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Rupert Murdoch's News Corp flags further cost cutting as profit slumps

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/real-estate-not-enough-to-lift-news-corp-earnings-as-newspapers-cable-lag-20160204-gmluft.html

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is seeing growth in digital advertising while that in print remains challenged.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation has flagged further cost cutting across its newspapers in Australia and the United Kingdom as the media giant's profit more than halved in its latest quarter.

News Corp reported a 56 per cent drop in net income to $US63 million ($87.52 million) for the three months ended December 31, from $US143 million in the previous corresponding period.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation for New Corp's news and information arm, which includes newspapers such as The Sun, The Wall Street Journal and The Australian, dropped 27 per cent to $US158 million in the second quarter. Revenue in its news division slipped 8 per cent to $1.4 billion.

News shares fell 3.7 per cent to $17.34, down from a 12-month high of $21.83 hit last November.

"For our Australian mastheads … it was a difficult quarter in advertising and, to that extent, we've clearly embarked on a cost cutting program at the mastheads," News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said.

"Of course, as a consequence, cost cutting has a cost: it's a short-term cost and a long-term benefit. But we're not being defeatist about the power of those platforms. They are very powerful platforms, so we will continue to invest in their digital development and we continue to believe that print has a future as a powerful platform."

Late last year, News Corp announced that it would axe 55 editorial positions across its Australian newspapers as the media company looks to reduce the impact of a soft advertising market. Asked today whether those new savings would include further job cuts, a News Corp spokesman said the company had "no further comment" on what executives said in a conference call discussing the quarterly earnings result.

"We're actively addressing our cost base, particularly focussed in Australia and the UK, and we expect to see these benefits flow through from the second half onwards," News Corp chief financial officer Bedi Singh said on the call.

'Streamlining' operations

Mr Thomson said that print advertising remains challenged, but the company was seeing growth in digital advertising and circulation revenues.

"We are particularly focused on cost reductions and sharing services around News Corp to streamline operations at the newspapers in Australia and the UK," he said.

EBITDA across News Corp's wider portfolio slumped 20 per cent in the three months ended December 31, to $US280 million from $US352 million in the year earlier period. In the first half of its financial year, EBITDA dropped 18 per cent to $US445 million.

Total revenue in the second quarter slipped 4 per cent to $US2.2 billion, and 4 per cent for the first half to $US4.2 billion.

Mr Singh said that negative currency impacts, mainly from the weaker Australian dollar, hurt News Corp's earnings by $US141 million.

Cable network division EBITDA dropped 28 per cent to $US39 million.

However, the company's digital real estate division, which includes earnings from REA Group, grew 28 per cent to $US73 million, compared with $US57 million in the second quarter of last year.

"News Corp is evolving rapidly into a more digital and increasingly global company with a diverse revenue mix that we believe will drive long-term growth in profits and shareholder returns. The company is, by most measures, the world's largest player in digital real estate, a position certainly enhanced by the rapid growth in the US of realtor.com," Mr Thomson said.


Foxtel, which is 50-50 owned by News Corp and Telstra, saw its revenue increase 5 per cent in local currency terms over the quarter. Translated into US dollars, the weaker Aussie meant that reported revenue from Foxtel decreased $US82 million to $US598 million.

Total Foxtel subscribers, including Presto, Foxtel's 50-50 joint venture with Seven West Media, increased 7 per cent to 2.9 million, while the customer churn rate improved to 10.3 per cent in the last quarter.

Foxtel's net income slipped to $US52 million compared with $US59 million in the previous corresponding quarter.

Qantas employee William De Lorenzo accused of Foxtel racket

From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/vic...532fed03f1c7f1

A QANTAS employee has been accused in court documents of masterminding a pay-TV racket that sells cut-price Foxtel subscriptions to homeowners.

South Morang man William De Lorenzo allegedly used software to provide the black market entertainment to hundreds of Victorian customers at a fraction of the cost.

Kamaran Mirkhail, of Greenvale, and George Haraka, of Lalor today pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to assisting Mr De Lorenzo with the alleged scheme.

The pair were arrested following an Australian Federal Police investigation, and have been charged with gaining access to and selling encoded broadcasts.

They have both agreed to testify against Mr De Lorenzo in court.

Haraka, who used to install pay-TV for Optus, claimed in a police statement that he first met Mr De Lorenzo in late 2011.

“I have seen him wear a Qantas uniform before, a long-sleeved white shirt with the Qantas logo, a green safety vest and his Qantas ID,” Haraka said.

Mr De Lorenzo allegedly offered Mr Haraka a job installing Foxtel, building up his own customer network through “word of mouth”.

“William told me that he was running a card-sharing system. He said that he had his own card from Foxtel which he could share through the internet,” Haraka said

“I asked him if it was legal and he told me it was, that it was just sharing.”

It’s claimed the racket involved importing set-top boxes from China, installing new software and connecting them to an internet server operated by Mr De Lorenzo.

“William told me he knows how the Foxtel system works because he used to work for Foxtel installing pay television,” Haraka said.

The men allegedly charged $250 for a year’s subscription, compared to legitimate Foxtel subscriptions that can cost well over $100 a month.

Haraka claimed he connected 174 homeowners since 2011, but Mr De Lorenzo had up to 1400 customers.

Haraka and Mirkhail were bailed to appear before a plea hearing in late April

NBN shows off satellite service

From http://www.totaltele.com/view.aspx?ID=492571

Australia's state-owned broadband provider plans live trials with 200 end users.

Australia's NBN on Wednesday held the first public demonstration of its upcoming satellite broadband service, reaching a peak downlink speed of 25 Mbps.

The satellite, called Sky Muster, was launched in October 2015. It is the first of two such satellites tasked with providing broadband coverage to rural and remote areas.

At an event at the Enex test lab in Melbourne, Sky Muster delivered content from the likes of YouTube, Facebook, and Google Maps, among others. A Skype video call was also conducted over the network.

Speeds of 25 Mbps on the downlink and 4 Mbps on the uplink were recorded – the uplink speed was just short of the 5-Mbps maximum that will be available to retail ISPs.

"We are delighted with the progress that we are making towards the planned launch of Sky Muster commercial services in the next couple of months," said Gavin Williams, executive general manager of fixed wireless and satellite at NBN, in a statement.

When it goes live, Sky Muster will provide coverage to 400,000 people, with 220,000-240,000 end users expected to sign up for the service. Sky Muster is expected to officially begin offering services in April.

In the meantime, NBN plans to conduct live trials with 200 premises in the state of Victoria over the coming weeks, in order to conduct further testing ahead of the commercial launch.

Australia: 66% of SVoD users also download illegally

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/03/australia-66-of-svod-users-also-download-illegally/

According to a poll from Essential Research conducted in January, 66 per cent of Australians who download films, TV shows and music from peer-to-peer (free) sharing sites also subscribe to Netflix, Foxtel or other paid streaming service subscribers.

This appears to indicate that if the content was available via those paid streaming services, piracy wouldn’t be so prevalent.

26 per cent of respondents said they download films, music or television shows via the internet for free, which is much the same as reported in 2013’s survey. The most likely demographic to download free content are aged under 35. The least likely are aged 55 and over.

51 per cent of respondents said they subscribe to TV and content streaming services. 30 per cent subscribe to Foxtel, 25 per cent to Netflix, 7 per cent to Presto and 6 per cent to Stan. The most likely demographic to subscribe to paid content and streaming is those under 35. The least likely are those aged 55 and over.

Nine and SBS trumpet success of 9Life and Food Network in reaching female demographic

From http://mumbrella.com.au/nine-and-sbs-win-female-demographic-with-9life-and-food-network-344158

9life FoodJust three months after their respective launches, Nine Entertainment and SBS are both celebrating the successes of their new multi-channels: reality-focused 9Life, and SBS’s Food Network.

The two multi-channels launched late last year with modest industry expectations as to expected audience size; however, both appear to have defied expectations.

“Both channels have been a great success,” said media analyst Steve Allen. “Well beyond what competitors, like Foxtel, had forecast for both of them.”

Nine’s director of acquisitions, Hamish Turner, told Mumbrella he was particularly pleased with how the new TV channel was performing among a female demographic.

“We kicked it off on November 26 and, yeah, it has done well,” said Turner. “It has well and truly exceeded our expectations and delivered above and beyond what we expected.

“It has been doing an average of around 2.4 (% share) in total people, but if you look in the demos it is around a 5% share within the target audience of women aged 18-54.”

“That’s the most interesting thing to me; we went out to target a very specific audience and so far we have been successful in appealing to that audience.”

Turner also noted that the audience on 9Life didn’t appear to be time-shifting much of the content.

“People don’t tend to time-shift (this content) as much,” he said. “There is a real immediacy about it helps that 9Life is targeting an audience that none of the other multi-channels are going after.”

Public broadcaster SBS was also trumpeting how the Food Network had boosted its overall audience share.

SBS-Food-468x140“We are getting a net jump of a 2.2 share and we are delighted in that performance especially for a new channel,” said Chris Keeley, Food Network channel manager.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the ratings performance,” he said. “The target demographic for us was females 25-54, and the performance there has been really strong.”

A Fusion analysis showed that while both networks took a dive around Christmas and New Years, outside of the holidays both 9Life and SBS Food Network have performed above expectations, achieving an average audience of between 30,000-40,000 people on SBS, while 9Life has achieved between 60,000-70,000.

Among 25-54, SBS has received an average audience above 25,000, while 9Life has been above 40,000, with both skewing female.

“This is helping SBS the most because (Food Network) is so successful and because they are off a small base, relative to Nine,” said Allen.

“With Nine, without 9Life (it) would be well behind in (total) network share and this makes up for some of the slide in the main channel and existing digital channels.”

Nine’s Turner also dismissed previous comments made by Foxtel content chief, Brian Walsh, attacking 9Life as content from production US house, Scripps, which they had rejected.

“American lifestyle content caters to a younger demographic, the numbers speak for themselves,” said Turner.

Allen agreed, noting SBS and Nine were performing well with Scripps content, despite having previously been rejected.

“This is largely US content, mainly coming from Scripps,” said Allen. “All the networks have looked at this before but the parts that looked like they were best suited to Australia had already been picked up.

“The rest of the stuff, while it was on the market, wasn’t thought to be of much appeal to Australians and that has been shown to be patently wrong.”

Wireless Nation (NZ) enters contract with Mobile Health

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/wireless-nation-nz-enters-contract-with-mobile-health--1126124

Optus Satellite announced New Zealand-based affiliate Wireless Nation entered into a services agreement with Mobile Health NZ to broadcast high quality health education sessions using video conferencing from their satellite van throughout rural areas. The deal is on a 'use as' required basis over a 24-month period, and uses an auto-pointing satellite dish on the roof of the van.

Astro celebrates exclusive rights to EPL

From http://english.astroawani.com/business-news/astro-celebrates-exclusive-rights-epl-92825

Astro once again received exclusive rights to air EPL - Foto AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad (Astro) has once again won exclusive rights to air English Premiere League (EPL) matches in Malaysia.

The exclusive rights spans the next three years, beginning from the 2016/2017 season to the 2018/2019 season.

Astro's Chief Operating Officer, Henry Tan said football fans will be experiencing an exciting front row view to watch their favourite team in action.

"This is because all 380 EPL matches in each season will be aired live through Astro in high-definition (HD) and also through the application, Astro On The Go (AOTG)," Henry said in a media statement on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Premiere League's Executive Chairman, Richard Scudamore said he is glad that Astro has chosen to invest in owning the exclusive rights to EPL in Malaysia.

Scudamore said his team believes that Astro's high production quality is the main factor contributing to the increasing popularity of EPL in Malaysia.

He also hopes that Premiere League's co-operation with Astro will continue.

Other than EPL, Astro will also be airing UEFA EURO 2016, Olympics in Rio, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup 2016 through Astro and AOTG

Lockheed Martin awarded JCSAT-17 satellite contract

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/02/03/lockheed-martin-awarded-jcsat-17-satellite-contract/

(3 February 2016) SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC) has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract for JCSAT-17, a satellite based on the A2100 common design.

“We’ve built a number of satellites for SJC and we’re honored that they have placed their trust in us again,” said Carl Marchetto, vice president and general manager of Commercial Space at Lockheed Martin Space Systems. “And with the sale of an additional A2100, it adds yet another satellite to our healthy backlog.”

JCSAT-17 is an S band satellite that will operate well in excess of 15 years. The satellite will include a flexible processor that will allow SJC to redirect capacity to concentrate on disaster relief efforts or other high-volume events.

JCSAT-17 is the eighth satellite SJC has awarded to Lockheed Martin, beginning with NSAT-110, JCSAT-9 through JCSAT-13 and most recently JCSAT-110R. The satellite will be manufactured in Denver, Colorado and delivered in 2019.

The modernized A2100 is built on a flight-proven bus that is the foundation for more than 40 satellites in orbit today. Through an internally funded, multiyear modernization effort, Lockheed Martin enhanced the spacecraft’s power, propulsion and electronics, while also adopting the latest advanced manufacturing techniques to decrease production costs and timelines.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that – with the addition of Sikorsky – employs approximately 126,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

Lockheed Martin Space Systems wins another commercial satellite order

From http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/morning_call/2016/02/lockheed-martin-space-systemswins-another.html?ana=e_den_rdup&s=newsletter&ed=2016-02-04&u=rFuEtNnpCoSO1qd%2BFguvKNdYeb8&t=1454602021

Lockheed Martin Space Systems Co. has won a second deal to build a cutting-edge commercial communications satellite at its Jefferson County campus, this time for a Japanese satellite TV company.

Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. (SJC) chose the commercial satellite unit of Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) to build a reprogrammable satellite and have it completed in 2019.

Carl Marchetto, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of commercial space, said, “Our goal is to build a smarter satellite that routes capacity where you need it, when you need it.”

Carl Marchetto, Lockheed Martin vice president and general manager of commercial space,

“We’ve built a number of satellites for SJC and we’re honored that they have placed their trust in us again,” said Carl Marchetto, vice president and general manager of commercial space at Jefferson County-based Lockheed Martin Space Systems (LMSS). “It adds yet another satellite to our healthy backlog.”

It’s the eight satellite LMSS will have built for the Japanese company. The JSCAT-17 satellite will be designed to last at least 15 years in orbit.

The value of the contract was not disclosed. Communications satellites typically cost hundreds of millions of dollars and take years to build.

Last year, LMSS, which employs more than 4,000 at its Colorado headquarters campus, reached a deal with Arabsat and the King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology to have a pair of commercial communications satellite built in Colorado.

The commercial satellite division moved to LMSS’ headquarters campus in the foothills of Jefferson County from Newtown, Pennsylvania, in 2014.

The business had just redesigned its A2100 satellite body, updating its electronics, power and propulsion. It’s an evolution of a core design that has been the basis for more than 40 satellites in orbit today.

LMSS created a new digital information processor for its satellites, the first of which will be used on the Hellas-Sat-4/Saudi GeoSat-1 satellites. The technology will be part of the Sky Perfect’s JCSAT-17 orbiter, too, the company said.

A client operating the satellites will have the ability to change the transmission bandwidth and coverage areas of the satellite via computer commands from the ground, something not possible with the analogue hardware on satellites in orbit today.

“Our goal is to build a smarter satellite that routes capacity where you need it, when you need it,” Marchetto said in a Denver Business Journal story about the new technology last year.

Creating digital, software-defined capabilities in satellites is difficult, largely because circuits have to survive for years without the possibility of repair in the intense radiation and temperature extremes of space.

LMSS has hoped that the flexibility it’s now building into satellites will win it more business from communications and media companies. Such businesses face big investments in long-lived satellites but ever-changing technologies and business needs on the ground.

SES Introduces Plus...Partners w/O3b's MEO Satellites + SES's GEO Widebeams

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=2146626400

[Satnews] SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces it has launched a new satellite data network, SES Plus, that will offer customised products and solutions to tackle the evolving needs of the markets.

By leveraging SES's partnership with O3b Networks and its medium Earth orbit (MEO) satellites, in combination with SES's geostationary (GEO) widebeams and upcoming HTS payloads, the global satellite operator will be able to offer multiple solutions that will address the diverse needs of the data markets. SES will also continue to invest in ground infrastructure to ensure easy accessibility to space.

SES's first Plus product, Enterprise+ Broadband, was launched across five markets in Africa in November. Offering up to 1 Gbps of connectivity, it is a competitively priced flexible connectivity platform that has a plug and play offering, with pay-as-you-go options to ensure the service can go live quickly.

"SES is a leading video satellite operator, but our expertise goes beyond providing services to video customers. Our new data network, SES Plus, highlights the strengths of SES as a data satellite operator. We go beyond building a new ground infrastructure and new satellite architecture of GEO, MEO and HTS beams, to deepening collaboration with our customers to design customised and differentiated products that will enable them to excel in their markets,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “The first Plus product is already out in the market, and already we are hearing positive feedback about how this high-speed broadband platform is essential to the countries in which we are operating. That aside, our teams are working around the clock to develop more much-needed customised products to deliver more connectivity.”

Atlas V carry GPS satellite successfully launches

From http://www.waaytv.com/space_alabama/update-atlas-v-carry-gps-satellite-successfully-launches/article_1eb4c1dc-cc03-11e5-bab5-2b9f498d0100.html

A Decatur-made Atlas V 401 rocket successfully launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida Friday morning.

United Launch Alliance -- a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing -- builds many of its Atlas V rockets at its facility in Decatur.

You can watch coverage of the launch here.

The 401 rocket has been a consistent workhorse within the Atlas V fleet.

In its nearly 14 years of service, the 401 has delivered 18 national security missions to orbit, including five GPS satellites.

The 401 rocket has also completed nine science and exploration flights, including two missions to Mars, a mission each to the sun and and the moon, and a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Friday's launch carried a GPS IIF-12 satellite into orbit.

GPS utilizes 24 satellites, in six different planes, with a minimum of four satellites per plane, positioned in orbit approximately 11,000 nautical miles above the Earth’s surface.

The satellites continuously transmit digital radio signals. With the proper equipment, users can receive these signals to calculate location, velocity, and time (within a millionth of a second).

Receivers have been developed for use in aircraft, ships, land vehicles, and hand-held devices like smartphones and tablets.

GPS IIF-12 is one of the next-generation GPS satellites, with various improvements over previous GPS satellites.

It's been designed to provide greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users.

Each GPS IIF satellite has a design life of 12 years.

No 4K from Olympic Games

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/03/no-4k-from-olympic-games/

The CTO of the Olympic Games’ Olympic Broadcast Services has confirmed there will be no 4K/UHD transmissions from the Rio event.

Sotiris Salamouris says that he and his team have been planning the Rio de Janeiro TV coverage since 2009 and at that time, 4K was very much on the distant horizon, and was still not covered by defined standards. Moreover, most national broadcasters simply did not have the technical facility to support even simple down-conversion.

Salamouris was talking to trade magazine TVB Europe. Journalist Adrian Pennington revealed that OBS was, however, supplying 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ transmissions to Japan’s NHK for test broadcasting and down-converting to 4K, but the transmissions would be a day later than the Rio events.

Perhaps alarmingly, Salamouris stated that “4K is not there today, and we have some doubts about whether it will happen in the next few years”. He added that 8K was a different story, as there had been more time to develop equipment and workflow properly.

U.K Freesat now in over 1.93m homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/04/strong-quarter-for-freesat/

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, has posted a strong final quarter to 2015, with the addition of 36,000 new homes in the three months to December 2015. After adding 61,000 homes over the course of 2015, Freesat is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week.

Customer numbers have continued to soar for Freetime – Freesat’s connected TV guide solution, which is available on set-top boxes and TVs – with a 13 per cent year-on-year increase in sales for 2015. More than 700,000 people have downloaded the Freetime app which is available across iOS, Android and Kindle and is free to download. The app can be used as a remote control, to set recordings remotely, or to plan viewing through the TV Guide and Showcase.

Freesat has continued to expand its quality content offering, with a number of new channels joining the platform including PBS America, Fox International Channels’ YourTV and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really. In addition, streaming service Netflix launched on Freetime in December, ensuring customers continue to enjoy a broad selection of content through the connected TV platform.

Freesat achieved success with its recently launched TV guide solution for international operators, announcing a partnership with Irish broadcaster RTÉ to deliver a new product for Saorview, Ireland’s free digital television service. The new product, Saorview Connect, is the broadcaster’s first connected TV offering which allows viewers to access a range of on demand content as well as the Saorview TV channels, all integrated in a new set-top box with a range of additional features.

Alistair Thom, Freesat’s managing director, said: “The most recent quarter’s figures highlight the growing appetite for subscription-free connected TV. We invest in developing market-leading technology and delivering quality content to provide an unbeatable connected-TV experience, at no monthly fee. We offer over 200 subscription-free channels and popular On Demand players, more than any other free-to-air provider, which continues to attract customers.”

ISRO conducts 1st satellite-based warning system trial for Railways

From http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/isro-conducts-1st-satellite-based-warning-system-trial-for-railways/

The first trial run for developing a satellite-based system to warn train drivers of unmanned railway crossings was conducted by ISRO scientists in Ahmedabad recently. Scientists at the city-based Space Applications Centre (SAC) are now in the process of commercially developing this system that will be fitted on 50 different trains across the country as a second part of the demonstration project.

Of around 30,000 level crossings of the Railways, as many as 11,000 are unmanned. “An estimated 7,000 people die every year at these unmanned crossings in the country. We have successfully conducted the first test-drive in Ahmedabad for developing a satellite-controlled warning system for the Indian Railways that will alert the train driver well in advance about an approaching unmanned level crossing. Simultaneously, it will also alert the road-users about the approaching train,” Tapan Misra, director of ISRO’s Space Applications Centre, said..

The demonstration project was carried out by a team of ISRO scientists and Western Railway officials in the first week of January. Under this project, a transmitter connected to GSAT-6 (a communication satellite) was mounted at Vastrapur and Sarkhej level crossings. Thereafter, the team boarded a train — fitted with a hooter that was in turn connected with a similar transmitter and a receiver — running between Gandhigram and Moraiya, near Changodar. All the trial runs were conducted in Ahmedabad.

“About 500 m before the level crossings, this hooter went on, warning the train driver about the approaching level crossing. The hooter got louder as the level crossing neared, and finally fell silent after the train passed it by. Similarly, the hooter attached to the transmitter mounted on the railway crossings alerted the road users about the approaching train. We had also used global positioning system and Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS) during this demonstration. After its success, we will soon implement the second phase,” Misra said.

In the next phase of the demonstration project, SAC has selected six private companies for commercially developing the satellite-based transmitting and receiving system. “One of the six models/designs developed by these companies will be selected and will be demonstrated on 50 different trains running across the country. This demonstration will be done for a month,” he said, adding that the system will be integrated with IRNSS

According to scientists at SAC, the project to build warning systems will be taken forward to cover the entire railway network at a later stage. A GIS (Geographical Information Systems) mapping will be done of the entire route and a GIS map will be created. “This will help Indian Railways track each train on its network and also get timely alerts about derailment and accidents,” Misra added.

Tata Sky plans to launch browsing app on its STBs

From http://telecom.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/tata-sky-plans-to-launch-browsing-app-on-its-stbs/50830244

It is also in talks with commerce companies to join its platform and provide their catalogues to customers via the STB. This new application will also allow broadcasters to put their over-the-top (OTT) platforms on the new Tata Sky STBs.

Mumbai:Direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky is all set to introduce an internet browsing application on its set-top-boxes (STBs) and is in the process of getting popular websites including social media platforms and apps onboard.

It is also in talks with commerce companies to join its platform and provide their catalogues to customers via the STB. This new application will also allow broadcasters to put their over-the-top (OTT) platforms on the new Tata Sky STBs.

Q3-2015: DishTV adds 317K subscribers; reports subscription revenue of Rs 711 crore

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/q3-2015-dishtv-adds-317k-subscriber-reports-subscription-revenue-of-rs-711-crore-160203

BENGALURU: This is the fourth consecutive quarter that direct to home (DTH) company DishTV has reported growth across important financial and operational parameters including operating revenues (TIO), profit after tax (PAT) and subscription numbers. Last fiscal and quarter (year and quarter ended 31 March, 2015, Q4-2015), Essel Group’s DTH operator Dish TV Limited turned the corner with a consolidated profit after tax (PAT) of Rs 3.14 crore and Rs 34.94 crore (margin 4.8 per cent) respectively. The company followed this up with even better numbers in the previous two quarters (Q1-2016 and Q2-2016).

The company added 3.17 lakh net subscribers in the quarter ended 31 December, 2015 (Q3-2016, current quarter), taking its subscriber base on that date to 140 lakh. Dish TV is the largest DTH player in the country in terms of subscribers as well as revenue. The company reported 11.8 per cent YOY revenue growth in the current quarter at Rs 771.48 crore as compared to Rs 690.08 crore and 2.5 per cent more QoQ as compared to Rs 752.42 crore.

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore

The company reported 39.1 per cent EBIDTA growth in the current quarter at Rs 265.4 crore as compared to Rs 190.8 crore in the corresponding year ago quarter and 4.1 per cent more than the Rs 255 crore in the immediate trailing quarter. The company reported PAT in Q3-2016 at Rs 68.49 as compared to a loss of Rs 2.63 crore in the corresponding prior year quarter, but decline 21.3 per cent as compared to Rs 86.96 crore in the previous quarter.

Dish TV managing director Jawahar Goel said, ““We witnessed steady growth in the third quarter and our key metrics strengthened further. Subscription revenues grew 12.6 per cent while EBITDA margin improved to 34.4 per cent. Churn was lower at 0.7 per cent per month. PAT was Rs. 68.5 crore compared to a loss of Rs.2.6 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal. Free cash flow for the quarter stood at Rs. 129.6 crore. With a focus on Balance Sheet strength, Dish TV further pruned its debt by Rs 300 crore. The net debt is now around Rs 561 crore and likely to reduce substantially going forward.”

Goel added, “Efforts towards 100 per cent village electrification and 24x7 power supply in urban areas have a direct correlation with our business. Improved power quality is likely to increase the consumption of pay-tv and within that, pre-paid platforms like Dish TV. Further, financial inclusion initiatives like the ‘Jan Dhan Yojna’ have also facilitated ease of recharge for DTH subscribers by giving them universal access to banking facilities. Rising income levels, growing urbanisation and favourable population dynamics instil confidence that India would be able to sustain high growth over a long period of time. Such positive indicators are catalysts for consumption driven sectors like DTH.”

Talking about digitisation and Dish TV’s positioning, Goel said, “We continued to build our pan-India reach during the quarter. However, as expected, despite analogue sunset there was no real spike in consumer demand from Phase III markets thus making it an ordinary quarter from that perspective. Later, changing gears to align with the current industry trend, we tweaked our subscription packages to a more versatile and seemingly economical offering. Mandatory digitisation however is expected to pick up speed and our key focus going forward would be to gain market share both in terms of subscribers and profitability.”


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G-Sat 15 93.5E 11090 V "DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kisan, DD Bharati, DD Bangla, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD Kashir, Maha Movie, Aastha Bhajan India, B4U Movies India, Wow Cinema, India News, IBN 7 and Big Magic Ganga" have started on , Fta.
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Sky Go back up and running after outage

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11584123

Sky TV's online service has been hit by at least its second outage within a week, with customers unable to watch the first two hours of the Black Caps game against Australia at Eden Park.

Sky Go services are since back up and running, Sky announced on Twitter.

"SKY Go services are now back up and streaming! Thanks for your patience and we apologise for the interruption."

The Herald has tried to contact the broadcaster's boss John Fellet but was unable to reach him.

A Sky Fan Pass customer said the outage affected him also.

Hauraki resident Max Hetherington purchased a Sky Fan Pass for five days to watch the cricket.

However when settling down at his home to watch the game this afternoon, Sky's online service was down for at least an hour.

"I'm very annoyed.

"You pay for the service and you don't get it," he said.

He said the outages wasn't good for New Zealand cricket and rugby.

"It's derogatory for New Zealand sport.

"They have exclusive rights to cricket and rugby and fans want to see it to support them but they can't."

Mr Hetherington said the sporting bodies should address this issue to Sky TV directly.

He said the service wasn't cheap - costing him about $20 in total for five days.

"I sent them an email and said it was a load of rubbish.

"I haven't got a response yet which is hardly surprising," he said.

While he was able to watch the cricket now with Fan Pass back up and running, he would like some guarantees from Sky that "what we pay is what we get".

Consumer New Zealand chief executive Sue Chetwin said as Sky Go was a free service to subscribers so there wasn't much customers could do.

"However, if I was Sky I would withdraw it until it could get it to work properly, or alternatively give them a Sky Pass."

ustomers complained on social media of being unable to access the Sky Go application.
The Herald's attempt to log onto the service also failed.

It is the second time in less than a week that sports fans have been thwarted from watching major events.

Customers also complained on social media on Sunday of being unable to use the Sky Go app - during a time when the Black Caps were playing Pakistan, the rugby Sevens was on in Wellington and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was being screened.

The app allows customers to stream some Sky channels on their phone or tablets when away from their televisions.

UAE likely to launch 18 satellites by 2018

From http://www.khaleejtimes.com/uae-likely-to-launch-18-satellites-by-2018

UAE among first in Arab world to launch satellite for trade and investment purposes

The Future Centre for Advanced Researches and Studies, FARAS, has revealed that the UAE is one of the first Arab countries to enter the race to launch satellites for commercial and investment purposes, according to a recent report.

FARAS added that the space sector, and the field of space exploration in the country, is one of the most important engines of the economy, saying that the UAE investments in the field of space technology currently surpass Dh20 billion, about US$ 5.5 billion.

In a report prepared by Mohamed Ahmed Abdel Al Muti, a specialist researcher in international economic development, the centre noted that the UAE launched the first Al-Yah satellite in 2011, and it is likely that it will have launched 18 satellites by no later than 2018. The UAE will also will get high-performance satellite systems to monitor the ground under several contracts recently concluded.

He added that the Dubai government established the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre last year, an essential element in the strategic initiative developed by the government to encourage scientific innovation and technological progress, as well as the advancement of sustainable development in Dubai in particular, and the UAE in general.

The report said that the UAE announced the establishment of the UAE Space Agency and has been working on a project to send the first Arab and Islamic unmanned probe to Mars, led by an Emirati team, in a scientific expedition to the Red Planet by 2021, and will become the ninth country in the world with space programmes to explore the Red Planet.

The country currently has Al-Yah Satellite Communications, a satellite data and television broadcast company, mobile satellite communication company, Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications, and Earth Mapping and Observation system, Dubai Sat.

The researcher said that Arab countries have recently begun working on finding their place in the field of space economies, pointing out that Egypt was among the first Arab countries that launched satellites, with Nilesat 1 in 1998 and Nilesat 2 in 2000.

The report pointed out that the value of the world's space economies amounted to nearly US$330 billion at the end of 2014, showing a growth rate of more than nine percent compared to 2013, which was estimated at about $US 302.5 billion. This economic pattern contributes to the recruitment of about one million people around the world, with an average annual wage of approximately US$110,000 per person.

North Korea plans satellite launch

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/asia/76552609/north-korea-plans-satellite-launch

North Korea has told UN agencies it plans to launch a satellite as early as next week, a move that could advance the country's long-range missile technology after its fourth nuclear test on January 6.

News of the planned launch between Feb 8 and Feb 25 drew fresh US calls for tougher UN sanctions already under discussion in response to North Korea's nuclear test. US State Department spokesman John Kirby said the UN needed to "send North Korea a swift, firm message".

Pyongyang has said it has a sovereign right to pursue a space programme by launching rockets, although the US and other governments worry that such launches are missile tests in disguise.

"We have received information from DPRK regarding the launch of earth observation satellite 'Kwangmyongsong' between 8-25 February," a spokeswoman for the International Maritime Organisation, a UN agency, told Reuters.

Space Launch System's First Flight will launch small Sci-Tech cubesats

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NASA_Space_Launch_Systems_First_Flight_to_Send_Small_Sci_Tech_Satellites_Into_Space_999.html

The Lunar Flashlight, flying as secondary payload on the first flight of NASA's Space Launch System, will examine the moon's surface for ice deposits and identify locations where resources may be extracted. Image courtesy NASA. For a larger version of this image please go here.

The first flight of NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018.

These small satellite secondary payloads will carry science and technology investigations to help pave the way for future human exploration in deep space, including the journey to Mars. SLS' first flight, referred to as Exploration Mission-1 (EM-1), provides the rare opportunity for these small experiments to reach deep space destinations, as most launch opportunities for CubeSats are limited to low-Earth orbit.

"The 13 CubeSats that will fly to deep space as secondary payloads aboard SLS on EM-1 showcase the intersection of science and technology, and advance our journey to Mars," said NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman.

The secondary payloads were selected through a series of announcements of flight opportunities, a NASA challenge and negotiations with NASA's international partners.

"The SLS is providing an incredible opportunity to conduct science missions and test key technologies beyond low-Earth orbit," said Bill Hill, deputy associate administrator for Exploration Systems Development at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "This rocket has the unprecedented power to send Orion to deep space plus room to carry 13 small satellites - payloads that will advance our knowledge about deep space with minimal cost."

NASA selected two payloads through the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) Broad Agency Announcement:

+ Skyfire - Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Denver, Colorado, will develop a CubeSat to perform a lunar flyby of the moon, taking sensor data during the flyby to enhance our knowledge of the lunar surface

+ Lunar IceCube - Morehead State University, Kentucky, will build a CubeSat to search for water ice and other resources at a low orbit of only 62 miles above the surface of the moon

Three payloads were selected by NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate:

+ Near-Earth Asteroid Scout, or NEA Scout will perform reconnaissance of an asteroid, take pictures and observe its position in space

+ BioSentinel will use yeast to detect, measure and compare the impact of deep space radiation on living organisms over long durations in deep space

+ Lunar Flashlight will look for ice deposits and identify locations where resources may be extracted from the lunar surface

Two payloads were selected by NASA's Science Mission Directorate:

+ CuSP - a "space weather station" to measure particles and magnetic fields in space, testing practicality for a network of stations to monitor space weather

+ LunaH-Map will map hydrogen within craters and other permanently shadowed regions throughout the moon's south pole

Three additional payloads will be determined through NASA's Cube Quest Challenge - sponsored by NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate and designed to foster innovations in small spacecraft propulsion and communications techniques. CubeSat builders will vie for a launch opportunity on SLS' first flight through a competition that has four rounds, referred to as ground tournaments, leading to the selection in 2017 of the payloads to fly on the mission.

NASA has also reserved three slots for payloads from international partners. Discussions to fly those three payloads are ongoing, and they will be announced at a later time.

On this first flight, SLS will launch the Orion spacecraft to a stable orbit beyond the moon to demonstrate the integrated system performance of Orion and the SLS rocket prior to the first crewed flight. The first configuration of SLS that will fly on EM-1 is referred to as Block I and will have a minimum 70-metric-ton (77-ton) lift capability and be powered by twin boosters and four RS-25 engines.

The CubeSats will be deployed following Orion separation from the upper stage and once Orion is a safe distance away. Each payload will be ejected with a spring mechanism from dispensers on the Orion stage adapter. Following deployment, the transmitters on the CubeSats will turn on, and ground stations will listen for their beacons to determine the functionality of these small satellites.

South Africa starts dual TV illumination

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/02/south-africa-starts-dual-tv-illumination/

South Africa started its tortuously slow road to analogue switch off on February 1st by starting digital broadcasting transmissions.

Faith Muthambi the country’s communications minister described the start of digital broadcasting as truly exciting. “The picture is now coming together; from gazetting the Broadcasting Digital Migration Policy on the 18th of March 2015, to the first installation of set-top-boxes on December 17th 2015 in the Northern Cape,” she added.

She also stressed that there is a definitive end to analogue broadcasting now in sight. An initial marketing push in the Northern Cape region is now seeing about 250 registrations of interest from members of the public per day, says the Ministry.

However, the official date (last June 2015) for all-digital broadcasting has been well and truly missed, and not helped by the lack of set-top boxes and any sort of serious marketing. The original switchover was – according to the nation’s official “Go Digital” campaign – due to be completed for 75 per cent of the population by 2011. (The Ministry of Communications official – and ‘live’ web-site – covering digital migration has not been updated since February 2010).

South Africa is committed to helping poorer households make the conversion by supplying 5 million subsidised receiver boxes to pick up the digital terrestrial transmissions.

There is no official end-date for the digital migration process, other than a commitment to wrap the process in the “next 18-24 months”.

EBU concerned at EC spectrum proposals

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/03/ebu-concerned-at-ec-spectrum-proposals/

European public broadcasting alliance the EBU has expressed concerns as the European Commission unveils its proposals for the future of UHF spectrum. According to the EBU, these proposals place a heavy burden on broadcasters currently investing and innovating on the Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) platform in UHF.

EBU Head of European Affairs Nicola Frank described moving DTT services out of the 700MHz band by 2020 as “a major challenge”, in particular for those Member States where DTT is the main platform to receive television, noting that in Europe, 250 million people receive their television services through DTT.

“Broadcasters will need to make costly changes to their infrastructure. Member states should clearly be able to provide for compensation for both consumers and broadcasters in order to cater for the investment needed to implement the change,” she stated.

In addition, the EBU suggests that by introducing a so-called ‘flexibility option’ to deploy alternative technologies in the sub-700 MHz band, the European Commission is opting for something which has not yet been validated by technical studies and for which there is no proven market demand.

Earlier, broadcasters had welcomed the ’20-25-30’ conclusions to the 2014 High Level Group of Spectrum chaired by Pascal Lamy because it set a flexible deadline for transition of DTT out of the 700 MHz band and required sub-700 MHz frequencies to continue being used for TV broadcasting until 2030, with a review planned in 2025.

However, notes the EBU, in its proposal, the European Commission has set a strict deadline for clearing the 700 MHz band from DTT by 2020, taking away the flexibility broadcasters required in some Member States.

The EBU says the Commission’s strategy also fails to mention any compensatory measures for broadcasters, who will need to overhaul infrastructure or envisage cutting away certain services. In this climate, innovation and new channels on the Digital Terrestrial Television platform will be undermined.

“While the proposal does aim to preserve the sub-700 MHz UHF for digital broadcasting, as decided by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in November 2015, the European Commission wants to introduce a ‘flexibility option’, offering other services access to these bands under certain circumstances,” it says.

The EBU shares the view in the Lamy report that the flexibility option should be carefully studied and tested beforehand and be considered only if compatible with broadcasting in the Member State where it is envisaged and clearly backed by market demand.

The European Commission UHF Spectrum Strategy, unveiled on 2 February, will now be examined separately by the European Parliament and the EU Member States and will become law once these two bodies agree on the same text. This process could last from a few months to more than one year.

The EC strategy proposes what it describes as “a balanced long-term approach” for the use of the ultra-high frequency (UHF) band. According to the proposal, more spectrum will be made available for mobile services in the 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) by 2020. The EC saysthis approach will make sure that Europeans can have access to creative content on tablets and smartphones – an increasing trend – but also through classic TV services. The EC says the proposal is also in line with the most recent international agreements on the use of the UHF band including the 700 MHz band.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “28 different approaches to manage radio frequencies in the EU do not make economic sense in the Digital Single Market. Today we come with our first proposal on how to better coordinate spectrum in the EU. We propose a joint approach to use the 700 MHz band for mobile services. This band is the sweet spot for both wide coverage and high speeds. It will give top-quality Internet access to all Europeans, even in rural areas, and pave the way for 5G, the next generation of communication network. At the same time, we secure frequencies for the audiovisual sector and boost the development of technologies which make an efficient use of radio waves. Spectrum is a scarce resource: we need to make the best of it.”

Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: “We cannot have high quality mobile Internet for everything and for everyone everywhere unless we have modern infrastructure and modern rules. With this proposal we show that we can have both: a vibrant audiovisual sector as well as the spectrum we will need for 5G. The 700 MHz band will be ideal for new promising fields like connected driving and the Internet of Things. I want Europe to lead in 5G. That is why all Member States must act by 2020.”

The proposal comprises two major elements:
•in the 700 MHz band: a common schedule for making it effectively available for wireless broadband use under harmonised technical conditions, and related coordination measures in support of this transition;
•in the sub-700 MHz band: long-term priority for the distribution of audiovisual media services to the general public, along with a flexible approach for spectrum use to cater for different levels of digital terrestrial television (DTT) uptake in Member States.

