTC will decide whether to revise the recent order by its broadcasting committee banning Channel 3 from cable and satellite TV networks after the analog channel's operator lodged a written petition for a revision of the order issued by the committee last week for all cable-sat TV operators to drop the channel.

    Channel 3 also wants a revision of the "must-carry" rule imposed by the committee on February 3, which defines "national free TV" as only the 24 terrestrial-based digital channels, freezing out Channel 3 because its programming is in the old analog format.

    Atlas V rocket launches, taking satellite aloft

    From http://www.telegram.com/article/20140917/NEWS/309179968/1052

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - A communications satellite has been launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carried aloft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket.

    The Atlas V lifted off at 8:10 p.m. Tuesday through a dark and cloudy sky after several weather-related delays. Liftoff came near the end of a nearly 2 and ½ hour window.

    United Launch Alliance, which is behind the Atlas V, oversaw the mission launching the so-called CLIO satellite built by Lockheed-Martin. Officials released no information about the satellite's mission nor for which government agency it was sent into space.

    Space officials have said the satellite was built using commercial technology found in hundreds of other private and government satellites currently in orbit.

    Mediaset Goes Global With Online Platform Launch

    From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/mediaset-goes-global-online-platform-733158

    Berlusconi’s Italian TV station is set to offer worldwide streaming

    Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset Italy is further expanding its reach by launching a new platform Wednesday called Mediaset Italy Online, which will make the station globally accessible via desktop, tablet and smartphone.

    The station has previously been available outside of Italy in limited areas via cable and satellite stations, but this marks the first effort of the company to reach a global audience outside of Italy. The cost of the service varies per country, but averages at $6.50 a month and a two-week trial subscription is currently on offer.

    Giorgio Giovetti, head of international distribution at Mediaset said of the launch, “We are among the first in the world to offer such a service online: a single streaming channel that is always accessible, with a wealth of content, and a price that is truly symbolic.”

    Mediaset Italy Online is targeted at Italians living abroad to stay up to date with the country’s sporting events, sitcoms, news, and cinema. As most TV station online launches continue to be limited on a per-country basis, the Mediaset global strategy will be one to watch in upcoming months. 

    Abu Dhabi continues crackdown on satellite dishes

    From http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/nationgeneral/2014/September/nationgeneral_September152.xml&section=nationgeneral

    Satellite dishes installed in breach of the rules and marring the view of the city, have to be removed from building roofs and balconies.

    Abu Dhabi City Municipality is continuing its campaign aimed at removing satellite dishes from buildings and balconies in a bid to safeguard the appearance of Abu Dhabi City in collaboration with its strategic partners.

    This drive receives top priority from the Abu Dhabi Government, forms part of the Strategic Plan 2030, and is considered a key aspect of the improvement plan relating to buildings, for which the Abu Dhabi City Municipality assumes the responsibility of eliminating all types of elements that distort the image of the city.

    In this context, satellite dishes installed in breach of the rules and marring the view of the city, have to be removed from building roofs and balconies, leaving only those compliant with the permitted siting rules and conforming to stipulations in place in order to streamline the appearance of the city.

    Ahmed Fadil Al Mazroui, Director of External Municipal Centers, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, said, “In the context of this campaign, the Municipality is obliged to serve notices to those flouting the rules barring the installation of satellite dishes. Afterwards, notices are served to offenders, and eventually offences are reported in case the offender fails to remove the satellite dish during the given period.

    “The disorderly installation of satellite dishes negatively affects building structures and corrodes waterproofing materials on rooftops in case these dishes are installed directly on the roof floor. This also causes leakage of washing water and rain into top floor apartments and impacts the building structure in general,” he said.

    Based on these facts, the Municipality called upon all community segments to adhere to the provisions of the Decree No. 02 / 2012 with regards to preserving the overall appearance of the city, general health and public tranquility in Abu Dhabi Emirate.

    Al Mazrouei urged the population of Abu Dhabi City to cooperate and communicate with the Municipality through the toll-free numbers, 8002220/800555, to respond to all public inquiries in this regard.


    Sorry no time for an update today


    Monday evening Feeds

    D2 12446 H Sr 6670 - "DEFAULT" Live Feed TV3 - The Moment Of Truth from Auckland Town Hall.

    Reported but not checked?

    AsiaSat 7 at 105.5°E 3800 H 30000
    TP1 $
    IRIB1 $
    IRIB2 $
    IRIB3 $
    Bein1 $
    Bein2 $

    4100 V 30000
    MF1 $
    MF2 $
    MF3 $
    MF4 $
    MF5 $
    MF6 $

    Damn BISS Encryption becoming very common these days on Feeds. Not much around for FTA feed viewers :-(

    Sunday log

    Asiasat 5 4157 H 7120 "Boxing - Mayweather vs Maidana MGM Grand Las Vegas" (FTA)

    D2 12488 V Sr 9875 'Globecast Oz' (BISS)
    D2 12676 V Sr 9875 'Ch-1' (BISS)
    D2 12640 V Sr 15000 'V8 SUPERVIEW HD' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
    D2 12658 V Sr 15000 'V8 Supercars World' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
    D2 12425 V Sr 15000 'V8 CH7 MAIN HD' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
    D2 12323 V Sr 6669 'GlobeCast Oz' (BISS)
    D2 12385 V Sr 6669 'GCAST6' -FTA Horse Racing
    D2 12403 V Sr 6669 'Globecast2' - FTA Horse Racing
    D2 12394 V Sr 6669 'Astralinks' - FTA Horse Racing

    B3 (164E) 12390 H 7199 - 'GWN News Backhaul' - Lasted about an hour before faded away.

    Saturday 12pm Log

    D2 12321 H Sr 8569 "Sky HD 2045 enca Kor 4" (Biss)
    D2 12330 H Sr 8569 "Sky HD 9011 encb Kor 4" (Biss)
    D2 12357 H Sr 8569 "Sky hd VW encb (Biss)

    above NZ beam signals

    D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "Globecast oz" (Biss)
    D2 12424 V Sr 15000 "V8 Ch 7 main HD" (Biss)
    D2 12487 V Sr 9875 "Globecast oz" something showing a WRC car? FTA

    D2 12674 V Sr 9874 "Svc_1 Service" (Biss)
    D2 12385 V Sr 6669 'EUROMEDIA CHAIN' FTA Horse Racing"
    D2 12640 V Sr 15000 'V8 SUPERVIEW HD' (BISS)
    D2 12658 V Sr 15000 'V8 Supercars World' (Biss)

    From my Email

    From Chrisglobe via vetrun.com

    Weekend feeds
    Asiasat 5 3892V, sr 14999, DVBS2 Formula E Electric Grand Prix cars. Do not know where from as there is no commentry, but it could be Macau as it is a street circuit. Certainly different.

    From saldav1

    Weekend feed log All Asiasat 5

    3867 H SR 7120 "ATL Enc 4" PHI (Philadelphia) vs NY (New York) in the Saturday evening MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
    3745 V SR 7120 "ATL Enc 2" MLS Soccer - CHICAGO FIRE vs TORONTO FC, (FTA.)
    3932 V SR 15000 World Series Fight. NBC-SN MMA WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING from USA, (FTA.)
    4155 H SR 7120 MAYWEATHER v MAIDAN 1 SHOWTIME/PPV BOXING from the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA (with Justin Bieber supporting one of the boxers!). FTA.
    3675 H SR 1500 "Service-1" Hindu function - gathering, (FTA.)
    3755 V SR 7120 FTA_SD WTA Tennis from Hong Kong - Lisicki v Pliskova, (FTA.)
    3945 V SR 7070 MPS NETBALL 2014 Malaysia v Hong Kong in the Women's Netball, (FTA.)
    4095 H SR 4435 "Fi08GNVE" EUROVISION GENEVA 4:3 test pattern.
    3867 H SR 7200 IMG World - Evian The Evian Women's Golf Championship from Evian-Les-Bains, FRANCE, (FTA.) A beautiful sunny day on a unique beautiful golf course!
    3745 V SR 7120 "ATL Enc 2" MLS Soccer - SEATTLE vs REAL SALT LAKE CITY,(FTA.)
    3872 H SR 14400 $pade vs koln $Berlin Vs Main in the bundesliga - both $ scrambled.
    4135 H SR 7120 "DSNG 7" Race 21 from Istanbul in the Extreme Sailing Series, (FTA.)

    From the Dish

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K Plus" is now Fta.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Kompas TV" has started on , Conax.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "Pasien TV" has started on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Nur" is Fta

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "Thai TV 3" is now encrypted.

    From asiatvro site

    东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道新增,设置11681 V 15525参数免费接收。[09-15]
    东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TMB(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11557 H 22250参数无效接收。[09-15]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nauka 2.0、Strana(俄罗斯)等频道加密,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。[09-15]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Pasien TV(测试)频道新增,设置12323 H 5000参数免费接收。[09-15]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,TVE(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12591 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-15]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dangdut Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3780 V 29900参数免费接收。[09-15]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Festival(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3780 V 29900参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影、MGM等替换Aswaja TV(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、天映电影(Skynindo)等频道加密,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,卫视中文电影、卫视中文(Skynindo)等频道加密,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,莲花卫视、阿里郎(测试)等频道加密,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]

    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,MOV、SAM(AVG)等全组频道改频率,设置11237 V 4800参数免费接收。[09-14]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(高清)频道加密,设置11550 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-14]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Food Network(高清)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。[09-14]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(国际)等全组频道加密,设置3795 V 5064参数有条件接收。[09-14]
    东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Trace Sports(高清)频道消失,设置3531 H 11365参数无效接收。[09-14]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 13(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置4041 H 1600参数免费接收。[09-14]

    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Blue(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [9月13日]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Royal TV、Kalsan TV(索马里语)等全组频道消失,设置4096 V 7406参数无效接收。 [9月13日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now Drama(CTH)频道重现,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月13日]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,STS Love、A One、HD Life(测试)频道重现,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月13日]
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    Foxtel-Ten tie-up faces competition watchdog scrutiny

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtelten-tieup-faces-competition-watchdog-scrutiny-20140915-10hajm.html

    Any tie-up between the highly profitable pay TV operator Foxtel and struggling free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network would likely face intense scrutiny from regulators.

    Existing laws block Foxtel from taking more than 15 per cent and the competition regulator will likely look into Lachlan Murdoch's business interests.

    Foxtel refused to comment on a Fairfax Media report that it considered a bid for Ten with US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners - and could form a content or marketing tie-up with Providence if the latter proceeds with an offer for Ten.

    The deal would have granted Foxtel 10 per cent or more of Ten and allowed Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart, Bruce Gordon and James Packer to sustain their combined 40 per cent stake. Providence would have held the remainder.

    A deal would give Foxtel access to more people than the 30 per cent of households that subscribe to it, as well as provide access to the highly coveted premium sporting rights it is not allowed to bid for now.  

    With a market capitalisation of just over $710 million, Ten is not a huge bite for Australia's most profitable media company and has potential for a turnaround after years of underperformance.

    A deal would also provide backoffice savings and provide a wide metropolitan and regional audience to advertisers.

    Under existing rules, News Corp could buy Ten today if Mr Murdoch didn't own radio company Nova Entertainment. There has been speculation Mr Murdoch is open to offers for Nova.  

    But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would likely take a close look at Foxtel taking a stake in Ten. Foxtel is half-owned by News Corp, of which Mr Murdoch is co-chairman.  

    In order to return to his father's News Corp as deputy chairman in March this year, Mr Murdoch had to step down as chairman of Ten and cede his controlling voting stake to satisfy cross-media laws. He dropped his association with friend Mr Packer, reducing his voting stake in Ten from 17.6 per cent to 8.8 per cent.

    If Foxtel took a significant stake in Ten, this stake could be viewed in relation to the stakes held by Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer.

    ACCC head Rod Sims has previously said the regulator would have concerns about a combination between Foxtel and a free-to-air station, pointing to the regulator's decision in 2012 to block Kerry Stokes' request to bid for Mr Packer's pay TV investment vehicle, Consolidated Media Holdings.

    "We were concerned that a television station getting together with pay TV might have competition concerns in the market for top line sports," Mr Sims told Fairfax Media. "I think it's fair to say if there was any getting together of Foxtel with a free to air station we would have concerns about that and would have to look at it very closely indeed."

    Foxtel and Telstra declined to comment. Mr Murdoch's spokesman, John Connolly, declined to comment.

    The media industry is pushing for a watering down of ownership laws, however Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he won't proceed without consensus. Foxtel is understood to have never raised buying a stake in Ten with the former Labor government.

    Foxtel has been busy lately slashing prices, lobbying the government to crack down on online piracy, talking with Seven West Media about a subscription video-on-demand service, and planning for the launch of its "triple play" product, which will combine pay TV with broadband and telephony.

    Measat-3b satellite successfully launched

    From http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/09/13/measat-3b-satellite-successfully-launched/

    KOUROU, French Guiana: Malaysia’s largest satellite, Measat-3b was successfully launched here at 7.05pm (6.05am Malaysian time) yesterday.

    The satellite, to provide satellite communications across Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Australia, lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the European Space Port here.

    Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari, who was present, described the successful launching as another milestone in developing Malaysia’s satellite system to benefit Malaysia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

    “Measat Global Berhad (Measat) has played an essential role towards achieving all these goals via its satellite programme, beginning with Measat 1 and 2 in 1996.

    “Today (yesterday), with an expanded fleet of six satellites, it provides satellite connectivity to over 150 countries across the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia, reaching 80 per cent of the world’s population.”

    Alongside ongoing government initiatives such as the High Speed Broadband Project and Universal Service Provision Programmes, Jailani said Measat’s efforts would enable many sectors to improve service value and reduce costs, particularly in education, healthcare, and government services.

    “This will also strengthen Malaysia’s domestic value-added advanced services, particularly creative content creation, payments and electronic commerce, connectivity applications, pushing boundaries, and raising the nation’s competitiveness.”

    Jailani said the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would adopt a proactive regulatory stance.

    “We will ensure efficient spectrum utilisation and review pricing, while at the same time lower regulatory hurdles: all to maximise benefits for the nation, while driving pervasive use of communications technology and ensuring that incentives for investments in next-generation infrastructure remain adequate.”

    Also present at the launching were Malaysian Ambassador to France, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, Astro chairman Tun Zaki Tun Azmi, Measat chairman Datuk Umar Abu, Measat Satellite Systems chief executive officer Paul Brown-Kenyon, and Measat Satellite Systems Space Systems Development senior vice president Dr Ali Ebadi.

    The launch was broadcast live for 400 secondary school students who were at Malaysia’s National Science Center together with government officials, business partners, and Measat staff.

    Over the next few days, the Measat-3b satellite will be raised from the geo-transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit at Measat’s key 91.5°E video neighbourhood.

    The satellite will then undergo testing for about one month before starting commercial operations.

    Measat-3b will co-locate with Measat-3 and Measat-3a to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.

    Channel 3 digs in as NBTC presses on

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/432071/channel-3-digs-in-as-nbtc-presses-on

    A TV Channel 3 executive has come up with three proposals for Thailand's smooth transition to digital TV. 

    First, pay-TV set-top boxes should be made to carry both analogue and digital TV channels, said Pravit Maleenont, an executive director of BEC World, the parent company of Bangkok Entertainment, the channel's operator.

    He also suggested at a seminar on Saturday that the digital TV equipment discount coupon be distributed nationwide at the same time.

    As well, the must-carry and must-have rules should be lifted.

    "Channel 3 is being forced to move to digital TV, which has no network and audiences because no signal box is sold," he said.

    "It's a waste of budget for us to apply for a digital-TV broadcasting licence and to run overlapping time slots. But we're willing to talk to the regulator about our restrictions."

    His view of the industry is for set-top boxes for satellite and cable TV carry the analogue signal as well, which will cost 20-30 baht more.

    Coupons for a 690-baht discount on digital-TV equipment or TV should also be sent all at once instead of gradually to certain areas first as planned, he added.

    "The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) should not get involved in all issues such as TV ratings, or a deadlock will result," he said.

    Certain regulations should be revised or repealed such as the must-have and must-carry rules.

    A must-have rule ensures that certain TV programmes be broadcast on all platforms while a must-carry rule requires operators of certain platforms to carry the signal of specific channels, specifically existing analogue and digital free-TV.

    Mr Pravit insisted Channel 3 would continue to broadcast on the analogue platform until its concession with MCOT Plc ends in 2020.

    He also said it had no policy to simulcast on digital TV.

    But NBTC commissioner Supinya Klangnarong said after the seminar Mr Pravit's participation in a public forum was a good sign that showed Channel 3 was willing to simulcast.

    It only has problems about rights and costs which the NBTC's broadcasting committee would look into.

    "If Channel 3 insists it won't simulcast, the NBTC will be left with no choice but to cut it loose [from the pay-TV platform]," she said.

    Helping the analogue Channel 3 broadcast on the digital Channel 33 is better than confronting it in court.

    She insisted she would bring Mr Pravit's proposals for discussion at the committee's meeting on Monday.

    The NBTC resolved to end the free-TV status of six analogue TV channels on Sept 1 to speed up the digital-TV transition.

    The implication of the resolution is that since the channels are not free-TV, they are no longer required to be carried by pay-TV operators under the must-carry rule.

    Five analogue channels do not have problems with the resolution because they simulcast in both analogue and digital platforms and their digital streams already come under the must-carry rule that all satellite and cable TVs must carry.

    But Channel 3 is different. It does not simulcast on the digital platform. With the resolution in effect, the channel will not come under the must-carry rule. Satellite and cable TVs cannot legally carry it either because it does not have a satellite/cable TV licence.

    The NBTC is giving pay-TV operators a notice to stop carrying Channel 3 in the next two weeks unless a agreement is reached with Channel 3 before then.

    BEC in talks to find solutions

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/BEC-in-talks-to-find-solutions-30243247.html

    Bangkok Entertainment Co (BEC), which operates Channel 3 analog programmes, has submitted two options for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Commission (NBTC) to consider in its proposal to air analog content on a digital TV channel.

    A BEC source said that the company and the NBTC's broadcasting office had already begun preliminary talks on the possibility of broadcasting analog content on a digital TV channel.

    The watchdog wants to conclude the talks before it starts to distribute vouchers to eight million households in October to buy digital-TV set-top boxes. It also wants to complete the talks before cable and satellite TV operators start dropping channel 3 programmes from their platforms within 15 days, as ordered last week by the broadcasting committee.

    The source said that during the talks between BEC and the broadcasting office, BEC proposed two options. One is that BEC will simulcast content to the high definition digital TV channel (Channel 33) of its sister company, BEC-Multimedia, on the condition that the watchdog will waive the regulatory fee and relax some rules for BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33.

    The second one is it will broadcast analog content to all types of set-top boxes, including a digital TV set-top box. But by doing this, the watchdog would have to allocate a digital TV channel for it to beam content to.

    BEC operates Channel 3 TV analog programmes under an MCOT concession, while its sister firm operates three digital TV channels under the NBTC's licensing regime. BEC's annual concession fee is around Bt200 million, while BEC-Multimedia's licence fee is 4 per cent of its total revenue.

    The broadcasting committee will convene today to consider these options. The negotiations between BEC and the broadcasting office follow the company's proposal to the NBTC last Monday that it is willing to talk with the watchdog to seek way out of the problems.

    BEC is the only holder of the state TV broadcasting concession declining to simulcast its content on a digital channel. It said that it wants to run four channels, one analog and three digital. But the broadcasting committee wants to BEC to simulcast content on a digital TV channel, to completely usher Thailand into a full digital TV era.

    An NBTC source said that if the broadcasting committee selects the first proposed option, it would have to allow BEC-Multimedia not to report that it will buy analog content from BEC for simulcasts. This is to show that it is as if both companies are the same entity. In addition, it would have to consider exempting BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33 from the requirement that a maximum of 60 per cent of its content must be self-produced.

    Last Friday Pravit Maleenont, executive director of BEC World, the parent company of BEC, handed a petition to the NBTC board asking it to revise a recent order by its broadcasting committee, which instructed cable and satellite TV operators to drop Channel 3 analog programmes from their networks. The NBTC board will consider this petition on Wednesday (Sept 17).

    This follows the broadcasting committee's earlier announcement that Channel 3 has lost its free TV status under the NBTC's free TV definition. The watchdog defines digital TV channels as the free TV channels. Its "must carry" rule requires that cable and satellite-TV operators carry these free TV channels on their platforms.

    NBTC chairman Thares Punsri said last week that the NBTC board would consider first the possible impacts on the broadcasting committee, if the NBTC board makes any decision on this petition.

    During a seminar on digital TV industry last Saturday, Pravit said that BEC was ready to simulcast content, if the watchdog considers measures to help it reduce regulatory costs. He said that BEC was ready to talk with the committee to seek solutions. After serving audiences for over 40 years, it does not want its programmes to be dropped from cable and satellite networks.

    Broadcasting panel commissioner Supinya Klangnarong said in the same seminar that she wants all the issues of Channel 3 to be settled either at the broadcasting committee's meeting on Monday or at the NBTC board meeting on Wednes-day. If not, cases might end up in court. BEC has already filed a legal suit against the broadcasting committee's definition that only digital TV is free TV. The case is still being considered by a court.

    The blackout blues

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/432265/the-blackout-blues

    Viewers will be the main losers in the spat between NBTC and Channel 3. The warring parties must find a compromise.

    Ms Supin is unhappy today, upset with the thought that she may not be able to continue watching her favourite soap opera on Channel 3 as it faces a blackout. 

    The 45-year-old is a big fan of Channel 3 and has long been a cable TV subscriber for an operator that is one of several recently ordered by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) broadcasting committee to stop airing Bangkok Entertainment's programmes, operator of Channel 3, within 15 days of receiving an order.

    "I'm not getting an antenna just to watch Channel 3 because I don't understand why it refuses to do what the other TV broadcasters did and move to the digital platform," says Ms Supin.

    "The industry lacks good governance and this is unjust to consumers. So I won't be viewing Channel 3 any longer."

    Mr Denchai, a 50-year-old manager, says Channel 3 should comply with the rules like the other broadcasters. "It shouldn't think only about its own interests and revenues," he says.

    Ms Supin and Mr Denchai are among the over 70% of 23.3 million households subscribing to cable and satellite network providers who will not be able to view Channel 3 via the providers' networks if the ongoing conflict is not resolved soon and a blackout occurs.

    Those 16.3 million affected households would have to watch Channel 3 via antennas.

    BEC World chief Pravit Maleenont suggested for the first time on Saturday the company might consider airing its programmes on both analogue and digital platforms or via simulcast, but insisted on negotiation over concession and annual fees.

  • Opinion by Veera: Channel 3 deserves no special treatment

    Earlier Channel 3 was defiant that it would follow its plan.

    "BEC World is a listed company and we have to do everything we can to retain our revenue and profits," says Surin Krittayapongpan, an executive vice-president of BEC World Plc, Bangkok Entertainment's parent company.

    "Channel 3 will air its programmes digitally once coverage for the digital network reaches 100% nationwide, in two or three years time."

    Channel 3 claims several legal restrictions and loss of business opportunities have hindered it from complying with the rules, while NBTC's broadcasting committee is confident its decision is legitimate and fair.

    Is a blackout really the answer?

    "Blacking out Channel 3 is definitely not a solution to the problem," says Prof Orabhund Panuspatthna, an intellectual property specialist with Chulalongkorn University's faculty of law. "It will only be a loss to consumers."

    "I think a blackout is not going to happen as Channel 3 will eventually choose its audience over everything else," says Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers.

    "Channel 3 should follow what Channel 7 did, airing its content on both analogue and digital platforms. The reasons Channel 3 gave for not being able to follow the rules are more like excuses," she adds.

    The drama

    The conflict began when the national regulator amended the must-carry rule on Feb 3, stating that analogue terrestrial is no longer free TV but a digital platform, effective at the end of May.

    This means that cable and satellite operators are not required to carry the six analogue channels — 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and TPBS — on their services after their free status ends. The regulator later extended the effective date to Sept 1.

    Channel 3 reacted by filing a lawsuit with the Administrative Court, saying the exclusion of analogue terrestrial as free TV by the NBTC was unlawful. The case is still pending in the court.

    All stations except Channel 3 have eventually broadcast their content on both analogue and digital platforms, or via simulcast.

    Last Monday, with a vote of three to two, the committee ordered about 400 cable and satellite operators to drop Channel 3 within 15 days after receiving its official order. The move is meant to force the station to move its content from an analogue to a digital platform.

    On the same day Channel 3 filed lawsuits against the three committee members, followed by a proposal to the NBTC on Friday to revise the order it believes is unfair.

    The regulator began sending out the blackout order late last week to cable and satellite operators, which face a fine if they violate the order.


    If a resolution is not reached, says Prof Orabhund, the broadcasting committee risks further legal action by the station if the court rules in its favour and against the panel for an exclusion of analogue terrestrial from free TV status.

    "Also who's going to be responsible for all the damages caused by this blackout?" warns Prof Orabhund. A blackout will cause tremendous damage to the station and the overall industry, while posing no real benefits to consumers.

    A more practical resolution, she says, would be for the broadcasting committee to extend the period for Channel 3 to remain on analogue and allow the cable and satellite operators to continue carrying its programmes as usual until the court reaches its verdict. This would save a lot of heartache for all parties involved.

    She says the broadcasting panel is strictly adhering to its regulations, but sometimes a compromise is a better way out.

    Industry chaos

    Manee Eabe, managing director of leading media agency IPG Mediabrands, says a blackout of Channel 3 will create chaos in the entire industry and the economy.

    Thai viewers today watch TV via four platforms: analogue terrestrial (30%), cable and satellite (70%), digital terrestrial and online.

    In the event of a blackout, TV research companies will not be able to track down the lost audience, which could a big chunk, and their viewing habits. The situation would affect the spending of advertisers and may convince them to delay their outlays on ad and marketing campaigns, resulting in a potential drop in consumer spending.

    Recently IPG conducted an online survey in Bangkok and urban provincial markets on the possibility of a Channel 3 blackout.

    Some 50% of respondents would opt to view Channel 3 via online channels. Another 30% will buy antennas to view it on the analogue system, while the remaining 20% will shift to other channels.

    According to Nielsen Thailand, Channel 3 reaches 89% of Thai viewers, second to Channel 7 at 90%, while the 24 digital TV channels reach only 60%. Channel 3 is still quite attractive to advertisers because of this consumer reach.

    Root of the problem

    The must-carry rule is root of the problem, says Prof Orabhund, who has a strong belief in the free market.

    "If the market mechanism already works well by itself, then I don't think the regulator should intervene. The must-carry rule should not exist," she says.

    Additionally, the regulator should not amend the rule by excluding analogue terrestrial as a free TV platform but not digital. "Both should be ruled as free TV for the general public interest," she adds.

    Also if Channel 3 is ruled to be pay TV, it will not be able to broadcast the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, she says.

    "If you put the first button wrong, then the following buttons and the whole shirt will be wrong," she notes.

    Other options

    Supinya Klangnarong, one of the three commissioners who voted for the station to be banned from being aired on cable and satellite, says the panel will revisit the issue this week.

    However, she defends the validity and efficiency of the must-carry rule. "The question is: Why is Channel 3 the only station who has a problem with the rule?" she says.

    All rules and regulations are in place to support the smooth transition of analogue to the digital platform while guarding against operator monopoly and encouraging fair competition, she adds.

    She says the broadcasting panel offered the station options earlier: to simulcast its content or obtain a licence as a pay TV operator.

    Channel 3's reasons for not complying with the regulations nor trying any other options are that it still holds an analogue concession that allows it to broadcast on analogue terrestrial until 2020, and that it cannot simulcast because its operating company does not own a digital licence, though BEC Multimedia, another of its subsidiaries, does hold a licence.

    The channel also says it will lose half of its annual revenue — 6 billion baht per year — if it operates as pay TV because those stations are only allowed ad airtime for six minutes an hour, while analogue terrestrial stations are allowed 12 minutes. It also says a switch of platforms will add tremendous costs.

    Operators' opinion

    Cable and satellite operators have agreed to consent to the broadcasting panel's order. However, they hope the regulator and Channel 3 will eventually find a compromise that will not affect the audience and the entire industry.

    "The two parties must be ready to explain to the audience why an agreement cannot be reached in time, or they should even consider compensation if a blackout actually happens," says Somporn Teerarochanapong, chief executive of PSI Holding, the country's largest satellite network provider.

    "I want the two parties to regard the audience as a priority. This incident will only hurt all parties."

    Another industry source notes Channel 3 is considered a national channel. "No country would allow a national channel to go black, as that will pose difficulties to 16.3 million households," says the source.

  • Why should Channel 3 be allowed special treatment?

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/432262/why-should-channel-3-be-allowed-special-treatment

    To begin with, I am not a fan of TV Channel 3's soap operas or Sorayuth Suthassanachinda's morning reading of news stories from maintstream newspapers. So if Channel 3 goes blank on Sept 24 when all cable and satellite operators stop broadcasting the station's analogue programmes, I will not miss any of them. 

    But the management of Channel 3 believes that millions of Sorayuth fans and fans of popular soap operas will be affected if they are unable to see their programmes because their monitors are blank and they will become frustrated and vent their frustration at anyone held responsible.

    In the eyes of Channel 3's executives, two guys and one gal in the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will be held accountable. The trio - namely Supinya Klangnarong, Lt-Gen Phirapong Manakit and Thawatchai Chitrapasanant - voted last Monday in opposition to two other committee members to order all cable and satellite operators to stop broadcasting Channel 3's analogue programmes within 15 days.

    Retaliating against the trio, Channel 3 assigned its lawyers to sue the three for malfeasance for misusing their authority. Ms Supinya was given special treatment with two more charges, defamation and violation of the Computer Act for expressing her opinions in her Facebook page on the row with Channel 3.

    The channel's lawyers claim the lawsuits against the three broadcasting committee members are meant to protect the rights of the station and has nothing to do with the row with the committee.

    Channel 3 claims that continuing analogue broadcasts and refusing to go digital is meant for the good of its audience. Kitti Singhapat, moderator of the "Khao Sam Miti" (three dimensional news) programme, recently said on his Facebook page that watching TV programmes was up to viewers and no-one could force them to do so.

    He said it was the satellite and cable operators who rebroadcast Channel 3's programmes and Channel 3 had no agreement whatsoever with these operators.

    All of these operators agreed with the broadcasting committee's order to stop the broadcasts at a meeting on Wednesday – two days after the order was issued by the committee. The committee chairman, Col Nathee Sukonrat voted against the move.

    Four days later on Friday, Channel 3's boss Prawit Maleenont met NBTC secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit to submit a letter demanding the broadcasting committee reconsider last Monday's order and the other order dated Feb 3 ordering all six analogue TV stations, including Channel 3, to cease their role as free TV stations and move to the digital platform.

    Channel 3 has also demanded the NBTC arrange for protective measures on behalf of the station pending settlement of the conflict with the broadcasting committee.

    Earlier, Channel 3 sought a reprieve from the Administrative Court against the Feb 3 order for all analogue TVs to shift to digital. The court, however, dismissed the case, but the broadcasting committee later agreed to grant all TV stations a 100-day respite period which ended on Aug 31.

    Is it ridiculous for Channel 3 to want cable and satellite operators to continue broadcasting its analogue programmes, even though the operators themselves have agreed to comply with the committee's order?

