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Page UPDATED 17/4/2015 11.59 P.M NZ


I'm still fighting with the netsnippets issue for cutting pasting editing and formating the news from various web pages. In the mean time I've got a slight workaround. But it does add to the time taken to paste up the news. Let me know if anything looks wrong or out of places no matter how minor

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Friday feeds

Asiasat 5

3733 V SR 7199 ERICSSON TRFC v WRFC in League Soccer, (FTA.)
3910 V SR 13333 Ericsson Service CSL Soccer - (JD.COM advertising billboards), (FTA.)
3916 H SR 6111 Ad Hoc 1 LAO vs PER - Soccer, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 5631 GUANGXITV CFC Cup Soccer, (FTA.)

Both these transponders had different services for the Sports Awards.

4095 H SR 7200 $SIS67 - EBU Asia, ($Scrambled.)
4166 H SR 6100 $TS1 Service 1 Soccer (and is actually FTA.)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0E 12499 V "APS TV" has left again.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 12570 H "Sky ICT" is now encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E 12650 H "Sky A&C" is now encrypted.

NSS 11 108.2E 12651 V "TVB Chinese Drama" has started on , Videoguard.

Palapa D 113.0E 3575 V "Qur'an Tazkiah TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Berita Satu News Channel" is Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E "Tahfidz TV and YMTV" have moved from 3876 V to 3853 V, Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12530 H "Silver TV, TV Chosun, Onbook TV, JBS, National Assembly TV, Billiards TV and Docustory" are encrypted again.
Koreasat 5 113.0E 12590 V "AFN Movie, AFN Sports Japan, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Xtra, AFN Guide, DoD News, AFN Family, AFN Sports, AFN Sports Korea and AFN Prime Korea" have started on , PowerVu.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3729 H "Fashion Television International" has leMeasat 3 91.5E 3795 V "Racing International" is Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Z Living Asia" is encrypted again.

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "Simply Money" has started on , Irdeto.

Measat 3 91.5E 12643 H A Transvision mux has replaced the Sun Direct mux on.
Measat 3 91.5E 12723 H A Transvision mux has replaced the Reliance Digital TV mux on .

Horizons 2 85.0E 12000 H "Ru TV has replaced Shop 24" on , encrypted.

G-Sat 10 83.0E The Tata Sky muxes have left G-Sat 10 again.

Insat 4A 83.0E 4133 H "Shakti TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Man TV" has left again.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3449 V "LNTV 3" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3450 V "Mountain TV and Bhakti Darshan TV" have started on, Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Man TV" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12558 V "APS TV" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "Mult" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12033 V "Amedia 1" has started on , encrypted.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 H "IQ HD" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Millennium TV has replaced Ektara TV" on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "DM TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Indiavision" has left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Janapriya TV, Sakhi TV, Flowers, TV New and Darshana TV" are back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV World、Hum TV MENA(巴基斯坦)等3个频道加密,设置4155 H 9833参数有条件接收。[04-17]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Aapno 24替换JK News(印度)频道,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,No 1 News替换Vaartha TV(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,MTV(印度)频道重现,设置3984 H 14400参数有条件接收。[04-17]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Media One Gulf替换Media One(测试)频道,设置3984 H 14400参数免费接收。[04-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Ch-26、Ch-38(MPEG-4)等16个频道新增,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-17]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Ch-8、Ch-23(MPEG-4)等23个频道新增,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Orange TV、Music F(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [4月17日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Bober(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11606 V 34425参数有条件接收。 [4月17日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,YMTV、Tahfidz TV(印尼)频道改频率,设置3853 V 2000参数免费接收。 [4月17日]

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,IBN 7替换Bhojpuri Cinema(印度)频道,设置10990 V 28500参数免费接收。[04-16]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Manoraujan Music(印度)频道新增,设置10990 V 28500参数免费接收。[04-16]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Bhojpuri Cinema替换Sadhna(印度)频道,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。[04-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,贵州卫视(艺华卫视)频道新增,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。[04-16]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Millennium TV替换Ektara(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[04-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TPO(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12153 V 45000参数无效接收。[04-16]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Deepto TV(高清)频道解密,设置4067 H 2500参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,香港卫视替换贵州卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,India TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3922 V 7000参数免费接收。 [4月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Sliver TV、JBS(韩国)等频道加密,设置12530 H 26000参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,贵州卫视替换香港卫视(艺华卫视)频道,设置12472 V 33500参数有条件接收。 [4月16日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox HD(高清)等4个频道消失,设置10985 H 35000参数无效接收。[04-15]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Duck TV HD(高清)频道消失,设置12093 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Mongol TV HD、Education TV HD(蒙古)高清频道加密,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Kundu 2(巴布亚新几内亚)频道加密,设置3784 V 1464参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCTV 10(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Elbox替换Demokrasi(MPEG-4)频道,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Sliver TV、Billiards(韩国)等频道解密,设置12530 H 26000参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,劲爆体育、全纪实(上海文广)等全组频道加密,设置4040 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [4月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sakshi TV(MPEG-4)频道,改频率设置3884 H 1500参数免费接收。 [4月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Orange TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3949 H 3673参数无效接收。 [4月15日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,劲爆体育、全纪实(上海文广)等全组频道解密,设置4040 H 27500参数免费接收。 [4月15日]


NewSat and Bob Hawke the satellite spruiker

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/newsat-and-bob-hawke-the-satellite-spruiker-20150417-1mmz55.html

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (second from left) with NewSat's Adrian Ballintine on a yacht on Sydney Harbour in 2010.

NewSat started with stratospheric hopes. Initially things went well for Australia's first privately owned satellite company. It won the endorsement of former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and raised over $500 million from investors including the American and French governments.

Its story -- the launch of the first privately owned Aussie satellite by mid-2015 -- was compelling. It made friends of US ambassador Kim Beazley and then shadow minister Malcolm Turnbull, who plugged its usefulness as a player in the NBN.

I am very concerned that anyone trading may be caught up in the insider trading legislation.
Adrian Ballintine
The company's board featured prominent AFL identities, and the sales pitch of chief executive, Adrian Ballintine was for "revenue of $3.5 billion with an 80 per cent margin for 15 years".

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke (second from right) with NewSat's Adrian Ballintine (second from left) at Sydney Harbour in 2010.

All those hopes have come crashing to earth.

Mismanagement, wasteful spending, questionable related-party transactions and a culture of alarmingly late reporting -- some of it implicating Ballintine, the hard-partying Melbourne-based chief executive -- have raised significant questions about governance in the company in recent times.

Then, on Friday morning, just as new revelations were emerging about Ballintine's use of his shares in the company to obtain a loan during a trading blackout, the company went into administration.

Weighed down by hundreds of millions of dollars in debts, NewSat Limited's directors and creditors separately approached administrator PPB Advisory.

The trigger appears to have been the company's breach of several banking covenants with its key funders, the US Export-Import Bank and Europe's COFACE .

McGrath+Nicol was appointed receiver. In the US state of Delaware, the company petitioned for Chapter 15 bankruptcy.

Those close to the company say that, after less than five years in existence, NewSat and its big dreams are unlikely to emerge alive from the ministrations of the corporate doctors.
Hawke on board

When Bob Hawke was signed up as a consultant by NewSat's ambitious executives, in 2011 and 2012, he received a healthy monthly retainer and a small stake in the business in the form of 375,000 shares.

In return, the company wanted the former prime minister to spruik its planned satellite, Jabiru-1, to federal politicians in the hope of capturing NBN-related contracts. The ever-genial Hawke was pictured sharing the occasional beer with potential clients at company events.

At first, at least, there was plenty to celebrate. NewSat had a bold vision and the backing of the US Government. No expense was spared on promoting the company's anticipated success.

Mr Hawke, who through his office confirmed the receipt of the shares but declined to answer other questions about his NewSat work, is one of many who are now holding shares that may now be worth little or nothing.

While his work for NewSat finished a few years ago, Mr Hawke still retains the 375,000 shares he was given under his consultancy agreement. But shortly before the company was put into administration, their value had more than halved to be worth less than $50,000. They are now likely worthless.

When the history of NewSat's spectacular demise is written, it will be the controversies that swirl around the company's founder and chief executive, Adrian Ballintine, that are likely to feature large.

The latest, which Fairfax Media can reveal today, is emblematic. It shows that the man who brought the former prime minister to NewSat, did not guard his holdings in the company he ran as closely Hawke did.

In a spectacularly late announcement to the market, just last week, NewSat disclosed that Mr Ballintine had transferred 3 million shares in April and May last year as security for a personal loan from a controversial US lender.

Fairfax Media has obtained internal NewSat emails which reveal he transferred these shares to Delaware-registered Equity First Holdings shortly after he exercised his authority as CEO to call a "black-out period" to prevent all directors and staff from trading their stock.

Mr Ballintine wrote in an April 17 2014 email to fellow directors that his reason for calling the trade black out was that "I am very concerned that anyone trading may be caught up in the insider trading legislation".

Weeks after Mr Ballintine's announcement of a trading black-out, NewSat issued a revised earnings projection which caused its share price to tumble.

Based on NewSat's share price at the time, the value of the Equity First loan provided to Mr Ballintine is estimated to be between $700,000 and $900,000.

Asked this week if the transfer of his shares contradicted his call for a trading blackout, Mr Ballintine said: "No, because I wasn't trading".

Fairfax Media has obtained other internal NewSat documents which reveal the company in June last year received advice from its external lawyers for a new share trading policy which would have required Mr Ballintine to seek board approval before transferring his shares in return for a loan.

The new policy was adopted by the NewSat board in December.

Last week, NewSat's company secretary William Abbott provided an update to the ASX to apologise for the company's failure to last year issue a notice to advise of a change in Mr Ballintine's "notifiable interest".

Mr Abbott wrote that at the time of the transfer to Equity First, Mr Ballintine "was of the view" that he was not required to notify NewSat of the transaction.

It was the latest in a long line of questionable actions and transactions at the top of this company.

Earlier this year, Fairfax Media reported that US government's Ex-Im Bank, a major investor, had threatened to withhold funds unless NewSat dramatically improved its governance.

In January, NewSat's contract with Jabiru-1's builder, US defence giant Lockheed Martin, went into default because of a late payment issue.

NewSat's external auditor, Rob Dalton, an Ernst & Young partner who - like Ballintine once did - sits on the Richmond Football Club board, recently declared there to be "significant uncertainty as to whether the group will continue as a going concern".

At the heart of concerns was the company's out of control spending.

The company's 2013 and 2014 global sales mission, documented on the Instagram account of the company's young and glamorous former investor relations manager, Kahina Koucha, showed first class airline cabins, luxury hotels, French champagne, a Rolex watch and lavish dinners as the roadshow swept through New York, Washington, Paris, Dubai and London.

As Koucha wrote of her first class berth on one trip: "We travel in stylllleeee (sic)".

She also lived in style: the company paying half the rent on her Eureka Tower apartment.

Former BHP Billiton finance vice-presdent Brendan Rudd -- who was called in last year by worried independent directors to review the company's operations -- identified numerous $10,000 dinners and a "complete lack of control" on expenditure related to overseas travel. He found a $1.5 million increase in salary and bonus for Ballintine in 2012. This was prior to any successful debt and equity raising.

Rudd also discovered almost $400,000 in undisclosed payments by NewSat to a Gold Coast Yacht company part-owned by Ballintine and managed by his son, Tim, and alleged conflicts of interest between NewSat's advisers and executives.

"I have never seen nor heard of more appalling corporate behaviour than at NewSat," Rudd wrote in a memo to the company's independent directors and a senior executive at the time.

Rudd's investigation would ultimately trigger a chain of events that led to the dramatic June 30, 2014, resignations from the board of St Kilda football club president Andrew Plympton and Australia Post deputy chairman Brendan Fleiter, two of Australia's most respected corporate figures.

In March, Fairfax Media revealed more apparent wrongdoing. Blue-chip Melbourne stock broking firm Ballieu Holst had sold 17 million NewSat shares in 2013 in a questionable deal linked to entities associated with the brother of Baillieu Holst director Stephen Macaw.

To conceal the debacle, NewSat released a series of misleading statements to the Australian Securities Exchange and ASIC which failed to disclose that the Orbital shares had already been sold. "Our statements were an attempt to paper over a pile of shit," a former senior NewSat executive said.

Of the more recent issue with Mr Ballintine using 3 million company shares as collateral for a personal loan, the chief executive told Fairfax Media that he at all times had been and remained the beneficial owner of the shares held by Equity First. He said the transfer complied with the company's policy and that NewSat "has always been aware" of who held his shares.

Equity First's Australian representative Mitchell Hopwood declined to comment on whether the company had retained or sold Mr Ballintine's NewSat shares, citing client confidentiality.

As part of its deal with Mr Ballintine, Equity First is to return his NewSat shares once he has repaid his loan.

Now that it's in administration, it would appear that those shares -- along with the company itself, the investments of many others, and the high hopes it once carried -- are now worth nothing.

YouTube generation's guilty pleasure

From https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/technology/a/27155438/youtube-generations-guilty-pirate-feeling/

Anyone who downloaded Dallas Buyers Club will know the feeling.

As word spread last week about iiNet losing its Federal Court case to prevent the copyright owners of the Hollywood film accessing the personal details of 4700 people who downloaded it illegally, a collective rush of guilt wafted over Perth.

Thousands of West Australians would have flicked through their hard drives at home - or their memories if they had deleted the film - wondering if it was one of the many films they had downloaded from those magical torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay.

More would have caught the guilt rush when The West Australian revealed the film's owners were in fact chasing 28,000 people who downloaded the film on internet service providers including Telstra and Optus.

A friend of mine even raced home to delete the file from his laptop in a feeble attempt to clear his name - and possibly his conscience - of any wrongdoing.

You see, downloading has become a way of life for so many young West Australians.

Just look at the numbers. Based on rough figures from online site Torrent Freak, an estimated 900,000 Australians downloaded last year's season four finale of HBO's wildly popular TV series Game of Thrones - the world's most pirated TV show, with 8.1 million downloads worldwide.

And despite warnings from experts, an estimated 150,000 Australians downloaded the season five opener of the show - and a further three season five episodes which leaked - on Monday. And thousands more will continue to do it.

Though the mantle as the world's leaders in pirating appears to have passed on to Britain, Australians are still up there, with surveys suggesting 30 per cent of adults download illegally - and god only knows how many teenagers download.

So why do we do it?

In the Game of Thrones case, price gouging from Foxtel - the exclusive broadcasters of the show in Australia - has been offered up as an excuse.

But under Foxtel Play, the pay-TV's streaming service, you can subscribe for $30 a month, or about $90 for the three months the show runs.

Not pocket change, but not breaking the bank.

Game of Thrones, the most popular for pirates

Other elements such as the so-called Australia Tax - where companies such as Apple artificially inflate the prices of entertainment - have been highlighted.

That is slowly starting to subside.

Some have put forward access or supply as an excuse, with pirates arguing TV and movie distributors make their own bed by delaying releases in Australia.

Maybe that was a legitimate excuse in the past, but most in the entertainment industry are now wise to this and have adapted.

In addition, recently introduced streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Presto, which is half owned by Seven West Media, publisher of The West Australian, have thousands of hours of TV and movies for $8 to $15 a month.

No doubt the YouTube generation's "I want everything now" mantra is also part of it.

But really, despite all the grandstanding, it all comes down to one thing: it's "free" and you have been able to get away with it.

Perhaps those days are over.

A day after the hysteria surrounding the Dallas Buyers Club decision, an important proposal was put forward by the Communications Alliance, under the guidance of Attorney-General George Brandis.

The alliance proposed a code giving internet users accused of illegal downloading "three strikes" - through three educational warning letters - before ISPs hand over their personal details to copyright owners for potential legal action.

The code has been handed to the Australian Communications and Media Authority for approval, but it is unclear how long it will take before it becomes active, and how much power it will actually have.

Though he considered it a flawed proposal, former iiNet chief regulatory officer Steve Dalby said the code was a better result than the unrestricted legal action against pirates which had been seen in the US.

"Make no mistake, this is George Brandis' policy," he told The West Australian.

The Abbott Government, through Attorney General George Brandis, is attempting to crack down on piracy

"But it's never been right to pinch people's content, and if you get three warnings and you're still doing it (downloading) after that, well, you're a mug and you deserve to be prosecuted."

Mr Dalby was one of the instigators of iiNet's defensive action against the crackdown over Dallas Buyers Club.

He said the action by Voltage Pictures, the copyright owners of the film, was an attempt to monetise piracy. iiNet opposed it to try to protect the personal details of its customers.

"It is a business case they've developed to intimidate people to pay them large sums of money to avoid them going to court," Mr Dalby said.

"You can call it threats, intimidation, whatever - that's the business model."

It looks like Australia will be protected from that model, with the Federal Court judge putting in conditions to stop Voltage attempting the so-called "intimidation" of the US.

Most in the industry see the code as superseding any further expensive legal attempts from similar Hollywood producers.

But we will know how serious the lawyers for Voltage Pictures are when the letters are sent out in two or three months.

Other complexities surrounding the Dallas Buyers Club decision, such as deciphering the true identity of the pirate in an internet account used by many people and technical questions surrounding "sharing" content compared with "downloading", mean pirates will probably continue to download in huge numbers for the time being.

There are also little things called virtual private networks where internet users can hide their identities. Unsurprisingly they are becoming more common.

But despite all the excuses, downloading does have an effect.

Take the example of 2012 Australian film 100 Bloody Acres. It took in less than $30,000 at the box office. During 2013, it was downloaded 57,000 times a month.

Maybe next time you download something, particularly if it's Australian, have a think about the impact.

Trying to give up piracy? These tools can help you find legitimate content

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/trying-to-give-up-piracy-these-tools-can-help-you-find-legitimate-content-20150415-1mkhrx.html

Thanks to content discovery, movie fans no longer need to scour the galaxy in search of something to watch.

Aussie pirates looking to go legit can turn to a new generation of content search engines.

Content owners might not want to hear it, but one of the great things about BitTorrent is that you can find pretty much everything you want to watch in the one place. With a little RSS know-how, you can even set up your own BitTorrent Season Passes so your favourite shows are automatically downloaded each week.

If you're determined to give up piracy then you're forced to surrender this convenience and trawl through a range of services to find your favourite movies and TV shows. For all the hype about Netflix, FreeviewPlus, Foxtel Play and Apple's iTunes Store, none of them are likely to meet all your entertainment needs.

Rather than throw your hands up in despair and turn back to the BitTorrent channel, a content search engine might come to your rescue.


JustWatch is a browser-based search engine, with plans to release iOS and Android apps in the next few weeks. It covers Australia's four main subscription video services; Quickflix, Netflix, Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media). You'll also see options to rent and buy content from iTunes, Quickflix, Google Play, PlayStation and Mubi. That's a lot of ground to cover, but thankfully you can filter your results to remove services you don't use. It's also possible to search for recently added content and bookmark your favourites so you know when they appear in new services.

JustWatch's Australia search stats over the last two weeks provide some insight into what we're interested in. The Top 10 most-searched movies and TV shows are:

1. Game of Thrones
2. Dallas Buyers Club
3. Interstellar
4. House of Cards
5. Better Call Saul
6. Suits
7. Archer
8. Mad Men
9. The Americans
10. The Walking Dead

Unfortunately Xbox users and Foxtel Play subscribers miss out in JustWatch, plus it overlooks a few other Australian video stores like EzyFlix and Dendy Direct. It would also be great to see JustWatch include the free Catch Up TV services from Australia's five major free-to-air broadcasters, like ABC's iView, which contain a surprising amount of content if you're prepared to dig.

JustWatch offers deep links into each service, so if you're already logged into Netflix then one click in JustWatch takes you straight to the home page for that movie or TV show. From here you might use the Chromecast plugin to send the video to your television.

If you like to bypass geo-blocking via a DNS or VPN-based workaround, you'll find JustWatch covers the US, Germany, Brasil and New Zealand.


Meanwhile Gyde is an iOS app developed in Melbourne, with an Android app in the works. It's backers also run GoodFilms and there are plans to overhaul Gyde.TV with support for movies and TV shows. Gyde has a strong "content discovery" focus, keeping track of what you've seen and your to-watch list so it can offer up suggestions. You can even ask for recommendations by mood or genre.

Gyde can also search through a wide range of online video services, letting you mix and match them across countries to suit your geo-dodging habits, but it only covers movies and not TV shows. Australia options include Presto, Quickflix, Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media), Foxtel, Fetch TV, Dendy Direct and SBS On Demand. Along with these you've got multi-region support for Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, Crackle, Snagfilms and others. Finally you can add Hulu, HuluPlus, Showtime, HBO Go and BBC iPlayer to the mix, with HBO Now coming soon.

If you've got an Apple TV you can use Airplay to see an extended version of the Gyde interface on your television, but you can't stream from the app or use it as a remote for the Apple TV. These features are on the roadmap, but are hampered by Apple's tight control of its ecosystem.

Gyde feels very Apple-centric. Its default provider recommendation is always the iTunes Store and if you click the link it will launch the iTunes app, although you can change this in the options. With most other services you're only taken to the website, but an upcoming update will support deep links to launch the Netflix and Quickflix apps straight from the Gyde app.

Built-in guides

As well as standalone services like JustWatch and Gyde, you'll also find cross-service search features built into home entertainment devices like the Xbox One, Fetch TV, Roku and some Samsung Smart TVs. Rather than trawl through apps for the various internet video services at your disposal, you can search them all simultaneously and be presented with a list of options – ensuring you get the best price on rentals and don't hire something which is already included in a subscription library.

It's still early days in terms of content discovery and cross-platform search, but it's clearly the way of the future as our viewing options continue to fragment. How do you find something to watch when you're ready to kick back and relax?

Rocket Lab unveils battery-powered rocket for satellite launches

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsrocket-lab-unveils-battery-powered-rocket-satellite-launches-4554708

Rocket Lab has unveiled the details of its Electron launch system, said to be the world's first battery-powered rocket.

Powered by the company's new 4,600lbf Rutherford engine, the carbon-composite orbital launch vehicle has a lift-off mass of 10,500kg, and is said to allow high-frequency launches of small satellites.

The 20m-long Electron is designed to deliver payloads of up to 100kg to a 500km sun-synchronous orbit.

According to Rocket Lab, the launch vehicle will cost satellite launchers $4.9m per launch, creating increased access to space.

"Electron makes it possible for us to continue to execute on our vision to enable easier access to space."

Rocket CEO Peter Beck said: "With Electron, companies can launch whenever they would like, at a substantially more affordable cost."

With a new electric propulsion cycle, the Rutherford engines use brushless DC electric motors and lithium-polymer batteries to drive turbopumps.

The oxygen/hydrocarbon engine's chamber, injector, pumps and main propellant valves are made of 3D printed structures.

The upper stage of Electron vehicle is designed in such a way that it separates the payload integration from the main booster assembly.

Rocket Lab will be able to use the integrated payloads with the main booster, eliminating the risk of cascading delays.

Beck said: "Electron makes it possible for us to continue to execute on our vision to enable easier access to space.

"As more small satellite companies are able to quickly reach orbit, we will see immense advancements in communication and imaging technologies, which has the potential to drastically change our world, from improved traffic reporting to crop planning to even mitigating the life-threatening damages of natural disasters."

Privately funded Rocket Lab was established in 2008 with its major investors, including Khosla Ventures, K1W1, Bessemer Venture Partners and Lockheed Martin

Mahia tipped for rocket launch

From http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/news/article/?id=41228

A KIWI -founded rocket company is eyeing a remote location on the Mahia Peninsula as a possible launch base for getting international satellites into space.

Auckland-based Rocket Lab has produced a 10-tonne rocket capable of sending satellites into space for about $6 million — a fraction of the average cost of about $150 million.

The company, headed by New Zealander Peter Beck, has received financial backing from Warehouse founder Sir Stephen Tindall, the New Zealand Government and US financiers.

The company’s point of difference in the global satellite-launching business is its carbon-composite rocket construction technology, which keeps costs down. It said last year it had commitments for more than 30 launches.

Rocket Lab is understood to be in discussions over access to a specific site on the Mahia Peninsula — one of three locations in the North Island that could be suitable as a launch base.

Other sites considered by the company are believed to be in the Far North and on the East Cape.

The company’s ideal location is understood to be somewhere remote, coastal and facing to the north-east but with reliable access to amenities such as power and internet connectivity.

If the launch site did end up being established at Mahia, and Rocket Lab’s projected satellite launch contracts came to fruition, the development could provide a significant boost to the local economy.

The company’s website says it hopes to be able to provide at least 100 satellite launches a year.

A Rocket Lab spokeswoman said the company was “in the very early stages of our process” and could not discuss details.

“What I can tell you is that we’re looking at various options,” she said. — Hawke’s Bay Today

Internet provider stands by Global Mode

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/271316/internet-provider-stands-by-global-mode

An internet service provider is rejecting claims by major media companies that it is breaching copyright laws by allowing New Zealanders to access overseas digital content. Sky Television, TVNZ, Mediaworks and Spark (which owns Lightbox) have threatened to take legal action against CallPlus, which operates the CallPlus Business, Slingshot, Orcon, Flip and 2talk brands, if it does not stop offering its customers Global Mode.

The service allows people to see content, such as the US version of on-demand television service Netflix, that would otherwise be blocked in New Zealand.

CallPlus chief executive Mark Callander said Global Mode was completely legal and if CallPlus did not offer it, other companies would.

He told Morning Report the service only enabled people to access the internet and the company was not breaking any copyright laws.

"It's not an ISP's role to determine what customers can and can't do on the internet," he said.

"We have a service. We encourage all users of that service to ensure they comply with the terms and conditions of anything they do on the internet, and that's up to them to decide what they want to do."

Mr Callander said the internet was changing business models, and media companies needed to adapt accordingly.

Russia 'busts satellite spy ring': space commander

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_busts_satellite_spy_ring_space_commander_999.html

Russia has uncovered a group of spy satellites, the head of its space command said in a film broadcast Sunday, which warned of "enemy" satellites that could masquerade as space junk.

"Very recently, specialists of the department of space intelligence centre uncovered a newly created group of space satellites... made for radio-technical reconnaissance of equipment on Russian territory," said the commander of Russian Space Command, Oleg Maidanovich.

Space Command is a division of the military responsible for warning of missile and air strikes and controlling Russia's defence satellites.

Maidanovich declined to say which country or countries the satellites belonged to.

The film -- called "Space Special Forces" -- was shown on defence ministry channel Zvezda as Russia marked "Space Day", commemorating the space flight of Yury Gagarin on April 12, 1961.

The 40-minute movie is "dedicated to the war for space, the battles of spy satellites," the channel's website says, echoing the language of 1980s space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

"One talks of peaceful satellites, but there are known cases when groups of potential enemy satellites formed against our satellites, above our territory," the film's voiceover said.

"There are cases when a space satellite pretends to be space junk for years and then wakes up and starts working at the right moment."

Russia's relations with the West are at their lowest point in post-Cold War history, although cooperation has so far continued in space, notably at the International Space Station.

WebTVAsia 100 channel deal with DailyMotion

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/04/15/webtvasia-100-channel-deal-with-dailymotion/

Asia’s biggest Multi Channel Network (MCN) and Digital Studio, WebTVAsia has signed a multi-year partnership with global video platform Dailymotion to collaborate on a 100-channel roll-out as well as exclusive co-production for the Asian market.

Marc Eychenne, Vice President of Content at Dailymotion, commented: “We are extremely proud to be associated with WebTVAsia, the most prominent MCN and digital studio spanning Asia-wide market particularly China and South East Asia. We look forward to working very closely together to set a major footprint in Asia.”

Group CEO of WebTVAsia, Fred Chong added, “Dailymotion is the leading video platform globally and WebTVAsia is privileged to work with our first of many European partners to penetrate the exciting Asian market.”

WebTVAsia’s YouTube MCN platform is currently averaging 150 million views monthly, from over 3 million subscribers.

Thaicom, Royal Thai Army partner on education project

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-royal-thai-army-partner-on-education-project--1077181

Thai satellite operator Thaicom, in cooperation with the Royal Thai Army, has renewed its commitment to the Thai Kids Thaicom project with 300 satellite dishes and STBs for rural schools along the country's western border in order to improve overall education standards. Thaicom's Education Support program provides children – particularly those in remote areas – with satellite dishes and TVs, in an attempt to bring their educational experience up to the standard of their urban counterparts.

SES boosts SAT IP Alliance

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/04/15/ses-boosts-satip-alliance/

Satellite operator SES used the NAB show in Las Vegas to announce a wider grouping of organisations to promote the adoption of SAT IP technology. SAT IP technology makes it possible to distribute satellite TV services in an efficient way to any device connected to a domestic IP network.

The newly-structured SAT IP Alliance links SES with fellow satellite operator Hispasat as well as Panasonic, NAGRA, ALi Corporation and MaxLinear. The concept was first mooted last year but will now be formalised in Luxembourg as a ‘not for profit’ organisation.

The main aims of the Alliance will be to promote the use of the SAT IP protocol throughout the industry, facilitate certification of new devices, and develop and improve the SAT IP standard.

“Over the past years, nearly 40 manufacturers have supported the SAT IP standard by developing products that are compatible with its requirements. The momentum behind SAT IP technology today has created the right conditions to form this Alliance, an open forum for all manufacturers, satellite operators, broadcasters and service providers who wish to get involved in developing and improving a key standard for the future of satellite content distribution in multiscreen ecosystems,” aid an SES statement.

Popcornflix expands into 36 territories

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/specials/event-coverage/mip-tv/popcornflix-expands-into-36-territories-150415

MUMBAI: Popcornflix has launched in 36 countries, including Latin-America, the Middle East, Russia and China, making it one of the world's most widely available ad-supported streaming services.

With this, users in over 60 countries can enjoy free movies and television across a number of platforms via Popcornflix.

This recent expansion makes the service newly available on the web and mobile devices in sixteen countries in Latin America, from Mexico to Argentina, sixteen Middle-Eastern countries, including Iran, Iraq and Saudi-Arabia, as well as Poland, Russia, Turkey and China.

Additionally, Popcornflix has also launched on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in the United Kingdom, marking their first foray on gaming consoles in the territory.

“Today's audiences increasingly want to watch content on their own terms, however they want, wherever they are. Popcornflix is dedicated to making our content widely available, not only across platforms, but across continents. We are enthusiastic to engage a new set of users, eager for free and easily accessible movies and television,” said Popcornflix executive vice president David Fannon.

Popcornflix made the announcement at MIPTV in Cannes, France.

Being an ad-supported platform, Popcornflix includes pre-roll, mid-roll and banner ads in all movies and TV shows.

(Craig's comment, i've seen this on my Samsung TV, but not yet tried it)


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Back after a break to replace my PC. Everything is finally installed and hopefully working on the new O.S. There is just the one problem at the moment I previously used an Internet explorer addon to help in cutting and pasting and reformatting of news from various web pages. This "netsnippets" program is no longer working. If anyone knows of a similar addon for IE or Firefox (latest versions) then send me an email.

If anyone wants to try and get it working in windows 7 here is the link The issue is when you go to open a saved snippet it can't be located. It could be a windows access permision issue (i'm not to crash hot with Win 7 yet)


Mostly catchups.

Tuesday Feed

IS19 12578 V Sr 7200 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.. "Our First Home 1"

Kundu 2 on IS19 (3784 V 1464) is now scrambled with Tongfang.

Sunday Feeds

FTA Boxing from New York , Asiasat 5 4155 H Sr 7200

IS 19 12550 V Sr 3750 Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, 4:2:0 "STS 3" Motorcross
IS 19 3776 H Sr 6920 "MLB: Kansas City Royals v LA Angels" MPEG4/HD/FTA

D1 12421 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.Rugby League "STS"..
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "Astra 4 - 1" Ch7 weather cross?

Saturday feeds

IS 19 12530 V Sr 7120 Fec 3/4 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Service name: ITU Triathlon

D1 12653 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576/50i SD, 4:2:2, FTA Service name: Astralinks

From My Email

From saldav1

Janam TV is new. Intelsat 17 66E 3966 H SR 14400 Janam TV is new. TEST SIGNAL wording on top left of screen.
76.5E 3847 H SR 5356 Channel 5 is new, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0E 11075 V "Comédie +, Planète + A&E and Dorcel TV" have started on , encrypted.

Telstar 18 138.0E 3703 V "AXN Philippines" has replaced "Sony Gem" on , PowerVu.

Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "Setanta Sports Asia, Channel V International and Outdoor Channel International" have started on , Tongfang.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "TM TV has replaced Outdoor Channel International" on , Tongfang.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12354 V "Guangxi TV has replaced CEC TV" on , Conax.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12499 V "APS TV" has started on , Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12507 H Mass TV, MNB, KMG 1, TV 10, NBS 1, B4U Music India and TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok are now encrypted

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12553 H "Live 530" has started on , Fta
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12658 V "Shop Channel and QVC Japan" have left.

JCSAT 4B 124.0E 12553 H "Tachikawa & Seibuen Keirin Channel" has started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12530 H Silver TV, TV Chosun, Onbook TV, JBS, National Assembly TV and Billiards TV are Fta

SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "Food Network Asia has replaced C Music TV" on Videoguard.

NSS 11 108.2E 12651 V "TVB Drama Select" has started on, Videoguard.

SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "Kanal QNB League 300 and Kanal QNB League 301" have started on , Videoguard.

SES 7 108.2E 11598 V"MNC Health & Beauty" has left

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3712 V "Peace TV English and Peace TV Urdu" have started on, Fta
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3913 V "D TV has replaced Play Max" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3760 H "Wesal Urdu" has started on , Fta

Express AM33 96.5E 3875 R "Rossiya 2, NTV, Rossiya 24, Karusel, TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok and OTR" have left .

ChinaSat 9 92.2E 12140 R "Bingtuan TV and Jilin TV Station" have left .

Measat 3 91.5E 4164 H "World Fashion Channel International" has left .

Measat 3 91.5E 12603 H "Flowers" has started on , Irdeto.
Measat 3 91.5E 12683 H "Studio N News" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 4000 H "AMC Asia has replaced We TV Asia" on , Irdeto.
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Duck TV SD" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "Berita Satu News Channel" has started on , Conax.

ST 2 88.0E 12677 H "Good TV, Buddha Compassion TV Station, Da Ai TV and Life TV" have left again.

ChinaSat 12 87.5E 12604 H "Negaah TV" has left.
ChinaSat 12 87.5E 12613 H Tolo TV, Lemar TV, Tolo News, Noorin TV, [Lana TV info card], Negaah TV and Khurshid TV have left .
ChinaSat 12 87.5E 12619 H"Kanal 4" has left .

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12640 V "Shop 24 has replaced Ru TV" on, Fta.

KazSat 2 86.5E 11660 V "Kazakstan Petropavl and MTRK" have left
KazSat 2 86.5E 11643 V "Kazakstan Oskemen" has started on , Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E 11647 V "Kazakstan Shymkent" has started on , Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Pavlodar has left 11644 V.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Shymkent has left 11648 V.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Aktau has started on 11649 V, Fta
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Pavlodar has replaced Kazakstan Oskemen on 11650 V, Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kokshetau has started on 11651 V, Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kostanay has started on 11653 V, Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kyzylorda has started on 11654 V, Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Petropavl and MTRK have started on 11656 V, Fta.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kostanay has left 11656 V.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kokshetau has left 11657 V.
KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakstan Kyzylorda has left 11663 V.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11170 V "Tata Sky 4K" has started on , Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E Tata Sky muxes have started on 10970 V, 11010 V, 11130 V, 11550 V and 11670 V.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4000 H "Sky News International has started on, encrypted.Nat Geo Music" has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Zabb Channel has started on, BISS. PB Channel, World Buddhist TV and Dara Channel" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Som News TV" has started on, Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3769 H "Bijoy TV" has left.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4067 H "Bijoy TV" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4088 V "Z Living Asia" has left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11255 V "Balastan and El TR" have started on,Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Miracle TV Sat and CT Live! Movies" have started on , Fta. CT Live! One has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3854 H "Jan TV, Khabar Fast, Khobor 365 Din, A1 Tehelka Haryana, GS TV, Jan TV Plus and Maha Movie" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3864 H "M Tunes HD, Music Xpress and Bhakti Sagar" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "Sada Channel and Khabar Bharti" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4118 V "Manoranjan Music and Prarthana Bhawan TV" have left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Epic" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "New Generation TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 VLX TV, Breakthru TV, Rivers of Living Waters TV, New Generation TV and Homebase TV have left .

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "YTV, Orange TV India and News Express" have started on , Fta.Darshana TV, 6 TV Darshanam, RTV and Polimer Kannada have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Christ Calvary TV" has started on , Fta. Darshana TV and ATV have left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Flowers" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Janapriya TV, Sakhi TV, Flowers, TV New and Darshana TV" have left .
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3984 H "Media One" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 10 47.5E 12563 V "Pro TV International" has left .

AzerSpace 1/Africasat 1a 46.0E 3833 V "GBS has replaced Homebase 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,Deepto TV(高清)频道加密,设置4067 H 2500参数有条件接收。[04-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bijoy TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置4067 H 2500参数无效接收。[04-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Esan TV替换Peace TV(Lamhas)频道,设置3433 V 5000参数免费接收。[04-14]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Esan TV替换Peace TV(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-14]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,SCTV 10替换HTV 7(VTC)频道,设置11008 H 28800参数免费接收。[04-14]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shine Delkhii(蒙古)频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-14]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Vaartha TV替换No.1 News(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [4月14日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Christ Calvary TV替换Darshana(替换)频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [4月14日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB 2(蒙古)频道消失,设置12508 H 45000参数无效接收。[04-13]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TM TV等替换Shine Delkhii、UBS Music(蒙古)等频道,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-13]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TVT 1、TV Safina(塔吉克斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置11492 V 4650参数无效接收。[04-13]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,治要替换亚太卫视(香港)频道,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。[04-13]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,I24 News、MCS Inter(以色列)等3个频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数部分免费接收。[04-13]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Stil i Moda(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11105 H 43200参数无效接收。[04-12]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Fakt Studio TV替换Piattnica(俄罗斯)频道,设置11565 V 1980参数免费接收。 [4月12日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-2(测试)频道消失,设置12271 H 12626参数无效接收。 [4月12日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Mongol TV HD、Education TV HD(高清)频道解密,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。 [4月11日]
东经132度轨道位置越南2号星Ku段,Football Euro HD、Football Extra HD替换9 Yod(高清)等频道,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月11日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Wisdom HD(高清)频道消失,设置11590 V

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Dog TV(高清)频道消失,设置3890 H 15000参数无效接收。[04-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,A1 Tehalka Haryana(印度)频道消失,设置3827 V 7200参数无效接收。[04-10]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Solar Sabong(外语)频道重现,设置3611 V 3300参数有条件接收。[04-10]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Simply Money(高清)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。[04-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,广西卫视替换中国国际教育(艺华卫视)频道,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。[04-10]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Sliver TV、JBS(韩国)等频道加密,设置12530 H 26000参数有条件接收。[04-10]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mynbt(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,XXL(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Amedia 1(俄罗斯)高清频道新增,设置12033 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月10日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Petpo(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12227 V 45000参数无效接收。 [4月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Malchin、Tuulai替换国家地理音乐(蒙古)等频道,设置12508 H 45000参数部分免费接收。 [4月10日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Hollywood Box HD、Kids HD(蒙古)等频道解密,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。[04-09]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,TBN替换Adhoc 2(MPEG-4)频道,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。[04-09]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Man TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-09]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CNN替换9 TV(菲律宾)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。[04-09]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Petpo(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数免费接收。[04-09]
东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,好消息电视、佛卫慈悲(台湾)等4个频道消失,设置12677 H 7750参数无效接收。[04-09]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-7/本港台等替换CCTV-1/本港台(华人卫视)等频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Docustory、JBS(韩国)等频道解密,设置12530 H 26000参数免费接收。 [4月9日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,AXN HD替换GEM(菲律宾)高清频道,设置3704 V 4443参数有条件接收。 [4月9日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Chic Station(泰国)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fight Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]

Stream Links

#EXTINF:-1, DW Europa
#EXTINF:-1, DW Asia
#EXTINF:-1, DW Arabic
#EXTINF:-1, DW Latino


TV5MONDE Style HD to be launched in Asia Pacific on AsiaSat 5

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 13 April 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announces an agreement for the launch of ‘TV5MONDE Style HD’ a new lifestyle channel from its long-term customer TV5MONDE on AsiaSat 5.

‘TV5MONDE Style HD’ has started 24-hour transmissions via AsiaSat 5 at 100.5°E. This new thematic channel features a wide selection of programmes on fashion, luxury and design trends, food and drink, wine, art of gardens, architecture, cultural and historical heritage. The programmes broadcast in French on ‘TV5MONDE Style HD’ offer subtitles in English, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese.

“Over the past two decades, AsiaSat has developed a successful partnership with TV5MONDE. The debut of this new HD channel on AsiaSat further strengthens our collaboration and we are proud to be the choice of TV5MONDE for their service expansion. We are committed to working closely with TV5MONDE to ensure a successful rollout of this new service in the Asia Pacific,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

“AsiaSat has been our long standing partner since we launched the first TV5MONDE’s channel for Asia, TV5MONDE Asie in 1996. We are excited to further expand our partnership with AsiaSat with this new thematic HD channel. AsiaSat provides best-in-class satellite platforms and cost efficient transmission solutions. We look forward to introducing Asian viewers to the best ‘art of living’ programming from TV5MONDE productions and our French-speaking partner channels on one of Asia’s leading TV satellites,” said Yves Bigot, Chief Executive Officer of TV5MONDE.

At its launch in Asia, ‘TV5MONDE Style HD’ offers six four-hour blocks of art of living programming per day during the weekdays including Midi en France, programmes on the art of gardening, fashion, luxury and design trends, as well as cooking shows such as Christophe Michalak's cookery contest, Dans la peau d’un chef and Stéphane Bern's Comment ça va bien. During weekends, the channel carries four six-hour blocks of quality programming catering for the family including Des Racines & des ailes, Qui sera le prochain grand pâtissier, Le monument préféré des Français, Les carnets de Julie and Secrets d'histoire.
# # #


Launched in 1984, TV5MONDE is the world leading French language network broadcasting 24/7. Through its 9 multi-thematic separate and regional channels and TiVi5MONDE, a channel dedicated to young viewers in the USA, it reaches more than 250 million households and 55 million viewers every week in 200 countries and territories making TV5MONDE one of the most widely network in the world. Programming originates from 5 different countries, including France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada and French speaking Africa and includes daily newscasts, films and series, entertainment programs, documentaries, cultural programs and international sports coverage, with subtitling available in 12 languages.

About AsiaSat

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

Carole Reichardt, head of press-relations
Tel: (33 1) 44 18 55 62
Email: carole.reichardt@tv5monde.org
Alexandre Muller, Managing Director APAC
Tel: (852) 2989 6090

Email: asie@tv5monde.org
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

10/4/15 - 14/4/15

Offline due to swapover to a new PC!


An update, I've ordered my new pc but awaiting for the store to assemble and ship it, Which could be up to another week due to the processing delays of Easter weekend. I expect to take a day or two barring any problems to shift over to it. So there won't be many site updates over the next week.

Today's update is mostly catchups.(i've not bothered checking news over the last week due to uncertainty of when the new pc would be up and running)

Wednesday feeds

D1 12635 V Sr 7200 (slot 1) "Tandberg Service"
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (slot 2) "BTQ SNG 4"
D2 12274 V Sr 8500 "ASTRA 4 - 1" Swimming?
D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "Globecast1" horsey interview.

Tuesday feeds

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (slot 2) "Perth Bucky SEN-914"
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (slot 2) "BTQ SNG 4"
D2 12274 V Sr 8500 "Astra 4 - 1" Swimming
D2 12671 V Sr 7200 "TEN905" news feed?
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 (Slot 1) "ATN 7NEWS3"
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (slot 2) "BTQ SNG 4"...
D1 12655 V Sr 7200 (slot 3) "Tandberg Service"

Monday feeds

D2 12274 V Sr 8500 "Astra 4 - 1" Unknown
D2 12578 V Sr 15000 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" unkown
D2 12320 H Sr 8570 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, 4:2:0 "Sky HD Bak9008" "NZ Xfactor" FTA
D2 12447 V Sr 6670 "GCAST6" York (WA) - possible tractor racing again..
D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "GlobeCast 1" Horses CH7 Feeds.

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (Slot 2) "BTQ SNG 4" Queensland Weather Report
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 (Slot 1) "Tandberg Service" color bars
D1 12673 V Sr 6100 "Tandberg Service" Guessing Ch9 based on the SR..Ch7 news feeds.
D1 12654 V Sr 7200 "ATN 7NEWS3" motorway control room
D1 12663 V Sr 7200 "ATN SNV-1" 4:2:2 outside war memorial Service name: Service 01
D2 12272 V Sr 3750 3/4, DVBS2/QPSK, FTA..
D1 12431 V Sr 6110 (Ubird 3) "STS 12 ENC/Mod1" CH9 AU Today show news cross, steve jacobs and some "the block" wannabe's
D1 12422V 6110 "STS 12 Enc/Mod 3" (Ubird 2?)

Sunday feeds

D1 12635V 7200 (slot 1) "Tandberg Service" currently colorbars.
Intelsat 19 12551 V Sr 3500 2/3, DVBS2/8PSK, 720 x 576/50i SD, 4:2:0, FTA Service name: Hillsong Sydney
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 (slot 2) "BTQ SNG 4"
D1 12429 V Sr 7000 Sydney 1920*1080 football stadium Roosters warming up
D2 12672 V Sr 6670SR 720x576 16:9 SD MPEG2..Kids racing today.
D2 12662 V Sr 6670SR 720x576 16:9 SD MPEG2

Saturday feeds

D2 12271 V Sr 8500 Fec 3/4 "Astra 4-1" Swimming
D2 12472 H Sr 6670 3/4, DVBS2/QPSK, AirNZ SD Pri 3032720 x 576/50i SD, FTA (NZ beam)
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "GlobeCast 2.1" Horses
D2 12672 V Sr 6670 "GCAST 6" Horses
D2 12340 V Sr 7500 "STS 3" unknown encrypted
D2 12448 V Sr 6670 "Tandberg service" Horses
D2 12457 V Sr 6670 "Globecast Oz" Horses
D2 12466 V Sr 6670 "null id", Horses
D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "GCAST 7" Horses
D2 12672 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 1.2" Horses

D1 12635V 7200 "ASTRA 5 1" provider "net 1" CH7 Sunrise weekend weather report from the zoo.
D1 12431V 6110 "STS 3" proviser "STS" Ch9 cross from somewhere wet!

From my Email

From Saldav1

Tuesday feeds

All Asiasat 5

3887 H SR 7200 $IPL HINDI FEED ($Scrambled.)
4151 H SR 14400 ADHOC HD 6 ENC FOOTBALL In Review Sports Programme, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7500 $IPB CITY HD50 ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 6599 Globecast 1 RAW Wrestling Live from the University of Texas in Austin TEXAS, (FTA.)
4086 H SR 7199 Service 1 Soccer, (FTA.)
4095 H SR 4434 Fi08GNVE EUROVISION OPERATED BY EBU wording on blue screen, (FTA.)

Sunday feeds

Asiasat 5

3755 V SR 7120 ROU_038 Rythymic Gymnastics from Bucharest, ROMANIA, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7500 Service-1 Chinese Music Concert, (FTA.)
3872 H SR 14399 $SC Freiburg vs Koln ($Scrambled.)
$Eintracht Frankfurt vs Hannover ($Scrambled.)
Both on same transponder - obviously separate channel.

4151 H SR 15000 $SEV (Sevilla) VS ATH (Athletic) HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LIV (Liverpool) vs NEW (Newcastle.) (FTA.)
4078 H SR 4937 Fi013 GNVE Pope's Easter Sunday morning message LIVE from St. Peters Square, VATICAN CITY, (FTA.) What a beautiful sight in the early morning!
4086 H SR 7199 $Maybank Msia Open Men's Golf, ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7199 ASAN_MP4_1 Soccer, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7119 IEC CRT OU 1 Enc FINNISH OPEN 2015 - Badminton Europe Circuit, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 6111 SD ENC-A Horse Racing from Singapore, (FTA.)
4152 H SR 15000 $RMD (Real Madrid) vs GRA (Granada) - Soccer - ($Scrambled.)

Saturday feeds

Asiasat 5

4156 H SR 6999 GCAST SD ENC2 Easter Saturday Horse Racing from Caulfield, Vic, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 6199 $ASAN_MP4_1 ($Scrambled.)
4086 H SR 7199 $Maybank Msia Open Men's Golf - ($Scrambled.)
4096 H SR 4433 NoName (4:2:2)

Stream links

NZ parliament tv streams


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12686 H "TVB Good Show" has left .

Express AM5 140.0E 3467 R "Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Rossiya 24, Karusel, TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok and OTR" have left .
Express AM5 140.0E 3484 R. Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Rossiya 24, Karusel and OTR have left

Express AT2 140.0E 12341 L "Dom Kino Premium" has started on , Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0E 12272 H "RTR Planeta, Trace Sport Stars, Motorvision TV, Baby TV Asia, Cartoon Network Asia, HBO Asia, Hollywood Box, Hollywood Library, Playboy TV Asia, Mongol TV, 9 TV, Ebolovskol TV, National Geographic Channel HD Asia and Sport Box" have started on
Telstar 18 138.0E 12292 V "TVB Xing He" has started on , Topreal.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12401 V "TVB Jade has started on , Topreal.Phoenix Chinese Channel is now in clear. Phoenix Hong Kong" is now encrypted.
Telstar 18 138.0E 12507 H "MNB, TV 25, Eagle News, TV 5, UBS, Bloomberg TV Mongolia, NTV, Mongolian News Channel, C1, ETV HD, Star TV, KMG 1, TV 8, UBS Global, Nei Monggol TV, TV 10, Soyon Gegeeruulegch TV, UBS Music, Uih Chuulgan, MN 2, Dream Box, OTV, TV AIST Mongolia, NBS 1, Nat Geo Wild Asia, DW Asien, Fashion One Asia, CCTV News, OTR, B4U Music India, TNT, MTV Live HD, NTV Mir, TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok and TV 3" have started on .
Telstar 18 138.0E 12660 V "UCTV" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "MTV Taiwan has replaced Australia Plus TV" on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Hi Indo has replaced RM News TV" on , Fta
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Life Inspired, Al Jazeera English and Berita Satu News Channel" have started on , Conax.

SES 7 108.2E 2535 H "Fight Sports has replaced Eurosport Asia" on , Videoguard.

NSS 11 108.2E 12651 V TVB Cantonese Movie, TVB Japanese Drama and TVB Korean Drama have started on , Videoguard. TVB Drama 1/2 have left.
NSS 11 108.2E 12651 V "TVB Good Show and TVB Kids" have left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3913 V "Play Max" has started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3940 V Star Gold HD India, Movies OK, Star Movies HD India, Star Movies Action, Star World HD India, Star Plus HD India, Star Jalsha, Star Pravah, Star World Premiere HD, Fox CrimeIndia, FX India, Life OK India and Jalsha Movies on are encrypted again.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "Z Living Asia" is Fta

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Dom Kino Premium" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3922 H "Kanak TV, Arra TV and News World" have left .

Express AM33 96.5E 3675 R "5 Kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya K and Perviy kanal" are still on, Fta.

Express AM33 96.5E 11484 V Perviy kanal, 5 Kanal, Rossiya 24, GTRK Ugoria, Ugra TV, NTV, Rossiya 2 and Rossiya K have left .
Express AM33 96.5E 11494 V "Ugra TV" has left .

Measat 3a 91.4E 12396 H "Zee Hiburan" has started on , Conax.
Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "Life Inspired and Al Jazeera English" have started on , Xcrypt.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Smena" has left
Yamal 401 90.0E 11565 V "Fakt" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 12505 V "Dozhd" is now encrypted.
Yamal 401 90.0E 12612 V "TNT, Rossiya 24 and NTV" have left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 12649 H "NTV and TV Ug Don" have left .

Yamal 300K 90.0E 12648 V "Rossiya 24" has left .

Intelsat 15 85.2E 12640 V "Ru TV" is Fta

Horizons 2 85.0E 11720 H "Horoshee Kino" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11760 H "Pyatnitsa!, Telekanal Spas, Detskiy, Zoo Park, Evrokino, Russkiy Illusion, Illusion + and Avto 24 have started , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11800 H "Zhivaya Priroda, Prodvizhenie, 360° Podmoskove and Topsong TV" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11800 H "Dange TV" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11920 H "Paramount Comedy Russia and Multimania" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11920 H "Vintage TV Russia" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 11960 H "Tochka TV and Soversheno Sekretno TV" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 12080 H "Strana and Russkiy Detektiv" have started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0E 12160 H "Sarafan, Belarus 24 and Park Razvlicenii" have started on , encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 10970 H "Discovery HD World India, National Geographic Channel HD Asia, CNBC TV 18, Star Movies HD India, Star Sports HD 2 and Zee TV HD" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel, Korkaew Channel, Oom Maharuai TV, Champ Channel and Goodfilms TV on are in clear again.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Chic Station" has started on , BISS.

ABS 2 75.0E 3781 V "IQ HD, Mult and Russkiy Bestseller" have started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "CTG TV" has started on , Fta. Dan Music has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3828 V "Jan TV, Khabar Fast, Khobor 365 Din, Punjabi By Nature, Maha Bodhi Channel, A1 Tehelka Haryana, GS TV, Jan TV Plus and Maha Movie" have started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "Khabar Bharti" has started on , Fta
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Epic" is Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H "BET Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H "Blackbelt TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11090 H "BET Africa 2 has replaced BET International" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Breakthru TV and Last Hour Miracle TV" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Janam TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,MCS Inter(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-08]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Chic Station(泰国)频道加密,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-08]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fight Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,BEAM Channel(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置3887 H 1852参数免费接收。[04-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理悠人、动物星球等替换Be4u Music(蒙古)等频道,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-08]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Romedy Now(MPEG-4)等2个频道新增,设置3933 V 7200参数有条件接收。[04-08]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Shop 24替换Ru TV(俄罗斯)频道,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Onbook(测试)频道解密,设置12530 H 26000参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,HBO(Univsion)频道消失,设置12271 H 33333参数无效接收。 [4月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚太卫视(香港)频道新增,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。 [4月8日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Uvur Mongol替换Nei Mongol(Univsion)频道,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [4月8日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,DM TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[04-07]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Channel V(Univsion)频道加密,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。[04-07]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Comedy TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。[04-07]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,I24 News、MCS Inter(MPEG-4)等频道重现,设置11593 H 30000参数免费接收。[04-07]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku段,Hollywood San HD替换Hollywood Library(高清)频道,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。[04-07]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Kids HD、Channel V(Univsion)频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数部分免费接收。[04-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PB Channel、WBTV(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置3480 H 30000参数有条件接收。[04-07]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Sky Racing 2(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3814 V 6660参数免费接收。[04-07]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、AXN HD(高清)等全组频道消失,设置11550 V 28800参数无效接收。[04-07]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,24 Movies(泰国)频道新增,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[04-07]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Ci TV替换Adhoc 1(BISS)频道,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [4月7日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Dojd(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12504 V 2020参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Mix Major Channel替换Fox Thai(泰国)频道,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [4月6日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+2)、NTV(+2)(俄罗斯)等6个频道新增,设置12718 V 27500参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-2(测试)频道新增,设置12271 H 12626参数免费接收。 [4月6日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Dojd(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12504 V 2020参数有条件接收。[04-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Mix Major Channel替换Fox Thai(泰国)频道,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-06]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+2)、NTV(+2)(俄罗斯)等6个频道新增,设置12718 V 27500参数免费接收。[04-06]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-2(测试)频道新增,设置12271 H 12626参数免费接收。[04-06]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Bhojpuri Cinema替换Sarv Dharam Sangam(印度)频道,设置10990 V 28500参数免费接收。[04-06]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Sadhana National(印度)频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。[04-06]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Bhakti TV替换Kairali TV(印度)频道,设置12109 H 40700参数免费接收。 [4月6日]

东经88度轨道位置的中新2号卫星Ku频段,好消息电视、慈济大爱(台湾)等4个频道新增,设置12677 H 7750参数免费接收。 [4月5日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,本港台替换珠江频道(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,珠江频道替换本港台(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。 [4月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Outernet(测试)频道新增,设置12614 V 3000参数免费接收。 [4月4日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sky 4K(高清)频道新增,设置12410 H 27489参数免费接收。[04-04]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,DK Premium(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11606 V 34425参数免费接收。[04-04]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Red Choice HD(高清)等3个频道新增,设置12610 H 27489参数有条件接收。[04-04]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,DK Permium(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12340 R 27500参数免费接收。[04-04]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV World、Hum TV MENA(巴基斯坦)等3个频道解密,设置4155 H 9833参数免费接收。 [4月4日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,叙利亚卫视、也门卫视(Arabsat)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。 [4月4日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Hollywood Box、Hollywood Library(高清)频道改格式,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Khuhdiin Suvag HD、TV9(蒙古)等频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [4月3日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Cnopt 1 HD(高清)频道解密,设置11530 H 22250参数免费接收。 [4月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Raduga TV promo(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[04-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Workpoint TV HD(测试)高清频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。[04-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Man TV、AJP、Happy Home TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。[04-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,STV、Good TV等替换JJ Channel(泰国)等频道,设置3840 V 30000参数部分免费接收。[04-03]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo Tez(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4180 V 26666参数有条件接收。[04-03]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,大爱 HD(高清)频道新增,设置12710 H 4284参数免费接收。[04-03]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TV Smena(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11092 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SB TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3847 H 5357参数无效接收。 [4月3日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,I24 News(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [4月3日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV Th Thao HD、VTC 3 HD(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11290 V 15000参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Trace Sports Inter HD(高清)频道加密,设置11735 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [4月2日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。[04-02]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,慈济大爱(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。[04-02]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Li TV、Al Jazera、Berita Satu(印尼)频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数有条件接收。[04-02]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Geo Tez(传送)频道解密,设置4180 V 26666参数免费接收。[04-02]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Max、Discovery Kids(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置10915 V 44990参数有条件接收。[04-02]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Janam(印度)频道新增,设置3966 H 14400参数免费接收。[04-02]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Indiavision(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3894 H 13840参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Shopping Zone替换News 7(印度)频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,News Express替换Vaartha TV(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [4月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan、Jhalak(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。 [4月2日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Pheno TV、Khushl(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4076 V 3600参数无效接收。 [4月2日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,公视二台替换台视财经(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯(数码天空)频道新增,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(数码天空)频道解密,设置12401 V 22425参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,翡翠国际替换凤凰资讯(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,星河频道替换公视二台(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。[04-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Som News(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[04-01]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Kix Telugu(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3900 H 22222参数有条件接收。 [4月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hi Indo替换RM News TV(印尼)频道,设置3820 V 29900参数免费接收。 [4月1日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,华语剧台、煲剧台(TVB)频道新增,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [4月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,杨百翰大学(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3771 V 2643参数无效接收。 [4月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Living(高清)频道解密,设置4100 V 29717参数免费接收。 [4月1日]


Software bug in iQ3 devices, Foxtel admits devices need software up-gradation

From http://customstoday.com.pk/software-bug-in-iq3-devices-foxtel-admits-devices-need-software-up-gradation-8/

SYDNEY: Foxtel admits thousands of its newly released $150 iQ3 video recording devices that are currently in homes across Australia will need software updates to operate properly.