According to the EC, the proposal will make it easier and will reduce costs to develop innovative devices and services across the EU: no need to switch between different bands anymore and to adapt to divergent national requirements.

Coordinated transition towards 2020

The EC proposes that the 700 MHz band should be assigned to wireless broadband by 30 June 2020 at the latest in all EU countries. This will be in line with the deployment of 5G, foreseen as from 2020. To meet this deadline, Member States will need to adopt and make public their national plans for network coverage and for releasing this band by 30 June 2017. They will need also to conclude cross-border coordination agreements by the end of 2017. Such plans will smooth the transition and ensure good network coverage that will help to bridge the digital divide and create the necessary coverage conditions for connected vehicles or remote health care.

The Commission notes that two Member States (France, Germany) have already authorised the use of the 700 MHz band for mobile services. Further Member States (Denmark, Finland, Sweden, UK) have outlined plans to repurpose the 700 MHz band in the next few years.

The Commission says it counts on the swift adoption of the proposal by the European Parliament and Member States in order to ensure a predictable and timely transition.



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From saaldav1

Hi Craig,

Yet another weekend has passed us by. In the West Of Australia government schoolchildren have their first day and week of teaching for the year.

Friday night - 29 January.

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Saturday afternoon - 30th January.

4148 H SR 7199 "SENTOSA GOLF" Men's Golf from Singapore - SMBC Singapore Open, (FTA.)
3916 H SR 7500 "Monsoon Cup 2015" World Match Racing Sailing Tour, MALAYSIA, (FTA.)

Saturday afternoon - 30th January.

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3914 V SR 7120 "IEC CRT OU 1 E" ISU European Figure Skating Championship 2016 from Bratislava, SLOVAKIA, (FTA.)
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Sunday afternoon - 31st January.

4148 H SR 7199 "SENTOSA GOLF" SMBC SINGAPORE Men's Golf Open, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7199 "ENC-3" Basketball, (FTA.)
3916 V SR 4799 "DEFAULT" Male Reporter reporting on Syrian Crisis, (FTA.)

Sunday night - 31st January.

4165 H SR 7199 "MP4_1" ROAD FC Kickboxing from China, (FTA.)
3671 H SR 4166 "AP - ISB - 1 "Male reporter, (FTA.)
3628 H SR 1063 "MEDIAONE EKM" Male speaker, (FTA.)

Late Sunday night feeds - 31st January.

3876 H SR 7120 "Encoder 25" F.A. Cup Soccer - Carlisle vs Everton, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 7120 "Arqiva Enc 11" UCAM Murda CB vs Laboral Kutxa  Baskonia - Basketball from Spain, (FTA.)

Monday morning - 1st February.

3660 V SR 27500 "Al Jazeera in Arabic" is NEW, (FTA.)

Have a Great week Craig and everybody!

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is encrypted again.
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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3940 H "BBC World News Asia Pacific" is now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "DW Deutsch and DW" have started on , Fta. TVP Info and Kino Polska have left.
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Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Gogo Mall Home Shopping" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4080 H "NHK World TV" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Info Sports and Haari Music are back on , encrypted.Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia and TLC Southeast Asia" have left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Bloomberg TV Asia" has started on , Irdeto.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V "Cinema TV, DD Urdu, Chardikla Time TV, DD Saptagiri, India TV, Aastha India, Manoranjan TV, News Nation, SET India, Dabangg, Rishtey, Sony
Mix, Home Shop 18, DD Madhya Pradesh, Enterr 10 and Australia Plus TV India have started on , Fta. DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kisan, DD Bharati, DD Bangla, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD Kashir, Maha Movie, Aastha Bhajan India, B4U Movies India, Wow Cinema, India News, IBN 7 and Big Magic Ganga" have left.

Insat 4B 93.5E 3721 H "DD Mizoram" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 3740 H "DD Nagaland" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 3750 H "DD Sikkim" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3462 V "Panyapiwat TV 1 and Panyapiwat TV 2" have left.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3585 V "Next Series has started on , BISS. Kaset Ngernlarn" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Thai Station TV and TV D (BISS)" have started on , Fta
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3840 V "Jipata TV and Chokdee TV on are now in clear. SBT TV, CAT Channel and 13 Siam Thai are now in clear. Kaset News Channel and Pramarn Channel" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4064 V "MV Lao TV, AC2 Korea Film and TVBL" have started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4160 V "Bluesky Channel" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 4160 V "TV Market" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3746 H "EBC" has started on , clear.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3748 H "TV Oromiyaa" has started on , Fta

ABS 2 75.0E TNT has left 11559 V.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3724 L "Inooro TV, KU TV and Meru TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 22 72.1E 3742 L "KU TV, UTV, Word Music TV, Deliverance TV, Kyeni TV, Islamia TV and Farmer TV" have started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "SET Russia" has started on , Irdeto.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "Russkaya Komediya, STV, On TV, Muzzone, Asyl Arna and TNT" are Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11593 H "Nautical Channel" has started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12616 V Paramount Comedy Russia, NTK, 31 Kanal, Muzzone, Zhetysu TV, NTV Mir, SET Russia, F L'Original, 24 KZ, KazSport, Sony Sci-Fi Russia, Amedia 1, U, Mir, World Business Channel and L!feNews have started on , Fta. STV, Asyl Arna and On TV have left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V "Balapan has started on , clear. STV, On TV, Muzzone, SET Russia, Mir and TNT" are Fta again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "24 KZ and KazSport" are Fta again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 H "Sony Pal and Sony ESPN" have started on , PowerVu. Sony Kix has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Prarthana Bhawan TV has replaced Bhaskar News" on , Fta.
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From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,1 Kanal、Match TV(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11131 V 11160参数无效接收。[02-02]
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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道新增,设置4132 H 7596参数免费接收。[02-02]
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东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、民视(环宇卫视)等频道解密,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。[02-02]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Info Sport等替换动物星球(Skynindo)等3个频道,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[02-01]
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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,彭博财经(高清)频道新增,设置4100 V 29717参数有条件接收。[02-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Al Jazeera(半岛电视)频道新增,设置3880 H 27500参数免费接收。[02-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Attanr TV替换Sargam TV(测试)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。[02-01]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Sky News、HBO(MPEG-4)等全组频道改格式,设置10973 V 24500参数有条件接收。[01-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Saradee替换PSI Channel(泰国)频道,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-31]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,She(印尼)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。[01-31]
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,She(印尼)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。[01-31]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Sky News、HBO(MPEG-4)等全组频道改格式,设置10973 V 24500参数有条件接收。[01-31]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,潮卫视(香港)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。[01-31]
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东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Live 1 HD(测试)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[01-30]

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD Mp、Cinema TV等替换B4U Movies(印度)等频道,设置11470 V 29500参数免费接收。[01-30]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,龙祥时代、天映经典(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-30]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Lao PS TV(泰国)频道新增,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-30]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,DTV2、DTV3、DTV4(测试)频道新增,设置4011 V 1500参数免费接收。[01-30]
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东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sri TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-30]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,ETC(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月29日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,R TV、Sindu TV(孟加拉)等3个频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [1月29日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道新增,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月29日]


Sky baffled by app outage

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11582927

Rieko Ioane of New Zealand scores during the 2016 Wellington Sevens match between New Zealand and South Africa. Many Sky Go users missed the game on their app due to an outage.

Sky Television still doesn't know why the technology behind its app failed, preventing thousands of customers from watching three big sporting events yesterday.

Customers complained on social media on Sunday of being unable to use the SkyGo app - during a time when the Black Caps were playing Pakistan, the rugby Sevens was on in Wellington and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was being screened.

The app allows customers to stream some Sky channels on their phone or tablets when away from their televisions.

Sky CEO John Fellet said more people watched sport on SkyGo on weekdays when at work rather than weekends and around 3000 customers were likely affected by yesterday's outage.

The majority of customers would still have been able to watch sport yesterday's on their computers via Sky's website, Fellet said.

However, the Herald is aware of some customers who could not log onto the website either.

Yesterday's fault is the second big failure within a year for SkyGo, the other being its outage during July's historic All Blacks test against Samoa in Apia.

Fellet said the technology which checks that someone logging into the app was a subscriber failed yesterday.

The company which provides the technology for the SkyGo service was still unable to say why the fault happened, he said.

Problems with the app were resolved around 11 o'clock last night.

Asked if he was confident SkyGo was robust, Fellet said: "I'm never confident, trust me, dealing with technology, but always optimistic."

1 in 7 Australians watch no Commercial TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/02/01/1-in-7-australians-watch-no-commercial-tv/

Over one in seven Australians now watch no commercial television on a normal weekday – over twice as many as in 2008. The audience is fast getting older and SVoD looks set to make a bigger dent in the medium’s reach in 2016, the latest media data from Roy Morgan Research shows.

Seven years ago, only 6.9 per cent of Australians (14+) wouldn’t watch any Commercial TV on a normal weekday, and there was little difference between age groups. Nearly everyone, regardless of age, would watch at least some show (and advertising) during the day. It was simply a matter of which show reached which people.

Since then, the proportion of Australians who don’t watch any Commercial TV has more than doubled to 14.9 per cent—and the gap is widening between age groups, with 14-34 year-olds making the fastest exodus from the medium. In 2015, over one in five 25-34 year-olds (20.7 per cent) watched no Commercial TV, up nearly threefold from the 7.6 per cent who couldn’t be reached by the channel in 2008. 18.8 per cent of 14-24 year-olds now don’t watch any Commercial TV, up from 7.0 per cent in 2008.

Commercial TV also has less reach among older people, but their abandonment has been slower: 14.1 per cent of 35-49 year-olds and 11.0 per cent of Australians 50+ reported watching no Commercial TV on a normal weekday in 2015 (up from 6.5 per cent and 6.9 per cent respectively).

The firm notes that this still means that Commercial TV reaches 85.1 per cent of Australians – more than any other medium. On an average weekday, Australians watch a combined 39 million hours of Commercial TV.

What has changed though, as certain audiences turn it off faster than others, is just who sees all that broadcasting. In 2008, not only were rates of non-viewing much lower, and more uniform across age groups, but the heaviest viewers (50+) watched only around 26 minutes more on average per day than the lightest (25-34)—and so the reach of Commercial TV, by share of total viewing minutes, quite fairly reflected the population as a whole.

In 2015, nearly half the total time spent watching is by viewers aged 50+ (48.9 per cent, up 6.5 per cent points from 42.4 per cent in 2008). However, as a share of the total 14+ population, this group grew just 1.8 per cent points over the period. Less of the total daily time reaches all other age groups: 22.7 per cent goes to 35-49 year-olds (down from 25.1 per cent); 14.4 per cent to 25-34 year-olds (down from 15.2 per cent); and 14.0 per cent to 14-24 year-olds—the sharpest proportional decline.

This shift away from Commercial TV viewing since 2008 coincides with the rise of Internet-based entertainment: 7.7 million Australians 14+ (40 per cent) now stream or download video, TV or movies in an average four weeks; among those who don’t watch any Commercial TV, 54 per cent stream or download televisual content—a majority for the first time in 2015.

But aside from being simply a new competitive channel, Internet streaming and downloading provided a whole new outlook on media consumption: content on-demand. Now, Commercial TV faces an even more direct competitor, in the form of Subscription Video On Demand (SVoD) including Netflix, Stan, Presto, Quickflix and Foxtel Play.

By the end of last year, almost three million Australians 14+ had access to at least one of these SVoD services. As the firm reported throughout the year, the spread of SVoD has so far been dominated by Netflix, which alone now reaches over 2.7 million people in over a million homes.

Those in SVoD homes watch, on average, half an hour less Commercial TV on a normal weekday than those without any SVoD. It may still be too early though to conclude that people watch 30 minutes less commercial TV as a result of subscribing to SVoD – perhaps these earliest subscribers were more likely to already be lighter or non-viewers of Commercial TV.

Australians aged 14-24 or 25-34 with SVoD in the home watch 13 minutes less TV on average per day than their counterparts without it, and the difference is even starker among older groups: 35-49 year-old subscribers watch 19 minutes less, and those 50+ watch 33 minutes less Commercial TV—in part because these older SVoD subscribers are, by definition, already atypical of their age group.

These differences in the average time spent watching Commercial TV are, in part, because SVoD subscribers are more likely to watch zero minutes of Commercial TV on a normal weekday, reducing the average: 18.6 per cent watch no commercial TV, compared with the norm (as discussed above) of 14.9 per cent. However, it’s the fewer minutes, not zero minutes, which has the greater impact. On top of the non-viewers, another 43.1 per cent of SVoD subscribers watch up to only two hours of Commercial TV a day (compared with the norm of 34.9 per cent), while only 18.4 per cent watch three or more hours (compared with 28.3 per cent of all Australians).

According to Tim Martin, General Manager – Media, Roy Morgan Research, Commercial television has the biggest reach of any medium. “An in-depth knowledge of each show’s audience and their levels of engagement can give advertisers huge reach and impact in their target markets.”

“Roy Morgan is the only source of consumer media consumption data across all media, which is more important than ever in a fragmenting, competitive landscape. Our television attention level and involvement research in particular goes beyond ratings to show networks and advertisers which shows engage audiences. We also ask consumers about their awareness of SVoD services and intentions to subscribe or switch in the coming year.”

“Commercial TV is now unable to reach around a fifth of all 14-34 year-olds, and the trend looks set to continue. In another seven years, it might well be a third. Already the very idea of ‘seeing what’s on TV’ at a particular time is beginning to seem a little archaic next to the massive libraries of niche, personally appealing content ready—by definition—on demand.”

“Commercial TV networks will need to become more innovative with content and scheduling, rights deals and partnerships, how advertising is incorporated into programming. Foxtel has yet to suffer any significant drop-off in lapsed customers, with SVoD so far broadening the paid television market rather than competing with Foxtel.”

“Most viewers aren’t desperately to avoid any advertising whatsoever—it’s just that there are more easy ways to circumvent it, so why not record a show and skip through ads, download it, legally or illegally, subscribe to SVoD, or simply switch attention to the tablet or phone the second an ad break arrives.”

“Nine’s Stan and Seven’s Presto lag well behind Netflix in the SVoD market. After another rocky year on the ASX, 2016 may be do-or-die time for the networks to get a better, long-term understanding of how to attract and engage viewers and put the right ads in front of them. Without some self-reflection and innovation, Commercial TV could perhaps find itself as a medium only for people taking a quick channel-surfing break from the burden of choosing between all the range and quality available elsewhere.”

“Roy Morgan Audiences is a next-generation tool that can measure and profile unique viewers of digital content across devices, including streaming TV. With this new capability, the shift of audiences to digital platforms becomes a great opportunity for the commercial networks to count their audiences more accurately and understand them in more depth than ever before.”

Trimming anti-siphoning 'not good for Australian viewers', Seven boss Tim Worner says

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/trimming-antisiphoning-not-good-for-australian-viewers-seven-boss-tim-worner-says-20160201-gminbo.html

Changes to anti-siphoning is good for Foxtel, not Australian viewers, Seven CEO Tim Worner says.

Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner has hit out against the the possibility of tinkering with Australia's anti-siphoning regime, which dictates the sports free-to-air television has first rights to bid for, effectively preventing Foxtel from acquiring sports on the list.

It comes following the Department of Communications' recommendation that a number of outlier sporting events should be removed from the anti-siphoning list, a move Foxtel has welcomed.

As revealed by Fairfax Media, the department has recommended to Communications Minister Mitch Fifield the removal of a number of events, such as the FA Cup final, from the anti-siphoning list. This is part of an overall media reform package focusing on media ownership restrictions that he intends to introduce to Parliament in the first half of 2016.

Foxtel believes some events can be removed from the anti-siphoning list without much fuss.

"Anyone who thinks this is not a huge issue for ordinary Australians should come and take a few calls on our switchboard anytime a Collingwood game is consigned to pay TV," Mr Worner told Fairfax Media.

"A few minutes manning the phones would make it entirely clear that viewers expect to be able to watch the sports they love for free.

"And it's getting worse. Just in case anyone tries to peddle the notion that Australians are coming around to the concept of paying to watch their favourite sport. They are not."

Current list works well

Under the current broadcast deal, Seven holds the rights to four Australian Football League games each round – however the broadcast rights vary between markets.

For example, Seven airs all Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide Power matches in South Australia, but Fox Footy may show them in other states. However, in Victoria, some Melbourne-based matches may not be played on free-to-air.

Mr Worner said the current list works well and that any changes will see Australians pay to watch events they currently see for free.

"The drivers for this push from pay TV are clear. They want more premium sports rights on an exclusive basis to drive subscription levels. Taking sports off the list might be good for the Foxtel shareholders, but it is not good for Australian viewers," he said.

Last year, Foxtel gave Mr Fifield a list of sports it believes could be taken off the anti-siphoning list without much of an impact on television viewers.

Foxtel welcomed an easing of opposition to trimming the anti-siphoning list from the Department of Communications.

"The anti-siphoning regime remains the longest anywhere in the world and includes many events that are clearly not of cultural significance to Australians," a Foxtel spokesperson told Fairfax Media.

Only effect is to limit Foxtel

"It also doesn't apply to new entrants, so its only effect is to limit Foxtel's ability to compete."

The government has no plans to take events such as the National Rugby League, AFL or the Melbourne Cup off the list.

Removing such sports would be an incredibly unpopular move and would no doubt cause voter backlash – Foxtel has said it is not pushing for their removal from the list.

Foxtel is facing increasing competition for viewers from new entrants such as Netflix – which at this point has flagged it is not interested in joining the bidding wars for sports rights – as well as telecommunications providers.

Last year, the pay TV provider was outbid by Optus for the broadcast and digital rights to the English Premier League – which is not on the anti-siphoning list – with the telecommunications provider stumping up more than $US45 million ($63.7 million) per season.

Foxtel said it supported the removal of "outdated" media regulation, but reforms should be done in a holistic manner.

Attempt to force Australians to pay

Trimming the anti-siphoning list is a key part of getting Foxtel, which is 50 per cent owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, on side for media reform.

Free TV Australia chairman Harold Mitchell said about the push from subscription television to ease the anti-siphoning regime, that

"millions of Australian sports fans are able to see a range of major sporting events because of the anti-siphoning rules.

"Any move to force them to pay to watch sports they currently see for free, risks a strong voter backlash," he said.

"The anti-siphoning list consists of 10 sports plus the Olympic and Commonwealth Games. It is misleading to talk about the list containing 1300 events.

"Free TV broadcasters show everything we acquire and you only have to look at television over summer to see there is more sport live and free than ever before," Mr Mitchell said.

Chief executive of pay TV industry group Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association Andrew Maiden said the group was asking only for a modest trim of the list and that reform is a two-way street.

"In fact, changes to reach and cross-media ownership rules, if pursued in isolation, risk doing little more than entrenching the advantages of incumbent broadcasters, skewing investment away from new technology and business models," Mr Maiden said.

"We accept the politically inevitability of some form of anti-siphoning scheme. However, the current list of 1300 events includes matches played overseas and games broadcast to as few as 10,000 viewers. To characterise these events as nationally iconic stretches credibility well beyond breaking point."

Mr Maiden said major domestic football, the Melbourne Cup, Olympics and Commonwealth Games and many other overseas events would be unaffected by the trim ASTRA is seeking.

"The free-to-air industry cannot expect reform to be a one way street."

Who is the true number 2? Presto claims it's bigger than Stan

From http://www.techradar.com/news/video/who-is-the-true-number-2-presto-claims-it-s-bigger-than-stan-1314125

According to Presto chief executive Shaun James, Foxtel and Seven Media West’s streaming service is the second most popular in Australia after the undeniable juggernaut that is Netflix.

“New Hitwise data shows we’re clear No 2 in terms of web traffic and we believe we’re No 2 to Netflix and other metrics support that, but we know it’s a really competitive market,” said James.

As reported by The Australian, it’s believed that Presto has around 750,000 gross subscribers, with roughly 350,000 users who’ve turned into paid customers.

However, it should be noted that rival Australian streaming service Stan has questioned the reliability of Hitwise figures in the past, as the data only records visits to each service’s respective websites and “did not record the sub-domain data where Stan hosted its plays.”

Crunching the figures

Stan has recently gone on record as saying it has over 700,000 gross subscribers, with a conversion rate that adds up to around 300,000 ongoing paid subscriptions.

However, a leaked Hitwise analysis posted by Mumbrella only days ago suggested that Presto’s conversion rate was lower than that of Stan, putting the streaming service at around 250,000 ongoing subscribers.

Though James would not commit to a figure for Presto’s subscription numbers, he did say that the service is “on plan” and has grown 40 per cent through summer – a number attributed to “a very targeted Christmas and summer campaign” that included the launch of the exclusive Home & Away: An Eye For An Eye telemovie.

While the debate over which streaming service holds the coveted second place position in Australia’s SVOD war, everyone agrees on Netflix’s numbers – Roy Morgan Research puts the streaming king’s subscriber numbers at somewhere between 1 million and 1.2 million.

Viewers shun TV for devices

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/digital/viewers-shun-tv-for-devices/news-story/dd91ec598b2ead3b77efc9d9f18a49d3

The new VPM measurement will record audiences on internet-delivered TV, such as tablets, smartphones and computers.

The arrival of a new measurement system for digital TV ratings comes as time spent viewing television daily has dropped to its lowest level this century.

After hovering above three hours, the daily time spent watching TV on an actual TV set dropped to two hours and 49 minutes, according to the Q4 2014 Australian Multi-Screen Report.

Next week’s launch by metropolitan TV ratings service OzTAM of the new measuring system, known as Video Player Measurement, can’t come soon enough. Time spent on the ­“traditional” home TV is diminishing due to fragmentation, with viewers watching on more devices and using time-shifting and catch-up services.

The new VPM measurement will record audiences on internet-delivered TV, such as tablets, smartphones and computers, and apps, and, while being independent of the TV ratings (a single source figure may be available later in the year) should provide a lift of 1-2 per cent to audiences for most programs.

It will also provide a level of statistical coherence beyond the widely used, and abused, bald metric of gross streams, said Nine Network research director Steve Weaver.

“The industry, buyers and sellers, is pining for information in that space so it’s a fantastic step in the right direction,” Mr Weaver said. He added it was yet to be known which total TV viewing measurement would ultimately become the currency, either evolving from TV ratings systems including digital viewing or current online measurements grabbing linear TV viewing, but the OzTAM VPM system is a “world-class” step in the right direction.

“The VPM service is the first positive, needed step in that space and the solution that’s been created is quite elegant,” he said.

The VPM captures digital TV viewing across all devices, including apps, for linear networks and Foxtel but not streaming services such as SVODs including Netflix.

The ratings will launch as the official ratings year opens on February 7 with the first data released February 15. The system is believed to be collecting more than 20 million minutes of VPM viewing a day, which will probably lift to 40 million minutes/day during heavier viewing periods this year. The ratings figure is not a stream, rather the total viewing minutes divided by the content’s length, to provide an average audience.

The major assumption is video viewing remains a solo ­pastime. Live streaming figures are expected to be incorporated in a few months, meaning the major beneficiaries in viewing terms will be dramas, with the popular Plus7 property Home & Away likely to add 30,000 or more viewers through its VPM measurement.

Nine’s Mr Weaver said there was only one caveat in the OzTAM metric in averaging of the volume across every single minute: the digital industry has quoted, perhaps disingenuously, stream starts. “So in that sense, there could be people in the market who when looking at this new number from OzTAM feel this is a little lower than I thought,” he said. “It isn’t lower, it’s just a new methodology.”

China Launches 21st Beidou Navigation Satellite

From http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/02/01/4202s915511.htm

A chart of the working mechanism of the Beidou Navigation Satellite System. [Photo: baidu.com]

China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time Monday.

Launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, the satellite was boosted by a Long March-3C carrier rocket. It is the 21st satellite for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, putting China one step closer to providing an alternative to the U.S.-operated GPS.

ISL launches first laser telecommunication satellite of SpaceDataHighway

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsisl-first-laser-telecommunication-satellite-spacedatahighway-4798099

International Launch Services (ILS), has launched the first relay satellite of the European Space Agency's (ESA), European Data Relay system (EDRS) or SpaceDataHighway, into geostationary orbit.

The Proton rocket lifted the satellite from a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which was part of the Eutelsat-9B telecom satellite system.

Following a test period, EDRS-A will start operations for its first customer, the European Commission's Copernicus Sentinel satellites, by mid-2016.

Expected to provide high-speed laser communication in space at up to 1.8GB per second, SpaceDataHighway is capable of transmitting high-volume information from Earth observation satellites, UAVs and surveillance devices, or from a space station including the International Space Station (ISS).

Usually, low-orbiting satellites must appear within the purview of a ground station before sending information to Earth. However, EDRS gathers information from its higher, geo-stationary position through laser and instantly transfers it to the ground.

"The Proton rocket lifted the satellite from a launch pad in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, which was part of the Eutelsat-9B telecom satellite system."

The SpaceDataHighway system was jointly developed by ESA and Airbus Defence and Space through a public-private partnership (PPP), with an investment of €500m.

The German Aerospace Center (DLR) and eleven European countries are involved in the consortium developing the programme.

Airbus Defence and Space intelligence and security (CIS) business line communications head Evert Dudok said: "SpaceDataHighway is no longer science fiction.

"It will revolutionise satellite and drone communications, and help to keep the European space industry at the forefront of technology and innovative services."

ESA, Airbus and DLR will start testing EDRS-A's overall health and performance from EDRS ground stations in Germany, Belgium and the UK.

The recently launched satellite, which will be operated by Eutelsat, expects to start relaying data for the ISS in 2018.

The second EDRS satellite, EDRS-C, is scheduled to be launched by next year. Once launched, it will join EDRS-A over Europe while the third satellite is planned to be launched in 2020, which will operate over the Asia-Pacific region, in a bid to double coverage

Google tells the FCC its secret airborne network is nothing to worry about

From http://arstechnica.co.uk/gadgets/2016/02/google-tells-the-fcc-its-secret-airborne-network-is-nothing-to-worry-about/

Google still seeking approval for a US nationwide test of what we assume is Project Loon.

In an FCC filing, Google has told the US government that it believes its secret airborne network won't interfere with any existing networks and won't harm any people or animals. Google has been hoping to perform a "two-year nationwide test" of the network and recently addressed some concerns people had raised about it.

In the filing, Google only calls the project a "nationwide testing of airborne and terrestrial transmitters in the 71-76 and 81-86 GHz bands (collectively, the E-band)." It wants to keep the project a secret, but all signs point to it being for Project Loon, Google's airborne network of balloons which it has primarily tested in New Zealand. The application is signed by Astro Teller, the head of Google's "X" division, which houses Project Loon.

The "E-Band" that Google says it will use is often deployed as a wireless backhaul option for network providers. Fiber is, of course, preferable, but Fiber is expensive and sometimes—like in the case of Project Loon—you just can't use a wire. Most E-Band applications use highly directional antennas and are capable of multi-gigabit speeds over a mile or two. Google notes that it will have both terrestrial antennas that "will be pointed upward" along with airborne transmitters. In Project Loon, this would suggest the E-Band would be used for balloon-to-ground and balloon-to-balloon communication.

The current iteration of Project Loon uses LTE to provide service to users, basically making them flying cellular towers. Google doesn't have the nationwide spectrum to provide end-user LTE access itself, but that's not a problem since Google's current plan for Project Loon is to build the infrastructure and rent it out to existing telcos.

Some commenters had apparently worried that the RF energy from the balloons would or could harm people or animals (an odd concern, given that the E-Band has been in use for some time). Google said there was "no factual basis" for these concerns. There was also worry that an airborne E-Band transmitter could interfere with existing installations, but Google notes that thanks to the highly directional antennas, anything they're not aiming at would receive "only a small fraction of the maximum transmitted energy."

Google is still waiting for the test to be approved. The other concern for a nationwide Loon test would be the balloons falling out of the sky or interfering with an aircraft during launching and landing, but for that they'll need to talk to the FAA. Google already has permission to test the balloons in California and Nevada, and the company gives the local air traffic control a heads up when it needs to do a launch or landing.


No update due to a local Holiday, back on Tuesday


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


New channels Optus D1 SKY NZ (NDS encrypted)

12394 H 22500 - TFC, Star Gold
12608 H 22500 - SCC
Colors & SCM are yet to appear.

From my Email


From the Dish

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "Russkaya Komediya, Muzzone and TNT have started on , Irdeto. STV, On TV and Asyl Arna are now encrypted. NTK, Zhetysu TV, 24 KZ and KazSport" have left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V "Muzzone, SET Russia, Mir and TNT have started on , Irdeto. STV and On TV are now encrypted NTK, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ and KazSport" have left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "Tiji Russia" has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Bhaskar News" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

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东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,MUTV HD(高清)频道消失,设置3760 H 29700参数无效接收。 [1月29日]
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东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Test Channel 1(测试)等2个频道新增,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [1月28日]
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Stream Links

BBC World NEWS stream link


rtmp://c.cdn.newschat.tv/edge/bbcwn_live swfUrl=http://newschat.tv/player.swf pageUrl=http://www.livenewschat.eu/world/


Cricket caught in online blackout as Nine kicks off live streaming

From http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/cricket-caught-in-online-blackout-as-nine-kicks-off-live-streaming-20160129-gmgtd2.html

Nine's new live streaming service doesn't include the cricket due to existing online rights deals.

Aussies can watch Channel 9 live via 9Now, but existing rights deals mean cricket is off the menu for now.

It's been a long time coming but Australia's free-to-air television broadcasters are finally embracing online simulcasts, streaming their broadcast channels live via their catch up TV services. Nine is the latest to get on board, streaming its primary channel via 9Now – rebranded from 9Jumpin – with plans to add GEM, GO and LIFE further down the track.

The live stream kicked off on Thursday as a "soft launch" ahead of an official announcement, which is expected from Nine next week. The stream is available via desktop browsers as well as Apple and Android gadgets, with plans to embrace Smart TVs, set-top boxes and games consoles. You need to register with an email address to watch Nine's stream, which runs about 60 seconds behind the live broadcast (unlike the ABC and Seven's live streams which are only on a 30-second delay).

As with most online simulcasts, Nine is hampered by existing streaming rights deals for high-profile sporting events. Nine has confirmed that Friday night's Australia v India T20 cricket match at the MCG will not be streamed online via 9Now, as Optus has signed a three-year agreement to be Cricket Australia's streaming partner. Nine says it is "still in negotiations" to include the cricket in its online simulcast.

We're still waiting to see whether rights blackouts will affect Nine's other sports coverage, but the network has little choice but to play by the rules. Rival network Seven is in a similar situation, negotiating to include this year's AFL matches in its live simulcasts when Telstra owns the streaming AFL rights. Mobile providers are pushing hard to snap up sports rights, with Optus grabbing the English Premiere League last year.

The TV networks are unlikely to mount a legal challenge to add sport to their online simulcasts, especially after a court battle saw the AFL force the closure of Optus' TV Now service, even though this cloud-based Personal Video Recorder was seemingly protected by the same ruling that permits you to time-shift television at home.

It's a frustrating situation for both broadcasters and viewers, highlighting the fragmented nature of Australia's broadcast rights – where online rights are hived off to be sold separately so the sporting codes can double-dip. It's not just free-to-air, Foxtel's streaming subscribers also face sporting blackouts due to complicated rights deals which can deny them one match per round simply because they're watching online.

The next round of Australian sport broadcast deals is several years away, so we're likely to be stuck with haphazard online coverage blackouts for some time. Unified rights deals would make life easier for broadcasters and viewers, but keeping the rights fragmented is more lucrative for the sporting codes – even though it can leave fans in the dark.

Are you keen to watch live sport online? Do you manage to beat the blackouts?

Fiji TV sells all its shares in Media Niugini to Telikom PNG

From http://fijivillage.com/news/Fiji-TV-sells-all-its-shares-in-Media-Niugini-to-Telikom-PNG-s25r9k/

Fiji Television Limited has announced the full divestment of its shares in Media Niugini Limited to Telikom PNG Limited.

They have sold the shares for 20 million Kina.

The agreement which was signed today sees Telikom PNG becoming 100 percent owners of Media Niugini Limited.

Since mid-last year, Fiji TV has been on the lookout for potential partners for Media Niugini Limited and in October, the company was approached by Telikom PNG.

James Murdoch takes over as chairman of Sky plc

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11581958

LONDON (AP) " Sky plc says James Murdoch is taking over as chairman of the company's board, four years after he resigned from what was then known as BSkyB amid the phone-hacking scandal.

The board announced Friday that Murdoch, the second son of media titan Rupert Murdoch, was taking over as chairman and director of the company at the end of April. He replaces Nicholas Ferguson, who served on the board for 12 years.

James Murdoch had been credited with helping expand the Sky satellite TV brand to Italy and Germany, stakes later sold for $9.3 billion. While briefly in charge of British newspapers for Murdoch family interests, James Murdoch was tainted by the phone-hacking scandal that forced the closure of the tabloid News of the World in 2011.

Afghan satellite project “on verge of collapse”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/28/afghan-satellite-project-on-verge-of-collapse/

Local reports suggest that Afghanistan’s Ministry of Communications has suffered alleged negligence which has brought the country’s proposed Afghansat-1 to the “brink of collapse” and threatens a loss of “millions of dollars”. The Afghan government holds a contract with Paris-based satellite operator Eutelsat with an obligation to pay Eutelsat $4 million annually.

Nasrat Rahimi, the former official spokesman at the ministry, quoted by BBC Monitoring, says that negligence (allegedly by the Minister of Communications) has brought the expensive satellite project to the brink of collapse and that if it is not made ready for use this year, Afghanistan will make a loss of a total of $19 million annually.

Rahimi worked at the ministry and has complete information about the matter. He told Afghan Islamic Press on January 26th that Afghanistan’s contract with Eutelsat was that the satellite should be prepared for use this year and Afghanistan should pay €4 million annually to Eutelsat but the satellite has not been used so far, nor has it made any revenues.

A source at the Ministry of Telecommunication told Afghan Islamic Press that domestic and foreign companies had asked the minister to sign a contract for the activation of Afghansat1 with them but the minister had not done so.

According to the source, the Afghan government should have earned $15 million in revenues from Afghansat-1 annually starting last year, but nothing had been earned during last year.

Afghansat-1 has a long and colourful history. Launched in December 2008, and now known as Eutelsat 48D, it operates from 48 degrees East but it was earlier used by Eutelsat as Eutelsat W2M, Eutelsat 48B and Eutelsat 28B. A portion of the spacecraft’s capacity is leased to Afghanistan following an agreement signed in January 2014.

As Eutelsat W2M the satellite suffered some problems with its electrical sub-systems and was originally expected to end full-time service in late 2014

Ariane 6 design finalized, set for 2020 launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Ariane_6_design_finalized_set_for_2020_launch_999.html

Airbus Safran Launchers has finalized the architecture for its Ariane 6 launch vehicle, announcing a maiden launch to take place in 2020.

The Ariane 6 is a joint venture between Airbus and Safran. Unlike earlier efforts, Le Figaro reports the next European heavy launcher will be partially assembled horizontally, similarly to the Russian Soyuz rocket.

Ariane 6 will be built in A62 and A64 configurations to meet the design expectations of the satellite launch market, which accounts for satellites of average and heavy mass in geostationary transfer orbit.

The A62 configuration, equipped with two boosters, will be responsible for launching scientific satellites for the European Space Agency, at an estimated cost of under $76 million. The A64 configuration, equipped with four boosters, is designed to carry twice the payload, and will reportedly cost under $126 million.

Airbus Safran Launchers completed six Ariane 5 launches in seven months in 2015, and is planning at least seven launches for 2016. The first Ariane 5 launch of 2016 marked the launcher's 70th consecutive successful flight.

Sky (U.K) confirms £99 Sky Q

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/29/sky-confirms-99-sky-q/

Sky Q, which the broadcaster describes as the next generation of TV, will go on sale in February with Sky’s lowest ever set-up cost for a brand new premium product launch. Set-up costs for Sky Q will be from just £99 (€130). The typical monthly cost for existing Sky+ customers will be around £12 extra compared with their current Sky+ package. For new customers joining Sky, the ongoing monthly cost for Sky Q will start from just £42

Sky Q will be available to buy from Tuesday 9 February, with home installations beginning at the end of the month.

As a premium product, Sky Q comes with an entirely new level of customer service. For the first time ever, Sky Q customers will receive servicing and mechanical fault repairs at no extra cost. In addition, customers will have access to a dedicated premium service centre based in the UK. And everyone taking Sky Q – whether an existing Sky customer or new to Sky – will get a full professional installation as part of the set-up cost, to ensure they fully benefit from all the great features of Sky Q and Fluid Viewing.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Marketing, Sales & Digital Officer, Sky, said: “We’ve had a fantastic reaction to Sky Q. So I’m delighted to reveal the news that people will be able to get Sky Q for our lowest ever set-up cost for a new premium product. We wanted to completely re-imagine TV, making it flexible and seamless across the screens in our lives. With Sky Q and Fluid Viewing that’s exactly what we’ve done – giving people the best TV tech on the market today, at a really accessible price. We think people will love it.”

A brand new family of Sky’s most advanced products – including Sky Q, Sky Q Silver, Sky Q Mini, Sky Q touch remote, the Sky Q Hub and the Sky Q app, all connect wirelessly to create an ecosystem that makes TV viewing seamless – called Fluid Viewing.

Sky Q will launch with two brand new bundles. The Sky Q Bundle gives customers the benefits of Fluid Viewing, together with the very best range of entertainment content from Sky – including:
•Over 50 HD channels and 300+ Sky Box Sets as standard, accessed via completely new TV guide and home page
•Record 3 shows and watch a 4th live
•Pause on one room and pick up the action on a tablet around your home
•Stream your TV around your home via the Sky Q app, and take your recordings with you
•Download shows to your tablet to watch offline
•All new Sky Q touch Bluetooth remote
•Browse Facebook photos and stream music wirelessly over your TV sound system with Bluetooth or Apple’s AirPlay
•Brand new interactive sidebar apps for catching up with the latest from Sky News and Sky Sports without interrupting the big screen experience
•Brand new Online Video section – with videos fully on demand from YouTube and Vevo, plus a curated service which showcases a wide range of the best of the web– including videos from GQ, Vogue, WIRED, Red Bull Media House and Funny Or Die.

The Sky Q Silver Bundle gives you everything from the Sky Q Bundle, plus:
•The ultimate Fluid Viewing experience, on multiple TV screens around your home – letting you watch on two additional Sky Q Minis*, and the option to stream your TV to two tablets all at the same time
•Record and watch even more: record 4 shows while watching a 5th live
•The top of the range 2TB Sky Q Silver box, which is Ultra HD ready in advance of Sky launching the UK’s most comprehensive Ultra High Definition service later in 2016

All customers who already have Sky Broadband or who purchase Sky Broadband when buying Sky Q will also receive the new Sky Q Hub that turns Sky Q boxes into Wi-Fi hotspots, giving a supercharged Sky Broadband experience with the strongest and best coverage throughout the home. Sky Q installations will be phased with Sky Broadband customers receiving the product first, before very soon opening up to those with other broadband providers.

After launch, Sky Q will keep getting better for customers with a pipeline of innovative new features, including a powerful new voice search capability. In addition, the Fluid Viewing experience will come to even more screens with a new app for smartphones to follow.

“This punchy offer is more aggressive than we had anticipated,” Paolo Pescatore, Director, Multiplay and Media at CCS Insight. “Rivals should be concerned with Sky Q and its potential for further disruption. Articulating the vast array of features will be a challenge. Despite this, Sky has a long track record in successfully marketing any new services and we firmly believe that Sky Q will be no exception.”

“In addition, it is another good set of results from Sky. The company fails to disappoint despite growing competition on all fronts. It was an important period for Sky given the loss of UEFA Champions league rights as BT has been heavily focussed on subscriber growth for its TV service. We still believe that the majority of TV growth in the UK is coming from its NOW TV service. Its European operations also performed well from a subscriber perspective.”

All eyes are now on the launch of its new Sky Q service which will transform TV viewing. Lack of a high street presence will significantly hamper its ability to grow. More in communicating new services such as Sky Q and mobile to customers.”

