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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Supercheng TV、Police Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。[10-31]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,M Tunes HD(印度)等一组频道新增,设置3837 V 7200参数免费接收。[10-31]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Muslim TV 1(外语)频道新增,设置12655 H 3254参数免费接收。[10-31]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Test Chennel For AB(测试)频道新增,设置12553 H 17500参数免费接收。[10-31]
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11972 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,BBTV Channel 7(泰国)频道改频率,设置3842 H 2900参数有条件接收。[10-31]
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Dozens of Top Networks to Sell Primetime TV Ads Using AOL’s Adap.tv–in Australia

From http://blogs.wsj.com/cmo/2014/10/30/dozens-of-top-networks-to-sell-primetime-tv-ads-using-aols-adap-tv-in-australia/

Believe it or not, MTV, Fox Sports, E!, Discovery and A&E are going to start selling primetime TV programming via a digital ad exchange instead of old-fashioned human salespeople. That’s right — the TV business is going fully programmatic. The three martini lunch from the “Mad Men” era is officially gone.

But only in Australia.

Multi Channel Network (MCN), the Australian media sales company which sells ads for 70 different cable networks, is set to launch a private marketplace for  TV using AOL 's Adap.tv platform. That means advertisers will be able to buy TV ads using ad technology and data in a similar fashion to online advertising.

“This is linear TV in every single daypart,” said MCN’s Group Sales & Marketing Director Mark Frain.

 How is that possible? In the U.S., TV executives have been super cautious when it comes to embracing “programmatic” selling of TV inventory. One reason is that U.S. TV network’s haven’t traditionally had much trouble selling ads. And many TV executives fear that any form of automated ad selling means lost jobs and falling prices.

But in Australia, Mr. Frain said, despite facing the same sort of initial apprehension, the market is more inclined to embrace programmatic ad sales, in part because the market is smaller ($4 billion vs. $70 billion in the U.S.) and more centralized. MCN represents a huge swath of the Australian cable market, including networks affiliated with NBC Universal, Viacom and Fox, so it is able to push forward such initiative with less resistance, said Mr. Frain.

Plus, MCN has already tried this sort of thing with its cable partners’ online video ad inventory over the past few years. “As we’ve watched that grow we’ve only seen premium pricing and yield grow,” said Mr. Frain. Thus, success in Web video has whetted TV sellers appetites to try more automated selling for TV ads, he says.

MCN has spent the past several years building out technology designed to help bundle linear TV ad space. Now, it plans to make that inventory available to advertisers using Adap.tv’s platform. Plus, buyers will be able to employ data from thousands of pay TV homes via MCN’s proprietary Multiview product for ad targeting purposes. They will have the ability, for example, to deliver ads to households that purchase specific products.

Does MCN’s aggressive move mean that we’ll see a wave of change in the way the world sells TV advertising, and that the TV upfront in the U.S. will suddenly be completely automated by next year? Probably not, given how fractured, complicated and large that market is.

Adap.tv is actually running some tests with U.S. TV networks currently, though it doesn’t say which. “We’re not going to change people’s opinions [right away],” said Dan Ackerman, Adap.tv’s head of programmatic TV. “But we’re cautiously optimistic.”

John Drinnan: MySky move to outshine Neon

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11350832

Subscribers will be offered much more content.

Sky's Neon will deliver TV shows such as Fargo, as well as movies.

The subscription video-on-demand service Neon is the brightest light in the new Sky TV product lineup announced last week. The new service will offer movies, and TV shows such as Girls, Fargo and True Blood.

Sky wants Neon to outshine Quickflix and Netflix, and Spark's Lightbox, which launched just two months ago. But in the medium term I believe Neon will be eclipsed by the second new initiative announced by Sky TV.

Thanks to a software upgrade of their MySky personal video recorders, Sky subscribers will be hooked up with the internet. They will then have access to hundreds of hours of extra content on demand, downloadable from the net on to the MySky boxes.

So while Neon focuses on the 50 per cent of viewers who do not get Sky, the MySky upgrade will aim to retain the 50 per cent who do subscribe, at a time when there is extra competition.

There is a lot at stake for a pay television market in transition.

Sky no longer owns that market, the way it did through the nineties and noughties. It's true that it still has numerous advantages, not least in its established relationships with Hollywood studios and the ability to tag on-demand rights on to its existing deals.

But competition is getting tougher.

Aussie TV networks such as Nine are joining the pay TV game and most observers expect US service Netflix - already accessible via back-door subscriptions - to be officially available in New Zealand next year.

Spark is willing to subsidise the growth of its Lightbox service, and that means offering consumers a cheaper deal - $15 a month compared with Neon's $20. Neon may be able to counter Lightbox by offering a better product. Sky is promoting itself as a premium brand, but doesn't intend to increase MySky prices.

Sky could make Neon so appealing that it swamps Lightbox and Quickflix. But it cannot afford to make Neon so appealing that it takes subscribers from its linear channels, cannibalising its main revenue earner. That is where the second aspect of Sky's internet TV strategy comes in - linking MySky to the net, with extra content.

A new high-definition electronic programme guide will provide an improved interface to Sky's vast range of entertainment. If customers can't find something they want to watch on Sky channels, they'll have hundreds of choices at the push of a button or two on their Sky remote. The acronym for this service is EVOD - entitlement video on demand.

Astro boss: industry lacks entrepreneurialism to improve ‘flawed’ TV measurement system

From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2014/10/astro-boss-henry-tan-adland-lacks-entrepreneurialism-tackle-measurement-conundrum/

The bosses of Asia’s largest media buyer and Asia’s largest pay-TV companies faced off on the contentious issue of measurement at the CASBAA Convention in Hong Kong today, after the COO of Malaysian pay-TV giant Astro, Henry Tan, accused the media industry of having lacked the entrepreneurialism to find new ways to measure pay-TV audiences for advertisers, and “hiding” behind the existing system even though its users forever complain that it is “flawed”.

In response to a question tabled by CASBAA chairman Marcel Fenez, the global leader for the entertainment and media sectors at PwC, Tan began with saying: “The sad truth is that measurement methods have not caught up with viewing habits.”

“We want to know what’s working with what target groups, and for advertisers to take corrective measures. That’s fundamentally important,” Tan told delegates at Asia’s largest annual pay-TV event.

The media industry is still “stuck” with using traditional methods of measuring TV, Tan said, and has failed to take “an entrepreneurial view” on how to improve the way audiences are measured.

“Everyone says it [the current measurement system] is flawed, but everyone still uses it. Why not use your common sense? Surely there are other inputs that can be used,” he said.

Tan suggested that media agencies combine TV ratings with social media and audience engagement data to create a new measurement system “to go back to advertisers with.”

“This is my view on audience measurement, but the [media] industry isn’t doing that,” he said.

“People hide behind the system and blame the system, rather than be practical and address the issue,” Tan said.

Also on the panel was Ricky Ow, who is just under a year into his role as president of Turner Asia Pacific, the owner of CNN and Cartoon Network. Ow said that measurement issue was an area “of weakness that we need to address.”

He said that while some data was available locally, it was missing in key markets such as Japan.

Like Tan, he suggested that media agencies, which are now armed with mature data analysis capabilities, use big data as an additional “layer” to aid their understanding of media consumption.

“I think it should be done straight away. But what’s the barrier?” Ow said.

Fenez then turned to the APAC COO of GroupM, Mark Patterson, a CASBAA board member and its representative for the advertising industry, who was sitting in the front row of the audience.

In response, Patterson faced the audience and said that the industry had been trying to get “aligned to answer this question [over measurement] for the last three years.”

There have been eight to 10 different views tabled by stakeholders for how to tackle the measurement conundrum, Patterson said.

The barrier, he said, was “money”.

“As individual channels, it’s hard to get people to put the funds together to generate scaleable data to achieve the objective of growing pay TV revenues,” he said.

“We’ve tried various systems, but when it comes to the practical issue of dollars, there is a barrier.”

“Some people,” Patterson suggested, “are nervous about what the data will reveal.”

“Some people don’t ask questions because they don’t want to know the answers,” he reiterated.

Tan said that using a system that incorporated data from new sources such as social media could increase the audience sample base 10-fold, and his company would be prepared to invest in a better way to measure reach.

“Our view is that we’re not happy with a broken system and will put money where our mouth is,” he said.

Fenez then moved on to the question of how pay-TV can increase advertising revenues.

Tan began by saying that advertisers have “the tendency to be schizophrenic” in their approach to television.

Qualifying the comment, Tan said: “TV is becoming more complicated, but advertisers want a simple, short solution.”

“But there isn’t a short solution if you want an effective one,” he said, referring to the variety of different channels pay-TV companies now offer.

A more complicated array of media channels, “complicates how you measure performance,” Tan went on, before lamenting the influence of advertiser procurement departments on the way media inventory is now bought.

“Seriously, is that how you measure engagement, is that what content is about?” Tan questioned, alluding to the volume buying deals that advertisers often demand to reduce cost.

The practice of buying “as much as possible for as cheap as possible” favours only “pure efficiency,” he said.

Advertisers needed to wake up to the reality that “viewing patterns are changing,” Tan said.

Tan suggested that improvements to the quality of Astro’s content have only resulted in “minus marks” from a system that has not kept up with, for instance, the impact of high-definition programming or over-the-top (content delivered via the internet) services on viewership.

“The better I serve my customers, the bigger problem it seems to be for advertisers,” he said.

Celestial Classic Movies To Launch On Astro

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3744

Celestial Tiger Entertainment (CTE), the operator of the largest bouquet of pan-Asian channels dedicated to Asian entertainment, announced today that its classic Chinese movie channel, Celestial Classic Movies (CCM), will launch on Astro, Malaysia’s leading pay TV platform and Kristal Astro in Brunei in November.

CCM will be made available on Astro and NJOI, reaching 4.2 million households in Malaysia and Brunei. To serve this broader audience and to ensure that its content is relevant to the audience, CCM’s movies will include Bahasa Malaysia subtitles.

“We are very excited to partner with Astro to bring Celestial Classic Movies to audiences in Malaysia and Brunei. With this carriage, CCM is now in almost every country in Southeast Asia. Furthermore, we are glad that Astro agrees with us on the potential of CCM, particularly the vast line-up of Kung Fu movies, to reach beyond the Chinese segment and cater to a broader audience in Malaysia and Brunei,” said Ofanny Choi, Executive Vice President, TV Networks, Celestial Tiger Entertainment.

Choo Chi Han, Vice President of Chinese Customer Business, Astro said, “As one of Southeast Asia’s leading content and consumer companies, Astro has constantly evolved its content proposition for our growing customer base. Leveraging on the strength of our longstanding relationship with CTE, we are confident that CCM will resonate among our customers especially those who enjoys classics.  CCM will be available on our basic Family Pack starting on 16 Nov 2014.”

Launched in 2008, CCM presents Chinese movie masterpieces by tapping into the world-renowned and digitally-remastered Shaw Brothers Film Library as well as other Chinese movie libraries. CCM viewers will be able to enjoy timeless classics covering a wide variety of genres including Kung Fu and Huangmei Opera. Kung Fu movies featured will include iconic blockbusters such as The One-Armed Swordsman, The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, Come Drink With Me, and Blood Brothers.

In addition to Malaysia and Brunei, CCM is also carried in 10 other countries, making the Celestial branded channels, the most widely-distributed Chinese movie service in Asia Pacific. Besides CCM, Astro also carries CTE’s flagship channels Celestial Movies, Celestial Movies HD and KIX HD.

SES, GEE sign long-term satellite connectivity partnership

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-gee-sign-long-term-satellite-connectivity-partnership--1046275

Satellite operator SES has signed a deal to provide Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) with a global, Ku-band satellite bandwidth for the company’s in-flight connectivity system.

As part of the long-term agreement, GEE and SES will work together to provide in-flight connectivity systems to airlines around the world. GEE will offer airlines global connectivity coverage using SES’s worldwide satellite network. The agreement includes access to the existing SES network, as well as to upcoming high throughput satellite (HTS) spot beam-based systems, providing significant increases in bandwidth speeds. The partnership enhances GEE’s position as a leader in the in-flight entertainment and connectivity (IFE&C) market. GEE provides airline customers with innovative content, connectivity, and digital media solutions that drive passenger engagement and enable ancillary revenue opportunities.

The parties see the cooperation deal as the beginning of a strong strategic partnership.

U.S. court awards ABS-CBN US$10 million in Internet piracy case

From http://manila.coconuts.co/2014/10/28/us-court-awards-abs-cbn-us10-million-internet-piracy-case

The question is, can the guilty party cough up the cash?

"The U.S. court in Oregon ruled in favor of ABS-CBN in a $10 million copyright infringement lawsuit filed against website operator Jeffrey Ashby," reports ABS-CBNnews.com.

The report noted: "The US Federal District Court in Oregon ordered Ashby to pay the network US$10 million for damages resulting from his infringing the copyrights and well-known trademarks of ABS-CBN by rebroadcasting its TV shows and movies on video streaming websites."

Ashby owned and managed the sites watchfilipinotv.com, watchfilipinomovies.com and pinoytalaga.com, among others. All three sites have since been shut down.

Elisha Lawrence, associate vice president of Global Anti-Piracy for ABS-CBN International, stated, "Jeff Ashby is the first of many pirates that we are pursuing."

TV's complicated future: Casbaa 2014

From http://www.campaignasia.com/Article/391627,TVs+complicated+future+Casbaa+2014.aspx

HONG KONG - The debate of quantity versus quality, and which is more valuable, is a philosophical question you might not expect to play out in the TV arena.

Ow (left) and Tan at Casbaa. Photo taken by host Marcel Fenez.

After all, TV is the very definition of mass media. But the schism has become an issue to the industry, in a way that should concern advertisers.

The irony, in the words of Astro’s COO Henry Tan during the closing session at Cassbaa convention in Hong Kong, is improving service to subscribers only earns ire from advertises.

The catch, as he explained it is “TV is becoming increasingly complicated but advertisers want a simple, short solution. The reality is there isn’t a simple, short solution if you want a good, effective one.” And therein lies a conflict.

At the conference, TV executives from around the world come together for a few days to discuss industry challenges and possible solutions. Piracy is an unrelenting anxiety that may never be exorcised from these events but in the closing talk on Wednesday, two APAC TV giants, Tan and Ricky Ow, APAC president of Turner, spoke frankly about the ancillary challenges that branch off from the issue.

As with the print industry, advertisers fund a great deal of TV’s operations and profit. So operators, channels, studios and networks all need to protect their turf in order to keep the mass audiences that attract those advertisers.  Piracy of course threatens that but as it turns out so do some of the piracy solutions.

From the convention overall, it’s clear the TV industry recognises that there is demand for the medium’s content to be available on other screens, in non-linear fashion and compatible with other formats. Even Tan himself agreed, as a consumer, he wants what he wants when he wants it. And more than once speakers and audience members suggested it might be time to adopt an iTunes-like approach, giving people an easy to use a la carte way to pay for content.

Behind what you watch on the big screen is a huge ecosystem. One set of players owns the delivery (cable, satellite, free-to-air), another the channel or network brand and still another owns the studios and content production. It's a system that’s evolved since the medium’s birth and like a giant steamship, it is not about to change course in the span of a few years. If a studio, for example, was to make its content available easily and directly to consumers, it could find itself locked out of the rest of the food chain and the risk of starvation in that case is real.

At the same time, pay TV subscriptions are still growing organically. Despite the digital pressures of piracy and cord cutting, businesses that own the TV pipes feeding content into homes are still seeing their markets expand, especially in APAC where emerging markets are the tide lifting all boats. So in short, there is still too much money to be made via the tried-and-true model to yet warrant any change.

Abandoning the old way for something new, at this stage, is not a likely decision any of the players are willing to make. These are mainly large firms, many multinational, and all run by boards, shareholders, committees,etc. To shift direction they would all need alignment but consensus decisions rarely take you anywhere other than a place of guaranteed income. No one loses a job where money still being made, even if the market has an entirely different prospect plainly visible on the horizon.

In the US in the 1970s, the country’s auto makers kept churning out big cars, unconcerned with fuel costs and believing Americans didn’t care what a new model was like so long as it was bigger than last year’s. What followed was a mass surrender of market share to foreign brands making smaller cars (ie what the public wanted). There might be a lesson in there.

The TV viewing public has made it clear they still want TV content but they want to consume it differently.

“You talk about TV everywhere—it complicates the way you aggregate and measure the performance,” Tan highlighted. Because of that complexity, he speculates, advertisers then tend to delegate the responsibility of unwinding the issue to their procurement departments. But the mindset at that juncture also has its own bias, one that will be familiar to readers looking at the industry from an ad agency perspective. Tan says the base line for procurement is, “How many people [viewers] do you get and what’s the lowest price?”

“Now seriously, is that how you measure quality?” he asked. “The practice,” he said, is still focusing on “as many as possible, as cheap as possible.” Astro is the largest pay TV platform in Malaysia and Tan contends that the company’s responsibility is to give its paying customers engaging content, when, where and how they want it. That’s his point on quality. “But that’s not even factored in, in terms of advertising value,” he said.

“The more I serve my customers [offering content on mobiles or with time shifting, HD, etc], the more I’m penalised from advertising,” Tan said. Each innovation, HD, multiscreen viewing and IPTV, which his customers demand, fall outside the traditional metrics that advertisers rely on to gauge their TV spending. So in short, immeasurable essentially means non-existent.

Both Ow and Tan agreed that measurement methods have not caught up to viewer habits. But there is substantial time and tradition invested in the existing system and, more concretely, changing it means major monetary investment.

Print has faced almost the exact same set of circumstances and resistance to change ultimately trounced newspaper profits. Again it’s worthwhile to bring up the chart that shows ad revenue plummeting back to 1950 levels.

Programmatic buying on digital platforms has shown that advertisers like to buy specific sets of eyeballs that are well engaged with the content they are consuming. Print publishers had a great deal of trouble accepting digital metrics early on but those who have learned to utilise it, such as Buzzfeed and Huffington post, are demonstrating profitability.   

Old measurement methods count the quantity of views [or readers]. But digital measurements can be a better meter for quality. And the later is the metric Tan and Ow advocated during the closing session at Casbaa. But it seems everybody in the industry is still looking to the next guy to go first.

“So what’s holding us back?” session host and PwC’s global lead for entertainment and media, Marcel Fenez asked.

“Ask him,” said Ow pointing at Tan.

Intelsat under pressure

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/30/intelsat-q3-under-pressure/

Intelsat’s Q3 numbers showed the operator is still under pressure with quarterly revenues falling from $651.8 million last year to $608.6 million (down 6.6 per cent year-on-year) in the three months to September 30th.  There were revenue falls in all of Intelsat’s key divisions, including its all-important Network Services which registered a fall in revenues of some $12 million, and Media which fell $5 million. However, its ‘Government Services’ saw the largest drop ($24 million) which reflected the cut-back and sequestration reductions imposed over the past year or so.

Despite these pressures, some of which are outside Intelsat’s direct control, the operator delivered EBITDA levels of near-80 per cent, although its contracted backlog also fell back some $200 million to $10.1 billion.  Intelsat Chairman and CEO, Dave McGlade, said, “While our third quarter revenue of $609 million reflects the current environments for our African network services and our government businesses, we continue to demonstrate our ability to deliver attractive Adjusted EBITDA margins. At $485 million, or nearly 80 per cent of revenue, our robust margins contribute to strong cash flow generation.

“The successful launch of Intelsat 30 represents a return to the launch pad after nearly a year and a half, the first of a series of launches over the next 18 months that will result in a significant enhancement to our marketable capacity. In advance of these launches, we are working on critical elements of our service offerings to ensure that we have access to unique technologies and capabilities that will enable new services on our network. These services will position us to address much larger end-markets than today, particularly in the areas of broadband infrastructure, mobility and new media applications.”

Free Streaming Site Sues Ad Verification Service For Allegedly Cutting Off Millions In Revenue, Calls Them 'D-Bags'

From http://www.businessinsider.in/Free-Streaming-Site-Sues-Ad-Verification-Service-For-Allegedly-Cutting-Off-Millions-In-Revenue-Calls-Them-D-Bags/articleshow/44985559.cms

Alki David, FilmOn CEO.

FilmOn, a free TV streaming service highlighted this week by Forbes as one of the 10 companies changing the TV industry, is suing online ad verification service DoubleVerify for blacklisting the site as "copyright infringing" and "adult content."

FilmOn alleges that these classifications could result in the site losing out on millions of dollars of ad revenue from wary advertisers.

FilmOn provides hundreds of live TV channels and on-demand programming to the web, both for free and with some content behind a subscription. It says its current service is within the realm of the law and that it should not be treated as a copyright infringer. The company is also meeting with US regulators the FTC next week to see if it can become recognized as a cable system, which would enable it to pay retransmission fees to broadcasters and stream hundreds more channels for free.

FilmOn CEO, Greek billionaire and media entrepreneur Alki David, told Business Insider it has been so difficult to redress the issue with DoubleVerify, his company was left with no option but to sue in order to raise awareness of the issue to the wider industry and hopefully remove the tarnish from its name in the eyes of potential advertisers.

"To tell you the truth, the reason we brought the suit is to shed light that they are d-----bags, that they are people who throw legitimate companies under the bus in order to generate a body count," David said.

David could not confirm how much in damages FilmOn is seeking from DoubleVerify, but the suit, filed in the Superior Court in Los Angeles earlier this week, suggests DoubleVerify's actions have caused "millions of dollars in damages by improperly disrupting FilmOn's efforts to market content it owns."

FilmOn's argument is that DoubleVerify is "willfully misclassifying" FilmOn (and potentially other websites) because it is in DoubleVerify's business interests to do. DoubleVerify makes the majority of its money by running analyses of websites for brands and agencies to ensure those websites don't house any fraudulent non-human traffic (otherwise known as bots), that they are safe for brands to advertise against (no porn, pirated, or other nefarious material), and that ads are in a prominent enough position that people will see them.

A DoubleVerify spokeswoman sent Business Insider this statement:

"DoubleVerify delivers impartial, industry-accredited information for the world's largest brands to provide transparency and accountability in online advertising. Transparency threatens those companies whose business models are predicated on practices that some advertisers may naturally want to avoid. We firmly believe that the FilmOn lawsuit is without merit and we will vigorously defend ourselves against frivolous attempts to stifle an advertiser's ability to make fully-informed marketing decisions."

The suit also alleges DoubleVerify is producing malware, bad software that can be designed to scrape people's computers for data and for other malicious purposes. FilmOn says it has reported this to the FBI in the US and Scotland Yard in the UK.

In response to the malware allegation, DoubleVerify says:

"Further, it is irresponsible to suggest that a third party verification service such as ours is directly supporting the same kind of malicious activity that we are focused on eliminating. All of the DoubleVerify verification practices and processes are continuously accredited for their accuracy and integrity by the MRC (Media Rights Council). Since our company started more than 6 years ago this is the first suit like this we have ever received. In the past year, several of the largest movie studios and TV broadcasters have sued FilmOn for the illegal distribution of their copyrighted materials online.

Separately, the Wall Street Journal reported this week that AOL video exchange Adap.tv is one of the more prominent advertising clients that recently stopped working with FilmOn. The report suggests Adapt.tv's checks found that FilmOn was disseminating "bot" traffic - a practice bad publishers use to inflate their traffic in the hope of hiking up their ad rates.

David dismisses these claims as "absolute rubbish" and says that while FilmOn works with a number of affiliate partners, it would never sell on illegitimate traffic to advertisers - and that the company still has a partnership with Adap.tv. FilmOn also works with a research partner, MDot, which flags up potential bots, and issues can be resolved "within minutes," FilmOn commercial director Jill Brook told Business Insider.

Alongside FilmOn, David - heir to the Coca Cola Hellenic shipping and bottling company -also owns home shopping website 9021go.com, the BattleCam.com p2p streaming site and modeling agency Independent Models.

Dish TV exploring possibility of setting up domestic STB manufacturing business

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-exploring-possibility-of-setting-up-domestic-stb-manufacturing-business-141030

MUMBAI: The positive thrust that the cable and DTH industry has been receiving from the current Information and Broadcasting (I&B) Minister Prakash Javadekar is getting encouraging response from the industry.
While the government has classified set top boxes (STBs) as telecom equipment to encourage indigenous manufacturing of STBs, Dish TV has decided to tap into the emerging domestic market.
Reporting improved results, Dish TV MD Jawahar Goel said that the company is ‘re-evaluating possibilities for domestic manufacturing of STBs’.
Speaking to indiantelevision.com, Dish TV CEO RC Venkateish said, “We are exploring the idea of domestic STB manufacturing given the incentive and fillip that the government is keen to provide to domestic manufacturers.” He added that there seems to be an overall trust of the government which is the underlying assumption that indigenous manufacturing will save costs as compared to importing boxes.
Venkateish said that the company is currently evaluating the cost structure for setting up an STB manufacturing unit that will not just provide boxes to Dish TV but to others in the industry as well. Though the company would have to invest in capex and opex for the manufacturing unit, whether this will help them save up the additional cost of custom duties that imported boxes incur, is still a question mark.
Dish TV has reported an addition of 332,000 subscribers in Q2 2015 with lower losses at Rs 15 as compared to the previous quarter.


Not much today, Optus 10 listed at 163.39E. No word yet as time/day date for service transfer from B3


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Apstar 6 134.0°E 4020 V "World Satellite TV and Hwazan Satellite TV" have started on , Fta

Koreasat 6 116.0°E Several updates in SkyLife.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "Bahrain International" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 H "Thai TV Global Network, DLTV 1-15, ETV, Thai TV Global Network, Lao Star, Bayon TV and TVK" have started on .

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11010 V "Sky Net Sports HD and Sky Net Movies HD have started on , Tongfang. Sky Net HD and Outdoor Channel International" have left.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 11052 V "Channel 9" has started on, Tongfang.
Apstar 7 76.5°E 11105 V "Golf Channel Asia" has started on , Tongfang.
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ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Detskiy, 365 dnei TV, La Minor, Boets, Komedia TV, Muz TV and Auto Plus" have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "NTV, U and TNT" have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "LifeNews, Mir, Eurosport 2 North-East, Amedia Premium HD, Nash Futbol, HD Life, RT English and World Business Channel" have left .

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东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,CNBC、Vnews Ttxvn Test(K+)频道新增,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。[10-30]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Vinhlong 1(K+)频道新增,设置11048 H 28800参数有条件接收。[10-30]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Ch-1、Ch-2(测试)等7个高清频道重现,设置3840 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-30]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TV 5 HD 1、Kboom(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[10-30]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,My Cinema(高清)频道新增,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-30]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,C Music(高清)频道新增,设置12610 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-30]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1替换Sky Pet Park(高清)频道,设置11862 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(高清)频道改频率,设置11785 L 21300参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,Encoder 1、Service Name(测试)频道解密,设置4136 V 4330参数免费接收。 [10月30日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,CH 53(测试)频道新增,设置12390 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [10月30日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,CH-101(巴布亚新几内亚)等测试频道消失,设置3784 V 1464参数无效接收。 [10月29日]

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Brand New Australia Channel to launch in Asia

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/brand-new-australia-channel-to-launch-in-asia-141029
MUMBAI: Australian News Channel and Lightning International has announced the launch of Australia Channel, which will have Australian news, business and sport, backed by the resources of Sky News Australia, a joint venture of Australia's free to air networks Seven and Nine, and BSkyB.
Available from 1 November 2014, the channel will deliver 24/7 coverage of news, business and sport, directly from Australia’s state capitals and beyond, to audiences across Asia and around the globe.
Speaking during the annual CASBAA Convention, Australian News Channel CEO Angelos Frangopoulos commented, “Our production centres across Australia are committed to produce high-quality news, business, weather and sports programming in real-time for our viewers to Australia Channel. We are excited to be working with James Ross and the team at Lightning International to deliver the channel to partner operators across Asia and beyond.”
Former CNN anchor Stan Grant will get together with many other notable Australian news anchors to deliver coverage from Australia’s Parliament in Canberra, the commercial centres of Sydney and Melbourne, the Australian Stock Exchange, and the nation’s most famous sporting venues. 
The new service will include comprehensive coverage and updates of Australia’s favourite sports including AFL and NRL, national and international cricket and horse-racing spectaculars such as the annual Melbourne Cup. 
Lightning International CEO James Ross added, “Angelos and his experienced news and production teams have a vast experience of producing channels customised specifically for their audiences, as well as delivering timely content, in a fresh and exciting way. We are looking forward to a long relationship with this fantastic new channel, which has great opportunities ahead of it.” 
The channel will be distributed by content distributor and consultancy Lightning International, based in Hong Kong. Depending on territory, Australia Channel will be available as either a premium channel, or formatted for a broader audience. 
Australia Channel will be aimed at Australian Expats and a wider audience of those interested in Australia and may be located across North Asia, South East Asia, the Pacific Islands and the Indian sub-continent.

Australian News Channel boss says opinion-led content is the best way to hold an audience

From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2014/10/opinion-best-way-draw-audiences-news-channels-says-australian-news-channel-boss/

In a session at a pay-TV conference in Hong Kong on how the creators of the 24-hour news cycle – rolling news channels – can maintain their edge in the age of “always now”, the CEO of Australian News Channel said that opinion was his network’s most effective way of holding an audience.

“The key thing is audience,” Angelos Frangopoulos, CEO of Australian News Channel, said at the CASBAA Convention yesterday. “If you step away from being a news channel, you need to realise that the biggest driver is quality content. We’d identified opinion as a massive driver. Opinion-based shows are our biggest shows. They deliver the numbers, and with the numbers comes revenue.”

In answer to a question from panel moderator Adam Najberg, the Wall Street Journal Asia’s digital editor, on the value of live news, Frangopoulos said: “our business is about live, but what’s the residual value of news? That’s a good question. That’s why we’ve gone down the opinion road.”

At the event, Frangopoulos announced the launch of an over-the-top (available on the internet) service to reach Australian audiences living in Asia. Called Australia Channel, it will be programmed with content from Sky News Australia.

“Our business model is challenged,” Frangopoulos said. “The problem in Australia is that there is a relatively low penetration of pay-TV, although Foxtel [an Australian pay-TV firm] has recently rolled out a new pricing model that we think will turbo charge connections.”

On how traditional news players are responding to “disruptive technology” and the rise of independent new outfits such as Vice, Frangopoulos said that his operation echoes the lean approach of the newer players.

“We don’t have many editors. Journalists cut their own stories and operate the studio control rooms. It looks like a traditional broadcast studio, but we’ve the ripped costs out of it. Every single person we employ has to be journalist or a content maker of some kind. This approach is the equaliser against the startups.”

“Going guerilla” is to become mainstream, Najberg reflected, before asking a panel that included Bloomberg Asia MD Parry Ravindranathan and Thai News Network boss Sompan Charumilinda about their commercial strategies.

“My is job to deliver profit,” Frangopoulos. “I can put my content out on all of our platforms, but fundamentally you have to be careful about putting stuff out there for distribution without monetising it or you risk killing the golden goose. Live video should only go on a paying platform. Subscribers need to know that content has value.”

On the importance of the localisation of news, Frangopoulos said that while his channel uses some content from regional news providers such as CNN, the channel aims to be “100 per cent Australian.”

“I think it’s got to be all local. We’re unashamedly an Australian news channel. We operate hyper local services covering cities such as Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. Localisation is key. We can’t compete with CNN on foreign news. Yes, we’ll take feeds and cover those stories, but we’ll always cover them from a local perspective.”

Foxtel weigh in on geo-blocking debate as Netflix gains

From http://www.cmo.com.au/mediareleases/20799/foxtel-weigh-in-on-geo-blocking-debate-as-netflix/

The Australian government has been urged to investigate a raft of methods to circumvent geoblocking, following the release of the draft report of the Competition Policy Review.

In a boost for Netflix and Australian VPN users, the comprehensive report supported the ways used by consumers to bypass geoblocks such as via use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) or routing through a US Domain Name System (DNS) server.

The report’s proposals are part of a larger discourse that covers shifts in copyright and competition policy to reflect the changes that are being caused by the digitasation of content and distribution.

Issues such as geographical segmentation have caused a consumer backlash as seen by the escalating use of illegal streaming by Australians.

The report also supported the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) views that the reality of consumers bypassing geoblocks has led to a reduction in prices and forced the hand of local broadcasters, studios and retailers to release content at the same time as overseas markets.

Professor Ian Harper, Chair of the Review, said the Draft Report recommendations seek to bring Australia’s competition policy up to date.

“Australia’s competition policy needs to be fit for purpose, and updated for the economic opportunities and challenges Australia will face in coming decades. We face forces for change from increased globalisation, population ageing and new technologies, which are rapidly changing the way our markets operate,” he said.

The Panel’s assessment drew on nearly 350 submissions and close to 100 consultation meetings with a wide range of stakeholders.

The report’s findings suggest that the Copyright Act that no longer works for many Australians and pushes for a new way to fix copyright that balances the interests of all stakeholders.

Foxtel has rejected the recommendations and warned any such move would likely result in job losses and reduced levels of investment.

A Foxtel spokesperson told media that actively encouraging Australians to bypass geoblocks would threaten Foxtel’s business and undermine the subscription TV providers capacity to invest in Australian programs and new technology.

Local broadcasters are already under pressure looking for ways to fend off the set up of Netflix and other international streaming providers locally.

The Competition Policy Review Panel Draft Report is open for consultation until 17 November, with a final report to be submitted to the government in March next year.The Panel will also be holding public forums around the country.

Qantas’ new inflight entertainment takes off from next week

From http://www.ausbt.com.au/qantas-new-inflight-entertainment-takes-off-from-next-week

Qantas passengers will have more choice and variety on their inflight entertainment screens from next week as the airline kicks off what it dubs a “comprehensive transformation” of its inflight programming.

Travellers will enjoy a new wave of news, sport, entertainment and lifestyle programs supplied by Sky News, Foxtel and Fox Sports to seatback screens and beamed over the Q Streaming wireless inflight entertainment service.

Qantas Group Executive, Brand Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Olivia Wirth said the new channels will include "multiple daily news updates seven days a week, 100 hours more TV and movie content, 160 hours of box set viewing, triple the number of new release albums and double the number of blockbusters.”

While Qantas passengers won’t be able to watch Foxtel broadcasts live on board – as was formerly the case with Live2Air on Virgin Australia – timely content such as news bulletins will be updated when aircraft are on the ground throughout the day.

The Red Roo's domestic and international lounges will also screen a new international Australian news service called 'Australia Channel' featuring news, sport and business updates.

Behind the scenes Qantas is also beavering away on a new tile-based menu system for its inflight entertainment which will be optimised for touchscreens such as those of the Qantas Business Suite.

CASBAA: ‘Light touch’ needed for pay-TV regulation

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/29/casbaa-light-touch-needed-for-pay-tv-regulation/

John Medeiros, chief policy officer at the Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia (CASBAA), has called for governments in the region to exercise a light touch in their regulation of pay-TV networks, which he says should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply. He also warned of the perils of ignoring piracy.

Writing an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post as the international television industry met in Hong Kong for its annual CASBAA conference, Medeiros noted it was a US$53 billion business that had grown from nothing in the past 20 years, but it was facing an uncertain future – largely because while the industry is trying to live in the present and prepare for the future, Asian governments are living in the past.

“In every Asian market, there are now competing free- and pay-TV services. But governments continue to approach this type of broadcasting as if we were living in the 1950s – with limited bandwidth and a small number of free-to-air licensees, providing programming aimed at a common-denominator mass market,” he claimed, noting that the reality was different, with the number of channels available to most homes now measured in hundreds, with fragmenting audiences seeking special-interest programmes. “In wired markets like Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea, consumers are choosing TV services that allow them to see what they want, when they want, on the device they want,” he wrote, suggesting the Internet had become a massive TV distribution network – mostly for unpaid pirated programming, but also for a few (in Asia) legitimate TV services.

He claimed that governments were still acting as if it were important to control the world of linear broadcasting even as people migrate to other forms of viewing. “They pretend censorship of pay-TV content is effective, as if it were not easy for consumers to go online and find uncut versions. This gives a push to piracy (as the uncensored versions are usually pirated ones) and it entices consumers into the netherworld of internet bottom-feeders who advertise and support piracy websites. This needs to change, and the changes should come on both the ‘demand’ and ‘supply’ sides,” he declared. “Governments should seek to channel demand for TV and movies to legitimate, authorised, taxpaying content supply routes. The massive growth of Internet piracy must be stemmed.”

According to Medeiros, the supply of content needs to be nearly as deregulated on pay-TV networks as it is on the Internet. “This is not a major problem in Hong Kong, which has a relatively ‘light touch’ regulatory system, but that is not the case in other Asian markets. Pay-TV networks should be freed from archaic regulations, inequitable censorship controls and unfair tax burdens which are not levied on online content supply,” he said.

He warned that the rise and proliferation of the online piracy ecosystem now presented the very real possibility that growth of the TV industry could be choked off. “We can already see that the goose that is laying the golden egg for tax revenue, employment generation and creative industry stimulus is starting to gasp for breath. In another few years, Asia could find itself with domestic production hollowed out, as everybody watches pirate TV streamed over the Internet from outside the region. It’s not a pretty picture,” he concluded.

Mezzo Live HD to launch in Hong Kong, Mongolia and Philippines

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/music-and-youth/mezzo-live-hd-to-launch-in-hong-kong-mongolia-and-philippines-141029
MUMBAI: Mezzo, has announced a series of deals in three key Asian markets that will see ‘Mezzo Live HD’ launch in Hong Kong, Mongolia and the Philippines this year.  
The channel will be accessible to subscribers on TVB Network Vision, Skytel and DDish. 
Attending the CASBAA Convention, Lagardere Active TV SVP TV sales & business development Jean-Rene Aucouturier declared, “We are thrilled to announce our first series of deals in the Asia-Pacific region, only a few months after launching the channel. This shows there is a clear demand for our premium music content, and we certainly hope to carry this momentum forward with a range of new initiatives and deals for 2015.”
 ‘Mezzo Live HD’ features classical and jazz concerts with full content in HD with over 80 per cent self-produced from international venues like Paris’ Opera, London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s Scala or Moscow’s Bolshoi.
Asia-Pacific representative for MEZZO Live HD, Lightning International’s CEO James Ross added, “We have had a fantastic response to the channel from our partners and operators, and we will shortly be announcing a raft of additional carriage agreements across the region.”
The channel will be ramping up its efforts to showcase more localised content in 2015 with new partnerships in the works in Sydney, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and elsewhere.

CASBAA Convention 2014 Kicks off to Debate the Future of Content 'Beyond the Box'

From http://www.stockhouse.com/news/press-releases/2014/10/29/casbaa-convention-2014-kicks-off-to-debate-the-future-of-content-beyond-the-box

What will the world look like beyond the boundaries of linear TV?

HONG KONG, Oct 29, 2014 - (ACN Newswire) - The annual CASBAA Convention kicked off yesterday with a look at how the content world will change with the advent of over the top streaming services and digital content. With the theme 'Beyond the Box', the convention gathered professionals from the cable and satellite broadcast industry from key operators and technology carriers to content providers, marketers and media, to discuss the pertinent topics facing the industry right now and how Asian players in this field can adapt to stay ahead of the content game.

The 21st CASBAA Convention was officially opened by Professor K C Chan, Acting Financial Secretary, Government of Hong Kong SAR. He commenced proceedings by commenting how content, cable and satellite industry professionals now "realise the importance of thinking outside the box to recognize the opportunities beyond the box".

The inevitable change to existing business models was a key theme throughout the day. Jon Feltheimer, CEO of Lionsgate said that industry stalwarts need to recognise that "the more we hold on to the business models of today, the more we open the door to change makers and entrepreneurs of the future" whilst Andrew Rashbass, CEO of Reuters talked about the need to "develop a new business model with a fundamentally different cost basis". James Rosenstock, EVP for Discovery Corporate, underscored Discovery's views on the future delivery of content by highlighting the channel will be "agnostic about how we deliver our content".

Another core theme was responding to the appetite of the consumer. Jon Feltheimer saw their job as "to accommodate the disruptive consumer", whilst Jim Samples, President, International from Scripps Networks Interactive, commented, "whilst technology has changed, what hasn't changed is understanding the consumer and knowing what they want".

The business of content and production was also heavily discussed with the "best content knowing no boundaries" according to Jon Feltheimer. David Haslingden, CEO of NHNZ, felt that there was never a better time to be in the content production industry, "it will be the golden age of television everywhere". He talked about the opportunities for transmedia production where consumers could interact with content with their "tablets, TVs and even physical products". Jim Samples highlighted how they were looking at "producing local but scalable content" with a need to "understand the competitive market and tailor their approach accordingly". A panel discussion revealed how HBO, A+E Networks, Universal Networks International, Tata Sky and Viacom I8 Media are all making successful forays into local content with productions such as 24 India, Grace, Serangoon Road and Super Model Me. Kim Moses of Sander/Moses had a different take on local content and stated her intent to "more aggressively look at other markets [to bring their formats] to Hollywood".

The immediacy of news content was discussed by Andrew Rashbass as Reuters TV is set to launch a curated 'always-on' news channel. Andrew commented that the number of news posts online highlighted that consumers are still interested in news but that today's connected consumers no longer need a daily 9pm news fix "the future of high quality TV news has to respond to the needs of the 'always on' generation with customized content".

The piracy issue in Asia was tackled extensively with Mike Weatherley MP, Former Intellectual Property Advisor to the Prime Minister, UK Parliament, giving examples on how the UK government has taken steps to combat the piracy industry and protect intellectual property. He commented how governments couldn't win the war alone and that search engines, advertisers and even payment providers need to be accountable "follow the money has the potential to be the main disrupter of pirate sites around the world". He highlighted how the industry needs to take baby steps to solve the problem but that progress was underway. Even Google had embarked on initial discussions about what it could do to protect property rights. Stuart Rosove from Irdeto had a different view believing that piracy was yet to reach its peak stating "we will see a spike in piracy".

Technology was discussed mainly in connection to mobile video consumption. A panel to discuss the adoption of 4G offered that 4G alone was not enough; new technologies should be developed to work simultaneously with 4G to handle the amount of traffic. Tim Wai, Regional Sales Director of Ericsson, commented how they were "building up scale to handle that type of content". Nicholas Wodkte, VP of Media Solution Center, Samsung, mentioned that some players were looking at alternative "ways to circumvent the prohibitive costs of 4G". Partnering with telcos was discussed as a way for content providers to generate revenue for their content. Alex Lambeek, EVP, Mobile and Digital Partnerships, APAC, FOX International Channels, asked the burning question "how do we get consumers to pay for content?" and suggested that Hollywood producers need to get savvy about what's going on in local markets and build pay structures accordingly.

Multichannel networks also took centre stage with a look at the type of content popular on these channels and creating 'brand safety' for advertisers. Youko Tudou CEO, Victor Koo, ended the day talking about 'multiscreen convergence' and how big data has, and will, help them "tailor make and adapt our shows to our audiences much more quickly." He sees Youko Tudou "as uniquely positioned as they are at the convergence between technology and media", which helps them monetise content through their fan economy. Joint partnerships with production companies have also been a successful strategy for Youko Tudou with Koo breaking news of the company's latest venture; a collaboration with Endemol China to produce a ten-week run for Big Brother China.

CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter, felt that the session provided invaluable insight into creating and managing new content platforms 'Beyond the Box', "Like any good story, the narrative of today's CASBAA Convention had a beginning, middle and end; we started with the globalisation and delivery of content, before moving on to content localisation in Asia. We then took a look at evolving business models and adapting to the growth of mobile before wrapping up with a focus on the success of one of the most prominent Asia video providers. Navigating the territory beyond linear TV offers our members a tremendous business opportunity and we hope today's sessions gave our members food for thought.

The CASBAA Convention continues today with more impressive speakers, including Danny Keens, Global Chair of TV, Twitter; Bruce Tuchman, President, AMC & Sundance Channels Global; Barry Cupples, Global CEO, Investment, Omnicom Media Group and much more.

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


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

For enquiries, please contact:

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

Amy Chan/Fiona To
Ogilvy Public Relations
Tel: +852 2884 8421/ +852 2884 8521
Email: amy.chan@ogilvy.com / Fiona.to@ogilvy.com

Source: CASBAA

Satellite Launched for Air Force’s GPS Program

From http://www.laht.com/article.asp?ArticleId=2358729&CategoryId=13936

WASHINGTON – The United Launch Alliance company, a consortium comprised of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, on Wednesday successfully launched a satellite for the U.S. Air Force’s GPS program on board an Atlas V rocket.

The rocket lifted off at 1:21 p.m. from the SLC-41 launch complex at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The launch comes a day after the failed launch of an Orbital Sciences rocket carrying a cargo capsule into orbit with more than 2 tons of supplies for the International Space Station. The rocket blew up in a spectacular explosion seconds after liftoff from the space complex at Wallops Island, Virginia.

The Atlas V will place the GPS IIF-8 satellite into orbit, which is the eighth in a series of new generation global positioning satellites that will circle 17,700 km (about 11,000 mi.) above the Earth.

The IIF-8 incorporates several improvements to provide greater precision and signal improvement for GPS users.

This is the third GPS IIF satellite launched on board an Atlas V rocket and the 50th launch of a rocket of this type.

Russia puts Meridian Communications Satellite into orbit: Defense Ministry

From http://www.news.az/articles/region/93143

A Meridian communications satellite has been put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center, the Defense Ministry's spokesperson told RIA Novosti Thursday.

"The Soyuz-2.1a carrier-rocket, launched Thursday, has successfully put the Meridian satellite into orbit," Col. Alexei Zolotukhin, a spokesperson for Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces said, according to RIA Novosti.