A Foxtel spokesman confirmed to Fairfax Media that “fewer than two thousand” of the iQ3 boxes currently deployed would need upgrading to address some of the major issues customers have been experiencing.

A further 200,000 iQ3 devices in Foxtel warehouses will also need to be upgraded before they are sold and deployed, a Foxtel spokesman confirmed.

It comes as Mike Ivanchenko, director of product at Foxtel, admitted to media and marketing website Mumbrella that there had been “teething problems” with the device due to problems with its processes.

It followed Fairfax Media revealing on Wednesday that a slew of bugs were affecting the set top boxes launched Monday last week, bugs of which have caused a great deal of frustration for users.

Issues range from the device randomly resetting itself to the wrong content being shown on the wrong channel.

“We had teething problems for the first few days where they weren’t properly being activated so that some features weren’t turned on or a good number were left on old software,” Mr Ivanchenko told Mumbrella.

“That resulted in those customers getting a less than satisfactory experience and they were rightfully vocal.”

Mr Ivanchenko acknowledged the issues would mean that thousands of iQ3 devices currently deployed would need software upgrades to fix the issues.

It was unclear how long it would take to upgrade all affected boxes or whether the upgrade process would be automated.

“We have a process of upgrading them, but the short answer is yes they all need to upgraded,” Mr Ivanchenko told Mumbrella. “This is standard for any of our box deployments.”

But he said the upgrades would not be up to customers to install themselves.

“… It’s up to us and it was actually our processes that broke down,” he said.

Mr Ivanchenko also reportedly disputed claims customers were returning their iQ3 devices.

But some customers in contact with Fairfax said they had begun the process of returning their device.

“I have requested Foxtel to take back both boxes and they agreed without any hesitation, confirming my belief that this launch was a total screw-up!” one customer said.

Mr Ivanchenko also disputed claims by customers that the device was rushed out in time to line up with Netflix’s Australian launch.

“To hit it straight on the head categorically we would reject the notion that we have rushed this out,” he said.

But a Foxtel customer who wished to remain anonymous said that on March 12, just 11 days before the public launch, they were contacted to see if they would like to test the device to iron out any bugs.

“You … agree to provide feedback to Foxtel on any technical or other issues experienced during the preview,” the invitation said, noting that its contents were “not authorised for distribution or public posting”.

It was not clear whether all issues consumers had would be addressed in the latest update, as Foxtel’s Q&A section on its website about the device still states that a number of issues remain unaddressed.

Another section of its website created Wednesday afternoon states that the company had noticed that some Foxtel iQ3s “snuck through” its system without the latest software.

“This could be causing you some technical issues,” it states.

'Backdoor' TV show access threatened

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11427127

Sky TV has joined with its entertainment rivals in an attempt to stop down internet service providers offering services that allow them to circumvent geographical restrictions on TV shows and movies. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Entertainment and television players Spark, MediaWorks, SKY and TVNZ have fired a warning shot to Slingshot, Orcon and Bypass Network Services, saying they are breaching copyright and operating outside the law by providing customers access to otherwise blocked international TV and movie services.

In a joint statement issued today, the four companies say they have sent the two telcos and others requests to cease the operation of "Global Mode" or similar services that get around the blocks stopping people in New Zealand accessing certain services.

Slingshot's Global Mode, for instance, has long allowed New Zealanders access to the US-version of Netflix, which only launched here last month.

The country's biggest media players and Spark's Lightbox television streaming service said "companies who set out to profit by marketing and providing access to content they haven't paid for are operating outside the law and in breach of copyright."

"We pay considerable amounts of money for content rights, particularly exclusive content rights. These rights are being knowingly and illegally impinged which is a significant issue that may ultimately need to be resolved in court in order to provide future clarity for all parties involved," the four companies said.

"This is not about taking action against consumers; this is a business to business issue and is about creating a fair playing field."

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet described the legal action as "a big step" for the industry.

He said it was not aimed at the arrival of the Netflix internet TV service which began in New Zealand and Australia last week and he expected Netflix would be concerned also about its New Zealand rights being undermined.

The action was aimed at organisations that were seeking to profit from copyright they did not own.

However, he said changes to the media sector with a Netflix and other internet TV services had made the issue more apparent and led to Sky and other industry players joining together for the action.

"Its getting harder to make money competing in this country with people who are not paying to use our content.

"They want to profit from rights that they do not have," Fellet said.

Sky said that the point of the action was to "get an understanding of what is legal and what is not".

Use of global mode services - allowing back door entry into overseas Pay TV services to access their US rights - has been around for a long time. But the Global mode option has taken on a higher profile and has been marketed as a superior option to services offered by companies.

Sky said that the global mode product is not common internationally and it was only being marketed in New Zealand, Korea and Singapore.

Fellet said he imagined Netflix would be just as concerned as the parties to this action about the breach of its copyright.

However, the mechanism for these global plus subscriptions was that users of Netflix US would be paying the US company.

The Herald asked Netflix last month what it was doing to prevent copyright breaching going through the US, but it said there were limited options.

Asked if Hollywood studios were stepping in to protect rights they had sold to Sky and other New Zealand broadcasters, Fellet said:

"We are just trying to get them to focus. In a lot of countries there are much stronger piracy laws than we have here.

"There is site blocking legislation and here it is much harder to enforce a copyright For the studios it is difficult to focus on any one market."

It is understood that some studios have been more active in policing global mode access to US rights than others.

"We are in conversations with all of the studios," Fellet said.

"They will decide whether to come or not come based on the merits of it."

CallPlus responds to Global Mode warning

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/67598136/TV-companies-issue-Global-Mode-warning

Local TV companies are taking aim at internet providers that are letting customers access blocked overseas internet television services.

CallPlus has responded to a legal threat from the country's top television companies over its support for Global Mode, saying the service is legal and it was being bullied.

The country's four major television companies said they had written to CallPlus on Thursday telling it to stop using Global Mode, a service that lets customers access blocked overseas online television services, which include the United States version of Netflix.

Television New Zealand, Sky Television, Mediaworks and Spark subsidiary Lightbox said they had all written to CallPlus subsidiaries Slingshot and Orcon and other internet providers that use Global Mode telling them to cease doing so.

They had also written to Global Mode's creator, Auckland firm Bypass Network Services, telling it to axe the service, they said.

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way confirmed the letter was a "legal threat", acknowledging that any legal action that resulted would be a test case.

CallPlus chief executive Mark Callander said it had not received the letters but it was confident Global Mode was perfectly legal.

"The 'big boy' incumbents have made these threats in the past so we're not expecting anything particularly exciting. They're just trying to bully the smaller guys to prevent New Zealand catching up with the rest of the world," Callander said in a statement.

He added that CallPlus would respond to the television companies, the media, and the New Zealand public once it had received the letters. CallPlus claims about a 15 per cent share of the home internet market.

Shortland Chambers lawyer Kevin Glover, an expert in intellectual property law, said last year that the legal status of anti-geoblocking services such as Global Mode had never been tested in New Zealand.

Bypass Network Services would not confirm it had received any of the letters and indicated it was unlikely to comment before Tuesday. Word of the legal threat had come as staff were "winding down" with a pre-Easter BBQ, co-founder Matthew Jackson said.   

The television companies said in a joint statement that they believed companies that "set out to profit by marketing and providing access to content they haven't paid for are operating outside the law and in breach of copyright".

"We pay considerable amounts of money for content rights, particularly exclusive content rights. These rights are being knowingly and illegally impinged which is a significant issue that may ultimately need to be resolved in court in order to provide future clarity for all parties involved," the statement said.

Tens of thousands of New Zealand television viewers are believed to be using Global Mode to access the US version of Netflix and other "geo-blocked" overseas services.

Cue TV to end transmission

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/67571165/Cue-TV-to-end-transmission

Southland company cuts broadcast arm adrift

Cue TV will cease broadcasting on April 10 as the Southland-owned and operated company cuts its broadcast arm adrift.

The company will switch its focus on to being a production house as well as an events bookings and venue management agency.

Cue TV owner and director Tom Conroy said the company would move from being a broadcaster and production house to solely being a production house.

"The transmission signal is being switched off. We will continue to produce content for others but not for ourselves."

The broadcast arm of the company, which broadcasts across New Zealand on the Sky and Freeview platforms, would cease to exist as of midnight April 10.

Conroy declined to comment on the potential for staffing changes, citing privacy reasons.

The broadcast arm was looking like it would struggle to support itself in the next financial year and the decision had been made to close it down.

"It's not a closure, it's a change of direction," he said.

The nationwide model had been set up to allow Southland businesses to promote themselves outside of the region, but there had not been enough advertisers.

Support from outside the region had been good, he said.

"We couldn't convince enough [Southland] businesses to say 'we want this platform to promote our goods' and without Southland doing their bit in their corner it just isn't financially viable."

They had to go in a direction that was financially viable, Conroy said.

There would be no competition with the Southern Institute of Technology's production department, Conroy said.

"We work side-by-side with SIT. Most of our productions will be for television broadcasts whereas they are more the corporate side of things. We are going down a different avenue," he said.

Corporate production work and making programmes for other television stations would be a big part of the ongoing operation.

Cue TV will focus on the production aspect of the business, seeking out projects such as the Cue-produced University Challenge, which was picked up by Prime TV last year. "We already have a couple of projects in mind, which made the decision to refocus the business easier."

Cue TV will remain in the SIT Arcade. The company will continue to manage the SIT Centrestage Theatre and run the TicketDirect box office.

Cue TV began operating in October 1996 as Mercury Television.

New Thai-owned satellite platform

From contesntasia

FreeView soft launches in Thailand by May with plans for more than 110 free- TV channels – including 40 HD channels – over the next three years as well as expansion to neighbouring markets in the following phases. The platform, owned by 15-year-old Thai media company Next Step Co Ltd, rolls out with six original channels and the 36 digital terrestrial (DTT) channels licensed last year.

The service, carried on an Intelsat satellite, is delivered free. The only cost is the set-top receiver and a 60cm Ku-band dish, which will be available in about 2,000 outlets across Thailand. Local company InfoSat is supplying the boxes. The hardware and installation costs are maximum THB2,000/US$62. Box penetration forecasts in year one are 500,000, increasing to one million in year two. Projections are for 60% penetration of Thailand’s 22 million homes in eight to 10 years.

FreeView channels will be 70% local and 30% international, all language customised and targetting middle-class upcountry audiences. The new HD DTT channels will be broadcast in HD, giving FreeView a quality advantage over the majority of satellite channels available in Thailand at the moment.
“The objective is content that is informative, educational and entertaining at the same time. Once the concept is proven in Thailand, we will duplicate it in other countries as well,” says Next

FreeView gears up for Thailand launch New satellite platform promises subscription-free HD Step’s Philipp Heussen, who is leading the
FreeView project. He describes FreeView’s content policy as “mass niche”, divided into about 25 categories ranging from travel and food to kids and news. Channels will be curated to deliver tightly targetted audiences. About 70% of Thailand’s TV revenue goes to mass-appeal channels. For starters, Next Step is going after the other 30% – approx US$463 million of the total TV spend of THB50 billion/US$1.5 billion – that goes on specialist channels.

The six in-house Next Step channels include a documentary service, primarily programmed with wildlife and nature shows; HD wildlife/nature channel New
Explorer; science/tech channel MySci; lifestyle channel Real Metro; and a Thai arts, music and culture channel. A sixth channel, Thainess TV, carrying Thai-made
docs, is already on air. “These channels are very easy to understand,” Heussen says, adding: “We have carefully selected content for Thai audiences, so they can expand their knowledge”.

Next Step is going to both the local and international markets to bring the total number of channels on offer up to 111. Heussen believes Thai media need to step up to fill the gaps created by constant political change, the absence of a long-term education strategy for Thailand, and an un-curated free-TV environment. “People need alternatives... to be educated in an entertaining way for long-term benefit,” he says.

1/04/15 - 8/04/15

Break to replace PC


Apsattv.com will be on a break for at least a week while I sort out and replace my failing pc

Sunday feeds

D1 12634 V Sr 7200 "atn7snv-1" Police officer, 422 video

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "KORDIA NZ HD" FTA (Warriors vs Bronco's)

Saturday feed log

D2 12321 V Sr 7200 "ATN SNV-1" 422
D2 12330 V Sr 7200 "ATN PAth 2" colour bars
D2 12339 V Sr 7500 "STS 1" unknown encrypted
D2 12446 V Sr 6670 "chch03" news reporter cricket
D2 12455 V Sr 6670 "globecast 1" Horses
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 service" Horses
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "anc 002" election related
D2 12256 H Sr 4250 (nz beam) unknown encrypted
D2 12483 V Sr 7200 "ip-uplinkscom" AFL? football

D1 12679 V Sr 7200 "astra path 4-1" Horses

From my Email

From FeralKiwi

Palapa D
new tp. 3792 h 3000. 4 channels? DTV1, fta, 3 to 4 $. BNI finance. 1080 h264.

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 weekend feed log

3650 H SR 15000 Service-1 Asian stunt-man, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7500 World Snooker 2015, (FTA.)
3911 H SR 13845 $WORLD FEED ($Scrambled.)
$FUJI CLEAN FEED ($Scrambled.)
3925 H SR 7199 $Yonex India Open ($Scrambled.)
3935 H SR 7199 $CAT TELECOM SNG ($Scrambled.)
3955 V SR 7199 $San Sha-TV ($Scrambled.)
4160 H SR 14240 GCUK Enc 1 VOLVO OCEAN RACE 2014-2015, (some great Southern Ocean Yacht Racing Highlights.) (FTA.)
3668 H SR 9875 $E-94 Volta Catalu ($Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7199 $ALKASS SNG 2 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7199 CAT DSNG1 AFC Soccer - THA vs CAM, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7200 TV LAO HD Soccer, (FTA.)Radio TVLAO also scanned on this transponder
3754 V SR 4199 ENC02 Setting up some grand tables and chairs for a "Patient Central Care Forum." (FTA.)
3733 H SR 9875 $IAAF Guiyang ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7100 $Globecast Oz ($Scrambled.)
3854 H SR 7500 World Snooker 2015 (FTA - this one is becoming a regular lately!)
3750 V SR 14399 MEYDAN-1M (Sunset) United Arab Emirates - Horse Race Derby, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 morocco world feed Women's Golf from Morocco, (FTA.)
3905 V SR 6111 STTP Still of a city skyline then a report on Li Quan Yew, (FTA.)
3649 H SR 15000 Service-1 Ice Skating from Shanghai, CHINA, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 6111 Adhoc Encoder 3 Metro TV - Channel Japan programme, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7120 $Gonzalez v Russell from Las Vegas, ($Scrambled.)
3730 H SR 15000 $HD 18Mhz - SAT ($Scrambled.)
3746 V SR 7500 $Aus v Nz DD 9MHz ($Scrambled.)
3869 H SR 10000 $Aus v Nz World ($Scrambled.)
(As expected the Aus v Nz Cricket Final feeds are $Scrambled.)

3754 V SR 4199 ENC01 Seminar on again - "Enhancing the Approach to Patient Customer Care." (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7120 GlobePac HD 2 MP World Triathalon - (Barfoot & Thompson) - from Auckland, N.Z. (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7199 ERICSSON Channel News Asia special broadcast of the funeral service with dignitaries, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 7199 EDMSG HD Enc-1 Asian reporter from the streets of Singapore with all its trees, palms and plant lined streets, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3575 V "N3 Channel" has started Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3913 V "FilmAsia and StarMax" have started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11760 H "Gamanoid TV" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4067 H "Deepto TV and Bijoy TV" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4082 H "Bijoy TV" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11790 H "Tara Muzik, Aath, R Plus, News Time TV and Dhoom Music" have started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "Multimania" has started on again, encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11090 H "Eva" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11170 H "ZNBC TV 2" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V "Jet TV, GNF TV and Parliamentary Channel" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11514 V "Kruiskyk TV and LX TV have started on , Fta. Walking On Water TV" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11634 V "Rhema TV" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 H "Zee World" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bhojpuri Cinema(印度)频道新增,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。[03-29]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,MRTV-4(高清)频道加密,设置12468 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-29]
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Seven media mogul Kerry Stokes takes on new industry battles

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/seven-media-mogul-kerry-stokes-takes-on-new-industry-battles-20150327-1m7ruw.html

As he enters his 75th year, has "the man from nowhere" lost his golden touch?

 TV companies Nine, Ten and Seven West Media reported falls ranging from 1.5 per cent to more than 3 per cent. Photo: Bloomberg

Kerry Stokes was fidgety.

Not nervous, but clearly psyching himself up. In the same room at Melbourne's modern spacious museum was James Packer and his mother Ros. Even a room that size is not big enough for two businessmen of this stature.

They had travelled to the same city for the launch of veteran media buyer Harold Mitchell's biography Living Large.

Stokes and Packer had fallen out spectacularly over a high profile, expensive court battle, in which Stokes' Seven Network alleged his competitors – which included News Limited and companies linked to Packer – conspired to prevent its fledgling pay TV operation C7 from securing Australian football and rugby league rights.

Stokes lost the fierce battle, which stretched over 120 hearing days and cost the parties about $200 million in legal fees.

Now staring at his opponent again, recalls one observer at the launch, Stokes said: "right, I'm going to do it".

What happened next is a reminder, say those who know Stokes, that he should not be underestimated.

Right now there are certainly those asking if Stokes is losing a golden touch that has kept "the boy from nowhere" in business for more than half a century.

As he enters his 75th year, Stokes' fortune has shrunk to it lowest since 2009 during the height of the financial crisis.

While still officially a billionaire – with an estimated wealth of $2.2 billion, according to BRW – Stokes' prime investments in media and resources are battling significant cyclical and structural challenges.

He is not standing still. Far from it. His response has been a been a year of fierce deal making that has diversified his fortune across oil and gas, financial services and subscription video to take on US streaming giant Netflix.

One wonders what the doubters would say watching the man, then aged in his late 60s with his trademark stoop, as he walked straight up to Packer at Mitchell's book launch.

"You could tell that the hatred between those two men was something that was playing on him and he walked up and shook hands [with Packer]," says the observer.

"They had a 10 or 15 minute conversation. He just looked visibly relieved."

Stokes is still best known, like Packer once was, as a media mogul. But he has investments in property, mining services, iron ore and most recently oil and gas, not to mention a vast private art collection which requires three full-time staff for its maintenance.

He began his career in television installing TV antennas in a fast-growing Perth in the late 1950s. In that job, amid the seemingly endless sprawl of roof tops, he saw the potential of real estate, and jumped into the industry. By the end of the 1960s he had become a millionaire, building shopping centres and was on track to build an empire that would include newspapers, television stations, and a portfolio of mining companies.

His energy is impressive. He exercises up to two-and-a-half hours a day, maintaining his figure in a way that would put men half his age to shame.

"When you bump into him, it like bumping into a piece of iron," says a former business associate. "He's really strong and really fit".

And Stokes isn't done. Not by a long shot.

Only last month he earned plaudits for timing after his Seven Group spent more than $100 million on scooping up 179 million shares, or 13.8 per cent, of oil and gas explorer and producer Beach Energy.

The splurge took place after Beach's share price halved in six months and the price of oil fell below $US40 a barrel.

"It's obviously an opportunistic acquisition within their field of expertise given [Seven Group] chief executive Don Voelte's history with Woodside," Morningstar analyst Tim Mann said at the time.

Voelte, who was Woodside's chief executive for seven years until 2011, agreed it had an opportunistic edge. "But we wouldn't have done it if we didn't want to invest in that industry".

Indeed, the Beach purchase rivalled Seven's bitter drawn-out legal battle to take over Nexus Energy for $200 million. But when Stokes moved on the distressed company a year earlier when the price of oil was more that $90 a barrel.

Is this therefore a case of his timing being less than perfect?

Despite having Voelte's rich oil and gas experience, it was his not first choice for diversification.

In fact on top of his list was healthcare. But for one reason or another, he couldn't find a way into the sector, which would have been a reversal of the strategy the late Paul Ramsay who built his wealth on hospitals before gaining control of Seven's regional affiliate Prime in the mid 1980s.

Next he looked at agriculture, particularly gypsum and phosphate. That made sense considering Australia's biggest mining company BHP investing heavily in potash in a bid to help feed the world.

But again, Stokes couldn't find an entrée into the sector, and so oil and gas came into the picture.

"It's all based on a specific strategy," Voelte says, adding the slump has made the move easier in the long run even if Nexus now looks expensive in comparison.

He expects the oil rout will continue for the next 12 to 18 months. But he sees that as advantage rather than a disadvantage.

"We would like to see the oil price go lower for a while longer because. It's usually when things go down in a cycle, the further they stay down, the recovery is stronger and longer.

"The other benefit is more good stuff becomes available," said Voelte, highlighting Seven's appetite for more acquisitions.

"We are always on the prowl. We see value where others don't."

And this is where Voelte particularly praises his boss.

"Kerry has got good eyes. He sees through things. He sees through people, he sees through assets, he sees through businesses. If you watch him, he will stare right through the back of your head. He sees things that I think other people don't see," he tells BusinessDay from Colorado, which is a favoured winter bolthole for Stokes.

"Kerry always laughs at me and says 'I don't know anything about oil and gas, I'm really relying on you'. I laugh every time he tells me that because he … knows a hell of a lot more about everything than he ever lets on to.

"He's picked up everything he needs to know about oil and gas. He's not a shrinking violet in any industry and I think he's got very comfortable in oil and gas very quickly."

Even those who have experienced Stokes' wrath, praise his ability to "see around corners". This is because while he is hands on, it more about strategy than interfering with day-to-day operations.

"The angrier he gets the quieter he is. He'd say to you 'I'm very disappointed … I feel like you have let me down', he'd actually say that very quietly," said a former business associate.

"Whereas if you think of a Packer of a Murdoch or someone else … he's very calm from that perspective, very different."

Something he shares with Murdoch is a love of newspapers. He has owned the Canberra Times in the late 1980s and '90s and he is unlikely to sell The West Australian, despite analysts marking his media company Seven West Media down for its print assets.

Citi media analyst Justin Diddams has a "neutral" rating for Stoke's media company Seven West Media, meaning he doesn't recommend buying or sell its stock.

"The company operates the leading free-to-air TV broadcaster in Australia and a monopoly newspaper business in Western Australia. It looks well positioned to leverage future growth in advertising, given its dominant position in the media landscape," Mr Diddams wrote in an investor note last month.

"However, the structural threats to the print assets are likely to weigh on sentiment and earnings expectations."

Mr Diddams' comments came after the company posted a $994 million interim net loss after tax after writing down the value of its media assets by $1.1 billion.

But it's not just print. Investors are also questioning whether free-to-air television will follow newspapers in the migration of advertising to online, which has savaged print revenues. This has been underlined by the welter of streaming television services that have launched recently including American behemoth Netflix.

Metropolitan advertising for all free-to-air networks slid 3 per cent in the six months to December 31, according to the figures compiled by accounting firm KPMG. It is contrast to the corresponding period in 2013, which saw a 5 per cent rise to $1.6 billion.

But in the past 10 years, using the same figures, free-to-air TV advertising revenue has stagnated.

Harold Mitchell, who is the chairman of lobby group Free TV Australia, said the rise of digital advertising had surpassed the arrival of television 60 years ago as the biggest upheaval in media history.

"Digital advertising is heading towards 40 per cent," Mitchell says.

"That's the greatest change in modern media history, even [the arrival of] television wasn't has dramatic as that.

"But that doesn't mean it's the end of the world. It just means that you have to adapt and very successful media have done it. Newspapers were here when television came along, and newspaper people got into different forms of television."

Mitchell says it is "the product and ideas" which secures the survival of media companies, not the medium itself.

"There are many ways of delivering a product but if you walk away from the product and ideas then you walk away from the future.

"We can get carried away with all sorts of things, if you look at all the years gone by with video tape and everything else that's happened, it's products and ideas. It will be delivered in a lot of ways."

So how does that play out in the world of Kerry Stokes? This year he merged the newsrooms of The West Australian with Channel Seven Perth. It is now the most integrated media team in Australia if not the world, allowing Seven's news bulletins to run on the paper's website, as well as powerful cross-promotional opportunities.

Seven West Media chief executive Tim Worner – who began his career at Seven as a journalist in Perth in the 1980s before taking on executive roles in production and programming – says he subscribes to Mitchell's philosophy of creating once and "exploit everywhere" across television, online and mobile.

Worner estimates almost 80 per cent of profit before interest, taxes and depreciation "now comes from the television business and a big part of our strategy going forward is really taking that television business … and using that marketing grunt to grow new revenue streams."

"We have got a very strong focus of exploiting our content beyond the first screen. Say for a show like Sunday Night, which goes to air at 7pm on a Sunday, the guys making that show now know that's the first time that content will be seen but it is by far from the last time."

Seven also likes to talk about its credentials to battle another threat: subscription video-on-demand (SVOD), or streaming. Worner says about eight years ago the network recognised the potential of its audiences splintering to digital platforms.

To combat this, the network believed it had to create and control most its own content, so it wouldn't be "beholden to someone supplying them that content and coming to an arrangement on distribution windows".

"We set of down a path of trying to continually increase the size of our content bank and trying to make sure that we were in a position when this multi type screen eventuated, which it has now, that we are in a position to actually take advantage of it, not really be challenged by it," Worner says.

For this reason, he said Seven was a "good dance partner" when media companies began joining forces last year to offer SVOD services.

But, again, its streaming partnership, Presto Entertainment, with local pay TV monopoly Foxtel sounds good in theory but is struggling to gain consumer awareness, according to a study released last week.

The Venture Consulting report found only 15 per cent of survey participants knew of Presto, compared with 32 per cent for US streaming giant Netflix and 25 per cent for Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, owner of BusinessDay. Perth-based Quickflix had 27 per cent awareness.

Seven and Foxtel are starting to increase advertising for Presto both on television and billboards. But Worner, perhaps warily, describes SVOD as a "delicate balancing act"  and not the "holy grail".

"I don't see this as a sudden revenue storm that is just going to dump large amounts of new money into our coffers.

"I certainly think that over time streaming content is going to grow very quickly not least because of sheer convenience."

This, Worner says, was evident during this year's Australian Open tennis tournament – where Seven had secured an all rights deal, including broadcast and digital. The network streamed all matches, even those not on the live TV broadcast.

"That had never been done before. 70 per cent of the live streams were on phones and tablets. Television is going mobile because it's more convenient.

"I still maintain that the more fragmented the audience becomes, the more powerful and more valuable free-to-air television becomes because it becomes the only media where you can amass a huge audience and deliver a message very powerfully to that mass audience simultaneously."

But he acknowledges that Seven needs to be in the subscription video-on-demand space and says the network has a supportive chairman in Kerry Stokes.

"He is a very good thinker and is prepared to challenge convention, and has a history of that," he says.

And there are other things to ponder. Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull this month proposed changes to media ownership that would allow more mergers between newspapers, TV networks and radio stations.

But Mr Turnbull denied Foxtel's request to give it access to more sporting events that reserved for free-to-air television, protecting Nine, Ten and Seven's dominance of sports broadcasting.

This angered Rupert Murdoch, who tweeted "Turnbull's plans to scrap certain rules suit buddies at Nine". This was referring to speculation that the changes would beneficial to Nine, allowing it take over Ten Network Holding's regional affiliate Southern Cross.

Tim Worner has been quiet about Mr Turnbull's plan, as has Stokes, who has to date refused to the back the abolition of cross-media ownership rules unless its part of a broader package on media reform.

And Stokes has his own ways of making his thoughts known to Canberra.

One example often held up of his influence stems from January 2010 when then communications minister Stephen Conroy spent an afternoon skiing with Stokes around the slopes of Vail, Colorado. Weeks later the government announced that the Seven Network and its commercial rivals were to receive a $250 million licence fee rebate.

Harold Mitchell says despite Stokes being aged in his mid-70s, he still has the zest needed to make businesses successful.

"He's warm hearted, a good friend but intense about his approach to whatever he is doing.

"He's always been very patient in order to achieve an ultimate outcome. He is careful in his planning. And that patience is what has always paid off. You should never underestimate him."

Stokes declined to be interview for this article but told senior Fairfax journalist Elizabeth Knight during a rare interview in 2010 that he attributed his success to nature not nurture.

"I'm lucky I had signposts in my life," he told Knight, while picking at sashimi and leaving the rice.

"At important times I got pointed in the right direction by particular circumstances. You can choose a direction that will take you into something that isn't going to take you where you want to go or you can choose a direction which is down the right path."

AsiaSat Results Reflect Troop Withdrawals, Capacity Glut

From http://www.satprnews.com/2015/03/27/asiasat-results-reflect-troop-withdrawals-capacity-glut/
KOUROU, French Guiana – Satellite fleet operator AsiaSat reported a 9 percent drop in revenue and a 27 percent drop in new and renewal contracts in 2014, saying declining military sales and a regional oversupply are putting downward pressure on transponder-lease prices.

The company said changes in the way its customers download video suggest that a high-throughput satellite with multiple spot beams and frequency reuse may be in order, but not yet.

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat said it hopes for a fresh spurt of growth from two new satellites launched in late 2014, but that both are awaiting operating licenses in China and elsewhere.

“Surplus capacity created by increased supply and government cutbacks caused prices to soften in most of the major markets we serve,” AsiaSat Chairman Sherwood P. Dodge said in a March 26 statement to shareholders accompanying the earnings report to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. “The challenges we faced in a competitive market will continue into 2015.”

AsiaSat’s four-satellite fleet grew to six in 2014 with the launch of AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8. AsiaSat 6 opened a new slot for the company at 120 degrees east. The satellite’s 28 C-band transponders are half-owned by fleet operator Thaicom of Thailand as part of a previous arrangement between the two regional competitors that allowed Thaicom to retain access to a highly valued orbital position.

That leaves AsiaSat to market its 14 transponders, mainly intended for the mainly Chinese market. In its financial statement, the company said it is still awaiting landing rights for this capacity.

Similarly, the AsiaSat 8 satellite, which also entered service in late 2014 with 24 Ku-band transponders at 105.5 degrees east, is targeting markets in China, India, the Middle East and Southeast Asia but is awaiting licensing approval.

After removing the capacity dedicated to Thaicom, the AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 satellites add 22 percent to AsiaSat’s in-orbit capacity.

But the new capacity comes at a time when U.S. and allied troop withdrawal is taking demand out of the Middle East, affecting fleet operators large and small, including AsiaSat. The problem starts with lost sales from a high-paying customer and continues by making the freed-up capacity available at a time when the Asian market is flush with available satellites.

AsiaSat told investors in 2013 that one of its major customers had renegotiated a large contract that provided long-term stability for AsiaSat but at lower per-megahertz prices. It was not until 2014 that the full effect of this lower-value contract was felt.

For the 12 months ending Dec. 31, AsiaSat reported revenue of 1.365 billion Hong Kong dollars, or $176 million at end-year exchange rates. In Hong Kong dollar terms, the revenue figure was down 9 percent from 2013. The company said its profit for the year was 559 million Hong Kong dollars, down 25 percent from 2013. Its ordinary dividend was down 75 percent from 2013.

AsiaSat’s cash flow for the year was helped by Thaicom’s payment of 636 million Hong Kong dollars for the Thaicom share of AsiaSat 6.

New orders in 2014 totaled 357 million Hong Kong dollars, down 42 percent from 2013 – “the result of intense competition and our lack of capacity in relation to some customer requirements,” Dodge said in his statement.

Adding in renewals, AsiaSat’s total contract volume in 2014 was 932 million Hong Kong dollars, down 27 percent from 2013.

AsiaSat has one satellite on order, AsiaSat 9, under construction by SSL of Palo Alto, California, and scheduled for launch in mid-2016. It will replace AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees east and provide expansion capacity as well through C-, Ku- and Ka-band.

AsiaSat has long been one of the most technologically alert of the regional fleet operators. The company said it is aware of the trend toward high-throughput satellites, but it apparently is not ready to make an order.

“[W]e are experiencing a growing need for satellites to provide increased bandwidth. One solution for addressing this need is the deployment of High Throughput Satellites (HTS),” the company said in its financial report.

“We are evaluating this technology for our market, particularly for enterprise services such as maritime, mining and mobile applications, as well as private networks with a need for high throughput. Although the market potential of HTS is not clear at the present time, HTS will eventually come to Asia and will ultimately have a significant impact on satellite delivery.”

Conax establishes Beijing test centre

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/27/conax-establishes-beijing-test-centre/

Conax, part of the Kudelski Group and a provider of complete video content and service protection, is in the final stages of establishing a Conax test centre in Beijing. The facility will provide authorised Pre-Testing and Conformity Testing services certifying client device conformance for Conax content protection functionality requirements.

Conax works closely with a wide range of STB partners and other device manufacturers to ensure Conax enabled client devices are developed according to its strict requirements for functionality and security. The new test hub extends the security provider’s current offering for 3rd party test facilities in Europe and India and aims to offer cost efficient access for set-top box manufacturers and partners in Asia Pacific.

“During the last 2 years, Conax has security integrated close to 200 STB models, confirms Erik Abrahamsen, acting EVP Services, Conax. While a very high percentage of the manufacturers are based in Asia, we are pleased to introduce a regional offering for our partners. Establishing a test centre closer to our STB partners will provide flexibility and reduced costs for STB projects, benefiting both our partners and our customers – leading pay-TV operators across the globe.”

The Conax testing facility in Beijing will be available from early May 2015.

Scuttling satellites to save space

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Scuttling_satellites_to_save_space_999.html

Designs for solar sails for deorbiting satellites at the end of life, presented by Germany's High Performance Space Structure Systems company at March's two-day workshop on space debris mitigation and CleanSat took place last week at ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. All of Europe's large and small satellite builders were joined by subsystem and component providers as well as a leading satellite operator. April 2015 will see the issuing of an announcement of opportunity for companies and institutes to propose innovations to serve future low-Earth orbit satellite platforms. These should be related to debris mitigation, or the boosting of overall performance and competitiveness, or help complying with other legislation such as the European Commission's REACH regulation, restricting the use of hazardous industrial chemicals. Image courtesy ESA-Anneke Le Floc'h. For a larger version of this image please go here.

It takes a lot of ingenuity - not to mention a massive quantity of sheer force - to get satellites into orbit. Now space engineers are applying comparable ingenuity to the challenge of getting their missions out of there, too.

ESA, working closely with Europe's satellite builders, will ask industry for new designs to help remove satellites from orbit at the end of their working lives, as well as 'passivating' them - making them safer for neighbouring missions.

The selected concepts will be evaluated in ESA's Concurrent Design Facility at the Agency's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. This interlinked multimedia facility allows a large number of different specialists to work on the same software models at once.

The aim is to develop common approaches that can be used by upcoming satellites from all of Europe's main companies.

Ultimately, space is a finite resource - including the space closest to our world, the low-orbit realm extending up to 2000 km. Highly prized for Earth observation missions and some types of telecom satellites, low orbit has grown increasingly crowded.

The real problem comes not from working missions but derelict ones, abandoned in place after the end of operations.

Left to tumble uncontrolled, they not only pose a collision risk but may also explode, as leftover fuel or batteries overheat, in turn spawning clouds of secondary debris.

In reaction, international regulations governing 'space debris mitigation' have been devised. These have been adopted by ESA among many other global space agencies and codified into French law, and are well on the way to becoming commercial standards, too.

In short, these regulations demand that satellites should be removed from busy low orbits within 25 years of their end of life, they should be fully passivated to minimise their risk of fragmenting, and their reentries should pose a minimal risk to people on the ground.

"Space industry is facing up to the problem of achieving compliance with mitigation regulations, while minimising any impact on the cost and effectiveness of their missions," explains Luisa Innocenti, heading ESA's Clean Space initiative.

"To assist them, ESA's new CleanSat initiative is now seeking to develop modular deorbit systems and techniques with the potential to be adopted in common by all Europe's satellite builders."

Satellites under about 500 km altitude should typically deorbit within the 25 year limit through drag from the top of the atmosphere. Anything placed higher up in space will need assistance to come down.

Key mitigation systems under discussion included compact solid rocket boosters - either to despatch satellites down or else up into less-trafficked 'graveyard orbits' - as well as solar sails and drag-augmentation devices to push satellites down faster.

Next month will see an opportunity for companies and institutes to propose ideas for future low-orbit satellite platforms.

"Europe's satellite builders - Airbus Defence and Space, OHB and Thales Alenia Space - are providing inputs into the selection," adds Luisa. "Smaller satellite builders including Deimos, QinetiQ Space and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd are also being consulted.

"A short list of around 25 mitigation methods will be finalised, followed up by work to create detailed workplans, which will then be presented to next year's ESA Ministerial Council for approval."

Multichoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/27/multichoice-gets-tough-with-grey-market-subs/

African pay-TV operator Multichoice is happy to sign up subscribers wherever they live, but it seems that there are many of its South African DStv viewers who don’t live in South Africa, but in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and yet pay for their sub in South Africa’s Rand.

Multichoice Zimbabwe’s head of publicity Liz Dziva, in an interview with Zimbabwe’s Herald newspaper, says that the broadcaster has to comply with international copyright law to ensure that correct and legal distribution of channels is adhered to.

“In line with international law and copyright conventions MultiChoice is obliged to ensure the correct and legal distribution of channels. To comply, an audit has been done on our accounts and subscribers with accounts outside of their country of residence and reception need to be corrected.

“As a result these subscribers have been advised to visit their local Multichoice offices to ensure they are activated within the correct schema,” she said.

Dziva confirmed that Multichoice have also hiked their subscription prices locally which might well be another incentive for ‘grey’ market – out of country – subscribers.

TVCatchup heads to Euro court

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/27/tvcatchup-heads-to-euro-court/

The feud between UK broadcasters and streaming site TVCatchup is headed to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

The UK Court of Appeal referred the case, which hinges on the legality of TVCatchup’s business model, to the court after again questioning whether websites should provide real-time channel streaming.

TVCatchup retransmits programming from broadcasters online, though it was blocked from transmitting 21 ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 channels and all content via mobiles in October 2013. The European Court of Justice had months before that ruled the service illegal.

The case echoes the legal battle US broadcast networks fought against Aereo, which ended in favour of the channels. With its business model ruled illegal, Aereo’s assets were subsequently sold off.

The CJEU’s next decision, which is likely to be couple of years away, is likely to hold similar significance in the UK.

India successfully launched Fourth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1D

From http://www.newstrackindia.com/newsdetails/2015/3/29/1-India-successfully-launched-Fourth-Navigation-Satellite-IRNSS-1D.html

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C27, successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1D, the fourth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the twenty eighth consecutively successful mission of the PSLV. The `XL` configuration of PSLV was used for this mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was successfully used seven times.

After the PSLV-C27 lift-off at 1719 hrs 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 19 minutes 25 seconds, IRNSS-1D Satellite was injected to an elliptical orbit of 282.52 km X 20,644 km (very close to the intended orbit) and successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage.

After injection, the solar panels of IRNSS-1D 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 30.5 deg inclination.

IRNSS-1D is the fourth of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS-1A, 1B and 1C, the first three satellites of the constellation, were successfully launched by PSLV on July 02, 2013, April 04, 2014 and October 16, 2014 respectively. All the three 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

SAARC Satellite Within 18 Months

From http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil_nadu/SAARC-Satellite-Within-18-Months/2015/03/29/article2735930.ece

SRIHARIKOTA:Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s exhortation to ISRO in June last year to launch a SAARC satellite, seems to have borne fruit with the ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar announcing that a SAARC satellite will be up in orbit within 18 months.

“There are talks going on and the final configuration of the satellite is set to be finalised soon. Within 18 months, the satellite will be set to be launched,” said Kumar.

The SAARC satellite project is an attempt to encourage neighbouring countries use the capabilities of ISRO, even as Pakistan and Sri Lanka have used China’s space organisation to launch their communication satellites. If successful, the SAARC satellite project should help ISRO develop a relationship with countries that have largely ignored ISRO, despite ISRO having helped other developing countries with its services.

It is in this backdrop that PM Modi suggested that ISRO come up with a SAARC satellite.

“Today I ask you, the space community, to take up the challenge of developing a SAARC satellite that we can dedicate to our neighbourhood as a gift from India,” he had said last year.

Even without the SAARC satellite project, ISRO has a busy year ahead with a UK satellite to be launched commercially soon, two Indian navigation satellites in quick succession - a GSAT series communication satellite and a heavy communication satellite using the European Ariane space platform.

ISRO is also scheduled to test the reusable launch vehicle, which, if successful, will see the prototype being launched in three months. ISRO is also moving forward in building the proposed third launch-pad at Sriharikota for which a project report has already been submitted.

An ion propulsion system is also being researched by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, which will significantly reduce the amount of fuel-mass a satellite holds and make satellites lighter.


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Saturday, no update


A few Friday night Feeds (via Facebook)

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "sts1" NRL FTA
D1 12644 V Sr 7200 "BTQ SNG 4" Queensland CH 7 news weather cross FTA
D2 12457 V Sr 6667 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" Horses FTA

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From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3575 V "N3 Channel" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 3820 V "Nab TV" has started on , fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3880 H "Arirang World" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "TLC South East Asia has replaced Discovery Kids South East Asia" on, Xcrypt.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Channel M" has started on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3913 V "C21" has left .

ChinaSat 9 92.2E 11880 L "CCTV 2" has left .
ChinaSat 9 92.2E Heilongjiang TV has left 12140 R.

Measat 3a 91.4E Classica Asia on 4040 H is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "View World, AniPlus HD and Kids Song" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Kaset News Channel has replaced Thai Chaiyo" on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 10970 V "Rhema TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 11674 V "MBC, NBC 1 and Botswana TV" have started on , Fta. Outpourings TV, Daystar TV, The Revelation Church Of God TV, Kruiskyk TV, Ezekiel TV, Homebase TV, Isambulo TV, Channel Zim TV, LX TV, Rivers of Living Waters TV, New Generation TV, Mboro TV, Rabboni TV, Breakthru TV and GNF TV have left.

From asiatvro site

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东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,法界卫视替换三立新闻(数码天空)频道,设置12660 V 45000参数免费接收。[03-27]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Kaset News Channel替换Thai chaiyo(泰国)频道,设置4120 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Chic Station(泰国)频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。[03-27]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Red Choice HD(高清)频道新增,设置12610 H 27489参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,C Music HD(高清)频道新增,设置12650 H 27489参数有条件接收。[03-27]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Telenovela(韩国)频道新增,设置12530 H 26000参数免费接收。 [3月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Play Aflam替换C21 TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置3913 V 7260参数免费接收。 [3月26日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Star Movies HD、FX(香港)等全组频道解密,设置3940 V 28100参数免费接收。 [3月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R Cinema、R Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3551 H 13333参数无效接收。 [3月26日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,国家地理音乐(泰国)频道消失,设置4000 H 30000参数无效接收。 [3月26日]


Netflix Australia: How our crap internet delayed the launch

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/netflix-australia-how-our-crap-internet-delayed-the-launch-20150327-1m7qcx.html

Red carpet launch: Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos (tenth from left) with the stars of Netflix's original series. Photo: Supplied

When Ted Sarandos joined Netflix in 2000, he worked from a desk in his bedroom. On one corner of that desk was a set of scales; he was constantly looking for ways to trim the weight of the mail-order DVD parcels that used to be the company's bread and butter.

Today, Netflix is the world's biggest on-demand movie and TV streaming service, with more than 57 million subscribers. As its chief content officer, Sarandos decides what they watch. This makes him one of the most powerful programmers on the planet – not least because of his aggressive push into original, quality programming. (House of Cards and Orange Is The New Black are the best examples.)

Netflix's Australian launch on Tuesday has sparked a new kind of war. One in which rival streaming services – including Stan*, Presto, Foxtel Play, Quickflix and Ezyflix – compete through quality content, low prices and convenience. 

Yael Stone, who plays Lorna Morello in Orange Is The New Black, with Netflix's content boss Ted Sarandos, at the Netflix red carpet launch in Sydney. Photo: Supplied

Since he arrived on our shores, Sarandos has been repeatedly asked why it's taken so long for Netflix to come to Australia.

So why has it taken you so long to come to Australia?

[When you choose to launch in a country] is determined by the rate of broadband adoption and high-speed internet ... and Australian and New Zealand internet infrastructure built up very slowly.

(A report from Screen Australia shows that 51 per cent of Australians say slow connection speeds stop them from watching as much video on demand as they'd like. Overall, "internet speed" was nominated as "the single most important barrier" to streaming.)

Now the rate of catching up has been remarkable. Between now and the next two years it's going to be more remarkable. [If we'd launched any sooner], I don't think enough people would have been able to use it, or attuned to wanting it. 

If you grow up with fast internet, though, your behaviours are really different. The lowest-income household in the Nordics, for example, have faster broadband than me [in the US]. So all their behaviours are completely different: how they consume and what they're willing to do online. 

Having well-distributed, fast, easy-to-access internet creates a bunch of societal benefits that are much bigger than Netflix. 

You won't go into a country unless you're sure it's ready in every way? 

Yeah. But Australia and New Zealand have been historically very under-served entertainment markets. Movies and television shows would get here late. Then they would be priced more expensively than in America. Now we're in a position to fix that. 

For years, Australians have been exposed online to the marketing of some great TV shows – which are then withheld from us for ages. Is that why our otherwise law-abiding citizens are among the worst illicit downloaders in the world?

I'm sure of it. If you use the internet to create demand – and then don't use it to give access – the gap between demand and access is where piracy comes from. You're inviting it. I do think that people – with a well-distributed, well-priced service that works – will choose that over questionably illegal activity online. 

In Australia, we now have multiple streaming services competing through quality content and low prices. Can traditional networks still afford to do things like run their programs overtime and delay the launch of international programs?

I call that "managed dissatisfaction". And we're all about consumer satisfaction. 

The all-at-once [binge-watching] model – when we said we were going to do it, I had every network executive in America called me to tell me how foolish it was. They said, "You don't give people what they want! You stretch it out to make them come back."

Did you deliberately create the binge-watching model? Or was it something your viewers created? 

We really discouraged the word "binge" at the beginning because binge seemed negative! Like "binge drinking" or "binge eating". But now it's something people love, and we encourage it. 

It was the consumer who really created bingeing. We made it easier. We gave them the tools. 

Before we did our original Netflix series, we found that people loved to watch the [externally produced and licensed] shows that way. So when we started doing our own series, there was a lot of debate inside the company about how we should release it. Once a week, like on TV? All at once, like we do with the shows we've licensed? Or something in between?

Finally, we said the best way is to put it all up at once and let people decide how they want to watch. It was a natural evolution. It didn't feel groundbreaking. 

Why does Netflix offer a smaller catalogue to its Australian viewers? 

You should think of [the current Australian catalogue] as about half the collection it will be in 12 months. Every day, we're going to add more and more programming. Literally, if you check the site every day, you'll see new programming. 

We'll use local viewing data to influence what we licence from here on out. 

Also, there are a lot of things under licence but we're still encoding them, or the studio delivered the wrong file... all kinds of stuff. We try to get as much as we can without spending the whole budget at launch, because we want the programming to be more dynamic relative to what people want to watch. So we do our best guess going in [to a country]. Then we'll learn a lot in the next four of five days, looking at viewing data. 

You've rapidly expanded your original content from Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards to a large range of new shows. What's your strategy? (New shows include: Marco Polo, Daredevil, Sense8, BoJack Horseman, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace & Frankie, Bloodline and others.)

You have to revisit your strategy every once in a while and ask, "Is this still true? Do we still believe in this?"

And one of our beliefs was that most filmed entertainment would be coming into the home via the internet. Our vision was that there would be a time when that technology would be novel, and we would want to be the best at that – as we always do – but we should start investing in that and differentiate ourselves. 

Original programming seemed to be one thing that would make sense. Very few people watch one network over another because the colours are better. There is some form of standardisation that comes to technology eventually. So this was an investment in what will differentiate us for the next 10 years of our life. 

When you commission a show, how conscious are you of traditional network concerns such reaching women aged 18 to 39, for instance?

Zero. If it's a great show, we're going to attract a lot of people. We have 57 million-plus people watching these shows. As long as we find enough people to watch the show – relative to what it costs – we're golden. I don't care how old our viewers are or what sex they are because we're not trying to sell an ad. 

How has the Netflix model changed the programs themselves? 

When we licence a show from a network, we strip out all the commercials and put it on. But those shows are built to be watched week-to-week. The narrative is built to trick you into waiting until next week to see the next episode. And when the next episode airs, they're not sure if you remember what happened last week, so they have to remind you a lot in the story. Sometimes they even say it explicitly: "Last week on..."

But Netflix shows are built to be watched together, so we don't do any of that. We allow much richer storytelling, because we have 10 or 15 minutes an hour more to play with. 

So that's why Netflix shows have fewer cliffhangers at the end of an episode?

Right. There might be some in there but they're not artificial or half-baked, which then fail to deliver when you tune back in again! If you watched the first season of House of Cards, the second episode ends with Frank rowing [on a gym machine]. It's the anti-cliffhanger. You couldn't do that on network TV. 

We took that to a further extension when we made the fourth season of Arrested Development. All the episodes had different run times. The shortest was 26 minutes and the longest was 47 minutes. We let storytellers tell stories in the form they want to. If they're onto a funny joke thread, they don't need to cut to make it exactly 22 minutes. I don't need them to. 

Will Netflix ever have ads?

No plans to. The uninterrupted, ad-free environment is part of our current consumer promise. 

How will network television be forced to change? 

In the US, when we announced we were [launching a full season] of House of Cards without a pilot, everyone thought we were crazy. Now everyone is moving away from doing pilots [and ordering full seasons instead].

And whether the networks move towards all-at-once launching, they're certainly moving closer to it. When AMC launched Better Call Saul, they launched two nights in a row, two new episodes. I think that was influenced by the consumer desire that was seeded by the things that we've done. 

We're going to be doing original films this year, too. (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II, Pee Wee's Big Holiday and others.)

Will these movies be released in cinemas as well?

Some will go in cinemas simultaneously, but not before they're on Netflix. 

Sometimes you want to go out and see a great movie, and that's fine. Interstellar is a good example. But I have a great TV, my couch is comfortable, and I'm happy to watch a lot of other movies at home. 

Theatres have got to keep improving the experience, from online ticketing to food service. 

One of the studio heads told me – back in the early days of DVD – that if we release movies in cinemas and on DVD simultaneously, their theatres would be empty. I said, "I think you're wrong. And I don't think you have as much faith in your product as I do. And if you're right, then you should be rushing to put your movies on DVD, because you know exactly what your customer wants and you don't want to give it to them. And what business has ever succeeded by doing that?"

Netflix has changed radically since its early days as a start-up business that mailed out rental DVDs to customers. What might the company look like in a few years?

I think there's so much growth to come both in the expansion of our original programming and our international expansion. Improvements like ultra-HD and high dynamic range will continue to move production standards up. Delivery standards will go up. 

If you'd asked me five years ago where we'd be today, I hopefully would have said we'd be here. But I probably would have called it wrong! It's tough to say. 

*Stan is owned by the Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of this website.

Note: This is an edited transcript

Fletcher’s I-MOVIX aids 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/26/fletchers-i-movix-aids-4k/

Chicago and London-based equipment facilities house Fletcher Sports is having considerable impact with its I-MOVIX ten-times Ultra-HD slo-mo camera kit.

The kit has been used on the current Cricket World Cup 4K coverage to cinema audiences in Australia and New Zealand, as well as on feeds supplied to broadcasters in India.

“The images are crisp, the replays are fantastic, and the X10 UHD slows down the action to a degree that can’t be achieved with any other camera”, said Dan Grainge, VP/Fletcher Chicago Inc.

Shooting at 1000fps during daylight to capture the intricacies of fast-paced World Cup action, Fletcher Sports’ I-MOVIX systems are reconfigured to 300fps when the floodlights come on for the latter stages of day/night games.
“The changing light conditions during these games  aren’t a problem. The camera is so flexible that it takes literally a couple of seconds to go from day to night operation,” Grainge added.

As the largest worldwide user of I-MOVIX systems, with over twenty installed, including eight of the latest X10 UHD 4K cameras, Fletcher Sports has been leading the wave of 4K coverage for sports such as NFL and golf. At the latest SuperBowl, Fletcher deployed five X10 UHD systems to shoot in 4K for the HD broadcast. The 4K shots were used to provide ‘4K Zoom’ – the much-prized ability to frame a wider slice of the scene, then zoom in after the action to show the point of interest for the HD broadcast, without losing any resolution.

Fletcher has also shot trial coverage of championship golf using I-MOVIX X10 UHD RF wireless system, and this camera will be used to bring close up action to major international broadcaster’s golf coverage.

X10 UHD RF extends the operational flexibility of the X10 system by supporting wireless shooting in HD productions where being close to the action is important. For very high-frame rate ultra-slow motion in HD sports coverage, X10 UHD RF operates in USM (Ultra Slow Motion) mode to deliver instant replays of up to 3,000 FPS in 720p or up to 2,000 FPS in 1080i.

Twitter live video streaming

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/26/twitter-live-video-streaming/

Twitter has launched Periscope, an app that broadcasts live video filmed from smartphones to Twitter users’ followers on the social network. The free iPhone app was developed by the Periscope startup,  acquired by Twitter in January.

“Periscope lets you broadcast live video to the world. Going live will instantly notify your followers who can join, comment and send you hearts in real time,” explains its App Store listing.

When broadcasts finish they can be made available for replays for up to 24 hours, as well as being saved to the broadcaster’s camera roll. There is also an option to automatically tweet a link to the broadcast when it starts, with viewers able to watch on Twitter’s website or within the Periscope app.

Periscope can also be used for private broadcasts

U.K Channel 4 unveils All 4 digital service

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/344422/channel-4-unveils-all-4-on-demand-service/

Channel 4 has unveiled it’s new digital and on-demand offering All 4, which will go live on Monday replacing its existing 4oD service.

At a press launch in central London this morning Channel 4 demoed the “all-in-one digital hub”, which will host all of UK broadcaster’s linear channels, digital content and other online services in one place for the first time.

The new service will place more emphasis on short-form, exclusive digital content, and is designed to offer an “increasingly personalised” service as it evolves, Channel 4 revealed.

Speaking at the launch, Channel 4’s director of strategy and technology, Keith Underwood said: “4oD as a brand and a consumer proposition represents a product which is almost exclusively focused on the provision of long-form video-on-demand content; content, which more specifically, has been previously broadcast on our linear channels.

“Going forward our strategy is shifted. We want to provide and promote a wider range of content experiences – from live simulcast channels, to more short-form content, from interactive games [to] curated social media feeds.”

All 4 will initially be available on PC and as an app for iPads and iPhones, with an Android version slated to follow.

The service will be free, but viewers who want to watch long-form archive or catch-up content must register, providing information such as name, email address, age and gender – details which will help Channel 4 in its personalisation efforts

Underwood said that rather than overhaul 4oD with the new features, and risk cluttering the interface, with All 4 the broadcaster has gone “back to the drawing board to re-imagine and reinvent the product from scratch.”

Also speaking at the launch, Channel 4’s head of All 4 and digital content, Richard Davidson-Houston, described All 4 as “a seventh channel, sitting alongside its linear siblings, creating a multi-platform, multi-channel network that meets the very needs of our viewers.”

The All 4 interface is divided into three sections: ‘On Demand’, where viewers can watch catch-up content, archive programmes and box-sets; ‘Now’ for viewing Channel 4’s live linear channels, and, over time, other “in-the-moment content experiences; and ‘On Soon’ which showcases upcoming previews and promos.

A new line-up of original online shorts will also be available across all areas of All 4, including Rich Kids Go Shopping, Drones in Forbidden Zones and Body Mods. 