NOW launches most advanced box yet

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/29/now-launches-most-advanced-box-yet/

Sky’s OTT TV streaming service NOW TV is to launch what it says is its most advanced TV box later this year. The brand new NOW TV Smart Box will bring together NOW TV’s wide range of pay TV content and over 60 live free-to-air channels.

Additionally, customers with a NOW TV Box will see new a brand new interface (UI) roll out to their TVs from February 2016. The new-look UI will include a number of new features including a content-rich homepage offering editorial recommendations of what to watch across catch up TV apps and pay TV content from NOW TV. A new ‘Best of Catch Up’ section, curated by content partners, will also arrive showcasing all the best shows our customers may have missed in one place.

Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV said the launch of the new homepage would make it easier than ever for its customers quickly to find and watch their favourite shows. “And when the new NOW TV Smart Box arrives later this year, it will be the perfect one-stop box to get a contract-free, flexible way of watching the best of pay TV and free-to-air content all in one place,” he added

NOW TV worked with Silicon Valley based Roku Inc. to develop the new NOW TV Smart Box which will sit alongside the existing NOW TV Box, with pricing details and further information to be made available later in the year.

In October 2014, Sky made a further $0.7 million equity investment in Roku. This followed the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and was to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities.

21st Century Fox, which held a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in the former BSkyB at the time, also made a further equity investment in Roku, alongside Sky.

Airtel DTH revenue up 19% on higher subscriber additions & ARPU

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/airtel-dth-revenue-up-19-on-higher-subscriber-additions-arpu-160128

BENGALURU: The 31 December, 2015 deadline for Digital Addressable System (DAS) Phase III has been a boost for the carriage industry in subscriber additions, revenues, and operating profits. Buoyed by the government’s decision to stick to deadlines for digitisation, the direct-to-home (DTH) industry in India is continuing its bloom run, if one were to go by the results reported by Bharti Airtel for its Digital TV services (Airtel DTH) for the quarter ended 31 December, 2015 (Q3-2016, current quarter).

Revenue in Q3-2016 increased 19 per cent to Rs 742.2 crore, up 19 per cent YoY as compared to Rs 623.4 crore. EBIDTA for Q3-2016 grew 45 per cent to Rs 247.4 crore (33.3 per cent margin) as compared to Rs 170.7 crore (27.4 per cent margin).

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore

The segment’s subscriber base grew 13.2 per cent YoY to 111.06 lakh in the current quarter as compared to 98.10 lakh and grew five per cent as compared to 105.76 lakh in the immediate preceding quarter. Though in US dollar terms, average revenue per user (ARPU) was constant YoY and QoQ at $3.5, in Indian rupees it has increased seven per cent YoY to Rs 229 from Rs 214 and increased two per cent QoQ from Rs 224. Given that the deadline for DAS phase III was 31 December, 2015, Airtel DTH segment reported 5.30 lakh net subscriber additions in the current quarter, which was almost double (1.96 times) the 2.70 lakh subscriber additions in Q3-2015 and more than triple (3.2 times) the 1.64 lakh subscribers added in Q2-2016.

Subscriber churn in Q3-2016 was lower at 0.7 per cent as compared to one per cent in Q3-2015 and 1.3 per cent in the immediate trailing quarter.

Airtel’s CAPEX for its DTH segment more than doubled (by 2.1 times) to Rs 342.2 crore as compared to Rs 163 crore in Q3-2015. Airtel’s cumulative investments in its DTH segment increased 17 per cent YoY to Rs 6177 crore as compared to Rs 5494.8 crore


Some sad news, After all these years as being FTA in the region, BBC World Asia Pacific has encrypted (PowerVU) their SD feed on Intelsat 19. (see news section)

I will try and locate a BBC World stream link, for those that need it!

You can contact BBC World at http://www.bbc.com/news/world-radio-and-tv-12957297

From my Email

From Malone

BBC Asia Pacific that has been FTA on Intelsat 19 3941 H 27690 for the past few years is now encrypted. There has been talk of this happening for years.But now they have gone ahead with it.

(Craig's comment, it seems to be an odd move considering the PowerVU conditional access is already in a "broken" state)

From the Dish

Express AM5 140.0E The Vostochnii Express muxes have left 11657 H and 11681 V.

Telstar 18 138.0E CCTV 2 has replaced CCTV 5+ on 12292 V, Topreal. Pili TV, MTV China, KMTV Asia and CTS EQ have started on 12292 V, Topreal.

NSS 11 108.2E 12431 H "Star Movies Philip" on is now encrypted.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12600 V "Tiji Russia" is now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H "Nashe TV" on is now encrypted.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 3885 V "DD HD" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Umm TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Zoom Bangla" has left again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "24 Krim" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Magna TV" has left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12616 V "Komedia TV, Balapan and TNT have started on , Fta. NTK, Zhetysu TV, 24 KZ and KazSport" have left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E Peretz International has left 11292 V, 12616 V, 12690 V and 12726 V again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Maha Bodhi Channel" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Presence TV" has started on , Fta.

KazSat 3 58.5E 12532 V "Peretz International" has left again.

NSS 12 57.0E 3660 L "TV Oromiyaa" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

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东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,MGK Naaptol(印度)频道消失,设置3805 H 28500参数无效接收。[01-28]
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BBC World News encrypts across APAC

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/bbc-world-news-encrypts-across-apac-160127

The BBC has encrypted the SD feed of its 24 hour international news channel, BBC World News, across the APAC region.

The move aims to bring the SD feed in line with the HD offering and counter piracy by ensuring that consumers can now only view the channel through approved suppliers. The encryption has been through a two month testing phase and will be enforced across all 119 sites in the region by the end of January.

BBC World News director of distribution Colin Lawrence said, “We are constantly looking for ways to improve the service we offer our partners and affiliates across APAC and this is the latest in a long line of investments we’re making to further strengthen our international news offering in the region and ensure that our commercial relationships are fully protected.”

In September, a new state-of-the-art digital newsroom and studio opened in Singapore and saw all of BBC World News’ Asia broadcasts switch to HD. The facilities, which are the main hub for BBC World News and bbc.com in Asia, bring the BBC’s news, business and digital teams together.

The BBC also appointed Karishma Vaswani as its new Asia business correspondent and launched bbc.jp - a Japanese-language version of its global website bbc.com.

Foxtel confirms live sports coverage for 2016

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/foxtel-confirms-live-sports-coverage-for-2016--1125018

Australian pay-TV company Foxtel has announced its line-up of live Australian sport on Fox Sports during 2016. It will offer all games from the NRL, AFL, Super Rugby, A-League and NBL live, ad-break free and in HD. It will also show every race, practice and qualifying session of Formula 1and V8s.

In addition, Fox Sports, ESPN, Eurosport and Sky Racing will broadcast hours of live and exclusive coverage for subscribers across major sports including golf, cricket, tennis, cycling, racing, surfing, netball, NBA and NFL.

Stan exclusive Showtime OTT deal

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/stan-takes-fight-to-netflix-by-landing-showtime-20160127-gmfns2.html

Stan takes fight to Netflix by landing Showtime

Stan has stepped up its fight with larger rival Netflix by signing a long-term exclusive licensing agreement with US cable giant CBS for its Showtime content, including the much-hyped hit show Billions – which Stan premiered this week.

Stan, which analysts estimate is second by some distance to Netflix in the Australian subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market, is owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review.

All future Showtime series and hundreds of hours of programming will be added to the Australian streaming service and Stan has an exclusive licence to the Showtime brand and trademark.

Stan claimed the new agreement marked "the most significant content licensing deal in recent Australian television history", adding that Stan would exclusively premiere the widely anticipated return of 1990s hit series Twin Peaks.
Financial details were not disclosed although the deal indicates Nine and Fairfax's willingness to invest further in Stan, which reported it had a record quarter for sign-ups in the last three months of 2015.

Some analysts have questioned how long Nine and Fairfax will continue to invest in Stan, to which they have committed $100 million combined.

But Fairfax chief executive Greg Hywood said the deal underpinned the "sustainability and strength" of the business. "Stan is already meeting its business plan before this deal and this will throw it over the top," he said.

"We invested in this because we could see that it was a category that was going to grow. It was proven offshore and also proven offshore that there was room for more than one player ... in the US, 30 per cent of SVOD subscribers have two subscriptions."

Stan CEO Mike Sneesby said the deal showed Stan was differentiating its strategy from global powerhouse Netflix, which is investing more heavily in original content and rolling it worldwide.

"You'll see more and more a homogenous line-up of Netflix original content, what you see from Stan is a completely locally focused proposition; we are picking the best shows from the studios around the world and producing our own original productions such as No Activity and Wolf Creek."

Nine chairman David Haslingden used the press conference to take a side-swipe at Nine's rival Foxtel, which analysts say has come under pressure from the rise of cheaper SVOD services.

"SVOD is the way of the future and it's a particularly good category for Nine because as we are seeing around the world, SVOD fits very comfortably with free-to-air broadcasting businesses. It doesn't fit so comfortably with old-fashioned subscription television businesses."

Foxtel owns its own SVOD service Presto with Seven West Media, and analysts believe it is a close third to Stan. Foxtel also has a content acquisition deal with Showtime, which is run mainly on a series-by-series basis.

Stan, which has an existing content deal with Showtime, said current rights with other platforms will remain unchanged with series migrating to Stan for SVOD as permitted when existing commitments expire.

"The growth of SVOD services internationally has created a huge demand for premium content globally. Showtime's prestigious brand and growing portfolio of programming align perfectly with this marketplace," said Armando Nunez, president and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group.

"We're excited to expand the international footprint of Showtime in a big way in Australia with Stan, and build on our relationship with their corporate parents Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media."

Stan takes fight to Netflix by landing Showtime

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/stan-takes-fight-to-netflix-by-landing-showtime-20160127-gmfns2.html

CBS and Australian SVoD service Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, have agreed an exclusive licensing deal that will bring all future SHOWTIME series and hundreds of hours of SHOWTIME programming to the Australian streaming service.

It will also provide Stan with an exclusive licence to the SHOWTIME brand and trademark, making Stan the official home of SHOWTIME in Australia.

The pair say the new agreement marks the most significant content licensing deal in recent Australian television history, and places Stan at the forefront of a changing media landscape as SVoD quickly becomes a mainstream consumer product.

Mike Sneesby, CEO of Stan, said the deal with rounded out an amazing first year for Stan, with more than 1.5 million Australians having used the service across almost 700,000 subscriptions since its launch on Australia Day 2015.

“SHOWTIME is one of the world’s greatest creators of television programming, and we are delighted to enter this long-term partnership, cementing our position as Australia’s leading local SVoD service.”

For CBS Corporation, this marks the second expansive licensing agreement announced for SHOWTIME outside the US in less than a week, and a continuation of a global expansion strategy to distribute the SHOWTIME brand and content as a bundled offering to major international platforms. Similar exclusive deals for SHOWTIME have been announced with Sky in Europe and Bell Media in Canada.

“The growth of SVoD services internationally has created a huge demand for premium content globally. SHOWTIME’s prestigious brand and growing portfolio of programming align perfectly with this marketplace,” said Armando Nunez, President and CEO of the CBS Global Distribution Group. “We’re excited to expand the international footprint of SHOWTIME in a big way in Australia with Stan, and build on our relationship with their corporate parents Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media.”

Netflix banned in Indonesia on 'permit issue', 'unfiltered contents'

From http://www.theedgemarkets.com/my/article/netflix-banned-indonesia-permit-issue-unfiltered-contents

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 27): US-based internet video streaming services provider Netflix Inc is blocked by Indonesia's state-owned telecommunications and internet provider PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) from delivering content on all Telkom platforms yesterday, citing 'permit issue' and 'unfiltered contents' as the reasons behind its ban.

A Jakarta Post report today, quoting Telkom's director of consumers Dian Rachmawan, said Netflix's video streaming services has been blocked on all Telkom platforms, namely IndiHome, WiFi.id and Telkomsel.

"We block Netflix as of Jan 27 at midnight. The issue is about the permit. They don't follow the rules. They also display violence and adult contents," he told Jakarta Post.

Netflix should cooperate with fixed broadband in Indonesia, like IndiHome, Dian said. By collaborating with a local internet provider, Netflix's content can be filtered according to local regulations.

It is uncertain whether Malaysian authorities would follow suit and rebuff Netflix here for the same reason. But if it does, the move will likely be advantageous to Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd ( Valuation: 2.10, Fundamental: 1.10), as Netflix is perceived to be a potential threat to its earnings.

Following Netflix's announcement on Jan 6 that it is launching its services to more than 130 new countries, including Malaysia, simultaneously, Astro's share price fell 7.2% to as low as RM2.45 on Jan 13 — though the decline was also partly due to the weak sentiment in the broader market.

However, in a note to investors yesterday, Kenanga Research analyst Cheow Ming Liang said Netflix is unlikely to pose any immediate threat to Astro compared to piracy players, given the former's lack of local vernacular, sports, and other live content; Astro, on the other hand, could potentially carry Netflix's channels for merely minuscule costs.

Nevertheless, "should there be any change in ruling (ie video censorship and etcetera) following the entry of Netflix [here], we believe it could provide an opportunity to the group (Astro) on these untapped markets," he said.

However, Cheow pointed out that Astro's content costs are expected to surge in the financial year ending Jan 31, 2017 (FY17), in view of the additional sports contents, coupled with an unfavourable exchange rate.

He further explained that escalating content costs may leave Astro no choice but to revise its subscription fee.

"We understand that Astro may rationalise its packages and pricing (mainly on its sports contents) in the coming months, boosting its FY17 ARPU (average revenue per user) to RM101 per month from RM99.30 per month currently," Cheow said.

"Although the potential rate hike could lead to higher churn temporarily, Astro believes the rate would eventually normalise at 10%," he noted after visiting the Pay-TV service provider's office.

As a result, despite maintaining an 'outperform' call on Astro, Cheow has lowered the group's target price to RM2.93 from RM3.30.

Astro shares closed seven sen or 2.72% higher at RM2.64 yesterday, giving it a market capitalisation of RM13.38 billion.

For Those In Samoa + The Pacific, Bluesky + ABS Improve Their Internet Connectivity

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1907680228

[Satnews] ABS and Bluesky Pacific Group (Bluesky) have signed a multi-transponder contract on ABS-6.

The multi-year capacity deal will offer expanded satellite connectivity services across the Samoan islands and the Pacific.

Under the agreement, Bluesky will use the On C-band (OCB) platform for Internet, telephony and video content delivery services to Samoa and American Samoa. This will enable Bluesky to readily extend current high speed internet connectivity to meet increasing customer demands as required.

Bluesky will also provide essential bandwidth to outlying islands where little or no internet access is currently available. The OCB service is an extremely affordable high-speed Internet access platform delivered by ABS at pricing levels unheard of in the Pacific Region. It targets to provide 99.9 percent uptime service that will not be affected by rain degradation.

Bluesky is a leading Pacific regional telecommunications operator providing mobile, broadband, IPTV and landline services in American Samoa, Samoa and Cook Islands and mobile services in New Zealand. The OCB platform will enhance satellite connectivity to the Pacific where frequent typhoons and cyclones are common and C-Band communications are crucial for survival and for the well being of the people. With this extension of internet platforms, Bluesky customers can be assured of greater availability of internet services and coverage in more locations.

“ABS strives always to bring the best value for its customers. OCB is an example of our commitment of combining high quality and cost effective satellite services to a market that has not been well served by the incumbents, who have managed to keep prices high in the region that could least afford it. ABS aims to reset both the quality and affordability expectations in the Pacific region for the betterment of all the customers who we aim to serve,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “We are working closely with Bluesky to provide network access to support their constituents with emerging technologies to connect the Pacific.”

“The need for communications is very important to our economies and Pacific people. We are committed to ensuring that all the Island’s communication needs are constantly available, provide the best value and the most reliable services to all our customers,” said Adolfo Montenegro, CEO of Bluesky Pacific Group.

(Craig's comment, Cband ABS6 @ 159E)

TrueVisions seeks injunction against NBTC fine in channel-arrangement row

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/TrueVisions-seeks-injunction-against-NBTC-fine-in--30277816.html

TrueVisions has again sought a Central Administrative Court injunction against the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC)’s order that all satellite and cable TV broadcasters reserve channel numbers 1 to 36 for digital terrestrial stations.

Currently TrueVisions' satellite and cable platforms are the only ones failing to comply with the order.

Last year TrueVisions filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court against the NBTC's order and sought an injunction. The court accepted the case for consideration but declined to issue an injunction. The NBTC now has moved ahead and imposed a daily fine of Bt50,000 on TrueVisions for declining to follow its order.

As a result, TrueVisions last week again took the case to court to seek an injunction against the fine.

On Monday, the NBTC also imposed another fine on TrueVisions, as the advertising duration on some of the channels it broadcasts exceeds the legal level of six minutes per hour. Under this penalty, True has to pay a Bt1-million one-off fine and another Bt50,000 per day.

True has arranged digital TV channels 3, 7 and 9 in the 1-to-10 channel range on its satellite and cable platforms. These digital stations are allowed to advertise longer than six minutes an hour if they are in the right channels, not in 1 to 10. Being placed in the 1-to-10 range limits them to six minutes.

True Corp chief executive officer Suphachai Chearavanont said TrueVisions was ready to follow the court's ruling if it decides that the company has to pay the fine and obey the NBTC order on channel arrangement.

70th consecutive successful launch for Ariane 5

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/70th_consecutive_successful_launch_for_Ariane_5_999.html

Flight number 228 for the Ariane launcher, successfully placing a telecommunications satellite in its geostationary transfer orbit, took place today from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

This was the seventh launch of an Ariane 5 with Airbus Safran Launchers as lead contractor, in coordination with the teams from the respective parent companies, Airbus Defence and Space, and Safran.

Airbus Safran Launchers thus demonstrated, with Arianespace, the ability to respond to the specific needs of one of its clients in record time, as the launcher was adapted to accommodate a single satellite rather than the customary two satellites for which Ariane 5 ECA has been optimized.

"Following the year 2015 with 6 successful launches in 7 months, 2016 starts with a demonstration of our ability to adapt, thanks to the engagement of the teams and the operational flexibility of the industrial organisation", Alain Charmeau, CEO of Airbus Safran Launchers pointed out.

"This level of flexibility is made possible by the expertise and know-how of the teams at Airbus Safran Launchers and its parent companies. This first success of 2016 marks the beginning of a series of operational challenges for Ariane 5 over the coming year. I would like to thank the European Space Agency, CNES and Arianespace for their confidence".

Launch performance was only 6700kg (of which 6552 kg was the actual satellite) to geostationary transfer orbit with an inclination of 0.5 degrees, thus optimising the lifetime of the satellite.

Airbus Safran Launchers has been the prime contractor for the Ariane 5 European launcher, one of the largest and most ambitious space programmes in the world, since January 2015.

Building on the expertise of the Airbus and Safran groups, the company oversees an industrial network that brings together more than 550 companies (more than 20% of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries.

Airbus Safran Launchers manages the entire industrial supply chain, from the manufacture of equipment and stages to the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in line with the customer's specifications.

Representing cutting-edge European expertise, the Ariane 5 launcher has been specially designed to inject heavy payloads into low Earth orbit or 2 satellites into geostationary transfer orbit.

Airbus Safran Launchers is also the prime contractor for the future European launcher Ariane 6, whose maiden flight is scheduled for 2020.

Russia to launch Resurs-P satellite on March 12

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_to_launch_Resurs_P_satellite_on_March_12_999.html

The Resurs-P satellites possess hyperspectral and stereo spectral image recording capabilities with an accuracy of up to 10-15 meters (30-50 feet).

The launch of Russia's Resurs-P No. 3 remote sensing satellite has been scheduled for March 12, the Russian Space Systems (RSS) company said Wednesday.

"In the current year, another four remote sensing satellites are planned to be launched. Among the spacecraft are Resurs-P No. 3, Kanopus-V-IK, Meteor-M No.1 and 2, and Elektro-L No. 3. The launch of Resurs-P No. 3 is planned for March 12," Russia's space corporation Roscosmos department of automatic space systems deputy head Valeriy Zaichko said, as quoted in the company's statement.

A remote Earth sensing system will be created on this basis in 2016, the statement added.

The Resurs-P satellites possess hyperspectral and stereo spectral image recording capabilities with an accuracy of up to 10-15 meters (30-50 feet). The new Resurs-P No. 3 has been under construction since 2012. In December 2015, the satellite was delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The spacecraft has been designed by the Russian Space Systems company to update maps, aid the work of Russia's Natural Resources and Environment Ministry, Emergency Ministry and the agricultural, fishery and hydrometeorological agencies.

The Russian Space Systems joint-stock company designs, produces and operates space information systems. It is a subsidiary of the state-owned United Rocket and Space Corporation, which is currently merging with the Roscosmos state corporation.

The RSS is responsible for running and developing the Glonass satellite navigation system, as well as running hydrometeorological services, providing radio engineering services for space exploration, operating ground receiving hubs and conducting remote Earth sensing.

NSSLGlobal expands VSAT coverage

From http://www.marinemec.com/news/view,nsslglobal-expands-vsat-coverage_41588.htm

NSSLGlobal added VSAT coverage over the Gulf of Mexico and waters around Latin America

NSSLGlobal has extended its VSAT network with more coverage in the Indian Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and across Latin America. The UK-based satellite communications provider has added coverage in C-band and Ku-band for ships and offshore vessels operating in these regions.

NSSLGlobal has added to its global C-band coverage by using capacity on the Intelsat IS-23 satellite to cover the Gulf of Mexico, coastal waters west of Mexico, and coastlines around Latin America.

New coverage in the Ku-band of frequencies was added over waters around Madagascar and the Indian Ocean by taking capacity on a beam from the Yamal-402 satellite. NSSLGlobal managing director Sally-Anne Ray said these additions support the company’s commitment to invest in maritime and offshore satellite communications.

She added: “Our new Gulf of Mexico beam will offer vessels a better, more robust service in one of the most crowded shipping areas in the world. The new Ku-beam helps maritime companies to take advantage of faster shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, while maximising satellite coverage uptime.”

NSSLGlobal’s fully owned global VSAT network includes six teleports. It also offers services in Ka-band and L-band from Inmarsat, and L-band from Thuraya and Iridium satellites.

STMicro to close STB chip business

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/27/stmicro-to-close-stb-chip-business/

Semiconductor specialist STMicroelectronics is to discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway, citing “significant” losses in an increasingly difficult market.

It revealed the closure as it reported its 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results showing 2015 net revenues of $6.90 billion (€6.35) and net income of $104 million.

“Today we are announcing that we will discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway,” said Carlo Bozotti, STMicroelectronics President and Chief Executive Officer. “This difficult decision is consistent with our strategy to only participate in sustainable businesses and is due to the significant losses posted by our set-top box business over the past years in an increasingly challenging market.”

The company said it took the decision to discontinue the development of new platforms and standard products for set-top-box and home gateway after an extensive review of external and internal options for the future of the Company’s set-top box business. “The slower than expected market adoption of leading-edge products and increasing competition on low-end boxes, combined with the required high level of R&D investment, has led this business to generate significant losses in the course of the last years,” it advised.

As a result of this, the Company announced a global workforce review, including:
•the redeployment of about 600 employees, currently associated with the set-top-box business, to support principally ST’s growth ambitions in digital automotive and microcontrollers;
•a global workforce re-alignment that may affect approximately 1,400 employees worldwide, of which about 430 in France through a voluntary departure plan, about 670 in Asia and about 120 in the US. Deployment of the plan by country or site will be subject to applicable legislation and will depend on local negotiations. In 2016, the workforce re-alignment is anticipated to affect about 1,000 employees, out of which about 150 in France.

Annualised savings are estimated at $170 million upon completion and restructuring costs at about $170 million

Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb create OneWeb Satellites company

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/01/27/airbus-defence-and-space-and-oneweb-create-oneweb-satellites-company/

(26 January 2016) Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, and OneWeb, which is building a new global satellite communications system, announced the creation of OneWeb Satellites.

The new joint venture, equally owned by Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb, will design and build the 900 satellites of the OneWeb constellation, which will offer high-speed internet with global coverage. The new company will be led by Brian Holz as CEO.

OneWeb Satellites will also be able to build satellites, platforms and equipment to be marketed by Airbus Defence and Space to other operators of future constellations.

“The next stage of the OneWeb adventure is here! On both sides of the Atlantic, our teams are now working under a common flag to meet the incredible challenge: to mass-produce 900 satellites for the OneWeb constellation,” said Eric Béranger, Head of Programmes Space Systems. “For several months now, we have been working on the design of this unprecedented constellation and how we are going to manufacture them – both ground-breaking in their own way. The next step will be to set up a prototype line in Toulouse for production of the first 10 satellites. This will also be used to test the industrialisation method for the series production of the other satellites.”

“Airbus is a key partner to our success as we move forward and are very happy to have them being a part of OneWeb and our new joint venture. We are benefiting from Airbus Defence and Space’s manufacturing and assembly knowledge as we look to initiate services,” said Matt O’Connell, CEO of OneWeb. “As we build out the constellation, besides its very reliable satellite performance heritage and technical support, Airbus brings design for manufacturing capability into this operation which is key to achieving both our short term and long term goals for providing cost effective solutions on time for our future customers,” O’Connell added.

OneWeb Satellites will undertake design activities for the entire satellite fleet and the manufacture of the first 10 flight models will take place in France, with the first ever mass production of the operational satellites planned for North America. Each satellite will weigh less than 150 kg and will operate in low Earth orbit. They will be launched by Arianespace and Virgin Galactic starting from 2018 and reach their orbital positions using electrical propulsion.

Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defence and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Astrium and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defence and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defence enterprises. It employs more than 38,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €13 billion per year.

FilmOn acquires CinemaNow

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/28/filmon-acquires-cinemanow/

FilmOn TV Networks has acquired CinemaNow, one of the pioneers in providing transactional digital storefronts of premium film and TV content, from Regent Equity Partners. CinemaNow will continue operations as a leading provider of Transactional Video on Demand new release premium movies and television episodes to buy, rent and view from major licensors including 20th Century Fox, NBC Universal, Lionsgate, eOne, Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney Company.

CEO Alki David has appointed Donna Smith as President of CinemaNow. Smith is an expert at new media business content strategy who has previously worked at Rovi, Paramount Pictures and NBC Universal. David Goldsmith, FilmOn’s Chief Strategy Officer, will head up the integration of the FilmOn and CinemaNow platforms. FilmOn’s Chief Content Officer Kim Hurwitz will integrate FilmOn content on CinemaNow. (Hurwitz was previously the Director of Pay Per View and Marketing at DirecTV.

CinemaNow was founded in 1999 by a group that initially included Cisco and Microsoft and was a pioneer in the field of TVOD. It offers over 55,000 premium movies and television episodes with approximately 150 new items added each week. Currently, CinemaNow offers Oscar nominees Inside Out, The Martian, Straight Outta Compton, blockbusters such as Jurassic World, Furious 7 and many hit TV shows. It is available on Roku, Play Station, Xbox, Apple iOS, Samsung and many others.

FilmOn has launched FilmOn Premium and is the first OTT content delivery platform to offer licensed Hollywood movies and TV in the first Digital Tier window available from studios and networks. This expands the reach of CinemaNow’s content to FilmOn.com’s 70 million monthly users around the globe.

“We are very excited about the addition of CinemaNow,” said David. “Our goal has always been to advance legal access to great content for the benefit of the consumer. Now we’re working with all the major studios and broadcasters to build the future of entertainment together.”

CinemaNow will distribute the exclusive content FilmOn owns, including FilmOn TV Network’s original programming, and its libraries which include timeless movies by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, and Federico Fellini, and content from the early days of television that has never been digitized before such as rare footage of the Beatles and John F. Kennedy.

CinemaNow will also distribute the history-making content created by Alki David’s Hologram USA which already partners with all the major studios and broadcasters. Shows created around the Whitney Houston, Billie Holiday, Patsy Cline and Andy Kaufmann holograms will be available on FilmOn.com and via CinemaNow, with Virtual reality and Live 360 options bringing futuristic events to life in the home.

Additionally, CinemaNow will benefit from FilmOn’s partnership with Lenovo—the world’s largest maker of PCs. FilmOn apps are pre-loaded on every desktop computer, ThinkPad tablet, smart phone and smart TV the electronic giant makes. FilmOn will continue to white label CinemaNow and expand the reach of premium studio content, through the FilmOn network of over 10,000 affiliates including Blackberry, Intel and iHeartMedia.

“This is the first of many substantial acquisitions FilmOn TV Networks will make in 2016,” said David. “Movie libraries, VR patents, original content: more game changing moves.”

Sony Six set to enthral audiences with MCL featuring cricketing legends

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/sony-six-set-to-enthral-audiences-with-mcl-featuring-cricketing-legends-160127

MUMBAI: Come 28 January, 2016 and cricket fans will be in for a treat as they’ll get an opportunity to watch cricketing legends like Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Wasim Akram and their ilk padding up to take centre stage once again on lush green fields.

As the Masters Cricket League (MCL) kicks-off, six franchises namely Libra Legends, Gemini Arabians, Sagittarius Soldiers, Virgo Super Kings, Capricorn Commanders and Leo Lions will tussle it out amongst each other, with the two best teams making it to the grand finale, which will be played on 3 February, 2016.

And gearing up for the live telecast of the maiden cricketing tourney from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah is Sony Pictures Networks (SPN) India’s sports channel Sony Six. The first match will be aired live tomorrow at 7.30 pm.

While SPN India recently inked a JV with sportscaster ESPN and launched two new sports channels, the MCL will be aired on Sony Six and not on the new channels namely Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD.

“From a fan’s perspective, a primary destination for a particular event is both convenient and essential. In this particular case, we decided that it would be Sony Six. We may provide an occasional match on Sony ESPN based on requirements,” SPN sports cluster EVP and business head Prasana Krishnan tells Indiantelevision.com.

World record holder Brian Lara, flamboyant opener Virender Sehwag and swinger Wasim Akram have already shared their excitement to be a part of the league. Apart from them, the Ashes-winning England captain Michael Vaughan, popular former South African captain Graeme Smith, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly, recently retired Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene, and former Pakistani all-rounder Azhar Mahmood are also amongst those who have signed up for the league. With participation from these names, the excitement around MCL is palpable.

“The Masters Champions League has an impressive line-up of international cricket legends and all time stars, who have a huge fan following. Fans are really looking forward to the opportunity of watching cricket legends who have retired, extending their careers in the MCL,” adds Krishnan.

The sportscaster is said to have signed the multi-year deal for close to $20 million. A media expert asserts, “This is a smart acquisition as I think it the MCL will continue to grow bigger with time. The tournament has big names associated with it and the matches will be competitive. If it starts well, cricket fans will be privy to something that they never expected and it has the potential to mark a new beginning.”

The brand interest so far has been commendable, and there have been a few last minute deals, which Sony Six is juggling with. “Cricket is the most popular sport in India, which is extremely valuable to advertisers. We already have two leading brands on board for the Masters Champions League and are expecting to add a few more through the course of the event,” informs Krishnan without divulging any names.

A senior sports media planner says, “The ad rates and number of sponsors on the first edition is not something that should be looked at. Any number is a good number; what is important at this stage is the nature of the tournament. Cricket always garners high eyeballs and the players are all brand ambassadors so if it picks up, it will be an exhibition.”

Throwing light on the reason behind Sony Six going after the MCL, Krishnan says, “With the MCL, our aim is to bring high quality packaged content that will appeal to our audiences in the Indian sub-continent. We are glad to present to our viewers, a chance to connect with their favourite international legends and look forward to some great cricketing action in this exciting T20 tournament.”

A cricket commentator, on condition of anonymity, adds, “I am excited to see the players I have grown up commentating on. I think the teams are a good mix of newly retired and previously retired players and hence it will be even-stevens. None of them have to prove anything to anyone but… ‘Once a warrior, always a warrior!’ Hence competition is ought to be there. I think it will be an entertaining voyage and if packaged properly, the MCL will be a great watch. I am sure there will be many trending hashtags all over as the tournament starts.”

Sharing his thoughts on the concept, Krishnan concludes, “The Masters Champions League is presenting retired legends coming together in a first of its kind T20 cricket league. Viewers will get a chance to see their heroes in action once again and relive their finest nostalgic moments on the field.”


Dwelle German and Dwelle English have started on Optus D2 12519 V

Dwelle German Vpid 5110 Apid 5210
Dwelle English Vpid 5111 Apid 5211

Both are FTA in MPG 4

Dwelle English

Dwelle German

MCL_T20 Cricket tournament Live_ON OK_Tv AsiasaT_3 4180 V 29720 HD MPEG-4 (unconfirmed)

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From the Dish

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 3927 H "Channel Max" has started on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 3920 H "Channel Infant Education" has left.
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4140 V "Basketball Channel" has left .
ChinaSat 6B 115.5E 4040 H "Channel XFC" has started on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H "Star World Premiere HD" is back on , Videoguard.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "MegaMall TV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4000 H "Fox Sports Vietnam" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "B4U Movies India and B4U Movies Asia Pacific" are encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H Bangla Time TV and Sadhna News Uttar Pradesh/Uttarakhand have left
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "R-Vision" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Colors Odia" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prajaa TV Kannada" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zonet Zawlbuk" is Fta again.

ABS 2 75.0E 3942 V TACT, K-Asia, Taiwan Comprehensive Channel, TTV World and JET TV have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "TNT 4" has started on , Ftar.
ABS 2 75.0E 11733 V "A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel" is now encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 11913 VI "nva Media TV" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "Tiji Russia" has started on , Irdeto. 24 KZ and KazSport are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Movies" has left again.

KazSat 3 58.5E 10720 V "NTK, STV, TV N, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International" have started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Now 26(IPM)频道消失,设置11481 H 45000参数无效接收。[01-27]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,AniPlus、Variety Hit(IPM)等5个频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。[01-27]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、DD News(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置11470 V 29500参数免费接收。[01-27]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Aquarium(菲律宾)频道加密,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-27]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Puket TV(IPM)频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[01-27]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,亚洲卫星(宣传)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。[01-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Go Channel(印尼)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。 [1月27日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Perviy kanal(+4h) (高清)频道消失,设置11557 H 22250参数无效接收。 [1月27日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,CHE-7、CTC-7(俄罗斯)等5个频道新增,设置11530 H 22250参数部分免费接收。 [1月27日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Mir Seriala替换E!(俄罗斯)频道,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。 [1月27日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Basketball TV(环宇卫视)频道解密,设置12471 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月27日]


Sorry no news section due to lack of time


Sky NZ had an outage of some their channels for arounbd 45 minutes earlier this evening.

From Facebook

Sky NZ outage Update (6.19pm):

Hi everyone, since just before 6pm some of our channels have been unavailable due to a technical fault at our Albany broadcast centre. We've got all hands on deck to get this sorted as quickly as we can. The majority of our channels are still available however about 30 are currently affected

Unrelated, they are also testing out HD Prime on the "HD Push" or "Service 1092" channel on 12331 H, it has a new logo

From my Email

From Saldav1

Hi Craig,

The weekend report is a bit late this week. I thought there may have been some sort of feed up on AsiaSat 5 on Australia Day - but things were very quiet.

Friday night 22 January.

3912 H SR 15000 Â Telstra 1 Cycling Race from Noalunga - FTA sound with no pic.
3932 V SR 14400 Â Alkass 03 Interviews with Soccer Team, (FTA.)

Saturday morning 23 January.

3867 H SR 7500 IJF GP Havana 'The World Judo Tour.' (FTA.)

Saturday afternoon 23 January.

3846 H SR 7399 TBS AOT 16 Australian Tennis Open Women's Doubles, (FTA.)

Saturday evening 23 January.

3654 H SR 7199 ENC-3 Chinese Musical, (FTA.)
3906 V SR 7120 Ch-2 ONE Championship Boxing from Changsha, CHINA, (FTA.)

Sunday morning 24 January.

3868 H SR 7500 "Pactv ENC" World Snowboard Tour from Mammoth Mountain, CALIFORNIA.
3733 V SR 7000 "IJF GP Havana" The World Judo Grand Prix, Havana, CUBA, (FTA.)

Sunday afternoon 24 January.

3908 H SR 7500 "WSOF" Fight Night, (FTA.)
3872 H SR 15000 "STS 1" ABL Baseball from Sydney, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7199 "Ch-1" ABU DHABI HSBC Men's Golf Championship, (FTA.)
3836 H SR 7399 "TBS AOT UNI" KIA Australian Tennis Open, Melbourne - Men's Doubles, (FTA.)
3730 H SR 15000 "Telstra 1" Cycling from South Australia, no pic but FTA sound.

Sunday night 24 January.

3936 V SR 7199 Sports and Personality of the Year coverage on CCTV 5, (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7120 "Arqiva Enc 11" Basketball - Real Madrid vs Unicaja, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 7199 "IMG backup" View of a sorting field, (FTA.)

Monday morning 25th January.

3733 V SR 7199 "IMG Backup" FIS Freestyle World Cup from Mammoth Mountain, CALIFORNIA, (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7500 "IJF GP DAY 3" Judo from Havana, CUBA, (FTA.)
3734 V SR 7000 "NYC:545 ENC-43" FIS Freestyle World Cup (same as and parallel programming to 3733 transponder.) - (FTA.)

Have a Good Week

From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-8替换中国电影(艺华卫视)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。[01-26]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Magna TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[01-26]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道加密,设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。[01-25]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BD Entertainment TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。[01-25]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Manglam TV(测试)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[01-25]


TV bosses want licence fees to go

From http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2016/1/26/media-and-digital/tv-bosses-want-licence-fees-go

Commercial free-to-air television executives say licence fees is the number one regulatory issue for the industry and their abolition is critical to continued investment in Australian programs and content.

While a Department of Communications review has recommended that TV licence fees be cut, minister Mitch Fifield must consider whether to include a proposed reduction in his budget submissions.

Traditional TV broadcasters argue their businesses are facing increased competition for eyeballs from international digital players such as Netflix that are not subject to licence fees or local content ­obligations.

“I think licence fees are the most important issue in the context of the industry needing comprehensive media reform,” Nine Entertainment chief executive Hugh Marks said yesterday.

“We are a very heavily regulated industry that is increasingly competing with foreign operators that have no local content obligations and pay no corporate tax in this country.”

Commercial broadcasters pay 4.5 per cent of their revenues in ­licence fees, which are among the highest in the world.

Senator Fifield said yesterday that licence fees introduced in the late 1950s were “like the original super-profits tax in an environment where the only options for people were print, radio, or TV”.

“There was no other broadcast media, so TV and radio were in a very strong and dominant position,” Senator Fifield said.

“We’ve indicated to both radio and TV that we’re prepared to examine licence fees in the context of the coming budget.”

Ten shares surged by 14.5 per cent to $1.50 yesterday after the news of potential licence fee cuts, while Seven was up by 4.4 per cent at 83c and Nine advanced 1.2 per cent to $1.71.

The networks are pushing for the full abolition of licence fees, but The Australianunderstands this is unlikely given the government would need some reimbursement for the broadcast spectrum used by free-to-air networks.

And with the federal budget deficit pushing towards $40 billion, even licence fee reduction is far from a formality.

However, Mr Marks said there were significant benefits on offer to the budget and economy more broadly from cutting licence fees.

“I would say if we continue to invest in local content and programming, we have the potential to become an even more significant employer than we already are today,” Mr Marks said.

The minister’s comments come as the government moves to deregulate media ownership rules.

Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner said he was concerned that debate around media ownership rules could overshadow the more important issue of licence fees.

“Seven has a huge production slate but we simply won’t be able to keep up that level of Australian production if we have to pay exorbitant licence fees,” Mr Worner said. “We invest heavily and ­employ thousands of people on Australian ­productions.”

Subscription TV industry body ASTRA commissioned a report last year that showed there were material cost savings on offer from new spectrum compression technology.

ASTRA chief executive Andrew Maiden said the government should ask the free-to-air networks to hand back spectrum if licence fees were cut.

“If the government gifts commercial broadcasters a reduction in licence fees it must, at a minimum, ask them to increase efficiency and hand back surplus spectrum so it can be auctioned to other users,” Mr Maiden said.

“A cut in licence fees would drop straight to the bottom line for broadcasters, and would come at a time of substantial pressure on the commonwealth budget.