This is the seventh Meridian satellite put into orbit. Two of the previous six launches were unsuccessful, while one was declared partially successful.

The last successful launch of a dual-purpose Meridian-series telecoms satellite took place on November 14, 2012. The satellite was put into orbit by a Soyuz-2.1a carrier rocket launched from the Plesetsk space center in northern Russia.

Meridian-series communication satellites are used for both civilian and military purposes. They are designed to provide communication between vessels, airplanes and coastal stations on the ground, as well as to expand a network of satellite communications in the northern regions of Siberia and the Russian Far East. These satellites are designed to replace the older Molniya series.

Decades-old Soviet engines powered US rocket that exploded

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Decades-old_Soviet_engines_powered_US_rocket_that_exploded_999.html

Orbital rocket explodes after launch
Washington (AFP) Oct 29, 2014 - An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

"The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off," NASA mission control in Houston said, describing the blast at Wallops Island, Virginia, as a "catastrophic anomaly."

Orbital's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost.

After the countdown, the base of the tall, white rocket ignited on cue, then rose a short distance into the air before it suddenly exploded in a fiery blast six seconds later.

Enveloped in flames, the rocket collapsed to the ground, as a cloud of dark gray smoke rose from the wreckage.

Officials said the cost of the rocket and supplies was over $200 million, not including the damage caused on the ground.

Investigators swiftly secured the perimeter of the area and forbade any outside interviews of witnesses or staff, citing classified equipment that had been aboard the spacecraft.

As night fell, fires were seen burning at the coastal launch pad, where waves lapped at the shore.

It was unclear what caused the explosion, which occurred at 6:22 pm (2222 GMT).

"Something went wrong, and we will find out what that is," said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president at Orbital Sciences.

He said investigators would evaluate the debris and analyze the rocket's telemetry to uncover the exact sequence of events.

All personnel in the area were accounted for, and there were no injuries, officials said.

There was, however significant property damage at the launchpad.

It was the first nighttime launch of an Antares rocket, according to Orbital's pre-launch blog.

Engineers said the countdown had gone smoothly, and there were no issues apparent with the machinery before the launch.

"We don't really have any early indication of what might have failed," Culbertson said.

- Space station well-stocked -

The mission, known as CRS-3, was to be Orbital's fourth trip to the ISS, including an initial demonstration flight.

Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said the space station was well-stocked and that no "absolutely critical" cargo was lost in the blast.

Orbital has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA for a total of eight supply missions.

After the US space shuttle program ended in 2011, leaving no government program to send humans to the space station, private companies raced to restore US access.

SpaceX's Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to make a supply journey there in 2010. Its next trip is scheduled for early December.

The Cygnus craft, which is shaped like a massive beer keg, made its first journey to the ISS in 2013.

Unlike the Dragon, which returns to Earth intact, the Cygnus burns up on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the launch failure and would continue to receive updates on the probe, the White House said.

The Orbital Sciences rocket that exploded after launch was powered by a pair of rocket engines that were made during the Soviet era and refurbished, experts said Wednesday.

The Ukrainian-designed AJ-26 engines date back to the 1960s and 1970s, and Aerojet Rocketdyne of Sacramento, California has a stockpile that it refurbishes for Orbital Sciences.

Orbital described the AJ-26 engine on its web site as "a commercial derivative of the engine that was first developed for the Russian moon rocket that would have taken cosmonauts to the moon."

In 2010, the company announced it would use the engines for its Taurus II rocket because "it achieves very high performance in a lightweight, compact package."

The Soviet Union poured $1.3 billion in investment over a 10-year period into developing the engines and building more than 200 of them in all, Orbital said.

Space analyst Marco Caceres of the Teal Group told AFP that the AJ-26 is "a powerful engine" that was designed to launch people to the moon, but never did.

"They did have problems with that engine back in the '60s and ultimately they stopped manufacturing it," he said.

In 1993, Aerojet began developing design modifications to make the engine suitable for commercial launches.

The staged-combustion, oxygen kerosene engines underwent testing at NASA's Stennis facility in Mississippi.

In May, an AJ-26 engine blew up during a ground test there, but in the immediate aftermath of Tuesday's accident, officials declined to link the two incidents.

Orbital Sciences has begun investigating the cause of the rocket failure at Wallops Island, Virginia but has not released any conclusions yet.

Orbital engineers said there was no alarming signs leading up to the sunset launch.

The accident was the first catastrophic failure since private companies began supplying the International Space Station in 2010.

- Order to detonate -

The rocket exploded about six seconds after it lifted off from the seaside launch pad Tuesday at 6:22 pm (2222 GMT).

A ground controller at Wallops Island issued a command to destroy the vehicle, Orbital representatives said in a press conference late Tuesday, but gave no details on why.

"It is kind of standard procedure, that if you get something in your readings that indicate it is going to fail, you would detonate it sooner rather than later," explained Caceres.

"You don't want that vehicle to fly very high if you know it is going to fail."

John Logsdon, former director of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, agreed.

"There was something dramatic happening to lead the range safety officer to issue a destruct command," Logsdon told AFP.

"They know that something was really wrong and they have all the data from the rocket so it should not take long to find out what went wrong."

It was also the first attempt to launch the Antares 130, a more powerful kind of Antares than the 110 and 120 models that have flown in the past.

"I imagine they will be looking at a lot of issues," said Caceres, including whether there was too much weight on the rocket, or if there was a fuel leak or a corrosion problem.

Russian space station resupply rocket launches, doesn't explode
Washington (UPI) Oct 29, 2014 -A day after a space station resupply rocket exploded in midair only seconds after launching from Wallops Island, in Virginia, the Russian space agency made things look embarrassingly easy -- successfully linking up a ship full of precious cargo with the International Space Station.

Launched early Wednesday morning, the Progress M-25M spacecraft (also known as 57P) docked and delivered supplies to ISS astronauts only hours after taking off from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The cargo ship was carried into space by a Russian Soyuz rocket -- three tons of supplies in tow.

The successful launch and linkup completed a reversal of fortunes and upturned the recent narratives surrounding the space programs of the U.S. and Russia. A series of high profile mistakes have had Russian space officials blushing in recent months, while commercial space flight companies in the U.S. have forged ahead with expanding capabilities and new, improved technologies.

But with the explosion of Orbital Sciences' Antares rocket Tuesday evening -- just a day after its the launch was postponed by the unexpected presence of a stray boat -- Russia's tried and true Soyuz rockets are looking a bit better.

Tuesday's explosion not only destroyed the robotic cargo ship and rocket built by the Virginia-based company, but also obliterated more than 2 1/2 tons of supply materials. NASA officials said they were investigating the mishap, but insisted ISS astronauts would manage fine without the delivery and that NASA's work with Orbital would be undeterred.

"Orbital has demonstrated extraordinary capabilities in its first two missions to the station earlier this year, and we know they can replicate that success," William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Directorate, said in a press release after the incident.

"Launching rockets is an incredibly difficult undertaking, and we learn from each success and each setback," Gerstenmaier added. "Today's launch attempt will not deter us from our work to expand our already successful capability to launch cargo from American shores to the International Space Station."

Ahead of Tuesday's rescheduled Antares rocket launch, NASA officials predicted the blastoff would be visible (weather permitting) up and down the Eastern Seaboard. They didn't expect, however, that it would be an exploding fireball lighting up the skies.

Dish Dawgs the pioneers in satellite dish removal

From http://www.thecarbondalenews.com/article/20141029/NEWS/141029701/10054/NEWS

For nearly 30 years, Scott Spinucci has been working for billion-dollar telecom companies like Time Warner and getting multiple start-up companies off the ground, while spending his “spare time” as an inventor creating four patent-pending innovations.

has been working for billion-dollar telecom companies like Time Warner and getting multiple start-up companies off the ground, while spending his “spare time” as an inventor creating four patent-pending innovations.

Now he’s at the forefront of launching an entirely new industry, as the owner of a satellite dish removal and recycling business using a brand new technological breakthrough he developed himself.And he’s doing it here in Carbondale.

“We’re the pioneers in this industry so what could be better than being in the Pioneer City?” he offered. “It’s really kismet, for lack of a better word.”

And so, last Wednesday afternoon, Scott held the grand opening celebration for Dish Dawgs at 17 Park Place, and he expressed how excited he was to be establishing a business site here in town. The company also has locations in Wilkes-Barre and the Poconos.

“The last time I was in Carbondale was five years ago, and I’m just super-impressed with the progress that the city has made since then,” he explained. “There’s a great deal of potential here now, along with the charm and character of the town.”

Scott said he founded the company in 2012 and developed the triple-protection technology since then that assures a “water-tight, roof right solution” to home dish removal. He also put together “a board comprised of absolutely brilliant people, including a former NASA scientists, a Ph.D. and a couple MBAs.”  

It all came about, he noted, when he was working for a major cable company and, “like any businessman, you see a need so you try to fill it.”

“DirecTV, dish or cable companies do not remove satellite dishes,” he explained, “and many people don’t want to go up onto the roof of their home because they’re afraid they might get hurt or just end up doing more damage trying to remove the dish.”

“As a result, you see a lot of homes with two, three or more dishes on them,” he offered. “Well, what we offer is the removal and recycling of those dishes, not only providing this triple protection but at the same time something that is aesthetically pleasing.”

Scott said his new business office in Park Place is really more of a home base, since all consultations are done at the homes of customers or potential customers.

“We’re always out in the field and we offer free assessment, whether it’s one dish or multiple dishes, for anyone who is interested in our service and wants to give us a call,” he related. “They say only fools rush in, so we spent a lot of time studying this and preparing for it, and now we feel we’re ready to go.”

Dish TV reports improved results for Q3-2015

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-reports-improved-results-for-q3-2015-141029
MUMBAI: Reporting earnings for the current quarter (Q2-2015), Dish TV India Limited (Dish TV) announced addition of 3,78,000 subscribers in the quarter taking net subscriber base to 1.21 crore at the end of the quarter. The company added 3,32,000 subscribers last quarter and 164,000 subscribers in the corresponding quarter last year.
The subscription revenue for the quarter rose 12.2 per cent to Rs 616.8 crore y-o-y while the total operating income (Total Income from Operations - TIO) at Rs 672.3 crore was 11.9 per cent more than Rs 600.8 crore in Q2-2014 and 4.9 per cent more than Rs 640.6 crore in Q1-2015.
Also reporting the half yearly result, the HY1-2015 TIO for the company at Rs 1290.8 crore was 7.2 per cent more than Rs 1203.9 crore in HY1-2014.
The company announced a decline in loss for the current quarter at Rs 15.1 crore as compared to Rs 8.53 crore in the corresponding quarter last year and Rs 16.05 crore in the trailing quarter.
The total expenditure of the company for the current quarter also rose to Rs 661.9 crore, 11.1 per cent up from Rs 595.5 crore in Q2-2014 and 5.2 per cent more than Rs 628.8 in the trailing quarter.
The company reported the total expenditure for HY1-2015 at Rs 1290.8 crore which was 7.2 per cent more than Rs 1203.9 crore in HY1-2014.
The increase in total expenditure can be attributed to rise in Employee benefit expense (EBE), advertising expense (AE) and selling and distribution expenses (S&DE).
The EBE for Q2-2015 was reported at Rs 25.16 crore, up 12.6 per cent from Rs 22.34 crore in the corresponding quarter last year and 1.6 per cent lower than the trailing quarter.
AE in Q2-2015 at Rs 17.7 crore, was 39.4 per cent more than Rs 12.7 crore in Q1-2015 while the selling and distribution expenditure rose 22.1 per cent Q-o-Q.
The S&DE comprises of commission and other selling and distribution expenses.
The commissions for the company in Q2-2015 was reported at Rs 60.74, 12.2 per cent more than Rs 54.12 crore announced in the immediate trailing quarter and  41.3 per cent more than Rs 42.96 crore in Q2-2014.
While the other selling and distribution expenses at Rs 53.8 crore jumped 42.1 per cent from Rs 37.86 in Q1-2015 and 74.9 per cent from Rs 30.76 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.
ARPU for the second quarter increased to Rs 172 from Rs 170 in the previous quarter. Despite significantly higher activations, churn continued to be at a healthy 0.7% per month. Festival driven, higher selling and distribution expenses resulted in the EBITDA margin being marginally lower at 24.1% compared to 24.5% in the previous quarter, said the press release.
EBITDA for the quarter was Rs 162.3 crore, up 4.4 per cent as compared to Rs 155.4 crore in the corresponding quarter last fiscal.
Talking about the overall industry growth, Dish TV chairman Subhash Chandra said, “The industry, led by Dish TV, recorded a healthy 38% Y-o-Y growth in gross additions during the second quarter of fiscal 2015.”
“Our performance during the second quarter is a reflection of our belief that a financially stable business is best placed to capitalize on any growth opportunity. While we have been growing in the right direction, growth without healthy returns to our shareholders falls below our aspirations. However, we are committed to generate them and by focusing on revenues, expenses and balance sheet quality we are building near term benefits for all our stakeholders,” he added commenting on the company’s earnings report.
Adding to the same, Dish TV MD Jawahar Goel said, “Dish TV maintained its leadership position during the second quarter. Buoyed by a healthy growth in HD sales and good traction coming in from sale of the ‘Zing’ brand.”
He further added, “In view of the Prime Minister’s ‘Make in India’ campaign Dish TV is re-evaluating possibilities for domestic manufacturing of Set-Top-Boxes (STB).” High Definition (HD) box sales gained Traction. It comprises of 15 per cent of the incremental additions.
Despite the push back of digitization, ‘Zing’ helped propel the sales of the flagship ‘Dishtv’ brand through a wider reach and top of the mind recall. The newly introduced Sports driven packaging also found instant favor with subscribers, thus enabling Dish TV outgrow the industry growth rate, the press release added.


Foxtel has signed a 5 year deal for more capacity on Optus D3, see news section

Optus 10 now at 163.85 according to the tracking site.


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JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12468 V "Cartoon Network Japan, Kids Station and AT-X" are now Fta.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12523 H "NTV G+, The History Channel Japan, Super! Drama TV and Family Gekijyo" are Fta.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12583 H "J Sports 2, Sky A Sports +, Eisei Gekijo, Home Drama Channel and BBC World News Asia Pacific" on are Fta.
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12598 V "Sky PerfecTV, Tabi Channel, TBS News Bird, TBS Channel 1 and Kayo Pops" on are Fta.
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JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12313 H "Animal Planet Japan and Speed Channel 1" are Fta.
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JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12373 H "Kayo Pops" is Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12388 V "Music Air" is Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12553 H "National Geographic Channel Japan" is Fta
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12613 H "Disney Channel Japan and TV Asahi Channel 1" are Fta.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12718 V "Fuji TV Next, Fuji TV Two, Jidaigeki Senmon Channel and TV Asahi Channel 1" are now Fta.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11070 V "DD Yadagiri has replaced DD Saptagiri" on , Fta.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "Gyan Darshan 2 has replaced Asian Games" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3717 H "TMC" is now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11555 H "NTV Plus Sport Online" has started on , Fta. Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya 2, NTV, Rossiya 24, TNT, STS, REN TV, NTV Plus Futbol 1 and NTV Plus Sport are now Fta.Nostalgia has left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11595 H Nashe Kino, Nashe Novoe Kino, Kino Soyuz, KinoHit, Kanal Disney, MTV Hits, MTV Dance, Uzbekistan, VH1 Classic Europe, Kinoklub, EuroNews, RBK TV, La Minor, TV 3, Sport 1 and NTV Plus Futbol 1 have started on , Fta.

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SKY to undertake major technology upgrade

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/sky-undertake-major-technology-upgrade/5/205733

SKY is embarking on a major technology upgrade for the almost half of NZ homes who enjoy our entertainment service. An upgrade to our broadcast Headend will take place over the satellite with no effort required by SKY customers, laying the foundation for exciting future service upgrades.

The upgrade, taking place in the early hours of October 30 2014 is expected to take six hours and will have minimal customer impact. SKY asks customers to please be aware of the following impacts that may affect those viewing in the early hours of the morning;

All video and audio channels will be unavailable, displaying the ‘rain fade’ message for approximately five to 15 minutes in the early hours of the morning;

The Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) will not be updated during this time, so any late changes to programme times could affect MY SKY recordings;

Customers will not be able to remote record through sky.co.nz or via the SKY app during the upgrade.

Following the upgrade our service will resume as normal and SKY customers will not notice any immediate differences. Importantly, this is a building block for exciting improvements to the MY SKY service.

In the New Year, all MY SKY decoders will have the ability to connect to the internet through the existing Ethernet port with an Ethernet cable or a WiFi device. A newly designed, high definition EPG will provide an improved interface to SKY’s vast range of entertainment. Customers will be able to file all episodes of a series under one show listing and download internet delivered Video On Demand (VOD) content among other improvements.

Plenty of on demand content will be available, so if SKY customers can’t find something they want to watch on SKY channels, they’ll have hundreds of choices at the push of a button or two on their SKY remote. SKY customers can download content straight to the TV for SKY channels they subscribe to when the broadband connection is set up. So, for example, if you subscribe to MOVIES and your broadband connection is in place, a large on demand library of movies can be viewed at no extra cost through MY SKY.

Sky tipped to outperform share market

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/257961/sky-tipped-to-outperform-share-market

Sky Network Television's share price is expected to perform better than the share market generally over the next 12 months, as it moves closer to doubling its content capacity and launches new services.

Sky will upgrade all its subscribers to internet-enabled MySky decoders, from early next year, which will cost about $100 million over 18 months.

The upgrade will double Sky's useable satellite capacity, so it can deliver richer content.

Sky is also launching Neon, an internet-based, on-demand, movie and television service aimed at non-subscribers, which is available at $20 a month, without a contract.

Forsyth Barr's media analyst Blair Gaplin said the changes will strengthen Sky's market position and improve its ability to retain customers.

He said it is a lot cheaper to keep a customer than win a new one, and for any company "return churn" is critical.

Sky TV's shares rose as much as 7 cents this morning to $6.20 after gaining 20 cents on Friday.

More HD channels coming to Foxtel satellite

From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65859-more-hd-channels-coming-to-foxtel-satellite

Foxtel is adding nine more HD channels to its satellite service thanks to a new agreement with Optus.

Among the changes coming to Foxtel next month is an increase in the number of channels offered in high definition from 25 to 36.

Thanks to a new agreement between Foxtel and Optus, these extra HD channels will be available to satellite customers.

The new HD channels are 13th Street, Arena, BoxSets, Eurosport, Fox Sports 4, Fox Sports News, History, Universal Channel and World Movies.

The agreement will run for five years in the first instance.
"Foxtel has been an Optus customer for over 15 years and we're pleased to continue working together to provide a broader variety of HD content to Foxtel customers across Australia," said Optus Satellite vice president Paul Sheridan.

Foxtel has been using the Optus D3 satellite since its launch in 2009.

Optus D3 is primarily used to deliver direct-to-home services across Australia, but it also provides backup capacity to New Zealand.

Australian online video ad market $780 million by 2019

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/28/australian-online-video-ad-market-780-million-by-2019/

Approximately 11.6 million Australian Internet users aged 15 to 65 have watched online video in the last six months. This represents a percentage of 83 per cent in 2014; an increase over 68 per cent in 2012.

Frost & Sullivan’s latest report, Australian Online Video Market 2014 reveals that Australians aged 15 to 65 that watch video at least once a month on a smartphone has increased from 34 per cent in 2013 to 51 per cent in 2014, whereas on tablets the percentage has increased from 29 per cent to 47 per cent. News is the most popular type of content viewed on mobile devices. 21 per cent of consumers watch it on most days, and a further 24 per cent watch it at least once a month on average. There is gaining popularity in live broadcast programs such as sports and news.

As online video consumption grows, so does online video advertising. Growth of online video advertising outperformed all other major online general advertising segments, including online display advertising. For the 12 months to June 2014, the online video advertising market grew by 60 per cent, accelerating over the growth of 55 per cent in the year prior. The online video advertising market is predicted to grow from $198 million in 2014 to $780 million in 2019, with growth rates tapering off as the market matures. Expenditure on mobile video ads has increased strongly over the past 12 months; a trend that’s expected to continue over the next few years.

Phil Harpur, Senior Research Manager, Australia & New Zealand ICT Practice, Frost & Sullivan said, “Several factors are stimulating consumption of online video in Australia. There is a higher and growing proportion of longer form content of all online video content watched, and a growing proportion is premium content such as movies or TV shows. Viewing patterns are being aided by improving data allowances from internet service providers, and a greater range of content availability from subscription video on demand (SVoD) providers.”

Uptake for local OTT SVoD services from providers such as Quickflix is modest, and global players such as Netflix have yet to formally enter the Australian market. However, more local and international providers are expected to enter the OTT SVoD market in 2015, and competition will increase. Foxtel recently launched its Foxtel Go and Foxtel Presto services, whilst Google recently launched its OTT Chromecast device in Australia.

“Online video content is now a core part of the strategy of many online publishers from both a content and advertising perspective. Local online news sites are incorporating more online video content and those produced by online publishers such as Fairfax Media and Yahoo!7 continues to evolve. However, there is still a lack of locally produced ad funded content; a key reason Australians view the majority of popular video content like music, gaming, sports, and movies from overseas websites,” Harpur notes.

Due to a scarcity of video ad spots, video ad pricing for premium inventory, especially long form content, has increased significantly. However, non-premium ad rates are declining due to growing over-supply of ad spots in the market.

Brands and ad agencies see video as an important part of the overall video and TV ad buying process, and as a way to extend the reach of FTA TV campaigns. The market is moving towards a complete solution for buying video across traditional TV broadcasting and online video channels.

The video ad exchange ecosystem has evolved significantly over the last two years, with less distinction now between the traditional roles of a video ad platform provider and a video ad network. Key providers in the market include Google Ad exchange, The Video Network (TVN), TubeMogul, SpotXchange, Adconion, Adap.TV and VeNA.

The proportion of online video ads traded programmatically in Australia as a proportion of the total ads traded has increased strongly during the last 12 months. However, the majority of this trading is for non-premium inventory. Increasingly, ad agencies and brands are placing their online video inventory directly through ad exchanges, and some are building their own trading desks.

Orbital rocket explodes after launch

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Orbital_rocket_explodes_after_launch_999.html

An unmanned rocket owned by Orbital Sciences Corporation exploded Tuesday in a giant fireball and plummeted back to Earth just seconds after launch on what was to be a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

"The Antares rocket suffered an accident shortly after lift-off," NASA mission control in Houston said, describing the blast at Wallops Island, Virginia, as a "catastrophic anomaly."

Orbital's unmanned Cygnus cargo ship was carrying 5,000 pounds (2,200 kilograms) of supplies for the six astronauts living at the research outpost.

After the countdown, the base of the tall, white rocket ignited on cue, then rose a short distance into the air before it suddenly exploded in a fiery blast six seconds later.

Enveloped in flames, the rocket collapsed to the ground, as a cloud of dark gray smoke rose from the wreckage.

Officials said the cost of the rocket and supplies was over $200 million, not including the damage caused on the ground.

Investigators swiftly secured the perimeter of the area and forbade any outside interviews of witnesses or staff, citing classified equipment that had been aboard the spacecraft.

As night fell, fires were seen burning at the coastal launch pad, where waves lapped at the shore.

It was unclear what caused the explosion, which occurred at 6:22 pm (2222 GMT).

"Something went wrong, and we will find out what that is," said Frank Culbertson, executive vice president at Orbital Sciences.

He said investigators would evaluate the debris and analyze the rocket's telemetry to uncover the exact sequence of events.

All personnel in the area were accounted for, and there were no injuries, officials said.

There was, however significant property damage at the launchpad.

It was the first nighttime launch of an Antares rocket, according to Orbital's pre-launch blog.

Engineers said the countdown had gone smoothly, and there were no issues apparent with the machinery before the launch.

"We don't really have any early indication of what might have failed," Culbertson said. Space station well-stocked
The mission, known as CRS-3, was to be Orbital's fourth trip to the ISS, including an initial demonstration flight.

Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator of NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, said the space station was well-stocked and that no "absolutely critical" cargo was lost in the blast.

Orbital has a $1.9 billion contract with NASA for a total of eight supply missions.

After the US space shuttle program ended in 2011, leaving no government program to send humans to the space station, private companies raced to restore US access.

SpaceX's Dragon was the first commercial spacecraft to make a supply journey there in 2010. Its next trip is scheduled for early December.

The Cygnus craft, which is shaped like a massive beer keg, made its first journey to the ISS in 2013.

Unlike the Dragon, which returns to Earth intact, the Cygnus burns up on re-entry to Earth's atmosphere.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the launch failure and would continue to receive updates on the probe, the White House said.

Malaysia Needs Low Earth Orbit Satellite — Measat

From http://www.malaysiandigest.com/news/525358-malaysia-needs-low-earth-orbit-satellite-measat.html

KUALA LUMPUR: It has been suggested that Malaysia needs a low earth orbit satellite for monitoring and detecting communication frequencies following the disappearance of Malaysia Airline Flight MH370 on March 8.

The operator of Malaysia’s satellites, Measat Satellite Systems Sdn Bhd said the need for such a satellite was pressing because it can be the (nation’s) ‘eyes’ and ‘ears’ in

Measat Operations and Engineering deputy president, Zainudin Abdul said the satellite, stationed 300 km above earth, will have a high resolution camera system to take clear photographs, unobstructed by the atmosphere of the earth whether over air or sea.

Meanwhile, a radio frequency detection system can also detect or send much clearer signals to any ship or aircraft, he said.

“In this context, surveillance and tracking are two technologies which must be available on satellites on earth and outer space because it can simultaneously take photographs of the earth’s surface,” he said yesterday.

According to Zainuddin, when a satellite is in a low orbit, the photographs taken will be much clearer but the angle of view will be smaller due to it being closer to Earth.

“If a satellite is placed at a high orbit, we will be able to see the whole surface of the earth but the photographs taken will be less clear because of the distance,” he said.

He said to take clear photographs of the whole surface of the earth required many satellites and continuous surveillance.

He added, Malaysia currently had six satellites but they were all not of the low orbit type.

He said the United States and several European nations produced satellites of this type (low orbit satellites).

Zainuddin said the requirement was also in line with Malaysia’s aspirations which prior to this wanted the implementation of a real time aircraft detection system and sharing of information on flight risks.

Thailand ICT Ministry moots state satellite

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/ICT-Ministry-moots-state-satellite-30246469.html

THE INFORMATION and Communications Technology minister has assigned its space affairs committee to conduct a feasibility study on the ministry's plan to launch a national satellite to provide ICT services to the public, as part of its plan to support the government's promotion of the digital economy.

ICT Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said yesterday that he had told the committee to finish the study within six months. If the project can get off the ground, the ministry will cooperate with the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency of the Science and Technology Ministry to operate the satellite.

He said the cost of the project was expected to be Bt8 billion.

The committee will examine the demand of government agencies to use satellite technology to provide public services, ranging from health care and education to security.

He said that initially the satellite would serve seven ministries - Transport, Public Health, Defence, Interior, Agriculture, Education, and ICT. It was found that all government agencies had together spent many billions of baht a year to lease satellite transponders and related ICT infrastructure of both private and state telecom agencies to provide such public services, he added.

Pornchai said the national satellite is part of the government's digital economy, as it will play a key role in the nationwide infrastructure. The existing telecom infrastructure [of CAT Telecom and TOT] covers about 70 per cent of the country. He said ICT infrastructure was a key factor in the government's digital economy plan.

He said the digital economy idea would permeate ICT technology in all sections of society - government, business, education, and society.

"Now we are working with all stakeholders in the government and have invited experts in digital and economic areas to together draft the digital economy road map. A working committee and an action plan for the digital economy should be ready by early next year," Pornchai said.

In a separate issue, Pornchai assigned the ICT permanent secretary to speed up unsettled legal issues of satellite operator Thaicom in connection with the 2010 asset-seizure case of former PM Thaksin Shinawatra. The ICT Ministry has already set up a committee under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act to handle the issue.

O3b expands network to 12 satellites

From http://www.thedigitalship.com/news/maritime-satellite-communications/item/3486-o3b-expands-network-to-12-satellites

O3b Networks has announced that it will be adding four more satellites to its Ka-band constellation with a December 18 launch from Le Centre Spatial Guyanais (CSG) at Kourou in French Guiana.

The launch will see the third group of four satellites delivered to orbit this year, with successful O3b launches having taken place in both June and July.

Commercial launch provider Arianespace will deliver the O3b satellites into a circular medium earth orbit (MEO) at an altitude of 8062 km using the Russian Soyuz rocket.

The orbit is four times closer to earth than traditional geostationary (GEO) satellites, and O3b says this will deliver performance benefits due to lower latency.

“We are excited to be launching our third set of satellites ahead of schedule,” said Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks.

“The speed of our connections and the applications that we are able to support across our low-latency network are driving incredibly strong demand across all segments.”

“These additional satellites will provide more capacity and drive even higher performance”

The satellites will begin their journey from the Thales Alenia Space facility in Rome to the launch site in early November.

Chinese Long March 2C launches final Shijian-11 satellite

From http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/10/chinese-long-march-2c-launches-shijian-11-satellite/

The Chinese have launched what appears to be the final satellite of the Shijian-11 series. Shijian 11-08 was launched at 06:59UTC on October 27, 2014, using a Long March-2C launch vehicle. The launch took place from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center’s LC43/603 launch complex.

Chinese Launch:

Information about SJ-11-08 came after the launch of the previous satellite in the series, when it became known that both satellites were in parallel processing flows. It was then noted that this was the final Shijian-11 satellite.

According to the Chinese media, the Shijian-11 series are only known to be “experimental satellites”. The satellites were developed by CAST’s China Spacesat Co. Ltd.

As per usual – and using the same information from previous Shijian-11 satellites – the true mission of Shijian 11-08 was not revealed by the Chinese authorities, who noted that this would be mainly used for space science and engineering experiments.

Since its first launch, no one has been able to find the true objectives of this series of missions.

‘Shijian’ means ‘Practice’ and this breed of satellite has been used in a variety of configurations and missions for scientific research and technological experiments.

In fact, the second Chinese satellite launched on March 3, 1971 was Shijian-1, that was orbited by a Long March-1 launch vehicle from the LC2/5020 launch complex of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

Other Shijian missions followed, covering various aspects of space research, exploration and engineering.

In the case of the Shijian-11 series, some observers noted that they could be related to a constellation of operational early warning or missile tracking satellites, carrying infrared sensors. All satellites operate in typical 705 by 690 km, 98.1 degrees orbits.

That first Shijian-11 satellite (36088 2009-061A) was launched at 02:45 UTC on November 12, 2009 by the Long March-2C (Y21) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. We had to wait almost two years to see the launch of the second satellite of the series.

The launch of ShiJian 11-03 (37730 2011-030A), strangely came out of sequence, being lofted into orbit at 04:28 UTC on July 6, 2011, once again by the Long March-2C (Y25) and also from Jiuquan.

The third satellite of the series came only 23 days after SJ-11-03. Shijian 11-02 (37765 2011-039A) was launched at 07:42 UTC on July 29, 2011 from Jiuquan by the Long March-2C (Y24) launch vehicle.

Shijian 11-04 was lost the following August 18 on a rare Long March-2C mishap, although Shijian 11-05 (39202 2013-035A) was successfully launched on July 15, 2013 also by the Long March-2C (Y23) out of Jiuquan.

Shijian 11-06 (39624 2014-014A) was launched on March 31, 2014, at 0246UTC using a Long March-2C and SJ-11-07 (40261 2014-059A) was launched on September 28, 2014, using the Long March (Y31).

The Long March-2C:

The Chang Zheng 2C (Long March 2C) is a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) launch vehicle derived from DF-5 ICBM. It can be launched from either the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center or the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center, with some launched also taking place from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.

The launch vehicle has three configurations. The basic two stage Long March-2C and the Long March-2C/SMA and the Long March-2C/SM, using upper stages.

The rocket is a two stage hypergolic launch vehicle with a total length of 35.15 meters, a diameter of 3.35 meters and a total mass of 192,000 kg. The first stage is equipped with four YF-20A engines. Is has a length of 20.52 meters and a burn time of 122 seconds.

The second stage is equipped with one YF-22A engine, and has a length of 7.50 meters with a burn time of 130 seconds.

A typical flight profile begins with the ignition of the first stage YF-20A engines. At 10 seconds into the flight the vehicle pitches over, reorienting itself to the right launch azimuth for its mission. First stage shutdown comes two minutes into the flight followed one second later by the separation between first and second stage, and second stage ignition.

Fairing jettisoning takes place at 3 minutes and 52 seconds and second stage shutdown takes place at 5 minutes and 6 seconds into the flight. At this time the vernier engines continues to fire until 9 minutes 26 seconds after launch, propelling the vehicle into orbit. Spacecraft separation takes place three seconds later.

This launch was the 197th successful Chinese orbital launch and the 196th launch of the Long March launch vehicle family. It was also the 68th successful orbital launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the 5th launch from this space center in 2014 and the 9th orbital launch for China this year.

The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, also known as the Shuang Cheng Tze launch center, was the first Chinese satellite launch center.

The site includes a Technical Center, two Launch Complexes, Mission Command and Control Center, Launch Control Center, propellant fueling systems, tracking and communication systems, gas supply systems, weather forecast systems, and logistic support systems.

Jiuquan was originally used to launch scientific and recoverable satellites into medium or low earth orbits at high inclinations.

The 603 Launch Platform for unmanned satellite launches is part of the Launch Complex 43 that also includes the 912 Launch Pad for the manned program. Apart of the launch pads, the launch complex has a technical center where take place the preparations of the launch vehicle and spacecraft.

The technical center is composed of the launch vehicle processing and vertical assembly building, spacecraft processing buildings, solid rocket motor processing building, buildings for liquid-propellant storage and processing and the launch control center

Chinese billionaire to build satellites

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/27/chinese-billionaire-to-build-satellites/

Chinese billionaire Wang Jing – worth $6.1 billion according to Forbes’ annual list – wants to start building a low-cost satellite system. Wang, aged 40, is working with Tsinghua University, and plans to have a 5-craft constellation in space within 10 years.

Wang is already backing the building of a new $40 billion canal across Nicaragua to link the Pacific and Atlantic, and by-passing the Panama Canal.

Reported by the Beijing News, Wand has already launched a test craft in September, and wants his satellites to service China and the Asia-Pacific regions and he says will be cheaper to operate than today’s satellites. “The cost of building the satellites with home-grown technology is very low and so we have high expectations on the return on investment in the future,” he is quoted as saying.

China CTV channel for Turkey

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/27/china-ctv-channel-for-turkey/

Chinese channel CTV has launched in Turkey. Founded in co-operation with media group GB Times, the channel will show a mix of entertainment including soaps, documentaries and movies, but will also include Chinese lessons.

“Not only are economic relations between the two countries growing but the cultural relations are also growing” said Yu Hongyang, China’s Ambassador in Ankara, Turkey.

“Followed by millions of people in China, the media platforms of CTV and CTV Youtube will bring together the Turkish audience and the Chinese culture,” said a statement.

Since 2009, when former Turkish President Abdullah Gul paid an official visit to China, Turkish-Chinese relations have been improving. The two countries have signed many energy and economic agreements.

Telecoms satellite in wrong orbit after another Proton glitch

From http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2014/oct/proton-Ekspress-AM6-wrong-orbit.cfm

The Proton rocket has performed about 400 successful launches since 1965 but has been lately plagued with technical problems

Russia’s workhorse Proton rocket has likely delivered a telecommunication satellite into a wrong orbit in only its second launch after a five-month hiatus following a launch failure in May.

The Proton rocket, which has a backlog of about 400 successful launches since 1965, lifted off from Russia’s main cosmodrome in Baikonour, Kazakhstan, on Tuesday 15:09GMT. Despite the original reports that the launch was a success with all rocket stages firing as scheduled, it was later suggested that the rocket’s payload, the Ekspress-AM6 communications satellite, ended up in a slightly incorrect orbit.

Russian officials didn’t confirm the speculations.

According to Russian Spaceweb, the Briz M upper stage responsible for the delivery of the satellite into the geostationary transfer orbit, an elliptical orbit with an apogee some 36,000km above the Earth, may have shut down earlier than required during some of its four ignitions.

The available data suggests the final fourth firing ended 24 seconds early or 50 meters per second short of required velocity. As a result, the satellite may now be in an elliptical orbit with the lowest point 2,500 kilometers lower than expected.

It is likely that satellite controllers will be able to make up for that deficit using some of the on-board fuel. However, such extensive manoeuvres would probably decrease the satellite’s life expectancy.

The Ekspress-AM6, designed and built by ISS-Reshetnev for the Russian Satellite Communications Company, is supposed to provide digital television and radio broadcasting services across Russia as well as voice and data transmission for mobile telephony, Internet access or video-conferencing.

The satellite, with a 15-year scheduled life time, is one of the most advanced telecommunication satellites ever built in Russia.

In May this year, the Russian Satellite Communications Company lost the Ekspress-AM4R satellite built by Astrium as a replacement for another spacecraft lost in 2012 due to a faulty Briz M upper stage – the same as likely responsible for this week’s glitch.

The Ekspress-AM4R satellite in May this year was destroyed after the third stage of the Proton-M launcher malfunctioned, resulting in the spacecraft burning up in the atmosphere only nine minutes after lift-off.

An ensuing investigation identified the probable cause of the failure to be the loss of structural integrity of a bolted interface that attaches the Stage III steering engine turbopump to the main engine structural frame.

The resulting vibrations of the turbopump damaged a fuel inlet of the oxidizer gas generator leading to a fuel leak and a subsequent shut down of the turbopump and loss of stage control.

Russia's space agency Roscosmos only resumed Proton launches in September. The vehicle is a frequent choice of telecoms companies from around the world to deliver their satellites to orbit, all of which have been heavily delayed due to the five-month investigation. 

(Craig's comment, use of this satellite has now been delayed until mid 2015 due to these issues)

Olympics channel gets closer

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/27/olympics-channel-gets-closer/

A meeting of the International Olympic Committee’s Executive Board in Montreux, Switzerland, is recommending that an all-year Olympics TV Channel be set up. IOC president Thomas Bach confirmed that a feasibility study looked good, and while no language plan was specified local reports suggest that the channel will initially be broadcast in English, although the channel might be based in Madrid, home to Olympic Broadcast Services.

The IOC has recommended that the proposal be put before the full IOC membership which is meeting December 8th-9th in Monaco, where approval is anticipated.

The aim of the plan is to appeal to some of the 4 billion viewers who watch the Olympics when the event takes place, and to help focus viewers on the less popular sports which tend not to get coverage in between the main Olympics coverage.

FCC moves to treat online video like cable, a boon for Aereo

From http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/10/fcc-moves-to-treat-online-video-like-cable-a-boon-for-aereo/

Chairman Wheeler: video competition rules shouldn't be a barrier to innovation.TV-over-Internet company Aereo, shut down this summer by a Supreme Court decision, may still pull victory from the jaws of defeat. As was rumored last month, the FCC may be its savior.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler published a blog post today saying that Aereo, and other "linear channels" of online programming, should be allowed to negotiate for programming just like cable companies. Just like satellite companies needed regulatory change in order to be allowed to compete in 1992, Internet video providers should be able to negotiate on the same terms, he wrote.

While Wheeler writes that "Aereo visited the commission to make exactly this point," he emphasizes that this isn't a rule that would be for just one company. Dish, Sony, Verizon, and DirecTV have all showed interest in offering preprogrammed content online, he noted; CBS and HBO, which recently announced it would offer online-only service, may well join in. Wheeler wrote, in part:

I am asking the Commission to start a rulemaking proceeding in which we would modernize our interpretation of the term “multichannel video programming distributor” (MVPD) so that it is technology-neutral.

Twenty-first century consumers shouldn’t be shackled to rules that only recognize 20th century technology.

In Title VI of the Communications Act, Congress created rules to ensure that cable companies that own video content can’t raise artificial barriers to competition by refusing to let their video competitors have access to the programming they own. That worked for satellite providers, and also helped telephone companies entering the video business. I believe it makes just as much sense – and will have just as positive a consumer benefit – for an OTT [over-the-top video provider].

Such benefits follow from innovation. Taking advantage of this rule, new OTTs may offer smaller or specialized packages of video programming, so consumers will be able to mix-and-match to suit their tastes.

Wheeler also suggested that giving Internet companies access to content "locked up" on cable networks could stimulate the growth of competition in high-speed broadband, which has stagnated.


Aereo was found to be violating the TV broadcasters' copyrights by making a "public performance" of their work. After the decision, Aereo pivoted its strategy and said it should be considered a cable company, with the same rights and obligations.

However, at least one federal judge hasn't smiled upon that argument. The federal judiciary saw Aereo as a cable company when it was time to consider copyright infringement—but not when Aereo asked for the same statutory license that cable companies receive by law.

If the full commission agrees to something like the rule that Wheeler is proposing, it would be a huge win for Aereo. The company pursued a strategy of renting tiny antennas to individual consumers as a way to skirt copyright law, but that didn't work—now, it won't be necessary. Instead, Aereo would be able to access would be able to pay relatively low statutory payments to copyright owners.

Without the threat of a shutdown on copyright grounds, Aereo would also be in a stronger position to expand into offerings that aren't strictly over-the-air, adding together cable-owned and broadcast content.

Aereo isn't the first TV-over-Internet company to ask to play by the same rules as cable. A few years ago, a Seattle startup called ivi TV tried to offer TV and DVR services online. But with no FCC support, ivi was left to fight it out with broadcasters in court, where it lost.

In a statement posted on Facebook, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia hailed the move, saying it would provide "much-needed clarity" for video providers like Aereo.

“This is an important step in the right direction for consumers" that will create a "stronger, more competitive television landscape," he wrote. "The way people consume television is rapidly changing and our laws and regulations have not kept pace. By clarifying these rules, the FCC is taking a real and meaningful step forward for competition in the video market. The FCC recognizes that when competition flourishes, consumers win."

The National Association of Broadcasters, no great friend of Aereo, put out a statement saying it would support services that "legally deliver local TV content to consumers where and when they want it." The group added, "We look forward to engaging with the FCC to ensure that this new competition enhances rather than undermines localism."

The proposed FCC rule would only apply to "linear" services, which offer some kind of preprogrammed content, not on-demand video services like Netflix that don't offer scheduled programs.

FilmOn seeks MVPD redefinition

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/28/filmon-seeks-mvpd-redefinition/

Antenna-based Internet television streaming operation FilmOn has joined similar service Aereo in filing a required ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), when it informed the Commission of its intent to commence retransmission of local television broadcast stations to authenticated subscribers in local markets consistent with FCC Rules applicable to Multichannel Video Programming Distributors (MVPD) and subject to any applicable Court Orders or decisions.

In the filing, Counsel to FilmOn explained that prior to the Supreme Court Opinion in American Broadcasting Cos., Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., 134 S.Ct 2498 (2014), FilmOn had established head ends to receive, record and stream local broadcast station video programming to consumers in dozens of designated market areas. The Supreme Court determined such a service was similar to a cable system and had it existed in 1976, Congress would have made clear it intended to cover such service within the right of public performance. Following that decision, FilmOn ceased providing its service. FilmOn continues to litigate issues related to the applicability of the compulsory licence under Copyright Act section 111.

Given recent news reports that the FCC was poised to consider adoption of a Notice of Rulemaking (NPRM) to establish the legal obligations of online linear video distribution services such as FilmOn, within the definition of MVPDs, Counsel to FilmOn emphasised that the platform intends to offer its service consistent with all regulatory obligations.

FilmOn intends to offer TV stations the right to elect must carry or retransmission consent. “FilmOn will also provide programme exclusivity, emergency alerts and information, closed captioning, equal employment opportunity and to otherwise comply in good faith with all of the rules and regulations that govern MVPD service,” says the filing.

Prior to suspending its operations in the wake of the Supreme Court Opinion and subsequent Contempt rulings, FilmOn had sought to differentiate itself from its market counterpart by expressing its willingness to pay necessary royalties for retransmission of broadcast networks, something Aereo had argued didn’t apply to its service.

Counsel for FilmOn urged the FCC to move forward expeditiously to consider and adopt appropriate rules to create regulatory parity between similar services, and promote competition to entrenched legacy video providers that will benefit consumers by giving them more choices. “Moreover, eliminating regulatory uncertainty will spur investment and create an environment where innovation will thrive. Counsel noted that online video distributors are not subject to the same capacity constraints of traditional cable systems or satellite systems and as a result could open carriage opportunities for new, independent and niche video programming services to achieve greater distribution and access new markets historically foreclosed to them,” it suggests.

Kremlin-backed RT to launch UK TV news channel

Service, formerly known as Russia Today, has been criticised as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Russian government

Kremlin-backed RT is to launch a UK TV news channel.

The Kremlin-backed news channel Russia Today, or RT, will launch a dedicated UK TV channel on Thursday to “dissect the implications of major international developments for UK audiences”.

RT, which has been criticised as a propaganda mouthpiece for the Russian government, said RT UK would “focus on the issues that matter most to Britons”.

The international version of RT is already available in the UK. Its new domestic incarnation, on BSkyB and Freeview, will feature five hours of bespoke programming from studios in London’s Millbank.

RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said: ““It has always been RT’s goal to bring new perspectives to our viewers – to show them the side of the story they won’t see on the mainstream channels.

“Now, with a dedicated UK channel, we can serve the needs and interests of the British public by promoting debate and new ways of thinking about specifically British issues.”

The channel, which launched as Russia Today in 2005 before rebranding to RT four years later, has faced accusations of bias including complaints from members of its own staff who resigned over its stance on the Ukraine crisis.

