Intelsat 19 new screenshots of new TV Plus channels
TV 7 Avrupa
Channel One TV
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NSS 11 108.2E 12471 H "K Channel has replaced TeleNovela Channel" on , Conax.
NSS 11 108.2E 12591 H FTV, TTV, CTV, ERA News, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, ETTV News, ETTV Drama, ETTV Movie, ETTV Foreign Movie, Phoenix Chinese Channel, CCTV 1, Hunan TV, Zhejiang TV, Channel NewsAsia, NHK World TV, Zee TV Asia Pacific and Ten Cricket International on are now encrypted.
SES 7 108.2E 11510 H "EWTN Asia-Pacific, Diva Universal Philippines, Jack City, INC TV, UNTV, Light TV 33, Fox HD Philippines, Comedy Central Asia and Fox Action Movies Asia" have started on , MPEG-4, Videoguard.
Horizons 2 85.1E 11840 H "OTR" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta
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Yamal 202 49E 3743 L "REN TV" has left .
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Remote Australia looks for better satellite infrastructure
Healthcare providers, technical experts and Medicare Locals are currently working on a proposal for funding to improve telecommunications infrastructure in remote parts of Australia, with the aim of improving access to healthcare more quickly.
The proposal is being developed based on the outcomes of the Satellite and Telehealth Conference hosted by the Kimberley-Pilbara Medicare Local (KPML) in Broome in March.
The conference, which brought together delegates from Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, discussed ways to streamline and enhance satellite-based internet connections for primary, allied health and aged care in remote areas.
In advance of the federal government's planned launch of two long-term broadband satellites in 2015, the conference discussed how improvements could be made in the short-term, leading to a draft proposal for funding that is shortly to be submitted to government.
The conference brainstormed some of the technical issues facing remote areas and aimed to develop a replicable approach to satellite links in a region of over 4.8 million kilometres, or 62.3 per cent of Australia’s land mass.
“Technology can provide a huge benefit to healthcare provision in remote areas but there are still enormous challenges,” KPML chief executive officer Chris Pickett said. “The purpose of this event was for the first time to bring all providers together to look at the challenges and more importantly, the solutions and ultimate benefits to health provision through enhanced technology.”
The conference heard how limited or erratic access to the internet meant that new technologies in eHealth and telehealth were often unavailable, and how reliable satellite links would improve access to healthcare.
Puntukurnu Aboriginal Medical Services (PAMS), for example, has clinics in four remote central Western Australian desert communities Punmu, Jigalong, Parnngurr and Kunnawaritji with a new clinic recently opened in the mining township of Newman.
PAMS' chronic disease self-management co-ordinator, Megan Ewing, explained how despite the remoteness, it had rolled out commercial-grade satellite dishes and electronics in 2011, and had installed the MMEx electronic health record developed by the University of Western Australia.
During the implementation, each clinic had a satellite dish installed in arduous conditions by a small, dedicated team. PAMS admits that the installations are a bit crude, in that the satellite dishes on ground mounts are anchored by bags of quick-set cement, but that nonetheless, the installations had not yet missed a beat.
The satellite dishes and other equipment like a satellite modem had to be fitted into tailor-made travel boxes to fit the required size limit for the regular mail flight that visits the communities.
The boxes were designed this way so that when there were technical issues, the box could be easily unplugged and sent back to base on the mail flight, fixed then returned via the mail flight.
PAMS uses Anywhere Healthcare, managed by Medibank Health Solutions, for its telehealth provision.
“This is an excellent system for the community as there is no cost due to bulk billing,” Ms Ewing said.
PAMS has also implemented the web-based MMEx platform for shared care, she said. The indigenous people living in the region, the Martu, often travel between communities and to regional centres for healthcare by referral.
“Having an accessible health record facilitates cultural sensitivity for the Martu and without question is an eHealth risk management safety factor in the delivery of safe informed healthcare,” Ms Ewing said.
“Real-time eHealth shared care is paramount in the continuity of care for the Martu and is considered gold standard in risk management and best practice in the delivery of healthcare.”
She used the example of a Martu person from Jigalong who was visiting Kunawarritji on the Canning Stock Route who required medical treatment.
“The clinic nurse, who is usually a FIFO health professional, is able to access the patient’s health record and determine the patient’s medical history, the last event summary, their adverse and allergy status and the current medication list,” Ms Ewing said.
“The nurse is able to use the information to guide her clinical decision-making and consult the PAMS medical practitioner either in Newman or Jigalong if necessary. The consultation is documented as an entry to the patient’s MMEx eHealth record.”
Delegates to the conference identified a number of challenges most of them experience, especially those posed by geographical magnitude and its effect on access to hospitals, specialists and allied healthcare providers.
The effects of climatic conditions on satellites and technical equipment from cyclones, harsh temperatures in the deserts, sandstorms and violent storms during the wet season were also discussed.
Cost and speed are also major challenges. While many used different telehealth tools like Skype, Facetime, Lync and Scopia, they all agreed that the needs were the same.
Those needs were efficient and stable satellite communications and for increased speed and bandwidth to enable best practice and access in eHealth.
They also need more cost-efficient satellite connection contracts. Many health services are paying in excess of $1200 per month for services that cost about $60 per month in the cities.
The proposal for funding is expected to be released shortly.
NOAA’s GOES-13 Fails for the Second Time in Two Years
GOES-13 during processing at the Kenedy Space Center in 2005.
One of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) main weather satellite, GOES-13, experienced problems with its imaging equipment on late Tuesday, May 21.
The satellite, one of the most important for meteorologists forecasting weather formations on the eastern part of the United States and the tropical Atlantic Ocean, was temporarily backed by the GOES-15, which covers western U.S. GOES-15 was able to take full-disc images of the Earth but the result was not optimal; the images came back distorted, which would be a significant concern for forecasters and the public going into the Atlantic hurricane season.
NOAA engineers are working on repairing the GOES-13 imager via software updates, but were unsuccessful as of Wednesday midday. The administration is also working on activating the GOES-14 to help cover the eastern part of the country like they did in September 2012 when GOES-13 experienced a similar problem. Officials expect GOES-14 to be available early on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
If NOAA fails to repair GOES-13, there is an important concern on what could happen if GOES-14 were to fail. The options would be very limited, possibly extending to foreign satellite coverage.
Ecuador warns satellite could hit rocket remains
An Ecuadoran satellite launched last month could collide with the remains of a Russian rocket in the coming hours, the country's civilian space agency warned Wednesday.
The "Pegaso" (Pegasus) nanosatellite, designed and built in Ecuador, set off aboard an unmanned rocket April 25 from the Jiuquand station in northern China. It is the country's first.
"Alert: possible collision between NEE-01 Pegaso and Russian rocket remains," tweeted the country's civilian space agency, EXA.
"The collision can happen in the coming hours," said its director and Ecuador's first and only astronaut, Ronnie Nader.
Measuring just 10 by 10 by 75 centimeters (four by four by 30 inches), and weighing 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), Pegaso on Thursday transmitted its first live video with audio.
Last month's launch came amid much fanfare, including a live broadcast.
The South American country plans to send a second satellite into space from Russia in July.
BBC threatens BSkyB over retransmission fees
BBC is in talks with BSkyB about retransmission fees, with the BBC warning it could start charging the satellite broadcaster to transmit BBC channels if BskyC does not lower or cut its own fees, the Financial Times reported. BSkyB charges fees to the BBC and otherl public service broadcasters, including Channel 4 and Channel 5, to retransmit their television channels. The BBC pays about GBP 5 million per year while other public broadcasters together are thought to pay a GBP 5 million. The BBC now wants to discuss the cost of these retransmission fees. BSkyB said that there was huge value to the BBC to transmit its channels using its pay-TV service, which reaches more than 10 million homes. The satellite broadcaster added that the fees it charges were only about recouping costs. Executives from BSkyB are understood to be meeting Ed Vaizey, the culture minister, this week to discuss the issue. Vaizey previously called on BSkyB to axe its fees, stating that there is an "undoubted value that [public broadcasters] offer to satellite platforms and their viewers". But this year he warned that if the industry could not find a way "to stop imposing this cost on licence fee payers and PSBs, we will look at options for intervention". Discussions over the renewal of the BBC's licence fee from 2016 are expected to start next year.
Emirates Post issues iconic stamp to commemorate Yahsat's first satellite 'Y1A'
Emirates Post has issued a stamp to recognize the UAE's progressive achievement in the field of science and technology by commemorating Yahsat's first multipurpose satellite Y1A.
The satellite, a milestone for the nation, is designed to provide advanced satellite services to Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia.
"The launch of Y1A in April 2011 ranks as one of the greatest scientific achievements of the UAE, helping our nation take its place among the leading satellite providers in the region. In addition, the launch saw the UAE forging strong partnerships with the international community, bridging the gap between East and West," said Mr. Ibrahim Bin Karam, Chief Commercial Officer, Emirates Post Group.
"These stamps seek to preserve for posterity this unique feat, showcasing just how much can be achieved by the UAE and Yahsat with determination and passion."
Y1A is the region's first multipurpose communications satellite to offer Ka-band technology satellite solutions to government and commercial entities. It is the first of two satellites to have been launched by Yahsat, a private joint stock company fully owned by Mubadala, the investment arm of the Government of Abu Dhabiover the past two years.
"We are delighted that Emirates Post has chosen to document the UAE's first multi-purpose satellite, Y1A which offers Ka-band technology, the first of its kind in the region. Dedicated to providing satellite solutions to government and commercial entities across multiple markets including Europe, Middle East, Africa, Central and South West Asia, Y1A is a milestone achievement for the UAE. The commemorative representation of Y1A on UAE stamps highlights the nation's progressive achievement in the field of science and technology, a key pillar of Abu Dhabi's 2030 vision," stated Jassem Mohamed Al Zaabi, Yahsat Chairman.
Y1A, launched into orbit on April 23rd, 2011, from Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite orbits at an altitude of 36,000km above the equator and is located at 52.5E.
The length of the satellite is equivalent to almost five double decker buses and its height is 6 meters. The gross weight of Y1A is 6 metric tonnes and travels at roughly 9 times the speed of sound (1224 km/h). Y1A has a lifespan of 15 years.
ESPN inks multi-year distribution pact with Airtel TV
ESS currently has the television broadcast rights of an enviable list of leading sporting events across various categories.
ESPN Software India has signed a multi-year agreement with DTH arm of the leading telecom operator Bharti Airtel - Airtel Digital TV to enable distribution of the six primary channels of ESPN STAR Sports (ESS) in India - STAR Cricket, STAR Sports, STAR Sports 2, ESPN, STAR Cricket HD and ESPN HD on Airtel Digital TV. Sports fans can now enjoy the best of sporting content across a variety of premium genres like cricket, soccer, hockey, tennis, motor racing, golf et al. on Airtel Digital TV.
ESS currently has the television broadcast rights of an enviable list of leading sporting events across various categories. In cricket, ESS has broadcast rights of the International Cricket Council, BCCI international and domestic cricket, Cricket Australia, England and Wales Cricket Board and the Champions League T20.
In soccer, ESS holds broadcast rights for Barclays Premier League, Spanish La Liga, Italian Serie A, the English FA Cup and England international matches. In Motorsports, ESS has broadcast rights for F1 and Moto GP. In tennis, the sports broadcaster showcases Wimbledon and Australian Open besides the Men's ATP Tour/ ATP Masters series. In Golf, ESS showcases The Masters, The US Open, The Open Championship and the One Asia Tour.
Chinasat 11 arrived at 163E look for testing on Cband
Intelsat 19 KU update some changes in the Tv PLus service
Screenshots will be posted Thursday
Channel One TV is new FTA on TVplus. Persian language?
Sommet Sports has started broadcasting a test video loop (NZ dtt channel 114)
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Express AM3 140E 3467 R "TV Centr Dal'nii Vostok and OTR" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta. Perviy kanal, Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 2 are now Fta.
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NSS 6 95E 11172 V "Variety Two and Kids Song" have started on , MPEG-4, HD, Irdeto.
Yamal 300K 90E 11093 H "STS, Peretz and Telekanal Domashniy" are Fta
ChinaSat 12 ChinaSat 12 has arrived at 87.5 East, and got renamed from ChinaSat 15A.
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Satellite company NewSat eyes Adelaide for expansion at Mawson Lakes
AUSTRALIA'S most advanced commercial satellite developer has put South Australia at the heart of its ambitions outlining visions of engineers based at Mawson Lakes flying its constellation of satellites.
Under a $4 million expansion plan announced today, Victorian company NewSat has bought land adjacent to its existing premises at Mawson Lakes to double its presence, hoping to create up to 50 high-tech jobs over the next few years.
The company has won international funding, including from a US government agency, to launch its Jabiru-1 satellite by mid-2015.
The satellite is being built by global giant Lockheed Martin.
Jabiru 1 will be the principal provider of communications capacity for US military drones and surviellance services.
NewSat said South Australian jobs were likely to be created for people with a background in astro-physics, space science, nuclear physics and engineering.
Its Mawson Lakes site will provide on-ground support infrastructure for the Jabiru 1 satellite, including a number of large antennas on site.
These include a 15 metre Ka-band communications gateway, or dish, a satellite control facility and a customer support centre.
The investment will also include upgrades to power systems and generators and enhancements to security and equipment.
"The teleport expansion is integral to the growth of NewSat and its plans to launch a fleet of satellites," NewSat founder and CEO Adrian Ballintine said.
Jabiru-1 is being built at a cost of US$650 million and is expected to generate US$3 billion over its 15-year life span.
It will be the largest satellite in the world following its successful launch.
Project risks, including the satellite blowing up on the launch pad, had been mitigated by using the best in the business to build the satellite and then getting the world's first commercial space transportation company Arianespace to launch it.
A ramped up space program would also help customers feel more secure about their five-year contracts, Mr Ballintine said.
NewSat has plans to utilise all the eight orbital slots - or satellite parking spots - it owns in space, which can host between 12 and 20 satellites.
"In real estate terms, these are beachfront properties in the sky... they cover significantly underserviced areas... providing high-powered communications to meet the growing demands from government and enterprise sectors across the Middle East, Asia and Africa," said Mr Ballantine.
NewSat has shown dogged determination in winning funding and signing on key partners and today announced plans for four more satellites by 2017.
"Jabiru 2 will cover Australia, Jabiru 3 will look east across South China sea, Jabiru 4 over Africa and Jabiru 5 across South America... We have a very aggressive space program ahead of us."
Ka-Band is described as the highest level of frequency services available and preferable for most military communications.
NewSat has already won contracts with the US government for its military communications, including connectivity for US troops in Afghanistan with four annual checks of the Mawson Lakes facility.
NewSat is still to make any inroads into Australian military communications, but has made public its ambitions to corner that market.
NewSat also provides services to customers across mining, oil and gas, construction, carrier grade telecommunications, disaster recovery and media sectors.
All of the offshore oil rigs that service Australia are being provided communications from NewSat.
NewSat owns and operates two Australian-based teleports in Adelaide and Perth - also to be expanded to a lesser extent - that provide services and satellite connectivity to more than 75 per cent of the globe.
The US military has ranked Adelaide among the top-five most secure sites - of the 1700 teleport sites in the world - due to its geological and political stability, Mr Ballintine said.
He ruled out any security risk to residents from any targeted attacks.
HOW WILL IT WORK:
A US soldier will be able to communicate with loved ones through the Adelaide teleport and Jabiru-1 satellite. The communication signal travels from the soldier's laptop to the remote satellite dish nearby, then up to the Jabiru-1 satellite and down to the Adelaide teleport.The signal will then travel through domestic fibre to Sydney, pass via the Southern Cross undersea fibre cable to the USA, then through domestic fibre/wireless to the loved one's computer.
TopTV suffers backlash over adult content
On Digital Media broadcasts as TopTV and is in the process of being bought by China’s StarTimes media group. However TopTV is suffering a major backlash from South African consumers and religious leaders. TopTV last month won approval from South Africa’s ICASA media regulator to start carrying ‘adult’ TV channels from Playboy and others. The channels can transmit between 8pm-5am.
The approval for the X-rated channels immediately sparked the anger of the South Africa’s Muslim Judicial Council (MJC), which described it as “inconsistent”. Nabeweya Mallick, spokesperson for the MJC, said the council was “disappointed”, at ICASA’s insensitivity to the rights of tastes of religious and race groups and cultures. “We feel they have really failed the standards set by ICASA. If one is sensitive to the rights of these groups… what about the rights of women?” she questioned. The justification for allowing this to take place was “inadequate”, as TopTV stated that the only complaints and submission they received were on moral grounds. “Every ruling by most of the regulators including ICASA as well as the Ombudsman looks at moral dimensions as well as evidential dimensions,” she said.
Also irritated by the approval are Christian groups, which have threatened to boycott Top TV since the announcement of its intention to broadcast pornography. About six Christian organisations have affiliated themselves with the boycott, including the Evangelical Alliance of South Africa and the Methodist Church of South Africa, the Apostolic Faith Mission of SA, Assemblies of God of SA, the Baptist Union of SA, the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference and Church of England in SA are among the churches that joined the boycott.
The Family Policy Initiative, which favours religious commitment, also backs the boycott. “We believe that this is more relative to political expediency than what is happening in our nation. As a result the only recourse we have is to intensify the nationwide boycott. We are calling on all South Africans to cancel their TopTV subscription immediately,” stressed a spokesman.
Liberty puts Chello on block
Liberty Global Inc has put its Chellomedia television-channel business up for sale, in a move that it hopes could net between $800 million and $1 billion, reports the WSJ.
Chellomedia is Liberty Global’s content division, producing and distributing TV channels in a variety of genres including sports, movies and cooking to roughly 390 million households world-wide. Liberty Global is in talks with a handful of potential bidders, according to reports. It is possible the talks could lead to a partial or full sale, or a joint venture.
Chellomedia’s reach in Eastern Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world with strong growth potential is attractive. The company owns 48 of its 68 channels and has joint ventures for the remainder.
Liberty Global seems to have to decided to unload the business as it accounts for a small portion of the company’s roughly $10 billion in annual revenue derived mainly from cable-networks where it wants to concentrate its fire.
Chellomedia’s revenue last year was $514 million, from sales to Liberty Global operators as well as third parties.
Can Ultra-HD TVs avoid the fate of 3D sets?
TV panel makers are betting on a high rate of growth for Ultra-High Definition (UHD) LCD TVs during the next four years. These companies expect to ship nearly 943,000 UHD LCD panels this year, up from less than 33,000 units in 2012, according to IHS. The next two years will see shipments ramp up even more quickly to 7.1 million units in 2015, on their way to reaching 20.8 million units by 2017.
The total rises much higher when including a type of lower-priced, lower-specification product labelled “UHD Ready,” panels, which mainly target the Chinese market. Suppliers collectively plan to ship as many as 4 million UHD Ready panels this year alone.
But with such lofty targets, is the TV market setting itself up for failure once again?
“A few years ago, 3D TV came onto the market with tremendous hype and promise to transform how people watch television,” said Sweta Dash, senior director of display research and strategy at IHS. “This promise never came to fruition. Instead, faced with a lack of content, high pricing and inconvenient technology, 3D never emerged from a niche status a situation that continues today.”
Many now predict the same fate for UHD television.
“However, having learned from past mistakes, TV suppliers are gearing up to make UHD TV a success, determined not to repeat the mistakes they made with 3D. However, the level of consumer demand for UHD is still not clear. Lower yields, higher costs, slower TV sales, lack of content and delays in production all will lead to lower shipments than many in the industry expect.”
When 3D debuted, brands touted the technology as a fundamental shift on the scale of moving to color from black-and-white. It also provided hope for brands to differentiate their products, to gain a competitive advantage and to increase profitability.
However, the reality of 3D TV did not meet these high expectations. The poor adoption rate of 3D was a wake-up call for major TV brands, forcing them to shift strategy away from focusing on selling 3D TV sets to selling 3-D TV capability as an added feature.
Brands also learned they could not charge a price premium for 3D. This changed the adoption rate, and by the end of 2012, only about 20 per cent of all LCD TVs sold had 3D capability, according to IHS.
The market for -D TVs faced three major obstacles when it launched: content, price and technology. Even with 3D popular in cinema thanks to movies such as “Avatar,” there was simply not enough 3D content for televisions. 3D TV also doubled the price premium of regular sets, and in perhaps the most significant obstacle of all, required consumers to change their viewing behavior by wearing a pair of glasses. For all these reasons, 3D adoption stalled.
Many believe that UHD will suffer a similar fate because like 3D, the format lacks television content, and introductory prices are very high.
Still, there are some major differences.
First, UHD TV does not require any change in consumer behaviour, as there is no need to wear glasses. UHD TV also provides greater depth to picture quality, giving a more immersive experience. And with upscaling technology, consumers can see better picture quality even when watching FHD content.
Learning from past experience, many TV brands are actively working to provide UHD content, either through upscaling or through the creation of proprietary UHD content. Already, Japan has plans to begin UHD broadcasting as soon as 2014, two years earlier than originally planned. Also, 4K cameras and camcorders are now on the market, enabling creation of 4K content. Movies in 4K are likewise starting to show up.
The increased focus on UHD LCD TVs comes in part from delays in commercialisation for organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TVs, an advanced technology that has encountered various challenges in manufacturing. As UHD is now taking over for the meantime, panel suppliers and brands are working aggressively to reduce prices, with lower-cost UHD TV sets expected later this year, mostly in sizes from 50-inch to 100-inch.
Availability of low-end UHD LCD TV panels from suppliers, especially from Taiwan, may also help trigger UHD market growth, particularly in China. Some brands are already planning to introduce a 50-inch UHD TV in China at a $2,000 price point.
But even with lower prices, UHD TV quality has to be accepted by consumers For long-term sustainable growth to occur, the quality of UHD TV must be deemed acceptable by consumers to justify the switch.
Top panel suppliers such as Samsung, LG Display, AUO and Innolux are all introducing UHD TV panels, with TV brands like Sony, Sharp, Samsung, LG Electronics, Vizio and many Chinese names planning to launch their own offerings later this year. The variety of products available, as well as the different price points and sizes for the sets, will help increase adoption rates, IHS believes.
On the technological front, oxide thin-film transistor (TFT) is considered to be a superior technology compared to conventional amorphous TFT LCD for achieving higher-resolution products. But oxide TFT faces challenges in capacity and yield issues, whereas panel suppliers have been able to offer lower-cost UHD panels produced from conventional amorphous TFT LCD.
Sommet Sports will start broadcasting test transmissions 12pm Wednesday
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Robot increases GPS accuracy
A new robot will aid smartphones and other devices to calculate their exact location to millimetres.
Smartphone owners will be able to pinpoint their locations with much greater accuracy in the next decade courtesy of a new robot that could also help the development of global positioning system (GPS) driven cars.
The new robot system designed to be able to measure changes in the Australian continent's crust with sub-millimetre precision was launched by Science and Research Minister Don Farrell in Canberra on Monday.
The global navigation satellite system (GNSS) robotic antenna calibration facility, which consists of two outdoor robots at a cost of $1 million, will improve the accuracy, quality and consistency of GPS data for Australians.
"You will be able to find your position on your smartphones at a very significantly more accurate position than you are capable at the moment," Senator Farrell said.
It is also expected to provide valuable economic benefits through positioning applications for mining and industry and address demand for greater accuracy in scientific areas like earthquake hazard mapping.
Geoscience Australia leader of national geodesy John Dawson and his team worked on the project for two years to improve the satellite positioning technologies.
Dr Dawson said it would benefit companies in resource exploration and mining, construction, land survey and, in the longer term, the wider community.
"Over the next decade we will see things like intelligent transport cars start to be driven by GPS and other infrastructure, and other applications where precise positioning becomes important," Dr Dawson told AAP on Monday.
The facility is one of only three in the world, with the other two in Washington in the United States and Hannover in Germany.
The facility is part of the Australian Geophysical Observation System (AGOS), and will improve the sensitivity of the information from 200 receivers and antennae around Australia.
Russia, France Planning 7 Kourou Launches by 2015
MOSCOW Russia and France will carry out seven Soyuz-ST carrier rocket launches from the Kourou space center in French Guiana by the end of 2014, Russia’s Federal Space Agency Roscosmos said.
Roscosmos head Vladimir Popovkin and President of France’s Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall reaffirmed the launch schedule under the 2008 contract between Roscosmos and French space company Arianespace during a meeting in Moscow on Friday.
“The partners are planning to launch four Soyuz carrier rockets from the space center in French Guiana this year and three in 2014,” Roscosmos spokesperson Anna Vedishcheva said.
The Kourou launch site is intended mainly for the launch of geostationary satellites. Its proximity to the Equator enables the Soyuz-ST to put into orbit heavier satellites than those launched from Baikonur in Kazakhstan and Plesetsk in northern Russia.
Roscosmos and French satellite launch firm Arianespace signed a contract in 2008 to launch 10 Russian Soyuz-ST carrier rockets from Kourou.
The first launch was carried out in October 2011 placing two satellites of the Galileo global navigation satellite system (GNSS) in orbit.
The second launch orbited six satellites, including Europe’s dual-purpose observation satellite Pleiades 1B, in December 2011.
The third launch delivered two more Galileo satellites in orbit in October 2012.
The Soyuz-ST is a modification of the three-stage Soyuz-2 rocket with a Fregat upper stage adapted for launch in high heat and humidity prevalent at Kourou facility.
Intelsat: “Impossible to become profitable”
Owen D Kurtin, a highly regarded satellite business observer from the law firm Kurtin PLLC, has suggested Intelsat is burdened down by huge levels of debt which makes it “all but impossible for the company to become profitable.”
Intelsat is the largest satellite operator in the world and mounted an IPO in April that raised $328 million after fees and expenses, plus a further $143 million in the form of new non-voting preference shares. In all, Intelsat is now valued at about $1.85 billion. That sounds a lot of money, but Intelsat had previously spoken of raising around $1.75 billion in the IPO.
The problem is that Intelsat has a massive $15.8 billion in long-term debt (mainly tied up in borrowings to buy satellites). And that debt needs servicing. Intelsat’s annual revenues are around $2.6 billion, and its operating margins are excellent, but the satellite operator is typically paying out around $1 billion a year in interest.
Kurtin writes in an article in for Satellite Today that: “For a long time, the IPO was assumed to be the eventual magic exit from the debt load, but with a new valuation lower than annual revenues and a debt burden eight times that valuation, it is clear that the public market did not want to be the person left standing when the music stopped; the IPO was not the solution. The only possibility now would seem to be a restructuring, perhaps in the course of an acquisition. If not, Intelsat will go on operating and paying 40 percent of its revenues in interest.”
Arabsat confirms 44.5 deg E.
Arabsat has leased an aging satellite from Telesat of Canada and placed its at the 44.5 degrees East orbital slot where it will be a place-holder until Arabsat can free up one of their fleet. Arabsat is launching 4 new satellites over the next 3 years.
Arabsat’s CEO Khalid Balkheyour, speaking exclusively to Inside Satellite TV, said the new location was an important part of Arabsat’s expansion plan. “We finally obtained registration with the ITU for the 44.5 deg East location where we have formal filings for the BSS spectrum. The ITU rules require operators to bring their filings into use so we have leased a satellite in April from our good friends at Telesat. We have good filings in other spectrum which we will also bring into use.”
Balkheyour explained that this was a new spot that Arabsat was extremely serious about. “We will be promoting this for sale and lease, and our comprehensive plan also calls for us to launch our 6A satellite to 30.5 degrees, and to replace and enhance HellasSat [at 39 degrees East] where our acquisition has now closed. There is also a plan to build a third satellite [for 44.5] provided we identify a hosted payload partner [with an Arabsat signatory partner for governmental use]. The hosted payload partner is key to the financing of a third satellite at the position.”
“44.5 gives us a beautiful coverage, for the whole of the MENA region, plus Africa and probably as far as Pakistan.” Balkheyour also admitted that Arabsat is open to other acquisitions, and further fleet expansion. “We have new orbital positions and might see other opportunities out there as long as they make sense and enhance the fleet. They take time and effort, but we have an appetite to grow.”
“The HellasSat deal is teaching us new lessons. Most people might think that doing the deal, after all the hard work of negotiations and due diligence, was hard enough but that the deal’s closure would be the end of the hard work. Not so. We knew there would be a post-acquisition phase, where we would have to concentrate on teasing out the various synergies that we want. We are hiring a consultant to help us through this next phase, and to make sure that we can sell their capacity and they sell ours. The process extends right through HellasSat and Arabsat, where we need to establish good working practices between us both, and how best to achieve them.”
“We are now actively talking with both teams as to the shape and potential for HellasSat 3 and we hope to finalise these discussions into an RFP once we are clear as to spectrum rights and so forth, and how HellasSat 3 can also fit into our Arabsat expansion plans. WE are hoping to finalise this later this summer, and to then order a satellite for delivery and launch probably in 2016,” said Balkheyour. “This will be around 18 months ahead of HellasSat 2’s end of life.”
Referring to the long-running 25.5/26 degree East orbital dispute with Eutelsat (and its Qatari partners in Es’Hail Sat) Balkheyour joked that he hoped that the dispute would be resolved in his lifetime! “It is a disappointment. There has been absolutely no progress since Washington [the Satellite 3013 show in mid-March]. Operationally we are respecting each other, but as yet there’s no formal agreement which we can then jointly present to the ITU. Eutelsat and Arabsat need to agree on the FSS situation, but it seems Eutelsat is now looking to widen the scope of the planned agreement. I am keen that we wrap up the FSS agreement after which we can happily talk about other matters such as other coordination issues. There is nothing on the horizon.”