    Why is Channel 3 persistently reluctant to go digital while the other analogue TV stations like channels 5, 7 and 9, NBT and Thai PBS do not have any problem and have agreed to comply?

    Is Channel 3 really concerned with the interests of its audience? It claims it does not want them to miss its analogue programmes as many of them do not have set-top boxes for the digital signal.

    Or is Channel 3 worried about something else that it does not want to discuss in public?

    Nation TV moderator Kanok Ratwongsakul wrote on his Facebook fan page last Monday that Channel 3 will have to apply for a licence for the digital platform if it wants to enable its audience to watch analogue programmes on a simulcast platform. That would require Channel 3 to comply with a regulation that commercial airtime for this platform be six minutes per hour instead of 12 minutes under the analogue platform.

    The loss of six minutes of commercial airtime is not a joke. It means a lot of money considering the exorbitant charge for airtime to the tune of 100,000 baht per minute. It was reported that Channel 3's share of the advertising cake is 32%, the biggest of all TV operators.

    The NBTC is due to consider Channel 3's latest demand on Wednesday. After having met Mr Prawit of Channel 3, Mr Thakorn said the commission will consider whether there should be protective measures for Channel 3 while the conflict waits to be resolved.

    That will lead to more questions. Why the protective measures only for Channel 3? Should Channel 3 be accorded special privileges? Why can't Channel 3 just do like the other TV stations?

    The NBTC has the power to do the right thing and it must not shy away from using the big stick if necessary.

    Veera Prateepchaikul is a former editor, Bangkok Post. 

    NAGRA anyCAST for DISH

  • From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/13/nagra-anycast-for-dish/

    NAGRA that DISH Network will be the first customer to deploy NAGRA anyCAST COMMAND, NAGRA’s new security technology that defeats popular forms of piracy such as control word sharing and paves the way for ultra-secure 4K services. The new technology is being developed in close cooperation with EchoStar Technologies a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, which will be the first set-top box partner to integrate the new technology into its boxes.

    anyCAST COMMAND, part of NAGRA’s comprehensive new anyCAST Security Services Platform, changes the paradigm for content security by concentrating both decryption and descrambling into a single, secure NAGRA device. Since the launch of digital TV in the 1990’s, these functions have occurred in two separate devices, namely the Conditional Access vendor’s smart card and the set-top box chipset. This separation of key security elements has led in recent years to new forms of piracy like Control Word Sharing (CWS) that have had a significant negative impact on pay-TV service providers. The unification of decryption and descrambling into a single piece of silicon produced by a security expert like NAGRA not only exponentially increases the security of the CAS system, but also simplifies integration by reducing much of the STB testing and certification that was required when these two elements were separated.

    “With this introduction of anyCAST COMMAND at DISH, EchoStar and NAGRA take the decisive lead in providing the highest level of end-to-end content security available on the market today,” said Maurice van Riek, senior vice president, head of content and asset security for NAGRA. “To date, the fight against Control Word Sharing has been a cat-and-mouse game with global pirate networks, which are increasingly sophisticated in their operations. NAGRA’s new approach takes full ownership and responsibility for content security within a single architecture in order to deliver a definitive knock-out punch to this type of piracy by protecting the Control Word by design.”

    “As one of the leading pay-TV providers in the world, we constantly look to protect our content and network,” said Vivek Khemka, senior vice president, product management, DISH. “That’s why we decided – as part of our partnership with EchoStar and NAGRA – to deploy a radically different kind of technology, anyCAST COMMAND, to help protect our service and revenues.”

    anyCAST COMMAND, in addition to eliminating CWS, will ensure pay-TV service providers are prepared for a potential future launch of 4K-UltraHD services by supporting a variety of different watermarking schemes, a key requirement of the MovieLabs Enhanced Content Protection specification for 4K VOD services. It will also be available in different form factors, including smart card, STB companion chip and others.

    NAGRA will deliver anyCAST COMMAND to EchoStar and DISH in the first quarter of 2015, after which time the product will be available to other NAGRA customers.

    EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions

  • From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/15/ec-oks-bskyb-sky-europe-acquisitions/

    The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary.

    The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition of audio-visual programming for free to air (FTA) and for pay TV, the wholesale supply of TV channels for free to air (FTA) and for pay TV, the retailing of audio-visual programming (free to air (FTA) and pay TV) to consumers and the sale of TV advertising airtime is national or along linguistically homogeneous areas. The Commission found that the transaction would not lead to any material overlaps in the parties’ activities, as they are mainly active in different national markets. BSkyB’s activities are mainly focused in the UK and Ireland, Sky Deutschland’s activities are mainly focused in Germany and Austria and Sky Italia’s activities are mainly focused in Italy.

    The transaction brings together the leading pay-TV operators in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Therefore, the Commission also assessed whether the merged entity would enjoy increased bargaining power vis-à-vis rights holders for the acquisition of rights to audio-visual content – in particular “premium” content (i.e. certain sport events and films) – or for the acquisition of pay TV channels for its pay TV programmes, to the detriment of its pay TV competitors.

    The Commission found that it was unlikely that the merged company would be able to impose a change from current licensing practices, which are focused on national territories or language areas, towards the joint purchase or simultaneous negotiations for premium content across several countries. First, there are practical obstacles, such as different timelines for the negotiations of certain rights licensing. Second, rights holders would not deviate from their current preferred model of licensing, unless it is in their interest in terms of maximising revenues. The Commission noted that although there are already a number of broadcasters that operate across various territories in the European Economic Area (EEA), rights holders have not accepted the practice of multi-territorial licensing to any meaningful extent. Finally, even assuming that rights owners were to license rights on a pan-European basis, the merged entity would in any event face competition for multi-territory rights from a number of multinational groups which already operate in the EEA.

    The Commission therefore concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns.

    ISRO advances GSAT-16 launch by 6 months

  • From http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/isro-advances-gsat16-launch-by-6-months/article6410113.ece

    December launch plan to improve transponder supply

    National space agency ISRO has decided to launch one of its upcoming communication satellites, GSAT-16, six months earlier than planned.

    The 3,100-kg spacecraft, meant to support public and private television and radio services, large-scale Internet and telephone operations, was originally planned to be flown up around June 2015 on a European Ariane-5 launcher.

    The decision to advance GSAT-16 launch came after the older INSAT-3E expired in March this year, according to ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

    The plan to move an ISRO mission ahead is almost unprecedented. “GSAT-16 will replace INSAT-3E [in the same space orbit at 55 degrees East longitude]. It was planned to be launched in the middle of 2015. After 3E was decommissioned in April, we advanced GSAT-16, which will now go in December this year,” he told The Hindu recently.

    The assembly venue in Bangalore, the ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC, is ready with the spacecraft. “Advancing a satellite by five to six months is a difficult job, but we did it. We also got a slot from Arianespace (launch company) and as of now, we are talking of a launch (around) December 6,” he said. An earliest launch would otherwise have been April 2015.

    GSAT-16 will offer 24 transponders in the C-band, 12 in the extended C-band and another 12 in the Ku band.

    Transponder shortfall

    Over the last couple of years, the space agency has been trying hard to augment transponder capacity — which is about 190 on its own fleet — to meet increasing demand from commercial and public service users. It also had to lease 90 transponders on foreign satellites to meet its shortfall.

    Last year, the government approved an allocation of Rs. 865.5 crore towards building GSAT-16, the fee for its foreign launch and insurance; the latter is taken when ISRO uses a foreign launch.

    ISRO had to opt for an outside launch as Indian rockets PSLV and the present GSLV cannot lift satellites weighing above 2,000 kg. ISRO is developing the next big launcher, GSLV-MkIII, which can put satellites of up to 4 tonnes in orbit.

    The first test flight of MkIII is to be taken up after the ongoing Mars Orbiter Mission reaches its crucial milestone, that of orbiting Mars, on September 24.

  • 14/09/14

    Sunday, no update


    Saturday, no update


    Optus 10 and Measat3b has launched! after a few re-starts of the counter and a slight delay

    Does anyone know where they will park it for testing?

    Optus 10 / Measat 3b Launch video footage on youtube
    Arianespace launch of Optus 10: http://youtu.be/HM1AZwchVhk


    Arianespace successfully launches MEASAT-3b and OPTUS 10 satellites Confirms continued leadership in the Asia-Pacific

    Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites, MEASAT-3b for the Malaysian operator MEASAT, and OPTUS 10 for the Australian operator OPTUS. The launch was performed by an Ariane 5 rocket on September 11 at 07:05 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. With this new successfull launch, Arianespace clearly sets the standard in launch services for all manufacturers and operators in the Asia-Pacific market.

    A launch that reflects the confidence of major players in the Asia-Pacific
    The MEASAT-3b satellite is the third satellite orbited by Arianespace for the operator MEASAT Global . It will offer telecommunications and direct TV broadcast services for Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

    The OPTUS 10 satellite, which will provide direct TV broadcast, Internet, telephony and data transmission services for Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic region, is the sixth satellite orbited by Arianespace for the Australian operator . Except for one satellite, Arianespace has launched the entire active OPTUS fleet.

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    Ariane 5 Lofts Measat-3b, Optus-10 Telecommunications Satellites

    From http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41846ariane-5-lofts-measat-3b-optus-10-telecommunications-satellites

    Ariane 5 shown prior to its launch of the Measat-3b and Optus-10 satellites. Credit: Arianespace

    PARIS — Europe’s Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift rocket on Sept. 11 successfully placed into orbit commercial telecommunications for Malaysian and Australian satellite operators. It was the vehicle’s 61st consecutive success.

    The Measat-3b satellite, riding in the Ariane 5’s upper berth, weighed 5,897 kilograms at launch and carries 48 Ku-band transponders to bolster Measat’s direct-broadcast television service and extend Measat’s reach to new customers.

    The satellite, built by Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space, also carries an experimental S-band transponder. Measat-3b will operate from 91.5 degrees east, where it will be co-located with the Measat-3 and Measat-3a satellites.

    Measat’s Astro television broadcast service provider, which beams 140 channels, is moving rapidly to high-definition-broadcast format, which now accounts for 15 percent of its broadcasts.

    Riding in the Ariane 5 lower position, usually reserved for satellites weighing less than 3,500 kilograms, was Australia’s Optus-10 for SingTel Optus. Optus-10 was built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. It carries 24 Ku-band transponders and will operate from 164 degrees east.

    Optus-10 was subject to multiple delays that, in turn, caused months-long delays for the satellite’s different co-passengers, forcing launch-service provider Arianespace to find replacement small satellites for upper-berth customers.

    Measat was the last of the operators to be delayed by Optus-10. Measat Chief Executive Paul Brown-Kenyon said Sept. 8 that the delay of some eight months, while a problem, did not cause any Measat customer to quit the service and sign on with a competing fleet operator.

    MEASAT-3b successfully launched

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/measat-3b-successfully-launched/

    Following earlier delays to complete technical check on another craft on the same payload, the MEASAT-3b satellite has been successfully launched.

    The satellite lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana at 6:05am MYT (7:05pm GFT).

    The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Jailani Johari described MEASAT’s successful procurement and launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite as “a great achievement” for MEASAT, for Malaysia’s ICT infrastructure, and for the Malaysian space industry. “We trust that MEASAT will continue to push the boundaries of both business and technology as they look to become the world’s leading emerging market satellite operator,“ he added.

    “MEASAT is delighted with the successful launch of our largest and most advanced satellite to date,” added YBhg. Datuk Umar bin Haji Abu, Chairman, MEASAT. “We thank the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for their active support, without which this project would not have been possible.”

    Over the next few days, the MEASAT-3b satellite will be raised from a geo-transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit at MEASAT’s key 91.5°E video neighbourhood. The satellite will then undergo testing for approximately one month, prior to being brought into commercial operations. MEASAT-3b will co-locate with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.

    New satellite promises better coverage for regional and remote phone users

    From http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2555360/new-satellite-promises-better-coverage-for-regional-and-remote-phone-users/?cs=12

    Optus say regional Australia will benefit from the launch of their latest satellite which was sent into orbit from French Guiana on Friday. 

    Optus 10 launching from French Guiana on Friday.
    Optus say regional Australia will benefit from the launch of their latest satellite which was sent into orbit from French Guiana on Friday.

    Optus spokesman Rob Parcell said Optus 10 will bring a range of vital benefits for Australia, including reliable mobile network coverage in remote areas, and greater bandwidth to support the delivery of video, data and voice services.

    “This morning we witnessed the successful launch of Optus’ newest satellite, Optus 10. This represents the next advance into space by Australians and is an exciting milestone for Optus,” he said 

    Optus 10 in orbit.

    “Our satellites reach every part of the country, delivering subscription and free-to-air television and radio services, as well as voice and internet for emergency service providers and mining and agricultural industries,” Mr Parcell said.

    Optus claim to have the largest fleet of geostationary satellites in the region, servicing Australia, New Zealand and the McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic.

    Optus 10 Fact Sheet


    Launch Mass: Total mass at lift-off 3,270 kg

      Stabilization: 3-Axis Body Stabilised


    - Stowed: 5.1m x 3.1m x 3.1m

    - Deployed: 5.1m x 8.5m x 24.7 mm

    Span in orbit: 24.7 m

    Platform: SSL (Space Systems/Loral) 1300 LL

    Solar Array power: 7535 Watts (EOL)

    Life time: Greater than 15 years 

    Orbital position: 164 Degrees East

    Coverage area: Australia and New Zealand, + 

    Australian Island Territories + McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

    Solar Arrays: 2 x 3 Panel Solar Arrays

    - Multi-Junction GaAs and Advanced High 

    Efficiency Silicon (AHES) cells


    - Bi-propellant orbit raising

    - Bi-propellant on-orbit drift/eccentricity control

    - Ion propulsion on-orbit eccentricity and inclination control and momentum unloads.


    Frequency: Ku-Band FSS/BSS

    Repeater: 24 x 36 MHz transponders

    - Independently beam and band switchable

    Dual Linear Orthogonal Polarisation

    TWTA Power: 133 Watts / TWTA (saturated output power).


    Launch Vehicle: Ariane A5 ECA

    Site: Kourou, French Guiana

    Date: 11th September 2014 (French Guiana Time)

    12th September 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)

    Minister says newly launched Measat satellite not meant for spying

    From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-says-newly-launched-measat-satellite-not-meant-for-spying

    KEMAMAN, Sept 12 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Malaysia’s latest satellite, MEASAT-3b which was successfully launched into orbit early this morning, is for broadcasting purposes and not to spy.

    He said the launch of the new satellite was to strengthen the broadcast industry, not only in this country but also in the Asian region, including Australia.

    “This is a communications satellite for broadcasting purposes, do not think it is a spy satellite,” he told reporters when met here today.

    He said the communications satellite, worth US$350 million (RM1.12 billion) would be fully operational in the near future when it was in the right location in orbit.

    Ahmad Shabery added that Malaysia was expected to reap many benefits from the launch of the satellite, especially in the broadcast and communications industry.

    Malaysia’s latest satellite MEASAT-3b was successfully launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourau, French Guiana at 7.05pm on Thursday (local time) or (6.05am Friday, Malaysian time).

    MEASAT-3b will be fully operating on Oct 15, and is expected to have a lifespan of about 15 years.

    It would extend MEASAT’s efforts in broadcast and telecommunications satellite services in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and South Asia. — Bernama

    China completes construction of advanced space launch facility

    From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_completes_construction_of_advanced_space_launch_facility_999.html

    China has finished building of its fourth and most advanced space launch center, a senior space official said.

    Yang Liwei, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency, said in Beijing on Wednesday that infrastructure construction on the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan has been completed and that the station will soon become operational.

    "The center is basically ready for spacecraft launches," he said.

    Yang also said the nation's space program is progressing in the development of the Tiangong-2 space lab, the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft, the Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft and the Long March 2F-Y11 rocket as astronauts and ground facilities begin preparing for new missions.

    After Tiangong-2 is launched around 2016, Shenzhou-11 and Tianzhou will be sent into space to dock with it, he said.

    China has three operational space launch centers in Sichuan and Shanxi provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

    According to earlier reports, more than 6,000 people would be relocated to make way for the Wenchang center. The construction of the center was approved by the State Council and the Central Military Commission in 2007, and work began in 2009.

    The biggest advantage of the Wenchang center is its low latitude - 19 degrees north of the equator - which will enable rockets to save a lot of fuel compared with launches from other centers in China, experts said.

    A satellite launched from Wenchang is expected to have a longer service life as a result of the fuel saved by the shorter trip from transit orbit to geosynchronous orbit.

    The favorable location also allows a substantial increase in payload on the rockets to allow them to carry heavier spacecraft.

    Liu Jianzhong, deputy designer of the Long March-5 rocket system, China's most powerful rocket that is under development, said the new center would be suitable for the launch of the Long March-5 because the large rocket can be transported to the center by sea.

    Other launch centers in China are in inland regions and have to transport their rockets by rail.

    "Launching from the Wenchang facility also means rocket wreckage will fall into the sea rather than onto inhabited areas," he said.

    Made-in-Vietnam nano-satellite to be launched in 2016

    From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/111758/made-in-vietnam-nano-satellite-to-be-launched-in-2016.html

    VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam plans to send a nano-satellite weighing 10kg to orbit in 2016, Associate Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam National Satellite Centre (VNSC) has revealed.

    Tuan said Vietnam plans to send a nano-satellite weighing 10kg to orbit in 2016 (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

    The NanoDragon satellite will be entirely designed and manufactured by Vietnamese experts, said Tuan.

    Last year, VNSC also successfully launched a micro satellite called Pico Dragon weighing 1kg.

    After infrastructure system of VNSC in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac area is completed, a 50kg satellite called MicroDragon will also be developed and is expected to be launched in 2018, he added.

    According to Tuan, by 2020, Vietnam will be capable of manufacturing and operating LOTUSat 2 – a commercial satellite weighing 500kg.

    Meanwhile, a project to build the Vietnam Aerospace Centre is underway with an investment of 54 billion JPY (505.76 million USD) in ODA from the Japanese Government.

    Once completed by 2017, the centre will become one of the most modern of its kind in Southeast Asia, added Tuan.

    iSat Africa lauches FTA platform in Kenya

    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/12/isat-africa-lauches-fta-platform-in-kenya/

    iSat, part of Wananchi Group, launches a subscription-free TV platform for Kenya on Eutelsat 70B satellite.

    The new free-to-air platform will deliver African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa in order to accelerate the move towards a fully digital broadcasting environment in the region.

    iSatand Eutelsat will use the high-power African service area of the EUTELSAT 70B satellite to broadcast a platform of channels to digital headends and on a DTH basis to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception. ??

    The first channels were launched by iSAT on September 1. They include Family TV and K24 that are multiplexed in a DVB-S2 platform and uplinked from iSAT’s teleport in Nairobi to Ku-band capacity on Eutelsat 70B. Homes receiving the platform on a DTH basis can pick up channels without subscription using a maximum 90cm antenna and a digital free-to-air box that can be purchased off the shelf.

    iSAT Africa has also agreed terms with Eutelsat for use of C-band capacity on the Eutelsat 3B satellite for contributing channels to the Nairobi teleport where they can be aggregated into the platform. The C-band footprint on Eutelsat 3B embraces Africa, the Middle East, Europe and South America, covering a vast catchment area of broadcasters.

    “We are delighted with our partnership with Eutelsat whereby iSAT provides complete technical platform and system integration for media houses and Eutelsat provides satellite capacity and video expertise,” commented Rakesh Kukreja, MD of iSAT Africa.

    “We envisage that media houses in Africa will see digital migration as an opportunity to expand across more territories and therefore increase viewership. This is a great opportunity for any media house to cover the East Africa community and more than 160 million Swahili-speaking people using a single uplink located in Africa. This will allow media houses to outsource technical service delivery and focus on their core business of content management. Eutelsat is a great company to work with as we received full support on both solution and technical fronts.”

    Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer of Eutelsat, added: “Eutelsat’s infrastructure has played a key role in digital transition in Europe and today, for example, enables over four million homes beyond range of terrestrial networks in France and Italy to benefit from quality free-to-view reception of a diverse range of channels. We are delighted that the reach and performance of Eutelsat 70B meets the requirements of Wananchi, a highly experienced media company, and to have this new opportunity to demonstrate the contribution of satellites for achieving the transition to digital.”

    Irdeto boosts Premier League anti-piracy efforts

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/irdeto-boosts-premier-league-anti-piracy-efforts/

    Multiscreen, media protection and revenue assurance solutions specialist Irdeto has confirmed it is working with the Barclays Premier League, the most watched football league in the world, to support the league’s continued efforts to tackle the illegal redistribution of set-top boxes capable of receiving illegal content streamed over the Internet (IPTV STBs).

    According to Irdeto, it will provide the Premier League with access to in-depth knowledge of the piracy landscape combined with global investigative and security expertise. The Premier League is already involved in extensive work to protect its intellectual property and Irdeto’s service will add another dimension to its existing provisions in this area.

    The rise of illegal redistribution of sports content on IPTV STBs is an emerging threat for the Premier League and its licensees. Through its work with Irdeto, the Premier League is proactively addressing both the cause and effect of this type of piracy by not only closing down the illegal redistribution of Premier League content, but by tackling the proliferation of devices that make it accessible.

    Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said that it was only through legitimate investment in its broadcasting rights that the League could put on a high quality football competition, and support and invest in all levels of English football and beyond.

    “Piracy threatens that model and we are confident that our partnership with Irdeto – who have a proven track record in this area – will allow us to evolve and improve the way we guard against that threat for years to come,” he added.

    “The Premier League has long been at the cutting edge of anti-piracy operations, and our new relationship will strengthen this further,” said Graham Kill, CEO Irdeto. “The aim of our work together is to ensure that legal access to the Premier League remains the best way for consumers to enjoy the finest football in the world.”

    SES, Samsung show Ultra HD with SmarDTV CI module

    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-samsung-show-ultra-hd-with-smardtv-ci-module--1036580 

    SES, SmarDTV and Samsung Electronics announced that they will be demonstrating end-to-end encrypted Ultra HD content via an SES satellite to a Samsung Ultra HD TV by using a SmarDTV CI Plus CAM module at IBC in Amsterdam. The demonstration is the first time that a full 3840x2160 pixel CAS protected Ultra HD signal in HEVC will be decrypted by a standard SmarDTV CI Plus Module and rendered on Samsung Ultra HD TV models. The Ultra HD content will be broadcast live from an SES satellite at the orbital position of 19.2 degrees East using DVB UHD Phase 1 signaling specifications.

    “First European 4K channels in 2016”

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/first-european-4k-channels-in-2016/

    Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at Luxembourg-based satellite operator, says he firmly expects some key European broadcasters to have 4K channels on air during 2016. “The catalyst will undoubtedly be the UEFA soccer and that year’s Olympics from Brazil.”

    He said he expected some important pay-TV broadcasters, such as Canal+, to start closing their Standard Definition services soon.

    Kayser also announced that SES would be showcasing the world’s first fully end-to-end 4K live encrypted transmissions on its stand (1.B51) in conjunction with Samsung and Conditional Access specialists Kudelski’s SmarDTV module (1.C81).

    He added that while there would be plenty of 4K technical trials and demonstrations meanwhile, the core ecosystem for 4K was now in place. “Everything is more or less ready. We still need set-top boxes and their key 4K chipsets to be available, but this will happen well ahead of time.”

    Kayser said that SES expected that by 2020, there would be some 200 U-HD channels on air around the world, and being viewed on about 100 million screens. “By 2025 that will grow to 1,000 U-HD channels, and more than 500 million displays in use. And congestion-free viewing of Ultra-HD is a ‘sweet spot’ for satellite.”

    Questioned as to whether SES favoured 4K or the anticipated 8K transmissions under development in Japan, Kayser admitted that 8K would be “wonderful” for the satellite business.


    Optus 10 and Measat 3b launching Friday morning , see details posted yesterday

    Live launch streaming feed will be here


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    Extreme solar storm heading to Earth

    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11322801

    An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

    It's been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

    Solar storms happen often, especially during peaks in the solar cycle, and don't directly harm people. But what makes this one more worrisome is its location on the sun along with its strength, he said.

    "There's been a giant magnetic explosion on the sun," Berger said.

    "Because it's pointed right at us, we'll at least catch some of the cloud" of highly energised and magnetised plasma that can disrupt Earth's magnetic sphere, which sometimes leads to temporary power grid problems.

    Forecasters don't yet know when Thursday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could arrive as early as Friday morning (NZT) or may take a few days.

    Berger said scientists will have a better idea after they get more satellite data. The first part of the storm, which arrives in only a few minutes, has already affected radio transmissions. It can also damage satellites.

    The flare is considered "extreme" on forecasters' scale, but just barely so, Berger said.
    On the plus side, sun flares expand the colorful northern lights so people farther south can see them.

    Optus looks to eyes in the skies

    From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/optus-looks-to-eyes-in-the-skies/story-fni0dcne-1227055860994

    Paul Sheridan sees Optus’ satellite fleet as something of a hidden gem. Source: Supplied

    FOR someone who deals with rockets and devices in orbit, Optus satellites vice-president Paul Sheridan sure has an impact on the traditional footy finals barbecue.

    Energy companies that find the gas that powers the barbecue rely on the data and communications provided by the satellite fleet he oversees — Australia’s only private satellite fleet.

    Fishing fleets and workers on vast cattle stations who provide the fare on the grill likewise rely on the fleet.

    Plenty of guests at the barbecue are likely to have come using GPS systems served by the same satellites.

    And, oh yes, if the game is showing on Foxtel, the hosts could be among the two million customers of the pay television company receiving the service via satellite.

    It’s no surprise Mr Sheridan regards Optus’ satellite fleet as something of a hidden gem.

    It certainly is a lucrative one.

    Optus doesn’t break out the value of its network. But when the company investigated a possible float of the operation last year, it was widely estimated to have a value of about $2 billion.

    Key clients include pay TV operators like Foxtel and Sky News Australia and Sky TV New Zealand, all the free-to-air networks, Southern Cross Australia and the NBN interim satellite service.

    The service takes in about $317 million in revenue a year and is one of Optus’ highest margin businesses.

    Its growth areas include the market for “personal” satellite dishes at homes in regional areas.

    A satellite above Earth.

    Mr Sherdian has jetted to French Guiana, just north of the equator in South America.

    There, he will witness the latest Optus satellite — affixed to a 50m, 750-tonne rocket — shot 37,000km into space.

    In orbit, the satellite called Optus Ten will fly along at a fair clip, 3km a second. It is expected to extend the life of the fleet by 15 to 20 years.

    Optus has 160 workers — aeronautical, electrical, mechanical and space engineers — in its satellite division, based at Belrose in Sydney, Perth’s Lockridge and Hume in the ACT.

    While four Optus satellites have been decommissioned, there are still five in orbit. This will be the sixth.

    Mr Sheridan says all that matters now is clear weather for the launch, which is scheduled for 7.21am this morning, Melbourne time.

    As a youngster, he watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon on a grainy black and white TV at the back of a classroom in his hometown on the New South Wales north coast.

    From there he was hooked on space.

    An electrical engineer, part of Mr Sheridan’s job is to ensure Optus satellites stay on course rather than drifting due to gravitational effects.

    Basically that means guiding the satellites, using affixed thrusters, to keep them within a space — a 70km cube — about 37,000km away from earth.

    Earlier in the year he even had to monitor the satellites for potential impacts from a solar flare that NASA said was seven times the width of earth.

    But the pressures on the business are not just in outer space.

    Competition from other satellite companies also threaten the bottom line.

    The major players — including Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Britain’s Inmarsat — are looking to increase their presence in Australia.

    Mr Sheridan says this is driving his business to perform better.

    Among its initiatives, it is rolling out technology such as the “sat sleeve”, a small device smartphone users can attach to their handsets to turn them into satellite phones.

    At the same time he has struck deals such as an agreement with McMurdo Sound, the US research centre, to cover 300 scientists and researchers in Antarctica.

    There are also new markets opening up every year — particularly since the onrush of data consumption in the smartphone era.

    Mr Sheridan says Australian sport is also a potential growth area.

    If a domestic sporting code launches its own digital broadcasts, it is likely to start taking satellite space as well, he says, pointing to the success of Nascar TV in the US.

    Loan Covenants Put NewSat in Chicken-and-Egg Situation

    From http://www.spacenews.com/article/financial-report/41819loan-covenants-put-newsat-in-chicken-and-egg-situation

    NewSat Chief Executive Adrian Ballintine said the company had been faced with a classic chicken-and-egg situation in which lenders demanded technical and management expertise as a condition of their loans, all the while setting loan covenants that limited NewSat’s ability to hire new talent. Credit: NewSat photo

    PARIS — Australian startup broadband satellite operator NewSat Ltd. on Sept. 10 said it is not in a “work-out” situation with its major lenders, the U.S. and French export-credit agencies, but that the company is going through an acknowledged rough period as it builds its first satellite and contends with lower revenues in its historic teleport business.

    NewSat Chief Executive Adrian Ballintine said the company had been faced with a classic chicken-and-egg situation in which lenders demanded technical and management expertise as a condition of their loans, all the while setting loan covenants that limited NewSat’s ability to hire new talent.

    NewSat’s first satellite, Jabiru-1, is under construction by Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, California, and scheduled for launch in late 2015 or early 2016.

    NewSat received some $400 million in loans and loan guarantees from the U.S. Export-Import Bank and from France’s Coface.

    These lenders informed NewSat that there was a danger of a breach of the covenants earlier this year as NewSat’s teleport business struggled with declining revenue, notably following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The agencies blocked NewSat’s access to the financing pending the company’s raising of $40 million by Nov. 30. Until then, NewSat said, it will be using its own cash reserves to keep the satellite’s construction on schedule.

    NewSat reported revenue of 31.3 million Australian dollars ($29.5 million) for the year ending June 30, down 20 percent from the previous year. The company says it has booked more than 600 million Australian dollars in prelaunch orders for Jabiru-1.

    Addressing the World Satellite Business Week conference organized by Euroconsult, Ballantine said the Ex-Im and Coface loans include “a lot of covenants, a lot of rules, and we’re going to have to tighten up our procedures” to meet the terms of the loans and guarantees.

    Foxtel Creates Premium Entertainment Channel Group

    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3659

    Foxtel today announced the appointment of Graham Burrells as Head of Premium Entertainment.

    Mr Burrells will manage the newly formed group of premium entertainment channels at Foxtel Networks – the drama channels showcase and SoHo, The Comedy Channel and the recently announced BoxSets.

    Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Graham has been a hugely valued executive at Foxtel since the early days of the company and this new role draws on the wealth of experience he has accrued across the creative, promotional, production and programming realms of the television business in Australia and internationally.

    “The new Premium Entertainment division holds some of Foxtel’s most acclaimed and coveted programming and Graham will be responsible for maximising the full potential of our exclusive HBO deal, and the deals with our other international distributors, as well as nurturing the environment for our expanding slate of Australian dramas.”

    Mr Burrells said “It’s an honour to be working on channels with the finest television drama and entertainment programming from around the world, and we have great team assembled here at Foxtel.

    “The announcement of BoxSets has generated a lot of excitement and it’s good to already be immersed in the creative and technical challenges of launching a unique new channel for our subscribers. I am also very keen to be renewing relationships with the comedy community.”