“The revenue forgone would need to be found elsewhere or funded by taxpayers.”

Ten Network Holdings chief executive Paul Anderson agreed that licence fee cuts should be at the top of the list in terms of industry deregulation.

“In an incredibly competitive market, abolishing the outdated licence fee regime will allow us to continue to innovate and invest more in a service that Australians highly value and rely on, even with the influx of foreign content players,” he said.

ASTRA represents subscription TV service Foxtel, which is half-owned by The Australian’s publisher, News Corporation.

No confirmation yet on whether Sky Pacific will show all Super Rugby matches live

From http://fijivillage.com/news-feature/No-confirmation-yet-on-whether-Sky-Pacific-will-show-all-Super-Rugby-matches-live-k9r52s/

With just a month away from the 2016 Super Rugby competition kick-off, there is no confirmation at this stage on whether Sky Pacific will show all the games live.

Fiji Television Limited says they are in discussions with the agent that has the Super Rugby rights to show the games.

CEO of Fijian Holdings Limited which is the majority shareholder of Fiji TV, Nouzab Fareed says at this stage they do not have the rights to show any Super Rugby games.

The 2016 Super Rugby season kicks off on the 26th of next month.

Meanwhile Digicel Fiji which had announced with Fiji TV that they had purchased Sky Pacific, is yet to get the Pay TV broadcast license from the Communications Minister.

The announcement was made in September last year.

During that announcement, it was highlighted that Digicel will make its portfolio of exclusive Pay TV broadcast rights such as the Super Rugby, Super League, NRL 9s, as well as movies and quality entertainment programming, available to Sky Pacific customers.

Digicel Fiji had announced that it was purchasing Sky Pacific for $5.75M.

They had also paid a deposit of $0.75 million.

Fareed has refused to comment on the issue.

Digicel Fiji CEO Darren McLean had earlier said that they had received documents from the Ministry of Communications with draft versions of the Special Conditions which need to be agreed before proceeding.

McLean says Digicel and the Ministry are working together to clarify the conditions in detail and ensure that the intended transaction is in the best interest of all parties including Government, Digicel, and Sky Pacific customers.

Digicel needs a broadcasting and spectrum license.

Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum said in October that as a foreign based company, Digicel must obtain a license to provide subscription based pay television services in line with the Media Industry Development Decree.

Under the Media Industry Development Amendment Act, no local content including local news can be shown on a Pay TV service run by a foreign owned company or media organization.

Sky Pacific currently has Fiji One and Pacific Channel which has local content.

Arianespace's year-opening Ariane 5 mission is approved for launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespaces_year_opening_Ariane_5_mission_is_approved_for_launch_999.html

Intelsat 29e is the sole payload on Arianespace's first launch for 2016

The first Arianespace flight in 2016 has been given the "go" for its liftoff on Wednesday following today's successful launch readiness review, conducted at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

This milestone - held prior to each of the company's missions - confirms that the Ariane 5 launch vehicle and its Intelsat 29e payload are flight-ready, along with the Spaceport's infrastructure and the network of downrange tracking stations.

With the "green light" given, Ariane 5 is now cleared for its rollout tomorrow from the Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone - where it will be readied for liftoff on January 27 during a 1-hour, 20-minute launch window that opens at 8:20 p.m. local time in French Guiana.

As Intelsat's series-opening EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e has one of the most advanced digital payloads commercially available - operating in the C, Ku and Ka frequency bands.

Built by Boeing, it will offer enterprise-grade broadband services to fixed and mobile network operators, aero and maritime mobility service providers, along with government customers. Its coverage area is the Americas and over the North Atlantic (for sea and aviation routes).

Wednesday's mission is designated VA228, marking the 228th flight using an Ariane vehicle since this European series of launchers entered service in 1979. It kicks off another busy year of activity for Arianespace, which has the objective of performing up to 11 missions in 2016 with its full launcher family - consisting of the heavy-lift Ariane 5, medium-lift Soyuz and lightweight Vega.

Rostelecom expands satellite links to the Kuril Islands

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/rostelecom-expands-satellite-links-to-the-kuril-islands--1124569

Russian national operator Rostelecom has expanded the capacity of its satellite links to the Kuril Islands in the Sakhalin region. The capacity has been tripled in the segment connecting the city of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and the town of Severo-Kurilsk. The capacity of the link connecting Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Yuzhno-Kurilsk has been quadrupled.

The national operator is carrying out the project using its own funds. The capacity of the links to the settlements of Gornoye and Krabozavodskoye are due to be raised by the end of January.

Russia to launch 7 satellites to monitor gas industry facilities before 2025 Science & Space January 26, 2:10 UTC+3

From http://tass.ru/en/science/852088

MOSCOW These satellites will be added to the Gazprom Space Company’s orbital group Material has 1 page MOSCOW, January 25 /TASS/. Russia may launch 7 Smotr-class satellites meant for prospecting gas fields and monitoring gas facilities before 2025, according to the 2016-2025 Federal Space Programme. These satellites will be added to the Gazprom Space Company’s orbital group. The project will cost 93.5 billion roubles and will be financed from private sources. Read also Russia comes first by space garbage volume, third by satellite grouping — report The Smotr satellite system will make it possible to carry out the prospecting and additional prospecting of gas deposits; monitor gas infrastructure facilities in the stages of construction and operation; control gas extraction and transportation; carry out environmental monitoring and control emergencies under the Federal Space Programme project. Seven satellites, including one Smotr-B optical electronic satellite; two Smotr-R radar surveillance satellites and four Smotr-IK satellite, will work in the infrared band. Another satellite, Smotr-B number 2, may be launched later in 2025 not necessarily under the federal space programme. The Gazprom Space Systems is planning to launch six Smotr satellites meant for Earth probing before 2030. According to a new draft of the Federal Space Programme, the company may get one satellite more that initially planned

DISH HD Asia launches all-HEVC with Thomson

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/25/dish-hd-asia-launches-all-hevc-with-thomson/

DISH HD Asia, one of Asia’s leading DTH satellite pay-TV services, has selected the ViBE VS7000 HEVC encoder from Thomson Video Networks to drive its new Ultra-HD and all-HEVC-HD satellite service upgrade for delivery of more than 120 channels to viewers throughout Northeast Asia. Powered by Thomson Video Networks’ MediaFlexOS operating system, ViBE VS7000 — combined with the NetProcessor 9030 multiplexer/scrambler, MediaFlexSUITE, and FUZE-1 4K playout system, this major system upgrade will deliver significant video quality improvements, as well as cost- and bandwidth-saving HEVC compression for the DISH HD platform.

“DISH HD was the pioneer of HD satellite pay-TV services in Asia,” said Bert Klein, managing director, DISH HD. Now, with this major system upgrade, we have again demonstrated our leadership in bringing the best satellite TV experience to our subscribers. They can now enjoy Ultra HD 4K and HEVC HD channels, and we have doubled our channel capacity and introduced a new Ultra HD 4K HEVC set-top box. Thomson Video Networks was our partner of choice. Not only did Thomson provide superior technology, but they met our required schedules and project timeline while providing strong support to ensure our delivery was on schedule.”

ESPN signs ICC highlights deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/25/espn-signs-icc-highlights-deal/

ESPN has signed a four-year agreement with the International Cricket Council (ICC) to broadcast digital on-demand highlights of all ICC events to be staged between the 2016-2019 period

The agreement, covering the UK and Republic of Ireland, will allow ESPN to show in-progress, pre-match and post-match highlights across all ESPN branded websites and mobile apps.

The package includes the digital rights to the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2016, ICC World Twenty20 India 2016, ICC Champions Trophy 2017, ICC Women’s World Cup 2017, ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2018 ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier, ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 and the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

As part of the deal, ESPNcricinfo and ESPN.co.uk, will feature near-live clips of fours, sixes, wickets and other key moments through ESPN’s live match scorecard service. The in-play content will be complemented by full match highlights, up to five minutes, as well pre and post-event content provided by the ICC.

Charly Classen, Vice President and General Manager, ESPN – Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “We are extremely proud of our coverage of international and domestic cricket, and are delighted we can expand that coverage with near-live in-match clips and full post-match highlights from the biggest tournaments in the sport. We are thrilled to expand on our longstanding relationship with the International Cricket Council in the UK and Republic of Ireland. With these highlights alongside our ball-by-ball coverage, ESPN will be offering cricket fans the perfect way to follow all of the action from the upcoming ICC World T20 and beyond.”

Meanwhile, Sunset+Vine, the UK independent TV sports production and media company, part of The Tinopolis Group, has followed up its recent win of the ICC’s Live Events Production Services contract 2016-2019, with the award of the ICC’s Non Live Programming contract for the same period.

Jeff Foulser, Chairman of Sunset+Vine, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to have now been recognised for the quality of our non-live programming production with the award of this significant contract from the ICC. We’re committed to delivering world class and comprehensive programming that best represents the ICC’s cricket interests, and look forward to starting work immediately



Feed log D2 3.24 pm NZ

12572 V Sr 7500 "kordia T2 Prim 7221" Horse sales
12652 V Sr 7500 not loaded
12662 V Sr 7500 not loaded
12679 V Sr 6670 "astra 4 path 1" From a horse track


Feed log D2

12670 V Sr 6670 "telstra" Horses
12679 V Sr 6670 "Gcast 6" Horses 422

From my Email


From the DIsh

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3805 V "EM TV" is Fta
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3810 V "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V Discovery Channel Southeast Asia, Animal Planet Southeast Asia and TLC Southeast Asia has started on , encrypted. Info Sports and Haari Music have left.

NSS 11 108.2E 12401 V "MBN" has left .
NSS 11 108.2E 12421 V "YBS TV" has left
NSS 11 108.2E 12591 H TTV, FTV, ERA News, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, LS Time Movie, Celestial Classic Movies, Hunan TV, CCTV 4 Asia and Phoenix Chinese Channel on are encrypted again.
NSS 11 108.2E 12431 H "Global News Network" is Fta again.
NSS 11 108.2E 12471 H "Basketball TV" is now Fta.
NSS 11 108.2E 12731 V. Taiwan Macroview TV, Wei Xin TV, SET News, Da Ai TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, Good 2, Top TV, Star Winged, Happy Channel, Hi Play, HOT and Angel TV Chinese have left

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H "Star World Premiere HD" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4070 H "CATV" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "B4U Movies India and B4U Movies Asia Pacific" are Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Smile TV has replaced Filmy Beat" on , Fta

Measat 3 91.5E 12563 H "Sakshi TV has replaced Athmeeya Yathra TV" on , Irdeto.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11800 H "Topsong TV" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Boks TV and Telekarta Kino" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Soversheno Sekretno TV and Europa Plus TV" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11840 H "Slow TV has replaced Europa Plus TV" on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H "Noise and Slow TV" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H "Soversheno Sekretno TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Umm TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "BD Entertainment has replaced Jubaland TV" on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "TV N" has started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12616 V "NTK, STV, TV N, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna and Peretz International" have started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V "TV N has started on , Fta. NTK, STV, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International "are Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V STV, TV N, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International have started on , fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4064 H "CNBC Africa" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "News State" has started on , Fta. Satya TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Movies" has started on , Fta.

KazSat 3 58.5E 12531 V "TV N" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,1YES(印度)频道新增,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1 Yes替换R-Vision(印度)频道,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Z Smile(泰国)等频道新增,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,动物星球等替换Info Sport(Skynindo)等频道,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Pathum Chnnel(泰国)频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV XXI、Muzhskoy(俄罗斯)等3个频道消失,设置10981 V 44948参数无效接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Muzhskoy、TV XXI(俄罗斯)等5个频道新增,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV XXI、Muzhskoy(俄罗斯)等3个频道消失,设置10981 V 44948参数无效接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Muzhskoy、TV XXI(俄罗斯)等5个频道新增,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。[01-24]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TNT 4、Playboy TV UK(俄罗斯)等5个频道消失,设置11557 H 22250参数无效接收。[01-24]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,January 24(传送)高清频道新增,设置3848 H 5200参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Manoranjan Movies(印度)等频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[01-24]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Maha Bodhi Channel(印度)频道重现,设置3828 V 7200参数免费接收。[01-24]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Indian Now(印度)频道消失,设置3932 H 18330参数无效接收。 [1月24日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3832 H 12860参数无效接收。 [1月24日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,O-la-la、RTG TV HD(俄罗斯)等7个频道新增,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [1月24日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Box TV、Kino TV(俄罗斯)等7个频道消失,设置11530 H 22250参数无效接收。 [1月24日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、台视(环宇卫视)等9个频道解密,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-23]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT(+2)(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11560 V 22000参数无效接收。[01-23]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia Plus +(澳大利亚)频道消失,设置3811 V 1952参数无效接收。[01-23]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Basketball TV(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-23]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U Movies、B4U APAC Channel(印度)频道加密,设置4100 V 29717参数有条件接收。[01-23]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNT4(+3h)(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。[01-22]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视新闻、年代新闻(台湾)等全组频道消失,设置12538 H 3300参数无效接收。 [1月22日]


ZeeFamily.TV hops on to Roku platform

From news

MUMBAI: Zee Family - the digital entertainment destination, which features channels like Zee TV, Z Living, Living Foods and Zee Cinema along with other special interest, language based channels, is now available on the Roku platform.

Roku subscribers will be able stream ZeeFamily.TV on their devices globally.

Roku customers who download and connect the app to their ZeeFamily.tv profile will have access to over 30 live 24/7 channels, offered in English, Hindi and regional dialects, 30 day catch-up, over 2,000 on-demand movies and over 15,000 individual show episodes.

The ZeeFamily.TV app is available as a free download from the Movies & TV section of the channel store for all Roku users.

“Zee Family is an entertainment destination; the feature rich product gives viewers the ability to rewind and pause live TV, catch-up on favourite shows they might have missed and watch thousands of hours of on demand content. Our goal was to make Zee TV's extensive library of content available to viewers wherever and whenever they want to watch TV and do so with a unified platform that was easy to navigate and offers unmatched streaming quality,” said Zee Americas CTO Unmesh Khadilkar.

Apart from Roku, ZeeFamily.tv is also accessible online www.zeefamily.tv, tablets, smartphones, Amazon Fire TV and through Samsung SmartTV's via the Zee Family app.

Sony Pal, Manoranjan Movies bag slots on DD Freedish for Rs 13.1 crore

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/sony-pal-manoranjan-movies-bag-slots-on-dd-freedish-for-rs-131-crore-160122

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan earned Rs 13.1 crore from the auction of two channels to fill vacancies in the total of 64 channels on its free-to-air DTH platform Freedish.

Although the reserve price for the 25th online auction was Rs 4.3 crore, Sony Pal won a slot for Rs 7.6 crore while Manoranjan Movies got it for Rs 5.5 crore.

Doordarshan had raised the reserve price in the 24th auction after several auctions with the price of Rs 3.7 crore per slot, though Indiantelevision.com had learnt that the bid amount went up to Rs 4.7 crore in earlier e-auctions.

The reserve price in the 15th e-auction was Rs 3 crore and was raised to Rs 3.7 crore in the 16th auction.

Sources also told Indiantelevision.com that Freedish will be encrypted shortly from Mpeg2 to Mpeg4 to keep a tab on the number of subscribers, but it would remain free-to-air. This will also enable it to reach 112 channels by the end of March.

Currently, Freedish has slots for 64 channels including its own channels as well as Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


TVplus update

Intelsat 19 12284 H "freeslot 21-25,50,54,55 63-69 "all started FTA showing coming soon card
Intelsat 19 12526 H "freeslot 117-138" started FTA showing coming soon card

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 10 110.5E "Trading Day" has moved from 3728 V to 3706 V, Fta

NSS 11 108.2E 12431 H CNN International Asia Pacific and Macau Lotus TV have started on , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2E 12431 H "Global News Network" is now encrypted.
NSS 11 108.2E 12431 H "IBC 13 and Star Movies Philippines" have left .
NSS 11 108.2E 12471 H "Thrill, AMC Asia and Kix" have started on , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2E 12591 H INC TV, CNN International Asia Pacific, BBC World News Asia Pacific, France 24 English, RT English, Lifetime Asia, Warner TV Asia, ETC, Cartoon Network Philippines, Boomerang South East Asia, CTI TV Asia, Celestial Classic Movies, Hunan TV and CCTV 4 Asia have started on\ , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2E 12711 H "Fight Sports, Sundance Channel South East Asia and Outdoor Channel International" have started on , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2E 12711 H "Fox HD Asia, Channel NewsAsia, Videoland Movie and CCTV 1" have left

Measat 3 91.5E 4167 V "Racing International" is encrypted again.

Measat 3a 91.4E MUTV has left 3760 H again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zonet Zawlbuk" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 H "Zoom Bangla" has started on Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11292 V "NTK, STV, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International" have started on , Fta
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12690 V "NTK, STV, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International" have started on , encrypted.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 12726 V "NTK" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4000 H "Zee Magic" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4076 V "Khushi" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H RTL International has replaced RTL Deutschland on , Irdeto.

KazSat 3 58.5E 12531 V NTK, STV, Zhetysu TV, Asyl Arna, 24 KZ, KazSport and Peretz International have started on , Fta.

Express AM6 53.0E 3665 L "Perviy kanal, Match TV, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Moskva, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on , Roscrypt.
Express AM6 53.0E 3685 L "REN TV, Telekanal Spas, STS, Domashniy, TV 3, Pyatnitsa!, Telekanal Zvezda, Mir, TNT and Muz TV" have started on ,Fta.
Express AM6 53.0E 3715 R "Perviy kanal, Match TV, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Ural, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on , Roscrypt.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,资讯卫视(香港)频道新增,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。[01-22]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U APAC Channel|、B4U Movies(电影)频道解密,设置4100 V 29717参数免费接收。[01-22]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,天映经典、龙祥时代(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-22]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Box TV、Rossiya HD(俄罗斯)等10个频道新增,设置11387 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-21]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Kino TV、Russkiy Roman(俄罗斯)等3个频道新增,设置11665 V 38400参数有条件接收。[01-21]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV Xxi、Perviy Kanal HD(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11681 V 15525参数无效接收。[01-21]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SPS World HD 、HTV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。[01-21]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DM News Plus替换DM Dhoom(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4082 H 3185参数免费接收。[01-21]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,台视国际、台湾综合(台湾)等5个频道新增,设置3942 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-21]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,高清电影、动作电影(华诚数字)等全组频道加密,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。[01-21]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,A One(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。[01-20]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Inva Meia TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-20]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、高清电影(华诚数字)等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 27500参数免费接收。[01-20]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BD Entertainment TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3832 H 12860参数免费接收。[01-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MTV Hits替换国家地理音乐(音乐)频道,设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-19]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Thanthi TV、IBN 7(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,R-Vision(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3756 H 13333参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Vision(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,U(+7)(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [1月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tulasi News(测试)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。 [1月19日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,TV 7 Health Planet(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。 [1月19日]


TEN to expand live streaming?

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/01/rumour-ten-to-expand-live-streaming.html

TV Tonight hears whispers TEN is to expand its Live streaming with a block of weekday programming on tenplay from tomorrow.

It is rumoured to be an afternoon block from 4:30pm – 7:30pm including The Bold and the Beautiful, TEN Eyewitness News (already streaming), Family Feud and The Project
(already streaming).

They will join already-streaming Studio 10 at 8:30am.

From January 31 it is expected to add I’m a Celebrity Get Me out of Here!

The Live streaming is tipped to be available in local TEN markets and geoblocked elsewhere.

Until now TEN has held off full Live streaming of its suite of channels, with CEO Paul Anderson late last year indicating it had the ability to stream all 3 channels but current audiences were still small by proportion.

“For 24 / 7 streaming and (with) the constraints around bandwidth and people’s data plans, until consumers are there and the viewers actually want it, that’s when we will do it. So we are just taking a pragmatic approach,” he said.

Update: A TEN spokesperson has now confirmed the above. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here Now! will also be included.

TVNZ to Launch New Male-Skewed Entertainment Channel

From Press release

TVNZ to Launch New Male-Skewed Entertainment Channel

TVNZ has announced plans to launch a male-skewing entertainment channel for New Zealand viewers in coming months. The new channel will be live streamed online and broadcast free to air.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says: “We’re committed to giving New Zealanders more of the content they want to watch, how they want to view it. The new channel will feature an international slate of top drama, sport, comedy, factual titles and movies and be available to view across TV, desktop and mobile screens.”

The new channel’s development has been informed by market insights that indicate male viewers are seeking more distinctive content. It also builds on recent experience from TVNZ’s pop up channel, which was introduced in the middle of last year, says Mr Kenrick.

“There’s been a resounding viewer response to the return of free to air sport and we think the time is right to up the ante, expand our content offering and take the channel from pop up to permanent.”

He says the new channel reflects TVNZ’s strategy to make compelling content available wherever viewers want to see it.

“Viewers aren’t hung up about whether they’re watching on TV or mobile, at home or on the go. So we’re making it available across a broad range of devices, screens and platforms simultaneously. This will take live streaming further than any other local channel,” he says.

The new channel will be ad-funded. “We know advertisers are seeking commercial solutions that address audience fragmentation and embrace viewers’ multi-screening behaviour. We’re developing an integrated media buy across on air and online that makes it easier to connect with audiences.”

TVNZ will provide more detail on the new channel, including its name, confirmed content line-up and planned launch date in future updates.



From Press Release

SKY Television will be launching five exciting new foreign language channels in February, including a Filipino channel and two Hindi channels, as well as two new Chinese channels, just in time to welcome in the Chinese New Year.

The new channels will launching on Tuesday 9th February and include:
TFC (The Filipino Channel), the Philippines’ top TV channel offering the very best in general entertainment in Tagalog.

Star Chinese Channel and SCM (Star Chinese Movies) are two premium Chinese language channels offering the very best in general entertainment and movies.

Colors will offer the best in Hindi general entertainment and whilst Star Gold will bring you closer to Bollywood.

SKY’s Director of Content Strategy, Megan King commented:
“At SKY, we’re always evolving to provide our customers with a world class entertainment experience. These new channels will offer superb entertainment content and will help bring your own culture closer to home here in New Zealand.”

To subscribe to the channels you must be either a SKY Basic or Broadcast subscriber before being able to add the new line-up.

SKY subscribers will be able to sample all of the new channels for a month after the launch date at no extra charge.

Star Plus which is currently broadcasting on SKY Channel 315 will remain on SKY but moves to the new home of Channel 150 on Tuesday 9 February where it will available at a reduced monthly rate.

The existing foreign language channels operated by WTV will come off SKY on Tuesday 1 March.

SKY Television is launching five new foreign language channels on Tuesday 9 February.

Colors – Hindi (SKY Channel 151)

Star Gold – Hindi (SKY Channel 152)

Star Chinese Channel – Mandarin (SKY Channel 155)

SCM (Star Chinese Movies) – Mandarin (SKY Channel 156)

TFC (The Filipino Channel) – Tagalog (SKY Channel 160)
Existing foreign language channel Star Plus will move to SKY Channel 150 from Tuesday 9 February at a reduced rate.
All existing WTV operated channels will be removed from SKY on Tuesday 1 March.
SKY subscribers will be able to sample all of the new channels for a month after the launch date at no extra charge.
To subscribe you must be either a SKY Basic or Broadcast subscriber.
The channels can be subscribed to individually or as packages.
The channels are broadcast in Standard Definition (SD).



If a customer subscribes to SKY Basic they are eligible to choose:
1.From the “Hindi Package”

a.1.any one channel for $9.99; OR
b.2.any two channels for $14.99; OR
c.3.all three Hindi channels for $19.99; AND

2.From the “Chinese Package”

a.1.any one channel for $9.99; OR
b.2.any two channels for $14.99;

3.The Filipino Channel

a.1.One channel for $14.99

Three Hindi Channels (incl StarPlus) = $19.99 (+ the broadcast tier fee/decoder rental)
Two Chinese Channels = $14.99 (+ the broadcast tier fee/decoder rental)
The Filipino Channel = $14.99 (+ the broadcast tier fee/decoder rental)

SpeedCast Goes Live On O3b Networks, Delivers Broadband Service To Christmas Island

From http://www.fiberopticsonline.com/doc/speedcast-goes-live-networks-christmas-island-0001

O3b Networks and SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast) today announced that SpeedCast has launched service on the state-of-the-art O3b satellite network, enabling the Christmas Island Internet Administration (CIIA)—the only Internet Service Provider (ISP) on Christmas Island—the ability to provide broadband connectivity to the island’s residents, businesses and visitors. SpeedCast is now delivering for CIIA the first true broadband internet service experienced on the island.

Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean with an approximate population of 2100 people, is geographically close to Indonesia. The island earned its unique name by being discovered on the 25th of December, 1643 by Captain William Mynors of the British Royal Navy, and is famous for its 135 square km Australian National Park.

Since launching the O3b service on Christmas Island, there has been a 300% increase in data usage. Substantially improved performance delivered over the network has accelerated the consumption of bandwidth as the improved experience for consumers dramatically increases their appetite for data. CIIA continues to improve its monitoring and billing systems to provide better tools to the subscribers to monitor their use, and has available capacity through O3b to continue increasing bandwidth for its customers when needed.

O3b’s network of satellites provide broadband services almost 5 time faster than the geostationary (GEO) satellite system previously used by CIIA. CIIA is using O3b’s next-generation IP trunking solution, O3bTrunk, that boosts existing link capacities to rival the connection quality of terrestrial fiber, while avoiding the prohibitive cost of laying an undersea cable to the island.

SpeedCast is one of the leading providers of satellite connectivity in both the Oceanic and Pacific Island regions, providing services to a large percentage of the island nations and territories across these regions. This latest service rollout with O3b on Christmas Island follows a string of successes and highlights SpeedCast’s commitment to delivering best-in-class connectivity and services around the globe.

"SpeedCast is pleased to be providing CIIA with the best satellite connectivity available, over the O3b network," said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast. "This is a testament to our commitment to delivering the best solution available for our customers to meet their specific requirements. Now the residents of Christmas Island will have comparable broadband service to those on the Australian mainland."

"We are thrilled to be working with SpeedCast to provide high throughput, low latency connectivity for CIIA and the entire Christmas Island community,” said Imran Malik, VP Asia for O3b Networks. "O3b is the perfect solution for government-mandated broadband and mobile access buildouts for hard-to-reach locations, and Christmas Island is a perfect example of our many successful implementations to achieve this for our customers.”

About O3b Networks Limited

O3b Networks Limited is a global satellite service provider operating a next-generation satellite network for telecommunications operators, Internet service providers, enterprise and government customers in emerging markets. The O3b system combines the global reach of satellite with the speed of a fiber‐optic network providing billions of consumers and businesses in nearly 180 countries with low‐cost, high‐speed, low latency Internet and mobile connectivity. O3b Networks’ investors include SES, Google, Liberty Global, HSBC Principal Investments, Northbridge Venture Partners, Allen & Company, Development Bank of Southern Africa, Sofina, Satya Capital and Luxempart. O3b Networks is headquartered in St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands.

About SpeedCast International Limited

SpeedCast is a leading global network and satellite communications service provider offering high-quality managed networks services in over 90 countries; and a global maritime network serving customers worldwide. Headquartered in Hong Kong, with 33 international sales & support offices and 31 teleport operations, SpeedCast has a unique infrastructure to serve the requirements of customers globally. With over 5,000 links on land and at sea supporting mission critical applications, SpeedCast has distinguished itself with a strong operational expertise and a highly efficient support organization, which are the foundation of SpeedCast's success. SpeedCast is publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange under the ticker SDA (ASX:SDA). For more information, visit www.speedcast.com.

Bad weather delays EUTELSAT 9B launch

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016012241478/bad-weather-delays-eutelsat-9b-launch.html#axzz3xxzlwBOt

Less than a week after it announced it was all systems go, Eutelsat has revealed that the launch of the Proton launch vehicle with the EUTELSAT 9B satellite has been delayed.

The leading satellite operator has attributed the delay to weather-related logistical issues. The craft was originally on track for launch by an ILS Proton rocket on 28 January 2016 from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Despite the delay, Eutelsat has confirmed that launch vehicle processing continues without any technical issues and the satellite remains in a safe configuration at the launch site.

When launched, the five-tonne Ku-band EUTELSAT 9B will occupy the 9° East neighbourhood and is attributed with being able to increase Eutelsat capacity to 50 physical transponders. It will address broadcast markets through one pan-European footprint delivering coverage for four regional footprints serving Germany, Greece, Italy and the Nordics, with the Baltics and Ukraine.

The Airbus Defence and Space-built satellite will be the first of three Eutelsat craft to launch in 2016, followed into space by EUTELSAT 65 West A and EUTELSAT 117 West B. It will replace EUTELSAT 9A that currently serves over 350 channels, of which 100 are in high definition, broadcasting to cable, DTH and DTT homes across Europe and serving clients that include M7 for the KabelKiosk and AustriaSat Magyarország platforms as well as OTE, AFN, Arqiva, Globecast, Media Broadcast and RR Media.

ISRO launches India's fifth navigation satellite IRNSS-1E

From Indiantelevision

MUMBAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C31, successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) on the morning of 20 January, 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.

This is the 32nd consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the 11th in its 'XL' configuration.

After the PSLV-C31 lift-off at 0931 hrs (9:31 am) IST from the Second Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and satellite injection, took place as planned. After a flight of about 18 minutes 43 seconds, IRNSS-1E Satellite was injected to an elliptical orbit of 282.4 km X 20,655.3 km inclined at an angle of 19.21 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage.

After injection, the solar panels of IRNSS-1E were deployed automatically. ISRO's Master Control Facility (at Hassan, Karnataka) took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, four orbit manoeuvres will be conducted from Master Control Facility to position the satellite in the Geosynchronous Orbit at 111.75 deg East longitude with 28.1 deg inclination.

IRNSS-1E is the fifth of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A, 1B, 1C and ID, the first four satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on 2 July, 2013, 4 April, 2014, 16 October, 2014 and 28 March, 2015 respectively. All the four satellites are functioning satisfactorily from their designated orbital positions.

IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS would provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Services (SPS) - provided to all users - and Restricted Services (RS), provided to authorised users.

A number of ground stations responsible for the generation and transmission of navigation parameters, satellite ranging and monitoring, etc., have been established in eighteen locations across the country. In the coming months, the remaining two satellites of this constellation, namely, IRNSS-1F and IG, are scheduled to be launched by PSLV, thereby completing the entire IRNSS constellation.


No update


Sorry small update only, Spring cleaning my house!!

Feeds up for the Tennis and the bike race.

D2 12583 V Sr 7398 "Telstra Broadcast Service" Encrypted
D2 12574 V Sr 7398 V "Telstra Broadcast Service" FTA Tennis, no sound. .

D2 12619 V Sr 7500 4:2:2 video
D2 12677 V Sr 15000 1080 video 4:2:2 " Ch1 (no name)"\
D2 12650 V Sr 30000 "TDU 2016 MOTO 1, TDU 2016 MOTO 2, TDU 2016 MOTO 3, TDU 2016 Heli," , 4 cameras for the bikes FTA.

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3915 V "On TV" has left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "MUTV" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "PSI Channel"is Fta

ABS 2 75.0E OK TV has started on 3781 V and 12153 H, Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,A One(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。[01-20]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Inva Meia TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-20]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、高清电影(华诚数字)等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 27500参数免费接收。[01-20]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BD Entertainment TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3832 H 12860参数免费接收。[01-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,MTV Hits替换国家地理音乐(音乐)频道,设置12355 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-19]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Thanthi TV、IBN 7(印度)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。[01-19]


Harmonic and AsiaSat Launch New UHD Channel “4K-SAT2/HVN”

From Press Release

AsiaSat 4 to Deliver 2160p60 Video Enabled by Harmonic’s Spectrum™ X Server and Electra™ X3 Advanced Media Processor
Hong Kong/San Jose, Calif. — Jan. 20, 2016 — Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, and AsiaSat (HKSE: 1135), Asia’s premier satellite operator, today announced a partnership to launch a new Ultra HD (UHD) channel “4K-SAT2/HVN”, AsiaSat’s second free-to-air UHD channel on AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East for the Asia Pacific.
Launching on “4K-SAT2/HVN” on March 1, 2016 will be 4K video content from Harmonic’s broad video library, as well as content from the new NASA TV UHD channel, in 2160p60 with HEVC Main 10 profile utilizing an end-to-end UHD video processing system from Harmonic. With the channel, consumers in Asia can explore the breathtaking beauty of the world and of space in stunning UHD. NASA TV UHD, the first UHD channel in North America, was launched jointly by NASA and Harmonic in North America in late 2015.

“With the cost of UHD TV sets dropping dramatically over the past year, demand for UHD content in Asia is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing & Global Accounts at AsiaSat. “Our partnership with Harmonic for this new channel ‘4K-SAT2/HVN’ following the successful launch of our first UHD channel last year enables the delivery of a choice of rich and compelling UHD content on AsiaSat 4, allowing us to demonstrate the superior quality via satellite of a linear Ultra HD channel in 2160p60 resolution.”
The UHD channels on AsiaSat 4’s UHD platform are available free-to-air across the satellite’s enormous footprint, spanning from New Zealand to Pakistan and part of the Middle East and encompassing more than 50 countries and regions. Asian TV operators and home viewers with an AsiaSat 4 C-band antenna and a HEVC set-top box will be able to receive the free-to-air UHD channels in native UHD quality.

The new “4K-SAT2/HVN” UHD channel deploys Harmonic’s MediaGrid shared storage system, a highly scalable, Ethernet-based shared storage system optimized for digital media workflows; Polaris™ playout management suite; Spectrum™ X advanced media server system, which brings new levels of efficiency, simplicity and reliability to broadcast playout workflows; and the groundbreaking Electra™ X3 UHD media processor, to enable full UHD channel production and transmission from the AsiaSat’s Tai Po Earth Station in Hong Kong.

“Harmonic is the only video infrastructure provider to offer a complete UHD workflow solution for delivery of live and linear UHD broadcasts. This expertise, combined with our UHD channel-as-a-service offering, technology leadership and active involvement in standards bodies and other industry groups, is creating the momentum needed for global UHD service deployment,” said Peter Alexander, Chief Marketing Officer at Harmonic. “By providing AsiaSat with a full-scale workflow for delivering 2160p60 UHD video content, and also providing a complete slate of compelling content that showcases the medium of UHD, Harmonic is enabling UHD services to be rolled out quickly and affordably to consumers across the region, with amazing video quality.”
Watch “4K-SAT2/HVN” free on AsiaSat 4 with the following reception parameters:
Orbital Location: 122°E
Transponder: A4-C13H
Downlink Frequency: 4120 MHz
Downlink Polarisation: Horizontal
Digital Transmission: DVB-S2
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
Modulation: 8PSK
FEC: 5/6
# # #

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

About Harmonic

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. Harmonic enables customers to produce, deliver and monetize amazing video experiences, with unequalled business agility and operational efficiency, by providing market-leading innovation, high-quality service and compelling total cost of ownership. More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

Paulien Ruijssenaars
Senior Director, Corporate Marketing
Tel: (1 408) 490 7021
Email: paulien.ruijssenaars@harmonicinc.com
Blair King
Director, Investor Relations
Tel: (1 408) 490 6172
Email: blair.king@harmonicinc.com
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
Sabrina Cubbon
VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: (852) 2500 0899
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com
Winnie Pang
Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com


Optus D2 12734 V Sr 22500 "Vision Christian radio" is new FTA Apid 302


D2 12649 V Sr 29999 Tour Down Under Cycling with multiple channels
D2 12572 V Sr 7399 Aus open Tennis Fta, but no audio
D2 12581 V Sr 7399 Encrypted could be Tennis

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3860 V All channels in the STAR TV mux are encrypted again.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Sport One has replaced TVRI Nasional" on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5E 3711 H "DD Meghalaya" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 3728 H "DD Tripura" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5E 3734 H "DD Arunachal Pradesh" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3795 V "Racing International" has left.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 3885 V "DD Kisan and DD HD" have started on , Fta. DD Sports has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E Fox Thai, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Channel M, Star World Asia, Channel V Thailand, Nick Jr Asia, Warner TV Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Star Chinese Movies Legend, Fox Crime Asia, National Geographic Channel Asia and CTH Thaizabb on 3760 H and 12604 V are encrypted again.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "Sony ESPN" has started on , PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,R-Vision(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3756 H 13333参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R-Vision(印度)频道消失,设置11735 H 44000参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,U(+7)(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。[01-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tulasi News(测试)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,TV 7 Health Planet(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。[01-19]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AMA Universe TV(菲律宾)频道重现,设置12613 V 1069参数免费接收。[01-19]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Smile TV替换Filmy Beat(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [1月19日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(巴布亚新几内亚)频道解密,设置3805 V 3960参数免费接收。 [1月18日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Maxtra onews(印度)频道新增,设置11856 H 44000参数免费接收。 [1月18日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pashto TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3832 H 12860参数免费接收。 [1月18日]

Stream Links

Australian Open Tennis Streams via 7 Sports (Needs Australian I.P)


Rod Laver

Hisense Arena

Margaret Court

Show Court 2

Court 7

Court 8

Court 10

Court 13

Court 14

Court 20

Court 22


Auld lang tracking syne

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Auld_lang_tracking_syne_999.html

This image shows construction of ESA's 15-m antenna at Carnarvon, Australia, ca. 1985. A 15 m-diameter tracking station was installed first at the then-existing Carnarvon, Western Australia, facility in July 1985 to help support Giotto, ESA's first deep-space mission, which encountered Comet Halley in 1986. Upon completion of initial Giotto support in 1987, and with the pending closure of Carnarvon, the Overseas Telecommunications Commission (OTC(2); which later became Telstra), the Australian telecommunications company owning the Carnarvon Station and also providing the local operations and maintenance (O&M) services for ESA, disassembled, relocated and re-commissioned the entire facility, including the antenna, at the Perth International Telecommunications Centre (PITC), near the city of Perth, Western, Australia. Perth antenna was retired on 31 December 2015. Image courtesy Les Bateman (former employee OTC Carnarvon) via http://www.carnarvonmuseum.org.au. For a larger version of this image please go here.

After 30 years of working on dozens of missions, an ESA antenna in Australia has been retired because of urban expansion and the increased risk of radio interference.

The Perth antenna provided decades of reliable, high-quality contact with launchers such as Ariane, Vega and Soyuz and satellites such as Hipparcos, Giotto, XMM-Newton, SMART-1, the Sentinels and Cluster. These included many of ESA's highest-profile Earth observation, science and navigation missions.

It was also involved in missions from ESA partners including the French space agency and Eumetsat, and it even detected signals from a Russian Mars probe after contact had initially been lost.

Ironically, the retirement of the Perth antenna has come about not due to any technical obsolescence, but rather through a very human factor: Perth's expanding population and the conflicting needs for radio spectrum.

Making way for people

The ever-growing metropolitan area of Perth is now encroaching on the station's compound, the Perth International Telecommunications Centre, making it increasingly difficult to ensure an interference-free environment for the most-used frequencies.

The growing demand of Perth's citizens and businesses for wireless Internet access and in particular the needs of TV Outside Broadcasting led the Australian Communication and Media Authority to withdraw permission for the use of certain frequencies by Perth station as of 31 December.

Three decades of tracking excellence
In 30 years, the Perth antenna has been involved in some of the most crucial and demanding space missions.

In 2009, it played a role in the double launch of ESA's Herschel and Planck space telescopes on Ariane flight V188.

When Gaia climbed skywards on a Soyuz rocket in 2013, the Perth antenna tracked both the launcher and the satellite. With no way to practise such a complex event in advance, it had to work perfectly the first time. It did.

In 2015, it was instrumental in bringing the LISA Pathfinder spacecraft through six critical orbit-raising manoeuvres to reach the final orbit 1.5 million km from Earth.

Since 2009, the dish has tracked 20 launchers departing from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, including six Ariane, ten Soyuz and four Vega flights.

Centralising tracking down under
"Perth antenna retirement provides an opportunity to consolidate ESA's Australian tracking facilities at our existing New Norcia station, also in Western Australia, while deepening our partnership with local Australian telecommunication companies, all of which have strong technological expertise that we can tap," says Manfred Lugert, Head of Ground Facilities at ESA's operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

Perth antenna's core launcher and signal acquisition capability for newly launched satellites has been transferred to the New Norcia site, where a new, 4.5 m-diameter antenna is being commissioned (see "Tracking new missions from down under"). The state-of-the-art 35 m antenna will continue working with deep-space missions.