One of the problems seems to be that Eutelsat elevated its complaints via the formal French licensing/regulatory body (ANFR) which has raised the matter via its opposite numbers in the other nations concerned. This has complicated the process as far as Arabsat is concerned. “This is now in the hands of the politicians and civil servants, and outside our control. Because of this it means that many of regulatory bodies are now involved, including the ITU of course. But I want to see the core FSS issues resolved. We can then move onto other matters, but let us take it step by step.”
Boeing Ships 6th Wideband Global SATCOM Satellite for Launch
Boeing [NYSE: BA] is progressing with the expansion of the U.S Defense Department's highest capacity communications satellite constellation, recently shipping its sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) satellite, pictured here in the company's El Segundo facility, for a scheduled launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla., later this year.
Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Air Force on WGS-6, the Australian Defence Force will have global access to the WGS on-orbit constellation.
This is the second WGS satellite Boeing has delivered for launch this year. WGS-5 is ready to launch on May 22.
WGS-6 will undergo tests, fueling and integration in Titusville, Fla., before being launched. Once in service, the satellite will expand bandwidth capacity, coverage and flexibility for American and allied military forces.
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Telecom NZ stays mum on online TV plans
Telecom is keeping its powder dry on its plans for internet television and revealed little about what entertainment services could be in the pipeline during its strategy update to investors.
New Zealand's largest internet provider held a briefing on Thursday to outline how it would move from a "traditional fixed and mobile infrastructure company" to a "future-orientated, competitive provider".
Reporters were not permitted to attend the event but could view slides of presentations given by Telecom executives that were released to the market.
One presentation was given by Rod Snodgrass, who is heading the newly formed Digital Ventures team at Telecom. This unit is charged with developing new services and revenue streams for the company.
The slides from Snodgrass' presentation detailed a number of new services Telecom is exploring, such as a mobile wallet system that allows users to pay at the counter using their phone.
While video and media services were mentioned during this presentation, Telecom chief executive Simon Moutter told the Herald on Thursday evening that not much detail was given about them.
Although Moutter said Telecom had indicated these types of media services were something it would have a good look at, he did not imagine the company would emerge as a competitor with the big "TV players in New Zealand".
Video and internet television are seen by the Commerce Commission and Government as being a key driver of uptake of ultra-fast broadband, which Telecom began selling at the end of March.
Sky's game of chicken with league sign of the times
Late-night league games do not work for free-to-air TV because audiences are too small to attract advertisers. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Sky Television has played brinksman before.
But there was something shocking about the game of chicken it played to secure television rights to the 2013 New Zealand NRL rugby league competition.
Sky says it secured a much lower price than was being sought - believed to be $11 million below the $25 million asking price.
And Sky chief executive John Fellet is clear that Sky was prepared to drop one of its three big sports.
He acknowledged thousands of league followers might have ditched Sky had it dropped one of its key sports. But he says Sky calculated it would be worse off if it paid what league wanted to keep subscribers.
That is business and Sky pulled it off, picking up the rights just 24 hours before the start of the season. But it signals the approach in a market where each sport has to pay its own way. Nothing is too precious to lose if it hurts the bottom line.
Admittedly, Fellet could have felt confident knowing free-to-air channels such as TVNZ were never going to bid. Late-night league does not work on free-to-air TV because audiences are too small to attract advertisers. And with its pay TV monopoly there was no alternative pay operator to pick up rights.
Indications are that after years of steady growth, Sky subscriber numbers are starting to plateau and it is moving from a growth stock to a utility, analysts say.
Beyond that the pay television market is going through rapid change.
The convergence of the internet with television is leading to more video-on-demand. People are shifting away from linear channels, to picking and choosing the content they like from the internet. John Fellet insists Sky is introducing more on demand but there appears to be no rush.
Telcos are at the centre of the shift to video-on-demand. But in this country Telecom, and especially Vodafone, are hand in glove with Sky. Vodafone has bought the assets of TelstraClear, including the Saturn cable TV network, so is the best placed to develop an independent television offering. But chief executive Russell Stanners has no interest in television and has a strong rapport with Fellet. TVNZ has been tethered as a partner with Sky in the low-cost option Igloo.
Sky justifies its huge content rights and an absence of scrutiny or regulation, saying that competitor online entertainment services such as United States firms Netflix or Hulu will come to New Zealand.
Few in the industry expect that to be the case, with the New Zealand market too small to attract them. However, Fellet insists Netflix has been looking at a joint venture with Sky in New Zealand.
One brave player
Quickflix is in advanced talks to obtain rights to sell whole series of hit American television shows. The Australian firm has suffered financial upheavals recently and has issues rebuilding its brand in this country over its lack of film titles. But it does offer competition in the pay TV market.
The new fibre-optic network will be a new home for digitally delivered entertainment. But with Sky's control of content there are few signs yet that there will be enough unique content to encourage new entertainment services that overseas have played a key role in the uptake of UFB.
A year-long Commerce Commission investigation of Sky TV contracts with telcos and internet service providers is expected to report within two months. Allegations are that Sky's dominance of content rights has allowed it to deliver contracts with onerous requirements on other pay TV services including demanding that they cannot obtain content from outside Sky.
The National Party has actively backed Sky TV over its critics and has killed proposals to regulate the pay television industry. Labour also ignored Sky's dominance for many years.
But Labour spokeswoman Clare Curran intends to establish a joint regulator for the converged telecommunications and TV industries - a proposal which would regulate Sky.
AETN to launch two channels in Southeast Asia
MUMBAI: AETN All Asia Networks has announced that female targeted channel Lifetime and infotainment channel H2 will launch across Southeast Asia on 14 June.
AAA Networks has secured broad carriage in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong and Macau on StarHub TV, True Visions, PCCW's now TV, and Macau Cable TV respectively.
Lifetime is a female-focussed network that aims to offer shows that are contemporary, bold, vibrant and relevant. The network offers original movies, scripted dramas and unscripted programming.
For the Asia launch, Lifetime premieres include 'Liz and Dick', starring Lindsay Lohan and Grant Bowler; 'Ring of Fire', with singer/songwriter Jewel; 'Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story', starring Eric McCormack; and 'Sworn to Silence', featuring Neve Campbell.
Dramas 'The Client List', starring and executive produced by Jennifer Love Hewitt, and 'Unforgettable', featuring Poppy Montgomery will also make their Asia premieres on the network. Lifetime's unscripted slate includes the reality series 'MasterChef Australia' (Season 4) and 'Dance Moms'.
Infotainment channel 'H2' aims to dig deeper into the stories and events of history, providing audiences with more to explore, more to reveal and more to know. H2 covers military, ancient, modern and natural history, as well as science and technology. Through its mix of exclusive programming and original H2 commissions, the channel will cater to the upscale audience, the passionate military history fan, and knowledge seekers who want to know more. Series include 'Mankind Decoded', 'How Sex Changed the World', and 'America's Secret Slang'.
A+E Networks MD Asia Pacific Alan Hodges said, "Now with five world-renowned brands here in Asia, A+E Networks can offer even more value to our viewers and affiliate and advertising partners. Lifetime further extends our bouquet offering in the general entertainment space, while H2 deepens the factual experience for knowledge-lovers."
Korea celebrates anniversary of Arirang satellite launch
Despite traveling faster than 7 kilometers per second at nearly 700 kilometers above the planet's surface, Korea's Arirang-3 satellite managed to capture these photos of the Dokdo Islets with breath-taking detail.
These aerial views of the destruction caused by last month's massive earthquake in Sichuan, China were also captured by the multi-purpose satellite.
These are just some of the 20-thousand high-resolution images released by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute to commemorate the Arirang-3's first year in orbit since being launched into space one year ago today.
"We've achieved initial standard operations and now the satellite is orbiting the Earth 15 times per day. We are distributing the images to the Korean people and to people around the world."
The state-of-the-art piece of space technology is Korea's first sub-meter satellite, making it the fourth country with that observation power.
The on-board electro-optical cameras are so accurate that they can distinguish objects on the ground as small as 70 centimeters in radius.
But it's just the beginning for Korea's commercial aerospace industry.
Plans are underway to launch the Arirang-5 satellite by the end of this year, which will have the advantage of piercing through cloudy skies and dark nights, while the infrared-capable Arirang-3A is set to launch in the first half of next year.
It's an ambitious timetable, as officials hope to promote exports of Korea's satellite technology.
"With regard to the planned Arirang [satellite] series, development of the mark 6 has already started with the mark 7 planned to be used thereafter. I believe that this world-class satellite technology will help Korea establish a foothold in the global satellite market."
The global earth observation market for satellite-based imagery is estimated at more than 1.4 billion U.S. dollars, and Korea is positioning itself to be strategic powerhouse in the emerging space industry.
Pakistan adopts Chinese rival GPS satellite system
Pakistan is set to become the fifth Asian country to use China's domestic satellite navigation system which was launched as a rival to the US global positioning system, a report said Saturday.
The Beidou, or Compass, system started providing services to civilians in the region in December and is expected to provide global coverage by 2020. It also has military applications.
Thailand, China, Laos and Brunei already use the Chinese system, which currently consists of 16 operational satellites, with 30 more due to join the system, according to English-language China Daily.
Huang Lei, international business director of BDStar Navigation, which promotes Beidou, told the newspaper the company would build a network of stations in Pakistan to enhance the location accuracy of Beidou.
He said building the network would cost tens of millions of dollars.
American website Defensenews.com reported early May that Pakistani military experts were in favour of using the Chinese system, even though the availability of the signal could not be guaranteed in case of conflict.
But according to one of them, Pakistan cannot place its trust in the United States.
"Pakistan's armed forces cannot rely on US GPS because of its questionable availability during a conflict that has overtones of nuclear escalation," former Pakistan Air Force pilot Kaiser Tufail told the site.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang travels next week to Pakistan, a long time ally, after a visit to India.
'No commercials' TV channel starts broadcast in Russia
Moscow, May 19 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia's Public Television, which will be governed by the public rather than by the state or the channel owners and which will not run any commercials, Sunday started its broadcast. It offers viewers news, films, entertainment and cognitive programmes.
The new TV channel is to become accessible free of charge in the networks of all operators of cable, satellite and IP-television.
The TV channel can also be watched by accessing its website at otr-online.ru.
The idea of setting up public television in Russia whose policy would be governed by the public rather than by the state or the channel owners was put forward by then-president Dmitry Medvedev in December 2011.
Medvedev's proposal came shortly after street protests erupted in Moscow against alleged fraud during the Dec 4, 2011, parliamentary polls and their coverage in the state-owned media.
Federal television channels did not include news on the protests in their programmes.
Most of Russia's central television channels are currently owned and controlled by the state.
Medvedev said at the time the new television would employ all the latest information technologies and make the Russian media market more competitive and interesting.
Public TV, known in Russian as OTV, will be funded by the government and later with private donations and will be headed by Anatoly Lysenko, 76, a veteran Soviet/Russian TV journalist and manager.
YouTube announces direct live-streaming
MUMBAI: Forever now users who have desired to live broadcast to YouTube had to go the extra mile and stumble through many hurdles. There is some respite now from YouTube as they announced that channels with over 1,000 subscribers can now apply for live-streaming from their webcam or network connected video camera.
Earlier, users had to rely on Google+ and create a "Hangouts on Air" session while at the same time ensuring their respective YouTube account was synced, to add to other hurdles.
If an account qualifies, it will have an "enable" button to sign-up. According to the YouTube Creators page, the account will be ready for live-streaming in the following weeks after sign-up. Then YouTube will transcode and broadcast the supplied signal in real-time to the user's YouTube channel.
Other features available include inserting ads & closed-captioning, multiple camera-switching, and the ability for viewers to pause, fast-forward and rewind, depending on when they start watching.
YouTube will automatically adjust the quality to make sure the user content is available live from any device. This puts YouTube right in the game with names like Ustream and Livestream, provided the channel has "the juice".
TNT, TBS to offer live streaming 24/7
MUMBAI: US media conglomerate Time Warner has announced that its cable networks TBS and TNT are about to become the first entertainment networks in the US to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms 24/7, including through the networks' websites and a pair of newly created Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps. The announcement was made during TNT and TBS' annual Upfront presentation in New York.
Live streaming the company adds is the latest phase in the rollout of TV Everywhere, the industry-wide initiative that gives subscribers to cable, satellite and telco video services access to more of their favorite shows across a wide range of digital platforms.
Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin said, "Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live - anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices. Tablets and smartphones become television sets, bringing new opportunities for us and for advertisers"
TNT and TBS will begin their live streaming just as both networks are in the midst of the their summer programming, which for TNT includes returning series 'Rizzoli and Isles', 'Falling Skies', 'Major Crimes'. TBS' summer lineup includes the second season of the sitcom 'Sullivan and Son' and the new series 'Deon Cole's Black Box' and 'Deal With It'. Also available through live streaming will be TNT's coverage of the NBA; TBS's regular-season and playoff coverage of Major League Baseball; and both network's coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
FilmOn.com’s free football withdrawal symptoms remedy
Following the conclusion of the 2012-13 English Premier League football season, Internet TV service FilmOn.com is offering fans of ‘the Beautiful Game’ the chance to combat withdrawal symptoms before next season gets under way.
The service’s Internet football channel is offering a packed schedule of Premier League archive games that are all available via PC or smartphone every day for free.
FilmOn Football has declared Wednesday May 22 to Tuesday June 4 as ‘Big Four Fortnight’ during which time the channel will show archive highlights of great games plus player profiles of the Premier League’s top four teams: Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal.
FilmOn is licensed to show hundreds of hours of Premier League and Football Association archive games and special features. There are Greatest Games, Greatest Goals, Greatest Players from at least one of the big four teams every day. In addition to ‘Big Four’ games, there is also a full schedule of games featuring other clubs.
FilmOn CEO Alki David said: “If you miss this, you’ll be as sick as parrot! Our free football content is a must for everybody who misses footie during the close season.”
India’s First Navigational Satellite IRNSS -1A to be Launched in June
The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-1A (IRNSS -1A), India's first navigational satellite, is set to be launched from Sriharikota spaceport at 1.01 am on 12 June, 2013.
The IRNSS -1A, which is expected to be launched from a home-grown rocket, PSLV-C22 XL, will provide terrestrial, aerial and marine navigation services and will help in disaster and fleet management.
Sources from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said that the launch window will be open from June 10 to June 15.
Once launched, the 1425 kg IRNSS-1 will be tested in its orbit for a period of three to four months and have a life span of ten years. The ISRO has planned to have a constellation of seven satellites of its kind under IRNSS by 2014-15.
According to ISRO, IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position accuracy better than 10m over India and the region extending about 1500 kms around India. It will provide an accurate real time Position, Navigation and Time (PNT) services to users on a variety of platforms with 24x7 service availability under all weather conditions.
IRNSS will offer two services Standard Positioning Service (SPS) and Restricted Service (RS) with encryption, according to Space Applications Centre, ISRO. The fully deployed IRNSS system consist of 3 satellites in GEO orbit and 4 satellites in GSO orbit, approximately 36,000 km altitude above earth surface. Each satellite is configured around I1K bus and is continuously monitored and maintained by ground segment.
Star boosts English portfolio with Star Movies Action launch on 2 June
MUMBAI: As digitisation spreads, Star India is looking to boost its portfolio of English channels. It will launch a new channel Star Movies Action on 2 June. This replaces Fox Action Movies which stopped airing on 11 May.
The new channel targets males in the age group 15-35 years from SEC A and B. One big difference is that while Fox Action Movies mainly focused on martial arts, Star Movies Action will cover a broader spread within the action genre.
It will have 300 titles exclusive to it that will not air on Star Movies. Star has first output rights to the library of Fox, Universal and Disney. The Universal deal was struck last year and films from that studio started airing on Star Movies from 1 January this year. The broadcaster also has a second run output deal with Sony.
Star India business head- English channels Kevin Vaz said, "Action is the most consumable and popular genre in the English movie category in India. Action thrillers are the best rated amongst English movies, as they cut all barriers of language with their universally captivating action styles and are therefore highly viewed across all sections of society."
"With Star Movies Action, our objective is to cater to the growing demand for this genre by bringing the best of Hollywood action titles and fill the existing gap in the category. Moreover, we promise a lot of exciting engagement opportunities for our viewers which would further strengthen the channel's position in the English entertainment category in the country," Vaz added.
In the first month there will be three premieres 'Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter', the Jackie Chan starrer 'Chinese Zodiac' and sequel of the 'Taken' franchise 'Taken 2'.
There will be a 360 degree campaign to create buzz for the launch. Ads on TV will air across the Star network. There will also be promotion on print, cable and DTH platforms.
The broadcaster has also roped in rock group Pentagram who has composed an anthem- 'A Hero Will Rise'. A social media plan has also been developed to use the mediums of Facebook and Twitter to connect with the audiences.
Moreover an interactive video that resembles the spirit of Star Movies Action can be seen on the site.
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Sport arrives on Freeview
Aussie rules highlights will be screened on the Sommet Sports channel that kicks off on Freeview today. Photo / Getty Images
Freeview sports channel Sommet Sports has a soft launch today on channel 14, offering a hint of competition for sports viewers.
But it will be a long time before it scratches Sky Sports' dominance, let alone makes a dent.
Sports fans would love a free- to-air alternative to Sky, but Sommet spokesman Andrew Reeves said the channel would not be trying to compete on mass-appeal sports with Sky, which was "in a different league".
Programming on the Freeview channel 14 includes sports magazine shows and a package of AFL (Aussie rules) highlights.
Sky TV is increasingly playing hard ball when bidding for rights, to the point it risked losing the NRL.
Eventually its brinksmanship with its bid paid off and it saved millions, but it has also made it clear the bottom line will supersede any vague obligation to keep customers happy.
Motorcycle racing fans were furious when Sky opted out of bidding for the MotoGP competition, arguing that it did not have a mass following.
Meanwhile, Igloo TV general manager David Joyce has corrected what he said was a misapprehension that Igloo would block free Sommet broadcasts from its pay TV platform.
Other free channels are available on Igloo so consumers don't need a second set top box.
A note on Igloo's Facebook page raised eyebrows suggesting Igloo - 51 per cent owned by Sky TV - tried to block the newcomer.
Joyce said Igloo was not opposed to it.
Reeves said the lack of an electronic programme guide on Igloo was one issue for Sommet.
(Craig's comment, the article is wrong. The Sommet sports Facebook page says they will test broadcast from Monday)
Japan warns solar flares could harm GPS, satellites, power lines
A government institute said a recent spate of large solar flares could mean trouble over the next week
A Japanese government institute has warned that satellite transmissions, GPS readings, and power lines could be affected over the next two weeks if a recent spate of solar flares continues.
Four large solar flares have been detected over the last few days, including one on Tuesday that was the largest of the year. The flares were judged to be "X-class" by NASA and other agencies, the highest in a linear scale based on X-ray measurements.
Japan's National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, or NICT, said the flares came from a group of sunspots that are pointed away from the Earth, but are due to rotate to face in the Earth's direction over the next week. NICT said that if more major flares occur during that time, there could be problems for satellites and other equipment.
"There is a danger that man-made satellites such as communications and broadcast satellites could be impaired, errors in high-precision GPS measurements could increase, short wave transmissions could impaired, and power lines could be affected by sudden geomagnetic changes," the institute said in a press release in Japanese.
Data from NASA and NICT show that the largest of the flares was rated X3.2, the largest of the year so far. NASA said on Tuesday that the flares had emitted a coronal mass ejection that could affect some satellites. Such ejections include plasma and electromagnetic radiation.
Governments have warned that 2013 could see a peak in solar flares, activity which follows a roughly 11-year cycle. The last maximum in activity came in 2000.
X-rays from solar flares are stopped by the atmosphere, but can affect satellites that orbit the Earth and GPS measurements. Coronal Mass Ejections can also affect satellites, and can trigger geomagnetic storms that cause high currents in power lines, damaging transformers and power stations. They take from three to five days to reach the Earth, according to NASA.
CASBAA comments on ‘Decision 20′ pay-TV regulations
CASBAA has commented on Vietnam’s ‘Decision 20′ pay-TV regulations which came into effect today. As a result of confusion over the regulations, one satellite provider has taken down 21 international channels.
John Medeiros, Chief Policy Officer at CASBAA, said in response to media queries that the situation regarding Vietnamese regulation of the pay-TV industry is notably unclear. “Even Vietnamese operators of pay-TV systems cannot be sure how the regulations will be implemented, much less international channels.”
He went on to say that “the government at the highest levels has expressed its intention not to exclude international channels from Vietnam. And indeed, some changes to translation requirements for news channels were introduced, in order to remove operating burdens on them. However, there seem to be roadblocks in implementing this policy. Overall, the licensing regulations on the books remain restrictive in their effects. No licenses have been issued to international channels of any genre in the last six months. Contracting requirements for editing of news channels remain problematic.”
CASBAA, and the international Pay-TV industry, intend to remain in dialogue with the Vietnamese authorities. John Medeiros said “we regret that the effect of the regulatory process as of today seems to restrict access of numerous international channels to the Vietnam market. Consumers everywhere else in Southeast Asia enjoy the opportunity to view a wide mix of domestic and international television, and we hope that the government will see its way clear to allow Vietnamese citizens to join their ASEAN neighbours.”
Thaicom’s Results Continue to Move Forward
[Satellite TODAY 05-16-13] Thaicom’s momentum continues to move forward as the company’s latest financial results demonstrate. The company had net profits in the first quarter of 2013 of 330 million Baht ($11.11 million), an increase by almost 300 percent compared to the same stage last year. The company’s core satellite operations contributed 86 percent of its total revenues of 1.774 billion Baht ($59.75 million) at 1.542 billion Baht ($51.94 million), while the net profit margin on its stand-alone performance rose from 3 percent in the first quarter of 2012 to 15 percent in the first quarter of 2013. Several factors have led to the improved performance. The company is no longer impacted from losses of Mfone operations in Cambodia, which has been a factor in recent years.
The results were in line with expectations, according to Therapong Vachirapong, a media equity analyst at Phatra Securities. “The result accounts for 26 percent of our full year 2013 estimate and of consensus estimate,” he said.
The operator is expected to launch its Thaicom 6 satellite using SpaceX’s services later this year. However, the company has also announced this week it will provide interim capacity before the launch, which could cause it to get pushed back to 2014.
“Realizing the needs of our customers, we have acquired an interim satellite to provide services at 78.5 degrees east orbital slot well ahead of the launch of Thaicom 6,” Suphajee Suthumpun, Thaicom’s CEO said in a statement.
Vachirapong said the demand on Thaicom 6 is likely to be strong.“Pre-launch sales of Thaicom 6 have now reached 60 percent (against our assumption of 50 percent and breakeven point of 30 percent) with domestic supply in high demand from FTA channels as a result of the ‘must-carry rule’ and also from content and platform providers. Moreover, although the launch of Thaicom 6 will be postponed for 1-2 quarters to 4Q13 or 1Q14, Thaicom has found an interim satellite to operate during that period and the revenue generated is enough to compensate for the extra cost from using another satellite,” he said.
Vachirapong expects Thaicom will have a strong rest of the year. “We think the improvement should continue for the rest of 2013 with contribution from the TOT contract due in 2Q13,revenue from the Chinese contract signed with Synertone and CTS, contribution from the interim satellite due in 3Q13, and the Indian Ipstar contract, which is expected to start in 4Q13. With the blossoming of the broadcasting and broadband industry both domestically and regionally, we retain our positive view on the stock with potential upside from the launch of Thaicom 6 and also Thaicom 7 which should be launched in 1H14,” he added.
Pentagon renews lease of Chinese commercial satellite
The choice of a Chinese satellite by the Pentagon's Defence Information Systems Agency was criticised by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers. Photo: Reuters
The Pentagon will continue for another year the lease of a Chinese commercial satellite to provide communications for its Africa Command.
The use of China's Apstar-7 satellite will be extended under a US$10.7 million lease through a unit of Harris CapRock Communications, the Pentagon said.
The choice of a Chinese satellite by the Pentagon's Defence Information Systems Agency was criticised last month by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee that oversees space programmes.
It "exposes our military to the risk that China may seek to turn off our 'eyes and ears' at the time of their choosing", said Republican congressman Mike Rogers.
Apstar-7 is operated by APT Satellite Holdings. State-owned China Aerospace Science & Technology owns less than 40 per cent of Hong Kong-based APT.
The unit of Harris CapRock is one of 18 companies under an established contract the Defence Information Systems Agency uses for specialised commercial satellite services.
"Under close examination, Apstar-7 remained the only satellite solution available that meets Africa Command's satellite communications requirements, and operational necessity dictated that the lease be renewed," the Pentagon said.
"Simultaneously, we are actively working to identify future options" to support the Africa Command through "a more preferred solution in the future," the Defence Department said.
Harris CapRock spokeswoman Alix Hornig said before the announcement that "we currently provide managed satellite communications to thousands of remote sites worldwide utilising" capacity "across more than 60 different satellites".
Harris CapRock does not "own or operate any satellites directly", she said. "We lease raw satellite capacity from satellite fleet operators and incorporate it into satellite solutions designed to customer requirements."
KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by end of 2013: KazKosmos
KazSat-2 satellite will be 70% loaded by the end of 2013, chairman of Kazakhstan National Space Agency Talgat Mussabayev told in an interview to Primeminister.kz.
“KazSat-2 is working normally, it is currently 64% loaded and we plan to achieve a 70% load of the satellite by the end of the year,” Talgat Mussabayev said.
He noted that the satellite is not fully loaded because Kazakhstan telecommunication companies had signed long-term contracts with foreign companies providing satellite services when KazSat-1 failed.
The satellite resource are currently rented by 9 communications operators of Kazakhstan.
KazSat-2 was loaded only 56% in 2012.
KazSat-2 satellite is aimed at providing television broadcasting and data transfer in KazSat satellite communications system at the territory of Kazakhstan, Central Asian countries and central part of Russia, and providing services to Kazakhstan cellular operators.
Head of KazKosmos stressed that KazSat satellite system has a ground control complex that has high quality equipment and personnel.
KazSat-2 was launched on July 16, 2011 and reached its orbital position in late August the same year. It became fully operable on November 26. And in November 25 the National Space Agency obtained full title to the satellite from Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center.
KazSat-2 is a Kazakhstan communication satellite designed by Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center. It is equipped with 12 Ku-band transponders for fixed communications and 4 Ku-band transponders for TV-transmissions and is intended for telecast, fixed satellite communication and data transmission for Kazakhstan and Central Asia. The unit weighs 1,330 kg, its service life is 12 years. According to Meirbek Moldabekov, Vice Chairman of KazKosmos, KazSat-2 cost $115 million and it is expected to be recouped in 4 years’ time, if the satellite is exploited at 80% of the capacities.
It was initially supposed to supplement KazSat 1 satellite, but then had to replace Kazsat 1 because the latter was unexpectedly lost after November 26, 2008
Star launches second English movie channel
Star India has launched its new movie channel, Star Movies Actions, targeted at male audiences. The new channel replaces the company’s action brand Fox Action Movies.
Kevin Vaz, Business Head-English Channels, Star Jalsa and Jalsa Movies at Star India, said while Fox Action Movies was only showing dubbed Chinese movies and focused on martial art movies, Star Movies Action is going to be the home of Hollywood Action movies in India.
“When one looks at the 100 top rated movies in the country, nearly 83 of them are action movies. This clearly indicates that there is a big market for such movies. Action movies work really well for the male target audiences aged 15-34,” he said. He said this age group accounts for nearly 45 per cent of the viewership base for English movies.
Vaz said the channel had strong tie-ups with the top four Hollywood studios and has a library of nearly 300 exclusive movies.
He said that the channel would begin with having premiers of recent action movies that includes Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter and Taken 2. It will also be airing big franchisee movies such as Rambo, Fast and Furious, Resident Evil and Jaws.
Asked how the channel planned to make a dent in the highly cluttered and competitive English movie space, Vaz said, “The English movie space is competitive and needs a clear differentiator. Audiences that like watching action movies will clearly know which channel to tune into.”
On the advertising slowdown, he said there were several new brands targeting males that were being launched across categories such as automobiles, two-wheelers, handsets and consumer goods, and the company was banking on these brands for Star Movies Action.
The company will be promoting the channel through an aggressive marketing plan. While the band Pentagram has sung a special channel anthem for Star Movies Action, the company would be spending on promotion across mediums.
Sky NZ broadcasts were disrupted by a fibre cut earlier today. , see news section
Sommet Sports DTT sports channel is on air testing on Channel 114 (Freeview NZ)
Gogo to use Intelsat 19 KU for inflight tv / internet service. (see news section)
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ACCC Takes Big Stick To Foxtel Over Dodgy Subs Offer
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has taken a big stick to Foxtel after investigating claims that they mislead consumers over a subscription offer where a TV was offered as an incentive to sign up for what has been labelled the 'most expensive' pay TV service in the world.
Management at Foxtel which is 50% owned by Telstra has been forced to provided the ACCC with a court enforceable undertaking following allegations that they breached Australian consumer law with their free television offer.
It was only yesterday that Foxtel was described by Fairfax Media as a 'Crappy, Repetitive, Overpriced Shake-down Racket'.
Desperate to increase subscribers Foxtel told customers who subscribed to a 12 month plan between 12 February 2012 and 5 April 2012 they would receive a free 22 inch neoniQ television within ten days of installation of their pay TV service. The offer was advertised in a nationwide campaign, which included television advertisements and direct marketing.