    Mr Burrells first joined Foxtel in 1995 as Creative Director. After working at BSKYB in the UK as Creative Director for Sky One, he returned to Foxtel in 2002 as Channel Manager of The Comedy Channel and FOX Classics. He went on to become Head of Entertainment, overseeing local productions including Australia’s Next Top Model and a range of comedy and factual programming. From 2008 to 2012, he worked across Foxtel’s Olympic (Vancouver 2010 and London 2012) and Commonwealth (Delhi 2010) Games coverage as Executive in Charge of Production and Creative Director. Most recently he has been Foxtel’s Creative Director of Movies and Drama.

    Other appointments in the Premium Entertainment division are:

    Sarah Frazer – Head of Programming, Premium Entertainment
    Fraser Stark – Group Operations Manager, Premium Entertainment
    Mikki Katz – Group Creative Director, Premium Entertainment

    Source: Foxtel

    RS rips regulator action

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431605/rs-rips-regulator-action

    TrueVisions awarded Asian Games rights

    RS Plc, the broadcasting rights holder for World Cup 2014, has slammed the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) over the latter's invoking the must-have rule in allowing TrueVisions, a pay TV operator, to broadcast the Asian Games. 

    "This is a double standard," said chief operations officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul.

    The must-have rule says seven major sporting events must air on free TV — the World Cup, Asian Games, Asian Paragames, SEA Games, Asean Paragames, Olympics and Paralympics.

    But the NBTC yesterday approved the broadcast of the Asian Games on the TrueVisions pay TV platform.

    "Will this violate the must-have rule?" Ms Pornpan asked.

    Currently, 24 digital channels are considered free TV.

    The Television Pool of Thailand (TV Pool) comprising Channels 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 secured the broadcasting rights for the Asian Games from Sept 19 to Oct 4.

    The regulator said TrueVisions held the pay TV rights, and viewers could still watch the games on free TV.

    Channels 5, 7 and 9 do a simulcast, so viewers can watch the games on both the terrestrial and digital systems.

    Ms Pornpan said RS opposed the must-have rule when it was issued last year, arguing it would interfere with market forces.

    But RS respectfully accepted the rule after the Supreme Administrative Court said it would benefit the public.

    Ms Pornpan said the NBTC set a precedent with the RS-World Cup case, and the must-have rule should be carried out consistently to ensure fairness.

    "The frequent occurrence of cases in violation of the rules reflects the regulator's malfunction," she said.

    RS is still awaiting a payment of 308 million baht for opening up the World Cup broadcast.

    It plans to sue the NBTC if the regulator continues to waffle on the compensation payment.

    In a related issue concerning the Asian Games, the TV Pool has decided to rent airtime from BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33 HD to solve the ongoing dispute over analogue Channel 3.

    Analogue Channel 3 is facing a black-screen crisis after the NBTC's broadcasting committee on Sept 1 resolved to end its free TV status and bar satellite and cable operators from carrying the channel within 15 days.

    Lt Gen Sobchoke Srisakorn, executive secretary of the TV Pool, said the Asian Games broadcasting rights doubled in cost due to the higher bidding rate between the TV Pool and TrueVisions.

    The non-profit group has faced 50 million baht in losses from the higher costs, causing a liquidity crunch.

    As a result, it must require participation from its members and others interested stations.

    An NBTC source said the Channel 3 proposal was difficult to accept and might violate broadcasting law.

    Although the broadcasting panel has yet to make a decision, the source said the proposal was impossible to comply with, as channels for commercial purposes must be determined using the auction method.

    "We have to speak with Channel 3 to find another possible solution," the source said.

    Digital Devices Selects MaxLinear Satellite Full-Spectrum Capture™ Receiver for “Octopus” Eight-Channel TV Streamer

    From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/09/11/digital-devices-selects-maxlinear-satellite-full-spectrum-capture™-receiver-“octopus”-eig

    MxL584 enables streaming of up to eight live satellite TV channels to different devices on a local network

    MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, announced that Digital Devices GmbH has selected the MxL584 Full-Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) satellite receiver for a new eight-tuner PCI Express (PCIe) TV card and for its newest generation of Octopus Net SAT>IP gateway.

    The Octopus NET S2-4 device supports up to four satellite LNB inputs, either from legacy LNBs or Unicable channel-stacking LNBs. The MaxLinear MxL584 single chip receiver IC is able to receive and capture the complete L-Band spectrum on each input and enables simultaneous selection of up to eight DVB-S2/SD channels. The selected channels are then converted to IP and streamed to other devices over the local area network. Smart TVs and smartphones, tablets or computers can access the TV content via a simple software application.

    “The MaxLinear single-chip satellite receiver has enabled us to significantly reduce the size and power consumption of our previous generation product,” said Dieter Rimmele, Head of Development at Digital Devices GmbH. “Because the MxL584 integrates an eight-channel front-end in a single device, we were able to reduce the cost and complexity of our Octopus Net product, while maintaining the high performance and reliability our customers have come to expect.”

    “MaxLinear continues to reduce power and cost in our customers’ products through innovation and integration,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager. “The MxL584 is a terrific example of how our Full-Spectrum Capture technology is enabling multi-room, multi-screen TV viewing at a price point that consumers can afford.”

    Technical Highlights – MxL584

    The MxL584 device supports up to four separate L-Band satellite inputs, and up to eight serial transport stream outputs. The MxL584 integrates all active front-end components, including the low-noise amplifiers (LNA). The high level of integration enables ultra-compact, low-cost system solutions with minimal external components.

    The low-power and power-control flexibility of the MxL584 device provides compliance with the requirements of Energy Star and the European Code of Conduct for Digital TV Services and Broadband Equipment, in both standby and full operating modes.

    The MxL584 is currently in mass production and available in a very low cost 10mm x 10mm QFN package. It is pin-compatible and software-compatible with the MxL544 device, which provides up to four transport stream outputs.

    About Digital Devices

    Digital Devices was founded in 2009 and has grown since to become a leading system supplier for a wide range of DVB products. The company’s broad portfolio started with the Cine S2, a PCI express DVB-S2 dual-tuner card, followed by the Cine C/T, and a modular system, our Octopus system and the Duoflex series. The Octopus system allows flexible interaction between various Duoflex tuner modules like DVB-S2, DVB-C/T/T2 and DVB-C/C2/T/T2 and the Common Interface Modules. A strong emphasis has been placed on interoperability of the entire Digital Devices product range. Digital Devices’ development and design expertise includes digital video broadcasting solutions, radio frequency technology, 3D - design, programmable logic (FPGA) and other state-of-the-art technologies. All Digital Devices products are designed and manufactured in Germany.

    About MaxLinear, Inc.

    MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maxlinear.com%2F&esheet=50940500&newsitemid=20140911005292&lan=en-US&anchor=www.maxlinear.com&index=2&md5=b3bcb3b02360dc961fcfce2b684cc3b0.


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    Intelsat General Extends Contract to Provide Satellite Capacity to Forces in Afghanistan

    From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_General_Extends_Contract_to_Provide_Satellite_Capacity_to_Forces_in_Afghanistan_999.html

    Intelsat General has confirmed that it had received a one-year contract renewal for satellite capacity from DRS Technologies, one of several previously referenced renewals that were received in the 2014 third quarter under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Acquisition (FCSA) vehicle.

    Under the contract, entering its third year, Intelsat General is supplying satellite services to DRS Technologies, a division of Finmeccanica, in support of U.S. Central Command requirements in Afghanistan. The service, which initially began in August 2012, is utilizing 180 MHz of Ku-band capacity on an Intelsat 9 series satellite over southwest Asia.

    "Even though U.S. troops are being withdrawn from Afghanistan, the Pentagon will continue to provide support to Afghan forces," said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General. "Our satellite connectivity will continue to play a key role in that support."

    "DRS and Intelsat General have teamed to support the Allied and Afghan forces with quality satellite capacity that provides connectivity for their critical communications missions," said Jim Scott, General Manager of Global Enterprise Solutions for DRS.

    SES to Provide Satellite Capacity for U.S. Army Network
    In other military space communications news, Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced it has been awarded a contract to provide satellite capacity to support the Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). SES GS was awarded the five-year contract through Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a subcontractor to small business company AIS Engineering, Inc. (AIS).

    The innovative solution designed by the AIS and SES GS team is supported entirely by SES satellites. SES satellite capacity will provide support for U.S. Army research and development activities as well for testing new applications for mobile missions.

    With more than three decades of experience serving the U.S. Government, SES GS has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army and has been supporting the WIN-T program for six years.

    TVPlayer brings 16 channels to Freeview (U.K)

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/11/tvplayer-brings-16-channels-to-freeview/

    TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream, is extending its multi-platform offering by launching a portfolio of free-to-air channels via channel 241 on UK DTT platform Freeview.

    Popular music stations Heart and Capital TV, together with Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music, home to music from the UK’s leading labels and No1 artists, form the music hub on TVPlayer.

    The DESI pack has been an instant success since it launched on TVPlayer, offering a mix of Bollywood movies, Indian comedy shows together with Hindi Music and World News, making it the first of its kind on Freeview. India’s most-loved comedy and entertainment shows are brought to Freeview by SAB TV. In addition, Colors & Rishtey, two of the top three most viewed south-Asian channels in the UK, offer compelling reality shows, top of the line dramas, along with the latest Bollywood blockbusters.

    FashionTV, the largest global fashion channel, broadcasting 24-hour news coverage of fashion to over 500+ million households, will also be covering the hottest news from London Fashion Week, starting this weekend.

    Revelation TV, the UK’s leading Christian Television Channel, producing daily live and interactive shows and award winning documentaries such as The Promise and The Waters Cleaved also joins Freeview for the first time.

    Finally, global news channel France 24 (English version) completes the launch channel line-up on TVPlayer, with many more channels setto follow.

    The full portfolio of QVC Channels, QVC Style, QVC Extra, QVC and QVC Beauty will soon join TVPlayer, presenting their customers with the opportunity to shop via the app, website and Freeview.

    To view these FTA channels, users need to connect their compatible Freeview HD TV to the Internet.

    As TVPlayer is BARB measured on Freeview, all viewing will contribute to the overall channel ratings, increasing each channel’s reach. TVPlayer has also been working closely with BARB to implement Project Dovetail, which will allow viewing behaviour to be tracked across multiple devices, which is a ground-breaking development for the broadcast industry. In addition, TVPlayer offers multi-platform advertising opportunities for brands and their media agencies that can deliver these multi-platform metrics as part of their campaigns.

    According to Adam Smith, CEO of TVPlayer, the platform offers a vehicle for popular free-to-air channels to air not only via mobile, tablets and desktop, but also now to Freeview HD homes. “Our ambition is to roll out TVPlayer across more platforms and devices,” he declared.

    TVPlayer can be watched for free at tvplayer.com, by downloading the TVPlayer app from the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and now via channel 241 on Freeview. TVPlayer’s Freeview service is powered by Simplestream and Synapse.

    Ten Sports signs mega five year deal with WWE

    From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-signs-mega-five-year-deal-with-wwe-140910

    MUMBAI: One of India’s premier sports broadcaster, Ten Sports today signed a five year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  The five year deal is slated to begin from 2015 to early 2020.
    According to sources, the matches will have now have multiple language broadcasts.  Not only that, fans will be able to watch live, the on ground events in India, which may include Grand Slam.
    Detailed announcements are expected in a few days.
    Ten Sports which is looking at major revamp early next year, also has acquired the Indian sub-continent broadcast rights for the 2018 Common Wealth Games to be held in Gold Coast Australia.
    The network has a bouquet of premium football properties from across the globe including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Del Rey, French League, A-League, Capital One Cup, German Cup, Copa Italia, Skybet Championship and Club TV programming of leading European Clubs.  


    Optus 10 / Measat3b Launch info

    Launch Press kit


    THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Tuesday September 9, 2014 and authorized count-down operations for the MEASAT-3b & OPTUS 10 launch.

    On the fourth Ariane 5 launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites : MEASAT-3b for the Malaysian-based operator MEASAT and OPTUS 10 for the Australian operator OPTUS.

    With 64% of the commercial satellite launch market in the region, Arianespace clearly sets the standard for launch services in the Asia-Pacific, working for both manufacturers and operators. Since being founded in 1980, Arianespace has launched two-thirds of the Asia-Pacific region’s commercial geostationary telecommunications satellites.

    It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana. THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF for this flight is scheduled on September 11 to 12, 2014 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

    Launch window for Ariane Flight VA218

    Universal time (GMT)

    French Guiana



    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


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    Our website www.arianespace.com has upgraded to high-speed transmission and a full-screen HD format to make it easier for you to follow the company's activities and to enjoy future launches

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    From press release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2014 - Globecast Australia has launched a new broadcast services internet delivery platform, providing Over the Top (OTT) video streaming services of broadcast channels and video on demand (VOD) via the internet.

    As part of the international Globecast Group, and with a fibre network directly connecting Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe, Globecast Australia utilises a video centric fibre network that connects the world's leading media and business hubs.

    Leveraging this extensive connectivity network, in combination with Globecast's satellite downlink capability, Globecast is able to offer customers cost-effective access to international content.

    A natural extension of Globecast Australia's core business, the platform: is customer agnostic providing options to either offer services within a combined aggregated portal or a standalone branded offering.

    will support all customer requirements with residential customers gaining access to the platform via a self-service portal and corporate customers through existing customer management systems.

    is capable of providing both live streamed and VOD services in standard definition and high definition services with a variety of bit rates, compression formats and DRM.

    caters for multiple devices, Apple iOS mobile phones and tablets, Android mobile phones and tablets, Windows PCs.

    Globecast Australia has developed an innovative DVB – S2 based hybrid IP set-top box, allowing existing DTH satellite customers to view satellite and IP services on the one device. This allows broadcasters to add additional niche channels, VOD and one time special event content, cost effectively.

    The platform is designed so that the broadcaster can transact with the consumer without Globecast Australia having to engage directly with the customer.

    By design, the platform is modular, giving Globecast Australia customers access to a range of component services starting from content contribution, encoding/compression, CDN through to full platform services.

    In making the announcement, Globecast Australia CEO Simon Farnsworth said: “Globecast Australia is committed to the innovation and deployment of emerging technologies for broadcast services. This OTT platform enables us to provide live streamed channels via the web to customers throughout the world.

    Leveraging Globecast Australia’s extensive experience in the delivery of broadcast services, we have partnered with experienced "best of breed" technology partners Brightcove and Akamai to provide the most up-to-date and proven cloud based solutions.”

    With the inaugural customer (Australian News Channel) already announced, Globecast Australia’s broadcast services platform is ready to provide OTT services to broadcasters and service providers worldwide.

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    A leaked discussion paper on options for combatting internet piracy includes requiring internet service providers to block torrent websites.

    More than 11 per cent of the worldwide illegal downloads of season four of Game of Thrones happened in Australia. Source: Supplied

    THE federal government is ploughing ahead with its plans to crack down on internet piracy — and it has everyday customers who might illegally download a season of Game of Thrones or the latest Hollywood blockbuster firmly in its sights.

    But there is considerable scepticism that any of the measures being discussed by the government will actually work to reduce piracy.

    Consumer group Choice is concerned that the costs of implementing the proposed policies — such as a scheme to punish repeat offenders and blocking file-sharing torrent websites — will be passed on to customers, without actually fixing the problem.

    Popular among pirates … Jerome Flynn and Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones. Source: Supplied

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted the Online Copyright Infringement Forum in Sydney last night, where he brought together representatives from all of the industries affected by piracy: TV, film, music and telecommunications.

    Australia is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to online piracy, with 11.6 per cent of the illegal downloads of season four of Game of Thrones happening in Australia.

    Last night’s discussion was often contentious, with representatives from Telstra and iiNet, consumer group Choice and the film industry disagreeing about what measures would be effective to tackle the problem.

    This slide, shown at last night’s Online Copyright Infringement Forum, encapsulates the price and availability issues at the core of Australia’s piracy problem. It compares the Australian price and release dates of The Lego Movie, Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear album and Games of Thrones season four to the US. Source: Supplied

    The government is considering international examples of ways to punish those who illegally download TV, movies and music.

    Graduated response schemes, or notice schemes, see customers sent escalating letters if they continue to breach the rules.

    The US model includes the ability for internet service providers (ISPs) to slow down customers’ internet connections, while the New Zealand model allows for offending customers to be sued.

    But one of the forum’s audience members, legal academic Rebecca Gilbin, says there is next to no proof that any graduated response schemes work to reduce copyright infringement.

    In an exhaustive paper for Monash University, Dr Giblin examined each scheme from around the world.

    Popular US comedy-drama Orange Is The New Black is popular on torrenting websites.

    “What I discovered was that there is very little scientifically credible evidence that graduated response is effective,” Dr Giblin told news.com.au.

    “I expected to find more evidence, more successful schemes, but what I found was a real dearth of evidence,” she said.

    Dr Giblin said any extra powers for regulators to come down on online pirates should be incumbent upon rights holders making content more accessible.

    “There should be a greater access carrot to go with the enforcement stick,” she said.

    “It’s not clear that the public would receive any benefits at all in exchange for the costs that would be imposed.”

    Alan Kirkland from consumer watchdog Choice cautioned the government from going ahead with a graduated response scheme, given the lack of evidence that it worked, because the cost of implementing the scheme would be passed on to customers.

    “The fundamental thing is, who’s going to pay? This is likely to impose a cost on consumers without actually stopping piracy,” Mr Kirkland said.

    For the record, Telstra supports a notice scheme, but rival telco iiNet is against the idea.

    The government is moving to protect the copyright of the makers of Breaking Bad, but will the measures work? Picture: Ursula Coyote Source: Supplied

    There was also disagreement about the effectiveness of compelling ISPs to block offending torrenting websites, such as the popular Pirate Bay.

    Foxtel wants to see these sites shut down, but iiNet argued that for each site you take down another pops up in its place.

    “We could end up playing whack-a-mole,” iiNet CEO David Buckingham told the forum.

    “Be aware that technology finds a way around those things and makes it very difficult to pin someone down.”


    Economist Will Page from music streaming service Spotify addressed the forum and revealed that piracy levels in Australia of film and TV through torrenting websites were four times that of music.

    On top of this, more people pirated have Game of Thrones in Australia than all music combined.

    Mr Page told news.com.au said the higher availability of legal means to buy or stream music in Australia could be the reason that the industry was faring better than TV and movies in the fight against pirates.

    But he said the biggest problem with film and TV piracy was breaking people’s bad habits.

    “The biggest challenge is inertia. People always do what they’ve always done and you’ve been stuck with this problem (in Australia) for a long time,” he said.


    Consumers have previously complained to news.com.au that the cost of subscription services such as Foxtel has caused Australians to turn to online piracy, particularly for popular shows such as Game of Thrones.

    But Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said these high-quality dramas would be a thing of the past if action wasn’t taken to curb Australia’s piracy.

    One audience member suggested that online platforms such as YouTube were offering new means to create content, but Mr Freudenstein rebuffed this comment saying, “If we’re relying on advertising-supported YouTube to support the content industry, it’s going to be very different types of TV shows and movies in the future than we have today”.

    “We’re going to have a lot more cats on skateboards and a lot less Game of Thrones,” he said, drawing a laugh from the audience.

    “If we sit and wait and don’t introduce some schemes soon, there won’t be an industry.”

    Foxtel responded to affordability complaints last week by dropping the price of its entry-level package from $49 a month to $25, which will be offered from November.


    Some audience members news.com.au spoke to on the way out of last night’s forum were not convinced by the proposals.

    Tim Smith, 23, said the panel was problematic because it was full of older people trying to figure out the best way to tackle a problem caused by younger, tech-savvy digital natives.

    “The only one thing that works is access. It works for iTunes, and it would work if we had Netflix here in Australia,” he said.

    “At the end of the day, you have to make it easy (for the customer).”

    However, Dr Giblin and Mr Page were both encouraged to see the different stakeholders come together to work on solutions to the problem.

    Arianespace to launch a sixth Indonesian satellite, Telkom-3S

    From http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/9-9-2014-WSBS-PT-Telkom.asp

    Indonesian operator PT Telkom has chosen Arianespace to launch its Telkom-3S satellite, as part of a turnkey contract with Thales Alenia Space.

    Weighing about 3,500 kg at launch, Telkom-3S will be boosted into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. The launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

    Telkom-3S will expand the operator's C-band capacity from its orbital position at 118° East, while also offering high-definition television (HDTV) and remote Ku-band GSM/Internet services.

    Built on Thales Alenia Space's new-generation Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Telkom-3S will be fitted with 24 C-band transponders, 8 extended C-band transponders and 10 Ku-band transponders. The C-band payload will cover Indonesia and southeast Asia, while the extended C-band payload encompasses both Indonesia and Malaysia, and the Ku-band payload will focus exclusively on Indonesia.

    Commenting on this selection, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "I would especially like to thank the Indonesian operator PT Telkom for entrusting us with the launch of their Telkom-3S satellite. Arianespace is very proud of once again being chosen by an Indonesian operator. This sixth contract with an Indonesian customer reflects the exceptional partnership between this leading country and Arianespace in the space industry."

    About Arianespace

    Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence.

    As of September 9, 2014, 218 Ariane launches, 35 Soyuz launches (9 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and three Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.

    Worldspace’s AsiaStar sold for Chinese broadband scheme

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/10/worldspaces-asiastar-sold-for-chinese-broadband-scheme/

    A new joint-venture, backed by New York Satellite Holdings (a subsidiary of New York Broadband 2) and CMMB Vision Holdings of Hong Kong, has bought the old Worldspace AsiaStar satellite operating at 105 deg East.  The plan is to add two satellites to AsiaStar – which has a limited life remaining – and start beaming mobile entertainment to users in China.

    The new owners say they will add two new satellites to AsiaStar’s existing L-band frequencies and have issued an RFI (‘request for information’) as a precursor to ordering two new craft. An initial order will be placed later this year and the first satellite is scheduled for launch early in 2017. The second craft will be ordered later in 2015. The satellites will be co-located at 105 deg East.

    The plan is to cover China with new broadband-by-satellite services and in particular mobile entertainment, and then to roll out the concept to India where it says it already has MOUs in place.

    New York Broadband owns and operates 12 UHF terrestrial TV stations in the US, and has been testing the CMMB transmission technology on its New York City TV stations.

    The satellites will be equipped with next generation technologies such as high-power, interactive and broadcast-unicast convergence to render unprecedented mobile multimedia and Internet services directly to all mobile users never available before. NYSH will own and operate these spacecraft, and CMMB Vision is expected to lease 100% of their capacity for the mobile multimedia services in China and other parts of Asia.

    The Company says it has entered into an MOU with a leading Chinese State-level media group to develop and operate satellite-based mobile multimedia services nationwide in China. CMMB believes it can quickly reach commercial operation given China’s huge internal mobile media and Internet service demand, vast and low-cost mobile ecosystem, and government support. A trial network in Beijing is being established currently.

    The founder and president of CMMB Vision is Charles (Chau-Chi) Wong, an American educated Hong Kong entrepreneur who will facilitate the raising of the financial resources required to develop and operate the mobile multimedia service.

    The company’s CTO is Dr. Hui Liu, the American scientist who developed the Converged Mobile Multimedia Broadcast (CMMB) standard that has been officially adopted by Chinese regulators for mobile hand-held television. (In China, the standard is called “China Mobile Multimedia Broadcast.”). Dr. Liu is also the principal developer for TD-SCDMA (China 3G), OFDMA/LTE, and the Next Generation Broadcasting-Wireless (NGB-W), which is the next generation of CMMB.

    “CMMB is the emerging global standard for next generation mobile video and broadcast services because it allows for faster and more efficient delivery of multimedia and Internet data,” said Wong. “With the capacity from these new satellites, our users will be able to enjoy unlimited mobile video viewing and data downloads anytime, anywhere at a fraction of current mobile data costs. Through the efficiencies of broadcasting, the cost of delivery of programming is between $0.01 and $0.05 per GB, compared to $10 to $15 per GB for mobile multimedia services using cellular networks. Thousands of HD movies and hundreds of thousands of songs can be downloaded to each user everyday at a fraction of current mobile data cost and without traffic [problems].”

    The CMMB standard is similar to Europe’s DVB-SH standard for digital video broadcasting from both satellites and terrestrial repeaters to handheld devices. Mobile television delivery using the CMMB standard via terrestrial networks is already widespread in China, with service in over 350 cities. The service began during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has since grown to over 50 million devices in use, manufactured by such major companies as Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, and Huawei.

    “Evolving from the CMMB standard, the Company in partnership with SARFT of China has developed the Next Generation Broadcasting – Wireless (NGB-W) standard as well as its convergence with 4G/LTE so as to unify the power of broadcasting with the interactive flexibility of unicasting. Popular and common data will be intelligently delivered to the mass market via the broadcast platform while individualised content will be delivered over the unicast platform, thereby optimising traffic delivery,” says a press statement.

    “Such hybrid technology is essential for coping with the anticipated explosive demand in the coming mobile multimedia era. And when combined with a satellite platform, the capacity of such a network will be vastly increased, allowing for exponential growth in the number of subscribers, expected to increase a thousand-fold in the next decade.”

    The Company is working with NYSH, which will deploy next generation high-power L-band satellites that will adopt the company’s CMMB/NGB-W technology for broadcast downlink and s-LTE for unicast return interactivity.

    Space Partnership International LLC of Bethesda, MD, has been engaged to assist NYSH with matters related to the project planning, procurement of satellites and launch services as well as insurance, service development and regulatory activities.

    The Company says it views China as its flagship market, where its partnerships with government and private enterprises will create the world’s first convergent satellite platform. The ecosystem of satellite-compatible devices is expected to develop quickly by leveraging the existing vast and mature CMMB-compatible supply chain.

    Diverse services are being planned, which include universal mobile entertainment and data delivery; end-to-end content delivery solutions for mobile carriers and over-the-top providers; logistics and media services for motor vehicles, ships, and planes; and public services such as remote education, safety monitoring, and emergency alerts.

    Ch 3 to appeal NBTC's order

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431418/ch-3-to-appeal-nbtc-order

    Channel 3 is likely to appeal against a 15-day time limit imposed on cable and satellite TV broadcasts of its analogue content. 

    Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said Channel 3 has informed his agency it would appeal against the order.

    "If Channel 3 petitions against the NBTC resolution to prohibit its broadcasts, it can still air analogue broadcasts on satellite and cable TV platforms until the case is settled," Mr Takorn said.

    The NBTC's broadcast committee resolved on Monday to prohibit cable and satellite TV operators from picking up Channel 3 analogue signals for broadcasting in a new bid to force the station to move its content to the digital platform.   

    TV Channel 3, which has also won a concession to operate three digital TV channels, still operates its analogue channel, the licence for which will not expire until 2020.

    Mr Takorn said TV Channel 3 claims it wants to ease the impact on consumers who will not be able to watch Channel 3 on cable and satellite TV if the ban is enforced.

    Currently, 70% of 22.9 million households nationwide watch TV via the satellite and cable TV platforms. These people will suffer under any Channel 3 blackout.

    The broadcasting committee has ruled the analogue Channel 3's free-TV status officially ended on Sept 1 and satellite and cable TV platform operators must not broadcast its content. The Sept 1 resolution was issued in line with an amended must-carry rule, which aims to encourage the country's six analogue TV channels to migrate to the digital broadcasting system. 

    Yahsat planning third satellite

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/yahsat-planning-third-satellite/

    Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat says it wants a third satellite, and wants to operate it for the Brazilian market. Its 3rd satellite will cover some 95 percent of Brazil, and Yahsat says that some 31 percent of Brazil’s population are not served by a fixed broadband infrastructure which it will help provide, and this translates into 18.7 million homes.

    Yahsat’s first satellite was launched in 2011 and has two components, one is supplying DTH capacity (YahLive) over the MENA region and as a j-v with SES. Its other mission was to provide VSAT and broadband-type capacity as well as backhaul connectivity over a much wider area including Africa and South-West Asia. Yahsat 1A is located at 52.5 deg East.

    Its second satellite Y1B was launched in April 2012 and operates from 47.5 deg East, and is an all Ka-band craft which includes a military payload for the UAE’s armed forces.

    MTV, Comedy Central To Show Up on Sony’s Internet-TV Service

    From http://recode.net/2014/09/10/mtv-comedy-central-to-show-up-on-sonys-internet-tv-service/

    Sony just got one step closer to selling live television over the Web.

    The hardware and entertainment company cut a deal with Viacom to sell 22 of its cable networks over the Internet, the first programmer to come on to Sony’s still-theoretical service. The agreement includes popular channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central, and while we don’t know how much Sony is paying Viacom for this right, it’s sure to be more than what traditional distributors like Time Warner Cable or Dish pay to carry those networks.

    Dish, by the way, already cut a similar agreement with Walt Disney Company to sell its channels, including ESPN, over the Web, which would be separate from its satellite offering. Other companies have tried and failed to bring live TV over the Internet (hello Intel), but if someone can pull it off, they’ll have the chance to sell TV subscriptions to anyone with a broadband connection. Also, there’ll be no need to send out service personnel to set up your TV.

    Both Sony and Dish will have to sign more deals with other programmers (e.g., 21st Century Fox, CBS, Time Warner Inc., NBCUniversal*) before they can start selling it to consumers. We also don’t know how much they plan on charging, but it’s likely to be in the range of $25 to $35. It’s also very likely you won’t be able to buy channels a la carte.

    Sony says most of its BRAVIA TVs will launch with Android TV in 2015

    From http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-says-bravia-tvs-will-launch-android-tv-2015/

    Sony has shared information on its developer blog on how to get started creating HTML5 and Android TV apps for its upcoming TVs and home entertainment systems. In the process, the company also spilled loose details on its upcoming lineup of Android TV products.

    Sony TVs running Android TV will start arriving in 2015 with the company waving goodbye to the Google TV platform. Google Cast is also going to be supported on select Bravia models. The company’s Blu-Ray and Home Theater system products will support HTML5 apps, too.

    Nevertheless, Sony encourages developers to continue supporting previous Google TV-enabled products. We know that this is unlikely to happen as everyone is eyeing the upcoming release of Android TV

    SMPTE backs “dazzling” HDR spec

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/smpte-backs-dazzling-hdr-spec/

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) on September 10 is to release a technical standard covering High Dynamic Range (HDR) images that will – in essence – match the Dolby Vision proposals from Dolby Labs.

    The concept could allow viewers to see what has been described as “dazzling” in its treatment of whiter whites and permitting much more variation in representing blacks/grays and items in shadow.

    One commentator, The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina, says early demonstrations have shown that the difference is a “more noticeable upgrade compared to moving from HDTV to Ultra-HD”.

    The September 10 meeting at IBC will see SMPTE publish its ‘transfer function’ document which outlines a roadmap for the technology, starting at the camera’s lens and on to colour grading and post-production and eventual delivery to broadcasters and the home.

    Dolby, and Philips of the Netherlands (which is working with the BBC), each have their individual proposals as does Technicolor, and covering next-generation image capture and designed to exploit the much higher dynamic range possible with digital image capture from the latest high-end camera systems.