The antenna's routine tracking and telecommanding will be largely taken over by commercial service providers, including SSC Australia, which operates the Western Australia Space Centre near Dongara, 400 km north of Perth (and far from any crowds).

The Perth antenna was last used to track the Soyuz rocket on 17 December carrying the twin Galileo navigation satellites, a fitting finale for one of ESA's longest-serving facilities

Digicel buyout of Sky Pacific in limbo

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/36678/digicel-buyout-of-sky-pacific-in-limbo

Five months since the announcement of the sale of the pay television service Sky Pacific to Digicel and the acquisition remains in limbo. In early December, Digicel received a draft TV license but negotiations between the company and government is on-going. FBC news understands unless and until a full license is approved, the sale of Sky Pacific for an estimated five point seven five million dollars remains at a stalemate. Digicel have to date paid Sky Pacific a goodwill deposit of seven hundred and fifty thousand dollars.

O3b upgrades capacity of Palau Telecoms satellite network

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/o3b-upgrades-capacity-of-palau-telecoms-satellite-network--1123499

Satellite services provider O3b Networks has announced a further upgrade to the network it installed for Palau mobile operator Palau Telecoms back in January 2015. O3b said an immediate and sustained surge in data usage signalled additional capacity would quickly be needed, and the company upgraded in September 2015, followed by yet another upgrade in December. The increased throughput enables Palau Telecoms to continue the rollout of advanced cellular and wireless television networks across the island nation, which does not have access to undersea fibre cable.

DD confident of achieving 112-channel target on FreeDish by March-end

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/terrestrial/dd-confident-of-achieving-112-channel-target-on-freedish-by-march-end-b-b-nagpal-160118

NEW DELHI: Indian pubcaster Doordarshan is now confident that it will acquire the capacity of carrying 112 channels on its free-to-air (FTA) direct to home (DTH) service FreeDish by March-end.

DD director general C Lalrosanga told Indiantelevision.com that a meeting had been held recently by the engineering team in FreeDish and Doordarshan with experts from the Bangalore based ByDesign India.

DD is acquiring ByDesign’s conditional access system (CAS) so as to increase its channel offerings from the current 64 by the end of March 2016.

The meeting was primarily aimed at assessing the requirement of CAS-enabled set top boxes (STBs) that will be needed to cover all regions of the country.

Lalrosanga said the DTH player will switch over to MPEG4 from the current MPEG2 in two phases. “The first phase may begin this month,” he informed.

Late last year, the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) approved a proposal by ByDesign India to develop an Indian conditional access system. ByDesign was to receive a support amount of Rs 19.79 crore from DeitY to develop the new system in association with Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC).

The ByDesign model is totally indigenous and built for DVB-C setup. This CAS solution will enable broadcasters to control access to their services by viewers, and thereby enabling them to extend their business models to subscription based schemes.

This will mean that the FreeDish will become encrypted but will remain FTA. In addition to helping increase the number of channels on the platform, this will enable FreeDish to gauge the exact number of households relying on FreeDish as encrypted STBs will only be available with authorised dealers.

Lalrosanga went on to add that many homes were gradually switching over to FreeDish as they could then get their entire entertainment for a one-time fee of purchasing a dish, which costs as low as Rs 700 to Rs 1200.

Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had said early last year that FreeDish’s aim was to reach 112 channels within a year or so.

At present, there is no vacant slot on Freedish since all channels that were on the platform and whose licences had expired have come back through the 24 e-auctions conducted over the past year.

Interestingly, two new entrants on the platform – Aaj Tak and Big Magic – are pay channels, which are being run as FTA on FreeDish.

DD sources said that the reference interconnect agreement signed by these two channels no longer carries any non-discriminatory clause as it refers to FreeDish.

ZEEL plans Germany foray; to launch FTA channel by mid-2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/zeel-plans-germany-foray-to-launch-fta-channel-by-mid-2016-160118

MUMBAI: Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) is planning to foray into Germany with the launch of a free-to-air (FTA) television channel by mid-2016.

The FTA channel will bring high-quality Bollywood films produced by the Indian film industry as well as popular Indian television series to German screens, 24-hours a day.

The new channel’s core target group will be females between the ages of 19 and 59. Plans are to make the channel available on major satellite and cable platforms.

The channel’s business operations in the German-speaking area will be handled by Friederike Behrends.

ZEEL international broadcast business CEO Amit Goenka said, “Our foray into Germany is a major step as part of our international expansion strategy. The objective is to establish a lasting presence and grow in the German television market. With our highest levels of entertainment and new content, we are confident of being able to offer our German viewers an attractive enrichment to the existing range of television offerings.”

Europe at Asia TV Ltd. (Zee TV) CEO Neeraj Dhingra added, “The launch of the channel will signify ZEEL’s entry into one of the world’s most important television markets, in which the Bollywood genre is still barely represented as yet. With 210,000 hours of programming and more than 3,500 film titles, our endeavour is to delight the German audiences with Indian content.”

“We also welcome Friederike to the Zee family. She brings with her a rich experience and in-depth knowledge of media, broadcasting and TV content. Her extensive international and national industry expertise will help us not only to cement our presence in the German market, but take it to greater heights,” Dhingra added.

Behrends said, “Bollywood content offers a much broader spectrum than is known on German television. The aim is to enhance Germany’s entertainment offerings by introducing an entirely new genre. We intend to capture the hearts of German viewers with Bollywood. We are currently engaged in intensive talks with German TV-platform operators with a view to expanding the reach as quickly as possible on a broad scale via all transmission paths.”


TDU Feed seen testing
Optus D2 152° 12648V 30000
TDU 2016 Moto 1
TDU 2016 Moto 2
TDU 2016 Moto 3
TDU 2016 Moto Heli

Aust Open Tennis

Optus D2 12662 V Sr 7400 5/6 8psk Aust OPen Tennis, FTA

2 FTA feeds seen on Asiasat 5

3827 H Sr 7400 FTA
4165 H Sr 7400 FTA

From my Email

From saldav1

Hi Craig,

Hope you have had a good week-end. They certainly come around and then fly by!

Thursday night - 14th January.

3855 H SR 4600 APTN Jakarta Female reporter - Ali Colgan - reporting on the bombings in Jakarta, (FTA.) This same feed was still up the next morning with same reporter. Long night!

(By the way Ali Colgan is reading the news this morning on 720 ABC Perth - Monday morning - she certainly get's around - as being the reporter from Jakarta Thursday night - Friday morning on the feed!)

Friday morning - 15th January.

3905 V SR 7120 Arqiva Enc 11 J.P. MORGAN TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS 2016 from Grand Central Terminal, NEW YORK, (FTA.)
3827 H SR 7399 TBS AOT UNI Australian Open Tennis from Melbourne, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7199 M EURASIA CUP - Men's Golf from Kuala Lumpur, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7199 STS 8 WTA Women's Open Tennis from Sydney, (FTA.)

Friday night.

3733 V SR 7199 je QATAR 2016 - Soccer with Chinese commentary - CHINA PR vs SYRIA, (FTA.)
3897 H SR 6111 ENC CCTV coverage - CHINA PR vs SYRIA , (FTA.)
3855 H SR 4600 APTN Jakarta Report from Jakarta,(FTA.)
4165 H SR 7199 GCUK Enc 3 Soccer, (FTA.)
4065 H SR 4937 Fi01LNDRTV Â Â Report from U.K, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7120 SVA Â Â SVW v FAK in the Soccer, (FTA.)

Saturday morning - 16th January.

3936 V SR 6666 GCP PCO HD 1 Russian reporter, (FTA.)

Saturday afternoon.

3827 H SR 7399 M EURASIA CUP GOLF highlights from K.L, MALAYSIA, (FTA.)

Sunday morning - 17th January.

4156 H SR 7199 M EURASIA CUP GOLF highlights from Kuala Lumpur, (FTA.)

Sunday afternoon.

3915 V SR 7500 IP-UPLINKS.CO Â Â Australian Baseball League - ADE vs PER from Perth, (FTA.)

Sunday night.

3827 H SR 7119 2016-live Chinese talent music show, (FTA.)
3914 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD12 Basketball from Spain - FIATC Jeventut vs Laboral Kutxa with English commentary, (FTA.)

Have a good week! This is the last week of my holiday. I will certainly be making the most of this week.


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3784 V "NBC TV" is Fta.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3760 H "Golden Eagle Documentary" has started on , encrypted.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4148 H "Jiangsu TV" has started on , Irdeto.
ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 4160 H "Zhejiang Satellite TV" has started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 4011 V "Ve Channel" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3860 V "All channels in the STAR TV mux " are Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11471 V "Perviy kanal, 5 Kanal, Rossiya 24, GTRK Ugoria, Ugra TV, NTV, Match TV and Rossiya K" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H Pearls News Network has started on , clear.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "MGK Naaptol" has left again.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "LamKong Channel" has started on BISS. PLC TV has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "The Living Show, Gen C, News 1, Peace TV, DDTV, H Plus Channel, Dhamma Media Channel, TV 24 and Dara Channel" oare Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12355 V "MTV Thailand has replaced Nat Geo Music" on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E Fox Thai, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Channel M, Star World Asia, Channel V Thailand, Nick Jr Asia, Warner TV Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Star Chinese Movies Legend, Fox Crime Asia, National Geographic Channel Asia and CTH Thaizabb on 3760 H and 12604 V are now in clear.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4000 H "MTV Thailand has replaced Nat Geo Music" on , encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Spring News TV" has left .

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Magna TV has started on , Fta. Sindu TV, Dan Tamil Oli and RTV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TiJi(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12600 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-18]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Dom Kino(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12207 R 27500参数有条件接收。[01-18]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sony ESPN替换Kix Telugu(印度)频道,设置3900 H 22222参数有条件接收。[01-18]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视新闻、非凡新闻(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置12584 H 3300参数免费接收。[01-18]
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。[01-18]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Pyatnica!替换Sport Plus(MPEG-4)频道,设置4144 L 15284参数免费接收。[01-18]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Pyatnica!(+7h)替换Sport Plus(MPEG-4)频道,设置4046 L 15284参数免费接收。 [1月18日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,年代新闻、台视新闻(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置12331 V 3300参数免费接收。 [1月18日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,You 、Sabydee(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,U(+7)(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置11853 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经87.5度轨道位置的中星12号卫星C频段,Saath 7 Cricket(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4080 H 4800参数有条件接收。[01-17]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Kamyab替换Naxatra(MPEG-4)频道,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。[01-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV HD(菲律宾)频道消失,设置12531 V 30000参数无效接收。[01-16]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Warner TV HD替换Reserved(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Rabbit Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。[01-16]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Umm TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-16]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Spring News(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Surat Channel、Pattaya(IPM)频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [1月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Khonkaen、Trang Channel(IPM)等5个频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [1月16日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Chitrapat(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [1月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dreamcast(高清)频道开播,设置3438 H 1800参数免费接收。 [1月16日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Surat Channel、Pattaya(IPM)频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Khonkaen、Trang Channel(IPM)等5个频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Chitrapat(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dreamcast(高清)频道开播,设置3438 H 1800参数免费接收。[01-16]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sa Clean Feed、Racing(国际)频道消失,设置3795 V 5064参数无效接收。[01-16]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Sports(体育)等全组频道加密,设置3860 V 28100参数有条件接收。[01-15]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,交易日(中国)频道改频率,设置3706 V 4330参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,ETV、ETV MP(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Comedy(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Zee Magic(印度)频道加密,设置4000 H 7250参数有条件接收。 [1月15日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD News、B4U Movies(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置11470 V 28500参数免费接收。 [1月15日]


Tech giants call for copyright law overhaul

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/tech-giants-call-for-copyright-law-overhaul/news-story/7489b59bb0b4ed1a1ca5b6076d626ae2

Tech giants want a new ‘fair use’-style exception to copyright law, similar to US rules

A new stoush has erupted as ­internet giants including Google push for an overhaul of Australia’s copyright rules.

The technology giants have united to urge the Turnbull ­government to change the laws, saying they are out of date in the digital era.

Arguing that the legal basis for commonplace technologies is ambiguous, they want a new “fair use”-style exception to copyright law, similar to US rules.

But the push is opposed by pay-TV provider Foxtel and News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian, who say a new defence would lead to expensive court cases and erode the scope of copyright protection.

The push, detailed in submissions to a Productivity Commission inquiry, is the latest front in policy debate over copyright law.

Underscoring the focus on copyright policy, Australia’s ­biggest telecommunications companies have also agreed to a controversial “three strikes” ­policy to crack down on illegal downloaders. But that has stalled amid a dispute over funding it.

Last year, the government passed laws to stamp out internet piracy by allowing rights holders such as Hollywood movie ­companies to take court action to block overseas websites.

The government has ordered the PC to inquire into Australia’s intellectual property regimen after this was recommended by the competition review led by econ­omist Ian Harper.

In a recent submission to the Productivity Commission, an industry group whose members include Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Google and Yahoo has argued the reform is needed to foster innovation — a major theme of Malcolm Turnbull’s pitch to drive an “ideas boom”.

“Whereas Australian consumers have been quick to adopt new technologies developed overseas, Australian companies have not been at the forefront of technological development,” the submission by the digital industry group says. “While there are a number of factors that may have contributed to this, excessive IP protection in general and copyright protection in particular is one of those factors.”

The group says the existing “fair dealing” defences are “closed and prescriptive”, whereas a “fair use” defence has flexibility.

Google says in its submission that the existing copyright system “arguably” prohibits innovative activities such as data mining used in scientific research. The Department of Communications is consulting separately on proposals that would extend a “safe harbour” scheme for removing copyright-infringing content to services such as search engines and cloud storage services.

But critics say this is insufficient because the government has not introduced the fair use provision recommended by an Australian Law Reform Commission inquiry ordered under the Labor government.

In 2014, the ALRC recommended the government introduce a “fair use” as a defence for copyright infringement, arguing it could be used for a wider range of new technologies. At the time, then attorney-general George Brandis said he “remains to be persuaded” that this was the best direction for the law.

While the digital players have pointed to the ALRC report as having made the case for a US-style fair use defence, Foxtel says it was “disappointed” with the recommendation.

The subscription-TV company says it “has not seen compelling evidence that suggests that the absence of a fair use ­defence is stifling Australian would-be innovators”.

“Foxtel is strongly opposed to the introduction of a broad fair use defence and to any reforms which would introduce unduly permissive copyright exceptions, which Foxtel believes would allow others to profit from Foxtel’s investments,” the pay-TV company’s submission says.

“Foxtel does not believe that the so-called ‘exceptions industries’ should be given the opportunity to benefit at rights holders’ expense through the introduction of a broad fair use exception, which would require significant testing in court — most likely at rights holders’ expense.”

Echoing this, News Corp Australia says new laws would need to be tested and this would create costly uncertainty, which would “result in erosion of the basis upon which commercial negotiations for use of copyright material occurs”.

“It would also destabilise and undermine existing commercial arrangements, as well as the assumptions and business cases that product and service innovation is being based on,” the News Corp submission says.

Concern over cancellation of Asian news services on Sky

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11575354

Chinese news and programmes in Japanese and Korean languages will not be broadcast on Sky TV from March.

Sky will tomorrow announce the start in February of five new Chinese, Indian and Filipino entertainment channels.

The new line-up will not include Chinese current affairs, Japanese or Korean television, which will broadcast for the last time on February 29.

World Television (WTV), which has operated 10 Asian channels on the network's bandwidth for the past 15 years, is terminating its lease and taking its business to an internet streaming platform.

Massey University associate professor in marketing and Chinese affairs specialist Henry Chung said WTV was an important source of news for non-English speaking migrant communities in New Zealand.

"A lot of Chinese residents rely on this media for obtaining both domestic and international news and information," Dr Chung said.

"WTV is very important to most Chinese and perhaps Korean-speaking residents ... it is classified as the most important media among Chinese here."

Although an increasing number were using the internet, many older migrants still consumed news in their native language on television.

Dr Chung said the Government needed to step in and provide funding to maintain WTV, similar to Maori TV.

WTV chief executive Henry Ho said the new internet streaming format would not carry a Korean channel because the company would not be able to compete in the Korean market.

"In the last few years, we are facing unfair competition from illegal downloads and illegal boxes," said Mr Ho.

Tony Keam, a former WTV director, said the closure of Korean language programming on TV would leave "a hole" in meeting the community's needs.

Mr Keam said WTV had an agreement with Sky TV not to disclose subscriber numbers, and to keep the information confidential.

Sky's five new Asian channels will include Star Chinese, Star Chinese Movies in Mandarin and Hindi channels Colours and Star Gold.

AsiaSat 6 to Provide Video Services in China

From Media release

Hong Kong, 18 January 2016 – AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat's latest broadcast satellite for the China market, has received a permit to provide video services in Mainland China.
The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of The People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT) has recently given permission for AsiaSat 6 to serve Chinese broadcasters for video distribution to cable headends in China. Shanghai Interactive Television Co., Ltd. (SiTV), a subsidiary of Shanghai Oriental Pearl Media Co., Ltd. has signed a contract with CITICSat, who holds the exclusive right to market AsiaSat 6 capacity in China to broadcast 10 High Definition (HD) pay TV channels.
"AsiaSat satellites have been serving this market with high-quality satellite services since 1990. This new permit marks a major breakthrough for AsiaSat with our re-entry into the video services market in China. We are thrilled to work alongside CITICSat in offering broadcast clients in China a better choice for high quality satellite capacity to support advanced HD broadcasting," said William Wade, President and CEO of AsiaSat.

"We welcome SiTV on board AsiaSat as they become the first in a list of future Chinese broadcast customers. With their service launch later in January, AsiaSat 6 is able to provide strong support for the development of HD broadcasting in China."

AsiaSat 6, an advanced Space Systems/Loral 1300 series satellite, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide coverage at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With its high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers high quality capacity to the growing China video market.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: (852) 2500 0899
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com
AsiaSat 6 (120°E) C-band EIRP (dBW)
Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Vietnam to launch three more satellites

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/150071/vietnam-to-launch-three-more-satellites.html

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is preparing plans to put three remote sensing satellites, VNREDSat-2, LOTUSat-1 and 2, into orbit more than two years after the successful launch of the first one.

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Representatives of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Radio Frequency Department shake hands after exchanging a cooperation agreement in Hanoi on January 12 – Photo: Vu Nhung

The plans were unveiled at a ceremony held in Hanoi on January 12 for the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology and the Radio Frequency Department under the Ministry of Information and Communications.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Phan Tam said the satellite communication sector has strongly grown in Vietnam. The country currently has two operational telecom satellites and a remote sensing satellite in operation.

In 2008, Vietnam’s first telecom satellite VINASAT-1 was put into orbit and the second telecom satellite VINASAT-2 in 2012, with both invested by VNPT. In 2013, the first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1 of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology was successfully brought into space.

The academy is implementing projects for earth observation satellites including VNREDSat-2, LOTUSat-1 and 2. The new projects require close collaboration between the department and the academy, especially in registration and international frequency coordination.

Tam said to obtain frequencies and orbit positions for satellites, countries must undertake registration and international frequency coordination when deploying new satellite projects to ensure no interference for the satellite system. For VNREDSat-1 project, Vietnam had to work with 16 countries and two satellite organizations.

Nguyen Dinh Cong, vice chairman of the academy, said according to the development strategy for the sector until 2020, Vietnam will implement national satellite projects with small observation satellites to be launched into orbit.

Doan Quang Hoan, director of the Radio Frequency Department, said there are currently about 1,100 remote sensing and over 100 telecom satellites in orbit.

When launching a satellite into orbit, apart from complying with national regulations, countries must also comply with the requirements of the international agencies for cosmic development and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). According to the rules of world radio communications, satellite frequencies must be shared in association with frequencies of other operations. Therefore, frequency agencies should study to obtain proper frequencies and use common frequencies to avoid affecting or interfering with remote sensing satellites.

StarHub agrees Netflix partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/18/starhub-agrees-netflix-partnership/

Responding to pay-TV competitor Singtel’s deal to offer its customers access to Netflix, Singaporean operator StarHub and Netflix have agreed a partnership that will bring the streaming service to StarHub’s Fibre TV customers through their set-top boxes by the early second quarter of 2016. StarHub will also join the Netflix Open Connect programme to provide the highest-quality viewing experience possible for StarHub Mobile and Broadband customers.

Using the Netflix app, StarHub TV homes will be able to access a wide variety of documentaries, feature films and Netflix original series such as Master of None, Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Orange is the New Black.

“This partnership with Netflix allows us to deliver convenience to all our customers who are fans of this popular service. Mobile and Broadband customers will enjoy a smoother streaming experience due to our Open Connect partnership. Fibre TV customers will also enjoy a seamless viewing experience as Netflix will be directly integrated into their set-top boxes, making StarHub TV the only stop for the entire family’s entertainment needs,” noted Howie Lau, Chief Marketing Officer of StarHub. “In addition, all StarHub customers will be able to charge their Netflix subscription to their StarHub bill, removing the hassle of paying multiple bills.”

Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development, said that with Netflix Open Connect, Netflix and StarHub were working together to deliver a streaming experience with the best picture quality for Netflix members.

StarHub Broadband, Mobile and TV customers will be able to pay for their Netflix subscriptions via their StarHub bills. Netflix subscriptions offered in Singapore are priced according to Netflix’s prevailing pricing plans.

More information will be made available at a later date.

First Belarusian communication satellite launched into space

From http://www.tvr.by/eng/news/glavnyy-efir/pervyy_belorusskiy_sputnik_svyazi_zapushchen_v_kosmosss/

The first Belarusian communication satellite Belintersat 1, launched from the Xichang Space Centre, will be navigated from Belarus as its ground complex and telecommunications port are located in the urban-type settlement of Stankovo 40 km away from Minsk. The device’s test-drive will take about 3 months. According to experts, only 5% of the satellite’s capacity is enough to meet Belarus’ needs and the rest can be sold.

Belintersat 1 will provide a full range of advanced satellite communications services in Europe, Africa and Asia.

The spacecraft is designed for 15 years. The contract for building the communications satellite was signed in 2011. Following its successful launch, the leaders of Belarus and China exchanged congratulatory telegrams.

The main purpose of Belintersat 1 is to provide telecommunications services, such as transmitting TV and radio signals to arrange high quality live broadcasts and providing high-speed Internet.

Singtel in Netflix tie-up

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/18/singtel-in-netflix-tie-up/

Singaporean telco Singtel has become the latest operator to offer Netflix to its customers by agreeing an exclusive tie-up with the streaming service.

Customers stand to get up to nine months’ worth of complimentary Netflix subscriptions if they re-contract or sign up for a mobile plan and/or Singtel’s fibre entertainment bundle from January 22nd to July 22nd. The tie-up also gives customers the convenience of watching Netflix through Singtel TV set-top boxes from April. They can expect to enjoy the highest-quality viewing experience possible as Singtel can now plug into Netflix’s Open Connect programme, their global content delivery network.

“We are delighted to team up with Netflix to offer their top class content on our top class network,” said Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO of Consumer Singapore, Singtel. “Our customers’ entertainment consumption habits are changing. They want more freedom and flexibility in the way they consume content. This partnership with Netflix offers them just that and strengthens our content proposition by complementing our diverse suite of home entertainment offerings.”

“Our focus is to deliver quality content that our customers can access on any connected device at any time using our high-speed fixed and mobile networks. This OTT partnership with Netflix is the first of more to come and Singtel customers can expect even more interesting content in the months ahead,” he added.

Bill Holmes, Netflix’s global head of business development, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Singtel to deliver a seamless Netflix experience across their extensive network in Singapore. As a Netflix Open Connect partner and the exclusive promotional launch partner, Netflix and Singtel are working together to deliver our diverse library of TV shows and movies and an unparalleled streaming experience through Singtel products.”

Singtel customers can experience Netflix on mobile, tablet and computer. From April, they can also access Netflix on Singtel TV set-top boxes and customers can pay for their Netflix subscriptions directly through their Singtel billing. Netflix subscriptions offered in Singapore are priced according to Netflix’s prevailing pricing plans.

SpaceX fails to land rocket

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/18/spacex-fails-to-land-rocket/

SpaceX managed a perfect launch of the Jason-3 weather satellite, but failed in its attempt to land the rocket back onto a floating ocean barge.

The rocket lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force base on Sunday morning (Jan 17, 10.42 PST)), and the satellite placed into its correct orbit. However, the landing on the floating platform didn’t go so well, and one of the returning rocket’s legs failed to lock into position.

Initially, the landing attempt looked good and the landing stage came closer than ever and just 1.3 metres from its target.

Space X’s founder Elon Musk, immediately Tweeted that the rocket topped over on landing. Somewhat tongue-in-cheek he continued saying that this time “the [damaged] pieces are bigger” despite the rocket having exploded as it toppled over.

Naspers: “Not much growth for South Africa satellite TV”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/15/naspers-not-much-growth-for-south-africa-satellite-tv/

Koos Bekker, chairman of South African multinational Naspers, which owns the Multichoice/DStv pay-TV operation over Africa, says that he does not see much by way of growth prospects for satellite-delivered TV.

Speaking to the Oxford Business Group, Bekker welcomed the development of DTT in South Africa which would help clear terrestrial bandwidth and permit improved broadband services. “Once the digital migration has been concluded the digital dividend will be released to boost internet access and penetration,” he said, adding, “On the content side, DTT will create the capacity for lots of new, open channels, bringing potential for different, thematic local content to gain a bigger presence. You will start to see special interest and language groups come out and advocate for a special language or regional station.”

Asked whether there was a future potential for pay-TV growth, he was not optimistic. “I believe penetration of pay-TV will not rise too much in the future, as in its current form it is quite a mature industry. I don’t see that much further growth for satellite-based TV. However, DTT opens up completely new potential, for the viewer does not need to buy a dish, only a cheap antenna, and – once all TVs become digital – will not need a decoder. All of a sudden, for just one small investment in an antenna, everyone will have access to numerous free TV channels. This will provide great new opportunities for content creators. I expect content generation to become the most attractive sector inside the TV industry.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Late update, as I was watching the cricket

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Indonesia Network has replaced Bali TV Bincang & Berita" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E Unique Business News, TTV News, Next TV News and ERA News have moved from 12534 H to 12538 H, Fta.

From asiatvro site

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Television New Zealand gains exclusive Commonwealth Games broadcast rights

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/75922360/television-new-zealand-gains-exclusive-commonwealth-games-broadcast-rights

Television New Zealand has secured the broadcast rights to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, meaning free-to-air coverage of the Brisbane event.

The exclusive rights sees the major international sporting event return to the national broadcaster after subscriber channel Sky TV covered the last two editions.

TVNZ say they will provide live action every day TV ONE and TVNZ's sports channel in addition to live online streaming, highlights and delayed brodcasts through TVNZ On Demand and ONE News Now.

The Games run from April 4-15.

The deal also ensures broadcasters in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Norfolk Island, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu are able to access live coverage and daily highlights packages.

"Nothing brings us together as a nation like a major sporting competition and that's why free to air coverage of the big events always delivers such big audiences. Kiwis love to cheer on our national athletes and with the 2018 Games so close to home, we think public interest will be very high," Jeff Latch, TVNZ's director of content, said.

TVNZ were the host broadcaster when New Zealand held the event in Christchurch in 1974 and Auckland in 1990.

Commonwealth Games Federation chief executive David Grevemberg predicted a global audience of over one billion.

"We are delighted to welcome back TVNZ to our family of broadcast partners for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. New Zealand has a proud Commonwealth sporting history, and thanks to TVNZ's innovative and extensive plans for free-to-air coverage, I have no doubt that New Zealanders will have a memorable Games experience," Grevemberg said in a statement.

Netflix can't stop all proxies and VPNs: piracy expert

From http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2016/01/15/netflix-cant-stop-all-proxies-and-vpns-piracy-expert

Netflix says it will crack down on proxy users, like VPNs. (AAP)

Netflix says it will block its subscribers' access via proxies, but an Australian expert on media piracy says not every proxy service can be blocked.

Netflix has said subscribers to its video-streaming service will no longer be able to use proxies to watch content not available in the users' home countries.

But the crack down can not work completely, an Australian piracy expert says.

Subscribers often resort to proxies, such as virtual private networks (VPNs), to dodge geo-blocking of Netflix's popular shows.

"If all of our content were globally available, there wouldn't be a reason for members to use proxies or unblockers," David Fullagar, Netflix's vice president of content delivery architecture, wrote in a blog.

The company said it would clamp down on these proxies or unblockers in a few weeks.

Can the crackdown work?

A crackdown on geo-dodging would be like a game of whack-a-mole, Doctor Ramon Lobato from Swinburne University of Technology told SBS News.

“It is impossible to block all kinds of proxy and VPN access,” Dr Lobato said.

Dr Lobato is known for his work on film piracy and unauthorised media distribution.

“Netflix’s likely response will be to block certain IP addresses, targeting those frequently used by VPNs and proxies,” he said.

He said the aim of this crackdown would likely be deterrence, as blocking some IP addresses would not block all VPNs.

“It doesn’t stop geo-dodging completely, because VPN and proxy providers can respond by changing their IP address ranges.

“Essentially, this will be another game of whack-a-mole, where the aim is deterrence rather than total crack-down,” Dr Lobato said.

However, it may make it more difficult for Netflix customers to dodge the geo-blocking.

"These rights-holders are very sensitive about geo-dodging because they see it as undermining the deals they do with other broadcasters," Dr Lobato said.

"Netflix is in a tricky position - it needs to placate its suppliers while simultaneously doing its best to keep its subscribers happy.

"It’s an unenviable position to be in."

Australians use VPNs to get around the geo-blocking, to access not available in Australia due to regional licensing restrictions.

“Netflix does different deals for different territories, and also spends different amounts on content in different parts of the world,” he said.

Part of the pressure that Netflix is under is likely due to other content providers, like Foxtel.

“Their business model is under attack,” Dr Lobato said.

“They apply considerable pressure in their dealings with rights-holders to enforce various kinds of content protection, so that exclusive content deals are not undermined by easy availability of the same content elsewhere.”

That pressure comes back to Netflix from the rights-holders, he said.

Netflix acts to block proxy servers

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/15/netflix-acts-to-block-proxy-servers/

Hot on the heels of announcing a global launch and the addition of 130 countries to its operations, Internet television streaming service Netfllix is taking steps to reduce the usage of proxies that enable ‘subscribers’ to access content only available outside their licensed territory.

Writing in the company blog, David Fullagar, Vice President of Content Delivery Architecture, notes that if all of Netflixx’s content were globally available, there wouldn’t be a reason for members to use proxies or ‘unblockers’ to fool our systems into thinking they’re in a different country than they’re actually in. “We are making progress in licensing content across the world and, as of last week, now offer the Netflix service in 190 countries, but we have a way to go before we can offer people the same films and TV series everywhere,” he notes.

“Over time, we anticipate being able to do so. For now, given the historic practice of licensing content by geographic territories, the TV shows and movies we offer differ, to varying degrees, by territory. In the meantime, we will continue to respect and enforce content licensing by geographic location,” he confirms.

“Some members use proxies or ‘unblockers’ to access titles available outside their territory. To address this, we employ the same or similar measures other firms do. This technology continues to evolve and we are evolving with it. That means in coming weeks, those using proxies and unblockers will only be able to access the service in the country where they currently are. We are confident this change won’t impact members not using proxies,” he states.

“We look forward to offering all of our content everywhere and to consumers being able to enjoy all of Netflix without using a proxy. That’s the goal we will keep pushing towards,” he concludes.

EDRS-A to launch first geostationery orbit

From http://www.tradearabia.com/news/MISC_298731.html

EDRS-A, the first relay satellite in the SpaceDataHighway programme (also called EDRS), will be launched to geostationary orbit on January 28.

The SpaceDataHighway will provide high speed laser communications in space of up to 1.8 Gigabit per second, said a statement.

This major programme, which cost nearly €500 million ($542.9 million) to develop, is the result of a public-private partnership (PPP) between the European Space Agency (ESA) and Airbus Defence and Space, it said.

Using communication relay satellites such as EDRS-A, the SpaceDataHighway will be able to transfer high volume information (images, video, data collected by sensors) from Earth observation satellites, UAVs and surveillance aircraft, or even from a space station such as the ISS.

Evert Dudok, head of Communications, Intelligence and Security (CIS) business at Airbus Defence and Space, said: “SpaceDataHighway is the equivalent of optical fibre in Space. It will revolutionise satellite and drone communications, and help to keep the European space industry at the forefront of technology and innovative services."

As lead contractor of the EDRS-SpaceDataHighway PPP, Airbus Defence and Space is co- financing, owning, manufacturing and operating the system as well as commercialising it.

The German national aeronautics and space research centre (DLR) is also participating in financing the system and also in the development and operation of the ground segment.

As many as 13 European countries are involved in the consortium.

The first communication node of the SpaceDataHighway system, called EDRS-A, is a payload carried on Eutelsat 9B, a Eurostar E3000 type satellite built by Airbus Defence and Space and to be operated by Eutelsat.

The main component of the EDRS payload is the Laser Communication Terminal (LCT) built by Tesat Spacecom, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space.

Within the next few days, Eutelsat 9B will be sent into orbit from Baikonur on a Proton launcher and will be positioned over Europe at nine-degree East.

This orbital position will enable EDRS-A to establish laser links with orbiting observation satellites and UAVs positioned over Europe, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the North-East coast of America.

A second satellite dedicated to the SpaceDataHighway system, EDRS-C, will be launched in 2017. This second satellite will guarantee redundancy and extend the coverage.

Airbus Defence and Space and ESA are aiming to expand the capacity and provide global coverage of the system by 2020, with a third node to be positioned over the Asia-Pacific region.

Using the four Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellites of Copernicus, the European Earth observation programme, the European Commission will be the first customer of the SpaceDataHighway system. These four observation satellites are equipped with laser communication terminals which will significantly accelerate the delivery of time-critical data and large volumes of data to Earth monitoring centres.

In case of crisis or natural disaster management, up-to-date information is crucial for the authorities to prepare the most appropriate emergency response. - TradeArabia News Service

Russia decreases number of satellites in its 2025 plan due to budget cuts

From http://in.rbth.com/news/2016/01/14/russia-decreases-number-of-satellites-in-its-2025-plan-due-to-budget-cuts_559299

The number of launches of spacecraft under the new federal space program for 2016-2025, in view of the budget cuts, will decrease from 185 to 150.

The number of satellites in the Russian orbital constellation in 2025 will reach 70 instead of previously planned 95 spacecraft, according to the draft federal space program for 2016-2025 prepared by the Russian state space corporation, Roscosmos.

According to the document that is being prepared for the government’s approval, in 2025 the number of satellite in the Russian orbital constellation will reach not 95, as it had been planned with the budget of 2 trillion rubles, but 70 spacecraft given the new financing.

The number of launches of spacecraft under the new federal space program for 2016-2025, in view of the budget cuts, will decrease from 185 to 150.

Will Intelsat 29e success boost share price?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/14/will-intelsat-29e-success-boost-share-price/

On January 27th a giant Ariane-5 rocket is scheduled to loft Intelsat’s latest high-tech satellite, I-29 Epic into orbit.

Brian Sing, Intelsat’s Senior Programme Manager of its Space Systems division, writing in a blog, says that all the recent test for pre-flight activity have gone well and I-29e’s fuel tanks will be filled over the next few days ahead of the launch from French Guiana.

Once fully laden with fuel the satellite will weigh 6500 kgs. The highly-sophisticated satellite, one of the very largest commercial craft ever launched, will go to 310 deg East (50 deg West) and add to Intelsat’s coverage over South America, North America, Europe and the North Atlantic ocean.

In other words it is a key additional asset for Intelsat’s expansion programme, and will help generate extra revenue once it is on station and put to work (probably around the end of February).

However, so far this good news has done little for Intelsat’s share price which suffered another major fall on Jan 13, tumbling 9.58 percent to $3.02. Indeed, at one point the share price was just $2.70 although there were also welcome rallies to – at one point $3.34. Intelsat’s common share price has now fallen from $6.50 in mid-November to today’s $3.02. Its market capitalisation is some $324 million.

January 13th also saw a banker’s report from equity analysts at Goldman Sachs which downgraded Intelsat to a “SELL” rating.


Tonga Radio is now broadcasting content, Optus D2 ( see update yesterday)

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Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Wesal TV" is back on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3627 H "Shamshad TV" has started on , Fta.
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Measat 3 91.5E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" are encrypted again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "9X Bajao" is Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "PLC TV has replaced Kaset Nano Channel" on ,Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3703 V "MCOT 1" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 H "AXN HD Asia" has started on , PowerVu.
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Sky TV customers angry over 'awful' software update

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11573406

Angry and frustrated customers have lamented the update as slow, causing the picture to lag, and say it has a small, difficult-to-read font, on the Sky Facebook page. Photo / Dean Purcell

Thousands of disgruntled customers have complained about Sky Television's "dumb" new software upgrade.

Angry and frustrated clients have taken to the network's Facebook page to condemn the update as slow and causing the picture to lag. They say it has a small, difficult-to-read font.

One man's post garnered 16,000 "likes" within hours. Most of the more than 2500 comments written below his post agreed with him.

Stewart Bryan wrote: "Your new upgrade to MySky is awful - a real backwards step. Smaller font I can't read, terrible colours and so so SLOW to react."

He said it "might be time to look at Netflix or others".

Other people began re-posting his complaint to Sky, while many more offered their own complaints.

Jessica said: "The new update/upgrade is a giant headache! Very slow and lagging terribly. Can't turn it up or down, change channel correctly or really do anything! Disappointed, I don't even use onDemand."

Jodie Loos said: "Wow, Sky. If you're trying to get us to switch to another company, bravo ... your new upgrade is awful. It's lagging, there are delays, I can't turn the sound off when I hit guide or planner, I can't end watching a recorded programme by pressing planner any more and deleting it straight away. The list goes on. I'm so disappointed. It feels like I'm using the old gray set-top box before MySky."

Fred van der Vyver complained: "The new MySky upgrade really sucks. The fonts are a terrible colour and too small. I now have to get up and get close to the TV to read the information. Can I revert back?"

Jojo Leaf-Hadfield posted: "Your update is DUMB! Its ugly, slow and weird."
Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said tonight that a bug fix for the new software was in the making.

The software upgrade to the Sky interface had now been rolled out to almost all of the company's 800,000 domestic household customers, she said, and it changed the way users navigated the system.

"I completely get that when you're used to something for years and years and when things change it's quite confronting; it can be quite a shock and frustrating," Ms Way said.

"Yes, it's a change, but it's the basis for our future, so bug fixes and enhancements and new features will be an ongoing thing."

However, the company had noticed that a "common thread" in the complaints about the new system was that some people found it difficult to read, Ms Way said.

"We've taken that on board in a software release. We're in the new year now, so that will be the first thing we address, that readability."

It was "well in progress now", after the company first saw the font-size issue in complaints last year.

However, she could not provide a release date as Sky wanted to "make sure it's been thoroughly tested" before it was rolled out.
Another common issue for people was that the picture appeared blurry, Ms Way said.

She offered this advice to customers: "If you connect your HDMI cable from your set-top box to your TV, that makes a world of difference, and you can also play with your tuning on the television, with contrast and colour and stuff like that.

"It's hard, we can't set a formula because every TV is different, but they are two things that people can do now."

Ms Way added that Sky's social media section was not staffed to deal with every complaint on the Facebook page "when we get volumes like that", but she added: "If we can't respond personally to every comment, we're certainly listening and taking that on board".

Panel gets complaints over Z Pay TV

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-panel-gets-complaints-over-Z-Pay-TV-30276821.html

MORE THAN a million GMM Z pay-TV subscribers are expected to be unhappy when the Z Pay TV channel is pulled off the air on Monday.

"We've already received some complaints from GMM Z subscribers because they couldn't contact the company at its call centre for further details on the changes," Supinya Klangnarong, chairwoman of the National Broadcasting and Telecommuni-cations Commis-sion's committee on consumer rights protection, said yesterday.

The panel has called for responsibility from the pay-TV operator.

The pull-out of Z Pay TV, which is now available on GMM Z boxes plugged into KU- and C-band satellite TV dishes, could have a severe impact on at least a million viewers, she said.