Sara Firth resigned as RT’s London correspondent over coverage of the MH17 plane disaster Photograph: public domain

RT’s London-based correspondent Sara Firth resigned in July this year over its coverage of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, accusing it of the “most shockingly obvious misinformation”.

Four months earlier its Washington-based correspondent Liz Wahl resigned live on air, blaming the network’s “whitewashing” Moscow’s military intervention in Crimea.

The UK edition will feature RT presenters including British news anchor Bill Dod, US financial commentator Max Keiser and journalist and talkshow host Afshin Rattansi.

RT UK will broadcast around the clock with five hours of British programming a day “including live news, documentaries and chatshows”. The rest of the schedule will be made up with content from other RT channels.

RT spans three news channels in English, Spanish and Arabic, including Washington-based RT America. It claims to be available to more than 700 million viewers in more than 100 countries.

A key weapon in Vladimir Putin’s efforts to expand Russia’s soft power, RT is expected to receive about £250m from the Russian government next year, up nearly 30% on its funding in 2014.

On a visit to its studios last year the Russian president told staff that he expected it to be “unbiased” but also to “break the Anglo-Saxon monopoly on the global information streams”.

The funding boost came in spite federal budget cuts in Russia where increasingly severe restrictions have been put on foreign ownership of its media which is dominated by the state. Extra state funding was also given to Russia’s global news agency, Rossiya Segodnya.

RT, whose slogan is “question more”, positions itself as an alternative to western news channels such as the BBC and Time Warner-owned CNN.

It has several times fallen foul of UK media regulator Ofcom, which has a number of investigations into the news channel on-going. They include RT’s coverage of the shooting down of the Malaysia airliner MH17 after it broadcast graphic, unpixelated images of some of the victims, and further graphic scenes of murders by an Isis insurgent in Syria.

A news story about Ukrainian refugees, broadcast in July this year, and a documentary called The Truth Seeker are also being investigated by the regulator over a possible breach of broadcasting regulations.

Ofcom ruled that the news channel twice breached broadcasting regulations on accuracy and impartiality in 2012 with separate reports about the conflicts in Syria and Libya.

The regulator has faced calls to take further action against the channel over its unashamedly pro-Russian take on the conflict in Ukraine.

Firth, the London-based correspondent who resigned over its coverage of the shooting down of MH17, told the Guardian in July: “It got to the point where I couldn’t defend it any more. I have always fought against this argument that RT is an evil network but you wake up and think, that’s just wrong.”

A recently released RT documentary MH17: The Untold Story, posited the theory that it was not a Buk missile responsible for the downing of the airliner, killing all 298 people on board, but cannon fire from another plane.

Ongoing Ofcom investigations into RT


Date: 1 March 2014, 3 March 2014, 5 March 2014, 6 March 2014

Issue: Due impartiality in news coverage of Ukraine crisis

The Truthseeker: Genocide in Ukraine

Date: 13 July 2014

Issue: Due impartiality and material misleadingness in documentary about alleged policy of genocide by the Ukrainian government against the ethnic Russian population

The Truthseeker: Media ‘Staged’ Syria Chem Attack

Date: 23 March 2014

Issue: Programme contained accusations of fakery in news report about conflict in Syria

Ukraine’s Refugees

Date: 18 July 2014

Issue: Due impartiality in documentary about refugees from Ukraine fleeing to Russia


Date: 17 July 2014

Issue: Graphic images of aftermath of MH17 crash


Date: 20 August 2014

Issue: Graphic images of Isis gunman shooting a row of people


Optus 10 is now at 164.33E , B3 is currently at 164.42 (inclined)

Current known signals on B3 @ 164E these may be of use for alignment purposes when Optus 10 becomes active @ 164E

12595 V sr 30000
12389 H sr 7200 "Gwn backhaul"
12438 H sr 45000 data

A Ticker tape on Al Hayat on Optus D2 12608 H says that it is moving to 12706 V Globecast mux
12706 V pids Vpid 1260 apid 1220 MPG2 and FTA (Up there already)

Monday Feeds

IS 19 3846 H Sr 6111 "NYC:545 ENCO" World series baseball (Brendan S)

D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Horses"
D2 12660 V Sr 6111 "Miss Australia Chinese Pageant" Feed.. (Steve J)
D2 12340 V Sr 6669 "RTV-001" Bendigo and Adelaide Bank AGM 2014 (Brendan S)

Sunday Feeds

Baseball feed on IS-19C, 3846H, 6111sr (Steve J)

Optus D2 12545 H Sr 6980 Au beam only cricket Pakistan vs Australia

Feed log D2 2.40 pm NZ

12388 V Sr 15000 "V8 superview HD" Encrypted
12406 V Sr 15000 "World Feed" Encrypted
12424 V Sr 15000 "V8 Ch7_Main_hd" Encrypted
12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Encrypted
12464 H Sr 8569 "Kordia HD VW enca" Encrypted NZ Beam
12482 H Sr 8569 "VW enc b" Encrypted NZ Beam

Weekend feeds

D2 12322 v 7500 Nbl Perth v Sydney FTA
D2 12681V 6669 Horse FTA

From my Email

From saldav1

Monday Asiasat 5 feeds

3755 V SR 7200 $ITTF 25th Oct Dus Men's World Cup Football, DUSSELDORF, ($ Scrambled.)
3870 H SR 14399 Airrace Spielberg Red Bull Air Race, Spielberg, AUSTRIA, (in 4:2:2).
3905 H SR 7200 $BADMINTON PARIS H (is $ Scrambled.)
4175 H SR 7120 $GCUK Enc 4 HIB (Hibernian) vs HEA (Hearts) in the Scottish FA Cup, (is actually FTA.)
4175 H SR 7200 $GCUK Enc 4 (is also FTA) - same programming as that of 4175 H SR 7120.

Weekend Asiasat 5 feeds

4155 H SR 7200 SCjDj_1 CELEBRITY PRO-AM Golf from Mission Hills, Hainan, CHINA with English and Chinese Commentary, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7200 Ch-1 ONE ASIA KOLON KOREA OPEN Men's Golf, (FTA.)
3907 H SR 7200 $BADMINTON PARIS H (is $ Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 6666 Telecity Encoder REIMS vs MONTPELLIER, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $Moto GP World Feed, ($ Scrambled.)
3735 V SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc1 Soccer - J-League, (FTA.)
3710 H SR 6110 SBTM ENC 2 Soccer from Asia, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Soccer - J-League, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7200 MA_FEED_TO_ASIA_A Men's Golf from the Venetian Macau Golf Open, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 7200 Perth Golf IMG Final Round - ISPS HANDA - PERTH Men's Golf from The Lake Karrinyup Country Club, PERTH, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $MotoGP World Feed (and as usual is $ Scrambled!).
3895 V SR 6619 $5 Major League Baseball World Series 2014- Chinese Broadcast and is (actually FTA.)
3877 H SR 7200 Perth Golf IMG ISPS Handa Men's Golf from Lake Karrinyup Golf Club, PERTH, (FTA.) Nice golf course - I know it well!
3745 V SR 7200 Asia Pacific Golf 3rd Round of the Men's Asia-Pacific Amateur Golf Championships from the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 6110 GLOBECAST SYDNEY Today's Horse Racing - Saturday 25th October 2014 - Races 4-9 from Moonee Valley and Races 4-7 from St. Arnaud, (FTA.)
3735 V SR 7200 hy1 Day 3 - Women's Golf - BLUE BAY LPGA from JIAN LAKE BLUE BAY GOLF CLUB, Hainan Island, CHINA, (FTA.) What a perfectly manicured golf course - the course is quite amazing to look at!
3720 H SR 14399 HAINAN Still Video clip presentation only, (FTA.) - different to that of the full golf coverage on 3735 V SR 7200
3867 H SR 7200 MA_FEED_TO_ASIA_A VENETIAN MACAU GOLF OPEN - Men's Golf from Macau Golf & Country Club, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11472 H "Ninh Binh TV" has left .

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 12545 V "ETTV News" has started on , Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "MNC Shop" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4044 V "Da Ai TV Indonesia" is back on , Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3869 H "BBC World News Asia Pacific" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3880 H "Sun TV" has started on again, Fta.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3820 V "Libya Al Watanya" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 4040 H "C Music TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "KHL TV" is Fta

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "Katun 24" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H "Belarus 24" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11665 V "Park Razvlicenii has replaced Belarus 24" on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11531 V "TV 3" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 402 54.9°E 10976 H "Sports Hub" has left .
Yamal 402 54.9°E 12522 V "Bingo Boom" has started on , BISS. Kanal Disney is encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bd vs Zim(印度)频道新增,设置4193 H 7200参数有条件接收。[10-27]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Public Music(测试)频道消失,设置3966 H 14400参数无效接收。[10-27]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,KHL TV(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-27
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet Plus、Star Vijay(印度)等33个频道新增,设置4015 H 14400参数免费接收。[10-27]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,In Diasing(印度)频道新增,设置4177 H 9600参数有条件接收。[10-26]
东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,Utkarsh Channel 1(测试)等全组频道消失,设置11578 H 5000参数无效接收。[10-26]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,МУЗ(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-26]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thong Tin DV替换Ha Noi 2(越南)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。[10-26]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,MGM(亚洲)频道消失,设置3920 V 29720参数无效接收。[10-26]

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Thu Nghiem 3、国家地理(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11085 H 24000参数有条件接收。[10-25]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT(+3)替换HD Life(MPEG-4)等频道,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-25]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,THT(+3)替换HD Life(MPEG-4)等频道,设置12092 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-25]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ABS-CBN Cable、Cinema 1(菲律宾)等频道新增,设置4180 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-25]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(标清)频道消失,设置3856 H 3255参数无效接收。[10-25]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道消失,设置3871 H 7595参数无效接收。[10-25]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Lao Star Channel(老挝)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [10月25日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(泰国)频道加密,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [10月25日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Style TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11093 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月24日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(泰国)频道加密,设置12728 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月24日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Park Razvlecheniy替换Belarus 24(俄罗斯)频道,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。 [10月24日]


Telstra's T-Box faces uncertain future

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/telstras-tbox-faces-uncertain-future-20141027-11cgre.html

Foxtel - which is half owned by Telstra - is set to release a cheaper set-top box, which will carry its Presto subscription video demand service launched earlier this year.

Analysts say its too early to know if Telstra's T-Box has been cast a lifeline after the company launched a partnership with Yahoo7 to offer Channel Seven shows on its personal video recorder and internet television device.

The future of the T-box has been questioned with Foxtel - which is half owned by Telstra - set to release a cheaper set-top box, which will carry its Presto subscription video demand service launched earlier this year.

Telstra's agreement with Yahoo7 will means shows such as The X Factor, Home & Away and Winners and Losers will be able to be viewed on demand via the T-box.

The same PLUS7 content is available on other devices including Apple iPad, Android tablets and Sony's PlayStation 3.

One analyst said the agreement was merely making more TV shows available on the T-box, which has been a big driver of Foxtel's recent subscriber growth with about 760,000 units in the market.

"There are a lot of them out there and they have to continue to serve those customers," the analyst said.

"[But] I wouldn't suggest that it means anything for the T-Box in terms of the longevity of that offering. Telstra is very committed to an IPTV strategy and making that work with their primary partner being Foxtel as their provider of content."

Telstra's IPTV and pay TV director Eric Kearley said the T-Box had been a "highly successful" device, "delivering premium content experiences to thousands of customers across Australia".

"The arrival of PLUS7 on the T-Box is part of Telstra's ongoing plans to bring more free to air content to our T-Box customers," Mr Kearley said.

"Our partnership with Yahoo7 means T-Box users can watch some of their favourite Channel 7 and 7mate shows when they want, giving extra flexibility and convenience for times when it's not possible to watch them live."

PLUS7 averages about 6.5 million streams a month, Yahoo7 business development and partnerships director Jonathan Steel said.

"This new partnership will let Telstra T-Box users stream Channel 7 programs on

PLUS7 easily from their TV to make sure they never miss an episode of their favourite show," Mr Steel said.

Yahoo7 and Telstra bring Plus7 to undead T-Box

From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65841-yahoo7-and-telstra-bring-plus7-to-undead-t-box

While there were rumours Telstra’s T-Box was set for termination, the Company has denied this and instead is delivering new “premium” Plus7 content to its T-Boxers.

Want to watch “Catch Up” TV eps of Channel 7’s most popular shows on your Telstra T-Box?

Well, now you can, with shows including The X Factor, Home & Away and Winners and Losers.

Plus7 bills itself as Australia’s “leading ad-supported” catch up TV service, and says it averages 6.5 million streams a month across all its connected platforms.

Shows from both Channel 7 and 7mate will be available on the T-Box, with Telstra saying it delivers “premium content” to “thousands” of customers across Australia.

One might have imagined Telstra would have tens or hundreds of thousands of customers, which may well precipitate that rumoured shift to Foxtel’s IQ3 box at some point after all, but until then it seems clear that Telstra won’t be T-Boxed into a corner.

After all, I’m sure nobody puts Telstra’s T-Baby into a corner - unless it’s Telstra itself, of course, doing a bit of its own dirty dancing.

Yahoo7’s execs said how wonderful it all was while Telstra’s execs said it was too, so if you’re a T-Box owner who just can’t wait to catch up on missed episodes of Home and Away or what isn’t quite The t-boX Factor, you can now waste more of your real life living vicariously through the televised real and/or scripted lives of others.

And what could be better than that?

Well, plenty actually but no matter, if it’s more T-Box content you want, it’s more T-Box content you’re getting - at least for now. 

Next broadcast rights 'will look very different', says McLachlan

From http://www.afl.com.au/news/2014-10-27/tv-rights-talks-loom

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan says the next broadcast rights will look very different

AFL CHIEF executive Gillon McLachlan says the game's next broadcast rights deal will look very different to the existing one but has declined to comment on what the deal will be worth. 

McLachlan is hopeful Channel 7 and Foxtel will once again share the duties for the game's next broadcast rights deal.
The current arrangement – the record $1.25 billion deal signed in 2011 between Seven, Foxtel and Telstra – expires at the end of 2016 and talks are expected to soon get underway over the next deal.
McLachlan has no doubt it will again smash the previous record, joking at a lunch hosted by Greater Western Sydney on Monday that if it doesn't, he will be looking for a new job.
"The broadcast rights are going to look very different," McLachlan told reporters.
"The evolution we've had in the media space has been significant in the last period of time.
"What that looks like, I'm not going to telegraph or talk to, but I'm sure the contract will look different.
"What I will say is we've had an incredibly successful partnership over the last few years with Channel 7 in the free-to-air space and with Foxtel.
"If we could continue that in this current form, I'd love that, but we'll see where those discussions go."
The AFL received some criticism this year as it experimented with different start times for games, however McLachlan stressed television audiences remained particularly strong.
"I'm not going to weigh into valuations," he said when asked about the broadcast deal, with numbers from $1.6b up to $2b being mooted.
"We will not be talking about our media rights generally.
"But we've had an incredibly strong ratings year again last year, we were watched by more Australians than any other sport, and sports rights are tent pole programming (critically valuable) for broadcasters.
"We're confident in our product (and) we're confident in the importance of sports rights generally to networks in a fragmenting media environment.
"That's the basis for confidence. After that, I'm reluctant to comment."
Asked about the possibility of free-to-air networks splitting the rights, McLachlan said: "We'd look at anything, obviously.
"But I would like to say that we have been incredibly pleased with our partnership with Seven and Foxtel for a long period of time.
"But when you get into these arrangements, anything's possible."

Sky TV announces a Netflix-style service called Neon

From http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/raw-data-sky-tv-announces-netflix-style-service-called-neo-164509

RAW DATA: Sky TV announces a Netflix-style service called Neon

(As expected, this $20 a month service will be open to non-Sky TV customers and it will include some premium content, such as HBO's Game of Thrones. Don't expect first-run series, however, as Sky walks the line between attracting next-generation viewers and avoiding too much cannibalisation of its Soho and movie channels - CK)

Sky TV statement

Carry the seven kingdoms of Westeros in your pocket, spend your day off hunting for a serial killer on the Mexican border or veg for a couple of hours on the couch with Matthew McConaughey – it’s all possible with NEON.

NEON is a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service powered by SKY, which makes it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment.  NEON offers exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. 

The first 30 days are free and it’s just $20 every 30 days thereafter, with no long-term contracts and no ads.  Launching in December, as well as great TV and film, NEON offers all the basics that users would expect, along with some great features that will make it a breeze to use.

This includes a handy bookmark so users can pick up and play where they left off, on any of their registered devices, whenever they like.  NEON users can register up to five different devices and watch on two at the same time. 

Parents can rest assured as parental pins can be set during NEON’s simple three-step sign up, and classifications and warnings for viewers are super clear.

At launch, NEON will be available on PC and Mac using an internet browser and on selected iPhones and iPads through our free NEON App.  For those after a big-screen experience it’s easy using Apple TV to stream via Airplay and customers can also connect a laptop to a TV using an HDMI cable.

NEON won’t stop there though; in the New Year it will be available on Xbox 360 and selected Samsung Android tablets and phones.

NEON in a nutshell:

  • NEON is a subscription on demand (SVOD) service offering unlimited access to great movies and TV programming.
  • Find out more at http://www.neontv.co.nz/.
  • Enjoy 30 days on us when you sign up. 
  • After that it costs just $20 for 30 days.
  • Available on PC/Mac and selected iPads and iPhones compatible with models with the iOS7+ operating system at launch.
  • Parental pins, classifications and warnings included for viewers.

What is there to watch?
At launch, NEON will have a huge selection of TV, film and factual titles which customers can access as soon as they have set up their account, as well as exclusive shows from the world’s best studios such as HBO, FX and AMC.

Whether it’s seeking escape on a rainy afternoon, keeping up with the best drama or spending some time watching a guilty pleasure, customers will be spoilt for choice with a really good mix of viewing options. 

From terrific kids TV and movies, pure escapism in the form of thrilling dramas, blockbuster movies to film festival favourites and diverse lifestyle cooking and reality series there will always be something to watch.

NEON has announced a few key movies and series today at http://www.neontv.co.nz/ and will be adding more on a regular basis in the build up to launch to give customers a taste of what’s to come.

When can I get NEON?
NEON will be here in December.  The best way to keep up to date is by registering on our website, liking us on Facebook or following us on Twitter.

What is the quality like?
NEON uses adaptive streaming which gives the best possible video performance depending on the internet speed being used as well as clear settings to help customers manage their data usage.

NEON is available to anyone in New Zealand with an internet connection, no matter who the internet provider. Watching content over reliable, high-speed internet will make for even happier viewing, so NEON is excited to be working with Vodafone to bundle NEON with its broadband plans. More details to be announced soon.

NEON is launching in December. 

Updates can be found at http://www.neontv.co.nz/, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NeonNewZealand and on Twitter, @NeonNZ

Rugby: ITM broadcast big cash cow for Sky

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11348412

ITM gate revenue and sponsorship are on the decline. Photo / Getty Images

The ITM Cup, despite its obvious challenges in bringing fans to the stadium, remains a jewel in the broadcast crown and is thought to have fetched a record price now the rights have been conditionally renewed.

Sky have signed a conditional agreement to continue owning the broadcast rights for Super Rugby, All Blacks and ITM Cup from 2016 and the latter is understood to have been a critical component in getting that deal over the line.

While the competition might appear to be fading in terms of its ability to command the nation's attention and interest, its importance to domestic and international broadcasters is possibly greater than ever.

Subscription TV is not the easiest business to understand but, in the broadest terms, Sky, having built in excess of 850,000 customers in New Zealand, are conscious of becoming a victim of what the industry calls 'churn'.

They don't want to see customers buy packages for just Super Rugby or just the All Blacks and then opt ou

What the ITM Cup does is give them depth of content offering to ensure there's continuous rugby available from mid-February to late November.

As a broadcast proposition, the ITM Cup is expensive to cover but worth every cent as it provides Sky witha means to retain their audience for the year.

How much that is worth to Sky will shortly become apparent. They have agreed to buy the rights, but the final price has not yet been announced.

What Sky have bought are the coverage rights for Super Rugby and Rugby Championship. Included in that five-year package are the rights to screen the All Blacks' June tests and ITM Cup.

While the latter two are lumped in with the Sanzar competitions, Sky will have to put a price on the June tests and ITM Cup. The way the deal works is that the Sanzar partners split as per secretly-agreed ratios the income they collectively receive for Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.

But the money attributed to the June tests and ITM Cup will be New Zealand's alone. In practice, that means if Sky offer $100m for the total package and then value the June tests and ITM Cup at $30m, which the New Zealand Rugby Union keep, then $70m will be split between the Sanzar partners.

Sky, as the existing rights holder, had first refusal to buy the next contract and, to avoid it going out to open tender, are believed to have put an extraordinarily good offer on the table.

That presents the NZRU with a dichotomy. They need the revenue but, in taking it, will have to continue scheduling ITM Cup games mid-week and at night to suit the broadcaster.

While some of this year's games have been entertaining, most provinces are suffering from low turnouts and lack of local interest.

The stadium experience is clearly not one many are finding hard to resist. Provinces have worked hard to cut their cost base in recent seasons but their revenue is being just as severely challenged and, with dwindling crowds, gate revenue and sponsorship, are going to continue to drop as well.

The format isn't likely to change under the new deal, which means the onus is going to be on the NZRU and unions to find new ways of engaging fans and getting them into grounds.

Rugby: Euro rugby's new arena

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11348411

Coliseum Sports Media look set to expand their content after securing some European rugby rights previously screened by Sky TV.

The move follows the loss of English Premier League football and top golf from Sky's repertoire.

But Sky are still tipped to hold on to Rugby World Cup rights for New Zealand and on Friday announced the signing of a conditional five-year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union and Sanzar, which included the screening of All Blacks and Super Rugby matches. A long-form agreement will follow.

Coliseum Sports Media are set to announce on Tuesday they have secured rights to screen some European rugby on their live online service.

Chief executive Tim Martin would not divulge the nature of the competition, saying all would be revealed on Tuesday.

Sky have previously broadcast the Six Nations - via the ESPN channel - and the elite Heineken Cup which features some of Europe's best club teams.

We have looked at what other rugby New Zealanders can enjoy and Europe is where the money now is, and the players will follow," Martin said. "We want to ensure fans here can get access to great matches in the off-season and the All Blacks finish up in a few weeks.

"We expect the costs of watching the games will be cheaper than watching Premier League soccer."

PremierLeaguePass - which provides viewers live coverage of every Premier League game - costs $199 per season. The service also offers a variety of options ranging in price from $19.90 to $49.90.

Martin said Coliseum had tabled a bid to screen Rugby World Cup 2015 matches live on the internet. This had been "well considered" but ultimately turned down earlier this year, in favour of Sky, he added.

Sky insisted a contract to show next year's Rugby World Cup in New Zealand had not yet been inked.

"We are keen to get the rights and are in discussions," Sky TV spokeswoman Kirsty Way said. "However, a deal is not a deal until it is finalised."

TVNZ insisted Sky hold all the rights to the World Cup, but a spokeswoman for the state-funded station said they were not in a position to comment about any potential partnership deal to screen selected matches.

‘C Music TV HD’ Launching on AsiaSat 5 at CASBAA Convention 2014

From press Release

Hong Kong and London, 27 October 2014 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), Asia’s leading satellite operator, and C Music Entertainment Limited in London, England have signed an agreement to launch ‘C Music TV HD’ across Asia on AsiaSat 5 at 100.5°E from 1st November, 2014.
This deal makes the multiple award-winning classical and film music-video channel available in South East Asia, Australasia and India for the first time. The addition of ‘C Music TV HD’ will notably broaden the range of HD channels onboard AsiaSat 5.

Julian Rigamonti, Founder and CEO of C Music Entertainment, said, “Launching on AsiaSat 5 will make ‘C Music TV HD’ available in Asia for the first time. We are delighted to finally bring our unique mixture of movie soundtracks and classical music-videos to audiences in this vibrant region. AsiaSat 5 with its excellent reach and strong HD neighbourhood is the ideal satellite platform to help us achieve instant access to the enormous Asian market.”

William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat said, “We are pleased to support C Music TV’s initiative to significantly expand their distribution network across all areas of Asia with AsiaSat 5. We welcome this award winning music-video channel in bringing a new experience to AsiaSat’s audience.”
Launched in 2008, C Music TV is the world’s first and only satellite and cable television channel dedicated to classical and film soundtrack music-videos. The channel broadcasts exclusive content 24 hours a day uninterrupted by advertising breaks.

C Music TV has revolutionised the classical music industry by replacing traditional long-form concerts and operas with the short music-video clips more associated with pop music channels. C Music has worked together with the record companies, film studios and the world's most famous composers and performers to create these exclusive music-videos. C Music TV's innovative approach makes it highly attractive to new and younger audiences. Since its launch, C Music TV has been named 'Best Music TV Channel' an unprecedented three times at the European Television Awards in Venice.

C Music TV is currently available on 8 satellites across East and Western Europe, South America, the Middle East and Africa with paid carriage in more than 120 countries worldwide. This deal with AsiaSat to launch a new tailored HD feed will signify the channel’s first foray into Asian distribution.
C Music TV’s carriage in the region will be exclusively handled by the Singapore office of the French distribution company THEMA. Manivel Malone, THEMA Managing Director Asia Pacific speaking at CASBAA in Hong Kong said “We have received extremely positive interest in ‘C Music TV HD’ from Operators in the region and will be announcing several new carriage deals in the very near future.”
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Notes to Editor

About C Music Entertainment Ltd.
C Music TV launched in 2008 and now has paid carriage distribution in over 120 countries, on 8 satellites across Europe and Africa. The classical, cinematic and chill-out music-video channel carries no adverts. The channel is a unique fusion of classical music and the latest movie soundtracks in a pop channel format. The channel showcases the world’s finest artists and introduces new audiences to this inspiring and beautiful genre. For more information, please visit www.cmusic.tv. Contact: Miranda Morris; Tel: +44(0) 208 237 1197; Email: Miranda.morris@cmusictv.com


THEMA was founded in January 2005 by François Thiellet. Based in Paris, THEMA accounts for 4 subsidiary offices abroad in Singapore, Moscow, London and New York and works with more than 9 agents offices in the main European markets. THEMA operates a large mandates portfolio for some 100 international channels and has built strong relationships with major pay TV platforms in France, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and North America. For distribution of ‘C Music TV HD’ please contact manivel@thematv.com Tel: +65 9831 3444 or alexandre@thematv.com Tel: +65 9712 8505 at THEMA Singapore. For more information, please visit www.thematv.com

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com. Contacts: Sabrina Cubbon, Tel: (852) 2500 0899, mobile: (852) 9097 1210, Email: scubbon@asiasat.com; Winnie Pang, Tel: (852) 2500 0880, Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Satellite Industry Warns of Long-Term “Spectrum Wars”

From http://www.spacenews.com/article/satellite-telecom/42303satellite-industry-warns-of-long-term-“spectrum-wars”

David Hartshorn said a number of C-band customers, including broadcasters, disaster response groups, and aviation security organizations, have spoken out against any spectrum reallocation. Credit: Space Foundation photo

WASHINGTON — As the satellite communications industry prepares to defend key spectrum bands next year, some observers believe that regardless of the outcome of that effort, the industry is facing long-term spectrum battles against terrestrial wireless companies it may ultimately lose.

“It is a spectrum war that is growing,” said Bruce Olcott, a partner at the law firm Jones Day who specializes in satellite telecommunications law, at the third annual Space and Satellite Regulatory Colloquium here Oct. 23. “It’s a war that may never end, at least certainly in our professional lifetimes.”

The industry’s near-term focus is on the upcoming World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC), which will take place next November in Geneva. One item on the agenda for that meeting will be a proposal to reallocate some C-band spectrum currently reserved for satellite applications to terrestrial wireless broadband providers.

Both the satellite communications industry and many of its users oppose any reassignment of satellite C-band spectrum. David Hartshorn, secretary general of the Global VSAT Forum industry group, said a number of C-band customers, including broadcasters, disaster response groups and aviation security organizations, have spoken out against any spectrum reallocation. “We have boots on the ground, beyond just ourselves, in this fight,” he said. “We do have significant support.”

Hartshorn said his organization has been marshaling support from customers as well as building up evidence that terrestrial providers are overstating their future spectrum requirements. That is the same approach, he said, the satellite industry used at the 2007 WRC to block a similar proposal to reassign C-band spectrum globally to terrestrial wireless services.

Industry officials cautioned, though, that technical arguments made by the industry go only so far. “In terms of readiness, we have done a tremendous amount of technical analysis and a tremendous amount of outreach,” said Gonzalo de Dios, associate general counsel for Intelsat. “At the end of day, despite all the technical work, the WRC becomes a political discussion.”

The C-band spectrum is not the only area of concern for the industry. Olcott said he is seeing terrestrial threats to several spectrum bands, including a proposal under consideration by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to allow air-to-ground mobile broadband services at Ku-band frequencies currently allocated for satellite services.

“It is supposed to be secondary,” he said of the proposed terrestrial Ku-band use, “but it is the camel’s nose under the tent in that band, and that could cause a chipping away over time.”

Satellite communications companies are not entirely on the defensive. Kim Baum, vice president of spectrum management and development at satellite fleet operator SES of Luxembourg, said they were supporting another WRC agenda item that would provide additional Ku-band uplink spectrum for satellite systems. “That’s an item that’s exciting for the satellite industry since it’s laying the groundwork for future growth,” she said.

Colloquium attendees worried, though, that the satellite industry was not as well organized and funded as terrestrial wireless companies in the battle for spectrum, and did not have a compelling story for retaining its existing spectrum.

“We need to increase our advocacy efforts,” acknowledged Chris Stott, chairman and chief executive of ManSat and president of the industry group Society of Satellite Professionals International. “We don’t speak with one voice, and we need to.”

Some are skeptical that any advocacy efforts will be successful in the long run given the resources available to the terrestrial wireless industry. David Howgill, president of technology consultancy Huckworthy, said the satellite industry needs to be prepared to work with wireless providers on ways to share spectrum or risk losing it entirely and without compensation.

“The wireless industry will want more and more of our spectrum as time goes on. History shows that we can fight it all we like, but they’re going to win,” he said. “They’ve never lost to anybody in the long term. They’re a lot bigger than us.”

ILS plans to return Proton to commercial service next month

From http://beta.spaceflightnow.com/2014/10/25/ils-plans-to-return-proton-to-commercial-service-next-month/

Nearly a year since its last mission in February, International Launch Services aims to resume commercial flights of Russia’s Proton rocket in late November with the Astra 2G communications satellite for SES.

The U.S.-based launch services company had to suspend commercial flights after a Proton launch failure in May. Satellites for the Russian government took precedence in the Proton manifest when the rocket was in service, forcing commercial payloads to wait for a ride into space.

With back-to-back successful launches since the May 15 rocket failure that destroyed a Russian telecom satellite, the Proton booster is set to return to commercial service with a launch scheduled for Nov. 27 for SES of Luxembourg, which owns the world’s second-largest fleet of satellites in geostationary orbit.

Industry officials said the Astra 2G satellite was ready for shipment next week from its Airbus Defence and Space factory in France to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for fueling and final launch preparations.

Liftoff on Nov. 27 is set for 2124 GMT (4:24 p.m. EST), according to Russian news reports.

Astra 2G’s launch will mark the 400th flight of a Proton rocket since the launcher debuted in 1965.

At least two more Proton rocket missions are planned after Astra 2G’s launch, said Karen Monaghan, a spokesperson for International Launch Services.

Monaghan did not say whether the Proton launches planned for December would be commercial flights under the auspices of ILS or would carry Russian government payloads under the management of the Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, the Moscow-based owner of ILS and prime contractor for the Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage.

Based in Reston, Va., ILS announced in August it cut its workforce by approximately 25 percent in response to a lagging launch rate. Instead of seven or eight ILS Proton launches annually, ILS said it now targets around three or four.

The last ILS Proton launch in February successfully delivered the Turksat 4A satellite into orbit for a Turkish telecom company.

Two Khrunichev-managed Proton launches occurred in March and April before the botched launch of the Express AM4R communications satellite in May.

Investigators blamed the May launch failure on an anomaly in the Proton rocket’s third stage steering system that led to the premature shutdown of the third stage main engine.

The Proton rocket returned to flight status with the Sept. 27 launch of a Russian military satellite. Another Proton launch Oct. 21 deployed the Express AM6 spacecraft for Russia’s government-owned civilian satellite telecom operator.

Reliability woes with the Proton rocket and Breeze M upper stage have primarily afflicted launches with Russian institutional payloads in recent years.

Only one ILS Proton/Breeze M launch in the last six years has suffered a mishap, and the satellite aboard that December 2012 mission — Russia’s commercial Yamal 402 spacecraft — recovered and reached its planned orbit using on-board propellant.

In the same time period, five Proton/Breeze M flights had failures that destroyed their payloads or put them in the wrong orbit, with most of the issues attributed to process or manufacturing errors.

ILS officials have said they subject commercial Proton launches to an extra layer of scrutiny, offering their customers additional quality control measures to raise the chance of success.

Top-secret South African satellite

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/security/112881-top-secret-south-african-satellite.html

South Africa has a top-secret spy satellite, which the government is trying to cover up following an admission of its existence in parliament this past week

South Africa has a top-secret spy satellite, which the government is trying to cover up following an admission of its existence in parliament this past week.

According to a report in The Sunday Times, Secretary for Defence Sam Gulube revealed the existence of the “military satellite” when addressing parliament’s portfolio committee on defence.

Gulube mentioned the satellite as one of the department’s items of “fruitless and wasteful expenditure”, but added that the satellite project had been revised and was now on track to succeed.

After the satellite’s existence was disclosed, however, both the Department of State Security and Department of Defence refused to acknowledge as much.

“The project and details thereof are classified,” said Defence Force spokesman Sphiwe Dlamini.

According to The Sunday Times, the satellite’s cost could increase from R200 million to R1.4 billion – due to the fact that the satellite’s launch has been postponed until later in the year (2014).

The project was first called Project Flute and then Project Consolidated Flute, according to the newspaper.

In January 2014 The Sunday Times reported that the whereabouts of the R1.2 billion spy satellite, commissioned by South Africa from Russian company NPO Mashinostroyenia, where unknown.

The newspaper said that the “Kondor-E satellite” was reportedly a type frequently used for spying, capable of collecting radar images – at night through cloud cover – of objects as small as cars.

At the time, Democratic Alliance MP David Maynier labelled Project Flute a secret R1-billion bungle by SA defence intelligence, saying that it appears SA has spent money financing a Russian company to build a satellite we will have no control over and won’t be able to operate from SA.

Aereo hit by nationwide injunction

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/24/aereo-hit-by-nationwide-injunction/

Online entertainment streaming service Aereo, which suspended its operations June 28th following the Supreme Court copyright decision in favour of US broadcasters, has been dealt a further legal blow.

“Following the Supreme Court’s decision, this Circuit’s law with respect to Aereo’s live or near-live retransmission no longer conflicts with the law of its sister circuits,” Judge Alison Nathan ordered in a Southern New York US District court ruling. “Plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction barring Aereo from retransmitting programs to its subscribers while the programs are still being broadcast is GRANTED,” she ruled.

Aereo had argued that the Supreme Court ruling entitled it to cable system status, with the concomitant licensing regime and obligations, but Judge Nathan ruled otherwise. “The Supreme Court in Aereo III did not imply, much less hold, that simply because an entity performs publicly in much the same way as a CATV system, it is necessarily a cable system entitled to a compulsory licence,” she explained.

Aereo said it was reviewing the decision and evaluating its options moving forward.

It has filed an ex parte notice disclosing its recent conversations with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), where it expressed its support for including a narrow category of online video services, whose facilities deliver to subscribers linear channels of video programming such as local, over-the-air broadcast programming, within the FCC’s definition of a Multichannel Video Programming Distributor (MVPD).

Copyright expert: “Good riddance” to Aereo

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/27/copyright-expert-good-riddance-to-aereo/

Thomas Sydnor, visiting fellow with the America Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and one-time copyright advisor to the Office of International Relations at the US Patent and Trademark Office, has suggested that Internet TV streaming service Aereo’s antenna-based operation was “nothing more than the latest example of technologically-inefficient means to commit what the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights might call ‘copyright piracy…on a commercial scale’”.

Writing for the Institute’s TechPolicyDaily, Sydor notes the October 23 decision federal district court nationwide injunction issued against Aereo, saying the decision once again bids “good riddance to bad rubbish”.

He says that for over a decade, a few rogue entities posing as ‘Internet entrepreneurs’ have impeded innovation by attempting to sacrifice technological efficiency in favour of mass piracy. “Their efforts have consistently failed. Consequently, Aereo now finds itself in the same dustbin of history as its equally inefficient comrades Aimster, Grokster, Morpheus, KaZaA, LimeWire, Hotfile, isoHunt, and, more recently, Grooveshark. All of these would-be Internet pirate-kings had one thing in common: they all tried to profit from mass piracy using means that made no sense from legal or technological perspectives,” he says.

He describes the District Court’s reasoning in ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc. as “a sound ruling” that was unlikely to be overturned. “But for the copyright owners and broadcasters who have already spent millions of dollars that they may never recover, the best part of this new decision may be the court’s expressed intent to resolve all remaining issues in the case – quickly,” he advises, suggesting that remaining issues are narrow.

He says the court deserves credit for its proposal quickly to resolve the remains of the case. “The sooner that it is resolved, the sooner potentially productive persons and resources will be redirected away from Aereo-and-LimeWire-like piracy schemes, and towards real, efficiency-enhancing, non-piratical innovations,” he concludes.

Comcast: ‘HBO, CBS could regret OTT’

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/24/comcast-hbo-cbs-could-regret-ott/

Comcast predicts channels like HBO and CBS may live to regret their moves to OTT and that subscribers will pay for TV and Internet packages for years to come.

Stephen B. Burke, chief executive of NBCUniversal, (part of Comcast), said he was “surprised” by announcements last week that both HBO and CBS would start subscription streaming services. He said that HBO risked “cannibalising” its existing, profitable business because the premium TV network would have a hard time luring new streaming subscribers while not cutting into its base of customers who pay for cable or satellite subscriptions.

“I don’t think distributing to consumers via the Internet is an easy thing to do,” Burke said. “I think it’s a voyage that if you’re successful like Netflix, can be a way to create a lot of value, but it’s not an easy thing to do.”

HBO and CBS executives have said that the new services would not cannibalise their business, but rather provide a new route to distribute their programming to people who don’t subscribe to traditional TV packages.

“We simply don’t believe that an HBO stand-alone product is anything other than a win-win for us and for our distributors,” Richard Plepler, chief executive of HBO, said in a statement. “This isn’t cannibalisation, it’s growth.”

Arianespace's GSAT-16...Heavy Passengers Arrive + Pass a Milestone

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1843098753

[SatNews] ...marking a new milestone as preparations continue ahead of this heavy-lift flight scheduled for early December.

Both satellite passengers for Arianespace’s sixth Ariane 5 mission of 2014 are now in French Guiana, marking a new milestone as preparations continue ahead of this heavy-lift flight scheduled for early December.

The GSAT-16 spacecraft arrived this week at Félix Eboué International Airport near the capital city of Cayenne. It was delivered by a chartered cargo aircraft and after touching down in French Guiana, subsequently was unloaded for transfer by road to the Spaceport.

Designed, assembled and integrated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), GSAT-16, which will weigh approximately 3,150 kg. at liftoff,  is to deliver C- and Ku-band telecommunications services that include very small aperture terminal (VSAT) transmissions, TV broadcasting and emergency communications. 

GSAT-16’s co-passenger on the upcoming Arianespace mission, DIRECTV-14, built by SSL (Space Systems/Loral) for operator DIRECTV,  arrived in French Guiana earlier this month and is being readied for launch at the Spaceport. 

Ariane 5’s early December flight is designated VA221 in Arianespace’s numbering system for its family of launchers, which also includes the medium-lift Soyuz and light-lift Vega. You can follow here http://www.arianespace.com/index/index.asp


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Netflix readies Australasian service

From http://if.com.au/2014/10/23/article/Netflix-readies-Australasian-service/WHLMQDPDWR.html

After months of conjecture Netflix looks highly likely to launch in Australia and New Zealand in late March or early April.

That’s according to distributors who are negotiating film and TV content deals with the US streaming giant.

The new season of House of Cards would be among the SVoD service’s first offerings Down Under, potentially a strong lure for subscribers.

The third series of the political drama, which stars Kevin Spacey, Law & Order’s Jenna Stern, Robin Wright and Nathan Darrow, is expected to launch in the US in February, as did the earlier series.

Foxtel aired the first two series of the Netflix production licensed via Sony Pictures TV, but Netflix withheld the rights to the third season.

However Netflix's Australian feed will bear little similarity to the domestic service, at least for the first year or two, because Foxtel owns the SVoD rights to most of the desirable shows. For example, Foxtel has a life-of-series deal on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black.

“Netflix aren't competing with Foxtel for first-run pay window rights yet, just deep library stuff,” one Australian executive told IF. “And they aren't paying much. So I don't reckon they'll have newer product until a year or so in.”

Netflix acquired worldwide SVoD rights to Warner Bros’ Batman prequel series Gotham but won’t be able to screen the show here until one year after its premiere on the Nine Network.

Among the productions it will have for Oz are the big-budget period drama Marco Polo, which will premiere on December 12 in the 50 territories in which Netflix operates, and Chelsea Handler's new late-night talk show.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Green Legend, which is due to premiere on Netflix next August, has angered all the major US exhibitors which say they will refuse to book the sequel to Ang Lee's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The first of four films in a deal with Adam Sandler is expected to be delivered in late 2015 or early 2016.

At Mipcom Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos described Australia and New Zealand as “very attractive territories that are English speaking and love US content."

Netflix initiated discussions for Australian/NZ rights to movies and series with the Hollywood studios during the Los Angeles Screenings in May, and there were further negotiations at Mipcom.

The monthly fee is likely to be $10 or below, the same price that StreamCo.,  the JV between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, will charge.

There’s no launch date yet for StreamCo. which reportedly is assembling a library of 10,000 hours of content, sourced from the US majors and independents. Launching pre-Christmas would mean the service could capitalise on the peak viewing period for pay TV and the “clean air” before Netflix’s arrival. The timing hinges on when executives believe the technology ensures a totally glitch-free experience for users.

Foxtel halved the monthly fee of its movies streaming service Presto to $9.99 in August to try to boost subscribers (fewer than 1,500 had signed up in the first few months, IF understands) and as a pre-emptive move against Netflix.

“We’ve seen good growth since the price drop and adding devices such as Chromecast,” a Foxtel spokesman told IF.

Sky sign five-year deal with NZRU

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11347647

Sky Television has signed a five-year deal with the NZRU.

Sky Television has announced the signing of a conditional five-year deal with New Zealand Rugby and SANZAR from 2016.

A long form agreement will follow, the company has announced.

The deal will include All Blacks tests, Super Rugby and ITM Cup matches.

"We are really pleased to have signed this agreement and are working hard to finalise the paper work. Kiwis are madly passionate about rugby and nothing is more popular to watch than live All Blacks matches on Sky," Sky chief executive John Fellet said.

Chief Executive of New Zealand Rugby Steve Tew said he is thrilled with the deal.

"This will provide a platform to showcase our game at all levels and further secures the future of rugby in this country," Tew said.

"We will now move to finalise the agreement and will comment further once SANZAR concludes rights agreements across all territories, which is an ongoing process."

Sky TV shares up as rugby rights deal renewed

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sky-tv/news/article.cfm?o_id=195&objectid=11347676

All Black Julian Savea runs in for a try during the Bledisloe Cup rugby match between the All Blacks and Australia, played at Eden Park. Photo / Dean Purcell.

Sky Network Television, New Zealand's dominant pay-TV company, has signed a conditional contract to renew its five-year deal with the New Zealand Rugby Union and the SANZAR unions for an undisclosed amount. The shares rose to a two-week high.

Auckland-based Sky is set to renew the rugby rights from 2016, it said in a statement. It didn't disclose any terms or conditions of the agreement. The current rugby union contract which expires in 2015 awards exclusive broadcast rights across technology platforms, including internet viewing.

Like other pay-TV companies around the world, Sky has gained a foothold in the New Zealand market by chasing the rights to the country's most popular sport and currently counts almost half of New Zealand households as customers.

The company is facing increasing rivalry from local internet-based services such as sports-focused Coliseum and entertainment-focused offerings from Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom, as well as overseas services from the likes of Netflix, Quickflix and Ezyflix.

Shares in Sky rose 2.4 percent to $6.07.

Sky's previous investment in broadcast equipment means it is the only entity able to offer comprehensive coverage of New Zealand rugby, including everything from international tests to school sports, according to people familiar with the industry.

"This will provide a platform to showcase our game at all levels and further secures the future of rugby in this country," New Zealand Rugby Union chief executive Steve Tew said in a statement. The NZRU will comment further once SANZAR has concluded rights agreements across all territories, he said.

The rugby union gets almost three quarters of its income from commercial contracts, including broadcast and sponsorship deals.

Sky TV unveils plans for on-demand video service

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11347708

Sky Network Television, the country's dominant pay-TV operator, sees annual profit rising as much as 8.6 percent in the 2015 financial year, and plans to upgrade its customer set-top boxes and roll out a new web-based on-demand service.

The Auckland-based company forecasts annual profit of between $170 million and $180 million in the 12 months ending June 30, 2015, from $165.8 million in 2014, while revenue is expected to rise to between $930 million and $940 million, from $909 million in 2014, according to slides accompanying chief executive John Fellet's speech to shareholders at today's annual meeting.

The pay-TV operator anticipates capital expenditure to rise to between $115 million and $125 million in the 2015 year from $93.2 million in 2014.