    Going FTA suits most broadcasters and advertisers

    From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/going-fta-suits-most-broadcasters-and-advertisers-140908

    MUMBAI: With increasing number of channels in the country, much of the interior towns have found solace in having free-to-air (FTA) channels. Doordarshan’s own Direct to Home (DTH) service Freedish has found 12 million active subscribers in the interior parts of the country with its list of FTA channels.
    Discussing the FTA market were MCCS India CEO Ashok Venkatramani, TAM Media Research LV Krishnan, Zee Entertainment Enterprises chief content and creative officer Bharat Ranga, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL) CEO Tarun Katial and RK Swamy Media group senior VP K Satyanarayana. The session was moderated by Chrome Data Analytics and Media Pankaj Krishna.
    Krishna started off by asking Satyanarayana if advertisers are monetising the platform to which he said that Freedish has very few satellite channels and it is not necessary to look at FTA channels particularly for media planning. However, he stated that research shows that Freedish is able to add 10 per cent incremental reach so it has more monetisation scope.
    Venkatramani heads three channels under the ABP brand name which hasn’t yet gone pay and in fact isn’t available on Freedish either. He said, “We haven’t gone pay because the ecosystem doesn’t allow us to do so. The price at which we sell channels to MSOs is not in our hands. Freedish is too expensive and cost per household is Rs 30.” FTA channels depend heavily on advertising revenue and according to Venkatramani, this is not sustainable and he doesn’t see any incremental reach happening in the news genre.
    Krishna questioned LV Krishnan on how TAM ensured fair representation from houses which were either metre dark or power dark. To which Krishnan said that the important metric is to see who the consumer is. “Is this consumer accepting FTA channels because he is economically unable to graduate to pay? What is the value of this customer for targeting advertising? And is it financially viable to create content especially for this industry?” he questioned. The positive points of this market, according to him, is that this audience doesn’t have any distraction and so time available for entertainment is higher than urban audiences. But the issue they face is frequent power cuts.
    Katial said that in its studies, RBNL has found that the northern market is less penetrated as compared to south or east but it needs a unique distribution for which Freedish fits perfectly. “Many advertisers will pay the delta for it whether it is FMCG or Telecom. Metros are fragmented while these markets have low penetration,” he said.
    Zee Anmol is Zee’s FTA channel that shows handpicked content from its channels. Ranga pointed out that a lot of marketwise and platform-wise research is done before deciding which content from its flagship channel Zee TV will work for this audience rather than just replicating the entire set of shows. He also feels that in future there will be three modes- FTA, pay and premium and soon Freedish will also offer pay channels. “Distribution will be far more competitive in the next 10 years. Currently, there isn’t much difference between FTA and Rs 200 for all channels. In future the gap will be large,” he said adding that he expects average revenue per user (ARPU) to rise up to Rs 1500 to Rs 2000.
    While geotargetted advertising is on the rise, Katial feels that is it more suitable for large MSOs and Freedish can’t do it. But the real winning situation will be when the ad cap regulation is resolved. “Today a radio station in Mumbai takes more ad rate than a national news channel,” he informed.
    Ranga said that when a new channel enters the market it can start off as FTA and then convert to pay, which is what Zee does. Krishnan highlighted that the audience doesn’t care about platform but about content. This was emphasised by Satyanarayana as well that the advertisers look at the audience and not the platform. FTA is not actually FTA, because the customer is paying money for the carrier’s bandwidth. In the future, advertising will be aligned either to content, such as in-branding or to the carrier.
    Katial shared the data that across Europe, there is the phenomenon of cord cutting at the rate of 5-10 per cent every month and every year and then going FTA.
    Krishnan shared data that according to their research, while five years ago 4.5 to 5 members of a home were watching at the same time, this has dropped to 3.8 today. However, the repeat gets about 1.5 members. “Broadcasters have started segmenting by ensuring repeats to cater to various age groups,” he informed.
    So while the FTA market has begun in India, it remains to be seen where it will finally head


    Sky News and Globecast teamup to offer new "Australia Channel" TV service, see news section

    From my Email

    Email from Australia Network

    Dear Partner,

    It is with much regret that, after many years of broadcasting into the region, I must inform you of the termination of the Australia Network TV service.

    As you may be aware, the ABC has been forced to terminate the service following the Australian Government’s withdrawal of its funding. The ABC has developed a new service to fulfil its obligations to broadcast internationally however, at this point in time, this does not include a widely available television channel.

    We will be terminating the Australia Network service at 12.00 midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday, the 28th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    From Monday 29 September, we will provide a 6-hour block of television content from Australia Plus Television which will be available between 3pm to 9pm AEST (5 pm to 11 pm Fiji time). From Sunday 5 October following daylight saving, this will change to 4pm – 10pm AEDST (6 pm to 12.00 pm Fiji time).

    Technical specifications for the satellite delivery of this 6-hour block will be provided shortly.

    From Saldav1

    Asiasat 5 Feeds

    3667 H SR 7200 $FIBA 2014 PRESS C FIBA Press Conference, (actually FTA.)
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 MLS Soccer - Portland Timbers vs San Jose, (FTA.)

    From the Dish

    Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Zee Premier" has left .

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "CTV, Animax Taiwan, Cartoon Network Taiwan, TTV, ETTV Variety, CTV Variety, PTS, PTS 2 and Channel V China" have started on , encrypted.

    SES 7 108.2°E 2505 V "Sony Gem" has started on, Videoguard.

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "Trace Urban" is Fta.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H "TVE Internacional Asia" has left .

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3731 H 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia are encrypted again.

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11531 V "Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino and Avto 24" have started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 V "Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino, Avto 24, Russkij Extreme, TV 3, Sony Sci-Fi Russia, SET Eastern Europe, Sony Turbo and RT English" have left
    ABS 2 75.0°E The Raduga TV mux has moved from 12521 V to 11559 V.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "God TV Africa" has left .
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 H "Zoe TV" has left .
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Untouchable TV" has started on , Fta. Sikh Channel has left again.

    From asiatvro site

    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Alankar TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3841 H 6920参数免费接收。[09-09]
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    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、莲花卫视(测试)等全组频道解密,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Sports替换Matrix TV(测试)频道,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,eL Musik、Gizmo(印尼)等4个频道解密,设置3980 V 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News、国家地理野生替换France 24(斐济)等频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[09-09]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Modernine TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3703 V 3333参数有条件接收。 [9月9日]
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    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[09-08]
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    NASA TV HD (720P)

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    These are not as good due to the low framerate (capped at 15 FPS)






    New Sky channel set to replace ABC’s Australia Network

    From the Australian

    SKY NEWS is launching an international television news service in November to replace the ABC’s Australia Network, which was axed in the federal budget.

    While the Australia Network cost taxpayers $223 million over 10 years, Sky News’s Australia Channel, a subscription service via the internet, will broadcast to 180 countries, including China and the Middle East, at no cost to the taxpayer.

    Australians travelling overseas will become accustomed to seeing the news channel because it will also be the news service available in Qantas lounges internationally.

    Sky News chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos said Australia Channel would be available globally and would broadcast Australian content, produced by the local Sky News operation.

    “This to us is a similar commitment to the one we have with APAC, Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, and it shows good outcomes in the national interest don’t necessarily have to be delivered by a government-funded broadcaster,’’ Mr Frangopoulos said.

    “It will leverage the breadth of our content across all our channels. We’re also in the process of making a small number of appointments directly involved with the Australia Channel itself,” he said. Australia Channel is a collaboration between Australian News Channel and broadcast provider Globecast Australia, owned by its chair, Peter Cosgrove, the Curran family and France Telecom.

    While it it is an Over-the-Top service, distributed via the internet, Mr Frangopoulos said it was not only for the laptop or tablet.

    “It is designed for distribution via connected televisions and set- top boxes,’’ he said.“We’re not locked into any thinking about how the service will evolve. That will be up to our international viewers, be they expatriates or people in the business world.

    “We believe it will have an ­important role to play in supporting Australian business and trade internationally,” he said.Globecast will announce shortly the ways viewers will be able to watch the news service, but Mr Frangopoulos said: “It will be able to be viewed on television as well as other devices.”

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare were both briefed over the weekend on the new Australia Channel. Sky had submitted a tender for the Australia Network service under the Gillard government. But despite the fact Sky was ­favoured by two ­expert recommendations, the ABC was controversially awarded the contract by then communications minister Stephen Conroy.

    The news of Sky’s new Australia Channel comes at a sensitive time, with 70 ABC staff losing their jobs as a result of the ABC’s ­Australia Network being dis­mantled.

    ABC managing director Mark Scott said last month he shared the disappointment and frustration of the on-air and off-air staff who were losing their jobs after the funding cut. “It is a sad time across the corporation as we say farewell to many colleagues who have ­already gone or who will be ­leaving us in coming days and weeks as a result of the loss of Australia Network funding,’’ Mr

    Scott said in an email to ABC staff. Australia Network will cease broadcasting later this month.

    Under the subscription model, Sky News and Globecast will deliver international news without the financial burden falling to the taxpayer.Australia Channel will include coverage of Australian business, politics, sports and news.Globecast Australia chief executive Simon Farnsworth said the long-term strategic partnership with Australian News Channel provided an opportunity to deliver a range of services to corporate customers and other consumers around the world using alternative technologies.

    “The launch of Australia Channel delivers a core component of Globecast Australia’s strategy to deliver television channels and broadcast content via the internet,’’ he said. Mr Farnsworth said Globecast would also partner with experienced technology companies, BrightCove and Akamai, to provide the most up-to-date and proven cloud-based solutions. Sky News digital director Kylie Merritt said Australia Channel “had a “broad remit to provide a comprehensive service allowing subscribers to choose the content they want and the format they want to watch it in”.

    Foxtel v Choice: it’s war over the cost to subscribe to Pay TV

    From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/09/foxtel-v-choice-its-war-over-the-cost-to-subscribe-to-pay-tv.html

    Foxtel has hit back at remarks by Choice magazine after it compared pricing for content and used Orange is the New Black and The Walking Dead as examples.

    “Australians wanting to watch the upcoming season of Walking Dead will be paying up to 376 per cent more than people watching the same show in the United Kingdom,” said Choice Chief Executive Alan Kirkland.

    “Season 2 of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black currently costs Australians a minimum of $27.26 through Google Play, 219 per cent more than what US Netflix customers pay. Consumers will pay up to 431 per cent more to access the show through Foxtel.”

    It follows on from recent Choice articles about legal ways down access content internationally, such as via a VPN.

    “The internet has made affordable content possible but Australian providers are not delivering,” he said.

    Choice also cited new Steven Soderbergh drama The Knick from Cinemaxx has having no Australian airdate as yet.

    Slow-tracking or Express? Foxtel explains Programming strategy.

    The article has led to wider reporting, including in Fairfax, that suggests Australians Pay up to 431% more for TV shows online.

    But Foxtel has hit back at “disingenuous and hypocritical” claims, given that its subscription model is based on channel packages rather than single titles, while pointedly noting that Choice also publishes content via a subscription model.

    “Choice have made invalid comparisons between completely different products to justify their claims,” said Bruce Meagher Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Foxtel.

    “To compare Foxtel’s service with that of Netflix in the US is nonsensical. Netflix is essentially a library service which, due to its success, has been able to commission a few high quality and popular dramas. So while it is true that consumers can get access to Orange is the New Black and House of Cards as part of their Netflix subscription that’s basically where the new content offering ends.

    “To acquire other new dramas US consumers have to sign up to different service providers, and given that drama lovers don’t just watch one show, this is what they inevitably do.

    “As part of a Foxtel service consumers can get access to virtually every major new US drama produced, usually within hours of its American broadcast. They also get a huge range of UK dramas, Australian dramas especially commissioned by Foxtel, plus a host of other general entertainment, sport, documentary, news and kids programming.

    “To acquire a similar cable or satellite subscription service in the US, consumers would pay a similar price and depending on the bundle structure offered by particular suppliers sometimes more,” he said.

    The claims also come on the day that Foxtel is launching an acclaimed local drama, Devil’s Playground.

    “If free to air or subscription broadcasters were not able to aggregate the best international content to attract eyeballs for advertisers or subscription revenues we would not have the resources to invest in Australian content and the TV production sector would largely collapse,” he said.

    Likening the magazine’s own bundle model through its magazine and online, he added, “Many Choice reports can only be viewed by subscribers and many others are available at a one off charge equal to almost three months’ subscription, if you ask for one over the phone, the kindly Choice staff member will advise you that you’d be better off buying a subscription!”

    In the recent TV Tonight Audience Inventory of some 1000 readers, 43% of readers indicated they were current Foxtel subscribers. The biggest issue concerning subscribers was the need for more flexible packages, both amongst current subscribers and potential new customers. 9% of readers indicated they were open to the idea of subscribing, subject to packages, and preferring a full installation over the boutique Foxtel Play.

    Last week Foxtel announced a new $25 package, although it doesn’t include any of the titles mentioned here.

    (Craig's comment, Both Season 1 and Season 2 of Orange is the new Black are available for FREE during September on TVNZ on demand which is also a FREE service. Try the HOLA browser plugin or a smart DNS or VPN to access it www.tvnz.co.nz/Ondemand )

    Foxtel is right to stand up to the insane hatred of content pirates and the blogging classes

    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/foxtel-right-stand-insane-hatred-contents-pirates-blogging-classes/

    This morning on ABC News Breakfast, a nationwide TV program broadcast on ABC News 24 (Foxtel Channel 202), Choice CEO Alan Kirkland leveled a number of damaging accusations against subscription television provider Foxtel. Among these allegations were accusations of monopoly-inspired price fixing, protection from competition via regulation and anti-competitive practices.

    Kirkland compared Foxtel pricing to Netflix pricing, despite the latter not being available directly in Australia, and he defended the practice of accessing the US-based Netflix via a virtual private network, which essentially tricks the all-you-can-eat content streamer into allowing an Australian to access the service. Various sources claim 200,000 Australians are currently access Netflix this way.

    Kirkland’s accusations were spurious at best and, most pernicious of all, were laced with a smug invective. Choice is a consumer advocacy publication so it has a remit to weed out dodgy practices, like mislabeled refrigerators and the extended warranty scam, but it has no right to question the pricing structure of a legitimate business such as Foxtel and to demand some sort of communist approach to content distribution.

    Organisations like Choice have fueled the insane hatred of Foxtel espoused by the technology blogs, forums and online commenters, which have chosen to point the pitchfork at Foxtel as a scapegoat so they can self-justify their illegal content piracy and geoblocking circumvention (which is of nebulous legality but appears to be fair enough).

    “Foxtel is too expensive, so I should be allowed to pirate Game of Thrones.”

    “Netflix isn’t available in Australia so I should be able to pirate House of Cards.”

    “Foxtel goes and buys up all the content and then refuses to sell it piecemeal so I should be able to pirate The Walking Dead.”

    “Foxtel packages up its Showcase premium channel with channels showing movies in French and Polish so I should be able to pirate Orange is the New Black.”

    This is the crazy logorrhea of the pirating class. A collection of elitist, tech-savvy youngsters who believe they should have all the content they want, all the time, at a price they will choose. The inescapable truth is that all these ‘reasons’ for piracy are just excuses thrown into the wind to self-justify their nefarious activities. Unfortunately for Foxtel, these seeds have been pollinated and developed and are now multiplying across the populist news sites and social media.

    Foxtel is the only broadcaster that shows any interest in securing the rights to these shows, which are phenomenally expensive to produce and require a packaged, pay as-you-go business model in order to fund them all collectively. Those with long memories will recall the abysmal contempt the free-to-air networks showed for the viewing public back in the days of Channel Nine broadcasting The Sopranos, Channel Ten showing Dexter and Channel Seven holding the rights to Six Feet Under.

    Episodes start-times vacillated from week-to-week, they were littered with commercial breaks despite being intentionally produced for seamless consumption, you were constantly at the capricious whim of of the network and one year, Channel Nine promoted the beginning of The Sopranos‘ third season only to welsh at the last and show a replay of the second season in its stead.

    It was an atrocious milieu and Foxtel saved us consumers of premium content from this quagmire. And its reward for this has been the constant derision of self-appointed bastions of broadcasting socialists, always demanding more, more and more for less, less and less.

    Foxtel respects content by showing it in high definition, often within hours of its local broadcasting, commercial-free and with on-demand access via its brilliant Foxtel Go desktop, smartphone and tablet app. It charges a fair fee for this product in order to fund broadcasting deals, innovation and profitability. If you don’t want to pay for Foxtel or wait for the Blu-ray box set or for sale through iTunes then, please, go ahead and pirate it — I actually don’t care about piracy one bit — just don’t try to fool us into thinking you are doing that for any reason other than you are too cheap to pay for the content you want.

    There is nothing worse than self-justification because it proves you are trying to deceive yourself

    Australia ‘Follow-the-Money’ anti-piracy

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/69317/

    The Australian telecommunications industry has sought formal regulatory approval to launch a ‘Follow-the-Money’ strategy that will act to reduce the economic incentive to promote or facilitate online copyright infringement in Australia.

    Trade body the Communications Alliance has lodged an application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for an authorisation that would enable telco service providers to agree collectively not to advertise their products and services on web-sites that promote or facilitate online copyright infringement.

    Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the move was a practical example of Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) willingness to help rights holders tackle the infringement problem. “We have real concerns about some of the proposals being put forward by Government at present, but a follow-the-money approach is a concrete strategy that will reduce the volume of advertising funds to web-sites that promote or facilitate infringement and thereby reduce their viability. We are hopeful that a very broad coalition of companies – not just in the telecommunications sector, but right across the economy – will join the strategy and make real inroads against infringement,” he stated.

    A trial of the follow-the-money strategy being pursued in the UK generated an immediate reduction of 12 per cent in the advertising revenue flowing to a list of infringing websites being managed by the City of London Police.

    The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has been working with brands, media agencies and ad networks to seek to ensure that advertising revenue is not directed to the websites. In July 2014, PIPCU announced it had begun replacing legitimate brand advertisements on the targeted websites with official police force pop-up banners that inform visitors that the site is under investigation for copyright infringement. Communications Alliance first raised the prospect of an Australian-industry-led follow-the-money strategy in its submission last month in response to the Government’s discussion paper on online copyright infringement.

    At least one ISP member of Communications Alliance already has policies in place which prevent any of its advertising spend being directed to sites that promote or facilitate improper file sharing.

    According to the Communications Aliance, there is a risk, however, that a united stance by ISPs would contravene Division 1 of Part IV and/or Section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act, 2010 (CCA), which prohibits contracts, arrangements or understandings which have the purpose, effect or likely effect of lessening competition or contain exclusionary provisions.

    “The authorisation we are seeking from the ACCC, if granted, would enable ISPs and others to join the strategy without fear of breaking competition laws,” explained Stanton. He said Communications Alliance had approached a number of other Australian industry representative bodies seeking their support for the strategy. “Already the Australian Industry Group (AIG) has expressed in-principle support for the initiative and I hope that even broader support will soon be in evidence. We certainly also believe that rights holders should step up and work with service providers on this important initiative.”

    In the meantime, Communications Alliance has commenced preliminary discussions with the Federal Government about how to create and maintain an Australian list of infringing web-sites. Industry believes that the list needs to be managed independently of service providers and rights holders.

    The Government has proposed a range of measures to combat online copyright infringement. In its submission to the Government, Communications Alliance strongly opposed the Government’s proposal to extend authorisation liability in the Copyright Act – because industry believes this would create damaging unintended consequences for consumers and businesses.

    That view has been echoed by a large number of service providers and technology companies from Europe and the United States, which have intervened because of concerns over the potential international repercussions of the Australian Government proposals.

    The Communications Alliance did support a proposed amendment to extend the safe harbour provisions of the Copyright Act and recommended that the Government closely consider a follow-the-money strategy.

    ISPs have expressed their willingness to engage in good faith discussions with rights holders on other potential industry-agreed steps to combat infringement. A range of issues – including who pays for other agreed measures, needs to be addressed.

    ISPs also strongly believe that any package of measures must include continued efforts by rights holders to make lawful content accessible to Australian consumers in a timely and affordable way.

    Thaicom rejig to free up satellite slots

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431213/thaicom-rejig-to-free-up-satellite-capacity

    Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is rearranging transponder traffic in the congested Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites in a bid to handle overwhelming demand. 

     Thaicom is preparing to serve up to 60 digital television channels. (Bangkok Post photo)

    The reshuffle is expected to fulfil demand from the waiting list for the newly launched Thaicom 7 satellite, said vice-president for corporate affairs Ekachai Phakdurong.

    "After the rearrangement, we expect to have three more transponders serving 60 digital TV channels for broadcasting firms," he said.

    Mr Ekachai said Thaicom 7 was the company's first satellite to be fully reserved before launch, thanks to booming demand for digital TV and high-definition (HD) video broadcasting.

    Demand for bandwidth-intensive HD video has increased the need for satellite capacity, forcing operators to expand or maximise the use of in-orbit fleets to provide services.

    The local company on Sunday successfully launched its Thaicom 7 satellite to the orbital slot 120 degrees east, covering Asia and Australia.

    The US$170-million satellite was designed to serve the content delivery market.

    "This shows that Asia-Pacific and Thailand are bracing for a shortage of capacity on satellite transponders used for digital TV, as broadcasters are rapidly expanding digital channels," Mr Ekachai said.

    Thaicom chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun said the launch of Thaicom 7 provides additional capacity to serve Thailand's fast-growing broadcasting industry while opening up new markets overseas.

    The company expects to realise some revenue from Thaicom 7 in the third-quarter operating results.

    Thaicom has three older satellites in service.

    Thaicom 4 (aka IPSTAR) is at 54% bandwidth usage, while Thaicom 5 and 6 serving Thailand are at full capacity.

    Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 operate under Information and Communication Technology Ministry concessions that are due to expire over the next seven years.

    The company is required to hand over 20.5% of revenue to the ministry.

    Thaicom 7 is under a licensing regime of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

    To deal with the overwhelming demand, Mr Ekachai said Thaicom is accelerating plans to launch an eighth satellite by early 2016.

    The 24-transponder satellite will cost about $170 million and sit in the orbital slot at 78.5 degrees.

    Thaicom expects consolidated revenue to grow by 18% this year, boosted by the local broadcasting sector and an effective cost-cutting programme.

    "We are likely to record a profit for a third consecutive year after racking up losses the previous seven years," Mrs Suphajee said, attributing the turnaround to a cross-partnership marketing strategy.

    Operators want old channel numbers

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/431355/operators-want-old-channel-numbers

    Satellite and cable TV operators on Tuesday protested the national telecom regulator’s decision to rearrange channel numbers, saying the move was unfair to them and demanded the previous channel arrangement be restored. 

    The group, led by Manob Tokarnka, president of Satellite TV Network, submitted a letter to Sombat Leelapata, acting deputy secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. 

    The NBTC resolved on Aug 25 to issue a new regulation related to channel numbering, requiring that the 1st-36th channels must be reserved for the 36 digital TV channels on every platform including terrestrial, satellite and cable TV. Each platform operator can arrange the numbering themselves for the following 37th-60th channels. 

    Under the previous regulation, platform operators could only number their first 10 channels themselves and the 11st-46th channels were reserved for the 36 digital TV channels. The change was intended to clear confusion over channel arrangements, which differ under each platform, according to Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee.

    However, Mr Manob said satellite and cable TV operators viewed the new channel arrangements as unfair to them because they had invested in establishing channel systems and advertising them to the public. Their customers had been able to remember the channel numbers they wanted to watch and the change would only confuse viewers.     

    “The NBTC should sympathise with the operators because channel arrangements come with administrative costs. The expenses of each operator varies due to different installation systems,” he said. 

    Somporn Teerarochanapong, chief executive of PSI Holdings, the country's largest satellite TV provider, said he and other operators wanted to voice their opposition for the time being but may have to finally take the matter to court if the NBTC insists on enforcing the new channel numbering rule.  

    Arianespace to launch JCSAT-15 for SKY Perfect JSAT satellite

    From http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=43866

    On September 8, Mr. Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and Mr. Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, announced in Paris the launch contract for the communication satellite JCSAT-15.

    JCSAT-15 will be launched by Ariane 5 in 2016 from the Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

    For the quarter century since the launch of JCSAT-1 in 1989, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, one of the world’s leading operators, and Arianespace have developed a strong relationship of mutual trust. This new satellite will be the 29th Japanese satellite launched by Arianespace.

    Built by Space Systems/Loral based on the SSL1300 platform, JCSAT-15 is designed for a minimum operational lifetime of 15 years. Weighing about 3,400kg at launch, main coverage of JCSAT-15 will include Japan, Oceania and the Indian Ocean.

    Mr. Shinji Takada said, "We at SKY Perfect JSAT signed with Arianespace a contract to launch our JCSAT-15 satellite in 2016. JCSAT-15 will be used to broadcast our main service, the SKY PerfecTV!, multichannel pay TV service, from the 110 East geostationary position. We are grateful that we could contract with our good partner Arianespace and thus ensure the stable continuity of our broadcasting service."

    Stéphane Israël said, “We are very proud and honored once again to provide the largest operator in Asia-Pacific region with our service. I would like to thank SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation for continuing to express its trust in us for almost 25 years. This contract is significant mark of confidence in Arianespace, and also clear recognition of the quality and competitiveness of our launch services.”

    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 16 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 3.5 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 http://www.sptvjsat.com/ and http://www.jsat.net/.

    About Arianespace

    Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence.

    As of September 8, 2014, 218 Ariane launches, 35 Soyuz launches (9 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and three Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.

    Arianespace: 4 new launch contracts

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/arianespace-4-new-launch-contracts/

    Arianespace told the Euroconsult Satellite Business Week in Paris it had won four new contracts to be launched on its Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Arianespace also has another two potential contracts in the pipeline.

    These four take the total contracts won this year to 11.

    The new contracts cover launch orders from:

    • Intelsat (Intelsat 36)
    • Sky Perfect JSAT (JCSat-15)
    • Korea Telekom (KoreaSat-7)
    • Avanti Communications (Hylas-4)

    In a statement, Arianespace said: “All of these launch contracts are for smaller geostationary satellites (from 3,300 to 3,500 kg at launch), which will be placed in the lower position for Ariane 5 dual launches into geostationary orbit, enabling Arianespace to balance its launch manifest with the heavier satellites already in the order book, which are placed in the upper position for these launches. Arianespace has already announced the launch contracts for Brisat with BRI, and with Eutelsat for the Eutelsat 172B, an “all-electric” satellite. Since the beginning of the year, including government orders, Arianespace has signed a total of 11 launch contracts. If the two contract negotiations now under way are successfully completed, Arianespace will have signed 13 contracts since the beginning of the year.”

    This latest quartet of orders takes the Ariane contracted backlog to more than €4.5 billion, and represents 60 percent of the commercial launch market.

    BBC picks Globecast for Global Playout

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/bbc-picks-globecast-for-global-playout/

    BBC Worldwide is to use Globecast to handle and manage playout for up to 30 of its international channels globally. The agreement covers disaster recovery and redundancy for playout.

    The “long-term partnership” agreement sees Globecast being the primary technical partner for these services, handling channels that were previously supported by multiple service providers across multiple regions. “Moving the whole operation to a single service provider means a more cost-effective, flexible and efficient playout and distribution workflow than would have been possible with the current multitude of separate providers,” says Globecast.

    BBC Worldwide will use Globecast’s ‘Media Factory’, which is described as “a unified, converged workflow to prepare and playout content. It provides a dedicated web portal enabling more efficient and secure orchestration of content preparation by the broadcaster, Globecast and selected partners.

    The web portal will allow BBC-WW to track the progress of content through the workflow, providing a live service health dashboard for playout and global channel distribution.”

    Commenting on the agreement, Andy Steele, Head of Operations, Global Markets, BBC Worldwide said, “BBC Worldwide are very much looking forward to expanding our partnership with Globecast, who have played a vital role in supporting our playout and distribution requirements for our Global Markets’ channels. Globecast’s ability to propose solutions with build-in flexibility, whilst adapting to our strategy and business plans was a key factor in to our decision to expand our relationship with them.”

    RRsat becomes RR Media

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/rrsat-becomes-rr-media/

    RRsat a leading provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, announced a company-wide rebrand to RR Media to reflect a significant expansion in its global service offering. This includes: an advanced, scalable media services platform turning ever richer content into ever richer experiences; enhanced media centres including hubs in the New York metro area, London and the Middle East to facilitate local service and support; and an extended smart global distribution network, covering 95% of the world’s population with the ability to optimise content delivery across multiple screens and multiple devices.

    RR Media will be showcasing its innovative media services platform for the first time at IBC2014, offering a complete range of solutions for effective content preparation, management and distribution, converging broadcast and online video into one seamless workflow.

    RR Media’s CEO, Avi Cohen, sees this as a milestone event and the culmination of years of progress for the company: “We have been making great progress over the past few years, with acquisitions and state-of-the-art service enhancements, giving us a true global ecosystem of digital media services. This has enabled us to grow our customer portfolio by offering a full solution in many different regions and vertical sectors.”

    “We’ve focused on our customers’ needs, enabling them to plug into our global services locally in order to transform original content into globally-valuable media and entertainment products,” continued Cohen. “For example, our teams can manage and implement all technical, operational and workflow aspects of content preparation, management and increased distribution capabilities, leaving customers free to focus on the creation of exciting new content and viewer offerings.”

    Broadcasters and content owners can now optimise and monetise their content further by reaching more audiences, on more devices, with a richer viewing experience.

    “The RR Media management team, which brings a wealth of experience in the field of content distribution and management, operation, customer experience and live sport, is already driving this change around the world,” added Cohen. “We’re on a mission, rethinking and reinventing media and entertainment experiences.”

    Survey: 4K mainstream within 10 years

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/intelsat-4k-mainstream-within-10-years/

    Findings from a global survey of media executives conducted by satellite services provider Intelsat has revealed that 4K Ultra High Definition Television (4K UHDTV) is headed for broad adoption, Intelsat notes that since it was first announced has been met with both excitement and scepticism within and outside of the media industry, but the signs are that 4K UHDTV will be mainstream within 10 years.

    In fact, 42 per cent of Intelsat’s survey respondents stated that they have made a firm decision to launch a 4K UHDTV service and have a specific timeframe for its roll out (23 per cent within the next four years). The main driver cited by media companies was the ability to provide the competitive differentiation necessary to attract new subscribers to their linear broadcast and cable television channels.
    Intelsat surveyed technical and non-technical (primarily marketing) media executives from its global customer base, which is comprised of many of the world’s largest media companies that conduct business on a regional and global basis. The nearly 80 respondents represent a statistically significant sample of the pool of potential respondents.

    While the majority of respondents believe that 4K UHDTV adoption is inevitable—in stark contrast to initial views of the 3DTV trend from several years ago—there is disparity in terms of what segments and business models are regarded as likely to adopt 4K UHDTV first, with non-technical executives having significantly different views from technical executives. Digital cinema (38 per cent), over the top (OTT) and direct-to home (DTH) are the most widely mentioned segments for 4K UHDTV to gain momentum and those views differ sharply between technical and non-technical participants. In addition, 60 per cent point to video on demand as the business model expected to first gain momentum, almost double the 34 per cent stating that linear channels will be the first to do so.“While it is becoming more evident that the transition to 4K UHDTV is highly likely, the road to adoption will take many paths, given the business model evolution resulting from the multi-screen viewing environment,” stated Peter Ostapiuk, Vice President, Media Product Management, Intelsat. “As with high definition television, socio-economics, demographics and technology infrastructure will determine the adoption timeline. This time, however, media companies are more focused on building the right business model that will enable them to deliver high quality and reliable content delivery across multiple platforms and, at the same time, achieve a strong return on their investment.”