This figure was based on 4 million GMM Z satellite TV receivers out in the market.

Supinya requested that the parties, including GMM B and GMM Z, take responsibility by preparing necessary information about the change and a remedy for their customers.

Z Pay TV is operated by GMM Z, while GMM B is the distributor of GMM Z satellite TV boxes. Both GMM B and GMM Z were acquired last year from GMM Grammy by CTH - the leading subscription-based TV operator.

Supinya said her panel would propose to the weekly meeting of the NBTC's broadcasting committee that it issue an order or take action against both companies as remedial measures in support of their customers.

"For those affected by this change, I suggest that they lodge complaints via the NBTC's 1200 call-centre number.

"I am happy to help by coordinating with the Foundation for Consumers for further support. The foundation can help them if they want to sue the company for justice," she said.

Eight Asian Countries Join Japanese Satellite Project against Disasters

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2403418&CategoryId=13936

TOKYO - Eight Asian countries will join a project initiated by two Japanese universities to build a network of micro-satellites to analyze natural disasters in the region and promote the rehabilitation of affected areas.

Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Thailand and Mongolia, together with scientists from Hokkaido and Tohoku universities in Japan are planning to build around 50 microsatellites by 2020, economic daily Nikkei reported Wednesday.

The units of observation, weighing around 50 kg (110 pounds), will photograph the passage and consequences of phenomena such as typhoons and torrential rains, common in the region, to assist in recovery efforts.

The cost of manufacturing each orbiter is around $2.54 million and around 25 of them are needed to cover entire Asia.

Japan and Philippines - who contributed $6.77 million to the construction and launch of two completed micro-satellites - announced their collaboration on the project in March last year.

These two orbiters are now waiting to be transported and launched from the Japanese laboratory Kibo, on board the International Space Station (ISS) this summer.

All devices will be launched using Japanese rockets or through Japanese module from the ISS, and will orbit at around 300 km (186 miles) to 500 km (311 miles) above the Earth's surface.

The micro-satellites incorporate a camera capable of examining the destruction caused on land by typhoons and torrential rains with an accuracy of between 3 meters (10 feet) and 5 meters (16 feet).

Information collected by the devices in each country will be shared with other participants in the project.

SES channel growth tops 11%

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/13/ses-channel-growth-tops-11/

Satellite operator SES says its channel growth has exploded over the past year, rising by 11.3 per cent. It is now carrying 7,268 channels and says its strongest growth “is in emerging markets”.

Growth is also occurring in HDTV broadcasting, and SES says that its Ultra-HD confirmed channel count now amounts to seven channels with broadcasters in Europe and the USA also booking capacity for extra channels, with the outlook for “significant growth in the coming years” in 4K/UHD.

SES adds that its expansion is outperforming its industry competitors where overall annual growth is typically about 2 per cent.

“[Our] superior development was driven by the continued introduction of new High Definition (HD) channels across Europe and North America, as well as the further expansion of SES’s Video business across emerging markets. Nearly 60 per cent of all channels on the SES fleet are now broadcast in the MPEG-4 compression standard,” says SES.

The number of total TV channels in Europe served by SES increased by 9 per cent to nearly 2,600 channels, while the total channels in North America was unchanged at about 1,800 channels. The continued penetration of HDTV channels, which require more satellite capacity than Standard Definition (SD) channels, was the principal contributor to growth, as the number of HDTV channels grew by over 25 percent to nearly 700 channels in Europe and by over 3 per cent to more than 1,200 channels in North America.

SES says the growth of SES’s global channel count has been particularly pronounced in the emerging markets, where the company is successfully expanding its presence in global Video, as a key element of SES’s differentiated strategy. SES now carries close to 2,900 TV channels across a range of fast-growing emerging markets, such as Latin America, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and Africa (40 per cent of the total of channels). This compares to just over 2,300 channels at the end of 2014 representing a growth of 25 per cent in only one year. It also includes a doubling in HDTV channels to well over 300.

Fashion One Television Upgrades Media Services Contract With RR Media

From http://www.military-technologies.net/2016/01/13/fashion-one-television-upgrades-media-services-contract-with-rr-media/

Managing and Delivering Broadcast Channels With Service Upgrade to Include Linear Streaming to Online Platforms

AIRPORT CITY BUSINESS PARK, Israel--(Marketwired - Jan 13, 2016) - RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM), a leading Provider of global digital media services to the broadcast and media industries, has announced an upgraded contract renewal with Fashion One television network, the premier international fashion, entertainment and lifestyle broadcaster. RR Media will provide content management and global delivery services for nine of the network's channels in multiple configurations and localized versions both in SD and HD formats. RR Media has also added linear streaming to the service, delivering content to online platforms such as Daily Motion and YouTube.

Reaching an audience of more than 420 million households worldwide, Fashion One is one of the fastest growing and well distributed special interest channels in the world with availability in more than six continents. RR Media's smart global network delivers these channels with optimized distribution over satellite, fiber and the Internet.

RR Media manages all the regional configurations and localized versions from worldwide Media Centers located across three continents, providing a one-stop-shop for Fashion One where content is managed, monitored and delivered across the globe to any screen.

From street style and beauty tips to front row at fashion week and the red carpet, anyone can access high quality entertainment with original programming, breaking industry news and all-access footage from the industry's most exclusive events.

Gleb Livshitz, COO of Fashion One television network, said: "With the longstanding commitment to providing our viewers the best viewing experience, we are pleased to partner with RR Media in providing the highest quality content to a greater worldwide audience. Together, we look forward to introducing the latest broadcast innovation by delivering Ultra HD quality experience and expanding the business horizon."

Shlomi Izkovitz, VP Global Sales, RR Media commented: "This contract upgrade demonstrates the dynamic nature of our company. We provide excellent service and truly become a business partner to our customers. To assist in expanding audience reach for our partners, therefore creates for them further revenue opportunities. We are thrilled with the result and look forward to working with Fashion One in the future."

About RR Media

RR Media (NASDAQ: RRM) works in partnership with the world's leading media players to transform content into valuable media assets. RR Media's complete ecosystem of digital media services maximize the potential of media and entertainment content, covering four main areas: smart global content distribution network with an optimized combination of satellite, fiber and the Internet; content management and channel origination; sports, news & live events; and online video services. RR Media provides scalable, converged digital media services to more than 1,000 broadcasters, content owners, sports leagues and right holders. Every day, the company manages and delivers over 24,000 hours of broadcast content, over 4,000 hours of online video and VOD content and over 350 hours of premium sports and live events. The company delivers content to 95% of the world's population reaching viewers of multiplatform operators, VOD platforms, online video and direct-to-home services. Visit the company's website www.rrmedia.com.

Al Jazeera America to close down

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/14/al-jazeera-america-to-close-down/

Al Jazeera America is to close its cable TV and digital operations by April 30 of this year. According to AJAM CEO Al Anstey, the decision by the AJAM board was driven by the fact that its business model was “simply not sustainable” in light of the economic challenges in the U.S. media marketplace.

“I know the closure of AJAM will be a massive disappointment for everyone here who has worked tirelessly for our long-term future,” Anstey wrote in an email to staff stressing that the decision was no reflection on their work. “Our commitment to great journalism is unrivaled. We have increasingly set ourselves apart from all the rest. And you are the most talented team any organisation could wish for,” he declared.

The announcement of AJAM’s closure coincides with a decision by its global parent company to commit to a significant expansion of its worldwide digital operations into the U.S. market.

“As audiences increasingly turn to multiple platforms, including mobile devices, for news and information, this expansion will allow U.S. and non-U.S. consumers alike to access the network’s journalism and content wherever and whenever they want,” the Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement. “By expanding its digital content and distribution services to now include the U.S., the network will be better positioned to innovate and compete in an overwhelmingly digital world to serve today’s 24-hour digitally focused audience.”

AJAM was formed following the acquisition of political news channel Current T V in January 2013 by Al Jazeera Media Network. Al Jazeera America replaced former U.S. Vice President Al Gore’s Current TV on August 20, 2013 at 3:00 pm Eastern/2:00 pm Central.

Rogers, NBA, BT Sport team for 4K basketball first

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/14/rogers-nba-bt-sport-team-for-4k-basketball-first/

Canadian communications and media company Rogers, the US National Basketball Association and UK broadcaster BT Sport today are to deliver the first live NBA game in 4K. Rogers’ Sportsnet brings Canadians the Toronto Raptors vs. the Orlando Magic on January 14 at 3 p.m. ET, live from The O2 Arena in London.

Rogers’ cable customers can tune their NextBox 4K set-top box to Channel 999 to view the game at four times the pixels of HD for stunning picture quality, higher resolution and improved motion video. Sportsnet will also air the game in HD on Sportsnet East, Ontario, West and Pacific, and Sportsnet ONE.

“We’ve been working on 4K technology for the past few months to deliver superior quality for our Sportsnet productions,” said Rick Brace, President, Rogers Media. “This is cutting-edge technology that continues to evolve, and will only get stronger. 4K is taking off and we’re building world-class content and investing in technology to deliver a true 4K experience for our customers.”

“We are extremely proud to have launched Europe’s very first live sports 4K channel, BT Sport Ultra HD, and to be innovating and leading the UK TV market,” commented Jamie Hindhaugh, COO, BT Sport and BT TV. “It’s fantastic to be able to share our learnings and expertise with the NBA and Rogers to broadcast the first ever NBA game, live in 4K, in both the UK and Canada.”

“We are thrilled to team with BT Sport and Rogers to bring fans the first NBA game broadcast live in 4K,” added Steve Hellmuth, NBA Executive Vice President Operations and Technology. “We are always looking for new and innovative ways to bring our passionate fans closer to our game, and this groundbreaking 4K broadcast is a great opportunity to provide fans at home the sharpest look ever at the NBA.”

In 2015, Rogers made the largest commitment to live sports broadcasting in 4K in North America, rolling out its new NextBox 4K set-top box and announcing more than 100 live sporting events in 4K, including every 2016 Toronto Blue Jays home game, plus marquee NHL games. Rogers customers will also have access to stream 100 hours of 4K movies, series and TV shows on shomi and an ever-growing catalog of Netflix original series in 4K in 2016

Argentina sets new DTH rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/13/argentina-sets-new-dth-rules/

Argentina is amending its broadcasting rules to create a new class of regulations covering DTH pay-TV satellite transmissions. The end result will differentiate terrestrial-based broadcasters and cable operators and those who transmit via satellite.

One batch of regulations (Argentina’s Digital Media Law) has just been re-issued, effective January 1st 2016, which awards existing broadcasters a 10-year automatic extension to their existing licenses.

Enacom, the media regulator, has set the new rules and is also upping the previous limits to cable operators from 24 active locations, and is also altering similar limitations on satellite players which restricted both pay-TV and FTA TV broadcasters to a single pay-TV signal.



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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3784 V "NBC TV" "Kundo" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 4040 V "Discovery Channel Southeast Asia has started on, PowerVu. TLC Thailand" has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "NLM TV" has left.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Berita Satu HD has replaced DMC TV" on , Fta.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11470 V DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kisan, DD Bharati, DD Bangla, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD Kashir, Maha Movie, Aastha Bhajan India, B4U Movies India, Wow Cinema, India News, IBN 7 and Big Magic Ganga have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Lotus News, HBN and K News 24x7" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Tak Dhina Din" is still on , Fta.

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Chinese Long March 3B rocket to launch Belintersat-1 telecommunications satellite for Belarus

From http://phys.org/news/2016-01-chinese-3b-rocket-belintersat-telecommunications.html

Chinese Long March 3B rocket to launch Belintersat-1 telecommunications satellite for Belarus
China will carry out on Friday, Jan. 15 its first orbital mission this year, sending a Belarusian telecommunications satellite into space. The Belintersat-1 spacecraft will be lofted into orbit by a Chinese workhorse Long March 3B booster from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. The 47-minute launch window for this mission opens at 12:57 EDT (16:57 GMT).

Belintersat-1 will be put into a geostationary orbit (GEO), 51.5 degrees East to provide a wide range of telecommunication services, including satellite TV and radio broadcasting and broadband internet access. It will be operated by the Belarusian government's company Belintersat for up to 15 years.

The satellite is already attached to the launch vehicle and awaits its Friday liftoff. The most important tests of the spacecraft has been conducted and the mission has been OK'd for launch.

"The satellite has been fully checked and tested at the manufacturing site more than a month ago, during the so called factory tests. One of the most important of them is payload compliance with the requirements like antennas' gain contours, transponders parameters stability and linearity and so on," Dmitry Kuzmin of Belintersat told Astrowatch.net.

To be fully prepared for liftoff, the Long March 3B launch vehicle itself must yet pass a series of tests and checks hours before the ignition. These will include electrical powering on and electronics functional tests, telemetry checks, checking gas pipes of all stages and boosters and loading refined aiming data.

Belintersat-1 was built by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC). The car-sized satellite has dimensions of 7.9 by 6.9 by 11.8 feet (2.4 by 2.1 by 3.6 meters) and weighs about 5.2 tons. It is based on CASC's DFH-4 bus consisting of propulsion module, service modules and solar arrays spanning 72 feet (22 meters) when fully deployed in space.

The DFH-4 platform can be used in high capacity broadcast communications satellite, new generation direct broadcasting satellite, new generation tracking and data relay satellite, regional mobile communications satellite. It is a large telecommunications satellite platform of new generation, keeping high capability in output power and communication capacity ranking with international advanced satellite platforms.

The satellite is equipped in 20 C-band and 18 Ku-band transponders delivered by Thales Alenia Space. 34 of them are 36 MHz and 4 are 54 MHz-bandwidth to provide a full set of telecommunication services. The spacecraft has an output power of 10.15 W.

Chinese Long March 3B rocket to launch Belintersat-1 telecommunications satellite for Belarus
Belintersat-1 was built to provide a full range of advanced satellite services in Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as ensure global coverage in the Eastern Hemisphere. The spacecraft is part of Belarusian National System of Satellite Communication and Broadcast - the largest project in the field of telecommunications, implemented by this country. The program was designed to provide telecommunication services for governmental and commercial clients both in Belarus and overseas.

"Our project is of high innovative, economic, social and political importance to Belarus," Belintersat states on its website.

The three-stage Long March 3B rocket that will be used in Friday's flight is currently the most powerful Chinese rocket in service. The 180-foot (55-meter) tall booster is capable of launching up to 12 metric tons of payload into low-Earth orbit (LEO) or 5 metric tons of cargo into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO).

Belintersat-1 encapsulated in a payload fairing atop a Long March 3B vehicle at the launch pad. Credit: Belintersat

The 3B/E version that was employed for the mission is an enhanced variant of the rocket, featuring an enlarged first stage and boosters. This version was brought into service in 2007 to increase the rocket's GTO cargo capacity and lift heavier GEO communications satellites.

The first Chinese mission of the year will be the 223th flight of the Long March rocket series and the 35th flight overall for the 3B version.

With the Belintersat-1 launch, China starts a very busy year in terms of sending payloads to orbit. In 2016, the country intends to carry out more than 20 space missions.

China also plans to return to human space flight this year. Shenzhou-11, a planned crewed mission is slated to lift off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center and dock with China's upcoming second space lab, Tiangong-2, which should be on orbit by the time the crew's Shenzhou spacecraft is sent aloft. The exact launch dates for these missions have yet to be released.

Vietnam looks to launch more satellites: report

From http://www.thanhniennews.com/tech/vietnam-looks-to-launch-more-satellites-report-58074.htm

Vietnam's 2nd remote sensing satellite to launch in 2017

Made-in-Vietnam microsatellite sends its first signals

Vietnam, which has launched three satellites since 2008, is now gearing up for another three launches over the next five years, local media reported on Tuesday.

The new satellites will be meant for remote sensing -- collecting and transmitting data about the Earth's surface, helping scientists forecast climate change and natural disasters, news website Saigon Times Online reported.

Vietnam's two communications satellites VINASAT-1 and VINASAT-2 were launched in 2008 and 2012, while its first remote sensing satellite VNREDSat-1 was launched in 2013.

So far, VNPT-I, a subsidiary of the state-run Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group and which is tasked with operating the communications satellites, has used 95 percent of VINASAT-1's capacity, and over 60 percent of VINASAT-2, according to the company's website.

Most of companies which are using the Vietnamese satellites' services are local, and VNPT-I is seeking partners in other countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Singapore, it said.

Vietnam was estimated to have invested at least US$500 million in the communications satellites.

SpaceX to try sea landing again

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/12/spacex-to-try-sea-landing-again/

Despite the 100 per cent success of bringing back a Falcon-9 rocket to Earth in December, SpaceX now says that its next attempt of a successful return will be on a floating barge out at sea. Two previous attempts at a barge landing have been unsuccessful.

The reason is that SpaceX is using a different, older version of the Falcon-9 (version 1.1). This version, says SpaceX, isn’t quite as powerful as its latest rockets and a sea landing needs less fuel because the barge can be waiting at the end of the rocket’s journey.

The scheduled launch is a week away, on January 17th when the rocket’s primary mission is to loft a Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite for NASA. The launch will take place from Vandenberg airbase in California.

Spacecom disconnects Amos-5 satellite

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/spacecom-disconnects-amos-5-satellite--1122549

Spacecom daid it has officially disconnected the Amos-5 satellite, after failing to re-establish communication with it. The company confirmed to ITWeb Africa that no communication has been heard from the satellite since 21 November 2015 and that the satellite has since been fully de-energised.
The move to disconnect the satellite means more communication problems in Zambia which relied on the satellite for data and mobile services. In December 2015 a fault on Amos-5 caused disruption to the GSM network and affected mobile communication services in several countries including Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Botswana and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Spacecom said the satellite cannot be retrieved and that it is now working with other providers to find a solution for its customers' broadcast, data and telecom needs previously provided via the Amos-5 satellite.

Kymeta raises $62m for satellite antenna project

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newskymeta-satellite-antenna-project-4783339

US-based Kymeta has raised $62m in its series D financing round, including backing from Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Investors include Bill Gates, Lux Capital, Kresge Foundation and Osage University Partners, as well as new and anonymous strategic partners.

Kymeta will use the funding raised through the latest round of financing to boost its current initiative to build new, smart antennas, which will provide high-speed and high-bandwidth satellite connectivity to any movable object.

Kymeta CEO Nathan Kundtz said: "The tremendous support from our existing investors as well as new strategic investors, partners and customers is expanding our accessible market and growing our business across land, sea and air."

In 2015, the company formed new partnerships in complex industrial sectors and successfully completed testing of its tiny antenna with satellite constellations, as well as developed the first glass-on-glass, thin-film, transistor-based antennas.

Lux Capital investor Josh Wolfe said: "We continue to be impressed with Kymeta's achievements, growth and momentum.

"Nathan Kundtz and David R Smith developed the M-SAT technology at Duke University."

"With new partnerships, roll-out of its smart antenna, technology and customer milestones ahead and growing industry buzz, Kymeta is inventing and delivering a future I cannot wait to live in."

Kymeta was formed in 2012 after spinning out from Intellectual Ventures and received funding to develop and commercialise the metamaterials surface antenna technology (M-SAT).

Kundtz and David R Smith developed the M-SAT technology at Duke University.

M-SAT technology facilitates the metamaterials satellite antenna to form a holographic beam that can track satellite signals from geostationary and other satellite constellations.

Since the company's last fundraising round in 2014, Kymeta formed partnerships with several groups, including Intelsat, Sharp and Panasonic Avionics.

All partnerships are focused at improving and manufacturing Kymeta's tiny antennas and using them in various applications, including ship terminals.

Murdoch to marry Jerry Hall

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/12/murdoch-to-marry-jerry-hall/

Rupert Murdoch used the classifieds of his London Times newspaper to announce what will be his fourth marriage, this time to Jerry Hall, 59, the former wife of Mick Jagger. Murdoch split with his third wife, Wendi Deng in 2013 after 14 years.

Murdoch, 84, and Hall began dating last year after they were introduced by one of his sisters and a niece in Australia, according to The Times. They went public with their relationship in October. The couple have 10 children between them.

Murdoch and Deng split not long after her ferocious defence of him when he was ‘pied’ while appearing before a Parliamentary investigation of the phone hacking by his News Corp newspapers. It is reported there was considerable family turmoil over bringing Murdoch and Deng’s two young daughters into the family trust that controls about 40 per cent of the voting stock of both News Corp and 21st Century Fox.

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NBTC to consider Thaicom satellite licence request

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/NBTC-to-consider-Thaicom-satellite-licence-request-30276647.html

THE TELECOM committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will today consider Thaicom’s licence request for its upcoming Thaicom 9 broadband satellite.

The new satellite will be positioned at a 119.5-degrees-east orbital slot to serve Asia-Pacific countries, including Thailand.

According to the NBTC, Thaicom applied for a 20-year licence in September. Thaicom 9 will be a broadband satellite like Thaicom's existing IPSTAR.

In 2012, the NBTC awarded a 20-year licence to Thaicom to operate any of its satellites launched under that licence, which includes Thaicom 7 at a 120 degrees east longitude and Thaicom 8 at a 78.5-degrees-east position.

Thaicom asked for a separate licence for its Thaicom 9 to match the life span of the satellite, as its existing licence has only 16 years remaining.

The development of Thaicom 9 is expected to take three years. If the company uses the existing licence for Thaicom 9, it will likely have only 13 years left once the satellite is launched.

The NBTC telecom committee will have to consider whether Thaicom 9 can operate under the company's existing licence or if it needs a separate licence.

Earlier, Thaicom said it had conducted a technical study on the Thaicom 9 project development. The project is estimated to cost US$200 million (Bt2.7 billion) and will feature a 20-gigabyte capacity.

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

The telecom committee will today also consider Advanced Info Service's request to extend the deadline for switching off its 900-megahertz service by another 180 days.

The NBTC's original resolution called for AIS to switch off the service once a 900MHz licence is granted to either of the two companies that obtained one at a recent auction.

True Move H Universal Communication of True Corp and Jas Mobile Broadband of Jasmine International were the winning bidders for the two 900MHz licences. Both are expected to pay the first instalment of the upfront licence fee this month, and the committee will award the licences soon.

BBC First to launch on OSN

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/11/bbc-first-to-launch-on-osn/

OSN will be the exclusive home to BBC First in the Middle East and North Africa from February 1st.

The new channel will replace the pan-regional BBC Entertainment channel with increased investment in content and key titles introduced with Arabic subtitles.

BBC First will show British premium drama, with two hours of award-winning primetime programming featuring Arabic subtitles. The new channel will launch with popular series such as Sherlock and Luther alongside the BBC’s epic new adaptation of War and Peace.
Long-running soap opera EastEnders will also be brought to OSN viewers soon after its UK broadcast.

Natasha Hussain, Vice President and General Manager for Middle East and Mediterranean at BBC Worldwide, said: “The BBC has a strong reputation for its outstanding drama programming. I’m delighted viewers in the Middle East and North Africa will soon be able to enjoy the most popular and critically acclaimed dramas coming out of the UK express from their original transmission.”

Emad Marcos, senior vice president – media partners and digital, OSN, said: “The addition of BBC First builds on our commitment to bring exclusive content for our subscribers and underlines the exceptional portfolio of programming that we offer to our subscribers in 2016. This is the first of several exciting new premium additions to OSN being announced in the first quarter of this year and reaffirms that we are the number one destination for premium content in the region. We work with outstanding channel partners to bring the very best content.”

Satellite has “long-term role”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/12/satellite-has-long-term-role/

Last week equity analysts Exane BNP-Paribas rated Eutelsat as one of their ‘top picks’ in terms of media shares, and their recommendation to “avoid Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES. However, another bank report places a very different perspective on SES and its prospects.

Analysts at investment bank Jefferies dig very deep into SES and in particular anxieties which have circulated for the best part of a year and concern a shift away from satellite transmission and whether the world’s broadcasters and viewers are increasingly favouring IP-based delivery and in particular TV viewing would migrate to terrestrial distribution.

Jefferies admits that 2015 was a “year to forget” for SES, and after touching all-time highs early in 2015, SES was beset by troubles (some of its own making). The most destructive has been renewed questions around satellite’s role in TV transmission. Much of the latest iteration of this long running debate has centred on how a broadcaster could migrate from satellite to terrestrial, but not really looked at whether they would.”

Jefferies quotes UK regulator Ofcom, and its recent Public Service Broadcasting Review, and while Ofcom mentions the threat from emerging IP-multicast technologies and which could be a credible alternative delivery method for linear TV, the bank has looked at the costs of IP delivery and while being “very cheap” they do not threaten satellite’s role in the bank’s view.

Indeed, the pre-Christmas success from SpaceX in landing a potentially re-usable rocket stage also potentially benefits future SES launches. SES-9 is due for launch this month and while there will not be an extra discount on the launch, future contracts a year or two from now will gain a tangible financial benefit from refurbished rockets.

In summary, Jefferies says the debate over satellite’s future is valid but the risk of “mass migrations” away from satellite is not likely. It re-rates SES with a “BUY” rating with a price target – although lowered – of €30.50 (from $32.50).

One extra point worth remembering is that most industry observers expect SES to fully consolidate its current 49 percent (recently up from 46.9 per cent) position in the Jersey-based O3b satellite constellation. “We remain of the (consensus) view that SES will move to 100 per cent control of O3b in 2016,” says Jefferies.

Billions at stake as broadband satellite race intensifies

From http://www.newelectronics.co.uk/electronics-technology/billions-at-stake-as-broadband-satellite-race-intensifies/112421/

Several projects have recently appeared on the scene, all planning to use low earth orbiting satellites (LEO) to change the dynamics of how internet access is delivered to underserved regions of the globe. The idea for data versions of LEO networks was first floated in the late 1990s, aiming to bring broadband Internet access to remote and poor areas of the world.

They followed earlier well-funded efforts to provide LEO based mobile telephony – at the time, thought to represent the way forward. But those projects, such as the Bill Gates and Craig McCaw inspired Teledesic and initial versions of Iridium and Globalstar, failed to deliver on the hype – partly because of technology constraints, partly down to poor business models, more often both. Why should this new spate of projects fare better? One reason is that satellites can now be made much smaller and lighter, so launch costs are significantly lower.

More importantly, the size, manufacturability and component costs associated with the different terminals and handsets have plummeted since those early days, while functionality and ease of use have increased. We have also seen significant advances in solid-state antennas for LEO satellite terminals, which need to track a satellite as it moves across the sky and transfer seamlessly to another when the first satellite approaches the horizon. Meanwhile, satellite solar cell efficiency has more than doubled since the early days and power amplifier efficiency has also surged. While these factors have helped the business proposition, uncertainties remain about demand and the ever-present regulatory constraints of LEO satellites in view of frequency allocations. However, the basic economics of manufacturing have not seen such advances.

Small satellites cost more to manufacture per kg than larger ones. Roger Rusch, president of consultancy TelAstra and a long-time observer of the satellite sector, notes that it takes far more satellites in LEO to provide continuous communications service than satellites in geostationary orbit (GEO) “The deep pocketed visionaries promoting these huge constellations of LEOs have unrealistic expectations about the costs of deploying the satellites, running the networks and manufacturing the terminals, not to mention what people are prepared – or able – to pay for the service or the devices,” Rusch told New Electronics. The projects to which Rusch refers include those from OneWeb and SpaceX, both backed by maverick serial entrepreneurs, and the outline of potential projects from LeoSat and engineering conglomerate Samsung (see box).

It needs to be said that, while the original investors in Iridium and Globalstar lost their money, both constellations were built and have been operating for some 15 years. The groups have also raised money for second-generation constellations; Globalstar’s latest iteration was launched last year and Iridium’s NEXT constellation satellites are scheduled to to be fully operational in 2018. Of the new entrants, the one most likely to succeed is OneWeb, founded by Greg Wyler, who has led previous attempts to bring broadband Internet to rural and poorer parts of the world. The project is backed by the likes of Virgin Galactic, Qualcomm, Hughes Network Systems, Airbus Defence and Space and, importantly, satellite network operator Intelsat. Interestingly, Coca Cola is also involved. OneWeb is planning a constellation of 650 Ku-band satellites (with a further 250 spares), each weighing only 150kg, which would make them amongst the smallest and lightest communications satellites designed for commercial service. Inter-satellite links are not planned, so the system will need many gateways – which is where the commercial link with Intelsat comes into play.

The cost of these and other ground control facilities, as well as designing, building and launching the satellites, is expected to reach $7.5bn, according to Rusch. To date, the group has raised some $500million, mostly from its many backers. Airbus will build the satellites, which are expected to be launched into 20 orbital planes at an altitude of about 1200km. Each satellite is expected to cost $500,000. OneWeb – which was reluctant to discuss technical details of the project with New Electronics – has also demonstrated various prototypes of user terminals, including some operated by solar power. They will offer combinations of LTE, 3G, 2G and Wi-Fi and are estimated to cost $250 per terminal. Wyler said recently that he anticipates the first 10 satellites will allow testing of the network and terminals to be completed by 2017, with the entire constellation to be ready by late 2019. The bulk of the satellites will be made in the US. He stressed the project has acquired rights to the crucial spectrum needed from earlier projects and that OneWeb would soon file submissions to the ITU that would allow regulators and GEO-satellite operators to assess, with precision, the constellation’s conformity with ITU rules forbidding unintentional interference with GEO satellites.

Wyler said the company’s specially developed Progressive Pitch technology will modify the orientation and power level of the LEO satellites as they pass over the equator so they do not disturb the millions of satellite dishes targeted at geostationary satellites. The important issue here is equivalent power-flux density, a requirement developed in the 1990s, when two other non-geostationary orbit systems – the ill-fated Teledesic in Ka-band and SkyBridge in the Ku-band – had to seek similar approval. Even before OneWeb has published detailed technical specifications or outlined its plans, satellite fleet operators are suggesting that LEO constellations will interfere with their established operations. Rusch noted this will be one of many regulatory hurdles the projects will have to overcome and cautioned that the ITU – ‘which is not a regulatory body, unlike the FCC in the US or Ofcom in the UK’ – lacks the power to rule on these inevitable debates.

Rival SpaceX, backed by Elon Musk and with a rumoured $1bn investment from Google and support from financial company Fidelity, has even more ambitious and long-term plans. The company has filed for a constellation of 4000 satellites orbiting at 625km altitude. It has requested permission from the FCC to commence trials with up to eight experimental satellites, dubbed MicroSat-1a and MicroSat-1b, operating in the Ku and Ka bands. Musk has suggested the network could deliver speeds and reduced network hops that could compete with terrestrial fibre. The trial satellites are expected to be launched beginning next year on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket – but this may be delayed following recent problems, when the rocket failed to put a payload into orbit. Despite that setback, Musk’s space ambitions range from launchers and sending supplies to the International Space Station, to his ultimate goal ofcolonising Mars. Projections about how much the SpaceX satellite project would cost range from $10bn to $15bn and few believe it could be fully operational until well into the next decade.

We can expect major developments in all these projects during the coming years, but there are a number of elephants in the room, including: the dramatic increases in capacity available from high throughput GEO satellites; developing affordable terminals capable of tracking low latency LEO satellites; regulatory issues around coordinating the spectrum for these constellations with the existing geostationary satellites in the same band; and manufacturing the satellites to the budgets being bandied about. And this article has not discussed ambitious projects from Google and Facebook. The search giant’s effort, dubbed Project Loon, centres on balloons and is already being trialled in various regions. Facebook, meanwhile, is looking to use drones for Internet connectivity and has partnered with Eutelsat to use GEO satellites in a project targeting subscribers in Africa. Watch this space. Samsung outlines how 4600 satellites could enable Tbit/s broadband connectivityWhile entrepreneurs battle it out to offer Internet to the masses via their satellite constellations, electronics giant Samsung laid out its vision for ‘Space Internet’ late in 2015.

In a paper penned by Farooq Khan, Samsung America’s head of research and development, the company has proposed some 4600 ‘low cost microsatellites in low-earth orbit, each capable of providing Tbit/s data rates, with signal latencies better than or equal to ground based systems’.The satellites would weigh less than 500kg and operate at altitudes of less than 2000km. They will ‘use less power, due to proximity to Earth, are smaller in size, lower in weight, and are therefore easier to launch’ (than other proposed systems.)The company stresses the paper simply lays out the technologies that would be needed to cope with the wireless traffic demand anticipated in the 2020s and that it has no firm plans to build such a system. Khan argues that mobile data will continue to grow at unprecedented rates, and adds that satellites, as well as drones and balloons, may be essential to connect ‘the remaining two-thirds of humankind that currently do not have access to the internet’.

Khan argues the cost of providing mobile connectivity to such areas cost effectively must entail a ‘new wireless architecture’, referred to as multi-comm-core (MCC) ‘that can scale to Tbit/s data rates for ground based local area and wide area access, for wireless backhaul as well as access via unmanned aerial vehicles and satellites’.All three types of links envisaged in the system (see diagram) – uplink from ground station to satellite, inter-satellite link, and downlink to ground or air – would need to operate at data rates exceeding Tbit/s. Khan stresses that all parts of the system will need to use phased array antennas to improve coverage and reduce interference.Interestingly, Khan links several of these concepts with 5G research, an area in which Samsung continues to be a major innovator. “With the 5G vision of providing wireless access in the millimetre wave spectrum, a single standards based wireless technology can be developed for access, backhaul and satellite communications, eliminating fragmentation and thereby reducing costs of providing wireless services,” he claims. More specifically, he suggests the network would deploy frequencies ranging from 10.7GHz to 275GHz – split into a 57.75GHz package for uplink, 56.2GHz for downlink and 38.75GHz for inter-satellite communications.

The concept also relies on phased array radars: already a critical element of many 5G developments. These will be necessary to improve coverage and reduce interference. Khan notes that phased arrays allow the beam to be steered ‘with the flexibility and speed of electronics’, rather than the slower and less flexible mechanical approach used for traditional parabolic dishes.Samsung acknowledges that putting the project into effect will depend on technologies still under development, such as RFICs capable of handling millimetre-wave frequencies effectively. A key element of the ‘viable radio architecture’ will be implementation of the MCC. Khan declined to comment about its current stage of development.

The research paper indicates the group expects the system to use a set of RF front end and antenna arrays covering each spectrum group. Within each spectrum will be stacked multiple bandwidth cores, each supporting 1 to 2GHz bandwidth. The RF front end and bandwidth core stacking blocks within each spectrum are planned to be replicated to provide spatial cores (to support multibeam radar and/or MIMO capability)Each bandwidth core would have its own set of data converters, channel coding and other baseband functions and these blocks/functions are replicated across spatial cores.Khan maintains the MCC architecture will be attractive from a power consumption perspective when data rates of at least tens of hundreds of Gbit/s require many GHz of bandwidth.

As already noted, MCC is expected to be applicable to other wireless systems evolving to these data rates.Roger Rusch told New Electronics: “This is a fantastic system that shifts the communication burden to the user terminal, so the space segment can be (relatively) cheap and simple. It might be technically possible, but the total costs of space and ground would be astronomical.”

Sony ESPN & Sony ESPN HD to launch on 17 Jan; two more channels in the pipeline

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/sony-espn-sony-espn-hd-to-launch-on-17-january-160111

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is all set to launch its two sports channels namely Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD in collaboration with ESPN on 17 January. The Sony ESPN channel will replace Sony Kix and hence will be available on all the platforms that the latter was. Sony ESPN HD will launch by marking its presence on all direct to home (DTH) platforms and gradually will roll out on cable TV too.

With this, SPN has extended its sports cluster to four channels namely Sony ESPN, Sony ESPN HD, Sony Six and Sony Six HD.

What’s more, Sony and ESPN will also launch more co-branded channels in the near future. “At least two more channels are there in the pipeline and if the content demands more, we might launch more. But at this stage, we have two channels launching on 17 January and two more in the near future,” reveals ESPN India and South Asia vice president and head Ramesh Kumar.

The Nature of the Association

ESPN had a long time association with one of Sony's rival broadcaster Star India and the duo operated in the Indian subcontinent till they separated in 2012. The three-years non-compete ended in 2015 and ESPN’s began discussion of a second innings in India. ESPN was clear with its strategy that it wants a long term association with an existing sportscaster and that's where Sony came in the picture.

Both Sony and ESPN refused to divulge the commercials or the nature of association between them. Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, ESPN Asia Pacific vice president Michael T Morrison said, “We wanted to have a partner in India and Sony turned out to be the best for us and hence we associated with them. We were evaluating various possibilities since the last one and half years and are very happy to be with Sony.”

Reiterating Morrison’s point of view, SPN India CEO NP Singh adds, “ESPN is the leader when it comes to sports broadcasting globally. They have their expertise, which will use to add value to our existing content. We would like to keep the commercials confidential, but yes what we both were looking for, was in alignment and hence we decided to get together. It took close to six months to close the deal.”

Singh further asserts, “As a part of the deal, we will have 1000 hours of original content from ESPN.”

While ESPN did not have an India presence on television, it continued the operation of ESPNCricinfo, which has grown by leaps and bounds in last three years. The portal has an internal team, which creates original content. However, ESPNCricinfo is not a part of the collaboration between the two entities. “The ESPNCricinfo expertise can be used if needed but it will not be a part of the collaboration. There are matrices, which we are working on and we will see how the three can complement each other,” informs Kumar.

Why the Association

“India is too big a sports market to not have a presence. Moreover, our motto is ‘To Serve Sports Fans Anytime Anywhere.’ We have never left India. For us, we were always there and now we feel we need to have a bigger presence and that’s why the association,” says Morrison. Recalling the sportscaster’s association with Star India, Morrison adds, “We had a wonderful time with Star where we worked together not only in India but also in the subcontinent, but now we feel we will have a better time ahead with Sony.”

Sony, in the recent past has made a few big non-cricket acquisitions, but is yet to unfold special pre or post original programming. The feed of a SerieA or an El-Classico match begins with the whistle as there is no studio content available with them. “Now with ESPN coming in, we will have access to their studio shows and we will use the shows, which complement our existing portfolio. Using their expertise we will create new programming too. This Australian Open we will have access to their global studio feed, and hence analysis and opinions will be there for fans. With this association, we will be enhancing the experience,” adds SPN sports cluster EVP and business head Prasana Krishnan.

Many said that once the Indian Premier League (IPL) goes under the hammer for telecast rights renewal, the price is going to at least double to that of the previous deal. Rumours were rife that Sony and ESPN came together to jointly bid for the renewal and strengthen their possibility. Thwarting any such rumours as well as refraining to give them any credibility, Singh says, “Our association with ESPN is not to have an upper-hand in the renewal bidding procedure.”

What’s next

In next few months, Sony ESPN will launch a new multi-sport mobile app. “The revenue model of the app is yet to be decided, but whatever we do, we believe in monetising it to the maximum. We will evaluate together the best possible way forward and come to a consensus on revenue model,” says Morrison.

SPN already has a digital presence in Sony Liv, which live streams the network’s existing sports portfolio. So what happens to Liv when the co-branded app launches? “The content of that platform will be available in Sony Liv too. We have done well with Love Bytes and will continue our digital innovations,” informs Singh.

Apart from the two additional channels in the pipeline, which will be launched in the near future, there could be many leagues coming in too. “Pro Wrestling League was an experiment that we did and now I am in a position to say that we are glad that we did it. The numbers in the Hindi Speaking Market were great and I see it growing further with time. So we are exploring and if we see an opportunity we will aggressively forge ahead with more leagues,” says Krishnan.

Marketing Plan and Channel Positioning

The 360 degree launch campaign will be clubbed with the campaign of the Australian Open, which will make its debut on the new channel. “We have 17 channels of our own through which we will promote and announce the launch of the two co-branded channels. Also we will have our digital and print promotional activities. We are starting with the Australian Open and then we will then go to Euro 2016 and run campaigns around the sport,” informs Krishnan.

Sony ESPN will have a global sports portfolio with football, rugby, basketball, tennis, whereas Sony Six will have the fight sports and other sports that Kix used to telecast. “We will continue to evaluate various permutations and combinations as we go forward and enhance our sports portfolio,” concludes Krishnan.

Sony ESPN channels to go live this Sunday

From http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/mumbai/sport/sony-espn-channels-to-go-live-this-sunday/article8093789.ece

There is good news for sports fans in India as American sports broadcaster ESPN is returning to TV screens after it ended its 18-year association with 21st Century Fox-owned STAR network in 2012. The sports network has this time partnered with Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) to launch two new channels, SONY ESPN and SONY ESPN HD, which will go live from January 17.