Shortly after the promotion period ended a significant number of customers who signed up to the offer claimed that they did not receive the televisions within ten days of installation. The ACCC claims that Foxtel did not take sufficient steps to ensure that it could deliver on their subscription inducement promise.
It has also been revealed that Foxtel mislead several parties when they made claims that the offer was limited to 1,500 free televisions but signed up nearly 8,400 subscribers to the promotion.
"It is important for businesses to have a reasonable basis for any promises made to consumers otherwise they risk breaching the Australian Consumer Law," ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said.
"Businesses must review claims made in advertisements to ensure they remain accurate at all times."
The part News Ltd owned business has undertaken to give a subscription credit, to current Foxtel customers who:subscribed to the free television offer between 12 February 2012 and 5 April 2012; were not sent a free television within ten business days after installation; and still had a Foxtel subscription as at 1 May 2013.
The Pay TV Company has told the ACCC that they will use its best endeavours to ensure that by 15 July 2013 these customers will receive one month's subscription credit, based on their subscription fee on 15 May 2013.
Foxtel has also undertaken to refrain from engaging in similar conduct in the future and to appoint a qualified compliance professional to conduct a review of any areas of its business where there is a risk of breaching competition and consumer laws.
Sky TV channels back on air
More than 30 Sky TV channels have been restored five hours after they went off air this morning.
The pay-television operator issued a statement this morning after 33 channels, including Sky Sports 3 and 4, EPSN, CI, BBC Knowledge, Prime, MTV and Comedy Central, went off air.
"At 9.55am this morning numerous Sky channels went off air and displayed the 'Atmospheric Conditions' message," the statement read.
Sky said the interruption was caused by damage to the Chorus fibre in Puhoi, where a digger broke Sky's fibre link - used to feed content from Albany to Warkworth.
However, Sky TV managed to resolve the issue, returning normal viewing at 2.55pm.
"First of all we would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to SKY customers," said Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way.
"This outage was out of SKY's direct control and we worked diligently with third parties to achieve a resolution as quickly as possible."
SkyTV monopoly probe near end
Monopoly watchdog the Commerce Commission says it expects to conclude its year-long investigation into Sky Television within a month or two.
The commission's investigation into whether Sky Television's partnership agreements with resellers and programme makers breached competition law will today enter its second year.
Sky said yesterday that it was again experiencing "reasonably strong" subscriber growth, after losing customers each month between September last year and February. The net gain peaked at more than 4000 net additions in April.
But spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the long-running Commerce Act investigation had taken a toll on the firm.
"Anyone who has been through one of these investigations will be familiar with the legal and document-discovery costs and the impact in terms of the diversion of staff focus," Way said.
The commission said in May last year that it was concerned the terms on which Sky acquired programming might have denied rivals access to "a critical mass of quality content".
It also feared Sky's agreements with telecommunications companies that resold Sky could have stopped them from offering competing services or assisting rivals.
A commission spokeswoman said that although it last year concluded 92 per cent of Commerce Act investigations within a year, it was not unusual for "this type of complex investigation" to take a year or more. "[Our] best estimates are that an outcome is still a month or two away," she said.
Sky announced earlier this year that it would upgrade the software on its MySky set-top boxes so they could access extra programming delivered over the internet.
It told analysts at a briefing yesterday that the software update should be ready within a year.
However, the development has a flipside for consumers.
Sky planned to "defer" any investment in any new set-top boxes - such as ones that could support the higher screen resolutions supported by new "4k" ultra-high definition televisions - for "at least the next three years", it told analysts.
Sky's shares have oscillated on regulatory developments. Its shares dropped 7 per cent to $5.07 when the commission first announced its surprise Commerce Act investigation a year ago, and briefly fell under $5 when the commission announced in September that it had written to the company to inform it "further investigation" was necessary.
But they rose 1.4 per cent yesterday to $5.55 after Sky announced the strong subscriber growth figures. Fairfax NZ
Sky remains tight-lipped on uptake of Igloo
Sky chief executive John Fellet said uptake for the Sky-lite device had picked up after a slow start. Photo / Natalie Slade
Sky Television is refusing to spell out the uptake for Igloo, its pay television joint venture with Television New Zealand.
The company said yesterday that Igloo had launched at a bad time - on December 3 - six months late after unexplained problems with its set-top boxes. Sky owns 51 per cent and has day-to-day control running of the firm while TVNZ owns 49 per cent.
Sky told investors yesterday that Igloo had changed their forecasts and now aimed to have 19,000 subscribers by December 2013.
It expected Igloo would be breaking even when it reached 40,000.
Sky chief executive John Fellet said uptake for the Sky-lite device - which offers 11 Sky channels and most free-to-air channels and access to pay-per-view movies online - had picked up after a slow start.
Uptake had been encouraging during the recent switch-off for analogue services in Christchurch.
Igloo general manager Chaz Savage exited this year, three months after the launch and a new general manager, David Joyce, was appointed.
Sky TV has more to gain than TVNZ from the joint venture. At $25 a month - about 60 per cent of a basic Sky subscription - Igloo aims to draw customers who do not want to pay for a full Sky subscription. Igloo is also expected to diminish potential market for any new pay TV operators.
TVNZ chief executive Kevin Kenrick declined to comment on uptake and said Igloo was aimed at an audience which wanted a few pay TV channels, but was not interested in sports.
A TVNZ source said it would be watching closely to see the performance of Igloo after the failure of last venture into pay television technology - Tivo. The 50 per cent stake in the company led to a $14.8 million write off in the TVNZ accounts for the year to December 31, 2010.
Vietnam provider drops foreign news TV channels
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) At least one Vietnamese satellite TV company stopped airing international channels including BBC and CNN on Thursday, citing a law that foreign governments have warned would result in international news and entertainment channels ending their broadcasts in a country increasingly cracking down on freedom of expression.
Underlining the confusion that has reigned about the law's scope and implementation, Vietnam's other major cable and satellite providers continued to broadcast as normal. The government said international news channels were exempt from one main aspect of the law requiring broadcasters to translate their content into Vietnamese before airing it.
The United States and other governments, especially those with national broadcasters, have been urging Hanoi to abandon or modify the law, which came into effect on Wednesday.
Vietnam's government is increasingly restricting freedom of political and religion expression in general, especially online. All foreign news channels are currently broadcast into the country with a half-hour delay, to allow sensitive content to be blocked if needed. The perception created by the new broadcasting law of additional restrictions on foreign businesses adds to Vietnam's difficulties in attracting investment at a time when its economic growth has slowed.
"We regret that the effect of the regulatory process as of today seems to be to restrict access of numerous international channels to the Vietnam market," said John Medeiros, chief policy officer for the Hong Kong-based Cable and Satellite Broadcasting Association of Asia. "Consumers everywhere else in Southeast Asia enjoy the opportunity to view a wide mix of domestic and international television."
The association had previously said that complying with the translation requirement was expensive, unpractical and amounted to censorship.
The K+ satellite provider, a joint venture between a local company and Canal Overseas, a wholly owned subsidiary of France's Canal + group, said on its website it had cut the signals of 21 foreign channels as a result of the regulation.
Asked why it had done so, a woman at the public relations section at the channel said "it was complying with regulations." She declined to give her name because it wasn't an official company response.
Hoang Vinh Bao, director of the broadcast and television department at the Ministry of Information and Communications, said a revision to the law on March 29 meant that foreign news channels like BBC and CNN didn't have to have their broadcasts translated into Vietnamese.
Asked why one provider had blocked foreign broadcasts, Bao said: "We will carry out inspections to make sure that they all comply with the regulations."
The law, known as "Decision 20", requires that translation and editing be performed by an agency licensed by the government and that content is "appropriate to the people's healthy needs and does not violate Vietnamese press law." It also states that commercials running on foreign channels must be made in Vietnam.
Late last year, the government said in a statement that the law was aimed at "at facilitating easier access for Vietnamese people to the foreign language TV programs."
The statement acknowledged the concerns of foreign governments, saying it "continues to listen to and consider ideas from concerned parties."
Casbaa to hold forum on Thailand's TV industry
MUMBAI: Casbaa returns to Thailand to host a forum examining the multichannel TV industry in the country with Thailand in View 2013. It takes place on 30 May 2013.
Casbaa CEO Christopher Slaughter said, "We are turning the spotlight again on the vibrant multichannel TV market in Thailand. With a thriving broadcasting industry brimming with opportunity and possibilities, Thailand is an emerging market with a promising future and this forum will explore the potential and examine the pitfalls of broadcasting in the country."
With over 22 million TV households in Thailand, multichannel TV's 65 per cent household penetration translates into 14.3 million households or 45 million people (source Nielsen). Cable and satellite TV penetration has tripled over the last three years, due in part, to the government's decision to allow advertising on pay-TV and local cable and falling satellite dish prices.
In the news, the ongoing English Premier League rights negotiations, digital terrestrial TV broadcasting licensing and the ongoing battle with the NBTC's "must-carry" rule over sporting events have dominated the headlines recently.
Panels at the forum will include:
The Neighborhood is Getting Crowded -- Digital Terrestrial Licensing and its effects on the CabSat Ecosystem
It's about the Money, Money, Money -- Advertising on CabSat TV in Thailand
Meeting Diverse Demands -- New Content for Thailand
Driving Take-Up of CabSat Platforms in Thailand - Is Football Really the Key?
Thailand's New Regulatory Framework - Is it Promoting Growth?
The Times They Are A-Changing.....and People Watch TV Differently
Guests at this year's forum include National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission broadcasting committee vice chairman Dr. Natee Sukonrat, True Visions executive vice chairman Sompan Charumilinda, Mindshare MD Nilufar Fowler, Turner International Asia Pacific executive director, regional entertainment ad sales Nadia Hwang, Nation Broadcasting president Adisak Limprungpatanakij, Chelsea Football Club MD Asia-Pacific Adrian New.
In conjunction with the Forum, Casbaa will also be releasing an updated Thailand in View country report with the most up-to-date information on Thailand's pay-TV market and containing TV industry data and regulatory information.
Gogo prepares for aerial TV
In-flight connectivity supplier Gogo, which wants to provide a global TV and Internet system to aircraft, has won FCC recognition and a blanket licence to take up to 1000 Ku-band satellite transponders for in-flight entertainment and Internet access.
GoGo has leased capacity from SES for some trans-Atlantic and North American capacity, and Intelsat for Pacific Ocean and Atlantic routes.
The FCC licence is granted based on Gogo’s agreements with SES and Intelsat that will provide the company with global Ku-band satellite coverage. Under its agreement with SES, Gogo will initially utilise three SES craft enabling Gogo to expand its broadband offering in the sky to aircraft flying busy transatlantic routes. The SES-1 spacecraft will cover the continental US, while NSS-703 and three spot beams will reach across the North Atlantic and SES-4 serves Europe. Gogo service through the NSS-703 satellite is expected to be transitioned in mid-2014 to the new SES-6 bird, slated for launch next year.
Under its agreement with Intelsat, Gogo says it has access to the Intelsat 19, Intelsat 21 and Intelsat 22 satellites. These satellites are themselves well suited to provide high-speed connectivity for airline passengers crossing portions of the Atlantic and northern Pacific oceans, as well as activity over South America, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Rocket blasts off from Florida carrying new GPS satellite
An unmanned Atlas rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday to deliver an upgraded global positioning system satellite into orbit.
The 189-foot (58-meter) tall rocket, built and launched by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Boeing and Lockheed Martin, soared into blue skies over Florida's east coast at 5:38 p.m. (2138 GMT).
Perched on top of the rocket was a 3,400-pound (1,542 kg) Boeing-built GPS 2F satellite, the fourth of 12 upgraded spacecraft expected to be added to the orbiting constellation over the next several years.
"It's a big moment for all of us," Travis Pond, a lieutenant with the U.S. Air Force 45th Space Wing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, said during a United Launch Alliance launch webcast.
The navigation satellites are used by the U.S. military and allies, as well as millions of civilians. The upgraded versions offer greater accuracy, enhanced internal atomic clocks, better protection against signal jamming and a new signal for commercial aviation.
The satellite, which cost about $121 million, will replace a spacecraft launched in 1996 that already is twice past its design lifetime. That satellite will be repositioned for use as a spare.
With Wednesday's launch, the GPS network will include 31 operational satellites in orbit. The next GPS launch is slated for October aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
24% of Russian homes equipped for DTH
The latest results of the survey produced by Eutelsat and Ipsos on TV reception modes and trends in Russia underscore the dynamic of its satellite broadcasting market and the stellar growth of homes watching channels broadcast from the longstanding 36° East neighbourhood.
Of the 53 million TV homes in Russia, 24 per cent are equipped for DTH satellite reception, making satellite the country’s leading platform for digital television. The number of satellite homes across Russia maintains a strong dynamic, increasing by 25 per cent over two years from eight million to 12.6 million. Ten per cent of these homes receive signals from more than one satellite position, taking the total number of antennas to 13.8 million.
Within this universe, the number of homes equipped for DTH reception from 36° East has increased over 24 months to 10.7 million from 6.7 million, reflecting the high level of demand for the TricolorTV platform and the success of NTV+. Over the same period, the volume of Russian channels broadcasting from 36° East has jumped to over 370 from 250. Meanwhile, the number of homes in Russia receiving international and Russian channels broadcast by Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD satellites also continues to grow, reaching a new record of 1.7 million, up from 1.3 million two years before.
Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director general, commented: “The 36 degrees East orbital slot serves as an excellent example of successful and mutually beneficial Russian-French cooperation. We are happy that our partnership with Eutelsat is taking another step forward. The upcoming Express AMU-1 satellite will afford fresh opportunities for digital multi-programme broadcasting projects in European Russia. DTH users will gain access to high-quality state-of-the-art TV including HD and 3D TV, as well as to modern communications and interactive services.”
Dish Network raises $2.5bn in debt
Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network is raising $2.5 billion in fresh debt. The cash will be placed into a special escrow account ready to be used for Dish’s proposed purchase of US cellular giant Sprint Nextel. Ergen said that week that he would only make a firm financing commitment when it was clear that it was teh last obstacle in keeping him from getting access to Sprint’s books.
If the Sprint purchase does not proceed then the DBS operator will redeem the senior notes associated with the debt. Dish has already stated that it expects to raise about $9 billion in order to fund the purchase of Sprint.
Dish said that the proposed purchase had been discussed with a special committee set up by Sprint and that Dish was now waiting for a response.
Airtel Digital TV DTH launches On Demand TV
The service will work on all Airtel Digital TV HD and HD Recorder boxes, and need internet connectivity to allow video downloads.
Airtel has announced the launch of the On Demand TV feature on their Direct to Home (DTH) platform. The service allows users to download movies, videos and other content across various genres - fashion & lifestyle, health & fitness, home & family, devotional etc. Airtel says that the service will be available on all HD and HD recorder set-top boxes.
All existing and new customers of Airtel Digital TV HD can enjoy the service by just dialing 12150 (toll-free) to subscribe to the service. Customers can also SMS <VDO> to 54325 to receive a call back from customer care. HD-DVR users have to simply connect their set-top box to any broadband connection to enjoy popular videos.
While the service does not have any subscription charge, customers will be charged per video on a-la-carte basis at prices starting as low as Rs. 10 and an installation charge of Rs. 125 where applicable.
This feature launches soon after Airtel enabled the record on USB feature on the normal HD boxes, giving them the recorder capabilities to a certain extent.
At the time of writing this, you can buy a new Airtel Digital TV HD connection for Rs. 2,790 onwards and the HD Recorder for Rs. 6,440 onwards.
Ex-Disney India Head Mahesh Samat to launch Epic TV Channel
MUMBAI: Anand Mahindra, chairman and MD of the country's largest utility vehicle maker Mahindra & Mahindra, has joined three other high net worth individuals to launch the country's first genrespecific Hindi entertainment channel that focuses on Indian history, folklore and mythology. Mahesh Samat, who quit as Walt Disney India managing director last year, will head the channel, to be called Epic. It is expected to go on air in August, subject to regulatory approvals.
Samat and his investors are betting heavily on the TV digitisation drive in the country as their channel will be available only to direct-to-home (DTH) and digital TV subscribers. "Digital distribution is going to result in subscription transparency leading the growth in television over the next few years in India," Samat said.
The pay TV industry is expected to be over $14.4 billion by 2016, of which about 31% will be advertising and the rest is expected to come in from subscription, he said, referring to data from KPMG and PwC.
Genesis of the venture can be traced to a personal passion of history that Samat, an alumni of IIM Calcutta, has nurtured since his son was six years old. A dipstick test found that there was a market for this and the television could be the best platform to air it, though not as edutainment but as entertainment, he said.
Now, it turned out that Mahindra too nurtured a similar thought on the need for differentiated content on prime time. And he agreed to invest in Samat's venture in his personal capacity. Epic Television Networks was born a year later.
While Epic is the first offering from the firm, investors are open to adding other channels though not in the areas of news, music or youth. Samat also plans to create intellectual property for Epic and then leverage the IP into verticals like publishing, live events, theatre as well as syndication.
Ravina Kohli, former creative head at Yash Raj Television, will head development while the company has also roped in former BIG CBS business head Aparna Pandey to take care of content. To start with, the channel will have three to four hours of programming.
Epic has already bought the rights for Indu Sundaresan's novel The Twentieth Wife, which tracks Mehrunissa, daughter of Persian refugees who later became Mughal Emperor Jehangir's queen under the name of Nur Jahan. Unwilling to share financial and investment details, Samat said, "We are working on a lot of partnerships and not on the traditional organisational structure."
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SingTel Banks Said to Plan Debt Package for Optus Satellite Sale
Morgan Stanley and Credit Suisse Group AG will offer a highly-leveraged debt package to help Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (ST) sell its Optus Satellite division, according to three people familiar with the matter.
The banks, hired in March by Southeast Asia’s largest phone company to look at options for the Australian unit, will offer the pre-arranged funding to potential buyers, the people said, declining to be named as the details are private. Information memorandums for the sale will be sent out within two weeks, one of the people said.
A sale of the division, which Nomura Holdings Inc. said may be worth A$2 billion ($2 billion), would provide cash for acquisitions as the company, known as SingTel, rolls out a mobile network in Australia amid mounting competition that’s curbing growth in Optus, its biggest unit by sales. SingTel today said it plans to spend S$2 billion ($1.6 billion) on acquisitions after fourth-quarter profit fell 33 percent.
Michele Batchelor, a Singapore-based spokeswoman for SingTel, declined to comment on the proposed financing.
Optus Satellite has five satellites in orbit with a sixth to be launched this year, and in 2011 signed a five-year, A$200 million deal to provide support to NBN Co., which is building a national broadband network in Australia.
A number of parties had signed confidentiality agreements to look at the unit, two of the people said.
The banks may offer a high level of leverage, lending more than six times Optus Satellite’s earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization, two of the people said. Among more than 200 telecommunications companies globally with sales higher than $100 million, the average net debt to Ebitda ratio was 2.01 and the median was 1.16, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.
Optus Satellite had revenue of A$319 million last financial year, according to SingTel, which doesn’t disclose earnings for the unit.
The banks could finance the deal through either high-yield bonds or the U.S. term loan B market, the two people said.
The debt package would aim to attract bidders including strategic buyers, infrastructure investors and private equity firms that have previously bought satellite businesses, the people said.
Potential buyers include European and north American satellite companies, such as Intelsat Global Holdings SA, Eutelsat SA, SES (SESG) SA, and Inmarsat Plc (ISAT), as well as infrastructure funds, Jeffrey Tan, an analyst at OSK Holdings Bhd. (OSK), said in March.
A sale will face hurdles because of the national security implications of selling satellites that carry Australia’s defense communications, said Simon Morris, a Melbourne-based partner with Corrs Chambers Westgarth who’s given legal advice on cross-border transactions, in a March interview. It would also need to be approved under U.S. rules on the export of satellite technology.
Samsung's 5G will complement NBN, not replace it
Super-fast wireless will never make fibre obsolete.
Samsung has reportedly "witnessed" one-gigabit-per-second wireless download speeds over a distance of two kilometres in its 5G trials. In theory such speeds would let you download an entire movie in seconds, on par with the gigabit speeds which the NBN will eventually deliver. So it's time to scrap Australia's national broadband network and just go wireless, right? Wrong.
Samsung's so-called 5G wireless technology is still in the test phase and is at least seven years away from commercial deployment. Even if you could roll out this technology today, you're not going to get gigabit speeds in real world conditions. The laws of physics dictate that wireless bandwidth is a shared resource and congestion is the enemy. The more people using a wireless network at once, the slower their download speeds and upload speeds. Not to mention the fact that wireless technologies are prone to interference and black spots, unlike a strand of fibre running to your door.
Whether you're an advocate of Labor's fibre to the home NBN plan or the Coalition's fibre to the node alternative, you have to face the fact that a wireless-only solution for all of Australia is impractical. Sorry, but the laws of physics transcend politics and are not open to ideological debate. The only way you're going to achieve gigabit download speeds from Samsung's 5G network is if you're the only person using that wireless tower which is very unlikely to happen in the city unless you're the sole survivor of the zombie apocalypse.
To see wireless congestion at work, you only need to look at the demise of Australia's crowded 3G networks which crawl to a halt in the CBD during peak times. The move to 4G LTE may have offered a reprieve, but congestion will again take its toll as more Australians upgrade to 4G devices.
Scrapping the NBN and trying to replace it solely with citywide mobile broadband would be a recipe for disaster. To get decent speeds you'd need a wireless tower on every street corner and fibre backbone to link them anyway. The role of wireless networks is to complement the NBN and cater to mobile users, not to take the place of fixed-line connections and shoulder a city's entire broadband load. Even if you're only using Wi-Fi enabled gadgets at home or in the office, that Wi-Fi network is probably relying on a fixed-line broadband connection.
How do you envision the roles of wireless and fixed-line broadband in Australia's future?
Foxtel launches green IT initiative awareness contest
Winner to receive a cash prize of $5000
In promotion of the Green IT Awareness Week (June 1 7), Foxtel has sponsored a video crowdsourcing competition for the best original video that promotes environmentally-friendly behaviour related to technology.
It has collaborated with Australian video ad crowdsourcing online platform, Brand Honee, to launch the contest, seeking the top three video entries that best raise awareness for their green IT initiatives.
Foxtel chief information officer, Robyn Elliott, said it decided to support the competition as the company is conscious of the impact of IT on the environment and wants to help promote sustainable actions to reduce waste and become more energy-efficient.
Brand Honee CEO and founder, Laurence Wolf, said the company aims to launch 20 of such competitions with a total prize pool of $100,000 by July 31, 2013.
“We’ve already awarded $40,000 to local filmmakers with these contests,” Wolf said.
The contest is open to all creatives nationwide and they are required to submit video content in line with a specific brief before June 3 this year.
The best ad will win a cash prize of $5000 from Foxtel and be used to promote the International Green IT Awareness Week.
For more information about how to enter or sponsor a contest, go to www.brandhon.ee.
CTH acquires rights to 24 Fox channels
Cable Thai Holding (CTH), the newly established cable TV operator, has acquired the broadcast rights to 24 channels from FOX International Channels (FIC) to strengthen its content line-up.
Ward Platt (second left), president of FOX International Asia-Pacific and Middle East, discusses how to reach more audiences via partnership with CTH. Also present are CTH chairman Wichai Thongtang (second right) and CEO Krissanan Ngampatipong (right). THITI WANNAMONTHA
Krissanan Ngampatipong, CEO of CTH, said the additional channels will be launched in two phases. The first phase will go on air next month with 15 channels while nine other channels will be added later this year with highlights from FOX Movies Premium, Fox Family Movie and National Geographic.
The first 15 channels are Nat Geo Adventure (HD), Nat Geo Wild (HD), Nat Geo Music, FOX Action Movies, Star Chinese Movie, Channel M, FOX Thai, FOX Crime, FX HD, Star World, FOX Sport News, Channel V (HD), FOX News, Sky New (HD) and Baby TV.
CTH has invested 2 billion baht for 24 new channels from FOX under the 3-5 year contracts for content including adventure, Hollywood movies, Asian entertainment, general entertainment, music and news.
"Currently, we have English Premier League and the new content line-up will fulfil our goal to respond to every viewer segment particularly family audiences," Mr Krissanan said.
The 24 channels will be added in a basic package (120 channels) that everyone can watch at an affordable price of around 399 baht per month.
Currently, CTH has 2.5 million subscribers and aims to increase the figure to 3 million by the year-end.
Ward Platt, president of FIC Asia Pacific and Middle East, said CTH's pricing strategy will help its content distribution reach a wider audience. Moreover, the progressive network of CTH will support FIC's new content in HD format. FIC provides 35 channels in Asia.
FIC is committed to offering innovative technology for TV everywhere and will soon introduce an online service to allow viewers to watch replays of their favourite shows via mobile devices.
"Thailand is another key market for FOX. We will enhance and make more localised content for Thai viewers after we saw FOX Thailand successfully adjust some content to suit Thai tastes," Mr Platt said.
Presently, FIC has eight channels on the TrueVisions platform, a leading pay-TV operator. Last month, TrueVisions stopped airing Channel M, a Korean entertainment channel, and Star World highlighted US programmes such as American Idol, Glee and Grey's Anatomy.
Meanwhile, TrueVisions has directly bought US rights from the owners to distribute on its own channels such as American Idol season 12 on True 10, and Glee season 4 on True Series.
Presales growth for Thaicom 6
Thaicom Plc (THCOM)
Following the 1Q13 analyst meeting, we feel more upbeat about THCOM's FY13-15 outlook, led by greater Thaicom 6 presales and IPSTAR progress in India. Our BUY rating stands.
Net profit as expected, but core profit short of expectation
THCOM reported a Bt331m net profit for 1Q13, up by 681% YoY and 168% QoQ. Stripping out two extra itemsa Bt119m FX gain and a Bt51m reversal of an impairment for Mfonecore earnings would be Bt161m, up 127% YoY but down 19% QoQ. Net profit was in line with our estimate. But the core number was 24% below our expectation, thanks to higher SG&A than modeled related to staff, marketing and bad debt provisions. Sales were 3% below our assumption, thanks to a stronger baht. EBIT was 35% below our estimate. The YoY core profit jump was due to the absence of an Mfone loss since Feb 15. The QoQ core profit drop was because of higher SG&A.
The top-line declined by 5% YoY and 7% QoQ, due to a stronger baht. Thaicom 5 revenue rose 8% YoY. IPSTAR bandwidth service & sales posted YoY falls on a stronger baht and lower UT sales. In gross profit terms, Thaicom 5 posted a 7% YoY rise, while IPSTAR saw a 139% YoY jump. The telephone unit posted a gross profit for the first time in years, thanks to the winding up of Mfone on Feb 15.
Thaicom 6 was 60% presold by end-March
The firm signed additional bandwidth sales for Thaicom 6 with Thai and Indian broadcasters in 1Q13, which brought Thaicom 6's total presales to 60% at end-March (up from 38% at YE12). Thaicom 6's orbital launch has been delayed to Sept-Nov 2013 from July, due to a long launch queue. But THCOM will provide an interim satellite at 78.5E in late July to cater to customer demand for bandwidth. Hence, revenue from Thaicom 6 is scheduled to start in Aug or Sept 2013.
Management said that IPSTAR's Chinese revenue will be a minimum of US$80m over the 9.5 years (US$8.4m/annum), which will be recognized starting 2Q13. THCOM also disclosed the exact revenue-sharing figure as 8% (of the actual usage of Synertone's clients). Revenue from TOT's renewed contract (together with higher bandwidth usage) will start in 2Q13 as well. A deal with one small Indian telco (less than 1Gbps) is expected to be signed soon. It is worth about US$3m per annum.
Target price upgrade on higher Thaicom 6 utilization rate
We have revised up our FY13 net profit forecast by 12% to Bt1.3bn to factor in the FX gain and the reversal of an Mfone impairment in 1Q13. Moreover, we have upped our FY14 net earnings projection by 10% to Bt1.7bn because of a higher Thaicom 6 mean utilization rate assumptionfrom 20% to 50% in FY14. Hence, our DCF-derived YE13 target price rises by 17% to Bt44.50.
China tests new anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon
A story from the Free Beacon states that China conducted a test of new anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon on Monday according to officials. The missile, which was identified as the new Dong Ning-2 ASAT missile, was launched from the Xichang Space Launch center. While Chinese authorities have not officially acknowledged the test, they have confirmed that a test of a sounding rocket was performed on Monday. However, an official familiar with intelligence reports stated that it is very likely this was a disguised test of an ASAT and potentially represents a significant advance in Chinese abilities to interfere with both civilian and military satellites belonging to the United States.
China previously demonstrated an ASAT capability in 2007 when it used a SC-19 rocket to intercept and destroy one its weather satellites designated FY-1C. The test and the resultant space debris created caused an international upheaval. Moreover, the thousands of pieces of debris created by the test continue to threaten satellites, including the International Space Station (ISS). It is unclear whether this test impacted a target satellite in orbit. This story will be updated as more information becomes available
ILS Proton Successfully Launches EUTELSAT 3D for Eutelsat
International Launch Services (ILS) successfully placed the EUTELSAT 3D satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO), today, for Eutelsat Communications of Paris, France.
With this mission, ILS, a leader in providing mission integration and launch services to the global commercial satellite industry, completed its 80th Proton launch overall and 3rd Proton launch in 2013.