    Media professionals surveyed believe that the pace of 4K UHDTV adoption will vary by region. For example, 47 per cent believe 4K UHDTV will first take hold in Asia Pacific; 34 per cent expect North America to be the early adopter and only 16 per cent believed Western Europe would be the first to roll out the new technology.

    While Media Professionals are Optimistic about 4K UHDTV, Critical Factors Necessary for Accelerated Timeline to Take Hold
    Respondents cited higher transmission and content production costs (67 per cent), availability of more efficient transmission technologies (62 per cent), affordable television sets (51 per cent) and ability to achieve a return on their investment (71 per cent) as issues of greatest concern to them going forward.
    Roughly a third of those surveyed stated that a critical mass of content (38 per cent), sufficient household penetration (35 per cent) and available 4K UHDTV-enabled set top boxes (31 per cent) are important factors in accelerating the roll-out of 4K UHDTV. Movies (53 per cent) and sports (42 per cent) are the most widely identified types of 4K UHDTV content expected to gain momentum first.
    “Satellite will positively impact the adoption of this new and exciting technology and serve as a strategic partner to media customers,” continued Ostapiuk. “It’s clear that our customers will introduce 4K UHDTV as a way to distinguish their brands, and the ubiquitous and extremely high quality of satellite will deliver an immersive experience with cost efficiency. With the ability to easily handle transmission of multiple viewing formats across a hybrid distribution infrastructure, Intelsat is prepared to support this emerging growth opportunity for our global media customers.”


    Sorry for the delayed update

    Asiasat 6 (aka Thaicom 7) has launched , going to 120E

    "AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region"

    From my Email

    From saldav1

    Weekend feeds all Asiasat 5

    3887 V SR 7200 Eilat 1 Atlantic BOXING from Ulster Hall, BELFAST. Frampton vs Martinez, (FTA.)
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 New York vs Sporting Kansas City in the Saturday evening MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
    4155 H SR 7070 Service 3 MPEG 4 H Live pic of huge Coke Zero Ferris-Wheel then broadcast of Japanese Superbikes from Suzuka, Japan, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7120 $BRONER v TAYLOR in the Boxing superfight from Cincinatti, ($scrambled.)
    4152 H SR 13333 Tandberg Service AUS vs JAPAN in the Soccer, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 AFC u/16 Championship Soccer from THAILAND,(FTA.)
    3930 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Ladies Golf - European Tour from SWEDEN, (FTA.)
    3905 V SR 7120 OC Horse Racing - from Kempton Park, United Kingdom -Channel 4 coverage with some advertisements as well, (FTA.)
    3930 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Women's Golf - Ladies European Tour from Sweden, (FTA.)
    4148 H SR 7200 ERICSSON MVA vs PHILLIPINES in the Soccer, (FTA.)

    4165 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
    Both transponders carrying different Soccer games.

    KU feeds
    D2 12670 V SR 6670 Globecast Oz Sunday afternoon Horse Races at Moree, (FTA.)
    D2 12680 V SR 6670 Ch-1 Sunday afternoon Horse Racing from Mudgee, (FTA.)

    From the Dish

    Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3740 H "Nickelodeon South East Asia" has started on , HD, Irdeto.

    Optus D2 152.0°E 12519 V "TBN Asia, Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV and The Church Channel" have left
    Optus D2 152.0°E 12581 H "TBN Pacific, The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV and Juce TV" have started on Fta.

    Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11629 H "CNBC Asia-Pacific" has left .

    AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 3935 H "TVRI Kaltim" has left .

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "DMC TV, Aswaja TV, Share, Sunna TV, Quran TV, Al Jazeera English and Zee Bioskop" are Fta
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H Fox Sports Indonesia, Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have started on , Conax. Aswaja TV, Share, KBS World, Sunna TV, Quran TV, MTV China, Australia Network Asia, Arirang Arab, AXN Philippines, BeTV Philippines and Zee Bioskop are now encrypted.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have left again.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3960 H "Fashion TV Asia" has left .

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" are back on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "Malakoot Sat Indonesia" has started on, Fta.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H "Fox Movies Premium HD" has started on , HD, Conax.

    Telkom 1 108.0°E 3817 H "TVRI Kaltim has replaced TVRI Kalbar" on, Fta.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 3630 V "Shop TV Live" has left .

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Hero Channel" is Fta
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "World Buddhist TV" has started on , BISS.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "TV 24" has started on , Fta

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 3638 H "Image Channel" has left .

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11733 V "Tochka TV" has started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11793 V "Russkij Extreme, RT English and TV 3" have started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have started on , Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3940 V "Movies Now" is encrypted again.

    From asiatvro site

    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Libya Al Watanya(利比亚)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。[09-07]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TSPT、RTM 1(菲律宾)频道重现,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[09-07]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置4129 V 11395参数有条件接收。[09-07]

    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4 Real Entertainment(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV-10(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置11237 V 4000参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Extream(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Haryana替换Janta TV(印度)频道,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,DD National替换DD Punjabi(印度)频道,设置3740 V 6250参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[09-06]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fox Crime替换EMTV(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset Ramruay替换Suwannabhumi(泰国)频道,设置4089 V 1852参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Joseon、JJ Channel(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R rom D、PSI(泰国)频道重现,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,24 TV(泰国)频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [9月6日]


    AsiaSat 6 Successfully Lifts Off

    From Press Release

    Hong Kong, 7 September 2014 – AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), successfully lifted off on 7 September at Hong Kong Time 1:00 p.m. (1:00 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time). This is the second SpaceX Falcon 9 launch this summer for AsiaSat, after AsiaSat 8 on 5 August.

    Approximately 32 minutes after liftoff, the AsiaSat 6 spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle. AsiaSat acquired the first signals from the satellite in Hong Kong 55 minutes after launch. Over the next few days, AsiaSat 6 will move to its operational position, some 36,000 km above the equator where it will undergo in-orbit testing before being brought into commercial use.

    “This year marks a major milestone for AsiaSat. The addition of AsiaSat 6 to AsiaSat’s expanding fleet of five in-orbit satellites including the new AsiaSat 8 significantly enhances our capability to offer a wider range of transponder capacity to our clients,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of


    “We thank the SpaceX, Space Systems/Loral and the AsiaSat team for their dedication and professionalism in achieving this successful launch. We look forward to offering more quality satellite services on AsiaSat 6 to serve the fast growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

    AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.

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    AsiaSat 6 Successfully Lifts Off - P2/2

    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 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 which is on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135).

    For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

    AsiaSat 6 lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A.
    Media Inquiries:
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
    Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
    Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
    Email : scubbon@asiasat.com

    SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit

    From http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/07/spacex-lauches-asiasat-satellite/15242655/

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. The AsiaSat 6 mission

    SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying AsiaSat 6 on Sept. 7, 2014. Florida Today

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat.

    The AsiaSat 6 mission was postponed more than a week after a SpaceX test rocket failed in Texas.

    But the 224-foot Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station showed no sign of trouble.

    After a smooth countdown, the rocket roared from Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. with 1.3 million pounds of thrust, slightly later than planned to allow weather to clear.

    Its trail of flame rose eastward over the Atlantic Ocean, illuminating a thin web of clouds overhead as it approached and cut through.

    SpaceX confirmed the rocket deployed its payload as planned 32 minutes into the flight, earning the Falcon 9 a 12th successful flight in as many tries since 2010.

    AsiaSat 6 was headed for an orbit 22,300 miles over the equator at 120 degrees East longitude, where it is designed to beam video and telecommunications services to China and Southeast Asia for at least 15 years.

    "Although it has quite a large coverage, its main focus is to add additional capacity for China," said AsiaSat CEO William Wade.

    The addition of AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 — the latter launched by a Falcon 9 on Aug. 5 — grows the company's fleet to six spacecraft.

    Thaicom will operate half of the newest satellite's 28-transponder capacity under the name Thaicom 7.

    SpaceX launched Thaicom 6 in January, and since has completed three more commercial satellite missions and one for NASA delivering cargo to the International Space Station.

    SpaceX's next ISS cargo launch from Cape Canaveral is scheduled no earlier than Sept. 19, a few days after a planned United Launch Alliance Atlas V mission.

    The test rocket that failed Aug. 22 in McGregor, Texas, was a single-stage, three-engine rocket SpaceX used to advance development of reusable boosters, which the company believes can dramatically lower launch costs.

    CEO Elon Musk said a blocked sensor port resulted in the rocket blowing itself up, and that additional sensors on operational Falcon 9 rockets would have overcome the same problem. But SpaceX took time to "triple-check" systems before proceeding with Sunday's launch.

    Because the launch was to a high orbit more than 20,000 miles up, the Falcon 9 booster did not have enough extra fuel for SpaceX to try flying it back to a soft ocean landing for recovery.

    The company may try that again on its next launch, of a Dragon cargo capsule to low Earth orbit.

    SpaceX is one of several companies awaiting word from NASA on whether it has won a contract to launch astronauts from the Space Coast to the ISS, possibly by 2017.

    NBN satellite services hit by power outage

    From http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/nbn-satellite-services-hit-by-power-outage-20140908-10dsk2.html

    Tens of thousands of Australians using the national broadband network's satellite service were unable to access the internet for several hours on Sunday after a power outage disrupted a ground station in Western Australia.

    The issue, which began at 8.33am AEST Sunday, left approximately 25,000 subscribers across Australia without internet, NBN Co, the company in charge of the NBN, said.

    By 9.18am 15,000 of the affected connections were restored. The remaining 10,000 were restored by 4.18pm, leaving approximately 10,000 subscribers without an internet connection for almost eight hours.

    An outage with a ground station prevented some NBN satellite users from accessing the internet on Sunday.

    NBN Co has confirmed the issue was caused by a power issue at a satellite ground station managed by IP Star in Kalgoorlie, WA.

    An alert posted on the website of retail service provider iiNet said the outage was due to a power issue.

    NBN Co provides an "interim" satellite service that covers about 48,000 Australians via a number of authorised retail service providers, such as iiNet and Activ8me.

    The other 23,000 customers serviced by the same satellite were not affected by Sunday's outage as they rely on ground stations in Sydney and Broken Hill which were not affected.

    NBN Co plans to launch two new satellites in 2015 to cover more Australians without fixed-line access to broadband in remote areas.

    Foxtel should pay to show free-to-air channels, say broadcasters

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-should-pay-to-show-freetoair-channels-say-broadcasters-20140908-10dyzf.html

    Free-to-air TV channels say Foxtel should be paying to rebroadcast their services. Photo: Rob Homer

    The free-to-air broadcasters have put fresh pressure on Foxtel to pay them for showing their channels, releasing a report that links the recent renaissance in US television with the billions networks received from pay TV distributors in 2013.

    The report comes as the government says the matter is "under consideration".

    Harold Mitchell, the chairman of the free-to-air industry body Free TV Australia, said the report showed that "fairly compensating broadcasters for the use of their services by pay TV operators such as Foxtel delivers more quality content to viewers with little or no impact on the price of pay TV."

    Foxtel has long objected to any suggestion it should pay the free-to-air networks to retransmit their channels. Chief executive Richard Freudenstein has said that re-transmitting the channels delivers them a wider audience, "helping them to get more advertising."

    The report was commissioned by FreeTV Australia, the German commercial TV industry body, and ITV of the UK, to look at the effect on consumer welfare of "retransmission fees" to broadcast stations from cable, satellite and telco distributors.  

    It concludes that the US system "has served the public interest" and "provides a useful example for other countries interested in promoting a vibrant, competitive market for digital video content and distribution."

    The report found that "retransmission" fees accounted for more than 14 per cent of total broadcast TV revenue in 2013, but "accounts for less than 3 per cent of cable operators' revenue and has little or no impact on pay TV prices."

    They also allowed broadcasters to "increase program quality and compete more effectively with pay TV networks for high-quality programming, including winning back widely viewed sporting events such as NFL football games," it said.

    The report, written by Jeffrey Eisenach of the US-based consultancy NERA, notes that retransmission revenue accounted for 22 per cent of revenue for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in 2013, 23 per cent for CBS and 17 per cent for Walt Disney.

    It comes as free-to-air broadcasters seek to retain advertising and audience share amid greater competition from online, and follows significant consolidation among US media companies, with Fox recently pulling its bumper $US80 billion for rival Time Warner.

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously told media owners that "deregulation provides us with the opportunity to explore the ­implementation of an arrangement in which free-to-air and subscription broadcasters reach commercial arrangements that recognise the value of retransmission to each party."

    But Bruce Meagher, spokesman for Foxtel, said there was "no valid comparison between the US and Australian markets."

    "The retransmission through Foxtel is a convenience to customers who are entitled to get free-to-air signals, and the mere fact they get them through their Foxtel service is a matter of their convenience."

    "The suggestion people are forced to pay for a service they are entitled to free of charge, and is a product of a govenrment mandated, closed system - where public spectrum has been allocated to a limited number of companies - is patently unfair."

    Foxtel vows to crack down on illicit downloaders

    From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/foxtel-vows-to-crack-down-on-illicit-downloaders-20140908-10e2j4.html

    Foxtel says it will take "reasonable steps" against pirates on its future broadband service. Photo: iStock

    Foxtel has vowed to take "reasonable steps" against subscribers who illicitly download movies and TV shows on its network when it starts selling retail broadband services early next year.

    The company, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corp, made the claim in a submission to the federal government's online copyright infringement discussion paper, published on Monday.

    Foxtel said in December last year it would launch its broadband service in late 2014 as a wholesale customer of Telstra. It has since updated its website to say the service will launch in early 2015.

    While Foxtel did not name what steps it would take to stop its future broadband subscribers from pirating, it indicated in its submission that blocking websites hosting pirate material and introducing a "graduated response" scheme would be appropriate for other providers in Australia.

    A graduated response scheme varies from country to country, but typically results in a customer being warned a number of times about alleged copyright infringement they have committed before a sanction is imposed on them, such as the slowing of their internet connection.

    In some countries a subscriber's internet service can be terminated, but Foxtel said it did not advocate this in Australia.

    "Graduated response programs are well established in many overseas jurisdictions, as is legislation providing courts with a specific power to order [internet service providers] to block access to sites which infringe copyright," Foxtel said.

    "These measures are effective and must be urgently introduced in Australia. Experience from overseas jurisdictions – particularly the US, United Kingdom and Ireland – shows that both industry and regulatory solutions can be very effective."

    Foxtel said without measures being taken against repeat offenders, potential reforms to stop piracy are "unlikely to succeed in changing behaviour" when it came to downloading unauthorised content.

    The publication of Foxtel's submission comes as the Abbott government looks at ways to crack down on online copyright infringement.

    One proposal outlined in its discussion paper would compel internet providers to stop subscribers who illicitly download. Another would require them to block overseas websites that host copyright infringing content.

    The content industry has welcomed the paper's ideas, while some internet providers such as iiNet have rejected them, saying the issue of piracy is primarily a pricing and availability issue.

    Telstra recently said it supported the crackdown.

    But consumer group Choice has said the proposal amounts to the introduction of an industry-run internet filter and could result in the blocking of legitimate sites.

    Foxtel said it supports the voluntary US Copyright Alert System, which talks of significantly slowing down subscribers' internet speeds for a certain amount of time.

    Asked by Fairfax Media on Monday what action Foxtel would take against customers who pirate on its future broadband service, a company spokesman said measures would "be subject to negotiation within the industry".

    "We would point to the US system which has a series of educative notices sent to infringing customers followed up by some mitigation measures for persistent breaches."

    In the US, up to six notices are sent to customers. Providers then have a variety of actions they can take if users continue to pirate, which include slowing speeds or requiring the customer to visit an "educative" website before they can access the web.

    Sky TV loses PGA Tour rights

    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11320697

    Sky viewers will only catch the likes of Rory McIlroy during the US Masters and British Open in 2015. Photo / AP

    Sky Television has failed to renew the broadcast rights to US PGA Golf, European PGA Golf and the PGA Asian Tour Golf, which have previously represented 1.1 percent of total viewership on its channels.

    Sky still has exclusive rights to the US Masters, British Open and Australian Open golf tournaments for 2015, the company said in a statement.

    The company was outbid for English Premier League football rights by an international media rights company last year, which led to the introduction of online sports package Premier League Pass.

    The broadcaster said it was successful in renewing its rights to New Zealand Cricket, A League Football, New Zealand Rugby League, IPL Cricket, 2 ESPN sport channels and a significant cycling package including the Tour de France.

    Sky TV didn't disclose the cost of the sports packages.

    The company's shares last traded at $6.30 and have advanced 7.9 percent so far this year.

    (Craig's comment, I wonder if Sommet sports got it..)

    Negotiations for FOX channels successful

    From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=279476

    SUCCESSFUL negotiations between Fiji Television Ltd management and FOX International Channels (FIC) have resulted in the return of some of the channels that were initially dropped from the SKY Pacific digital platform.

    FTV CEO Tevita Gonelevu said four FIC channels would be activated this month and those included Star Plus, NatGeo Wild, FX and FOX Crime.

    He said the remaining channel FOX Family Movies would be activated once fibre bandwidth was sorted.

    "All FOX Channels are cleared for Papua New Guinea with the exception of Star Plus, which can only be viewed in Fiji and other Pacific islands," he said in a statement yesterday.

    A major concern for FIC and FTV was the piracy of FIC's channels by commercial subscribers in Fiji and throughout the Pacific Islands.

    "Piracy has had a negative impact on Fiji TV's business. Piracy of broadcaster channels and programs is an ongoing challenge within the Pacific region where copyright laws are not strongly adhered to."

    He said FTV took into consideration concerns and comments from subscribers.

    Kacific signs agreement supporting ITU connectivity program

    From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/kacific-signs-agreement-supporting-itu-connectivity-program/5/201596

    Kacific Broadband Satellites has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions for the Pacific region.

    The project will establish 55 fully equipped e-centers to service communities in remote islands or rural areas in Kiribati, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Tonga. The e-centres will all have satellite connectivity for development and emergency telecommunication. Details of the project, including timelines, budgets and partners, have been published on the website of the UN Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) under the heading, "Addressing Connectivity for the Sustainable Development of SIDS" (http://goo.gl/GB2t2p).

    The project follows the recommendations of the 2010 "Tonga Declaration" on ICT and is part of the ITU’s regional strategy to address the implementation of a low cost and resilient network configuration to minimize the disruptions caused by communications failures when disasters strike. It aims to develop affordable, reliable, diverse satellite communications capacity for the socio-economic development of the Pacific Islands region.

    - Up to 11 island nations will benefit from the project, each with four or five sites

    - Up to 55 rural/remote community e-centres will be established by 2017

    - Services and applications will be enabled in the health, education and agricultural sectors

    Kacific pledged to donate a total of 50Mbps of dedicated bandwidth for a full year to the 11 Pacific Island countries, complemented by 40 terminals. The total value of the donation is in excess of US$380,000. ITU, as the implementing UN agency, will carry out the project in cooperation with ITSO, Kacific and the other implementation partners. ITU is providing seed funding of US$500,000 and ITSO (International Telecommunication Satellite Organisation) is providing US$100,000 for capacity building.

    Most of the island nations in the region are on their way to economic development and cannot afford their own fully packaged emergency communication platforms. Regional cooperation and collective strategies are needed to address emergency preparedness and develop disaster and emergency communication networks. There is also an urgent need to develop emergency communication systems, which could be transported and deployed throughout the region on short notice.

    "The Pacific is in dire need of resilient connectivity," says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux." This project will provide a cost-effective, universally accessible national broadband service to multi-island nations where other technologies have struggled. Under this agreement, internet connectivity enabled by Kacific will become affordable, sustainable, reliable, low maintenance, solar powered and always-on."

    "This project is a game-changer for affordable connectivity in the Pacific," says Patouraux. "It paves the way for Pacific island nations to target improvements to agriculture, healthcare, education and economic development enabled by ubiquitous low-cost internet bandwidth. It sets in motion a future where Pacific Island communities, even in remote and rural locations, will be able to enjoy the benefits of always-on internet connectivity at a cost comparable to the rest of the world."

    Ministry: 50% Japanese homes U-HD by 2020

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/ministry-50-japanese-homes-u-hd-by-2020/

    Japan’s Internal Affairs & Communications Ministry has issued the most bullish forecast yet of the country’s take-up of Ultra-HD, in both 4K and 8K versions.

    The ministry says that both 4K and 8K experimental broadcasts will start in 2016 paving the way for full-scale transmissions – in both formats – starting in 2018. All broadcasting will take place initially on the country’s ‘BS’ (broadcast satellite) systems. Terrestrial transmission will have to wait until there’s enough bandwidth available.

    Japan’s government says viewers will not be forced to discard old sets. However, it believes there will be considerable take-up of the new super-clear technology. While the new 4K sets, increasingly available in Japan, currently represent just 2 per cent of distribution this is predicted to shoot up to more than 50 per cent by 2020 boosted by the  Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.

    Sky News on Xbox

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/sky-news-on-xbox/

    Building on the successful launches of Sky News on Apple TV, Roku and Livestation, Sky has announced the forthcoming availability of its 24/7 broadcast news on Xbox 360. The launch further extends Sky News’ presence in the US while giving its UK viewers a fresh new option for accessing live and on demand news coverage. The service will enable millions of Xbox customers in the US and UK to access Sky News directly through their Xbox 360 consoles.

    From September 9th, Xbox Live customers on Xbox 360 will see the Sky News icon on the TV section of their homepage, and with a single click, viewers will have access to a 24/7, live feed of Sky News. This includes the latest breaking news as well as business, political and entertainment coverage. In addition to the live channel feed, the Sky News app also offers access to a wide range of on demand stories through a constantly updating video on demand library.

    The Xbox launch marks the next step in the expansion of Sky News in the US, giving millions of homes the ability to access Sky News’ internationally acclaimed coverage. Building on this growth, Sky News is also tailoring its channel feed for the US, incorporating editorial segments produced specifically for this audience. The channel will also include news and analysis from Sky News’ own US team based in bureaus in New York, Washington and LA.

    Andrew Hawken, Head of Sky News Digital, said, “Sky News is consistently exploring opportunities to expand our global reach. Making Sky News available on Xbox was an ideal way to achieve this. With a growing US footprint of a million users and a US news team, we’re thrilled that our coverage will be showcased to millions of Xbox customers.”

    Sky News on Xbox was developed in partnership with 1 Mainstream, a digital TV distribution platform for deploying HD video services across the most popular TV, game console, tablet and streaming devices. Sky has worked with 1 Mainstream since 2013 and also invested in the Silicon Valley-based start-up. Together, the companies are developing innovative OTT solutions and bringing compelling content to the growing global ‘connected TV’ audience. 1 Mainstream also supports the distribution of Sky News on other connected TV platforms, including Roku and Apple TV.

    Star India gets uplinking license for three new sports channels

    From http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/star-india-gets-uplinking-license-for-three-new-sports-channels-114090800650_1.html

    Uplinking refers to uploading the signal onto the satellite from where it is then relayed to various telecast destinations

    Media and entertainment network Star India has acquired uplinking and downlinking license for 10 sports channels in India. According to data filed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), as of 28 August, the network can now uplink and downlink sports channels from India, which it was until now doingfrom Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Uplinking refers to uploading the signal onto the satellite from where it is then relayed to various telecast destinations. These destinations then downlink (or download) the signal and relay to the television homes. Until now, Star India was only able to downlink signals to seven sports channels in India, six of which were active and one downlink license remained dormant.

    Upon the completion of the necessary formalities, the network will be surrendering its downlinking licenses to the MIB.

    Star India currently operates six sports channels in the country - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, StarSports 3, Star Sports 4, Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD2. It has one downlinking license lying dormant (registered in the name of ESPN). All these channels are operational under the existing downlinking licenses resting with the network. The three new channel licenses have been registered under Star India Pvt Limited under the names ESPN HD, Star Sprots Highlights and Star Cricket Asia.

    Over the past year, the channel has rebranded its sports bouquet to Star Sports brand after Fox bought out Disney's stake in the joint venture ESPN Star Sports in 2012.

    Star India's strategy has been to invest in non-cricket sports and provide non-English feeds to its viewers. Of the six sports channels currently on-air, one is dedicated to Hindi commentary (Star Sports 3). The network has in the past expressed intentions of launching more regional feed channels in the future, though a comment from Star India was not available at the time of filing this report.

    According to data filed on the MIB website, apart from the two HD channels, all the channels have been registered for any language as permitted under the Constitution of India including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri,Gujarati, Kannada, and Kashmiri among others.


    Sunday, no update


    Rare Saturday update

    Asiasat 6 to 120 E SUNDAY 12.50pm H.K Time , 2.50 pm SYD 4.50pm NZ

    Live launch video

    www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 12:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 7 September.

    AsiaSat 6 Launch Reschedules to 7 September at Cape Canaveral

    Hong Kong, 6 September 2014 – The launch of AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), has been rescheduled to 7 September at Hong Kong Time 12:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time).
    This will be the second launch for AsiaSat this year, following its successful launch of AsiaSat 8 on 5 August.
    AsiaSat 6 was originally scheduled for launch by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle on 27 August. The postponement was due to SpaceX’s decision to re-examine test data.
    AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.
    Live webcast of the launch at www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 12:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 7 September.
    # # #
    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 five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 9, on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
    Media Inquiries:
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
    Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
    Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
    Email : scubbon@asiasat.com


    Australia Plus service to replace Australia Network

    Sky Pacific update

    Star Plus, Nat Geo Wild, FX, Fox Crime and BBC returns on SKY Pacific. Fox Family Movies will be activated soon once the fibre bandwidth is sorted out. FX channel will replace Australia Network

    New Channel Line Up.

    1 1 FIJI ONE
    3 8 TOONAMI
    4 11 MTV ASIA
    6 14 ZEE
    7 15 SET INDIA
    8 16 COLORS
    9 22 STAR PLUS (This will replace ZEE Premiere)
    10 23 WARNERTV
    11 26 LIFETIME
    12 27 FX - (This will replace Australia Network)
    13 28 FOX CRIME - (This will replace the Test Channel 17)
    14 30 FOX FAMILY MOVIES - (This will replace EMTV once bandwidth issues are sorted out).
    18 38 HISTORY
    19 39 BIO
    20 40 NAT GEO - (This will replace Pacific Channel)
    21 42 BBC WORLD -(This will replace France 24)
    22 43 CNN
    23 46 NHK WORLD TV
    24 49 TBN PACIFIC
    25 50 PAY-PER-VIEW / PACIFIC CHANNEL 50 - (This will replace CCTV)

    From my Email


    From the Dish

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "MTV China" is back on , Fta. Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have left again.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "BeIn Sports 1 Indonesia, BeIn Sports 2 Indonesia and BeIn Sports 3 Premier League" have left

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3700 V "Luxe TV" is now encrypted.

    SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Mahua Plus has replaced Mahuaa TV" on , Fta.

    Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "P7 News" has left.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3418 V "Democracy News Network" has left .
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Boonniyom TV" is now encrypted.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 H "Kaset" has started on , BISS.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Kor Kaew TV" has left .

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11505 V "Mir +3" has started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 V Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino and Avto 24 are now encrypted.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3940 V "Movies Now" is Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 VAmazing Discoveries, AMI TV, Evangel TV, DNI TV and Channel 44 have started on, Fta. African Movie Channel and Angel TV Africa have left

    From asiatvro site

    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Five Channel替换Mystery Channel(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Minsk(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11500 V 3750参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Action(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12522 V 22000参数无效接收。[09-05]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,24 TV替换KM Channel(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Health Plus、Aonzon TV(泰国)等频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 East(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置11560 V 22000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Avto 24、Detsky(俄罗斯)等6个频道改频率,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。 [9月5日]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月5日]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,News 1(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1(体育)等3个频道消失,设置3932 V 15800参数无效接收。 [9月5日]


    MOTORSPORT: Foxtel sets V8 Supercars pricing

    From  http://www.motoring.com.au/news/motorsport-foxtel-sets-v8-supercars-pricing-45857

    Viewers wanting to see all the championship action live on TV next year will have to pay at least $50 a month, but that’s less than it might have been

    Pay-TV service’s chief admits it’s a stretch for fans
    Foxtel will charge $50 a month for V8 Supercars fans wanting to watch all of next year’s championship live, plus an extra $10 a month to see the telecasts in high-definition.

    The $50-a-month fee is a one-third reduction on what Fox subscribers now pay for a basic package that includes sports.

    Fox will be the primary broadcaster of V8 Supercars under the $241 million multi-year deal starting next season, with the Ten Network to simulcast six rounds of the championship and screen packaged replays of other rounds.

    The races also will be available live and on demand through the internet-based Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go.

    Foxtel has revealed its new pricing structure in the same week it announced the demise of its Speed channel, instead adding two more Fox Sports channels to the existing three and will show its extensive motorsport coverage there.

    Fox in the US already had scrapped its Speed channel a year ago.

    The cheaper pricing will go some way to retaining more of the V8 Supercars audience after fears a lot of it would be lost without all races being live on free-to-air as they are under the existing contract with the Seven network.

    Foxtel’s existing reach is only 34 per cent of Australian households.

    Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said: “We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget. They know that we offer fantastic content, but they just don’t feel they can stretch their finances to afford it.”

    At least now it will be more affordable for fans wanting to watch V8 Supercars – and Fox is committed to screening all practice, qualifying and races – but there will still be some who refuse to pay for what they have enjoyed for so long for free.

    Turner Broadcasting boss says pay-TV challenged as millenials think content is free

    From http://mumbrella.com.au/turner-broadcasting-boss-tv-industry-must-find-way-engage-millenials-249637

    The president of the Turner Broadcasting International has warned the subscription television industry faces real challenges in engaging young consumers and combating the growth of piracy globally.

    Speaking at yesterday’s ASTRA conference in Sydney, Gerhard Zeiler, who heads Turner’s operations for brands like CNN, TNT, and TCM in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America said that solving both problems would be crucial to the future of the television industry.

    “We have a problem,” declared Zeiler. “There is a phenomenon which describes that a significant percentage of millennials, in the US it is almost 20 per cent, have no pay TV subscription and don’t show any inclination to get one. To get them into the pay TV system will be a challenge, I admit that.”

    Zeiler, whose speech came shortly before Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein announced a substantial drop in the entry price of subscriptions at the conference, said the global subscription TV industry had failed to address the question of how to engage younger audiences who were digitally engaged and expected content to be free.

    He said: “How do we get the millenials into our system? The ones who have grown up in that internet culture, where everything seems to be free of charge. The ones who navigate themselves through the web faster than anybody else and the demographic group who watch more than any other demographic group on the web.

    “We have to be honest. As an industry, we haven’t even started yet to tackle this challenge in a meaningful way.”

    The senior Turner Broadcasting executive also described piracy as the biggest threat facing the industry.

    “We shouldn’t make any mistake, piracy is a risk and danger for all of us. It has multiplied in the digital area. And this is actually the scary bit – has become for many people, especially young ones, a normal way of listening to music or watching TV,” he said.

    “From my point of view, it cannot be said often enough. Piracy is theft. Theft which cannot be accepted or excused by any argument.”

    Asked about the potential arrival of Netflix in Australia Zeiler said from a global perspective Netflix should not be allowed to tie up the streaming market in various countries, adding: “Netflix will not be the only player in town when it comes to the international markets.

    “Europe is different. Australia’s different. Asia-Pacific is different… the international markets know exactly what happens if you allow someone to become a monopolist, and if you ask Netflix in terms of SVOD play and OTT play, yes, it’s more or less a monopolist.