Channel 4 said that registered viewers to All 4 will receive an “enhanced viewing experience” including tailored recommendations, exclusive content and premieres, downloads, access to the Channel 4 programme archive and “VIP rewards”.

Channel 4 premieres on All4 are available up to seven days before and episode’s linear TV broadcast. In addition, O2 priority customers will also have access to some Channel 4 programmes up to 48 hours before linear TV broadcast.

(Craig's comment, good news for those who use the 4OD service via VPN or dns changers)

Indian TV to grow at 15.5% CAGR

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/26/indian-tv-to-grow-at-15-5-cagr/

A major report from analysts at KPMG and timed for the FICCI Frames media event, says that India’s broadcasting sector will grow at a CAGR annualised at 15.5 per cent, helped by strong subscription growth (16 per cent) and a buoyant advertising sector (CAGR of 15 per cent).

KPMG says the number of TV households in India increased to 168 million last year, representing a TV penetration of 61 per cent, with the Cable and Satellite subscribers increased by 10 million in 2014, to reach 149 million. Excluding Doordarshan’s Freedish, the number of paid C&S subscribers is estimated to be 139 million, equating to a paid cable and satellite penetration of 82 per cent. The paid cable and satellite subscriber base – helped by the growing digitisation taking place in India – is expected to grow to 175 million by 2019, representing 90 per cent of TV homes.

HD TV growth is also healthy with some 4 million HD subscribers, with 15-20 per cent of incremental subscriber growth coming from HD subs.

India’s DSO disappoints

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/26/indias-dso-disappoints/

India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) say that the supply and installation of digital converter boxes to consumers as part of the all-important Phase III digitisation programme is not going well.

One report tells the MIB that they must “get their act together” if the December 31st 2015 complete conversion is to happen. The plan – or hope – is that India will then have a complete penetration of ‘digital addressable system’ STBs.

One of the pending problems is that many MSOs have yet to sign basic interconnect agreements with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). TRAI has now issued a deadline of April 30th to sign these agreements.

The latest information suggests that only 3.1 million STBs have been issued and connected by just 37 MSOs, with another 550,000 still in stock and another 2.35 million on order.

The adoption of digital converter boxes has seen a long history of missed completion dates and embarrassing foul-ups.  The story is one of legal challenges, capitulating regional governments, and delaying moves by just about everyone concerned.

For example, the Phase I plan (covering India’s 4 largest cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai) should have happened by October 2012. The date was missed. Phase II saw the conversion of 38 major cities, and should have wrapped by March 2013. The date was missed. This Third Phase, covering India’s remaining urban areas, ought to have been completed by November 2014, and shows little sign of hitting its new December 2015 target date.

The final Phase IV covers the rest of India, mostly suburban and rural areas, also should have completed by December 31st 2014, and has now slipped to December 31st 2016.



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Asiasat 5 feeds

4152 H SR 14399 SYD HD ENC 1 Sports programme - The Inside Line, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7000 MAV BEL84 ESSEN Surgical Procedure, (FTA.)
3894 H SR 7500 World Snooker 2015 (Again tonight - FTA.)
3925 H SR 7199 $Yonex India Open ($Scrambled.)
3935 H SR 7199 $CAT TELECOM SNG ($Scrambled.)
3705 H SR 4599 APBangkokHD
3931 V SR 14399 $SHENZHEN Music Awards, (FTA.)
SHENZHENG Music Awards, (FTA.) $SHENZHEN and SHENZHENG have both parallel programming i.e., the same.
GDTELECOM2 2015 CQ Music Awards wording on screen, (FTA.)

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Palapa D 113.0E 3575 V "N3 Channel" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3820 V "Demokrasi" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "FDI Channel" has started on , Conax.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3640 V "CCTV 4 Asia and CCTV 9 Documentary" have left .
Telkom 1 108.0E 3722 H "Surau TV has replaced Quran TV" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 12574 H "TVB 8" has started on, BISS.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Hiburan" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "FDI Channel" has started on , Conax.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11760 H "Semya" is now Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12313 V "T Sports Channel has replaced Bangkok Thonburi Channel" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4000 H "Star Chinese Movies South East Asia" has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12467 V "MRTV 4" is Fta

Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "Beautiful Life TV" is Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "Global Business" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Best Deal TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Rivers of Living Waters TV has started on , Fta. School On Air and Channel 44" have left.

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Ending piracy long overdue, says Foxtel

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-3012289/Ending-piracy-long-overdue-says-Foxtel.html

Blocking online piracy is long overdue in Australia and should steer consumers towards legitimate services for their music, movies and TV shows, stakeholders say.

The federal government on Thursday introduced draft laws to block overseas websites facilitating online piracy, potentially blocking Australians from downloading popular programs like Game of Thrones for free.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the legislation would enable a "new tool" to protect their commercial interests regarding copyright infringement on websites overseas.

Foxtel's corporate affairs spokesman Bruce Meagher said the bill was not specific to TV and it was in the best interests of the music and movie industry as well.

"This will benefit free-to-air broadcasters, movies and the music industry," Meagher told AAP.

"There have been a lot of stakeholders working with the government for the last few years, in particular the last two years, to get these measures up."

He said blocking piracy has had a positive effect on the entertainment industry in Europe and the new laws, if passed, should have a similar effect in the Australia as well.

Not only is Meagher hoping the flow-on effect is a stronger uptake of Foxtel and its new streaming service Presto, but also for the new players in the online market Netflix and Stan.

"Hopefully consumers will look for legitimate alternatives," Meagher said.

"Our general view is the more people get used to the idea that there are affordable and easy ways to pay for TV and services, the better it is for everyone.

"We encourage people to take up any of those services, but obviously Presto."

Network Ten has some of the more popular US dramas on Australian TV but they have suffered a hit in the overnight ratings of late.

New music drama Empire is a sensation in the US and is one of the few shows that continued to gain new viewers each week but in Australia is only averaging about 270,00 per episode.

A Ten spokesman says piracy has severely undermined their business.

"We welcome the additional enforcement mechanisms that this bill provides," a Ten spokesman said.

"Online piracy severely undermines the business model for quality television content so any measures that help to reduce piracy rates are welcome."

Netflix arrival signals a golden age for TV viewers

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/netflix-arrival-signals-a-golden-age-for-tv-viewers-20150325-1m1tz3.html

Four streaming services are scrambling to establish themselves, painfully aware that Australia probably isn’t big enough to sustain them all for long.

Adam Turner signs up for Netflix to see what all the fuss is about.

After years of entertaining us from afar, US streaming giant Netflix has opened its doors to Australians

With this week's arrival of Netflix, Australia's subscription video competition begins in earnest, with four streaming services now offering unlimited access to vast libraries of movies and TV shows for about $10 a month. The rise of cheap all-you-can-watch subscription video will forever change the way we view television, challenging both Foxtel and the free-to-air broadcasters.

 Netflix Originals such as Marco Polo and House of Cards are major drawcards for streaming giant Netflix.

Fledgling local rivals Presto and Stan have a two-month head start on the foreign raider, with the three new services going up against Australian subscription video pioneer Quickflix, which has fought a shadow war against Netflix for several years; reportedly up to 200,000 Australians have bypassed geo-blocking to sneak into the US Netflix service. The same tricks might also get them into the new US-only HBO Now streaming service when it launches in April to coincide with the return of Game of Thrones.

Netflix insists there won't be a crackdown on Australians already subscribing to its US service, who mask their location using virtual private networks or DNS-based workarounds. They won't need to pay twice, they can simply disengage their geo-dodging cloak to access the local Netflix library.

Australians already tapping into the US service will likely be underwhelmed with the local Netflix library. It is in the middle of a global push but it can take time for regional libraries to build and we we shouldn't judge Australian Netflix by its initial line up, says Todd Yellin, the Netflix vice-president of product innovation.

"Don't judge us by our Australian library on day one – we're constantly adding licensed and original content so the library will grow with time," Yellin says. "It won't just be a subset of the US library. Over time Australians will see some movies and TV shows that we don't have in the US, due to different regional rights agreements."

Content is one important factor in Australia's streaming video contest, and the advantage for Netflix is that it commissions its own blockbuster TV shows. It has reclaimed House of Cards from Foxtel, although the pay TV giant retains the rights to the Netflix series Orange is the New Black. New original content from Netflix includes Marco Polo and Daredevil, plus it has struck deals with the ABC and is also keen to commission Australian content.

The value of exclusive content isn't lost on the competition, with Stan – co-owned by the Nine Network and Fairfax Media (publisher of this newspaper) – tying up first-run rights to Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. Meanwhile, rival Presto – co-owned by the Seven Network and Foxtel – has a wealth of HBO content such as Boardwalk Empire, but it won't offer new episodes of Game of Thrones as they screen on Foxtel.

All four streaming services are scrambling to establish a foothold and forge alliances, painfully aware that Australia probably isn't big enough to sustain them all for long, especially when there are no lock-in contracts.

Netflix has struck "unmetered" deals with leading internet service providers Optus and iiNet, also covering subsidiaries such as Internode. Their customers can watch Netflix at home without eating into their monthly download allowance. Presto has struck similar deals with Telstra Bigpond and Foxtel Broadband. 

Meanwhile, Telstra mobile customers can sign up for a three-month free Presto trial, and Vodafone customers will get a similar offer from Stan.

The streaming services are also expanding beyond phones and tablets to embrace the lounge room. The Netflix app is coming to the Fetch TV personal video recorder and Presto is coming to Telstra's T-Box, and Quickflix already appears on TiVo recorders.

Netflix will hit the ground running in Australia, with the app coming to a wide range of home entertainment gear including smart TVs, Blu-ray players, personal video recorders, media players and games consoles. Quickflix comes close to matching Netflix's impressive spread of apps, while Presto and Stan are only compatible with Google's Chromecast for streaming to televisions (Stan can also stream video to the Apple TV but there isn't a built-in app).

With four streaming services fighting for our attention, Australian viewers are finally spoiled for choice when it comes to online entertainment. It remains to be seen how many video services will still be standing when the dust settles.

Japan launches optical spy satellite

From http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2015-03/26/content_19915077.htm

TOKYO - Japan on Thursday launched an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket, the country's second launch this year.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.-- Japan's space agency and the commercial operator of the H-2A rocket-- launched the spy satellite aboard the H-2A Launch Vehicle No.28 at 10:21 am (0121 GMT) on Thursday from JAXA's Tanegashima Space Center in Japan's southwestern Kagoshima prefecture.

Intelligence satellites are believed to be employed to monitor ground surfaces to gain information related to national security and disasters.

Operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Center, which reports directly to the government's executive leadership, the country's IGS program consists of optical and radar imaging spacecraft.

Thursday's launch carried the 14th spacecraft in Japan IGS series.

Japan launched a prototype third-generation optical IGS spacecraft in 2013, the operational version of which made debut with Thursday's launch. Thursday's launch carried the first third- generation spacecraft for the series, Optical 5, which will obtain high-resolution images with a telescopic optical camera.

Earlier, Japan launched a radar sensor information-gathering satellite on Feb 1, which is equipped with a radar spy instrument capable of peering through clouds, darkness and camouflage to obtain high-resolution imagery of Earth's surface.

Information obtained and images captured by the satellites are subject to a law enacted last year to enable the Japanese government to designate information it deems sensitive as state secrets, according to local media.

Satellite Arirang A3 launched into orbit

From http://www.whowired.com/406885.htm

Korea multipurpose satellite-3A was successfully launched into orbit this morning from a base in Russia. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute announced on March 26 that the satellite was launched in Russia at 7:08:45AM.

Arirang 3A sent the first signal to Earth station in Norway at 08:35AM. Subsequent communications signal is expected to be received at 1:05PM the same day. The downlink antenna will confirm the success of the satellite launch. 

The satellite separated from the launch vehicle indicates its successful entry into orbit at 537km. afterwards it will orbit at an average altitude of 528km. With 237.3 billion won of investment over the past eight years from KARI, Arirang 3A satellite was built with top-notch high resolution optical lenses and ultra red sensors to observe the Earth regardless of weather conditions.

With the high resolution lenses, the satellite delivers high definition of images utilized to monitor climate change, natural disasters, and others. 

ConocoPhillips O&G Operations Go With SpeedCast SATCOM Services

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=66880147&menu=1

[SatNews] SpeedCast International Limited (SpeedCast) has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for delivery of satellite communications services by ConocoPhillips, the world’s largest independent exploration and production company.

With this latest contract, SpeedCast will significantly increase the primary satellite communications services to the ConocoPhillips operated asset located in the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea between Darwin and Timor-Leste. The SpeedCast service will provide high speed connectivity between ConocoPhillip’s offshore production facilities in the Bayu-Undan field in the Timor Sea and their regional headquarters in Perth, Australia.  With this latest contract, the size of the link will increase to 60Mbps in both directions, representing one of the largest point-to-point links for commercial purposes in the Australian region. The high-performance IP connectivity will be used for operational and social communications, including data and voice, as well as crew welfare applications.
SpeedCast has been providing satellite communications services to ConocoPhillips for over 10 years, for a variety of different applications, including offshore vessels and platforms, using a wide range of satellite technologies to meet ConocoPhillips’ evolving requirements. This announcement follows SpeedCast’s announced acquisitions of Hermes Datacomms in March and Geolink Satellite Services in February, which will further enhance SpeedCast’s products and services tailored for the energy and maritime sectors.

Telemetry Ground Station Solution To Be Built By ORBITAL Communications

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1700988288&menu=1

[SatNews] ORBIT Communication Systems has won a contract to supply an aeronautical telemetry ground station solution to a leading manufacturer of space systems in Oceania.

The customer, based in the US and Oceania, designs and manufactures space systems, including a revolutionary launch vehicle for the emerging small satellite market. The customer sought a turnkey tracking and telemetry ground station for their launch missions and ORBIT was selected following an in-depth selection process.

The integrated turnkey solution is based on ORBIT’s AL-4034 5m S-band telemetry system, along with complementary equipment, M&C subsystem, on-site installation, training and support services. It will be supplied within a very short time frame during 2015 in order to accommodate the customer's mission schedule.

CNN regains Russia licence

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/25/cnn-regains-russia-licence/

CNN international has received a new broadcast licence in Russia after the news channel was halted from broadcasting at the end of 2014 following changes to the country’s legislation.

Head of Roskomnadzor, the Russian media watchdog, Aleksandr Zharov commented: “I welcome the fact that CNN clearly follow the agreements reached in the negotiations, and I believe that it [the channel] will also be accurate and flawless in its content policy.”

CNN ceased broadcasting in Russia on December 31st 2014, after changes to Russian legislation regulating the operation of mass media.

RR Media expands 4K capabilities

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/25/rr-media-expands-4k-capabilities/

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, has announced the expansion of its 4K capabilities across the entire content lifecycle, from creation through to consumption. This includes the preparation and creation of content and mastering true delivery in an optimised manner.

Continuing to support rights holders monetise their content, RR Media has installed a full 4K workflow for scanning original film elements through a 4K projection suite for viewing and grading supported by DaVinci’s Resolve system.

In addition to its content preparation and management capabilities in 4K, RR Media distributes channels in 4K with a wide variety of content, including France TV and the Explorer Network via RR Media’s smart global network, using optimised delivery over satellite and fiber. These channels are delivered to direct-to-home platforms across Europe to millions of viewers.

Simon Kay, Head of Global Content Preparation, RR Media, commented, “With our investment and know-how in 4K technology and infrastructure, we support the industry needs for unlocking value. We enable our clients to exploit their content commercially in order to be market leaders in qualitative terms. Managing the increased data rates and compression technologies is just a part of the technical services we deliver.”

South Africa digital TV a “fiasco”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/25/south-africa-digital-tv-a-fiasco/

South African opposition parliamentarians have described the nation’s adoption of digital TV as a “fiasco”. Marian Shinn, the opposition’s shadow Telecoms minister, has severely criticised South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma for failures in decision making, and which has resulted in a “legislative nightmare and confusing reporting lines”.

“The unfolding fiasco that is engulfing the digital TV migration process since Cabinet’s approval of the Broadcast Digital Migration policy on 4 March has serious repercussions for a credible set-top-box production and delivery process and our nation’s desperate need to bridge the digital divide,” Shinn said.

She has co-written a letter (with shadow Communications minister Gavin Davis) demanding an urgent meeting to explain the recent changes in government policy regarding the adoption of digital TV, and the impact on the digital migration policy.

There has been considerable criticism of the costs associated with receiving free-to-air TV signals, and the government’s plan to subsidise set-top box production for the 5 million poorest members of the community.

Countdown of India’s latest navigation satellite IRNSS-1D begins

From http://www.newsnation.in/article/73833-countdown-india-latest-navigation-satellite-irnss-1d-begins.html

Countdown began today for the launch of India’s latest navigation satellite IRNSS-1D onboard PSLV-C-27 on March 28 from Sriharikota that would take the country closer to setting up its own navigation system on par with the GPS of the US.

“The 59-and-half hour count down for PSLV-C27/IRNSS-1D Mission has started at 05.49 hours today,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a post on its facebook page.

The countdown began after the Mission Readiness Review and the Launch Authorisation Board yesterday cleared it.

The launch of IRNSS-1D , originally scheduled for launch on March 9, was deferred after an anomaly was found in one of the telemetry transmitters.

The satellite is now scheduled to be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, about 90 km from here, at 5.19 PM on March 28.

IRNSS 1D is the fourth in the series of seven satellites, the space agency is planning to launch to put in place the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS).

According to ISRO, while four satellites would be sufficient to start operations of the system, the remaining three would make it more accurate and efficient.

The first three satellites in the IRNSS series were launched from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013, April 4 and October 16 last year respectively.

The system would provide two types of services Standard Positioning Service, which is provided to all the users, and Restricted Service that is an encrypted service provided only to authorised users.

The IRNSS system was targeted to be completed by this year at a total cost of Rs. 1,420 crore.

IRNSS is designed to provide accurate position information services to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary, which is its primary service area.


Just a short update today

Some feeds current as I post @10.40 p.m NZ

Asiasat 5 (100.5°E) 3895 H Sr 7500 (MPEG4/HD/FTA) Snooker
Asiasat 5 (100.5°E) 3932 V Sr 14400 (MPEG4/HD/FTA Concert
Asiasat 5 (100.5°E) 4166 H Sr 7100 (MPEG4/HD/FTA) A-League

TVB on IS 19 is back to encrypted, Mysat has also gone back to encrypted

Optus D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "gcast sd enc 2" seen at 6a.m NZ

From my Email

From saldav1

3755 V SR 7500 World Snooker 2015 (FTA.)
4152 H SR 14399 AFC-Japan 2015_Ba Colour test pattern with black small moving box on screen, (FTA.)
3665 H SR 4166 AP_SD Reporter from outside The White House, (FTA.)
3707 H SR 6111 Tandberg Service New York Stock Exchange - Chinese reporter, (FTA.)
3897 V SR 4937 Fi01 GBRTV LNDN Reuters, (FTA.)
3905 H SR 4599 DELHI INDIA Night scene in India with male reporter,lights, trees and insects buzzing around!) (FTA.)
4152 H SR 14399 SYD HD ENC 1 Sports programme - The Inside Line, (FTA.)

From the Dish

No lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Local Sport Channel HD(蒙古)高清频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。[03-25]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 5(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3847 H 5357参数免费接收。[03-24]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Service 6、Service 8(测试)等频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数部分免费接收。[03-24]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,濠江卫视(澳门)频道消失,设置4148 V 11852参数无效接收。[03-24]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,KMG-1、Dream Box、TV Center(蒙古)频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-24]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Workpoint TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[03-24]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,R Plus Gold(测试)频道新增,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。 [3月24日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Be4u(Univsion)频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月24日]


ABC to relaunch online following job cuts

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/abc-to-relaunch-online-following-job-cuts/story-e6frg996-1227278036405

The ABC will unveil a new digital strategy in coming weeks with the launch of the ABC Digital Network, promising a “more coherent” experience than its current unwieldy network of websites, according to ABC managing director Mark Scott.

The relaunch was being led by the broadcaster’s new Digital Networks division — created late last year in the restructure that coincided with the federal government’s move to cut $254m in funding from the public broadcaster, Mr Scott told an audience of digital executives in Sydney this morning.

He said the division had pulled in staff from different divisions around the ABC, which has been in the throes of cutting 400 jobs, with savings to be reinvested in digital and to meet the savings required by the government.

While Mr Scott declined to pick a winner in the burgeoning internet protocol TV space a day after US subscription video-on-demand player Netflix launched in Australia, he said Australians had not traditionally been big buyers of content.

“Australians have been reluctant in vast numbers to pay for a pay-TV experience,” Mr Scott said.

But it was “an open question” as to which services in the SVOD space — including Netflix, Foxtel’s Presto, Fairfax and Nine’s Stan and Quickflix — would prevail.

“We will know in a year or two’s time,” he said. “Netflix hasn’t cleared its throat yet.”

Mr Scott, a former editor-in-chief of Fairfax’s metropolitan, regional and community newspapers, said he was “amazed by the amount of money Fairfax, in particular, has poured into promoting Stan”. The company is a 50-50 partner in Stan with Nine Entertainment, with each company investing $50m into the joint venture.

He said the ABC’s website had grown to be one of the biggest networks of media sites in the world, which was “not necessarily a good thing”.

“We have let a thousand flowers bloom,” he said in an address at The Past and Future Web conference.

“Now we are looking to prioritise,” he said, to “focus on key areas of competitive advantage”.

While rivals such as News Corp, which publishes The Australian, have suggested taxpayer dollars should not support the ABC pushing further into online, where it competes for audience with commercial players, Mr Scott while news was “a real battlefield” it remained “key to our brand”.

Key areas of focus are expected to include iView and Triple J and the creation of a more consistent experience for users across different devices.

Sorry Netflix, Neon and Lightbox: Why I'm staying a dirty TV pirate

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11422713

Netflix launched in New Zealand this week, with the global SVOD service bringing plenty of competition to our overheated TV on-demand market. But it's too much for one TV fan, who says he's remaining a pirate until this whole mess is sorted out.

Will Forte in the hyped new show The Last Man on Earth. The only way to watch this show in New Zealand is illegally.

Choice is supposed to be a good thing, right? Aren't they supposed to be making things easier for us? So why am I so damned confused?

Netflix launched in New Zealand with much fanfare this week, with the TV streaming service adding its global heft to an already overheated on-demand market that includes Spark's Lightbox, Sky TV's Neon, Quickflix and Ezyflix.

The concept of TV-on-demand is a great thing for consumers. Watch what you want, where you want, when you want. But in New Zealand it's still just that - a concept. Like a mirage shimmering faintly in the distance.

The addition of Netflix hasn't made things easier for TV fans - it's only made it more confusing. Do you choose Lightbox, with Better Call Saul and Outlander? Do you choose Netflix, with its own shows like Bloodline and Orange is the New Black?

Or do you choose Neon, with its catalogue including Fargo, The Fall and Game of Thrones? Actually, no, from the sounds of things, Neon doesn't sound like much of an option at all.

When you add TVNZ's OnDemand, TV3's 3Now, Quickflix and Ezyflix into the mix, it all adds up to one big mess, like someone's grabbed a giant collection of DVD box sets, thrown them into a pile, put on a blindfold, and randomly split them into different selections.

It's too much admin. I don't want to catch up on Agents of Shield on OnDemand on a laptop, then switch on the Playstation 4 to watch the new episode of Better Call Saul using the Lightbox app, then swap to the iPad, fire up the Netflix app, send it to the Apple TV and binge-watch Orange is the New Black.

Just re-read that sentence. It's ridiculous. That's an average night's viewing with about 20 minutes of mucking around with devices. When did something as simple as watching television get so damned complicated?

House of Cards' third season is the perfect example of how crazy the competition between services has become. It's Netflix's biggest show, but it's not on Netflix. It's not on Lightbox. It hasn't screened on Soho or TV3. No one seems to know who has the rights to it.

The only way to watch it on-demand in New Zealand right now is illegally. Can you really blame fans for turning to the internet to get their fix? I've been doing it for years - all it took was five minutes of research and a few clicks of the mouse button. I can see what I want, when I want, on whatever device I like. And it's still an easier process than all of those legal on-demand services. As long as it has already aired somewhere in the world, I can probably find it.

Yes, I'm a dirty TV pirate. And until this whole mess is sorted out, I'm not about to stop.

Because here's the thing: like most people, I'm a TV fan. I don't care which company has the streaming rights to which show. I don't want to have to spend hours researching who has what. I want one service that gives me everything, including current faves like The Last Man on Earth, Broad City, The Jinx, The Walking Dead, Girls and Portlandia.

I'm happy to pay for it. Hell, I'd contribute to a Kickstarter fund, buy shares in it, even help design the damned logo. I'd probably make out with whoever is responsible for it, just because it would make me so damned happy.

But until that happens, I'm remaining a dodgy, desperate TV downloader. Hate me if you want to. But at the moment, it's the only true on-demand service on the market right now.

• The writer of this column chose to remain anonymous for fear of retribution from his internet provider.

John Drinnan: Sky TV chief shrugs off breaking of the dam

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11422423

Sky TV is most vulnerable when it comes to non-sports subscribers who must currently pay $10 extra to get its premium drama channel SoHo. Photo / Sarah Ivey

After a long slow leak the dam has finally burst for Sky Television and its pay TV monopoly.

The global video on demand service Netflix launched in New Zealand yesterday.

The US-based company joins Quickflix, Spark's Lightbox, Sky's Neon, and the thousands of people who already use private networks to get backdoor entry to internet TV services from overseas.

New York investor BlackRock has built up a 5.4 per cent stake in Sky TV and sold stock in Spark, showing faith that the incumbent would keep up returns for some time yet. But with all the new players, Sky faces an uncertain period.

Sky chief executive John Fellet has always defended the company's slow rollout of digital services saying he did not want to win the race to have the most popular service in a market sector that still loses money.

He believes the company will survive the breaking of the dam and that Sky will remain dominant because it has access to "the best content paying the best price".

Yet Netflix claims a similar advantage and says it sees New Zealand as a small part of its fast growing global empire. It claims it will not even be tracking the returns from its New Zealand operation compared to the cost of TV show rights.

Spark is budgeting for Lightbox as a promotional tool to attract customers to its broadband package.

By contrast there will be limits on how much Sky is prepared to run Neon as a loss leader.

For consumers the wide array of internet TV services on offer make for a complicated purchase with applications for different devices and sometimes tie-ins with broadband packages.

In my opinion, Sky TV is most vulnerable when it comes to non-sports subscribers who must currently pay $10 extra to get its premium drama channel SoHo. To compete Sky needs to make the SoHo channel part of the basic package.

The likelihood of that seems zero, given its financial value to Sky.

The high price point it charges for its satellite service creates a major dilemma for Sky if it makes Neon too attractive and leads Sky subscribers to reduce how much they spend. Fellet says (rightly) that people will look at price in relation to content.

That makes it doubly important that Sky continues to secure the quality product it has thus far paid dearly to hold exclusive rights for.

That makes it doubly important that Sky - and Lightbox for that matter - ensure that Hollywood studios act on policing the exclusive deals they sell against virtual private network users who use US services and get backdoor access to shows.

Netflix is not worried - it gets its money whether people spend on the NZ or the US service.

Japan to launch optical spy satellite on March 26

From http://zeenews.india.com/news/sci-tech/japan-to-launch-optical-spy-satellite-on-march-26_1567142.html

Tokyo: Japan will launch an information-gathering satellite (IGS) with an optical reconnaissance payload on an H-2A rocket on Thursday, said the country' space agency and the commercial operator of the H-2A rocket on Tuesday.

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the H-2A launch vehicle No.28 is scheduled to launch the spy satellite at 10.21 a.m. on Thursday from JAXA's Tanegashima Space Centre in Japan's southwestern Kagoshima prefecture, Xinhua news agency reported.

Operated by Japan's Cabinet Satellite Intelligence Centre, which reports directly to the government's executive leadership, the country's IGS programme consists of optical and radar imaging spacecraft.

Thursday's launch will be the country's second launch of this year. Japan launched a radar sensor information-gathering satellite on February 1.

Astro Goes With Thomson for New Compression Platform

From http://www.tvtechnology.com/news/0086/astro-goes-with-thomson-for-new-compression-platform/275163

Will allow Astro to deliver content via DTH, IPTV and OTT

RENNES, FRANCE – Astro, a pay-TV operator based in Southeast Asia, has tapped Thomson Video Networks to drive its new Multi-screen Unified Compression System, a compression platform that will enable Astro to deliver additional channels for future expansion.

Thomson Video Networks NetProcessor 9030/40 Multiplexer

Thomson will use its ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD broadcast encorder, NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III high-density redundancy switch, and XMS network management system for MUCS that will provide an easy-to-manage capability for Astro to deliver content via DTH, IPTV and OTT.

Astro serves a base of 4.3 million residential customers, representing 62 percent of Malaysian TV households, Astro currently offer 184 channels, including 48 HD channels, delivered via DTH satellite TV, IPTV and OTT platforms. The MUCS platform also helps to extend Astro’s OT T service, Astro on the GO.

Bloomberg TV to launch Philippine channel

From http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/172-telecommunications-media/87940-bloomberg-tv-philippines-announced

(UPDATED) Bloomberg to bring its brand of business reporting on Philippine cable TV through a partnership with the Pangilinan-led TV5 and Cignal Digital TV 

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Manuel V. Pangilinan expands his media empire anew.

The Pangilinan-led MediaQuest Holdings’ TV5 and Cignal Digital TV signed a deal with Bloomberg, the American-based international cable and satellite news network, on Wednesday, March 25.

To be called Bloomberg Television Philippines, the local channel will be the first 24/7 business news channel in the country, with a target launch this 2015.

“This partnership with Bloomberg heralds a new era in Philippine television, in which business information is set to be in the front and center of a rising Philippine economy,” said Pangilinan in a statement released by Bloomberg.

Cignal Digital TV Philippines Chief Operating Officer Oscar A. Reyes Jr said during the announcement that the tri-partnership will propel the country into becoming the next business capital for Southeast Asia.

Bloomberg Television Philippines will be distributed exclusively via Cignal Digital TV, the Philippines’ direct-to-home (DTH) satellite provider with about 844,000 subscribers.

Reyes added that the partnership aims to bring a 360-degree experience to subscribers. Talks are also going on with TV5 to curate about 35 to 40 minutes of content to be available on free TV, Lorenzana added.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Bloomberg and believe their global experience will be invaluable in taking business television programming to the next level,” said Noel C. Lorenzana, president and chief executive officer of MediaQuest.

Adding firepower

Bloomberg has localized channels across countries, with over 15,500 employees in 192 locations.

Prior to the Philippine signing of the deal, the business news network signed with Canadian media company Channel Zero for a rebranding also set this year, online resource Media Newser Philippines reported.

Bloomberg will be the second global network to go local in the Philippines.

CNN Philippines, with local brand licensed to Nine Media Corporation, has already started airing this March 15 – a "glocalized" version with a combination of locally produced news and content sourced from CNN in the United States that usually does not air on CNN International.

The latest deal continues Bloomberg’s momentum in Asia, complementing local partner channels in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Mongolia.

“This gives us more firepower in the country and the television landscape. Finding the right partner was very important to us,” said Parry Ravindranathan, Bloomberg Media managing director for the Asia-Pacific.

Promoting business, financial literacy

MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. signed a groundbreaking partnership with Bloomberg Television to launch the first-ever 24-hour...

Posted by Cignaltv on Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Pangilinan has always wanted an all English-language business news channel.

Back in 2013, he announced the launching of CEO TV, originally planned to compete with ABS-CBN News Channel, but it never pushed through, Media Newser Philippines wrote on March 2.

"We just feel like going with Bloomberg is the right way to go. It’s a multi-year contract so hopefully this becomes a long-term relationship. We want Bloomberg Television Philippines to become the best Bloomberg news channel country in the world. That’s our aim," Lorenzana said.

To be presented in English, the local extension of Bloomberg Television will expand the reach of its market-moving news, the company said in a statement.

“The Philippines is fast becoming a premier broadcast destination because of its strong subscriber growth,” said Gary Groenheim, commercial director of Bloomberg Television, Asia-Pacific.

“Being in the third largest English-speaking country in the world will help us reach a vast new audience by combining elements of our daily global broadcast material with unique, tailor-made local content,” Groenheim added.

“Our financial markets are rapidly growing in size and sophistication and we saw room for a premier business channel that can inform, educate, and showcase the best of business and finance in the Philippines,” Lorenzana said in a statement.

Lorenzana added that MediaQuest Holdings is also committing its latest technology to the production of Bloomberg TV Philippines, with resources like high definition (HD) cameras, studio controls, HD OB vans, and HD ENG vans to be readily deployed.

“We always strive to provide the best experience we can to our subscribers,” he added.

Talent-wise, Bloomberg Television Philippines will leverage on the talent and production expertise of News5, TV5's news and information arm, to produce local content for the channel.

Bloomberg, in turn, will help its local partners to reach the editorial and production standards of its global enterprise, Ravindranathan said.

“I believe that every country goes through a point where they need a business channel. We want to give actionable news to do business in the Philippines,” Ravindranathan added.

“This partnership with Bloomberg shows what value pay TV can give Filipinos that they have never gotten before,” Reyes said.

“Business literacy is an advocacy for us. The wider the audience, the better,” Lorenzada stressed.

Ravindranathan sees the partnership as a long-term endeavor.

“As long as we have the same goals, the partnership is there. Term is not important for us,” Ravindranathan said.

Apart from Cignal Digital TV and TV5, MediaQuest Holdings also has interests in Nation Broadcasting Corporation, and broadsheets The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, and Businessworld.

TV5 has been fledging in terms of ratings competition, while Pangilinan's cable TV arm, Cignal Digital TV, announced early this March that it is anticipating its subscriber base to reach 1 million in 2015.

Many stick with cable, satellite TV despite access to digital terrestrial platform

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Many-stick-with-cable-satellite-TV-despite-access--30256674.html

Despite the arrival of terrestrial-based digital television, many people appear to be staying with cable and satellite platforms to watch free-TV programmes. Media experts suggest that the broadcasters of the 24 new digital channels are still facing a lot of competition.

Wannee Ruttanaphon, president of the Media Agency Association of Thailand, explained that cable/satellite audiences were more fragmented than those watching terrestrial free-TV programmes via digital receivers because there were more choices on satellite systems.

Sinthu Peatrarut, managing director for media client leadership at Nielsen (Thailand), said TV ratings were driven by the quality of content. "If a channel offers the best-quality TV programmes, people will follow that channel, and this will create [high] ratings for the channel no matter which platform it is on."

According to Nielsen's latest data, 75 per cent of the country's 23 million households watch cable or satellite TV, while many of the rest were using antennas. Sinthu forecast that cable/satellite penetration would continue rising to 85 per cent. In an attempt to transform the country from the analog to the digital era, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission began providing Bt690 coupons to each eligible household late last year to use towards the purchase of digital TV receivers.

But so far, only 3.91 million of the 8.3 million coupons provided by the NBTC have been used to purchase the receivers - and it is still not certain how many of those people who redeemed their coupons are actually using the receivers to watch TV.

Some digital broadcasters appear to acknowledge this situation.

RS chief operating officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul told The Nation that her company understood that once the old analog system is switched off a couple of years from now, the proportion of viewers using the digital receivers would be about the same as that for antennas now - about 30 per cent of households. However, with the benefits coming with a licence to broadcast digital terrestrial TV, including the right run up to 12 minutes of commercials per hour, Pornpan believes that it was the right decision to acquire digital receivers now.

Currently, satellite-based free-TV operators are only allowed to run six minutes of advertising per hour of broadcasting .

Another benefit is that digital broadcasters can use the terrestrial network to air programming on mobile platforms, including interactive TV.

Bangabandhu-1 satellite tender today

From http://www.dhakatribune.com/business/2015/mar/23/bangabandhu-1-satellite-tender-today

An international tender is going to be offloaded today in order to lunch Bangabandhu-1 satellite, a senior official of the telecom regulator has said.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) with its international consultant has prepared the tender documents.

“We have completed our preparation and hopeful about going an international tender,” ATM Monirul Alam, commissioner (Spectrum Management) of BTRC told the Dhaka Tribune last week.

Meanwhile, BTRC paid $5.6 million (20% of the cost) to the Intersputnik, a satellite company from Russia, as first instalment of purchasing the orbital slot on 119.1 East Longitude, the cost of which was fixed at $28 million (around Tk218.96 crore).

According to the contract signed on January 15 this year with Intersputnik, the BTRC will have to pay 30% of the cost ($8.4m) within the next 15 months, 25% ($7m) within 18 months after that, and the rest within the next eight months.

The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be launched by 2017, according to the project proposal.

BTRC sources said though they are very enthusiastic about the tender of the first satellite of the country, they found a very low verbal response from a host of interested satellite companies.

“Our consulting company has contacted different satellite companies but they are pointing to our political crises, but we are also hopeful to overcome it,” a senior official of BTRC told the Dhaka Tribune requesting anonymity.

Earlier, the government found six alternative offers for launching its first ever satellite, and some of them were also cheap, but the government remained steadfast in a faster arrangement.

The tenure of “Bangabandhu Satellite Launching Project” was in between July 2014 and June 2017.

“Although we are already nine months behind our schedule, we are very optimistic about finishing the project within the given time – by June 2017,” Monirul Alam added.

Earlier on September 16, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) approved Tk2,967 crore for the Bangabandhu-1 project.

Of that fund, Tk1,652.44 crore came from foreign aid, and the remaining Tk1,315.51 crore will be paid by the government.

Of the total cost, BTRC has estimated Tk1,312.58 crore to be operational expenditure and Tk1,655.38 for capital expenditure.

BTRC is very optimistic that it has taken only seven years for reaching breakeven point.

According to the project proposal, the satellite would minimise the existing digital divide between the country’s urban and rural areas as it would take broadcasting and telecommunication services to the most remote areas of the country, and introduce profitable and promising services such as direct service to households throughout the country.

It also claimed that after launching own satellite lots of new jobs will be created and it will open up new lines of high tech business opportunities and revenues.

According to the project documents, BTRC has selected two locations for ground handling – Telecom staff college in Gazipur and Betbunia Earth Station in Rangamati.

When launched, the Bangabandhu-1 satellite will serve the Saarc countries along with Indonesia and the Philippines as well as the ‘Stan’ countries – such as Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan – if the satellite’s frequency is properly coordinated. 

Harmonic receiver-decoder with HEVC

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/24/harmonic-receiver-decoder-with-hevc/

Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery infrastructure, has unveiled its ProView 7100 – a single-rack, multiformat, integrated receiver-decoder (IRD), transcoder and MPEG stream processor that supports the HEVC standard. As part of an end-to-end HEVC-based video transmission solution offered by Harmonic, the ProView 7100 enables video content and service providers to decode HEVC compressed streams up to 1080p60 resolution, maximising bandwidth efficiency for broadcast service delivery while maintaining pristine video quality.

“The ability to decode HEVC compressed streams is becoming important for video content and service providers as they prepare to deliver high-quality, bandwidth-intensive services like Ultra HD and 4K,” said Bart Spriester, senior vice president, video products, Harmonic. “As the world’s first IRD platform capable of decoding HEVC content, the ProView 7100 continues to prove that it’s the best solution for content reception applications, providing TV operators with the flexibility, scalability, video compression efficiency and low total-cost-of-ownership they need to cost-effectively deliver video offerings with amazing quality now and in the future.”

Google’s Nexus Player for UK

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/24/googles-nexus-player-for-uk/

Google’s Nexus Player, the company’s first device to feature the Android TV platform, will launch in the UK on March 26th.  The Asus made device is available for £79.99 (€104) – £20 more than the recently price-cut Apple TV.

The Nexus Player will ship with a modified version Android Lollipop, and will reportedly automatically update itself to version 5.1 of Google’s OS.

Originally announced in October 2014, the Nexus Player boasts more features than Google’s Chromecast dongle. The device is ‘Google Cast-ready’, allowing users to cast movies, music, and other entertainment content from their tablet, smartphone, or laptop to their TV, and Android TV also offers gaming (either via an optional gamepad or via using the device as a controller). In addition, the remote supports voice commands.

Nexus Player will launch with popular apps such as Netflix and YouTube, but UK catch-up apps (such as BBC iPlayer) are not so far confirmed for the device.

Amazon Fire TV Stick for UK

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/24/amazon-fire-tv-stick-for-uk/

Amazon will launch its Fire TV Stick in the UK on April 15th. The HDMI dongle, priced at £35 (€45.50), streams video via Netflix, Amazon Prime and YouTube, among others, straight to user’s televisions. For the first two days existing Amazon Prime subscribers can order the gadget for £19.

Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive of Amazon, claims the Fire TV Stick is the most powerful streaming media stick on the market. It boasts 8GB of storage, a remote control and voice-activated search.

Amazon’s listing for the device reads: “Fire TV Stick connects your HDTV to a world of online entertainment. Whether you’re a Prime member or not, enjoy a huge selection of movies and TV episodes, voice search that actually works and exclusive features like ASAP. Fire TV Stick is an easy way to enjoy Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, BBC iPlayer, low-cost movie rentals, live and on-demand sports, music, photos, games and more.”

The device directly competes with noteworthy rivals Chromecast (from Google) and Roku’s Streaming Stick.

Amazon Germany has also started taking orders for the Amazon Fire TV Stick. The device will ship from the same sate as the UK (April 15th) and costs €39.

TheOneAlliance to switch off signals for Reliance Big TV

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/theonealliance-to-switch-off-signals-for-reliance-big-tv-150324
MUMBAI: TheOneAlliance has decided to suspend the signals of its premium channels to direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Reliance Big TV for non-payment of outstanding dues.
According to TheOneAlliance, the DTH operator has failed to make payments of the outstanding amount despite constant follow ups and repeated reminders.
This resulted in an issuance of a public notice for disconnection of signals on 18 March. In case the DTH operator fails to clear the outstanding dues, approximately 1.6 million Reliance Big TV subscribers will face a blackout after three weeks of the issuance of the public notice. 
The switch-off could be a setback for sports enthusiasts, in view of the upcoming season of Pepsi IPL 2015, which commences on 8 April and will be aired on Sony Six and Max.
In addition to the Pepsi IPL 2015, the subscribers of Reliance DTH platform will also miss viewing other channels including Sony Entertainment Television, Max2, Sab, Sony PAL, Mix, Pix, AXN, Animax and Aath.
It seems as though Reliance BIG TV is making a habit of this. It may be recalled that last year too, TheOneAlliance had informed subscribers of Reliance Big TV via a public notice that the channels it aggregates can go off, if the DTH player doesn’t clear outstanding dues.


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OU 1 World Feed English, OU 2 & OU 3 11636H, 29895sr, 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, ENCRYPTED

also mux 11672 H Sr 30000 Fec 5/6 OU4 OU5 OU6 OU7 OU8 all fta
weak on 1.2m


Optus D2 12662 V Sr 7100 "ICC WCC1" Cricket worldcup feed FTA no Audio

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Malcolm Turnbull says there are “changes that can be made” to the controversial television anti-siphoning list, but he believes the Senate won’t agree to curbs on the free broadcast of top-tier football codes.

The Communications Minister has recommended cabinet introduce laws to abolish the “out of date” population-reach rule and the two-out-of-three rule, in what would be the biggest shake-up of media laws for three decades.

However the proposed reforms would preserve the anti-siphoning regime that ring-fences top-tier sports rights for the main commercial broadcasters, preventing subscription-TV operator Foxtel from bidding.

Mr Turnbull said the debate was most heated around the free-to-air networks’ access to the major football codes, particularly rugby league and AFL, and who should decide which matches are made available for free.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Parliament House in Canberra this morning. Source: News Corp Australia

“To turn around and say to people you’re going to have to pay to watch games of football that you were previously able to watch for free on TV is unlikely to be popular,” he told ABC Radio this morning.

“We are urged to do this by the pay TV industry and I absolutely respect and understand their commercial position, but it’s important to understand that what they’re seeking would not be popular — it would be most unpopular — and in any event it would need to be approved by the Senate. Now, why does anyone imagine that this Senate would be likely to approve changes that would be clearly as unpopular as that?

“I think there are other changes that can be made to anti-siphoning — the anti-siphoning list — but the big issue, the hot issue, 99.9 per cent of the heat in the debate is about football.”

News Corp Australia chief executive Julian Clarke said earlier this month: “It is critical that any package of reform includes severely reducing the length of the outdated anti-siphoning list; which is the longest such list in the world, covering over 1300 sporting events, and has the effect of reducing the public’s access to sporting events.”

Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of News Corp, commented on Twitter: “Turnbull’s plans to scrap certain rules suit buddies at Nine. Can’t oppose dumping all regs but not this. Nice to see how MT plays.”

The reach rule prevents TV networks from broadcasting to more than 75 per cent of the population. If removed, metropolitan TV networks could absorb regional networks such as Prime, WIN Corp and Southern Cross Austereo, potentially paving the way for big changes to regional television services.

The two-out-of-three cap prevents anyone owning more than two of the three traditional outlets — TV, radio and print — in one market. Fairfax Media has been lobbying hard for the repeal of the two-out-of-three rule so it can merge its struggling newspapers with the resurgent Nine Network.

Mr Turnbull said: “I think they’re out of date. I think everyone agrees they’re out of date. They were designed in a pre-internet era and they relate to a media landscape that doesn’t exist.”

News Corp is the ultimate owner of News Corp Australia, which half-owns Foxtel and publishes The Australian.

Foxtel iQ3 embraces Freeview free-to-air

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/foxtel-iq3-embraces-freeview-freetoair-20150323-1m5k6z.html

The iQ3 video recorder is designed to seamlessly blend Foxtel, Freeview and streaming video in the one box.

Foxtel's new iQ3 recorder lets you watch all the Freeview digital free-to-air channels and may even get Catch Up access.

If you're paying for Foxtel then it's certainly worth getting an iQ recorder to get the most from your subscription. It tends to be more reliable than most personal video recorders because it relies on Foxtel's curated Electronic Program Guide rather than hotch-potch data embedded in the terrestrial free-to-air signal.

The iQ2 recorder is great for recording pay TV channels, but free-to-air support has always been hit and miss depending on where you live and how you access Foxtel. All that is set to change with Foxtel's new iQ3 video recorder, launched today and selling for $125 plus $25 for self-installation or $75 for a visit from a Foxtel technician.

The old iQ2 has rear jacks for connecting to the Foxtel wall socket, which runs to the pay TV cable in your street or the satellite dish on your roof. The new iQ3 adds a standard aerial input in the back, so it can connect to your aerial wall socket and pull free-to-air channels from the TV antenna on your roof – such as Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC and SBS and their extra multi-channels, as well as regional networks like WIN depending on where you live.

This is great news for satellite subscribers and regional viewers annoyed by the fact that the Foxtel doesn't retransmit some of the new Freeview channels such as 7mate and GEM, depending on where you live. This schism is very frustrating if you want your Foxtel recorder to be your one PVR to rule them all.

Now the new iQ3 can scan the airwaves for terrestrial free-to-air channels like 7mate and drop them into the onscreen guide alongside the pay TV channels. The iQ3 treats these Freeview channels like any other channel, letting you record them and create Series Links (although you're now at the mercy of the networks' hotch-potch programming metadata). There are two free-to-air tuners in the iQ3, so you can record one free-to-air channels while watching a second. You can also record three cable/satellite channels while watching a fourth.

If your home has access to both the terrestrial broadcast of a channel and Foxtel's retransmission, you can select which source you prefer. This is useful if your free-to-air reception is terrible and you rely on Foxtel for a decent picture. Keep in mind the networks are pushing to charge Foxtel a retransmission fee for providing the Freeview channels over cable and satellite, so Foxtel may be looking to wean customers off these options.

The iQ3's inclusion of built-in free-to-air tuners isn't the only way Foxtel is expanding viewing options. The new box supports HTML5 apps and Foxtel is open to including free-to-air streaming Catch Up services such as ABC iView, says Foxtel's director of product Mike Ivanchenko.

"Just because content doesn't come from Foxtel doesn't mean that you won't see it on our box", Ivanchenko says.

"When it comes to streaming services like YouTube and iView, you could eventually seem them on this box."

Local streaming video features are also on the roadmap. The iQ3 cable box features eight tuners (10 in the satellite box) and Ivanchenko says they could be used with the two onboard transcoding engines to stream video from the box to other devices around the home. There's also potential for the iQ3 to act as a DLNA client for streaming video from a smartphone, computer or Network Attached Storage device. 

Netflix Australia: Catalogue means Aussies no longer an afterthought

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/netflix-australia-catalogue-means-aussies-no-longer-an-afterthought-20150323-1m5nmo.html

Netflix, Stan, Presto aim for video revolution

With Netflix launching in Australia, these new online streaming platforms, including Stan and Presto, could revolutionise how we watch TV.

Finally, Australians are no longer being treated as an afterthought. 

The launch of Netflix on Tuesday signals a new kind of consumer war: one in which rival streaming services will compete through convenience, quality programs and low prices. 

 No longer imprisoned by old seasons... All of Orange is the New Black series will be on offer to Australians.

Until now, the attitude of our broadcasters has been: How much can we get away with? How long can we keep local viewers waiting for new shows? How many ads can we squeeze in? How long can we run over schedule? 

You can't blame these businesses for trying to maximise their profit. But this model – in which broadcasters do things entirely their way – is now struggling.

Consider Orange Is The New Black, a critical and commercial smash. When the first season launched in 2013, the rest of the world binged-watched it on Netflix. Australians were forced to wait for its debut on pay TV – where it screened at the rate of one episode per week.

 Chloe Sevigny stars in Bloodline, which will launch in Australia as a Netflix original series. Photo: Reuters

Eventually, the show made it to iTunes – yet even now, only the first season is there.

Is it any wonder we're among the worst illicit downloaders on the planet?

"The motion picture and television industry used the internet to market their shows and their movies all over the world," says Jonathan Friedland, Netflix's chief communications officer. "Then they held back distribution in order to maximise profitability – and the net result is piracy. 

 Something to sing about ... House of Cards is on offer for a low monthly price.

"The days of people being relegated to second-class citizenry on the basis of commercial interests is over."

On June 12, Netflix will launch season three of Orange Is The New Black in the US and in Australia. Every single episode. For the first time, local viewers can binge on it with the rest of the world. (The first two seasons will also be available at launch, for those yet to catch up.)

Foxtel has just announced that it will make all of season three available to its viewers on June 12, too.

Indeed, Netflix has a policy of not withholding any of the shows it makes itself. When a program debuts in one country, it debuts everywhere. Which means if there's a fourth season of House of Cards – another acclaimed Netflix original series – we won't have to wait for that, either. 

Nor will Australians be biding their time for other fresh Netflix shows, including Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (a comedy co-created by Tina Fey, available at launch); Marvel's Daredevil (a live action comic book adaptation starring Charlie Cox, launching April 10); Grace & Frankie (a show about "frenemies", played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, launching May 8); BoJack Horseman (an animated comedy starring Will Arnett, available at launch); Marco Polo (based on the famed explorer's adventures, available at launch); Bloodline (a psychological thriller starring Australian Ben Mendelsohn, available at launch); and Sense8 (a dramatic thriller about eight people who suddenly become mentally and emotionally linked, launching June 5). It remains to be seen, however, how much of its non-original programming Netflix makes available to Australian audiences. 

Here's where things really get good. Like its rival streaming services – including Presto, Stan* and Quickflix – Netflix has no ads. It starts at just $8.99 a month: you could subscribe to three of these services and still have loose change from $30. All are competing to be as user-friendly as possible. Best of all, quality content is their chief weapon. 

If you ask viewers to pay – even a monthly fee no more than couple of coffees – you have to make it worth their while. 

All these services have vast back catalogues of excellent shows. It's the new programs, however, that are most exciting. 

Netflix has already proven itself to be a purveyor of high-quality scripted content. Stan* has responded by announcing it will make its own quality Australian shows, including a series based on the Wolf Creek movies and a political drama called Enemies of the State.

This is a new era. One in which Australians can finally watch – legally, cheaply, and conveniently – all those "golden age of television" shows we hear so much about. 

*Stan is a joint venture between the Nine Entertainment Co. and Fairfax Media, which publishes this site.

Binge on this: Getting the Netflix NZ hard-sell

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/television-industry/news/article.cfm?c_id=260&objectid=11420531

Are you ready to join the cult of Netflix? Chris Schulz meets the men selling the television streaming service to New Zealand.  

Flowers are on the table, grape juice is on ice and smoked salmon bagels with microgreens sit on thick white tablecloths. In the corner is a TV bearing the distinctive red logo of a soon-to-be very well known brand name.

This Pier One hotel room laden with gourmet snacks and a stunning view across Sydney Harbour is the first port of call for journalists attending the Australia-New Zealand Netflix junket. On the surface, things appear calm. Underneath, it's perhaps a little fraught.

In 15 minutes, while we are waiting to interview two American Netflix bigwigs, no less than four media minders and PR handlers wander through the room.

In a 12-year career in entertainment journalism, that's a record. By the end of my session, they will more than double in number.

"You'll like them," one says of my American hosts. It sounds more like an instruction than smalltalk.

After browsing the Netflix catalogue set-up on the TV - featuring House of Cards, Better Call Saul and Orange is the New Black, three shows that won't be on offer when Netflix launches in NZ - I'm invited to walk down the hall for the interview.

There, I fight my way through another group of PR minders that takes the tally into double figures, past more stacks of snacks, into a cramped room that can only be described as a TV addict's wet dream.

Three giant screens line the walls, while smart phones, game consoles and tablets swamp tables and couches. They're all connected to Netflix, and they're all playing shows. It's overwhelming. Like Neo plugging into the Matrix.

Beaming through all that screen glow are the smiles of Todd Yellin, Netflix vice-president of product innovation, and Sean Carey, vice-president of content acquisition,. They have the upbeat positivity of suppliers laden with enough product to satiate the biggest addiction.

"Let's show you how all this works," says Yellin after a crushing handshake. He grasps a tablet and scrolls through Netflix's massive library of shows and movies. No less than three PR people - two locals and Cliff Edwards, Netflix director of Corporate Communications - sit down as we begin our interview, breaking another record. The message, it seems, must get through.

This, Kiwi TV addicts, is what a SVOD juggernaut looks like. And on Tuesday, it lands in New Zealand.

Perhaps calling Netflix a cult is a little harsh. If it is, it's the biggest one on the planet - and it's spreading. New Zealand is the latest of 50-plus countries the American company has set up shop in, and once we're online it's Japan's turn.

Yellin, who has a fun habit of saying the same thing repeatedly in different ways, says Netflix wants to be "global throughout the entire world for all intents and purposes, in every country, within the next two years".

Netflix, an all-you-can-eat service that encourages bingewatching, already has 57 million subscribers, and it will likely add many tens of thousands more upon launch here. It comes armed with a massive library of content, including TV shows and movies, and the promise of much more to come. Netflix wants to have a full season of an original show debuting every two weeks. It will launch its first movie, a sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in July. "The catalogue will be twice as big a year after launch," promises Carey.

If New Zealand's current on-demand services Lightbox (owned by Spark), Neon (Sky TV), Quickflix and Ezyflix aren't worried yet, they should be. Carey admits New Zealand has a saturated on-demand TV market. And Yellin says there's only room for two services.

"I've read about the different providers in New Zealand," he says. "The better ones will last and will go on and there'll be a couple of different choices."

Carey calmly adds: "We have launched in very competitive territories and succeeded. We hope to succeed (in New Zealand) as well."

Perhaps Netflix's biggest competition isn't competing services - it's themselves. Netflix is already available here thanks to backdoor access that allows users to hide their network address and subscribe to the US service. Carey and Yellin admit New Zealand's service won't be as good as America's, because they've sold the rights to seasons of their own shows to competitors. House of Cards and Orange is the New Black are both available on Lightbox.

So how will they persuade Kiwis who are already Netflix users to make the switch? Once Netflix comes online here, subscribers to the US service will dwindle, says Yellin. "It's a game of whack a mole: shut it down over here and it pops up over there. It's not a winnable battle, but it's a winnable war," he says. "When we launch in New Zealand, it won't matter. Once you have it, the whole idea of VPNing into the service becomes a footnote in history."

It's an attitude that one Auckland TV fan who already has Netflix US doesn't agree with. The user, who asked not to be named, told TimeOut she'd been using the service for a year by streaming shows via her laptop, and she loved it. She wasn't interested in swapping to the New Zealand service because she believed it would be inferior.

"Now that I've got the blocker set up, it's so easy," she said. "I smashed through season three of House of Cards in a weekend ... I'm still paying for the service so I don't feel bad about it."

One thing we still don't know is how much Netflix will cost. That's a secret until launch day. But you can guess: in America, packages range from basic US$8-per-month rates, to $12 for a full service allowing HD streaming and access to multiple devices and accounts.

As Yellin explains: "I can be watching one piece of content while my wife is in the bedroom watching something entirely different. We have a special higher end family plan where you can do four concurrent streams."

Yes, Yellin and Carey are high on their own supply. Near the end of our interview, Yellin says this: "From here-on in, New Zealand is part of the Netflix family. Everything we produce will be released at exactly the same time as it is in the US and every other country in the rest of the world." Like that PR handler's no-so-casual comment earlier, it sort of feels like a warning.

Interview over, I'm escorted back to the room with the salmon bagels, where I'm briefed on something Yellin said that a PR minder has an issue with. Problem sorted, I'm presented with a gift card that will give me a free taste of Netflix. It's my first hit. Like New Zealand's TV landscape, I might never be the same again.