The Proton Breeze M vehicle carrying EUTELSAT 3D launched from Pad 39 at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, today, at 22:02 local time(16:02GMT and 12:02 EDT). The satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space on the reliable Spacebus 4000 platform and weighing nearly 5.5 metric tons at liftoff, was released 9 hours and 13 minutes after a standard 5-burn Breeze M mission.
This was the 7th Eutelsat satellite launched on a Proton and the 9th Thales Alenia Space Satellite launched on an ILS Proton.
EUTELSAT 3D will initially be located at 3 degrees east longitude, until the launch of EUTELSAT 3B in 2014, at which time it will continue its service at 7 degrees east longitude.
From its orbital locations, the satellite will provide resources, reach and flexibility to address the high-growth rate in the video, data, telecom, and broadband markets. This Ku and Ka-band satellite will serve customers across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.
Since its maiden flight in 1965, this was the 386th aggregate launch for the Proton vehicle, including both Federal and commercial missions. The Proton Breeze M vehicle is developed and built by Khrunichev Research and Production Space Center of Moscow, Russia's premier space industry manufacturer and majority shareholder in ILS.
ILS President Phil Slack stated, "The Proton vehicle and Eutelsat partnership dates back 13 years starting with the SESAT-1 launch on Proton in 2000. After seven launches, including the 50th ILS Proton launch in 2009 with the EUTELSAT 10A satellite, we are honored that Eutelsat continues to place their trust in us to enable the expansion of their business.
"Many thanks to the Eutelsat, Thales Alenia Space, Khrunichev and ILS teams for ensuring mission success with the launch of EUTELSAT 3D."
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO, "We thank ILS and Khrunichev for this flawless launch which maintains our perfect track record of success since our first Proton flight in 2000.
"I'm happy to say that EUTELSAT 3D is well on its way to 3 East, where it will go into service next month. The performance of the Proton launcher gives us the flexibility we need to further increase our resources and commercial flexibility which is highly valued in our business."
Echostar taps ILS to launch “heaviest ever satellite”
International Launch Services (ILS), the Russian-backed system that launches satellites from Kazakhstan, says it has received a launch order from EchoStar to place a massive satellite into orbit. The unspecified craft weighs some 6,900 kgs, which places it amongst the heaviest communications satellites ever launched. The satellite will be due for launch during the winter of 2015-16.
Industry observers reckon the satellite is probably TerreStar-2, the sister satellite to TerreStar-1 which Arianespace launched in 2009 and weighed in at 6,910 kgs.
EchoStar is thought to be building and launching the satellite to help roll out Dish Network’s hybrid satellite-terrestrial wireless network.
Hispasat adds 4K for Brazil
Madrid-based satellite operator Hispasat used its giant Amazonas 3 satellite to beam 4K Ultra-HDTV signals into Brazil.
The test signals went to at least one 84” LG receiver at an event in Rio to help celebrate the coming into use of the new Amazonas 3 satellite. Hispasat hasd earlier trialled 4K/Ultra HDTV at the Mobile World Congress Event in Barcelona in March.
At the Rio event, the marketing manager of LG Home Entertainment, Fernanda Summa, said that Brazilian broadcaster TV Globo is already conducting 4K tests and is in negotiations with FIFA to have some matches of the Confederations Cup captured in Ultra HD. The director of Ericsson for Latin America, Al Numez, said that cable and DTH operators could expect to start offering suitable domestic receivers compatible with 4K signals from the second half of 2014.
Zee News renamed to Zee Media
MUMBAI: News television broadcaster Zee News has decided to take on a new sobriquet. The management has announced that the company is to be renamed as Zee Media Corp in a filing it made with the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) this afternoon. Sources reveal that the company is soon going to launch its official promotion campaign.
Zee News, an off-spring of the Subhash Chandra owned conglomerate Essel Group, constitutes Hindi news channel Zee News, Hindi business channel Zee Business and other regional news channels.
Zee News reporters have started signing off with 'Zee Media' as opposed to 'Zee News' in their piece to camera starting from today.
Says a media observer: "The management has been working on revamping the channel. It brought in Alok Agarwal from Chiel Worldwide who has a creative background. Expect to see Zee Media presenting a snazzier and more modern and relevant packaging for today's audiences in the not too distant future. This should help to attract newer audiences. Also, Zee News had been making headlines for all the wrong reasons because of the infamous Zee- Jindal controversy last year. TV viewers' memories are short and this change could prove a smart image makeover which could make those memories even shorter."
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Foxtel to drive new News Corp
News Corp’s 50% stake in Australian broadcaster Foxtel will be the single largest contributor to the earnings of the firm’s newly separated publishing arm, according to a bullish report from broker Credit Suisse.
The new News Corp’s pay TV assets, including the wholly owned Fox Sports Australia, 61%-owned online real estate advertiser REA Group and the Foxtel stake, will account for 57% of the group’s earnings before interest and tax, it said.
“We expect growth in these areas to outweigh declines in the traditional publishing business,” said Credit Suisse analyst Samantha Carleton, who predicted pay TV will account for 73% of group earnings by fiscal 2018.
She described Foxtel as “virtually unique among rich world pay TV platforms as a true monopoly in an underpenetrated market.”
Pay TV penetration in Australia is a relatively low 30%, which Foxtel aims to address in the middle of the year by launching Foxtel Play, a package of channels and movies pitched at non-subscribers. It will be available on multiple internet-connected devices for a monthly fee starting at A$25, with no lock-in contracts.
The broker valued News Corp’s entertainment arm 21st Century Fox at A$30 per share and the new News Corp at A$6 per share. Both new businesses will have strong balance sheets and are likely to continue to invest organically and via acquisition, Carleton said. They will increase returns to shareholders in the form of a buyback for 21st Century Fox or a higher payout for New News Corp.
News Corp split into two companies in October, one operating as a newspaper and book publisher and retaining the News Corp name, while the group’s entertainment interests now come under 21st Century Fox.
Foxtel locks up Game of Thrones
No more fast-tracked iTunes downloads
Pay TV giant Foxtel has confirmed reports that it will block the remaining seasons of HBO’s popular Game of Thrones series from being offered in Australia hours after the show is released in the US, due to an exclusive deal with the show’s producer HBO signed in October last year.
Game of Thrones based on George R. R. Martin’s hit fantasy book series A Song of Ice and Fire has leapt into the top ratings as one of the most popular television shows in Australia and globally over the past several years. However, at the same time, it has seen record levels of piracy in Australia due to the fact that it has not been available on free to air television, and has only recently been made available locally in a timely fashion through Apple’s iTunes platform after each episode airs in the US.
Analysis by file-sharing news site TorrentFreak published last month, for example, showed that Australia continued to be the world’s most enthusiastic nation globally in terms of illegally downloading Game of Thrones, despite the fact that the series was made available legally, cheaply and in high quality in Australia shortly after it was broadcast in the US, through platforms such as Apple’s iTunes and the Foxtel pay TV service.
According to an article published by TorrentFreak in early April, the first episode of the third season of the hit TV series had been downloaded over a million times illegally via the BitTorrent file-sharing platform at that point, with a record number of people sharing the episode.
Australia was the third most prevalent nation for Game of Thrones downloads, according to the site, with some 9.9 percent of those downloading the file residing in Australia. On a per capita basis, due to Australia’s small population, this means that Australia is the world’s most prolific nation when it comes to pirating Game of Thrones. “The number three spot for Australia is impressive and with a population of just over 22 million people it has the highest piracy rate,” wrote TorrentFreak. “Looking at other cities we see that most downloads come from London, before Paris and Sydney.”
The high rates of piracy have spurred calls form authorities such as US ambassador to Australia Jeffrey Bleich for Australians to stop pirating the show and buy it legally. However, the only avenues for Australians to do so are to sign up for a costly ongoing Foxtel subscription, or to purchase it through iTunes at a rate of $33.99 per season about the same price as buying the DVDs. IPTV streaming service Quickflix has also pledged to bring the show to Australia, but has not confirmed if it will stream Game of Thrones locally on a timely basis after each episode is aired in the US.
However, it was revealed this week that even the iTunes option would soon be denied to those fans who want to watch Game of Thrones on a similar timeline as US residents.
Asked about the issue, a Foxtel spokesperson told Delimiter this afternoon that in October last year, Foxtel had signed what it described at the time (media release here in PDF format) as “a landmark agreement” with the US cable giant, which would see HBO drama content come “first and fast to Foxtel”.
“Under the arrangement pay per view opportunities to see HBO dramas will be possible after the broadcast of the last program in a series,” Foxtel’s spokesperson said today. “However, in the case of season 3 of Game of Thrones and season 6 of True Blood (but not subsequent series of either show) pay per view is possible 24 hours after the broadcast of individual episodes.”
The deal effectively means reading between Foxtel’s lines that this current season 3 of Game of Thrones, as well as the current season of the similarly popular vampire drama True Blood will be the last that will be available in Australia in a timely fashion through IPTV platforms such as iTunes, for individual purchase hours after each episode of the shows air in the US. Fans will eventually still be able to buy the shows online but only after each season has finished, with Foxtel having a local monopoly on timely viewing of each episode.
The revelation has immediately been heavily criticised by commentators. Fairfax commentator and author John Birmingham wrote on his blog today: “Foxtel, oh Foxtel … Oh, no, let me guess. You figured that by removing a timely and legitimate method for viewers to watch the show within a couple of hours of its US release, you would force a handful of extra punters to take out one of your lousy subscriptions? Well here’s a slow, sad little golf clap for you, Foxtel.”
And Hydrapinion commentator Adam Turner stated his opinion that “for every new subscriber these HBO and BBC deals win I suspect that several other viewers will finally turn to the BitTorrent channel to source their favourite shows”.
What. A. Big. Fat. Fucking. Joke. Screw you, Foxtel. It doesn’t get much more anti-competitive than this. If you want to watch Game of Thrones in Australia, it turns out, you can’t just pay $33-odd per season any more, at least for Season 4 and beyond. You’ll need to pony up a cool $47 per month for Foxtel’s essentials package, plus another $25 a month for Foxtel’s Movies and Premium Drama offering. Well screw that. I’m not personally going to pay for a whole pay TV package just because I want to watch one series from HBO. This may be enough for me to boycott the series altogether, or I may just buy the Blu-rays in a few years’ time. I’ve read the books a few times anyway, so no great loss.
While I’m on this rant, screw you, HBO, just as much as Foxtel. Why the hell a cable TV operator like HBO would want to lock up its content exclusively to a single company in a market such as Australia really beats me. Isn’t about producing content all about having people consume it? Ultimately, of course, what it probably comes down to is money. Foxtel has no doubt thrown down a huge wad of cash for HBO to gorge itself on likely far more than HBO would get through individuals buying Game of Thrones on iTunes or through selling Game of Thrones through free to air TV stations.
It’s great news for Foxtel, and great news for HBO. The only stakeholder which loses out here is the actual Australians who want to watch Game of Thrones. But then … when have they mattered to such large companies? And the inevitable will result: I suspect many people reading this article right now are thinking: “Righty-oh-then. BitTorrent it is.”
Freetard free-for-all just cause Foxtel won't compete
So, Foxtel has put a bullet into the deal that let Australian viewers buy Game of Thrones, and other premium HBO series, episode by episode as they aired.
No Foxtel, nooooo…
I don’t mind going into the stocks and getting pelted with soft fruit and monkey poo for telling people they should pay for Game of Thrones. Or anything they consume that somebody else created to try pay the rent or feed their kids. I loves me my Game of Thrones and I’m happy to pay for it. I’m also happy to rag on the millions of freeloaders who don’t feel the need to pay for it.
But Foxtel, oh Foxtel… being allied with you makes JB’s tummy feel sick. What were you thinking when you decided it’d be a good idea to throw your monopoly power around and snuff out the deal delivering freshly baked eps of GoT via iTunes and Quickflix to the millions upon millions of people who don’t subscribe to your crappy, repetitive overpriced shake-down racket?
Oh, no, let me guess. You figured that by removing a timely and legitimate method for viewers to watch the show within a couple of hours of its US release, you would force a handful of extra punters to take out one of your lousy subscriptions?
Well here’s a slow, sad little golf clap for you, Foxtel.
What you’re actually doing by trying to shore up your monopoly is guaranteeing that a whole heap of viewers who ponied up good, honest money to watch that series by a method other than membership of your exclusive club are now more likely to sign up to channel Bit Torrent.
And what’s more, in the twisted ethical house of mirrors that is freetard logic, they’ll feel they are even more entitled to do so because you, Foxtel, are the TV equivalent of that unemployed bus driver who kidnaps young girls and holds them prisoner in the basement for years.
This may come as a surprise to you, Foxtel, but not everyone gets hard, shiny wood at the prospect of handing over a hundred-plus bucks a month for the shower of offal which fills up most of your schedule.
Not everyone who follows the doins and a-goings-on in Westeros brings the same level of needy anticipation each week to, say, Extreme Couponing, or I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant or any of those 83 execrable Housewife shows forever snuffling at the stained G-strings of carnivore she-devils with interchangeable boob jobs.
You did a good thing when you leaned into the task of getting the best TV to our screens within hours of its release in the US, Foxtel. But by denying people the choice to watch their favourite TV by a perfectly legal method just because you can’t stand the idea of having to compete, you reverted to type.
Which type? The type who profit from shows like Embarrassing Bodies. The type who diminish humanity just by being part of it.
New data center launching in Kapolei
Hawaii Pacific Teleport in Kapolei has announced the launch of the Hawaii Pacific Data center adjacent to its facilities, as a joint venture with New Jersey-based fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty LLC.
Hawaii Pacific Data is designed to provide commercial and government clients with secure, high-availability, critical infrastructure, for the support of telecom operations, cloud presence, content delivery and IT data system hosting, along with access to international fiber optic and satellite providers.
HPT, long at Kapolei, is an international provider of satellite and fiber-based communications, and provides connectivity between the Americas, Asia and Australia. Its operations center will be used for round-the-clock support and maintenance for the data center.
Russia’s Proton-M Spacecraft Set to Orbit French Satellite
MOSCOW, May 14 (RIA Novosti) - Russia’s Proton-M carrier rocket will blast off on Tuesday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan to put a French telecommunications satellite into orbit, a spokesman for the Russian space agency Roscosmos said.
“The launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket with W3D satellite is scheduled for 20:02 [4:02 p.m. GMT] on Tuesday,” the spokesman said.
He added that the separation of the satellite from the Russian spacecraft is scheduled for 5:15 (1:15 a.m. GMT) on Wednesday.
The W3D satellite was built upon order from the Paris-based Eutelsat on the Spacebus 4000 C3 platform by Thales Alenia Space. It weighs 5,400 kg (11,900 lbs) and has a service life of 15 years.
The satellite is planned to provide extensive Ku-band coverage across Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia for video links and data networks as well as Direct-to-Home (DTH) reception and Internet services.
Premier League highlights behind Sun paywall
Having acquired mobile and Internet highlights rights for English Premier League football for £30 million, Rupert Murdoch’s News International is to introduce a paywall for access to its Sun daily newspaper online content from August, in time for the 2013-14 season.
The move means that all publisher News International’s UK titles have paywall-protected content, with the UK newspaper arm of News Corp already charging readers to access the Sunday Times and the Times online. Readers of The Sun will be charged £2 a week for online access, with the Sun+ offering additional benefits such as offers and promotions as well as match highlights of Premier League football.
Mike Darcey, chief executive of News International, told media buyers that there was no bigger single online media opportunity in England than the Premier League. “It’s hard to overstate the value of this content. We did not buy mobile and Internet rights in order to sell mobile and internet rights. We bought them to integrate into an existing product and enhance that existing product,” he advised.
Aereo fine-tunes its TV streaming prices, plans
A "streamlined" plan, starting at $8 per month, does away with long-term commitments and with annual and daily options, and offers the first month of service at no charge.
presented by Aereo on Monday announced a new pricing structure for its upstart TV streaming service.
The "streamlined" structure does away with long-term commitments and with annual and daily offerings. Now, consumers can start with a base membership plan of $8 per month for use of Aereo's cloud-based antenna/DVR technology and 20 hours of DVR storage. For $12 a month, they can upgrade to 60 hours of DVR storage.
The New York-based company is further sweetening things by offering the first month of service at no charge.
"We looked at our data and it was clear, consumers want a more simple approach to pricing," Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia said in a statement. "With our new pricing structure, consumers begin with one base plan and then have the ability to upgrade their membership to triple their DVR storage capacity."
The new plans go into effect Wednesday, the same day that Aereo plans to open up its service to residents of the Boston area, its second market. The company launched its service in 2012 in the New York metro area, and said in January that it plans to expand to 22 cities across the U.S. during 2013.
With Aereo's antenna/DVR technology, consumers can watch live, local over-the-air television broadcasts on some Internet-connected devices, including the iPad, iPhone, and Roku players. That capability has provoked lawsuits from TV broadcast giants including ABC, CBS (the parent of CNET), Fox, NBC Universal, and Telemundo, which alleged last year that the service violates their copyrights and that Aereo must pay them retransmission fees.
And call this counterprogramming: according to a report in the New York Times, ABC this week will launch an app that would let residents of New York and Philadelphia watch local programming live on their iPhones and iPads.
The updated pricing structure applies to new Aereo members. Those already signed up with Aereo will be kept to their original plans until the end of their current membership period, and those now paying $12 a month will be automatically upgraded to 60 hours of DVR storage capacity.
Strong DTH growth in India
India’s telecoms regulator (TRAI) says India’s six DTH platforms are now reaching more than 54.52 million pay-TV subscribers (as at Dec 31st) and well ahead of most forecasters’ expectations. In June 2012 the DTH numbers were no more than 48.1 million homes. Most industry observers now expect India’s 100 million DTH subscribers to hit 100 million homes by 2018 with the country becoming the largest DTH market in the world.
India’s DTH operators are carrying a maximum of 267 channels drawn from a portfolio of 823 private TV channels in addition to those from India’s Doordarshan public broadcaster. India’s (now older) cable TV systems carry a maximum of 100 channels. There are 184 pure pay-TV channels.
The data comes from a period when the digitisation of India’s cable systems was just starting, and it is known that the period since the start of 2013 has seen considerable growth benefits as people sign up for DTH service.
A recent Media Partners Asia report suggested that India’s DTH market would grow three-fold and revenues increase to $3.9 billion by 2017, and $5.3 billion by 2020. MPA’s report said India’s DTH market would expand to 76.6 million by 2020.
Jones! channels started on Sky NZ. Finally a chance to view again all those old shows that have been out in DVD box sets for years!
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L-3 Communications Wins Australian Sat Contract
Around the globe and Down Under it, L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL ) landed a pair of new contracts this week.
On Thursday, the Australian Defence Force announced that it has signed two contracts with L-3's Oceania subsidiary, ordering up "off-the-shelf" satellite communications terminals.
Under the first contract, L-3 will supply the ADF with 51 portable satellite terminals, 30 deployment kits, spare parts, and test equipment for $32 million. This equipment will be delivered in 2014. Under the second, L-3 will provide integrated logistics support, engineering services, supply support services, maintenance services, and training in the use of the terminals for $7 million, payable over three years.
Commenting on the awards, Australian Minister for Defence Material Dr. Mike Kelly explained that the new equipment will enable "linking of sensors, weapon systems, and commanders to their respective command and control systems" through technology certified for use on the Wideband Global Satellite System.
Bundoora resident given one month to remove large satellite dish
A BUNDOORA resident who installed a huge satellite dish on his roof has been ordered to take it down after neighbours complained.
The owner of the house on the corner of Tarata Court and Japonica Street installed a dish with a 2.4 metre diameter on a 5.2 metre pole without a planning permit, according to an officer’s report to Whittlesea council.
The owner applied for a planning permit but was told it was unlikely because the dish was too big, was attached to a pole on the roof, and was visible from the street and could not be screened, the report said.
The neighbour complained the dish did not meet council’s policies on satellite dishes.
The report said painting the black dish a colour to match the house would not solve any problems.
The council refused the permit application at its meeting last week, and gave the resident one month to take it down.
Council policy states that a dish with a diameter less than 1.2 metres does not need a permit, but bigger dishes that are visible from the street need a permit
Sommet turns sports-feed back on for Kiwis
On air: Aussie rules football will soon be free-to-air in New Zealand.
BROADCAST: General Manager of Sommet Sports Mark Cathie says trial broadcasts will be made this week.
Free-to-air sports are about to make a comeback on New Zealand TV screens, with the soft launch of Sommet Sports on Freeview at the end of this week.
And with Sommet Sports will come some new-look advertising designed to minimise disruption and viewers' enjoyment - including internet-style banner ads.
Sommet Sports promises to offer Australian Rules Football (AFL) as well as the beautiful game, including the Scottish, German and Chinese FA cups and the Argentinian league and German Bundesliga. On top of that is world snooker, the New York and Melbourne marathons, San Francisco's Escape from Alcatraz triathlon, kickboxing, extreme sports and more.
Once testing is complete the station will go live on Freeview channel 14.
In the meantime it would be making trial broadcasts, checking its systems and building its content, general manager Mark Cathie said.
Sommet Sports is an independent broadcaster that came to exist when, two years ago, a few friends were lamenting the loss of free-to-air sports in New Zealand. It plans to deliver a range of sports from around the world and from within New Zealand, 24 hours a day.
"As we grow we hope to increase our New Zealand content in local codes," its material says.
"As we are a cost-efficient entity we would be seeking to partner with these codes to determine creative ways that we can bring them to a free-to-air arena at costs that are manageable without compromising reasonable broadcasting quality."
Cheekily, they say they have no competition.
"Kiwis have no other free to air fully dedicated sports channels in New Zealand, and subscription-based service providers offer a wide mix of content genres, not just sports."
The business will be funded solely through commercials, but with a twist. Sponsors will be offered internet-style banner advertising to increase their visibility and to reduce ad breaks.
"We're very much up for experimenting," Cathie said. "We want to be able to keep the viewer engaged in ways they haven't been able to on free-to-air."
That met a mixed reaction from ad agencies last week with Colenso BBDO's Nick Garret describing the plan as "insulting, invasive and stupid".
More positive was Todd Mcleay, Whybin\TBWA CEO.
"If internet-style banner advertising is going to give Kiwis access to a genuinely new sports TV format with great content, and free of charge, then it's likely the advertising will be tolerated by consumers," he said.
"The key will be to find a balance that ensures advertisers still derive value, without Sommet Sports creating the very interruptions to broadcasts they're hoping to avoid.
(Craig's comment, they could place a banner overlay on screen and users could be forced to click on it to remove it to view what is playing underneath)
Jones!-ing for a fix?
Sky TV's newest entertainment channel is launched today - Jones! makes its debut at 1pm with a range of classic television offerings, starting with Happy Days on launch, and running through Dad's Army, Open All Hours, Mission Impossible, Bionic Woman, Sledge Hammer, and much more, over the next week or so.
I'm sure plenty of viewers will drop in on the channel, see an old show that grabs their attention, and stick around for an episode or two. I'm planning to. A channel like this is designed to appeal to our nostalgia. "Oh, I used to love [insert show name]," potential viewers will say. "I'd love to see that again." I'm sure Jones! will pick up plenty of viewers in exactly this manner; similar channels overseas have done exactly that.
But it seems to me that a nostalgia-based channel is problematic: How many of these shows are actually going to be worth watching again? How many shows on the Jones! menu have withstood the test of time?*
There are a couple of indisputable classics on the launch schedule. Twin Peaks (Wednesdays, 8.30pm) is one of the greatest dramas ever made, a big influence on today's serial dramas. Cheers (weekdays, 8.05pm) is a classic comedy which is often cited as one of the best shows ever made; I had actually planned to start re-watching Cheers earlier this year, so Jones! has saved me that job, at least.
The schedule also boasts several great shows that are worth re-watching, though not quite at the level of those two. Saturday evenings are given over to three entries in the Star Trek universe: The Original Series (6.30pm), The Next Generation (7.30pm) and Deep Space Nine (8.30pm) have proven cult favourites over the years, and are always good for a watch.
Kojak (Fridays, 8.30pm) is a classic crime drama. Mork & Mindy (weekdays, 6.05pm) holds up, mostly due to Robin Williams' wackiness. And British comedies like It Ain't Half Hot Mum (weekdays, 7.30pm) and Porridge (Sundays, 9pm) are dated, but still provide a few belly laughs.
But there are plenty of shows on the schedule that I can't imagine myself watching. Is anybody really interested in Doogie Howser MD (weekdays, 5.05pm)? The sight of a young Neil Patrick Harris aside, that show was as gimmicky as anything you'll find. TJ Hooker (Tuesdays, 9.20pm) might be an exclusive for the channel, since it has never aired in New Zealand - but it's nearly as old as I am. And with the current fascination with dark, effects-heavy superhero flicks, how are Wonder Woman (Saturdays, 4.45pm) and The Incredible Hulk (Saturdays, 5.40pm) going to attract an audience?
Don't even get me started on over-repeated shows like The A Team, MacGyver, Happy Days, The Love Boat and The Brady Bunch. I'm not sure I could withstand a minute of any of those shows. And I used to love half of them. The only reason to watch them now would be to have a cringe.
Anyway, as you can see, Jones! launches with a mix of good and bad. The question now is whether you will tune in ...
What old shows are you looking forward to revisiting on Jones! channel, if any? Take a look at the full list and see what you think. And what good old shows - at least 20 years old - are missing from the lineup?
(*) The notion of nostalgia is flawed too: by definition, nostalgia is more about us than it is about any show (or movie, or album, or whatever). When we recall how much we loved an old show, we can actually be recalling how much we loved that time in our lives - we change over time, and our tastes change over time
TV is a repeats offender
SKY recently announced theaun lch of a new channel. It is named Jones!, complete with the annoyingly shouty exclamation mark I will henceforth ignore, and will become part of subscribers' basic Sky package from tomorrow.
Whether you consider this good news will be dependent upon your threshold for nostalgia, as Jones will feature wall-to-wall reruns of "iconic" 70s and 80s shows such as The Bionic Woman, Bonanza, Cheers, Happy Days, Charlie's Angels and The Good Life, alongside a very light sprinkling of early 90s rippers like Twin Peaks.
A press release reveals the channel's name is "a nod to 70s' slang for being extremely fond of something", which suggests the Sky marketing department needs to resit "Street Slang 101".
A "jones" is actually an uncontrollable desire, a severe craving, an addiction. It can be a noun ("I have a jones for methamphetamine") or a verb ("I'm jonesing for a casual sexual encounter with Kate Moss") and dates from the late 60s, when it was coined to describe the ruinous opiate appetites of street junkies who hung out around Manhattan's notorious Great Jones Alley, where painter Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a heroin overdose on August 12, 1988.
Is Sky suggesting the telly-addicted citizens of middle New Zealand would be forced to go cold turkey without daily maintenance doses of Kojak and Dad's Army? Without mainlining regular hits of Mork & Mindy and It Ain't Half Hot Mum, would the viewing public begin to shake and sweat and grind their teeth? As we approach tomorrow's launch date, will some wretched souls be reduced to selling their bodies on street corners to raise the cash for a Sky subscription, simply so they can view 40-year-old episodes of Columbo?
Possibly. But I think not. I took a meander around YouTube this week, checking out a few series from the Jones schedule, and I can confirm that most of these shows play better in one's memory than they do on screen.
Ever the masochist, I began with The Good Life, a BBC sitcom in which middle-class couple Tom and Barbara Good endeavour to live a sustainable lifestyle in North London. Between swigs of "pea-pod burgundy", the Goods milk goats, dig up their lawns to plant veges, sew sackcloth kaftans and trade terrible puns with their posh neighbours, the Leadbetters.
Nowadays, of course, one's posh neighbours are themselves keeping chooks and planting cavolo nero, but this series originally ran from 1975 to 1978; a thankfully bygone era when sexual innuendo was so clumsy, all it took for the audience to slap their collective thighs and laugh like otters was to name a character "Dollie Mountshaft".
Next, I browsed episodes of the The Bionic Woman, a Six Million Dollar Man spin-off in which Steve Austin's girlfriend, Jaime Sommers, is fitted with prosthetic legs and a cyborg ear after a skydiving accident, then sent out to battle oestrogen-assisted androids, the Fembots, and foil assorted nuclear plots to destroy the Earth. Quality television? Let's just say that one episode involves a bogus hair salon where the villain extracts state secrets from government employees using truth-serum shampoo.
I moved on to Columbo, in which a dishevelled detective feigns incompetence to trick bad guys into incriminating themselves. Hammy as a pickled pig, it was nonetheless pretty entertaining. In the episode Ashes To Ashes, a crooked undertaker kills his former lover, cremates the body, then swaps her ashes with those of a bereaved client, who scatters the evidence over Malibu Beach. The perfect crime, surely, but no; Columbo has the malevolent mortician in cuffs well before the final fade.
Lastly, I suffered through a few clips of Happy Days, a show I loved as a kid but which now seems hopelessly cheesy and moralistic: An uncomfortable shotgun wedding between American Graffiti and a Norman Rockwell painting. Here, after all, is the show that gave us the phrase "jumping the shark", a reference to an episode in which Fonzie, wearing his leather jacket over swimming trunks, jumps over sharks on water skis.
This desperately unfunny episode signalled dark days for the series, showing just how low producers were prepared to stoop in order to win back viewers after a ratings slump. The term "jumping the shark" has since become shorthand for that point where a TV series succumbs to serious creative decline yet steadfastly refuses to die, hanging around long past its use-by date. The perfect metaphor, then, for most of the ancient televisual tat that's been dug up, dusted off, and is coming soon to a screen near you on Jones!