    “There’s Hulu, but Hulu is rather small compared to Netflix. If you look at the international market there are a lot of countries, including the UK who have a huge amount of competition.

    “Plus you have platforms who learned maybe from the mistakes or from the slow reply of their cousins in the US, that they can’t afford to do that in their own markets. So wherever you go, whether it’s Germany or France, where Netflix has announced a launch this year, or other markets, the platforms, the distributors are prepared to put something next to it. ”

    Another username and password: why TVNZ plans to introduce registration for its on-demand service

    From http://www.stoppress.co.nz/blog/2014/09/tvnz-demand-story

    TVNZ has confirmed that it plans to require users to register with a username and password to access its on-demand service later this year.

    Thor Bayer, the broadcaster's head of digital media, says that this move comes as part of TVNZ's plans to evolve its on-demand offering.

    "Registration is increasingly common in banking, online shopping and social media, and consumers are used to it," says Bayer. "Introducing this will enable us to launch new features to make the user experience better. We want to get closer to our viewers and give them a better experience."

    Included among these add-ons is a feature that enables users to start watching a show in one channel and then pick it up at the same time on a different channel.

    In this sense, a viewer could start watching a show on a smart TV, pause the programming and then finish watching on a smartphone or tablet. Bayer says that without the requirement of registration, it would not be possible for TVNZ to launch intuitive features like this. 

    The registration requirement would also enable TVNZ to better target viewers based on the information that they enter upon starting an account. And while Bayer admits that this might prove a useful tool to advertisers in the future, he says that it isn't the primary aim of introducing the service.

    "We are already good at targeting viewers based on which shows they choose to watch," he says. "This is still a work in progress and we will see further down the track how we can go about building it up for advertisers."

    While TVNZ's online advertising revenue is growing, it is still only contributes moderately to the overall revenue of the company. According to the figures released last week, the company’s television revenue dropped from $312 million last year to 306 million dollars this year, while digital media revenue rose from $9.9 million to $12.9 million.

    One thing that TVNZ does have on its side is a strong Kiwi appetite for its online content. In speaking on the results over the course of the last year, the broadcaster's chief executive Kevin Kenrick pinpointed digital media as the standout performer for the year.  

    "TVNZ Ondemand streams were up 78 percent for the year and now average more than one million per week, and an increased focus on publishing more, and faster, news online boosted onenews.co.nz video streams by 63 percent,” he said in a release. 

    Given that such a high number of viewers travel through the TVNZ Ondemand hub on a weekly basis, it gives the broadcaster an opportunity to tap into some additional commercial opportunities.

    Bayer would not confirm that TVNZ was planning to launch paid content on TVNZ Ondemand, but he didn't dismiss it either.

    "For now, our position of strength is that we are free—and we all love getting something for free," he says. "But we are currently weighing up all our commercial opportunities."

    TVNZ Ondemand is currently ad-funded, and Bayer says that this sees about five ads—via pre-rolls and mid-rolls—appear during a 30-minute show. And though this might sound like a lot, Bayer says viewers understand that advertising is part of the equation when it comes to watching free content.

    But advertising isn't necessarily inevitable when it comes to the online experience any longer. The proliferation of ad-blocking software has made it easier for users to avoid ads. And while TVNZ has not yet introduced measures that preclude users from using ad-blockers, MediaWorks has started taking steps against these apps (however, MediaWorks has no plans at this stage to require users to register to access its on-demand services).

    "We started looking into this two years ago, and have progressively been rolling out notices across our websites since then," Graeme Underwood, the general manager of interactive sales for MediaWorks Interactive, told StopPress in July. "We’ve been successful in stopping a number of the most popular ad blockers. [But], as with everything in this area, technology is always advancing. The availability of new streaming technologies is likely to make ad blockers (as they currently are) obsolete and potentially unusable within the next three to five years."

    Given the tendency of users to avoid ads, both Spotify and Pandora have introduced subscription models that give listeners access to ad-free streaming for a monthly fee. 

    Bayer was asked if this was something that TVNZ might consider doing with its on-demand offering, but he simply said that further details would be released to the media in due course.

    If TVNZ were to introduce a paid content section to its on-demand offering, it wouldn't be the first time that the company has required viewers to pay for content. Until recently, TVNZ held a stake in Igloo, a subscription-based TV service that gave viewers access to additional channels, but the broadcaster has pulled out of the service, selling its remaining 34 percent stake to Sky. In addition, TVNZ has also pulled out of Hybrid Television Services, and Kenrick says that the “recent exit of these non-core assets has freed up capital to invest in technology infrastructure to fast track online growth and to refurbish its Auckland building to meet future accommodation needs in one central location”.

    Bayer says that as part of this plan TVNZ is rebuilding its on-demand offering from the ground up, with the aim of bringing its content to as many devices as possible.   

    "We live and die by our content," says Bayer. "It's about people coming to our services to watch our shows, and about our shows becoming the most-watched in the country."

    Last year, 18 TVNZ shows were included in the list of the 20 most-watched programmes over the course of the year and, in an effort to carry this success across to its online offering, Bayer says that the broadcaster will be pushing its Ondemand Firsts offering harder in the coming months.

    He says that this may even see some shows available exclusively online, as the broadcaster continues to grow its digital audiences. Also, given that it's cheaper to purchase online streaming rights than television broadcast rights, this could see TVNZ increase its programming portfolio without having to fork out huge sums of money.  

    Bayer says TVNZ Ondemand is largely still being used as a catch-up viewing service, and it continue to play this role in the future. But the service is also changing. With the release of box sets and the potential exclusive content in the future, TVNZ's on-demand offering is starting to function not so much as complement to linear TV but as a service that's attractive to online audiences. And as digital continues to expand and more eyes migrate to the online realm, it will become increasingly important for broadcasters to give viewers a reason to visit their online hubs. And, as has always been the case in the TV industry, the number of eyes will largely be determined by the content on offer.          

    Airbus Defence and Space, Arianespace + MEASAT—Anticipating The MEASAT-3b Event (Launch Preparations)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1809623515

    [SatNews] Airbus Defence and Space is preparing for the launch of MEASAT-3b, scheduled for September 11th  (CEST) on board an Arianespace Ariane 5 launch vehicle, the program which Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for since 2003.

    “MEASAT-3b is the largest satellite ever to have been ordered by Asian operator MEASAT,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “The satellite and its co-passenger will be launched by Ariane 5, making this the third flight this year where Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for both the launcher and its payload, following the successful launches of Astra 5B and the fifth ATV space cargo vehicle.”
    The satellite will be launched into the 91.5 degrees East orbital position, where it will join MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a. Operating together, the three satellites will form Asia’s most robust satellite neighborhood. Equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders, MEASAT-3b will be used to support demand for DTH and data services across Australia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space control center in Toulouse.
    As the prime contractor for the Ariane launchers, Airbus Defence and Space has been coordinating the industrial chain for the Ariane 5 program since 2003, bringing together more than 550 companies (more than 20 percent of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries. The company likewise manages the entire industrial logistics chain, all equipment production and the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in accordance with the customer’s specifications.

    The Airbus D&S infosite may be accessed at http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/

    SpaceX launch moved to Sunday

    From http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/09/04/spacex-launch-moved-sunday/15083535/

    The AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite was encapsulated in a payload fairing.

    (Photo: AsiaSat )
    SpaceX's upcoming launch of a commercial communications satellite from Cape Canaveral has moved back at least one day, to early Sunday, according to the Air Force's latest weather forecast.

    The launch is now targeted for 12:50 a.m. Sunday, according to today's forecast from the 45th Weather Squadron, which shows a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions during the window to 4:04 a.m.

    The odds improve to 70 percent "go" on Monday.

    SpaceX and AsiaSat have not confirmed a launch time for the AsiaSat 6 satellite.

    The launch was postponed from last week after a SpaceX development rocket failed during a test flight in Texas.

    SpaceX said the test failure likely was not a concern for its Falcon 9 rocket, but the company took time to "triple-check" its systems.

    The Eastern Range is open for about another 10 days before United Launch Alliance's planned Sept. 16 launch of an Atlas V rocket.

    Channel 3 supporters lend a hand

    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/430538/channel-3-supporters-lend-a-hand

    Satellite and cable TV platform operators have given their full support to Channel 3 and are working together on a proposal to help the analogue channel solve its broadcasting crisis. 

    The proposal will be presented to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Monday.

    "We'll continue carrying Channel 3 on our platforms," said an executive with a satellite TV provider.

    The conclusion was made after Channel 3 executives met with satellite and cable TV platform operators on Wednesday night to find a solution to its broadcasting dispute.

    The NBTC's broadcasting committee on Monday of this week resolved to end the free status for Channel 3 and required all satellite and cable platform operators to drop the channel.

    But Channel 3 claims the NCPO's 27th announcement allows it to air its programmes on every platform — terrestrial, satellite and cable.

    All platform operators have complied with the NCPO announcement.

    The proposal will seek a compromise for both Channel 3 and the telecom regulator.

    Channel 3 reaches 74% of total viewers, behind Channel 7 at 77%, thanks to signal transmission via satellite and cable systems.

    Some 70% of Thailand's 22.9 million households are able to watch the channel.

    "The disappearance of Channel 3 from satellite and cable platforms means the public will lose and that 16 million households won't be able to tune in," the source said.

    In fact, the NBTC should not help only digital operators alone to survive, as existing analogue channels and satellite and cable operators need support as well.

    If Channel 3 is forced to simulcast its programming, it will cost 8 billion baht to transfer content from BEC World Plc, the channel's operator, to BEC Multimedia, the operator of what would become a digital high-definition Channel 3.

    The channel has promised media agencies that it will refund 70% of their advertising airtime rates if it cannot air via satellite and cable.

    IPG Mediabrands managing director Manee Eabe said now was not the right time for the NBTC to press Channel 3 to migrate to digital.

    If Channel 3 is dropped from the line-ups on other platforms, it would be a huge blow to the broadcasting industry and perhaps the economy, she said.

    Nielsen Co (Thailand) said Channel 3 was ranked second in terms of viewership but No.1 in advertising revenue at 32.2% of total spending on TV.

    Key cable, satellite firms to meet NBTC next week

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Key-cable-satellite-firms-to-meet-NBTC-next-week-30242565.html

    Leading cable and satellite TV operators will meet with the broadcasting regulator next week to try to hammer out a conclusion on whether they can broadcast Channel 3's analog programmes after the station's management declined to get around the digital-only definition of "free TV" by simulcasting on the digital platform.

    Wichit Aurareevorakul, president of Charoen Cable TV, said yesterday that his company and others including IPM, PSI Holdings, Infosat, Leotech, Ideasat and Thaisat had discussed the issue with Pravit Maleenont, executive director of BEC World, the parent company of the Channel 3 operator.

    Under the "must carry" rule implemented by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Channel 3 has been technically barred from cable and satellite TV since Tuesday.

    Wichit confirmed that Channel 3's management had no plan to simulcast its analog programmes over digital channels operated by BEC-Multimedia, a separate sister company. But Channel 3 aims to be accessible by most Thais.

    After this decision, cable/sat operators are seeking firm guidelines from the NBTC on whether they can carry Channel 3 or not.

    "Channel 3 is among the top TV stations in the Thai audience's mind. If we do not broadcast Channel 3, cable/sat operators might run into trouble, as well as the audience. So we need an official notice from the watchdog on whether we can or cannot carry Channel 3 for our customers," Wichit said.

    He acknowledged that the clash between Bangkok Entertainment Company, the operator of Channel 3, and the NBTC might have a big impact on cable/sat operators' business, and on their viewers nationwide.

    "I hope the discussion between the two parties can come up with a happy solution for everyone affected," he said.

    Even though the NBTC has not made a binding decision on this dispute, one of its members, Supinya Klangnarong, suggested on Wednesday that the regulator's board advise satellite and cable operators in writing to stop airing Channel 3.

    Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said his panel had taken steps to ensure that all viewers would get access to Channel 3 programmes amid the transition to the digital terrestrial TV era. The committee would be a mediator for MCOT and BEC to adjust some details in their concession contract to pave the way for BEC to simulcast its analog programmes via the digital platform.

    Some analysts from KKTrade Securities, Bualuang Securities and Thanachart Securities believe that in the end Channel 3 will decide to simulcast its analog programmes through one of three digital channels acquired by its sister company BEC-Multimedia.

    An analyst at KKTrade Securities said that if the company decided to do so, it might face extra costs of about Bt150 million on annual licence fees for its digital operations, and this extra cost would increase to between Bt400 million and Bt600 million next year.

    NHK cracks 8K/120fps for IBC

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/nhk-cracks-8k120fps-for-ibc/

    Japan’s public broadcaster says it will be showcasing FIFA World Cup footage captured in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ at IBC. The footage will be shown in 120 frames/second for super-smooth and high-detail viewing.

    NHK says it collaborated with FIFA to produce 8K images of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “The finest moments of play were captured with 120Hz frame frequency miniaturised 8K Cube Camera. The resulting images were clearer and smoother than those obtained by existing 60Hz frame frequency cameras. Viewers can get a real sense of the fast-moving play and the thrill of when goals are made.”

    China limits foreign content streaming

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/china-limits-foreign-content-streaming/

    China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (GAPPRFT) have issued new regulations requiring that all overseas film, TV, and animated programmes broadcast online in China be licensed by the GAPPRFT. Online video sites wishing to broadcast foreign film and TV content in China must now apply for relevant ‘Film Public Broadcast’ and ‘TV Programme Distribution’ licences for each programme they carry.

    Online video sites in China have until March 31st 2015 to ensure that all foreign-produced content on their video platforms has been properly licensed and registered with the GAPPRFT, and all unlicensed content must be removed by April 1st.

    Licensed foreign programmes in any given year cannot be greater than 30 per cent of the total number of licensed domestic programmes in the prior year.

    Prior to these new regulations, online video sites in China have been able to license and broadcast foreign content with relative ease, requiring only that online video sites license content from foreign producers and then register said content with the GAPPRFT. Under the previous system, GAPPRFT also allowed online video sites to approve their own content for broadcast online, with little input from the regulator.

    World Teleport Association—Are You A Top Teleport Operator? (Survey—Rankings)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1063946847&menu=1

    [SatNews] The World Teleport Association (WTA) has opened its global email survey for the Top Operators of 2014 rankings.

    The Top Operator rankings, published annually by WTA since 2004, are the world's only rankings of top teleport operating companies serving media, data and voice markets. Rankings are based on total revenue from all sources and on year-over-year growth. They recognize that, to some extent, every teleport operator competes in the same marketplace—the biggest with the smallest—but that like all marketplaces, the teleport sector has segments in which even the smallest players can compete effectively and achieve strong growth.

    From the data provided by its members and other operators, WTA publishes an annual ranking of -

    • The Global Top Twenty - based on revenue from all sources and including all operators: from uplinkers to satellite carriers, fiber network operators to systems integrators, technology providers to specialized satcom service providers.
    • The Independent Top Twenty - based on revenue from all sources but excluding companies whose primary business is satellite fleet operations or terrestrial
      network services.
    • The Fast Twenty - based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent complete fiscal years, and including all operators.

    The Top Operators announcement receives press coverage within the industry and provides valuable exposure to the operators included in the rankings. In addition, the Independent Top Twenty are automatically placed in nomination for WTA’s Independent Operator and Teleport Executive of the Year awards, presented in March at the SATELLITE trade exhibition event.
    The Top Operators Email Survey is available on the WTA website.  Companies wanting to try for a place on the Top Operators of 2014 rankings must download and fill out the survey, emailing the completed survey to mailto:TopOps@worldteleport.org?subject=Re%3A%20WTA%20Top%20Operators%20of%202014... by October 31, 2014. Surveys will not be accepted after this date.

    More information is available at http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=TopOperators


    Foxtel cuts prices! their Basic package will be $25 for 40 channels plus they are adding more HD Channels to their HD packages. Sky NZ take note!

    Optus D2, 12519 V TBN, JCTV and Church TV have left. (Now via 12581 H)

    From my Email

    From Steve Jepson

    Igloo (UHF Terrestrial) is running a free promo all channels will be Free to air until Sunday

    From the Dish

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "MTV China" has left .

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    Foxtel slashes subscription fees in battle for customers

    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-slashes-subscription-fees-in-battle-for-customers-20140904-10c9kc.html#ixzz3CJUocMle

    Foxtel is slashing prices - and maybe profits

    Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein is comfortable cutting the price of extras won't hurt the company's profitability.

    Foxtel is stepping up its battle for subscribers by slashing the cost of a basic cable package by half to $25 and launching a new on-demand BoxSets channel for pay TV and digital users.

    The announcement came as part of a revamp of Foxtel's cable and satellite subscription pricing in what could be seen as a preemptive move before US giant Netflix, which is rumoured to be eyeing Australia, enters the local market.

    "We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget," Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said.

     "Many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget," says the pay TV company's boss Richard Freudenstein. Photo: Christopher Pearce

    "They know that we offer fantastic content but they just don't feel they can stretch their finances to afford it," he said.

    The newly created $25 per month entry point entertainment pack includes 40 channels, such as MTV, National Geographic TCM and Universal. Previously, the entry level package cost $50 per month.

    The BoxSets channel will be available for an additional $10 on top of the newly announced $25 entertainment pack.

    "Bingeing on television is hugely popular and we know that this service will be a smash hit," Mr Fredenstein said at a subscription TV industry conference on Thursday.

    Subscribers will be able to view complete series of television shows on demand, including popular series Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Entourage and The Sopranos.

    BoxSets will be available through its mobile service Foxtel Go and through its internet-connected iQ personal video recorder boxes. At this point in time, it has not been announced for online only package Foxtel Play.

    The channel is also available as part of a $20 drama pack, which also includes the Showcase, BBC First and FX channels.

    Foxtel's sport package will remain $25. This means those wishing to subscribe to sport channels will pay a minimum of $50 per month, combining the entry $25 package and an additional $25 for sports.

    The new pricing and content offerings will be launched November 3.

    A company spokesperson confirmed that the new pricing will be available for existing customers, but they would need to request it from Foxtel and fees would not automatically be rolled over. If existing customers were to do nothing, they would receive additional content free of charge, depending on their package.

    For customers who purchase their Foxtel through Telstra, which sets its own pricing, a spokesperson for the telecommunications company said it would be reviewing its Foxtel offers.

    "Telstra resells Foxtel's pay TV services, so when Foxtel changes its content packaging, so does Telstra. Telstra sets its pricing independently to Foxtel and will be seeking to set very competitive pricing and ensure customers continue to receive great value from our new Foxtel from Telstra packages."

    Foxtel's move comes just a few weeks after the pay TV provider halved the cost of its subcription video on demand service Presto from $19.99 to $9.99, just five months after its launch.

    Cost has been one of the main reasons cited by analysts for Foxtel's struggle to improve its market penetration, which current stands at around 30 per cent of Australian households.

    Mr Freudenstein said Foxtel will begin the final trialling of its triple play offer bundling television, broadband and home phone services in November, with a planned launch in the first quarter of 2015.

    Foxtel had previous said 'triple play' was expected to launch late this year. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

    Due to the expected uptake in Foxtel's triple play bundle service, the pay TV provider has flagged it will be hiring more employees.

    "We are in the process of recruiting over 400 new staff internally, with the bulk of the positions to be filled at Robina on the Gold Coast and the remainder chiefly in Melbourne," Mr Freudenstein said.

    "Around another 350 will be required by our external installer, technical and sales suppliers and will be spread throughout the whole of Australia."

    Foxtel cuts ‘too expensive’ prices

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/04/foxtel-cuts-too-expensive-prices/

    Australian pay-TV service Foxtel is slashing the cost of a basic cable package to $25 and launching a new on-demand BoxSets channel for pay-TV and digital users. The move is seen a pre-emptive strike before the anticipated launch of Internet streaming service Netflix in the local market, as well as an attempt to attract new subscribers who have hitherto resisted pay-TV subscription on the grounds of cost.

    “We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget,” Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told delegates at the ASTRA 2014 Conference. “They know that we offer fantastic content but they just don’t feel they can stretch their finances to afford it.”

    The A$25 entry point entertainment pack includes 40 channels, such as MTV, National Geographic TCM and Universal. The BoxSets channel will be available for an additional A$10 on top of the newly announced A$25 entertainment pack.

    “Bingeing on television is hugely popular and we know that this service will be a smash hit,” claimed Freudenstein. Subscribers will be able to view complete series of television shows on demand, including popular series Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Entourage and The Sopranos.

    The new pricing and content offerings will be launched November 3.

    Foxtel’s move comes soon after it halved the cost of its SVoD service Presto from A$19.99 to A$9.99, just five months after its launch.

    Freudenstein also revealed that Foxtel will begin the final trialling of its triple play offer in November, with a planned launch in the first quarter of 2015, rather than late 2014 as anticipated.

    Foxtel Adds 9 HD Channels

    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3643

    Foxtel today announced plans to strengthen its High-Definition offering across all of its premium content packs by adding nine new HD channels to its HD channel pack^. Starting November 3, new HD channels that round out Foxtel’s HD line up will include:

    Today’s news raises Foxtel’s total HD channel count to 36 dedicated channels, bolsters its position as Australia’s largest provider of HD channels and brings even greater value to Foxtel’s HD subscribers who are keen to take advantage of the great picture quality found in today’s HDTV technology.

    Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said, “Foxtel subscribers have always had access to the widest range of High Definition programming available in Australia, and in yet another great development for existing and prospective customers, we’ve given them a massive boost that includes all of the channels in our premium sports, movies and drama packs, letting customers watch the best we have to offer in HD.”

    The new channels add to the existing HD offering that includes the remaining channels in the new Sports, Movies and Drama packs along with other HD favourites, including Fox8 HD, Lifestyle HD, Discovery HD and Nat Geo HD.

    ^Foxtel HD only available to customers with the HD channel pack and a Foxtel iQHD or MyStar HD box. You must subscribe to an SD channel  as part of your pack in order to access its HD equivalent. Foxtel and some services not available to all homes.

    Source: Foxtel

    Foxtel to launch two new HD Foxtel Sports channels

    From http://www.techradar.com/news/television/hdtv/foxtel-to-launch-two-new-hd-foxtel-sports-channels-1263716

    Set to offer live sports coverage and interactive content

    Fox Sports and Foxtel is giving you more sports in HD

    Foxtel has announced that Fox Sports will be rebranding its Fuel TV and Speed channels to Fox Sports 4 and Fox Sports 5 from November 3.

    The two channels, along with Fox Sports channels 1 to 3 and Fox Sports News and Fox Footy, will bring the tally up to seven HD channels.

    The new line-up will include local and global live sports coverage, but more interestingly, more interactive content.


    All seven channels will be available through Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Foxtel on Telstra T-Box, as well as the new Foxtel iQ3 set-top box, which will likely be launched in November as well.

    The new HD Fox Sports line up will also include the interactive 'Red button' features, which gives viewers options like choosing different commentary teams or watching simultaneous live feeds.

    "The amped-up Red button feature, combined with the exciting opportunities coming with Foxtel's revolutionary iQ3, will customise the TV experience and take fans closer to the sport they love than ever before," Fox Sports said as part of its announcement.

    We have no regrets’: Channel Seven washes hands of TiVo in Australia

    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/regrets-channel-seven-washes-hands-tivo-australia/

    Channel Seven has finally given confirmation that its interest in TiVo in Australia is officially zero. A representative of the network advised Appliance Retailer last night at the launch of FreeviewPlus that it no longer had any involvement in the famous American PVR brand and that Hybrid TV, the subsidiary established to be the official Australian licensee, had been effectively dissolved.

    While the popular service has remained dormant for a long time, the television network’s exact role in the product and interest in the service has been nebulous. The website for TiVo in Australia — MyTiVo.com.au — occasionally has been updated with new notices, the most recent one announcing that Quickflix was replacing Caspa as the set top boxes subscription streaming supplier. The last media release in the newsroom is from November 2011 and the website hasn’t sold actual TiVo boxes for at least 18 months.

    “Hybrid TV is done,” said the Channel Seven representative.

    Shortly after Hybrid TV’s exit from selling TiVo devices in Australia, this author wrote a feature arguing that Channel Seven was the cause of both TiVo’s fledgling success and its ultimate failure. The crux of this position is that Channel Seven was so intent on owning the infrastructure — blocking out Foxtel, opposing subscription services, not involving the other free-to-air networks — that the market was always going to turn against it.

    Does Channel Seven have any regrets?

    “None at all. It was a great product for its time but Seven no longer has any involvement in TiVo. It’s up to TiVo in the United States if it ever comes back to Australia.”

    TiVo continues to enjoy a strong following in the United States and its most recent release of PVRs have been well received. The new Roamio service, which allows for recording of free-to-air and cable TV, remote access via connected devices like smartphones and tablets, and access to on-demand content is described as being “a cable box, a DVR, an Apple TV and a Slingbox in a single experience”. In a very positive review for VentureBeat, Rakesh Agrawal called the new range, “the best TV viewing experience that money can buy”. Joshua Goldman at Cnet gave the high-end model 4 stars out of 5, describing it as “excellent”. Nilay Patel at The Verge said the Roamio Pro was the “ultimate DVR”. All three of these American reviewers criticised the expensiveness of TiVo, which, in the United States, includes an upfront cost and a subscription fee. TiVo in Australia was sold in Australia with a relatively higher upfront cost but with no ongoing fees. The reason for this was twofold: launch partner Harvey Norman wanted the over the counter price to be more expensive and Channel Seven wanted a key point of difference between TiVo and Foxtel.

    And while TiVo chugs along in the United States, owners of the PVR in Australia, many of which are now obsolete, take to forums and blogs to find out why the set top box they purchased at top dollar only a few years ago is no longer being supported. The general tone of these posts is that TiVo was a much-loved device for many Australian consumers and there is a sense of anger that it is no longer available. One poster goes so far as to say, “Who ever killed TiVo in Australia should be bought before the courts”. It is unclear what they would be charged with but the passion for the product is undeniable.

    The way is now clear for another distributor to step up and become the licensee for TiVo in Australia. Appliance Retailer understands that at least one regionally-based agency has expressed an interest in wholesaling TiVo.

    “TiVo continues to explore opportunities with various potential partners with hopes to bring TiVo’s newest products to Australia in the future,” is the official line from TiVo Inc. PR and social media manager Seana Norvell.

    'Catch-up TV' shows it's got what it takes to draw a big-name audience

    From http://www.theguardian.com/news/blog/2014/sep/03/catch-up-tv-shows-its-got-what-it-takes-to-draw-a-big-name-audience

    FreeviewPlus declared ‘a world first’ as free-to-air network heavies gather together at Sydney Mint and smile for the cameras

    From left, Sarah Harris from Ten, Andrew O'Keefe from Seven, the ABC's Ros Childs, Richard Wilkins from Nine, Freeview CEO Liz Ross and Nazeem Hussain from SBS. Photograph: Supplied

    The free-to-air television industry has said catch-up TV service FreeviewPlus is a genuine milestone in the history of broadcast TV in Australia.

    FreeviewPlus was launched at the Sydney Mint on Tuesday night by the chief executive, Liz Ross, and a line-up of network personalities, one from each of the five networks: Nine, Seven, Ten, SBS and ABC.

    Ross, who has had the unenviable task of corralling the five networks and the manufacturers for the past 12 months, told the crowd: “I mentioned that FreeviewPlus is a world first, and indeed it is.

    “Whilst there are already 12 European countries which have launched hybrid broadcast broadband TV services, no one has delivered an aggregated service.”

    Some commercial TV operators even see it as a threat to Foxtel, with its array of content available at the touch of a button on the remote control. For free. Why pay $100+ a month for a Foxtel subscription when you can have 30 channels for free with all the catch-up TV features and bells and whistles available on the pay TV platform?

    The product – being manufactured by Sony and LG only – is essentially catch-up TV on your TV rather than your computer or handheld device. It also has a built-in user-friendly electronic program guide (EPG) which enables you to keep track of your favourite shows, search by genre, set reminders and browse movies.

    It is free, but only if you upgrade your TV to a FreeviewPlus-branded one.

    Hybrid broadcast broadband TV, or HbbTV, is technology which combines broadband and broadcast TV in the one place, your TV. All you need is a FreeviewPlus-certified receiver, good digital reception and a broadband connection.

    Although it is already in use in Europe, Australia is the first country to offer all the channels in the one place. In the highly competitive world of commercial TV this is a real feat.

    The TV blogger David Knox, of TV Tonight www.tvtonight.com.au, is keen on the accurate EPG FreeviewPlus provides which, he says, is essential when networks move shows around without notice.

    “Catch-up TV on the box is a nifty feature as opposed to watching on a PC or tablet,” Knox says.

    “Many older viewers will find it easy and engaging. For many consumers it will require a new hardware purchase, which is a bit disappointing, and while networks are embracing broadband it’s ironic we still don’t have our primary channels in HD yet. Bottom line: worth considering if you are upgrading.”

    But a technology journalist, Angus Kidman of Fat Duck Tech, is not as enthusiastic and warns it could just bring with it more advertising.

    “It’s not a game-changer yet because so few TVs are HbbTV-ready and most can’t be upgraded. Freeview has obfuscated around whether any HbbTV capable TVs can access the FreeviewPlus EPG, or just its own branded and controlled FreeviewPlus-badged television sets, of which there aren’t all that many.

    “It makes a lot of sense for the FTA channels because it’s another source of ad revenue where they can control the streaming speed, but compared to getting a smart PVR like Fetch to record your programs and watch at your leisure, it’s not exactly a reason to rush out and buy a new tele. Probably a nice feature to have in a few years when your current TV breaks down, but not really a solid sales point in itself, at least so far.”

    Kidman also warns that the FreeviewPlus-branded devices will not give you the option to fast-forward through the ads like you can with a Foxtel IQ or any independent PVR.

    It’s a rare event that can get all the networks in one room together and put the ABC and the SBS on an equal footing with the commercial giants Nine, Seven and Ten. Seven’s chief executive, Tim Worner, was there, as was the ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, SBS’s chief, Michael Ebeid, Nine’s sales chief, Peter Wiltshire, and Ten’s executive general manager, Russel Howcroft.

    With two networks recently in court fighting over the services of a single programmer, these collaborations can’t be taken for granted.

    New Zealand. Trans-Tasman contract to provide major boost to NZ search and rescue capability

    From http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=137566

    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have signed a contract that will provide a major boost to search and rescue (SAR) in the region.

    The contract with McMurdo Group’s Techno-Sciences Inc. will improve the way emergency distress beacon signals are picked up and passed on to rescue authorities.

    Two new satellite receiving stations will be built, one near Taupo and the other in Western Australia, along with a new mission control centre in Canberra, to pick up signals from medium-Earth orbit search and rescue (MEOSAR) satellites.

    MEOSAR satellites (orbiting at around 20,000km above the Earth) are replacing the current low-Earth orbit (LEOSAR) satellites (orbiting between 800-1000km), which are being phased out over the next four years.

    Existing beacons, of which there are 46,000 registered in New Zealand, will not be affected by the change.

    Six satellite dishes will be built at New Zealand site, located mid-way between Taupo and Rotorua, with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The receiving station is expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2016 and operational by 2017.

    The New Zealand contract is made up of $7.2m for construction of the receiving station and $5.5m in operating costs over the next 11 years.