What: TV-on-demand streaming service Netflix
When and where: Available on smart TVs, tablets, gaming consoles, phones and computers from March 24
Content: Exclusive shows inlcude Bloodline, Marco Polo, Sense8 and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

The return of the satellite constellations

From http://www.thespacereview.com/article/2716/1

The satellite industry can be excused for thinking that the 1990s have returned, like some retro fad. Back then, all the talk was the development of constellations of satellites to provide telephone and data services. Globalstar, Iridium, and ORBCOMM got far enough to actually deploy their systems, but there were many more concepts being discussed in the 1990s.

Best known of those was Teledesic, which in its early planning proposed launching nearly 1,000 satellites for high-speed data services. But there were many more in various stages of development, like Celestri, Ellipso, Final Analysis, and SkyBridge, among others. Beyond a couple of demonstration satellites, none of these systems got off the drawing boards, killed by the telecom bust at the end of the 1990s that also sent Globalstar, Iridium, and ORBCOMM into Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and reorganization.

“We’ve got to solve this [latency] problem if we want people to have dynamic HTML and web 2.0 applications,” Wyler argued.

Today, constellations are back in vogue, in a big way. As the survivors of the 1990s boom and bust repopulate their constellations with next-generation spacecraft, new systems are planning to compete with them, as well as the geosynchronous satellites that remain the backbone of commercial satellite communications today. Will history repeat itself?

One person who hopes it doesn’t is Greg Wyler. He is a veteran of O3b, a venture that operates a small constellation of satellites in medium Earth orbit (at a rarely-used altitude of 8,000 kilometers) to provide broadband communications to underserved regions of the globe—the “other three billion” people from which the company takes is name.

Wyler is now working on a new satellite venture technically far more ambitious than O3b. Called OneWeb, it plans to place 648 satellites into LEO, providing broadband services globally. It sounds a lot like O3b or, for that matter, GEO systems that also provide high speed Internet access.

The difference, Wyler said in a speech at the Satellite 2015 conference in Washington March 17, is reduced latency, or the lag in transmitting and receiving data. LEO systems, being much closer to the Earth than MEO or GEO ones, should offer lower latency and thus improved performance.

“We’ve got to solve this problem if we want people to have dynamic HTML and web 2.0 applications,” he argued. Terrestrial systems can, of course, offer low latency, but can be difficult to install, he argued, recalling his experience prior to O3b trying to install fiber in Africa.

After months of speculation about Wyler’s plans—he was, at times, linked to both Google and SpaceX—OneWeb announced in January its plans to develop the constellation with the financial backing of Qualcomm and the Virgin Group. The latter would be offering launch service for at least some OneWeb satellites via Virgin Galactic’s smallsat launch system, LauncherOne, currently under development.

Wyler talked little about the satellite system in his Satellite 2015 presentation, focusing instead on the ground segment. He showed off several different kinds of terminals, including one that could be mounted on a roof and powered by solar panels; others could be mounted on aircraft or emergency vehicles, in the latter case providing seamless communications when out of range of terrestrial networks.

However, OneWeb is expected to move forward soon on the space segment. The company is reportedly weighing bids from five different satellite manufacturers in the US and Europe to build its fleet of satellites, with a decision pending as soon as next month.

“I don’t think it’s that everyone else is doing something wrong,” SpaceX’s Shotwell said of competing satellite ventures. “We want to participate in this activity.”

OneWeb’s announcement in January was almost immediately overshadowed by another, even more ambitious venture. Speaking at an event in Seattle closed to the media, SpaceX founder Elon Musk said he was in the early stages of planning a broadband satellite constellation that would eventually feature 4,000 satellites.

In a video taken by one attendee, Musk provided a basic overview of his plans, including the development of a satellite manufacturing facility in the Seattle area. He said he had filed paperwork with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which regulates satellite communications, for spectrum for his system, but didn’t offer many technical details.

Musk’s long-term vision for the satellite venture is to grab a small fraction of global Internet traffic—on the order of 10 percent—which, if successful, could generate billions of dollars of revenue for the company. Musk said that money would go towards his ambitions to develop human settlements on Mars.

At Satellite 2015, SpaceX officials didn’t offer much in the way of additional information about those plans. “I don’t think it’s that everyone else is doing something wrong,” SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell said of competing satellite ventures during a March 16 panel session. “We want to participate in this activity.”

“It’s a huge market,” she said, citing the difficulties she’s encountered trying to get broadband Internet access to a ranch in central Texas. “It’s pretty clear there’s a huge need to expand capacity outside of huge population areas.”

In February, SpaceX announced that it had raised $1 billion from investors led by Google and Fidelity. At the time, most assumed that Google was investing to support SpaceX’s satellite constellation plans, given that Google had parted ways with Wyler’s OneWeb.

Shotwell, though, said that was not the case. “Google and Fidelity invested in SpaceX kind of for their own business purposes, not for the global Internet project we’re exploring right now,” she said in response to a question about it at a luncheon during the Satellite 2015 conference March 17.

OneWeb and SpaceX’s unnamed satellite system are not the only constellations out there. Another venture is LeoSat, which is planning a network of more than 100 satellites for broadband communications. Earlier this month, it hired as its CEO Vern Fotheringham, the former CEO of satellite antenna company Kymeta, the first public statement by the venture.

“We will be announcing some very significant strategic global alignments and service delivery partnerships over the coming months,” Fotheringham said in the statement.

This new wave of LEO satellite systems is not generating alarm among major GEO satellite operators—yet. In a panel session at Satellite 2017 March 17, the CEOs of the “Big Four” satellite companies—Eutelsat, Intelsat, SES, and Telesat—said it appeared history might be repeating itself.

“It feels like it’s repeating itself a little bit,” said Daniel Goldberg, CEO of Telesat. “There are two questions here. One, can you launch a system like that? Absolutely. Two, does it achieve an attractive return for investors? I don’t know. It’s not easy.”

Such ventures, he said, need technology improvements and reduced costs to build and launch satellites, two things he was skeptical could be achieved soon. “Today, I don’t believe there’s a viable plan where these satellites can be cranked out in sufficient numbers at low enough cost,” he said.

David McGlade, CEO of Intelsat, said he welcomed new entrants into the business, but wondered if the key advantage such systems provided—low latency—was really that important. “Does it matter that much for voice? Not very much any more. Gaming? That’s nice to have. 5G? Maybe,” he said.

He and other panelists argued that, when it comes to providing high-speed bandwidth, independent of latency, GEO satellites could compete with any LEO system. Several invoked one of the recent buzzwords of the satellite communications industry: HTS, or high throughput satellites, which are designed to provide broadband services from GEO.

“Nobody should underestimate the room for improvement GEO satellites have for the coming years,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat. “HTS satellites have been a revolution we’re all taking advantage of.”

“Today, I don’t believe there’s a viable plan where these satellites can be cranked out in sufficient numbers at low enough cost,” Goldberg said.

Some of the CEOs, though, were aware that GEO satellites, and their companies, risked looking conservative and stodgy compared to the new satellite industry entrants. De Rosen went to comical lengths in an attempt to dispel that. “Image is something we can change rapidly,” he said, as he stood up near the end of the panel session and took off his suit jacket, tie, and dress shirt, revealing a plain black tshirt.

GEO satellite operators might need more than a change in wardrobe to adapt to a changing market, but they raise a good point: despite the influx of interest and investment, there’s no guarantee than any of these systems can close their business cases any better than the failed efforts of the 1990s. What’s different this time?

Barry Matsumori, a SpaceX senior vice president, recalled in another Satellite 2015 panel working earlier in his career at Qualcomm as Globalstar—a joint venture of Loral and Qualcomm—was getting started. “We didn’t take into account how fast terrestrial GSM was going to expand,” he said.

Technology, he argued, has advanced considerably since then, enabling more powerful systems. “You look at the technology that’s available now, the processing power, compared to what was available back then, and it’s night and day. There’s a big difference,” he said.

Others have argued there is growing demand for the broadband communications services that were still somewhat novel in the 1990s, along with advances in satellites and launch services. Together, companies believe that increase in demand, and decrease in costs, can make constellations both technically and economically viable now.

Who’s right: the skeptical GEO operators or the optimistic constellation entrepreneurs? The answer may come in the next several years.


Sunday various feeds

D2 12662V 6669 Goondiwindi Races...
D2 12448V 6669 "GCAST 7"
D1 12430V 6999 "STS 1" NRL

Saturday various feeds

D1 12681V 6110 "STW SNP" Colour bars (provider 9 network)
D1 12672V 6110 "TCN QPSK 9Mhz" bars

IS19 12526V 29895 Cricket... OU4,5,6 & 7
IS19 12571V 6110 "Pacifika A" Festival FTA

D2 12341V 7500 "STS3" rugby

Asiasat 5 3945 V Sr 6670 "CH 7 LIVE Horse racing"
Asiasat 5 3935 V Sr 6670 MPEG2 "HORSE RACING" GCAST SD ENC2
Asiasat 5 3855 V Sr 6110 mpeg2 adhoc feed

From my Email

From saldav1


Asiasat 5 feeds

4170 H SR 15000 $FOX UFC FN PATH A ($Scrambled.)
3734 V SR 7199 EDMSG HD ENC-1 Asian reporter with floral bouquet tributes in background, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 7119 $E257 Pitch main 1 ($Scrambled.)
3907 H SR 7119 Telecity Encoder TOTTENHAM vs LECEISTER, (FTA.)


Asiasat 5 feed
3928 V SR 6669 EUROMEDIA CHA Channel 7 - LIVE & FREE -Horse Racing coverage, (FTA.)
3944 V SR 4000 HKJC PathA Telecast from HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB, (FTA.) (Cannot believe how much mist , fog or pollution is around Hong Kong!)

From Blackcrusader

Sunday feeds




Live at time of posting



J LEAGUE on 4165 H 7200 3/5 SHONAN vs SENDAI

From the Dish

Express AT2 140.0E 12341 L "Karusel" is now Fta.

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4120 V "ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Taiwan Yam TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News" are encrypted again.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 4160 V "GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV, TTV World and JET TV" are encrypted again.

Koreasat 6 116.0E 12450 H "CBN has replaced K-Net" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3433 H "BNI Life" is back on , Fta.

NSS 11 108.2E 12651 V "Taoist TV" has started on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3580 H "CCTV News" has left .

NSS 6 95.0E 11172 H "Nickelodeon India and Zee Cinema Asia" have left .

Insat 4B 93.5E 10990 VIshwar TV has left .

Insat 4B 93.5E DD Bharati has started on 11070 V, clear.

Measat 3 91.5E 11022 V "Astro Box Office Sport HD" has started on , Mediaguard.
Measat 3 91.5E 12603 H "Media One, Star Sports 2, History TV 18, RT English, Romedy Now, ET Now, DD Rajasthan, DD Madhya Pradesh, Mathrubhumi News, ETV Kannada News and V6 News have started on, Irdeto. Jeevan TV, CNBC Awaaz, ABP News India, FX India and Fox Crime India" have left.

Measat 3 91.5E 12683 H "Hungama TV, Rupasi Bangla and Maa Music have started on , Nagravision. Zee Punjabi, Samay, Ten Cricket India, Ten Action +, Live India, Rajya Sabha TV, BBC Entertainment India and Puthiya Thalaimurai" have left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3960 H "Zee Hiburan" has started on, Fta
Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Record Japan" has started on Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "UTV World Movies" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 4040 H "Prabhatam News" has started on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4054 H "TV 99" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 11130 H "Discovery Channel India, Zee Zindagi, Ten Action, & TV and Disney Junior India have started on , Videoguard.
Headlines Today, Star Jalsha, DD Podhigai and DD Bharati" have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11170 H "Sony Pal, Zee Premier, Disney Channel India, Star Sports 3, Baby TV Asia, ETV Madhya Pradesh Chattisgarh, UTV Movies and & pictures have started on, Videoguard. DD Bangla, 9XM, ETV Marathi, HBO South Asia and AXN India" have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel, Korkaew Channel, Oom Maharuai TV, Champ Channel and Goodfilms TV" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Dara Channel has replaced Nateethong Shop" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3760 H "CTH WWE, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Looktung Millionaire Channel" on are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4000 H "Sky News International" has left .

ABS 2 75.0E 11605 V "Moy Mir" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11790 H "CTVN AKD Plus and Zee 24 Ghanta" have started on, Fta. Channel Divya and Dangal TV have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11790 H Kalaignar TV, Seithigal, Kalaignar Murasu TV, Sirippoli, Vendhar TV, DD Bangla and DD Punjabi have left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V."Multimania" has left

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11255 V "Balastan" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Serendib TV" has left .

Amos 4 65.0E 10790 V "Star World India, Ten Action, Ten Cricket International, Neo Prime, Neo Sports and Star Movies Action" have started on , encrypted.
Amos 4 65.0E 10915 V "DMN Movies on Demand and Star Sports 4" have started on , encrypted. Star Sports 2 has left.
Amos 4 65.0E 11290 V "Zee News and Zee Business" have started on , encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段, MNB(蒙古)测试频道消失,设置12508 H 45000参数无效接收。[03-23]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索世界、Luxe TV(蒙古)等测试频道重现,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-23]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Prabhatam News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[03-23]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Jivi Shoppe替换Dish TV promo(Dish TV)频道,设置12595 H 40700参数免费接收。[03-22]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,No.1 News替换Sinema(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[03-22]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Satkar TV(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[03-22]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Neo Prime、Neo Sports(印度)等频道新增,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月22日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CNN、CNNi Australia(CNN)等4个频道新增,设置3828 H 14000参数部分免费接收。[03-22]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Neo Prime、Neo Sports(印度)等频道新增,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-22]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World Service(广播)等一组频道新增,设置4165 V 3448参数免费接收。[03-22]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,BBC World Service(广播)等全组频道消失,设置4124 V 3250参数无效接收。[03-22]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BBC Asia Feed(传送)频道消失,设置4089 H 13020参数无效接收。[03-22]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Channel(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11681 V 15525参数有条件接收。[03-22]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC Entertainment(Ddish TV)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [3月22日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,CNN替换Solar News Channel(菲律宾)频道,设置3641 V 13333参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Amedia 2(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11656 V 24800参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox News、GTH On Air(泰国)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Readers Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Fox News、GTH On Air(泰国)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。[03-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Readers Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置12405 V 45000参数免费接收。[03-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Thai Chaiyo、Hit Station(泰国)等3个频道消失,设置12728 V 30000参数无效接收。[03-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,MRTV-4(4 Digital)高清频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。[03-21]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Camdy TV、Camdy TV(俄罗斯)等3个频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-21]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossiya 2、NTV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12153 V 45000参数无效接收。[03-21]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,粤语片台(TVB)频道新增,设置12651 V 26667参数有条件接收。 [3月21日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Info(俄罗斯)测试频道重现,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Demokrasi替换ELbox promo(印尼)频道,设置3822 V 29900参数免费接收。 [3月21日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,HS Live、K Drama(印尼)等全组频道改频率,设置3822 V 29900参数免费接收。 [3月21日]


Netflix sets Oz, NZ pricing ahead of 24 March launch

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015032337674/netflix-sets-oz-nz-pricing-ahead-of-24-march-launch.html#axzz3VCPBDesz

Netflix will launch down under on 24 March, with its cheapest package undercutting local streaming services Presto, Stan and Quickflix in Australia, and Neon and Lightbox in New Zealand.

The US streaming giant's entry level tier will cost Australians A$8.99 a month for standard definition (SD) video delivered to one device, compared to A$9.99 for the Presto SD subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service offered by the Foxtel and Seven West Media joint venture. Presto also offers a bundled package of both TV and movies for A$14.99 per month.

Quickflix' SVOD service is priced at A$9.99, while Stan, the online video service from Fairfax Media and Nine Network, offers high definition (HD) content for $10 per month.

Netflix will also offer an A$11.99 package in Australia which will allow HD streaming to up to two devices, while a third plan, costing A$14.99, will allow 4K Ultra HD streaming to up to four devices.

In New Zealand, meanwhile, Netflix will be priced from NZ$9.99 a month in SD and NZ $12.99 in HD.

Spark's Lightbox service costs non-Spark broadband customers NZ$15 a month in HD, while Sky TV charges NZ$20 a month for its Neon SD streaming service.

In the US, Netflix offers the SD single stream service for US $7.99, the HD two stream service for US$8.99 and the 4K four stream service for US$11.99.

Netflix, like Stan and Presto in Australia, and Neon and Lightbox in New Zealand, is offering a 30-day free trial.

The local Netflix services will include all three seasons of popular American political drama House of Cards, as well as the first two seasons of Orange is the New Black ahead of the third season's global launch on 12 June.

Other content to be made available will include Bloodline; Marco Polo; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me Live; Aussie comedian Jim Jefferies: Bare; DreamWorks Animation's The Adventures of Puss in Boots; Academy Award-nominated documentary Virunga; Marvel's Daredevil; Sense8; and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II: The Green Destiny.

(Craig's comment, let the fun and games begin! let's see who's the first to get eaten by Netflix)

Foxtel unveils delayed iQ

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-unveils-delayed-iq-20150322-1m1eg6.html

Foxtel customers will finally be able to get their hands on the cable television service's third generation set-top box and digital recorder, the iQ3, one day before the launch of Netflix in Australia.

The iQ3, which was first announced in 2013 and scheduled for release in the final quarter of 2014 but was delayed, will launch on Monday for $125 plus the costs of installation. Customers can choose self installation which costs $25, or to have it installed by a technician for $75.

Among a number of features, the new iQ box, which will be a hybrid of broadcast and internet protocol, will be able to recommend shows based on a household's previous viewing, show customers what other Foxtel subscribers are watching and enable the start over of a show of a sporting event if the beginning has been missed.

The iQ3 has a 1 terabyte hard drive which can record up to 172 hours of high definition content, or 345 of standard definition.

At launch, the iQ3 will have a limited range of apps, but Foxtel is planning to rollout more in the future. While Foxtel would not comment on what it plans to release, similar apps on things like smart TVs and gaming consoles have included ABC iView and Spotify.

"It's the aggregator of all your content needs in the lounge room," Foxtel chief operating officer Rohan Lund told Fairfax Media.

"You don't have to bring boxes back, we can update and upgrade at any point if we want to add extra features, and there's a roadmap of what we'd like to add. There's a number of things we can see in the not too distant future which are really exciting."

The iQ3 box will not support 4K ultra high definition resolution.


The move comes ahead of the launch of Netflix in Australia on Tuesday, while Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, and Foxtel's streaming service Presto, in partnership with Seven, have already launched.

Recently US cable provider HBO announced it would begin to sell a standalone streaming service for US customers. Previously, only traditional cable subscribers could access HBO's streaming service.

HBO is the owner of Game of Thrones and while the service will not be directly available to Australians, users have used virtual-private networks (VPNs) to gain access to US content.

Mr Lund said Foxtel was not worried about a standalone HBO SVoD service and the two companies have a very close working relationship with Foxtel holding a number of Australian exclusive rights.

Credit Suisse analyst Fraser McLeish said the number of Australians using VPNs was relatively small, but piracy was still definitely an issue for all subscription services.

Streaming services may impact on what package people take with Foxtel, but they would be unlikely to drop cable television entirely for a subscription video on-demand service, Mr McLeish said.

"Competition is increasing in the space from both Fetch and new SVoD competitors. Foxtel has already reacted to that in terms of cutting its base pricing and the launch of Presto," Mr McLeish said.

"Foxtel is a premium service and a substantial portion of subscribers are there for the sport. SVoD doesn't play in that and it tends to be slightly older content."

It was thought that Telstra, a 50 per cent shareholder in Foxtel, may scrap its T-Box in favour of Foxtel's iQ3, but outgoing Telstra chief executive David Thodey denied any plans that that may be the case at the company's half-year results.

"A lot of people are saying we're going to shut it down, no, we're going to continue, but we're always working on a refreshed product going forward," Mr Thodey said.

"We're still selling them today. We're still getting good downloads of movies and we'll continue to sell it."

Spark hits back at Netflix prices, drops Lightbox cost

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67482554/spark-hits-back-at-netflix-prices-drops-lightbox-cost

Spark has dropped the price of its Lightbox internet television service to match rival Netflix.

Netflix had planned to undercut rivals Sky Television and Lightbox when it launches its New Zealand internet television service on Tuesday.

The United States company said its local service would be priced from $9.99 a month in standard definition (SD) and $12.99 in high definition (HD).

However, Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock said it would cut the price of its HD-capable service from $15 to $12.99 on Tuesday. Lightbox is not available in SD-only.

Sky TV, which charges $20 a month for its SD Neon service, has not signalled it will review its pricing.

Niblock also announced fresh content for Lightbox, saying it had negotiated rights to the BBC's new political drama Wolf Hall, crime drama The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and WWII spy thriller X Company.

Lightbox was also increasing its stable of local shows with the addition of the Taika Waititi-directed New Zealand comedy Super City, starring Madeleine Sami, she said.

Netflix sparked controversy last week when it said it would not charge GST on its service as it is not a "local entity".  

In keeping with its US policy, Netflix has declined to say how many hours of programming its local service will offer.

Its flagship show at launch is the thriller, Bloodline, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Sissy Spacek and Kyle Chandler which started in the US over the weekend. Other shows include Marco Polo, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Daredevil and Sense8.

Netflix will include seasons one and two of Orange is the New Black and it said season three would premiere "exclusively on Netflix" in June.

A "premium" service with some programmes in "ultrahigh definition" (4K) will cost $15.99.

In line with Lightbox and Neon, Netflix will offer a free one-month trial.

The service will compete with Neon, Lightbox, Quickflix, as well as Netflix' US service which tens of thousands of Kiwis are believed to have signed up to, in breach of Netflix' terms and conditions.

At launch, Netflix will be available on smart televisions from Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense as well as PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo consoles.

It can also be used on Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.

This is significantly more devices than recently launched Lightbox or Neon, which have targeted computers, tablets and phones for their service. However, Niblock has said Lightbox will add support for Chromecast within "weeks", providing an easy means for subscribers to watch Lightbox cable-free on modern televisions.

Netflix' US service is priced at between US$7.99 (NZ$10.56) and $11.99 (NZ$15.85) though there are many more shows available.

Spark's Lightbox coming to Google's Chromecast

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/67459019/sparks-lightbox-coming-to-googles-chromecast

It is about to get easier to watch Spark's Lightbox internet television service on the family television.

Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock said Lightbox would support Google's popular Chromecast streaming media player within weeks, giving subscribers a cable-free way to get Lightbox on to any modern television.

"It is something that a lot of customers have asked us for," she said.

Chromecast, which went on sale in New Zealand in December priced at about $60, is a small device that plugs into an HDMI socket on a television and can fetch video from a user's home wi-fi network. It also requires connection to either a USB socket on a television or mains power.

Sky Television has said it is looking at adding Chromecast support to its Neon internet television service which launched last month. The New Zealand version of Netflix, which launches on Tuesday, is also expected to support the device at some point.

Niblock said most Lightbox subscribers were watching it on the family television at some times during the day, even though for most people that currently involves plugging a laptop into their television using an HDMI cable.

Lightbox had added about 1000 hours of television programming to the 5000 hours it had when it launched in August, she said.

The internet television market is expected to get increasingly competitive once United States giant Netflix joins Lightbox, Neon, Quickflix and Ezyflix in the market next week, especially as Netflix will not charge GST. 

Niblock said Lightbox would compete by "buying smarter" and believed it would benefit from being a local company.

"We never expected to be alone. We are in no way a poor relation and sit at the table as a full competitor.

"There is a lot of terrific content that is for sale out there and it isn't always going to make its way on to one place," she said.

Lightbox top content includes Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, Vikings and "a science-fiction type historical drama cum bodice ripper" Outlander.

FreeviewPlus enhanced service to launch in NZ

From tvnz.co.nz

Free to air television is heading into the future with the launch of FreeviewPlus which allows viewers to watch their favourite shows after they've aired.

FreeviewPlus will allow viewers to catch-up on shows they've missed on their TV rather than just on their computers, tablets or phones.

They will be able to find, bookmark, watch or stream their favourite shows from TV One, TV2, TV3, FOUR, Maori Television, The Edge TV, Te Reo and the other 20 plus channels on Freeview directly to their TV.

FreeviewPlus will be launched mid-2015 and is thanks to an extended partnership of New Zealand broadcasters TVNZ, Mediaworks and Maori Television.

TVNZ OnDemand, MediaWorks' 3Now and Maori Television OnDemand will also be accessible to viewers on FreeviewPlus.

TVNZ Chief Executive Kevin Kenrick says FreeviewPlus responds to Kiwis desire to watch content on bigger screens.

"FreeviewPlus is a smart, simple solution that seamlessly brings OnDemand onto the big screen. There is nothing technical required of the viewer beyond being able to turn on their TV and yet they will have the best of both worlds - free to air television and the freedom of our OnDemand service."

Freeview General Manager Sam Irvine says "online viewing and on-demand are becoming increasingly popular alongside the continued strength of traditional live viewing."

"So bringing live TV and OnDemand together to the big screen is a natural next step in Freeview's innovation path as we look to continuously improve the free-to-air TV viewing experience in New Zealand."

(Craig's comment, as mentioned here a few weeks ago , Freeview Plus will use the HBB standard. The same as Europe and Australia. RIP MHEG)

Samsung adds to its smart TV content leadership

From Press Release – Samsung

Samsungs new app line-up includes Netflix, PGA Tour and all new TVNZ OnDemandSamsung adds to its smart TV content leadership

Samsung’s new app line-up includes Netflix, PGA Tour and all new TVNZ OnDemand

Auckland, New Zealand, March 23, 2015 – Samsung Electronics New Zealand today announced exciting additions to its full suite of on-demand internet TV streaming applications that are available on Samsung smart TV’s, cementing Samsung’s leadership position in providing more content than any other smart TV on the market.

Among the new line up of content applications Samsung is delivering direct to its smart TVs is Netflix, PGA Tour and an all new TVNZ OnDemand app. PGA Tour and the new TVNZ OnDemand apps are exclusive to Samsung smart TVs.

Mike Cornwell, head of marketing at Samsung New Zealand, says as the number one seller of smart TVs in New Zealand Samsung has focused on developing relationships with providers to deliver great content to its smart TV customers.

“With this new content app line up our smart TVs are the only ones on the market that can truly provide more of what our customers want, when they want it,” says Mike.

Netflix will be available on Samsung smart TVs from March 24th and Mike says viewing Netflix through Samsung’s range of UHD 4K smart TVs will enable customers to enjoy the thrill of a truly cinematic experience which Netflix’s 4K content delivers.

“Our smart TVs, including our new SUHD TV which is on sale in NZ in mid-April, incorporates 4K viewing technology and makes them among the best to experience Netflix’s 4K content,” says Mike.

As part of its launch of Netflix Samsung has entered an exclusive promotional partnership with the popular streaming service which give it’s the right to be the first TV manufacturer to offer customers a free six-month Netflix subscription for an exclusive period starting on May 1 and ending on July 31, 2015.

The PGA Tour application is exclusive to Samsung and will be available by the end of March. PGA Tour streams all the PGA golf tournaments live and builds on Samsung’s existing partnership with the Coliseum Sports team. Coliseum Sports’, PremierLeaguePass application is already exclusively available on Samsung Smart TVs.

Samsung is also excited to be working exclusively with TVNZ to offer an all new TVNZ OnDemand application which will be available at the end of March.

TVNZ OnDemand manager, Jason Foden, says, “We’ve chosen to work exclusively with Samsung on delivering our OnDemand application as they have a real commitment to offer freedom and choice of content to their consumers which gives TVNZ OnDemand the greatest reach.’

These exciting new services are in addition to the more than 100 content applications already available on Samsung smart TVs including Lightbox, 3Now, Video Ezy, Ezyflix, Spotify, PremierLeaguePass and Pandora.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies, redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, cameras, digital appliances, printers, medical equipment, network systems and semiconductors. We are also leading in the Internet of Things space through, among others, our Digital Health and Smart Home initiatives. We employ 307,000 people across 84 countries. To discover more, please visit our official website at http://www.samsung.com/ and our official blog at global.samsungtomorrow.com.


Woes Targeted By SES + Digicel For SATCOM Relief Projects

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1980802491&menu=1

[SatNews] Following the devastation left by Cyclone Pam to the South Pacific Islands of Vanuatu, SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Digicel Pacific Limited have donated satellite capacity and equipment to restore vital communication networks across Vanuatu.

Digicel is using capacity on SES’s NSS-9 satellite at 177 degrees West to re-establish communications networks and optimize relief operations and disaster recovery efforts in the cyclone-ravaged archipelago, where terrestrial networks have been damaged and in some cases destroyed.

“With widespread devastation across Vanuatu, humanitarian organisations are working to deliver food, water and supplies as quickly as possible. Re-establishing communication networks is hastening this process and helping the people of Vanuatu connect with anxious family and friends across the globe,” said Michael Murphy, Asia-Pacific CEO at Digicel. “Digicel wishes to thank our partners at SES for their close cooperation, responsiveness and support at this difficult time."

“Our thoughts are with the people of Vanuatu, who have witnessed unparalleled devastation to their country and homes. We are glad that we can play a part in restoring communications networks and to provide humanitarian relief via satellite,” said Deepak Mathur, Senior Vice President of Commercial at SES.

Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/22/sky-perfectv-adds-two-4k-channels/

Japan’s SkyPerfecTV, owned by J-Sat, is broadcasting two 4K/UltraHDTV channels.

The broadcaster says it has invested some 200 million Yen (about $1.5m) to start up the channels, having asked Japan’s major production companies to help create unique 4K content for the services.

The first channel mainly shows sport and music, along with factual documentaries, travelogues and similar material. It transmits for about 14 hours each day. The channel is free to existing subscribers.

The second 4K channel is charged extra and comprises 4K-scanned movies and other high-quality programming, This channel is also offered on a PPV basis.

SkyPerfecTV is promising ‘first run’ programming in 4K every weekend. The channels went ‘live’ on March 1. They will also go ‘live’ on the fibre circuits of telco giant NTT on April 4.

They are broadcasting from their satellites operating at 124/128 degrees East and are targeting the 1 million or so subscribers who also take services from these satellites.

Japan’s public broadcaster NHK is also following its own ‘roadmap’ and intends testing 4K channels this year, building up to three 4K channels by 2018, and to have 6 channels on air, including some in 8K (“Super Hi Vision”) by 2020 in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pay-TV being forced out of Russia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/20/pay-tv-being-forced-out-of-russia/

A report from IHS Technology says that Russia’s weak economy, and tough regulatory changes are making life difficult for pay-TV broadcasters.

The new regulations, in place since the beginning of 2015, restrict foreign ownership of Russian media companies. Foreign owners can now hold no more than 20 per cent of their Russian enterprises. Another new law limits the amount of advertising on any pay-TV channel where less than 75 per cent of content is Russian. The final straw is the collapse of the Rouble, down 55 per cent against the US Dollar in the past two years.

Major international names such as Turner Broadcasting and NBC Universal have, or will be, closing some channels. CTC Media is also under threat.

IHS says that some 1400 “unique” channels are affected to a varying degree.

Pay-TV operation Raguda TV, majority owned by Sweden’s Modern Times Group, has closed.

However, IHS says there could be benefits for international broadcasters. The collapse of the Rouble makes Russia-produced content, for example, very good value for foreign producers.

It is also good news for domestic national broadcasters who are expected to see an increase in ad-revenues.

Satellite TV broadcasters want freedom to choose digital

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Satellite-TV-broadcasters-want-freedom-to-choose-d-30256354.html

Major satellite TV stations are calling for the "must carry rule" to be revoked so that they can select which popular digital terrestrial TV channels they want to show.

They claim that the rule is unfair and costs them each at least Bt15 million a month to carry all of the new digital channels.

"Our members, namely IMPTV, PSI Holdings, Infosat Intertrade, IdeaSat, Thai Sat and Leo Sat, have come to an agreement on this issue. We will also discuss this with the broadcasting committee by next month," Manop Tokarnka, president of the Satellite TV Network Provider Club, told The Nation yesterday.

Satellite TV networks have been investing on developing their platforms for many years. However, after the implementation of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's must-carry rule, they had to shoulder extra costs to add those 27 new channels.

They also claimed that the rule was market intervention.

"Without the rule, each satellite TV network would have the right to negotiate with some commercial digital TV channels that their customers are interested in," he said.

However, the leading satellite TV stations will continue airing all 12 public digital channels including Thai PBS, TV5 and NBT, he said.

The Satellite TV Network Providers Club also expressed support for the recent decision of the NBTC to give them the freedom to assign the first 10 channels, to be followed by the 36 digital channels.

Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said on Wednesday that the new broadcasting rule to rearrange the numbering of digital terrestrial channels on cable and satellite TV would be postponed.

The broadcasting committee had wanted to implement the controversial channel-numbering rule to make channel numbers on cable/sat TV similar to those on other broadcast platforms. This would make it easier for everyone to remember channel numbers, as 1-36 would have had to be reserved for digital TV on all platforms.

Channels 1-12 would be allocated to public-service programmes, channels 13-15 to children's and family programmes, channels 16-22 to news, channels 23-29 to standard-definition variety programmes and channels 30-36 to high-definition variety content.

Suphab Kleekachai, president of the Digital Terrestrial TV Business Club, said he would discuss this issue with other terrestrial-based digital TV broadcasters and what impact the postponement of the new rule would have.

"After meeting with our members, we will soon meet with the broadcasting regulator on the possibility of implementing the new rule," he said.

Intelsat EpicNG Completes Major Milestone on the Road to 2016 Launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_EpicNG_Completes_Major_Milestone_on_the_Road_to_2016_Launch_999.html

Intelsat has announced the completion of a series of tests demonstrating the compatibility of the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload with existing ground equipment platforms. The digital payload is one of many unique design features on the company's Intelsat EpicNG satellites, the first of which, Intelsat 29e, is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2016.

As part of the tests, Intelsat General Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., successfully validated protected tactical waveform (PTW) modem performance on the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload, demonstrating our commitment to providing commercial capacity optimized for secure tactical communications.

The PTW test was done to further the joint services effort, led by the United States Air Force, to develop a new PTW modem standard and hardware that will provide cost effective, protected communications over government and commercial satellites in multiple frequency bands.

Intelsat EpicNG's digital payload represents the latest generation of high performance technology initially developed by Boeing Co. (BA) for use on the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Wideband Global SATCOM ("WGS") satellites.

This technology is also provided exclusively for commercial use on the Intelsat EpicNG satellite platform. The all-digital design is a first for fixed satellite service, commercial high throughput satellites ("HTS"), setting Intelsat EpicNG apart from other HTS satellites in-orbit or launching in the near future.

Intelsat EpicNG's all-digital payload allows connectivities in any bandwidth increment from any beam to any beam. This attribute enables independent frequency selection of the uplink and downlink. Combined, these features provide unprecedented adaptability for a customer's network configuration and topology, allowing customers to leverage installed hardware and to operate mixed spectrum networks.

As technology continues to change rapidly, this level of improved performance, efficiency and flexibility of the Intelsat EpicNG platform will better enable customers to rapidly adapt and meet changing market demands.

Stephen Spengler, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat, commented, "When we conceptualized the Intelsat EpicNG platform design, we wanted to build in technology that would increase performance while also solving operational issues within our customers' networks.

"This feature of completely flexible beam connectivity is an important early differentiator of the Intelsat EpicNG fleet. The digital payload will be instrumental in allowing flexible and efficient use of spectrum, resulting in a dramatic increase in the amount of throughput we can deliver on the satellites.

"In addition to efficiency, the technology also increases our ability to mitigate interference and purposeful jamming, which is a very important feature for customers, including those with media and government applications."

Advanced hardware prototypes have been developed over the past 2 years and tested on the DoD's WGS satellites. The successful demonstration of the compatibility and effectiveness of PTW modems on commercial satellites paves the way for the U.S. Government to consider and procure commercial satellite capacity for PTW-based networks.

The tests were conducted in cooperation with Boeing Co. who is manufacturing the new Intelsat EpicNG satellites and has participated in PTW development efforts. Testing included transmitting a PTW signal through the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload and measuring performance quality of high-data throughput.

"The creation of a COMSATCOM resilient tactical service is critical for the future operations of our military and government customers," said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General Corp.

"The Boeing PTW modem test was the first of its kind to measure signal integrity with our new Intelsat EpicNG satellites, so we're quite pleased with the results."

Prior to the successful Intelsat EpicNG digital payload tests, Intelsat conducted tests on existing Intelsat satellites, using the same protected tactical waveform, also with a successful outcome.

These latest tests prove that the modems will also work on the upcoming high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG satellites. Intelsat General plans to conduct further tests prior to launch to validate other performance characteristics of the PTW modem with the Intelsat EpicNG digital payload.

US, Lockheed Fixing Software Glitch With GPS Satellites

From http://www.ibtimes.com/us-lockheed-fixing-software-glitch-gps-satellites-1855258

The Global Positioning System (GPS) uses a series of base stations on Earth, that relay location data to satellites which in turn beam it down to sensors that provide navigation and location data. GPS.gov

(Reuters) - Lockheed Martin Corp said it is working to resolve a technical error disclosed by the U.S. Air Force on Sunday that affected some global positioning system (GPS) satellites but did not degrade the accuracy of GPS signals received by users around the world.

Lockheed said the error involved the ground control system for GPS satellites it runs for the Air Force.

Lockheed spokeswoman Christine Courard said the company had put a "workaround" in place to avoid further errors and was working on a full software correction with the Air Force.

Air Force Space Command said the glitch appeared to involve the ground-based software used to index, or sort, some messages transmitted by GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing Co, but officials were still investigating other possible causes.

Air Force spokesman Andy Roake said the issue came to light in recent days, but archived data showed the problem had gone unnoticed since 2013. He gave no details of the extent of the problem, its impact on the system or how it was discovered.

The Air Force said the problem appeared related to the ground software that builds and uploads messages transmitted by GPS satellites, resulting in an occasional message failing to meet U.S. technical specifications.

Boeing, prime contractor for the GPS IIF satellites, had no immediate comment on the news, which comes days before the Air Force is due to launch the ninth GPS IIF satellite into space.

GPS is a space-based worldwide navigation system that provides users with highly accurate data on position, timing and velocity 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions.

The U.S military uses the GPS for targeting precision munitions and steering drones. It also has a wide range of commercial applications for the financial sector, farming and tracking shipments of packages. Car navigation systems and mobile phones use GPS to determine their location.

Boeing is under contract to build 12 GPS IIF satellites. The first of the GPS IIF satellites was launched in May 2010.

ITV Choice heading to Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/20/itv-choice-heading-to-africa/

ITV Choice will launch across Africa for the first time following a deal between ITV Studios Global Entertainment and African pay-TV operator MultiChoice. The commercial channel will launch exclusively on DStv across the continent on May 5th.

ITV Choice will be exclusively available to DStv Premium customers on DStv channel 123. The launch means that ITV Choice will now be available in over 100 countries across the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Content will include entertainment series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and Big Star’s Little Star, drama titles such as Poldark and Arthur & George, and popular British soaps operas Coronation Street and Emmerdale. All programming will air close to UK transmission dates, with the soaps airing within 48 hours of the UK.

Nic van Zwanenberg, channel director of ITV Choice, said: “We are delighted to bring ITV Choice to Africa for the first time with MultiChoice as our partners. Viewers across the continent will join 11 million households in over 40 countries and territories in the Middle East and Asia who already enjoy the best British entertainment and drama within days of it airing in the UK. This is a key element of our strategy to build the ITV Choice footprint, and we look forward to announcing further expansion in due course.”


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


MySat on Intelsat 19 12646H Sr 28066 all channels are FTA as are all channels on 12726 H

Intelsat 19 12686 H Sr 28066 TVBJ is FTA (very rare)

Friday evening feeds
D1 12430 V Sr 6999 "STS3" - Sea Eagles vs Bulldogs NRL
D2 12681 V Sr 6669 "GlobeCast 1" Horses
D2 12663 V Sr 7500 "Globecast oz" MMA Cage fight feed fta

IS 19 12512 V Sr 30000 Cricket is FTA, OU4, 5, 6, and & 7

From my Email

From Steve Johnson

IS19C, 3829H, 14000sr, 3/4, QPSK
4 Channel CNNi mux
Service name: HLN Asia is FTA

From the Dish

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12430 V "CNN Philippines has replaced 9 TV" , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2E 11685 H "CNN Philippines has replaced 9 TV" , Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 3641 V "CNN Philippines has replaced 9 TV" , PowerVu.

Horizons 2 85.0E 12000 H "Shop 24 Extra has replaced TTS" , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Planet M Cinema" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 3756 H "News Express" has started on, Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Dan Music and S Moviz" have started on , Fta Sankara TV has left again.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Colombo TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera、Sun、MNB(蒙古)测试频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-20]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,三立都会、八大第一(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[03-20]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,好莱坞电影、MTV(台亚卫星)等频道加密,设置4120 V 30000参数有条件接收。[03-20]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,国家地理、Star Movies(STAR TV)等6个频道消失,设置3780 V 28100参数无效接收。[03-20]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Action、& TV(印度)等全组频道解密,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。[03-20]

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,2ND Avenue替换纬来电影(环宇卫视)频道,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-19]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,探索世界、Luxe TV(蒙古)等频道消失,设置12508 H 45000参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TVE、France 24(测试)等5个频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Hollywood Box、Hollywood Library(蒙古)频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [3月19日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Eagle(蒙古)频道消失,设置12271 H 33333参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,CTH WWE(泰国)频道消失,设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。 [3月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kultura替换Rossiya K(俄罗斯)频道,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[03-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,CTH WWE(泰国)频道消失,设置12520 V 30000参数无效接收。[03-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bizz News、GNN Bhakti(MPEG-4)等4个频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。[03-19]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Colombo TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[03-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,News Express(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3756 H 13333参数免费接收。[03-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、Sky News HD(GMM Z)频道消失,设置12355 V 30000参数无效接收。[03-19]


Foxtel iQ3 aims to rain on Netflix's parade

From http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/foxtel-iq3-aims-to-rain-on-netflixs-parade-20150320-1m3sxo.html

Netflix may have snatched back House of Cards, but Foxtel won't surrender Australian lounge rooms without a fight.

Foxtel's new iQ3 streaming video recorder launches on Monday, just hours before Netflix throws open its doors in Australia.

Say what you will about Australia's pay TV giant, it's done a better job of keeping up with the times than most people thought it would. While many old-world media giants stuck their head in the sand and hoped the internet would go away, Foxtel saw the writing on the wall and actually heeded the warning.

Talk of 100 Mbps fibre-to-the-premises for 93 per cent of Australian homes forced Foxtel's hand – dropping prices and embracing new streaming services like Foxtel Go and Foxtel Play. Online competition is less of a threat now that Australia is getting the new-look NBN-lite, but Foxtel's big online push over the last few years means that it's now well-placed to compete with the new generation of streaming services.

Foxtel's new iQ3 personal video recorder was built from the ground up to take advantage of Foxtel's streaming content. The iQ3 builds on the iQ2's Look Back reverse EPG, which lets you scroll back through the program guide to watch shows you missed. It also adds a Start Over feature which lets you jump back to the beginning if you start watching half-way through a show – a feature that's already available through Foxtel's tablet apps.

These new features turn a Foxtel subscription into more of a Netflix-style on-demand service rather than the traditional linear viewing experience. It's not the iQ3's only nod to its new-world competitors, Foxtel is also adding "intelligent discovery" features which show you what's trending and even make suggestions based on your viewing habits.

More details will be revealed at Monday's launch, but there's also talk of the iQ3 adding local streaming features – sending recordings to Foxtel boxes in other rooms and perhaps to mobile gadgets. You might even be able to switch between devices and pick up watching where you left off, just like Netflix.

It's no coincidence that the iQ3 launches the day before the world's most popular streaming service finally turns its attention to Australia. Next Tuesday US streaming giant Netflix joins Presto, Stan and Quickflix in competing for slice of Australia's entertainment spend. Stan is co-owned by Fairfax Media, publisher of this website. Meanwhile Presto is co-owned by Foxtel, which is taking an each-way bet on the future of home entertainment.

At around $10 per month these streaming services are considerably cheaper than pay TV, but I'd say Foxtel is less vulnerable to the cable-cutter trend which has seen streaming services like Netflix and HuluPlus take a big bite out of US pay TV providers.

Struggling to make it into more than a third of Australian homes, Foxtel has fewer fair-weather subscribers than US cable giants. Foxtel subscribers are primarily interested in live sport, which they're not going to abandon in favour of Netflix. A rejig of Australia's anti-syphoning laws would certainly drive more homes to pay TV, but Foxtel can't bank on this alone. Existing customers need to feel that they're getting good value for money, and that's where the iQ3 comes in.

Are you on the cusp of subscribing to Foxtel, or perhaps abandoning your subscription in favour of Netflix? How can pay TV win your business in the internet age?

SBS could lose soccer to private sector

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2015/03/19/soccers-tv-future-unclear/#./?&_suid=14268423547340056821035345984094

Seven Network may nab TV rights to football’s A-League from public broadcaster.

Is this the new home of soccer?

Confusion reigns over the future of soccer at SBS, with rumours of a commercial takeover.

The national broadcaster will make “no more than a token bid” to secure UEFA Champions League broadcast rights, which are up for renewal this year, unnamed insiders have told Fairfax Media.

“Tentative discussions” were reportedly held with other free-to-air broadcasters about “offloading their A-League commitments for the next two seasons”.

Ratings for last Friday night’s broadcast were unsatisfying at 113,000 across metro audiences, TV commentator Glenn Dyer said.

“I think they’ll get rid of it, because they can save money,” he said. “They need to, they’ve had their budget cut.”

The broadcaster shares A-League broadcast rights with Foxtel as the dominant party until 2016-17.

The Seven Network is tipped to bid for soccer broadcast rights when a new deal is to come up after 2016-17.

“I know that they’re extremely eager to get their hands on soccer, they want anything soccer including Socceroos games,” Mr Dyer said.

If the games move to Seven, which also shows AFL games, they risk being relegated to digital only channels or not being broadcast at all.

The broadcaster stopped short of committing to bidding for future A-League games.

“SBS has an esteemed 30 year pedigree in football and is committed to the game’s future,” spokeswoman Jessica Harris said.

“The rights for the Champions League are up for renewal this year and it is our intention to bid competitively for those rights.”

The Football Federation of Australia appeared ambivalent about the movements, saying the decision was up to SBS management.

“FFA is committed to working closely with all our broadcast partners in the year ahead being Fox Sports, SBS, Seven, Nine and ABC,” said an FFA spokesman.

(Craig's comment, not good news for those Optus D1 SBS viewers in Indonesia)

Proton successfully launches the Express AM-7 satellite 

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=39738

Lifting off from Baikonur at 01:05 am Moscow Time on Thursday, March 19, the Proton-M integrated launch vehicle (ILV) successfully orbited the Airbus DS–built Express AM-7 telecommunications satellite for Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC), under the Russian Federal Program, “Development of TV and Radio Broadcasting in the Russian Federation for 2009–2015”. This second launch of 2015 is the 403rd in Proton’s history.

In the course of a nominal launch, the orbital unit (the spacecraft and Breeze-M upper stage) separated from the launch vehicle at the designated time, and continued its mission. Subsequently, the spacecraft injection to the target orbit was performed based on burns of the Breeze-M upper stage main engine.

As per the mission plan, the spacecraft/upper stage separation took place 9 hours and 13 minutes after liftoff – at 10:18 am (MSK) on March 19. The separated spacecraft mass was approximately 5700 kg.

As of now, the control of Express AM-7 has been passed over to the customer. Express-АМ7 is intended to provide TV and radio broadcast, broadband access and multimedia, data, telephony, and mobile communications throughout Russia, Europe and India.

Proton was designed and is mass manufactured by the Khrunichev Space Center. The heavy-lift Proton is the mainstay of Russia’s space transport, used for inserting government and commercial payloads to low-earth and escape orbits. Proton is marked for its design, and excellent energy and performance characteristics. Proton is reputed to be one of the world’s most proven heavy-lift launchers. A modernized Proton-M using Breeze-M as the upper stage is capable of delivering 6MT+ payloads to geo-stationary orbits.

DirecTV: 4K is the “Killer App” for satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/18/directv-4k-is-the-killer-app-for-satellite/

DirecTV’s senior management, including its CFO, are firmly behind the launch of 4K services, says Philip Goswitz, SVP/Video, Space & Communications, at the broadcaster. Moreover, he told delegates at the Satellite 2015 conference in Washington DC, that by 2020 he was confident that it would be broadcasting between 50-70 Ultra-HD channels.

Goswitz said that three types of channel would make the difference in 4K: “Sport, sport and sport!”

While not divulging a start date for 4K full transmissions on DirecTV, Goswitz, said the whole satellite industry should be taking note that consumers were buying 4K sets in record numbers. “4K is the Killer App for satellite, and it should be the Killer App for this whole conference. There’s a huge demand from consumers once they have seen [the technology]. This is the next thing and people want it. They are buying ‘smart’ phones every year, and tablets every year, and we have a conviction, a passion, to deliver this wonderful experience to the new screens they are buying now.”

YouTube adds 4K search

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/19/youtube-adds-4k-search/

An update to Google’s video service YouTube has added the option to search for 4K resolution videos on both the online site and Android app.

YouTube has supported 4K videos for some time, but this is the first time that users have been given the option to set search filters to include 4K videos – thus making finding ultra-HD content that much easier when doing searches for specific content.

The 10.10 update is in the midst of being rolled out to all YouTube users.

Canadian Cable firms must offer $25 basic TV, pick-and-pay channels

From http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/business/296949901.html

Cable and satellite TV companies have been ordered to offer subscribers affordable basic packages capped at $25 a month and a pick-and-pay system to add more individual channels rather than the larger bundles now offered.

Customers have complained for years they're forced to pay too much for packages full of channels they mostly don't want and that even basic cable costs too much.

The CRTC gave cable companies one year to offer the low-priced basic package and until the end of 2016 to offer either individual pick-and-pay supplements or reasonably priced small bundles.

Basic packages must include all local and regional TV stations, public interest channels like CPAC and APTN, education or community channels, and the B.C. Legislature channel.

Ethnic and third-language channels would be in the pick-and-pay universe and providers must offer at least as many of them as they do non-ethnic channels.

"It is about setting out a roadmap to give all Canadians the freedom to choose the television content that meets their unique needs, budgets and realities," said CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, who noted households can also opt for free over-the-air TV via antenna. "Each household will be able to find the right value proposition."

Sky ups prices, market worried

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/19/sky-ups-prices-market-worries/

Sky is unexpectedly increasing its subscriber prices in the UK. Normally any price rise happens in September but the hike comes just 6 weeks after the broadcaster agreed to pay the Premier League £4.2 billion for a share of the TV rights.

The all-important ‘sports’ bundle will cost an extra £1 (to £47) a month, while the ‘family’ package rises by £3 to £36 a month.  The new prices will be levied from June. The ‘Sky Original’ bundle (which is sensitive for Sky Sports customers buying through the minimum to get to sport) has not been affected.

Investment bankers Jefferies put out an immediate note for client, headlined “Rearguard Action” and saying that Sky was fighting to convince the market that it can recover next year’s £600 million extra in Premier League costs. The bank says it is worried that in terms of Sky’s financials it will struggle to grow its British earnings through the next two Premier League rights cycles, which translates as 8 years.

“But operating leverage is leaking away. Last month’s PL auction was a sobering illustration of Sky’s continuing reliance on exclusive football content. Cost inflation is not limited to football. Sky faces increasingly credible OTT challenges in entertainment and movies. Over time this could translate into more competition for third party rights, and greater urgency to develop content in-house on a much larger scale. As the treadmill gathers pace, we expect cost inflation to overtake capacity for raising prices,” says the bank’s note.

Even more damaging perhaps is Jefferies’ comment that Sky is now increasingly reliant on its German and Italian divisions to deliver growth, and this growth was by no means assured.


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D2 12670 V,Sr 7500, 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, "globecast oz" staff meeting 1920 x 1080/50i HD, H.264, 4:2:0, FTA
Telstra to buy globecast subject to accc approval. All staff and contracts to be retained. Name to be retained for 6 months. Feed is staff meeting

TV3 - Campbell Live Feed up on IS-18Ku
11668H, 7200sr, 3/4, DVBS/QPSK, 720 x 576 SD, 4:2:0, FTA..

Also a CH9 Aus feed on 11641H, Sr 6111 FTA.

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Palapa D 113.0E 3825 V "Nusantara Channel, Wisata Hati Channel, Roda TV and Hot Hits" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Zee Bioskop" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 12590 H "K-Drama" has started on , Irdeto.

Insat 4A 83.0E 11550 H "UTV Movies, Star Movies Action, Mi Marathi and IBN Lokmat" have left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11670 H "Food Food, CNN International South Asia and DD Chandana" have left .

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东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,RTG TV(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11670 H 14400参数有条件接收。[03-18]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,S Moviz(孟加拉)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[03-18]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+4h)、TNT(+7h)(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11092 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-18]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Moy Mir(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。[03-18]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Raitalia(亚洲)频道消失,设置4095 H 4194参数无效接收。[03-17]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Colombo TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [3月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Looktung Millionaire Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3760 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Hiburan(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3960 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Z Bioskop(Skynindo)频道加密,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,江苏卫视(数码天空)高清频道改格式,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月17日]

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Telstra to buy Globecast Australia

From http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/570694/telstra-buy-globecast-australia/

Globecast Australia is a leading provider of media services for broadcasters in Australasia

 Telstra is set to acquire Globecast Australia, a leading provider of media services for broadcasters in Australasia.

The acquisition is subject to ACCC review prior to completion.

Telstra Group managing director global sales, Martijn Blanken, said the acquisition would deliver on Global

Enterprise and Services’ strategy of developing deeper capabilities in media services for our customers in the broadcasting industry.

“Our broadcasting customers increasingly require live distribution of content from a diverse range of global content providers," he said.

“Globecast Australia has a distinctive reputation for the delivery of media services, primarily over satellite platforms.

He said strong linkages between its domestic networking capabilities and international points of media connectivity fitted with Telstra's strategy of providing global media networking capabilities.

Globecast Australia also provides Direct to Home satellite transmission and IPTV managed services, IP streaming and encoding, global satellite monitoring and disaster recovery.

It has also developed live pointof-view miniature camera technology for use at sporting events through its Globecam business.

Globecast Australia chief executive, Simon Farnsworth, said the combination of Globecast Australia and Telstra was logical for both companies.

“We’re excited by the opportunity for Globecast Australia to grow as part of Telstra," he said.

"Globecast Australia remains focused on continuing our strong customer relationships and the provision of technical and operational excellence.

"The engagement that our customers and suppliers have enjoyed with Globecast Australia will continue.”

Telstra continues to grow Global Enterprise and Services, a division formed to drive Telstra’s global business for enterprise clients.

The division brings together the product, services and go to market capabilities of its domestic and international business to drive long term growth with a strong focus on Asia

Racing channel to launch on Slipper day

From http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=11347

Wednesday 18 March 2015, 5:07pm

A week after TVN broadcast for the final time, a new channel dedicated to thoroughbred racing will be launched by Sky Racing on Golden Slipper day.

The new station will concentrate exclusively on thoroughbred horse racing, in contrast to the wall-to-wall footage broadcast on its sister channels Sky Racing1 and Sky Racing2 which also include harness and greyhound races.

"The decision to rebrand our thoroughbred-only channel reflects the recently announced 10-year deal with Racing NSW and the Australian Turf Club," said Gerard Patane, Sky Racing Channel general manager.

"We aim to provide a quality wagering offering for racing fans, yet deliver it in a manner which will appeal to a broader audience."

Sky Thoroughbred Central will be broadcast on Foxtel station 521 from Saturday as part of the basic pay television package.

Stan strikes deal with Turner for kids programming

From http://kidscreen.com/2015/03/17/stan-strikes-deal-with-turner-for-kids-programming/

Australian SVOD service Stan has struck a deal with Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific to license a variety of kids programming that includes an exclusive window on The Powerpuff Girls.

Cartoon Network hits Adventure Time, Regular Show, Ben 10, Ben 10: Alien Force, Ben 10: Omniverse and a trio of Ben 10 specials are included in the deal.

The Powerpuff Girls will be a Stan exclusive for the next three months, and on April 1, more Turner programming – including Generator Rex, Cow and Chicken and Ed, Edd n Eddy - will become available.

The titles are included in Stan’s monthly subscription fee (AU$10), with a 30-day free trial available to new subscribers.

Co-owned by Nine Networks and Fairfax Media, Stan is one of three SVOD services available in Australia, with competitors including the recently launched Netflix and Presto from Foxtel and Seven Network

Severe solar storm hits Earth, surprises scientists

From http://tvnz.co.nz/world-news/severe-solar-storm-hits-earth-surprises-scientists-6257592

US forecasters say a severe solar storm is smacking Earth with a surprisingly big geomagnetic jolt, potentially affecting power grids and satellite tracking system while pushing the colourful northern lights farther south.

So far no damage has been reported. Thomas Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center said two blasts of magnetic plasma left the sun on Monday, combined and arrived on Earth today much earlier and stronger than expected.

This storm ranks a four on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's 1-to-5 scale for geomagnetic effects.

The storm, which could last all day, can disrupt power grids only temporarily.

China to send over 40 spacecraft in 20 launches in 2015

From http://www.ecns.cn/2015/03-18/158462.shtml

Chinese space authorities have announced plans to launch more than 40 different spacecraft into orbit this year.

The China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation says it plans to send the 40 spacecraft into orbit through 20 separate space launches this year.

2013 saw Chinese space authorities conduct 16 separate launches.