It plans to roll-out a new video ondemand service targeting non-Sky customers as it faces intensifying competition for viewers.

From March it will embark on a plan to replace its old Sky decoders, giving existing customers My Sky recording services and internet connectivity.

"At completion in 2016, we effectively double our usable satellite capacity. Right now we are essentially dual broadcasting content to the two decoder types," chairman Peter Macourt said in speech notes published on the stock exchange. "This opens up future broadcasting opportunities for more channels, more HD content, and even ultra HD, with the increased capacity."

Sky TV today signed a conditional five-year deal to secure broadcast rights to the New Zealand Rugby Union and SANZAR unions for an undisclosed amount.

Securing the rugby rights has been a major plank in the company's success in penetrating almost half of the country's households, and its investment in broadcast equipment has meant it's the only entity able to offer comprehensive coverage of local rugby.

Still, Sky TV is facing increased rivalry from rivals using cheaper web-based platforms, such as sports-focused Coliseum and entertainment-focused offerings from Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom, as well as overseas services from the likes of Netflix, Quickflix and Ezyflix.

Shares of Sky TV rose 2.9 percent to $6.10.

Sky announces on-demand service

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/62655557/sky-announces-ondemand-service.html

Sky Television appears to have cemented its grip on rugby for another five years and will soon return fire on its online competitors by launching its own internet television entertainment service.

The pay-television giant had lost the rights to show most English Premier League football matches and PGA golf to Colesium Sports Media, which is streaming the competitions over the internet.

It today appeared to stop the rot reaching the heart of its mostly sports-mad viewership, inking a conditional agreement with the New Zealand, Australian and South African rugby unions.

The deal will see it retain rights to the rugby championship, super rugby, All Blacks international tours and domestic provincial competitions until the beginning of 2021. Its existing agreement had been due to expire at the end of next year.

However, the statement from Sky did not clarify whether the deal covered both the broadcasting right to games and the right to stream them over the internet.

Other rivals have been picking away at the edges of Sky's entertainment business. Spark launched its own internet television service Lightbox in August with the goal of securing 70,000 paying subscribers by June next year.

Tens of thousands of people have also been been circumventing blocks to subscribe to overseas online television services such as Netflix and Hulu, that do not have the right to sell their programming in New Zealand.

Sky TV chairman Peter Macourt said it would soon launch its own video-on-demand service that would offer a library of "thousands of popular movies and TV series".

"Looking at an increasingly competitive market we must continue to expand our product offering, embrace new technologies and ensure we are meeting customer aspirations," he told shareholders at the company's annual meeting in Auckland.

"Early in the new year, MySky decoders are being upgraded to enable an internet connection. Users will be able to simply press the remote control and watch on demand TV and movies for channels they subscribe to," he said.

Sky posted a 22 per cent rise in its net profit to $164.1m in the year to June.

Chief executive John Fellet said Sky's profit was should to climb again to $170m to $180m this year, in line with analysts' estimates. Sky shares were trading up 3 per cent at $6.11 shortly after its annual meeting opened.

NTT Docomo Lays Out Japan’s Future Quake-Proof Telecom Network

From http://www.vrworld.com/2014/10/24/ntt-docomo-lays-japans-future-earthquake-proof-telecom-network/

NTT Docomo unveils its latest plan to secure its telecommunications infrastructure within Japan's turbulent waters and shaky grounds.

We all know Japan’s long term relationship with earthquakes, as well as the constant threat of Mother Nature’s ruthless destruction in this North East Asian archipelago. Its vigilant citizens always know that at any time, any natural calamity or disaster could have rippling effects over any of their technology-based infrastructure.

NTT DoCoMo (TYO:9437), sensing the urgent need to address this problem further as telecom networks become increasingly advanced, laid out the foundation of what the company considers as its latest anti-earthquake preparation strategy. In a press conference that was held earlier this week, NTT Docomo Kansai branch introduced the concept using “wide zone type” base stations, as well as a zoning system that would allow the entire telecommunications network to quickly change or alter broadcast signals to compensate for areas that will be affected by any natural calamity.

The new wide zone type base stations will be used in tandem with certain default base stations to maximize coverage. These base stations are selected based on their decreased susceptibility to severe seismic activity. By modifying these base stations so that they could change its broadcast direction during emergencies, a larger area can be covered, and thus the network could be kept intact even other nearby base stations are put out of operation.

All in all, there will be a total of 104 base stations around the country that would be modified and tested for the new system. The entire Kansai region has 14 of these base stations, which are already strategically selected based on the previously mentioned criteria.

In addition to boosting the redundancy and reliability of base stations around the country, the company also plans to deploy mobile base stations, which would use both microwave and satellite transmission systems to patch any broken network system. The IPSTAR satellite, which proved very useful during the 2011 Touhoku earthquake disaster, will be redeployed again as an emergency telecommunications medium for the emergency service. This part of the initiative would even include the use of millimeter wavelength frequencies, since the base stations can be moved easily to be redirected straight onto any receiving network.

Lastly, NTT Docomo also plans to prepare for any natural calamity that will be caused (sooner or later) by the Nankai Trough, a deep submarine trough located off the south western coast of the Honshu mainland. Additional modifications to the original strategy might be done depending on the result of the analysis and simulation tests of the area.

U.S. broadcasters win preliminary injunction against Aereo

From http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/141023/broadcasters-win-preliminary-injunction-against-aereo

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York federal judge on Thursday barred embattled video streaming company Aereo from transmitting the programs of television broadcasters as they are being shown, blocking its bid to operate like a traditional cable system.

The ruling was another win for major broadcasters, whose copyrights the U.S Supreme Court in June said Aereo violated in retransmitting the programming to subscribers' devices via the Internet.

Aereo shuttered its service three days after the high court's decision and has since been pushing the courts and regulators to see it as analogous to cable, eligible for a license under the Copyright Act.

"Doing its best to turn lemons into lemonade, Aereo now seeks to capitalize on the Supreme Court's comparison of it to a (cable) system," U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said in her ruling.

Aereo's contention that this means it actually is a cable system is a "fallacy," she said.

Since her ruling now matches decisions against Aereo in other parts of the country, she said the broadcasters are entitled to a nationwide preliminary injunction.

Aereo, she said, "cannot claim significant hardship if an injunction issues, while Plaintiffs can still claim harm if an injunction does not issue."

"We are reviewing the decision and evaluating our options moving forward," Aereo spokeswoman Virginia Lam said.

Nathan offered Aereo some consolation in refusing the broadcasters' demand she also bar delayed programs. The two sides will have to explore that issue in arguing over a permanent injunction.

Aereo's future became imperiled when the Supreme Court ruled on June 25 that the company had infringed broadcasters' copyrights by capturing live and recorded programs through antennas and transmitting them to subscribers who paid $8 to $12 a month.

In an emergency plea to Nathan in August, Aereo asked that it be allowed to operate like a cable system, saying it was "figuratively bleeding to death," but the judge denied the request.

The company also met with officials at the Federal Communications Commission earlier this month in an attempt to be reclassified as a "multichannel video provider" like cable and satellite companies. This would allow the company to retransmit TV signals for a fee.

Aereo suggested such a move would allow for more competition in the video marketplace.

Thursday's ruling was a victory for broadcasters including CBS Corp, Comcast Corp's NBC, Walt Disney Co's ABC and Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox, which Aereo did not pay for programming.

The case is American Broadcasting Cos et al v. Aereo Inc, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 12-01540.

TVPlayer now live on Amazon’s Fire TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/23/tvplayer-now-live-on-amazons-fire-tv/

With the UK launch of Amazon’s Fire TV, OTT platform TVPlayer has become one of a top selection of entertainment apps to feature on the platform from launch.

Following the hugely-successful launch on Amazon Fire tablets, TVPlayer has now been reimagined for the big screen. Users can easily find TVPlayer within the Fire TV Appstore, whether through their remote control or voice search.

TVPlayer will feature in the Entertainment section of the Fire TV Appstore and is free to download. The app has been streamlined for Fire TV – viewers will find a slick interface from where they can select the channel they want to watch from the homepage. The TVPlayer app also offers users the opportunity to choose from the channel list, what’s ‘On Now’, and click from the show which appears on the transparent overlay using their Fire TV remote.

Lewis Arthur, Platform Manager of TVPlayer, described Fire TV as “a great piece of technology” and that form part of the UK launch demonstrated TVPlayer’s commitment to making its popular content available to new audiences and users across multiple platforms.

The TVPlayer app for Amazon Fire TV has been developed by Simplestream, a specialist provider of multi-platform live streaming and catch-up TV services.

New Chromecast from Google

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/23/new-chromecast-from-google/

Google has confirmed it is to launch a new version of its popular Chromecast HDMI dongle.

Google said it is building an “ecosystem of different endpoints” with version two of Chromecast seen as one of a spectrum of endpoints that will include other Chromecast devices.

Google said that the more advanced hardware capabilities of the new version of the devices will give users “a better opportunity to take full advantage of a large screen paired with a small screen.”

A new feature, Backdrop, gives the user the ability to customize the screen when it is not being used with personal photos, art and news and lifestyle content. New data can be added to Backdrop over time.

Google said that Chromecast and the new Android TV platform would both have a place in  TV strategy.

£3m boost to tackle digital piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/23/3m-boost-to-tackle-digital-piracy/

The fight against digital piracy and counterfeit goods in the UK has been boosted by £3 million of new government funding to the City of London Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU).

Minister for Intellectual Property (IP), Baroness Neville-Rolfe announced the government’s funding commitment to the national crime unit at the Anti-Counterfeiting Group Conference in London. The unit has now been operating for 1 year and this new funding will cover the next two years, up to 2017.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe said there had been “significant success” in PIPCU’s first year of operation. “This extra support will help the unit to build on this impressive record in the fight against intellectual property crime, which costs the UK at least £1.3 billion a year in lost profits and taxes. With more money now being invested in ideas than factories or machinery in the UK, it is vital that we protect creators and consumers and the UK’s economic growth. Government and industry must work together to give long-term support to PIPCU, so that we can strengthen the UK’s response to the blight of piracy and counterfeiters,” she asserted.

City of London Police Commander Steve Head, who is the Police National Coordinator for Economic Crime, said the government’s commitment to fund the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit until 2017 was “fantastic news” for the City of London Police and the creative industries, and very bad news for those that seek to make capital through intellectual property crime. “Since launching a year ago, PIPCU has quickly established itself as an integral part of the national response to a problem that is costing the UK more than a billion pounds a year. Much of this success is down to PIPCU moving away from traditional policing methods and embracing new and innovative tactics, to disrupt and dismantle criminal networks responsible for causing huge damages to legitimate businesses,” he advised.

“PIPCU has benefited immensely from forging a close alliance with the IPO; forming partnerships with national and international law enforcement bodies, the creative industries and the public and private sector. This puts the unit and the City of London Police as a whole in a strong position to make an even bigger impact and greater inroads into intellectual property crime over the next couple of years,” he concluded.

PIPCU was set-up in September 2013 and is now a 21-person team consisting of detectives, police staff investigators, analysts, researchers, an education officer and a communications officer. The unit also has the added skills and expertise from two secondees; a Senior Intelligence Officer from the UK IPO and an Internet Investigator from the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI). Since its launch, PIPCU has delivered significant results. It has:

  • investigated more than £29 million worth of IP crime and has suspended 2,359 Internet domain names

  • seized more than £1.29 million worth of suspected fake goods

  • diverted more than 5 million visits from copyright infringing sites to the PIPCU domain suspension page

  • set up Operation Creative, a ground-breaking initiative designed to disrupt and prevent websites from providing unauthorised access to copyrighted content, and the Infringing Website List

The recent IP Crime Group Report, detailing all UK enforcement activity between 2013 and 2014, highlights innovative initiatives used by PIPCU to dismantle and disrupt criminal activity.

Eddy Leviten, Director General, Alliance for Intellectual Property, said the body was delighted that PIPCU had secured the  additional funding, allowing it to continue the excellent work of tackling IP crime in all forms. “In its first year PIPCU has shown itself to be at the forefront of innovative solutions to disrupt criminal activity, protect UK jobs and help IP be the driving force for the UK economy. PIPCU is now an integral part of the enforcement landscape, but we also need to ensure that trading standards, National Crime Agency and others are equipped to play their own vital roles protecting consumers and targeting criminal activity,” he added.


Optus 10 update now at 169E

From my Email

From Steve Johnson

Thursday afternoon Baseball Feed
Intelsat 19C 3846 H Sr 6111 , 3/4, DVBS/QPSK, FTA..Service Name = EDM ENC-425

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 feedlog
3710 H SR 6110 Adhoc Encoder 3 ASIAN TOUR GOLF SHOW 2014 - Golf Highlights, (FTA.)
3915 V SR 6666 ENC4N Boxing from Japan, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Apstar 6 134.0°E 3913 V "TV 3" has started on , encrypted.

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11630 V TVD Shop has replaced Shop at home on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "TVD Shop has replaced Shop at home" on , Irdeto.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12687 V "TVD Shop has replaced Shop at home" on , BISS.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12728 V "TVD Shop has replaced Shop at home" on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11514 H M-Net Edge has replaced M-Net Series Showcase on, Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11674 H M-Net Edge has replaced M-Net Series Showcase on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,C Music TV(音乐)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。[10-23]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,阳光卫视(香港)频道重现,设置3880 H 27500参数免费接收。[10-23]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Promotion(测试)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。[10-23]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,MTA(国际)频道新增,设置11207 H 3800参数免费接收。[10-23]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TLC替换Discovery Kids(印尼)频道,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-22]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Al Quran Al Karee、Alif TV(印尼)频道消失,设置3620 H 30000参数无效接收。[10-22]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 7(测试)等25个频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-22]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Promotion(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[10-22]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test2(测试)频道解密,设置3729 H 13650参数免费接收。[10-22]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,阳光卫视(香港)频道消失,设置3880 H 27500参数无效接收。[10-22]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道解密,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Belarus 24(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。 [10月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置12553 H 17500参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(马来西亚)频道重现,设置3786 V 7200参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月22日]

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China Guangdong TV (Only 640x480 resolution, but they play really well)


CASBAA urges uptake of HK copyright amendments

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/22/casbaa-urges-swift-uptake-of-hk-copyright-amendments/

 CASBAA, the Asia-Pacific pay-TV industry trade body, has urged the Hong Kong legislature to end a decade of delay and pass amendments to Hong Kong’s copyright law to give content creators and owners the right – at least in theory – to authorise electronic dissemination of their content.

At the same time, the Association – with membership including “globally-renowned broadcasters and news organisations with a strong vested interest in protecting creative and political expression” – said that worries that the amendments could represent “some sort of threat to free and open political expression” are off target. The comments came in a submission to the legislative committee considering the Amendments.

Chief Policy Officer John Medeiros noted that CASBAA – along with other copyright industry groups – has been pressing for improvements in Hong Kong’s law for years. In the decade since the government began this process, he said, “the world of TV has been transformed. Old copyright laws never foresaw the degree to which broadband connections can be used to bring huge quantities of pirated digital content to every home in Hong Kong from places where copyright protection is weak.”

As a result, CASBAA told the legislature, “the television industry in particular is already suffering huge harm from online piracy unrestrained by existing inadequate laws.” Evidence is not hard to come by, according to CASBAA, which observed that the elevated levels and huge growth trend in online piracy were “plain to see for anyone with the will to have open eyes”.

Medeiros noted that – even while it supports rapid passage of the legislation – the TV industry remains critical of the large weaknesses of the Amendment Bill. “Establishment of a right to authorise communication of copyrighted works will not solve the piracy problem,” he said, and further steps are urgently needed. “Hong Kong is now way behind the curve,” Medeiros added. The Amendment Bill will implement for the first time copyright treaties signed almost 20 years ago, and “it is an absolutely necessary first step,” he asserted. In addition, CASBAA is urging the government to begin considering further steps immediately to restore balance and provide a new breath of life to Hong Kong’s creative industries.

Music, satellite TV key driver for GMM Grammy

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Music-satellite-TV-key-driver-for-GMM-Grammy-30246061.html

DESPITE sluggish performance by the media industry, GMM Grammy, the country's largest music and entertainment company, banks on its music and satellite TV business to maintain its growth.

"Our key businesses like music and satellite TV are still right on track," Boosaba Daorueng, group chief executive officer of GMM Grammy, said yesterday.

Director Krij Thomas, who takes care of the music business, said that after the company expanded the distribution channels for digital music formats through partners like the KKBox application and an official account on YouTube, the company witnessed improved viewership and advertising revenue.

He said these rose by about 20 per cent in the first three quarters compared with the same period last year.

Among business activities in its satellite TV business, home-shopping appears to be a rising star for the company. It earns daily sales of Bt3 million, and is expected to create revenue of Bt1.1 billion this year, or about 95-per-cent growth from 2013.

Meanwhile, there should be scope for additional revenue and a wider audience from product tie-ins and other activities with terrestrial-based digital TV channels.

However, Boosaba acknowledged that obtaining two digital-TV licences from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission to run variety channels in high and standard definition might turn out to be a big cost burden for the company over the next couple of years. Therefore it is putting more focus on this new business to make it profitable within five years, creating high-impact content to attract both audiences and advertising revenue.

Yesterday, GMM Grammy announced its expansion into online gaming. "Gworld Live Another Life" is a 3D social-network business. It is run by its subsidiary GDC under a Bt30-million investment financed by GMM Grammy.

The aim is to strengthen the bond between GMM Grammy and game fans on the digital platform in today's technologically advanced world.

It combines various popular components of GMM Grammy, such as music, movies, series, and "The Star" reality singing competition.

Boosaba declined to give a financial forecast for this year. But an analyst at Bualuang Securities projected that GMM Grammy would post a consolidated net loss of Bt2.48 billion, shallower by 4 per cent from its previous number, led by a lower net loss from digital TV than previously assumed.

Food Network HD for Russia

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/22/food-network-hd-for-russia/

The DMC has confirmed the launch of Food Network HD in Russia for Scripps Networks International.

The launch of the Food Network channel into Russia is an extension of existing services of the channel to the EMEA region which is already handled by the DMC. All content, media handling and playout for the EMEA channel will be duplicated for the feed to Russia and delivered initially via T12, moving to fibre by the end of 2014.

Jon Sichel, Managing Director UK & EMEA at Scripps Networks International, said, “We are proud to further our partnership with the DMC to launch the Food Network channel into Russia. Scripps Networks is always looking to expand our reach into new markets and to bring our highly popular lifestyle content to new audiences. The DMC has proven to be a trusted partner for our pan regional channels so it made sense to work with them on offering our channel into Russia.”

Intelsat General To Study Commercialization of USAF Satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_General_Awarded_Air_Force_Contract_to_Study_Commercialization_of_Satellite_Control_Network_999.html

Intelsat General Corp. is one of four companies awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to study the viability of using commercial facilities and operations expertise for the tracking, telemetry and command (TT and C) of government satellites.

The goal of the contract, known as the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) Commercial Provisioning study, is to provide USAF Space Command with a detailed plan for leveraging commercial TT and C facilities and capabilities to substantially reduce operations and maintenance costs while enabling the government to meet national security space objectives and warfighter operational needs.

The USAF has stated that a future space concept of operations could include a mix of government and commercial command and control networks.

"It is the objective of this study to determine possible methods of transitioning this requirement to the commercial sector to achieve cost efficiencies in the new budgetary environment," said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General.

"Intelsat, with global operations that span over 400 antennas and that achieve 99.99% availability, has demonstrated that we can provide our customers with more cost efficient operations without sacrificing innovation, resiliency, quality or security."

The AFSCN currently controls government satellites using 15 ground-based TT and C antennas at 7 locations around the world staffed by a mix of military personnel and private contractors.

In performing the study, Intelsat General will partner with Braxton Technologies, a company based in Colorado Springs, CO, with more than 20 years experience delivering TT and C systems to the USAF for its satellite control systems. Braxton is currently working on contracts from the Air Force Research Lab related to AFSCN scheduling improvements and portable test equipment.

"The commercial marketplace has driven the costs for a ground TT and C antenna architecture to less than one fifth of what it costs the Air Force to operate the AFSCN today. Partnering with Intelsat General, we can offer a robust, secure network at a far greater capability, with extreme reliability at significantly less cost," said Frank Backes, CEO of Braxton Technologies.

The study, to be completed within 90 days, will outline a plan of how the TT and C functions of government satellites could be passed over to commercial companies over a two-to-five year period.


Optus 10 (update) currently at 169.88E on its journey to 164E

AM6 launched , going to 53E (But you never know where it may end up as the Russians like to shuffle birds around)

Wednesday feed,

Optus D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "Matador cup" Australian domestic cricket continues here, daily

From my Email


From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0°W 4177 L "Hope Channel International" has left .

Koreasat 6 116.0°E 12370 H "Sky 3D" has left.
Koreasat 6 116.0°ECCTV 4 Asia has started on 12450 H, encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0°EChina TV, Fox Korea and CBeebies Asia have left 12450 H.
Koreasat 6 116.0°EMplex has started on 12650 H, clear.
Koreasat 6 116.0°EYeosu MBC has left 12650 H.

AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "Riyadiya TV 1" has left

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 3897 L "Nau TV" has left .

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12600 V "Sport Plus" is Fta.
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1, Rossiya K, Telekanal Zvezda, Rossiya 2, 5 Kanal, NTV, STS, Karusel and REN TV" are Fta

Horizons 2 85.0°E 12000 H "Telekanal Domashniy and TV 3" are now Fta
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12080 H "TNT" is Fta.

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

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3968 V "Darshana TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,TV-3(马来西亚)频道重现,设置3786 V 7200参数有条件接收。[10-22]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道加密,设置12153 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-22]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sri TV(斯里兰卡)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-21]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Travel Trendz(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。[10-21]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ETV News Bangla(MPEG-4)等3个频道解密,设置3912 H 4000参数免费接收。[10-21]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Lamhas Test 2 HD(测试)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数有条件接收。[10-21]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GMM One(泰国)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Test HD(测试)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [10月21日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CAT-1、CAT-3(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置4096 V 5957参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Fx Korea、Hanbang TV等替换VIKI(韩国)等频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月21日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Daegu MBC、TBC(韩国)频道消失,设置12410 H 27489参数无效接收。 [10月21日]

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In-Orbit Testing Is Successful... Optus 10 Now Drifting To 164 Degrees East

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=267530259

[SatNews] Optus has announced that its Optus 10 communications satellite has successfully completed a series of in-orbit tests following its launch from French Guiana on September 11, 2014.*

The in-orbit tests were conducted using Optus ground facilities in Sydney, Canberra and Perth, with Optus representatives working with satellite manufacturer, Space Systems / Loral’s Mission Control Center in the United States. The Optus 10 payload is designed with a high level of flexibility, enabling it to operate in either the Ku-band Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) or Broadcast Satellite Services (BSS) bands. Optus 10 has commenced drifting from its test slot to its operating location at 164 degrees East, which it is expected to reach by the end of October 2014.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite, said, “It’s always a great feeling once a satellite completes its rigorous testing schedule and is verified to be ready for operation. The team has done a fantastic job of completing the testing ahead of plan.”

Once Optus 10 completes its two week drift and reaches its operating location, it will be placed into service. It will join Optus’ existing satellite fleet which supports corporate, enterprise and government customers throughout Australia, New Zealand and parts of the Antarctic.

The Optus infosite may be accessed via http://www.optus.com.au/

Proton-M Lofts Express-AM6 Satellite

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Russia_Launches_Proton_M_Rocket_with_Express_AM6_Telecoms_Satellite_999.html

Russia launched on Tuesday an Express-series communications satellite on board the Proton-M carrier rocket from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.

"The launch took place as scheduled at 07.09 p.m. Moscow time [15:09 GMT]," a Roscosmos spokesman told RIA Novosti.

"The separation of the satellite from the Briz-M booster is expected at 04.31 a.m. Moscow time on October 22 [00:31 GMT]," the official added.

Based on the heavy-class Express-2000 platform, the spacecraft will have an active lifespan of 15 years and carry 11 antennas as well as 72 C-, Ku-, Ka- ? L-band transponders, according to Russia's Reshetnev Company, which designs and builds Express-series satellites.

The Express-AM6 telecommunications satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to provide a comprehensive range of communications and broadcasting services in the Russian territory.

This is the second launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket since the major accident that took place in May 2014. Launched from Baikonur, the Proton-M rocket burned up in the atmosphere above China, leaving Russia without its most powerful telecommunications satellite.

The investigation has concluded that the crash was caused by a failure of a turbo-pump bearing in the control engine of the rocket's third stage.

The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. Since its first launch in 2001, Proton has put dozens of Russian and foreign satellites into orbit.

Turner Networks off DISH

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/turner-networks-off-dish/

DISH Network has announced that Turner Networks has removed Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, CNN en Español, HLN, truTV and Turner Classic Movies from the DISH programming line-up in the US. The two companies have been unable to negotiate the terms of a renewed distribution agreement, and Turner refused to extend the overall agreement.

“In the past year, DISH has successfully renewed agreements with many large content providers,” said Warren Schlichting, DISH senior vice president of Programming. “As a result, we are confident that we have offered a deal to Turner that reflects an appropriate value for our customers.”

“DISH has had a productive relationship with Turner Networks for many years,” said Schlichting. “We regret the service disruption to our customers, and remain committed to reaching an agreement that promptly returns this content to DISH’s programming line-up.”

Canal+ launching A+ channel throughout Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/canal-launching-a-channel-throughout-africa/

Canal+’s new sub-Saharan African channel, A+, will launch in 20 countries in western and central Africa on October 24th as part of the Canalsat bouquet.

A+ will offer programming aimed at a mass market audience, including series in French, English, Portuguese and the Wolof language. All shows will be produced or dubbed in French.

“We are delighted to launch this new channel, A+, that testifies to our ambition in Africa, which, like the African continent, is immense and varied,” commented David Mignot, CEO of Canal+ Africa.

Online TV consumption up 388%

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/online-tv-consumption-up-388/

Key findings of the Adobe Digital Index report show that more people watched more TV online than ever before. TV consumption across devices grew 388 per cent year-over-year (YoY) and programmers saw broader use as unique monthly viewers increased by 146 per cent YoY across browsers and TV apps. While online TV consumption remains fragmented across platforms, gaming consoles and OTT devices gained the largest percentage of market share and Android apps surpassed desktop browsers as access points for watching TV online.

The findings from Adobe’s Video Benchmark Report are based on aggregated and anonymous data from more than 1,300 media and entertainment properties using Adobe Marketing Cloud and Adobe Primetime. The report includes 165 billion total online video starts and 1.53 billion TV Everywhere authentications across 250 pay-TV service providers covering 99 per cent of pay-TV households in the US. The analysis also examined TV Everywhere content from 105 TV channels and more than 300 TV apps and sites.

“Consumers’ content consumption habits are changing rapidly,” said Jeremy Helfand, vice president, Primetime at Adobe. “Viewers expect seamless, more personalised viewing experiences across an ever-increasing number of devices, and broadcasters, media companies and advertisers must transform their digital strategies to optimise the viewing experience.”

Additional findings include:

Online TV Consumption: TV consumption across devices grew 388 per cent YoY, driven in part by the World Cup, a major online TV event this summer. Broadcast and cable networks with direct-to-consumer online TV offerings saw their unique monthly viewership grow by 146 per cent YoY across all online TV channels while the amount of online TV content watched per viewer grew by 55 per cent YoY. 105 TV channels now power more than 300 online TV sites and apps in the U.S.

Platform Fragmentation: Of all device types, game consoles and OTT devices saw the biggest market share increase (194 per cent YoY), now representing ten per cent of all online TV consumption, up from three per cent in 2013. The online TV market share for Android apps grew to 20 per cent, an increase of 28 per cent, surpassing browsers, which shrank to 19 per cent market share, a 41 per cent decline YoY. iOS apps still lead in market share with 51 per cent.

Online TV Content: For the first time, watching movies online exceeded watching sports content. Movie networks saw the strongest gain in viewing frequency, a 125 per cent increase YoY from two movies to now 4.5 movies on average per month. Broadcast and cable networks saw an increase of 81 per cent YoY for episodic content watched each month. Viewers watched 4.2 sporting events on average across sports networks, a modest monthly increase of 31 per cent.

Online Video (non-authenticated) Content: Viewing of online videos on smartphones (14 per cent share) surpassed tablets (13 per cent share) for the first time. Game consoles and OTT devices realised the highest market share growth with 127 per cent YoY. Viewers watched videos on desktops the longest and were three times more likely to finish 75 per cent of the content. Only 17 per cent of videos on smartphones were watched through 75 per cent completion.

15 pirate sites deliver 42m unique visitors a week

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/15-pirate-sites-deliver-42m-weekly-uniques/

Digital IP protection expert KLipcorp has successfully completed a project aimed at accurately measuring the damage done by IP piracy/cybercrime and the impact or otherwise of various piracy / cybercrime management methods.

Klipcorp’s methodology has been independently assessed and validated by a recognised expert in the field – Dr. Ian Ferguson – and is now used for calculating damages in S.9 witness statements in legal proceedings in joint activities with the police.

When applied to a single pirate site/network the identified losses from IP piracy for individual clients ranged from £60,000 (€76,000) per month to £132,000 per month using this method.

Pirate viewing figures recently collected by KLipcorp’s Sentinel system give an idea of the scale of pirate audiences which leads to these losses. These figures are collected across a limited sample of 15 pirate websites. The total figures for pirate viewing would be very significantly higher and consistent with general indications that 30 per cent of all viewing on the Internet involves infringing content and that 25 per cent of all Internet bandwidth is consumed by BitTorrent.

  • Ryder Cup 2014 : 1.1 million unique visitors

  • Arsenal v Galatasaray : 160,000 unique visitors (Champions League)

  • Chelsea v Arsenal : 505,000 unique visitors(Premier League)

  • NFL (over a week) : 895,000 unique visitors

For week ending October 17, the top 15 pirate sites delivering multiple content deliver total audiences levels of 42 million unique visitors and 170 million weekly impressions.

In terms of positive impact (or otherwise) of anti-piracy services we have explored this from two separate angles.

  1. Working with a former reformed pirate KLipcorp understands what types of activity are truly effective in managing IP piracy.
  2. It has reviewed over three years of data and applied its proprietary methodology to it.

The conclusions are:

The greatest impact is delivered by constant targeted activity against a limited number of pirate sites combined with a distribution strategy which acknowledges the existence of piracy as a competitor for viewers.

Piracy management based around detection and the issuing of DMCA notices has virtually no impact on live piracy.

The general claims of the effectiveness of the automated piracy systems against the key high audience live pirates have no basis in fact and appear to have no valid metrics underpinning them. This was conclusively proved by 14 weeks of constant monitoring by the Sentinel system of the leading sports pirate sites which removed no content at all as a consequence of DMCA notices. Results were delivered solely as a result of the approach identified in 1. above. This lack of impact by the automated DMCA (and other) systems against the high audience pirates has led to the audience growth of the key pirate sites such that they are destination ‘brands’.

A key driver of piracy levels is the availability of advertising budgets to support the activity and generate revenues for the pirates. The current blacklist systems are easy to circumvent and our data shows a very active pirate advertising marketplace.

Autohop well positioned in legal battle

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/autohop-well-positioned-in-legal-battle/

Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network has won a key legal argument in support of its ‘Autohop’ ad-skipping technology.

US District Judge Dolly Gee ruled last week that Autohop’s ability to record the primetime output of all four major US broadcast networks was “fair use” and reflected an older 1984 case which went to the Supreme Court and at the time referred to video-taping of broadcast content. The Judge declined to grant an injunction in favour of Fox Broadcasting.

The Judge, in a preliminary ruling, said that Autohop does not infringe a network’s copyright. Fox was the litigant against Dish in this action.  However, a full trial is scheduled for January, and the Judge said she was ‘on the fence’ as far as a final ruling was concerned.

Doordarshan to hold e-auction for vacant slots on DD Freedish next week

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/doordarshan-to-hold-e-auction-for-vacant-slots-on-dd-freedish-next-week-141020

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has set a reserve price of Rs 3.7 crore per slot for the 16th online e-auction for filling up slots on Doordarshan’s direct-to-home Freedish platform to be conducted on 28 October.

The e-auction will be conducted by Pune based Synise Technologies on behalf of Prasar Bharati.   
The reserve price in the last e-auction was Rs 3 crore.
Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had told indiantelevision.com recently that the aim was to reach the target of 97 channels by October-end and 125 channels by March-end.
When asked why the number of channels to be e-auctioned had not been disclosed, a Prasar Bharati official told indiantelevision.com that this had been done to prevent bidders forming consortia to bid or resort to other malpractices.
The eligibility terms and conditions including other relevant details for this e-auction are displayed on DD website: http://www.ddindia.gov.in/.
However, the participation amount (EMD) in the e-auction is Rs 1.5 crore which needs to be deposited in advance on or before  27 October evening along with processing fee of Rs 10,000 (Non-refundable) in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.
Applicants have also been asked mandatorily to deposit a Demand Draft of Rs 5,500 registration amount favouring Synise Technologies, payable at Pune at the time of submission of the application.  
The applicants must provide details of the Uplink/Downlink permission documents received from the concerned ministries with the applications to ensure they are not rejected.
The demand drafts of unsuccessful bidders will be returned immediately or within a week after the e-auction process is completed. 


TV Chile on Optus D2 has a ticker saying they will encrypt it soon, contact LusoVision for subs

Nerit Sports is playing FTA on Intelsat 19 12526 H (TV Plus) on the channel named "Platinum Plus" It appears to be a Greek sports channel streamed off a 3rd rate web stream, blurry video with the wrong aspect ratio. They have got to be JOKING with this nonsense!!

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus 10 Optus 10 has left 176 East, moving west.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12286 H "Latele Novela Network and TV Chile" are now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12526 H "Nerit Sports has replaced Platinum Plus" on , Fta. Telesur is now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12646 H "On TV has replaced Al Kahera Wal Nas"

Optus D2 152.0°E 12546 V "Al Kalema TV" has left .
Optus D2 152.0°E 12581 H TV Chile has started on, Fta. Press TV has left.
Optus D2 152.0°E 12608 H "Fadak TV, Apostolic Oneness Network and Kurdsat" have left .

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3725 H "Bizz News" has started on , Fta. Travel Trendz has left.
Insat 4A 83.0°E 3805 H "Bindass Play has replaced UTV Stars" on , Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Channel 5, Filmy Bangla and Thinetha TV" are back on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,H Plus Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[10-21]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Badook TV、Cath On(高清)等频道新增,设置12490 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-20]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Channel A、JTBC(高清)频道新增,设置11747 L 21300参数有条件接收。[10-20]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ch 9、Ch 10(测试)频道重现,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。[10-20]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russia Today(今日俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。[10-20]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Server-840(测试)频道新增,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[10-20]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Football Extra替换T Sports(泰国)频道,设置4120 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-20]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SBS Plus、MBN(高清)等频道新增,设置11747 L 21300参数有条件接收。[10-20]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,9 Yord(泰国)频道新增,设置3760 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道加密,设置3723 V 9600参数有条件接收。[10-20]

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Ten needs Fox-style right wing 'revolution', says former investor Laurence Freedman

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/ten-needs-foxstyle-right-wing-revolution-says-former-investor-laurence-freedman-20141021-1198gy.html

Network Ten must completely transform itself, possibly into a right wing news channel like Fox, says a former investor in the struggling free-to-air broadcaster.

Pioneering funds manager Laurence Freedman, who made a fortune after steering Ten out of receivership in the 1990s then selling his holding in the mid 2000s, said the network as few options left to return to profitability.

 His comments come after the broadcaster posted a $168 million full-year loss and  Fairfax Media, owner of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian Financial Review, confirmed it had met Ten executives about a possible merger.

But Mr Freedman said a partnership with Fairfax would not solve Ten's woes.

"It's the decrepit talking to the destitute," he said.

Such a merger would hinge on Fairfax selling its profitable radio stations so it didn't breach media ownership laws. Mr Freedman said these laws, which prevent a media company owning a newspaper, television network and radio station in the one market, were outdated and irrelevant.

"New technology a long time ago has made a nonsense for the reason for those laws.

"Every person on the planet is a journalist or an opinion maker or taker and there are no boundaries. To have artificial boundaries makes no sense and also is making life more difficult for media businesses that are caught like Ten and Fairfax.

"For Fairfax to sell [its radio stations] in order to buy a semi defunct, old technology company, without a direction or audience, doesn't gel with me."

A Fairfax Media spokesman confirmed the company's management met with Ten recently, but said it didn't mean it would lob a takeover offer.

"We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't talk extensively across the industry so we fully understand the opportunities and challenges," the spokesman said.

Ten has stressed that it is undergoing a multi-year turnaround, focusing on event and reality television, sports rights and winning back media buyers through the success of shows like Family Feud and The Bachelor.

Mr Freedman helped deliver Ten riches in the 1990s by focusing the network almost exclusively on targeting the 16 to 39 year old age group.

But he sold out of the company in 2004 after he bought his third phone in a year and found that it had internet connectivity.

"That was a very big warning bell for me that the medium was changing, there was newer technology and therefore I was very cautious.

"If the audience migrated were going to have a huge problem because who were we going to advertise to. We had the biggest budget of people like Levis, Just Jeans, Coke, Pepsi and all those sorts of things and very little of David Jones because of our audience."

People called Mr Freedman mad for selling his stock but his fears were eventually realised.

He said Ten was unlikely win back its audience, which has permanently shifted to online platforms or to rival networks, even if it delivered the best television programs at attractive timeslots.

"The way you advertise television is not by putting ads in the newspaper, you put it on your own network. You can't put it on anybody else's network.

"But If you put it on your own network and there is nobody watching your own network, then you don't get the viewers going to the new program. It's a very vicious cycle. How you get out of it? You have to transform yourself."

Mr Freedman said a free-to-air television licence was still valuable and suggested the network becoming a "hard right wing news channel, a la Fox" could solve its problems.

But he said there were a lot of hurdles to achieving that goal. Indeed, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said he would have difficulty approving a Foxtel/Ten merger.

"We would have concerns if Foxtel sought to own a free-to-air station because that could substantially lessen competition in the viewing market," Mr Sims said.

And Mr Freedman conceded that News Corp, which owns jointly owns Foxtel with Telstra, would face the same problem as Fairfax because its non-executive co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch owns the Nova Entertainment radio network.

"There are lot of things in its way but my point really is that to turn around is not about trying different programs or different timeslots for the programs it's got. It needs to be revolutionary, not evolutionary."

"The management [at Ten] is OK. But they can't do anything with it.

"It's like you've got a very good old car but it hasn't got a synchromesh gearbox, it has got narrow tyres, it's got a top speed of 70 kilometres an hour, and its competing with everyone who has got hybrids, and cars that can go 0-100 kmh in three seconds etc, etc… that's what the problem is."

Kacific to bring fast broadband to Kiribati's most remote islands

From http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/regional/4593-kacific-to-bring-fast-broadband-to-kiribati-s-most-remote-islands

People on all of the 33 islands and atolls of Kiribati will be able to enjoy high speed broadband services from 2017, thanks to an agreement their government signed today with Kacific Broadband Satellites.

Under the multi-million dollar five year services agreement, Kacific will provide the islands with 150 Mbps of bandwidth increasing to 200 Mbps over the term of the contract. Kiribati will be able to increase bandwidth in bursts of up to 50 percent on demand.

With a population of 100,000 people across 3.5 million square kilometres of islands and ocean, Kiribati is the 18th largest nation in the world in terms of its exclusive economic zone, with one of the most disseminated populations on the planet.

 That poses particular connectivity challenges: to date, only 6 percent of households have broadband and service is slow and expensive and it has not been economical to provide service to many of the remote islands.

Kacific will deploy four high power beams from its Ka-band High Throughput Satellite (HTS) to cover the entire population of Kiribati: two directed on the Gilbert Islands group, one on the Line Islands group and another on the raised coral island, Banaba.

Kacific’s solution is adapted to the Pacific nations and will be customised to Kiribati’s topology to ensure a reliable and affordable service with ample room to grow and expand. The service uses a very simple, validated and streamlined satellite technology so all islands in the group will receive equally outstanding service quality. Citizens, communities, enterprises and institutions will enjoy high throughput speeds using only a small (75cm to 1.2m diameter) inexpensive terminal.

The Hon. Rimeta Beniamina, Kiribati’s Minister of Communications, Transport and Tourism Development says that Kacific’s service is a good fit for island nations: “It is very important that we in the Pacific are not left behind in terms of connectivity. Kacific’s proposition and pricing, and speed of connectivity are ideal for the Pacific especially for providing service to outlying islands.”

The agreement comes at a time when the island nation is reforming and preparing to privatise its state owned telecommunications service, Telecom Services Kiribati Limited (TSKL).  Hon. Beniamina says that the pending privatisation of TSKL, due to take place next month, means that the agreement with Kacific has considerable strategic importance as a way of ensuring a future universal service for all islands of Kiribati, including the most remote ones.

“While it is to some extent inevitable that the new owners of TSKL will concentrate on serving South Tarawa and other population centres, this agreement will ensure that our remote islands will be able to enjoy a connected future,” says Hon. Beniamina. “When Kacific launches we will allocate bandwidth to the new owners to ensure adequate coverage on the outer islands.”

Kiribati also plans to use Kacific’s satellite service in conjunction with its existing 3G / LTE mobile network, using the satellite service for backhaul.

“Kacific’s pledge is to provide an affordable, universally accessible national broadband service. We can do this where other technologies have struggled,” says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux. “There is today simply no alternative to Kacific’s proposed access, speed and affordability in the Pacific.

“Using fully proven technologies Kacific will make a direct high-speed internet connection available to every government agency, institution, business and family in the footprint area. Wherever they live in the nation, the people of Kiribati will enjoy a broadband service equivalent to those in more densely populated nations.”

Hon. Beniamina says that the fast, low cost broadband provided by Kacific will provide benefits in a number of critical areas:

It will improve delivery of healthcare on remote islands, where patients requiring treatment may be days away from hospital facilities. Broadband will allow nurses in clinics to videoconference with doctors in hospitals to provide better diagnoses and get advice on treatments and procedures.

Kacific’s service will enable primary school students in the outer islands to be better prepared to use the digital tools they will encounter when they attend secondary schools.

Broadband will underpin e-government services, improving communications between the government and its people.

Better nationwide connectivity will play a critical role in providing warnings of extreme weather events and assist in disaster recovery.

Fishing and passenger vessels will be able to install tracking antennae to access the signal and keep in touch with maritime services and provide better safety for crew members.

Villages churches, youth groups and women's groups in remote communities will be able to combine to share the cost of service.

People will be able to stay in touch via popular video services such as Skype with distant family members who form part of the larger Kiribati diaspora in New Zealand, Fiji and the Solomon Islands.

Kacific expects to launch its Kacific-1 satellite by early 2017 and to provide operational service shortly thereafter. From the moment the satellite is commissioned, all of Kiribati will be able to receive coverage using only a small, low cost dish antenna. Overnight every school, village, clinic, shop, business and dwelling in the country will have access to a fast, affordable, national broadband network.

This agreement is the fifth that Kacific has signed since it announced its intention to provide a service in December 2013.

Satellite launch center in Hainan mostly completed: report

From http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20141019000124&cid=1101

China has largely completed construction of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center (WSLC) in the southern island province of Hainan, the nation's fourth launch base and its first in a coastal area, which in the future will be able to launch missions for space stations, manned moon landings and Mars probes, People's Daily Overseas Edition reports.

Construction of the WSLC began in September 2009, aiming to meet the requirements of the new generation of non-toxic, non-polluting launch vehicles and spacecraft launches.

The WSLC, as the nation's largest and most advanced launch site, will be able to launch the new, heavy Long March V rocket and other series under development, as well as launches for space station payloads and deep space exploration satellites.

The Long March V is likely to be launched from the WSLC next year and can reportedly carry low-orbit loads of 25 tons, compared to the 10 tons that can be borne by the country's current rockets.

Long Lehao of the Chinese Academy of Engineering said China is likely to be ready for a manned moon mission by 2025. "The Chinese man who flies to the moon will depart from Wenchang," Long said.

The country's three other launch centers are Xichang in China's southwest, and Taiyuan and Jiuquan in the north of the country; the four are intended to complement one another.

The government also has plans to build a space theme park in Wenchang to boost tourism, the report said.

Airbus Signs $1.7 Billion Contract for Six Metop Weather Satellites

From http://www.spacenews.com/article/civil-space/42212airbus-signs-17-billion-contract-for-six-metop-weather-satellites

Eric Beranger, head of space systems programs at Airbus Defence and Space; ESA Earth Observation Director Volker Liebig; Genevieve Fioraso, French secretary of state for higher education and research; and ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain. Credit: ESA photo by Stephane Coravaja

PARIS — Airbus Defense and Space on Oct. 16 signed a $1.7 billion contract to build six polar-orbiting meteorological satellites for European governments, a deal in which guaranteeing strict work-share equality between Germany and France was almost as important as the satellite technology involved.

For Airbus, the contract for the Metop Second Generation satellites was a kind of revenge match against the same Thales Alenia Space-OHB AG team that had bested Airbus for Europe’s third-generation Meteosat geostationary-orbiting satellites.

Airbus and Germany protested putting Thales Alenia Space of France rather than Germany’s OHB in charge of managing the Meteosat contract, and the German government dragged its heels for months before accepting the European Space Agency’s decision.

To avoid a replay of that, France and Germany in 2012 agreed that each would take a 27 percent stake in the Metop Second Generation contract, and that whoever won would divide the work evenly between the two nations, with the other participating nations — Britain, Italy, Spain and Sweden — taking lesser roles.