    There are currently 16 MEOSAR satellites orbiting Earth, compared to five LEOSAR satellites, meaning beacon signals will be received more quickly and beacon locations identified with greater accuracy. This will further improve over the next five years as the number of MEOSAR satellites is expected to increase to more than 50, ensuring several satellites will be in view at all times from anywhere on Earth.

    As with the LEOSAR system, beacon signals will pass through the MEOSAR satellites to the two ground stations, be processed through the Canberra mission control centre, and relayed to the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), thus triggering SAR operations.

    The RCCNZ, part of MNZ, responds to around 550 beacon alerts each year.
    “The joint investment by New Zealand and Australia in the MEOSAR project is another example of the close cooperation between our two countries in what is a vital area of operations,” MNZ Director Keith Manch said.

    “The change is necessary because without a medium earth orbiting receiving station New Zealand would effectively lose its ability to respond to distress beacons once the LEOSAR satellites are phased out. But the change brings with it significant improvements to search and rescue capability.”

    AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said Australia and New Zealand’s ground stations would work cooperatively to achieve overlapping coverage of the two countries’ search and rescue regions.

    “This offers a high degree of resilience in the event of a system outage that would be expensive for either country to achieve alone,” Mr Kinley said. “AMSA is pleased to continue this collaborative regional approach with New Zealand.”

    New Zealand’s search and rescue region extends from just below the Equator to the South Pole, half way across the Tasman, and east to half way to South America.


    The global search and rescue satellite system is managed by the International Cospas-Sarsat organisation.

    A consortium of Russia, the United States, Canada and France formed the organisation in 1982. Since then 41 participants – including New Zealand – have joined to provide satellite tracking equipment.

    Cospas-Sarsat sets standards for beacons, satellite equipment, and ground stations enabling a truly global approach to search and rescue.

    The current global search and rescue satellite system makes use of two types of satellite - LEOSAR satellites and geostationary, or GEO, satellites, that are stationary above the equator. Because of New Zealand’s distance from the equator, the GEO satellites are low on the horizon, which can limit their line-of-sight visibility, particularly in mountainous terrain. That makes LEO satellites important, but these are limited in number and not always over New Zealand, so there can be delays between a beacon activation and its detection by a LEO satellite.

    For further information contact:
    Maritime New Zealand

    Chinese Long March 2D lofts satellite duo

    From http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/09/chinese-long-march-2d-duo-launch/

    The Chinese have launched a Long March 2D rocket on Thursday morning, lofting the Chuangxin 1-04 and the experimental Ling Qiao satellites into orbit. Launch occurred at 00:15 UTC from the LC43/603 launch complex of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. As is the growing tradition with launches out of China, little information was released about the mission.

    Chinese Launch:

    On board the Long March 2D was the Chuangxin 1-04 store dump communication satellite from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ling Qiao experimental communication satellite from the Tsinghua University (Ling Qian means “agility” in Chinese).

    The first Chuangxin 1 satellite was launched on October 21, 2003, together with the CBERS-2 satellite on the Long March-4B (Y4) launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

    Chuangxin 1-02 was launched on November 5, 2008, joining as a passenger to the Shiyan Weixing-3 satellite on board the Long March-2D (Y12) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

    The the most recent Chuangxin-1 – the third in the family – was launched on November 20, 2011, with the Shiyan Weixing-3 satellite, also from Jiuquan on the Long March 2D (Y12).

    This launch was the 192th Chinese successful orbital launch, also becoming the 66th successful orbital launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the third orbital launch from Jiuquan this year and the 4th Chinese orbital launch in 2014.

    Launch Vehicle and Launch Site:

    With its main commonality matched to the Long March 4B, the first stage has a 24.65 meter length with a 3.35 meter diameter, consuming 183,340 kg of N2O4/UDMH (gross mass of first stage is 193.330 kg).

    The vehicle is equipped with a YF-21B engine capable of a ground thrust of 2,971 kN and a ground specific impulse of 2,550 Ns/kg. The second stage has a 10.40 meter length with a 3.35 meter diameter and 38,326 kg, consuming 35,374 kg of N2O4/UDMH.

    It includes a YF-22B main engine capable of a vacuum thrust of 742 kN and four YF-23B vernier engines with a vacuum thrust of 47.1 kN (specific impulses of 2,922 Ns/kg and 2,834 Ns/kg, respectively).

    The third stage has a 4.93 meter length with a 2.9 meter diameter, consuming 12,814 kg of N2O4/UDMH. Having a gross mass of 14,560 kg, it is equipped with a YF-40 engine capable of a vacuum thrust of 100.8 kN and a specific impulse in vacuum of 2,971 Ns/kg.

    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.

    Presently, only the LC-43 launch complex, also known by South Launch Site (SLS) is in use.

    This launch complex 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.

    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).

    Ch 3 gets ultimatum (Thailand)

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Ch-3-gets-ultimatum-30242498.html

    The Nation September 4, 2014 1:00 am

    NBTC wants in 15 days roadmap on simulcast of analog broadcast on digital platform

    THE NATIONAL broadcasting regulator yesterday gave Channel 3 no more than 15 days to map out a strategy for simulcasting its analog programmes on the digital platform, or it will be barred from broadcasting via satellite and cable, according to an official.

    The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) called a special meeting with TV station operators and Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, to seek a solution to a stalemate over the fate of the popular analog broadcaster in the new digital era.

    Channel 3 has been in a dispute with the regulator as it refused to broadcast its original content on the digital platform, but continued analog broadcasts on satellite and cable networks. By law, it has the right to broadcast its original content only on a platform accessible by old-fashioned antennas.

    Some 70 per cent of the nation's 23 million households continued watching Channel 3 via cable and satellite after the NBTC ruled that it did not fit the definition free-to-air television. That privilege is only available to digital TV. Channel 3 insisted it had the right to broadcast via cable and satellite under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s Announcement No 27. NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong suggested that the regulator's board advise satellite and cable operators in writing to stop airing Channel 3.

    Natee Sukonrat, chairman of NBTC's broadcasting committee, said his panel had ensured that all viewers would get access to Channel 3 programmes amid the transition to the digital terrestrial TV era. His panel would be a mediator for MCOT and BEC to adjust some details in their concession contract to pave the way for BEC to simulcast its analog TV programme via digital platform.

    However, General Paiboon Koomchaya, the NCPO's chief of judicial affairs and the justice minister, said: "The NBTC must solve the problem under its authorisation and regulation. It needs to discuss directly with the related parties."

    Previously, the NBTC had said it would seek advice on this matter from the NCPO.

    Pravit Maleenont, executive director at BEC World, the parent company of Channel 3 operator, and Sorayuth Suthassanachinda, the channel's famous presenter, were expected to attend yesterday's meeting but they did not show up. The channel was only represented by its legal team.

    After a two-hour meeting, BEC legal adviser Paiboon Amornpinyokeat declined to comment on the ideas floated during the discussion. He said he would bring some ideas, such as simulcasts of analog programmes on digital channels operated by BEC-Multimedia, which is a sister company of Channel 3, to his management for a decision. For such a simulcast to take place, Channel 3 would need to talk with MCOT, which granted a broadcasting concession to BEC.

    MCOT executive vice president Pholchai Vinichaikul said his agency was ready to discuss this issue with BEC to help the transition to digital-TV era go smoothly as well as help keep Channel 3 on air, although BEC had never talked with MCOT about this issue before.

    "If BEC wants to simulcast its analog TV programmes on its own digital channels, it has to get advice, because BEC is not a direct holder of digital TV licenses," Pholchai said.

    The concession between BEC and MCOT expires in March 2020. Under this concession, BEC must pay an annual fee of about Bt200 million, adjusted for inflation. At last year's auction of digital TV licences held by NBTC, BEC-Multimedia obtained three 15-year licences to run terrestrial-based digital channels: a high-definition variety channel, a standard-definition variety channel and a children and family channel.

    The Channel 3 management yesterday issued a statement on its morning prime-time news programme.

    After analog Channel 3 was no longer considered a free-TV service since Monday, it asked if it was possible for cable and satellite operators to carry its analog programmes.

    The channel agreed with the NCPO's Announcement No 27 because this edict was issued to protect public interest, particularly accessibility of free TV service via both analog and digital terrestrial broadcasting.

    The company said it supported the transition to the digital era and that is the reason BEC-Multimedia had invested more than Bt6 billion to acquire three digital TV licences.

    As BEC is a subsidiary of BEC World, which is a listed firm, any decision made must protect the rights of the station and stakeholders, the company said.

    First vouchers for digital TV receivers on October 15

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/First-vouchers-for-digital-TV-receivers-on-October-30242476.html

    THE NATIONAL Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will start giving away vouchers worth Bt690 towards the purchase of either digital set-top boxes or TVs with built-in digital tuners on October 15, initially to households in 23 provinces, said Takorn Tantasith, the NBTC secretary-general.

    People can start using the vouchers on October 25, he added.

    The first 23 provinces will include Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai and Songkhla.

    The watchdog aims to give away the vouchers in a total of 45 provinces, which will cover 11.45 million households, before the end of this year, with the remaining provinces getting them by next year.

    The National Council for Peace and Order recently approved a budget of Bt16,165,265 for the two-year project to distribute the vouchers to 22.9 million households nationwide. Of that total, Bt15.801 billion covers the value of the vouchers. The other costs include Bt65.265 million for postal services to deliver the vouchers, Bt34 million for stickers on the vouchers guaranteeing their authenticity, and Bt34 million for stickers on the set-top boxes guaranteeing they are eligible under the voucher programme.

    Three registered

    Currently only three manufacturers of set-top boxes have registered to join the voucher project out of 58 companies on the NBTC list. The commission will announce the names of official box suppliers for the first phase on September 15 and will make more announcements every 15 days thereafter. Each official supplier must have registered capital of at least Bt5 million and at least four customer-service centres in each province and offer two-year guarantees on the boxes.

    The NBTC expects that only 80 per cent of the vouchers will be picked up since some households already watch digital TV via satellite and cable. The vouchers will be valid for six months.

    Octoshape expands into Australia

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/03/octoshape-expands-into-australia/

    Driven in large part by the company’s success across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions, Octoshape, a specialist in cloud-based, OTT stream acceleration and contribution technologies for broadcasters, enterprises and carriers, has announced a further push into Southeast Asia and Oceania with the establishment of a new office in Sydney, Australia.

    “Not only is Octoshape now firmly planted in every corner of the globe, but leading media organisations in the wider Australia region now have access to a cloud streaming platform that offers fixed costs, while achieving higher quality video playback for multiscreen content delivery.”

    “Until now, broadcasters in the region have had very few provider choices for global and local content distribution,” said Michael Koehn Milland, CEO of Octoshape. “Not only is Octoshape now firmly planted in every corner of the globe, but leading media organizations in the wider Australia region now have access to a cloud streaming platform that offers fixed costs, while achieving higher quality video playback for multiscreen content delivery.”

    Japan confirms 4K and 8K dates

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/03/japan-confirms-4k-and-8k-dates/

    Japan’s government has confirmed its roadmap for the introduction of Ultra-HD in its 4K and 8K versions.

    Japan will use its ‘BS’ satellite channels for these debut services and as part of its build up to a widespread introduction ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

    The country’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the government will begin test broadcasting in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics, and upgrade it to full-scale broadcasting as soon as possible, according to local reports. In June, Japan launched the world’s first test 4K broadcasts, using communications satellite TV channels of Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings.

    By 2018 the roadmap calls for Japan’s public broadcaster to have its own dedicated 4K channel as well as 5 commercial broadcasters to be transmitting a 4K channel.

    Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s engineers and technicians will be showcasing g their latest developments at IBC from next week, while the NexTV-Forum and NHK will be screening some of their 4K programming at MIPCOMin October as part of a special focus on 4K.

    Pressure mounts on Raduga TV

    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/04/pressure-mounts-on-raduga-tv/

    The MTG-backed Russian DTH platform Raduga TV has once more found itself under pressure, with its CEO Olga Abramova, who had only been in the post since the beginning of July, handing in her resignation.

    Abramova, who had previously served as deputy general director, confirmed to Itar Tass that she no longer worked for Dalgeokom, which uses the brand name Raduga TV.

    Anatoly Sosnovsky, a member of the board at the company, added that Abramova’s duties had been taken over temporarily by the CFO Inna Chernysheva, and that the company was looking for a permanent replacement.

    Abramova’s resignation was significant in that on September 3 the Russian Interior Ministry launched an investigation into Raduga TV following a request from Roskomnadzor.

    Filed in November 2013, the latter alleges that the DTH platform, which is 50% owned by MTG, has been providing satellite TV services without a licence.

    Raduga TV was launched in 2009 and currently reaches 90% of Russia’s population.

    According to data produced by iKS Consulting, it was the fourth largest DTH platform in the country in Q2 this year, with 445,000 subscribers.

    EchoStar 105 Satellite To Replace AMC-15

    From http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/LA04190.htm

    EchoStar 105 to Provide 24 Ku-band Transponders Covering North and Central America

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation —a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), a leading global satellite services provider and developer of hybrid video delivery technologies—has chosen Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, to construct the EchoStar 105 satellite.

    This new satellite, providing EchoStar with 24 x 36 MHz Ku-band transponders, will be positioned at the 105 degrees West orbital position, offering comprehensive coverage of the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. EchoStar has been providing satellite communications services to customers from this orbital position since 2006.

    "The market for 50-state transponder capacity in North America has demonstrated significant growth for the EchoStar Satellite Services business unit over the past five years— the acquisition of EchoStar 105 renews our commitment to the fixed satellite services market in North America," EchoStar Satellite Services President Anders Johnson said. "The replacement of AMC-15, with the increased capability offered by EchoStar 105, will allow us to meet the evolving demand from our customers for enterprise, broadcast, and government services applications. We are pleased to work with Airbus Defence and Space to provide our customers with new, high power satellite capacity at this established orbital slot."

    EchoStar 105 will be based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. Under an agreement between EchoStar and satellite operator SES, EchoStar 105 will be equipped with a payload of 24 C-band transponders, known as SES-11 and operated by SES. The launch of EchoStar 105/SES-11—which will have a separated mass of approximately 5,400 kg and an end of life electrical budget for the payloads of approximately 12 kW—is scheduled for the end of 2016.

    "We are proud that an operator as renowned as EchoStar has chosen Airbus Defense and Space to build the EchoStar 105 satellite" said Francois Auque, Head of Space Systems. "I am extremely pleased to have won this commercial contract in the American market which is highly competitive. Owing to this latest success Airbus Defence and Space is the only satellite manufacturer supplying the world's seven leading satellite operators."

    At the time of launch, EchoStar 105 will be the 27th spacecraft in EchoStar's fleet of owned, leased and managed satellites.

    About EchoStar

    EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services in more than 100 countries.

    Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the TV and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors. Over the last three decades EchoStar's contribution to video technology has had a major influence on the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming.

    EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, Dish Network's highly acclaimed Hopper® DVR and Joey® product line, Sling Media's Slingbox® products, and EchoStar's line of advanced digital video set-top box products for the satellite and terrestrial viewer markets.

    For more information, please visit www.echostar.com.

    Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140728/130640

    SOURCE EchoStar

    Ericsson: Streaming video almost level with traditional TV

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/04/ericsson-streaming-video-almost-level-with-traditional-tv/

    The latest edition of the annual Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report has found that streaming video is now almost level with traditional TV watching, with 75 per cent of consumers watching streamed content several times a week, compared to 77 per cent who watch scheduled broadcast TV programming several times a week.

    The study, now in its fifth year, also found that almost one in five viewers (19 per cent) are prepared to pay for the ability to access their favoured content on any device, an increase of 25 per cent in just two years.

    The results, based on interviews with over 23,000 people in 23 different countries, show that a shift in user behaviour continues to drive change in the TV and media industries, prompting a move away from old formats and business models and ushering in an era of high-quality, on-demand entertainment.

    The study shows a rise in the amount of time spent watching content on smart phones and tablet devices. It also reveals that traditional broadcast and pay-TV channels are seen by many as ‘content repositories’ from which consumers cherry-pick individual pieces of content for later viewing, using their digital video recorder (DVR). DVR functionality is also helping to continue the trend of ‘binge viewing’, which began with the advent of boxed sets of TV series and movie sequels, and is in stark contrast to the traditional TV experience of waiting a week for each new episode of a favoured show.

    Alongside this, many viewers have moved to subscription-based video on demand (SVoD) services such as Netflix and Hulu, and 48 per cent state that they would like to see all episodes of a series such as Breaking Bad and House of Cards released together, so they can choose when to watch them.

    Niklas Heyman Rönnblom, Senior Advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab says the research shows that 56 per cent of those who pay for subscription-based video on demand services prefer all episodes of a TV series to be available at once, so they can watch at their own pace, compared with 45 per cent for those who don’t pay for SVoD. This shows the impact that such services have on consumer viewing behaviour and requirements.

    “There are different ways to binge watch: some viewers do not discover a TV series until mid-season, so they will watch many episodes one after the other to catch up before the season is over. Others prefer to watch an entire season at their own pace, which means they have to wait until the entire season is available.”

    While 41 per cent of consumers expressed a desire to be able to watch their favourite shows anywhere, there were two major barriers to this: the cost of data traffic and the cost of the content itself. The research also found that many were not prepared to compromise on quality, with 43 per cent saying that Ultra High Definition (UHD) was important to them.

    “The results of the study are clear – media companies need to rethink how they create and release content, while the focus for TV service providers is on delivering the highest possible quality for viewers, no matter what device they are watching on,” advised Heyman Rönnblom. “The landscape is changing rapidly, and business and delivery models will have to keep up with that pace of change if they are to continue to deliver perceived value to consumers.”


    Sorry no update


    Videoezy on demand launches in New Zealand ( A clone of exyflicks in Australia) and the pricing seems rediculous!

    RSCC Ekspress-A2 moved to 145 degrees East slot. If I recall correctly it was inclined at 103E previously. But gave good signals to Australia on Cband when last active. Even though it required axis tracking part of the day.

    KU band live scanning has returned

    From my Email

    Via JonC Jsat.tv

    Announcement from ABC re: Australia Network closing
    Even though it rquired tracking

    Dear Partner,

    It is with much regret that, after many years of broadcasting into the region, I must inform you of the termination of the Australia Network TV service.

    As you may be aware, the ABC has been forced to terminate the service following the Australian Government’s withdrawal of its funding. The ABC has developed a new service to fulfil its obligations to broadcast internationally however, at this point in time, this does not include a widely available television channel.

    We will be terminating the Australia Network service at 12.00 midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday, the 28th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you wish to know more about accessing blocks of our programming which we are making available for limited syndication to local networks then please address enquiries to Michael Bishay in our International Services department. Michael can be contacted at bishay.michael@abc.net.au

    Thank you for your support of Australia Network and the ABC over the years and we hope that one day in the future we may be able to partner with you again.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Lynley Marshall
    CEO ABC International

    From the Dish

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K Plus" has started on , HD, BISS.

    Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11550 V "Nat Geo Wild HD Asia" is Fta.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have left again.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H Channel NewsAsia, Fox News Channel, BeTV Philippines, TVE Internacional Asia, Zee TV Asia Pacific, Ten Cricket International, FTV, TTV, CTV, CTS, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, Global Theater 6, CCTV 1, Hunan TV, Phoenix Chinese Channel and ETTV News are Fta.

    Telkom 1 108.0°E 4080 H "Papua Barat TV" is back on, Fta.

    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4155 H "Hum TV World" is now encrypted.
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4180 V "Geo Middle East" is now encrypted.

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E A Viva + package has started on 12297 H and 12357 H.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 11522 V "Eurosport News has replaced Fox Sports 2 Malaysia" on , encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11562 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has left .

    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "Global TV" has started on , Videoguard.
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "LBS TV C-Drama, LBS TV A-Movie and Lejel Home Shopping" have left .

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Tochka TV and Amazing Life" have started on , Fta.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, TV Meekhun, Hit station 66, Share TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Rumruay Channel, Oom Maharuai TV and Champ Channel" have started on , BISS.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "P&P Channel TV, Sky World, Likaedara TV, IBTV and Muay TV" have left.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Boonniyom TV" has started on, Fta.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Bluesky Channel" has started on , Fta.

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 4041 H "Channel 13" has started on , Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "OPM Doctor Jesus" has started on , Fta. Mimatson TV has left.

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    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News、Bharat Samachar(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。[09-02]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,5 Kanal、REN TV(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。[09-02]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2替换Star Sports(VTC)频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-02]
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    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Lifetime、History(MPEG-4)等6个频道重现,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]
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    Major retailers, LG and Sony on board at launch of “world-first” FreeviewPlus (Australia)

    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/major-retailers-lg-sony-board-launch-world-first-freeviewplus/

    Sony and LG Electronics are the first major manufacturing partners to be announced for the second iteration of Freeview, called FreeviewPlus, which launches today.

    Described as “world-first”, FreeviewPlus uses a technology called HbbTV, short for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television, to mix traditional TV hardware and functionality with an advanced Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) and on-demand and catch-up TV services, delivered by a user’s fast internet connection.

    What makes FreeviewPlus such a great leap forward is that it brings together all the major free-to-air networks onto one platform. Previously, TV fans had to separately access ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Nine’s JumpIn, TenPlay and Plus7 to watch their favourite shows or to experiment with new programming.

    Take five shows like Offsiders, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 60 Minutes, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation; FreeviewPlus gives the networks the opportunity to furnish these disparate but appealing programs to TV viewers in one place.

    Liz Ross, general manager of Freeview, said today’s announcement took some serious wrangling to involve all five major stakeholders.

    “We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Ross  said. “It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers.”

    In order to access FreeviewPlus’ features, consumers must own a compatible TV, set-top box or personal video recorder (PVR). LG and Sony are the first two manufacturers to announce compliant hardware. “We’re all about giving LG users greater choice and flexibility,” said Lambro Skropidis, LG’s general manager of marketing. “LG Smart TVs offer a great range of choices for consumers and the addition of FreeviewPlus is further proof of our desire to continue delivering on that reputation.”

    FreeviewPlus is available on 15 LG webOS TVs and 9 of its Smart TVs (see full list below). Existing users will have to undergo a software update and then a factory reset to access the platform, which is primarily navigated by the Red and Green buttons found on most remote controls. :We asked LG about the availability of TVs with FreeviewPlus preloaded and we were told: “It will not come pre-loaded. New customers will have to go through a sowftware update to get FreeviewPlus.” Meanwhile, Sony has seven FreeviewPlus models.

    A broad cross-section of electronics retailers are supporting the launch, including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones. Retailers are often the first port-of-call for customers looking for more information about new technology so TV and home entertainment sales staff are advised to check out Freeview’s new website for regular updates about the FreeviewPlus platform.

    It should be noted that FreeviewPlus has the potential to consumer a lot of data and that there are currently no all-you-can-eat plans available for the service, inchoate as it is. Users should make sure they have a sizable quota from their internet service provider.

    When asked about accessing FreeviewPlus from a smartphone or tablet, a representative said that, “Freeview is looking at developing other platforms in the future”. What is known that FreeviewPlus will have no Foxtel compatibility.

    LG FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: 84UB980T, 79UB980T, 65UB980T, 60UB850T, 55UB850T, 49UB850T, 65LB7500, 60LB7500, 55LB7500, 70LB6560, 60LB6500, 55LB6500, 50LB6500, 42LB6500, 32LB6500, 65LB5840, 60LB5820, 55LB5820, 50LB5820, 42LB5820, 32LB5820, 60PB6600, 50PB6600, 50PB560B.

    Sony FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: X9500B, X9000B, X8500B, W850B, W800B, W700B.

    (Craig's comment, hmm no mention of Samsung?)

    Can FreeviewPlus make TV cool again? (Australia)

    From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65266-can-freeviewplus-make-tv-cool-again

    Described as one of the "most important advances in free-to-air television in this country since digital TV", today marks the launch of FreeviewPlus, with a number of manufacturers signing on immediately.

    FreeviewPlus, available from today, will attempt to make free-to-air TV cool again, taking on Foxtel's iQ service with a 7-day onscreen Electronic Program Guide and easy access to online Catch Up TV using a technology known as HbbTV.

    Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (or HbbTV) is both an industry standard and promotional initiative for hybrid digital TV to harmonise the broadcast, IPTV, and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through smart TVs and set-top boxes.

    The main feature of FreeviewPlus is the new Electronic Program Guide, delivered over broadband, which Freeview is describing as "the most advanced, user-friendly free-to-air EPG experience."

    FreeviewPlus also features the Freeview networks’ Catch Up services from one place on TV screens for the first time. 

    “We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Liz Ross, General Manager of Freeview, said.

    “It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers,” she said.

    Freeview also confirmed that major brands Sony and LG are among the manufacturers releasing a range of FreeviewPlus receivers, and these will be available from appliance and electronics retailers including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones.

    To support the arrival of FreeviewPlus, Freeview is also undertaking a large-scale marketing push, which includes the biggest TV campaign since Freeview was launched almost six years ago.

    The consortim is today launching a new Freeview website, with information about how to get FreeviewPlus, what FreeviewPlus receivers are available, a video on how to use the new service, and a facility that enables viewers to easily check what services are available in their area.

    In a statement, Freeview said FreeviewPlus would offer the following features:

    • A 7-day, easy-to-use EPG
    • Access to available free-to-air Catch Up services in one place on the TV
    • Recommendations of the best programs on today, on Catch Up and in the future
    • The ability to browse and search programs across the next 7 days
    • A favourites function that keeps track of programs on live and Catch Up TV

    “FreeviewPlus has been built to deliver Australians the best free-to-air TV experience in the world, allowing viewers to find and watch their favourite shows when they want to watch them on their TV with the simple press of a button,” Ms Ross said.

    FreeviewPlus will be available through an increasing number of new connected receivers carrying the FreeviewPlus logo including panel TVs, set top boxes and recording devices, which will be in stores between now and Christmas.

    The move comes at a time where Aussie Netflix use is more prevalent than ever and other streaming services like Foxtel's Presto service are offering all you can eat streaming packages at competitive prices.

    TV ratings are still going gangbusters however, at least for now.

    For further information see the FreeviewPlus website.

    Arianespace—Fueled + Fit (Launch Preparations)

    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1170155408

    [SatNews] Preparations continue to move ahead for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Flight VA218, as the Optus 10 spacecraft has undergone its fit-check and fueling for a dual-passenger mission targeted for September 11th from French Guiana.

    Optus 10 will be the sixth satellite launched by Arianespace for Optus and is outfitted for direct TV broadcast, Internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services across Australia and New Zealand. The satellite will be joined on Arianespace’s next mission by the MEASAT-3b relay platform, which is to expand DTH broadcasting and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia for Malaysian-based MEASAT.
    Designated Flight VA218 in the company’s numbering system, this upcoming launch is scheduled to be the fourth Ariane 5 flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana this year.
    Follow Arianespace's launch activity at http://www.arianespace.com/

    Video Ezy Launches On-demand Rental Platform

    From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=16950

    Video Ezy, New Zealand’s largest franchised DVD rental chain today announced the launch of VideoEzyOnDemand.co.nz establishing Video Ezy as New Zealand’s only rental group to have its own online Video On Demand rental platform.

    Russell Clark, Joint Managing Director of Video Ezy International (NZ) Ltd, says: “The directors are delighted to be in a position to add further value to our 90 franchised ‘bricks and mortar’ stores throughout New Zealand with the exciting addition of VideoEzyOnDemand to our brand.”

    With one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand, VideoEzyOnDemand will have thousands of movies including the latest releases from all the major Hollywood studios available to watch. There will be no monthly fees and customers will have the ability to access a wide range of new release and catalogue movies for rental and viewing at their convenience, paying only for the content they watch.

    Clark adds: “This is an exciting new phase for our business. By introducing Video On Demand we are giving Video Ezy franchisees the opportunity to embrace future technology with a model that blends the best of bricks and mortar and digital channels.

    “Video Ezy and its franchisees have a distinct advantage over any competitor in the online field. We are ‘the movie people’, with the expertise and a vast data base of movie lovers built up over more than 20 years.

    “We have extremely strong backing from all New Zealand based DVD/movie distributors who have expressed great excitement, and pledged support, at the prospect of VideoEzyOnDemand entering the New Zealand online market.

    “They also see VideoEzyOnDemand as a legal alternative to illegal downloading which affects so many jobs and the New Zealand economy in general,” says Clark.

    Access to VideoEzyOnDemand is through an app available exclusively on Samsung Smart TVs through the Smart Hub. Customers will also be able to stream content on any connected device including their PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone – on any operating system. Future options may include Chromecast (coming soon to NZ), Screen Sharing and other TVs and gaming consoles.

    Jon Barrell, Sales Director - Consumer Electronics, Samsung New Zealand says: “Samsung is excited to be partnering with Video Ezy to offer even more exclusive services and choice to our Kiwi customers.”

    Andrew Cornwell, General Manager, Sony Pictures (NZ) Ltd says: “We are very pleased to see Video Ezy move into the digital distribution of films, it’s good to see a local company move into this space.”

    John Davie, General Manager, Roadshow Entertainment New Zealand says: “Roadshow is absolutely delighted that Video Ezy have adapted to the changing entertainment landscape by investing in a digital on-demand platform which will add considerable benefit to their brand presence in New Zealand. Customers who have for years relied upon Video Ezy for their Home Entertainment by visiting their stores will now be able to compliment this relationship through a Video on Demand service with the country’s leading Home Entertainment specialists.”

    VideoEzyOnDemand will launch on September 2, 2014.

    More information: http://videoezyondemand.co.nz

    (Craig's comments, $7 to rent an SD movie? No thanks)

    Channel 3 no longer 'free TV'

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Channel-3-no-longer-free-TV-30242288.html
    Cable, satellite could be in breach of definitions if they air it
    The analog Channel 3 has officially lost its free-TV status but can still air its programmes via the cable and satellite networks, for now.

    The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday concluded

    that Bangkok Entertainment Company's Channel 3 would not have the status of a free-TV channel from today onwards under the committee's definitions, announced in February. Channel 3 has only the status of the holder of a state broadcasting concession and a broadcaster under the provisional clause of the Broadcasting Act 2008.

    This suggests that if the operators of cable or satellite TV continue to carry Channel 3's analog programmes, they risk violating the NBTC's definitions of free TV. Cable and satellite operators are required by law to include free-to-air channels in their line-ups, but that officially only means free digital channels, not analog.

    However, Natee said Channel 3 could continue airing its analog programmes, in line with an edict made by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in May. He declined to elaborate on this.

    Shortly after the military seized power from the elected government, the NCPO issued "Announcement No 27", declaring that all terrestrial digital and analog TV channels could resume broadcasting their programmes via the cable and satellite platforms.

    When asked by the press yesterday if this meant cable and satellite could carry Channel 3, Natee said the broadcasting committee would consider the matter again today.

    The NBTC's definition of "free TV" was supposed to come into force on May 25, but BEC filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court and sought a temporary injunction. The court accepted the case for consideration but rejected the request for the injunction. Later the broadcasting committee extended the effective date of the new definition from May 25 to September 1.

    In a separate matter, the Radio Television Broadcasting Professio-nal Federation comprising the operators of the 24 commercial digital channels yesterday asked the broadcasting committee to waive for two years the second instalment of their up-front licence fees, as well as the annual fees.

    They also asked for a five-year extension of the term of the licences to 20 years.

    They noted that the NBTC had yet to distribute its promised vouchers to help people buy digital set-top boxes, and this was affecting their business.