Zhao Xiaojin, director of the Space Department with the China Aerospace and Science Technology Corporation says most of the spacecraft to be put into orbit this year will be satellites.

"They will be mainly communication satellites, or geosynchronous satellites orbiting at the height of 36-thousand miles. There will also be some remote sensing satellites sent up to observe the earth, as well as navigation satellites for the Beidou system."

Chinese space authorities do say a number of "cutting-edge" technologies will also be tested for the first time.

This is scheduled to include the launch of the Yuanzheng I upper stage aircraft, dubbed the "space shuttle bus."

The experimental craft is scheduled to independently send a Beidou satellite into orbit after being launched into space from a terrestrial flight pattern in earth's atmosphere.

On top of this, Zhao Xiaojin says work is also continuing on the Chinese lunar program.

"We have made breakthroughs in most of the key technology needed for the Chang'e-5 mission. This year we will conduct more ground tests, particularly ones involving the conditions which will imitate the environment on the moon."

Meanwhile, the Chinese government has already begun opening up its its lunar exploration program to private investment.

Private money is being courted to take part in the Chang'e-4 lunar mission.

Chang'e-4 is similar to the Chang'e-3 which put the "Jade Rabbit" rover on the moon in 2013.

Chang'e-4 is scheduled to be launched sometime before 2020.

ETL Systems To Upgrade Intelsat's Teleport Includes An Enigma Matrix

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=942859318&menu=1

[SatNews] ETL Systems has been chosen by Intelsat to upgrade its teleport facilities.

Intelsat provides satellite services worldwide, and operates a fleet of approximately 50 satellites and the IntelsatOne® terrestrial network, featuring eight strategically located teleports and more than 36,000 miles of leased fiber. ETL Systems has supplied Intelsat with specialized RF equipment to monitor and control global satellite traffic at its teleports in the U.S. and overseas.

It is imperative that Intelsat personnel at each teleport are able to monitor the signal strength of each line of communication from the various satellites. ETL Systems' Enigma routers give operators exceedingly quick switching time that allows continuous cycling through the various channels to prevent any outage going unseen.

"Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, and it is essential that our teleport facilities have the best technology and equipment in order to support our customers around the globe," said Butch Philbrick, Vice President, Teleport Operations, for Intelsat. "This is why extending our relationship with ETL Systems was the best choice. The addition of the Enigma routers in our operations will enable our personnel to monitor multiple projects with complete confidence." 

The Enigma matrix also has alarms that customers set and thresholds, so that if a signal should weaken in one area, physical and virtual alarms will notify the network operations center that immediate action must be taken.

The equipment comes as a complete system with specially designed software that allows Intelsat's teleport operators to view up to 32 simultaneous open sessions for carrier monitoring.  The 32 x 32 matrix can be modularly expanded as large as 256 x 256 and features dual redundant power supplies. All RF components are fully hot-swappable.

"We are very pleased that Intelsat has chosen our RF equipment to upgrade its teleports," said Susan Saadat, Vice President of ETL's North American Sales and Operations. "ETL Systems only produces the most reliable and resilient equipment for the best RF performance and we are confident that Intelsat will be very satisfied.

U.S. plans satellite-launch contest as Russian engines dropped

From http://www.picayune-times.com/article/ZZ/20150317/NATIONWORLD/150319876/-1/news

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Air Force has crafted a strategy for military satellite launches that would end its dependence on Russian-built engines and culminate in a competition for as many as 28 missions, the service's purchasing chief said.

The contest between at least two teams of rocket and propulsion companies, buttressed by Pentagon spending for new engine research, would cover launches from 2020 to 2024, according to an Air Force document and a statement by William LaPlante, the service's assistant secretary for acquisition.

"The approach involves shared investment with industry toward the ultimate goal of two or more domestic launch service providers in innovative public-private partnerships," LaPlante said in the statement Tuesday to a House Armed Services subcommittee in Washington. The service expects Pentagon approval of its strategy "in the coming weeks," LaPlante said.

Rising U.S.-Russia tensions over President Vladimir Putin's support of separatists in Ukraine spurred questions in Congress about dependence on Russian-made RD-180 engine on U.S. rockets. A joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, the two biggest U.S. government contractors, provides those launches using the RD-180 on the workhorse Atlas booster.

Billionaire Elon Musk's Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, has cited that reliance in its campaign against what it has called a monopoly on military launches by the Lockheed-Boeing venture, United Launch Alliance.

Responding in this year's defense budget to Russia's annexation of the Crimea and support for the Ukrainian rebels, Congress prohibited the use of RD-180s on newly contracted launches and provided $220 million to help develop a replacement engine. The ban doesn't apply to United Launch Alliance's current 36-launch contract.

A "Request for Information" sent to companies on Feb. 18 sought additional data for a potential competition that would start in 2020 with five launches, including a classified mission for the National Reconnaissance Office and two missions for GPS- III satellites.

In addition to investing the $220 million in researching alternatives, the service will begin working with potential engine makers by June, LaPlante said.

"To the maximum extent practicable, rocket propulsion systems developed from these investments will be open to any launch provider," he said.

The initial launches after 2020 will use existing systems, such as those on United Launch Alliance's Delta rockets and on SpaceX's "soon to be certified" Falcon 9v1.1, LaPlante said.

The Air Force and Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX have said they expect the company to be certified by the service by June to launch military satellites.

SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell alternated in her prepared statement to the committee between touting the company's expertise in space launches and challenging what she called United Launch Alliance's dependence on U.S. subsidies.

The current Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program that depends on United Launch Alliance "is not fiscally healthy," she said.

Discovery cautious on 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/16/discovery-cautious-on-4k/

John Honeycutt, Discovery’s CTO, in an interview for the Satellite 2015 ‘Daily’ ahead of the show’s opening, says that even though the network is already making certain programming in 4K/Ultra HD, his channel has no immediate plans to launch a 4K service. He admitted that 2015 will see more hours produced in 4K than last year, “but that number is still a small percentage [of its total].”

Honeycutt added that at the moment, Discovery was looking more at how to manage workflows and the physical storage of 4K data-files on some of its more complex shoots, and how this all works in post-production.

He also added that in common with other production houses and broadcasters, he wanted to see three things come together, and in doing so create an engaging consumer experience, and they were resolution, frame rate and colour gamut.

“Individually we are able to capture enhanced frame rates today, and they obviously produce very high-quality resolution. Colour space is a new ingredient in the conversation, whether that is Dolby Vision or something else. When you bring those three things together there is a unique experience.”

Meanwhile, he said Discovery would be “following the market” but as yet he had not seen a huge buzz about [4K].

ABC News on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/17/abc-news-on-roku/

ABC News is now available as a streaming channel on Roku players and Roku TV models – the first ABC News streaming channel to be available on Smart TVs.

ABC News VP of Digital Colby Smith commented: “Today is another big step in putting our audience in control of how and when they get their news. Roku users now have ABC News live video and on demand content, local news from several major markets and a wide range of historical video footage from ABC News’ archives. During breaking news and special events, Roku customers will have immediate access to multiple content streams, live 24/7.”

“The demand for video is growing tremendously and through all of your digital efforts we’ve been able to serve even more video content than ever before. Roku is a leading streaming platform, with more than 10 million players sold across the US, and we’re thrilled to have ABC News live on the Roku platform today,” Smith added.

‘New’ Apple TV this autumn

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/17/new-apple-tv-this-autumn/

Apple is set to relaunch Apple TV this autumn and is in talks with ABC, CBS and Fox to bring around 25 channels to the service.

The service will be available across all devices powered by Apple’s iOS operating system, including iPhones, iPads and Apple TV set-top boxes, the WSJ reports.

The news comes just a couple of weeks after the company announced a deal with HBO to bring its on-demand streaming app to Apple TV, its set-top box, next month, and cut the price of the service from $99 to $69.

Apple has been talking to Walt Disney, CBS, 21st Century Fox and other media companies to offer a “skinny” bundle with well-known channels like CBS, ESPN and FX, leaving out the many smaller networks in the standard cable TV package. Apple, which is aiming to price the new service at about $30 to $40 a month, plans to announce the service in June and launch it in September, the newspaper said.

Apple is not in talks with NBCUniversal, owner of NBC and cable channels like USA and Bravo, because of a falling-out between Apple and NBCUniversal parent company Comcast. Apple and Comcast were in early-stage discussions last year to offer a streaming-television service that would allow Apple set-top boxes to bypass congestion on the web.


Skynet 5A is moving into the region to be parked at 97E and using Xband. (see news section)

TVN Racing has left D2 (gone to Foxtel)

More feeds on Intelsat 18 @ 180E seen today. KU to AUS / NZ the Islands These are H not V as reported yesterday
news feed ("RTV002") on 11631H, 7200, 3/4, DVBS/QPSK
11668H, 7200, 3/4, DVBS/QPSK Service name: BTQ SNG 01 Provider Name: W-Cam

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Asiasat 5 feed
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Apstar 7
3647 H SR 3421 (FAIL.)
3655 H SR 2223 (FAIL.)

Extra couple of channels on Apstar 7 - (both strong on the meter but both won't load.)

4030 H SR 2142 Bijoy TV is NEW, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Serendib TV and Sankara TV" have started on , Fta. Dan Tamil Oli has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3966 H "Thendral TV" has started on , Fta.

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东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TV5 Monde Style HD(高清)频道加密,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。[03-17]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV、TNT(+3h)(俄罗斯)等3个频道加密,设置12640 V 30000参数有条件接收。[03-17]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Kinolux(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12560 V 30000参数无效接收。[03-17]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sankara TV替换Dan Music(MPEG-4)频道,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[03-17]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan(MPE-4)频道新增,设置4117 V 8800参数免费接收。[03-16]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,TV5 Monde Style HD(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数免费接收。[03-16]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Movies HD、Aniplus HD(高清)等频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月16日]


Airbus Defence and Space announces Skynet 5 satellite move to deliver military satcom over Asia-Pacific region

From http://www.australiandefence.com.au/news/airbus-defence-and-space-announces-skynet-5-satellite-move-to-deliver-military-satcom-over-asia-pacific-region

The move of Skynet 5A will enable delivery of protected and secure satcom services in the new coverage footprint from mid-2015.

Airbus Defence and Space owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of 8 satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The contract also allows other NATO and Allied governments to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services.

Airbus Defence and Space also leases the X-band hosted payload on Telesat’s Anik G1 satellite, which covers the Americas and parts of the Pacific including Hawaii and Easter Island.

Skynet 5A will move from its current 6 degrees East position (over Europe, the Middle East and Africa) to its new 97 degrees East location, a journey of approximately 67,000 km, making Skynet X-band secure satellite communication services available for the first time over the eastern Asia-Pacific region including Australia.

UK Defence Minister, Philip Dunne, said: "Today's announcement that Airbus will be moving one of the UK's Skynet 5 satellites to the eastern Asia-Pacific region is clear proof of how much our relationships with our international allies matter. This is the first time that we have had a secure communications capability in the region, and shows the depth of our commitment to our allies and partners in the region, including Malaysia, in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations."

Airbus Defence and Space is moving Skynet 5A to meet increased demand from government customers for high throughput secure X-band communications in the region, while also boosting global coverage by extending the new coverage from 178 West to 165 East.

Foxtel Set Launch Date For New Arts Channel

From http://themusic.com.au/news/all/2015/03/17/foxtel-set-launch-date-for-new-arts-channel/
Encompassing a wide-spread of artistic forms, Foxtel has set a March 28 launch date for its new arts channel.

Foxtel Arts is set to begin broadcasting from Saturday 28 March at 10am AEST on Channel 132.

The dedicated channel will host locally-produced shows fronted by familiar faces as well as international productions, both delivering documentaries, interviews and reviews focusing on music, theatre, dance, cabaret, cinema, literature, music, visual art contemporary performance and more.

The first locally commissioned show for Foxtel Arts is Screen, which will premiere Thursday 2 April.  Hosted by Margaret Pomeranz (At The Movies) and TV critic Graeme Blundell, the show will feature a panel each week to breakdown the latest film, TV and online offerings, with guests including The Chaser's Chas Licciardello and more.

Foxtel Arts full programming schedule is available via their website now

The Anti-Siphoning List For TV Sports Isn't Going Away

From http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2015/03/the-anti-siphoning-list-for-tv-sports-isnt-going-away/
One of the stranger features of the Australian TV landscape is the anti-siphoning rule: a list of key sporting events which free-to-air TV essentially has exclusive access to, blocking out pay TV platforms from bidding. Despite current plans to deregulate much of the local TV industry, the Federal Coalition government appears to have no plans to change that.

Picture: Getty Images/Mark Metcalfe

Discussing a planned removal of regulations that control much of the local TV industry, Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Fairfax that there were no plans to change that arrangement:

The policy question for government is simply whether we want to continue with a free-to-air television system where ordinary Australians, who may not be able afford a Foxtel subscription, can nonetheless watch their favourite sport on free to air TV? This is a very Australian arrangement. In many countries, pay TV has been able to secure the rights to major sporting codes thus requiring sports fans to pay for a subscription. Our arrangements, which are very long-standing and are amended from time to time, strike a balance between egalitarianism and our sense of a fair go on the one hand and strict economic rationalism on the other.

That news will be pleasing to many sports fans and to people who don’t like paying for Foxtel, and a source of annoyance to Foxtel’s owners (including Rupert Murdoch, who has been angrily tweeting about the proposed reforms).

That said, the anti-siphoning approach isn’t without its critics either. Free-to-air networks aren’t obliged to show everything they bid for, so broadcasts are often delayed (NRL matches that are shown live in Sydney are often delayed in Victoria, for instance).

Free-to-air has also been very slack in broadcasting sports in HD, even though every commercial channel has an HD network available and could theoretically offer both SD and HD broadcasts. It’s possible that could change this year, but we’ll believe it when we see it.

O3b Networks + Papua New Guinea University Of Technology... Takes Education Upward...To The Clouds

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=342426871&menu=1

[SatNews] O3b Networks today announced it will provide trunking services to connect the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) and its students to the Internet. 

UNITECH is the only South Pacific technological university, outside of Australia and New Zealand. With approximately 3,000 students, primarily drawn from Papua New Guinea and neighboring Pacific countries, it becomes the first university in the world to provide reliable, high speed internet for staff and students using the innovative O3B satellite network.

The country of Papua New Guinea encompasses the eastern portion of a large island in the South Pacific, just north of Australia. UNITECH’s decision to take an O3b service is in line with the PNG Government’s desire to see reliable ultra-fast broadband country wide. While UNITECH was established almost 50 years ago in May 1966, with the focus of teaching and research on technological or 'applied' subjects, the lack of reliable or fast internet connectivity to the country made the university’s mission to produce innovative and entrepreneurial technology graduates extremely challenging to carry out.

Internet connectivity in PNG had previously been either via terrestrial fiber or geostationary satellites (which have high latency and low throughput). The O3b network delivers extremely high throughput and lower latencies than long haul fiber, with round-trip response times of less than 150 milliseconds. This will give UNITECH the communication independence they need to ensure reliability of service. UNITECH can now use sophisticated cloud-based higher education solutions such as Google Classroom, digital teaching materials, webcast classes, anti-plagiarism services, and even video conferencing for ex-pat faculty members.

UNITECH is fitting as the first education customer for O3b Networks. In the early 1990s, important radio frequency propagation measurements were performed at the UNITECH facility for the International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The data obtained from this work, along with measurements from other nodes around the world, helped drive the move towards higher frequencies for satellite communications, which made the state-of-the-art O3b system possible.

Dr. Albert Schram, Vice-Chancellor and CEO of the Papua New Guinea University of Technology (UNITECH) said, “We are delighted and proud to be the first University in the world to use the O3b network. UNITECH will immediately make the jump to cloud computing, moving to Google education apps, and reducing reliance on servers and the local power grid. Our students are extremely excited to get this first-hand experience with such cutting-edge technology, and will be involved in installing, maintaining and running the O3b system.

"Next month our first year students will be provided with O3b connected laptops. Every one of them will be able to use the Internet just like students in Sydney or Hong Kong, and will be equipped to be leaders in the global digital revolution. We couldn’t afford for another generation of our students to be left behind.”

Imran Malik, O3b VP Asia Pacific & the Middle East, said, “The relationship between O3b and UNITECH shows just how our network can help promote education and development. I am delighted that the university plans to involve its students in installing and operating the necessary technology to access the network.  UNITECH students will experience digital parity with highly developed nations. They will see the difference a state of the art communications infrastructure can provide and no doubt, they will teach us some new ways to use this powerful communications tool. As a result, they will become evangelists for the use of broadband across the country.”

TOT banking on premium IPTV launch

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/local-news/498456/tot-banking-on-premium-iptv-launch

Chao: Expects 300 million in revenue

TOT Plc is opening up the local internet protocol TV market by introducing a premium IPTV set-top box that will allow any home with an internet connection to watch TV programmes with no monthly service charge.

Customers with an internet connection on any broadband service providers' network can purchase the state telecom's IPTV set-top box at a one-time cost of 3,500 baht. In exchange they can view 108 digital TV channels and favourite entertainment shows and sports events.

IPTV is a system through which TV services are delivered using internet protocol over a digital network instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal and cable television formats.

"We expect to sell at least 50,000 new set-top boxes this year, bringing our total IPTV customer base to 250,000 by the end of this year," said Chao Punrungchitti, senior executive vice-president for marketing.

"Our IPTV revenue is expected to reach 300 million baht this year."

Target customers are small and medium-sized enterprises and people living in condominiums and serviced apartments who cannot access satellite or cable broadcasting platforms, said Mr Chao.

TOT initially launched its IPTV service in 2012, charging customers a service fee of 150 baht a month.

The company is also offering a 390-baht service package for customers in exchange for access to 132 channels including 18 high-definition channels, plus a monthly 750-baht package for 164 channels including 33 HD channels.

TOT has 1.6 million broadband subscribers.

"We're targeting these customers to sign up for our IPTV services in the near future," he said.

Mr Chao said broadband internet generated 10 billion baht in revenue last year, accounting for 30% of TOT's total.

IPTV earned 262 million baht in revenue last year, up from 79 million in 2013.

Lao satellite set to go into orbit this year

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Lao-satellite-set-to-go-into-orbit-this-year-30256173.html

Vientiane (Vientiane Times) -- Work is on track to launch a Lao satellite into orbit by the end of this year, to mark the 40th anniversary of the Lao People's Democratic Republic on December 2.

Construction of the ground-based management system for the state-invested project is 65 percent complete. The space management system is 20 percent complete, according to a report from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.

China Asia-Pacific Mobile Telecommunications Satellite Co Ltd was contracted to develop the management systems.

Some 50 Lao officials have been sent for training in China in preparation for the satellite’s operation and management, according to a report presented at the ministry’s ongoing annual meeting in Vientiane.

A groundbreaking ceremony to begin construction of the satellite station in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, took place in April last year.

The first Lao satellite project (Lao Sat-1) is being funded by a loan of more than US$285 million from China, according to a senior ministry official in charge of the project, Dr Phouluang Kanorlath.

Global Eagle Entertainment and SES Sign Major Capacity Deals on Three HTS Satellites as Part of Global in-Flight Connectivity Pact

From http://www.itnewsonline.com/bwi/Global-Eagle-Entertainment-and-SES-Sign-Major-Capacity-Deals-on-Three-HTS-Satellites-as-Part-of-Global-in-Flight-Connectivity-Pact/13381

Satellite operator SES S.A. (NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) and Global Eagle Entertainment (“GEE”, Nasdaq: ENT), a worldwide leading provider of content, connectivity and digital media solutions to airlines, announced they have signed important capacity deals for services on three SES satellites. These agreements are part of a strategic partnership to deliver in-flight connectivity and services to airline passengers around the world.

Under the latest agreements, GEE will utilize Ku-band wide beam and High Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beam capacity aboard the SES-12, SES-14 and SES-15 satellites. The three spacecraft, currently under construction, are scheduled for launch in 2017. 

SES-14 and SES-15 offer a complementary coverage over busy air travel routes across the Americas and North Atlantic regions, the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, while SES-12 will serve the burgeoning aeronautical market across Asia and the Middle East. As GEE expands its services to new airlines and regions, it can quickly and seamlessly leverage capacity across the global SES fleet of more than 50 satellites. 

“This new series of capacity agreements with SES represents an exciting milestone for GEE, as we continue to deliver the leading satellite connectivity solution to airlines around the world,” said Dave Davis, CEO of Global Eagle Entertainment. “Together with SES, our companies are driving the next phase of in-flight connectivity for our current and future airline customers. The HTS satellites, coupled with SES’s broad network, will enable a sophisticated user experience and the most reliable, high-quality content and global connectivity to airlines and their passengers traveling around the globe.”

“SES continues to make major investments in the expansion and innovation of our global satellite fleet. This helps to ensure that our high-powered spacecraft and coverage are tailored to meet the exciting growth in in-flight connectivity and other mobility markets around the world,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer of SES. “Our collaborative work with GEE is aimed at enabling this in-flight connectivity solutions leader to go anywhere it wants to grow and innovate to meet the needs of airlines and the connectivity demands for passengers on the move.” 

About SES-12, SES-14, and SES-15

SES-14 is a high-powered hybrid satellite with C- and Ku-band wide beam coverage and both Ku- and Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) coverage across the Americas and North Atlantic region. SES-15 will provide complementary coverage over North America, enabling SES to serve its leading aeronautical customers and serve other traffic intensive data applications such as government, VSAT networks and maritime. SES-12 will expand SES’s capabilities to provide Mobility and HTS data connectivity services in the Asia-Pacific region, along with direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting and VSAT. 

Boeing eyes satellite deal with tech giant

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=141938:Boeing-eyes-satellite-deal-with-tech-giant&catid=69

Boeing said yesterday it could clinch a deal this year to build a high-throughput communications satellite for top technology companies such as Google, Amazon.com, Facebook or Apple.

Jim Simpson, VP of business development and chief strategist for Boeing Network and Space Systems, told Reuters the big technology firms were keen to expand Internet access around the world to help them grow.

"The real key to being able to do these type of things is ultra-high-throughput capabilities, where we're looking at providing gigabytes, terabytes, petabytes of capability," Simpson told Reuters after a panel at the Satellite 2015 conference.

Simpson declined to give specific details about discussions with the tech companies.

He said the challenge was to drive down the cost of satellite communications to be more in line with terrestrial costs, which would help the tech firms justify the expense of building a larger communications satellite.

But if sufficient demand failed to materialise, the tech companies would be left with the cost of "a really high performance satellite," he said.

Boeing and other satellite-makers have been eyeing a new source of demand from technology firms such as Google and Amazon.com, given their interest in reaching the estimated 70% of the globe that still lacks access to the Internet.

Privately held Space Exploration Technologies, or SpaceX, has said it plans to build a system of 4 000 satellites in low Earth orbit (LEO) for global Internet connectivity. In January, it received $1 billion in investments from Google and mutual-fund giant Fidelity Investments.

Simpson noted the Google investment was an equity stake in the company, not in the satellite project, but declined to say whether that meant Google could still be a possible customer for a higher-end Boeing system in geosynchronous Earth orbit (GEO).

Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International, said he expected demand for GEO satellites to remain steady at about two-dozen a year, but he said those satellites would clearly need to have greater processing power and larger bandwidth, given rising demand for global connectivity.

He said GEO satellites were larger and more expensive, but they would save the cost of more frequent maintenance and launch costs for a large network of low-earth orbit satellites. At the same time, he said Boeing was also prepared to build LEO satellites, depending on customer preference.

Bitcoin Nanosatellites Could Orbit Earth in 2016

From http://www.coindesk.com/bitcoin-nanosatellites-orbit-earth-2016/

An ambitious plan to launch bitcoin-enabled microsatellites has taken a step forward with a new business deal.

Dunvegan Space Systems, a startup led by bitcoin core developer Jeff Garzik has signed a manufacturing contract with Deep Space Industries (DSI) that will find it constructing 24 nanosatellites for its proposed BitSat program.

The BitSat cluster will act as space-bound bitcoin nodes and is the first of a planned series of nanosatellites. Additional BitSats will be available for purchase at $1m apiece, according to the company.

Garzik told CoinDesk the launch phase of the project will begin sometime after the first quarter of next year, noting that ultimately, the goal is to create resources capable of propagating the blockchain in a self-sufficient manner.

He explained:

"When the satellite is capable of fully processing the blockchain, it does not need to trust a ground station to send it authentic data. The satellite itself is capable of making that evaluation, that decision on its own."

The partnership between the two companies was announced in April.

At the time, the two firms announced the collaboration on the BitSat program but details were limited regarding pricing or when the nanosatellites would be launched.

Cubesats for the blockchain

The cubesats are being pitched as a platform for space-based cloud computing, according to the promotional materials for the BitSat program.

"DSS handles the spacecraft, launch and ongoing mission operations during the five-year lifespan of the satellite," Garzik told CoinDesk. "This is a large cost reduction from traditional satellites, thanks to the cubesat form factor.

In a statement, DSI chief executive Daniel Faber said that the interests of his company are broadly aligned with those of Dunvegan, noting:“DSI’s long-term goal of harvesting space resources is well known, and our first steps involve developing nimble, low cost spacecraft that turn out to be very similar to the needs of Dunvegan."

The initial deployment stage will see four satellites placed into orbit, with the rest of the array being deployed over time. Once all 24 satellites are deployed, Garzik said, the system will be capable of providing "continuous global coverage".


Sorry for the late update due to PC problems. Just designing a new pc at the moment.

Feed report Monday 8.22pm NZ
Live feed Intelsat 18 180E
From Pacific Islands For Channel 10 11621 V Sr 3750

Monday feeds

Feeds D2 tv 3 (NZ)
NZ Beam
12447 H 6670 "default"
12456 H 6670 "default
12465 H 6670 "chch03"

Saturday feeds

IS 19 12557 V Sr 17000 "astra 4-2" DVB S2 8psk shot of a football ground in 422 video then went Encrypted

Feed scan D2 6pm NZ
12273 V Sr 7500 "astra 3 path 1" enc
12661 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 service" Horses FTA
12674 V Sr 15000 "foxsports nrl bathhurst" enc
nz beam
12321 H Sr 8569 "skyhd pri 3032 kor4" enc
12339 H Sr 8569 "skyhd sec 9015" enc
12357 H Sr 8569 "sky hd pri 8014 vw" FTA golf

From my Email

From Blackcrusader

Asiasat 5 100.5e
4040 H 29720

From saldav1

Insat 3A 93.5E
Podhigai makes a return.

3831 V SR 8600 Podhigai (FTA.)
Chennai feed - 1 ($Scrambled.)

Measats at 91.4/5
TV Record - Japan.
4040 H SR 28600 TV Record, Japan - This morning is the 1st time I have noted this channel here, (FTA.
It has been all of six months since I have viewed Podhigai - a welcome return.

Asiasat 5 Feedlog

3733 V SR 7199 Ch-1 Men's Basketball Tournament - Presented by New York Life, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7500 $IND-AUS-OU2 ($Scrambled.)
3868 H SR 10000 $IND-AUS-SNG OU1 ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 Boxing - Martinez vs Menaz, (FTA.)

BMW New Zealand Golf Open- Queenstown.

4156 H SR 7100 Globecast Oz SKY N.Z. 1080i 50 Colour Test Pattern then the BMW New Zealand Men's Open Golf from Queenstown, (FTA.)

Watching the Golf and the beautiful mountains as the backdrop reminds myself and my wife that we need to make another holiday to New Zealand - beautiful

3893 H SR 10000 $IND-AUS-SNG 01 ($Scrambled.)
3909 H SR 10000 $Australia V Scotland ($Scrambled.)
3754 V SR 7500 $Uni World Feed DD ($Scrambled.)
3850 H SR 14000 Ericsson Service Acting School in China, (FTA.)

3667 H SR 7199 $SS NGA OB-3 HD Enc ($scrambled.)
3925 H SR 6111 INDIASIGN Women's Singles Final - Table Tennis - JAPAN vs RUSSIA, (FTA.)
3729 H SR 14240 $Formaula E Pri ($Scrambled.)
3746 V SR 7120 $Formula E Backup ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 Alkass SNG3-2 UIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Superboat Racing from Doha Bay, QATAR, (FTA.)
3868 H SR 10000 IND-AUS-SNG 01 U.A.E. vs The West Indies in the ICC World Cup Cricket, (FTA.)
3733 V SR 7199 Ch-1 OREGON vs ARIZONA in the ESPN PAC-12 Men's Basketball Championship, (FTA.)
3750 V SR 14399 ATL HD ENC03 Sports Event from Edmonton, ALBERTA, CANADA in (4:2:2.).
3909 H SR 10000 $Pakistan vs Ireland World Cup Cricket 2015 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7100 Globecast Oz BMW Men's New Zealand Golf Open, Queenstown, New Zealand (FTA.)
3708 H SR 7199 $LTDL 2015 ($Scrambled.)
3944 V SR 4000 HKJC PathA BMW HONG KONG DERBY Horse Racing, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7199 TXOUT-5 Hyundai K-League Classic Soccer, (FTA.)

3733 V SR 6499 SNG 1 - Main GEN (Genoa) v CHI (Chievo) - Soccer, (FTA.)
3854 H SR 7120 Service-1 Chinese Sports Show, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 $ARQIVA NST HD1 ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 $Arqiva HD3 ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3860 H "AFN Prime Atlantic" is now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "Jame-Jam TV Network 1" has started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12670 V "AFN Prime Atlantic and AFN Prime Korea" are encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 3433 H "BNI Life" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3825 V "Edu Chanel TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3825 V "Lejel Home Shopping Live, LBS TV K-Drama, Lejel Home Shopping and Aula Channel" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Animax East Asia, CinemaWorld, CNN International Asia Pacific, Fight Sports, Fox Crime Asia, Galaxy and Kidnesia" have started on , Conax.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4155 H "Masala TV" is Fta again.

Express AM33 96.5E 4114 R "TRK Irkutsk" is now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 12436 H "Galaxy" has started on , Conax.

Yamal 401 90.0E "Perviy Oblastnoy" has moved from 3925 R to 3603 R, Ftar.
Yamal 401 90.0E 3908 L "GTRK Dalnevostochnaya" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2E 11720 H "Horoshee Kino" has left

Insat 4A 83.0E 11090 H "Bloomberg TV India" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3760 H "CTH WWE, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Looktung Millionaire Channel have started on , clear.
Eurosport Asia and Kon Don Tree Channel" have left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Rung TV" has started on , Fta. Serendib TV has left again.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Family Network Africa" has left.

Amos 4 65.0E 10861 V "Star World India, Ten Action, Ten Cricket International, Neo Prime and Neo Sports" have left again.
Amos 4 65.0E 11236 V "Zee Zindagi, Zee Anmol, Zee Smile, WB India and Baby TV Asia" have started on, encrypted.
Amos 4 65.0E 10915 V "Sony Max India" has started on encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,TV Record Japan(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4040 H 28600参数免费接收。[03-16]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ma Ma替换Mat i Ditya(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。[03-16]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Movies HD、Travel HD(高清)等全组频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hot Hits、NAB TV(印尼)等4个频道新增,设置3825 V 12500参数免费接收。[03-15]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,GTRK Dalnevostochnaya(俄)频道新增,设置3908 L 2850参数免费接收。[03-15]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Perviy Oblastnoy(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3603 R 3300参数免费接收。[03-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Travel Channel HD替换国家地理(高清)频道,设置12033 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Channel 1(菲律宾)频道解密,设置4180 H 30000参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum TV、Masala TV、Hum Sitaray(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4155 H 9833参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,CNN、Fox Crime(MPEG-4)等8个频道新增,设置3980 V 31000参数有条件接收。 [3月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee ETC Bollywood(Dish TV)频道新增,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [3月14日]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星C频段,TRK Irkutsk(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置4114 R 4285参数有条件接收。[03-14]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fahai TV替换Topline(IPM)频道,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫Ku频段,24 Ghanta(印度)频道新增,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K Drama、HS Live(MPEG-4)凳个频道新增,设置3825 V 12500参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,天映经典(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。[03-13]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Islam Channel替换Quran TV(印尼)频道,设置3722 H 3330参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Play Boy(蒙古)频道加密,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [3月13日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Play Boy(蒙古)频道解密,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。 [3月13日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Play Boy HD(测试)高清频道消失,设置12271 H 33333参数无效接收。 [3月13日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Eagle、ECO TV(蒙古)频道重现,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。 [3月13日]



Froim press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - MONDAY 16 MARCH 2015 - Globecast Australia has transmitted the UK, German and

Australian series of one of the world’s top entertainment franchises, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of

Here!, for ITV Studios.

Between November 2014 and March 2015, the company delivered over 100 hours of live digital television entertainment using the satellite resources of Intelsat, Eutelsat and Optus with its worldwide fibre network as a backbone.

Set in the tropical rainforests of northern NSW, the fourteenth UK series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, produced by ITV Studios UK, was broadcast on ITV for three weeks leading up to Christmas.

Using the same location, the ninth German series, produced by ITV Studios Germany, was broadcast on RTL for sixteen nights in a row in early 2015.

In early February, Network Ten premiered the first Australian version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!, produced by ITV Studios Australia. Filmed in the rugged South African jungle, the show was on air five nights a week, until last evening.

Both the UK and German series were uplinked from the remote set in northern NSW. Achieved by Globecast Australia’s DSNG capability including on-site configuring of encoding equipment and satellite uplink solutions with full redundancy. Feeds were monitored in Globecast Australia’s 24/7 Master Control and Teleport in Sydney.

For the Australian series set in South Africa, Globecast South Africa handled the on-ground uplink infrastructure, while Globecast Australia once again leveraged its global network of fibre and satellite resources to deliver two geographically diverse paths to Network Ten.

Globecast Australia has facilitated the transmission of fourteen UK series and nine German series of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!.

Globecast Australia CEO Simon Farnsworth said: “Utilising our strong technical capabilities to deliver content from remote locations around the world, we are proud of our long association with ITV Studios.”

Catherine Lavelle
T 02 9405 2880
M 0413 88 55 95
T @CLPRptyltd
W www.clpr.com.au

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull's media reform plan causes industry rift

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/communications-minister-malcolm-turnbulls-media-reform-plan-causes-industry-rift-20150315-144n58.html

The proposed changes would prompt an industry reorganisation between television networks, radio stations and newspapers. Photo: Louie Douvis

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has upset Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation and its pay television joint venture Foxtel by proposing a cherry-picked media reform policy that has driven a rift through the industry.

Mr Turnbull's recommendation that the government abolish Keating-era ownership restrictions has been welcomed by a slew of media executives including WIN Corp owner Bruce Gordon and Greg Hywood, the chief executive of Fairfax Media, owner of The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The proposed changes would prompt an industry reorganisationbetween television networks, radio stations and newspapers, enabling them to better compete with unregulated digital entrants such as Google and Netflix.

But News Corp and Foxtel were blindsided by the recommendations, which Mr Turnbull put in private to Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week seeking approval to put the policy to cabinet.

Mr Turnbull told Mr Abbott that he had found a broad consensus in the industry for the abolition of the "reach rule", which stops the metropolitan free-to-air networks, Nine, Seven and Ten, merging with regional affiliates by limiting audience reach to 75 per cent. He also said there was broad industry support to scrap the "two-out-of three rule", which stops any one group owning more than two of a newspaper, commercial TV licence or radio licence in a major market.

However, he denied Foxtel's request to show more sporting events at the expense of free-to-air television, a move that would be unpopular with the electorate. He also proposed changes that could mean Foxtel is effectively forced to pay commercial free-to-air TV networks a fee to retransmit their signals.

News Corp Australia chief executive Julian Clarke said he agreed with most other media bosses that cross-media ownership restrictions were outdatedin the digital age.

But Mr Clarke added: "We do not support any change if it involves cherry picking some policies and only changing these."

Any reform "must severely reduce the length of the outdated anti-siphoning list", which guarantees free-to-air networks first rights to cover more than 1300 sporting events, he said.

Richard Freudenstein, the chief executive of Foxtel, which is jointly owned by Telstra, said the anti-siphoning list should be renamed "the anti-Foxtel list" and said it would be "bad public policy" to make Foxtel customers pay for access to free-to-air TV.

"We have always been very clear that deregulation should apply across the board, it should not just be measures that favour an already highly supported free-to-air TV industry," he said.

Mr Turnbull's proposal has put Mr Abbott in a position where he risks upsetting Mr Murdoch and Perth billionaire Kerry Stokes, who controls Seven West Media.

Mr Stokes has refused to back the abolition of cross-media ownership rules without a holistic package of regulatory reform. Seven, which declined to comment, is anxious that its arch rival Nine Entertainment Co does not get control of its erstwhile merger partner Southern Cross Media.

Nine declined to comment but Southern Cross chief executive Rhys Holleran welcomed the proposals, saying: "The reach rule belongs to the last century".

Mr Hartigan said he welcomed Mr Turnbull carving out the two-out-of-three and reach rules as policy priorities. "It's been many, many months since the media companies were called for expressions of their interest in legislative change and since then everyone has fronted up – and, I'd imagine from what I'd know, most media companies are in alignment – and yet up until Friday there hadn't appeared to be a response," Mr Hartigan told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

WIN Corp chairman Bruce Gordon, who is in a battle for control of metropolitan TV network Ten, said Mr Turnbull should be encouraged to pursue his proposals, saying the reach rule had "totally outlived its usage".

"Pay television does not suffer any of the penalties that the poor guys that run free-to-air TV have," he said. "We pay licence fees, we are restricted on the amount of overseas content we can run, we have to make a certain amount of Australian programming and children's programming every year and send in reports showing we have complied with that."

Fairfax's Mr Hywood said the company remained committed to repeal of the two-out-of-three and the reach rules. "We feel the legislation is not capable of dealing with rapid changes to the media landscape appearing now," he said.

"We remain supportive of what the minister is trying to do and have great hope that the Prime Minister and his cabinet colleagues see it the same way."

Mr Abbott's office would not comment.

Turnbull proposal angers Foxtel, Rupert Murdoch

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/news/2015/03/16/media-diversity-changes-cards/#./?&_suid=142649489525005028369779091882

Foxtel chief says proposed media laws don’t go far enough and would favour free-to-air networks.

Foxtel boss Richard Freudenstein wants major sporting events on pay TV. Photo: Getty

News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has hit out against proposed changes to media laws, saying they will favour Communication Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘buddies’ at Channel Nine.

Mr Turnbull’s proposed changes were put before the Prime Minister Tony Abbott last week and was leaked in more detail last night to the Australian Financial Review.

The proposal aims to scrap two major rules of media ownership related to the concentration of media companies in an area, and the reach of a company.

Mr Turnbull’s proposal seeks to scrap the so called “two out of three” rule, which dictates a person can not own more than two outlets out of TV, radio or newspapers operating in a major metropolitan market.

The “reach” rule says the metropolitan TV networks can not cover more than 75 per cent of the population, giving rise to Prime, Win and Southern Cross in rural areas.

The Financial Review reports that a broad consensus behind these reforms is shared among the heads of major TV networks and Fairfax.

But News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch was scathing of the deal which avoided changing the anti-siphoning rules, which gives Seven, Nine and Ten first right of refusal on sports events before News’ half-owned Foxtel pay-TV service.

Aust!  Turnbull’s plans to scrap certain rules suit buddies at Nine.  Can’t oppose dumping all regs but not this. Nice to see how MT plays.

— Rupert Murdoch  (@rupertmurdoch) March 15, 2015

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein called the changes “bad public policy” if it did not reform the anti-siphoning rules, the AFR reported.

“We have always been very clear that deregulation should apply across the board, it should not just be measures that favour an already highly supported free-to-air TV industry,” he was quoted as saying.

Mr Abbott must approve the proposal before it can be discussed at cabinet.

Spark NZ works to help restore communications to Vanuatu

From Press Release – Spark

Spark New Zealand will also credit customers calls and texts made to Vanuatu since 7pm, Friday 13 March through to 7pm, Monday 16 MarchMedia Release

16 March 2015

Spark New Zealand works with partners to help restore communications to Vanuatu

• Spark New Zealand will also credit customers’ calls and texts made to Vanuatu since 7pm, Friday 13 March through to 7pm, Monday 16 March

As part of its longstanding partnerships across the Pacific region and pan-Pacific satellite coverage, Spark New Zealand is doing everything possible to help restore vital communications services to the Vanuatu region following the devastating effects of Cyclone Pam.

Spark New Zealand is actively working with the Pacific Island Telecommunications Association, Telecom Vanuatu, Pacific partners, suppliers, equipment manufacturers and other providers to put in place a solution to re-establish communications as fast as possible.

Spark Connect Chief Technology Officer, David Havercroft says: “Our primary focus is to re-establish internet communications. Currently the outer islands use microwave links to stay in contact and most of these are down so we are working to put a satellite-based solution in place to restore connectivity to the Islands.

“We’re working in concert with our partners to establish exactly what equipment is required, where it is located, the technical support needed on the ground and how we quickly get it out to them.

“We’re also talking with the New Zealand Government and aid groups to ensure that our help and support can reach the Vanuatu people as quickly as possible,” said Mr Havercroft.

Spark New Zealand also announced it will credit customers for the cost of landline and mobile calls and texts to Vanuatu in the lead-up to and immediately after Cyclone Pam.

Spark Home, Mobile & Business Chief Executive Chris Quin says: “Many of our customers have been making calls or texts to family and friends in Vanuatu, worried about their wellbeing. At such a difficult time we don’t want those people to worry about the possibility of a large phone bill at the end of the month so we’ve make this easy decision to allay any concerns.”

The credit will apply to direct dial calls (00 and 0161) made from home phones to land lines and mobile phones as well as texts to Vanuatu (from 7pm, Friday 13 March until 7pm, Monday 16 March).

The credits will be retrospectively be applied to customers’ accounts in the following months on either their April or May bills, depending on customers’ bill cycles. This will also apply to Spark Digital business customers.

Digi TV gives access

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=298111

Digicel regional Pacific group CEO Michael Murphy. Picture: ROPATE VALEMEI

DIGI TV is the most aggressive competitor coming into the Papua New Guinea economy with huge capital and an interest to acquire triple play network covering data content and communication.

And according to Digicel's regional Pacific group CEO, Michael Murphy, this resulted in their phenomenal success in the PNG market.

Digicel (PNG) Ltd, owners of Digi TV, had acquired Daltron Internet Business and DataNets PNG Ltd, giving them the much-needed equipment and data access.

"We do have plans and we had just launched a pay television service in PNG and 29 channels, which are free-to-air." For expansion, he said they were planning to look at opportunities across the Pacific.

"The service will be available across the other Pacific Islands so as we expand we will look at a strong service across the Pacific," he said.

With competition in the PNG market, he reassured their presence in the country would mean greater quality and better prices for consumers.

Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr LV to launch South Korean satellite on March 26 - Kosmotrans

From http://asia.rbth.com/news/2015/03/16/russian-ukrainian_dnepr_lv_to_launch_south_korean_satellite_on_march_26_44494.html

A Russian-Ukrainian Dnepr launch vehicle, a derivative from the RS-20 intercontinental ballistic missile, will put the South Korean KOMPSAT-3A satellite into orbit on March 26, Kosmotrans reports.

"The RS-20 rocket coupled with KOMPSAT-3A will blast off from the Yasny launch site in the Orenburg region at 03:08:46 local time on March 26," says a report posted on the company website.

Originally, the launch was planned for March 12.

Three commercial Dnepr missions were scheduled for 2015.

The previous Dnepr launch was performed in November 2014 to deliver the Japanese ASNARO remote sensing satellite and four mini-satellites to orbit. Joint crews of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces and the Russian-Ukrainian-Kazakh company Kosmotrans carried out the launch. A Dnepr rocket launched 33 satellites of varying purposes on June 19, 2014.

Dnepr missions are accomplished within the program of the liquidation of intercontinental ballistic missiles through the delivery of space payloads.

Kosmotrans transforms RS-20 rockets designed by the Yuzhnoye Design Bureau in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine and built by the Yuzhmash plant into Dnepr launch vehicles. The rockets are launched from the Baikonur space center and the Yasny launch site of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces in the Orenburg region. Twenty successful launches of Dnepr rockets have been performed since 1999.

Dnepr is a three-stage liquid-fuel rocket, whose first and second stages are standard stages of the RS-20 ICBM. The Dnepr takeoff mass is 210 tonnes.

Second Galileo FOC Satellite Reaches Corrected Orbit

From http://www.insidegnss.com/node/4429

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced today (March 13, 2015) that second Galileo full operational capability (FOC) satellite launched into the wrong orbit last August has now entered its corrected target orbit, which will allow detailed testing to assess the performance of its navigation payload.

Launched with another FOC spacecraft, its initial elongated orbit saw it travelling as high as 25,900 kilometers above Earth and down to a low point of 13,713 kilometers, confusing its onboard Earth sensor used to point satellite’s navigation antennas toward the ground.

A recovery plan was devised between ESA’s Galileo team, flight dynamics specialists at ESA’s ESOC operations center and France’s CNES space agency, as well as satellite operator SpaceOpal and satellite manufacturer OHB.

This involved gradually raising the lowest point of the satellites’ orbits more than 3,500 kilometer while also making them more circular.

The second FOC satellite — and fifth operational Galileo spacecraft, counting four in-orbit validation (IOV) — entered its corrected orbit at the end of November 2014. Both its navigation and search and rescue payloads were switched on the following month to begin testing.

Now the sixth satellite has reached the same orbit, too.

This latest salvage operation began in mid-January and concluded six weeks later, with some 14 separate maneuvers performed in total.

Its corrected position is effectively a mirror image of the fifth satellite’s, placing the pair on opposite sides of the planet. The exposure of the two to the harmful Van Allen Belt radiation has been greatly reduced, helping to ensure future reliability.

Significantly, the corrected orbit means they will overfly the same location on the ground every 20 days. This compares with a standard Galileo repeat pattern of every 10 days, helping to synchronize their ground tracks with the rest of the constellation.

The test results from Galileo 5 proved positive, with the same test campaign for the sixth satellite due to begin shortly, overseen by ESA’s Redu centre in Belgium. A 20 meter­­–diameter antenna will study the strength and shape of the navigation signals at high resolution.

“I am very proud of what our teams at ESA and industry have achieved,” says Marco Falcone, head of Galileo system office. “Our intention was to recover this mission from the very early days after the wrong orbit injection. This is what we are made for at ESA.”

The decision whether to use the two satellites for navigation and search-and-rescue purposes will be ultimately taken by the European Commission, as the system owner, based on the in-orbit test results and the system’s ability to provide navigation data from the improved orbits.

The next pair of satellites is due for launch on March 27.

Arab world’s satellite TV channel tally nears 1,300

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015031637581/arab-world-s-satellite-tv-channel-tally-nears-1-300.html#axzz3UXKVYOSZ
A total of 1,294 satellite TV channels now operate in the Arab world, according to a report from the Arab States Broadcasting Union and the High Committee for Coordination among Arab Satellite Channels.

The number of Arab organisations now broadcasting or re-broadcasting satellite channels stands at 758, including 29 publicly-owned ones and 729 which are privately owned. Between them, they transmit 165 public and 1129 private channels in multiple languages, covering a variety of genres.

The report attributes the rise in the number of public channels during 2014 mostly to the return of Libyan TV channels that had disappeared with the revolution plus the creation of more generic channels, especially sports ones, from the public sector.

However, there were "no more than 20 or 30 channels" operating in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) during the 1990s, said the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU).

"The current boom has been brought about mostly thanks to the private sector. Various factors have helped the proliferation of channels, such as the growing role of the private sector, technology developments and digital satellite broadcasting that offered unlimited opportunities, low-cost access and wide prospects for development," said a statement from ASBU.

Sports is the most popular type of specialised satellite channel in the region, with 170 sports channels on offer, while drama channels (comprising TV series and movies) registered at 152, followed by music and variety shows (124), religious channels (95), news (68) and children's TV (26).

The report also found there has been an expansion in the geographical coverage of Arab satellite broadcasting, which now extends to Australia, New Zealand and the Americas.

Most regionally-based satellite channels operate in Arabic, although 161 channels transmit in English, 25 in French, 19 in Urdu, nine in Kurdish, four in Persian and two in Hebrew. Farsi, Hindi, Spanish and Turkish, are also used, while Amazeegh, Urdu, Hassani, and Berber are used to reach minority target audiences.

Arabsat orders two satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/13/arabsat-orders-two-satellites/

Saudi Arabian-based Arabsat is reportedly close to ordering two satellites from Lockheed-Martin. Arabsat’s official statement, issued at the Dubai CabSat show, said: “Arabsat is in the final stages of bidding and awarding the manufacturing and launch of its new satellites, at different orbital positions, for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.”

The report that Lockheed-Martin is a probable winner of what are usually extremely tough contract negotiations is a surprise, especially given that Arabsat has excellent relations with European suppliers Thales Alenia and the former Astrium/EADS (now Airbus Defence & Space). Arabsat’s last contract was with Thales Alenia and covered the j-v dual payload with Inmarsat (Arabsat calls the craft HellasSat-3 while Inmarsat has dubbed its half of the satellite EuropaSat).

Thales and Astrium are also building Badr-7 (originally called Badr-6B) and due for launch this year (probably in July).

The current plan covers one ‘Arabsat’ new satellite for the HellasSat fleet and another for its own use. A potential third satellite contract is still to be awarded.

Tata Sky to increase channels through MPEG-4 upgrade

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015031637580/tata-sky-to-increase-channels-through-mpeg-4-upgrade.html#axzz3UXKVYOSZ
Indian direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky is to offer a further 20 channels following its upgrade to the latest MPEG 4 compression format.

The recent upgrade, which has caused disruption to the services of almost 17,000 of its ten million active subscribers, will provide more channel capacity, the company's chief executive told PTI.

"Last year we have added 80 channels and we would shortly add 20 more. Some of them would be HD channels," said Harit Nagpal, CEO, Tata Sky.

"We have also got additional capacity due to our timely decision to shift from MPEG 2 format to MPEG 4 format. It cost us money, but helped us."

Around 75% of Tata Sky's connections are now using MPEG 4 compression, with transmission via 12 Ku-Band transponders on the INSAT-4 satellite.

The DTH operator, a joint venture between Tata Sons and 21st Century Fox, hopes to increase its subscriber base by four million customers annually for the next five to six years, during the country's on-going cable digitisation programme.

It now has average revenue per user (ARPU) of INR250 (US$3.96). It hopes to increase this by 5% year-on-year, Nagpul told the PTI.

Tata Sky recently raised its tariffs by 4% or INR240 ($3.8).

India sticks with 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/12/india-sticks-with-4k/

Initial reports out of India suggest that sales of high-end 4K displays are somewhat sluggish, despite the appeal of non-stop cricket being the backbone of Ultra-HD broadcasts. India’s Star Sports is making the eight available 4K cricket feeds to pay-TV operators Tata-Sky and Videocon d2h. An estimated 90,000 4K sets were sold last year.

But there have been snags. There are not many 4K set-top boxes available in the market, and undoubtedly the high-costs of buying large-screen displays have put some consumers off.

According to a local Samsung sales person, quoted by India’s Business World magazine: “We have seen a decent amount of interest from the consumer in 4K televisions and as they become more affordable, the consumer will vouch for them and demand 4K content which the broadcasters will have to provide in due time.”

Anil Khera, CEO at Videocon d2h said “While there are other service providers that have set-top boxes, we are the first to launch a platform for content in 4K UHD. The World Cup will have some matches in 4K UHD, and the channel will air the India matches and the semi-final and final.”

That shortage of content is now being overcome. Local sources say that the upcoming Indian Premier League (cricket), complete with its top prize of $2.4 million, will generate extra enthusiasm. Match 1 (Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians) takes place on April 8th, and the final in the competition will be on May 24th. Adding to the excitement is the Indian Super League (ISL) football championships which will likely be produced in 4K according to local reports.


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D2 Feeds scan Friday 6.20pm NZ

D2 12272 V Sr 7500 "astra3 path1" something encrypted
D2 12670 V sr 6670 "globecast 1" horses FTA
D2 12321 H Sr 8569 "SkyHD pri 3032 kord" encrypted NZ beam
D2 12339 H Sr 8569 "SkyHD 9015" encrypted NZ beam
D2 12357 H Sr 8569 "" Encrypted NZ beam
D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "default" NZ beam, FTA showing outside of Cricket ground,perhaps for tv sports news
D2 12464 H Sr 8569 "sky hd pri 2045" encrypted NZ beam

From my Email

From saldav1

Intelsat 17 - 66E.

3966 H SR 14400 THENDREL This FTA is new - scanned in - the last couple of hours. It brings to 82 FTA channels here in Perth from this satellite - (the expat Indian people here in Perth have a field day with this satellite - there are so many channels.)

From the Dish

Koreasat 5 113.0E 12670 V "AFN Sports Japan" is encrypted again. AFN Prime Atlantic is now Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3600 L "Shop 24 Extra has replaced TTS" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星C频段,Shop 24 Extra替换TTS(俄罗斯)频道,设置3600 L 4630参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,WB TV、Baby TV(MPEG-4)等4个频道新增,设置11236 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-13]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Dillagi(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Rung TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[03-13]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,EDU、Nusantara(印尼)频道新增,设置3825 V 12500参数免费接收。[03-13]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fata Fati(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[03-12]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Play Boy HD(测试)高清频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [3月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影、WWE(GMM Z)频道加密,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月12日]
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Sky News wins Channel of the year at ASTRA Awards

From http://mumbrella.com.au/sky-news-wins-channel-of-the-year-at-astra-awards-281146

24 hour news channel Sky News has taken out the channel of the year at the annual ASTRA awards.

The award was a one of a number of awards given to the news channel and its presenters at the annual event recognising the best in subscription television, with Sky host Paul Murray also picking up two awards for best news program and best presenter, while journalist David Speers won best broadcast journalist.  

“In selecting Sky News as Channel of the Year, our independent judging panel noted that Sky News has become the benchmark for political news coverage, becoming the first and most trusted source of political news and analysis in Australia,” said Andrew Maiden ASTRA CEO.

Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh, was the recipient of a new special award recognising his industry contribution over many years.

“Brian is a distinguished leader in the Australian television industry, responsible for launching the careers of many of Australia’s best-known and most successful personalities. Fittingly, this recognition comes as the industry celebrates 20 years of achievement in 2015,” said Maiden.

Entertainment channel Arena won the Channel Achievement Award.

Full list of winners here: 


Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, season 2: SoHo)

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground: showcase)

Most Outstanding Presenter – Female
Kelli Underwood (Back Page LIVE, Breaking Ground: FOX SPORTS)

Most Outstanding Presenter – Male
Paul Murray (Paul Murray LIVE: SKY NEWS)

Most Outstanding New Talent
Phyllis Foundis (Foundis: Aurora)

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
David Speers (PM Agenda, The Nation: SKY NEWS)

Most Outstanding Drama – Australian
Wentworth (season 2: SoHo)

Most Outstanding Drama – International
Game of Thrones (season 4: showcase)

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Monster Beach (Cartoon Network)

Most Outstanding Music Program
SLIMEFEST (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Sports Program
Jeep Saturday LIVE on FOX (FOX FOOTY)

Most Outstanding News Program
Paul Murray LIVE (Paul Murray: SKY NEWS) 

Most Outstanding Reality Program
The Recruit (season 1: FOX8)

Most Outstanding Factual Program
Hillsborough (ESPN)

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Paddock to Plate (Matt Moran; season 2: The LifeStyle Channel)

Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program
Top Gear (BBC Knowledge)

Industry Contribution Award
Brian Walsh

Channel Achievement Award

Channel of the Year

Free digital coverage of NSW Thoroughbred racing to continue

From http://www.racingbase.com/category/latest-news/nsw-thoroughbred-racing-coverage-201503130003/

Live vision of NSW thoroughbred racing will be available for viewing live across multiple digital platforms from this Sunday, March 15, 2015.

All punters and racing fans interested in watching live NSW races can now do so just by logging into the RacingNSW website.

This brand new breakthrough experience comes as a positive move forward in the aftermath of the current vision wars between Sky Racing and TVN.

TVN now has officially bowed to the wishes of Sky Racing, ending their impressive coverage of vision of racing for the past few years or so.
In fact any device – mobile, tablet or computer will get you vision.

This means that from Sunday, NSW races can be watched live by viewers, irrespective of where they are at that time, through their mobile device or computer....as long as they have Wi-Fi access.

The availability of live broadcasts is additional to the highly popular video form and race replay service that will remain available through the RacingNSW website and can be accessed on any internet-enabled device.

In further news for racing enthusiasts, NSW Thoroughbred racing will be showcased on Sky Channel’s Sky Racing World Channel 521 on Foxtel and Austar, free of an additional subscription fee.

Sunday’s breakthrough coverage will be highlighted by the Southern Districts $100,000 Country Championships Series Qualifier from Wagga Wagga.

NSW racing will continue to be shown live in TAB outlets and pubs and clubs through Sky Channel.

In April, RacingNSW will launch an innovative new tool for use by punters. This will enhance the coverage of races through cutting edge broadcast graphics.

According to the RacingNSW website, the tool will enable punters and racing fans access to unparalleled racing data including the speed of runners at various stages of a race, tracking acceleration and deceleration, distance covered by runners, as well as individual sectional times.

The world's largest radio telescope takes a major step towards construction

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/The_worlds_largest_radio_telescope_takes_a_major_step_towards_construction_999.html

At their meeting last week at the SKA Organisation Headquarters near Manchester, UK, the SKA Board of Directors unanimously agreed to move the world's largest radio telescope forward to its final pre-construction phase. The design of the 650M euro first phase of the SKA (SKA1) is now defined, consisting of two complementary world-class instruments - one in Australia and one in South Africa - both expecting to deliver exciting and transformational science.