The fact that the Metop contract was for two different payloads, with sounding and imaging instruments, made it easier to split the program down the middle to let the German and French teams each build three satellites.

Accomplishing this task would always be easier for Airbus, which maintains large satellite production facilities in both nations and, as an integrated company, can fine-tune work assignments.

As described by ESA Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain during the contract signing ceremony, Airbus and ESA have carved out a program that is about as evenly distributed as possible.

For the 1.3168 billion euros ($1.71 billion) in firm, fixed-price contract value, Dordain said, Germany will get 658.6 million euros in work share, and France will get 658.2 million euros. “Germany wins,” he said. “But not by much.”

“It’s nice to see good cooperation between France and Germany without having to go through another big political dispute as we did” for the Meteosat satellites, ESA Earth Observation Director Volker Liebig said during the contract-signing ceremony.

Europe’s meteorological satellite organization, the 30-nation Eumetsat of Darmstadt, Germany, is responsible for operating the satellites and for financing most of their construction and all of their launches.

The 20-nation ESA, as design overseer, pays a 70 percent share of the first two satellites’ construction. ESA has also paid for the early phase design work, bringing its total Metop Second Generation contribution to some 808 million euros.

Eumetsat expects to spend some 3.2 billion euros for its share of the first satellite models, the construction of the remaining four, the launch of all six satellites, the ground infrastructure and 20 years of operations starting in 2020.

The Metop satellites will gradually take over from the current Metop spacecraft, whose orbits are coordinated with similar satellites operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide morning and afternoon passes over the equator.

Eumetsat Director-General Alain Ratier said China, which now duplicates part of what NOAA does, appears ready to shift the orbit of its next-generation polar meteorological satellites to offer a more-efficient use of the three systems.

Francois Auque, director of space systems at Airbus, said all six satellites will use variations of the company’s AstroBus platform, which stretches from several hundred kilograms in launch mass for simpler optical Earth imaging satellites to the 4,000-kilogram range for the Metop Second Generation spacecraft.

ESA and Eumetsat had agreed to postpone the final contract award to give time to industry to design the Metop Second Generation satellites with enough fuel to assure their controlled atmospheric re-entry over the South Pacific.

Each satellite will carry more than 600 kilograms of fuel, two-thirds of which will be reserved to perform the deorbit maneuver at the end of their 7.5-year mission life. The deorbit is needed to remove the spacecraft from their 831-kilometer polar low Earth orbit, a heavily trafficked orbital region, to eliminate their risk as space debris.

Dordain and Ratier said the 30-year cooperation between ESA and Eumetsat, in which neither seeks to usurp the other’s role, is one reason Europe’s meteorological satellite program is rarely controversial, even when European governments are facing tight budgets. For the Metop Second Generation program, ESA governments actually oversubscribed, forcing the agency to reduce some nations’ roles.

Italy’s Serie A overseas TV rights awarded for 441 million pounds

From http://www.euronews.com/sport/2749236-italys-serie-a-overseas-tv-rights-awarded-for-441-million-pounds/

MILAN (Reuters) – Italy’s football league has awarded international TV rights for top-flight Serie A games for 557 million euros (441 million pounds) for the next three seasons, almost 60 percent more than the previous auction, two sources close to the matter told Reuters on Monday.

MP & Silva, the sports rights company which has been managing and distributing Serie A rights outside Italy since 2004, won the bidding for the coming period running to 2018, beating rivals IMG and B4Capital, the sources said.

In a statement, MP & Silva confirmed it acquired the rights but did not give financial details.

MP & Silva co-founder Riccardo Silva said the loss of many star football players undescored how Italian football was loosing ground to other leagues, adding that the trend including in 2014 for international viewers had not been encouraging and that he hoped this could change.

He said MP & Silvia will be able to make up for the higher costs of the rights by increasing the price of bundled packages it offers through its network to broadcasters around the world.

The income of some 186 million euros per year on average will be welcome for financially strapped Italian clubs, facing balance sheet problems and the grim state of the game, beset for years by match-fixing scandals and stadium violence.

Domestic rights to Serie A games were awarded to Rupert Murdoch’s pay-TV satellite broadcaster Sky Italia and Silvio Berlusconi’s Mediaset in a three-year deal worth 2.8 billion euros.

Issa applauds Google anti-piracy efforts

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/21/issa-applauds-google-anti-piracy-efforts/

US Congressman Darrell Issa – author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act – has reacted positively to Google’s recent report which explains how it combats piracy across its services,

“In an unprecedented step, Google has introduced new search engine capabilities to make sure that legal content is readily available to consumers and illegal, pirated content is further demoted in users’ results,” he said. “This announcement represents a milestone in the private sector, as cooperation between technology companies and content creators help ensure that intellectual property is protected. Users will now be able to readily identify and access legal content like music and movies while avoiding pirated works from rogue sites in China and Russia,” he noted.

“As the author of the Online Protection and Enforcement of Digital Trade (OPEN) Act, I am strongly encouraged by this voluntary private sector initiative to discourage piracy and look forward to the continued cooperation of all parties to protect intellectual content,” he concluded.

Doordarshan to hold e-auction for vacant slots on DD Freedish next week

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/doordarshan-to-hold-e-auction-for-vacant-slots-on-dd-freedish-next-week-141020
NEW DELHI: Doordarshan has set a reserve price of Rs 3.7 crore per slot for the 16th online e-auction for filling up slots on Doordarshan’s direct-to-home Freedish platform to be conducted on 28 October.
The e-auction will be conducted by Pune based Synise Technologies on behalf of Prasar Bharati.   
The reserve price in the last e-auction was Rs 3 crore.
Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar had told indiantelevision.com recently that the aim was to reach the target of 97 channels by October-end and 125 channels by March-end.
When asked why the number of channels to be e-auctioned had not been disclosed, a Prasar Bharati official told indiantelevision.com that this had been done to prevent bidders forming consortia to bid or resort to other malpractices.
The eligibility terms and conditions including other relevant details for this e-auction are displayed on DD website: http://www.ddindia.gov.in/.
However, the participation amount (EMD) in the e-auction is Rs 1.5 crore which needs to be deposited in advance on or before  27 October evening along with processing fee of Rs 10,000 (Non-refundable) in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.
Applicants have also been asked mandatorily to deposit a Demand Draft of Rs 5,500 registration amount favouring Synise Technologies, payable at Pune at the time of submission of the application.  
The applicants must provide details of the Uplink/Downlink permission documents received from the concerned ministries with the applications to ensure they are not rejected.
The demand drafts of unsuccessful bidders will be returned immediately or within a week after the e-auction process is completed. 


Optus 10 currently listed @ 171.35 E slowly on its way to 164E!

Measat 3b (AKA Jabiru-2) has arrived at 91.5E

Australia KU coverage is shown here http://jabiru2.com/

Saturday feeds

IS19 12549 V, Sr 3750 DVB-S2/8PSK, 1920 x 1080, FTA Karting nationals from Aus..

D2 12272 V Sr 7500 "moto gp ex Philip Island" Encrypted
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Globecast oz" Horses FTA
D2 12680 V Sr 7500 "svc_1" Encrypted
D2 12464 H Sr 8570 "sky hd pri 9015" Encrypted NZ Beam
D2 12482 H Sr 8570 "sky hd sex 9008" Encrypted NZ Beam

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "NNA HD" Cricket FTA

From my Email

Weekend feedlog from Saldav 1

All Asiasat 5

3750 V SR 12222 ROH Japan Live - Live Ballet, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 IEC CRT OU1 Enc ATP WORLD Tennis Tour - STOCKHOLM Tennis Open - Verdasco vs Tomic, (FTA.)
3886 H SR 7200 $IND/WI 2014 DD FE $Scrambled.
3895 H SR 7200 $IND/WI 2014 WF $Scrambled.
3905 H SR 7200 Ch-1 AFC u/19 Men's Soccer from Myanmar, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7500 u/19 Men's Soccer from Myanmar, (FTA.) - (different broadcast to that of 3905 H SR 7200.
4070 H SR 9875 $Moto GP World Feed (is $ Scrambled.)
4155 H SR 7200 $TV7-ENC-2 (is $ Scrambled.)
3867 H SR 7500 Ch-1 WTA Women's Tennis, MOSCOW, (FTA.)
3915 H SR 4444 CHANNEL 1 >MOST OF Cultural Musical Stage Act, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV - MNC vs TOT in the Premier League Soccer, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $Moto GP World Feed, ($ Scrambled.)
4078 H SR 4937 $MOTO GP, ($Scrambled.)
4147 H SR 7500 $IPB CITY HD ($Scrambled.)
4170 H SR 15000 $GOLOVKIN v RUBIO - Boxing, ($ Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7120 HK_FEED_TO_ASIA_A HONG KONG OPEN - Men's Golf, (FTA.)
4175 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3675 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu guru and gathering, (FTA.)
3735 V SR 6110 SBTM ENC2 J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3930 V SR 13333 Ericsson Service J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7500 Ch-1 Kremlin Cup by Bank of Moscow Championship - WTA Women's Tennis, (FTA.)
4150 H SR 15000 $ATM vs ESP HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3735 H SR 7120 Service0 Cell C South Africa Women's Open Golf, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 $D-413#2 Hockenheim Motor Racing from Hockenheim and is (actually FTA with live cam from inside racing cars!).
3760 H SR 27500 test Colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7120 IEC CRT OUI Enc STOCKHOLM Tennis Open, (FTA.)
3895 H SR 7120 Satlink-BT-ENC ATP World Tennis Tour from VIENNA, (FTA.)
4135 H SR 6666 Telecity Encoder CM vs TOULOUSE FC in the Soccer, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3829 H "Australia Plus TV India" is encrypted again.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12646 H "LDC has replaced BBC Arabic" on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 12726 H Rai World Premium, Greek Cinema, Rai News 24, Mediaset Italia, Al Hayat 2 and Cima TV are back to encrypted.

Koreasat 6 116.0°E The SkyLife muxes have left 11747 L and 11785 L.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Aswaja TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "MD Channel" has started on , Conax. On Channel is now Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Fox Indonesia" has started on , Irdeto. BBC World News Asia Pacific has left.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV, Sine Sia, El Musik, Nur, Gizmo, Al-Manar TV, Lejel Home Shopping, Universitas Terbuka TV, LBS TV K-Drama, LBS TV In-Drama, TVRI Nasional, Lejel Home Shopping Live and Malakoot Sat Indonesia" have left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4044 V"Da Ai TV Indonesia" has left .
Palapa D 113.0°E 4080 H "Elshinta TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12468 H "Now News Channel" has left again.

Measat 3b Measat 3b has arrived at 91.5 East.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 H "Modernine TV" has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "Grace TV" has started on , BISS. AJP is now encrypted. Oom Maharuai TV has left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "H Plus Channel" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3760 H "T Sports Channel and 9 Yord" have started on , encrypted. GMM Football Extra has left.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12728 V "Boomerang Thailand" is Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "ATV Home" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V Tine Yin Thar and Police Channel have started on , Tongfang.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11105 H "Russkij Extreme" has started on , Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11531 V "SET Eastern Europe, Sony Turbo and Sony Sci-Fi Russia" have started on ,Irdeto.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11973 V "MTV Russia, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Rossiya HD,Perviy kanal and Travel Channel HD Europe" have started on , Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12033 V "Animal Planet HD, Eurosport International, National Geographic Channel Russia, Travel + Adventure, and RT Doc have started on, Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life" have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12093 V LifeNews, Mir, Eurosport 2 North-East, Amedia Premium HD, Nash Futbol, HD Life, RT English and World Business Channel have started on , Verimatrix. A-One Hip-Hop Music Channel, STS Love and HD Life have left.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Shop 24, Tochka TV, Radost Moya, Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have left .
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "Mir, Eurosport 2 North-East, Amedia Premium HD, Nash Futbol, RT English and World Business Channel" have started on , Verimatrix.
ABS 2 75.0°E 12227 V "Telekanal 2x2, Telekanal Domashniy, TV 1000 East, TV 1000 Russkoe Kino, Dom Kino, Shanson TV, Ru TV, Eurosport International, DW, 365 dnei TV, Europa Plus TV,Eurosport News, Boets, Eurosport 2 North-East, Fox Life Russia, Fox Russia, National Geographic Channel Russia, Nat Geo Wild Russia, STS Love, Radost Moya,France 24 English and Sarafan have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3787 V "Australia Plus TV India" is encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News(高清)频道新增,设置3871 H 7595参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Ten Sports(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3712 H 14454参数无效接收。[10-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jano Dunya(印度)频道消失,设置3796 V 7200参数无效接收。[10-19]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 5、Thinetha(孟加拉)等3个频道重现,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,HTV 7 HD、VTC 1(越南)等4个频道新增,设置11085 H 24000参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,NTV News(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3562 H 5556参数免费接收。[10-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Bizz News(印度)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [10月19日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox替换BBC World News(MPEG-4)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [10月19日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Saudi Sport 1(沙特)频道消失,设置3760 H 27500参数无效接收。 [10月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports替换Football Extra(泰国)频道,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,9 Yod(泰国)频道新增,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai 8、3 HD On TPBS(泰国)等频道加密,设置3990 V 12000参数有条件接收。[10-18]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Mplex(韩国)高清频道新增,设置12650 H 27489参数免费接收。[10-18]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(韩国)高清频道新增,设置11823 L 21300参数有条件接收。[10-18]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港(国际)频道消失,设置3769 H 13333参数无效接收。[10-17]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,NCM、MOV(MPEG-4)等全组频道新增,设置11237 V 4800参数免费接收。 [10月17日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Boonniyom TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,Perviy Kanal HD(高清)频道加密,设置11681 V 15525参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Мир HD(高清)频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Мир HD(高清)频道新增,设置12092 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月17日]


Is HBO Foxtel's new worst nightmare?

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/is-hbo-foxtels-new-worst-nightmare-20141016-117f59.html

HBO and Foxtel will battle for control of Westeros if Australians can sneak into HBO's upcoming streaming service.

Will Aussies sneak into HBO's US streaming service to watch Game of Thrones?

Unlike Foxtel in Australia, US cable TV giant HBO has held out on offering an online-only service. Its HBO Go streaming service is only open to Americans with a home HBO subscription, a bit like Foxtel Go. There's no US equivalent to the online-only Foxtel Play, but it's finally coming next year.

HBO has done its best to hold out against the US cable-cutting trend, which has seen people abandon pay TV services in favour of internet-only options like Netflix. HBO's big selling point is that it's the home of smash hit shows like Game of Thrones and True Detective which you won't find on streaming services like Netflix. This kind of power has driven Netflix to commission its own blockbuster TV shows like House of Cards.

In some ways Australians are lucky. Through Foxtel we can watch both Game of Thrones and House of Cards, with the option to sign up for the online-only Foxtel Play which is cheaper than a traditional Foxtel service.

A few years ago it looked like Foxtel would stick to its guns like HBO and not offer an online-only service, but talk of fibre-to-the-premises forced Australia's pay TV giant to make the leap into the brave new world. Had it known we'd end up with the hotch-potch Multi-Technology Mix National Broadband Network then Foxtel might have dragged its feet, but now it's well-placed to face the future however the NBN plays out.

News that HBO is going down the same path should certainly concern Foxtel. Details of HBO's new online service are still scarce, but it will likely be considerably cheaper than Foxtel Play even when you allow for conversion rates and geo-dodging costs. HBO has dabbled in online-only streaming in a few countries, with the cost of HBO Nordic translating to just under AU$15 per month. Some Australians already sneak into the Nordic service and you can be sure more will eye off the US service when it launches next year.

Meanwhile Foxtel Play starts at $25 per month, but that leaps to $50 if you want premium HBO content like Game of Thrones. It will be interesting to see if Foxtel temporarily drops its pricing again for the next season of Game of Thrones, but even then HBO online will probably still work out cheaper. Foxtel Play will likely be the more attractive option if you're chasing more than HBO content.

You can be sure that HBO will try harder than Netflix to enforce geo-blocking – because it has a vested interest in keeping foreigners out in order to protect rights deals with the likes of Foxtel.

Of course where there's a will there's a way. Defeating geo-blocking is child's play, the tricky part is convincing US-only services to take your money. Unlike Netflix, HBO certainly won't look the other way if you use an Australian credit card, but some other tricks for sneaking into Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon Prime and the US iTunes store will likely work with HBO.

It's very unlikely that you'll see HBO officially bring its online service to Australia, at least not in the next few years, because it already has a strong local partner in Foxtel which has paid top dollar for exclusive local rights. HBO has a vested interest in seeing partners like Foxtel survive, at least for the next few years as they both continue to milk the old-world business model of forcing us to pay for expensive packages just so we can watch a handful of premium channels.

Australians sneaking into Netflix don't really pose a major threat to Foxtel Play, because people are mostly paying Foxtel for premium content you won't find on Netflix. But the ability for Australians to sneak directly into HBO is a different matter. You can expect Foxtel to ramp up its complaints about Australians using VPN and DNS workarounds in order to masquerade as Americans, but hopefully the extra competition will also force Foxtel to offer us a better deal on shows like Game of Thrones.

What would it take for you to stick with Foxel Play rather than sneak into HBO?

China launches remote sensing satellite

From http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2014/1020/c202936-8797377.html

A Long March-4C carrier rocket carrying the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite blasts off from the launch pad at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, Oct. 20, 2014. The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief. (Xinhua/Wang Xiao)

TAIYUAN, Oct. 20 -- China launched the Yaogan-22 remote sensing satellite into scheduled orbit at 2:31 p.m. on Monday Beijing Time from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

The satellite will be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveying, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.

It was carried by a Long March-4C rocket. The launch is the 195th mission for the Long March rocket family.

ABS makes $214m claim

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/abs-makes-214m-claim/

Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) says it is in negotiation with the insurance industry over a partial failure of its recently launched ABS-2 satellite. Their claim is for $214 million, and concerns their key Russian beam. ABS-2 was built b y Space Systems/Loral, and launched in February.

The claim is complicated by the fact that the beam is partially owned by GT Satellite Systems, a Moscow-based but Luxembourg registered business that back in 2011 contracted with ABS for a major portion of the Russian beam. GT Satellite paid $125 million for the capacity.

However, ABS-2 is not a total failure even though the claimed $214 million is an unusually large sum for a partial satellite failure. ABS-2 carries a total of 89 transponders (51 in Ku-band, 32 in C-band and 6 in Ka-band). The satellite launched with 10 separate beam s, but the Russian coverage – and revenues – are seen as crucial to the overall mission.

ABS has a back-up satellite under construction for placing at 75 degrees East, and due for launch later next year.

Proton-M rocket set to launch Ekspress AM-6 satellite

From http://www.spaceflightinsider.com/organizations/roscosmos/proton-m-rocket-set-to-launch-ekspress-am-6-satellite/

Preparations are underway at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the upcoming launch of the Ekspress AM-6 communications satellite. A Proton-M rocket was rolled out to the launch pad at site 81/24  on Saturday. The launch is scheduled for Tuesday, October 21 at 15:09 UTC (10:09 AM EDT).

This will be the second launch of a Proton-M rocket since a launch failure in May resulted in the loss of the Ekspress AM-4R satellite and a four-month grounding of all Proton launches. The Proton-M returned to flight last month with the successful launch of a Russian military satellite on Sept. 27.

Ekspress AM-6 is a Geostationary Satellite built by ISS Reshetnev. Once in orbit, the satellite will be operated by the Russian Satellite Communications Company as part of a fleet of spacecraft that will provide a variety of communications services to Russia and the surrounding region. The satellite’s payload was built by MacDonald, Detwiler and Associates (MDA) based out of Canada.

The Ekspress AM series of communications  satellites was initiated in 2003 , thirteen of them have been launched to date. Ekspress AM-4 was launched into an incorrect orbit and was disposed of  via a targeted reentry and its replacement was lost due to a launch failure in May 2014.

The Ekspress AM series is based on the Ekspress 2000 satellite platform designed by ISS Reshetnev. The Ekspress 2000 is capable of hosting payloads weighing over one metric ton and providing up to 15 Kilowatts of payload power.

The Ekspress AM-6 weighs 7,055 lbs (3,200 kg) and is equipped with two solar arrays which can produce up to 14,2000 watts for the satellite’s systems and the communications payload. Ekspress AM-6 is three axis stabilized and has precise pointing capability with a station-keeping accuracy of 0.05 degrees. The satellite has an expected service lifespan of 15 years and will operate from an orbital position of 53 degrees East in Geostationary Orbit.

The Ekspress AM-6 satellite has 72 transformers operating in four different frequency bands using its 11 antenna reflectors. The spacecraft has 14 C-Band transponders can create two fixed zones.  The spacecraft also has 44 Ku-Band   transponders, 12 Ka-band transponders and two L-Band transponders.

The Ekspress AM-6 satellite was delivered to the Baukonur Cosmodrome in May by its manufacturer ISS Rehetnev. After the Proton launch failure that on May 15, the Ekspress spacecraft was placed in storage pending a launch investigation and Proton’s return to flight.

In preparation for its launch, The Ekspress AM-6 satellite was place through an exhaustive series of inspections and tests to confirm that all of the spacecraft’s systems were fully operational. Following testing the spacecraft received its propellant load and began final processing.

As noted, the Ekspress AM-6 spacecraft will ride the Proton M booster aloft. Officially designated the UR-500, this rocket was designed as a ballistic missile in the 1960s – a task it was over-suited for.

The booster encountered numerous failures in its first five years alone. Over the years, the booster has been modified so as to keep it modern. The Proton-M is a three stage heavy-lift launch vehicle used to deliver payloads to orbit from launch sites 81 and 200 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

The Proton-M is the launch vehicle that was tapped to carry the first Russian component of the International Space Station to orbit – the Zarya module (the Proton was also selected to launch the Russian Zvezda module).

The Proton-M stands some 191 feet (58.2 meters) tall and is some 24 feet (7.4 meters) in diameter. It has a launch mass of some 1,571,896 lbs (713,000 kg). The rocket is capable of delivering cargo weighing 48,502 lbs (22,000 kg) to low-Earth-orbit (LEO) and payloads weighing 6 metric tons – to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

The Proton-M rocket with the Ekspress AM-6 satellite at Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Photo Credit: Roscosmos

The Proton’s first stage is comprised of a central tank which carries nitrogen tetroxide (the oxidizer). Six propellant tanks encircle this central tank, each of them contain unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine (the Proton’s fuel).

Each of the outboard tanks has a RD-276 rocket engine at its base. These engines provide the initial “push” that sends the rocket and its precious cargo out of Earth’s gravity well. The first stage’s six engines give the Proton-M an initial thrust of some 9,942 kiloNewtons. Each engine is some 9 feet (2.72 meters) in length and 5 feet (1.5 meters) in diameter.

If all goes according to plan, the first stage will only be in action for approximately two minutes. At this point the booster’s second stage take over. Unlike the unconventional configuration of the first stage with its protruding engine nodules, the second stage is a cylinder with its oxidizer and fuel tanks stacked in the traditional configuration. The second stage is capable of about three and a half minutes of flight.

This element of the Proton-M uses nitrogen tetroxide and unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine as fuel.

The second stage draws its power from three RD-0210 engines along with a lone RD-0211 rocket engine (essentially an RD-0210 fit with a gas generator heat exchanger). These engines deliver an estimated 2.4 megaNewtons of thrust. Each engine (RD-210 and RD-0211) measures 8 feet (2.33 meters) in length and 5 feet (1.47 meters) in diameter.

Russian Signal Corps to Get Multimedia Satellite Communication Systems by 2020: Army

From http://en.ria.ru/russia/20141020/194307033/Russian-Signal-Corps-to-Get-Multimedia-Satellite-Communication-Systems-by-2020.html

Russian Signal Troops, formed exactly 95 years ago, will be provided with modern broadband multimedia satellite communication systems by 2020.

MOSCOW, October 20(RIA Novosti) – Russian Signal Troops, formed exactly 95 years ago, will be provided with modern broadband multimedia satellite communication systems by 2020, Maj. Gen. Khalil Arslanov, the chief of the Main Communications Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces, said.

"To meet the need of the field of command of the Russian Armed Forces in modern multimedia communication services, development work is being carried out on the creation of modern interference-resistant broadband satellite communication systems within the framework of broader efforts to expand the satellite communication system of the Russian Defense Ministry before 2020," Arslanov said.

The head of the General Communications Agency noted that special attention will be paid to the installment of ground satellite communication stations. The software and equipment, used at the stations will be synchronized into a unified system.

The functionality of the equipment will be increased through the reduction of its weight and size. This will also make the communication equipment more transportable.

Google claims anti-piracy progress

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/google-claims-anti-piracy-progress/

Google has published an updated How Google Fights Piracy report, which explains how it combats piracy across its services. This new version updates many of the numbers from the 2013 version and lists a few other developments in the past year and follows an open letter sent mid-September to the European competition commissioner, Joaquín Almunia, in which News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson branded the company a “platform for piracy and the spread of malicious networks” to which Rachel Whetstone, SVP Global Communications, responded that Google has done more than almost any other company to help tackle online piracy.

Writing for the Google Public Policy Blog, Katherine Oyama, Senior Copyright Policy Counsel, said that the company has been testing new ad formats in search results on queries related to music and movies that help people find legitimate sources of media.

For the relatively small number of queries for movies that include terms such as ‘download’, ‘free’, or ‘watch’, Google has begun to list sources such as Google Play, Amazon and Netflix.

“We’re also testing other ways of pointing people to legitimate sources of music and movies, including in the right-hand panel on the results page,” she advised

These results show in the US only, but Google plans to continue investing in this area and plan to expand internationally.

Google has also developed an improved DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) demotion signal in Search. “In August 2012 we first announced that we would downrank sites for which we received a large number of valid DMCA notices. We’ve now refined the signal in ways we expect to visibly affect the rankings of some of the most notorious sites. This update will roll out globally starting next week,” reported Oyama.

In addition, more terms are being removed from autocomplete, based on DMCA removal notices. “We’ve begun demoting autocomplete predictions that return results with many DMCA demoted sites,” she confirmed.

“Every day our partnership with the entertainment industry deepens. Just this month we launched a collaboration with Paramount Pictures to promote their upcoming film Interstellar with an interactive website. And Content ID (our system for rightsholders to easily identify and manage their content on YouTube) recently hit the milestone of enabling more than $1 billion in revenue to the content industry,” she noted.

“In addition to strengthening these relationships, we continue to invest in combating piracy across all our services,” she concluded.

Study: Reducing pirated link prominence aids IP theft fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/20/study-reducing-pirated-link-prominence-aids-ip-theft-fight/

An academic study into whether search engines influence media piracy has concluded that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft.

The researchers at Carnegie Mellon University – H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management note there is an ongoing public policy debate regarding the role search engines can play in the fight against intellectual property theft.

“However, for any sensible policy discussion it must first be the case that search engine results influence consumer piracy choices, and there is very little empirical evidence one way or the other on this question,” say Liron Sivan, Michael D. Smith and Rahul Telang.

The goal of their research was to use a randomised field study to analyse whether search results can influence consumers choices for infringing versus legal consumption channels.

To do this, they designed a customised search engine that allowed them experimentally to manipulate pirated and legal links in users’ search results. They then conducted separate experiments on a general population of users and on college-aged users where they randomly assigned users to a control condition or to separate treatment conditions where infringing sites or legal sites were artificially promoted in the search results.

“Our data show that relative to the non-manipulated (control) condition, the presence of pirate or legal links in search results strongly influences the behaviour of both the general and college-aged populations: users are more likely to choose a legal option to acquire the movie when legal sites are promoted, and users are more likely to choose a pirate option when piracy links are promoted,” they report.

By analysing users’ initial search terms, they also found evidence that users who initially intend to pirate were more likely to purchase legally when legal links are promoted and that users who initially intend to consume legally are more likely to pirate when pirate links are promoted. “Together, our results suggest that reducing the prominence of pirated links can be a viable policy option in the fight against intellectual property theft,” they advise.

Pay-channels for Rabbit TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/17/pay-channels-for-rabbit-tv/

FreeCast has embraced a la carte programming and begun offering premium pay-channels through its Rabbit TV Plus. This comes on the heels of HBO’s announcement that it will be offering a standalone version of its online TV service HBO GO.

Rabbit TV will now include offerings from the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, WWE and tennis, news channels such as Glenn Beck’s ‘The Blaze’, as well as premium live television channels from China, India, Pakistan, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, the Middle East, and more.

CEO William Mobley said “With HBO GO, and whispers of ESPN eventually going effectively a la carte via the web, it really opens the floodgates for the other networks to do the same. Netflix will never be a replacement for cable – it’s really just another channel among many. Rabbit TV Plus is already offering premium channels, in addition to hundreds of thousands of free movies, TV shows, and radio stations. HBO and live sports really complete the circle for a lot of people, allowing them to leave traditional cable behind. We’re excited about the possibility of giving our 3 million plus subscribers the opportunity to experience them all with Rabbit TV Plus.”


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3905 H SR 7200 Ch-1 AFC u/19 Men's Soccer from Myanmar, (FTA.)
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Tenders called for Australia's GPS technology infrastructure

From http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/tenders-called-for-australias-gps-technology-infrastructure-20141017-10ronj.html

A planned upgrade to Australia's global positioning technology will bring it closer in line with international systems and give users access to more accurate GPS signals. 

Geoscience Australia has called for tenders to update the receivers and antennae infrastructure used to track satellites in the Global Navigation Satellite System.

That includes the American GPS, European Galileo, Chinese BeiDou, Japanese Quasi Zenith and Russian GLONASS systems. 

The Canberra-based agency's Geodesy and Seismic Monitoring group leader Gary Johnston said the infrastructure upgrade would boost the system's capability to detect the GPS. 

It would also update the technology to track all the international systems designed to date, and would be finished in time for the expected completion of China's system in 2016.

He said that while most countries had largely relied on the American GPS since it emerged in the 1980s, other powerful nations were developing their own systems in order to strengthen their defence capabilities.

They also recognised increased demand for the technology across a wide range of industries and for personal use. 

Mr Johnston said while Australia was a small country with less capacity to build space infrastructure than bigger countries, it was well-positioned in the Asia-Pacific to leverage international systems.

He said global positioning technology was advancing at a pace which meant it could be accurate within centimetres by the end of the decade.

"Within the next five years we will actually have GPS and the full constellation of satellites that we will be able to receive signals from, so it will be far more robust and far more accurate than GPS alone."

He said a combined international system, once the full constellation of 30 satellites was deployed, would provide more accurate global positioning co-ordinates.

"Already we're seeing improved accuracy from combining the US system with the Chinese system," he said.

Australia's national tracking network is made up of 25 core reference stations, which includes several in Antarctica, and more than 100 stations spread across the mainland and Tasmania.

Each of those stations contains a receiver and an antenna which constantly tracks GPS signals transmitted from space. 

It is that infrastructure which is set to be updated.

Continuous data collected from the sites helps to refine Geoscience Australia's national co-ordinate system and improve the accuracy of GPS technology Australians use on their mobile phones and car navigational devices.

In-orbit trials with MEASAT-3b concluded

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=33851

Airbus Defence and Space, the world’s second largest space company, has successfully concluded in-orbit trials with MEASAT-3b. One month after launch, the satellite is now ready to enter commercial service and has been officially handed over to its operator, MEASAT.

Since MEASAT-3b was launched by Ariane 5 on 11 September, Airbus Defence and Space in Toulouse has been leading the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations and carrying out in-orbit trials. Tests on the telecommunications payload were carried out at the MEASAT facilities in Cyberjaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from where the satellite will be controlled during its operational life, expected to be more than 15 years.

MEASAT-3b is the largest satellite ever to have been ordered by the Asian operator MEASAT. It has been placed in geostationary orbit at 91.5° East, and is co-located with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites. Together, they will make up Asia’s most robust Direct-To-Home (DTH) satellite television neighbourhood. With 48 transponders in Ku band, MEASAT-3b will support demand for video and data services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

MEASAT-3b is based on Airbus Defence and Space’s proven and reliable Eurostar E3000 satellite platform. Since 2004, 34 satellites of this type have been successfully launched and are all in operation

Galileo duo handed over in excellent shape

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Galileo_duo_handed_over_in_excellent_shape_999.html

A pair of fully functioning Galileo navigation satellites was recently delivered to its operators, as preparations get underway for the next round of launches.

On 27-28 September, the two satellites launched on 22 August were handed over from ESA's Space Operations Centre, ESOC, in Darmstadt, Germany, to the Galileo Control Centre, Oberpfaffenhofen, which will care for them pending a final decision on their use.

The satellites are in excellent health and working normally. A launcher problem left the pair in the wrong orbit, with higher apogee, lower perigee and an incorrect inclination compared to the planned circular orbit.

Training for challenges
The orbit presented a sudden and unexpected - though not untrained for - challenge to the team at ESOC responsible for the launch and early orbit phase.

For months before each Galileo launch, a joint team of mission operations experts from ESA and France's CNES space agency train intensively for this critical period, which typically lasts about eight days, from separation until handover to Oberpfaffenhofen.

"After launch, we quickly discovered that one of each satellite's pair of solar wings had not deployed correctly," says Liviu Stefanov, Spacecraft Operations Manager. "At the same time, difficulties in receiving radio signals - indicated by unusually low power and instability - alerted us to the fact that the orbits could be incorrect.

"Basically, the ground stations were pointing to where we expected the satellites to be, and they weren't there, so we weren't getting good signals."

Quick teamwork to find satellites
Engineers determined within four hours the approximate actual orbit and then generated new commands to point the ground antennas to establish robust radio links.

Working around the clock, and with assistance from the Galileo project engineers and the satellite builder, the teams then started to look at how to free the solar arrays.

"Each undeployed wing had to be treated as a separate problem," says Flight Operations Director Herve Come.

"Each satellite had to be manoeuvred separately into an orientation where the undeployed panel was facing the Sun because we realised that one cause was linked to the low temperature of the release mechanism.

"It all required developing, validating and rehearsing new flight operation procedures 'on the fly'."

It took three days to release the trapped solar wing of the first satellite, and then two days later the second Galileo's stuck array was also freed.

The satellites have since been brought into full operation, as the teams in Darmstadt were tasked to retain control for five weeks - four weeks longer than planned.

Strong bonds developed through months of joint training
"This was very demanding on the ESA and CNES personnel, and on the ESOC operations team in particular, but the strong bonds developed through months of joint training enabled them to perform very well," says Liviu.

Possible uses of the two satellites are now being studied and a future mission scenario will be decided at a later date.

While handing over the satellites to the Galileo Control Centre, where they are operated by teams from a private company, spaceopal GmbH, had been practised in the past, this was the first time it was done with Full Operational Capability satellites in orbit.

The delicate process involves transferring responsibility for commands and telemetry, and beginning the satellites' 'secure mode' of operation by the teams at Oberpfaffenhofen. The handover ran very smoothly over the last weekend in September.

Extremely proud of entire team
"By the end of the Saturday, the first satellite was fully handed over, while the second handover took place on Sunday," says Richard Lumb, ESA's Galileo Mission Director.

"I am extremely proud of the entire Mission Control Team and the way they handled a dramatic and very critical situation resulting from multiple, independent anomalies," says Paolo Ferri, ESA's Head of Mission Operations.

"After launch, the joint team managed to maintain control of the satellites under extremely difficult conditions, rapidly stabilised them and determined the actual orbit."

"The accuracy and professionalism of the subsequent handover activities also showed that the joint team at ESOC and the spaceopal team at the Galileo Control Centre are very well 'tuned' for this procedure, which will become increasingly frequent with future launches."

Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Intelsat 30

From http://www.mfrtech.com/news/533912/intelsat_announces_successful_launch_of_intelsat_30.html

LUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the worlds leading provider of satellite services, today announced that an Ariane 5 vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 30 satellite, which is hosting the DLA-1 payload for DIRECTV Latin America from French Guiana. Liftoff occurred at 5:43 p.m. EDT. The Intelsat 30 satellite, hosting the DLA-1 payload, separated from the rockets upper stage 28 minutes after launch, at 6:12 p.m. EDT, and signal acquisition has been confirmed.

We look forward to helping DIRECTV Latin America deliver reliable, high quality entertainment to their subscribers throughout the region.

Built for Intelsat by Space Systems/Loral (SSL), Intelsat 30 is a 20-kilowatt class Ku-and C-band satellite. The Ku-band payload, known as DLA-1, is designed to provide distribution services for DIRECTV Latin America in South America and the Caribbean.

The C-band portion enhances Intelsats existing C-band service infrastructure serving Latin America. The satellite will be co-located with Intelsats Galaxy 3C satellite at 95?W and is expected to have a service life of more than 15 years.

The Intelsat 30 satellite, and its DLA1 payload, demonstrates the close collaboration and continuing strong relationship between DIRECTV Latin America and Intelsat, said Intelsat Chairman & CEO Dave McGlade. We look forward to helping DIRECTV Latin America deliver reliable, high quality entertainment to their subscribers throughout the region.

Intelsat 30 marks the first of two new hybrid C- and Ku-band satellites, for which the Ku-band payload will provide services to DIRECTV Latin America. The second satellite, Intelsat 31, is scheduled for launch in the second half of 2015.


About Intelsat

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I) is the worlds leading provider of satellite services, delivering high performance connectivity solutions for media, fixed and mobile broadband infrastructure, enterprise and government and military applications for 50 years. Intelsats satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video and broadband services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and mobile broadband access, with Intelsat, envision your future network, connect using our leading satellite technology and transform your opportunities. EnvisionConnectTransformwith Intelsat. For more information, visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT%20id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intelsat.com&esheet=50963813&newsitemid=20141016006596&lan=en-US&anchor=www.intelsat.com&index=5&md5=2eda96bb2d65555b3bc9176d63466a23.

Argentina launches geostationary satellite

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Argentina_launches_geostationary_satellite_999.html

Argentina is launching a geostationary communications satellite Thursday that was built at home with local technology, a first for Latin America.

The ARSAT-1, the product of seven years of work by a team of 400 specialists, will be launched from French Guiana at 6:00 pm (2100 GMT).

It will ride a French-made Ariane 5 rocket into transitional orbit, where an Argentine team will guide it toward its fixed orbital longitude of 71.8 degrees west, 36,000 kilometers (22,400 miles) above earth.

From there, it will provide cell phone, digital TV, Internet and data services to the lower half of South America.

Argentine President Cristina Kirchner has said the launch puts Argentina in an "elite club" of countries capable of producing satellites whose orbits are synchronized with the turning of the Earth, enabling them to hold their position over a fixed spot.

"Today is a historic day," cabinet chief Jorge Capitanich told journalists.

The $270-million, 3,400-watt satellite was developed by Argentine state engineering firm Invap and Argentine Satellite Solutions (ARSAT), a private company.

It has an estimated shelf life of 15 years.

Its propulsion system and cargo hold were purchased in Europe, but Argentina built the solar panels, carbon-fiber structure, onboard computer and operating software itself.

"It's an exercise in satellite sovereignty," said Capitanich.

The launch was a welcome bit of good news for the Argentine government, which is struggling to revive a drooping economy and battling a US court decision blocking it from making payments on debt tied up in a $1.3 billion dispute with two hedge funds.

Japan: Immediate start for NTT 4K service

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/japan-immediate-start-for-ntt-4k-service/

Japanese telco NTT Plala is to start 4K/Ultra HD services on October 27th. The commitment emerged during MIPCOM’s 4K series of screenings and panels in Cannes.

NTT Plala is a major Japanese ISP and was established in 1995 and is the latest enterprise to join what is now clearly a gathering rush towards 4K content availability.  Sky Perfect JSAT has already promised a launch of its 4K service which will start in March 2015. Some key cable operators are already committed to following suit in 2015.

While the numerous 4K transmissions now promised for 2014-15 and now readying for launch (and in addition to the NexTV Forum’s ‘experimental’ channel already on air) it is likely that Japan will have 2-3 Ultra-HD channels on air in time for the Rio Olympics, plus an additional channel in 8K described again as ‘experimental’.

During 2016, according to Keiya Motohashi from Japan’s NexTV Forum, a complete transponder on a satellite operating from 110 deg East will be used for a mix of 8K and 4K programming with up to 3 channels in 4K as well as the 8K ‘experimental’ channel. The 100 Mb/s available from the transponder will be allocated in key time slices to either 4K or 8K ‘channels’.

Motohashi said all of this work is being driven by the goal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, and will be operating well beyond the experimental services promised for 2015-16. He said that by 2018 Japan would have a wide range of 4K channels on air, s well as the 8K channel, and with satellite, cable and telco-based service providers

Multichoice to cut channels?

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/multichoice-to-cut-channels/

South Africa’s Multichoice is facing some tough choices over the number of channels it broadcasts, and the reason is down to the very weak value of the Rand, South Africa’s currency.

Local reports quote John Kotsaftis, CEO at DSTV, admitting that the weakness of the Rand is a major problem, especially given that many of DStv’s programmes are paid for in US dollars.

One option mentioned locally is that poorly performing channels could be scrapped to save cas, although Kotsafatis would only say that “it is not looking good” and that the broadcaster is much more cautious than it used to be.”

CBS goes OTT with All Access

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/17/cbs-goes-ott-with-all-access/

CBS Corporation has launched CBS All Access, a new digital subscription video on demand and Nielsen-measured live streaming service for the CBS Television Network. CBS All Access will offer subscribers thousands of episodes from the current season, previous seasons and classic shows on demand, as well as the ability to stream local CBS Television stations live in 14 of the largest US markets at launch.

CBS All Access is available at CBS.com and on mobile devices through the CBS App for iOS and Android. The service allows fans to watch more CBS programming online and on mobile devices, while introducing yet another monetisation window for the Company’s content. CBS All Access will be available on other major connected devices in the coming months.

“CBS All Access is another key step in the Company’s long-standing strategy of monetising our local and national content in the ways that viewers want it,” said Leslie Moonves, President and CEO, CBS Corporation. “This new subscription service will deliver the most of CBS to our biggest fans while being additive to the overall ecosystem. Across the board, we continue to capitalise on technological advances that help consumers engage with our world-class programming, and we look forward to serving our viewers in this new and exciting way.”

For $5.99 per month, CBS All Access includes the following programming, with more to be added in the coming months:

  • Full current seasons of 15 primetime shows with episodes available the day after they air.

  • Unprecedented ability to live stream local CBS stations in 14 of the largest markets at launch, with more to be added as affiliates join the new service.

  • Full past seasons of eight major current series, including The Good Wife, Blue Bloods and Survivor.

  • More than 5,000 episodes of CBS classics, including every episode of Star Trek, Cheers, Macgyver, Twin Peaks and CSI: Miami.

  • Access to exclusive additional content for CBS Television’s biggest special events, such as the Grammy Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

  • Ability to stream the Big Brother 24/7 Live Feeds service for no additional fee when the show returns next summer.

  • Advertising-free environment for all CBS Classics.

CBS All Access offers an even more robust viewing experience on CBS.com, the #1 network website across platforms (comScore), and the CBS App, which has been downloaded more than 10 million times.

Jim Lanzone, President and CEO, CBS Interactive said: “Our focus is to develop the best cross-platform video experience possible. We want our audiences to be able to watch CBS’s industry-leading content live and on demand whenever and wherever they want. CBS All Access delivers on that promise by giving our audience not only more CBS content, but also more ways to watch in a seamless user experience. We’ve integrated the service into our existing offerings and look forward to bringing it to all major digital platforms – including additional connected devices – in the coming months.”

CBS All Access brings thousands of episodes to digital platforms, making it simple for fans looking for more CBS content to get it via one easy-to-use, multi-platform service.

Marc DeBevoise, Executive Vice President, Entertainment, Sports and News, CBS Interactive added: “Through CBS All Access, we are enabling our biggest fans to tap into CBS’s content – including the current seasons of many of the biggest shows on television – and bring it to existing and new audiences alike. CBS All Access reflects our efforts to distribute as much of our leading content as possible on new platforms in ways that are strategically sound and provide additional value to our audiences.”

The ability to live stream local CBS stations through CBS All Access was built in close collaboration with CBS’s owned and operated stations. Syncbak, in which CBS has a minority investment, powers the delivery and geo-targeting of the live feeds to in-market subscribers. At launch, live streaming will be available in CBS’s 14 owned and operated markets, including: New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, with more to be added.

Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations said: “With video consumption habits changing all the time, it is very important that we continue to provide the best local news, entertainment and sports via a service like CBS All Access. Television stations have been the fabric of local broadcasting for 75 years, and today’s announcement is part of paving the way for the next 75. We are extremely pleased to be a part of this exciting new service, and look forward to reaching a whole new set of viewers in our major markets across the country.”

Non-subscribers will continue to have access to the most recent current episodes of CBS programming on CBS.com, select CBS Audience Network partner sites and through the CBS App. Programming will be available the day after the shows air on TV, with an eight-day delay on mobile devices for primetime series only.


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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Boomerang(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月14日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Thinetha、Bijoy TV(孟加拉)等全组频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [10月14日]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Rasil TV(印尼)频道新增,设置3947 H 1500参数免费接收。 [10月14日]


Netflix eyes Australia, NZ

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/15/netflix-eyes-australia-nz/

Netflix has admitted a strong interest in bringing its streaming service to Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking at MIPCOM in Cannes, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos described both countries as “very attractive territories that are English speaking and love US content”.

Report suggest Netflix is gearing up to launch simultaneously in both countries in the second quarter of 2015

Boomerang TV channel to relaunch as all-animation, youth-targeted network

From http://mumbrella.com.au/boomerang-tv-channel-relaunch-animation-youth-targeted-network-256687

Turner Broadcasting is relaunching its Boomerang brand as an all-animation youth-targeted network.