With this, SPN has expanded its sports cluster to four channels — SONY ESPN (formerly SONY KIX), SONY ESPN HD, SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD. Speaking at the launch event, Prasana Krishnan, EVP and Business Head, Sports Cluster, SPN, said: “ESPN has always had a strong connect with Indian audiences. The partnership will further strengthen our sports bouquet with four channels — SONY ESPN, SONY ESPN HD, SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD. Our programming line-up kicks off with the Australian Open followed by marquee football properties like La Liga, Serie A and FA Cup, leading up to Euro 2016. This will give every sports fan a reason to celebrate our extensive offering clubbed with analysis presented by expert panellists.”

Later this year, the collaboration between SPN and ESPN will also see the launch of a new multi-sport digital website and App, which will offer live coverage of cricket, football, tennis, basketball, badminton and hockey among others.

Mike Morrison, vice-president and general manager, ESPN Asia Pacific, said, “Fans can expect a robust channel, a range of sports and fantastic coverage. Over time, we will introduce a multi-sport website, together with an App, all of which will complement the network. There will be more announcements about our digital network in the coming months. From a potential standpoint of multi-sport, all sports will be covered. We will have significant text and video components, and support the SONY LIV app platform.”
Local content
Prasana also outlined his plans for developing more local content, saying the company will look to develop more India-specific properties like the Pro Wrestling League. “There is a strong market emerging for local leagues (in India), which we will try to tap besides addressing the audience for global sports here,” he added.

SPN, formerly Multi Screen Media (MSM), had officially tied up with ESPN last October. The latter is making a comeback to the Indian subcontinent after exiting the market in 2012 when Rupert Murdoch-led News Corporation bought it out from its 50:50 joint venture with STAR Sports.


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Express AM5 140.0E 11557 H "F L'Original has replaced Fashion TV HD Europe" on, encrypted.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4180 H "Channel XFC" has started on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3840 H "Star World Asia" is now encrypted.

Measat 3 91.5E 3724 V "Kapatid TV 5 and Aksyon TV International" are Fta

Horizons 2 84.8E 11920 H "F L'Original has replaced Fashion TV HD Europe" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3712 H "Ten Sports Pakistan" has started on , Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3732 V "Sinema" has started on , Fta. PTC Punjabi and R Plus Gold have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Khabrain Abhi Tak has left . Star Movies Select" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3752 V "Bhaarat Today has started on , Fta. Smaran TV and TV Filmy" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3765 V "MGM Channel India" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3768 H "& TV" has started on, Conax.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3790 H "DD India" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3790 V "Spirit Word" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3796 V "TV 7 Health Planet and Tulasi News" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3802 V "Daystar TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Punjabi By Nature and Maha Bodhi Channel" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3838 H "Aaj Tak, India Today, Tez, Aaj Tak Delhi, Aaj Tak International, India Today International and Aaj Tak UK" have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11025 V "Match TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Outpourings TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Fresh TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Messianic Word TV Plus" is back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,DD Sports、DD News(印度)等频道新增,设置11470 V 29500参数免费接收。
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,NTV(+4)(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11473 V 22500参数无效接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Stadium 2 HD、Stadium 6 HD(泰国)等高清频道加密,设置12562 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Hits、Thril(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置12520 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,OK India TV(测试)频道新增,设置4103 V 7800参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Stadium 5 HD、Stadium 6 HD(高清)等频道加密,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thrill、Stadium X(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置4120 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,中天新闻(传送)频道改频率,设置12511 V 2400参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat 2(4K)(高清)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [1月12日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,东森财经新闻(华人卫视)频道加密,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月12日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fat Afati(印度)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [1月12日]


Sorry no time for news update


Optus D2 12581 H Sr 22500 has now switched off

Optus D2 12546 V Sr 22500 update TBN has returned here (Last seen testing in December)

"TBN" started Vpid 6071 Apid 6072 MPG4 FTA
"spare" started Vpid 6211 Apid 6212 MPG4 FTA Black screen
"spare" started Vpid 6111 Apid 6112 MPG4 FTA Black screen
"spare" started Vpid 6141 Apid 6142 MPG4 FTA Black screen

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From saldav1

Weekend log

Asiasat 5

Saturday night: 9th January 2016

3735 H SR 7199 T.C Encoder 4 EXETER CITY vs LIVERPOOL in the Soccer, (FTA.)
3654 H SR 7120 2016-live Female Kickboxing - KUNLUN Fight, (FTA.)
3931 V SR 13333 ENC 1 Male Kickboxing - LIAN CHENG FIGHT, (FTA.)

Sunday morning: 10th January

4152 V 15000 GOLDEN GLOBES SUMMIT HD colour test pattern, (FTA.)

Sunday night:

3908 H SR 4166 AP-ISB-1 SLAMABAD - CE1 Â writing on colour test pattern with rolling black line, (FTA.) With the I missing off ISLAMABAD as well!

Monday morning:

4068 H SR 7199 WSHT ENC 54 FLORIDA CUP Soccer - BAY vs SF, (FTA.)
3868 H SR 7199 T.C.Encoder BT TOWER HD 136 SDI Channel 1 - rolling words and colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3936 V SR 6666 GCP PCO HD1

From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0E 12366 H Space Shower TV has started on , PowerVu.

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

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "TBN Pacific" is back on , Fta. Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV and The Church Channel have left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Kino Polska" has started on , Irdeto.
Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H. The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV, Vietface TV Australia, Velayat TV Network, Hodhod Arabic TV and Telepace have left

Telstar 18 138.0E 3825 H "SMNI" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 4 122.2E 4035 H Zee Hiburan, Zee Bioskop, Z Living Asia, CinemaWorld, AniPlus HD, Asian Food Channel, AMC Asia, DMAX Southeast Asia, Animal Planet South East
Asia and Discovery Channel South East Asia have started on , Tongfang.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 3900 H "Newsreel Documentary, Channel Joy and GreatSports Channel" have started on, Irdeto.
AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4140 H "Channel Elan, Channel Young and City Play" have started on , Irdeto.
AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4180 H "Channel Cartoon and Game Channel" have started on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3437 H "DreamCast Channel" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Solusi Sehat and Shop & Share" has started on , Fta. Ocydia Channel has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Wesal TV" has left .

SES 7 108.2E 2595 H "IDX Channel has replaced IBCM Channel" on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "Miao Mi" has started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2E 2655 H "Golf Channel Indonesia" has left .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3735 H "HCBN Indonesia" has left.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3840 H National Geographic Channel Asia, Star World Asia (clear), Fox Movies Premium, Star Movies China, Sky News International, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia, Fox Sports Thailand and Fox Sports 2 Asia have started on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3840 H Fox Sports Indonesia, Fox Sports 2 Singapore, Star Sports 1 China, Fox Sports 2 Singapore, Fox Sports News Asia, Fox Sports Philippines, Fox Sports Singapore and Star Sports 2 China have left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "ZooMoo Asia" has started on , Irdeto.
AsiaSat 5 100.5E 4000 H "Cubavisión Internacional" has left .

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "ME Channel and Azura Channel" have started on , Fta.
ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Wonderful Indonesia, DMC TV and TV BMW" have started on , Fta. Femina has left.

NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Zee Kalinga, Subhavaartha TV and IBN 7" have left .
NSS 6 95.0E 11172 H "Zee Rajasthan News" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5E 11030 V "Animal Planet India, Ten HD and Movies Now +" have started on ,Irdeto.
Insat 4B 93.5E 11570 V "Big Magic has replaced Khushboo TV" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E Racing International on 3795 V and 4167 V is Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 11142 V "Astro Best 470 has replaced Astro First SD 6" on , Videoguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 11522 V "Astro Best 469" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "Net, KTV and Rajawali TV" have started on , Conax.

Intelsat 15 85.2E Tiji Russia on 12600 V is now in clear.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11960 H "Morskoi has replaced Nautical Channel" encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "Lotus News, HBN and K News 24x7" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "9X Bajao" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3936 H "Prajaa TV Kannada" has started on , Fta
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Tak Dhina Din" has left again.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3949 H "Zonet Zawlbuk has replaced Zonet" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "True Select has replaced Now 26" on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 3700 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, Dream No. 1, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News have started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0E GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Taiwan Macroview TV, Azio TV, CSTV Finance, Unique Satellite TV, Express Finance Satellite TV, SBN and Life TV have moved from 3740 V to 3700 V.
ABS 2 75.0E ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, Da Ai TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, Dream No. 1, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News have moved from 3700 V to 3740 V, Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 3779 V "TBN Asia, The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV and TeleNovela Channel" have left .
ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Channel V International" has started on , Irdeto.

ABS 2 75.0E 11913 V "Morskoi has replaced Nautical Channel" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3796 V "Shalini TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Fresh Oil TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Evangel TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Messianic Word TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3845 V "Sairam TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "News 7 Tamil" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Stadium X HD(高清)等频道解密,设置4080 H 30000参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thrill、Smile(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox Movies Premium(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置12562 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Thril、Sports Spirit(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-11]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,S BOX、S-CH(韩国)频道重现,设置12435 H 3565参数有条件接收。[01-11]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sargam、Bollywood-24(巴基斯坦)等全组频道重现,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。[01-11]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,DD India(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Indir 24x7(印度)频道消失,设置4040 H 7500参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,SMNI(菲律宾)频道消失,设置3837 H 2200参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰香港替换江苏卫视(艺华卫视)高清频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、HBO HD(4 Digital)等全组频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文、国家地理(4 Digital)等全组频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。[01-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Channel V替换Replry(环宇卫视)频道,设置12471 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sa Clean Feed(传送)频道加密,设置4167 V 5064参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sa Clean Feed(传送)频道加密,设置3795 V 5064参数有条件接收。[01-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4TV News、Tune 6替换RVS News(印度)等频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[01-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tulasi News(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sahana News(印度)频道消失,设置3742 V 7000参数无效接收。[01-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Sports、国家地理野生(4 Digital)等频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Plc TV替换Kaset Nano Channel(泰国)频道,设置3440 H 26666参数免费接收。 [1月10日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,9X Bajao(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数有条件接收。 [1月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,PSI Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月10日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Multiplex替换Dhamaal(斯里兰卡)频道,设置12110 H 40700参数免费接收。 [1月9日]


Indonesia's Lippo deploying satellite internet

From http://www.telecomasia.net/content/indonesias-lippo-deploying-satellite-internet

Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group has established a new ISP business to bring satellite-based internet access services to rural and remote parts of the country.

The First Net internet service uses very small aperture terminal (VSAT) technology to deliver speeds of between 2Mbps and 20Mbps, the Jakarta Post reported.

It is being deployed by Delta Nusantara Networks, a subsidiary of the Lippo Group's First Media, in collaboration with Indonesian satellite operator Adiwarta.

Delta Nusantara has invested around $2 million in the network so far, and plans to deploy at least two satellite transponders developed for corporate clients as part of the construction activities, the report states.

The companies believe there is significant opportunity for internet providers to target Indonesia's remote areas, where existing telecom infrastructure is lacking. They are targeting customers including schools, hospitals, mining and plantation companies and air carriers.

SkyCable expanding to satellite television

From http://thestandard.com.ph/business/196457/skycable-expanding-to-satellite-television.html

The cable unit of ABS-CBN Corp. has secured a green light from the National Telecommunications Commission to venture into satellite TV services, despite opposition from Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. and other cable TV operators.

NTC, in an order dated Dec. 23, 2015, granted Sky Cable Corp., a unit of ABS-CBN, a provisional authority to install, operate and maintain a direct broadcast satellite in 251 cities and municipalities for 18 months.

NTC said Sky Cable was “technically feasible” to roll out DBS services in the country. DBS, also known as “direct-to-home,” transmits signals to subscribers using satellite technology.

Cignal TV of PLDT, Philippine Cable Television Association, TV5 Network Inc. and Dream Satellite TV have opposed Sky Cable’s bid to offer DTH, citing violation of the anti-monopoly law.

Sky Cable’s new satellite service would compete with Cignal TV, Dream Satellite TV and GSat, which all offer DTH services nationwide.

Sky Cable said the estimated cost of starting the project would be P250 million, with an initial capital outlay of P122 million to cover the purchase of various equipment, while the remaining P130 million would serve as working capital.

The company projected to acquire 49,500 subscribers in first year of operation and increase it to 864,600 subscribers in 10 years.

Sky Cable proposed a one-time installation fee of P3,990 and a charge P390 for DTH prepaid card for 30 days.

Sky Cable said it anticipated to post a gross revenue of P69.42 million in first year operation, with a net loss of P290.22 million.

It said by the tenth year of operation, it expected to post a profit of P467 million out of P2.97 billion in gross revenues.

SkyCable said the financial projection would be “attainable” as there were currently 2.53 million subscribers for cable and DTH services in the country, or mere 17 percent of the 14.17 million TV households.

This means that 83 percent of the TV households or 11.76 million households remain to be connected to CATV or DTH services.

Rival Cignal TV had 1.2 million subscribers as end-2015, while Sky Cable had more than 800,000 subscribers as of September last year.

ABS-CBN Group chief financial officer Rolando Valdueza earlier said Sky Cable’s capital expenditure for 2016 would be “slightly higher” than P2 billion this year because of the broadband and planned rollout of the DTH service.

“As soon as we get the license from NTC, I think that’s the time we are ready to roll out the DTH,” Valdueza said.

Sky Cable posted a revenue of P5.8 billion in the first nine months of 2015, up from P5.2 billion in the same period last year.

Japan moves to develop homegrown GPS

From http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/01/10/national/science-health/breaking-away-japan-pursues-homegrown-gps/#.VpOALHkViUk

With the proliferation of smartphones and other devices, the use of GPS — the global positioning system — has become ubiquitous. From pinpointing one’s location to getting directions online, satellite-based navigation is driving the interactive use of online maps.

Many may not be aware, however, that the GPS is operated by the U.S. government and that Japan does not have its own satellite-based navigation system.

But Japan is looking to develop its own GPS system in the near future that will make use of something called the quasi-zenith satellite system, which will be more precise.

The government says QZSS will play an important role in space policy and strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance by working in tandem with GPS. It expects the system to be a boon for the private sector in developing convenience-based services and products.

“The QZSS will strengthen industrial global competitiveness and make industry, daily life, and public administration more sophisticated and efficient,” the Cabinet Office claims on its website.

“(It) will also contribute to welfare of the Asia-Pacific region, enhancement of Japan’s presence there, a closer Japan-U.S. partnership, and broad areas of security, including improvement in the capacity to respond to natural disasters,” it says.

Some experts said Japan’s reliance on GPS could cause trouble during U.S. emergencies.

“I assume that the Japan-U.S. relationship will not change drastically, but it’s conceivable the U.S. may turn off or weaken GPS signals because of its relationship with other countries somewhere down the line,” said Hidetoshi Jindo, an expert at NEC Corp.’s QZSS promotion office.

“If that happens, it could be a big problem since there are many devices that depend on GPS in Japan,” including aircraft and cars, he said.

That’s one of the reasons Japan is seeking an alternative.

Japan launched its first quasi-zenith satellite, the Michibiki, as an experiment in 2010 and plans to put four more into orbit over the next two years, with QZSS services eyed sometime in 2018.

The system will eventually expand to a total of seven satellites by 2023 that will enable Japan to acquire location information solely from QZSS. But since QZSS is compatible with GPS, collaboration is likely to occur, raising the possibility of Tokyo and Washington cooperating more closely on space and security endeavors.

With a budget of about ¥200 billion, the government has contracted Mitsubishi Electric Co. to develop the satellites and NEC to head up the creation of most of the ground infrastructure needed to field the QZSS signals.

What’s notable about QZSS is that it is capable of providing centimeter-level information. This is made possible by the satellites’ “quasi-zenith orbit,” which will allow at least one to hover directly above Japan at all times.

“This is something fundamentally different from GPS,” said NEC Corp.’s Jindo. “There are 31 GPS satellites orbiting Earth and about five of them are constantly flying over Japan, but they go away quickly.”

The GPS system also has its weaknesses: Reception can be unstable because of interference from mountains and buildings, depending on where the satellites are.

This a familiar experience for those who have tried to navigate using a smartphone app, only to see it fail.

With QZZS, however, one satellite will be always above Japan at an elevation angle of over 80 degrees, making signal blockage virtually impossible.

It will also allow data accuracy to be refined to the centimeter level.

Civilian GPS data is provided in degrees of 10 or more meters.

With such high-precision data available, the government expects the private sector to take advantage by coming up with an array of new products and services.

For instance, Jindo said, QZSS signals could be used for agricultural automation. By attaching QZSS receivers to modified tractors and combines, farmers could use autonomous driving to cultivate their fields.

“Places like Hokkaido have vast farmlands. If the machines can plow the fields by themselves, it would be amazingly convenient,” he said. “Such experiments have been taking place and I think they are coming quite close to practical use.”

Similarly, QZSS technology could be applied to construction work, such as digging projects, he said.

Advertisers would also stand to benefit if the technology could be used to automatically email coupons to people as they walk by their clients’ shops.

Disaster prevention is another field likely to benefit from QZSS technology. The system has a programmable messaging capability that allows it to dispatch emergency alerts to people in areas hit by natural disasters and warn others to evacuate.

Jindo hopes the launch of the QZSS in 2018 will allow Japan to develop services it can showcase to the world during the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.

Other hurdles remain, however, including the lack of QZSS-capable maps.

Because the QZSS has such a high degree of accuracy, maps will need to be extremely detailed for anyone to benefit. The Geospatial Information Authority of Japan appears to rely on a scale of 1:25,000, meaning 1 cm represents 250 meters. That won’t be small enough to make use of QZSS data.

Although there are municipal maps available with scale of 1:500, they are hard to update and thus difficult to provide to third-party users.

Irdeto, Aspera watermarking for 20th Century Fox

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/08/irdeto-aspera-watermarking-for-20th-century-fox/

Irdeto, a specilaist in digital platform security, has announced a strategic partnership with Aspera, an IBM company and creator of technologies that move data at maximum speed. The new partnership enables forensic watermarking capabilities which insert watermarks in real-time with no impact on delivery quality or speed. By combining Irdeto Tracemark with Aspera’s FASP transfer technology, content owners and distributors can rapidly and efficiently deliver and receive content all over the world while protecting it against redistribution piracy.

“The content industry needs a fast, secure way to deliver content and be able to trace and track it throughout its lifecycle,” said Richard Frankland, VP of Americas, Irdeto. “Forensic watermarking is an essential security element of a comprehensive content protection program. For the first time, Irdeto’s partnership with Aspera will bring together industry-standard content distribution and security technologies into an end-to-end solution with comprehensive managed services. This is a holistic approach that saves both time and money.”

“The Irdeto and Aspera partnership was essential in order for Fox to deploy a forensic watermarking solution seamlessly without affecting the user experience and having minimal impact on the workflow,” said Ian Harvey, SVP Advanced Technology, Twentieth Century Fox. “This managed service and end-to-end solution will greatly improve the transfer of large forensically marked files to our customers, allowing for rapid sharing while enabling premium content tracking to help manage redistribution piracy.”

China to Launch more Number of Satellities

From http://www.financialprospect.com/technology/china-to-launch-more-number-of-satellities-18485.html

China may execute the biggest quantity of tasks in one single year, more than 20 room starts in 2016, regulators stated on Friday.

Technology Corp and China Aerospace Technology stated it plans to start the Shenzhou XI spacecraft and also the Tiangong 2 room lab and also to test fly the heavy duty Lengthy March 5and Long March 7 rockets.poes-lrg

China will even start two satellites for that Beidou Navigation Satellite Program that is locally created and also the Gaofen 3 for that Garden High-Resolution Earth Observation Method.

The organization stated on its site in a declaration, “This year might find probably the most tasks in one single year, over 20 room releases.” It’ll also start a communications satellite for Belarus, observing the very first time a communications satellite has been released by China condition, to Europe -work Xinhua news bureau noted.

China is planned to start the Tiangong 2 room lab within the first-half of the entire year to check room rendezvous systems and life-support for the potential space station in that nation.

Following this, a Long rocket will launch the Shenzhou XI spacecraft pier with the room lab and to deliver astronauts to.

China plans to start its space station’s primary component in 2018 to study executive problems and also to check associated systems.

The stop will end up completely operational based on government resources. With one of these formidable area tasks proceeding Technology Corp and China Aerospace Technology is finalising the following era carrier’s improvement rockets.

Start Vehicle Technology’s China Academy is currently undertaking ultimate assessments about the Lengthy March 5, the most highly difficult and biggest person in the country’s bomb family.

To support the regular area tasks, its yearly production capability has improved from the maximum of ten rockets to as much as 20 and it has considerably decreased the full time necessary to create each new bomb

Consumer group: 8K chatter confuses 4K message

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/11/consumer-group-8k-chatter-confuses-4k-message/

A senior representative of US consumer body Consumer Reports has questioned the need for television manufacturers to showcase 8K sets at the recent CES 2016 show in Las Vegas at a time when industry has taken great strides in raising public awareness of 4K/UHD.

Writing on consumerreports.org, Glenn Derene, Director of Content Development, noted that about a year ago, television manufacturers and content creators joined together to create the UHD Alliance, an industry group formed to “promote the benefits of Ultra HD entertainment technology” and “foster the Ultra HD ecosystem”. “The very formation of the Alliance was an acknowledgement that consumers were eye-glazingly confused by all the jargon surrounding the new Ultra HD (UHD) format,” he suggested.

He suggested that at CES 2016, there did seem to be some hope at cutting through the confusion. “The UHD Alliance codified a standard called ‘Ultra HD Premium’, which pretty much guarantees that if you buy a TV with that label, you’re getting a fancy set with all the bells and whistles that will work with most of the content for the foreseeable future. Also, UHD Blu-ray players were announced and are coming shortly, and Netflix promised even more UHD content,” he noted.

“There’s still plenty of confusion to go around and not all the manufactures are hewing to the standard, but it’s enough progress for Consumer Reports to endorse the idea of getting a UHD set if you’re on the market, rather than suggesting you wait for any more dust to settle,” he advised.

“I’ll tell you what’s not helping though. Right in the middle of all these beautiful Ultra HD sets on the CES show floor, there they were: 8K TVs. That’s right 8K—four times the resolution of 4K UHD sets (which doesn’t seem mathematically right, but trust me, it is). In both Samsung and LG’s booths we were invited to marvel at yet another tier of HD that hints at the obsolescence to come, just when we were all getting comfortable with the new standard,” he bemoaned.

“And these aren’t even the type of show-offy, engineering experiments you typically find at trade shows—rollable, super curvy, or reconfigurable TVs. LG announced it fully intend to sell these 8K sets within the year (no word on pricing, but, you know, think high). What kind of content such a set would display or even the connections necessary to do so are almost besides the point. Manufacturers who have a business interest in getting us consumers to understand and appreciate the pleasures of UHD shouldn’t want us asking these kinds of questions in the first place. It only leads to discomfort and disgust with the entire upgrade process,” he warned.

“Many of us have made our peace with frequent product turnover when it comes to smartphones and computers. Apple, LG, and Samsung release new flagship phones each year that promise new and revolutionary functionality. But TVs are supposed to be different. They fill a role in our houses more like that of an appliance than a computing device. And even though a modern TV has an operating system and enough processing horsepower to launch a space shuttle, we want them to do one thing and one thing well—display our favourite content. Predictability trumps innovation. Once you’ve got your TV working right, you don’t want to have to think about it for a while—a long while,” he suggested.

“Which is why, if we’re going to make the switch to 4K UHD, we don’t want to know about 8K. At least not yet,” he concluded.

Opera TV 2.0 debuts at CES

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/08/opera-tv-2-0-debuts-at-ces/

Smart TV, Blu-ray Disc player and set-top-box manufacturers will now be able to offer their viewers an interactive content discovery experience with Opera TV 2.0. Making its debut at the CES, the new Opera TV 2.0 brings video content to the forefront, offering greater content personalisation and an enhanced understanding of consumer preferences. The next generation of this HTML5-based application platform provides a tailored consumer viewing experience that also creates new after-sale revenue opportunities for manufacturers and operators.

“Consumers today want a dedicated video experience where app content is delivered to them based on their preferences, location, language, and what content is new,” says Aneesh Rajaram, Senior Vice President for TV & Devices at Opera. “Opera TV is a turn-key, Smart TV solution with a truly global footprint. We’ve made it simple for operators and OEMs to deploy, allowing them to easily differentiate and monetize personalized content offerings, and allowing content owners and publishers to bring their content to the top of the consumer experience, increasing user engagement through fresh content.”

Opera TV 2.0 is a managed cloud solution that provides a wide selection of popular OTT content – including video channels and clips, movies, apps, games and live TV from sources such as CinemaNow, Crackle, IGN, Feeln, Pitbull, Paula Deen, Red Bull, TED, Washington Post and Young Hollywood, among others – directly to households. A new user interface (UI) organises recommended, trending and most popular HD movies, videos and channels into neat rows, incorporating Opera curation for increased user engagement. This UI can be customized for increased viewer stickiness, with curation and promotional scheduling system tools in place for enhanced personalisation.

Videocon d2h revamps 4K output

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/08/videocon-d2h-revamps-4k-output/

Indian DTH pay-TV giant Videocon d2h is re-working how it supplies Ultra HD programming to consumers.

“Our focus is on creating the highest-quality consumer experience possible. We will be focusing on providing a variety of content as the demand for 4K UHD content continues to increase and evolve. Our new 4K UHD content is another way for our customers to enjoy stunning premium 4K content on our active 4K UHD channel 4K Life,” said Saurabh Dhoot, executive chairman of Videocon d2h.

The intention is to divide up that programming into the sorts of genres that viewers are well used to on ‘conventional’ HD channels.

Anil Khera, CEO of Videocon d2h added: “Our goal is to provide premium experience of quality 4K UHD content across various genres. We would be offering Ultra HD movies, sports and various other programs that raise the bar on quality and innovation that customers have come to expect from Videocon d2h.”

Tata Sky makes Everywhere TV free for viewers

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/tata-sky-makes-everywhere-tv-free-for-viewers-160109

MUMBAI: The advent of the on-demand Internet streaming Netflix in India has no doubt created waves across the country. While Netflix is available free for a one-month trial it will then charge between Rs 500 - 800 for its three packages. In what can be termed as a direct reaction to this, direct to home (DTH) provider Tata Sky has declared its Everywhere TV service free for users.

Tata Sky earlier charged users Rs 60 per month for the same service. Users can stream TV channels on the go through Everywhere TV on the official Tata Sky app. The service will feature channels subscribed by the viewers on the Tata Sky connection.

Everywhere TV provides access to live stream content from the channels and can also serve as a second screen. Viewers can also set the video quality on low, medium and high and the app runs smoothly on 3G and 4G networks.

The app can be accessed on up to two devices per subscriber ID. It also offers Hindi as well as English content including entertainment, news, sports, etc.

While Tata Sky is the first DTH operator to react to Netflix's entry into India by offering its streaming service free, it's is definitely not going to be the last. How other DTH operators as well as over the top (OTT) players change or adapt their subscription and content strategy going forward will be worth watching.

Now All Tata Sky Subscribers Can Stream TV for Free

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/tv/news/now-all-tata-sky-subscribers-can-stream-tv-for-free-787409

DTH operator TataSky has told Gadgets 360 that Everywhere TV, a feature that lets users stream over 80 live channels on Tata Sky's apps is now free for all its subscribers.

TataSky's Everywhere TV launched in October 2013 at a charge of Rs. 60 per month, but it can now be be accessed for free on apps for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows PC devices. The service currently lacks support for Windows phone.

We tried activating the service and a dialog in Tata Sky's Android app confirmed that a free version has been activated on the device. Tata Sky sent an SMS confirmation with a zero rupee charge upon entering the subscriber ID in the app, when we activated the Everywhere TV feature.
According to the FAQs, Everywhere TV can be used on a maximum of two devices per subscriber ID, due to stipulations by content providers.

Consumers can only view channels that are a part of their subscription on their primary TataSky set top box. Tata Sky's catalogue includes Hindi and English news, entertainment and movie channels, sports, music, and regional and national content.

We've lined up a comprehensive list of on-demand entertainment options here, apart from Netflix, which launched in India on Wednesday. Here's a 2 minute cheat sheet, along with a comparative analysis of what's missing in the Indian catalogue.

Download the Gadgets 360 app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with the latest tech news, product reviews, and exclusive deals on the popular mobiles.


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John Drinnan: Sky TV's big battle

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11570900

The mainstream battle for pay TV subscribers will likely heat up during the New Year.

Discounting any new ventures -- who knows what will happen in the current environment -- it is already tough to make a buck in pay TV.

The first subscription video on demand (SVOD) operator Quickflix, is still around. But the big boys battle is between New Zealand-owned Lightbox (Spark) and Neon (Sky Television), pitted against Netflix.

Competition means more choice for viewers.

It also means more demand for programming, and that means greater costs.

This time last year Spark announced a deal where broadband customer got Lightbox for free. The offer -- available from January 20 to April 30 last year -- gave Lightbox a big boost.

Now the 12-month term is about to end, Spark announced it had increased its projected bankrolling of Lightbox for the year from $20 million to $34 million.

$34 million is comparatively small for a company the size of Spark, and it makes sense.

The acid test will be how many people stick with Lightbox when the 12-month offer finishes during February to April.

Based on the retention rate for other short term (three and six month) free trials, Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock is confident numbers won't slump.

Like Netflix and Neon, Lightbox won't say how many are actually using the platform.

It is said to to be commercially sensitive.

Life after free

As market leader Sky is at a disadvantage. It cannot allow its Neon offering to undermine its main pay service which delivers the bulk of revenue.

In my opinion Sky TV is ambivalent about the service -- more so than its Fanpass online packages for sporting competitions.

Sky chief executive John Fellet says that is not the case.

New Zealand pay television is Sky's main business. But for Netflix, New Zealand is an incidental part of its business plan to build a global network and it has indicated it does not care if the territory makes a profit. For Spark and Lightbox the big returns are from the uptake of broadband.

In its annual report Spark revealed the rapid rise of video streaming services, such as Lightbox has fuelled a 48 per cent increase in average fixed broadband data usage per New Zealand household.

Its not just the SVOD players like Netflix, Lightbox, and Neon. Online media such as You Tube are also having a huge impact -- and other video initiatives will increase demand.

Second tier TV

It is nice for Lightbox to have a deep-pocketed backer. Spark has invested heavily in media promotion but it can't afford to rest on its laurels.

More competition for programming rights means higher costs.

The definition of quality content is highly subjective and my perfect video on demand service might not appeal to you.

I can't understand why people watch some of the dross on pay TV.

My own consumption is focused on drama, documentaries and entertainment. Others people will be focused on sport. A joint venture between Lightbox and Coliseum Sport is making inroads into the sports audience.

Sky's recent five-year extension of rights to Super Rugby from 2016 is in my opinion fundamental to its future.

High profile and cult shows like Lightbox's Mr Robot may not have huge audiences. But they are stand outs and are the type of shows that people will pay to watch.

A second series of cult hit Better Call Saul screens on Lightbox early in the New Year and the latest series of the super slick Suits is coming up.

In my opinion, Lightbox has delivered some of the most cutting edge TV programming of 2015. It has a policy of playing top quality fare in one fell swoop, where possible, which meets the new demand for binge viewers like me.

But I wonder if it needs to improve its second-rung programming. There are good back libraries already of shows like Seinfeld and Modern Family.

So there is a bigger reason to tune in when there is no big new series.

Make Soho basic

Neon should be good way to get lower cost access to some of Sky's exclusive HBO content.

But there are no apps on either of my TV's, and I'm seldom prepared to watch shows on a computer when there is a big choice on TV.

I returned to Sky besotted with a raft of brilliant shows on offer on the Soho channel, including Ray Donovan, The Affair, Leftovers, The Jinx, The Americans, Fargo, Catastrophe and Silicon Valley.

And I love the arthouse movie channel Rialto.

But in my opinion, Sky is under pressure to improve its services.

At a cost of around $10 a month for Soho -- on top of the basic fee -- I take umbrage seeing drama content being just part of the package turning up on Netflix and Light box, charging $15 all up.

Soho is a big earner for Sky TV. But in my opinion Sky TV needs to make Soho part of the basic package to give its main services a shot in the arm.

Digital television broadcasting now a trend, necessity — Expert

From http://www.theborneopost.com/2016/01/08/digital-television-broadcasting-now-a-trend-necessity-expert/

KUALA LUMPUR: Digital television broadcasting has become a trend and a necessity following the latest development of telecommunications technology, according to a broadcasting expert.

Broadcast course coordinator at the Faculty of Communications and Media Studies Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam, Mohamad Razeef Shah Mohmad Rafik said digital television broadcasting in the country was also likely to thrive based on the success of several private broadcasting stations here previously.

“If the analogue system in Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM) can be converted to a digital system, the broadcasts would not only be able to be seen via traditional television sets, but also through smartphones and mobile devices,” he told Bernama here yesterday.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak recently said RTM planned to create a dedicated TV news channel once its transition from an analogue to digital system was completed.

“If we look at the beginning of 1996, there has already been private television stations using this technology, and since 2005, RTM has also planned to switch to digital broadcasting technology,” said Mohamad Razeef Shah.

He said for RTM to switch to the new system, several changes need to be made to ensure that consumers could enjoy the digital broadcasts, particularly by providing a set-top-box for digital transmission.

According to him, RTM had already made several attempts at digital broadcasting through TVi, and it is not impossible for it to be implemented for TV1 and TV2.

He said the path which had long been paved by paid satellite TV provider Astro has opened up oppotunities for the expansion of digital TV broadcasting in the country, including RTM, which has now reached the age of 70 in the world of broadcasting in Malaysia.

“Astro is a paid TV station, and we want to find ways on how to create a free digital broadcasting system as how it was with the analogue system prior to this,” he said.

Deputy Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari had previously explained that the ministry was looking to transform the television broadcasting system in the country from the current analogue system to Digital Terrestrial Television Broadcasting (DTTB). — Bernama

SiTune unveils First tuner compatible with 8K TV standard

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016010841269/situne-unveils-first-tuner-compatible-with-8k-tv-standard.html#axzz3we0QsMi5

Notwithstanding the total lack of mainstream support for 4KTV, SiTune has launched what it calls the first tuner capable of supporting the new ARIB STD-B44 standard for 8KTV via satellite.

As host country of the 2020 Olympics, Japan's broadcast industry will soon begin test broadcasts of 8K programming over satellite systems, to prepare for what the country’s electronics industry, supported heavily the Japanese Government, believes will be ‘highly anticipated’ demand of new 8K televisions. At the same time, Blu-ray recorders will be equipped with 8K tuners to give customers simultaneous ability to record multiple 8K videos on their recorders.

The tuner is designed to support NHK's initial test broadcasts of 8K Super Hi-Vision (SHV) content in 2016, as published by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications in July 2015. It also makes it possible for time-shift TV to support 8K content over a one-week rolling window, including 8K content, for viewing on new 8KTVs.

In addition, it supports both satellite and terrestrial RF inputs while concurrently providing satellite and terrestrial outputs at the same time. Developed with SiTune's 55nm mixed-signal RF technology, the STN6528 receives one satellite signal in the 950-3220MHz spectrum and one terrestrial/cable signal in the UHF/VHF spectrum from 44 to 1002 MHz. The STN6528 is claimed also to provide a low-power consumption solution as well as a low bill of material (BOM) blueprint for the Japanese television and Blu-ray recorder market.

"SiTune is proud to be the first tuner vendor to support the new 8K satellite broadcast standard in Japan," said Ben Runyan, SiTune's VP of sales and marketing. "As new televisions capable of receiving 8K satellite broadcast are designed and built in 2016, SiTune will be ready with our new STN6528 tuner to support TV manufacturers, Blu-ray recorder makers, set-top boxes and module producers."

Zimbabwe promises all-digital TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/07/zimbabwe-promises-all-digital-tv/

Harare’s The Herald newspaper says Zimbabwe’s government will launch the nation’s first digital TV channels by March. The news report also says that the government’s Information, Media & Broadcasting Services deputy minister has urged broadcasters to make sure there is enough new programming to fill the channels.

Deputy Minister Thokozile Mathuthu said the new DTT service will have room for 12 HD channels, of which 6 will be allocated to Zimbabwe’s Broadcasting Corporation. The remainder will go to private broadcasters.

The Deputy Minister praised the efforts that had gone into building new facilities in the capital and around the country, but it was the content that mattered most.

Zimbabwe’s government has allocatedS $125 million into the digitisation process.

Free Starz content on Tubi TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/07/free-starz-content-on-tubi-tv/

Tubi TV, a provider of free TV and movies, and Starz Digital, the global digital and on-demand licensing arm of Starz, have announced the availability of select independent films and television series distributed by Starz Digital on Tubi TV. The deal allows these titles to be available on several connected platforms including Apple TV, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices, and Samsung televisions – in addition to iOS and Android mobile devices and the web.

“We’re very excited to team up with Starz Digital to offer viewers more quality content for free,” said Farhad Massoudi, CEO, Tubi TV. “With more people relying on streaming devices as their main entertainment medium, we want to make sure they have access to more premium shows and movies, anywhere, anytime.”

ZeptoLab, FilmOn launch Cut the Rope channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/07/zeptolab-filmon-launch-cut-the-rope-channel/

Streaming TV service, FilmOn TV Networks announced the launch of the Om Nom Channel, dedicated to programming based on mobile game developer ZeptoLab hit Cut the Rope games. The channel is the 50th FilmOn has launched in 2015, joining almost 1000 free linear channels offered on FilmOn.com.

ZeptoLab’s Cut the Rope game, starring the little candy-eating monster Om Nom, is a physics-based puzzle game that has been downloaded more than 800 million times. Om Nom Stories depicts Om Nom’s life outside of the game. The 1st episode alone has been viewed more than 33 million times on YouTube. Joining the 20 channel strong FilmOn Kids section, Om Nom channel will present all 29 episodes of Om Nom Stories, as well as 7 “how to draw” episodes and 3 behind the scenes vignettes. The channel is available on all of FilmOn’s platforms and apps



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NewSat executives may face criminal charges after damning report by bank

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/newsat-executives-may-face-criminal-charges-after-damning-report-by-bank-20160107-gm0ydo

The report found Adrian Ballintine had effective control of NewSat's board.

The prospect of criminal charges against one or more former senior executives from collapsed Melbourne satellite company NewSat has increased after a US government bank handed damning documents to corporate watchdog ASIC and Washington lawyers.

America's EXIM bank has lost $130 million by backing NewSat's failed dream of launching a satellite. The NewSat debacle caused the US Congress to stop funding the EXIM bank last year.

A report by the bank's inspector general found NewSat management allegedly misled the company's main lender by failing to disclose the true state of its finances and hiding a host of suspect payments to NewSat founder and ex-chief executive Adrian Ballintine's yacht business.

Documents to support these findings have been referred to ASIC and the general counsel for the Washington bank to support "civil or criminal remedies", the inspector general's report reveals.

The report noted Mr Ballintine's failure to co-operate with investigators and found he had effective control of NewSat's board.

BusinessDay has previously revealed how many of NewSat's directors were also shareholders in Mr Ballintine's Cresta Motor Yachts.

The inspector general's report said: "The investigation highlighted and confirmed the following key areas of concern: use of non-independent directors, inappropriate related party transactions, and use of funds for personal expenses by the CEO. For example, related party transactions between NewSat and Cresta Motor Yachts for over $300,000 in 'executive marketing and business development' for the satellite project."

The report was also critical of the EXIM bank's supervision and due diligence regarding NewSat.

Mr Ballintine has blamed the US bank for the company's woes and big shareholder losses.

Aggrieved shareholders hope to launch a class action to recover some money.

Netflix goes global

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/07/netflix-goes-global/

Reed Hastings, Co-founder and Chief Executive of Netflix, chose the occasion of a keynote speech at CES 2016 in Las Vegas to reveal that the Internet TV streaming service had launched globally, simultaneously bringing its platform to more than 130 new countries around the world.

“Today you are witnessing the birth of a new global Internet TV network,” said Hastings. “With this launch, consumers around the world — from Singapore to St. Petersburg, from San Francisco to Sao Paulo — will be able to enjoy TV shows and movies simultaneously — no more waiting. With the help of the Internet, we are putting power in consumers’ hands to watch whenever, wherever and on whatever device.”