Boeing to Build Four More Intelsat EpicNG 702MP Satellites
Boeing will build four more 702MP satellites for Intelsat S.A., furthering its role as the initial manufacturer of Intelsat's new high-performance satellite fleet, Intelsat EpicNG. The 702MPs will deliver reliable, affordable and high-capacity data transmission that Intelsat customers can tailor to their needs.
"Intelsat became our first customer for the 702MP in 2009, and we are thrilled that our satellite will carry the Intelsat EpicNG high-throughput platform," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems.
"We are committed to providing the same level of quality, on-time performance with this new order that we achieved with our prior Intelsat deliveries."
The first EpicNG satellite, Intelsat 29e, was the fourth spacecraft and the last one still in production from Intelsat's previous order. It is on track for launch in 2015 and will serve the Americas and the North Atlantic. The new contract adds four more EpicNG satellites to the Intelsat fleet, starting with Intelsat 33e to be launched in 2016.
"Through the use of exclusive Boeing technology, our forward-thinking EpicNG design allows us to offer a highly differentiated service for our customers, enabling them to establish their network architecture for the next decade," said Dave McGlade, Intelsat chairman and chief executive officer.
"This agreement will allow us to implement further our global vision for the EpicNG fleet, delivering the most efficient satellite solutions over an open architecture, backward compatible platform for a range of fixed and mobile mission-critical customer applications. We are pleased to rely on Boeing for this next phase of our collaboration."
Intelsat is the leading provider of satellite services worldwide. For over 45 years, Intelsat has been delivering information and entertainment for many of the world's leading media and network companies, multinational corporations, Internet service providers and governmental agencies.
Intelsat's satellite, teleport and fiber infrastructure is unmatched in the industry, setting the standard for transmissions of video, data and voice services. From the globalization of content and the proliferation of HD, to the expansion of cellular networks and broadband access, with Intelsat, advanced communications anywhere in the world are closer, by far.
BBC Worldwide re-jigs senior team for Australia, New Zealand
MUMBAI: UK pubcaster the BBC's commercial arm BBC Worldwide MD Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Jon Penn has made some strategic changes to key roles in his senior team, to prepare the company for growth in the territory.
Deirdre Brennan is to become the director of content, taking responsibility for content management and development in the region. In this new role, she will oversee format production, drama investment and the editorial delivery of the ANZ channels.
Blair McQuade, who until recently was BBC Worldwide ANZ acting GM, has taken on the new role of chief commercial officer (CCO). As CCO, McQuade will oversee strategy and corporate development, finance and operations. McQuade's role will also manage the TV Sales business distributing programming to FTA, STV and digital platforms.
Irene Read has been promoted to head of sales, leading the team that licenses all TV programming and news in Australia and New Zealand on a daily basis, reporting to McQuade in this role. Read joined BBC Worldwide in 2011 and has successfully overseen sales in the Australian region to date.
Rob Leach will become digital and business development director with an expanded remit overseeing commercial digital, brand licensing and new business lines. He has recently taken on responsibility for the licensing of BBC Worldwide's brands in Australia and New Zealand, notably live events, consumer products and DVDs. He is also responsible for BBC World News and the relationship with MCN.
Completing the executive leadership team for BBC Worldwide Australia and New Zealand are: Melissa Madden, director of brands and marketing, leading the company's marketing department and creative services team. Fiona Lang, head of business and legal affairs, overseeing all legal, contractual, regulatory and compliance activity.
Penn said, "As BBC Worldwide looks to grow its business outside the UK, placing more autonomy in this territory's hands, there is a fantastic opportunity for growth. I am confident that I have put the best team and structure in place to deliver this growth in the areas that have the most potential - content, brands and digital - with a strong strategic and visionary team behind it."
115.6 million TV homes in the US
MUMBAI: The universe of US television homes is growing-and so is the TV audience. According to Nielsen's 2014 Advance National TV Household Universe Estimate (UE), there are 115.6 million TV homes in the U.S., up by 1.2 per cent from the 2012-2013 estimate of 114.2 million.
Nielsen estimates that 294 million persons age two and older live in these TV homes, an increase of 1.6 per cent from last year.
Nielsen uses US Census Bureau data and auxiliary sources such as state governments and the U.S. postal service to arrive at Advance TV UEs in early May before the television industry's upfronts. It then distributes final UEs before the start of each TV season.
Nielsen senior VP insights and analysis Pat McDonough said, "This year, the Advance National TV UEs are as we expected. Though we see slight shifts reflecting trends in population changes, the Advance UEs are largely stable and television viewing remains very strong. The expansion of the definition of a TV household, which we announced in February 2013, will include viewing from additional sites in current homes and new homes for the September TV season. In collaboration with clients, we continue to expand the reach of television audience measurement-how and where consumers choose to view content."
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Optus calls for review of NBN satellite cost
Australian communications company Optus has called on the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) to investigate the cost of NBN Co's satellite programme. Optus said that the regulator should benchmark the costs and staffing levels of the company that is rolling out the National Broadband Network against other operators to determine if it is spending efficiently, the Australian Financial Review writes. "NBN Co paid $300 million for the development of its satellite. The ACCC should investigate to see whether this is consistent with, or above, the industry norm for building and launching a satellite," Optus said in its submission to the ACCC. NBN Co plans to launch two satellites in 2015 at a total cost of around AUD 2 billion.
Ben Buckley to head Foxtel Victoria & Sport
Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein has announced that Ben Buckley will join Foxtel as executive director sport and Foxtel Victoria from 3 June 2013. Buckley replaces Peter Campbell who will leave the network to join the Australian Football League.
“Ben Buckley is one of Australia’s most experienced and highly regarded sports executives,” said Freudenstein. “His skills, passion and relationships will be hugely valuable to Foxtel at a time when the sports rights market is becoming increasingly complex.
“Ben also knows Victoria well, and has broad and deep connections there. He will be a natural leader for Foxtel’s business in the state. I am delighted he will be joining our team.
“We are sorry to see Pete Campbell leave Foxtel after almost 14 years. He has been a great executive and has many achievements to his credit, most notably his oversight of Foxtel’s award-winning London Olympics coverage. We wish Pete well and look forward to working with him in his new role at the AFL."
Most recently, Buckley was CEO of Football Federation Australia. Prior to that he held senior commercial, strategy and marketing roles with the Australian Football League.
NHK cracks Ultra-HDTV transmission
Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says it has a solution for encoding its 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ transmissions. Working with Mitsubishi Electric, NHK says the pair has jointly developed the world’s first rack-mounted High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) encoder and decoder for 8K transmission.
HEVC itself is well on its way to being a fixed standard for the broadcasting industry, but what NHK and Mitsubishi have done is to split the image into 17 horizontal rows or bands of image content (each measuring 7680 x 256 pixels) and these 17 rows are then simultaneously encoded in real time, and using what is likely to be another industry standard (for 4K television as well as 8K) of 120 frames/second.
NHK says it will be demonstrating the equipment at its upcoming ‘open house’ showcase at NHK’s R&D headquarters on May 30th June 2nd in Tokyo.
VNREDSat-1 captures first images of Vietnam
VietNamNet Bridge The VNREDSat-1 satellite sent the first photos of Vietnam from space since it was put into orbit on May 7.
Satellite images of Hanoi, Ha Giang Province and Phu Quoc Island were transmitted to a reception station of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment at 11h00 on May 9, according to Bui Trong Tuyen, Deputy Head of the Space Technology Institute.
Despite the cloudy sky, these initial images indicate that VNREDSat-1 and the ground station are working properly, said space scientists.
The National Remote Sensing Centre can now contact VNREDSat-1 two to four times a day through a reception and transmission station in Hoa Lac.
Vietnamese and French experts are currently working together to analyse and process the raw satellite images, and monitor and assess the satellite’s performance.
VNREDSat-1 was launched into orbit aboard a Vega rocket on May 7 from the Kourou space centre in French Guiana. It is Vietnam’s third satellite in space and its first Earth observation satellite.
Boeing sells 4 more satellites to Intelsat
Intelsat S.A. ordered four more 702MP satellites from Boeing Co., which the global communications company plans to use in high-capacity data transmission, Boeing announced Thursday.
Luxembourg-based Intelsat ordered its initial four satellites in 2009, with the fourth and final 702MP from that order still in production and on track to launch in 2015, Boeing officials said. That satellite will be the first to carry Intelsat’s new Epic high-capacity data platform and will serve the Americas and North Atlantic.
The new contract announced today adds four more 702MP satellites to Intelsat’s Epic fleet, starting with the Intelsat 33e to be launched in 2016, according to Boeing officials. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Intelsat provides content delivery services for about 1,500 customers worldwide, including Internet service providers, telecommunications companies, broadcasters and corporate network service providers. The company reported 2012 revenue of $2.6 billion.
Chicago-based Boeing (NYSE: BA) designs and builds the 702MP satellite at its satellite integration and test complex in El Segundo, Calif. Boeing’s satellite operations are part of Hazelwood-based Boeing Defense, Space & Security, a $33 billion business with 59,000 employees worldwide.
Astrium To Sell Yahsat Military Bandwidth
Astrium Services is selling Ka-band capacity on the Yahsat 1B satellite (above) to the U.S. military. Credit: Astrium photo
PARIS The competition between Astrium Services of Europe and Boeing Commercial Satellite Services of the United States in selling satellite bandwidth to military customers now extends to the military Ka-band capacity on the Yahsat 1B satellite over the Middle East.
Astrium Service announced May 6 an agreement with Yahasat to market that capacity to the U.S. military.
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates-based Yahsat announced in March that its military Ka-band service had been certified by the U.S. Defense Department as compatible with the Ka-band services from the U.S. Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) constellation, which eventually will include 10 satellites in geostationary orbit.
Yahsat 1B was launched in 2012 and is operational at 47.6 degrees east longitude. Its coverage includes all of Africa and the Middle East, South and Central Asia, much of Southern Europe and extends east as far as Southeast Asia.
Boeing’s new satellite services division, meanwhile, is an anchor customer for London-based Inmarsat’s Global Xpress military Ka-band capacity, scheduled to enter commercial service in 2014. Boeing is also selling Inmarsat’s L-band capacity to government customers.
Boeing, which is building the WGS and Global Xpress fleets, will be adding Global Xpress and Yahsat 1B bandwidth to the service offering for U.S. forces to use when they are out of coverage of the WGS satellites or in areas where the Inmarsat or Yahsat links offer higher bandwidth.
Astrium Services, a division of EADS Astrium, built the two Yahsat spacecraft with partner Thales Alenia Space of Europe. Astrium Services has made a business of selling military X-band capacity aboard Britain’s Astrium-owned Skynet satellites to U.S. and allied forces.
Astrium Services is expanding its X-band reach with the just-launched X-band payload aboard the commercial Anik G1 satellite owned by Telesat of Canada. Astrium has leased the X-band payload for the satellite’s full 15-year life.
The expected future U.S. military demand for X-band versus Ka-band bandwidth is a subject of debate. Much depends on whether budgets to install Ka-band terminals on various airborne and other mobile platforms will match the in-orbit availability of WGS and WGS-compatible satellites.
Astrium Services is looking to expand its Ka-band portfolio and has been negotiating with Inmarsat for a deal similar to Boeing’s.
As part of the agreement that won Boeing’s satellite manufacturing division the contract to build the three Inmarsat Global Xpress satellites, Boeing signed a take-or-pay commitment. It must pay Inmarsat a set amount regardless of whether it succeeds in selling the bandwidth to U.S. military forces.
In its May 6 statement on the Yahsat agreement, Astrium Services said its U.S. arm, Astrium Services Government Inc. of Herndon, Va., will sell to U.S. forces through established U.S. government contracting structures including the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency’s Future Commercial Satellite Communications Services Acquisition program.
YouTube confirms paid channel programme
YouTube has revealed details of enhancements to its partner programme that enables content creators to earn revenue for their creativity.
Responding to requests for more flexibility in monetising and distributing content, the video-sharing site is launching a pilot programme for a small group of partners that will offer paid channels on YouTube with subscription fees starting at $0.99 per month. Every channel has a 14-day free trial, and many offer discounted yearly rates. For example, Sesame Street will be offering full episodes on its paid channel when it launches. And UFC fans can see classic fights, such as a full version of their first event from UFC’s new channel.
“Once you subscribe from a computer, you’ll be able to watch paid channels on your computer, phone, tablet and TV, and soon you’ll be able to subscribe to them from more devices,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog.
“This is just the beginning. We’ll be rolling paid channels out more broadly in the coming weeks as a self-service feature for qualifying partners. And as new channels appear, we’ll be making sure you can discover them, just as we’ve been helping you find and subscribe to all the channels you love across YouTube,” it continued.
It noted that just as the partner programme empowered creators to take their channels to the next level, YouTube looked forward to seeing how “this great community of creators” moved ahead with a new way to reach the fan communities that made their channels a hit. “You’ll be hearing more from us, and them, as we get creator and user feedback and build out this exciting offering,” it advised.
ITV Player on Samsung devices
ITV has entered an exclusive fixed term partnership with Samsung to offer the new and improved ITV Player app on the manufacturer’s Android devices.
The ITV Player app will be available on a range of Samsung Android tablet and smartphone devices, including the new Galaxy S4, the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the Galaxy Mega, whilst it has also been optimised for the Galaxy S III, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Note II, Note and Galaxy Note 10.1.
James Micklethwait, Online Product Director, said: “We are very excited to have launched the new ITV Player app on Samsung devices. The fragmentation of the Android ecosystem is well known therefore, as a commercial broadcaster, it makes sense for us to partner with the leading manufacturer of Android devices to further increase our technical knowledge of the operating system. We plan to launch the app onto other Android devices in the future.”
The ITV Player app provides customers with access to the last thirty days of ITV’s catch-up content across ITV, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4 and CITV.
The app is available now, and is free of charge to download from the Google Play Store and Samsung Apps.
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AFL on Foxtel gets live and mobile
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FOXTEL has joined Telstra as a live mobile broadcaster of AFL matches.
The pay-TV platform has confirmed live AFL matches will be available on the Foxtel Go app, beginning with tomorrow night’s top-of-the-table blockbuster between the undefeated Geelong and Essendon
Footy Play is available now on Foxtel Go to Foxtel sports package customers included with their subscription. All matches for the remainder of the 2013 home and away season will now be available on Foxtel Go on compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
Other programs included in the package include Fox Footy magazine programs such as After The Bounce, AFL 360, On The Couch, AFL Insider, League Teams and Open Mike.
The additional channel, Footy Play+, will also be available for when more than one live AFL game is played at the same time.
Telstra’s Bigpond, the AFL and NRL currently offer live broadcasts of matches through their apps for smartphones and tablets with monthly or season passes available at extra cost to normal mobile device plans.
The Seven Network and Fox Sports share broadcast rights to the AFL.
Sky boss dismisses idea net will hurt broadcaster
My dream is to be involved in streaming and you can buy packs for about $1500 to send the signal.
There are broadcasters both great and small, and the great are even thinking smaller.
Sky boss John Fellet envisages major broadcasting changes, including on-demand replacing scheduled programming. Sky is also gearing up to cover lower level sport in Auckland by building a small outside broadcast van.
Sky's four giant OB trucks cost $30,000 each to start up. Covering cricket costs around $100,000 a day and golf a whopping $200,000 - which is why golf coverage has been zapped. Sky may also buy its own portable floodlights so it can delve into more of sport's nooks and crannies.
"When we cover a small event like hockey, we've still got a $20m van turning up," says Fellet.
He dismisses any idea that Sky will be troubled by increased awareness of the internet possibilities. New Sky boxes will soon enable the corporation to deliver via the net because its satellite capabilities are stretched.
"There's an opportunity to see what the future looks like in the United States where 90 per cent of people have the fast-rate internet and it hasn't changed how sport is delivered," he says.
"I remember when we were a three channel UHF outfit and people said satellites would destroy our business. Why would it destroy my business? Why wouldn't I utilise it? We'll go the easiest way to get to your house."
At the other end of the scale, the Herald found the ultimate small-fry broadcasting schemer, a bloke named Tony Robb from Pukekohe. Along with his mate Billy White, Robb runs Combat TV, a nickle-and-dime outfit that sold videotapes of combat sports to the combatants. Digital just about ruined that, because the copying quality is perfect unlike tapes.
"We have approached mainstream TV - Sky and Maori TV - and given them things to look at but you never hear back," says the 60-year-old Robb, a former jockey who became a harness racing trainer until suffering horrific injuries in a track accident.
"TV3 did show some of our stuff but we're outside the mainstream and it is a closed shop unless you have a lot of money or know someone. But you can actually stream on YouTube and New Zealand has been slow in picking up on the possibilities.
"My dream is to be involved in streaming and you can buy packs for about $1500 to send the signal. We've looked at it but the quality is not good until fast broadband arrives. Viewing mindsets must also change because people think there is only Sky. I'm sure we can become our own TV station."
White is not optimistic however.
"Live streaming of lower level events will take punters away from the venue which is not what the promoters want," said White, who operates a lighting and ring hire business.
"The only people watching will be diehard fans. The only way to promote sport is through a barrage of coverage across all the media and we can't do that."
TV starved minnows look at innovative ways to shine
Sky TV's virtual monopoly on sports broadcasting is being challenged not by networks, but by the sports themselves, delivering their own online match coverage using a bit of digital savvy, reports Chris Rattue.
In the land of rugby, it is really difficult to promote football. Image / Rod Emmerson
You can't miss a television outside broadcast truck at a major sports event. Huge, and with cables spurting everywhere, everything about a standard OB truck screams money, lots of it.
When you next see one at a cricket match, remember that Sky's overall coverage there costs $100,000 a day, commentators' wages included.
But over at the Oceania Football Confederation headquarters next to Mt Smart Stadium lurks a new-age version of the OB truck. It's so small that it would get lost in a carpark but for the wee satellite dish atop. OFC TV also has eight cameras plus more scattered around the Oceania soccer region. Match day coverage - a few thousand dollars a day.
Frustrated by the lack of domestic and regional soccer on mainstream television, Fifa's Oceania division has gone on the offensive, setting up its own channel capability and production unit. There are numerous delivery options but YouTube has emerged as the initial platform.
Other Oceania nations are already receiving. Last Sunday's Champions League semifinal at Kiwitea St between Auckland City and Fijian side Ba went live to Fiji and Vanuatu. The match was also test-streamed successfully on a YouTube channel in a breakthrough moment for New Zealand soccer.
OFC TV Live will officially launch on YouTube in late July for coverage of the Oceania Futsal championship at Waitakere Trusts Stadium.
"I'm more of a football fan than a businessman," said Olivier Huc, the Frenchman who instigated and leads this unique Fifa project which other New Zealand sports can tap into.
"TV is the key but in the land of rugby, it is really difficult to promote football. We are up against a monopoly."
That monopoly is Sky TV, the subscriber channel which has brought the world of sport into New Zealand living rooms. Yet outside of the big four - rugby, league, cricket and netball - second-tier sports have found their pathway to the airwaves blocked by Sky's business mantra. Only now are more of them grasping that the internet provides an alternative. With the advent of smart TV in the past three years, it's even a cinch to transfer internet content to television screens through home wi-fi networks.
So welcome to the revolution. The worm is turning. Digital awareness, faster broadband, changing viewing habits and remarkable technological advances allow sports to produce and deliver to the masses, their way. Yet in New Zealand, the brave new world has largely bypassed sport, with internet rights left to languish.
Major sports such as America's major league baseball are in on the act, with innovative ways of delivering live content, highlights and a lot more not only to computers, but the rapidly growing number of mobile devices. But little sports can now entertain a realistic idea of joining the party, in an age where a TV channel can be operated out of a bedroom.
This democratisation of sports coverage was evident at two recent events in Auckland, the world softball championships and an international badminton tournament.
Sky were not interested in the opening five days of the softball, and the television giant's CEO John Fellet said the only viable commercial option was to cover the final games on Sunday. A compromise was reached. For a $36,500 fee paid by softball, Sky covered the last three days. But softball still made its tournament available to the world, through live internet streaming of action from the No1 diamond at a cost to subscribers of US$5 a day.
Badminton promoter Julie Carrel was not so kind about Sky who refused live or delayed coverage even though she would provide it - at a cost of $35,000 to her - for free. After the Invercargill-based Freeview outfit Cue Television stepped in to relay live coverage, she says Sky scrapped the highlights package they were going to show a week later.
Carrel says: "I didn't like the attitude of Sky... I'd got over them not wanting to carry it live, but the highlights package was hitting a different market.
"But the internet is taking over. I think it will change the face of things. The consumer will get used to the idea that wherever sport is on in the world, they will be able to find it. Streaming is changing the world."
Ex-staffers from the networks - from camera operators to executive producers - are the freelancers at the heart of this new industry.
However the revolution may come too late for one internet streaming veteran, Aaron Crabb, whose ventures have included Speedbox, which covered second-level motorsports such as the Wanganui Cemetery motorcycle event.
"We had an intensely loyal audience - we had multi-cameras, commentary and graphics," says Crabb, who now runs Slipstream.
"We heard of regular Speedbox parties where punters would plug their laptop into the biggest flat screen they had, invite mates over and watch five hours of uninterrupted coverage."
Crabb says a lack of sponsorship scuppered Speedbox, but he is also mystified at a lack of take-up by New Zealand subscribers and sports, and laughs at the oft-heard claim that Kiwis lap up technological advances. "Just because we use a lot of Eftpos," says Crabb. "I saw an explosive future in online and kind of fell into it. It has happened overseas but certainly not in New Zealand.
"Sky has a nice monopoly and no incentive to change... [but] there is a lot of discussion about the sustainability of television and there will be a day when all broadcast is IP based."
After "11 years of blood, sweat and considerable personal financial investment" he appeared worn out from swimming upstream.
"We have pitched to many sports, to transcend TV, to transcend Sky, to get their events out to the world for a fraction of the cost," says Crabb. "Some have understood that, but most have not. We [New Zealanders] are amazingly slow in that respect."
Olivier Huc and OFC TV will be there - bet your soccer boots on that. Huc, who has an extensive television history including as an on-screen host and is a Fifa communications instructor, is playing a cautious game to ensure the quality of OFC TV is high when it hits New Zealand. The plan includes providing wide-ranging content, not just match coverage.
His YouTube highlight packages reveal the extraordinary potential. One match, between America Samoa and Tonga, received nearly 300,000 views with over half from mobile devices.
There is a pioneering spirit to what they are doing, even though the massive Fifa name stands behind the project. Huc, his engineer Billy Kapoor and Kapoor's father built the little OB unit, which can be operated by just two people. Throw in a commentator, and a handful of camera operators and hey presto - match coverage.
Who knows? Down the track, Sky may embrace local soccer if OFC TV thrives and invite it on board in classic takeover style. If so, Huc will be all ears: "I am a real competitor," he says, "but promoting soccer is my No1 mission."
Sporting bodies unite in search for quality air time
Many smaller sports are frustrated and angry at their inability to find the airwaves. Photo / Dean Purcell
New Zealand's sporting bodies have made a united stand so they can tune in to ever-growing broadcast options.
Many smaller sports are frustrated and angry at their inability to find the airwaves, a situation made worse by TVNZ's new commercial imperatives. But at the same time those sports have ignored or overlooked the amazing possibilities of the digital age. This is despite New Zealand viewers being highly patriotic, according to a number of survey figures the Herald has been made aware of.
The first draft of a wide-ranging report, after five months of investigations, was presented last week. Twenty-six out of the 32 sports approached - including rugby, league, cricket and netball - took part.
Leading light Craig Waugh, the boss of Triathalon New Zealand, insists it is not an attack on Sky. The report looks at all coverage available in the high-tech age.
Waugh, previously a marketing executive, says: "At Triathlon New Zealand we produce our own content but it is tougher and tougher to get our material out there.
"Our sponsors and commercial partners have expectations... and we also had concerns about participation and inspiring kids. Little Johnny will be seeing a lot more international stuff brought in from Sky, but less domestic sport.
"The significant growth in products like iPads and iPhones, the changes in the consumption of sport, meant we need to make sure we are on top of it.
"We spend hundreds of thousands of dollars we don't have to produce content but invariably when we have discussions about showing it, [Sky] won't buy it. It is a commercial organisation but do I like it - well no. It makes my life bloody tough. I also think it's sad as a country.
"Sky has a great variety of sport and has made our sporting landscape truly international. Like everything, there is a positive and a negative and we are missing a trick with the domestic stuff."
The dissatisfaction does not just involve second-tier sports. One sports broadcasting insider told the Herald that Sky lets rugby down by failing to produce high-quality and interactive content around the match. They pointed to ESPN as showing what can be done for major sports, in contrast to what they saw as Sky's dated and tired rugby coverage. The insider also claimed Sky got the rugby rights at a bargain price.
Waugh says second-tier sports must let go and put their faith in creative experts.
"The cost of internet packages is going down as use goes up and the faster broadband coming in is the greatest thing," he said.
"This is the first time we have looked at this whole space in an aligned way. We don't have a lot of weight as individual sports and get told what will happen... as a collective we could even create our own channel."
NEW BOARD AT FIJI TELEVISION
Fiji Television Limited today announced to its board members.
Changes were made to the Board of Fiji Television Ltd, as a result of the recent acquisition of Yasana Holdings Ltd by Fijian Holdings Ltd.
FHL appointed Padam Lala, Ulaiyasi Baya, Viliame Gavoka, Aseri Radrodro and Nouzab Fareed as new directors of Fiji Television Ltd while accepting resignation of Kafoa Muror, Pita Mawi, Adi Finau Tabakaucoro, Isoromi Bayameyame and Sefanaia Rayawa.
Mr Padam Lala was appointed as the new chairman of Fiji Television today replacing Mr.Isoa Kaloumaira, who retains his board membership. In addition, Gary Callaghan was made the Deputy Chairman of the Board of Fiji TV.
New Chairman of Fiji Television, Mr Lala said “These changes were as a result of changes in share ownership and but in reality, its business as usual. We are certain that these changes will bring strategic input to the board of Fiji TV.”
In addition, FTV also appointed Mr. Iowane Naiveli as the Chairman for Media Niugini Ltd and Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga as the Chairman for Media Solomon Islands Limited respectively.
Tevita Gonelevu was appointed as the new Company Secretary for Fiji Television Ltd.
Offer of Chinese satellite TV shows concerns DPP
FREE PROPAGANDA:Pacific Satellite International is offering a package of 11 Chinese channels to buildings with more than 100 households, apparently illegally
Democratic Progressive Party legislators Chen Chi-mai, left, and Lee Chun-yi speak at a press conference in Taipei yesterday, demanding that the government ban Chinese satellite channels from being broadcast locally.
Satellite television service providers with close Chinese ties and investments have been offering a free service in Taiwan in what appeared to be part of Beijing’s united front strategy and an attempt to culturally influence the nation, Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lawmakers said yesterday.
Although Taiwan has not granted local landing rights to Chinese satellite TV channels, Taiwanese could watch the channels via illegal service providers, but “it’s another story when the provider is backed by Beijing and provides the service free of charge,” Legislator Lee Chun-yi (李俊俋) told a press conference.
Pacific Satellite International, a local subsidiary of a Hong Kong company, has been offering Great Wall Television a satellite TV package featuring 11 Chinese channels, including China Television (CCTV), Beijing TV, Dragon TV of Shanghai, Hunan TV, Shenzhen TV and Xiamen TV for free to residential buildings with more than 100 households, Lee said.
The Hong Kong company has close ties with CCTV and suspicious investments from Beijing, Lee said.
Lee called on the National Communications Commission to investigate because the provider appears to have violated both the Act Governing Relations between the People of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (臺灣地區與大陸地區人民關係條例) and the Satellite Broadcasting Act (衛星廣播電視法).
The number of local subscribers was unknown, Chen said, but according to his office’s calculations, a NT$100 million (US$3.4 million) budget would secure 400,000 Taiwanese viewers, which means China could secure 4 million viewers for its TV programs for a budget of NT$1 billion.
An audio recording of a telephone call made to the subsidiary company was played at the press conference. It appeared that the service provider was aware that the service is illegal, because the person answering the phone assured the caller that subscribers would not be punished for purchasing the package.
“As far as I’m concerned, this is apparently a part of China’s ‘into the island, into households and into the brains [of Taiwanese]’ (入島，入戶，入腦) efforts,” Chen said, adding that the Great Wall package is offered free of charge in Asia, while it is a premium service in North America.
Chinese satellite TV channels have become a “must have” service in luxury hotels in Taiwan as the numbers of Chinese tourists have increased, Chen said, but this is the first time a service provider has tried to secure household viewers, which raises questions about the company’s motives.
SETANTA SPORTS GOES HD WITH MEASAT
From Press Release
8 May 2013
MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. (“MEASAT”)
announced today an agreement with Level 3 Communications (NYSE: LVLT), to upgrade
the Setanta Sports channel on the MEASAT 3/3a video platform from standard definition
(“SD”) to high definition (“HD”).
Founded in 1992, Setanta is an international sports broadcaster with operations in Ireland,
Canada, Australia, Asia and Africa. Setanta owns and operates premium sports TV
channels on a subscription basis to residential and commercial customers through
satellite, cable, broadband and mobile distribution.
“We are delighted to support Level 3 Communications with the upgrade of Setanta Sports
channel to high definition,” said Jarod Lopez, Vice President Broadcast Sales, MEASAT.
“The addition of Setanta Sports HD to the MEASAT 3a video platform is an indicator of the
strength of 91.5°E as a preferred location for quality HD channel distribution across the
Asian region,” he added.