The announcement: 

Turner Broadcasting announced today that its second flagship kids brand, Boomerang, is being re-launched globally as an all-animation, youth-targeted network, repositioned with a line-up of timeless and contemporary cartoons programmed for family co-viewing, rolling out in Australia on 3 November, ahead of the US, EMEA and Southeast Asia.

The announcement was jointly made today by Gerhard Zeiler, President, Turner Broadcasting System International Inc., and Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang (US).

“The re-launch of Boomerang as a second flagship channel is a testament to its global appeal,” said Gerhard Zeiler, President, Turner Broadcasting System International Inc. “We are extremely proud to see this channel move into its next incarnation – with a look and feel that conveys its quality and contemporary position. This represents a further step in our strategy to build on the success of our international kids network.”

Drawing upon the vast resources of the world’s largest animation library – consisting of Warner Bros., Hanna-Barbera, Cartoon Network and MGM Studios television and theatrical shorts, series and specials – Boomerang’s on-air schedule in Australia will be anchored by such timeless favourites as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo. The channel will also feature a slate of newly-acquired contemporary series’ including Mr Bean. 

“Boomerang has always been a timeless favourite with multi-generational appeal,” said Christina Miller, President and General Manager, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang (US). “We see this as a unique opportunity to not only redefine the family co-viewing experience, but to grow and leverage our overall global kids portfolio and position it across all platforms in conjunction with Cartoon Network.”

Boomerang will introduce a refreshed on-air environment and for the first time offer exclusive original content on the network across its 13 international feeds. The official rollout began in Latin America on 29 September and continues with Australia on 3

November. All additional markets will premiere in 2015. Beyond its on-air presence, Boomerang will be supported with refreshed digital and mobile platforms, including a newly refaced website that features exclusive activities, free games and content to provide a full immersion experience for all visitors.

Today’s announcement comes on the back of recent double-digit, quarter-on-quarter growth in Australia among its key demographic of kids aged 5-12. Ratings also leapt by nearly 30% from Q2 to Q3 2014. (Source: OzTAM national STV, overnights.) Boomerang currently screens on Foxtel channel 715.

Source: Turner Broadcasting press release

Oz pirates downloading more content

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/16/oz-pirates-downloading-more-content/

Research conducted by Sycamore Research and Newspoll suggests that online film and television piracy is increasing in Australia, with 29 per cent of Australian adults admitting to being active pirates. The study also shows active pirates are increasing their frequency of downloading pirated film and television content. Lori Flekser, Executive Director of the IP Awareness Foundation, shared findings of the independent study at the 69th Australian International Movie Convention on the Gold Coast with an audience of industry delegates representing cinema exhibition, distribution, production and allied trades. This national online quantitative study was conducted with Australians aged 12-64, from June – August 2014.

Significant findings about the behaviours of Australians in relation to film and television include:

29 per cent of Australians aged 18-64 are active pirates, compared with 25 per cent in 2013.

Of the most active pirates, 55 per cent are downloading pirated movies weekly, an increase of 20 per cent since 2013.

Piracy activity increases with age (14 per cent of 12-13 year-olds pirate, 36 per cent of 16-17 year-olds). Activity peaks in the 18-24 year-old group, with 54 per cent admitting to actively accessing pirated films and television shows.

The majority of Australian adults agree that the internet requires more regulation (52 per cent) to prevent individuals from downloading or streaming pirated content. Far more 12-17 year-old Australians agree with the proposition than disagree (43 per cent agree/23 per cent disagree).

The majority of illegal downloaders (68 per cent of 12-17 year-olds and 61 per cent of adults) agree that search engines such as Google and Bing make it easy to find pirated content. Around half of all Australians agree that search engines such as Google and Bing should take more responsibility for promoting legal content ahead of illegal content.

Australian adults and teens, including active pirates, agree that there is an increasing number of options for people to legally obtain and watch TV series and movies (adults 72 per cent, adult active pirates 69 per cent, teens 67 per cent, teen active pirates 64 per cent).

Pirating is still not the social norm amongst Australians (despite the assertion that “everyone does it”) – 60 per cent of Australian adults and 66 per cent of Australians 12-17 say they have never downloaded or streamed pirated content.

73 per cent of those who would choose piracy as their preferred option for watching a new release movie say that if the pirated version was not available, they would go the cinema (23 per cent) or wait for the film to be available online or on DVD/Blu-ray (50 per cent).

Piracy still predominantly happens in the home (88 per cent of 12-17 year-olds and 98 per cent of the most active adult pirates). 35 per cent of the most active adult pirates are downloading at work and 20 per cent of pirate teens are downloading or streaming at school.

Parental influence is a key factor in the behaviour of Australians aged 12-17. In households where parents are pirating, the children appear likely to do so as well. 85 per cent of kids who don’t pirate say their parents have spoken to them about piracy. Parents have the power to influence teen pirates.

Flekser says this research shows a disturbing trend towards an increasing disregard for the value of content. “This builds on what we know of Australia’s profile as a nation of avid online pirates. With the issue of copyright reforms now very much on the table, our research reinforces the urgency for a clear legislative framework that guides online behaviours and restricts access to unauthorised or unlicensed content,” she stated.

“I agree with acclaimed film-maker Lord David Puttnam, who has said that society should focus on the idea of digital citizenship. He suggests that whilst there is wide discussion about the desired freedoms of those who use the Internet, there is little debate about the responsibilities one should take when going online.”

Lord Puttnam filmed a message which played as part of Flekser’s presentation, in which he referred to the need for “intelligent legislation, a lot of education, a lot of engagement by the people who use the audio visual media in understanding what its economics are”.

“We’ve got to encourage a respect for copyright and we’ve got to encourage the sheer self-interest that the audience can develop in making sure that the economic cycle that creates good new material is being funded by the ability to pay for it. If we can do that, we have a future,” he declared.

“IP Awareness supports the notion that we all share the responsibility. Industry, government, online businesses, parents, schools, individuals and communities all have a role to play to ensure that the creative industries remain viable and sustainable,” added Flekser.

She was joined on stage at the Australian International Movie Convention by two Australian content creators, John Jarratt and Jeremy Sims, both of whom have directed theatrical features for release in Australia in 2015. Jarratt said he feared the impact of piracy on the future of Australian independent filmmaking and described the situation as “urgent”.

“You know it’s almost a year since Wolf Creek 2 played in cinemas and there’s still a substantial number of pirates on torrent sites every week downloading it without paying. This film took years to finance and make and it did good box office but it has struggled to recoup money for the investors and the creative team,” he admitted.

“I think people who download films illegally often don’t think about the consequences of their actions, like the possibility of investors losing out and then not wanting to risk financing another project and how that can affect jobs of the people who make a living from this business,” he warned.

Sims also lent his voice to the IP Awareness Foundation presentation. His latest theatrical feature, Last Cab to Darwin,is scheduled for release in August 2015 and as co-writer, director and producer, he has invested a huge amount of time, effort and passion into the project. Like Jarratt, Sims is alarmed by the high rates of piracy in Australia and the impact on the industry.

Sims’ film Beneath Hill 60 was released more than four years ago in Australia but is still being pirated. “If you contemplate even some of that foregone revenue, it may well equate to the difference between a film-maker’s next feature being funded, or not,” said Sims.

“I think parents can do a lot to help by teaching their kids how downloading films and television without paying for them threatens people’s livelihoods and an industry’s well-being and is basically just stealing. That’s the message I teach my kids.”

Minister clears air

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=283157

ALL television stations in the country are free to cover Parliament proceedings.This has been confirmed by the Minister for Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum made the comments after member of the opposition Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu in his maiden speech claimed the Fiji Broadcasting Commission was the only television station given rights to cover Parliament proceedings.

"FBC does not have an exclusive right to carry the proceedings. In fact I am aware that Fiji TV has been specifically told in writing that it can do so," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said Ratu Naiqama's claims were false and that Fiji TV and Mai TV were free to broadcast the proceedings provided the TV stations have encoders in Parliament.

The minister said media outlets should liaise with the Secretary-General of Parliament to make the necessary arrangements.

"All these stations have to do is to place an encoder in Parliament so that they can receive the feed of the proceedings.

"The fact is that only FBC has so far done so.

"It is very disappointing that Ratu Naiqama failed to establish the facts before he included this false information in his maiden speech," the minister added."

Chinese scientist proposes new scientific satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chinese_scientist_proposes_new_scientific_satellites_999.html

A Chinese scientist has proposed a series of satellites to monitor "global change," or planetary-scale changes concerning the Earth.

Speaking at the ongoing Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium in Beijing, Guo Huadong, dean of the Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, suggested six satellites to monitor global change as well as observation technology based on the moon.

Global change is a relatively new scientific area that developed after realization that climate change was only one part of a larger phenomenon. Global change researchers look at land, oceans, the atmosphere, natural planetary cycles and deep Earth processes as well as human society.

Guo's proposed six satellites would study the impact of human activities, the carbon source of land forests, light pollution, the volume and movement of glaciers, and changes in the ocean environment and global climate.

"The proposal mainly takes into account important problems in global change research, such as the carbon cycle, water cycle, and energy cycle," said Guo.

China has launched a series of Earth observation satellites and established a stable Earth observation system. However, it has no global change scientific satellites yet.

According to Guo, more than 200 Earth observation satellites have been launched worldwide, including 25 global change scientific satellites, 13 of which are in orbit. It is estimated that there will be nearly 30 global change scientific satellites in 2030.

Astro join hands with SPARK, MVI to launch Asia's first HD documentary channel

From http://english.astroawani.com/news/show/astro-join-hands-with-spark-mvi-to-launch-asias-first-hd-documentary-channel-46109

Astro is always exploring new ways to meet the audiences' changing preferences - Datuk Rohana Rozhan  

KUALA LUMPUR: Asia will soon see its first dedicated HD factual and documentary channel following a joint venture between SPARK, Astro Malaysia, Malaysia’s leading consumer media group and Singapore-based Moving Visuals International (MVI).

The channel, SPARK ASIA, which will go live in the first half of 2015, will offer a wide variety of exclusive Asian and global HD content. Additionally, it will also empower local producers and filmmakers by offering an alternative platform to showcase their documentaries and also drive training initiatives.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Astro Malaysia, Datuk Rohana Rozhan said, as one of Southeast Asia's leading content and consumer companies, Astro is always exploring new ways to meet the audiences' changing preferences.

"With the growing interest in Asian content, there is a huge opportunity in Asian factual content that resonates not only with Asian audiences but around the world.

"In line with our strength in the creation of IPs and content brands, we believe that the aggregation of Asian-centric stories and factual content in an Asian branded documentary channel is timely and has tremendous potential. This joint venture with like-minded partners enables Astro to take a stake in content that will resonate in Asia and around the world," she said in a statement on Tuesday.

Director of MVI, Galen Yeo meanwhile said, as the world’s most populous continent, Asia has long deserved a channel to harness its thriving diversity of culture, history, people and stories.

“We are pleased to work together with SPARK GmbH and Astro on this landmark venture to promote Asian documentary filmmaking, and provide producers a unique platform that will support and promote their work to audiences all across Asia. Spark Asia welcomes opportunities to collaborate and work together with storytellers from around Asia and the world," he said.

Leveraging on the strengths of its joint venture partners, SPARK ASIA will have both linear TV and digital content that will resonate among audiences across Asia.

SPARK ASIA will promote knowledge; celebrate Asian values and traditions and bring Asia to the world in an exciting way.

Its content genres will include science & technology, exploration, history, environment, nature and wildlife. SPARK ASIA will also draw its programming from the vast library of AUTENTIC and ZDF Enterprises. Asia is the latest launch of the factual entertainment brand SPARK, which is also available in Eastern Europe as well as in Africa.

iSAT Africa Connects Via MEASAT's AFRICASAT-1a...

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1463729215

[SatNews] MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) has an agreement with iSAT Africa Ltd. Fzc. (“iSAT”) for capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite.

Under the terms of their agreement, iSAT will expand their VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa using AFRICASAT-1a’s high-powered pan-African C-band coverage.
AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February of 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa, with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

Santosh Sakpal, Technical Manager, iSAT, said, “We selected AFRICASAT-1a due to the growing demand of our customers for data trunking, broadcasting, and GSM backhaul solutions. AFRICASAT-1a is the best choice to meet these requirements, due to its high power and its African and European coverage via a single beam.”

“MEASAT is delighted to welcome iSAT Africa onboard the AFRICASAT-1a satellite,” added Raj Malik, Senior Vice President—Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. “We look forward to support iSAT in providing higher quality VSAT and broadcast solutions across Africa.”

For additional information regarding MEASAT, please visit http://www.measat.com/

Further details regarding iSAT Africa may be viewed at http://isatafrica.com/

MTS looking to launch satellite service, eyes Raduga TV

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/259042/mts-looking-to-launch-satellite-service-eyes-raduga-tv/

Russian service provider MTS plans to launch a satellite service and is in talks to buy troubled DTH pay TV operator Raduga TV, according to local reports. 

MTS has reportedly confirmed that it is talks on the purchase of Raduga TV’s holding company Dalgeokom, jointly owned by Modern Times Group and Russia’s Continental Media, although neither of the latter have commented.

Raduga TV has run into problems over allegedly operating in the country without an appropriate licence. Last month, the Russian interior ministry launched a criminal investigation into the operator following a request by media regulator Roskomnadzor. At the same time the company’s CEO, Olga Abramova, resigned.

Raduga TV will also be affected by an amendment to the country’s media law limiting foreign ownership to 20% that could force MTG to sell its stake.

HBO to offer stand-alone streaming service

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11343279

Millions already have cancelled pay-TV subscriptions in the US, and more consumers are choosing to stream TV shows online
HBO's hit show True Detective. HBO plans to offer a stand-alone version of its popular video-streaming service, CEO Richard Plepler said at an investor meeting. Photo / AP

Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. Is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

"HBO and ESPN are the two main reasons why people have cable and satellite TV," says Forrester analyst James McQuivey. "The whole industry has eyed them for years nervous that one day they would decide to do exactly what (HBO) said they'll do in 2015. We don't know until we see pricing and packaging how rapidly this will force a change in the way pay TV operators work, but it will definitely force a change."

Millions already have cancelled pay-TV subscriptions - up to 10 million U.S. households are currently broadband-only. And about 45 percent of Americans stream television shows at least once a month, according to research firm eMarketer. That number is expected to increase to 53 percent or 175 million people by 2018, it says.

Video streamers aren't falling behind on entertainment - so-called "cord-cutters" watched about 100 hours of video per month during the first half of this year, estimates the Internet research firm Sandvine. The trend accelerated as Netflix's Internet video service expanded into original programming and bought the rights to show popular cable network shows such as "Breaking Bad" and "American Horror Story." Netflix's 36 million U.S. subscribers now watch about 100 minutes of Internet video each day, calculates BTIG Research analyst Rich Greenfield, based on Netflix disclosures about its customers' overall viewership patterns. Netflix-watching accounts for about one-third of U.S. Internet traffic in the evening, according to Sandvine.

Amazon.com Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Google's YouTube also offer Internet-only series as alternatives to pay TV.

Parris Lilly, 40, a network engineer for a software company in Temecula, California, currently pays $180 a month for Verizon's FiOS bundle of Internet access, phone and cable TV service. But that could change when the new HBO option debuts. Lilly estimates that if he goes streaming-only he could slash his monthly bill by $100.

"I've been wanting to cut the cord for a few years now but with a wife and three small children, I've been hesitant due to a lack of content that the whole house could enjoy," he said. "With the rise of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon I've been very close to pulling the trigger, and now with HBO offering a cable-free service the time seems right to do it."

Jasmine Chan, 26, a marketing manager in Washington, D.C., said she and her boyfriend already use streaming services like Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime. "With this announcement, we'll probably be canceling our cable TV service and stick with just Internet," Chan said.

HBO has about 30.4 million subscribers according to research firm SNL Kagan. HBO CEO Richard Plepler said Wednesday that the network's move is aimed at targeting the 80 million homes in the U.S. that do not have HBO but may want access to its content - and especially those broadband-only homes.

"That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped," Plepler said at parent Time Warner Inc.'s investor meeting in New York. "It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO."

The separate access also could encourage people who currently tap into HBO Go with their parents' cable subscription to buy their own. And it could convert some pirates to paying subscribers - Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes admitted on an earnings call last year that "Game of Thrones" is the most pirated show in the world, which he said was "better than an Emmy" for driving interest in the network.

Will this lead to a wave of pay-TV cancellations? Cable and satellite providers have long been against the unbundling of TV channel packages because they wouldn't be able to charge as much for an a la carte menu of stations. Pepler said HBO plans to work with current partners and "explore models with new partners," but did not give specifics. No pricing details were given, but Forrester's McQuivey expects stand-alone HBO Go could cost about $15 a month. That's more than the lowest payment option for Netflix, which starts at $9, but high enough to discourage many cable TV subscribers from cancelling their service. HBO is believed to get at least a $15 cut from the pay-TV packages that its service is bundled into.

Since "The Sopranos," HBO has been a model for premium cable networks looking to woo viewers. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has never tried to conceal that he has been trying to build an Internet version of HBO as he strives to reach his long-term goal of nearly doubling subscribers to 60 million in the U.S. The company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to produce critically acclaimed series such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is The New Black." In the past few weeks, Netflix made another HBO-like move by buying the rights to four exclusive movies starring Adam Sandler and a sequel to "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon."

In a sign of the intensifying rivalry between the two services, HBO has steadfastly refused to license streaming rights to its award-winning series to Netflix. Instead, HBO struck a deal with Amazon's streaming service. Netflix's U.S. rates currently start at $9 per month, a price that may pressure HBO to lower its profit margins if it wants to lure subscribers away or encourage customers to buy both.

Breaking away from the cable and satellite providers may also force HBO to incur additional expenses to build up its own customer service and marketing departments. Those tasks have largely been handled by the pay-TV providers that include HBO in their packages.

So is a stand-alone alternative for sports fans on the horizon?

That's not likely anytime soon. ESPN owns rights to the NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, college football playoffs and four of the five power conferences through at least 2021. Only the Big Ten contract ends soon among the network's biggest sports properties. Its business model is tied into long-term contracts with those sports leagues that have no reason, right now at least, to cut ties with networks and pay-TV providers.

Sports games are some of the few that most viewers don't DVR (and fast-forward through commercials). That live-watching has translated into big advertising sales for networks and huge broadcasting rights fees for owners of NFL and NBA franchises and other professional sports teams. While the model for how fans watch games could evolve, most leagues are locked in to traditional contracts through the next decade.

ISRO Successfully Launches India's Third Navigation Satellite

From http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/isro-successfully-launches-india-s-third-navigation-satellite-607440

The satellite navigation system is a fleet of seven satellites. (Press Trust of India)

Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh:  India successfully launched IRNSS 1C on board ISRO's PSLV C26 rocket from the spaceport here at 1.32 am today, moving a step closer to setting up the country's own navigation system on par with Global Positioning System (GPS) of the US.

IRNSS 1C is the third of the series of seven satellites ISRO is planing to launch to put in place what is called the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System.

Lifting off from the First Launch Pad here exactly at 1.32 am the rocket painted a golden brush of flames in the night sky and was a visual delight for onlookers.

Twenty minutes after the launch, the launch vehicle successfully placed the 1,425.4 kg weighing satellite on the intended orbit.

ISRO has aimed to launch the satellite into a sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 17.86 degree with respect to the equatorial plane.

"India has successfully launched IRNSS 1C. The entire ISRO team deserves congratulations", ISRO chairman K Radhakrishnan said after the launch.

He also thanked the entire team that worked behind for the successful launch.

This was the seventh time ISRO was using an XL version of the PSLV rocket for its missions.

The mission life of the 1,425,4 kg is 10 years. The launch of PSLV 26 carrying IRNSS 1C was actually scheduled on October 10 but the countdown was postponed following some technical reasons.

The fully deployed IRNSS system would consist of three satellites in GEO stationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit, about 36,000 km altitude above earth.

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

The IRNSS system, which would ultimately have seven satellites and ground stations was targeted to be completed by 2015 at a total cost of Rs 1420 crores, ISRO sources said.

The first two satellites in the series -- IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched in July last year and April this year respectively.

Being developed by India, IRNSS is designed to provide accurate position information service 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.

IRNSS's applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management, navigation aide for hikers and travellers, visual and voice navigation for drivers.

While India is developing its navigation system, a select group of countries have their own navigation systems -- Russia's Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS), United States' Global Positioning System (GPS), European Union's Galileo (GNSS), China's BeiDou satellite navigation system and the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Jitendra Singh, who was here to witness the launch said, "the satellite is up in the orbit. We have done it again. This is the 28th flight of PSLV and the seventh of its XL version. The injection has been very precise. I congratulate the entire team that made this possible."

"I have to congratulate you for the successful launch. I thank you for making me witness this historic moment. As India moves forward to become a world leader, I am sure in the the 21 century, any leadership role should be based on scientific foundation and I am glad that in the area of space we have emerged as world leaders," he said.


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Misc feeds seen Tuesday

D2 12289 V sr 1212 (data??)
D2 12670 V sr 6670
D2 12473 H sr 6670 "Kordia TV oct 2014" card FTA

D2 12706 V "IAC 2014" The yearly I'm a Celeb UK TV shows (Irdeto)

IS 19 12552 V 7200 from NSW SES HQ

From my Email

From saldav1

Monday feed log all Asiasat 5

3715 H SR 7200 Ch-1 TV LAO - AFF SUZUKI CUP Soccer - Live - LAO vs CAM, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 HOL 110 Badminton - Dutch Open 2014 from the Netherlands, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 MLS Soccer - FC DALLAS vs LOS ANGELES GALAXY, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder (sound but no pic.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3829 H "Australia Plus TV India" is Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K+" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Haari Variety" has started on , encrypted. Haari TV is Fta. More TV has left.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3671 H "Anhui TV" has left again.
Telkom 1 108.0°E 3947 H "Rasil TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3729 H "Celestial Classic Movies and Celestial Movies" have left .

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "TNT"is Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3841 H "BBTV Channel 7" has started on , BISS.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3545 V "TCC TV, Travel & Beyond, Smart SME, Chic Club Channel and Vetee Thai" have started on , BISS. Moradokthai and Bangkok Channel are now encrypted. Shop Thailand and True Music have left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3585 V "Bangkok Channel has started on , Irdeto. Star Channel, Nhang Channel, Peace TV, Gift Channel, Mystery Channel and AJP" are
now encrypted. Major Channel Mix has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3840 V "Jipata TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3949 V "On Shop" has started on , Fta. RromD TV has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4095 V "Kaset Ramruay" has started on , BISS. Bluesky Channel has left.
Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 V "Stadium X" has started on , encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H "Democratic Voice of Burma TV, ATV Home, MediBiz TV, Bijoy TV, Channel 16, Filmy Bangla, Channel 5, BabyFirst TV and Thinetha TV" have left again

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3790 H "Blue Naaptol" has started on Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3872 HPTC News, PTC Punjabi, PTC Chak De, Satya TV, R Plus Gold, News Nation and Oscar Movies Bhojpuri have left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 V "Jet Mart TV" has left .

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4024 H "Asianet and Asianet Plus" have started on again, Videoguard.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Bollywood(高清)等5个频道新增,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Ru TV(标清)等频道消失,设置12227 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Stili Moda、Tochka TV(俄罗斯)等3个频道消失,设置12153 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Service 37、Service 38(测试)频道新增,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。[10-14]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,MOV、SAM(AVG)等全组频道消失,设置11237 V 4800参数无效接收。[10-14]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、KBS TV 2(高清)频道新增,设置12523 V 7900参数免费接收。[10-14]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,News Express(Dish TV)频道消失,设置11090 H 30000参数无效接收。 [10月14日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Bindass Play替换TUTV Stars(Dish TV)频道,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月14日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Prag TV(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,BEC Channel 7替换BBTV(泰国)频道,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月13日]


Malaysia's Astro backs new Asia documentary channel

From news

Malaysian platform Astro is backing a new pan-Asia documentary channel in partnership with Singapore-based production house Moving Visuals International and European factual entertainment joint venture Spark. The new HD channel, Spark Asia, will go live in the first half of 2015 with a line-up of Asian and global HD content available as a linear service with digital add ons. Global content, including science, tech, exploration, history, nature and wildlife, will be sourced from Spark JV partners - Autentic and ZDF Enterprises. The partners said during the opening afternoon of this year's Mipcom yesterday that the new channel would "promote knowledge, celebrate Asian values and traditions and bring Asia to the world in an exciting way". Astro chief executive, Rohana Rozhan, said there was a "huge opportunity in Asian factual content that resonates not only with audiences in Asia but around the world". "In line with our strength in the creation of IPs and content brands we believe that the aggregation of Asian-centric stories and factual content in an Asian-branded documentary channel is timely and has tremendous potential. This joint venture with like-minded partners enables Astro to take a stake in content that will resonate in Asia and around the world," she added. Spark is also available in Eastern Europe and Africa.

Solar ties up with CNN in Philippines news channel relaunch

From news

Philippines' news channel 9News is believed to have tied up with Turner in a deal that will relaunch the Solar Television Network-owned service as CNN Philippines. No official announcements had been released by last night. The deal is expected to be formally announced in Manila at noon today (14 October). 9News was known as Solar News Channel until August this year. Local papers are saying CNN Philippines will be available as a free-to-air service from January 2015, and are forecasting fierce competition from incumbents ABS-CBN News Channel and GMA News. Speculation about terms of the deal have been rife since invitations to the launch went out last week.

AV Asia loses arbitration against Astro unit in satellite dish row

From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/av-asia-loses-arbitration-against-astro-unit-in-satellite-dish-row

KUALA LUMPUR,— Broadcast supplier AV Asia Sdn Bhd has failed in arbitration proceedings against Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd’s unit MEASAT Broadcast Network Systems Bhd (MBNS), the latter said today.

AV Asia previously alleged that MBNS had breached the terms of a mutual non-disclosure agreement (MNDA) dated August 1, 2008, and used confidential information it provided to launch the Astro B.yond High Definition (HD) product.

“The Arbitral Tribunal ruled that MBNS is not in breach of the MNDA,” said a statement by Astro today referring to the October 10 decision.

“The Arbitral Tribunal also dismissed the Counterclaim of AV Asia for RM300 million and ordered AV Asia to pay costs in the sum of US$1,051,554 (RM3,428,749.55) to MBNS.”

AV Asia, a supplier of broadcast supporting equipment, had sued MBNS and Tele System Electronic (M) Sdn Bhd, seeking RM1.3 billion in damages.

In October 2010, AV Asia filed for an injunction order to stop MBNS from using its confidential information.

On December the same year, the High Court allowed MBNS’s application to stay the proceedings relating to the civil suit and ordered the matter to undergo arbitration.

However, the High Court on May 2011, dismissed AV Asia’s application for injunction.

AV Asia later appealed unsuccessfully the High Court’s decision to order the suit to undergo arbitration and the refusal to grant the company the injunction order.

It then tried to quash the High Court decision in the Federal Court, but failed to obtain leave in 2012.

Measat Promotes Yau Chyong Lim To CCO

From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3714

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”) announced today the promotion of Yau Chyong Lim from Vice President, Business Development and Strategic Planning to Chief Commercial Officer.

In his new role, Yau will oversee MEASAT’s Sales & Marketing and Network Engineering & Operations divisions, focused on building the MEASAT customer base and ensuring delivery of services. As a member of MEASAT’s Executive Committee, Yau will continue to support the development of the group’s overall strategy.

Yau originally joined MEASAT in 1996. With more than 18 years’ experience in the satellite communications Yau has wide-ranging experience across sales & marketing, business development and commercial operations.

Yau holds an MBA in Finance from Keele University, Staffordshire, UK and a BSc in Microelectronics & Physics from Campbell University, North Carolina, USA.

Rebranding reflects viewer preferences

From http://www.bworldonline.com/content.php?section=Arts&Leisure&title=rebranding-reflects-viewer-preferences&id=95977

REGIONAL CABLE and satellite network beTV will be rebranded as Sony Channel for its dedicated broadcast feed to the Philippines starting Wednesday, Oct. 15, to reflect the changing viewing preferences of Filipino TV audiences.

Sony Pictures Television Senior Vice-President and General Manager for Networks Hui Keng Ang flew in from Singapore to meet with Manila-based journalists last week to discuss the changes.

He said Sony Channel hopes to be a “female-skewed, male inclusive” channel to complement Sony’s other cable channel AXN Asia, which became known as a “male-skewed, female inclusive” channel.

“Sony Channel will be the premier destination for female-skewing Hollywood entertainment. Sony Channel features shows that appeal to females, but will not turn off male viewers,” Mr. Ang told reporters.

He said the new Sony Channel will feature some of the most captivating and talked-about drama, comedy, lifestyle and reality programs on TV, all airing close to the US telecasts, together with popular feel-good movies.

New programming will include How to Get Away with Murder, the latest drama from executive producer Shonda Rhimes, the creator of hit shows like Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy; White House drama Madam Secretary, starring Téa Leoni; romantic comedy Manhattan Love Story; as well as the comedic drama Jane The Virgin.

“We believe there is an opportunity in the Philippines for a general entertainment destination that is female focused, but also male inclusive. These four new series are smart, edgy and driven by strong women -- a perfect fit for the new Sony Channel brand,” Mr. Ang said.

He said the new shows will join a variety of popular returning programs on Sony Channel, including the medical drama The Night Shift, which debuted as the top scripted series last summer in the US; the musical drama Nashville, which follows the struggles of the fading queen of country music and a rising young star respectively played by Emmy-nominated Connie Britton and Golden Globe-nominated Hayden Panettiere; along with reality competition show Cupcake Wars, and dating series The Millionaire Matchmaker.

Sony Channel will be seen on Channel 35 on SkyCable, Channel 39 on Cable Link, Channel 60 on Cignal Digital TV, and Channel 62 on Destiny Cable starting Oct. 15. For program schedules and other details, follow www.facebook.com/SonyChannelPH and http://twitter.com/SonyChannelPH. -- J. O. Valisno

ABS-2 satellite loss?

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/13/abs-2-satellite-loss/

Reports are emerging that ABS-2, the new satellite operated by Asia Broadcast Satellite, is subject to a $200 million insurance claim, and that the claim will be based on an ‘in orbit” failure having occurred within one year of launch. ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East.

ABS-2 was launched back in February. Built by Space Systems/Loral (SS/L), it was launched successfully on an Ariane 5 rocket, but problems quickly emerged.

Advanced-Television.com reported on July 29 that one of the broadcast clients on ABS-2 (ISP Alliance of Vladivostok) had lost its signals aboard ABS-2, and this impacted about 50 major channels, including Sony, Sci-Fi, National Geographic Сhannel, Fox life, Fashion TV, Eurosport, Discovery Channel, Da Vinci Learning, Animal Planet, Cartoon Network, Comedy TV, RU TV, Viasat Explorer, Viasat Nature, Viasat Sport, Viasat History, Extreme sports, Nat Geo Wild and others.

ABS later confirmed that it had suffered an anomaly on one of its powerful Ku-band beams, and was working to determine the cause of the problem with SS/L.

“Last week, the ABS-2 satellite experienced an anomaly on its Russia Ku-band beam affecting a limited number of transponders,” ABS said in a statement. “This resulted in an interruption of some services, which we are working to restore with SS/L. No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”

However, the August 4 statement continued by saying: “The anomaly on the Russian beam affected some channels more severely than others but we were able to restore most of the traffic and the satellite is providing good downlink power. ABS-2A is a backup and expansion satellite to ABS-2 so we will insure in orbit redundancy and continuity of the business at 75°E.” ABS-2A is scheduled for launch in late 2015.”

The original manifest on the satellite includes 51 Ku-band transponders, 32 in C-band and 6 Ka-band transponders.

Any satellite failure is bad news for all concerned, but if ABS-2 is handicapped then it is especially tough news for ABS which was well on track to be a major force in the industry, and had major expansion plans.

A back-up satellite is scheduled for launch later in 2015.

Indonusa Telemedia seeks JV satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/10/indonusa-telemedia-seeks-jv-satellite/

Indonesian pay-TV operator Indonusa Telemedia is setting aside $150 million for a satellite project. Indonusa is owned by Trans Corp and markets itself as Transvision. A July 16 half-year report said the broadcaster is anticipating 800,000 subscribers by the end of this year, helped by English Premier League football.

Currently the broadcaster uses Telkom-1 (108 degrees East) for its 148 channels, and added its first batch of 6 HD channels back on May 1st.

Agung D M Sahidi, Operational Director at Indonusa, says that the broadcaster has not agreed on its next step. It had hoped to have a satellite in position by the middle of next year, but whether this would mean renting satellite capacity or entering into some sort of joint-venture or consortium to build a new satellite.

Sky Sports wins ICC cricket rights

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/13/sky-sports-wins-icc-cricket-rights/

Sky Sports has secured the rights to show international cricket’s biggest events including the ICC Cricket World Cup, ICC World Twenty20 and ICC Champions Trophy.

The agreement means Sky Sports viewers can access exclusive live coverage of 14 ICC competitions, offering over 250 days of live cricket between 2015 and 2023.

STAR has been awarded the global rights from the ICC and Sky Sports has an exclusive arrangement with STAR for broadcast in UK and Ireland.  Sky’s existing agreement for ICC cricket includes the Cricket World Cup next year.

Also, for the first time from 2015, over 60 IPL matches will be added to the schedule, meaning only on Sky Sports can viewers enjoy the world’s top four domestic Twenty20 cricket competitions from India, England, Australia and South Africa.

Barney Francis, Sky Sports Managing Director, said: “We’re delighted to be awarded the ICC rights and strengthen Sky Sports’ unrivalled commitment to cricket even further.  Our cricket schedule keeps getting stronger and by adding events such as the World Cup, World Twenty20 and Champions Trophy, we’ve never offered our viewers such choice from all formats of the game.”


Monday feed

D1 12430 V Sr 7000 "sts12 enc mod2" Matador cup one day cricket from Australia

Test signals reported from 176E!!

Feeds logged Sunday

D2 12388 V Sr 15000 "V8 superview hd" Encrypted
D2 12406 V Sr 15000 "v7 supercars world feed" Encrypted
D2 12424 V Sr 15000 "v8_chan_main" Encrypted
D2 12661 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Encrypted

D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "globecast oz" Horses FTA

From my Email

From Alex (W.A)

Unless my LNBF is stuffed. Looks like OPTUS 10 is in test mode now at 176deg E no DVB broadcast carriers as yet.

It looks to be in the 11,7 to 12.2 part of the spectrum as my 11.300 LNBF will not load it. I tried two wideband LnBs that see the signal

I can not null out the polarity though the signal is so strong I wasn't that patient, it is oserlating a little in leval but nothing major

(Craig's comment, it looks like sweep testing, Interesting they are in the low band. Someone said to me a while ago that Optus 10 will end up at 156E eventually)

From Craig Duffield

Sunday Feed

Optus D1
HD FEED Australia Cricket
12429 V Sr 7124 STS 12 Enc/ Mod 1

From Saldav1

Weekend feed log from saldav1

All Asiasat 5

3897 V SR 7120 KAZ-003 International Judo Federation, KAZAKHSTAN, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7500 u_19 AFC u/19 Soccer championships from Myanmar, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7200 $afcu19_ AFC u/19 Soccer from Myanmar, (this transponder is actually FTA.) Is parallel to 4147 H SR 7500.
3877 H SR 7120 SEA vs VAN Seattle vs Vancouver in the MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
4070 H SR 9875 $MotoGP World Feed (is $scrambled.)
4135 H SR 7200 SIME DARBY 2014 LPGA Women's Golf from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, (FTA.)
4158 H SR 4800 WARD SNG FIA World Endurance Motor Racing Championship - Qualifying Time Trials from Fuji, Japan, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 DSNG Enc 11 World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics, Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.) Both these transponders are taking the same programming.
4147 H SR 7200 hy1 Nanshan CHINA Men's Golf Masters from Nanshan, CHINA, (FTA.
3745 V SR 7120 HOL 110 Yonex Dutch Open, 2014 - Badminton from Almere, NETHERLANDS, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7200 $IND vs WI DD FEED ($scrambled.)
3895 H SR 7200 $IND-WI World Feed ($scrambled.)
3915 H SR 4165 Lab Enc 1 Female reporter reporting from Pyonygang, NORTH KOREA regarding the latest re, the North Korean leader, (FTA.)
3930 V SR 9600 $INDIASIGN ($scrambled.)
3945 V SR 4444 OVERON E-378 via Male reporter reporting live on the latest regarding 16 people being monitored and tested for Ebola at the Hospital Carlos 111, in MADRID, SPAIN alongside a TVE reporter, (FTA.)
4147 H SR 7500 $afcu19_ u/19 Soccer from Myanmar and is actually (FTA)

From the Dish

Telstar 18 138.0°E Almost all channels in the Combos TV muxes on 12354 V and 12472 V are encrypted again.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "GTV K Channel" has started on , encrypted. ATV Home has left.

AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 11881 R "Sonsee TV 3" has started on, Nagravision.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3671 H "Anhui TV" has started on , Fta.

NSS 6 95.0°E 11037 H "Samay UP/Uttarakhand" has left .
NSS 6 95.0°E 11090 H "Bindass Play and Rang" have started on , Conax.ETV Urdu, Dish Box Office, R Plus, Dish Box Office 2, Big Thrill and Ten Golf have
NSS 6 95.0°E 11130 V "TV Alau" has left .

Measat 3 91.5°E 12316 H Puthuyugam TV, Puthiya Thalaimurai, DD India and DD Uttar Pradesh have started on , Irdeto. Fox Life India and Baby TV Asia have left.

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12612 V "Music Box, Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have left .

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11655 V "Kazakstan TV Kokshetau has replaced Kazakstan TV Petropavl" on , Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12640 V "Ru TV" has started on , encrypted. Muzhskoy and Zagorodnaya Zhizn are Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "Food Network Russia" is now encrypted.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 12040 H "Animal Planet Russia" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "Parliament TV" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H Kix, Toonami, Universal Channel Asia, Syfy Universal Asia, Crime & Investigation Network Asia, FYI Asia, Now HaiRun and Asian Food Channel are now encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3769 H "ATV World" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0°E 11045 H "Moskva 24, Moskva Doverie and Park Razvlicenii" have started on , Fta
ABS 2 75.0°E 11473 V "LDPR Live" has started on , Fta.
ABS 2 75.0°E 11665 V "Mat i Ditya, 24 Techno, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV and 24 Dok have started on , Fta. Moskva 24 and Moskva Doverie" have left.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5°E 11294 H Democratic Voice of Burma TV, ATV Home, MediBiz TV, Bijoy TV, Channel 16, Channel 5, BabyFirst TV and Thinetha TV have started on , Fta. (On the wide beam)

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3790 H "Vip News" has started on, Fta. RKM Gold has left.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3894 H "RVS TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0°E Almost all channels in the RikorSmart TV muxes on 11635 V and 11675 V are / were Fta.

NSS 12 57.0°E 7 Kanal has moved from 11067 H to 11079 H, Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao(IPM)频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Program 1(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4103 V 7800参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TV Lao HD(高清)频道新增,设置3641 V 2500参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CBS、CTS(标清)等6个频道消失,设置12490 H 27489参数无效接收。[10-13]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-4(标清)频道消失,设置11785 L 21300参数无效接收。[10-13]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视财经替换台视(MPEG-4)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。[10-13]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet Suvarna、Melody(印度)等频道消失,设置4024 H 14400参数无效接收。 [10月13日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,TNT(+3h)(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置12640 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月13日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Tunes(缅甸)频道新增,设置12405 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Peace TV替换Nice Channel(泰国)频道,设置12272 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,All Sports Network 2(高清)频道消失,设置12657 H 45000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Filmi Bangla HD、Thinetha(孟加拉)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2、Fox Sports 3替换Edge(泰国)等频道,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Rs99、Mct1(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置12604 H 30000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Kix替换Z Oke(泰国)频道,设置12645 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-12]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GMM One(泰国)频道消失,设置4160 V 30000参数无效接收。[10-12]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sarv Dharm Sangam替换4 Real Entertainment(印度)频道,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。 [10月12日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Sahana(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月12日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Encoder 03(伊朗)频道消失,设置4073 H 3600参数无效接收。 [10月12日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Ru TV替换探索频道(俄罗斯)频道,设置12640 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月12日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Humor Box(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置12612 V 26471参数无效接收。 [10月12日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,JJ Channel、SBT TV(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-11]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Haari TV(Skynindo)频道解密,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-11]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。[10-11]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,PSI、Metro TV(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置3840 V 30000参数无效接收。[10-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Smart TV、N Joy(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Toonami、TeleAsia(菲律宾)等3个频道消失,设置11685 H 18750参数无效接收。[10-10]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test1(测试)频道解密,设置3729 H 13650参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道解密,设置3810 V 4550参数免费接收。 [10月10日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Teleasia、Toonami(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,K Plus(高清)频道加密,设置3948 V 17600参数有条件接收。 [10月10日]


News delayed due to iunternet problem


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no ipdate


Friday night feed

D2 12321 V sr 7500 "NBL, NZ Breakers vs Perth" FTA

Bathhurst race this weekend,
Check Optus D2 and D1 for various feeds, but most likely it will be encrypted as is the way these days.

New services loading on SKY NZ

D1 12331 H Sr 22500 "Trackside 1 HD" pids 1006 1106 (encrypted)
D1 12358 H Sr 22500 "Trackside 2 HD" pids 1006 1106 (encrypted)

D2 12706 V Sr 22500 "Sky News D2" new (Irdeto) on pids 1460 1420

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test1(测试)频道解密,设置3729 H 13650参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道解密,设置3810 V 4550参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Teleasia、Toonami(菲律宾)等3个频道新增,设置11656 H 18750参数有条件接收。[10-10]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,K Plus(高清)频道加密,设置3948 V 17600参数有条件接收。[10-10]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bolivia TV(玻利维亚)频道新增,设置3875 H 3000参数免费接收。[10-10]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Australia(印度)频道解密,设置3829 H 13238参数免费接收。 [10月10日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nhang Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道加密,设置3810 V 4550参数有条件接收。 [10月9日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,T Sports(泰国)频道解密,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月9日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Humor TV、Box Russia(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12152 V 45000参数无效接收。 [10月9日]



From press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – FRIDAY 10 OCTOBER 2014 – GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA has been named in the top 20 - coming in at number 19 - on the 2014 BRW LIST OF THE TOP 50 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES.

“The only broadcast services company to be named, this recognition places Globecast Australia at the forefront of innovation in Australia” said CEO Mr Simon Farnsworth. “This recognizes our constant quest to innovate technology to provide cutting edge broadcast services for our customers,” he continued.

This week Globecast Australia’s miniature camera technology was recognised internationally with FOX SPORTS’ Ref Cam receiving the Sportel Podium Award for Best Innovation at the prestigious awards in Monaco.

This year alone the company has launched GLOBESTREAM, the comprehensive new ‘Over The Top’ (OTT) Internet streaming service; partnered with Australian News Channel to launch Australia Channel - a subscription OTT service available internationally - comprising five channels including news, politics, business and sports news, as well as providing locally produced programming to international audiences; and partnered with LiveU as the exclusive

Australian gateway for the LiveU mobile bandwidth content delivery solution.

Globecast Australia is the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Specialising in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, Globecast Australia’s internationally recognised Globecam™ is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology.

With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, Mobile TV, Business TV, OTT and IPTV managed services,

IP streaming and encoding, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery.

For further information about GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA visit the website www.globecast.com.au or contact:

E headoffice@globecast.com.au
T +61 2 8258 7900

For media enquiries please contact CLPR:

Catherine Lavelle
E catherine@clpr.com.au
T +61 2 9405 2880
M +61 413 885 59

Catherine Lavelle
T 02 9405 2880
M 0413 88 55 95
T @CLPRptyltd
W www.clpr.com.au

Hands on: Panasonic live TV streaming

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/hands-on-panasonic-live-tv-streaming-20141009-1140uc.html

Panasonic's TV Anytime live streaming is a winner, letting you watch live digital TV broadcasts away from home. Photo: Getty Images

The courts shut down Optus' TV Now, but Panasonic's TV Anytime still lets you watch live sport on the go.

Despite the rise of the digital lounge room, curling up in bed with a tablet – with a world of content at your fingertips – is the epitome of the gadget age for some people. Sports fans in particular will find the ability to stream live broadcasts around their home particularly appealing. The option to stream live TV across the internet is the icing on the cake, although it might put some noses out of joint.

Is the law on my side?

Efforts to stream live or almost-live broadcast television have created a lot of controversy over the last few years. Telstra and the AFL forced Optus to pull its TV Now streaming service for supposedly infringing on broadcast rights, even though the courts initially found in Optus' favour.

Whether this was the right decision is open to debate, but it hinged on a ruling that Optus and the end user "acted in concert for the purpose of making a recording", so the recordings could not be considered to be for "private or domestic use" – thus losing their protection under law.

While cloud PVRs have entered a legal minefield, the law still seems to be on the side of devices which let you stream television from your home. The Fetch TV box will do it with recordings but not live broadcasts (this feature is disabled on Optus-issued Fetch TV boxes but I'm told that's set to change). A better option for streaming live television over the internet is a Slingbox.

Meanwhile Elgato's Netstream and some Personal Video Recorders from the likes of Strong, Humax, Panasonic will stream live TV around your home (and possibly IceTV's own PVR, although it's yet to see the light of day). You can be sure that Telstra and the AFL hate these options, but there's no sign of legal threats at this stage.

Panasonic's TV Anytime ups the ante

Streaming television across the internet is an area which major consumer electronics vendors have stayed away from, but Panasonic has taken the plunge with TV Anytime. It's available on Panasonic's 2014-model Viera Smart TVs including the 60-inch AS740 I've been testing.