"I was impressed by the strong support from the Board and the momentum to take the project forward", said Professor Philip Diamond, Director General of the SKA Organisation. "The SKA will fundamentally change our understanding of the Universe. We are talking about a facility that will be many times better than anything else out there."

Presently in its design phase, the international project, currently consisting of 11 nations, has been engaged over the last 20 months in a rigorous and extremely challenging science-driven, engineering process with teams from around the world working to refine the design of SKA1.

The SKA instruments will be located in two countries - South Africa and Australia. In the first phase of the project, South Africa will host about 200 parabolic antennas or dishes - similar to, but much larger than a standard domestic satellite dish - and Australia more than 100,000 'dipole' antennas, which resemble domestic TV aerials.

"Thanks to these two complementary instruments, we will address a broad range of exciting science, such as observing pulsars and black holes to detect the gravitational waves predicted by Einstein, testing gravity, and looking for signatures of life in the galaxy", said Professor Robert Braun, Science Director of the SKA Organisation.

"We will also observe one of the last unexplored periods in the history of our Universe - the epoch of re-ionisation - looking back to the first billion years of the Universe at a time when the first stars and galaxies are forming."

The Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope, a precursor telescope already operating as a first-class instrument in its own right in Western Australia, will continue to provide world-leading survey capability which will complement the overall SKA programme.

The SKA will incorporate a programme for the development of next-generation Phased Array Feeds (PAFs), a technology that greatly enhances the field of view of radio telescopes, allowing for observations of a larger portion of the sky in any given time. In South Africa, the MeerKAT telescope, another precursor to the SKA, will be integrated into the dish array.

"This will build on South Africa's considerable investment in science and in particular radio astronomy, it's something we can rightly be very proud of", said Dr Phil Mjwara, Director General of the South African Department of Science and Technology. "Being involved in this exciting global science project spanning two continents alongside our Australian colleagues and colleagues from around the world is great for the country and for the African continent."

"The Australian astronomical community are delighted to be working with their colleagues from around the world in one of the most thrilling science endeavours of the 21st century", said Professor Brian Boyle, Australia's SKA Director.

"This outcome recognises the confidence the global community has placed in the world-class observatory we have built in Western Australia and the leading-edge radio-astronomy technology Australia has developed for the pathfinder telescopes located there."

"The next step is to work with the SKA partner countries to develop an international Organisation before the start of the construction in 2018", said Professor John Womersley, Chair of the SKA Board of Directors.

"This incredible telescope has a design, it is within budget, construction is around the corner, it will drive technology development in the era of Big Data, and it is going to deliver Nobel prize-winning science. In short, it will have an invaluable impact on society like very few enterprises before it."

Tubi TV streams free Paramount movies

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/12/tubi-tv-streams-free-paramount-movies/

Tubi TV, the free video streaming service, has entered into a licensing agreement with Paramount Pictures to bring more than 50 classic feature films from the studio’s extensive library to the company’s ad-supported video applications.

Films currently featured on Tubi TV include fan-favourites Top Gun, Basic Instinct, Total Recall, Star Trek: The Final Frontier, The Hunt for Red October, as well as more recent releases.

“We are bringing amazing films to what is already the largest catalogue of free streaming TV shows and movies,” said Farhad Massoudi, founder and CEO of adRise, Tubi TV’s parent company.

(Craig's comment, http://tubitv.com )

Animal Planet adds 4K show

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/12/animal-planet-adds-4k-show/

Discovery-owned Animal Planet network has made a four-episode series in 4K. The 4 x 22 minute Too Cute show is all about kittens and puppies, and claims to be the first TV series to shoot and post-produce in 4K/60fps.

“Discovery Communications has a long and established track record of being among the first to embrace emerging technologies,” said Rick Holzman GM/EVP for Animal Planet, and reported by TV Technology, Debra Kaufman. “A perfect example of this is the company’s history of being out in front of HD and 3D. It’s this culture of early adoption that led us to experimenting with 4K in two of Animal Planet’s most popular shows, Too Cute as well as River Monsters.

The show is produced by Endemol’s True Entertainment, and shot on a Sony F55 camera, although the shoot generated some 60 TB of original camera data.

Irdeto appoints Lowther CEO

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/12/irdeto-appoints-lowther-ceo/

Irdeto has confirmed that Doug Lowther will be assuming the role of Chief Executive Officer following Graham Kill’s resignation in September 2014.

Lowther joins Irdeto from International Datacasting Corporation (IDC), where he currently serves as CEO. Prior to IDC, Lowther was EVP of Irdeto’s Digital TV business and had been with the company for over nine years.

“It is an honour for me to return to Irdeto at a time when the company holds a strong market position and is exploring many exciting areas of expansion,” said Lowther. “Irdeto has been a highly innovative company for many years, and it has been inspiring to see that tradition continued with new offerings such as Keys and Credentials. I thank Graham for his leadership and mentorship over the years. I look forward to continuing Irdeto’s proud tradition of enabling operators and content owners to grow revenues through innovative solutions that deliver the world’s best content to any screen.”



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Foxtel and Discovery bid for Ten Network

From news

Foxtel and Discovery Communications have reportedly put forward a second, lower bid for the embattled Ten Network.

According to The Australian, the new offer is lower than the original 23 cent per share offer, reportedly reflecting the decision to launch a proportional takeover.

It's understood Foxtel and Discovery lost interest in mounting a full takeover of the free-to-air broadcaster after resistance from the network's largest shareholder, Bruce Gordon.

The new offer would enable Mr Gordon, who owns a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten, to remain a shareholder after he said he would not sell his shares.

Under the terms of the deal, Foxtel and Discovery would gain less than 100 per cent of the shareholder register in exchange for Ten's key assets.

Korea to Send New Satellite into Space

From http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2015/03/12/2015031202020.html

The homegrown Arirang-3A multipurpose satellite will be sent into space in the small hours of March 26.

It will be launched from the Yasny launch base in Russia, according to the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning here Wednesday.

The satellite will be carried by a three-stage Dnepr launch vehicle, a remodeled version of an intercontinental ballistic missile of the old Soviet Union.

The Arirang-3A was developed by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute over eight years and cost W235.9 billion. It carries a precision optical lens that can identify 50 cm-large objects on the ground.

An infrared sensor is capable of monitoring objects on the ground at night or in bad weather.

The satellite will orbit the earth at an altitude of 528 km for four years after launch, monitoring natural disasters and the environment, and observing how various kinds of resources are utilized.

It was originally to be launched late last year, but Russia delayed the launch three times.

Korea already operates three multipurpose satellites, Arirang 2, 3 and 5.

Eutelsat ‘Quantum’ satellite order imminent

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/11/eutelsat-quantum-satellite-order-imminent/

Eutelsat has talked about a new class of satellite for some months, but it seems an official order is now imminent. Dubbed Eutelsat Quantum, this new breed of satellite is a software defined craft that permits its clients to “actively define the performance and flexibility they need from a satellite”.

Eutelsat has been developing its thinking with help from the European Space Agency, as well as satellite builder Airbus Defense & Space’s UK facility as well as the UK’s Surrey Satellite Technology.

Last December, Eutelsat said it hoped to launch the first new craft with this configuration in 2018.

Eutelsat says the new concept will represent a ‘first’ in the commercial satellite industry by enabling the complete electronic synthesis of ‘receive’ and ‘transmit’ coverages in the Ku-band, including extremely important on-board jamming detection and mitigation. It will give customers access to premium capacity through footprint shaping and steering, power (Mb/s) and frequency band pairing that they will be able to actively define.

By adapting dynamically to all frequency bands in each ITU region, the
‘Eutelsat Quantum’ class satellite will also be the first generation of universal satellites able to serve any region of the world. This ability to mirror or complement another satellite anywhere in geostationary orbit will offer a level of flexibility that will transform fleet management and enable a significantly more efficient use of resources.

Michel de Rosen, Chairman and CEO of Eutelsat, speaking last December, said: “We are delighted to initiate this ground-breaking programme with the support of ESA, as well as our long-standing partner, Airbus Defense and Space. Developing solutions that give our customers control over the performance and adaptability they need from our satellites is a key ambition for Eutelsat. With the “Eutelsat Quantum”’ class of satellite we will deliver on this goal, offering an incomparable level of efficiency and flexibility in data, mobility and government services markets.”

LeoSat joins broadband space race

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/11/leosat-joins-broadband-space-race/

A new would-be satellite operator, LeoSat, has talked about placing 120-140 Ka-band satellites into orbit at heights of 1800 kms, but deliberately not seeking business from the billions of under-connected users around the planet. Instead, says Vern Fotheringham, CEO at LeoSat LLC, he wants to target “the top 3000 businesses, rather than the other 3 billion”. Overall costs are said to be in the region of $2.5 billion to $3 billion.

Fotheringham told trade magazine Space News that the rival announcements from the likes of Google and Sir Richard Branson for thousands of orbiting satellites are very different from LeoSat: “They will have tremendous coverage but they are going to suffer capacity constraints due to the fact that they’re not flying a lot of power. We are putting a high-capacity platform into service to solve some of the most intractable communications problems that industry and government have faced over the years that cannot be addressed by geosynchronous solutions.”

He also admits that it is not so many years ago that many well-financed satellite constellations failed to make any headway. Today’s plans were very different, he stated: “The real secret here is the development of low-cost, electronic beam-forming antennas, such as those Kymeta is developing, that allow tracking and signal hand-off. The technology development and proof of technology was all accomplished on my watch. The next wave of product development is at hand, with major equipment manufacturers.”

LeoSat has registered its network plan with the International Telecoms Union.

Sony confirms OTT PlayStation Vue launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/11/sony-confirms-ott-playstation-vue-launch/

Sony is planning the US roll-out of its long-anticipated OTT video-streaming product – PlayStation Vue – within the coming days, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Sony Computer Entertainment President Andrew House told the WSJ that PlayStation Vue would launch within two weeks in New York, Philadelphia and Chicago.

The service – as with the recently-announced HBO Go – will let consumers bypass traditional cable and satellite subscriptions to watch TV shows and movies.

Sony has secured rights of channels from several media companies including Viacom, NBCUniversal, CBS and Twenty-First Century Fox Film Corporation, according to the report.

Fans struggling to pay sports TV subscriptions

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/11/fans-struggling-to-pay-sports-tv-subscription/

Although it was unsuccessful in having the bidding round for Premier League rights for the seasons 2016-2019 delayed, UK quad-play operator Virgin Media is calling on research it has commissioned to back up its Ofcom complaint regarding the joint selling arrangements for live, UK audio-visual media rights for Premier League football matches.

According to what is claimed is the most detailed research yet on attitudes to televised football by Kantar Media, on behalf of international economic consultancy Oxera. football fans are increasingly priced out of watching matches at home.

The research, undertaken after Ofcom opened a formal investigation into the way in which the Premier League conducts its live TV rights auction, found that cost was the overwhelming reason people have cancelled a sports TV subscription in the past five years (68 per cent). Among interested fans, 83 per cent said the price was preventing them from subscribing.

A third of existing sports TV viewers (33 per cent) say they are now struggling to pay for their subscription. Of these, almost one in five has borrowed money or sold items to cover the costs of following their team on TV.

The average amount people must pay to watch top flight English football on TV has soared since 2009 when BT and Sky secured the rights. In 2014 alone, Sky raised the price of Sky Sports 10 per cent and BT increased home phone and broadband charges 6.5 per cent in a move dubbed a ‘football tax’ by consumer experts.

The new record £5.1 billion spent by BT and Sky on Premier League TV rights for 2016 to 2019 was 71 per cent more than they paid previously. Analysts predict prices will go up another 8 per cent next season as broadcasters begin to recoup some of the vast sums they have paid. However, less than one in ten subscribers (9 per cent) would consider switching between BT Sport and Sky Sports to avoid a price rise as fans do not see these channels as alternatives.

Despite paying over the odds, viewers are not getting what they want

More than a third (37 per cent) of sports TV viewers currently subscribe to both Sky Sports and BT Sports, giving them access to every Premier League game that is broadcast. However, even among these fans, 41 per cent want to see more matches. Two thirds (64 per cent) want to watch games shown on both BT Sport and Sky Sports channels. Almost half (48 per cent) want to watch every match involving the team they support.

According to Brigitte Trafford, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Virgin Media, said that British fans pay the most in Europe to watch football on TV and were not even getting all the matches they want. “Too many people feel they now have to choose between basic essentials and watching the game they love. If action is not taken to change the way the Premier League sells TV rights, the rapidly rising cost of watching football at home will see even more people priced out of the national sport,” she warned.

Samsung leads 4K sales in US

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/11/samsung-leads-4k-sales-in-us/

LG might be holding onto the position as the world’s Number 1 supplier of 4K/Ultra-HD displays, but Samsung Electronics is claiming the dominant position as far as the US market is concerned.

Last week Samsung held its North America ‘dealer summit’ in Orlando and told the 500 delegates that according to market research from NPD, Samsung had a 51 per cent market share in the US in January and this was the 10th straight month where it topped a 50 per cent share in 4K units (including flat as well as ‘curved’ models in the 55” and over models.

These numbers are well ahead of the position a year ago when Samsung’s share of the overall flat panel market (including non-4K units) stood at 36.4 per cent.

DTH cos depend on foreign satellites due to Ku Band capacity shortage in Indian satellites

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dth-cos-depend-on-foreign-satellites-due-to-ku-band-capacity-shortage-in-indian-satellites-150311
NEW DELHI: Indian direct-to-home operators depend on foreign satellites due to shortage of Ku band transponders on Indian satellites.

The Parliament was informed on 11 March that a total of 77.89 (36 MHz equivalent) Ku band transponders are used by Indian DTH operators for DTH services.
Out of a total of 77.89 transponders, 19 transponders are in INSAT/GSAT satellites and 58.89 leased from foreign satellites. 

The DTH service providers are using foreign satellites since sufficient capacity of Ku Band transponders is not available in INSAT/GSAT satellites, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Dr Jitendra Singh said. 

The commercial, societal and defence service users have been using their allocated capacity as per their usage plan subject to receipt of regulatory approvals. 

The allocation process is in progress for about 46 transponders (in C, Extended-C and Ku Bands), which are vacant at present. 
Dr Singh had said recently that a total of six communication satelites - GSAT-15, GSAT-9, GSAT-6, GSAT-6A, GSAT-7A and GSAT-11 – are being developed indigenously as part of the XII Five Year Plan (2012-17).
A total of 95 Ku-band (a part of K band) transponders onboard indigenous communication satellites are being utilised for various communication applications, he had told Parliament last month.


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Australian TV to Broadcast Pacific Games

From http://news.pngfacts.com/2015/03/australian-tv-to-broadcast-pacific-games.html

Games Organising Committee is proud to announce the inclusion of Australian Broadcaster, National Indigenous Television (NITV) into the growing fold of rights holders for the 2015 Pacific Games.
NITV will have Exclusive Broadcast Rights for Free to Air terrestrial broadcasts in Australia through NITV and SBS. It will also have Non Exclusive Online Rights within Australia.

NITV is a channel made by, for and about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. From its humble beginnings in 2007, it has continued to grow, launching as part of SBS on free-to-air television (Channel 34) in December 2012.
For the first time ever, Australians and Pacific Islanders living in Australia will be able to witness the talent of the Pacific Games in the comfort of their own homes in Australia.

NITV will also distribute across the Pacific through digital and satellite broadcasts on SBS in agreement to territories.
It will do Live broadcast of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and will carry up to 6 hours a day of programming each day of the Games.
As part of the agreement NITV will be providing the commentating services of Mark Ella and Evan Charlton. Mark, a former Australian rugby union player, whom many would be familiar with. He is often considered as one of his country’s all-time greats in Rugby Union, while Evan is a well-known sport reporter and broadcaster in Australia.

Executive Manager for GOC Operations Clint Flood said, “With the inclusion of Australia in the 2015 Pacific Games in four sports, the participation by NITV is significant. The broadcast coverage is extensive, and the contribution of Mark Ella and Evan Charlton will add another level to the great talent of pool we have involved in the Broadcast of the Games.”

He said, the coverage by NITV is not only significant by being the first Australian broadcast deal, but its link to Indigenous people in Australia and Torres Straight Islands provides an additional cultural link to the Pacific Games.
Meanwhile, Pacific Games Council President Vidhya Lakhan has warmly welcomed NITV into the rights holding family for the Games.
Mr Lakhan said, with Australia invited to participate in four sports at this year’s Games it was entirely appropriate for an Australian broadcaster to join the 2015 Pacific Games team.

“The broadcasting of the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games into the homes of all Australians is a landmark moment for our sporting movement in the Pacific. We thank and congratulate NITV for their commitment to the 2015 Pacific Games and we trust that their viewers will enjoy watching the athletes of the Pacific in competition with their Australian friends,” Mr Lakhan said.

NITV joins the following countries/companies as rights holders for the 2015 Pacific Games.
National Broadcasting Company of PNG – NBC Radio and Kundu 2, Click TV, EMTV, Solomon One News Limited, Fiji One TV, Fiji Broadcast Corporation, Vanuatu television and Broadcast Corporation, Samoa Quality Broadcast Corporation, Cook Islands TV, France TV and Solomon Telekom Television Ltd. Others are expected to be signed in the next 2 weeks.

PAY-TV companies Foxtel and Discovery Communications have tabled a second, lower bid for Ten Network as part of a proportional takeover as the battle for the -to-air broadcaster heats up.

It’s understood the consortium has dropped interest in mounting a full takeover of Ten after being met with resistance by the free-to-air network’s largest shareholder, Bruce Gordon.

The new offer would enable Gordon, who owns a 14.9 per cent stake in Ten, to remain a shareholder after he had declared he would not sell his shares.

Because the potential suitors are no longer seeking full control, the restructured proposal has revised down the original 23c a share bid, removing the control premium.

Under the terms of the deal, Foxtel and Discovery would gain less than 100 per cent of the shareholder register in exchange for Ten’s key assets, largely comprising television licences, spectrum, and studios.

It could open a door for Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer, who between them own just under 18 per cent of the company, to sell their shareholdings.

Ten’s independent directors are now weighing up the bid against the alternative offer from Gordon, which was sent to the media company’s advisers Citi last week.

Fiji TV splits from subsidiary

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/268412/fiji-tv-splits-from-subsidiary

Fiji Television has confirmed that it will split with its subsidiary, Sky Pacific, from July.

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation reports the company shareholders passed a resolution at a meeting in Suva yesterday.

The owner of Fiji TV, Fijian Holdings, wants to the two media groups to run their own affairs.

The Fijian Holdings CEO, Nouzab Fareed, told FBC they will begin work on making Sky Pacific a fully-licensed company.

Mr Fareed also confirms the Fiji TV Group will maintain ownership of Sky Pacific.

Fiji TV will focus on local programming and news content.

PHL working with Japan to launch first Filipino-made satellite in space

From http://www.angmalaya.net/nation/2015/03/10/9247-phl-working-with-japan-to-launch-first-filipino-made-satellite-in-space

The Philippine government is developing its first satellite, and its receiving station, to be launched in space in partnership with Japanese institutions Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. These two Japanese universities launched last May 2014 an observation satellite, Rising-2, through an H-2A rocket.

The Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite program will use PhP840 million with Japanese universities shouldering the PhP515.92 million. The program aims to provide the country with real-time geo-spatial data and enhanced weather-prediction capabilities.

According to Japanese Asahi Daily, the first Philippine-made micro satellite is going to be an updated version of Rising-2. It will be 55 centimeters long, 35 cm wide and 55 cm high, weighing some 50 kilograms with four cameras. PHL-Microsat-1, nicknamed as Diwata, will be launched within 2016 to 2017.

Diwata will be delivered at Japan’s science module named Kibo at the International Space Station, largest artificial body in orbit, with the help of Japan Space Exploration Agency before deploying it to space. Diwata’s receiving station, Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO), will be based at Subic.

Diwata can also examine the destruction caused on land by typhoons and rainstorms with an accuracy of up to five meters. It can also be useful in agriculture, forest cover monitoring and national security.

PHL-Microsat-2 is also in the pipeline, however, detailed specification and its nickname are yet to be announced.

Indosat Mulling Plans to Build New $200m Satellite

From http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/business/indosat-mulling-plans-build-new-200m-satellite/

Technicians of Indonesia telecommunication company Indosat inspect an antenna tower in Central Jakarta on September 13, 2011. (AFP Photo/ Bay Ismoyo)

Jakarta. Indosat, Indonesia’s third largest cellular phone service provider, is reviewing plans to build a new satellite estimated to costs about $200 million.

The satellite would replace Indosat’s Palapa D, whose orbital period ends in 2020.

“We are looking for a satellite manufacturer who can offer a competitive unit cost for each transponder,” said Indosat chief executive Alexander Rusli on Monday.

Indosat plans to use funds from its internal cash reserves and an export credit agency from the satellite manufacturer’s country of origin.

KVH expands mini-VSAT broadband capacity for global maritime activity

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/KVH_Expands_mini_VSAT_Broadband_Network_Capacity_in_Key_Areas_of_Global_Maritime_Activity_999.html

KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband network is the most extensive C/Ku-band maritime VSAT network in the world and provides broadband service to thousands of vessels at sea.

KVH Industries, Inc., has completed several capacity increases for its mini-VSAT Broadband network to support heightened demand from customers engaged in a wide range of commercial maritime activities around the world, including offshore oil and gas, fishing, and shipping.

Utilizing 17 satellites and 24 transponders to provide global coverage, KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband is the most extensive C/Ku-band maritime VSAT network in the world, and is designed for rapid expansion by accessing abundant commercial satellite capacity. Working with leading commercial satellite providers, KVH implemented the recent capacity expansions to meet the ever-growing demand for broadband services at sea.

"The commercial maritime industry is increasingly reliant on broadband services to improve operational efficiency," says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer.

"Data and connectivity enable ship owners to accomplish many goals, from reduced fuel consumption through voyage planning to increased safety through updated training programs delivered to crew while they are onboard. We are continually monitoring and improving the mini-VSAT Broadband network to ensure our maritime customers have the critical connectivity they need at all times onboard their vessels."

KVH's recent capacity expansions for the mini-VSAT Broadband network include:

+ Asia-Pacific: The capacity of a key satellite beam for the Asia-Pacific region was increased 60%, providing support for commercial shipping and offshore oil and gas activities in the area.

+ Pacific Northwest: A new beam covering the Pacific Northwest was added, providing support for the many commercial fishing fleets located in this area.

+ Eastern Canada and U.S. coast: A new beam was added to more than double the network capacity for the eastern coast of Canada and the United States, a key area for commercial shipping, fishing, and yacht chartering.

KVH's mini-VSAT Broadband network is the dominant player in the global maritime VSAT market, with twice the market share of its closest competitor, according to recent industry reports by Comsys and Euroconsult. KVH and its technology partner, ViaSat, Inc., (Nasdaq: VSAT) use ArcLight spread spectrum technology to deliver fast broadband service, with Internet download speeds up to 4 Mbps. With its enterprise-grade infrastructure, the mini-VSAT Broadband network carried 500 TB of data and 25 million voice minutes in 2014.

KVH has built this global infrastructure by leasing available commercial satellite capacity, rather than investing in its own satellites. The results are lower costs and better prices for customers.

Designed exclusively for the mini-VSAT Broadband network, KVH's unique TracPhone V-IP satellite communications antenna systems are built 85% smaller than typical VSAT antennas to install more easily in all vessels. Antenna sizes range from the 37 cm (14.5 inch) diameter TracPhone V3-IP, to the 60 cm (24 inch) diameter TracPhone V7-IP, and the 1.1 meter (42.5 inch) diameter TracPhone V11-IP. The company recently shipped its 5,000th TracPhone system for the mini-VSAT Broadband service.

The capacity expansions also support KVH's IP-MobileCast content delivery service. This multicasting service uses the mini-VSAT Broadband network to deliver a separate data stream of news, sports, entertainment, and training content - improving quality of life for crew members onboard commercial vessels - as well as operational data such as electronic chart updates and weather information.

TV5MONDE Europe reaches to Russia with Tricolor TV

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015031037500/tv5monde-europe-reaches-to-russia-with-tricolor-tv.html#axzz3U3yLOxov
French broadcaster TV5MONDE is looking to tap the potential of the East after inking a multi-year carriage agreement with Russian DTH platform Tricolor TV.

TV5MONDE is now available with Russian subtitles on the main satellite, cable and IPTV platforms in Russia, reaching over 15.4 million households in the territory.

The channel, subtitled in Russian since 2008, claims what it says is 'strong anchorage' into cinema, with Sundays and Thursdays dedicated to films. These include traditional French-speaking movies during Cannes Film Festival in May and cycles around major actors and directors throughout the year. The channel is also intended for anyone in Russia who likes the French lifestyle. To serve this audience, two evenings have been specifically dedicated to what it called 'the French touch'.

Commenting on the deal, TV5MONDE worldwide distribution and marketing director Jean-Luc Cronel, said: "We are delighted to have reached this agreement with Tricolor TV that completes our existence within the pay-TV offerings of the country and reinforces our positioning in the Russian audiovisual landscape."

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 to Debut in 170 Countries Simultaneously

From http://www.movieweb.com/game-of-thrones-season-5-premiere-170-countries

The hit HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’ will air its Season 5 premiere on April 12 in 170 countries simultaneously.

In an unprecedented move, Game of Thrones will premiere in over 170 countries and territories across the globe simultaneously with HBO's U.S. airing on Sunday, April 12 at 9:00pm ET, it was announced today by HBO. The entire fifth season of the Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody-winning series will be simulcast to HBO branded networks and broadcast partners across the world, creating a global television event week after week throughout the season's 10-episode run. Here's what HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo had to say in a statement.

"We are thrilled to see our international partners jumping on board to bring Game of Thrones, one of the most universally loved television shows in the world, to global audiences at the same time it airs on HBO in the U.S. It's going to be a great season."

Among those participating are the HBO branded networks: HBO Asia, HBO Canada, HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, HBO Netherlands and HBO Nordic. Also included are international "Home of HBO" services including: Africa/M-Net, Australia/Foxtel, Belgium(Flemish)/Telenet, France/Orange, Iceland/365 Media, Israel/DBS, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia and SKY New Zealand. HBO licensing partners in the simulcast include: Belgium(French)/Betv, Greece/Intervision, Russia/Amedia and Spain/DTS.

Since its debut Game of Thrones has become a worldwide phenomenon and the most popular series in HBO history. Last year, the series was the most searched television show worldwide on Google and the #1 most talked about show on Facebook in the U.S.

Game of Thrones is based on George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song Of Ice and Fire, where political and sexual intrigue abound as seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. The epic series, with storylines of treachery and nobility, family and honor, ambition and love, and death and survival, has captured the imagination of fans globally and become one of the most popular shows on television

Satmotion SNG Does Away With Real-Time NOC and Broadcaster Coordination Necessities

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=82948817&menu=1

[SatNews] Integrasys has released Satmotion SNG for automating the Occasional Use Line-Ups without the need of real time coordination among the NOC operators and Broadcasters.

SNGs are one of the major causes of satellite interference; therefore, Intregrasys has designed an easy to use tool for Line-Up automation, inspired from the well-known Satmotion VSAT auto-commissioning.  Today broadcasters can benefit from a significant improvement on transmission performance and a much quicker setup. Satmotion SNG provides the feedback from the NOC measurement via cellphone, laptop or glass software with very intuitive interface. After the Line-Up is finished, a report is automatically generated and analyzed and the broadcast is ready.

Integrasys will be demoing Satmotion Pocket at CABSAT 2015 and the DC satellite show.

133-Megapixel sensors for 8K UHD

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/10/133-megapixel-sensors-for-8k-uhd/

A California company which specialises in high-resolution and ultra-sensitive CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductors) image-sensing transistors for use in digital imaging, says it has been working with Japan’s public broadcaster NHK to develop a 133 Megapixel camera sensor.

Forza Silicon Corp, based in Pasadena, has “partnered” with NHK’s Science & Technology Research Labs, in Tokyo, to come up with the solution. To date Forza’s initial 8 Megapixel and 32-33 Megapixel image sensors have been used by NHK for their 8K cameras (7840 x 4360 pixel) and as part of their ‘Super Hi-Vision’ plans.

Forza, in a statement, said:  “To date conventional image sensors for 8K applications have used 8 MP and 33 MP solutions in large optical formats. These sensor solutions have not been effective in managing the tradeoffs between size and resolution. In order to eliminate the bulky lens/color-prism optical system of previous generation cameras, the team developed a single-chip 133 MP image sensor. The sensor takes advantage of Forza Silicon’s Gen 3 readout architecture to achieve frame frequency of 60 fps. The Gen 3 readout architecture achieves a throughput of 128 Gb/s at full resolution and frame rate. With this joint development, NHK and Forza have reached the next milestone in high-resolution, high frame-rate broadcast technology.”

Forza and NHK presented their solution at a March 5 IEEE Solid State Circuits conference in San Francisco, and which can be used for 60 frames/second cameras.

NHK added: “Our continued partnership with Forza Silicon through the years to support NHK has resulted in the success of a number of significant projects such as the development of the 133 MP sensor, and previously the 33 MP Super Hi-Vision image sensor. Forza’s dedicated support and its image sensor design expertise enabled us to achieve the Super Hi-Vision 8K single-chip camera —the largest pixel count of any video image sensor,” said Dr. Hiroshi Shimamoto, senior research engineer at NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories (STRL).

Free launches 4K mini box

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/10/free-launches-4k-mini-box/

French telco Free, an affiliate of Iliad Group, has launched its Freebox Mini 4K in France, the first tripleplay offering to be Ultra-HD compatible worldwide.

The Freebox Mini is uses Android TV, following the partnership between Iliad and Google, which had also previously integrated its system in Bouygues’ BBox Miami.

Claiming to be at least five times smaller than any other box on the market, the Freebox Mini also boasts voice recognition, embeds HEVC video compression and makes the Google Play platform accessible directly from ehe TV set. It is available for €29.99 per month, and for €1.99 additional fee for households already subscribing to the premium Freebox Revolution package.

The Freebox Mini 4K replaces the Freebox Crystal as a basic product.


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HBO signs Apple TV deal allowing greater access to Game of Thrones

From http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/hbo-signs-apple-tv-deal-allowing-greater-access-to-game-of-thrones-20150310-13zoqr.html

All choked up ... HBO is making moves that could remove the monopoly Foxtel has over Game of Thrones' screening in Australia, albeit it would still be unauthorised.

"This will reinvent the way you watch television," Apple's CEO Tim Cook declared at today's wedding between the Apple TV streaming box and the HBO Now streaming TV service.

It may also reinvent how you nick it.

Foxtel to feel the pain? HBO signs deal with Apple to make Game Of Thrones available via HBO Now by April 13.

There is little doubt that of all the recent techno-telly plays – the Chromecast, Australia's Stan*, Presto and Netflix, America's ubiquitous Roku, and Sling TV's channel streaming service – a wedding between Apple and HBO is the grandest of occasions.

In a nutshell, HBO will launch its standalone streaming service, HBO Now, in April.

That's big news for US consumers, a vocal segment of whom are tired of paying a fuller cable bill of up to $US100 ($130) just so they can watch Game of Thrones.

That service, which will sell for $US14.99 a month, with a month free trial, will be exclusively tied to the Apple TV box for its first three months.

After that, presumably, it expands to other streaming devices in the market such as the Chromecast and the Roku, PlayStation 3 and 4 and Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Apple has secured that deal, and pushed the price of its Apple TV box down to $A109 (or $US69 in the US, and £59 in the UK) in a move clearly intended to challenge the emergence of its cheaper, platform agnostic rivals.

It's also big news for Australians, who have a robust history of helping themselves to the best the world has to offer.

For example, although Netflix is still opening its doors in Australia, it is widely accepted that a large number of Australians have been using virtual private network (VPN) services to access the US Netflix for several years.

Barring a change to how such services handle customer transactions, or how Australia filters the internet, there is little reason to doubt that many Australian-based US Netflix subscribers will find HBO Now an equally attractive offering.

In broader terms, though, an Australian HBO Now is unlikely.

HBO may fully control some of its most powerful assets, such as Game of Thrones, but the international rights for much of its older American library – programs such as The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Sex and the City and Entourage – are controlled by other studios.

That said, the Apple-HBO deal does, however, hint at a larger trend globally, in which cable companies – the incumbent one-stop-shop for content sellers – are being being replaced by a new generation of devices which funnel content via apps, effectively allowing single operators an equal seat at the table.

The US network CBS has already launched a standalone streaming service of its programming. The ABC-owned Disney has standalone streaming services, as do a raft of studios and smaller channels. And the technology company Sling has recently launched a Sling TV service in the US which streams linear channels such as ESPN, CNN, AMC, IFC and Disney.

Sling TV's price point is persuasive – just $US20 a month – and its channel lineup, while not broad, does deliver some of TV's best off-Broadway hits, such as AMC's The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul and Mad Men and IFC's Portlandia.

The future is more such services, not less.

What that means for Australia is still difficult to divine. A similar service, Fetch TV, has offered a smaller multi-channel service at a more modest price for some years, but has failed to dent the market leader Foxtel. A bigger challenge are the three new streaming services, Stan*, Presto and Netflix.

And while it may sound attractive to think that big-ticket sport (the AFL, the NFL, the cricket) and big-ticket entertainment, such as US film studios or the bigger production house libraries, could funnel their content into standalone businesses, the back-of-house costs can be equally prohibitive. For most, a tandem free-to-air and pay TV play remains smart business.

But the clock is ticking. Apple knows it. And so does HBO. And both, smartly, have made their move, sealed in a union which may reset the way TV business is done for decades to come.

*Stan is jointly owned by Fairfax Media, the publisher of this website, and the Nine Network.

Presto coming to 750,000 Australian Telstra’s T-Box personal video recorder

From http://customstoday.com.pk/presto-coming-to-750000-australian-telstras-t-box-personal-video-recorder-3/

SYDNEY: Australia’s new streaming services do have their sights set on other devices. Presto is coming to Telstra’s T-Box personal video recorder – which is reportedly in at least 750,000 Australian lounge rooms. Foxtel Play works with some Samsung and LG Smart TVs, so these devices might be next in line for Presto access.

Presto also has the advantage of unmetered data for Foxtel Broadband and Telstra Bigpond customers, while Netflix has a similar deal with Optus, iiNet and its subsidiaries such as Internode.

While Stan is co-owned by Nine Entertainment, which has always lagged behind Australia’s other television networks when it comes to streaming video apps on Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. You’ll find Nine’s catch up videos on FreeviewPlus television.

Stan and Presto have roughly a two-month head start on Netflix when it comes to wooing Australian customers – geo-dodgers aside – but when Netflix does arrive on March 24 it’s going to hit the ground running. Almost overnight the US raider will be available on millions of Australian Smart TVs, Blu-ray players, video recorders, set-top boxes and games consoles – making it easy to watch Netflix from the couch.

Most people tend to keep a smartphone or tablet within arms reach but when it comes to watching television, especially at the end of a long day, I reckon we prefer to kick back on the couch and watch on the big screen.

Australian online viewing figures support this. Like Netflix, Quickflix is available on a wide range of home entertainment devices as well as mobile devices. Quickflix tells me that more than 60 per cent of viewing occurs in the lounge room, and that’s not including streaming to a television via Google’s Chromecast stick.

It’s a similar story with ABC iView, the figures aren’t made public but I’m told that the bulk of iView watching occurs via fixed devices rather than smartphones and tablets. If Australians do prefer to enjoy internet video from the couch then Quickflix and Netflix have a massive advantage over newcomers Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax, publisher of this website).

Right now your options are pretty limited when it comes to watching Stan or Presto in the lounge room. Both are available on Apple and some Android handheld devices, plus they’re compatible with the Google Chromecast stick for streaming video from mobile devices to your television.

APAC pay-TV $10bn boost

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/10/apac-pay-tv-10bn-boost/

Pay-TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region (22 countries) will grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020, according to Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Asia Pacific Forecasts report estimates that pay-TV revenues will reach $41.52 billion by 2020.

Cable TV will remain the highest pay-TV earner, with revenues at $23 billion by 2020. Digital cable TV revenues will grow by 63 per cent between 2014 and 2020 to $22.54 billion, with analogue cable TV falling from $6.20 billion to $0.56 billion.

According to Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, the number of homes paying for IPTV will overtake pay satellite TV subscribers in 2018. IPTV revenues will climb to $7.13 billion by 2020, up from $4.43 billion in 2014. “However, pay satellite TV revenues will remain higher than IPTV. India will generate $4.15 billion of the region’s $11.06 billion satellite TV revenues in 2020,” he forecasts

Pay-TV penetration will rise from 59.0 per cent of TV households in 2014 to 68.4 per cent in 2020, adding 142 million subs to take the total to 642 million. Even more impressive according to Digital TV Research is that digital pay TV penetration will climb from 20.9 per cent in 2010 to 44.2 per cent in 2014 on to 67.0 per cent in 2020. Digital pay TV subscribers will quadruple from 163 million in 2010 to 628 million by 2020.

China will provide 323 million pay TV households by 2020, with India supplying a further 179 million. China overtook Japan to become the most lucrative pay TV market in 2012. India will take second place from 2020. Together China, India and Japan will account for two-thirds of the region’s $42 billion pay TV revenues by 2020.

Pay-TV revenues will more than double in seven countries (Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Pakistan) between 2014 and 2020. However, revenues will fall (as a result of greater competition – including OTT – and subscribers converting to bundles) during this period in Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore and Taiwan, with low growth expected in South Korea.

Mitsubishi Heavy wins UAE satellite launch order

From http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/10/business/mitsubishi-heavy-wins-uae-satellite-launch-order/

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. said Monday that it has won its third foreign satellite launch order, from an organization of the United Arab Emirates.

The Emirates Institution for Advanced Science and Technology placed the order for the launch of its KhalifaSat Earth observation satellite. The value of the order has not been revealed.

Mitsubishi Heavy aims to launch the satellite using an H-IIA rocket in fiscal 2017. The rocket will also carry a Japanese greenhouse gas observation satellite being jointly developed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA, and others.

Previously, the Japanese company received satellite launch orders from South Korean and Canadian organizations. Mitsubishi Heavy hopes to win more satellite launch orders from abroad.

Unbundled HBO Now launches on Apple

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/10/unbundled-hbo-now-launches-on-apple/

As anticipated, HBO’s standalone OTT service – confirmed as HBO Now – is first coming to market exclusively on Apple devices.

The companies’ CEOs revealed the tie-up at an Apple event in San Francisco. The service will cost $14.99, with the first month free initially for those who sign up through Apple devices. The service won’t require a separate subscription from a pay-TV provider.

Upon registering, subscribers will also be able to watch at HBONOW.com. HBO will offer a 30 day introductory free trial period to new HBO Now customers who sign up through Apple in April.

HBO continues to be in discussions with its existing network of distributors and new digital partners to offer HBO NOW.

“HBO NOW is the next phase of innovation at HBO,” said Richard Plepler, Chairman and CEO, HBO.  “With this new partnership, a natural evolution for the network, we have access to millions of Apple customers who are used to getting their favourite apps immediately.  Now, they can do the same with an HBO subscription.”

“HBO NOW offers a new generation of HBO fans many of the best TV programmes in the world without a cable or satellite subscription,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Now, with the same simplicity as buying an app, customers can subscribe to HBO NOW and instantly start viewing their favourite HBO programmes as they air—this is huge.”

Similar to HBO GO, HBO NOW will offer more than 2,000 titles online. This includes current critically-acclaimed series such as Game of Thrones, True Detective, Silicon Valley, Girls, Veep and The Leftovers, as well as classics such as The Sopranos, Sex and the City, True Blood, The Wire and Deadwood.

The exclusivity is a clear differentiator for Apple devices, according to Tim Westcott and Dan Cryan from IHS Technology.

Cryan, Director of Broadband Analysis at the firm, notes that consumption is moving away from the PC towards other forms of connected devices (notably devices that connect to the TV and tablets). “In this context, Apple’s exclusivity is a big deal as, at least for the moment, it means that there is a clear point of differentiation for Apple devices. However, the lesson from Netflix is that to grow a digital customer base, you have to reach consumers on the devices where they choose to consume content. Consequently we don’t expect this exclusivity to remain over the long term, unless HBO is heavily compensated,” he advises.

His colleague Tim Westcott, Senior Television Analyst, IHS Technology, notes that the service will be available on iOS devices and PCs. “This means that it could in theory be offered by HBO’s cable, sat and IPTV partners via their TV Everywhere services. As to whether HBO could launch internationally, HBO is already available OTT in the Nordics and probably does not have rights clearances in markets like the UK (where it has an output deal with Sky). On that theme, would be interesting to know if HBO Now will stream any third party content like Fox movies,” he suggests.

Arirang TV First Korean Broadcaster to Air on U.K. Satellite Channels

From http://koreabizwire.com/arirang-tv-first-korean-broadcaster-to-air-on-u-k-satellite-channels/31319

SEOUL, March 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Arirang TV will be aired in the UK by SKY, a British telecommunications company, and Freesat, a free-to-air digital satellite television company, according to a company statement on March 9. The company said that it would be the first Korean broadcaster included in UK cable TV. Broadcasts in the UK are scheduled to begin within four months, after related procedures are completed.

The deal assures that Arirang TV will have a potential viewership of 130 million people worldwide. Although the network was previously viewable through over-the-air signals in the UK, analysis of the size of its audience share was not possible as it was not aired via local satellite platforms.

The network has recently succeeded in switching to an HD channel, and has been planning to air its programs in Europe and South America, following its already strong presence in Asia and North America.

SKY has 11 million subscribers in the U.K., while Freesat has 1.9 million subscribers. SKY also offers service in Ireland, Germany, Italia and Austria

Nilesat launches Digital Broadcast platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/09/nilesat-launches-digital-broadcast-platform/

Nilesat is using the upcoming CabSat satellite show in Dubai to launch its new Smart Digital Broadcasting platform, which sees improved compression and multiplexing covering 360 TV channels and 120 radio stations. The technology, supplied by Cisco, Bridge Technologies, Newtec and Meratech, has the ability to be expanded to cover 480 TV channels.

Nilesat currently transmits more than 730 TV channels and an additional 140 digital radio services, uplinked to its satellites from Cairo, Dubai, Amman, Doha, Riyadh and Beirut. Nilesat claims distribution to more than 60 million homes, and a 95 per cent audience share.

Media Era Technologies (Mera-Tech) has been appointed as the integrator and consultancy partner to assist Nilesat in building the next generation platform with all its requirements. Mera-Tech provided the services that addressed all aspects of designing the architecture, planning, and testing, deploying, and optimising the end-to-end solution. The selected vendors are all seen as the best within their fields, and that is paramount for a future-proof platform.

Liberty Global, Discovery boost Formula E

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/10/liberty-global-discovery-boost-formula-e/

Liberty Global and Discovery Communications have signalled their growing interest in the field of premium sporting rights by becoming minority shareholders in Formula E Holdings Ltd, the company behind the organisation and promotion of the electric single-seater car race series inaugurated by motorsport’s governing body, the FIA.

According to Formula E, the arrival of these two global media companies represents an important step in the long-term development of the series and confirms its potential on the motorsport scene. It says their strategic vision and strong financial backing will provide stability as well as creating a solid base from which the company can expand in the future.

“It is a significant step forward for Formula E to receive the backing of two major global media companies when we are barely halfway through our first season,” commented Alejandro Agag, Formula E’s CEO. “The experience and knowhow they bring will provide a significant boost to Formula E. We look forward to creating new opportunities together to develop and promote premium content for a global audience.”

Niall Curran, President of Liberty Global’s media investments group, said that like Formula E, its business is closely connected to sustainability, speed and entertainment, describing the deal as “a great match” adding that Liberty Global was delighted to be supporting Agag and his team in building a new global sports media property, while building its portfolio of strategic content investments.

“We are very pleased to join Formula E’s ownership group. With unmatched global distribution, our Velocity, Turbo and Eurosport brands, and 30 years of experience as a global media company, Discovery’s unique expertise will help develop this new and unique motor sport,” said Bruce Campbell, Discovery Communications Chief Development & Digital Officer and General Counsel.

Currently in its first season, Formula E has secured a number of TV distribution deals, notably with Sky Deutschland, ITV in the UK for live coverage and BT Sport for highlights Canal Plus in France, TV Asahi in Japan, FOX Sports, with full US exclusivity across the FOX family of networks, including FOX Sports 1. FOX Sports also has exclusive and non-exclusive rights in more than 80 territories including Canada, Latin America/Caribbean, Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Australia and other areas of Asia, India and Africa. The deal, across all territories, includes exclusive and non-exclusive on-line and mobile transmission rights.

Although some of these deals are multi-year, the involvement of Liberty Global and Discovery suggests that future rights and coverage may follow on affiliated platforms.

David Zaslav, President and CEO of Discovery Communications, has previously said that the broadcaster’s acquisition of a controlling interest in pan-European sports channel Eurosport has given it the opportunity to create a bigger and better service, and admitted that it would consider acquiring premium sports rights.


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Optus D2 12457 V Sr 6669 "GCAST7" Horses
Optus D2 12662 V Sr 6669 "PT0001" Horses
Optus D2 12328 V Sr 21500 "Pulse vs Fireworks" Netball
Optus D2 12575 V Sr 15000 Fec 3/4 "IP-UPLINKS.COM" unknown encrypted DVBS2/8PSK, H.264,
Optus D2 12557 V Sr 15000 "IP-UPLINKS.com" unknown Encrypted
Optus D2 12676 V Sr 15000 "Globecast Oz" unknown Encrypted

Optus D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "NRL"

IS 19 12540 V Sr 5631 "AKSNG01"unknown encrypted
IS 19 12516 V Sr 14998 "STS 2" unknown encrypted
IS 19 12565 V Sr 29893 "IND-AUS-SNG OU1" "IND-AUS- OU2" "IND-AUS-SNG-OU3" Unknown Encrypted probably cricket

Saturday Feeds

IS 19 12565 V Sr 29893 "IND-AUS-SNG OU1" "IND-AUS- OU2" "IND-AUS-SNG-OU3" Unknown Encrypted probably cricket
IS 19 12557 V Sr 17000 "astra 3 path 1" unknown encrypted
IS 19 12571 V Sr 5631 "aksng01" unknown Encrypted

D2 12274 V Sr 7200 "TEN905" News feed.. a beach somewhere.
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 1" horses
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Euromedia Chainb" horses
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "SVC_1 Service" horses

all below on NZ beam

D2 12265 H Sr 4249 "tk main" unknown encrypted
D2 12321 H Sr 8569 "Skyhd pri 3032 Kordia 4" unknown encrypted
D2 12339 H Sr 8569 "skyhd sec 9015" unknown encrypted
D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "default" colour bars, FTA

From my Email

From Sommet Sports

We still need your help

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From Saldav1

Monday feeds

3949 V SR 13333 Ericsson Service Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
4174 H SR 7500 $Uni Feed ($Scrambled.)
3628 H SR 1063 MediaOne1 Hindu Service, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 $UKI 1649 a ($Scrambled.)
3915 V SR 7120 Service-1 Soccer 2015 Super Match Day Symbol on Screen, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 $ARQIVA NST HD 1 ($Scrambled.)
3885 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LIV (Liverpool) vs BLA (Blackburn Rovers) in the FA Cup Soccer, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 6111 Ericsson Service Bali 9 - family visit to Death row inmates - TVW 7 Perth - feed, (FTA.)
3837 H SR 6500 Service-1 Chinese News Service, (FTA.)

Weekend Asiasat 5 Feeds

3754 V SR 7120 $WTA TENNIS- BMW M ($Scrambled.)
3686 H SR 7120 DSNG 398 PT1 Swimming-Triathalon event from Abu Dhabi 'on a clear beautiful day,' (FTA.)
3887 V SR 7119 $PITCH SCPC MAIN O FTA sound with $pic. READING vs BRADFORD CITY in the FA CUP SOCCER, (FTA.)
3836 H SR 7199 HD ENC-3A Soccer with no sound.
4148 H SR 7199 Ch-1 Soccer with no sound.

Both transponders carrying same game.

3709 H SR 10000 $Ind Aus OU1 WF ($Scrambled.)
3869 H SR 10000 $Ind Aus OU 1 ($Scrambled.)
3895 H SR 7199 $RANJI TROPHY 2015 ($Scrambled.)
3909 H SR 10000 $IND-AUS-SNG OU1 ($Scrambled.)
3896 V SR 4000 HKJC PathA Horse Racing from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, (FTA.)
3930 H SR 4166 MH 370 One Year Anniversary News Reporter, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7199 GCA SG HD LPGA HSBC Women's Golf - Round 4 from Singapore, (FTA.)

3846 H SR 7199 GCA SG HD LPGA 3rd Round - HSBC Women's Golf from Sentosa Golf Club, SINGAPORE, (FTA.)
3837 H SR 6499 Service-1 Chinese News Report, (FTA.)
3909 H SR 10000 $Ind Aus OU 1 WF ($Scrambled.)
3711 H SR 15000 $HBOUNIVIS ($Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7500 $Macau Main ($scrambled.)
3746 V SR 7120 $ITF UKI 1870 ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12472 V "Shenzhen Satellite TV" has started on , Conax.

ChinaSat 6A 125.0°E 4140 V "Chengdu Tianfu Food TV" has started on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Zee Bioskop" has started on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12670 V "AFN Xtra" is now encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E Silver Screen, Starlite TV, Filmazia, C21 and Falak TV have started on 3913 V, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3920 H "Star Cricket" has left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4100 V "B4U Music India, B4U Movies India and Z Living Asia" have started on, Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4155 H "Hum TV, Masala TV and Hum Sitaray" are now encrypted.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4146 H "SBN has replaced Star Asian" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E "Dog TV" has moved from 3890 H to 4040 H, BISS.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12612 V "Rossiya 24" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0°E 3924 L "Rossiya 1 Tver" is now Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 11487 H "Alsumaria" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11920 H "Vintage TV Russia" is Fta

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3725 H "Bizz News" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0°E 4054 H "Satlon News and IConcerts" have started on , Fta. Blessing Kids and Hastey Raho have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Nateethong Shop" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "Farm Channel" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "T Sports Channel" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11105 V "TVE Internacional Asia" has started on , Tongfang. France 24 English and MUTV have left.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11913 V "Nano TV" has left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V "World Business Channel" has started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V "Mir" has started on , encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Serendib TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "ADBN, Signs and Wonders TV and Divine Nature of Christ TV" have started on , Fta.

Amos 4 65.0°E 11236 V "Nat Geo Wild Asia, Nat Geo People Asia, Star Gold HD India, Zee Premier, Zee Action and &pictures have started on , encrypted.
Z ETC Bollywood, Music Xpress, Care World TV and Macau Lotus TV" are now encrypted. DW Asien has left again.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E 3698 R "Channels TV" has started on , Fta

NSS 12 57.0°E The MTN Worldwide TV mux has moved from 4107 R to 4147 R, PowerVu.

From asiatvro site

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,TPA Internacional(安哥拉)频道消失,设置11555 H 3034参数无效接收。[03-09]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Unitel Classica(高清)频道解密,设置4040 H 28600参数免费接收。[03-08]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Atlantic(美国)频道解密,设置3860 H 28000参数免费接收。[03-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB(蒙古)频道解密,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,NTV Rusia(蒙古)频道加密,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。[03-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 9 HD、Mongol TV HD(蒙古)等高清频道加密,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。[03-08]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,DTV 7(印度)频道消失,设置3684 V 2073参数无效接收。[03-07]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Unitel Classica(高清)频道加密,设置4040 H 28600参数有条件接收。[03-07]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,八大第一、三立都会(台亚卫星)等全组频道解密,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。[03-07]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,好莱坞电影、MTV(台亚卫星)等全组频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。[03-07]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Asia Movies HD(高清)等全组频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[03-07]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,民政高清(中国)等全组频道加密,设置3866 H 4290参数有条件接收。[03-07]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-07]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Channel 1(菲律宾)频道加密,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [3月7日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Satlon News、IConcerts(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。 [3月7日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,I Movies HD、Oscar HD(3D)等11个频道新增,设置12703 V 27500参数免费接收。 [3月7日]

东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Zee News、Happy Code(测试)等3个频道新增,设置11290 V 45000参数部分免费接收。 [3月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,HBO、Baby TV(蒙古)等频道重现,设置12271 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]


Snowden files: which satellites are targeted by Waihopai?

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/67083089/Snowden-files-which-satellites-are-targeted-by-Waihopai

Visitors to the Waihopai Valley can see several large satellite antenna dotted around the Waihopai operations building.

They tune in to legitimate communications satellites sitting in space above the Asia-Pacific region and intercept the huge volume of communications being relayed between the region's countries.

This includes phone calls, data transfers by companies and banks, and all the types of private and government communications that flow across the Internet.

The technology of spying.

The GCSB has refused to say anything about which satellites and countries are being intercepted.

Secret Waihopai reports in April 2010 and March 2012, provided by Snowden, answer this question. The station's main longterm target has been large Intelsat satellites that provide communications to and from all New Zealand's Pacific Island neighbours and many other AsiaPacific nations.

Waihopai's main target or "prime mission satellite" in 2005, according to the 2012 GCSB report, was a satellite called V4, positioned high above the Kiribati island group. This satellite was damaged and stopped operating after an onboard power failure in mid January 2005. Its work was transferred to another Intelsat satellite IS701 and later to IS18, the main target today.

News reports about the 2005 failure give a good guide to which countries are caught when Waihopai monitors the main Pacific Intelsat satellite. The Herald reported: "More than a million people in the Pacific Islands lost contact with the outside world when a satellite was knocked out by a power failure." These included the Cook Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, Niue, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Tonga, Fiji, New Caledonia and Tahiti. This list shows some of the main targets of the Waihopai base.

The GCSB reports also refer to a second satellite target, called NSS9, which services ships and  isolated communities who use only very small satellite dishes about a metre across. Waihopai snoops on the small as well as the great.

Study: Australians not too worried about piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/09/study-australians-not-too-worried-about-piracy/

A study reported in the Sydney Morning Herald has provided insights into why Australians are a nation not too worried about pirating copyrighted content.

Writing a column in the paper’s Social Radar section, Laura Demasi, social researcher and director at global research firm Ipsos, notes that in November 2014, she had written about how online piracy had become normalised in Australia, something to brag about even, and certainly not to hide.

“Some of you agreed with me and some of you, well, lost it – in general, at me and each other (refer to the 252 publishable comments the column generated). So we delved a little deeper into the subject to shed more light onto who the pirates are and why they do it,” she explains.

An Ipsos survey of 3,321 Australian TV viewers explored their content-viewing habits. “The findings – included in the study TVDailies – paint a fascinating picture of piracy in Australia and bust a few long-standing myths,” she suggested.

Myth 1: Piracy is a fringe behaviour conducted only by geeks and dodgy people with a general disregard for the law

Ready for a reality check? Nineteen per cent of those surveyed (based on a nationally representative sample) have downloaded TV shows, movies and video content without paying for it. So that’s just a smidgen under one in five Australians. Which means that could include your boss, the nice man who makes your coffee in the morning and the woman who runs the P&C at your kid’s school, if not yourself.

Myth 2: Only ‘young’ people pirate

Certainly, if you’re aged between 18-39 you are more likely than the general population to pirate – 29 per cent of this age group pirate, compared to 19 per cent of the general population. But, the richer and better educated you are – the more likely you are to pirate regardless of age. Twenty-five per cent of those with a university degree pirate, while 29 per cent of those with a personal income of more than $120,000 per year pirate.

Myth 3: People pirate because they’re too tight to pay for content

As above, the more you earn, the more likely you are to pirate – so pirating is clearly not about being short of cash. The other key survey finding that supports this is that 31 per cent of pirates also have pay TV – which means that they are clearly quite happy to pay for content (well, just as much as the general population is).

Pirates are also much more likely to pay for downloads, with 23 per cent of them paying for downloads via the likes of iTunes and Google Play, while only 11 per cent of the general population does. They are also twice as likely to use paid online streaming services, such as Quickflix, than the rest of us.

So if it’s not the money, then what is that drives pirates? It’s the same old elephant in the room. By and large people in Australia pirate because they don’t want to wait months to watch their favourite TV shows or movies. It’s a timely access, not a cost, problem.

Myth 4: Pirates pirate everything

No, they don’t. Pirating is just one part of a repertoire when it comes to content consumption – they’re also big consumers of free content.

Twice as many pirates (64 per cent) access content via free online streaming services, such as ABC iView and other catch-up services, than everyone else. Interestingly, they watch slightly less free-to-air TV than the rest of us. Probably because they’re too busy watching all of the other content they’ve accessed – free, paid and pirated.”

How hard will it be for Aussies to sneak into HBO Now?

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/how-hard-will-it-be-for-aussies-to-sneak-into-hbo-now-20150306-13x1to.html

Winter is coming, and so is Game of Thrones to the Apple TV.

Just as we get legit access to Netflix, geo-dodgers have set their sights on HBO Now to watch Game of Thrones online.

Australia's subscription video wars are hotting up, with US streaming giant Netflix about to join local players Quickflix, Stan and Presto in offering all-you-can-eat video for around $10 per month. Of course if you've spent any time with these services you'll realise that they're unlikely to meet all of your entertainment needs, especially if you're keen on blockbuster HBO shows like Game of Thrones.