The MEASAT 3/3a video neighbourhood at 91.5°E distributes premium SD and HD
channels throughout Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Leveraging MCPC and SCPC
platforms operated by partners, the satellites feature a variety of news, general
entertainment, sports and factual programming. With 39 HD channels onboard the
platform, MEASAT leads the HD channel distribution in Asia.
Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd.
MEASAT Teleport & Broadcast Centre, 63000 Cyberjaya, Malaysia
Tel: +60 (3) 8213 2188
Fax: + 60(3) 8213 2120
Ilham Bakti Adnan
+60 (3) 8213 2154
MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international
broadcasters, DTH platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across five (5)
satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80%
of the world’s population across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.
The MEASAT fleet includes the state of the art MEASAT 3 and MEASAT 3a satellites at 91.5°E which support Asia’s premium DTH (direct-to- home) and video distribution neighbourhood, MEASAT 2 at 148.0°E and MEASAT 5 at 119.5°E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT 1a satellite at 46.0°E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europ e, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT 3b at 91.5°E in Q1 2014 and MEASAT 3c in mid 2015.
Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a selec t group of world class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co location, uplinking, broadband and IP ter mination services.
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400 experts for Abu Dhabi satellite forum
More than 400 space and satellite experts from 30 countries gathered yesterday (May 7) for the opening of the fourth edition of the Global Space & Satellite Forum (GSSF) and Milsatcom Middle East.
The two space business and military satellite communications forums will conclude today at the Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal Abu Dhabi. The co-located forums provide global leaders in space technology the opportunity to meet with regional government, military, and commercial organisations and tap into a multi-billion dollar space sector across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
With the satellite communications requirement across the region continuing to grow for both military and commercial applications, speakers highlighted Earth Observation data and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) as key growth areas for the sector.
Koen Williams, market director for Government & Defence at Newtec, and one of the panellist speakers at Milsatcom Middle East, said: “The Middle East and Africa will continue to dominate the demand for satellite bandwidth to support international missions in regional hotspots as well as the increased need for ISR.”
Tony Thoma, sales director for Arianespace, said: “Apart from telecommunications, navigation and Earth Observation satellites, mostly located in low and medium orbits and traditionally driven by national governments, will find a solid commercial footing in Middle East space sector in the next five years.”
“The major enthusiasm in the Middle East for Earth Observation is a new development, be it for civil, governmental, or military purposes. The first country to make the move in high resolution will become the envy of its neighbours, generating a strong demand for these services in the region.”
The Middle East holds strategic importance for Arianespace, which has launched 18 satellites in the region, the most recent being the Abu Dhabi’s Yahsat Y1A satellite in 2011.
“This represents a 70 per cent market share,” added Thoma. “We are very proud to have contributed to the successful deployment of key means of telecommunications, providing the region with cutting edge capabilities. Our goal is to continue to be a part of this dynamism.”
Dennis Jones, president of Jones Consulting Group, and another speaker at GSSF emphasised the important role of Earth Observation (EO) data in a range of applications, including internal security purposes or responding to natural and man-made disasters.
“The most significant use of EO data for internal security purposes would be for border mapping and monitoring,” said Jones. “The Dubai Police Department uses earth observation data and geospatial mapping technology to assist in its law enforcement and public safety activities.
“EO data and systems have also been used all over the world to plan for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters. EO data enables the creation of highly accurate, up to date maps, which are critical in any crisis. When disaster strikes, either natural or man-made, these maps can be refreshed with the latest available imagery data.”
Organised by Streamline Marketing Group, Milsatcom Middle East and the Global Space and Satellite Forum and are supported by Space Reconnaissance, Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (EIAST), Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) and Global VSAT Forum. TradeArabia News Service
Kazakhstan plans to launch "KazSat-3" satellite in 2014
Kazakhstan will launch its third KazSat satellite in 2014, which will be able to offer telecommunication services to neighboring countries, according to the head of its national space agency (Kazkosmos) Talgat Musabayev.
"The KazSat-3 satellite will be simultaneously a reserve and operating device which will ensure continuousfunctioning of the satellite system. In addition, two satellites will be able to satisfy the needs for a radio-frequency resource for all Kazakhstan, and will probably provide satellite services for part of Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Russia and Uzbekistan on a paid basis," said.
Musabayev, in an interview published on the prime ministerial website, said the KazSat-3 would be launched on a Russian Beam spacecraft in the first quarter 2014.
He said the KazSat series' main goal was to meet the full needs of national communications operators and broadcasting.
Russian satellite to take detailed pictures of solar eclipse
In response to a request posted by bloggers in social networks, Russian space officials have agreed to adjust the work of cameras on a weather satellite to take detailed pictures of the lunar shadow as it moves around the Earth during the May 10 solar eclipse.
Russia’s Electro-L geostationary satellite will capture two images of the Eastern hemisphere in a 30-minute interval early on Friday. The regular imaging frequency of the satellite’s cameras is one image every 30 minutes.
“We will be able to provide a detailed animated picture of the lunar shadow’s movement,” said Sergei Uspensky, from the “Planeta” State Research Center of Space Meteorology.
The scientist said the authors of the request had been notified about the decision, and the imagery would be made public on May 11.
This week’s solar eclipse will be “ring-shaped” as the moon will only partially cover the sun. The event is also known as an annular eclipse.
During annular solar eclipses, the moon casts a shadow on the face of the Earth when it passes between the planet and the sun.
This time, the Russian satellite will capture the movement of the lunar shadow in the very beginning of its path around the Earth as it passes through parts of Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland in Australia.
The second solar eclipse this year will occur on November 3. It will be a rare hybrid eclipse when an annular eclipse transitions into a total eclipse. The event will be visible in the northern Atlantic Ocean and equatorial Africa.
The Elecrto-L satellite is able to image the Eastern hemisphere in visible and infrared frequencies, additionally providing data on climate change, as well as sea and ocean monitoring.
It was launched in January 2011 as part of Russia’s effort to restore its weather satellite network.
Something to check.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11545 V Sr 14000 Fec 3/4 8psk MPEG-4, DVBS2 "Al Sunnah TV and Iqraa Asia & Australia" have started, the Beam on Lyngsat says Indonesia?
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Optus D3 156E 12052 H "Foxtel Movies Thriller/Crime" has started on , MPEG-4, HD, encrypted.
Telstar 18 138E 12685 V "TVBS News" is now encrypted.
JCSAT 4B 124E A Big TV packages has started on JCSAT 4B.
Thaicom 4 119.5E 11545 V "Al Sunnah TV and Iqraa Asia & Australia" have started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
Palapa D 113E 4140 V "Al Malakoot Sat has replaced Martial Arts TV" on , Fta.
SES 7 108.2E 2595 H "KidsCo Asia" has left .
NSS 6 95E 11037 V "MNS" has started on , Fta.
NSS 6 95E 11172 V "World Movies, Asia Movies, World Story, Travel Channel HD Asia, Variety One, Channel Anime, Motorvision TV, Fashion One Asia, Kboom, IPM Live HD and Film Plus" have started on , MPEG-4, HD, .North Show, TV Pool Music Channel, TV Pool Channel and Ji Cartoon have left.
Yamal 201 90E 11057 V "Vsegda s Toboy" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Now Baogo" has started on , MPEG-4, Conax.
ABS 1 75E 3550 H "TVB Jade" has left again.
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Orbital Lands Palapa E Satellite Contract
satellite fleet operator Indosat of Indonesia has selected Orbital Sciences Corp. to build the mixed C- and Ku-band Palapa E telecommunications satellite to be launched in 2016 into Indonesia’s 150.5 degrees east longitude orbital slot, industry officials said May 7.
The contract has been in negotiations for nearly two years and was delayed in part because one or more Indosat shareholders wanted to delay the capital investment. Palapa E will replace the Palapa-C2 satellite, which was launched in 1996 and is already past its expected service retirement date.
Indosat offcials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Asked about Palapa E, Orbital Sciences spokesman Barron Beneski on May 7 said: "We don't have a firm contract yet. We're working with them to progress toward that goal."
Orbital Chief Executive David W. Thompson told an investor conference call on April 23 that the company, and the market in general, was going through a dry spell for commercial geostationary-orbiting telecommunications satellites.
Thompson said Orbital had three bids under evaluation at the time and was targeting three commercial satellite contracts in 2013.
International Launch Services (ILS) + Eutelsat... Power Push Planned (Launch)
<>[SatNews] May 14th is set as the launch date for the EUTELSAT 3D communications satellite by..
...by International Launch Services (ILS) at the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard a Proton M launch vehicle from launch pad 39. Built by Thales Alenia Space using their Spacebus 4000 platform, the EUTELSAT 3D will bring resources, reach and flexibility for high-growth professional video, data, telecom and broadband services at 3 degrees East, an orbital position that sits at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia. Through a configuration of Ku- and Ka-band transponders connected to three footprints, Eutelsat’s new satellite will serve customers in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia. A fourth footprint in the Ku-band will serve customers in sub-Saharan Africa. EUTELSAT 3D will be located at 3 degrees East until the launch in 2014 of EUTELSAT 3B that will further extend coverage to South America and will subsequently continue service at 7 derees East.
The Proton M launch vehicle, using a 5-burn Breeze M mission design, will lift off from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, with the EUTELSAT 3D satellite on board. The first three stages of the Proton will use a standard ascent profile to place the orbital unit (Breeze M upper stage and the EUTELSAT 3D satellite) into a sub-orbital trajectory. From this point in the mission, the Breeze M will perform planned mission maneuvers to advance the orbital unit first to a circular parking orbit, then to an intermediate orbit, followed by a transfer orbit, and finally to a geosynchronous transfer orbit. Separation of the EUTELSAT 3D satellite is scheduled to occur approximately 9 hours, 13 minutes after liftoff.
SES-6 Launch Campaign Kicked-Off At Baikonur Cosmodrome
Satellite to cover the Americas, Europe and Atlantic Ocean
Luxembourg SES S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) announces that the SES-6 satellite has safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft is now being processed for launch on board an ILS Proton Breeze M rocket scheduled to lift-off at 15:18 local time on June 3, 2013 (11:18 a.m. CET, 5:18 a.m. EDT).
SES-6 was built by EADS Astrium in Toulouse, France, based on the highly reliable Eurostar E3000 platform. The satellite is equipped with 43 C-band and 48 Ku-band transponders (36 MHz equivalent). It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast services, including HD video distribution and mobile services, from its 40.5° West location in geostationary orbit, covering North America, Latin America, Europe and the Atlantic Ocean.
Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer of SES, stated: “SES-6 will replace the existing NSS-806 satellite at 40.5° West and provide significant capacity expansion at a strategic slot over the Americas. The satellite’s expanded Ku-band payload can support DTH platforms, VSAT services and government digital inclusion programmes throughout Latin America. The C-band payload will add incremental capacity to support channel growth at a key cable neighborhood. We thank Astrium for the delivery of the spacecraft and look forward to a successful launch campaign with ILS Proton.”
SES-6 will have a launch mass of 6,100 kg, a wingspan of 40m once its solar arrays are deployed in orbit, and a spacecraft power of 13 kW at the end of its 15-year design lifetime.
SES-6 will be the sixth Eurostar satellite in the SES fleet, following the successful launch of ASTRA 2F in September 2012. Three more Eurostar E3000s for SES are currently in final integration and tests in Astrium facilities.
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 52 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.
SES (NYSE Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: http://www.ses.com/.
Mysterious debris may be from rocket or satellite
THE mysterious discovery made on Trinidad’s south coast on Saturday may be debris from a rocket ship or satellite.
The debris likely came from a spacecraft that lifted off in French Guiana on the east coast of South America.
Director general of the Trinidad and Tobago Civil Aviation Authority Ramesh Lutchmedial said on Monday this was the information he received from the authority’s inspectors who visited the site and examined the debris.
Lutchmedial said: “Rockets from the French-based firm Arianespace are launched in French Guiana. Stages of rockets would jettison into the ocean and they are washed ashore sometimes. Ever so often a piece washes ashore. And it is not from an aircraft, it is one of the stages that the aircraft goes through”.
Penal police said they were contacted by a lifeguard who made the discovery while jogging along the beach near Morne Diablo.
“It is not harmful to the public in any way. I must commend the public for their civic mindedness to call the authorities which is something that we encourage. That when someone sees something that has fallen off an aircraft they call us and we can investigate”, said Lutchmedial.
According to the website www.space.com, the Ariane 5 rocket, blasted off from French Guiana around dusk on February 7 carrying telecommunications satellites for two different clients.
Debris from the booster rockets that detach during launch have washed up on the coast of Trinidad and Barbados in the past.
Satellitescanner.com has officially launched. Satellitescanner.com is an Australian project worth supporting. The Optus Satellites will be added back soon and will be scanned at a 10 or 15 minute interval. This will be very handy for feed hunters!
"Satellitescanner.com is a fully automated frequency scanning system that performs scheduled frequency scans of satellites that provide TV, Radio and Data services in the Southern hemisphere. This data is then updated on the website immediately after the completion of each scan process"
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Insat 4A 83E 3874 H "Odisha Time" has started on , MPEG-4, Fta.
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Vega marks a series of “firsts” on its initial mission under Arianespace’s operational responsibility
Arianespace’s light-lift Vega launcher performed an intricate mission from the Spaceport today, successfully delivering three satellite passengers at two different Sun-synchronous orbital altitudes during a flight lasting just over two hours.
It was Vega’s second mission from French Guiana, and further demonstrated the capabilities of a vehicle that completes Arianespace’s launcher family joining its medium-lift Soyuz and heavyweight Ariane 5.
Vega is ready for its second mission from the SLV launch site. The four large towers protect against lightning strikes, while the facility’s mobile gantry has been rolled back to the parked position.
“This launch confirms the full functionality of Vega, which is totally operational and ready to offer the best service to our customers,” explained Stéphane Israël, Arianespace’s new Chairman and CEO. “With its three launchers operational at the Spaceport, Arianespace is the only launch services provider capable of placing all types of satellite payloads into all types of orbits.”
Today’s mission, designated Flight VV02 in Arianespace’s launcher family numbering system, included numerous “firsts” for Vega. Arianespace assumed Vega operations responsibility for the first time on this mission, which followed the lightweight launcher’s February 2012 qualification flight performed under responsibility of the European Space Agency (ESA).
The launch also marked the initial use of a multi-payload dispenser called VESPA (Vega Secondary Payload Adapter), which carried the Proba-V satellite atop it, while the VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1 spacecraft were installed inside the system. Additionally, VREDSat-1 became the initial commercial satellite lofted by Vega.
In another first, today’s mission was the debut of the Europe Space Agency’s VERTA (Vega Research and Technology Accompaniment) flight series to demonstrate the launcher’s flexibility and versatility.
Lifting off May 6 in rainy French Guiana conditions, Vega departed the Spaceport’s SLV launch facility at the planned precise moment of liftoff at 11:06:31 p.m. and disappeared into the cloud cover.
Under a steady rain, Vega’s P80 solid propellant first stage is ignited to begin the light-lift launcher’s 2-hour mission from the Spaceport to deploy the Proba-V, VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1 satellite payloads.
After the initial powered phase performed by Vega’s three solid propellant stages (designated the P80, Zefiro-23 and Zefiro-9), the launcher’s AVUM upper stage was ignited for four separate burns during the payload deployment sequence. A final burn was planned to deorbit the upper stage ensuring it does not remain as a debris threat. The AVUM has a bipropellant propulsion system to provide orbital injection, along with a monopropellant propulsion system for roll and attitude control.
The Proba-V satellite was released first during the flight profile, with this passenger to operate in a Sun-synchronous orbit of 820 km. Proba-V (which is named from the acronym: Project for On-Board Autonomy and Vegetation) is part of the European Space Agency’s Proba spacecraft series that supports the development of new space technologies. Its primary objective is to continue the mission performed by Earth-monitoring Vegetation instruments carried on the Spot 4 and 5 satellites which also were launched by Arianespace and is designed to offer global coverage every two days for data on the influence of climate, the management of resources for surface water, monitoring of changes in agricultural zones, and food security estimates.
Proba-V was built by QinetiQ Space Belgium, and weighed approximately 140 kg. at launch.
The VNREDSat-1 optical satellite was separated in the second step of today’s mission, providing a resource for Vietnam’s initiative to create an infrastructure enabling better studies of climate change effects, improving predictions for natural disasters and optimizing natural resource management for the country. This 115-kg.-class spacecraft was built by Astrium on behalf of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST).
Completing the mission was Vega’s deployment of ESTCube-1, Estonia’s first satellite. The 1.33-kg. cubesat will extend a small conductive tether for testing of electric solar wind sail technologies, and also is to help establish an Estonian infrastructure for future space projects. It resulted from a collaboration of students from Tartu University, Estonian Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology and University of Life Sciences, and was developed in conjunction with the Finnish Meteorological Institute and the German Space Center (DLR).
Both VNREDSat-1 and ESTCube-1 were released for their operational lifetimes in Sun-synchronous orbits, bringing Vega’s 2-hour flight to a successful conclusion on May 7.
Vega is tailored for launching 1,500-kg.-class payloads to a reference altitude of 700 km., providing Arianespace with a vehicle capable of accommodating scientific, governmental and commercial satellites. It was developed in an European Space Agency program financed by Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden. The Vega launcher’s design authority and prime contractor is Italy’s ELV company a joint venture of Avio and the Italian Space Agency.
Arianespace’s next mission from the Spaceport is scheduled for June 5, using an Ariane 5 to orbit the European Automated Transfer Vehicle named after Albert Einstein. It will be followed by a Soyuz flight also scheduled in June with the first four satellites for O3b Networks. Completing Arianespace’s current launcher family activity at the Spaceport are preparations for another Ariane 5 mission, planned for the second half of July with the Alphasat and Insat-3D satellites.
VN Earth satellite in orbit
VietNamNet Bridge Viet Nam's first Earth observation satellite was successfully launched into orbit at 9.06am this morning, May 7.
Viet Nam's first Earth observation satellite was successfully launched into orbit at 9.06am this morning. Photo Arianespace
The launch was postponed on Saturday due to bad weather, according to the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology.
The launch of the VNREDSat-1 - short for Viet Nam Natural Resources, Environment and Disaster Monitoring Satellite - was made by a Vega rocket from the European Space Centre in Kourou in French Guiana in South America.
The project costs USS$73 million in French official development assistance (ODA) and VND64.8 billion ($3 million) input from Viet Nam.
It is expected to enable Viet Nam to better monitor and study the effects of climate change, predict and take measures to prevent natural disasters and optimise the management of its natural resources.
The 120kg satellite was built by the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company's Astrium and can take images of the Earth with a resolution of 2.5 metres.
VNREDSat-1 is Viet Nam's third satellite in orbit after the launches of two communications satellites Vinasat 1 and Vinasat 2 in 2008 and 2012.
YouTube set to launch pay channels within weeks
LOS ANGELES: A person familiar with the matter says YouTube is set to announce a series of channels that will require payment within a few weeks.
The content on the new pay-channels will be in addition to the millions of videos viewers watch for free on YouTube. It's not clear whether the paid videos will come with advertising.
The person was not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Financial Times reported earlier that viewers would be charged as little as $1.99 a month for subscriptions.
In a statement, YouTube said it had ``nothing to announce at this time'' although it is looking into creating a ``subscription platform'' that provides its partners with a way to generate revenue beyond video rentals and placing ads in and around content.
Internet TV startup Aereo sues CBS
NEW YORK Internet TV startup Aereo wants a federal court to declare its service legal across the nation. Aereo takes free signals from the airwaves and sends them over the Internet to paying subscribers.
Federal courts in New York have been issuing preliminary rulings declaring that Aereo's service is permitted under copyright law. CBS Corp., however, threatened a lawsuit in Boston after Aereo announced plans to start service there next week. The Boston court would not be bound by New York's rulings (CBSNews.com is owned by CBS.)
Aereo says additional lawsuits would be duplicative and wasteful. To thwart them, Aereo is asking the U.S. District Court in New York to declare outright that its service doesn't infringe on broadcasters' copyrights, consistent with the preliminary rulings so far. The declaration sought would apply to Aereo's expansion markets, including Boston.
Last Wednesday, CBS Corp. chief executive Les Moonves dismissed Aereo as an "insignificant player" that was stealing CBS' signal.
Moonves told investors that Aereo has "gotten way too much attention" from the news media. The New York-based company takes broadcast signals for free from the airwaves and charges customers to watch them over computers and mobile devices. That threatens CBS' ability to collect fees from traditional service providers such as cable TV for rights to redistribute its stations' signals.
"We're not losing sleep over it. It is an insignificant player that has a couple thousand (subscribers)," Moonves said on a conference call. "We think ultimately that it goes away."
Broadcasters such as CBS have sued Aereo for copyright infringement, but so far Aereo has managed to keep operating thanks to a preliminary ruling in its favor last month. The company captures signals using thousands of tiny antennas, which it argues is comparable to individuals buying digital antennas for themselves.
Moonves echoed the comments of News Corp. Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey, who said last month that if Aereo gets a legal OK to keep operating, he would consider changing the Fox network to a channel available only through cable and satellite TV services.
Moonves said that making this switch at CBS would be "fairly easy to do" and not that disruptive because 85 percent of people who watch CBS do so through TV providers such as cable and satellite companies. But he added, "I'm very doubtful that happens."
NBCU exec: ‘Aereo creating loophole as business plan’
A senior executive at NBCUniversal has suggested that Internet-streaming service Aereo is seeking to exploit what may be seen as loopholes in congressional intent relating to the retransmission of broadcast signals.
Richard Cotton, executive vice president and general counsel of NBCUniversal, told Reuters that the legal battle that the major US broadcasters were currently engaged in with the start-up was worth fighting. “In terms of Aereo, the congressional intent is so clear as to what rules should apply to for-profit corporations that make money by retransmitting a broadcast signal that litigation seemed a more direct approach. I would characterise Aereo as really an individual business that’s trying to create I don’t know if it exists a loophole as a business plan,” he suggested.
Responding to the suggestion that Aereo has purposely tried to build its technology around legal precedent, and that copyright law would have difficulty keeping up, Cotton said that those who created works that involve the investment of time and human effort had the rights to control how their work is distributed. “I think it’s a fundamental precept. Those pillars remain critically important. I would keep separate the question of how does one remedy wholesale violations of those principles,” he added.
Cotton, who estimates that he spends 50 per cent of his time on intellectual property issues, saw two points of emphasis in relation to anti-piracy issues. “The role of the anti-piracy efforts on the legal side is to try to make illegal content less easily available. From the highest strategic perspective, our goal is to make the legitimate access points to content more convenient and more high quality to the consumer. At the same time, we want to protect the company’s innovative distribution efforts,” he said.
He suggested that the video-sharing sites, advertising networks, credit card companies, search engines, domain name registrars, universities and Internet service providers were “vital” in helping to protect IP. “YouTube four or five years ago put in place content recognition technology, which now makes it quite difficult to upload copyrighted content unless the content owner has entered into a licensing agreement with YouTube and has decided to allow its content on the service. More than a month ago, the five major ISPs in the United States started forwarding notices that they receive from content owners about IP addresses identified as uploading and downloading content illegally,” he noted, pointing to the successful legal downloading of easily-available Sarah Palin Saturday Night Live skits on NBC.com and Hulu. “It was very hard to find them, if you could find them at all, on YouTube because they were being blocked.”
“Also, in the summer of 2011, the White House brokered an agreement in which content owners can file a complaint with major credit card companies and PayPal if they believe a website is either overwhelmingly dedicated to distributing stolen digital content or distributing counterfeit physical goods. In response to a request, the payment processors will investigate it, and may stop doing business with that site.”
In terms of scenarios in which litigation was an effective method of stopping counterfeiting, Cotton suggested it was important in clarifying areas of the law that are unclear. “So, for example, we were one of the plaintiffs in the Grokster litigation, which made clear that websites that induced the unauthorised sale of infringing content were liable for their actions. But litigation is a very slow and cumbersome process. And we’re dealing in the warp speed of the Internet. Litigation can only make limited contributions. The most important focus to induce real change is through efforts to reach co-operative agreements with the actors that are engaged in how the broadband Internet ecosystem functions,” he stated
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The pay TV cesspool
A billboard that hits a new low says much about the dismal attitude of Foxtel.
Here's an opinion you won't read in the Murdoch press any time soon: pay TV monopoly Foxtel is an overpriced, sometimes putrid repository of trash TV whose standards fall further as its arrogance grows. How it has managed to convince more than 2 million Australians to pay for its substandard service is beyond me. And, yes, I'm one of those subscribers.
The network rightly attracted criticism last week over the marketing of one of its channels, but its programming and pricing deserve harsh scrutiny too.
In an appalling example of their diminishing standards, a Foxtel channel owned and operated by SBS - who have form in this area - erected a billboard on a busy Sydney intersection that featured a man having sex with a pig.
Let me repeat that: the billboard, which included in mountainous letters the exclamation WTF!, very prominently featured a man, with shirt adrift and pants around his haunches, having sex with a large pig. It urged onlookers to ''watch the forbidden''. WTF indeed.
Is this what passes for advertising these days? You have to wonder what kind of minds - because there would have been a lot of people feeding into this ''marketing strategy'' - come up with this stuff and, worse, OK it?
Even though no bells had rung within Foxtel or, presumably, SBS, they did once the billboard went up. Community outrage ensued, which is the only positive to emerge from the whole tawdry episode. Alerted to the outcry, a network spokesman denounced the billboard as ''appalling'', admitted a failure of judgment, questioned approval processes and apologised. It was down by Thursday.
All of which was straight out of the mea culpa playbook. But despite the apology and expressions of surprise, network and channel executives must have surely seen the controversy coming.
The clue to this came in the reported comments of Chris Keely, general manager of the Foxtel station the ad was seeking to market. You could reasonably infer he was up for a fight, telling Sydney's Daily Telegraph the image of bestiality reflected his station's ''bold new attitude''. ''We want to bring you stories and ideas you'd never think of Googling,'' he said. ''And challenge what you think is acceptable or unacceptable.''
It was positively evangelical. So much so, that it sounded hollow when he later apologised, saying: ''We certainly did not intend to upset anyone with this campaign.''
WTF? Did he expect us to chuckle? It became even hollower when his channel tried to run the ad in Fairfax newspapers, days after the billboard controversy, only to have network executives pull it at the last moment. They would have paid close to $200,000 to do so, which suggests someone belatedly found some scruples. What an unholy mess.
It's not just the marketing of Foxtel programs that makes me shudder, it's the programs themselves. The day before the billboard brouhaha, I had stumbled on a reality TV program on the MTV channel that left me speechless. Called The Valleys, it featured a group of Welsh 20-somethings undergoing particularly painful tattooing and depilation services and then discussing them with extremely limited and obscene vocabularies. Suffice to say, there is plenty more of this stuff across the network.
Foxtel has now been with us for almost two decades and is connected to about 30 per cent of Australian households.
It wants more, many more, though. Co-owned by News and Telstra, it's a healthy contributor to the profits of both companies. Soon it will be a key part of the publishing business Murdoch is spinning off later this year. He needs Foxtel's growing profits to offset the shrinking margins of his newspaper divisions. That's why you will not find any News Ltd papers or websites taking the network to task over, well, anything.
Which is a pity, because there are legitimate questions to be asked. Such as, why is it so hellishly expensive?
The average rate per user is said to be $99 a month, which is the sort of yield overseas cable operators dream about. And why is it so hard to get things you actually want? I only want to watch news and sports, yet have to wade through a morass of unwatchable pap to get there. And, of course, pay for it. Movie channel viewers were outraged earlier this year when Foxtel management cut the number of offerings and then raised the price.
Despite a vigorous social media campaign, the network never budged. I could not help thinking if it had been Coles or Woolworths pulling a similar stunt the Murdoch tabloids would have been all over it.
But it was barely mentioned. Then, of course, there are the ads. Somehow, Foxtel has convinced subscribers to pay extortionate rates for programs and then it loads them up with commercials.
The sad reality is you can get away with this sort of arrogance when you have a monopoly in one industry, pay TV, and a stranglehold on another, news. Will it get better any time soon? Pigs might fly.
The launch of Vietnam’s remote sensing satellite canceled
VietNamNet Bridge - The launch of Vietnam’s earth observation satellite - VNREDSat 1 has been postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions.
"Some 20 minutes before the launch in Kourou, there was strong winds so the satellites could not be launched into orbit as scheduled," said Dr. Bui Trong Tuyen, Deputy Director of the Vietnam Institute of Space Technology.
Tuyen said there is no specific date for the next launch. "If the weather tomorrow or the day after tomorrow is not nice, it means that we will have to start from the beginning for the preparation of the launch. Thus, the launch time will be calculated by months," Tuyen added.
Earlier, the launch of VNREDSat-1 satellite was scheduled at 9.06am today, May 4 (Hanoi time), with Vega rocket from the launch site in Kourou, Guiana of France.
The satellite is designed and manufactured by the EADS Astrium Company of the European Defense Aerospace Corporation (EADS,) which is specialized in manufacturing and designing satellites.
The VNREDSat-1 project has a total investment of about $70 million, using ODA loans of the French Government and reciprocal funding of Vietnam.
VNREDSat-1 is the earth observation optical satellite that can take photos of the entire areas on the earth's surface. The satellite is 600 mm x 570 mm x 500 mm in size, weighing about 120 kg. Its designed life expectancy is five years.