To get TV Anytime up and running you just need to connect the television to your home network and then install the "Panasonic TV remote 2" app on your handheld device from the Apple or Android app store. When you run the app it lets you select from available Panasonic devices on your home network.

The app offers a range of features. It can act as a remote control for the television, with a helpful built-in keyboard. It also makes it easy to stream content from your devices to the television. The trick I'm most interested is streaming live television broadcasts to your devices, and it's surprisingly simple. You just flick across to the onscreen remote and tap on the icon in the top right on the screen.

The app takes about 10 seconds to make a link with the television, after which you're watching live broadcasts on roughly a three-second delay. With the television hooked up via Ethernet, the picture is very smooth on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini (on 802.11n 5GHz) and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (on 802.11g 2.4GHz).

Unlike some streaming options I've tested, there's support for both the standard-def and high-def channels. iGadget owners also have the advantage of AirPlay video streaming to an Apple TV.

Around the house

Thankfully watching live broadcasts on your handheld gadget doesn't interfere with what's happening on the television, and vice versa. You can change the channel on either end without upsetting someone in the next room.

The trade-off is that you can only stream to one device at a time, even if you all want to watch the same channel. If you attach a USB external hard drive to the television it can act as a PVR and you can stream your recordings to handheld devices, even while the show is still being recorded (a trick called chasing playback)

If you're already recording something then this limits the tuners available to remote users. If someone in the lounge room is recording one network while watching another, remote viewers can only watch channels from those two networks. A bigger frustration is that you can't have more than one remote viewer at a time even if they're watching previous recordings which shouldn't be tying up a tuner.

The TV Anytime system is surprisingly robust but, before you get excited about watching live television in bed, you need to dip into the settings on the television. The television needs to be switched on for you to stream, which sounds obvious but is a pain if you have to get out of bed to do it. Thankfully the app lets you switch off the television when you're done, so you don't need to get out of bed again. If someone else switches off the television, your stream cuts out.

If you dip into the television's menus you can allow the app to wake the television. Now when you turn the television off the power light turns yellow rather than red, which I assume is a form of standby which consumes more power. You still need to turn on the television with the app before you can start streaming.

Unfortanately you can't exit the stream to turn off the television remotely and keep watching on your handheld device, but you can mute the television before you start the stream. Once you've changed these remote power settings on the television, the stream won't cut out if someone switches off the television.

If someone is in the lounge room they need to be watching live TV for you to start streaming. After that they can switch over to any of the AV inputs, perhaps to watch a Blu-ray, but after this you can't change channels or stop the stream and start it again.

The same is true if they start watching internet video – the television offers Bigpond Movies & TV, Quickflix, ABC iView, SBS On Demand and YouTube. It also supports HbbTV, but FreeviewPlus support is a little flaky.

Over the internet

To tap into live television while you're away from home you need to set up an account with Panasonic's Home Cloud service. This can be hit and miss, the website wouldn't load on my computer so I had to set it up on my television – which is a cumbersome experience.

Remote streaming won't work until you dip into the television's menus to enable it. Unfortunately this isn't brought to your attention and the app doesn't tell you what's wrong, it simply gives you an error message or just fails to work. I initially assumed that Home Cloud was on the blink, but digging through the television menus solved the problem.

Thankfully when you're away from home, the television doesn't need to be switch on and set to live television before you can stream. You can just call up a list of channels, tap one and start watching after a few seconds. Tested on Telstra's Next G, streaming was a little murky at times but surprisingly smooth, although your mileage may vary depending on the quality of your home and mobile broadband connections.

When you're away from home the stream cuts out if someone turns on the television – once again you get that super helpful "error" message. Thankfully you can restart the stream, even if they switch from live TV to an HDMI input.

So what's the verdict?

Despite its quirks, Panasonic's TV Anytime offers a smooth and reliable streaming experience which is likely to keep you happy whether you're tucked up in bed or riding the train home from work.

If you only want to stream live television around your home there are a range of cheaper options at your disposal, including Panasonic's own PVRs. But if you want to take full advantage of your television when you're on the road then a new Smart TV from Panasonic might be a worthwhile investment – just don't tell Telstra or the AFL. 

Channel 3 unsure of simulcast rules

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/436791/channel-3-unsure-of-simulcast-rules

Problems may arise from unclear regulations after the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) approves Channel 3's simulcast proposal. 

Channel 3 has agreed to start simulcasting on the digital system on Channel 33 HD, with a court injunction delaying a blackout due to expire at 4.30pm tomorrow.

An NBTC source said Channel 3 still had simulcast obstacles waiting for the regulator to resolve such as TV programme copyrights and confusion over annual fee payment. It is not clear whether Bangkok Entertainment or BEC-Multimedia will pay the licence fee.

BEC-Multimedia, the operator of Channel 33 HD, and Bangkok Entertainment, which holds the Channel 3 concession, will jointly submit a TV programming schedule for simulcast broadcasting to the NBTC before noon today.

The Channel 3-NBTC dispute ended in a compromise after the Central Administrative Court stepped in to narrow the differences among the two.

The broadcasting regulator has tried hard for more than a month to convince Channel 3 to do a simulcast, but the analogue channel has refused.

Channel 3 brought the case to court because it did not want to comply with a Sept 8 resolution banning cable and satellite TV operators from carrying the channel on their platforms.

Surin Krittayapongphan, vice-president of BEC World Plc, the parent of Bangkok Entertainment, said Channel 3 would migrate 100% of existing content to air digitally.

If the regulator approves its proposal this afternoon, Channel 3 hopes to start simulcasting at 12.01am tomorrow. Viewers can still watch Channel 3 on the terrestrial TV system, while its content will be available on Channel 43 on satellite and cable platforms and Channel 33 on the digital system.

Channel 3 insists it will broadcast on the analogue system until its concession expires in 2020.

Mr Surin is confident the simulcast scheme is legal based on the face-to-face agreement with the NBTC. If there are legal problems, it will use the court order to defend itself. "We called it a win-win situation for both sides," he said.

Earlier, Channel 3 refused to comply with the Sept 29 resolution by the NBTC's broadcasting committee on the simulcast scheme, as it was not sure whether it would face legal complications over different entities in the future.

It said it would face risks if there were changes to the NBTC board or broadcasting committee.

The NBTC source said Channel 3 remained confused about how to comply with the NBTC's resolutions and related regulations.

Bangkok Broadcasting and Television Co, the operator of Channel 7, submitted a letter last month saying the regulator should treat all broadcasters fairly.

Over 350 EO satellites to be launched over next decade

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/over-350-eo-satellites-to-be-launched-over-next-decade--1042292

A total of 353 earth observation (EO) satellites are expected to be launched over the next decade compared to 162 over 2004-2013, according to a report from Euroconsult. The deployment will result in USD 36 billion in manufacturing revenues over the period, an 85 percent increase over the previous decade. Investment in EO and meteorology programmes reached a high of USD 8.7 billion in 2013, a 13 percent increase over 2012, and the eighth consecutive year of investment growth, with EO remaining a primary concern for government space expenditures.

The report predicts that organizations from 41 countries will launch EO satellite capacity by 2023, compared to 33 over the previous decade. Not only is government supply continuing to grow strongly, newcomers are launching EO satellite capacity to develop a local industrial base, create the building blocks for a space programme, obtain greater autonomy in data acquisition, and/or meet local demand for data and services. Commercial supply is also expected to go through a significant expansion, both from private sector initiatives (the expansion of fleets, and new entrants) and government commercialization of proprietary systems.

NSSLGlobal has added two new satellite beams to improve the quality and geographical reach of its global VSAT network.

From http://www.tankeroperator.com/news/nssls-new-satellite-beams-improves-reach/6061.aspx

The additional beams will provide customers in the Nordic countries, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Far East with better coverage at sea and on land.

The Telenor Thor 6 Nordic beam, positioned 1 deg West, is a new addition to NSSLGlobal’s existing VSAT network covering the Nordics and Europe and will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Norwegian Teleport.

It will improve connectivity for customers from Svalbard and Iceland to France and Romania, covering the majority of Europe, the company said.

The Eutelsat 70B, positioned 70.5 deg East, will operate from NSSLGlobal’s Cyprus Teleport and is a replacement for the existing ABS2 beam.

This will allow vessels travelling between Europe and the Far East, via the Suez Canal, to stay connected via one beam for their entire journey, rather than switching between different beams. This will ensure customers have a consistent connection to phone lines and the internet around Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

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

Sally-Anne Ray, managing director, NSSLGlobal said: “The enhancement of our global VSAT network is further testament to our commitment in providing high quality and consistent coverage to our customers across as many territories as possible.

“Earlier this year we added two new teleports, Perth, Australia and Connecticut, US, to strengthen our service to customers and improve our global coverage, which we will continue to do for 2014 and beyond,” she said.


Behind the scenes at SKY NZ, interesting link


From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Comedy Central Asia" has started on , Nagravision.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "EBC Financial News" is Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "BBC Knowledge Asia and CBeebies Asia" have started on , Nagravision.

Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11050 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11589 H "K+ PM" has left again.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News on are encrypted again

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V "GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV, Z Channel, TTV World and JET TV" are encrypted again

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12313 H "Keiba TV, Music Graffiti TV, Business Breakthrough and Select Shopping" have left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12343 H "Better Life Channel" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12358 V"MNC International" has left.
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12418 V "Local Keiba 9 1" has left .
JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12730 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3880 H "Channel M has replaced Arus Hayat TV" on , Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3880 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia "on, Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0°E 4140 V "Starlite International has replaced DR TV" on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , encrypted.

SES 7 108.2°E 2625 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Videoguard.

Telkom 1 108.0°E 3580 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 12468 H "Now News Channel" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5°E 3760 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , PowerVu.

ST 2 88.0°E 3585 H "IRIB 3, IRINN, Press TV and Jame-Jam TV Network 3" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3640 H "Royal TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 H "TV 3 Family, MCOT Kids & Family, Loca, TNN 24, THV, New TV, Spring News TV, Bright TV, Voice TV, Nation Channel, Workpoint TV, True 4U, GMM Channel, Now 26, Thai Channel 8, Thai TV 3, Mono 29, Modernine TV, One HD, Thairath TV, Thai TV 3, Amarin TV, BBTV Channel 7 and PPTV HD" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12438 H "Thai TV 3, True 4U, True Inside, BBTV Channel 7, True Movie Hits, True Plookpanya, TNN 24, TrueSport 7, Reality Channel, True Select, NP TV 5, NBT TV, Thai PBS, TCM Asia and MGM Channel Asia" have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3709 H "MRTV Sports 1/2" have left .
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 12645 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Tongfang.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 10973 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4036 V "FYI Asia has replaced Bio Asia" on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4064 H "CNBC Africa" has started on , PowerVu.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4090 H "Khabar Bharti" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11050 H "NickToons Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11090 V "Nick Jr Africa" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11090 H "BET International" has started on, Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 11170 H "EbonyLife TV" has started on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports Channel替换Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道,设置12520 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-09]

东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS(测试)频道重现,设置12495 V 4333参数免费接收。[10-09]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Australia(印度)频道解密,设置3787 V 3617参数免费接收。[10-09]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ldpr Live(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Mat i Ditya(俄罗斯)替换Moskva 24频道,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,24 Doc、NST(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11665 V 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Park Razvlecheniy(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KSPO、TV Chosun(韩国)等频道消失,设置12350 V 26700参数无效接收。 [10月8日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV 4、EBS Plus 2(韩国)等频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视替换台视财经(台湾)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Starlite替换DRTV Corp(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月8日]


Thais can use vouchers for sat-TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/09/thais-can-use-vouchers-for-sat-tv/

Thailand’s National Broadcasting & Telecommunications Commission is expected to allow viewers to use its subsidised voucher scheme to buy satellite set-top boxes. Up until now the vouchers could only be used to buy digital terrestrial receivers, or new digitally-equipped TV sets.

“Even though some network operators plan to expand their coverage, we are worrying that some households might not be able to view the digital TV channels. So letting them use the coupons to buy a satellite set-top box will give people another alternative,” Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the NBTC, said yesterday.

He added that many viewers were not able to receive digital terrestrial signals.

October 10th is ‘Voucher Day’ when some 4.64 million households will start receiving their free vouchers. Phase 2, in March next year, will see another 12.4 million homes eligible for the scheme. The firsts batch of vouchers cannot be used until October 20th

Turner launches OH!K channel in Southeast Asia

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/english-entertainment/turner-launches-ohk-channel-in-southeast-asia-141008
MUMBAI: Turner Broadcasting System Asia Pacific today signed a volume deal with Korea’s broadcaster MBC, locking in content for Oh!K, a new general entertainment channel.

Commenting on the occasion Turner Asia Pacific president Ricky Ow said, “Oh!K combines the best in content with Turner's proven history in curating some of the most successful channels in Asia Pacific. We are thrilled to partner with MBC and we are looking forward to introducing it to the region in the coming months.”
Oh!K will have first pick of MBC content, including first-runs and exclusives soon after their initial transmission debut in Korea, with some shows airing within a week.

MBC produces 1400 hours of quality content each year distributed in more than 100 countries. Current shows include drama series Diary of a Night Watchman, You Are My Destiny, Triangle and the long-running variety show Infinite Challenge and reality show Dad, Where Are We Going?

MBC media business executive managing director Jung Woo Oh added, “We are very proud to be partnering with Turner to give viewers unparalleled access to some of the most engaging Korean TV content. The launch of Oh!K will allow an even bigger audience to enjoy MBC’s unique brand of storytelling, and we can’t wait to share our best shows with fans in Southeast Asia.”

The launch of Oh!K launch follows Turner's April announcement that it will assume full operational and programming control of WarnerTV, the English-language entertainment channel in Singapore.

Set-top boxes to soon be ‘portable’

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/set-top-boxes-to-soon-be-portable/article1-1273226.aspx

Information and broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar has said the government could soon allow “inter-operability” in set-top boxes, which will let consumers change their service providers by just replacing the chip-enabled card instead of having to buy a new set-top box while changing service.

“Like portability of mobile phones, the viewers should also have similar options with the set-top boxes. They should be able to put in any card of choice (of service provider) on the set top box,” he said, chairing the first meeting of the task force for cable digitisation for phases three and four at Vigyan Bhavan on Wednesday.

The minister said his ministry would try to ensure the customer should get full benefits of digitisation with high quality services at affordable prices.

The minister also said the cap of 12 minutes for advertisement on free-to-air TV channels is likely to be removed.

He said the ad-cap imposed by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last year was “right”, but while the pay channels earned enough revenue through subscription, the move was “restrictive” for free channels.

India has a total number 160 million TV households and the first and second phases of cable digitisation covered all the metros and 38 cities with a population of over one million. Javadekar said that Phase III would be over by end 2015 and Phase IV by 2016-end.


Measat 3B (the newest one) is now parked at 84.48E, look for Cband tests

From my Email

From Jacko via vetrun.com


138E Apstar 6 3912 V Sr 1924
FM 88
FM 97.5
FM 103

From Rammoon (India) via vetrun.com

Several update with Srilanka Thinetha TV from Eutelsat 70B Ku band at 70.5 degree east
TP: 11294 H 44900 DVB-S2/Mpeg4

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0°E 10995 H "RFM TV has replaced MCM Pop" on , encrypted.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E All channels in the Wizzie TV mux on 12557 H are now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0°E "TVR International" has moved from 12734 V to 12608 H, Fta.

Telstar 18 138.0°E 12385 H Discovery HD World North East Asia, Food Network Asia, Luxe TV, All Sports Network, Discovery Kids South East Asia and Discovery Science Channel South East Asia have left.

JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12348 V "Select Shopping, Better Life Channel, MNC International and Dance Channel" have started
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 12428 V Business Breakthrough, Keiba TV, Music Graffiti TV and Local Keiba 9 1 have started on , Multi.

JCSAT 4B 124.0°E 12373 H "Mall of TV" has left .

Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11670 H "The Word Network" has started on, Fta.

Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12526 V "SGA TV" has left .
Intelsat 15 85.2°E 12536 V "Perviy Obrazovatelniy" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Thairath TV" is Fta again.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 3720 H "Esquire Emea" has left.

Apstar 7 76.5°E 11167 V NDTV Profit and NDTV Prime have started on , Tongfang.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4013 H "Frontier TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 V "The Box Africa and FAPM TV" have left
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "Untouchable TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12602 H."Christ TV, Press TV, IFilm English, Hadi TV 5, Nollywood, Hispan TV and Favour TV" have left

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4006 H "Studio One HD" has started on , Fta. Satyaveeda TV has left.

From asiatvro site

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Park Razvlecheniy(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KSPO、TV Chosun(韩国)等频道消失,设置12350 V 26700参数无效接收。[10-08]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CCTV 4、EBS Plus 2(韩国)等频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-08]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,台视替换台视财经(台湾)频道,设置12535 H 3300参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Starlite替换DRTV Corp(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-08]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,松视3台替换X+(DISH HD)频道,设置11881 R 27500参数有条件接收。[10-08]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,八大娱乐K、澳门莲花替换本港台(数码天空)等频道,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月8日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ldpr Live(测试)频道新增,设置11473 V 22500参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,本港(国际)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [10月8日]
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Japan launches geostationary meteorological satellite Himawari-8

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsjapan-launches-geostationary-meteorological-satellite-himawari-8-4396497

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has launched the geostationary meteorological satellite, Himawari-8, from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan.

The satellite was launched onboard Mitsubishi's H-IIA vehicle number 25 (H-IIA F25).

Weighing around 7,700lb, Himawari-8 separated from the rocket's second stage approximately 28 minutes after the lift-off and was placed into a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

The satellite will be raised into geostationary orbit at a longitude of 140° E after a series of burns from the on-board propulsion system, reported NASASpaceflight.

Based around the DS-2000 satellite bus, the Himawari 8 was built by Mitsubishi Electric in partnership with Boeing. It will be operated by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

"We hope our forecasts of a typhoon's future course will be more accurate."

The satellite has three payloads, including the Advanced Himawari Imager, space environment data acquisition monitor and the data collection subsystem.

JMA official was quoted by Agence France-Presse as saying that the satellite can obtain a satellite image of a typhoon once every 2.5 minutes, against the current pace of once every 30 minutes.

"Together with improvement in computer-aided analysis, we hope our forecasts of a typhoon's future course will be more accurate."

While the Himawari 8 will complete testing in mid-2015, the Himawari 7 will reach the end of its five-year service life and will serve as backup for the new satellite.

The Himawari 8 will be joined by Himawari 9, planned for launch in 2016 and replace Himawari 8 around 2022.

Himawari 8 will then become the backup satellite until a new-generation satellite is launched in late 2020s.

KT Skylife dumps standard def

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/08/kt-skylife-dumps-standard-def/

KT Skylife, South Korea’s DTH broadcaster with more than 4 million subscribers, is to adopt an all-HD policy.

Until recently it was carrying 104 HD channels, and now says it will offer 141 “full HD” channels by the end of this year, and dropping all standard definition channels in the process.

“KT SkyLife has set up the all-HD channel platform to provide a wider range of channel selections for customers,” said Lee Nam-ki, CEO of KT SkyLife, during a media briefing in Seoul.

KT Skylife is a subsidiary of telco giant Korea Telecom, which took a majority position in the broadcaster in March 2011.

KT Skylife is also preparing for Ultra-HD. June 2nd saw it launch its first 4K channel, ‘SkyUHD’, and promised a total of 3 channels by 2015. The next pair will come on March 1st 2015.

A recent report from KDB Daewoo Securities, said: “Admittedly, it will take time for UHD broadcasting to become widely adopted, given current content supply and the digital conversion rate of pay-TV. Nevertheless, the need for UHD broadcast services is rising, fuelled by growing UHD TV sales, global sports events, and most importantly, policy support. We believe the introduction of UHD broadcasting will help facilitate industry consolidation, leaving the market controlled by only a handful of top players with the ability to secure content and deploy advanced networks.”

RS earmarks B200m Channel 2 drive

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/news/436275/rs-earmarks-b200m-channel-2-drive

Company aims to have No.1 satellite outlet

RS Plc, the country's second-largest entertainment company, plans to invest 200 million baht to try to push its Channel 2 to become the top satellite TV channel by mid-2015. 

RS chief operating officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul (left) and Channel 2 executive vicepresident for TV business Pattira Palawatvichai present the new slogan.

The SET-listed entertainment company still sees potential in the satellite TV business even after it transformed its Channel 8 into a digital TV channel. Channel 2 will therefore be boosted to become the No.1 satellite channel, replacing Channel 8, said chief operating officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul.

"Thailand is moving forward with digital TV and competition is getting increasingly intense. Each channel is trying to deliver high-quality content to attract more viewers. However, satellite TV still has a lot of potential for growth. The more advanced digital TV becomes, the more satellite TV improves to meet the need of audiences in a bid to survive," she said.

Channel 2 has been successful because of its unique strength — bringing together stars and celebrities from all companies under RS — and this is well received by audiences. The entertainment content is also fun and relaxing, available around the clock. This results in a strong fan base, high ratings and significant growth.

RS will invest 200 million baht to improve its content, production facilities and broadcasting system to be high definition. Recently, it introduced a new slogan — "Full-Flavoured Entertainment for You" — to reaffirm the channel's strength with a variety of entertainment programmes.

"We want Channel 2 to be the top satellite TV channel by mid-2015. At present, it tops the ratings among variety channels. Revenue this year is expected to double last year's figures," Mrs Pornpan said.

Pattira Palawatvichai, Channel 2's executive vice-president for the TV business, said satellite and cable now reached 45 million viewers or 70% of the population.

According to AC Nielsen, Channel 2 has 20 million viewers a month, and the number is growing constantly due to its attractive programming. The channel plans to invite more stars and celebrities to join next year.

Its variety content falls into three groups.

The first includes the latest variety shows such as Sod Mai Thailand, Kon Dung Nung Clear, Show Tak Fong and Dara Variety Poll.

The second includes game shows such as Game Dara Shalala and Show Muan Duan Mai.

The third includes travel shows such as Star Road Trip, Dara Talad Tak and Krua Lan Tung.

RS shares closed yesterday on the SET at 7.85 baht, down 35 satang, in trade worth 34.1 million baht.

Thai TV slashes revenue target amid hiccups in transition to digital TV

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thai-TV-slashes-revenue-target-amid-hiccups-in-tra-30244898.html

Thai TV has had to lower its revenue target from Bt1 billion to Bt300 million this year mainly because of the many delays in the transition to digital terrestrial TV.

President Pantipa Sakulchai said yesterday that her company still hopes to realise at least Bt300 million this year from its two digital terrestrial TV channels - the Thai TV variety channel and the children and family Loca channel.

Pantipa, who is well-known as "Big Sister Tim" from her own entertainment gossip magazine "TV Pool", also still believes that this new broadcasting unit would be a spearhead for her company, which invested more than Bt1 billion in acquiring two terrestrial-based TV licences at an auction held by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) last year.

However, the company faced some difficulties in running a broadcasting business. For example, the penetration of digital terrestrial TV viewers is still low. The implementation of the NBTC's subsidy scheme has also been pushed back from May to this month.

Audience ratings for digital TV channels was another factor affecting Thai TV, she added.

The company has earmarked about Bt100 million to buy at least 5,000 digital TV sets and install them in public spaces with high traffic of potential viewers, such as universities, schools, hospitals and local administrative offices in the provinces.

These measures are aimed at building brand awareness of the two channels and improving TV ratings at the stations.

Next year, the revenue target would remain unchanged at Bt2 billion. The plan to list on the Stock Exchange of Thailand by 2019 is also on track.

According to an earlier interview, Thai TV has budgeted more than Bt1.6 billion for programme production for its two digital channels, one for news and the other for children and families

China to launch new marine surveillance satellites in 2019

From news

BEIJING, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- China will launch a new "constellation" of marine surveillance satellites in 2019 to monitor ships, oil rigs, marine disasters and land-based resources.

According to Lin Mingsen, deputy director with the National Satellite Ocean Application Service, the HY-3 "constellation" will include a series of satellites that employ synthetic aperture radar technology, "capable of operating day or night... and in all weather conditions."

The satellites will be able see meter-long objects from space and generate high-definition imagery of both land and ocean surfaces, Lin said.

He said the satellites would be used to monitor ships and drilling platforms, in addition to marine oil spills, sea ice, ocean waves and surface winds among other features.

"They will play an important role in reinforcing China's marine rights protection, marine law enforcement and supervision, management of its offshore waters and marine disaster relief and reduction," Lin said.

Rocket fuel freeze caused EU satellite orbit fail

From http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/141008/rocket-fuel-freeze-caused-eu-satellite-orbit-fail

Fuel that froze on the Russian Soyuz rocket is what caused two satellites from Europe's troubled Galileo navigation system to be sent into the wrong orbit in August, an investigation revealed Wednesday.

The freeze was caused by a problem in feeding pipes, "a design flaw" that can be easily fixed, Arianespace chief executive officer Stephane Israel said in a webcast briefing on the findings.

UK Met Office opens 'solar storm' centre

From http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-29525154

Solar storms are considered to have the potential to cause major economic upheaval

A new forecast centre dedicated to space weather has officially opened in Exeter.

The Met Office Space Weather Operations Centre is designed to protect the UK's economy and infrastructure from severe events caused by space weather.

The term describes the disruptive influence that activity at the Sun can have on Earth.

The worst "storms" can disturb satellites, power grids and radio communications.

As with terrestrial weather, the Met Office has been asked to co-ordinate operational forecasting.

It has been doing this now for a number of weeks, working with experts across the UK and in the US, which has had a prediction service for many years.

Wednesday's event, led by the Science Minister Greg Clark, formally inaugurates the British centre of excellence at the meteorological office's Exeter HQ.

 Scientists say our growing dependence on technology puts us at greater risk

Solar storms are now listed as one of most serious threats on the National Risk Register, along with flu and volcanic eruptions in Iceland. These phenomena are considered to have the potential to cause major economic upheaval, and the government has ordered contingencies be put in place to help protect the UK.

Space weather has long been recognised as an issue, but experts say our increasing dependence on technology has made modern society more vulnerable.

Explosive eruptions from the Sun can have a wide range of effects on modern infrastructure.

A large solar flare can induce huge currents in electricity networks, leading to power outages that can last hours, days and even weeks.

Scientists recall a particularly powerful event in 1859. Described by the English astronomer Richard Carrington, this outburst buffeted the Earth's magnetic field, producing spectacular auroral lights. The electric fields generated in wires were said to have caused fires in some telegraph stations.

Lloyds of London, the insurance market, completed a study in 2012 that examined how the US power grid would cope with a repeat event.

It concluded that the damage to critical transformers could leave some consumers with no networked electricity supplies for a period between 16 days and anywhere up to two years, resulting in economic losses that run from $0.6 trillion to $2.6 trillion.

"Things like satellite navigation and power grids represent critical nodes in the world economy, and if they are taken out even for a short time, the impacts can be immense," said Lloyds' Nick Beecroft.

"In the case of floods, hurricanes and other natural hazards here on Earth, the last 25 years have seen a revolution in the understanding and management of risk, thanks to science and computer modelling.

"Space weather is one of those emerging risk areas where we now need to make similar advances."

Satellite switch boosts OpenView outlook

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138232

Following an investment of "tens of millions" of rands, local free-to-air broadcaster OpenView HD says it has opened the door to potentially growing its viewership numbers exponentially, as it now rides on the same broadcast infrastructure that beams DStv's signal to millions of homes on the continent.

According to the company, Platco Digital, which owns OpenView HD, recently entered into an agreement with state signal distributor Sentech, to lease space on the IS20 satellite. This means viewers can now receive OpenView HD via the same satellite dish used to receive DStv, Vivid and Freevision services.

OpenView HD launched in October last year on the SES5 satellite, offering 15 channels, including SABC1, SABC2, SABC3, e.tv and a variety of entertainment, movie and other content.

Platco Digital MD Maxwell Nonge says while the move to the IS20 satellite does not mean the broadcaster is positioning itself to compete with DStv, it does extend the free-to-air service's reach to those who have access to the pay-TV service's satellite dish.

This, he says, is particularly significant in the context of townhouses or residential complexes, where each household is connected to a communal DStv dish. "Many of these people, despite having access to a DStv dish, consider the service too expensive. Now they have the option of buying an OpenView HD decoder, for R849, and never paying for TV again," says Nonge.

Existing DStv subscribers can install a "splitter" that will allow them to connect the OpenView HD decoder alongside their pay-TV set-top box.

OpenView HD consumers are not charged a monthly fee for the service, which means the only cost of accessing the services is the once-off decoder purchase. Nonge says the service currently has a viewership of about 40 000, but this figure is now expected to grow rapidly.

"We are delighted to be able to increase viewer access to the OpenView HD platform and extend options for TV viewers across South Africa. The IS20 offering will make it easier for the consumer pocket, as those with existing satellite dishes will not need to purchase new ones," says Nonge.

The broadcaster should now reach its target of 200 000 viewers, by next March, with relative ease, it says.

Another VOD service on horizon

From http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=138231:Another-VOD-service-on-horizon

Another video-on-demand (VOD) service is launching on local soil soon, adding to the list of emerging players that look set to take on the industry's current incumbent, MultiChoice-owned DStv.

MobileTV founder Mothobi Mutloatse says TV4U will launch a "next-generation" satellite push VOD service in February next year.

This comes less than a month after Altech launched a VOD service called Node, which in turn followed the entry of Vidi – Times Media's VOD offering – about a week prior.

Mutloatse says MobileTV will use Sentech Freevision's IS20 satellite network, enabling the company to synchronise its mobile digital broadcasting offering and VOD bouquet, dubbed Movielicious.

He says TV4U had assembled a number of international aggregators, content providers and billing management partners in LA, the US, London, New York, Toronto, Canada, Paris, Seoul and Korea. Through these partners, Movielicious will provide users with what Mutloatse says is "premium entertainment and sports programming".

TV4U has chosen a local decoder manufacturer for its VOD decoder, in a bid to make the service relatively affordable.

"Because ours is a satellite-centric concept with content delivered directly to the customer's disk, fast and highly cost-efficient, it provides the additional edge of multiscreen interactivity."

The service has been developed with push VOD experts in Europe, he says, through software that will be revealed when Movielicious launches on 1 February.

"In addition, TV4U's developmental platform will roll out its digital learning service to bridge the distance learning divide and present opportunities to learners and teachers alike from primary school to universities and colleges, to experience simultaneous digital learning television."

Mutloatse says ICT and education "hold the key to SA lifting itself out of the current economic stagnation, by taking a leaf out of the book of a country equal in population – South Korea – where pupils receive their textbooks digitally".

DStv won’t sue Netflix users

From http://www.techcentral.co.za/dstv-wont-sue-netflix-users/51563/

MultiChoice, which owns DStv, has no intention of going after South Africans who circumvent region-blocking systems to access international streaming subscription services such as Netflix and Hulu. By Duncan McLeod.

DStv parent MultiChoice will never attempt to prosecute anyone in South Africa subscribing to international streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu, which don’t operate in the country.

Many South African consumers — estimated to be in the tens of thousands — use services such as Media Hint and UnoTelly to circumvent region restrictions imposed by streaming video service providers.

DStv Digital Media CEO John Kotsaftis says it’s not clear if it’s legal or not for South Africans to watch Netflix and similar services. What is clear, he says, is that these companies are breaking the law when they agree to provide services to consumers in markets for which they haven’t purchased content distribution rights.

“If Netflix accepts your credit card from this territory, they are breaking the law because they haven’t paid for the rights to distribute content in this market,” says Kotsaftis. “What’s happening now is there are multiple studios chasing Netflix to say, ‘You have to shut that down.’”

Meanwhile, Kotsaftis has confirmed that MultiChoice will open a data pipe on the DStv Explora personal video recorder (PVR) decoder by 20 November, paving the way for consumers to be able to watch video-on-demand (VOD) services via the Internet.

The company will sell a Wi-Fi dongle, allowing subscribers to connect to the Ethernet port on the Explora, opening up the box for online VOD for the first time. Consumers will also be able to connect directly using an Ethernet cable.

Until now, Explora users have only been able to use the PVR to watch on-demand and catch-up services pushed via satellite to the machine’s hard drive. This has meant that the available material has been limited by the size of the storage capacity of the decoder.

Consumers will be able to store up to 25 VOD titles downloaded from the Internet, but the number of titles available in the cloud will be far larger.

Consumers will not be able to stream the content for now — instead having to download content fully before viewing it — but the plan is to offer streaming from the second quarter of 2015.

“The first version will be download-only, to get around the download challenges [with South African broadband] and to manage the quality. We are scared to launch this en masse when we can’t control the network. Those are some of the challenges we are trying to figure out.”

Up to 600 titles, or about 500 hours of content, will be available at launch through the online VOD service, which will be called Catch Up Plus. Box sets will be included in the catalogue.

AFN eyes move to online delivery, wants viewer feedback

From http://www.stripes.com/blogs/stripes-central/stripes-central-1.8040/afn-eyes-move-to-online-delivery-wants-viewer-feedback-1.307108

The American Forces Network launched a survey on Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet.
Armando R. Limon/Stars and Stripes

This is really happening, people.

The American Forces Network on Monday launched a survey to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet, inching closer to a Netflix-like service for U.S. personnel overseas.

The network confirmed last month that it was exploring online delivery options after its parent organization, the Defense Media Activity, posted a “sources sought” notice on the Federal Business Opportunities website.

In the posting, DMA said it was conducting market research “to locate qualified, experienced and interested potential sources” who could provide television on the internet to its overseas audience.

Now, AFN is trying to get its audience in on the discussion with a 10-question survey that drills down into their online viewing habits and their access to the kind of high-speed networks that a streaming or on-demand television service would require. The survey can be found at myafn.net and takes less than five minutes to complete.

In a press release announcing the survey, AFN indicated the online service would be “in addition to” the satellite-based television service the “military has grown accustomed to receiving.”

Just what the new online service would look like is still developing, but could include on-demand shows from major networks and premium cable, as well as movies and live sports streams. AFN’s public service spots, which replace commercials in its satellite broadcasts, would be woven in with its online content as well.

Coincidentally, Netflix opened shop in Germany and five other European countries in a major expansion just weeks after DMA posted its “sources sought” announcement.

New Rules Proposed for Satellite and Uplink Operations

From http://www.tvtechnology.com/cable-&-satellite/0147/new-rules-proposed-for-satellite-and-uplink-operations/272681
Rules will make it easier for satellite operators to reposition satellites and build and launch spare satellites if necessary
The FCC has released a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FNPRM) that would make several changes to Part 25, the portion of the FCC rules dealing with satellite and satellite earth station licensing and operations. The proposed changes should have little direct impact on most geostationary satellite system users but will make it easier for satellite operators to reposition satellites (within +/- 0.15 degrees) and build, launch and place into operation, if necessary, spare satellites.

The proposed rules describe how to determine the allowed power from asymmetrical earth station antennas that are not skewed to align the major reflector axis tangent to the geostationary arc. The rules for use of analog emission by uplinks are also clarified. The proposed rules provide a more detailed explanation of antenna pattern requirements and options for complying with them.

Under the proposed rules, earth station licensees would be able to make some changes to their authorized earth stations without prior authority from the FCC if the changes do not result in an increase in EIRP or EIRP density, either in the main lobe or off axis; change operating frequencies, change the original authorized coordinates by more than 1 second in latitude and longitude for stations operating in bands shared with terrestrial systems or by more than 10 seconds in latitude and longitude for stations operating on bands not shared with terrestrial systems; a change in polarization; an increase in antenna height' an antenna repointing; or a change in the location of the remote control point. The commission must be notified of the changes with 30 days. The FNPRM includes a similar list of changes satellite operators are allowed to make without prior approval.

Overall, as the FNPRM notes, adoption of the proposed rules will facilitate international coordination of proposed satellite networks, eliminate the need to assess compliance with interim satellite/system construction milestone requirements, clarify requirements for routine earth station licensing, and expand applicability of routine licensing standards. Bond requirements will be modified to more effectively deter spectrum warehousing.

For details on the changes and a copy of the proposed rules, refer to the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (FCC 14-142), Comprehensive Review of Licensing and Operating Rules for Satellite Services.

Isro delays launch of satellite due to technical snag

From http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/isro-delays-launch-of-satellite-due-to-technical-snag/article1-1272434.aspx

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Monday said that the launch of the IRNSS-IC would not happen as planned on October 10 because of  a  minor technical snag in the tele-command.

“Due to an observation in the telemetry system, the launch has been postponed for a week,” the Facebook page of Isro said.

The 67-hour countdown for the launch of IRNSS-IC from Sriharikota near Chennai was to commence from 6.56 am on Tuesday.

“A technical snag has been observed in the tele-command system. We will review the exact condition on Tuesday and then decide a new date for the launch,” an Isro official said.

Designed to build a regional navigational system equivalent to GPS of developed countries, India aims to  send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).



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ST 2 88.0°E 11050 H "Nasim" has started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0°E 3725 H "Bharat Samachar" is back on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 H "Thai TV Global Network, DLTV 1-15, ETV, Thai TV Global Network, Lao Star, Bayon TV, Apsara TV and TVK" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12272 V "Modern India TV, GMM Music, MVTV 5, Fan TV, Bang Channel, Variety Channel, My TV, Nice Channel, Nick Jr Asia, Major Channel Asian, Miracle, GTH On Air, Mystery Channel, Jewelry Channel, Green Channel, Voice TV, GCJ O Shopping, Dragon TV, Zaa Network, Major Channel Mix, TV 24, Police TV, NBT TV and Thai PBS" have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12313 V Now 26, Cartoon Club, One HD, TV Pool Channel, M Channel, Nation Channel, Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Samrujlok, Khongdee, MySci, Loca, Modernine TV, Parliament TV, Fox Thai, Dhamma Media Channel and ACTS Channel have left .

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 H "Now 26, CAT Channel, Cartoon Club, One HD, TV Pool Channel, M Channel, Nation Channel, Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Samrujlok, Khongdee, Music Lifestyle, Loca, Thai Channel 2, Modernine TV, Parliament TV, GMM Theatre, Dhamma Media Channel, You Channel, Sabaidee TV and ACTS Channel" have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12438 H "Thai TV 3, NP TV 5, BBTV Channel 7, Modernine TV, NBT TV, Thai PBS, TNN 24, TNN 2, True Plookpanya, True 10, True Select, Shopping Network, Money Channel, CNBC Asia-Pacific, Bloomberg TV Asia, Phoenix InfoNews Channel, Nickelodeon South East Asia, True Explore 1, TCM Asia and MGM Channel Asia" have left .

ABS 2 75.0°E 12523 H "RTM Asia" has started on , Fta. Bible Explorations TV has left.

Intelsat 22 72.1°E 3724 L "Family TV, Sayare TV, K24, KBC Channel 1, Edu Channel, Ebru TV Africa, Njata TV, Kingdom TV, Revival TV, Aviation TV, Hope TV, Pwani TV, Lolwe TV, Youth TV, KTS, WTV, Lake Victoria TV and Farmer TV" have started on , T2-MI, Fta.
Intelsat 22 72.1°E 3732 L "Sayare TV, K24, NTV, KTN, Citizen TV, KBC Channel 1, Edu Channel, Property TV, Kingdom TV, Joy TV, Aviation TV, 3 Stones, Hope TV, Youth TV, Fountain TV, Lake Victoria TV and KBC Channel 1" have left .

Intelsat 22 72.1°E KBC Channel 1 has moved from 3739 L to 3735 L, Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5°E 4184 V "Ahsas TV" has started Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 3845 H "Sony Pix" has started on , PowerVu.

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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Extream(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11793 V 43200参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Moskva 24、Moskva Doverie(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[10-07]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Ch601、Ch602(韩国)等8个频道新增,设置12350 V 26700参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,First service(高清)频道新增,设置12466 V 12999参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Fyi替换Bio(梦幻卫视)频道,设置12430 V 25600参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Zabb Channel、MOAC TV(泰国)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-07]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Parliament TV(泰国)频道解密,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,MBC替换KBS TV 1(韩国)频道,设置11747 L 21300参数免费接收。 [10月7日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Eutelsat(宣传)高清频道消失,设置11419 H 45000参数无效接收。 [10月7日]

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Duck TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11670 H 14400参数免费接收。 [10月6日]
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2 new channels on Sky NZ
D1 12295 H 22500 "THE ZONE HD" encrypted
D1 12394 H 22500 "THE ZONE" encrypted

Sunday feeds

D2 12340 V Sr 6670 Globecast 2 ARARAT Harness Racing - Trots, (FTA.)
D2 12550 H Sr 6980 Ch 9 NRL Grand Final
D2 12660 V Sr 7500 "svc_1 service" NSW Koori knockout football FTA

D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "gcast 6" Horses (FTA)
D2 12330 V Sr 6670 "GlobeCast 1.2" KELLERBERRIN Trots, Western Australia, (FTA.)
D2 12680 V Sr 6670 "svc_1 service" horses (FTA)

IS 19 12527 V Sr 3750 DVB-S2/8PSK, SD..FTA Ch9 Aus feed from NRL grand final.Only just locking on 80cm - not stable..!! (Steve Johnson)
IS 19 12551 V Sr 3750 also (Steve Johnson)

IS 19 3860 H Sr 30000 "i-Cable HD-01", -02, -03 & -04 (16+Mb/Ch) 4x encrypted channels

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Weekend feeds

D2 12662 V Sr 6670 "GCAST 6" Gunbower Horse Racing, Victoria, (FTA.)
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 "Globecast 2" Racing from Murtoa, Victoria, (FTA.)

Asiasat 5 weekend feedlog

3877 H SR 7200 Telecity Encoder LW v WBA in the Premier league Soccer, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 6110 Adhoc Encoder 3 METRO TV in Indonesian.
4148 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Sunday Afternoon Japanese Soccer, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7200 Ch 2 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.) Ch 1 Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)

These three soccer channels all had different Sunday afternoon games.

3710 H SR 13333 ENC4N Japanese J-League Soccer, (FTA.)
4150 H SR 15000 $SEV VS DEP HD50 Sevilla vs Deportivo - Football from Sevilla, SPAIN, (is $ scrambled.)
3745 V SR 7120 DSNG Enc 11 Arc de Triomphe Horse Race from Paris, (FTA.) -same feed as 3930 H SR 7200
3877 H SR 7500 $Extrem Sail Inter ($ encrypted.)
3885 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Women's European Golf Tour from France, (FTA.)
3927 V SR 6110 Macao_A Asian Kickboxing, (FTA.)
3935 V SR 7200 seco World Gymnastics from Nanning, CHINA, (FTA.)
4165 H SR 7200 $50Hz Match 1 Chelsea vs Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League Soccer with sound but ($ picture.)
3735 V SR 7200 hy1 Round 3 of the Women's LPGA Golf from REIGNWOOD PINE VALLEY, Beijing, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 6110 ENC-1 Saturday Afternoon Japanese Soccer, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7200 TXOUT-5 LEAGUE LEGENDS Video Games Championships - SAMSUNG BLUE vs CLOUD 9, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Motor Racing from the Chang International Circuit, Thailand, (FTA.)
3675 H SR 1500 Service-1 Hindu Festival of Singing, (FTA.)
3930 H SR 6110 HD ENC-1 Asian Soccer - 2014 J-LEAGUE, (FTA.)
3877 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Lacoste Ladies European Golf Tour, Open De France, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 8 169.0°E 4100 H "Australia Plus TV Pacific" has left.

Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3880 V "O Shopping" has replaced Velvet on , Fta.
Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "SET India, Crime & Investigation Network Australia has started on , Nagravision. EM TV, Star Plus Southeast Asia and Eve" have left.

Telstar 18 138.0°E Almost all channels in the Combos TV muxes on 12354 V and 12472 V are Fta.
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "ETTV News" is Fta

Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11589 H "K+ PM has replaced Real TV" on , Fta.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "RTL CBS Entertainment" has started on , encrypted.
Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12636 V TBN Asia, TeleNovela Channel, The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV and Juce TV have left .

Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Festival" is now encrypted. Top Hits is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "Quran TV has replaced Esquire Emea" on , Irdeto.

SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Kashish News and Live India" have started on , Fta. Mi Marathi and Mahua Plus have left.

Insat 4B 93.5°E 11030 V "Sony Six" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 VDD Saptagiri has started on, Fta Cinema TV has left

Measat 3a 91.4°E 3717 H "TMC" has started on , Fta.
Measat 3a 91.4°E 3920 V "MGM Channel Asia" has left .

KazSat 2 86.5°E 11495 V Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, Bilim zhane Madeniet, 24 KZ, Astana TV, Seven Kazakhstan and Kazakh TV are now encrypted.
KazSat 2 86.5°E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK and STV" are now encrypted.

Horizons 2 85.0°E 11760 H "World Business Channel" is now Fta.
Horizons 2 85.0°E 11960 H "Food Network Russia" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3520 HT Sports Channel, Aonzon TV and One Rescue TV have left.

Thaicom 5 78.5°E 12355 V GMM Z, GMM Sport Plus, GMM Sport Extreme, Nat Geo Music and SET SE Asia have started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4000 H "GMM Sport Plus, GMM Sport Extreme, Nat Geo Music and SET SE Asia" are now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Mahidol Channel has started on , encrypted. Asian Food Channel and Travel Channel Asia" have left.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4080 H "Thairath TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H Kix, Bio Asia, Now HaiRun and Asian Food Channel have started on , Fta. Toonami, Universal Channel Asia and Syfy Universal Asia are back, Fta. Z'oke has left. Crime & Investigation Network Asia is Fta.