The only legit way to watch Game of Thrones in Australia week by week this year is to sign up for a home Foxtel package or the online Foxtel Play streaming service. You won't find new episodes of Game of Thrones on the other Australian streaming services. You can't even buy new episodes from the likes of Quickflix, EzyFlix and Google Play until Foxtel has finished screening the entire season.

As surprising as it sounds, Australians actually get a better deal on Game of Thrones than Americans. The only way to watch in the US is if you have a home HBO cable TV subscription. You won't find Game of Thrones on Netflix in the US, or many other HBO shows for that matter because HBO and Netflix are mortal enemies.

Netflix is the poster child for the cable-cutting trend, with people abandoning their home cable TV subscriptions in favour of internet video. This is obviously a problem for HBO, because its entire business model revolves around getting cable TV subscribers to pay for expensive packages so they can watch their favourite shows. At least until now.

HBO is moving with the times

This year HBO is finally making the leap and launching HBO Now, a US streaming service which doesn't require a home HBO subscription. It's the equivalent of Australia's Foxtel Play, but it's expected to be considerably cheaper at around US$15 per month because it will only offer HBO programs – including Game of Thrones. It's expected to launch in April to coincide with the start of Season 5.

If you only want to watch Game of Thrones then paying HBO around $US15 per month seems like a great deal, although it works out as more than AU$20 once you allow for exchange rates, foreign transaction fees and the cost of a VPN or DNS workaround to beat geo-blocking and sneak into a US-only service.

Meanwhile Foxtel Play is normally AU$50 per month with the Premium package for HBO programming, although Foxtel might offer a discount during Game of Thrones as it did last year when it knocked the price down to AU$35. At this point some people won't bother with HBO Now. Foxtel Play might actually be a better deal for your home if you're keen on a few other shows which aren't offered on HBO.

One key difference is that, unlike Foxtel Play in Australia, HBO Now is expected to appear on a wide range of US home entertainment devices including the Apple TV, Google Chromecast, PlayStation 3/4 and Xbox 360/One as well as various smartphones and tablets. It will also likely come to some Smart TVs and Blu-ray players. With a little trickery you can get those apps working here.

She'll be Apples

Of all these lounge room boxes the Apple TV offers the easiest way for Australians to beat geo-blocking and watch US Netflix on their television – a trick which should work with HBO Now. Unlike most devices, you don't need a VPN in order to load the Netflix app on an Australian Apple TV. You simply dip into the settings and change your location to the US.

After this you can change the DNS settings on the Apple TV, using a service like UnoTelly or Unblock US, to beat geo-blocking. Alternatively you can change these settings in your broadband modem to cover the entire house, although they're not always as reliable as your ISP's own DNS services.

Changing your location to the US will certainly let you see the HBO Now app on an Australian Apple TV, once it's available in the US. After that UnoTelly or Unblock US should let you beat geo-blocking, but it's a constant cat and mouse game between these services and content providers.

Take my money

The biggest challenge for Australians will be paying for a HBO Now subscription. This is easy with Netflix, because a few years ago the US service quietly started accepting a wide range of Australian credit cards – something they insist won't change when Netflix launches in Australia. Getting other US services like HuluPlus, Amazon Instant Video and the US iTunes store to take your money is harder. Even if you can buy HBO Now gift cards from the US, you might need a valid US credit card attached to your account.

Australian access to HBO Now will depend on how strict HBO is when it comes to validating credit card billing details. It might be as simple as buying a pre-paid credit card from the post office, such as a Visa Load & Go, and linking it to a US postal address (choose a state without sales tax to save yourself a few dollars). It will take a little trial and error before we know which credit cards can act as a virtual green card to sneak you into HBO Now.

Would you pay at least $20 per month to sneak into HBO Now just for Game of Thrones, or is Foxtel a better deal for your lounge room?

Government tenders for maintenance of remote satellite Wi-Fi phones

From http://www.cio.com.au/article/569842/government-tenders-maintenance-remote-satellite-wi-fi-phones/

301 Wi-Fi telephones providing services to indigenous people in 300 remote communities across Australia

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet has tendered for a supplier to maintain and monitor 301 WiFi telephones and 245 community payphones that deliver services to indigenous people in 300 remote communities across Australia.

The Wi-Fi telephones use VoIP and connect to the Australian phone network using geo-stationery satellites. The phones are solar-powered and include large batteries that are independent of mains power, allowing them to run on stored energy for four or more days.

Under the proposed three-year contract, the supplier will maintain the phones, which are located in remote Australian indigenous communities in Western Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, and South Australia.

Existing supplier arrangements – which are being delivered through contract with separate service providers – expire on June 30. The government said it was looking to streamline activities by contracting a single service provider for all services under a new three-year contract.

The Wi-Fi phones – which are free standing or building-mounted and use 1.2 metre and 1.8 metre satellite dishes – have been designed so they are not affected by extreme weather events, such as cyclonic conditions (winds up to 135kph).

The supplier will provide at least 6020GB of data each month (at least 20GB per site), including the potential for the government to pool this usage in future to service populations with heavier use, the tender documents said.

Wi-Fi services will have minimum upload speeds of 1Mbps and download speeds of 256Kbps. The supplier will also need to provide a content filter – accredited by the Australian Internet Industry Association – to prevent access to illegal or offensive material.

The infrastructure has been rolled out under the government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy, Remote Australia Strategies Programme, which supports the building of infrastructure, telecommunications and housing in remote indigenous communities. This is part of a $4.8 billion program to improve life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Australians.

AsiaSat Launches New Brand

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 9 March 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announced the launch of a new brand identity, a new tagline and a newly redesigned website.

This initiative underscores AsiaSat’s renewed commitment to innovation and improvement to deliver services that best meet the changing needs of its customers and partners.

“AsiaSat has a proven history of excellence in the satellite communications industry. Over the past year, we have achieved several significant milestones – the addition of two new satellites AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 to our expanding fleet, successful transfer of customers on AsiaSat 3S to AsiaSat 7, commissioning of the AsiaSat 9 project, the expansion of our service capability at our Tai Po Earth Station and the announcement of new shareholders soon to come onboard, indicate this is the perfect time to refresh the look and feel of our brand,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.

“With the roll-out of this new brand identity, we take a big step forward in moving closer to the market and providing ever better services, and growing our partnership. Working along with our team of dedicated staff, through our new website and our expanding range of marketing and communications activities, we look forward to exchanging knowledge, sharing insights and information with our customers and partners more closely than ever before.”

The new AsiaSat logo and tagline

AsiaSat’s new brand identity includes a new logo that symbolises energy and forward movement, also as a force pushing for improvement and reaching new horizons. The new tagline ‘Reaching Further, Bringing You Closer’ echoes the company’s tenacious desire to constantly improve its performance, while positioning AsiaSat as a dedicated and insightful partner who is proactive in engaging customers’ needs.

AsiaSat’s new brand identity will be showcasing at following upcoming events:

 CABSAT, 10-12 March, Dubai
 CASBAA India Forum, 23 March, New Delhi
 CommunicAsia, 2-5 June, Singapore

To view a video on AsiaSat’s new brand identity,


To view AsiaSat’s new corporate brand advertisement, please click here.

# # #

About AsiaSat

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

Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Zee adds &TV HD, Ten Cricket channels to mobile app

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/technology/software/applications/zee-adds-tv-hd-ten-cricket-channels-to-mobile-app-150309

MUMBAI: Zee, which launched its Family App across 10 Asian Pacific countries last month, has expanded its product offerings by adding two new channels on the app namely - &TV HD and Ten Cricket.
Ten Cricket will be available Singapore, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia, Israel, Fiji and Philippines, whereas &TV HD will be available in these countries as well as Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. 
The current conversion from download to usage is above 80 per cent for Zee Family.tv.
“Currently the app is on free trail till 31 March and will be launched as a pay product from 2 April ensuring high quality and hassle-free viewing experience of the Zee Family channels with Catch up options,” said Zee business head Asia Pacific Sushruta Samanta.

Gazprom Space Systems to Scrub Contracts with French Satellite Providers

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Gazprom_Space_Systems_to_Scrub_Contracts_with_French_Satellite_Providers_999.html

French manufacturers of satellite equipment are beginning to lose business, as Russian satellite operator Gazprom has decided to evaluate its business relationships in light of changes in economic circumstances.

Satellite communications operator Gazprom Space Systems [GSS] is reevaluating its contracts with foreign suppliers of satellite equipment, in favor of handing contracts to Russian providers, reports Izvestia.

In January 2014 it was announced that French multinational Thales Alenia Space had won the contract to build the Yamal-601 telecommunications satellite for GSS, and as the prime contractor for the program, would be in charge of design, production, testing and delivery of the satellite, as well as providing the associated facilities on the ground necessary for satellite control and the handling of its data.

"We are very proud of our selection by Gazprom Space System for this major program," President and CEO of Thales Alenia Space Jean Loic Galle said in January of last year, announcing the deal. "It clearly confirms the excellent relations that our companies already established on the Yamal-200 and Yamal-400 programs, while bolstering our collaboration and paving the way for even more extensive partnership possibilities."

However, Izvestia reports, GSS is now looking to reformat the contract, worth more than $300 million, with a view to "attracting Russian enterprises for the manufacturing of the satellite's platform," a source in the company told the newspaper. According to the new plan, GSS intends to buy the necessary transmission equipment from Thales, which will then be installed on the Russian-produced satellite platform, as a result of which at least 40 percent of the value of the contract will go to the Russian provider.

A representative from the Khrunishev Space Center, which last week announced that it had signed a contract with GSS for the launch of the satellite in 2018 using the Proton-M launch vehicle, told Izvestia that the change of plans was "economically justified."

"It was planned that the geostationary satellite would be manufactured by French company Thales Alenia Space France, but in connection with the changing economic situation, i.e. the exchange rate, the order for the equipment's production has been handed over to Russian satellite provider ISS-Reshetnev," said spokesman Alexander Shmigov.

The Yamal 601 satellite is due to replace the Yamal 202 satellite; the latter satellite's coverage stretches across Eurasia and parts of the Middle East and North Africa, providing for the distribution of access to information resources centers, TV channels and a VSAT network to corporate customers and government structures.

GSS, in which parent company Gazprom owns a 79.80 percent stake, is also reportedly looking over its contract with EADS Astrium, part of the Airbus group, for the delivery of the Express AMU2 satellite, which the firm won the tender for in February of last year with an offer of 4.8 billion rubles ($78 million). ISS-Reshetnev, which took part in the original tender with an offer of 5.3 billion rubles ($86 million), is reportedly also a likely contender to receive the contract to manufacture the satellite, which is planned for launch in 2016 and will provide coverage of the European part of Russia and parts of Africa.

NASB to partner with Roscosmos on satellite development

From http://cistranfinance.com/news/nasb-to-partner-with-roscosmos-on-satellite-development/6392/

The National Academy of Sciences of Belarus (NASB) is teaming up with the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to develop a new satellite, NASB Chief of Staff Piotr Vityaz said on Tuesday.

This falls in line with the government’s potential plan to revise a program in outer space. According to Vityaz, the satellite’s construction is expected to take three years.

First Deputy Chairman of the Presidium of NASB, Sergei Chizhik, has stated in previous reports that Belarus has a presence in space with their BKA satellite, which was launched into orbit in 2012 with Russian satellite Canopus-B. The satellite is used to produce images of the earth’s surface and the data collected thereby has been utilized by 11 ministries.

“We are now working with Roscosmos on what the satellite will look like,” Vityaz said. “It may be a satellite with the resolution of less than one meter.”

This indicates that the proposed satellite would be less powerful than the satellite currently in orbit, as it has a resolution of 2.1 meters at its highest quality.

HD Earth observation satellite Gaofen-2 comes online

From http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150308000015&cid=1104

The launch of the Gaofen-2 from Taiyuan, Shanxi province, Aug. 19, 2014. (Photo/Xinhua)

China's most advanced Earth observation satellite, the Gaofen-2, was put into service on Friday after being launched in August.

The services provided by the satellite will help boost development of the country's data application and spatial information sectors, said Xu Dazhe, head of the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense.

The Gaofen-2 is the second of seven satellites that will be launched for Gaofen, China's high-definition observation project, before 2020. The project was initiated in May 2010 and Gaofen-1 was launched in April 2013.

The goal of the Gaofen series is to provide all-weather, 24-hour services covering the globe.

The Gaofen-2 is able to see 0.8-meter-long objects from space in full color and collect multispectral images of objects 3.2 meters or longer, according to the administration.

The first photos taken by Gaofen-2 were published in late September. The stripes of a pedestrian crossing in the Xizhimen area of downtown Beijing were clearly visible in one of the photos.

Gaofen-2 provides services for more than ten Chinese government departments, including the ministries of land and resources and transport.

Xu said the government will also support non-governmental organizations, including private enterprises, in developing value-added services.

SES completes three-satellite procurement with Ariane 5 contract

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/03/07/ses-completes-three-satellite-procurement-ariane-5-contract/

SES has selected Arianespace to launch a communications satellite ordered as part of a three-spacecraft procurement announced last month, after assigning the other two payloads for launches aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rockets.

The SES 15 communications platform will blast off on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in the second quarter of 2017, officials said Friday.

“For more than 25 years, Arianespace and SES have developed an exceptional partnership,” said Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for Luxembourg-based SES. “Not only is SES 15 the 41st launch service contract signed with Arianespace, but it is also the second all-electrical satellite to be launched by Arianespace, following the announcement of the award of the launch contract of SES 12 in January 2015.”

SES 15 will be built by Boeing Satellite Systems of El Segundo, California. Based on the Boeing 702SP satellite platform, SES 15 will carry an electrically-powered propulsion system — instead of conventional liquid propellants — to raise its orbit after deployment from the Ariane 5 launcher to reach a final operating position 22,300 miles over the equator.

Boeing’s first two communications satellites with all-electric propulsion launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket March 1. SES 15 will be based on the same Boeing 702SP spacecraft bus, but the craft will be the first satellite of its type to launch with Arianespace.

Another SES satellite — SES 12 — was contracted in January to launch on an Ariane 5 rocket. SES 12 is an all-electric satellite built by Airbus Defense and Space, which came out with its own ion-powered spacecraft design after Boeing unveiled its Boeing 702SP platform in 2012.

“For the second time since the beginning of 2015, SES has chosen Arianespace to launch their satellites, both for the renewal and expansion of its fleet, with SES 12 and SES 15,” said Stephanie Israel, Arianespace’s chairman and CEO. “These two all-electric satellites, the first in the SES fleet, confirm the technological developments underway in the communication satellite sector. The trust placed in Arianespace by SES demonstrates that Ariane 5 meets all resulting needs.”

Arianespace and SES signed the launch contract at SES headquarters in Luxembourg. French President Francois Hollande and Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg attended the signing ceremony.

“Many thanks to SES for the new impetus that this 41st contract has injected into the partnership which has united us for more than 25 years,” Israel said. “We are particularly proud to announce this contract in the presence of the highest authorities in both our countries.”

SES announced orders for three new communications satellites in February.

The SES 14 and SES 16/GovSat satellites — built by Airbus Defense and Space and Orbital ATK — will launch on Falcon 9 rockets, perhaps becoming the first payloads to lift off from SpaceX’s new commercial spaceport near Brownsville, Texas.

SES continued its pattern of spreading out its spacecraft and launch contracts with the selection of Arianespace to deliver the Boeing-built SES 15 satellite in orbit.

SES 15 will weigh about 2,300 kilograms, or about 5,070 pounds, at liftoff. It is sized to ride in the lower berth of the Ariane 5 rocket’s Sylda dual-payload adapter system.

The satellite will operate from a position in geostationary orbit at 129 degrees west longitude to cover North America with Ku-band and Ka-band transponders. SES 15 will beam in-flight WiFi and entertainment services to airliners traveling across North America, and serve other government, maritime and mobile users.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


4K UHD Measat service details

Friday afternoon feeds

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "STS 1" NRL Fec5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, H.264, 1920 x 1080/50i HD, FTA

D2 12670 V & 12679 V, Sr 7500 FTA.. Medical feeds "GlobeCast Oz"

Thursday Feed
Badminton All England 2015 Asiasat 5 (100.5°E) ID: "BT TES 47" 4175 H 7200 Mpeg4/HD/Fta

From my Email


From wiilliiss (NZ)
Intelsat 19 @ 166E afn service has started 3860H-Sr 28000 70% 13 channels all power vu apart from DoD [defence dept?] news which is FTA

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12354 V "Yoyo TV has replaced Haari TV" on , Conax.

Express AM3 103.0°E 11606 V "Karusel" is Fta.
Express AM3 103.0°E 11669 V "Zhivaya Planeta" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3960 H "WakuWaku Japan" is now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3847 H "Padma TV" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 4129 V "BTV" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Janata TV" has started on , Fta. Dan Music has left.

Amos 4 65.0°E 10736 V "Discovery Channel India, TLC India, Ten HD, HBO HD Asia, Discovery HD World India, Star Sports HD 1 and Star Sports HD 2" have started on , Verimatrix.
Amos 4 65.0°E 10790 V "NTV Plus, Sagarmatha TV, Avenues TV, News 24, ABC TV, Mountain TV, Himalaya TV, TV Filmy, Star Utsav, Mahuaa TV, Zee Café, Fox Crime India, Investigation Discovery India, Discovery Science Channel India, Discovery Turbo India, Fox Life India, History TV 18, MGM Channel India, UTV Movies, Movies OK, B4U Movies India, Al Jazeera English, Aaj Tak, ABP News India, Headlines Today, Times Now, News 18, Nickelodeon India, Aastha TV, Sanskar TV and Madani Channel" have started on Verimatrix.
Amos 4 65.0°E 11290 V "Star Movies HD India, Star World HD India and Star Plus HD India" have started on , Verimatrix.

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Enkh Oron TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。[03-06]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Xtra(AFN)频道解密,设置12670 V 28000参数免费接收。[03-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SportBox HD(蒙古)高清频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-06]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,On Channel(印尼)频道重现,设置3980 V 31000参数免费接收。[03-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,ETV、C1、SBN(蒙古)频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。[03-06]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum Sitaray、Masala TV、Hum TV(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置4155 H 9833参数有条件接收。[03-06]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Xtra(AFN)频道加密,设置12670 V 28000参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee Action、Zee TV(印度)等11个频道加密,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [3月6日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Shin Delkhii、MNC(蒙古)频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数免费接收。 [3月6日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fashion HD、Film Plus(高清)等全组频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [3月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nano(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月5日]


INDONESIA PRESS-Lippo Group's satellite tv unit plans IPO in 2015-Bisnis Indonesia

From http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/03/06/indonesia-press-first-media-id-idINL4N0W816Z20150306

Indonesia's PT Indonesia Media Televisi, Lippo Group's satellite television operator, is planning an initial public offering in the first quarter this year, Bisnis Indonesia daily reported, quoting Harianda Noerlan, corporate secretary of parent company PT First Media Tbk.

The company is expected to meet management of Indonesia Stock Exchange on Friday

Japanese, Filipino researchers to jointly develop satellites to check typhoon damage

From http://ajw.asahi.com/article/sci_tech/technology/AJ201503060062

Researchers in Japan have teamed with the government of the Philippines to develop satellites that can examine the damage caused by typhoons and massive rainstorms in the Southeast Asian nation.

Six technicians from the Philippines are already working with researchers at Hokkaido University in Sapporo and Tohoku University in Sendai in the development of the first in a planned pair of observation satellites.

According to a source at Hokkaido University, the project, costing 800 million yen ($6.66 million), plans to have both satellites in orbit by 2017.

The first orbiter will be a microsatellite weighing about 50 kilograms that is an updated version of the Rising-2, which was developed by researchers from the two universities and launched into space last May.

With the capability to observe the Earth's surface within an accuracy of 5 meters, the satellite will be used to examine the destruction caused to the terrain by typhoons and torrential rainstorms. It will be launched next year at the earliest.

Kaye Vergel and Benjamin Magallon, who came to Hokkaido University in January, are involved in the development of a camera that will be placed on the satellite.

The 26-year-old Vergel said she was really excited because it will be the first satellite developed for her country.

Vergel's colleague, Magallon, 24, said the devastating typhoon of November 2013, which killed more than 6,000 people in the Philippines, underscored the need to develop the satellites.

He said it was impossible for his people to grasp the situation from land at the time. He added that with its own satellite, the Philippines will be able to rapidly respond to such situations.

Details of the second satellite, including its main objective, will be determined by Filipino engineers based on the technology fostered through the development of the first orbiter. The development of the second satellite will also be conducted with the cooperation of engineers from Hokkaido and Tohoku universities.

"Japan has fallen behind Western nations in the development and marketing of miniaturized satellites around the world," said project leader Yukihiro Takahashi, professor of Earth and planetary science at Hokkaido University. "Our project also has the goal of selling Japanese satellite technology to developing nations in Asia."

APAC OTT has huge potential

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/05/apac-ott-has-huge-potential/

Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA told its OTT summit: “The Asia Pacific region is still primarily driven by the traditional linear TV market but, as our speakers have detailed today, there is tremendous business potential in tapping into OTT.”

Christine Fellowes, Board Member Responsible, CASBAA OTT & Connected Media Group, and MD Asia Pacific, Universal Networks International, offered her thoughts on the outlook for OTT, stating: “Currently fixed broadband in Asia Pacific is at 35 per cent household penetration. Mobile broadband subs powered by 3 and 4G networks are at 866 million today and will expand to reach almost two billion subs in just five years. While linear television will remain the driving force for some time, OTT is currently a $3 billion industry in Asia Pacific and forecast to be $8 billion by 2020.”

Further reinforcing the potential that OTT services hold for the region, Wangxing Zhao, Associate Research Analyst, SNL Kagan said that “We see OTT as much more of an opportunity than a threat for all players in the TV industry. OTT is being leveraged by free broadcasters, pay-TV providers and pay-TV platforms too but discrepancies between markets in the Asia-Pacific region are phenomenal and, as a result, OTT in some markets will have a much longer trajectory than in more developed markets.”

Zhao added: “Netflix has proven that OTT is more about getting new subscribers for the TV industry, rather than cannibalizing existing ones.”

But, despite the rosy picture, other speakers pointed out hurdles that could hinder the progress of OTT in the region.

“We have a huge problem when it comes to OTT monetidation, where piracy is fast becoming the de facto viewing habit of a full generation of users,” said Matt Pollins, Media Lawyer, Olswang Asia. “Evidence confirms that the main reason people pirate is because it is free and I don’t think the industry alone can remedy this simply by putting more content options out there, without substantial help from the authorities in more actively enforcing copyright.”

“In many Asian markets there are services flagrantly infringing copyright in broad daylight without any real risk of enforcement,” Pollins warned.

Net neutrality, an issue topical in the US presently, was also highlighted as a possible issue for the Asia Pacific in the future.

Said James Miner, CEO, Miner Labs: “Nobody has mentioned the words ‘net neutrality’, but we have to be concerned about who is going to finance the networks needed to provide bandwidth needed for online video….Netflix and YouTube are the poster children for overconsumption.”

However, what was clear was that old business models would not be sufficient in the digital age.

“Change is the thing that will define this industry, and those who can manage that best will succeed,” said David Habben, Chief Media Strategist, Akamai Technologies.

CETel, Arabsat step up Africa coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/05/cetel-arabsat-step-up-africa-coverage/

CETel, a global solutions provider, and satellite operator Arabsat are stepping into the extended C-band with their jointly built earth station, offering unprecedented business expansion possibilities with the launch of CETel services this February 2015 over Arabsat extended C-band.

The collaboration will include CETels teleport facilities, network and broadband services as well as solution design across the whole African continent, Middle East, Europe and Central Asia on board Arabsat’s Arabsat-5C satellite on 20 degrees East.

Arabsat and CETel strategic plan to expand into the extended C-band is driven by the need of cost effective communications solutions in rural areas which offers not only trunking and backhauling applications but also corporate network connectivity between the regions and continents.

Khalid Balkheyour, President and CEO of Arabsat said: “Service providers’ ever increasing demand for capacity is satisfied by development of the extended C-band which gives wider room for expansion, not available anymore on congested normal bands. The possible applications which are explored together with CETel ranging from backhauling over connectivity for corporate networks up to governmental services.”

4K set for 50% of US homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/05/4k-set-for-50-of-us-homes/

The USA will emerge as the leading market for 4K or Ultra HD TVs in terms of household penetration by 2020 followed by the leading Western European markets, Australia, South Korea and China. According to Strategy Analytics’ Connected Home Devices (CHD) report Ultra High Definition TV Displays: Global Market Forecast, demand for UHD TVs is soaring worldwide as entry level price points drop well below $1000, model availability expands and consumers seek out the next best technology as they upgrade their ageing flat panel TVs.

Other key findings from the report include:

  • Shipments of 4K/Ultra HD TVs grew 633 per cent in 2014 to reach 12.1 million units with Asia Pacific accounting for 75 per cent followed by North America (12 per cent) and Western Europe (11 per cent).

  • Global shipments of Ultra HD TVs will more than double in 2015 to 27.5 million units and more than 100 million will be shipping annually by 2018.

  • 60 per cent of all Ultra HD TVs shipped globally in 2014 were 50-inch or larger in size, while a quarter of all 50-inch and larger TVs that shipped were Ultra HD.

  • Sub 50-inch Ultra HD TVs will become more widely available in 2015 and the sub 50-inch category will account for the majority of Ultra HD TV shipments globally by the end of 2016.

  • Wide colour gamut technology and high dynamic range support will be built into premium Ultra HD TV displays in 2015 creating a more discernible price tier structure in the market.

David Watkins, Service Director, Connected Home Devices, said that Ultra HD would become the standard resolution for virtually all large screen TVs within three to four years’ time and would penetrate further into smaller screen sizes as manufacturing efficiencies improve.

“As we saw with the transition from SD to HD, it is the TV manufacturers who are leading the Ultra HD charge although significant steps are being made on the delivery infrastructure and content production parts of the value chain. As the inevitable price competition eats into the ability of the TV vendors to make any meaningful profit from selling Ultra HD TVs, many brands are adding support for wider colour gamuts and high dynamic range in order to differentiate their models and charge a premium over ‘standard’ Ultra HD models,” he advised.

DTG: ‘Don’t oversell UHD’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/05/dtg-uhd-forum-addresses-4k-tv-ad-concerns/

The UK’s Digital Television Group (DTG) has highlighted the risks of over-promising on the 4K experience after the Advertising Standards Authority told DSG Retail not to re-run a Christmas ad implying that 4K TVs would show greater detail without supporting evidence, and to ensure they “clearly communicated the standard of quality that would be achieved”.

DTG CEO Richard Lindsay-Davies said that Ultra HD represented an enormous opportunity for the TV industry to take the viewing experience to a level even greater than the leap from standard-def to HD, but warned that exaggerating the offering at an early stage could damage consumer confidence before the true benefits come to fruition. “The DTG’s UHD Forum is working with broadcasters and TV manufacturers to establish next-generation TV standards for 4K and beyond, collaborating with international bodies, and we are providing advice to retailers to ensure that they can provide consumers with accurate information, satisfying the early adopters who will be the bedrock of future market growth,” he confirmed

As the UK’s digital entertainment technology collaboration centre, the DTG is currently conducting briefings for the retail industry on the current state of the broadcast entertainment market and future developments. These include not only Ultra HD but also over-the-top and streaming content, smart TV, Freeview Play and VR.

The UK UHD Forum has brought together broadcasters, TV platforms, TV manufacturers and other stakeholders since 2013 as part of the DTG. It is currently involved in a series of 4K Plugfests to determine the performance and interoperability of 4k TVs and home cinema equipment with 4K set-top boxes under development for UK services.

Isro races to fix glitch in navigational satellite so that it can be launched in time

From http://www.firstpost.com/india/isro-races-fix-glitch-navigational-satellite-can-launched-time-2139389.html

The Indian space agency is deliberating the ways and means of setting right a glitch in its fourth regional navigation satellite with minimum effort so that it can be launched early, said an official.

The 1,425kg satellite - Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-IRNSS-1D - was supposed to be launched on the evening of 9 March by an Indian rocket called Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-XL).

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on 4 March, however, deferred the launch after it discovered that one of the telemetry transmitters in the IRNSS-1D was not working properly.

"We are assessing how the correction work can be carried out with minimum effort so that the satellite can be launched early," an Isro official told IANS on Friday.

Indian satellite experts are trying to find an easy path to reach the problem transmitter and set it right.

According to the official, only then will it be possible to estimate the time needed to repair the telemetry transmitter and fix the rocket launch date.

This is the first time in Isro's history that a satellite has to be dismounted from a rocket due to a problem with it.

Prior to this incident, satellites have been dismounted from a rocket but due to other issues.

India has so far launched three regional navigational satellites as part of a constellation of seven satellites, which they hope will provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to an area of 1,500km.

Though the full system comprises nine satellites - seven in orbit and two on the ground as stand -by - the navigation services could be made operational with just four satellites, Isro officials had said earlier.

Each satellite costs around Rs.150 crore and the PSLV-XL version rocket would cost around Rs.130 crore. The seven rockets would involve an outlay of around Rs.910 crore.

The entire IRNSS constellation of seven satellites is expected to be completed by 2015.

The first satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013, the second IRNSS-1B in April 2014 and the third on October 16, 2014.

Once the regional navigation system is in place, India need not be dependent on others.

The IRNSS will provide two types of services - standard positioning service and restricted service. The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorised users.

The IRNSS system comprises two segments - the space and the ground. The space segment consists of seven satellites of which three will be in geostationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit.

The ground segment consists of infrastructure for controlling, tracking and other facilities.

The navigation system will be used for terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking, fleet management, integration with mobile phones, mapping, and geodetic data capture, visual and voice navigation for drivers and others.

The Indian navigation satellite system will be similar to the Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US, Glonass of Russia, Galileo of Europe, Beidou of China and Quasi Zenith satellite system of Japan.


Is there ANYONE? who reads this site that didn't already know, that the Waihopai dishes spy on Pacific Islands traffic from the Intelsats? Hardly a secret..(see news for more on this matter)

Telstar 18 at 138.0°E 3888 H Sr 1850 "Beam Channel" in Tagalog is new? unchecked

Asiasat 7 4060 V 26666 tp:11V  fec:3/4 "HBO Ary and various others are FTA

ACL Football Asiasat 5 Wednesday night feed.

ACL: FC Seoul vs Kashima Antlers 4155 H 7200 3/5 FTA
ACL: Urawa Red Diamonds vs Brisbane Roar FC Asiasat 5 HD 4085 H 7200 3/5 FTA

From my Email

From Steve Johnson

Thursday Feed

Surfing Feed "ASP - PATH 2"
IS19 3824H Sr 7000 , 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920 x 1080/60i HD, FTA..

From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0°E 12546 V "MRT Sat and MRT 2" are back on , Fta.

Express AT2 140.0°E 12188 L "Zhivaya Planeta" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 12297 H "Sunna TV" has started on , Latens.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 12357 H "Quran TV" has started on , Latens.

Yamal 401 90.0°E 4078 L "Gubernia" has left again.
Yamal 401 90.0°E "Dozhd" has moved from 11685 H to 12505 V, Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11920 H "Mir Uvlecheniy" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "NetViet" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 12524 H "MTA International" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Test 920(TVB)测试频道新增,设置12651 V 26667参数免费接收。[03-05]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理音乐、KBS(蒙古)等3个频道新增,设置12508 H 45000参数免费接收。[03-05]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(环宇卫视)高清频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[03-05]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Golf Channel(环宇卫视)高清频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。[03-05]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星Ku频段,NNTV(俄罗斯)等频道重现,设置12596 H 6666参数免费接收。[03-05]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,HBO、Nickelodeon(巴基斯坦)频道加密,设置4060 V 26666参数有条件接收。[03-05]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nano TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11913 V 45000参数无效接收。 [3月4日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,World Business Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Nickelodeon、HBO(巴基斯坦)频道解密,设置4060 V 26666参数免费接收。 [3月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Dog TV(高清)频道重现,设置4040 H 28600参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Life Ok HD、Star Gold HD(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11235 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [3月4日]


New Zealand spying on Pacific allies for 'Five Eyes' and NSA, Snowden files show

From http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/mar/05/new-zealand-spying-on-pacific-allies-for-five-eyes-and-nsa-snowden-files-show

Secret papers show NZ spy agency GCSB is collecting calls and internet traffic in bulk and sending it to the US National Security Agency

New Zealand leader John Key, second from right, visits the Marshall Islands in 2013 to meet, from left, Kiribati’s president, Anote Tong, Cook Islands prime minister Henry Puna, and Australian minister Jacinta Collins. Photograph: Laura McQuillan/AAP

New Zealand is spying indiscriminately on its allies in the Pacific region and sharing the information with the US and the other “Five Eyes” alliance states, according to documents from the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The secret papers, published by the New Zealand Herald, show that the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) collects phone calls and internet communications in bulk in the region at its Waihopai Station intercept facility in the South Island.

Since a 2009 upgrade, Waihopai has been capable of “full take” collection of both content and metadata intercepted by satellite, the documents showed. The data is then channelled into the XKeyscore database run by the US National Security Agency, where it also becomes available to agencies in each of the “Five Eyes” countries: the US, Britain, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

A leaked NSA memo credits the GCSB with providing “valuable access not otherwise available to satisfy US intelligence requirement”.

The papers – published by the Herald as part of a joint reporting operation with New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager and the Intercept website co-edited by Glenn Greenwald – echo similar revelations from the earlier Snowden documents showing that Britain and the US had been spying on friendly neighbours in countries in the European Union and Latin America.

The regional surveillance conducted from the base covers Tuvalu, Nauru, Kiribati, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. New Caledonia and French Polynesia, both French overseas territories, are also among the listed countries. Although Samoa, Fiji, Tonga and Vanuatu are named, much of their data is now transmitted via undersea cable links that are not susceptible to Waihopai’s intercept satellites.

The revelations are particularly likely to test relations between New Zealand and Fiji, the island nation headed by Frank Bainimarama, the army chief-turned-prime minister. Following elections in Fiji in 2014, the countries have moved towards resuming full diplomatic links for the first time since the military coup led by Bainimarama in 2006.

Andrew Little, the leader of the NZ opposition Labour party, said that while he accepted the need for security agencies to protect national interests, he was “stunned at the breadth of the information that’s been collected”.

In an interview with Radio New Zealand, Little said: “It doesn’t seem to be targeted around particular threats, whether there just seems to be a hoovering of all this information and supplying it to the United States. I can’t see that that’s within the security mandate of the GCSB.”

The NZ prime minister, John Key, refused to comment on the specific revelations, saying via a spokesperson: “The Snowden documents were taken some time ago and many are old, out of date, and we can’t discount that some of what is being put forward may even be fabricated.”

Key later told reporters: “Some of the information is incorrect, some of it is out of date, and some of the assumptions are just plain wrong.

“We do have the GCSB and it is a foreign intelligence service, it does gather foreign intelligence that’s in the best interests of New Zealand and the protection of New Zealanders.”

He said successive governments had used the GCSB to gather foreign intelligence.

“Where we gather intelligence, particularly if a friend is involved, it isn’t to harm that country,” he said.

“It’s often to support or assist them.”

On Wednesday, before the publication of the documents, Key said it was a “bizarre time to be coming out making the case that New Zealand either gathers and shares information or gets information from other intelligence agencies”, adding: “Well, of course we do, and we do that to keep New Zealanders safe. We’re in the situation where we’ve got Isil reaching out to cause harm to New Zealanders, I think New Zealanders would expect me to share information.”

A GCSB spokesperson refused to comment on “speculation”, telling the Herald: “Everything we do is explicitly authorised and subject to independent oversight.”

The Samoan prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, said he was not worried about the information in the documents.

“I don’t have any strong feelings about the allegations of spying,” he said.

Hager told the Guardian the first stories contained “by no means the most dramatic revelations” from the New Zealand-related Snowden documents.

“We spent months digging into the Snowden archive, writing lots of stories from them … We’re going to be spacing out stories over the next while based on some really interesting information,” he said.

The first New-Zealand-specific documents from the Snowden files were revealed by Greenwald in September 2014, when the journalist visited New Zealand at the invitation of Kim Dotcom, the internet tycoon sought for extradition by the US over alleged copyright-related offences. Greenwald then said the documents proved New Zealand had embarked on a mass surveillance programme called Speargun, which centred on a tap into the undersea Southern Cross cable, New Zealand’s primary internet link with the rest of the world.

Key responded by declassifying documents that he said showed the government had considered a programme for “mass protection”, but rejected the proposal. Greenwald’s allegations were “simply wrong” and “based on incomplete information”.

“There is not, and never has been, mass surveillance of New Zealanders undertaken by the GCSB,” he said.

Key branded Greenwald “Dotcom’s little henchman” and “a loser”. Greenwald in turn called Key’s attacks “adolescent” and “reckless”.

Key later acknowledged, however, that Snowden’s claim that internet data from New Zealand was easily accessible via XKeyScore “may well be right”, saying: “I don’t run the NSA any more than I run any other foreign intelligence agency or any other country”.

Russian Satellite Communications Company Delivers...Express AM8 To Baikonur

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1965616096

[SatNews] The Express- AM8 satellite was delivered to the Baikonur Cosmodrome on March 2, 2015. 

The spacecraft is currently being processed for launch. The launch of Proton-M / Breeze-M with the Express-AM8 on board is scheduled for 6 April 2015.

The Express-AM8 satellite has been manufactured on RSCC orders by the ISS Reshetnev Company (Russia) in conjunction with Thales Alenia Space (France). Express-AM8 is intended for providing communications and broadcasting services in the Ð¡-, Ku- and L-bands in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

TiVo explains Aereo asset buy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/04/tivo-consumers-face-chaos-buying-aereo/

TiVo’s CEO Tom Rogers said that viewing consumers are facing “chaotic changes” in the variety and amount of programming available to them.

“Infinite amounts of new and compelling content coming from all directions, traditional linear TV, live sports and other events, recorded programming, video-on-demand, subscription video-on-demand, TV Everywhere and web streaming services. In this new world order of content, what’s driven our success is our innovation and our ability to organise the chaos and create a coherent way for people to consume all this content using one interface,” he commented.

Rogers also told analysts that “it looks as if we will be acquiring the [bankrupt Aereo] assets…. We have a much more extensive offering than what Aereo had, which was principally a way to record over-the-air channels. We integrate over-the-top with over-the-air into a much more comprehensive offering with a far more sophisticated user experience that we think not only drives the value proposition that Aereo didn’t, but truly is in sync with where the ecosystem is going for those level of customers who are looking for something that is able to get them the guts of the broadcast world in a way that they can record it without having to have an operator subscription, and at the same time, unifies that with the OTT product to make that a single viewing approach to all their video needs.”

Rogers was speaking to analysts following the release of the company’s results, which he said generated “record” revenues of $91.7 million for its Q4 trading period, which came from almost 5.47 million subscribers, up 30 per cent y-o-y, and up 1.9 million from three years ago. TiVo added 1.3 million MSO subscribers during last year. Net growth during the Q4 was 340,000

International growth added well over 200,000 subs during Q4.

Rogers added that TiVo had bought back in $118 millions-worth of its own shares (9.7 million) for cancellation during the quarter, following on $246 million of buy-backs during the rest of last year, and still had $300 million to use of future share buy-backs.

TiVo shares jumped more than 6 per cent at the end of the March 3rd.

Glitch puts off launch of fourth IRNSS-1D

From http://www.nagalandpost.com/ChannelNews/National/NationalNews.aspx?news=TkVXUzEwMDA3NjU0Mg%3D%3D

A telemetry glitch has forced the Indian space agency to defer the launch of the fourth regional navigation satellite scheduled for March 9 onboard a lower-orbital rocket from its spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.
“Launch of the fourth Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1D) onboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C27) scheduled for March 9 has been postponed due to an anomaly in one of its telemetry transmitters,” the state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said in a statement here on Wednesday. The glitch was noticed during the integrated electrical checks of the rocket with the satellite after its heat shield was closed on Tuesday at the Satish Dhawan space centre in Sriharikota, about 90 km northeast of Chennai.
A new date for the satellite’s launch will be finalised after rectifying the glitch through tests, simulation and analysis.
India has so far launched three regional navigational satellites as part of a constellation of seven satellites to provide accurate position information service to users across the country and the region, extending up to an area of 1,500 km. The first navigation satellites (IRNSS-1A) was launched in July 2013. The second and third -- IRNSS-1B and IRNSS-1C -- were launched in April and October 2014, respectively.

CASBAA India Forum 2015 to Focus on New Opportunities

From http://www.teleanalysis.com/news/casbaa-india-forum-2015-to-focus-on-new-opportunities-13596.html

CASBAA’s annual stop in the South Asian sub-continent CASBAA India Forum 2015 will focus on “New Era, New Opportunities.”

“Reflecting India’s continued importance and influence in the Asia Pacific region, CASBAA’s annual overview of this vibrant broadcasting market attracts the very best speakers from within the country and around the world,” said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA.

“As the television industry continues to evolve not only in India but across the globe, it truly feels as if we have entered into a new era of broadcasting and this forum is dedicated to the exploration of the vast opportunities now available to industry stakeholders,” added Slaughter.

“New Era, New Opportunities,” this year’s theme for the CASBAA India Forum 2015, captures the essence of television in the country. Spurred by the plan to digitize the cable television sector, the Indian TV industry has been invigorated with the promise of increased transparency, pay revenues and access to content.

However, after the first two phases of digitisation, digital rollout seems to have plateaued. CASBAA India Forum 2015 focuses on has over-regulation taken the sheen off digitisation or are there other activities taking place that are not plainly evident and are stakeholders finally ready to iron out their differences for the greater common good?

CASBAA has assembled a diverse roster of expert speakers to debate this issue along with a variety of other important topics paving the way for India’s continued growth such as audience measurement, media regulations, advertising, new technology, satellite spectrum and much more.

Among the industry experts expected to attend this year event are: Raghav Bahl, MD, Quintillion Media; Paul Brown-Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT; Prashant Butani, senior analyst, NSR; Nicholas Daly, MD, Eutelsat; Partho Dasgupta, CEO, BARC; Tony D’silva, CEO & MD, Media, Hinduja Group; Vynsley Fernandes, CEO, Castle Media; Smita Jha, leader, Entertainment and Media, PwC India; Rajiv Khattar, president – South Asia, ABS; LV Krishnan, CEO, TAM Media Research (India); Deepak Mathur, SVP, Commercial, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, SES; Harit Nagpal, CEO & MD, Tata Sky; Sushruta Samanta, business head, Asia Pacific, International Business, Zee Entertainment; Adil Zainulbhai, chairman, Network18 and board member, RIL; and many others.

Viacom 18 to license its brand Colors to five ETV regional channels

From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/media/entertainment/media/viacom-18-to-license-its-brand-colors-to-five-etv-regional-channels/articleshow/46462633.cms

MUMBAI: Viacom18 is licensing its brand Colors to five ETV regional channels, as the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has given its approval for the plan. The first to be rebranded is ETV Marathi, which will take the new name later this month, followed by Kannada, Bangla, Oriya and Gujarati channels over the month and half after that.

Viacom, the American media company that shares the ownership of Viacom18 equally with India's Network18 Group, is awaiting the Foreign Investment Promotion Board's (FIPB) approval to a deal it announced earlier to buy 50% of Prism TV, which operates these five ETV channels. Rebranding doesn't need FIPB's approval and under the licensing contract, Viacom18 will get a royalty from Prism TV.

"The driving point for us has been in the area of synergies in the entertainment channels and we have been working closely with our partners TV18 to extend our synergies through our tent-pole programmes like Bigg Boss, Dancing with the Stars (Jhalak Dhikla Jaa) and other marquee shows as well, which have seen great success in Kannada and Marathi," said Sudhanshu Vats, Viacom18's Group CEO. "TV Viewership in regional is 30% and, over the next five years, I see it overtaking the Hindi viewership of 29% across cable and satellite markets.

So, it was a logical step to extend our brand Colors and license it to Prism TV which will pay us a royalty for the same." Since Viacom is still awaiting regulatory approvals to acquire the stake in the five channels, Vats said there will be no change in the management of the ETV channels.

According to advertising industry sources, Vats will be spending .`15-20 crore across the 45-day re-branding exercise for the channels, beginning with Colors Marathi on Gudi Padwa (March 22). "Any reinvention is good news and it comes with its own set of advantages. ETV, or Eenadu as it was called, has a strong legacy but Colors has a vibrancy which it will bring in where ETV was lagging behind in market share," said Mallikarjunadas CR, CEO, Starcom MediaVest.



From my Email

From Feralkiwi via vetrun.com

Asiasat 7/8 @ 105.5E
A new tp came up on the weekend. 3913 v 7259. It has 6 Pakistan movie channels that are running test trans. TP powered off for 3 minutes today at 1845gmt. most likely to scramble. No signal on my smalldish but good on the 3m dish.

Silver Screen

From Steve Johnson

Medical feeds
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From the Dish

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12450 H CCTV 4 Asia, EBS Plus 2, CBS, CTS, National Assembly TV, Star Sports Korea, BBS, EBS Plus 1, PBC TV, OUN and BTN are now Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3825 V "Universitas Terbuka TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "The K Vision" mux has left again.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4015 H "Net" has left again.

Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "CNBC Asia-Pacific" has left .

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12530 H "Onbook TV (BISS) and Docustory" have started on, Fta. Sky Movie and Fishing TV have left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 4114 H "APTN Global Video Wire" is Fta again.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, Meekhun TV, Hit station, Love TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Ramruay Channel, Korkaew Channel, Oom Maharuai TV, Champ Channel and Goodfilms TV" are Fta

From asiatvro site

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Pay TV industry shrugs off imminent Netflix threat

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/pay-tv-industry-shrugs-off-imminent-netflix-threat-20150304-13txx8.html

Australians are preparing to be able to access Netflix's subscription-video-on-demand services on March 24. Photo: Bloomberg

The pay-television industry has dismissed the threat to its business model posed by subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) services as US giant Netflix, which has announced its Australian launch date as March 24.

Andrew Maiden, chief executive of The Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA), told a conference of media executives on Monday that the SVOD market in Australia would be dwarfed in size by the existing TV industry.

"The most optimistic scenarios I have seen say it will be worth $700 million to $900 million, which is around a tenth of what overall TV industry is worth – so it is going to be complementary," Mr Maiden said at the Broadcasting Digital Media Summit in Sydney.

ASTRA's biggest member, Foxtel, is under pressure to show the rise of circa-$10 a month SVOD services such as Netflix – offering large, advertising-free libraries of television shows and movies – will not tempt customers paying about $100 a month on average for premium Foxtel to cut their cables. 

But Mr Maiden played down the prospect of "cable cutting" in Australia, pointing to the US market (where video streaming on Netflix reportedly accounts for 35 per cent of internet traffic). "For every dollar spent on streaming, US$6 is spent on cable subscriptions," said Mr Maiden.

Sport the star

He said cable would have to rely more on sports content as consumer habits change, echoing comments this week by News Corp, which owns 50 per cent of Foxtel and all of Fox Sports, which it said "will definitely have to keep" its share of broadcast rights to the AFL.

PWC Consulting has pointed to some ominous signs for the long-term future of cable, reporting that US cable subscriptions last year fell to 71 per cent from 77 per cent among viewers under-35. More strikingly, just 42 per cent of all viewers in that survey saw themselves as cable subscribers in 10 years' time.

But Mr Maiden argued the "chord-cutting" phenomenon was "as much about a stage of life as an attitude to the medium". "We hear a lot about how this is the start of a movement that will see TV completely transformed… but they will go onto watch subscription TV as their incomes rise, as they move from rented to other accommodation and have children who need entertaining, frankly," he said.

Foxtel has responded to Netflix's looming launch with its own SVOD service, Presto, which struck a deal on Tuesday with Foxtel's other 50 per cent shareholder Telstra under which the telco will sell the SVOD service to its vast customer base. 

On Monday Kerry Stokes's Seven West Media received approval from the regulator to acquire 50 per cent of Presto. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission cited the high levels of competition Presto faces including from Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review and Business Day.

Three players

Asked whether a market the size of Australia could sustain three major SVOD players, Presto boss Shaun James told conference goers "This is a question that is being asked regularly as the three fire up. My very roundabout answer to that is time will tell.

"We've sized the market in terms of what we think the potential is and what the market share of Presto can be, for the business to be successful over that period.

"One of the key things we have learnt from the overseas experience is that you build scale very, very quickly. I mean Netflix went into Canada and built 1 million subscribers in 13 months. When these things pay off and the general public understands how to use them, what content is available, what devices they are on, they ramp up really really quickly."

But Mr James rejected any suggestion that cable and satellite subscriptions would crumble.

"Deloitte estimated SVOD would reach 3 per cent of the subscription TV market, there will be a big difference in terms of the size of market," he said.

"Consumers will try all the services, and towards the end of the year it will start to shake out."

Also on the conference panel was Helen Kellie, chief content officer of SBS, whose chief executive Michael Ebeid this week predicted that Australians will not embrace SVOD as quickly as Americans because they are less used to paying for television content.

SBS is pushing its own advertiser funded video-on-demand service, monthly video views for which have increased to 10 million a month from less than 4 million two years ago.

Asked about the threat of piracy, Ms Kellie said Australian SVOD providers would need to provide overseas content on the same "day and date" as in Europe or the US in order to persuade users not to download illegally.

Captioning Working Group welcome Netflix to NZ

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/health/captioning-working-group-welcome-netflix-nz/5/215358

As members of the Captioning Working Group, The National Foundation for the Deaf, Deaf Aotearoa New Zealand and the Hearing Association New Zealand are pleased to welcome Netflix to New Zealand on March 24 with closed captioning.

Captions are good for accessibility. It can be expected that many New Zealanders who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing will take up a subscription to the Netflix service offering entertainment options with closed captioning on multiple devices. Captions give access and they are great for business!

Netflix have no plans to go into local television or sports (yet) however the introduction of Netflix (with captioning) to the New Zealand market is a significant move as reported widely in the press today.

New Zealand is one of the few western countries without legislation in place requiring captioning which leaves many New Zealanders guessing what is said on TV or online.

The recent explosion of On-Demand and subscription services in New Zealand only serves to underline the issue of lack of captioning accessibility. Whilst there have been small increases in TV captioned access in the last 5 years achieved through efficiencies at the Able Trust (the captioning service funded by NZ On Air) and technology leverage, the accessibility gap is widening.

TVNZ’s On Demand service, re-launched recently after a major upgrade, does not offer captioning. Nor do the NEON service offered by Sky or Spark’s Lightbox. Some free to air channels don’t caption at all. There is limited captioning of news broadcasts outside of One News.

The Captioning Working Group are calling for introduction of legislation requiring broadcast captioning of free to air and subscription television. Research shows that until legislation is enacted, Broadcasters and service providers will not introduce a reasonable rate of captioning

Intelsat, ITC to provide satellite services to Solar Impulse

From http://www.tradearabia.com/news/IT_276715.html

Intelsat, a leading provider of satellite services, and ITC Global, a leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, are set to provide ground-to-ground satellite communication services to Solar Impulse during its first round-the-world solar flight.

The round-the-world mission flights will take place over five months from the beginning of March to the end of July, said a statement.

Abu Dhabi, capital of the UAE, has been named host city of Solar Impulse for the first round-the-world solar flight, and will be the departing and landing destination.

As specialised Partners of the Solar Impulse project, Intelsat and ITC Global will enable the ground crew and support teams to communicate from anywhere to anyone in the world.

Using a 1.8-meter, quick deploy antenna, the crew will leverage Intelsat’s global satellite network for broadcasts, webcasts, email, phone, data and video communications during its 35,000 km journey which is expected to take approximately 550 flight hours to complete.

Intelsat and ITC Global will also provide 24x7 operations centre support during the trip around the world.

Jean-Philippe Gillet, vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa sales, said: “At Intelsat, we value the spirit of innovation that underlies the Solar Impulse  adventure. We know what it means to push the limits of technology and are pleased to be able to help the Solar Impulse team share its remarkable journey with the world.”

Roland Loos, chief operating officer and executive VP, said: “At ITC Global, we appreciate the commitment to renewable energy that underscores the Solar Impulse initiative. With expertise in the energy markets, we are excited about the challenge of flying an airplane around the world with zero fuel on board, and proud to be a specialised partner to this pioneering feat.”

Russian minister seeks Eutelsat sanctions

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/03/03/russian-minister-seeks-eutelsat-sanctions/

The Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) has opposed calls by a minister for sanctions to be imposed on Eutelsat.

Writing in a letter to deputy PM Dmitry Rogozin, seen by Izvestia and subsequently reported by the Moscow Times, Nikolai Nikiforov, the communications and mass media minister, said that Russia should undertake retaliatory measures if France continued to block the delivery of the first of two Mistral helicopter carriers commissioned in 2011.

In his view, contracts between the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) and Eutelsat, valued at €658.9 million, should be cancelled as a retaliatory measure. Nikiforov added that the purchase of the Express-AMU2 communications satellite from EADS should also be cancelled.

However, in another letter to Rogozin, Igor Komarov, the head of Roscosmos, said that counter-sanctions on Eutelsat would not have the desired effect of influencing French and EU policy as the satellite company is not state owned.

Komarov also warned that Russia could face further sanctions

Appear TV DVB-S2X support

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/03/appear-tv-dvb-s2x-support/

Appear TV, a global provider of next-generation video processing platforms for broadcast and IP television, is to launch demodulation and modulation solutions supporting the new DVB-SX2 standard at the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium this week in Kuala Lumpur.

The new standard has a number of advantages for broadcasters and operators, including bandwidth efficiencies of up to 50 per cent over DVB-S2 for professional applications  and 22 per cent for DTH applications.

“By providing support for the new DVB-S2X standard we’re enabling our customers to take advantage of the incredible bandwidth efficiencies this new satellite distribution technology offers,” said Carl Walter Holst, CEO of Appear TV.

“We expect to see DVB-S2X widely deployed by operators and broadcasters for primary and redistribution of content via Satellite, Terrestrial, Cable and IP networks. Our new solutions mean that new and existing Appear TV customers can simply move to DVB-S2X by deploying our new modules in our flexible head-end architecture, with the ease of implementation and bandwidth efficiency combining to make this standard as popular with CFOs as with CTOs,” concluded Holst.

SES CEO: ‘Satellite’s key role in future networks’

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/03/sess-sabbagh-satellites-key-role-in-future-networks/

Satellite has a key role to play in the architecture of future networks and the acceleration of digitisation, according to Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO of SES. Sabbagh’s comments came as he delivered a keynote address at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Satellite is a key actor for digitisation and an integral part of the mobile ecosystem, adding reach and efficiency to mobile network operations,” Sabbagh told delegates. “Only combining terrestrial and satellite infrastructures and technologies will lead to significant cost efficiencies, competitive solutions and compelling consumer advantages,” he advised.

Referring to the expected exponential increase in video traffic in all networks, further driven by the introduction of Ultra High Definition (HD) TV, Sabbagh suggested that mobile players were facing “enormous” challenges and the risk that the evolution of network demand and usage would lead to an unmanageable congestion, if there was not a call for a mainstream integration of cellular and satellite infrastructures. “Only by joining forces, both industries can develop converging ecosystems and hence maximize public and private benefits,” he suggested.

Sabbagh underlined the urgency of such an overarching, “hybrid collaboration”: “If for example today’s video content was to be consumed fully on demand and only by terrestrial fixed network in Europe, data consumption per household would multiply by a factor of not less than 35; with Ultra HD, this would again multiply by three or four.” Every monolithic approach to technology would therefore risk falling short of the enormous challenges ahead, he warned. “If we fail, the overwhelming demand for video content and streaming will even deepen the digital gap further.”

Integrating digital infrastructures and combining the strengths of broadcast and broadband technologies, on the contrary, would create a unique combination, Sabbagh concluded. “Where terrestrial networks deliver connectivity, on the one side, and satellites deliver the mass market distribution of IP video and non-video content to homes, on the other, we can offload heavy video traffic from terrestrial networks. This will help all of us control costs, add reach and create truly converged ecosystems that will help us to drive the demand for further and future consumer applications and solutions.”

Safran pays $1bn for Ariane stake

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/03/safran-pays-1bn-for-ariane-stake/

Airbus and French aircraft and rocket-engine builder Safran have tidied up the financials in regard to their joint-venture to take over the design and production of Europe’s Ariane 5 and upcoming Ariane 6 rockets.

Safran came about with the merger between aircraft and aerospace company SNECMA and security business SAGEM in 2005.

Safran will pay €800 million ($1bn) in cash to secure an equal stake with Airbus in the new business, and which will be called Airbus Safran Launchers, and Safran will be an equal partner with Airbus.

The joint-venture will come into being towards the end of this year when the combined entity is expected to have also acquired the French government’s 34 per cent stake in Arianespace. The enterprise is expected to employ around 4500 people

India to launch fourth navigation satellite on March 9

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-to-launch-fourth-navigation-satellite-on-March-9/articleshow/46429727.cms

CHENNAI: India will move closer to its own satellite navigation system with the launch of its fourth satellite tentatively slated for March 9, a senior official of the Indian space agency said on Monday.

"The launch is tentatively planned for March 9 evening around 6.35pm. However, final green signal for the launch will be given days ahead of the satellite launch," MYS Prasad, director, Satish Dhawan Space Centre, part of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

He said the satellite has been tested and mated with the rocket and the heat shield will be closed on Monday.
"Full test will be done again Tuesday and the rocket will be moved to the second launch pad on March 4," Prasad said.

According to him, the space agency's Launch Authorisation Board (LAB) has to give the final nod for the rocket's flight.

The LAB meeting is slated for March 6.