With this satellite, Vietnam will be able to actively provide satellite images of high resolution for local agencies, bringing practical benefits for economic - social development, responding to natural disasters and climate change
Batelco and Asia Broadcast Satellite Sign a Teleport Services Agreement
ABS representatives Chris Spore, Raymond Chow, Ken Betaharon and Nusrat Ghansar with Batelco Senior Product Marketing Manager Hasan Zainal, 3rd from left and Account Manager Global Sales Jiby Thayyil 4th from left
Batelco's Global Partnerships Aimed At Further Enhancing Customers Experience
Manama, Bahrain: Batelco, the Kingdom's leading telecommunications company and Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) have recently signed an agreement for teleport services. This agreement is part of Batelco's ongoing efforts to expand its network of partners across the globe to achieve its ultimate goal of providing its customers with the latest and most advanced telecommunications and information technologies.
As a leading player in the telecommunications industry, Batelco provides full teleport services backed up with reliable telecommunications solutions to support the global requirements of its customers. This deal will help reinforce the teleport, telecommunications and hosted services provided by Batelco to support ABS services.
"This agreement will strengthen the relationship between Batelco and ABS, and open up new horizons of cooperation between the two companies regionally and globally," said Batelco General Manager Enterprise Division , Adel Daylami.
"Batelco offers a range of services with reliable connectivity and bespoke solutions to support ABS's operations worldwide. This collaboration will further develop the required infrastructure for ABS to support their growing business," added Mr. Daylami.
"Batelco's vast experience and excellent expertise in teleport services and communication information technology make it the right choice for any organisation looking for enhanced and reliable services that will help to optimise the operation of their business," said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS.
"We look forward to working more closely with Batelco to ensure the continued delivery of performance, reliability and innovations of its services to its partners and customers."
Thanks to its global presence, Batelco has the required skills and capabilities to support satellite operators and provides teleport services worldwide.
Batelco Group, is headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain and listed on the Bahrain Bourse. Batelco has played a pivotal role in the country's development as a major communications hub and today is the leading integrated communications' provider, continuing to lead and shape the local consumer market and the enterprise ICT market. Batelco has been growing overseas via investing in other market-leading fixed and wireless operators.
Batelco Group has evolved from being a regional Middle Eastern operation to become a major communications company with direct and indirect investments across 16 geographies, namely Bahrain, Jordan, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Guernsey, Jersey, Isle of Man, Maldives, Diego Garcia, St. Helena, Ascension Islands, Falklands, Monaco and Afghanistan.
About Asia Broadcast Satellite
Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) is one of the fastest growing premium satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, cellular backhaul, VSAT and Internet backbone services with diverse IP transit through its Asian, African, European and the Middle East internet gateways. ABS' satellite fleet includes four satellites (ABS-1, ABS-1A, ABS-3 and ABS-7) with its fifth satellite (ABS-2) scheduled to launch 2H 2013. The ABS-2 satellite will be located in geostationary orbit at 75˚East. Fitted with up to 89 active C, Ku, and Ka-band transponders, it will provide optimized direct TV broadcast, multimedia applications, telecommunications and data transmission services for Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Russia/CIS countries.
ABS has also ordered two new Boeing 720SP satellites with the options to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing satellite fleet.
For more information, visit www.absatellite.com
This press release has been issued by Batelco Corporate Affairs department. For further information, please contact Batelco Public Relations Office at Public.Relations@btc.com.bh / Fax +973 17611898.
Govt to study feasibility for own satellite
KATHMANDU: Government has formed a committee to study the feasibility of launching Nepal’s first satellite to an orbital slot provided by International Telecommunication Union (ITU) originally founded as International Telegraph Union in 1984.
“Government has formed a five-member committee to study it‚” Ministry of Information and Communications (MoIC) said.
According to ITU‚ Nepal has to use the orbital slot by 2015. If it fails to use the orbital slot‚ it will be difficult to claim again. “If Nepal is unable to use the entire satellite for its internal purpose‚ it can be leased out to neighbouring countries for commercial purposes‚” according to the ministry.
It will facilitate TV broadcast and weather forecast as TV channels and weather forecasting agencies have been paying $25 million annually for accessing international satellite services.
Nepal has‚ however‚ no experience of setting up a satellite. It will have to study everything from scratch‚ like technicalities involved‚ feasibility at the commercial level‚ estimated costs and profitability.
After the study report is finalised‚ other supplementary studies need to be conducted before calling a tender to set up the satellite.
Since it costs a huge amount of money for setting up a satellite‚ it could be a good option to go for public-private partnership (PPP) model‚ including international expertise. The other option at hand is to go ahead through a joint-venture among national and international firms and the government.
China and India have their own satellites‚ whereas Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are working on it. The five-member committee led by joint secretary at MoIC Narayan Sanjel has representatives from Nepal Telecommunications Authority‚ Ministry of Science‚ Technology and Environment‚ and Nepal Television.
Plan to boost in-flight Internet could wreak havoc on satellite networks
Qualcomm wants to beam signals to airplanes from 150 ground stations.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) next Thursday will consider a plan to beam Internet signals up to airplanes from 150 ground stations operating in a spectrum band already used by satellites. Qualcomm has proposed such a service in the 14.0-14.5GHz band but faces opposition from the satellite industry, which says the service is unnecessary and would interfere with satellite transmissions.
Qualcomm's proposal came in July 2011 and is now on the verge of moving forward. The FCC's meeting on Thursday "will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking [NPRM] seeking to improve consumer access to broadband aboard aircraft and encourage innovation through establishment of an Air-Ground Mobile Broadband secondary service in the 14.0-14.5 GHz band, while ensuring that existing users are protected from interference."
This isn't the final step. If approved, the NPRM will be followed by extensive debate, public comment, and likely testing to determine whether interference concerns are valid. Already, the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) and others using the spectrum band say Qualcomm's proposal should be rejected or heavily restricted.
Qualcomm’s plan is wonderful, according to Qualcomm
First, let's take a look at what Qualcomm wants. It is essentially asking to become the exclusive provider of backhaul to airlines or in-flight ISPs like Gogo in the 14.0-14.5GHz band through a secondary license that shares the spectrum with the band's incumbents. Just in case the FCC doesn't want to give the license only to Qualcomm, the company said it would also support an auction that splits the airwaves among two backhaul providers.
"Qualcomm proposes that the Commission would conduct an auction of two 250MHz licenses at 14.00 to 14.25GHz and 14.25 to 14.50GHz to enable two separate systems, but not restrict a single entity from purchasing both licenses to construct a single, more robust, 500MHz system," Qualcomm said in its proposal. "The proposed system would support communications between terrestrial ground stations and aircraft, much like the current Aircell Air-Ground system, but with significantly greater bandwidth to support the exponentially increasing data demands of today's consumers who require anywhere/anytime broadband access including when they are flying in a plane several miles above the surface of the earth."
Qualcomm acknowledged interference concerns but said it can work around them. The system would use about 150 ground stations to provide 300Gbps capacity to airlines. "The proposed Next-Gen AG system would operate in the Ku band at 14.0 to 14.5 GHz on a secondary licensed basis to, and in successful coexistence with, Geosynchronous Orbit ('GSO') satellite systems (used to provide various services, including Qualcomm's own OmniTRACS service), future Non-Geosynchronous Orbit ('NGSO') satellite systems, NASA's Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System ('TDRSS'), and radio astronomy users. Indeed, as an incumbent user of this band itself, Qualcomm has a direct interest in fully protecting incumbent operations," the company wrote.
Qualcomm described several tactics to minimize interference. For example, all ground stations "will have high antenna gain to permit aircraft to transmit at very low power levels." Moreover, "aircraft will use directional receive antennas to reduce the GS [ground station] transmit power needs."
"Finally, the Next-Gen AG system will hand-off aircraft communications to successive GSs that track the aircraft's flight path and in this way work in a manner similar to terrestrial cellular networks," Qualcomm said. "These aircraft communications handoffs will allow the system to operate successfully through using the least amount of transmit power to maintain a desired Carrier-to-Noise interference ratio and a negligible TfT (also referred to as Rise over Thermal) level into GSO [geosynchronous orbit] satellite operations below 1% in all scenarios including worst case scenarios."
Qualcomm claimed the system will be robust enough to support "video streaming, gaming, and other rich multimedia access" during flights. Qualcomm declined to speak to Ars about the FCC proceeding and its proposal.
The public filings are all available on the FCC website.
Satellite industry describes interference concerns
One of the plan's main opponents is the Satellite Industry Association, representing Boeing, DirecTV, EchoStar Satellite Services, Hughes Network Systems, LightSquared, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Immarsat, ViaSat, and many others.
"Qualcomm’s proposed ATG [air-to-ground] system will cause interference into the FSS [Fixed Service Satellite] satellite services that are primary in that band," the Satellite Industry Association wrote in a filing yesterday. "SIA reviewed the ongoing importance of the Ku-band uplink bands to the satellite industry, noting that the industry has invested more than $20 billion to build, launch and operate more than 80 satellites with Ku-band capacity. These satellites generate more than $1 billion dollars in satellite services revenue in North America alone."
In a filing last July, the Satellite Industry Group tried to poke holes in Qualcomm's interference analysis:
Qualcomm’s technical analysis of interference from FSS into ATG airborne stations is based on a number of unsupported assumptions. Qualcomm divides the VSATs [satellite ground stations] that are located within a 300 km radius of the aircraft into two groupsthose that are located north of the aircraft and those that are located south of the aircraft. With regard to the south-side VSATs, Qualcomm assumed that many VSAT installations will be fully shadowed by other buildings in direction of the receiving aircraft in estimating that only 25% of the south-side VSATs have an unobstructed view of the aircraft. These assumptions are highly subjective and Qualcomm has provided no evidence to support its assumptions.
Further, the SIA said, "Qualcomm has not shown that demand for in-flight passenger connectivity cannot be met by terrestrial or satellite-based deployments in existing frequency allocations that do not pose the same sharing difficulties as the proposed secondary ATG service."
Qualcomm says otherwise, of course. "Current in-flight communication systems are either too expensive or data capacity limited and thus will be unable to support the increasing data demands of consumers," Qualcomm's proposal states. "In contrast to the relatively low-cost terrestrial-based system proposed herein, satellite-based systems have much higher equipment costs and potentially crippling latency issues, and thus have been deployed with marginal success."
American Airlines submitted a filing supporting the Qualcomm proposal, saying, "The service will be important to satisfying air travelers' increasing demands for mobile broadband data." Delta Air Lines filed similarly positive remarks about the Qualcomm plan. "Delta believes the proposal could successfully co-exist with current and future, primary and secondary users of the 14.0 to 14.5GHz band, using the beam and power level management techniques detailed in Qualcomm’s proposal," Delta wrote.
Boeing disagrees, saying it "believes that gaps and inconsistencies in the technical information cast doubt on an ATG system’s ability to protect and tolerate interference from existing Fixed Satellite Service ('FSS') operations and future Non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit ('NGSO') operations in the band." Boeing further noted that "the Petition focuses on the intensively used 14.0-14.5GHz band in disregard of plausible alternative bands, including the similarly allocated and under-used High Altitude Platform Station (“HAPS”) spectrum at 47GHz."
Row 44, a provider of satellite Internet to Southwest and other airlines, dismissed the idea that Qualcomm's service is necessary and seems worried that Qualcomm's service would benefit Gogo. In an FCC filing, Row 44 stated:
GoGo, Inc. (“GoGo”), the principal customer for Qualcomm’s existing ATG service technology, has expressed substantial support for the proposal. Yet even GoGo’s comments raise significant questions regarding its own commitment to large-scale provision of in-flight broadband services using terrestrial ATG technology.
Specifically, GoGo indicates that it is moving toward relying on Ka-band satellite technology for the delivery of broadband services on board aircraft, but notes that “satellite may not always provide the best solution for all aircraft and all customers.”
This implied future reliance on satellite-delivered services to meet the needs of GoGo’s primary airline customers suggests that its remaining terrestrial service is expected to serve more as an adjunct for niche customers than as a primary means of broadband service delivery. This raises the question whether an additional spectrum allocation for ATG service is really needed even for GoGo’s expressed purposes.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation, an in-flight entertainment and communications company, also raised interference concerns. The National Radio Astronomy Observatory weighed in as well, saying the Qualcomm system must be built carefully to minimize direct interference with astronomy sites. "Additional restrictions to ATG operations may be necessary," the group said.
A complex decision for the FCC
Complicating matters even further, the Utilities Telecom Council and a company called Winchester Cator have proposed new smart grid and emergency communications uses for the 14.0-14.5GHz band. UTC and Winchester Cator have asked the FCC to consider its proposal alongside Qualcomm's, instead of in separate proceedings.
Departing FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has argued on behalf of greater use of electronic devices during airplane flights. The FCC has shown a willingness to block proposals that might interfere with existing systems, such as when it killed LightSquared's proposal to build a cellular network that would have interfered with GPS systems. Qualcomm's in-flight Internet proposal will be just one of many complex issues to be addressed by newly nominated FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Canada satellite frequency problems
Telesat of Canada is to order a new craft to replace Telstar-12 at 15 degrees West. However, first the Ottawa-based company has to resolve key frequency issues with Russia, which holds some valuable priority rights to transmission capacity from the orbital slot. Russia’s RSCC is planning to launch a new satellite, Express-AM8 next year to the immediately adjacent slot at 14 degrees West.
Telesat’s CEO Dan Goldberg, speaking on a conference call May 2, explained that the ‘new’ Telstar-12 craft would not have much more capacity than the existing satellite (which was launched in 2009) and which has 38 extra-wide 54 MHz Ku-band transponders. Goldberg said that the overall coverage area of the new Telstar would be different, although declined to add extra detail pending negotiations with the Russians.
The planned Russian satellite already has beams looking at South America, Europe and the Middle East and Africa.
Goldberg said the recently launched Anik G1 satellite, launched on April 15, is performing well and will enter service next week on May 8th from 107.3 degrees West. IT anchor client is DTH operator Shaw Communications.
BSkyB: Ready for a “Noisy summer”
Now that the dust has settled down on BSkyB’s Q3 results, perhaps it is time to reflect on the overall state of play in UK pay-TV. First, and provided you ignore the deliberate fudge over actual DTH net new subscriptions, which for Q3 were probably at best about 5,000, but if you just look at BSkyB in pure financials, then the pay-TV broadcaster is on a roll.
BSkyB enjoyed impressive product growth, not in pure DTH numbers but in total products additions of 715,000, with retail subs revenues rising 7.6 per cent (up from H1 results of 5.2 per cent) and further new revenue streams developing very nicely (NOW TV, On Demand movies up 37 per cent, Sky Go Extra at 44,000).
Indeed, investment banker Morgan Stanley says simply: “Sky continues to pump out good numbers. However, the market has concerned itself with slowing traditional TV subscriber growth and perceived threats to the business model, particularly the risk of content cost inflation due to the entry of BT in the sports market and the possibility of greater churn as OTT delivered TV offers basic subscribers potentially lower-cost ways to access some premium movie and sports content.”
“Sky has good product growth, up 9% in total yoy to 30.2m. Although traditional pay TV has slowed it is seeing continued growth in products like HD (108k adds in Q3) and broadband (152k). Sky, moreover, continues to develop a number of new fast-growth revenue streams. Sky added (i) 44k SkyGo Xtra customers at £5pm in this quarter (ii) It saw strong growth in SkyBet revenues, which drove other revenues up 24% in Q3 (iii) It saw a 37% yoy increase in movie rentals following the sharp increase in internet-connected Sky+HD boxes. In addition it has added c50k Now TV subscribers at c£15 pm in the last two quarters. Nine-month sales growth of 6%, albeit including the benefit of a c2% price increase in the last couple of quarters, is good in the context of a challenging consumer environment.”
But that environment is about to become more challenging. As well as a change of ownership at Virgin Media, the deep pockets of BT are about to re-enter the market with a BT Sport offering complete with a slice of the English Premier League, making in Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch’s words for “a noisy summer”.
Morgan Stanley says: “As the Premier League season draws to a close, the market is beginning to anticipate the details of the impending BT Sport launch. BT Sport intends to host an event on May 9 at its Olympic Park facility, and BT has its result/investor day on May 10. BT Sport appears to be dropping into the ESPN role in the sports market, with a decent but less appealing sports line-up likely to act as a low-cost supplement rather than replacement for Sky Sports. The competitive impact is limited by BT restricting its content spend to c£300-350m pa (BSkyB spends £2.2bn) and by a focus on upselling existing customers and acquiring customers from the Freeview/ YouView base. Nevertheless BT will clearly look to make an impact; there is likely to be a series of attractively priced package deals and marketing of BT Sport has already begun.”
The bank’s report admits that Sky might well be vulnerable in terms of increased churn, especially from its lower-priced subscribers who might be in any case be tempted by the free-to-view offerings of Freeview or Freesat. However the other way of turning this risk to one’s advantage is to create a product (aka as NOW TV) and earn potential revenues from the 10 million of existing Freeview users.
Moreover, Sky’s customers continue to show strong loyalty at the upper tier levels, and “continues to demonstrate the resilience of demand for its premium TV products,” says the bank. It continues to add HDTV customers, and its other ‘triple play’ core products are doing extremely well.
And the market seems to agree. Last Friday BSkyB’s share price hit 860p a share, up 9p (€0.106) per cent) on the day.
Zee News Network celebrates its 100 million reach
New Delhi : Zee News Ltd, which is the first Indian news network to reach out to 100 million viewers, has initiated B2B Agency Activations in top 10 advertising agencies of New Delhi and Mumbai respectively. Various activities are being conducted with an objective to establish Zee News Ltd. as India’s Largest News Network.
The activations aims at creating a top-of-the-mind connect to engage with the buyers, planners and decision makers with various interesting engagement activities like A to Z Contest, Dart Game, Message Board and Zee-Malgamation representing the cultural and lingual diversity where Zee News Limited is present in.
Zee News Ltd is not only the largest news network of India but also the right platform that reaches out to the growing news audience. It has always remained on the forefronts in the Indian electronic media industry and touches the lives of 100 million viewers. It is thus, instrumental in positively changing the way people think and significantly empowering India.
Mr. Rohit Kumar, Marketing Head, Zee News says, “In the view of Zee News Ltd reaching out to 100 million people, we decided to celebrate our achievement with various agencies across India. With B2B Agency Activations we aim to tap into the minds of decision makers to build intellectual and emotional commitment to our brand.”
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A satellite to save Australia? We should have one of those
A satellite could help Australian policy makers have a better understanding of the country's environmental needs.
Does Australia need space capabilities? Well, as Senator Kate Lundy said this month when announcing the government’s new space policy: “Australians, whether they know it or not, rely on satellites every day.”
While this importance is indeed reflected in the policy, now is the time for specifics: to assess national space needs and develop programs to meet them. I want to argue that our most pressing national need is for data on water.
The continent is blessed with abundant resources, including farmlands, natural wonders and iconic sites, and all those resources are under complex and increasing pressures. Changing climate, increased demand, growing population and economic competition are stressing our land, our farms, and our flora and fauna.
At the nexus of these challenges is a single fundamental resource: fresh water. It is increasingly in demand for human use and agriculture. Our wetlands have an undiminished need for water to maintain their vitality.
The distribution of water in Australia is changing: rains come more in summer, less in winter. As climate changes, the amount and distribution of available water will change. No-one yet knows how.
The invisible resource
Australia’s water assets include lakes, rivers, streams, reservoirs and the underground water table. But there is more: additional water is found in the soils, right at the surface.
This is a highly significant resource: there is as much water in the uppermost layer of Australia’s soils as in all our lakes, rivers and reservoirs. It is also the most crucial to plant life: this is the water that plants actually consume.
In addition to the obvious importance to irrigated farming, moisture in the soil has many other far-reaching impacts. It drives the weather. It determines when and how much wind will erode the soil and cause dust storms.
It is the key to effective land-use planning and the health of Australia’s unique ecologies. It is critical for broad acre farming and grazing.
It is difficult to think of a single environmental variable more influential to the overall health of Australia’s economy, agriculture, population and environment. The importance of this “invisible resource” to Australia cannot be overstated.
Yet, to date, there are very few tools for measuring and monitoring this resource, and certainly none that can survey the entire nation.
So what if we could provide a device that could see all the moisture across the Australian continent, like weather pictures from space?
Imagine, if you will, the following scenario.
CANBERRA, April 29, 2025: Once again eastern Australia is in the grip of a severe drought. The Murray and Darling rivers are at record low levels. River red gums along their banks are in danger of complete destruction.
Irrigators are unable to obtain sufficient water for their crops. The danger of dust storms is looming.
To salvage the precious environmental areas and prevent further damage, farmers and natural resource managers in the catchments are turning to Garada, an Australian radar satellite. Garada measures the amount of moisture in the soil. Garada data has shown the natural resource managers some areas along the river that still have adequate soil moisture, so they can target environmental watering to the sites that truly need it. This has freed up a few precious gigalitres for irrigators to keep crops alive.
Graziers are using Garada information to identify when paddocks are about to be exhausted, and have moved their cattle in time to prevent overgrazing.
Garada has found some moist sites in the west that can sustain partial ground cover. Planting efforts have survived, and are helping to suppress dust storms.
Never has the nation been able to weather such a severe drought with as few long-term consequences. The data from space may have saved Australia.
We should think about soil moisture the way we think about weather. Meteorologists rely on satellite images to make forecasts, and we see them on the TV news every night.
The soils have a kind of “weather” too the amount of moisture they hold. This “moisture bank” is so important that the CSIRO has initiated the Australian Water Availability Project "to monitor the state and trend of the terrestrial water balance of the Australian continent, using model-data fusion methods to combine both measurements and modeling".
Today, it’s mostly modelling and very little measurement.
With one satellite, Australia could measure the moisture in its 7.6 million square kilometres every weekfarm by farm, paddock by paddock, river bend by river bend. With two satellites, we can monitor especially sensitive areas, such as the Murray-Darling Basin, every three days with this fine resolution.
At UNSW, the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research has verified that this is within reach. The project was funded by the Australian Space Research Program.
Led by the Centre’s director Professor Andrew Dempster, an international team of aerospace companies and universities, including myself, has investigated the technologies needed for these measurements, and to build this satellite. They are all achievable.
All it takes is the commitment to build it.
So, does the government’s new space policy, officially called the Satellite Utilisation Policy, make the commitment?
It certainly recognises the importance of data from space. But it appears to stop short of saying: “If there is a critical data need for Australia that other nations aren’t providing, we must commit the resources to fulfil the need ourselves.”
A pressing need
Of all agricultural nations, Australia gets by far the least rainfall. Its iconic ecologies are world treasures. Both agriculture and those ecologies are frequently threatened by the variability of the climate.
Do we need to invest in an expensive satellite (or two) to get the data to manage this challenge? At a 15-year program cost of up to $800 million, it wouldn’t be cheap. But we can expect the payback to be tenfold or morein better managed water, in nourishment of precious ecologies, in improved land use management, and decreased health costs of respiratory diseases.
Of course, you shouldn’t just take my word for it. Here is the view of Alan Finkel, chancellor of Monash University and founder of Cosmos magazine, who reviewed our concept:
Intuition can only take us so far. To make truly great decisions about our essential water resources, farmers and ecologists, climatologists and policy makers need to know where the water is and how its distribution is changing. The only conceivable way to monitor this is from space.
Gordon Roesler is a Visiting Researcher and Senior Project Engineer at the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research, UNSW
The Age magazine pulped over offensive ads
A pay-TV channel's controversial ad campaign featuring a man involved in an act of bestiality has led to The Age newspaper destroying thousands of copies of one of its weekend liftouts.
The Age's editor-in-chief Andrew Holden says it pulped copies of its Saturday Life and Style supplement at the request of the company behind the advertisements.
Foxtel subscription arts and entertainment channel STUDIO recently launched an ad campaign which led to a billboard being pulled from Sydney's Kings Cross due to its image of a man involved in an act of bestiality.
STUDIO's campaign, marking a relaunch of programming, was also set to feature in The Age on Saturday, with different images.
"It's a major campaign ... the alarm bells didn't ring. They have now, at significant cost to the advertiser," Mr Holden told ABC radio in Melbourne on Friday.
A Foxtel spokesman said STUDIO launched the advertising campaign containing several "provocative images" and had withdrawn it at Foxtel's request.
STUDIO general manager Chris Keely said the ad campaign supported a channel programming relaunch.
"Following a request from Foxtel, STUDIO has withdrawn some of the images in the campaign from various media," he said in a statement.
A Fairfax spokesman reassured readers its supplements would appear as usual in Saturday's edition.
"Supplements inside The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald newspapers will be available as normal for our readers to enjoy," the spokesman said.
Foxtel and STUDIO will share the cost of the supplements' destruction, according to a spokeswoman from SBS, the creator of the STUDIO channel.
Vietnam to launch first remote sensing satellite into orbit
Vietnam will launch the first remote sensing satellite, VNREDSat-1, into orbit on May 4 from the Kourou launch pad, Guyana, France, reported the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) on its website, quoting sources from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology as saying.
Specifically, the VNREDSat-1 Project has a total investment of 55.8 million EUR ($73.3 million) in preferential Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) of the French government and 64,820 million VND ($3.1 million) in corresponding capital from Vietnam.
The VNREDSat-1 was designed and consulted by Astrium SAS Company under the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company ( EADS), experts in producing satellites of France.
Once completed, Vietnam will be able to provide high resolution satellite images to ministries, agencies, provinces and cities that have demand to use remote sensing satellite images, bringing practical effectiveness for socio-economic development, coping with natural disasters and climate change.
VNREDSat-1 project is a coordination, making the best use of the available infrastructure of the system to receive, store and process images of remote sensing satellites of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, creating a complete and independent supervising system from the satellite to ground- receiving station and the center for processing and distributing remote sensing image data in Vietnam.
It is an optical earth-observation satellite capable of capturing images on all areas on the earth's surface. Its mission is to take photos in PAN and four MS bands, with a revisit time of three days.
The spatial resolution is 2.5 meters (PAN) and 10 meters (MS). Its platform is 600mm x 570mm x 500mm. It has total mass of about 120 kilograms. The designed life-time is five years.
The more the merrier in the IPTV market
IT has taken two companies - Astro and Maxis - within the same stable a long time to come out with their Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) offering.
The Maxis/Astro IPTV/broadband services were originally expected to be launched by end-2012 but were postponed to the end of the first quarter in 2013.
Astro and Maxis entered into partnership for IPTV/broadband collaboration in September 2012.
The good news is that both companies launched the Astro B.yond IPTV offering this week, riding on Telekom Malaysia Bhd's (TM) high speed broadband (HSBB) network.
Now there is another choice in the market place and Astro/Maxis will compete head-on with TM for market dominance in the IPTV segment. There are several other smaller players offering IPTV but not on the scale of these two.
A report said the continuous improvement on the speed of broadband and the availability of interactive applications would play a crucial role in the expansion of IPTV market around the globe.
Broadcasters and telecoms players globally have a new way to increase customer average revenue per user with the expansion of broadband and IPTV. The forecast is that the global IPTV market will rise to about US$106mil (RM323mil) in 2014. European countries are the biggest markets for IPTV, with France, the UK, and Germany leading the growth.
Asia is also responding strongly to this new phenomenon. This week, South Korea's SK Telecom saw its earnings rise, with its media business securing 600,000 paid subscribers for its mobile IPTV service in the first quarter. Astro claims to have a subscriber base of 3.5 million households representing 52% of Malaysia's total households of 6.7 million.
It is entrenched in the market place and TM's UniFi subscribers are readily accessible market for the Astro B.yond IPTV product as both are carried on the same HSBB network.
The caveat is that TM UniFi residential subscribers are locked in a two-year contract.
TM has to date activated more than 548,000 UniFi subscribers on the back of 1.39 million premises passed, covering 102 exchanges nationwide which translates to a 38% take-up rate. TM offers IPTV via HyppTV.
The choice is out there today, hopefully the battle gets fierce so that quality and content will improve to offer more choices to the consumers. As for pricing, it is still steep despite the value propositions and for a wider mass market appeal, the rates need a review.
And while Astro/Maxis claim they have a value proposition, TM may want to look to getting a bigger content library, and certainly, a cellular tie-up is recommended to counter the bundling that Astro/Maxis is offering.
Celcom Axiata is waiting on the sidelines. It also needs to get into the IPTV game and both TM/Axiata should begin talking seriously.
YouTube Chief Says the Battle With TV Is Already Over -- and TV Lost
Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declared that victory by YouTube over television has “already happened,” The Huffington Post reports. Schmidt, whose company owns YouTube, spoke during a presentation by Google to advertisers Wednesday in New York.
“Schmidt said, ‘The future is now’ for YouTube, which recently passed the milestone of 1 billion unique visitors every month. But he added with the Third World in mind, if you think that's a large number, ‘Wait until you get to 6 (billion) or 7 billion.’” the story reports.
The report adds: “Schmidt and YouTube, which billed the event as a ‘brandcast,’ shifted away from the video platform's relationship to TV. A year ago, YouTube seemed to have its sights set on reinventing television by funding the launch of more than 100 channels from well-known media brands and Hollywood personalities. But that initiative went unmentioned at Wednesday's presentation.”
The event was part of a week of “NewFronts,” the digital media equivalent of television’s upfront presentations to advertisers. “Though the model for the evening was TV, YouTube used it to distinguish itself as something entirely different,” the piece reports.
Said Schmidt: "It's not a replacement for something that we know. It's a new thing that we have to think about, to program, to curate and build new platforms."
Robert Kyncl, global head of content for YouTube, echoed Schmidt’s sentiment, saying: "I thought that YouTube was like TV, but it isn't. I was wrong. TV is one-way. YouTube talks back."