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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,New Channel 3(测试)频道加重现,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Midnight、WE等替换SkyChoice(韩国)等频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Action Cinema(印度)频道消失,设置11171 H 30000参数无效接收。[10-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,BBC Cbeebeis、BBC Knowledge(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[10-06]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,K+PM HD(高清)频道消失,设置11589 H 28800参数无效接收。[10-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Royal TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3460 H 28066参数免费接收。[10-06]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Royal TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3460 H 28066参数免费接收。 [10月6日]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,News Live等替换Sahara Samay(印度)等频道,设置11037 H 40700参数有条件接收。 [10月6日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,LOSO(泰国)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(IPM)高清频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Super Entertran(IPM)频道消失,设置11038 V 45000参数无效接收。[10-05]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Public Music(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4015 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-05]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Da Vinci Learning(缅甸)频道消失,设置10973 V 24500参数无效接收。[10-05]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Zee TV、Sony Six等替换Tara(Dish TV)等频道,设置11090 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-05]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kai TV(测试)频道重现,设置12324 H 8400参数免费接收。 [10月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel(泰国)频道加密,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。 [10月5日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Diva、The Style Network(美国)频道消失,设置3720 H 29620参数无效接收。[10-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Central Channel(泰国)频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[10-04]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports替换Star Sports 2(STAR TV)频道,设置3920 H 26666参数有条件接收。[10-04]
东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星C频段,三立财经(台亚卫星)频道加密,设置4160 V 30000参数有条件接收。[10-04]

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星C频段,DDK Leh(印度)频道新增,设置3790 H 4250参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,T Sports替换Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道,设置4120 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,LNTV 1(老挝)频道新增,设置3407 V 2916参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,NDTV Profit/NDTV Prime替换NDTV 24×7(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Billiards TV、Dramacube(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。 [10月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Detsky、Zoo(俄罗斯)等6个频道加密,设置11530 V 22000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]

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Telstra leads telco charge into TV

From http://www.afr.com/p/technology/telstra_leads_telco_charge_into_lyJM5QqeBWnMgsdn7xekNK

Telstra is launching new pay television products and services in early 2015 in a bid to get millions of Australians to sign up for subscription TV. It is understood Telstra will launch in the first three months of 2015 including new set-top box units, unique content sourced from outside Foxtel and other platforms that homes will use to get their TV services.

It signals a renewed push by Australia’s former telephone monopoly to sign up the millions of Australians households that don’t pay for TV. But Telstra does not stand alone. In the past fortnight TPG Telecom as well as M2 Group, which owns Dodo and iPrimus, became the last of Australia’s five biggest broadband providers to lock in deals to sell pay TV services to their customers.

Telstra, SingTel-Optus, iiNet, M2 and TPG Telecom represent over 96 per cent of Australia’s broadband market and they all want to control how Australians watch TV and movies at home.

Fairfax Media spoke to the industry’s leading executives about their plans for the push. Telcos have turned to premium TV and media services to grow revenues to avoid becoming dumb pipe providers of broadband. They also use media to sell a “bundle” of services, which makes users less likely to leave.

Australia’s subscription TV market has just two main providers including Foxtel and its 2.6 million subscribers and Malaysian-backed challenger FetchTV, which has 140,000 users.

Foxtel provides content to Telstra. It will also start selling services to TPG Telecom in 2015 and is set to become a broadband provider itself next year. Fetch boasts iiNet, M2 and Optus as its partners.

FetchTV chief executive Scott Lorson says ISPs are the best partners for pay TV operators because of their established billing relationships with millions of Australians and need for media content.

Fetch’s set-top box and TV recording device has received good reviews from technology publications despite the service offering less premium content compared to Foxtel. “If you’re going to be a platform play you are going to need a set-top box, a single bill, have unmetered internet and it normally means having a single bundled price point,” he says. “Foxtel and ourselves having relationships with the top five internet service providers increases the barriers to entry for others and we see telcos as the key to media consumption.”

Telstra’s head of IPTV Eric Kearley declined to comment when asked about his new products or services. But he said his company was ramping up efforts to target the 70 per cent of Australian households that don’t pay for premium TV.

“We will do whatever it takes to do that effectively,” he said. “Pay TV operators are becoming telcos and telcos are becoming pay TV operators and for the customer that makes absolute sense.

“Telecommunications and television industries have merged pretty much worldwide because as premium TV becomes a subscription proposition it makes sense to merge it with other subscription propositions.”

Mr Kearley says part of Telstra’s key is superior content through its partnership and 50 per cent ownership of Foxtel, which has strong live sports offerings and exclusive Australian rights for popular shows like Game of Thrones. “Everyone might have a content offer at the moment but no one can come anywhere near touching ours in terms of quality,” he says. “What telcos sometimes do is try to mask that by adding hugely advanced devices or functionality and it’s not a bad thing . . . but unless you have the content people want to watch it doesn’t matter and you can only put so much lipstick on a pig in the end. Your throne may be technology . . . but content is still king.”

Foxtel’s services are set to be sold for the first time ever to Telstra rivals with TPG Telecom set to launch a white-label version of Foxtel’s content from 2015 onwards. It will also launch its own telephone and internet services off the back of Telstra’s network next year.

Foxtel chief operating officer Rohan Lund declined to comment on any deal with TPG but says any white-label product his company offers will not be the premium product its customers prize.

“There’s a difference between what [Foxtel] will do with the Foxtel brand and premium channels and what we will do for white-label services in the market,” he says. “So I don’t see us ­providing a wholesale service to anyone of the Foxtel brand. Any broadband ­decision will ultimately driven by the video experience [and] Foxtel’s DNA is built on delivering a great entertainment experience.”

Mr Kearley is also gearing up to convince customers it isn’t offering a me-too Foxtel service and says telcos differentiate by changing five key points – pricing, bundled services, branding, technology and content.

“There are bundle constructs we can offer that no one else could without huge difficulty compared with us or would be willing to,” he says.

iiNet is one of Telstra’s rising competitors in the market with close to one million broadband subscribers and a Fetch TV-based media service. Its corporate strategy general manager Brett Hutchison admits the company had teething problems but says the product is now on track. “It’s taken us a while to get there . . . but we like to think of ourselves who went hard at it early and if we’re honest were a bit ahead of the curve,” he says. “Now we feel like there’s enough awareness of the product and that TV is moving towards IPTV delivery.” iiNet ‎content manager Robert Buckler also says he will compete against rivals such as Optus and M2 who also use Fetch by offering different services over the same platform like apps and specialised channels like ESPN that the others won’t have.

“We’ll then work on getting certain niches like TV channels from the UK or certain lifestyle channels,” he says.

Some telcos such as Optus’ parent company SingTel are getting into the production of media content in an effort to entice new users and lower the price it pays to buy media with Telstra once seen as a likely player to become a media powerhouse.

But it has abandoned hope of being the maker of content and will instead concentrate on becoming an aggregator of media.

“We have huge ambitions of driving pay television in Australia and want to become the leading aggregator of services,” Kearley says.

Other media challengers are also set to use 2015 as their launch pad with Netflix rumoured to be looking to enter next year. Fairfax Media and Channel Nine’s streaming video on demand (SVOD) service StreamCo will use their combined media powers to entice payment from people.

In any case the board is set for 2015 to be the year that telcos fight to win dominance of our lounge rooms and laptops. And if they get their way, millions more Australians will go from watching TV for free to paying for the service.

PayTV Platform Enhanced With Thomson Video Networks Encoder

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1909785818

[SatNews] Thomson Video Networks has announced that Australian payTV provider Foxtel is upgrading its DTH video platform with the latest generation of the ViBE™ EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder.

In addition, Foxtel has installed updates of Thomson Video Networks' NetProcessor 9040 multiplexer and video processor, Amethyst redundancy switch, and XMS network management system. Foxtel operates one of the largest Thomson Video Networks-based platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, incorporating several generations of ViBE encoders, multiplexers, and video servers. With the latest release of the EM4000 earlier this year, Foxtel took the opportunity to upgrade its platform to take advantage of the encoder's superior HD video quality and Thomson's advanced feature sets for multiplexing and network management. Foxtel chose the EM4000 not only for its video quality, but also for its ability to integrate smoothly with the company's existing ecosystem and its world-class density, supporting up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a single rack unit.

"The latest ViBE EM4000 includes compression innovations specifically designed to give payTV operators even more bandwidth savings and higher video quality, so we knew it would be ideal for our DTH upgrade,” said Foxtel Transmission Technology Manager Darren Windus. “With the EM4000, we'll be able to offer the best possible quality of experience to our audience, and the system offers an exciting and aggressive roadmap for density, feature set, and video quality to help us plan for the future."

Further information about the ViBE EM4000 and other Thomson Video Networks products is available on their infosite at http://www.thomson-networks.com/.

FBC TV to air Chinese movies

From  http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/23499/fbc-tv-to-air-chinese-movies

Chinese movies will be expected to start airing on FBC TV soon

This comes after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Chinese Ambassador Huang Yong and FBC Chief Executive Officer Riyaz Sayed Khaiyum this afternoon.

CCTV 6 – a china movie channel will be providing twenty-six movies free of charge to FBC TV.

CEO Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says it will be received very well with the growing number of Chinese communities in the country.

Ambassador Huang adds the movies will give a better understanding of China’s culture, its history and it’s present state of affairs.

The movies will be subtitled in English and will be scheduled in International movie night’s segments on Saturday nights.

Channel 3, NBTC face rocky road to digital transition

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/435848/channel-3-nbtc-face-rocky-road-to-digital-transition

Bangkok Entertainment Company Plc’s (BEC) Channel 3 has always been famous for its acclaimed drama series which has captured the hearts and minds of Thai TV audiences for decades. 

 A screen capture of a programme on Channel 3. The station is at loggerheads with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission on simulcasting their analogue station on a digital platform. SURAPOL PROMSAKA NA SAKOLNAKORN

But more recently, it appears their dramatic flair may have transcended the boundaries of television screens to real life as Channel 3’s viewers nationwide are kept in wonder over the twists and turns of the melodrama being played up around the television station’s dispute with the broadcast regulator — the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) — during the ongoing digital switchover transition.

The crux of the conflict came with the NBTC’s notification in February which discontinued all analogue free TV as must-carry content, hence making it impossible for cable and satellite television stations from May 25 to rebroadcast the signals from the six terrestrial analogue stations — Channel 3, Channel 5, Channel 7, Channel 9, Channel 11, and Thai PBS — like they have done for the past many years.

Notably, apart from providing audiences with specialised content unavailable on free TV, cable and satellite stations have for more than a decade been instrumental in giving Thai television audiences improved access to free TV which broadcasts terrestrially on analogue transmission. By rebroadcasting the signals picked up from free-TV broadcasts, they have made the otherwise poor-quality analogue signals much sharper and more watchable than would be the case of normal antennae reception.

To date, TV reception via antennae has been receding while reception via cable and satellite has been on a continual rise. In 2008, for instance, more than 80% of television consumption nationwide was through antennae reception but last year this has dropped to less than 33% while reception through cable and satellite has increased to more than 60% combined.

Despite the popularity of cable and satellite reception, it merits notice that most television audiences still prefer watching free TV channels. An official figure from the NBTC in 2012 showed that 83% of television audiences primarily watch free TV while only 17% regard cable or satellite TV as their prime content.

In any case, the NBTC’s notification in February was to pave the way for the digital switchover. Its kickoff was marked by the auction of commercial digital television channels in December last year. By transferring the must-carry status to scores of new digital terrestrial stations that were just awarded licences to operate on an experimental broadcast, the NBTC was hoping digital migration would finally materialise.

The planned migration would have been smooth for NBTC if Channel 3’s operator would do as the other analogue incumbents were instructed and decided to do; that is, simulcasting their analogue stations along with their new digital stations. Notably, all former analogue free-TV operators have managed to acquire digital TV licences — commercial and public service types.

For BEC, the operator of Channel 3 analogue, they have acquired three licences on the digital slot — one for a children and family channel, one for a variety standard definition (SD) channel, and one for a variety high-definition (HD) channel.

But the problem is BEC did not agree with the simulcasting plan from the beginning. It appears they have intended on maintaining all four television stations at least until analogue transmission is completely switched off, a move clearly calculated on the number of years ahead before nationwide digital coverage is completed.

Also, BEC also cited a legal hurdle present in the broadcasting law that prohibits a broadcast licensee to transfer the operation of service to another entity, a rule aimed at preventing broadcasters from profiteering from the assigned frequency. Notably, BEC is not the licence holder for the three auctioned digital TV channels. A new company named BEC Multimedia was formed and represented a different juristic person, albeit the same group of shareholders.

A notification produced under this section (Article 9) of the law allows a licensed broadcaster to outsource no more than 40% of their content production to another party.

But to simulcast would generally mean a copy of the same content over both analogue and digital channels, hence posing a potential legal breach for BEC since both companies are different legal entities.

Nevertheless, the broadcast board within the NBTC saw it differently since they viewed that the same group of shareholders are responsible for channels on both platforms. Recently, the broadcast board has been using both carrot and stick to pressure as well as entice BEC to reconsider the simulcasting option.

Clearly, these regulators feel that the digital migration will not be completed without the relocation of content by major incumbent content providers such as Channel 3. By contrast, Channel 3 must have felt that the real market still remains with analogue TV and is trying to hold on to this portion of the TV market which features an annual value of more than 45 billion baht.

This is evidenced in their relentless effort not to become “blacked out” on cable and satellite channels. Not only has BEC alluded to their fans for support, but content producers, actors and actresses have also been mobilised to speak on behalf of their organisation against the NBTC’s new “must-carry” rule.

What’s more: The NBTC also owes it to the other digital TV providers that won the auction in which more than 50 billion baht was generated. These operators have invested dearly and many, if not most, are in serious debt. The only way for them to recoup their investment is to kick-start digital TV as soon as possible.

But the NBTC is walking on a very thin and slippery ice here. Despite a series of lawsuits from BEC against their regulatory action, the NBTC must not slip into “regulatory capture” — being dominated and controlled by the operators — while not creating conditions for “regulatory failure” — introducing intervention schemes that lead to ineffective allocation of resources.

It is of utmost importance to assure that all their regulatory interventions are within the rule of law, pragmatic, and essential towards improving the competitiveness of the market. The rush towards digital transition should not compromise these basic principles if the NBTC is to prove itself as a “professional” regulator.

KT SkyLife expanding full HD channels

From http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/tech/2014/10/133_165861.html

KT SkyLife, a satellite broadcaster unit of KT, said Monday that it will expand its high definition (HD) broadcasting channels under the slogan of an "All-HD platform."

It said it will make all of its channels fully HD by the end of the year.

It currently has 104 HD channels and 18 standard channels. It recently added 13 new HD channels, and plans to add six more to give it 141 full HD channels by the end of the year.

"KT SkyLife has set up the all-HD channel platform to provide a wider range of channel selections for customers," said Lee Nam-ki, CEO of KT SkyLife, during a media briefing at Westin Chosun Hotel in Seoul.

The company provided all of its more than 4 million subscribers with free set-top boxes to receive all the full HD channels.

With the new HD TV receivers, subscribers to KT SkyLife are able to watch sports, movies and TV shows in HD.

"We will solidify our market dominance as a full HD platform provider," the CEO said.

Lee also said the company has spent a lot of time and effort to find out what customers want and discovered the answer is as much content as possible.

The company produces its own broadcasting programs through SkyLife TV, a pay TV affiliate of KT, including drama, sports and talk shows.

Lee said the company's strategy is to attract more full HD subscribers by allowing customers easier access to HD TVs.

To become a leading platform HD TV operator, KT SkyLife pledged not only to increase the number of channels, but to focus on providing convenient user interface as well as high-quality content.

KT, parent company of SkyLife and SkyLife TV, has already been preparing for the HD as well as UHD TV era.

In May, KT Chairman Hwang Chang-gyu pledged to focus on nurturing the media and contents business as a new growth engine in cooperation with its affiliates. SkyLife TV started to broadcast the nation's first high-definition channels when it was established in 2003, and it has partnered with global content providers such as Warner Bros, Disney, FOX, BBC and Sony.

"The changed direction to the ‘all-HD platform' strategy of our company is a fresh start to be the nation's best multimedia company," the CEO added.

Intelsat General Awarded Contract Extension for Delivering American Forces Radio and TV Service

From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/10/06/intelsat-general-awarded-contract-extension-delivering-american-forces-radio-and-tv-servi#axzz3FN730Oa3

Intelsat General Corp., an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A., the world’s leading provider of satellite services, has been awarded a complete one-year contract renewal to deliver radio and television programing to U.S. military forces serving around the world. The original one-year contact was signed in 2011 and had six, one-year renewal options.

Under the contract with the American Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS), Intelsat General provides a global distribution network that delivers multi-channel, broadcast-quality radio and television programs to military forces and their families stationed outside of the United States as well as to military personnel aboard United States Navy ships at sea. The service, which incorporates both on-and off-network capacity, reaches more than 200,000 people using 307 MHz of bandwidth carried over 9 satellites, 6 teleports, and the IntelsatOneSM terrestrial network.

“AFRTS is a lifeline for U.S. service members and their families stationed around the globe,” said Skot Butler, Vice President, Satellite Networks and Space Services. “In many cases, it is the only American media broadcast content available to them while they are deployed overseas for long stretches of time. It is a great privilege to be able to provide the connectivity and content that helps support the morale of the U.S. military.”

In addition to a wide range of American news, entertainment and sporting events, the service carries the Department of Defense (DoD) News channel, which broadcasts DoD news briefings, military news, interviews with top defense officials, and stories about military activities and exercises.

About Intelsat General Corp.

Intelsat General provides satellite communications solutions to military, commercial and government customers over Intelsat’s fleet of approximately 50 satellites and a global terrestrial network of teleports and fiber infrastructure. Intelsat General also offers these customers the option of placing a dedicated hosted communications payload aboard an Intelsat satellite. From remote military outposts, disaster recovery sites and U.S. embassies to health and homeland security agencies, Intelsat General’s solutions support even the most complex operations, from routine to mission critical, anywhere on the globe. These solutions address the numerous communications challenges inherent in a wide range of applications. From Airborne ISR/UAV scenarios to Distance Learning to Logistics, Intelsat General engineers can enhance government, military and commercial communications to allow customers to achieve their mission objectives.

Based in Bethesda, MD, Intelsat General is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A, the world’s largest and most experienced provider of fixed and mobile satellite services for many of the world’s leading media and network companies, ISPs and government agencies. http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.intelsatgeneral.com&esheet=50955387&newsitemid=20141006005061&lan=en-US&anchor=www.intelsatgeneral.com&index=1&md5=d2ba8f35d6fdc27969a485118f1869ba


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Marketing Program Manager

Russia To Deploy Weather Satellite Group In Arctic

From http://www.rferl.org/content/arctic-weather-satellite-putin-oil-drilling-exxon/26622728.html

Russia plans to deploy satellites to monitor the Arctic, a region President Vladimir Putin has set out as a priority because of its strategic location and natural resource riches.

The Federal Space Agency, Roskosmos, said on October 6 that "two Arktika-M satellites will be placed in a highly elliptical near-Earth orbit" soon to monitor the weather and environment in the region.

Officials have said a new military command will be formed in the Arctic region by the end of 2014 and two motor-rifle brigades will start serving within the Russian army group there in 2015-16.

Russia is looking to the Arctic as a source of oil and gas, but Western sanctions against companies such as state giant Rosneft have thrown up a hurdle to its drilling plans.

China, Venezuela Sign Deal to Launch Third Satellite: Reports

From http://en.ria.ru/politics/20141006/193713083/China-Venezuela-Sign-Deal-to-Launch-Third-Satellite-Reports.html

Chinese state-owned company China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Venezuelan government have signed an agreement to build and deliver into orbit Venezuela's third satellite.

BEIJING, October 6 (RIA Novosti) – Chinese state-owned company China Great Wall Industry Corporation and the Venezuelan government have signed an agreement to build and deliver into orbit Venezuela's third satellite, Xinhua has reported.

"I want to celebrate the agreement to build and launch our third satellite in cooperation with China. Now we'll be more technologically independent with this new tool," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who attended the signing of the agreement, was quoted as saying by the agency.

The third Venezuelan satellite will be named after independence hero Antonio Jose de Sucre. The cost and exact time frame for the project have not been revealed.

The first Venezuelan satellite, a telecommunications satellite, named after independence leader Simon Bolivar, was launched from China in 2008.

Venezuela's second satellite, a remote sensing satellite, named after independence hero Francisco de Miranda, was launched from China in 2012. The second satellite is primarily used for the country's land resource inspections, environmental protection, disaster detection and management, crop yield estimation and city planning.

Fox and Star Sports extend F1 rights in Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/fox-and-star-sports-extend-f1-rights-in-asia/

Fox Sports and Star Sports will continue their exclusive broadcast of the FIA F1World Championship for another seven years in Asia, from 2016 till the 2022 season. The multi-territory deal with F1 Management provides Fox Sports with exclusive broadcast rights (cable and satellite and terrestrial) and multi-media rights to more countries in Asia than ever before including Japan.

With the new agreement, Fox Sports and Star Sports will continue with live coverage of every F1 Practice, Qualifying and Race, which includes studio presentation and on-site presence for key races, broadcasting from the new studios in Japan, India, Singapore and Taiwan.

In addition, fans can choose to enjoy races with the various ‘second screen’ options, like through the RaceMateLive app, which provides live drivers’ and pit-lane views, as well as multiple camera feeds and race statistics, or Fox Sports Play at www.foxplayasia.com or via the iOS and Android apps, for live or on-demand action. Subscribers to Fox Sports Mobile may also follow the action streamed live to their mobile phones. Extensive highlights are also available on the 24/7 sports news channel, Fox Sports News.

Viewers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Thailand will also be able to access commentary in Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin and Thai respectively, in addition to English.

“This seven-year agreement for Formula 1 racing in Asia is in line with FOX Sports’ long-term strategy of continually investing in the property, to provide our viewers and clients with the best-in-class F1 experience. Equally important, it assures us as well our affiliate partners a long term horizon”, said Zubin Gandevia, President, Asia-Pacific and Middle East, FOX International Channels.

Asia-Pacific lagging in SVoD uptake

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/asia-pacific-lagging-in-svod-uptake/

A recent webinar conducted by CASBAA and SNL Kagan detailed how “upstart” OTT providers are taking on traditional multichannel providers in the fight for Asia Pacific’s video customers.

During the webinar, SNL Kagan analyst Wangxing Zhao examined key trends for OTT subscriber and revenue growth on a global scale, and identified key metrics that signal high probability of OTT adoption in specific markets. In addition, Zhao discussed how operator-led TV Everywhere/Multiscreen services were positioned to grow revenue opportunities for distributors and programmers, while fending off new competition from OTT Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) and catch-up TV websites.

Defined as web-sourced video accessible via the open Internet regardless of broadband network, OTT is taking on traditional multichannel providers with diversified revenue models including advertising, SVoD, premium rental, and download-to-own.

Based on a series of indicators for TV and telecom sectors on both market size and device/service penetration, the top-ranking countries in Asia Pacific for OTT viability are South Korea, Japan, China, Australia and Taiwan. Other factors, such as well-established telecom infrastructure, an open regulatory environment, diverse international content, strong local broadcaster presence, and residential purchasing power, can also boost OTT viability.

On a global level, the Asia Pacific region trails behind North America and Western Europe in terms of pay-TV penetration, while exceeding the Middle East and Africa for fixed broadband penetration. North America and Western Europe also lead the charge for OTT SVoD service uptake and revenue, with Asia Pacific ranking third.

Across Asia Pacific, leading pay-TV operators are leveraging TV Everywhere deployments to build product competitiveness and create additional value for existing subscribers, with live streaming channels and VoD libraries rolled out to smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs and game consoles. TV Everywhere is believed to play an essential role in long-term video competition for incumbent pay-TV providers to meet the challenge of cord-cutting in light of OTT evolution.

“Video competition in Asia Pacific is growing more intense by the day as new OTT entrants stir the pot with innovative business models and content offerings,” remarked SNL Kagan Associate Director Ben Reneker. “Incumbent providers must continue to react aggressively with TV everywhere roll-outs to ensure long-term competitive viability. Now is not the time to stand still.”

Kuwait to launch ‘global TV’ station

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/03/kuwait-to-launch-global-tv-station/

Oil-rich Gulf state Kuwait says it wants to launch an independent television and radio organisation to “compete globally”, and would be free from Kuwaiti government control or influence. This is important in that Kuwait has a record of shutting down locally-based TV stations which criticised the government.

The new TV station will be free from government interference according to Kuwait’s Minister of Information Sheikh Salman Sabah Salem Al Humoud Al Sabah, quoted in a statement carried by the state news agency KUNA.

His statement added: “We always seek the best and the world is heading towards restructuring [media] sectors to be bodies that enjoy more capabilities and administrative and technical freedom away from government and official bureaucracy that cripples in certain points specialised technical work. Our goal is to have a TV that is leading and pioneering in form and content.”

Iran: Tehran resident killed in police raid to remove satellite dishes

From http://irannewsupdate.com/news/human-rights/1627-iran-tehran-resident-killed-in-police-raid-to-remove-satellite-dishes.html

NCRI - A 65-year-old Iranian man killed as the Iranian regime’s suppressive State Security Forces (police) raided a building complex in Tehran on Sunday to collect satellite dishes from rooftops.

The incident occurred in Tehran’s Shah Nazari Street on September 28 when suppressive police stormed the housing complexes in the area and began collecting satellite dishes.

Mr. Ali Mohammad Khoei, 65, the manager of a building complex was killed when police physically assaulted him after he asked the police to present their identification cards and permissions before entering premises.

The assault caused him to fall down and die as a result of his head hitting the ground.

State Security Forces threatened his family members against providing any information on his death or pursuing legal prosecution.

During last week, the repressive forces have intensified the implementation of an emergency plan for removing satellite dishes which had begun in June in different parts of Tehran.

Meanwhile, warning about the extensive use of satellite in the country, a commander of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) said some 50 million satellite receivers are being used in Iran which has a population of 77 million.

He acknowledged that the repressive measures by the State Security Forces has failed to prevent the Iranian people from viewing satellite TV channels.

Prior to him, the head of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Court, cleric Ahmad Mohseni-Gorgani, told officials of the regime that “they need to take special measures to prevent this uprooting flood [of satellites] now otherwise tomorrow will be too late," State-run Fars News Agency reported.

The attempts made by the religious fascism ruling Iran to prevent people’s access to satellite TV networks, along with widespread crackdown on online users and expanding Internet filtering, is an indication of the extent of fear of the leaders of the regime from people’s access to free flow of information as expression dissent by the Iranian people who are fed up with mullahs tyranny and oppression in Iran increases.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran 

‘Transformation’ Day for BSkyB

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/06/transformation-day-for-bskyb/

BSkyB’s shareholders will formally decide today whether to go ahead with the broadcaster’s £5.4 billion acquisition of Sky Italia and Sky Deutschland.

There are not likely to be many objectors given that the acquisitions will transform BSkyB into a Europe-wide £22 billion business, and with immense prospects.

At the end of the process, BSkyB will control some 20 million subscribers with an expansion target of a huge 97 million new households.

However, as yet unresolved are the responses of the minority shareholders in Sky Germany. While a shareholding of 57.4 per cent, previously in the hands of 21st Century Fox, would flow into the new deal, there are some minority shareholders who have resisted the deal and who are seeking more than the €6.75 per share on offer.

While the formal vote takes place today, the deal is not expected to close until November.

But BSkyB is not having everything its own way. October 3 saw a negative note emerge from investment banker Credit Suisse, which has retained a negative outlook on the company’s share price, and which it cites as anxieties over the upcoming Premier League auction over TV rights. Credit Suisse says it sees “few good outcomes” for Sky. “We think the only bullish outcomes for Sky would be: Sky and BT both decide against bidding aggressively; or Sky lodges a ‘blockbuster’ bid to buy six out of seven packs, in an effort to force BT out of the wholesale content market,” wrote analyst Omar Sheikh.

He goes on to say that neither view is likely, and instead anticipates a 60 per cent increase in the cost to BSkyB of its football costs.

Countdown for third navigation satellite to commence on Tuesday morning

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/countdown-for-third-navigation-satellite-to-commence-on-tuesday-morning-114100600610_1.html

India will soon have its own GPS with the series of IRNSS

On October 10, India will get one step closer to establishing indigenous alternative to United States-owned global positioning system (GPS), as the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) is gearing up to launch the third of the seven navigation satellites.

After the 67-hour countdown, which will commence on Tuesday at 7 a.m., the PSLV-C26 carrying IRNSS-1C will take off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, around 100 kms from Chennai on October 10th at 1.56 a.m.

The IRNSS-1C, the third navigation satellite, would be launched into a sub-Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (sub-GTO) with a 284 km perigee (nearest point to Earth) and 20,650 km apogee (farthest point to Earth) with an inclination of 17.86 degree with respect to the equatorial plane.

As part of its aspirations to build a regional navigational system equivalent to GPS of developed countries, India is planning to send seven satellites to put in place the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS).

Five things to know about IRNSS

** Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) will give India its own indigenous air navigation system, which would provide information on location and time in all weather conditions. IRNSS is similar to US' Global Positioning System, Russia's Glonass and Europe's Galileo. China and Japan too have similar systems named Beidou and Japanese Quasi Zenith Satellite System respectively.

** IRNSS consist of seven satellites, three in geostationary orbit and four in inclined geosynchronous orbit, and will mainly cover the area around India.

** The first two satellites in the series, IRNSS 1A and IRNSS 1B were launched from Sriharikota on July 1, 2013 and April 4 this year respectively. The third of the seven planned satellites for the system, IRNSS 1C is set for launch at 1.56 a.m on October 10 from the First Launch Pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. As of now the IRNSS is a regional system with seven satellites, which would be further expanded into 11 satellites in the coming years.

** ISRO needs to launch at least four of the seven satellites to start the operations of the IRNSS' applications include terrestrial and marine navigation, disaster management, vehicle tracking and fleet management.

**' A space based augmentation system for GPS will make major difference in the way the air ports are operated in India. In the next two years, our country will be blessed with several new satellite based services. Value adding services from use of navigation will also help public. Civil aviation is one of the sectors that would benefit immensely from this endeavor.


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D2 12446 H Sr 6670 "Default" TV3 NZ reporter at the beach reporting on a missing 5 year old (sorry about the inappropriate screencap)

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JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4120 V ERA News, GoldSun TV, JET Variety, Hollywood Movie Channel, Top TV, No. 1, Tien Liang TV, Taiwan Yam TV, FTV News, MTV Taiwan, SJTV, SET Taiwan and SET News are now Fta
JCSAT 3A 128.0°E 4160 V GTV 1, SET Metro, GTV Entertainment, SET International, GTV Drama, SET Finance, Much TV, GTV K Channel, Azio TV, Unique Satellite TV, Z Channel, TTV World and JET TV are now Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Fox Action Movies" is now encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "Pasien TV" has left .
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SES 7 108.2°E 2505 V "Comedy Central Asia, Veria TV Asia, We TV Asia, KMTV Asia, Mezzo Live HD Asie, Cartoonito Asia, Star Chinese Channel, AniPlus Asia, CinemaWorld, RTL CBS Entertainment, RTL CBS Extreme, Star Chinese Movies South East Asia and Zee Bioskop" have started on , Videoguard.
SES 7 108.2°E 2535 V "Fight Sports" has left .

Measat 3 91.5°E 4120 V "Travel Channel HD Asia and Travel Channel Asia" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4000 H "GMM Sport Plus and GMM Sport Extreme" have started on , BISS. Nat Geo Music has left.
Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4040 H "Toonami, Universal Channel Asia and Syfy Universal Asia" have left again.

Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4024 H "Asianet News, Asianet Middle East, Suvarna News 24x7, Amrita TV, Suvarna Plus, Goodness TV, Jaihind TV, Jeevan TV, Janasri News, Reporter and Manorama News International have started on, Fta. Asianet, Asianet Plus, Asianet Suvarna, Star Vijay India and Star Vijay International
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,NDTV Profit/NDTV Prime替换NDTV 24×7(缅甸)频道,设置11167 V 45000参数有条件接收。[10-03]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Billiards TV、Dramacube(高清)频道新增,设置12730 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-03]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Series Plus(高清)频道解密,设置11541 H 45000参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Detsky、Zoo(俄罗斯)等6个频道加密,设置11530 V 22000参数有条件接收。[10-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,RTM(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置12524 H 30000参数免费接收。[10-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kai TV(测试)频道消失,设置12324 H 8400参数无效接收。[10-03]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,T Sports替换CH 9(CTH)频道,设置11669 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,T News、Fah Won Mai(CTH)频道新增,设置11628 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Smile(CTH)频道新增,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,News 1、TV 24、Wisdom(CTH)频道新增,设置11510 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月3日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CNN(亚太)频道消失,设置11747 L 21300参数无效接收。 [10月3日]


Russia to Launch New GLONASS Navigation System Satellite by Year End

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Russia_to_Launch_New_GLONASS_Navigation_System_Satellite_by_Year_End_999.html

Plesetsk has been the site of Russia's GLONASS satellite launches since February 26, 2011, when the first new generation GLONASS-K spacecraft was put into orbit by the Soyuz 2.1 medium-class carrier rocket.

A new model of the Russian GLONASS navigation system satellite will be launched at the end of this year, the JSC Information Satellite Systems, a leading Russian satellite manufacturing company, announced Wednesday.

"In November-December, 2014 we will launch the new GLONASS-K spacecraft. The launch is planned to be implemented from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome [in northern Russia] using a Soyuz 2.1b carrier rocket," Yury Vygonsky, deputy general designer for space systems development, general engineering and satellite control at JSC Information Satellite Systems, told journalists.

Vygonsky noted that in addition, three GLONASS-M satellites will be launched from the Baikonur space center in April-May, 2015.

"If the launches are successful, three more GLONASS-Ms will be launched at the end of 2015 using Proton rockets," Vygonsky said.

Plesetsk has been the site of Russia's GLONASS satellite launches since February 26, 2011, when the first new generation GLONASS-K spacecraft was put into orbit by the Soyuz 2.1 medium-class carrier rocket. Until that time, all GLONASS-K satellites were launched on Proton rockets from the Baikonur space center.

GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System), which was put into operation in 1993, is considered to be Russia's response to the American Global Positioning System (GPS). The network provides real-time positioning and speed data for surface, sea and airborne objects.

OpenView HD gets space on DStv satellite

From http://mybroadband.co.za/news/broadcasting/111118-openview-hd-gets-more-space-for-hd-channels.html

Platco Digital has acquired capacity on the IS-20 satellite

Platco Digital, operator of OpenView HD (OVHD) and sister company to E-tv, has taken over some of Sentech’s capacity on Intelsat’s IS-20 satellite, a spokesperson for the company has confirmed.

“We have a capacity leasing agreement with Sentech,” Platco boss Maxwell Nonge explained when asked how they acquired the capacity.

Sentech operates a free-to-view service similar to OVHD called Freevision, and IS-20 is the same satellite used by MultiChoice for its pay-TV service DStv.

OVHD currently uses a satellite in the same 5°E orbital slot as StarSat (formerly TopTV), while IS-20 sits at 68.5°E. Platco has signed a 15 year deal with SES for capacity on its SES-5 satellite at 5°E.

Asked whether this means that existing customers will have to get an additional dish, Nonge said that it won’t be necessary for its current clients to make any changes.

“The IS-20 opportunity allows us to offer OpenView HD services more widely, to households which already have an existing satellite dish, whether it is pointing at TopTV or DStv/Vivid [Freevision]. OpenView HD will continue to provide the same channel offering on SES-5,” Nonge said.

“The intention is that OpenView HD may include free-to-view channels which are already on IS-20, but are currently only available through other free-to-view services,” said Nonge.

UHD progressing faster than HD

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/02/uhd-progressing-faster-than-hd/

In an update of where Ultra-HD/4K is today, a study by IHS-Consumer Electronics & Video Technology says the technology has “hit the ground running, and is about 10 years ahead of where HD TV was just two years after standards ratification”.

But IHS also issues a warning saying that pay-TV broadcasters might not own the 4K opportunity. With Netflix already streaming 4K content, and Amazon Prime Instant Video’s due “imminently”, as well as the likes of Samsung and Sony bringing Ultra-HD content to owners of their high-end displays, such VoD suppliers might be the best way to distribute 4K content to – as yet – fragmented audiences.

Tom Morrod, IHS’ senior director, says that while the transition from Standard Definition to High Definition will have taken more than 20 years to get to a position where 74 per cent of Western European households have at least 1 HD-enabled TV set, Ultra-HD is making significantly better progress.

“Household penetration is steadily climbing up,” says Morrod, adding that it will already be commercially viable for broadcasters in 2015-16 (and a 3 per cent penetration rate) and “mainstream by 2019 with a 15 per cent penetration rate”.


The Wizzie TV mux on Intelsat 19 12557 H has encrypted (Conax)


"Wizzie TV is an Australian based company that provides IPTV predominantly to mining and off-shore accommodation villages, the hospitality sector and residential areas across Australia. Wizzie TV provides our clients with an alternative pay television solution. Privately owned and locally operated, Wizzie TV sources pay television content from across the world."

TVRI "TV Romania International" has left Globecast on D2 and moved to 12608 H Sr 22500 Vpid 2008 Apid 3008 MPG2

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Telstar 18 138.0°E 12401 V "MGM Channel Asia, Top TV, GTV K Channel, SET International, SET Taiwan, GTV Drama, Next TV News and Next TV Variety" have left .
Telstar 18 138.0°E 12660 V "Animax Taiwan, PTS 2 and Channel V China" have left .

Palapa D 113.0°E 12590 H "Rajawali TV has replaced Australia Plus TV Asia" on , Irdeto.

Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "Star World Philippines" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 3888 V "Big CBS Prime" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4073 H "IRIB 3" has started on Fta.

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东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,历史频道、MTV(斐济)等全在频道解密,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。[10-02]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1、SBS CNBC(韩国)等频道新增,设置12530 H 27489参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,TV Lao替换PSI(泰国)频道,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,3 HD On TPBS、Thai 8(泰国)等频道解密,设置3990 V 12000参数免费接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、海润剧集(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Star Plus、国家地理音乐(泰国)等4个频道加密,设置4000 H 30000参数有条件接收。[10-02]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Mahidol Channel(泰国)频道新增,设置12562 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,SkyChoice、RedChoice(韩国)等4个频道新增,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,886(韩国)频道新增,设置12670 V 26700参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Now Drama、Travel(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置12562 V 30000参数无效接收。 [10月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Toonami、SyFy(泰国)等4个频道新增,设置12645 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [10月2日]

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ICT ministry panel to handle Thaicom case

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/ICT-ministry-panel-to-handle-Thaicom-case-30244564.html

Information and Communica-tions Technology Minister Pornchai Rujiprapa said yesterday that his ministry would set up a committee under the Public-Private Joint Venture Act to continue to handle the legal issues involving Thaicom in the 2010 assets-seizure case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
A committee founded under the same law by the last government concluded that Thaicom's iPSTAR satellite was the back-up for the now-defunct Thaicom 3, and Shin Corp had to increase its share in its subsidiary Thaicom to the former level of 51 per cent from the present 40 per cent.


RS International Broadcasting and Sport Management, the holder of the broadcasting rights of the World Cup 2014 tournament, yesterday filed a criminal complaint against Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, claiming that it had been treated unfairly by the "must have" rule.

Under that rule, seven sport events must be broadcast only via free TV channels, including They are the Southeast Asian Games, Asean Para Games, Asian Games, Asian Para Games, Olympic Games, Paralympics and the Fifa World Cup Final.

The company also questions why, despite the must-have rule, the broadcasting committee has allowed TrueVisions to broadcast live the 17th Incheon Asian Games.

The broadcasting committee has approved TV Pool of Thailand to air the Asian Games on free TV channels and TrueVisions on its channel.

Chinese spy satellites ‘might threaten navy’

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2014/10/02/2003601085

OCEAN STEALTH:A remote sensing satellite launched by China last month is able to conduct ocean surveillance and collate satellite data to target ships at sea

China has launched new spy satellites that might further threaten Taiwanese warships in the case of a military clash, a US expert said.

“Beijing’s looming ability to overwhelm Taiwan’s combat ships is a key reason Washington must help Taipei to obtain submarines,” veteran military analyst Richard Fisher told the Taipei Times.

A Long March-48 rocket was used to launch the Yaogan-21 remote sensing satellite and the Tiantuo-2 experimental satellite on Sept. 8, it was reported this week by Jane’s Defence Weekly.

The rocket was fired from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

Officially, the satellites are supposed to be used for scientific experiments, natural resource surveys, estimating crop yields and disaster relief.

However, US experts believe the mission of these remote sensing satellites is ocean surveillance.

“The Yaogan-20 electronic intelligence satellite can indeed increase the People’s Liberation Army’s [PLA] ability to find and target large naval ships,” said Fisher, a senior fellow in Asian Military Affairs with Washington-based think tank the International Assessment and Strategy Center.

The PLA is now able to collate optical, radar and electronic signals intelligence (ELINT) satellite data to target ships at sea — capabilities that Russia and the US have had for many years, Fisher said.

“This constellation of satellites will allow the PLA to target Taiwan’s large ships with new anti-ship ballistic missiles in coordination with strike aircraft,” he said.

The satellites will enable Beijing to find Taiwan’s navy at sea and enable fighter planes to target the ships with missiles, he added.

News of the launch comes as the Ministry of National Defense announced that while Taipei still wants to buy new submarines from the US, continuing delays have caused the nation to initiate a program to build four diesel-electric attack submarines for a total budget of about NT$150 billion (US$4.9 billion).

“The nation will pursue both foreign procurement and domestic building plans in tandem,” ministry spokesman Major General David Lo (羅紹和) said.

“We welcome the US and other free, democratic counties to collaborate with us to advance our indigenous submarine-building program,” he said.

Even the most sophisticated and modern satellites have great difficulty locating submarines at sea, particularly if the vessels are in deep water.

Jane’s Defence Weekly said the latest Chinese satellite launch was one of a series to set up a grouping of spy vehicles that could detect surface ships’ radar emissions and determine their location through triangulation.

“Tiantuo-2 carries four video cameras capable of streaming real-time data on moving objects,” the magazine said.

It reported there was speculation the system would be capable of tracking objects on the Earth’s surface using real-time ground-controlled directional alignment of the cameras.

“This is the golden age for China’s space program,” senior analyst and China Project Manager for the Union of Concerned Scientists Gregory Kulacki said in a recent interview.

“China invests more in space. They have a younger, larger, more highly motivated cadre of space professionals focused on clear objectives,” Kulacki said.

Europe sat-nav launch glitch linked to frozen pipe

From http://www.space-travel.com/reports/Europe_sat-nav_launch_glitch_linked_to_frozen_pipe_999.html

A frozen fuel pipe in the upper stage of a Soyuz launcher likely caused the failure last month to place two European navigation satellites in orbit, a source close to the inquiry said Wednesday. Confirming a report in French daily Le Monde, the source said investigators suspect a pipe containing hydrazine fuel, used by the Fregat upper stage to drive the satellites to their orbital slots, had frozen during launch.

The hydrazine pipes are located near a pipe that circulates ultra-cold liquid helium, the source said.

The two satellites, launched from Europe's base in Kourou, French Guiana, were intended to be the first two fully operational satellites in the new-generation navigation system Galileo.

Two more satellites had been expected to be hoisted by the end of 2014, opening the way for a first phase of Galileo services in 2015, including applications for smartphones and in-car navigation and search-and-rescue location.

By 2017, according to the Galileo schedule, all 24 operational satellites would be in place.

Six backups would join the fleet by 2020, at which point the system would be fully operational.

Launched by a Russian-made Soyuz, the misplaced satellites should have been slotted into a circular orbit at an altitude of 23,500 kilometres (14,600 miles), inclined at 56 degrees to the equator.

Instead, they were placed in an useless elliptical orbit at a height of 17,000 kilometres (11,000 miles).

The failure adds to a catalogue of problems encountered by the 5.4-billion-euro ($7.2-billion) programme, designed to give the EU independence in satellite navigation from the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

Galileo, according to the project's defenders, will be more accurate and have a stronger signal, particularly in built-up areas, than its competitors.

HbbTV 2.0 test RFI

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/01/hbbtv-2-0-test-rfi/

The HbbTV Association, a global initiative dedicated to providing an open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has issued a Request For Information (RFI) soliciting members of the industry to comment on and register to receive a Request For Proposal (RFP) to be issued at a future date for the development of test material to be used for conformance testing of terminals implementing its upcoming HbbTV 2.0 specification.

The RFI is available on the HbbTV website hbbtv.org/pages/about_hbbtv/hbbtv-v2-test-suite-rfi and includes details of the upcoming work along with all information necessary to respond.

“Conformance testing of devices benefits the entire industry and accelerates the deployment of HbbTV 2.0 services globally”, says Dr. Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Association. “By opening the test material development process to include companies specialising in product testing, we hope to increase the overall understanding of HbbTV in the television industry”

Sky increases Roku investment

From http://advanced-television.com/2014/10/02/sky-increases-roku-investment/

Sky has made a further $0.7 million equity investment in OTT streaming platform Roku. This follows the total investments of $12.2 million made by Sky in Roku in July 2012 and May 2013, and is to provide financing for Roku’s operations and activities.

21st Century Fox, which holds a 39.14 per cent controlling stake in BSkyB, has also made a further equity investment in Roku, alongside Sky.


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Australia Shuts Down Its TV Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

M2 Telecommunications taking on Foxtel with Fetch TV offering

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The announcement:

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

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

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

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

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

Details for each announced operator’s transmissions follow:

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

Launched: June 27th 

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

Launched: May 1st

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

Launched: Launching October 1st

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

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

Launching: October 1st

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

Launching: November 15th

Source: press release

Space debris expert warns of increasing CubeSat collision risk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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