    The broadcasting committee took the case into consideration.

    TrueVisions adds more HD channels to cheaper packages

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/TrueVisions-adds-more-HD-channels-to-cheaper-packa-30242282.html

    To cope with intense competition in the pay-TV market after the merger of CTH and GMM Pay TV in June, TrueVisions - the industry's largest player - has added more high-definition (HD) channels to its mid-to-low-tier packages.

    The move is expected to attract 300,000 new subscribers in the remaining months of this year, of whom 80 per cent will come from the satellite-TV base and the rest from cable TV.

    Manat Manavutiveth, head of commercial and business development for broadband service at True Online and TrueVisions, said yesterday that by the end of last year, TrueVisions' premium customers could already watch 66 HD channels on top of standard-definition channels.

    Now, for non-premium customers, the True Knowledge package will have 14 HD channels, Super Knowledge 27 HD channels, Super Sport 22 HD channels and Super Family 40 HD channels.

    "We believe that of all 22.9 million households, 5 million to 6 million that earn more than Bt30,000 a month and are considered middle to mass customers have the potential to become pay-TV subscribers. So our new packages are expected to hit their demand," said Sueksith Cholasuek, director of marketing at TrueVisions.

    The company also uses a pricing strategy. For example, the Super Knowledge package was cut to Bt490 per month from Bt590 to attract mass consumers.

    The company has earmarked Bt80 million for marketing and public relations for these new packages.

    Adding new HD channels could also encourage more upgrading by mid-tier customers to premium packages and drive up average revenue per unit from Bt800 monthly now.

    The company targets about 3 million subscribers by year-end, up from 2.4 million now.

    The pay-TV market, particularly the premium segment, is almost saturated now, mainly with TrueVisions products. But there is still room to grow in the middle to low segments where stiff competition still exists despite the merger of its two rivals CTH and GMM Z Pay-TV, Sueksith said.

    No news on ABS-2 fault

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/no-news-on-abs-2-fault/

    Asia Satellite Broadcasting’s ABS-2 suffered a Ku-beam problem on July 26 which resulted in a number of transponders and channels being lost from its services to Russia. Most channels were transferred to other transponders but in some cases with reduced power levels.  ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East.

    ABS-2 is an almost brand new satellite, only launched in February and built by Space Systems/Loral. It has a total of 10 different beams. Back on August 1st we reported the satellite’s anomalies and the loss of service to Vladivostok’s ISP Alliance operator.

    On August 5th the satellite operator confirmed the problem saying “This resulted in an interruption of some services, which we are working to restore with SS/L. No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”

    However, ABS is remaining tight-lipped on what progress has been made over the past month, other than to say: “We were able to restore most of the traffic and the satellite is providing good down link power. ABS-2A is a backup and expansion satellite to ABS-2, so we will insure in orbit redundancy and continuity of the business at 75°E.”

    This suggests, at the very least, that problems remain. Asia Broadcast’s back-up satellite for 75 degrees East is ABS-2A which is being built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, and is an all-electric satellite due for launch in Q4/2014. However, this Boeing 702-SP craft will likely not be on station and ready for operation until early 2016.

    MStar STB Chips To Pack Irdeto FexiCore Tech

    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view2.php?type=tech&id=483

    MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, today announced that its latest set-top box system-on-chip (STB SoC) solution is now fully integrated with Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, most notably its newly-launched FlexiCore Processing technology. Irdeto is a world leader in Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions for pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content owners with customers such as Astro, Comcast, Liberty Global, Foxtel, Orange TV, OCN and Videocon d2h.

    In order to provide an upgradable security core as root of trust, Irdeto and MStar have jointly developed this hardware security platform and built Irdeto’s FlexiCore Processing technology into MStar’s latest STB SoC. Mstar is the first to implement the FlexiCore Processor technology, further strengthening and bringing more features to Irdeto’s Cloaked CA and smart card CAS solutions. This security core hardware provides pay TV customers with content protection that will easily grow with their business and adapt for the future.

    "Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, including Cloaked CA and FlexiCore Processing, are important building blocks for a robust security platform with upgradable possibilities,” said Dennis Lai, Sales VP of set-top box Business Unit at MStar Semiconductor Inc. “We are glad to be the first to integrate with this platform and provide our valuable customers early access to trusted, proven content protection."

    “With the evolution of media piracy and licensing rights in today’s media landscape, it is important for both MStar and Irdeto to provide pay TV operators with a secure, renewable and updatable media protection that helps them quickly respond to new threats and ensure rapid recoverability,” said Peter Oggel, Vice President of Product Management, Irdeto. “We are proud of the strong relationship that we have with MStar and the combined strengths of our two companies will provide especially important benefits to customers in a fast-growing market,” he added.

    Source: Irdeto

    UK illegal sports streaming arrest

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-illegal-sports-streaming-arrest/

    The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites

    The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10 milllion.

    The man was arrested at his home in the North West by the City of London Police’s specialist IP unit where detectives found evidence of what is described as an “industrial size” streaming operation, including 12 computer servers streaming a wide range of sporting events from across the world, which have since been seized and taken away.

    The operation was supported by Greater Manchester Police with the suspect being taken to a local police station for questioning.

    DCI Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU, said that the September 1 operation was the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming and sendt out a strong message that we PIPCU was homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.

    “Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system,” he said.

    PIPCU is based within the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police, the National Lead Force for Fraud. It is a specialist police unit dedicated to protecting the UK industries that produce legitimate, high quality, physical goods and online and digital content from intellectual property crime.

    The operationally independent unit launched in September 2013 and is initially being funded by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO), which is part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

    UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-culture-secretary-copyright-infringement-is-theft/

    Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat.

    Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of opportunities, but also brought with it new challenges for the industry and new dangers, and recognised that the area where the music industry most want government support was copyright.

    “I completely understand why,” he stated. “People in your industry have a true vocation. You identify talented artists and record, release and publicise their work not just to make money, but because you love music. You have a passion for it. And intellectual property protection underpins that passion. It allows you to do what you do best.”

    Javid noted that without enforceable copyright there would be “no A&R, no recording studios, no producers, no session musicians, no publicity, no artwork. None of the vital ingredients that take the music created made by talented artists and turn it into something the whole world can enjoy. It’s what our past success was built on, and it’s what our future success depends on.”

    He said the digital age had created new threats for copyright holders around the world, reporting that according to Ofcom, in just one quarter of last year almost 200 million music tracks were consumed illegally, and that another 100 million games, films, books and TV programmes were also pirated, just in one three-month period.

    “No industry – and no Government – can let this level of infringement continue on such a massive, industrial scale,” he declared. “I know some people say the IP genie is out of the bottle and that no amount of wishing will force it back in. But I don’t agree with them. We don’t look at any other crimes and say ‘It’s such a big problem that it’s not worth bothering with’. We wouldn’t stand idly by if paintings worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being stolen from the National Gallery. Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple,” he averred.

    “It’s vital we try to reduce it. That is why we’re working with the entertainment industry – and the technology industry – to deliver a robust, fair and effective enforcement regime. One that protects the rights of copyright holders and punishes criminals, but doesn’t hamper creativity, stifle innovation or block new, legitimate ways of enjoying music,” he said.

    He suggested the Creative Content UK awareness initiative retained the basic idea of the Digital Economy Act, that millions of people would be contacted directly if they were caught infringing copyright, a powerful tool to influence behaviour.

    “However, as an industry-led initiative rather than a top-down government one, it will be quicker, more responsive and cheaper to enact. CCUK will also be easier to adapt as new threats to intellectual property emerge. That’s a real asset in an age where technology consistently moves faster than legislation. But just because it is an industry-led initiative does not mean that Government is not actively supporting it. We’re providing £3.5 million for a broad educational campaign that explains why copyright matters and where the boundaries lie. A generation of young people have grown up under the impression that if something’s on the Internet it should be free. We need to get the message across that if they value creativity – and most do – then it has to be paid for,” he stated.

    He advised that the government was looking carefully at responses to recent reports from the Prime Minister’s adviser on Intellectual Property into the role of search engines and ‘following the money’, and that he would be considering how best to move forward. “You can expect to hear more from me on this in the coming months,” he confirmed.

    He said that search engines also had to play their part. “They must step up and show willing. That’s why Vince Cable and I have written to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, asking them to work with you to stop search results sending people to illegal sites. And let me be perfectly clear: if we don’t see real progress, we will be looking at a legislative approach. In the words of Martin Mills: “Technology companies should be the partners of rights companies, not their masters.”

    He likened the Government, the music industry and the technology companies to “three sides of the same triangle” when it came to tackling IP theft. “We are all connected, we all have a role to play, and we must all work alongside each other to build a fair and legal online economy,” he concluded.

    US names IP ‘Enforcer’

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-names-ip-enforcer/

    The White House has nominated Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. The IPEC oversees the White House’s efforts to combat intellectual property infringement, including the theft of copyrighted TV shows and movies, while protecting fair use rights.

    Marti has been managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington. Marti’s predecessor, Victoria Espinel, pushed for legislation to clarify that live-streaming illegal copies of movies and TV shows was just as much a crime as downloading them.

    “We are pleased that the President has appointed Danny Marti as the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and urge Congress to move quickly to confirm his nomination to this important position,” said Kim Harris, general counsel of NBCUniversal.

    “We applaud the Administration’s intent to nominate Danny Marti as US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC),” said Motion Picture Association of America chairman Chris Dodd.

    US sanctions hit Russian satellite

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-sanctions-hit-russian-satellite/

    Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems is having problems with its Yamal-601 satellite because of US sanctions.

    Yamal-601 is being built by Thales Alenia Space, and is based on their Spacecom 4000-C4 platform. The satellite was planned to be launched early in 2016. That date will slip because of the US sanctions on certain key components being used in the satellite.

    Yamal-601 is planned to carry 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders and 26 Ka-band transponders focusing on Russia. It will weigh more than five metric tons at launch, with 11 kW of payload power and a design life exceeding 15 years. It will replace the Yamal-202 satellite, offering extended coverage of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, south and southeast Asia, from its orbital position at 49° East.

    Astra launches Ultra HD showcase channel

    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/02/astra-launches-ultra-hd-showcase-channel/

    Astra Deutschland has launched a new Ultra HD showcase channel available as a free-to-air service on the satellite operator’s orbital position 19.2° East.

    The channel carrying the ID Astra Ultra HD Demo offers a mixture of landscape and nature videos, impressions from city life and sports footage. The content has been produced exclusively for Astra by 4K specialists Katie and Jacob Schwarz from the USA.

    “The laboratory stage lies behind us, the Ultra HD technology has arrived in the market,” Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland, said in Munich. “The Ultra HD TV sets available today enable the reception of Ultra HD content distributed via satellite. Our showcase channel is therefore particularly targeting retailers who can now adequately demonstrate the TV sets’ fantastic picture quality with our support.”

    The showcase channel can be found on the frequency 10.994 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 9/10). The play-out of the signal which is compressed in the new HEVC standard is handled by Astra subsidiary SES Platform Services.


    Intelsat 19 3940 H 27690 tp:12 fec:7/8 "TV 5 Monde Pacifique HD" is new PowerVu

    Sunday feed
    D1 12420 V sr 6110 "9 city to surf"

    From my Email

    From saldav1

    Weekend feeds

    Asiasat 5

    3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championship - Russia.
    FEED_1 CZE vs RUSS.
    FEED_2 UAE vs CUBA.
    FEED_3 Message - Signal Loss Detected - Service 1d (14747) message on red colour screen. All three (FTA.)

    3910 V SR 13333 ENC4N Soccer from Japan, (FTA.)
    4156 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Soccer, (FTA.)
    4174 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Soccer, (FTA.)

    3670 H SR 10000 Service-1 Asian Music Show, (FTA.)
    3705 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 International Martial Arts Games from Pyongyang, (FTA.) Interesting Saturday Night Entertainment from North Korea!
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 5 MLS Soccer - TORONTO vs NEW YORK, (FTA.)

    3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championships.
    FEED_1 CUBA vs CHINA, (FTA.)
    TP and SR rating same as yesterday

    3867 H SR 7120 World Cup swimming Dubai

    3670 H SR 10000 service-1 Dance extravaganza show,(FTA.) Same tp and SR rating as Saturday night.
    3915 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 Nth. Korea News Highlights, (FTA.) Different tp but same SR rating as Saturday night
    3875 H SR 7500 LPGA ASIA(?) PORTLAND CLASSIC Women's Golf, (FTA.) What a beautiful golf course!

    From the Dish

    Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11167 V "Thai TV 3 and Parliament TV" have started on , Fta. You2 Play has left.

    ChinaSat 6B 115.5°E 4140 V "Tea Channel has replaced Vanguard Documentary Channel" on , encrypted.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Arirang World, AXN Indonesia and Animax East Asia" have started on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have started on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Thrill" has started on , Irdeto.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV" is back on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H BeTV Asia, Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have started on , Fta. Animax East Asia has left again.

    SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "9X Jalwa has replaced SVBC" on , Fta.

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 10972 H "Sahar 1" has left .

    Insat 4A 83.0°E 3756 H "Vision World and Planet News" have left .
    Insat 4A 83.0°E 3921 H "99% TV and BTV News" have started on , Fta. RK News has left.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "AF Channel, TCC TV, Travel & Beyond, Vetee Thai, True Plookpanya, Smart SME, True Select and Movies Max Channel" have left .
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "Maya 47 @th" has left .

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3731 H 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia on are now Fta.

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    Quickflix quickly bleeding cash

    From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65261-quickflix-quickly-bleeding-cash

    Local Netflix competitor Quickflix is hemorrhaging money in a bid to acquire both new customers and content, losing $10.15 million for the full year to June 30.

    The losses were a jump of 58% with revenue was down 6% to $18 million, after what's been described as a soft first half.

    The company's financial troubles couldn't come at a worse time, with Foxtel slashing the price of its streaming service Presto in half recently and US-based giant Netflix reportedly preparing for an Aussie launch.

    Netflix use has exploded in Australia despite not being officially available here, with hundreds of thousands of Australians using geoblocking services to pay for the flat-rate streaming website.

    Further competition is expected not only from Netflix but also Nine and Fairfax, which recently announced a $100 million StreamCo joint venture.

    As we reported in July Nine Entertainment bought some of HBO's stake in Quickflix - more than 91 million convertible preference shares - but transferred them to StreamCo, which is yet to launch.

    These shares are not quoted on the stock market, but can be converted into normal shares at a discount.

    Seven West Media is also reportedly in talks to join the streaming fray.

    The second half of the year was better than the first for Quickflix which saw $9.4 million in revenue - 9% higher than the first half -reflecting the return to paying customer growth. The company's total number of customers increased by 27% to 135,690, with paying customers up 21% to 122,862.

    Operating costs before customer acquisition reduced by 2% to $23.2 million, while marketing and free trial service costs increased by 77% to $5.5 million to drive customer growth.

    Quickflix also said it had $2.4 million in the bank.

    "Our annual results were in line with market expectations as we report quarterly," a company spokesperson told iTWire.

    "It is worthwhile highlighting that Quickflix achieved a stronger second-half year with growth in paying customers (and revenue) reversing the decline in the first-half. We continued to invest in our platform and in the second-half increased our marketing commitment which has translated into customer and revenue growth for the second-half."

    SKY NZ Continues to Innovate

    From Press Release: Sky TV

    Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:36 pm

    29 August 2014

    Media Release

    SKY Continues to Innovate

    SKY customers will soon be enjoying upgraded MY SKY services, internet connectivity, video on-demand, upgraded legacy decoders and a modernised electronic programme guide (EPG). A Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service for non-SKY customers will also launch this year.

    The entertainment company is making a $125 million investment over the next two years in new software and equipment which will allow it to double its satellite bandwidth, enabling internet connections for all decoders, more channels and giving them the ability to broadcast ultra-high definition.

    “We have firm plans for a major upgrade that will significantly enhance the service we provide to our 865,000 customers,” says chief executive John Fellet.

    “As well as providing customers with the latest technology, a big upside of this project is that it allows us to double the amount of satellite bandwidth we can access, providing a path to ultra-high definition or 4k and the capacity to add new channels.”

    “We expect to see an increased uptake of MY SKY services and even happier customers” says Fellet. “By the end of this investment programme, every SKY set top box will have the ability to be IP connected, providing access to VOD services for all of our customers. The simplicity of using MY SKY and providing on demand services through the same set top box will be a winning combination for our customers.”

    Subscription Video on Demand – 2014

    SKY will also launch an SVOD service targeted at non SKY customers this year. The service will feature a wealth of TV shows including exclusive HBO content and a great range of movies at launch. All for a flat monthly fee and no contractual obligations.

    Upgrade to MY SKY decoders – 2015

    An upgrade to the operating software of MY SKY decoders will be downloaded via SKY’s satellite with no customer intervention required. The upgrade will see a modernised Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) with high definition resolution and a modern new look and feel. Series link and search functionality will be enhanced and shows from a series will ‘Series Stack’ in the planner under one header.

    Access to a huge library of On Demand content for all internet connected MY SKY’s will be available at a touch of the remote control for customers connected through an ethernet lead, Wi-Fi or power line device.

    Customers can choose On Demand content to download through their internet connection and then elect to store on their MY SKY and watch at their convenience.

    Content is downloaded progressively allowing SKY customers to watch shows whilst the download completes.

    Access to VOD content and the upgrade is at no cost to customers, although they will need to pay for their connection devices and data usage. MY SKY charges will apply only if accessed.

    Upgrade for all Digital decoders – from March 2015

    SKY will replace around 460,000 non-MY SKY decoders with a new decoder that is MY SKY capable and features the enhanced high definition electronic programme guide. These decoders will have addressable MY SKY features like personal video recording, high definition and access to a huge library of On Demand content. Wi-Fi functionality will be inbuilt giving customers the option to access on demand content.

    The replacement of all digital decoders will take place from March 2015 over an 18 month period at no cost to customers.

    -- Ends

    Labour broadcasting policy promises public service TV

    From http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/811863472-labour-broadcasting-policy-promises-public-service-tv

    Labour's pledged its commitment to public broadcasting, with plans to re-establish a public service TV station.

    The Opposition's broadcasting spokesman Kris Fa'afoi says a working group will look into the cost and funding options for a TV channel, which will build on the experiences of the now defunct TVNZ6 and TVNZ7.

    Mr Fa'afoi says it will have full access to the New Zealand Television Archive and TVNZ's news video research library, which will reduce content and production costs.

    As well as continuing funding for Maori television and iwi radio, Labour will set the wheels in motion for developing a Pasifika television channel.

    Exception for Ch 3 opposed by digital TV operators

    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Exception-for-Ch-3-opposed-by-digital-TV-operators-30242165.html

    Some terrestrial-based digital TV operators will tomorrow hand over an open letter to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), opposing extension of the remedy period for Channel 3 to provide its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV operator after the current remedy period ends tomorrow.

    The terrestrial-based digital TV operators include Thairath TV, Thai TV, Loca, Nation TV, Now 26, Spring News TV and RS Channel 8. They have expressed concerns that it will breach the broadcasting regulation if the NBTC gives the green light for local cable and satellite TV operators to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes because Channel 3 had not yet obtained a satellite TV licence from the watchdog.

    Suphab Kleekachai, chief adviser of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if Channel 3 was able to do so, it would be unfair to all digital terrestrial TV broadcasters who had invested more than Bt10 billion on acquiring digital TV licences through bidding last year.

    Suphab added that Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, should apply for a satellite TV licence from NBTC for the rights to broadcast its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV platforms. After that, the company should comply with the regulation governing satellite TV business by reducing its advertising airtime slots from 12 minutes to 6 minutes per hour. Another option for Channel 3 is to simulcast its analog TV programmes over one of its three obtained digital TV channels.

    BEC currently operates Channel 3 terrestrial-based analog TV station under a concession with MCOT. This concession will expire by March 2020. Its sister company, BEC-Multimedia, has obtained three licences to run three digital TV channels. Early this month, BEC appealed to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), seeking permission for cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying Channel 3 programmes after the 100-day extra remedy period ends.

    This extension period was granted on May 28 to remedy Channel 3 after the NBTC had announced its new definition of free-TV broadcasting service, which covers only terrestrial-based digital free TV channels. This new definition is implemented under the must-carry rule. So cable and satellite TV operators have no obligation to carry Channel 3's analog programmes through their platforms.

    Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, suggested that although the junta's Announcement No 27 allowed cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying analog and digital free TV channels, Channel 3 was no longer a free TV type under the current must-carry rule.

    "To create a level playing field, Channel 3 should simulcast its analog TV programmes over its obtained digital TV channels. Channel 7 and MCOT's Modernine TV are already carrying their analog TV programmes on their digital TV channels," Adisak added.

    Pantipa Sakulchai, president of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if the NBTC allowed cable and satellite platforms to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes, her company and other digital TV channels would file a lawsuit against the NBTC with the Central Administrative Court.

    Onlime Expands Capacity on AFRICASAT-1a

    From http://www.digitalfacility.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=3471655

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

    , September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

    MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") announced today an agreement with Onlime GmbH ("Onlime") for additional transponder capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Onlime expands capacity on AFRICASAT-1a to support their continuous growth in the African markets. 

    Onlime, that brought together CET Teleport and the Limeline Group earlier this year, operates one of the leading teleports in Europe, offering a broad range of premium quality Business Communications solutions to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, hotels, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

    "Onlime services across Africa are in high demand," said Paul Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, Onlime. "AFRICASAT-1a with its high-powered pan-African coverage is an excellent platform for expanding our services across the continent."

    "MEASAT is delighted to continue supporting Onlime's business in Africa," said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. "We congratulate Onlime on their expansion and look forward to their continued success."

    AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

    About Onlime

    Onlime is leading the way in providing high quality, secure and reliable business communications to customers across the globe.

    Bringing together the knowledge and experience of CET Teleport and the Limeline Group, Onlime provides premium quality connectivity to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

    With its extensive satellite coverage, across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia through the Caribbean and South America, as well as dedicated access to a growing network of fibre links and with a range of the latest technology platforms, wherever an organisation is in the world, Onlime is there to provide an unrivalled communications environment for business.

    What's more, with a philosophy of being "closer to the customer" Onlime has a dedicated team of professionals based in offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Sierra Leone, Angola, DR Congo, South Africa, USA and UAE. The technical hub in Germany is a fully manned disaster recovery facility with a help desk running 24/7 and Onlime delivers customers the peace of mind, knowing wherever they may be doing business, whatever time of day or night a rapid response is guaranteed. For more information, please visit http://www.onlime.com/.

    About MEASAT

    MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across five (5) communication satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world's population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

    The MEASAT fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at 91.5E supporting Asia's premium DTH and video distribution neighborhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3b in September 2014 and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.

    Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit http://www.measat.com/.

    SOURCE Onlime and MEASAT

    Pay-TV operators add 20m subs

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/pay-tv-operators-add-20m-subs/

    Leading pay-TV services have added over 20 million subscribers worldwide in a year, which is around the same number as DirecTV has in the US, according to the latest informitv Multiscreen Index.

    The number of digital video subscribers to the 100 leading pay-television services covered by the Index the rose by 5.24 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 1.6 per cent. The increase was higher than in the first quarter, when the Multiscreen Index added 4.71 million subscribers, up by 1.4 per cent.

    The 100 services in the Multiscreen Index added 20.29 million subscribers in the twelve months to the middle of 2014, a 6 per cent rise. The 10 services with the most subscribers gained 1.14 million between them in the three months to the end of June, compared to 1.21 million the previous quarter.

    Satellite services added 2.13 million subscribers worldwide, just ahead of telco television operators which added 2.07 million, while losses in the United States reduced the gains for cable to 0.75 million.

    The 10 services with the greatest gains added over 3 million subscribers between them in the second quarter, while the 10 with the largest losses shed just over 800,000.

    Telefónica España reported 479,000 net subscriber additions, reflecting a refreshed Movistar Fusión TV multiscreen offer.

    The largest loss was for Sky PerfecTV! in Japan, losing 260,000 subscribers following the closure of its standard definition service.

    The Asia Pacific region saw the largest increase, with 2.18 million additional subscribers.

    There was strong growth in India, with Dish TV, Airtel, Hathway, DEN Networks and Reliance adding 1.15 million video subscribers between them in three months.

    “The Multiscreen Index shows continued worldwide growth in subscription television services, despite losses among operators in the United States,” says its editor, Dr William Cooper of informitv. “America remains the most valuable market, and revenues continue to rise, but the opportunities for subscriber growth lie elsewhere.”

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable lost 296,000 video customers and Dish Network and DirecTV lost 78,000, while AT&T and Verizon added 289,000.

    With further losses from Charter, Cablevision, Mediacom and Suddenlink, the top 10 services in the United States lost 165,500 video customers. However, losses in the seasonally weak second quarter were down on previous years and represent just 0.2 per cent of their combined subscriber base. Year on year, subscriber gains by telco and satellite services exceeded the losses from the main cable companies.

    Draft IRR on shift to digital TV out; public hearing set (Philippines)

    From http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/38052-draft-irr-on-shift-to-digital-tv-out-public-hearing-set

    THE Japanese standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) is one step closer to deployment, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission shift.

    NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba is now inviting all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed migration plan on September 12.

    The draft IRR includes channel planning, capital spending, frequency allocation and the specific steps that the industry must undertake during the shift from analog broadcast service to digital, specifically the Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard of Japan.

    According to the migration plan, there will be a yearlong transition period when both the analog and the digital transmissions will be used at the same time.

    This period will commence when the digital switch on—or the date of the effectivity of the IRR—starts. After one year, the regulator will terminate all the analog television services in the country, a period known as the analog shutoff.

    “Duly authorized analog VHF [very-high frequency] TV operators shall be required to simulcast their DTTB service, together with the analog TV service, within one year upon the effectivity of this IRR, subject to the provisions of this IRR and other pertinent rules and regulations that the NTC may issue in the future. If any VHF TV operator is unable to simulcast, other qualified UHF [ultra-high frequency] TV operator may be allowed to use for their simulcast the frequency assigned to the VHF operator that is unable to simulcast,” the draft rules read.

    During the transition period, broadcasters will have to double their expenses, to which the regulator hopes to mitigate through a quick deployment of the new technology.

    The NTC will also assign a bandwidth of 6 megahertz (MHz) to each authorized digital TV operator per service area.

    “A duly authorized DTTB service provider shall have the option in its application to the commission to adopt either single or multiprogram HDTV [high-definition television] format or single or multiprogram SDTV [standard-definition] format or any combination thereof for its digital service,” the regulator noted.

    The migration plan, which allocates the frequency bands 512-698 MHz (Channels 21 to 51), also encourages operators to add new programs to the analog legacy program.

    “The transition and migration from analog TV to DTTB Service shall be based on a transition plan formulated by the NTC in consultation with the broadcast industry,” the proposed IRR read.

    Applicants intending to provide digital TV services must have a minimum paid-up capitalization of P50 million for the first service area and an additional subscribed capital of P20 million for each additional service area, according to the document. An applicant must also prove that it has the technical capability to install, operate and maintain the proposed DTTB network.

    “A duly enfranchised entity with no existing authorization to provide analog TV service desiring to provide DTTB service shall file the requisite petition for each service area in which it intends to provide DTTB service,” the plan said.

    President Aquino announced late last year that the country would apply the Japanese standard over the European. Subsequently, the NTC formally endorsed ISDB-T as the sole standard for digital terrestrial television in the Philippines.

    EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/ebu-expresses-700-mhz-dtt-concerns/

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies.

    The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future use of the UHF spectrum band between 470 to 790 MHz which is essential for the broadcast of free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT).

    The EBU said its Members welcome the report’s recommendation that “[the] EU should adopt a common position against the co-primary allocation of the core audiovisual band (470-694 MHz) to the mobile service at WRC 2015”.

    “The EBU believes safeguarding spectrum below 700MHz will enable public service broadcasters and the European audiovisual sector to continue reaching all sectors of the population, sustain broader content choice, and secure investments and innovation over the long term,” said Simon Fell, the EBU’s Head of Technology & Innovation.

    Following a thorough assessment of consumer demand, network supply and Member State diversity, the report stressed that broadcasters and citizens should not be disadvantaged by the transition of DTT out of the 700 MHz band, and the costs of transition should be duly addressed.

    “It is essential that broadcasters are not financially weakened by any loss of the 700MHz band. Member States must heed the report’s conclusions on compensation and transitional arrangements,” added Fell.

    All costs should be offset, including investments in new and even more efficient technologies and the expense of mitigating mobile interference of DTT reception, according to the EBU.

    The EBU is concerned about the recommendations that the 700 MHz band be released to other stakeholders, especially mobile phone operators, by 2020 with the flexibility of +/- 2 years.

    “There is a danger that this will not give broadcasters and viewers enough time to adapt to appropriate spectrum arrangements and ensure the necessary upgrade of DTT networks and consumer equipment, especially in countries where DTT is the main TV platform,” said Fell.

    The broadcasting industry argues that an early release date is likely to cause disruption to TV services in a number of Member States, especially where, owing to the lack of capacity, the transition reduces the volume and quality of content offered to viewers.

    The report notes that because of the “recent assignments in the 800 MHz band, the 700 MHz band is not immediately needed for mobile services” and proposes a ‘stock take’ by 2025 to provide a factual basis for future policy decisions on spectrum allocation.

    The EBU believes this should include all relevant market and technology developments as well as all relevant frequency bands for terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband.

    In presenting the report, Lamy said that for too long, the broadband and broadcasting communities had been at loggerheads about the use of the UHF spectrum band. “There have been many different views and perspectives. On the basis of discussions with the two sectors, I have put forward a single scheme that could provide a way forward for Europe to thrive in the digital century.”

    Vice President Neelie Kroes said thereport laid down a path for creating capacity for fast wireless broadband everywhere and for ensuring a stable and predictable future for terrestrial broadcasting, while allowing those Member States that want to move forward more quickly to do so. “It would also ensure sustainable co-existence, as both sectors focus increasingly on advanced media services. This is essential to secure our changing digital future and hold our own in international negotiations,” she added.

    Lamy’s UHF proposals in detail

    The 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) should be repurposed for wireless broadband, but with sufficient lead time to ensure a transition path that minimises cost for spectrum users and citizens and to accommodate the diversity in penetration levels of terrestrial broadcasting within Europe. This implies a time frame of around 2020, plus or minus two years.

    Regulatory stability should be ensured for broadcasting to continue its current use of the band 470-694 MHz until 2030. This involves national, EU and international measures. In consequence, at the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 (which will review and revise global spectrum-use rules) Europe should reject any plans for primary allocation of mobile to the 470-694 MHz band which is currently already allocated to broadcasting on a primary basis. Some flexibility could nevertheless be catered for through the development of ‘down link only’ technologies that give priority to primary broadcasting networks.

    In order to take into account the evolving change in consumer demand as well as new technologies, such as converged networks or large-scale roll out of optic fibre, a stock-taking exercise of UHF spectrum use should be performed by 2025. It would give Europe the opportunity to re-assess where we stand and avoid any freeze of regulation compared to the rapid advance in technology and consumer behaviour.

    Samsung commits to global 4K

    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/28/samsung-commits-to-global-4k/

    Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service.

    Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October.

    Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in the US since last March.

    Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, commented: “The era of UHD has begun, and to continue even more widespread adoption, it is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to UHD content … We are providing our customers with a wider array of UHD content to enjoy on our ultra-immersive Curved UHD TVs.”