The 59 hour countdown is expected to begin on March 7 morning.

Weighing 1,425 kg, the fourth of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) satellite-IRNSS-1D would be flown into space in an Indian rocket called Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL.

After its successful launch and commissioning IRNSS-ID is expected to make India among select group of countries having its own satellite navigation system.

The satellite has a life span of around 10 years.

Currently India is knocking at the door step of an exclusive space club - navigation satellite system owing club - that has the US, Russia, China and Japan as members.

Though the full system comprises of nine satellites - seven in orbit and two on the ground as stand-by - the navigation services could be made operational with four satellites, ISRO officials had said earlier.

Each satellite costs around Rs.150 crore and the PSLV-XL version rocket would cost around Rs 130 crore. The seven rockets would involve an outlay of around Rs.910 crore.

The entire IRNSS constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015.

The first satellite IRNSS-1A was launched in July 2013, the second IRNSS-1B in April 2014 and the third one October 16, 2014.

Once the regional navigation system is in place, India need not be dependent on others.

The IRNSS will provide two types of services — standard positioning service and restricted service. The former is provided to all users and the latter is an encrypted service for authorised users.

The IRNSS system comprises of two segments - the space and the ground. The space segment consists of seven satellites of which three will be in geostationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit.

The ground segment consists of infrastructure for controlling, tracking and other facilities.


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Netflix's hurdle: getting Aussies to pay

From http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/business/netflixs-hurdle-getting-aussies-to-pay/story-fnjbnvtc-1227246553031

GLOBAL giant Netflix will arrive in Australia in less than three weeks, ushering in what is arguably the biggest change to the TV landscape in decades.

BUT before it can truly add Australia to its growing list of international conquests, it has one big hurdle to overcome, namely, to convince Australians to pay to watch content.

SBS chief executive Michael Ebeid thinks Australia's aversion to paying for content will likely slow the growth of the local online streaming industry."My feeling is that it (streaming) will take longer to take off in Australia than it did in the US," he told the Broadcasting and Digital Media Summit in Sydney.Online streaming is taking off globally, nowhere more so than the US, where Netflix has close to 40 million subscribers.But Mr Ebeid said US consumers were much more likely to have a cable TV subscription that their Australian counterparts and so were already predisposed to pay to watch TV.

Around 90 per cent of US homes have a cable subscription, compared to around 30 per cent for Australia.

Meanwhile, Australians have already become accustomed to getting hit TV shows like Game of Thrones and House of Cards, having become among the most prolific illegal downloaders in the world.

Existing media players have preempted Netflix's long awaited March 24 arrival by bringing out their own online streaming services: Fairfax and Nine have partnered together on Stan, while Seven West Media has joined forces with Foxtel's Presto service.

According to its owners, Stan is on track to have 100,000 customers signed up by mid-March and Nine boss David Gyngell, for one, has high hopes for the service.

"If we get this thing right, I believe that in three years time there will be a couple of million people subscribing to these sort of services," he said.

"It's a scary opportunity to make some money."

But Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association boss Andrew Maiden said streaming would be work alongside, rather than replace free to air or Pay TV.

He said Australia's streaming market could be worth between $700 million and $900 million, which is around a tenth of the size of the existing TV industry.

"I think its easy to get carried away by the extent to which these services are going to shake up the industry," he said.

Optus, Nokia trial real-time video delivery

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/02/optus-nokia-trial-real-time-video-delivery/

Australian telco Optus is to conduct a closed trial of a real-time, interactive, multimedia video experience at its Sydney headquarters that delivers content to subscribers through onsite base stations via Liquid Applications, a solution developed by partner Nokia Networks.

The trial is designed to distribute video and multimedia content to users directly from adjoining base stations – as content sits in the base station – rather than via the network core, resulting in increased delivery speed, and improved network congestion management benefits.

In a practical situation, Liquid Applications enables users to watch a sports match, concert, or major event from a variety of different angles on their device in real-time from content streamed directly from a nearby base station.

For example, if a spectator wants a different angle, or would like to switch between multiple views at a tennis, football or cricket match, using Liquid Applications they can do so directly from various cameras capturing the content around the site.

SingTel Group Chief Technology Officer, Tay Soo Meng said the trial was designed to explore the next phase of content delivery for customers, with the process reducing latency and providing ultra-responsive delivery at the edge of the network.

According to Tay, Optus is increasingly focusing on mobile Internet and strengthening its video delivery service capability. “The trial of Nokia’s Liquid Application is an important step towards testing a host of applications that would enhance end-user experience,” he added.

Liquid Applications works by equipping base stations with general purpose computing technology including a technology-powered server, to provide intelligent processing and storage capabilities for content and applications.

This accelerates the delivery of smartphone or tablet-based content and services, while reducing the amount of data passing between the base station and the network or the Internet.

According to Optus, the solution is also ideal for travel and holiday destinations, major points of interest, and tourist attractions. The end user can experience interesting facts and historical information about the location they are in, which is streamed directly from the nearest base station through the application.

The demonstration will commence at Optus’s Sydney headquarters and will comprise two cameras streaming videos to a nearby mobile base station.

Through Nokia’s Liquid Applications, the test team will be able to switch between the two cameras to enjoy different perspectives captured by the cameras directly on their smartphone or tablet.

Ray Owen, Head of Australia and New Zealand, Nokia Networks, said the demonstration would enable Optus subscribers to experience an interactive and customised video viewing experience on their smart devices with no delay. “We have combined our skills and technology expertise to help users experience the next generation of mobile broadband technology – setting a benchmark that complies with the highest standards of customer experience. It’s a win-win situation for the operator and its subscribers,” he declared.

Testers will have access to an application developed in collaboration with Nokia on their smart phone and tablet device to test how well the content is delivered to them and how responsive the interactive ability of the service is.

The multimedia content will be delivered over the Optus 4G Plus network

Netflix will begin streaming in Australia and New Zealand on 24 March

From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=1720

The wait for Netflix in Australia and New Zealand is nearly over. Netflix will begin streaming in the two countries on 24 March, the company announced today.

“Many Aussies and Kiwis have heard a lot about Netflix over the years, and we’re excited they’ll get to experience our unique blend of Netflix original content, local series and films, and popular movies and TV shows from around the world, all for a low monthly price,” said Reed Hastings, Netflix co-founder and chief executive officer.

Starting today, consumers in Australia and New Zealand can find the latest updates on Netflix content and social happenings via the company’s local Twitter and Instagram (@NetflixANZ), Facebook (www.facebook.com/NetflixANZ) and Tumblr (NetflixANZ) accounts.

Netflix will be available on all major Australian broadband operators. Customers of iiNet, the nation’s second-largest DSL Internet provider, will be able to enjoy hours of entertainment, including all three seasons of the political drama House of Cards, family thriller Bloodline and other movies and TV shows from the Netflix catalogue, with no fear of the usage counting against home data caps, under the first un-metering agreement announced with a major broadband provider in Australia.

"Offering our customers quota-free access to Netflix is yet another demonstration of iiNet’s commitment to providing our customers great, hassle-free entertainment experiences," said David Buckingham, chief executive officer of iiNet. “iiNet is proud to facilitate consumers’ access to this great entertainment service."

At launch, Netflix will be available on smart televisions manufactured by Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips and HiSense, and Fetch TV’s second-generation set-top box. Film and TV fans can also access Netflix on game consoles, including Sony’s PlayStation 3 (PS3™) and PlayStation 4 (PS4), Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and Nintendo’s Wii U, as well as Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Apple and Android tablets and smartphones.

Mobile users who sign up for specific plans offered by Vodafone in New Zealand will receive several months of prepaid service, whilst consumers purchasing Microsoft’s next generation console, the Xbox One, at select stores will receive three months prepaid access to the Netflix service, starting 24 March and for a limited time only.

“Xbox has a long association with Netflix around the world, and with this announcement we’re excited to bring our partnership to the millions of Xbox owners across Australia and New Zealand,” said Jeremy Hinton, business group lead for Interactive Entertainment at Microsoft Australia. “With Xbox One we are committed to delivering the best entertainment experience in Australian and New Zealand living rooms.”

From launch, consumers will be able to purchase Netflix gift cards in denominations of $20, $30 and $50 at participating Australian retailers, including Woolworths, Coles, Big W, 7-Eleven, Australia Post and Officeworks. Netflix will offer a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition “family” plan. Details on monthly pricing will be available at launch.

Internet-connected users will be able to subscribe to Netflix and instantly watch a curated selection of popular movies and TV shows in high-definition or Ultra HD 4K where available. In addition to Netflix original series including Marco Polo, the dramatic thriller Sense8; Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt; Marvel’s Daredevil; DreamWorks Animation’s The Adventures of Puss in Boots and All Hail King Julien, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary Virunga, members will also enjoy an exciting range of exclusive and licensed content from many of the world’s leading distributors, including Roadshow Entertainment, Beyond Distribution, Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and The Walt Disney Company.

Netflix joins forces with Vodafone for NZ launch

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11410836

The Lord of the Rings trilogy will be available when Netflix launches here on March 24.

Vodafone has announced that it is joining forces with streaming TV newcomer Netflix, offering a special deal for its broadband customers.

From March 24, Vodafone New Zealand will give its customers Netflix service free for 6 months when they sign up for 24 months to one of its "Red+" mobile plans. The deal will also be available to existing customers.

"We know how excited Kiwis are about the arrival of Netflix, and are delighted to be partnering with the Netflix team to launch in the home of 'The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug," said Matt Williams, Vodafone Consumer Director.

"We've got New Zealand's largest 4G network so our customers can have the best seat in the house on their mobile.

Vodafone said recent research had shown that 41 per cent of its customers streamed content at least once a month."

The promotional offer will be available to customers until June 30, 2015.

Netflix is kicking off its services here on March 24, in direct competition with Spark's Lightbox, Sky TV's Neon, Quickflix and Ezyflix.

Vodafone, by joining up with Netflix, is now able to better compete with its main rival Spark, which is investing heavily in its Lightbox video streaming business.

Sky Television chief executive John Fellet said today he was comfortable about the Netflix-Vodafone arrangement.

Vodafone and Sky are longtime business partners - Sky Pay TV services is packaged as part of Voafone's broadband offers.

Fellet says there was "nothing surprising" in today's news.

Fellet and Vodafone New Zealand chief executive Russell Stanners have a strong rapport and the Netflix deal appears to loosen a tight relationship between the two companies.

Netflix is staying mum on pricing plans, saying they won't be revealed until launch day.

In a press release, it said it would offer a single-stream standard definition plan, two-stream high-definition plan and four-stream 4K ultra-high definition "family" plan across a range of devices, including smart TVs, Apple devices and gaming platforms.

In America, those plans cost between US$9-$12.

Netflix will be bringing a large library of original content, including Bloodline, Daredevil, Marco Polo, Sense8 and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

But original series like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black won't be available in New Zealand, with the on-demand rights already sold to Lightbox.

Confirmed movie content includes The Matrix, Ocean's and Lord of the Rings trilogies, Happy Feet, Wedding Crashers, Cars, Monsters Inc, Up and Zoolander.

TV content includes Lost, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Broadchurch, The Tunnel and Chris Lilley comedy shoes Ja'mie: Private School Girl, Summer Heights High and We Can Be Heroes.

Full interview: Rocket Lab's Peter Beck talks satellite aspirations

From http://www.3news.co.nz/business/full-interview-rocket-labs-peter-beck-talks-satellite-aspirations-2015030306#axzz3TJKTioLQ

New Zealand-based Rocket Lab says it has completed its series B funding round, and now has investment from Bessemer Venture Partners and US aerospace giant Lockheed Martin.

The new funding means Rocket Lab could be ready to commercialise its operations from as early as next year, says founder Peter Beck.

"Bessemer Venture Partners… actively invests in space startups and Lockheed Martin, an aerospace powerhouse with a deep history in space systems, has been instrumental in all major American space endeavours over the last century," says Mr Beck. "We are thrilled to have these global space institutions as part of the Rocket Lab team."

Mr Beck hopes to make New Zealand the ninth nation to ever put a satellite into orbit. If all goes to plan, Mr Beck's company Rocket Lab will send a satellite into orbit from New Zealand by the end of the year, using its Electron rocket system – said to cost a fraction of the price of other satellite launch options.

"Rocket Lab will be the second company in the history of the planet to have put something into orbit," Mr Beck says. "It usually takes a government and a nation a decade to get it right – it's tricky, but it's important."

He says more details about the company's planned launches will be revealed in April.

"Rocket Lab's work could have application in a number of aerospace domains, and we look forward to working with them to complement our overall efforts in small lift capabilities and hypersonic flight technologies," says Lockheed Martin's chief scientist, Ned Allen.

Mr Beck was named New Zealand Innovator of the Year last week.

He says before he started Rocket Lab he had spent about a month in the United States where he realised he could only be work as "a small gear in a giant machine".

Multiple 4K HEVC 60p LIVE Over DVB-S2X & DVB-T2 at ABU-DBS 2015

From Press Release

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 02 March 2015 – A live demonstration of a unique satellite (DVB-S2X) and terrestrial (DVB-T2) hybrid 4K 60p transmission system is in the works for the upcoming ABU DBS (Digital Broadcasting Symposium) 2015 Exhibition in Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Village Island and Aviindos, in partnership with MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) are again pushing the limits of broadcasting standards to provide enhanced levels of quality for end users. With the new DVB-S2X capabilities, the companies will transmit via satellite two (2) 4K video ('Ultra HD') services at 60 progressive frames per second.

"It was extremely challenging to confirm all elements of the system were able to perform fully at their maximum capacity in order to achieve what we had targeted" said Jonathan Triboulet, Director of Village Island Singapore regional office. "Without the complete dedication of all partners, this demonstration would never have been possible".

The satellite transmission from MEASAT will be received via a 3m mesh-type receive antenna to be installed by Total Communication Sdn. Bhd. on the rooftop of Hotel Istana. Village Island and Aviindos will then redistribute the services in DVB-T2 as part of the live demonstration during the exhibition.
"MEASAT is excited to be part of another innovative technical demonstration that presents an enhanced broadcasting solution to our customers,” said Jarod Lopez, Vice President – Broadcast Sales, MEASAT.

“Customers using this solution will have greater bandwidth efficiency to launch and distribute 4K channels on MEASAT’s satellites.”All of the equipment required for the demonstration will be installed one day before the event. "As the local partner in Malaysia, we had the final responsibility to have the system running. The Sencore SMD989 support for DVB-S2X features out of the box, as well as Village Island's VH-4000 decoder with built-in 4K60p 10bits capability, enabled us to deploy the solution in only a few days" says Naveendran Murthy, CEO of Aviindos.

This year’s demonstration is a continuation of the project showcased at ABU 2014, in which Village Island and Aviindos first developed with MEASAT the ability to broadcast multiple 4K services over a satellite transponder.

About Aviindos

Aviindos sets its focus in providing solutions to the industry with its wide range of services, from RF & Broadcast solutions to testing, system design & integration. With over 11 years of combined experience and its business representation of technological partners from the European, North American and Japanese continent, Aviindos brings to the industry the latest technological advancement to suit the various industries’ need, for Wireless, Broadcast, Satellite, IP/VOIP/TDM, Design and Manufacturing industry.

Contact Person:
Naveendran Murthy
Aviindos (M) Sdn Bhd.

About Village Island

Village Island provides a wide range of audiovisual solutions. Our core mission is the distribution of broadcast technology and products from IP core, OEM hardware, software and SDK platforms to stand-alone equipment and system for Head-Ends and digital broadcasting. The switch from analog to digital brings revolution through all the ramifications of the Communication, the Broadcast and the Audio visual industry, but more is to come in terms of continuous evolutions of the hardware platform performances, and software flexibilities and intelligence, toward an ever widening range of business applications. We propose state-of-art, affordable and flexible technology in response to the reality of our customer needs.

Contact Person:
Michael Van Dorpe
Village Island Co Ltd / Village Island Asia Pte Ltd


MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across six (6) communication satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include ultra high definition, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit www.measat.com.

Contact Person:
Ilham Bakti Adnan
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.
+60 (3) 8213 2154

About TotalComm

Total Communications Sdn Bhd was established in 1995 initially with the active participation of three local partners and a foreign interest. Currently, the company is 51% owned by Bumiputra interests. The primary objective of the company is to provide high performance and reliable products & engineering services in the satellite, microwave and wireless communication and broadband fields. The two most important business practices in the company are quality and service assurances, two elements of which we feel forms the core of a high performance engineering company. Therefore we are fully committed to provide high level and prompt services, whether it is during installation or post-installation service & maintenance. We take pride in developing & using the skills and knowledge of our technical personnel after the supply, installation, testing, commissioning and the maintenance of more than 2500 satellite and wireless sites throughout Peninsular and East Malaysia. We are constantly upgrading our technical competence level with guidance and assistance from our international Principals & strategic alliances.

We NEVER STOP learning.
Contact Person:
Darryl Chong
Total Communications Sdn Bhd

Nippon TV DVB with Newtec

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/03/02/nippon-tv-dvb-with-newtec/

The world’s first DVB-S2X 256APSK satellite transmission has been successfully completed by Japan-based Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) with Newtec technology.

The trial campaign saw Nippon TV transmit 5MHz bandwidth with a 256APSK carrier from a Satellite News Gathering (SNG) truck to the Superbird-B2 satellite. The transmission was successfully received at the headquarters of Nippon TV in Minato, Tokyo.  The test follows Nippon TV’s interest in the new DVB-S2X modulation standard for its next-generation video network over Japan. Considering the benefit of the 5% Roll Off (RO) technology that saves satellite bandwidth, Nippon TV wanted to establish the feasibility of using this higher modulation and the associated challenges. Putting the DVB-S2X 256APSK to the test, the team used Newtec’s MDM6100 Broadcast Satellite Modem and 5MHZ bandwidth on a JSAT transponder. This is the same amount of bandwidth required for Nippon TV’s next-generation video network. 25Mbps was transmitted from the SNG using a 1.4m antenna, which was received on a 5m dish at the TV station.

“Knowing that DVB-S2X can reduce satellite bandwidth with its 5 per cent roll off technology, we wanted to test DVB-S2X 256APSK modulation on an actual satellite because it requires higher quality and link margin, which could have been a challenge for us. Following the trial, I am confident of the Superbird-B2 satellite’s ability to accommodate this modulation,” said Tetsuo Makino, Director of Engineering Technical Strategy Group at Nippon TV.

“The new DVB extension, called DVB-S2X, with improved efficiency, will enable the satellite industry to increase profitability and allow for business growth throughout all applications, from high-speed IP to broadcast,” said Dirk Breynaert, Newtec’s CTO and Co-founder.

PNG's Click TV Coverage expands with new satellite service

From http://news.pngfacts.com/2015/03/pngs-click-tv-coverage-expands-with-new.html

PAPUA New Guinea television broadcaster Click TV has launched its satellite television services to New Ireland.
The launching took place in Kavieng last Friday after the successful roll-out of satellite dishes in the province.
Managing director Richard Broadbridge said the introduction of their service in Kavieng demonstrated that Click TV was now available in any part of the country.
“We have proven that we are here to stay,” Broadbridge said.
“PNG deserves this technology and we will soon prove how it will work to improve the lives of the people by providing high quality educational, religious and entertainment programmes to every citizen.
“It’s extra special because it’s the first time that a PNG-based broadcaster has used a 1 metre satellite dish to stream content.”
The Click TV satellite dish comes in a kit with a set top box and up to 20 channels of television that includes the 2015 Pacific Games.
Click TV announced a partnership with Rural Development Services Ltd to introduce their services to remote areas of PNG using renewable energy products including solar energy.

US military satellite explodes in space after suffering 'catastrophic event'

Defense Meteorological Satellite System (DMSP) spacecraft.(US Air Force)

A weather satellite providing real-time weather reports to the US Navy and Air Force shattered into 43 fragments.

The 20-year-old Defence Meteorological Satellite Progam Flight 13 (DMSP-F13) is said to have suffered a "catastrophic event", according to the US Air Force.

The satellite exploded into 43 pieces after a sudden spike in temperature, triggering an "unrecoverable loss of attitude control".

The incident was not revealed to the public even though it happened on 3 February. Details of the event were only publicised after questions were asked by the Space News website.

The first public indication of a problem with DMSP-F13 came from T.S. Kelso, a senior research astrodynamicist for Analytical Graphics' Center for Space Standards and Innovation in Colorado. He noted 25 Februrary that there had been "another debris event with 26 new pieces".

It appears we've had another debris event with 26 new pieces of debris from DMSP 5D-2 F13 launch. Analyzing circumstances now.

— T.S. Kelso (@TSKelso) February 26, 2015

DMSP-13, the oldest continuously operational satellite in the DMSP weather constellation, was in a backup role and its dramatic end is unlikely to have had a major repercussions on US weather forecasting operations.

However it is believed that there are some issues with real-time weather data transmission as a result of it no longer functioning.

The satellite was launched in 1995 and provides weather imagery to Air Force and Navy forecasters.

A new satellite is scheduled for a 2016 launch to join the other six DMSPs which are in orbit.

Computer expert cost Sky TV £236,000 by selling hundreds of hacked decoder boxes via his brother's eBay account

From http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2975401/Computer-expert-cost-Sky-TV-30-000-selling-hundreds-hacked-decoder-boxes-brother-s-eBay-account.html#reader-comments

Aron Lees used his expertise in computing to hack into Sky boxes to make a single account work multiple times, so he could sell cut price packages

A computer expert tampered with Sky TV boxes to sell pirated packages through eBay, costing the company almost £250,000.

Aron Lees, of Urmston near Manchester, used his coding expertise to hack into boxes and make one account work again and again in a technique called 'card sharing' so he could sell cut prices boxes to customers for £110 a time.

He listed the items on his brother Sean's eBay account and sold more than 300 boxes in less than a year, netting almost £30,000.

The fraud was uncovered after BSkyB investigators posed as a customer to buy a fake box and then tracked down Lees' IP address from his computer.

Sky calculated that they would have charged around £700 for each box with subscription for a year - meaning they lost around £590 on each eBay sale. Over 338 transactions were completed between March and December 2013, with a total of £28,176 deposited into qualified mechanic Sean Lees' bank account.

The company received no money from the sale of the boxes, and would have lost around £236,000 over the course of the fraud.  

Aron Lees, who made around £3,000 a month from the enterprise, admitted hacking into the boxes and selling them online, contravening the copyright and patents act.

Sentencing him to a 12 month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, Judge Timothy Mort said he had used his university education in a 'good way and bad way.' 

Minshull Street Crown Court heard that the frauds took place between March 2013 and December 2013 when police raided Aron Lees' home.  

Jennifer Birch, prosecuting, told Minshull Street Crown Court: 'From March 2013 an eBay username under slees2012 had made 338 transactions through the sale of decoder boxes, a user name registered to Sean Lees' home address. 

'In August 2013 BskyB became aware that the username slees2012 was selling satellite equipment that gave access to Sky premium packages without subscription - known as card sharing.

'This is when a legitimate Sky user has the encryption key stolen which is then shared with decoder boxes over the internet which are then added to the network.'

Under an agreement between the two companies, eBay passed details of the account used by Lees to BSkyB so they could track him down.  

On December 4 2013, police raided Aron Lees' home and found dozens of decoder boxes. He admitted the fraud and his computers were seized, which even showed emails between him and customers when they complained that their boxes were malfunctioning.

Ms Birch added: 'This was a fully-functioning business. Aron Lees was interviewed and made full admissions, he accepted buying the boxes, programming them and selling them on eBay using his brother's account. He denied he would be charging customers for a renewal as they were sold on the basis of a 12-month package.'

Aron Lees, 29, admitted offering unauthorised decoders for sale contrary to the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. 

Aron Lees used the eBay account belonging to his younger brother Sean to list the hacked Sky boxes and sold more than 300 in less than a year, making around £3,000 a month from the sophisticated fraud 

A separate hearing will take place to determine how much money he must pay back from his criminal enterprise.

Sean Lees, 25, from Streford pleaded guilty to money laundering and was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work

Michael Lavery, defending said: ' It was his enterprise. It is sophisticated in the sense that most people probably could not do it because of the coding, but you can measure the sophistication in that he was using his own brother's PayPal account and email which meant it was very easy to track what he was doing.

'A sophisticated enterprise it may be in the code itself, but a sophisticated criminal premise it clearly is not.'

Lees hacked into the boxes using a method called 'card sharing' so one account could be used multiple times

Philip Barnes, defending Sean Lees, said he acted out of 'misplaced loyalty to his older brother.' 

He said he initially didn't know what his brother was doing was illegal and later allowed him to continue when he found out. 

Judge Mort said: 'What you did Aron Lees, it has to be said, you simply used your university education in a good way and a bad way. Having acquired your skills in computers, you bought Sky decoders and reprogrammed them so people could have Sky premium without paying the cost of it.

'Really, the nearest analogy is that it is a form of fraud so far as Sky are concerned. I'm astonished it has taken until January this year for you to be charged with the offence and the mental trauma you have been through is significant punishment.'


Monday 6pm NZ feeds scan

Intelsat 19 12405 H Sr 29500 "test channel" has started FTA with colour bars

Optus D2 12272 V Sr 7200 "service01" Police scene
Optus D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast1" Horses
Optus D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses

Optus D2 12546 V "MRT1 and MRT2 and Radio" are back

Sunday feeds

D2 12545 H Sr 6979 "Pak v Zim" Cricket, Aussie beam only

IS 19 12525 V 29893 - Mux of 4 OU feeds in prep for CWC Eng v SL from the Caketin in Wellington FTA

Saturday feeds

5.51.pm NZ feed update
D2 12576 V Sr 15000 "sts 12 enc/ mod1 unknown encrypted
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast2" Horses
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "globecast 1" Horses
D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 service" Horses
D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "default" colour bars NZ beam

Intelsat 19 12535 V 17000 "astra 3 path 1" unknown Encrypted

From my Email

From saldav1

All feed below are Asiasat 5

Monday feeds

3905 V SR 6199 ENC01 Dancing with the Stars - China, (FTA.)
4152 H SR 15000 $VAL VS RSO HD50 Valencia vs Real Sociedad, ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 7199 $WPA HD SNG UE 1 D ($Scrambled.)
3733 V SR 6624 SNG 1 - Main bein sports report in Indonesian, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7120 Telecity Encoder LIV (Liverpool) vs MNC (Manchester City) in the Premier league Soccer, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LIV vs MNC, (FTA.)
Same game on both transponders.

4151 H SR 15000 $LA LIGA HD50 ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7500 $IPB CITY HD 50 ($Scrambled.)

Sunday feeds

3887 V SR 6199 Ch-1 Asian Music Concert, (FTA.)
3712 H SR 15000 $UFC 184 PPV PATH ($Scrambled.)
3735 H SR7120 $SAT-1 ($Scrambled.)
3746 V SR 7500 $Uni World Feed SM ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7500 $OU2 ($Scrambled.)
3869 H SR 10000 $Ind Aus OU1 ($Scrambled.)
3908 H SR 10000 $OU1 World Feed E ($Scrambled.)

This week-end with the satellite feeds - Trying to get a feed that is not $ - Scrambled is getting quite a rarity - it is a shame these day's with our hobby that so many of the feeds are now encrypted especially the Cricket feeds

Saturday feeds

3868 H SR 10000 $IND-AUS-SNG OU 1 ($Scrambled.)
3745 V SR 7500 $IND-AUS-OU2 ($Scrambled.)
3734 H SR 7120 $SAT-1 ($Scrambled.)
4160 H SR 15000 $HD 18Mhz - SAT ($Scrambled.)

Friday night feeds

3755 H SR 7199 $WTA-STK-ENC-1 ($Scrambled.)
3894 H SR 7124 $HERO I-League 2015 ($Scrambled.)
4067 H SR 7199 $TABLE1 ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 12297 H "World Cup Ultimate 8" has left .
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 12357 H "TV Desa, Zee Bioskop, Coop TV and Life Inspired" have started on Latens.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 12357 H "LBS TV In-Drama and RT English" have left .

Yamal 401 90.0°E 3825 R5 "Kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya K and Perviy kanal" have left again.
Yamal 401 90.0°E 4026 L "Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, Rossiya K, Rossiya 24, Perviy kanal, NTV, 5 Kanal, Karusel, OTR and TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok" have started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0°E 4046 L REN TV, Telekanal Spas, STS, Domashniy, TV 3, Sport Plus, Telekanal Zvezda, Mir +3, TNT and Muz TV have started on, Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0°E 4103 R "Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on, Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0°E "Perviy kanal, Rossiya 2, NTV, 5 Kanal, Rossiya K, Karusel, OTR, TV Centr Ural, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on 4124 L and 4154 R, Roscrypt.
Yamal 401 90.0°E "REN TV, Telekanal Spas, STS, Domashniy, TV 3, Sport Plus, Telekanal Zvezda, Mir, TNT and Muz TV" have started on 4126 R and 4144 L, Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3703 V "MCOT 1" is Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Thai Muslim TV, Goodfilms 2 and 13 Siam Thai have started on , BISS. Thai Visions Channel, Good TV and JJ Channel are now encrypted. KM Channel, World Buddhist TV and RromD TV" have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4053 V "T Sports Channel" has started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 4056 H "Kantipur Gold" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Netviet(泰国)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[03-02]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Pakistan(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3847 H 5357参数无效接收。[03-02]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Sundance Channel、U HD 4K(高清)频道消失,设置12550 V 27480参数无效接收。[03-02]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 27489参数有条件接收。[03-02]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Chic Station(泰国)频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[03-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,电影台、On Shop(泰国)等11个频道新增,设置4160 V 30000参数部分免费接收。[03-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Friday、Star(俄罗斯)等7个频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,SBN TV替换Star Asian TV(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4146 H 5317参数免费接收。[03-01]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,RTG HD(高清)频道新增,设置12093 V 45000参数有条件接收。[03-01]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Deepto TV(高清)频道解密,设置4067 H 2500参数免费接收。[03-01]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Nei Mongol(蒙古)频道重现,设置12508 H 45000参数有条件接收。[02-28]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、HBO(蒙古)等全组频道重现,设置12271 H 33333参数部分免费接收。[02-28]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,TV5(测试)频道新增,设置3888 V 8338参数免费接收。[02-28]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、HBO(蒙古)等全组频道消失,设置12271 H 33333参数无效接收。[02-28]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,TV Filmy、Nepal TV(尼泊尔)等全组频道加密,设置10915 V 44990参数有条件接收。 [2月28日
]东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Star Utsav(MPEG-4)等全组频道加密,设置10861 V 44990参数有条件接收。 [2月28日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Falak、Star Max(外语)等6个频道新增,设置3914 V 7260参数免费接收。 [2月28日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,HTV、SCH替换Undesten(蒙古)等频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [2月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Gulli、Baby TV(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置11853 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月28日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,5 Kanal、TV 3(俄罗斯)等6个频道消失,设置11853 V 45000参数无效接收。[02-28]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT(+3)、THT(+7)(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Teledom HD(高清)频道重现,设置12093 V 45000参数免费接收。 [2月27日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Olala、French Lover(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11913 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [2月27日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Dojd(俄罗斯)频道改频率,设置12504 V 2020参数免费接收。 [2月27日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、HBO(蒙古)等13个频道新增,设置12271 H 33333参数部分免费接收。 [2月27日]


3.5GHz trial a step to expanding NBN fixed wireless capacity

From http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/569245/3-5ghz-trial-step-expanding-nbn-fixed-wireless-capacity/

NBN Co, Ericsson say trial beat expectations

NBN Co and Ericsson have completed a trial of fixed wireless broadband using the 3.5GHz band, the companies announced.

The 3.5GHz band provides up to 200 MHz of spectrum and will allow NBN Co in the future to increase capacity of the National Broadband Network’s fixed wireless network in regional areas. This will complement fixed-wireless services currently delivered over NBN Co’s 2.3GHz spectrum holdings.

In the LTE TDD trial, NBN Co and Ericsson tested 3.5 GHz radio coverage and fixed-wireless service performance. The trial was carried out at two sites using a 20 MHz TDD carrier in the 3.5GHz band. Wireless termination network devices (WNTD) were provided by NetComm Wireless, based on chipset solutions provided by Sequans Communications.

Peak cell throughputs, both downlink and uplink, met or exceeded expected performances, the companies said.

NBN Co general manager of fixed wireless and satellite, Gavin Williams, applauded the results of the trial.

"We see a way forward to expand coverage and capacity to our customers in a cost effective manner using our existing LTE assets complemented with new 3.5GHz radio units,” Williams said in a statement.

In other 4G LTE news today, Telstra announced a roadmap for its wireless services that includes LTE-Advanced, LTE Broadcasting and future 5G services.


Satellite company NewSat executives' spending flies high

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/satellite-company-newsat-executives-spending-flies-high-20150227-13qcef.html#ixzz3T1ri4kAp

NewSat's sales pitch was simple. Stick with us and when Jabiru-1 is in orbit, we'll be raking it in.

The shareholders and lenders behind a listed Melbourne satellite company funded an extravagant lifestyle for senior executives who ran up a $1 million travel bill flying the world first-class, guzzling French champagne and enjoying $10,000 dinners.

Fairfax Media can reveal that NewSat's external auditors have reported concerns to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission after an internal review of the company's affairs last year uncovered uncontrolled spending and questionable transactions.

NewSat, which is headed by former Richmond Football Club director Adrian Ballintine, plans to launch Australia's first non-government, non-foreign owned satellite, the Jabiru-1, by the middle of next year.

NewSat directors Chuck Ellis (left) and Adrian Ballintine.

The company has faced a series of setbacks in recent months, with its major financier, the US government's export credit agency, threatening to withhold funding because of concerns over NewSat's governance and financial performance.

Fairfax Media has obtained a review prepared in mid-2014 for NewSat's then trio of independent directors, former St Kilda Football Club president Andrew Plympton, Australia Post deputy chairman Brendan Fleiter and Sydney advertising boss Mark Fishwick.

The review uncovered a series of questionable 2011 and 2012 payments involving hundreds of thousands of dollars by NewSat to a Gold Coast motor yacht company part-owned by Mr Ballintine and a host of other past and present NewSat board members and company advisers.

Mr Plympton, Mr Fleiter and Mr Fishwick are not involved in the Gold Coast motor yacht company.

These payments, which NewSat claimed were for "marketing" expenses for its satellite project, had not been disclosed in the company's financial results despite the Corporations Act requiring them to be published because they are related-party transactions.

NewSat belatedly disclosed payments of $342,000 to Cresta Motor Yachts in its financial results published in August last year. It also revealed that $357,000 in payments on behalf of Mr Ballintine had been billed to the Jabiru project rather than the chief executive's account.

The review for the former independent directors, who resigned from NewSat's board on June 30 last year, also found " a complete lack of control" on overseas travel. 

NewSat's accounts show almost $1 million was spent on travel in the past two financial years as executives tried to raise funds and sell space on the satellite.

The review found Mr Ballintine, NewSat's former investor relations manager Kahina Koucha, and other executives had enjoyed "numerous $10,000 dinners". NewSat was for a time also paying half the rent for Ms Koucha's apartment in Melbourne's Eureka Tower.

Ms Koucha, who left NewSat in June last year, has posted photographs on her Instagram account of some of NewSat's overseas sales missions. They show first-class airline cabins, lavish dinners, French champagne and exclusive hotels in New York, London, Paris and Dubai.

Fairfax Media can also reveal NewSat is facing lawsuits in the US lodged by one of its biggest customers, TrustComm, which alleges the Melbourne company perpetrated a $10 million fraud against it.

An ASIC spokeswoman would not comment on whether NewSat was being investigated.

Despite the problems facing NewSat, Mr Ballintine was well rewarded in 2014, receiving a $1.1 million salary, a $1.2 million bonus and shares valued at $1 million. NewSat also loaned him more than $900,000.

Other NewSat advisers and consultants have also received huge commission fees. One of its directors who retired last year, Chuck Ellis, was paid $900,000 over the past four years for "consultancy" work in addition to the $400,000 he earned in directors fees.

Mr Ballintine and Newsat did not respond to questions sent to them on Wednesday.

Inmarsat and Airservices Australia trial new satellite tracking standard

From http://www.arnnet.com.au/article/569263/inmarsat-airservices-australia-trial-new-satellite-tracking-standard/

Inmarsat to work with Qantas and Virgin Australia in developing the trial

Inmarsat has partnered Airservices Australia in the first trial of a new 15-minute tracking standard for commercial aircraft.

The announcement follows a resolution on February 6 by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) to adopt a new tracking standard for commercial aircraft.

The trial will be run on flights to and from Australia.

ICAO is the United Nations body tasked with developing international civil aviation standards and recommended practices. Inmarsat is working with industry partners, Airservices Australia, Qantas and Virgin Australia in developing the operational concept for the trial, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Contract (ADS-C) satellite technology in Australia’s oceanic regions. Airservices Australia is the first Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) to trial the ICAO standard, utilising Inmarsat’s global flight tracking ADS-C messaging service.

ADS-C provides air traffic controllers with a constantly updated surveillance picture of their airspace, thereby allowing safe and efficient oceanic operations. 11,000 commercial passenger aircraft are already equipped with an Inmarsat satellite connection, representing over 90 per cent of the world’s long haul commercial fleet.

Airlines participating in the trial include Qantas and Virgin Australia. Inmarsat chief executive, Rupert Pearce, said it was an important step in improving international airline safety.

"We are very pleased to be working with Airservices Australia and our industry partners to implement this enhanced flight tracking service," he said. “We applaud ICAO’s decision to announce the new tracking standard and believe that we are well placed to help implement the standard given our existing global satellite coverage and the time-frame proposed.

"Inmarsat’s heritage is in safety and we stand ready to coordinate normal and abnormal flight tracking services with the airlines and the ANSPs.”

TVNZ profit drops

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11410402

Profits delivered by Government-owned broadcaster TVNZ are down year-on-year as the company failed to offset the impact of a weak advertising environment.

Despite growth in digital media and a stronger share of television advertising revenue, the company's after tax net profit dropped to to $19.8 million in the six months to December 31, down from $20.8 million in the same period the year prior.

No interim dividend was paid, nor was it at the end of the 2014 financial year.

It followed the company's decision in September 2013 TVNZ to sell a package of land and buildings to SkyCity and its extensive refurbishment of TVNZ's Victoria St headquarters.

Due to the cost involved, the shareholding ministers advised that they would forgo future dividends equivalent to the refurbishment and relocation costs, less the amount received for the buildings sold to SkyCity.

In normal circumstances the company's shareholders receive funds surplus to TVNZ's
investment and operating requirements - typically 70 per cent of net profit after tax.

In a statement, the company said its six-month result announced today put it
on track to achieve the full year financial targets set out in its 2015 Statement of Intent.

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said the business was moving into a strong second half, leveraging recent investments in upgrading digital technology platforms to re-launch enhanced versions of TVNZ OnDemand and onenews.co.nz.

Digital media was continuing to perform strongly and TVNZ OnDemand video streams up 38 per cent year on year - hitting a record in the month of October with over 6 million streams, Kenrick said.

Digital media revenue rose 34 per cent compared with the same period in the previous year and was buoyed by the lift in online viewing.

However, as was the case with other media groups, TVNZ's advertising revenue was down due to softer demand, Kenrick said.

The revaluation of currency hedging held at 31 December 2014 - noted in the financial report as an unrealised net foreign exchange loss of $3.6 million - also had a negative impact due to the strength of the NZ dollar.

The company's share of television advertising revenue increased slightly, from 60.9 per cent to 61.6 per cent.

Television audience share also strengthened, led by News and Current Affairs programming and peak time entertainment shows.

ONE News was the most watched programme for the period with an average total audience of more than 650,000 viewers.

Breakfast and Seven Sharp also increased audience share over the 6 months, and Sunday was the most watched current affairs show with an average audience of more than 600,000 New Zealanders per episode.

The transfer of the TVNZ archive to the Crown was also completed during the six-month period.

Boeing’s first two all-electric satellites ready for launch

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/03/01/boeings-first-two-all-electric-satellites-ready-for-launch/

A new class of Boeing-built spacecraft will fly into orbit for the first time Sunday aboard a Falcon 9 rocket, combining Boeing’s electric propulsion technology with SpaceX’s bargain launch prices to send up communications satellites at a fraction of the typical cost.

SpaceX ground teams are preparing for liftoff of the 224-foot-tall Falcon 9 rocket at 10:50 p.m. EST Sunday (0350 GMT Monday) from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad. The launch window extends for 42 minutes, 30 seconds.

The launch will be SpaceX’s third Falcon 9 mission in less than three months, with two more Falcon 9s due for liftoff by mid-April.

The spacecraft mounted on top of the Falcon 9 rocket are owned by Paris-based Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite headquartered in Bermuda and Hong Kong, ready to begin missions to beam television, multimedia services, Internet traffic and other services across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Once released from the Falcon 9 rocket, the satellites will employ efficient electrically-powered engines instead of liquid fuel to reach their final operating posts 22,300 miles above the equator.

“So far, everything is going well, and knock on wood if the weather cooperates, we should have a launch on Sunday night,” said Ken Betaharon, chief technology officer at ABS.

The weather forecast calls for a 70 percent chance of favorable conditions, but meteorologists will monitor clouds for possible violations of the Falcon 9 rocket’s weather rules.

The Eutelsat and ABS satellites will launch without a supply of conventional liquid hydrazine fuel, relying entirely on electric ion engines to reshape their orbits and maintain their positions for up to two decades.

The launch marks the debut for a new lightweight satellite bus called the Boeing 702SP, which differs from other communications satellite platforms with the removal of the large fuel tank that forms the core of most spacecraft.

Half of the weight of most communications satellites is taken up with fuel, sometimes carrying up to 5,000 pounds of liquid propellant for in-space maneuvers. The innovation of the Boeing 702SP allows satellite operators to order smaller spacecraft that can host extra communications capacity to replace the mass freed up with the removal of the fuel tanks, said Mark Spiwak, president of Boeing Satellite Systems International Inc.

“One of the big drivers was cost,” Spiwak said. “We’re able to get the launch cost significantly reduced, get more payload mass to orbit, and reduce the overall cycle time of (building each satellite).”

Large satellites built by Boeing and other companies have used electric propulsion before, but the spacecraft have always carried chemical rocket fuel to supplement their ion engines.

The ABS 3A satellite (top) and the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite (bottom) are stacked inside Boeing’s factory in El Segundo, California. Credit: Boeing

Without the need for liquid fuel, each satellite weighs less than 5,000 pounds. Betaharon said a spacecraft with comparable capabilities would weigh more than 8,000 pounds without the all-electric propulsion system.

With the reduced weight at launch, two lighter payloads can ride into orbit together on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which is only powerful enough to loft one large telecommunications satellite at a time.

“The real driver for that lighter solution was to be able to stack two commercial communications satellites on top of each other and provide a dual launch,” said Mike Connelly, director of Boeing’s product line for the new 702SP platform. “When you look at the mass of a satellite, with kind of a classic satellite system, it’s dominated by the fuel load of the direct-to-orbit mission.

“Going to an all-electric system, you’re able to reduce the fuel load by almost a factor of 10,” Connelly said. “That fuel load reduction allowed us to stack the satellites on top of each other, and give the customers a two-for-one deal on the launch costs.”

Eutelsat and ABS paid less than $30 million a piece to launch their satellites on the Falcon 9, officials said.

Such a low price for the launch of a communications satellite is “almost unheard of,” according to Betaharon, a satellite industry veteran with more than 35 years of experience.

The satellites are mated together inside the Falcon 9 rocket’s nose cone with a special mounting fixture patented by Boeing. The payloads connect directly to each other for the launch, and they do not require a special dual-payload adapter system used on other rockets, such as Europe’s Ariane 5 launcher, which is tailored to lift off with two satellites at a time.

The Falcon 9 rocket will blast off and turn due east from Cape Canaveral, racing across the Atlantic Ocean and climbing into the upper atmosphere before its nine-engine first stage switches off about three minutes after liftoff.

The first stage will jettison from the Falcon 9’s second stage and fall back into the Atlantic Ocean. The hefty weight of the Eutelsat and ABS satellites, coupled with the mission’s high-altitude destination, will keep the first stage booster from attempting a flyback maneuver and landing on SpaceX’s recovery barge.

SpaceX’s last two Falcon 9 rockets carried landing legs mounted on the base of the booster, but the launch vehicle for Sunday’s flight will lift off without the recovery systems.

The company is experimenting with the Falcon 9 booster to see if it can be returned to Earth intact for reuse on future missions.

The mission patch for the Falcon 9 rocket’s 16th flight with ABS 3A and Eutelsat 115 West B. Credit: SpaceX

The Merlin 1D engine on the Falcon 9 rocket’s second stage will fire two times, first to reach a temporary parking orbit less than nine minutes after launch. Once it reaches the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space, the Falcon 9’s composite payload fairing will release from the nose of the rocket about four minutes into the mission.

After a nearly 17-minute coast, the upper stage’s Merlin engine will fire again for about one minute, then orient itself for deployment of the ABS 3A satellite riding in the upper position on the dual-payload stack.

The Eutelsat craft is programmed to separate about 30 minutes after liftoff, then the Falcon 9 stage will pivot another direction before casting off the Eutelsat 115 West B satellite five minutes later, ensuring the two spacecraft avoid colliding.

The Falcon 9 will send the satellites into an oval-shaped “supersynchronous” transfer orbit with a high point more than 27,000 miles above Earth and a low point about 250 miles up, Betaharon said.

The satellites will extend their electricity-generating solar panels after separation from the launcher to begin charging their batteries and power their ion thrusters.

Then it is up to each spacecraft to raise its orbit and adjust its inclination toward the equator, a job that will take at least six months with all-electric propulsion, rather than a couple of weeks with a conventional rocket engine.

“From an orbit-raising standpoint, the difference between a xenon-ion propulsion orbit-raising and liquid propulsion orbit-raising is really based on the thrust the engines can provide,” Connelly said.

ABS 3A, the lighter of the two satellites, should reach geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles over the equator by the end of August, Betaharon said. The Eutelsat 115 West B spacecraft will take a few weeks longer because it weighs more — a consequence of the Eutelsat satellite’s assignment to launch in the lower slot on the Falcon 9.

“With the electric thrusters, every increase in mass increases your orbit-raising time because the thrust is extremely low with these thrusters,” Betaharon said.

The lower satellite in the tandem stack is beefier to carry the load of the spacecraft riding on top.

“The advantage you get with xenon-ion is very high ISP (specific impulse, or efficiency), but the consequence is that the thrust is low and it takes longer to get from the transfer orbit to geosynchronous orbit,” Connelly said. “The basic science of the transfer orbit doesn’t change, it’s just the amount of time to get through the orbit-raising period.”

File photo of an ion thruster test firing. Credit: Boeing

The thrusters are the same as the units flown on previous Boeing satellites, and they work by consuming xenon gas, using electricity to ionize the propellant, the spitting out plasma at high speed. The thrust delivered by the four engines on each satellite is comparable to the pressure exerted by holding a piece of paper, but the upside is the thrusters can fire nearly continuously.

The xenon-ion propulsion system has flown on Boeing satellites since the 1990s, officials said, but the thrusters were previously only used to keep the spacecraft in position in geosynchronous orbit or in conjunction with liquid-fueled jets.

The extended orbit-raising phase will expose the satellites to Earth’s radiation belts for longer periods than usual. Connelly said Boeing engineers analyzed the spacecraft’s resilience to radiation, and added shielding to ensure some components on deployable appendages escape damage.

Connelly said the satellites can accommodate more than 700 pounds of xenon, which was loaded aboard the Eutelsat and ABS spacecraft before they departed Boeing’s factory in El Segundo, California, for the trip to Cape Canaveral.

The design streamlines payload processing at the launch site because the satellites do not have to be fueled with toxic propellant, cutting the time it takes to prepare the spacecraft for liftoff.

The satellites will unfurl their communications antennas while transiting from the Falcon 9’s drop-off orbit to geosynchronous altitude, where their speeds will match the rate of Earth’s rotation, causing the craft to hover over a fixed geographic point.

Then the satellites will begin two-to-four weeks of testing before entering service late this year.

ABS 3A’s destination is at 3 degrees west longitude, blanketing the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East with television programming, Internet services, cellular backhaul, and maritime communications capacity.

“If everything goes well, and we have no issues with the electric thrusters, it should be in orbit and operational around the end of August or the beginning of September timeframe and last for about 22 years,” Betaharon said.

The ABS payload hosts 24 C-band and 24 Ku-band transponders, replacing and extending communications coverage currently provided by the ABS 3 satellite, which launched in 1997 and is nearing the end of its life.

“Virtually every geographic market you can see from that location, we are covering it with C- and Ku-band,” Betaharon said. “Also, the Ku-band beam covering Europe allows us to have a trans-Atlantic coverage from Europe to North America. That can be used for navigation or for other in-flight connections.

“Every service you can imagine that can be provided via satellite can be provided with this one,” Betaharon said. “We’ve got a very high-performance satellite, and the beams are very powerful, and some of the capacity is already spoken for ahead of time.”

The Eutelsat 115 West B satellite will slide into a parking slot at 114.9 degrees west longitude over Latin America.

“The launch of the next-generation Eutelsat 115 West B satellite is a milestone that will position us as a major satellite operator across the continent,” said Patricio Northland, CEO of Eutelsat Americas.” It will transform the 114.9 degrees west orbital position that is already a neighborhood of choice for fast-growing high-speed data and mobility markets in North and South America.”

Eutelsat acquired the spacecraft launching Sunday with the French operator’s purchase of Mexico’s Satmex in 2014. Satmex originally negotiated the satellite’s manufacturing and launch deals with Boeing, SpaceX and ABS in 2012.

“This satellite will address data services, including broadband access, cellular backhaul, VSAT solutions and social connectivity,” said Michel de Rosen, CEO of Eutelsat.

The new satellite — fitted with 34 Ku-band and 12 C-band transponders — will replace a former Satmex spacecraft launched in December 1998 and reach customers in a wide swath of the Americas from Alaska to Patagonia. It also carries an instrument package for the Federal Aviation Administration to improve air navigation over the United States.

Eutelsat says it is the first of five new spacecraft the company expects to launch this year.

For telecom operators, going with an all-electric satellite design is a trade that could make sense for spacecraft on the smaller end of the mass spectrum. For larger satellites with power-hungry communications missions, chemical propulsion is still a viable solution, Spiwak said.

“The economics are quite attractive, but the businesses cases and schedules need to match up regarding mass, payload accommodations and other things,” Spiwak said.

Airbus Defense and Space has unveiled its own all-electric satellite design since Boeing announced its new platform in 2012. Airbus has sold three of its all-electric satellites in the last year, and Spiwak said Boeing has confirmed commercial orders for five all-electric Boeing 702SP satellites, including the spacecraft set for launch Sunday.

Boeing officials also disclosed last year the company had sold three satellites with only electric propulsion to the U.S. government for classified missions.

Eutelsat, ABS, Boeing and SpaceX are teaming up for a nearly identical launch of two more satellites on a Falcon 9 rocket before the end of 2015.

The other all-electric satellites being built by Boeing have not been assigned to a launch vehicle. One of the new-design Airbus satellites with a plasma propulsion system will launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, and the other two are contracted to lift off on Ariane 5 rockets in 2017.

“We’re on contract for these first ones with SpaceX, but different launch vehicle providers are looking at how to accommodate the stacks,” Spiwak said, adding the platform is compatible with the Ariane 5, Proton, Falcon 9, Atlas 5 and Delta 4 rockets.

“We’re not married to SpaceX,” Spiwak said. “It fits very well on the SpaceX Falcon 9, and there’s some great economics associated with that. But we can launch on any launch vehicle that the customer is able to procure or if they want us to procure it, we’ll go after that and see what fits.”

Russia's Yamal-601 Teleco Sat to b launched in 2018

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russias_Yamal_601_Telecommunications_Satellite_to_Be_Launched_in_2018_999.html

The Khrunichev Space Center and Gazprom Space Systems reached a deal on Wednesday to launch Russia's new Yamal-601 satellite in 2018.

Yamal-601 will provide telecommunications services to customers in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia.

The satellite will be launched by the Proton-M carrier rocket, and is set to replace the Yamal-202 at the end of its operational lifetime.

The two companies also agreed on a 15-year cooperation deal.

"We created a whole series of proposals, which were welcomed by our client, and we ended up with a mutually beneficial cooperation agreement for 15 years. Our strategic partnership shows that changes in the Khrunichev Center are going in the right direction," the center's acting CEO Andrey Kalinovsky told reporters.

The Moscow-based Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center is one of the world's leading launch system producers.

JSC Gazprom Space Systems develops and operates satellites, as well as ground telecommunications infrastructure. The company is majority owned by Russian energy giant Gazprom.

Aereo bankruptcy auction raises less than $2m

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/02/27/75842/

Internet entertainment streaming service Aereo, which late November 2015 filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 reorganisation in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, has garnered less than $2m from an auction of company’s assets, despite suggesting at the time there was “very substantial interest in the assets”.

Aereo suspended its operations June 28th 2015 following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters.

“We are very disappointed with the results of the auction. This has been a very difficult sales process and the results reflect that,” William Baldiga, counsel for Aereo and partner at Brown Rudnick said in a statement.

Advanced television technology specialist TiVo has secured Aereo’s trademark, customer lists, among other assets, and the company’s patent portfolio was bought by RPX Corporation. Alliance Technologies has bought Aereo’s equipment.

Aereo has retained some of its assets for a potential later sale.

Belgian card-sharers further penalised

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/02/27/belgian-card-sharers-further-penalised/

In a joint card-sharing case brought by a number of members of audiovisual anti-piracy body AAPA, the court of appeal of Liège (Belgium) has upheld the decision of the court of first instance (in Dinant) and increased the penalty for an illegal card sharing network operator and his accomplice.

The operator of the card-sharing network hosted approximately 400 users and advertised his card sharing services through eBay in conjunction with the sale of specifically adapted decoders. An accomplice also sold subscriptions to the operator’s network in exchange for a percentage of the subscription fee. The Court of Appeal analysed in detail the card-sharing system and declared the system to be illegal and contrary to EU law and its national implementing measures.

At first instance, the card sharing network operator had been sentenced to 150 hours of community service (or a six months jail sentence) by the criminal court of Dinant. The card sharing network operator appealed this decision and the Court of Appeal of Liège has now confirmed the infringement and increased the penalty to 250 hours of community service (or an 18 months jail sentence) and a fine of €1,800 (or an additional three months of imprisonment).

The accomplice was convicted by default to a sentence of five months imprisonment, and a fine of €550.

In addition, the Court of Appeal declared the income generated by the illegal practices forfeited (the amount was capped by the court) and awarded damages to the AAPA members that had brought the claim.

During police investigations it was established that since the start of the network in 2007, the operator had earned over €100,000 from the illegal activities. The investigative judge found links between card sharing networks in Belgium, France and Russia. The investigation also showed that the card sharing operator had filed false declarations of theft with pay-TV providers after the cards used for the card sharing network had been seized by the Belgian police.

Christine Maury Panis, Vice-President of AAPA and Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of Viaccess-Orca, said the case was a first, involving a joint action by most of the major pay-TV operators and conditional access providers in Europe. “Although the legal process has been at times slow, the result is positive. The decision provides an unambiguous and strong signal to courts, prosecutors and pirates that card sharing is clearly illegal and subject to severe and significant sentences. AAPA will continue to facilitate collaboration amongst its members in the fight against piracy, whether for card sharing cases or for streaming or for new areas such as cloud piracy. It will also continue to work with enforcement agencies, EU institutions and others to ensure that there is greater awareness of audiovisual piracy,” she confirmed.

The judgement is still subject to appeal to the Supreme Court on points of law.

ISRO proposes to launch 10 satellites every year

From http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/isro-proposes-to-launch-10-satellites-every-year/article6950091.ece

S.K. Shivakumar, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, speaking at the Science Day celebrations at Sona College of Technology in Salem on Sunday. —PHOTO: E. LAKSHMI NARAYANAN

Taking a big step in space exploration, the Indian Space Research Organisation has proposed to launch 10 satellites every year beginning 2015, said S.K. Shivakumar, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, here on Sunday.

Speaking at the Science Day celebrations at Sona College of Technology, he said that currently five satellites are launched by India every year of which most of the satellites are for our own use. “We need to expand our space programme and hence, planned for 10 launches from this year,” he added.

He said that India had launched 72 satellites from 1975 till date and the 73{+r}{+d}satellite for navigation is scheduled for March 9 launch. The scientist behind the successful Mars Orbiter Mission said “solving technology challenges in each state, micro level planning, multi-level review and collaborative engineering efforts of all ISRO centres is the success behind our space programme.” He called upon each engineering student to contribute for the nation’s growth through their innovative skills and asked them to be technically updated.

“ISRO welcomes students from all engineering streams as tremendous opportunities are available,” he added. When a student asked why satellites were launched from foreign countries, he said that “it was to exhibit our calibre and strength to foreign nations.”

C. Valliappa, Chairman, Sona Group of Institutions, said that the college is carrying out research for supplying a component for Chandrayaan 2 mission to the ISRO.

He explained the institution’s contribution in supplying various components for ISRO’s earlier missions.

K. Karunakaran, Dean and coordinator for the event, V. Jayaprakash, Principal, C.V. Koushik, Director of Academics, and others spoke.

As part of the week-long Science Day celebrations, exhibitions, paper presentations, quiz and seminar on patent rights were conducted.

About 300 students displayed projects that focused on earthquake resistant building, energy from speed breakers, power generation through water flow in households, mobile security alert and others.


Sunday, no update