For one monthly price, members around the world will be able to enjoy Netflix original series including Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Narcos, Sense8, Grace and Frankie, and Marco Polo, as well as a catalogue of licensed TV shows and movies. In 2016, the company plans to release 31 new and returning original series, two dozen original feature films and documentaries, a wide range of stand-up comedy specials and 30 original kids series — available at the same time to members everywhere.

While largely available in English in most new countries, Netflix has added Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese to the 17 languages it already supports.

“From today onwards, we will listen and we will learn, gradually adding more languages, more content and more ways for people to engage with Netflix,” said Hastings. “We’re looking forward to bringing great stories from all over the world to people all over the world.”

Netflix will not yet be available in China, though the company continues to explore options for providing the service. It also won’t be available in Crimea, North Korea and Syria because of US government restrictions on American companies.

Since Netflix launched its streaming service in 2007, the service has expanded globally, first to Canada, then to Latin America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan to include 60 countries.

Netflix is available on virtually any device that has an Internet connection, including personal computers, tablets, smartphones, Smart TVs and game consoles, and automatically provides the best possible streaming quality based on available bandwidth. Many titles, including Netflix original series and films, are available in high-definition with Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 surround sound and some in Ultra HD 4K.

Dish goes 4K, 16 tuners

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/06/87771/

Dish Network issued a slew of high-profile press releases late in the evening of January 5th – timed to maximise their impact for the CES show in Las Vegas.

The headlines are:
• A new DVR, its ‘Hopper 3’ with 16 separate tuners, and 4K content that it can feed to the rest of the home
• Netflix options are built in
• A slate of 4K movies for the Hopper 3, and upcoming 4K Joey
• A new PVR in the shape of HopperGO, a rechargeable unit which can handle up to 100 hours of recordings

Dish says the 16-tuner option removes the risks of recording clashes, and that the unit has the highest processing power (the Broadcom 7445 chipset) of any PVR. This unit can also be used to convert the viewing screen into four quadrants, and with each able to handle a 1080-resolution image.

CES '16: Nagra Shows a Unified Operator/Streaming User Experience

From http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/News/Online-Video-News/CES-16-Nagra-Shows-a-Unified-Operator-Streaming-User-Experience-108418.aspx

The IntuiTV system lets viewers switch between cable and online services as easily as they change channels. Now Nagra needs to sell it to the operators.

Despite what some cord-cutters might wish, pay TV operators aren't going away anytime soon. While operators face erosion due to streaming service competition, the major cable and satellite companies aren't ready to throw in the towel. The plan now is to adapt and provide access to streaming services in ways that make those services feel like channels.

To help operators adjust to consumer demand, multiscreen television solution company Nagra has debuted the IntuiTV system, which combines an operator box with an attractive unified experience. With IntuiTV viewers can freely move between their cable or satellite channels, subscription and transactional video-on-demand services, and popular apps. There's no switching of HDMI inputs and no password prompts. Instead, the viewer's full viewing (and listening) options are combined in one smooth interface.

The development of IntuiTV began six month ago, says Anthony Smith-Chaigneau, Nagra's senior director of product marketing. The goal was to create a turnkey platform that combines live TV streaming, VOD, SVOD, and services like music or other apps in one package, and do it in a way that can be customized for operators in various countries. All options needed to be blended in a seamless manner.

"This is about one single user experience, with a singe device and single remote control. This allows for the blending of live TV and services where the consumer logs in once has access to all their services all in once place," says Smith-Chaigneau.

The IntuiTV remote offers a touch screen with an e-ink display. Viewers call up different menus by scrolling in different directions. Dedicated buttons bring them to key areas, such as the guide page. The e-ink display creates contextual buttons where needed.

Nagra is at CES shopping the system to tier 1 and tier 2 pay TV operators, and is in discussions with several. This isn't an ad hoc product designed in the lab, Smith-Chaigneau emphasizes, but one borne from the company's experience in the market. While streaming services are gaining ground, he thinks pay TV operators have a big advantage in their support systems and quality of service. There's no number to call when Netflix goes down, he says. If operators are flexible and sensitive to consumer demands, they can retain their businesses, he believes.

"If the satellite operators embrace the new landscape, their longevity and their experience in the TV business gives them a strong customer-facing position. They need to adapt, and we've seen that they've started to do than. Nagra Kudelski is enabling them to make that transition, and IntuiTV is an example of that," Smith-Chaigneau says.

Emirati engineers build third Dubai satellite

From https://www.zawya.com/story/Emirati_engineers_build_third_Dubai_satellite-GN_06012016_070147/

Dubai - Dubai is preparing to send a third new satellite into earth’s orbit in 2018.

Mohammad Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) officials told reporters on Wednesday that the UAE’s most technologically advanced image satellite, dubbed KhalifaSat, is now under assembly by a team of Emirati engineers.

The final design of the KhalifaSat engineering model along with the software and systems contained in the satellite have been completed.

The satellite is scheduled for launch in the first quarter of 2018 on MHI’s H-IIA launch vehicle.

Amer Al Sayegh, Director of the Space Systems Development Department at MBRSC, said KhalifaSat is expected to be completed by the end of the year, and will undergo “thorough testing” before its launch.

As the KhalifaSat project manager, Al Sayegh said the team of 68 Emirati engineers has collectively worked together for more than a year throughout the stages of developing the satellite model to designing its different modules and sub-systems.

Over 20,000 electronic parts — 5,000 mechanical parts of which are made of aluminium, steel and carbon fibre — were manufactured to develop the satellite model.

The KhalifaSat will orbit the earth at an altitude of between 580-620km, and will have 14 daily ground station access points globally. The satellite will pass over Dubai at an average of four times a day, and will transfer data for image download at the speed of 320Mbps, explained Al Sayegh.

Highlighting that the number of Emirati engineers working on the project grew by 50 per cent over the past year, Al Sayegh said the team presented the satellite’s designs for review. All designs were given to the MBRSC’s Internal Review Board comprised of systems engineers, managers and consultants, who discussed all the aspects and details related to the final design of the engineering model.

Seven space innovations

The KhalifaSat project includes seven space innovations, one of which is a digital camera with an enhanced light metre for better resolution. Another is the development of techniques to increase image download and communication speed with the satellite from anywhere in the world.

Other enhancements include the development of satellite positioning techniques to allow the capturing of a high number of 3D images, along with targeting positioning system. This will add KhalifaSat to the list of the best satellites in the world in providing high quality images, with high speed response and an accurate location system.

“The success of Emirati engineers in leading and executing the project is a testament to the skills they gained from the previous two projects — Dubaisat 1, Dubaisat 2,” said Yousuf Al Shaibani, Director General of MBRSC.

The project’s innovations also include the development of automatic satellite control system through upgrading the primary satellite computer’s operating system and increasing its storage capacity.

“KhalifaSat is the first practical step in manufacturing an Emirati satellite built with Emirati expertise in space technology laboratories in Dubai,” said Al Shaibani. Emirati engineers will also begin the development of the ground station programmes that will manage all post launch communication with the satellite.

Box 1:

KhalifaSat images can be used for:

-Environmental monitoring

-Urban planning

-Change detection

-Disaster relief management

-Ship detection

-Cartography and topography

India to set up ground satellite station in Vietnam

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/society/149670/india-to-set-up-ground-satellite-station-in-vietnam.html

VietNamNet Bridge - India is surveying two locations in HCM City and Binh Duong Province to place a remote sensing station under a framework of cooperation with ASEAN countries.

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As the Indian media reported that New Delhi would soon activate a ground satellite station in Vietnam, the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has said that this is a project for "establishing stations for probe, satellite data collection and remote sensing data processing facility for ASEAN," based in Vietnam, in the framework of cooperation between ASEAN and India.

"The details such as the place, the time and specific design are being discussed by Vietnam and India," the source from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment said, adding that India has surveyed two locations in Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong, but the decision has not been made yet.

The construction of the satellite station will enable Vietnam to learn the techniques and experience of remote sensing from India. Vietnam will also have more data sources, strengthen close cooperation with other countries in the region, and have access to training for its human resources in this field.

The project was approved with a total budget of US$23 million taken from the ASEAN - India Cooperation Fund, including the following key objectives: to promote cooperation in the field of space science and technology between ASEAN and India; set up stations for probe, data acquisition, and remote sensing data processing; and provide remote sensing data from the available and future remote sensing satellites of India.

As expected, construction of facilities and equipment installation will be carried out in 24 months. India will provide the cost of construction and operation in the first five years of the center for data acquisition and processing. India's remote sensing products will be provided for free to the ASEAN countries in five years.

Experts said that India has two stations in Indonesia and Brunei and one more in Vietnam in the coming time. These stations will facilitate the exploration, collection of data and monitoring of environmental resources in the region.

In May 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment met with the Foreign Ministry and the Agency for Space Research of India on the implementation of this project.



D2 12581 H STS Teleport transponder, no services have been loading on this transponder since the start of the year..

Maknet FM is new radio FTA Optus D2 12546 V

From my Email

From Chris Kenny

Here in Bali, eleven different ATM's in a row, with nine C band dishes pointing at four different satellites

From Saldav1

Hi Craig,

A Happy New year to you and your family. Hope Christmas was okay to Things were fairly quiet on the satellite feed front over Christmas and New Year here.

Feed log

01/01/2016 Friday afternoon/evening-

AsiaSat 5 -
3876 H SR 7199 "CAT DSNG 1"  World Tennis - Thailand Championship 2016, (FTA.)
3836 H SR 7199 "Ji Lin CB "  CBA Chinese Men's Basketball, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 "Arqiva Enc 11" Mubadala Men's Tennis Open, Abu Dhabi - Anderson vs Lopez, (FTA.)

Optus D2 -
12670 V SR 6670 "Telstra 1" Trotts from Temora Paceway, (FTA.)

02/01/2016 Saturday night-

AsiaSat 5 -
3733 V SR 7199 "DU-SNG"CCTV Sports Interview, (FTA.)

03/01/2016 Sunday afternoon-

AsiaSat 5 -
3872 H SR 15000 "STS 9"  Baseball - ABC (Australian Baseball League) - BRIS vs MEL, (FTA.)

Optus D1 -
12635 V SR 7200 "7BCM News Bucky 1" 7 Female News Reporter (from the fundraiser for the bushfire victim's of Victoria.), (FTA.)

Sunday night-

AsiaSat 5 -
4165 H SR 7120 "Arqiva Enc 11"  Men's Basketball from Barcelona, Spain. 1st game for the New Year - Barcelona LASSI vs Movistar Estudiantas with English commentary, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3831 H "CNN International Asia Pacific" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 19 166.0E EM TV is still on 3805 V, ABV.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "Hope Channel International (Fta), Sky News Australia, Sky News Business Channel, AXN East Asia, Sony Channel Asia, VoA TV Asia, MTV South East Asia, Comedy Central Asia, Nickelodeon South East Asia, NHK World TV, RT English, Australia Plus TV Pacific, Macau Lotus TV, Edge Sport, Fight Sports, Trace Urban, National Geographic Channel Asia, Celestial Classic Movies and Al Jazeera English" have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4180 H "ABS-CBN Channel 1" is Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 3590 V "VTV 8" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 3880 H "DD Punjabi, Udaya TV, Zee Kannada, DD Bangla, DD Bharati, DD Bihar, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD India, DD Kashir, DD Malayalam, DD Madhya
Pradesh, DD National, DD News, DD North-East, DD Odia, DD Podhigai, ABP News India, Jaya Max, Star Vijay India, Jaya TV, DD Sports, DD Uttar Pradesh, DD Urdu, Gyan Darshan 1, Lok Sabha TV, Rajya Sabha TV, DD Kisan, Colors Bangla, Colors Gujarati, Aath, Colors Marathi, Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, ET Now, IBN 7, Zee Business, Bloomberg TV India, Mega 24, Zee Talkies, IBN Lokmat, ETV Abhiruchi, ETV Gujarati News, India Today, Movies Now and Zee 24 Taas" have startedon , Nagravision.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4000 H Colors, Sony SAB TV India, Sony Six, Disney XD India, Nickelodeon India, Animax India, VH1 India, ETV Haryana, Sun TV, KTV, Gemini TV, Asianet Plus, Bindass Play, Zee Zindagi, Movies OK, Star Sports 4, Hungama TV, Star Movies India, ETV Odia News, Discovery Science Channel India, History TV 18, Nat Geo People Asia, Kiran TV, DD Yadagiri, Zee Telugu, Sony Kix, 9XM, 9XO, Sony Pal, Star Sports 2, Udaya Comedy, Udaya Movies, Udaya Music, Sony Pix, 9X Jalwa, 9X Jhakaas, NDTV Good Times, NDTV 24x7, 9X Tashan, NDTV India, NDTV Profit and NDTV Prime have started on , Nagravision.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4040 H Zee TV India, Life OK India, Baby TV Asia, Pogo, Discovery Kids India, FX India, Star World India, Maa Gold, WB India, Raj Musix, Sony Max India, Star Sports 3, Pepsi MTV Indies, & pictures, Zee Cinema Asia, Big Magic, Big Magic Ganga, Channel V India, Raj Musix Kannada, Ten Sports India, Sonic Gang, Star Gold India, Nat Geo Music, Fox Life India, Nat Geo Wild Asia, Investigation Discovery India, ETV Life, Discovery Turbo India, Bindass, UTV Action, M Tunes, Baby TV Asia, Nat Geo Music and Epic have started on , Nagravision.

AsiaSat 6/Thaicom 7 120.0E 4080 H "Sun Life, Gemini News, ETV Andhra Pradesh, Gemini Life, Kushi TV, Maa Music, Suvarna Plus, Sun News, Sun Music, ETV Madhya Pradesh Chattisgarh, ETV Uttar Pradesh Uttarakhand, ETV Plus, DD Rajasthan, DD Sahyadri, DD Saptagiri, Gemini Comedy, ETV Urdu, Kochu TV, Tez, ETV Rajasthan, Fashion TV SD Asia, ETV Bihar Jharkhand, Zee Anmol, Udaya News, Chintu TV, ETV Kannada News, Asianet Suvarna, Aaj Tak, Zee Bangla, CNBC TV 18, Colors Odia, India 24x7, CNBC Awaaz, CNBC Bajar, CNN-IBN, Times Now, Zee Marathi, Zee Bangla Cinema, MTV India, ETV Cinema, Star Pravah, ABP Ananda and Zee Kalinga have started on , Nagravision.

Palapa D 113.0E 3437 H "DreamCast Channel" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Ocydia Channel and Share Channel TV" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Solusi Sehat and Share Channel TV" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "SET Taiwan" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "YHTV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 11 108.2E 12677 V "Hwazan Satellite TV" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3580 H "MTV Live HD has replaced MTV South East Asia" on , Irdeto.
Telkom 1 108.0E English Club TV has left 3600 V.
Telkom 1 108.0E INTV has replaced Banten TV on 3916 H, clear.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "On TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Cubavisión Internacional" has started on ,Fta.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V "Quran TV" has started on, Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3814 V "Sky Racing 1 has replaced Sky Thoroughbred Central" on , Fta.
Measat 3 91.5E Racing International has moved from 3795 V to 4167 V, Cryptoguard.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12603 V "MTV Live HD has replaced MTV South East Asia" on , Irdeto.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3706 V "Unire Sat" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4E 3760 H "My Cinema" has started on , Irdeto.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H "Inva Media TV" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Bangla Time TV and Maharashtra 1" have started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "MK News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Tak Dhina Din and Mauja Mostii" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Thai TV Global Network and VTV 4" are Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3731 H "Plus" is back on , Fta. Readers Channel is now in clear. 4 Edu is now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3800 H "Beauty TV HD" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3705 V "GMA Life TV, GMA News TV International, GMA Pinoy TV Middle East and GMA Pinoy TV Europe" have left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11559 V "Game Show" has started on, Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Puthiya Thalaimurai" has started on , Fta

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "LoveWorld India" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Tunes 6 and News World India have started on , clear. Gnext Discovery and Namostute India" have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4182 H ""Aaj Tak, India Today, Tez, Aaj Tak Delhi, Aaj Tak International, India Today International and Aaj Tak UK" have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "24 News has replaced Janapriya TV" on ,Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,CSN(斯里兰卡)频道解密,设置4048 V 2448参数免费接收。[01-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Pramarn Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。[01-06]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。[01-06]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Filmy Beat替换Smile TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。[01-06]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+1(越南)频道加密,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。[01-05]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna Plus替换Sadhna News MP(印度)频道,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。[01-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,好莱坞电影、高点综合(台亚卫星)等全组频道解密,设置3700 V 33000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,年代新闻、三立台湾(台亚卫星 )等全组频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,八大第一、台视国际(台亚卫星 )等全组频道解密,设置3740 V 33000参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ulzii TV等替换USB-2(Ddish TV)等频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [1月5日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。 [1月5日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,Service 5、Service 6(测试)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。[01-05]
东经120度轨道位置的亚洲6号卫星C频段,M Tunes、Star Sports 3(印度)等频道新增,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-05]
东经120度轨道位置的亚洲6号卫星C频段,Sony Pix、9X Jalwa(印度)等频道新增,设置4000 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-05]
东经120度轨道位置的亚洲6号卫星C频段,Movies Now、Jalsha Movies(印度)等频道新增,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-05]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[01-05]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bollywood-24替换Mega Film(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4170 H 5040参数免费接收。[01-04]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sargam替换Mega Hit(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4170 H 5040参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1、Rhythm TV(巴基斯坦)等5个频道改频率,设置4170 H 5040参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(国际)频道改频率,设置4167 V 5064参数有条件接收。 [1月4日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,VTV 8(VTV)频道新增,设置3590 V 19200参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,SNC(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3828 V 1660参数免费接收。 [1月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Gaurav、Big Magic Punjab(印度)等3个频道消失,设置3891 V 11838参数无效接收。[01-04]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Big Magic、Big Magic Ganga(印度)频道解密,设置3891 V 11838参数免费接收。[01-04]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Juce TV、The Church Channel(ABS)等5个频道新增,设置3871 V 10000参数免费接收。[01-04]

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TNT、Outdoor Channel HD(俄罗斯)等15个频道加密,设置11530 H 22250参数有条件接收。[01-03]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Shanson TV、TV 1000(俄罗斯)等25个频道加密,设置10981 V 44948参数有条件接收。[01-03]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000替换RBK TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。[01-03]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Disney +7替换Spas(俄罗斯)频道,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Globecast(传送)高清频道新增,设置3828 H 7200参数有条件接收。 [1月3日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Champion TV替换On TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV-7(测试)频道消失,设置11666 H 30000参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTC-10(越南)频道消失,设置11629 H 28800参数无效接收。 [1月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+1(越南)频道解密,设置11048 H 28800参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,中天亚洲替换台视综合(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 30000参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bangla Time、Signal(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Nick HD+替换HBO Defined HD(Dish TV)频道,设置12702 V 40700参数免费接收。 [1月3日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Sony Max HD替换Comedy Central(Dish TV)频道,设置12522 V 40700参数免费接收。 [1月3日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,On TV(巴基斯坦)频道开播,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shalini TV(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。 [1月2日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shalini Plus(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [1月2日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,TRG Live(高清)频道改格式,设置3830 H 2170参数免费接收。[01-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNT 4 Ural替换Telekanal 2x2(+2h)(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 43200参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TNT 4替换Comedy TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。[01-02]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+4h)替换2X2(俄罗斯)频道,设置11560 V 22000参数免费接收。[01-02]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Beauty TV HD(泰国)频道新增,设置12687 V 30000参数有条件接收。[01-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,新闻台(香港有线)高清频道新增,设置12598 V 43000参数有条件接收。[01-01]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 7替换VTV Cantho 1(K+)频道,设置11589 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 8替换VTV Danang(K+)频道,设置11549 H 28490参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星C频段,龙祥时代(中华电信)频道消失,设置3632 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,印华卫视替换Asia Travel(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Asianet HD(高清)频道重现,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。[01-01]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV HD(Kontinent TV)频道解密,设置12560 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,梨园频道、动作电影(富华卫视)等全组频道消失,设置12470 H 45000参数无效接收。[01-01]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sindu TV(孟加拉)频道重现,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV、Muzhskoy(Kontinent)等全组频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。[01-01]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Gulli、Evronovosti、Zee TV(Kontinent TV)等频道解密,设置12600 V 30000参数免费接收。 [1月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,YBS TV(传送)频道消失,设置12421 V 2962参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,三立新闻、玩家(台亚卫星)等全组频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。 [1月1日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ANC Global、Kapamilya Global(菲律宾)频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [1月1日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。 [1月1日]

Stream Links

Some of those missing Optus D2 services


The Church Channel

Juce TV

Smile of a Child


CTV NZ live stream

website http://www.ctv.co.nz/

raw stream link

Channel North (New Zealand)

TRG Live (138E Telstar 18 Cband)

website http://www.trgmedia.it/

raw stream link


TVNZ Goes Big for On-Demand this Summer

From http://newsonnews.com/story/020116-1906

TVNZ has ramped up with a major expansion of its online offering – TVNZ OnDemand has added 200 new hours of exclusive content, launched on new devices and introduced new features as it responds to Kiwis’ changing viewing habits.

Russell T Davies’ sexy interlinking dramas Banana and Cucumber, the satirical comedy series W1A starring Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville, and the British Comedy Award-winning sketch show Cardinal Burns are among a bundle of exclusive box sets now available on TVNZ OnDemand.

Director of Content Jeff Latch says TVNZ will release a large collection of international comedy, drama and factual titles exclusively online – more than 40 series in all.

“Summer’s a great time to watch TV – we might be off the clock but we’re not completely off the grid. We’re taking our devices away with us and we’ve actually got time to enjoy quality content. It’s created an exciting new opportunity for TVNZ from a digital programming perspective.

“Kiwis can look forward to kicking back over their holidays and binging on hilarious Brit comedies, top notch dramas and fascinating factual investigations. We’ve also got you covered if you want to dip in for a quick fix. TVNZ OnDemand’s new Shorts line-up is a home for quality curated shorts from here and abroad.”

TVNZ OnDemand has amassed 900,000 verified users since relaunching in February 2015. A stronger focus on online premieres has cemented its status as an entertainment destination in its own right, says Latch.

“This year a growing number of TVNZ OnDemand’s streams have been generated by shows offered online before on air. Kiwis love being able to enjoy hit shows like iZombie and Scandal within hours of US broadcast,” he says.

“TVNZ OnDemand is all about having the shows Kiwis love first to market – at the same time we know viewers want more time to discover new content. This summer we are meeting that need by releasing a number of new titles exclusive to TVNZ OnDemand for viewers to watch at their leisure.

“Based on the trends we’re seeing, we think viewers will have a field day with TVNZ OnDemand.”
New content: full seasons of top international comedy, drama and factual series will be available exclusively on TVNZ OnDemand as box sets. Shorts also launches on 1 December, catering to the demand for mobile-friendly, bite-sized video. Shorts will offer an entertaining and evolving line-up of local and international series, new commissions and brand funded partnerships.
New features: TVNZ OnDemand will make it easier for viewers to keep up with the shows they love. Watchlists will automatically update with new episodes of favourited shows. Push notifications to mobile devices will also be available.
New devices: offering viewers a big screen experience, the TVNZ OnDemand app is now on PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4. TVNZ is also available in the Windows Store for those who have Windows 10 on their PC or tablet.

Telesat and APT to build jv satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/04/telesat-and-apt-to-build-jv-satellite/

Telesat of Canada and APT Satellite (of Hong Kong) are to build a new satellite and divide the eventual costs. The new craft will replace their jointly-owned Telstar-18/Apstar-5 satellite which operates from 138 degrees East.

The new craft will be called 18-Vantage/Apstar-5C, and will be built by Space Systems/Loral and is scheduled for launch in early 2018.

The ‘Vantage’ name is Telesat’s new naming style for its High Throughput satellites. The design calls for 63 C- and Ku-band transponders.

Specifically, APT/Apstar will ‘own’ 54.47 percent of the satellite’s capacity, equivalent to about 36.2 transponders. APT is itself majority owned by the China Aerospace Science & Technology Corp.

The satellite’s footprint will serve China, Mongolia, India and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Ocean region including Australia.

Dubious Chinese investments in Lanka's Satellite sector cause national security concerns

From http://www.sundaytimes.lk/92250/dubious-chinese-investments-in-lankas-satellite-sector-cause-national-security-concerns

Lanka includes services in FTA with Pakistan, but not in pacts with India

Dubious Chinese investments have stepped up in Sri Lanka's strategic sectors like high technology, military hardware and satellite communications, thereby raising serious national security concerns according to highly placed sources who are monitoring this issue.

Colombo's political and industry circles have always put investments in Sri Lankan strategic sectors on a raised pedestal, be it during the regime of Mahinda Rajapaksa or incumbent Maithripala Sirisena.

Undoubtedly, Sri Lanka requires high technology, nonetheless, in order to acquire it, dubious deals seem to have been solicited by businessmen with doubtful integrity or no experience to run such companies dealing with critical technological know-how. Sources say that they are basically fronting for China.

In a related development, former British prime minister Tony Blair has landed in Sri Lanka to participate in a high profile investment drive. The visit and the investment drive are being coordinated by persons of dubious repute to push the Chinese agenda.

A local corporate upstart both in Sri Lankan and international business circuit, entered into an exclusive partnership agreement with China's state-owned China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) for design, manufacture and launch of satellites and also to secure marketing rights for other satellites owned and operated by China Great Wall Industry Corporation (CGWIC) and the China Satellite Communications Corporation.

The Sri Lankan company run by dubious elements later claimed that Lanka's first partly-owned communication satellite, Supreme SAT-1, was launched in November 2012 from Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. This claim was made to further draw Chinese investments into the Satellite Sector in Sri Lanka. While the reality is that it was basically a Chinese Satellite.

However, the United National Party (UNP), which was then in opposition, had expressed doubts over the launch of the satellite and exhorted the Sri Lankan Government to reveal the truth behind the satellite project as there was more than what met the eye.

Significantly, preceding the launch in August 2012, a 20-member Chinese delegation, led by Chinese Vice Minister and Director for State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence, Chen Quifa visited Lanka and laid the foundation stone for the Sri Lanka Space Academy-cum-Satellite Ground station at Pallekele in Kandy.

The Sri Lankan company's collusion with China has triggered sensitivities in India, especially in view of the clause in the MoU regarding sharing of security surveillance information between Sri Lanka and China.

Interestingly, in December 2012, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, who was then the Leader of Opposition, raised a query in the Parliament whether China was using satellite orbit slots allocated to Sri Lanka, as foreign media had mentioned the launch of a satellite called ChinaSat-12 communication satellite while Sri Lankan media had claimed the launch of SupremeSAT on the same day.

In other words, was China using Sri Lanka's orbital locations? It is this issue, which is generating a lot of concern in the region.(ANI)

PHL-made weather satellite to launch in April

From http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/550054/scitech/science/phl-made-weather-satellite-to-launch-in-april

The Philippines will take its first step into space with the launch of the Philippine Microsat Diwata 1 satellite this April. Developed by a team of Filipino scientists, the balikbayan box-sized Diwata 1 will transmit multi-spectrum images of the Philippines to a ground receiver in Subic to aid in weather forecasting, disaster response and mitigation, and even crop monitoring. The Department of Science and Technology's Dr. Carlos Primo David says that the name "Diwata"—a fairy-like creature from Philippine mythology—is apt. "It symbolizes our hopes and dreams to launch our own satellite. (In a way) it's very magical for the scientists and engineers that will be using it," he told GMA News' Victoria Tulad. Another microsatellite is set to be launched in 2017

RTL International launches Jan 18

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/01/05/rtl-international-launches-jan-18/

German commercial broadcaster RTL Deutschland will launch its international pay-TV channel for viewers outside German-language countries on January 18th.

The channel will roll out in countries including Canada, Australia, South Africa, Israel and Georgia in the coming weeks, and will roll out in the US in February. The channel will launch on satellite, cable, IPTV and OTT platforms and will be available via app and plans to be online in the second quarter of 2016.

RTL said that the distribution of the channel will be “gradually and continuously expanded”, and that it will make successful programmes from RTL Germany available to overseas viewers for the first time.

In addition to German expats, the channel also targets German holiday-makers abroad and people learning the German language.

Arianespace starts year with record order backlog

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_starts_the_new_year_with_record_operational_performance_and_order_backlog_999.html

In 2015 Arianespace carried out six Ariane 5 launches, along with three by Soyuz and three by Vega - a three-fold increase for the latter over the previous year.

Arianespace continues to confirm its operational and commercial leadership in the launch services market. In 2016 it will be working closely with partners to accelerate the reorganization of the European launcher industry.

Arianespace set a new record in 2015 for its family of launchers operating from the Guiana Space Center (CSG) in French Guiana, with 12 successful launches in 12 months.

Arianespace carried out six Ariane 5 launches, along with three by Soyuz and three by Vega - a three-fold increase for the latter over the previous year. These results clearly proved the effectiveness of the efforts made to improve launch scheduling at CSG for greater flexibility and availability.

Based on this operational track record, Arianespace should boost sales to more than 1.4 billion euros in 2015, the highest total in its history.

An All-Time High Backlog
Arianespace won contracts for 33 new launches in 2015:

* 8 Ariane 5 launches for 14 geostationary satellites (GEO), including two government satellites (Eumetsat), with more than half of these contracts open to competition, and one special contract for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) on behalf of ESA, within the scope of collaboration with NASA,

* 21 Soyuz launches for the OneWeb constellation and another launch for four additional satellites in the O3b constellation,

* 3 Vega launches, including one shared launch carrying the PeruSat-1 satellite and Skysat satellites for Google/Skybox Imaging.

Arianespace booked orders in 2015 worth 2.5 billion euros, including 35% for geostationary satellites to be launched by Ariane 5 and 65% for non-geostationary satellites to be launched by the three launchers in the family.

This dynamic business performance boosts Arianespace's order backlog to over 5.3 billion euros, split equally between geostationary and non-geostationary launches. The total of 58 launches includes:

* 24 by Ariane 5,

* 25 by Soyuz,

* 9 by Vega.

Arianespace Reaffirms Ambitious Goals In 2016: "Mission To Success"
Arianespace is announcing two new launch service contracts to start the year: one with Thales Alenia Space and Airbus Defence and Space for two COMSAT NG satellites on behalf of the French defense procurement agency DGA, to be launched by Ariane 5; and the other with French space agency CNES for CERES satellites, to be launched by Vega for CNES and DGA.

Arianespace's goal in 2016 is to perform up to eight Ariane 5, one Soyuz and two Vega launches.

The Ariane 5 heavy launcher will carry out up to eight launches in 2016. Two of these are single launches, carrying only one satellite: the first on January 27 for the operator Intelsat and the other in early March for Eutelsat.

For the first time, an Ariane 5 ES will be used to orbit four Galileo satellites. The previous satellites in the European Commission's satellite navigation system were launched by Soyuz.

The Soyuz launcher will also orbit the Sentinel-1B satellite for ESA and the European Commission, as part of Europe's Copernicus program. On the same mission, Soyuz will carry the Microscope payload for French space agency CNES, and two microsats for ESA and Norway.

Vega will perform its first mission with a purely commercial payload in the summer of 2016, orbiting Skysat satellites for Skybox imaging. A second Vega mission at the end of the year will orbit an Earth observation satellite for Turkey, Gokturk-1A.

A Decisive Year For The Reorganization Of The European Launcher Industry
Arianespace will continue its full-fledged commitment to the reorganization of the European launcher industry in 2016 to ensure the satisfaction of its customers. This year should see the following milestones:

* Deployment of a new internal organization, designed to bolster project management within Arianespace, plus new corporate governance resulting from changes in its shareholding structure,

* Continued implementation of the competitiveness plan launched in 2014 in conjunction with all partners,

* Definition of the operating principles for Ariane 6 and Vega C in conjunction with our partners ESA, CNES, Airbus Safran Launchers (ASL) and AVIO/ELV.

During an international press conference in Paris, Arianespace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Stephane Israel said: "Arianespace is very proud of the operational and business results achieved in 2015 by our highly professional and resolutely customer-centric staff. We set new records in 2015, with 12 launches by the Arianespace family from the Guiana Space Center, sales exceeding 1.4 billion euros and orders booked worth 2.5 billion euros.

"These successes encourage us to go even further in 2016 to guarantee independent access to space for Europe, consolidate our leadership in the commercial launch market and work with our partners to gear up for the first launch of Vega C in 2018, then Ariane 6 in 2020."

‘All IRNSS satellites to be in orbit by March’, ISRO official

From http://www.siasat.com/news/irnss-satellites-orbit-march-isro-official-897136/

Mysuru :All the seven satellites of Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) are expected to be in the orbit by March 2016, a top Indian Space Research Organisation official today.

IRNSS-1E is slated for launch on January 20 from the space port of Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

“…from the regional navigation point of view, earlier we had launched four satellites. Another satellite IRNSS-1E is on the launch pad. It is slated for launch on January 20,” ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) Director M Annadurai said.

He said (IRNSS) 1F and 1G satellites were also in the very advanced stages of integration at the Bangalore satellite centre.

“..by March 31st we want to have all the seven satellites constellation in place,” he said.

The constellation of seven satellites was planned by ISRO to constitute IRNSS, which would be at par with US-based GPS once the full complement of spacecrafts are launched.

While four satellites would be sufficient to start operations of the IRNSS system, the remaining three would make it more accurate and efficient.

Annadurai was speaking at a session on ‘Space science technology and applications’ at the ongoing 103rd Indian Science Congress on the second day here.

He also said ISRO was setting up a space park in 100 acres at Bengaluru to facilitate private players with the infrastructure to take part in space-related projects.

The park is expected to be inaugurated “soon” near Whitefield in Bengaluru, he said, adding the infrastructure will be provided by ISRO itself in the land owned by it.

On the scientific discovery that the Mars Orbiter satellite has been able to make so far, Distinguished Scientist and former Director of ISAC S K Shivakumar said, “If you ask me about methane gas detection, we are yet to find exact sources and all that..”

He said, “..I really don’t have the update how much of science have we been able to find out…”
Shivakumar, who was speaking on Mars Mission at a session, said the satellite was fine and functioning “as usual”.

“As of yesterday evening or today morning, it is doing well, going round the Mars as usual and it is taking different set of pictures whatever is required,” he said.

Different payloads for different experiments were all working, he said, adding “we are quite happy that all these things are going quite well.”

Reiterating that the Mars Orbiter Mission may last ‘many years’, Shivakumar said, “we still have 37 kilo grams of fuel.”

Scripting space history, India on September 24, 2014 successfully placed the low-cost Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft in orbit around the Mars in its very first attempt, breaking into an elite club.

ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota on 5 November 2013.

Freedish & FM-ization's slow development will hurt Prasar Bharati's growth: Parliamentary Committee

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/freedish-fm-izations-slow-development-will-hurt-prasar-bharatis-growth-parliamentary-committee-151230

NEW DELHI: Noting that it had asked the Government to expedite the Freedish Project and make necessary efforts to complete all procedural formalities in this regard, a Parliamentary Committee has expressed concern that the implementation of Conditional Access System (CAS) has been held up due to the inordinate delay in firming up a vendor.

For Doordarshan to realise the benefits of upgradation and expansion, Prasar Bharati had taken initiatives to enhance the subscriber base and publicity of DD Freedish DTH platform along with providing a dedicated customer service division and a 24x7 call/help centre.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information Technology, which reviews issues related to Information and Broadcasting Ministry said in a report laid in the Parliament that all these initiatives will not yield the desired benefit unless the DD Freedish initiative is expedited by fast tracking the implementation of CAS.

As providing Freedish is crucial to enhance competitiveness of Doordarshan vis-a-vis the private TV channels, the Committee in its Action Taken Report said, "It is highly imperative that the procedural hurdles with regard to CAS need to be removed."

The Committee, therefore, stressed that Prasar Bharati needed to complete all the procedural formalities for expeditious execution of the Freedish project.

Similarly, with regard to FM-ization, the Committee had recommended that Prasar Bharati formulate a comprehensive plan on FM-ization at the earliest for seeking Cabinet approval.

But the Committee, which was suggesting a roadmap for revival of Prasar Bharati said it was "perturbed to note that no action has been initiated so far by the Prasar Bharati to prepare a comprehensive proposal. As FM-ization needs enhanced Plan allocation under the 12th Plan and the proposal can be approved at the time of revision of the 12th Plan before sending the final proposal for approval of CCEA, the Committee urged that Prasar Bharati take urgent steps for preparation of a comprehensive proposal for FM-ization without any further delay."

In its original report, the Committee had said, "The Committee recognises that the idea of providing Freedish and progressive FM-ization can play a vital role in shaping the future roadmap for the revival of Prasar Bharati. As part of its FreeDish endeavour, Doordarshan has upgraded the technical infrastructure of DD FreeDish DTH platform and is presently providing free to air 64 SDTV channels in MPEG-2DVB-S. The technical infrastructure of the remaining 48 SDTV channels has also been installed and tested. Once these channels are made CAS enabled in free-to-view mode, subscribers can view these channels with a onetime annual registration. Doordarshan is planning to commission these 48 SDTV channels in Freedish mode only after implementing the CAS Service, upgrading its platform to 112 channels. The Committee need hardly emphasize that popularization of Freedish may indeed prove to be one of the major keys which can turn around Doordarshan in a big way, especially when it is competing with private TV channels who are providing hundreds of channels to its viewers. Therefore, the Ministry should make efforts to complete all the procedural formalities so as to facilitate the expeditious execution of the Free Dish Project."

The Committee had also said that to bring Prasar Bharati on the revival track, it needs to move swiftly with its FM-ization initiative. On the issue of FM-ization, the Ministry has informed that it is for the Prasar Bharati to take a call on FM-ization. It had conveyed to Prasar Bharati that the issue can be addressed at the time of revision in the 12th Plan, which may be approved by the Prasar Bharati Board and the final scheme proposal may be forwarded to the Ministry for approval by CCEA. The Committee recommended that Prasar Bharati should accordingly go ahead and formulate a comprehensive proposal on FM-ization at the earliest for seeking Cabinet approval.”

In response to its queries, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in their Action Taken Note stated, “Prasar Bharati has informed that Upgradation/Expansion of DD Freedish platform from 59 channels to 112 channels has been partly completed by the Engineering Wing of DD. Upgradation involves introduction of CAS-enabled MPEG-4 channels in addition to the existing “unscrambled” MPEG-2 channels available to current subscribers. Four upgraded and bandwidth efficient MPEG-2 streams have already been enabled with 64 channels. Two MPEG-4 streams capable of carrying 48 SD channels are also being uplinked, but cannot be received by viewers due to non-implementation of CAS. Implementation of CAS has been held up due to inordinate delay in firming up a CAS vendor due to concerns raised with regard to the process adopted to identify a CAS vendor and one of the shortlisted entities, it has been decided to issue a fresh tender to identify the CAS vendor. Once implemented, the CAS enabled MPEG-4 streams will open new opportunities for offering Value Added Services (VAS) such as EPG, home channels, overlay of advertisements, and similar other consumer oriented and revenue-generating services. It will also enable DD arrive at a precise estimate of Free Dish subscriber base, on the basis of which it will be able to demand higher carriage fees on its platform. For DD to realize the benefits of Upgradation/Expansion, DD Free Dish has to be supported by an active publicity, sales and support wing, which will help expand the subscriber base and make it the most popular DTH platform. This has to be supported by a dedicated customer service division, along with a 24x7 call/help centre. Both these efforts have been initiated by Prasar Bharati."

The Ministry also noted that Prasar Bharati had further informed that Radio Iistenership has moved over to FM Radio because of superior stereo quality and variety of 10 programming. In addition, availability of FM Radio on mobile phones has further enhanced its popularity. AIR FM Radio presently covers only 45 per cent of population. Cost of ensuring FM across entire nation is Rs 3000 crore (approx). This would require enhanced Plan allocation, mid term 12th plan review and generation of new resources. The Ministry has already communicated to Prasar Bharati that any revisions in the approved Plan Scheme will have to be taken up with CCEA after such proposals for revisions are furnished to the Ministry with due approval of Prasar Bharati Board.

1/01/16 - 5/01/16

New years break