He added: "TV means reach. YouTube means engagement."
Some comparisons were made between YouTube and TV, including YouTube’s touting the fact that more users 18-34 watch YouTube than any cable network.
“Though companies like Yahoo and AOL have used their NewFront presentations to announce new slates of original programming, YouTube made no programming announcements Wednesday night,” the report notes. “YouTube celebrated DreamWorks Animation's purchase Wednesday of the teen-focused YouTube network Awesomeness TV for $33 million.”
DreamWorks CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg joined the festivities, and commented: "This is a whole new form of content, content delivery and content consumption. It's the medium of the future and the future has already arrived."
Chinasat 11 has launched, the satellite has 26 C-band and 19 Ku-band transponders. It will be located at 98E and coverage will also include Australia. It will be interesting to see if the Cband footprint also reaches New Zealand as it will be only a few degrees above the horizon here.
Telstar 18 138E Xinshidai has left 12358 H.
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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "FTV HD Asia" has left again.
NSS 6 95E 11037 V Asia Update TV, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV 9 Documentary, Bang Channel, ACTS Channel, Fan TV, You Channel, Sabaidee TV, MRTV 4, Channel 7, 4050 Channel, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, Al Jazeera Channel, Lao Public Security TV, LNTV 1/3, T Sports Channel, GangCartoon Channel, France 24 English, Party Channel, Thai Twenty and RTM TV 2 have started on , FTA.
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Christian lobby urges fines for bestiality billboard
The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) says Foxtel should be fined after it erected a billboard in Sydney's Kings Cross depicting an act of bestiality.
The billboard displayed a scene from British comedian Charlie Brooker's show Black Mirror, in which a fictionalised UK prime minister is blackmailed into having sex with a pig.
The billboard was taken down yesterday after Foxtel admitted it was in bad taste.
The pay TV provider says its internal approval process failed.
ACL spokeswoman Wendy Francis says there should be repercussions.
Ms Francis was one of those who complained about the prominent billboard on William Street.
"This is not just a Christian issue, this is just a normal Australian issue," she said.
"The Australian standards board keeps saying that their self-regulation is working but this is just a really prime example that self-regulation is not working.
"[Foxtel] have already got what they wanted, they got the shock value ...
but there's no penalty," she continued.
"They would know that [the billboard] would get a lot of attention and people would immediately want it down.
"But we need to speak about this to draw attention to the fact that the advertising standards board is just not working.
"At the very least, the advertising standards board needs to introduce some penalties for advertisers who cross the line in this way." Ms Francis says Black Mirror is an adult television show and children should not be exposed to such content.
"We would not want our children confronted by this adult concept," she said.
"We want our children to be able to maintain some sort of innocence when they're young.
"When it is in the outdoors and it's up there in the public spaces there is no avoiding it, no parents can even choose whether their child is going to see this.
"A child should not have to see an adult image like this when they're very young."
Long March Rocket lifts off with ChinaSat-11 Communications Satellite
A Chinese Long March 3B/E Launch Vehicle blasted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on Wednesday at 16:06 UTC to begin a mission to deliver the Chinasat-11 communications satellite to Geostationary Transfer Orbit. This launch occurred less than a week after a Long March 2D delivered the Gaofen-1 satellite to Orbit.
Chinasat-11 is a commercial communications satellite that is operated by ChinaSatcom. The satellite was developed and manufactured by the China Academy of Space Technology based on the DFH-4 satellite bus that can facilitate powerful communications payloads for a number of applications.
The satellite platform is 2.36 by 2.10 by 3.60 meters in size with two 6-meter solar arrays. The solar arrays provide an end of mission power of 10,500 Watts. Onboard batteries are used to store power for night passes. The spacecraft is three-axis stabilized with high pointing accuracy.
Chinasat-11 is equipped with 19 Ku-Band and 26 C-Band transponders covering Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and regions in the China Sea and Indian Ocean.
It is outfitted with three receiver antennas and two transmission antennas. The satellite uses high power fixed and mobile beams with transponder switching capability. The spacecraft will provide Direct-to-Home, data transmission, digital broadband multimedia and streaming media transmission. Chinasat-11 has a launch mass of 5,400 Kilograms and a design life of 15 years. It will operate from an orbital position of 98 degrees East.
Long March 3B/E is the biggest launcher of the Long March Family standing 56.33 meters tall with a main diameter of 3.35 meters and a liftoff mass of 458,970 Kilograms. It represents a recent improvement of the Long March 3B Launcher that first flew in 2007 and features a larger first stage and boosters than the CZ-3B to increase its payload capability to Geostationary Transfer Orbit to 5,500 Kilograms and Low Earth performance to 12 metric tons.
Photo: China Great Wall Industry Corporation
Long March 3B features a core stage and four-strap-on boosters and a second stage, all using storable propellants, being topped by a cryogenic third stage. The four strap-on boosters use 37,700 Kilograms of Unsymmetrical Dimethylhydrazine and Nitrogen Tetroxide as propellants. Each of the Boosters is 15.3 meters long and 2.25 meters in diameter. The strap-ons provide 740 Kilonewtons of thrust with their YF-25 engine and are jettisoned after burnout and fall back to Earth. The boosters burn just over two minutes.
The Core Stage of the vehicle features four YF-20C engines that provide a combined thrust of 2,962 Kilonewtons. The stage is 23.3 meters in length and holds 171,800 Kilograms of storable propellants at blastoff. Stage 2 has a burn time of 2 minutes and 39 seconds. The second stage of the Long March 3B also uses Hydrazine and NTO as propellants on its way uphill. The second stage features a YF-22E Main Engine providing a thrust of 742 Kilonewtons as well as four 12kN Vernier Engines. The stage is 10 meters in length consuming 49,000 Kilograms of propellants during flight. It burns for just over three minutes before the third stage takes over.
Unlike the other stages, the third stage of the CZ-3B is powered by cryogenic Propellants. The upper stage of the Long March 3B is powered by two YF-75 Engines - each providing 79 Kilonewtons of Thrust. Third Stage propellants are 18,200 Kilograms of liquid Oxygen and liquid Hydrogen. The Upper Stage has a reduced diameter of three meters and is 12.4 meters long.
For Geostationary Transfer Orbit Missions, the third stage makes two burns with variable durations, the first puts the vehicle in a Parking Orbit while the second raises the Apogee to match Geostationary Altitude.
The payload fairing of the CZ-3B/E is 4.2 meters in diameter capable of hosting large payloads.
On launch day, the rocket went through a 7-hour countdown operation that started with the fueling of the Cryogenic Third Stage with Liquid Oxygen and Liquid Hydrogen the remaining stages and boosters are filled with hypergolic propellants several days before launch. As the countdown progressed, the launch vehicle was powered up and started functional tests of its telemetry and communications system at L-80 minutes. The flight software is loaded into the computers of the launcher at L-40 minutes followed by a verification of the Guidance & Control System of the vehicle.
Also, the payload air-conditioning system is reconfigured and the purge system of the first and second stage is disconnected for launch. In the final 20 minutes of the countdown, the third stage engine begins its Chilldown Sequence to condition it for ignition. At L-15 minutes, the third stage propellant topping sequence begins followed by the disconnection of the spacecraft umbilical after the satellite had been placed in flight mode.
The telemetry system of the launcher goes into launch mode at L-3 minutes and one minute later, the umbilical arms to the third stage are retracted. 90 seconds before launch, the vehicle is switched to internal power and the control system of the vehicle assumes control of the countdown at L-1 minute. After a final set of systems checks, the engines of the boosters and first stage are ignited at L-0 with liftoff occurring an instant later.
Following its liftoff from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, Sichuan Province, China’s launch site for Geostationary Launches, the Long March 3B launch vehicle started following its standard ascent trajectory towards GTO.
This flight profile calls for the pitch maneuver shortly after liftoff to align the vehicle with its trajectory to the East. Booster Separation occurs 2 minutes and 21 seconds into the flight followed by first stage shutdown and separation at T+2:39. Debris of the boosters and core stage fall back to Earth and impact downrange from the launch site on China’s mainland. The fairing separates just before the 4-minute mark and also falls back to Earth for a crash landing downrange from the launch site. Around 5 minutes and 45 seconds into the mission, the second stage burns out and is jettisoned.
Shortly thereafter, the third stage ignites on its first burn which is about 4 minutes and 30 seconds in duration ending just after passing 10 minutes into the flight. After coasting in its Low Earth Parking Orbit for 10 minutes and 30 seconds, the third stage ignited again to increase the apogee at the appropriate location which is precisely targeted. The burn begins at about T+21 minutes and is just over three minutes in duration. After shutdown, the third stage performs a re-orientation ahead of spacecraft separation at T+25 minutes and 45 seconds.
Chinese officials declared the launch a complete success. With Chinasat-11 in its target orbit, the spacecraft is looking at a busy few weeks as it will perform a number of apogee maneuvers to reach Geostationary Drift Orbit before achieving its final orbital location for several weeks of testing before entering regular service.
This launch was the 176th successful Chinese orbital launch and the 176th launch of the Long March rocket family. It was the 77th orbital launch from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center and the second Chinese launch of 2013 the first out of Xichang.
Long March 3B/E launches with Chinasat-11
The Chinese have launched the Chinasat-11 (Zhongxing-11) communication satellite via a Long March 3B/E (Chang Zheng-3B/E) rocket on Wednesday. The launch took place at 16:06 UTC from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the south west region of China.
Long March 3B/E Launch:
Zhongxing-11 has a lift-off mass of around 5,000 kg and a design lifetime over 15 years. The satellite is based on the DFH-4 manufactured by the CAST (China Academy of Space Technology) and features multiple high power fixed and mobile beams and transponder switching capability.
It will provide services for commercial broadcasting and communications via 45 C-band and Ku-band transponders, aimed at meeting the needs of Direct-to-Home, data transmission, digital broadband multimedia and streaming media for clients in Asia, Africa, Australia whilst covering large regions of China Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.
As was the case with Zhongxing-12 (ChinaSat-12) launched on November 27, 2012 part of the satellite’s communications payload has been leased to Sri Lanka, co-branded as SupremeSat-II.
In 2012, SupremeSat has entered into a partnership agreement with CGWIC (China Great Wall Industry Corporation) for the design, manufacturing and launch of the SupremeSat-III satellite, a deal that also secured the marketing facilities of many other satellites owned and operated by CGWIC and the China Satellites Communications Corporation.
SupremeSat-III will be based on the DFH-4 platform, to be positioned at 50 degrees East Longitude, once launched by a Long March 3B/E launch vehicle.
The CAST manufactured DFH-4 (Dongfanghong-4) platform is a communications satellite bus featuring high capability and a long operational lifetime. It sports an output power and communication capability equivalent to the similar international bus specifications, and consists of propulsion and service modules, solar arrays and 3-axis stabilization.
The applications for the DFH-4 platform are not limited to high capacity broadcast communication satellites, with the ability to be used as tracking and data relay satellites and regional mobile communication satellites.
The spacecraft has a payload capacity of 588 kg and an output power of 10.5 kW through to the end of its lifetime.
The satellite is equipped with three receiver antennas and two transmission antennas. The DFH-4 satellite also features mitigation hardware to counter hostile jamming.
China’s second launch of 2013 was also the 176th successful Chinese orbital launch and the first from Xichang this year. A total of 78 orbital launches have been conducted out of Xichang.
Developed from the Chang Zheng-3A, the Chang Zheng-3B is the most powerful launch vehicle on the Chinese space launch fleet. The Apstar-7 launch was the 23rd flight of CZ-3B and the 55th flight of CZ-3A series launch vehicles.
The CZ-3B features enlarged launch propellant tanks, improved computer systems, a larger 4.2 meter diameter payload fairing and the addition of four strap-on boosters in the core stage that provide additional help during the first phase of the launch.
The rocket is capable of launching a 11,200 kg satellite to a low Earth orbit or a 5,100 kg cargo to a geosynchronous transfer orbit.
The CZ-3B/E (Enhanced Version) launch vehicle was developed from the CZ-3B, increasing the GTO capacity up to 5,500kg. The CZ-3B/E has nearly the same configurations with CZ-3B bar its enlarged core stage and boosters.
On May 14, 2007, the first flight of CZ-3B/E was performed successfully, accurately sending the NigcomSat-1 into pre-determined orbit. With the GTO launch capability of 5,500kg, CZ-3B/E is dedicated for launching heavy GEO communications satellite.
The Xichang Satellite Launch Centre is situated in the Sichuan Province, south-western China and is the country’s launch site for geosynchronous orbital launches.
Equipped with two launch pads (LC2 and LC3), the centre has a dedicated railway and highway lead directly to the launch site. The Command and Control Centre is located seven kilometers south-west of the launch pad, providing flight and safety control during launch rehearsal and launch. The CZ-3B launch pad is located at 28.25 deg. N 102.02 deg. E and at an elevation of 1,825 meters.
Other facilities on the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre are the Launch Control Centre, propellant fuelling systems, communications systems for launch command, telephone and data communications for users, and support equipment for meteorological monitoring and forecasting.
The first launch from Xichang took place at 12:25UTC on January 29, 1984, when the CZ-3 Chang Zheng-3 (CZ3-1) was launched the Shiyan Weixing (14670 1984-008A) communications satellite into orbit.
Kenanga Research Optimistic On New Maxis - Astro IPTV
KUALA LUMPUR, May 2 (Bernama) -- Kenanga Research is optimistic over the new Maxis-Astro IPTV launched recently and has led it to increase the Financial Year 2014 and 2015 net profits by 2.4 per cent and 9.9 per cent, respectively.
"We are upgrading our 'market perform' call on Astro to an 'outperform'," it said in a note Thursday.
Kenanga Research said it was also sanguine on the collaboration as it had bundles of win-win benefits for subscribers and synergistic benefits for Astro and Maxis.
"In conjunction with that, we are assuming between 65,000 and 175,000 subscribers to take up this IPTV offering (mainly on SuperPack packages). This is taking cue from the management's guidance of about 60,000-70,000 and 170,000-180,000 subscribers in Financial Year 2014 and 2015 respectively," it added
Taiwan's Chunghwa Telecom Urged to Renew Contract with NTD
Taiwanese legislators are throwing their weight behind NTD’s sister-station in the Asia Pacific. NTD-AP broadcasts to the region through a satellite owned by Taiwanese Chunghwa Telecom. The contract is up for renewal, but so far Chunghwa has been avoiding discussions with NTD-AP.
Some fear it’s a repeat of what happened two years ago, when the current contract was renewed. Chunghwa had initially refused, citing technical difficulties. But many suspected it was because of pressure from Mainland China. Taiwan’s government has a majority stake in Chunghwa, and has been seeking closer ties with the Mainland. NTD is banned in China and frequently reports about topics that would be censored in China.
“We don’t want the same thing to happen again, where we feel some kind of forces are at play. Did Chunghwa Telecom give in to something? I think this will hurt their reputation, and also damage Taiwan’s freedom of speech.”
In a statement on May 1st, NTD-AP’s CEO Ruey-lan Chang says the station approached Chunghwa Telecom in March, and again in April to negotiate the contract renewal. The telecom company did not respond to either request.
On Tuesday, Leng Tai-feng, the president of Chunghwa Telecom's international business group declined to comment about the contract, when approached by a reporter from NTD-AP.
[Lo Shu-lei, KMT Legislator]
“Don’t create these difficulties for NTD-AP. I think that Taiwan’s government should pay attention to this. Even US lawmakers will look down on Taiwan’s freedom and democracy, because of how Chunghwa Telecom is handling this.”
US Congress member Dana Rohrabacher has been a supporter of NTD. In 2011, he telephoned Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou to urge his government to allow the satellite contract renewal.
During a meeting last week of the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, Rohrabacher again urged Taiwan to make sure NTD-AP gets the contract renewal, if the island wants to be recognized as a democratic and free country.
ATN to launch 5 Channels in collaboration with India's largest Broadcaster-DOORDARSHAN in Canada
TORONTO, May 1, 2013 -- /CNW/ - Asian Television Network International Limited (ATN) (TSX-SAT), Canada's largest South Asian Broadcaster, is pleased to announce the launch of 5 Canadian channels in collaboration with India's largest Terrestrial Broadcaster Doordarshan, popularly known as DD.
Doordarshan is India's most Powerful Broadcaster, a division of Prasar Bharati and is one of the largest broadcasting organizations in the World in terms of the infrastructure of studios and transmitters and is a Multi-Billion Dollar organization.
ATN has signed Licensing Agreements with DD under which it has been granted exclusive rights to the five television services, namely DD India, DD News, DD Bharati, DD Urdu and DD Sports.
ATN-DD India: DD India is an Indian satellite television channel which is marketed towards Indian audiences living abroad, and offers an update on the social, cultural, and political aspects of India. The channel features original programming, such as dramas, comedy-series, talk shows, documentaries, and re-runs of popular TV shows from other Indian television channels. The programming on this channel continues to be done in a manner to enable it to meet its primary objective of providing a window to the world especially for the Indian diaspora to witness the Indian social, cultural, political and economic scene.
ATN-DD News: The DD-News channel is India's only 24 hours terrestrial news channel which telecasts over 16 hours of live news bulletins daily in Hindi and English. News Headlines, News updates, breaking news on the scroller are regular features on this channel. DD News also carries Stock and Commodities indices throughout the day in an automated delivery mode, accessing information from NSE & BSE and leading commodity exchanges like NCDEX, MCX, etc.
ATN-DD Bharati: acts as a Cultural Heritage of India. Besides programmes on adventure, quiz contests, fine arts/paintings, crafts and designs, cartoons, talent hunts, etc., it also telecasts MERI BAAT an hour-long phone-in 'live' show with young people. Programmes emphasizing on a healthy life style and focusing on prevention rather than cure, both in our traditional and modern forms of medicine are the highlight of the channel.
ATN-DD Urdu: is a general interest Urdu channel encapsulating heritage, culture, literature, information, education & societal issues specific to the Urdu speaking audience.
ATN-DD Sports: DD Sports is India's only free-to-air sports channel and provides coverage to various international and domestic sports including Cricket, Football, Hockey, Tennis, Archery, Athletics, Kabaddi, Swimming, Badminton, Wrestling, Kho-kho and other indigenous games. The channel also covers events organized by different Sports Federations and Association in India.
"India is the World's largest democracy and has a population of over a Billion People. We are delighted to be associated with the launch of India's Official National Broadcaster Doordarshan which is similar to the BBC in the UK and CBC in Canada" said Dr. Shan Chandrasekar President and CEO of ATN, "We have aggressive plans to add substantial value to our Diaspora and enhance our strong Customer base on Cable, Satellite and Credible distributors across Canada" he added.
"I am delighted that Asian Television Network (ATN), Canada is going to launch five channels of Doordarshan, the national television service of India, in Canada. This is yet another significant step taken by ATN to connect the vibrant Indian diaspora in Canada with news, culture and sports from their motherland, India. It fulfills a long felt need and demand among Indo-Canadians to view Doordarshan's programmes" said Honorable Mrs. Preeti Saran, Consul-General of India in Toronto. "This important development would not have been possible without the pioneer leadership of its President & CEO Dr. Shan Chandrasekar, a truly global Indo-Canadian, who has been an important bridge builder between India and Canada" she added.
Doordarshan enjoys the widest reach with 48 million TV Households and also enjoys 62% penetration in A, B & C category Cable & Satellite homes in India.
"In Canada, Indians form one of the most respected and professionally accomplished communities who have kept their cultural roots intact while adapting to Canada and we have been striving to connect with the international audience rapidly. It gives me immense pleasure to announce our relationship with ATN for meeting this objective by distributing five of our main channels in Canada" said Shri Tripurari Sharan, Director General, Doordarshan. "Both ATN and DD have walked the extra mile in making this happen and I hope that this effort will help strengthen the feeling of togetherness through Doordarshan channels which are rich in cultural values, art, music, dance, entertainment and depict the crucible of culture, India has been for millennia" he added.
In addition to the existing subscriber base, with the launch of these new channels, ATN expects to gain new subscribers through Cable, Satellite & IPTV platforms across Canada. It is ATN's intention to have its compelling content distributed to all authenticated subscribers through VOD, SVOD, Tablets and mobile platforms across Canada.
About ATN - Asian Television Network International Limited:
ATN serves Canada's diverse cultural communities with 44 specialty television channels. The Company offers its flagship ATN-HD general interest service, 4 Bollywood movie channels and a variety of channels that include 3 sports Channels, 3 news Channels, 3 music Channels, 3 lifestyle Channels, 3 Chinese Channels, 6 Punjabi channels, and several regional language channels. ATN operates a South Asian Radio Service on Satellite Radio across The United States and Canada. Some ATN content is also available on any Bell mobile phone that supports video. ATN has programming alliances with leading international broadcasters like Star Network (News Corp), Sony Entertainment Television, Viacom, Times Television Network, B4U Network, NDTV and many more. ATN channels are available on various Cable, Satellite and IPTV Platforms across Canada like Shaw Cable, Bell TV, Rogers Cable, Bell Fibe TV, TELUS Optic TV, Cogeco Cable, and Others.
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SOURCE Asian Television Network International Limited
CBS: ‘We will go cable if Aereo OK’d’
Leslie Moonves CEO of CBS has joined Fox Broadcasting’s threat to take their television network off the air and become a cable channel if courts don’t stop the Internet start-up Aereo from retransmitting shows without permission.
“We’ve spoken to cable operators in New York. We can do it in a few days,” Moonves told the Milken Institute Global Conference in California.
The comments from Moonves follow a similar threat last month from News Copr, parent of the Fox broadcast network. Fox and its affiliate stations would stop broadcasting and serve only pay-TV customers to protect the billions of dollars spent annually on programs, along with advertising revenue and hard- won fees from pay-TV systems, Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey told a convention of TV executives in Las Vegas.
The broadcasters are reacting to a US appeals court ruling on April 1st in New York that allowed Aereo, backed by billionaire Barry Diller, to keep operating. The networks sued Aereo in March 2012, claiming it infringed copyrights by capturing their over-the-air signals with tiny antennas and delivering shows to subscribers on computers and smartphones.
Details on how News Corp. split will work
New York, May 1:
News Corp. is planning to split into two companies. One company will operate as a newspaper and book publisher and will retain the News Corp. name. The other will be an entertainment company, called 21st Century Fox.
Here’s how the split will work:
Newspapers, book publishing and information services such as Dow Jones Newswires will be part of the publishing company.
The 20th Century Fox movie studio, the Fox broadcast TV network and the Fox News Channel will be part of the media and entertainment company.
Current News Corp. shareholders will get shares in each company, but how many shares and how much each entity will be worth have yet to be announced. Both companies will trade publicly, under different stock tickers. In the US, the entertainment company is tentatively planning to use “FOX” and “FOXA” for its two classes of shares, while News Corp. is likely to keep “NWS” and “NWSA.”
The new News Corp. company will be spun off and the existing News Corp. will be renamed 21st Century Fox. The new News Corp. will have $ 2.56 billion in cash and no debt.
That amount is to include a payment of $ 1.82 billion from what will become 21st Century Fox. Another $ 741 million is already held in cash by the businesses to be spun off.
Rupert Murdoch will be Chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment company. Robert Thomson, former Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal, will become CEO of the publishing company. Murdoch will end up controlling both companies through the nearly 40 per cent of Class B voting shares he controls through a family trust. Murdoch’s compensation package for the two companies combined could rise by as much as 15 per cent if financial targets are met.
News Corp.’s board unanimously approved the split, but it will need to approve a more formal proposal. The deal is also subject to shareholder and numerous regulatory approvals.
News Corp. plans to hold a special meeting of its shareholders on June 11 in New York and expects the deal to be completed in mid-2013.
Broadcasters, SES hurt by TopTV failure
A special board meeting of On Digital Media (ODM) in Johannesburg on April 30th voted in favour of the scheme put forward by StarTimes to rescue ODM’s TopTV pay-TV operator. Reportedly 99 per cent of shareholders approved the move.
The decision also means that other rival bids, in one case by a consortium backed by Multichoice, have been rejected.
StarTimes, itself backed by Chinese investors, will buy a 20 per cent stake in ODM, the maximum allowed under current broadcasting regulations. SES of Luxembourg is a 20 per cent shareholder.
Content suppliers are owed significant sums by ODM for programming. Fox is owed ZAR 43,8 million, or 3 per cent of TopTV’s total debt and relates to its FX, Retro, Fuel, Fox and Baby channels). Time Warner is owed ZAR 25,4 million (1.7 per cent of the total debt). Paramount is owed ZAR 13.1 million, with Manchester United Television owed ZAR 9.5 million. TopTV also owes Walt Disney ZAR 7.2 million and Turner Broadcasting ZAR 6.4 million. NBC Universal ZAR 3.9 million, Paramount is owed ZAR 13.1 million.
Smart card supplier NDS is owed ZAR 3.4 million, while SES is owed ZAR 15.3 million via its SES Global Africa and SES Platform Services subsidiaries, while a further ZAR 44.1 million of Preference shareholder claims and another shareholder claim of ZAR 115.3 million.
Ukraine named as piracy Priority Foreign Country
Ukraine has been named as a Priority Foreign Country (PFC) under the US’s ‘Special 301′ statute following the severe deterioration of enforcement in the areas of government use of pirated software and piracy over the Internet, as well as denial of fair and equitable market access through the authorisation and operation of copyright collecting societies.
The action is contained in the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of US trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and market access for persons that rely on IPR protection. Other significant actions in this year’s report include:
• USTR reports grave concerns about misappropriation of trade secrets in China, and incremental progress on a few of China’s many other significant IPR and market access challenges;
• USTR adds Barbados, Bulgaria, Paraguay, and Trinidad and Tobago to the Watch List as a result of specific problems identified in the report;
• USTR announces that while El Salvador and Spain are not listed in the Report, USTR will conduct out-of-cycle reviews to assess progress on IPR challenges identified in this year’s reviews of those countries;
• Canada moves from the Special 301 Priority Watch List to the Watch List in recognition of significant progress on copyright issues, while USTR continues to work with Canada to address several remaining IPR concerns; and
• Brunei Darussalam and Norway move off of the Special 301 Watch List.
“This year’s Special 301 Report demonstrates U.S. resolve to take strong action to support critical jobs and exports in IP-intensive industries,” said Acting US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis. “I regret that the Government of Ukraine has earned the first new Priority Foreign Country designation in 11 years due to its severely deteriorating climate for IPR protection and market access, and call upon that government to reverse recent backsliding and swiftly resolve the problems identified today. I am encouraged that other countries, notably Canada, have made long-awaited progress on concerns identified in past reports; I hope that Canada will sustain and build upon that progress, and that other listed countries will make similar progress.”
“The actions reflected in this year’s report send a message to all trading partners on the Priority Watch List and the Watch List that the United States is prepared to use the Special 301 process to its full effect, both to recognise positive action and, where necessary and appropriate, to identify deterioration of the IPR protection and enforcement systems that play such a vital role in international trade.”
The Special 301 Report is an annual review of the global state of IPR protection, enforcement, and market access, which USTR conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
USTR reviewed 95 trading partners for this year’s Special 301 Report, and placed 41 countries on the Priority Foreign Country, Priority Watch List, or Watch List.
USTR has designated Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country in this year’s report as a trading partner whose onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on the relevant US products. In addition, Ukraine is not entering into good faith negotiations or making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations. Trading partners on the Priority Watch List present the most significant concerns regarding insufficient IPR protection or enforcement, or otherwise limited market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection. Ten countries Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela are on the Priority Watch List. USTR will seek to engage intensively with these countries, as appropriate, during the coming year.
Thirty trading partners are on the Watch List, also meriting bilateral attention to address underlying IPR problems: Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam.
The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) noted that Spain remains off the watch list and welcomed the efforts of the Spanish Government to enforce copyright protection looking forward to concrete results in the months ahead.
Former Senator Chris Dodd, Chairman and CEO of the MPAA, commended the USTR and Marantis for the report and its documentation of worldwide intellectual property theft and market access barriers.
“The Special 301 report identifies some of the key foreign threats to America’s copyright industries,” Dodd said. “The report offers an important roadmap for improving strong and enforceable intellectual property protections and expanding IUS exports, both of which are vital to the strength of the US economy. We thank Acting US Trade Representative Marantis, the USTR, and the inter-agency team who continue to support job creation in the creative economy.”
U/K Freesat ‘fastest growing platform’
Freesat, the UK’s FTA digital satellite television provider has announced strong 2012/13 results as the company celebrates its fifth anniversary. Having added around 150,000 homes in the last 12 months, Freesat lays claim to being the UK’s fastest growing established TV platform, and says it continues to outgrow pay-TV rivals.
According to Freesat’s own customer research, 51 per cent of homes that joined the free TV service in 2012/13 were from pay-TV rivals. The research also indicated that just over 25 per cent of homes are considering changing TV service provider in 2013, and of these, 60 per cent are being driven by the desire to save money.
Emma Scott, Freesat’s Managing Director said: “Freesat is truly a TV platform of choice. Our consistently positive results demonstrate fantastic growth and a strong appetite for high quality, good value TV, in a challenging economic environment. The success of our <free time> service with its cutting edge TV Guide and on-demand services including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and YouTube, gives yet more sensible reasons to switch to Freesat.
“Everyone of us across the UK is continually reassessing how we spend our money, and with 79 per cent of viewing across all platforms, including pay, going to free channels, and 52 per cent going to the top 5 channels having a monthly TV subscription just doesn’t make sense for most people.”
Freesat has now sold 3.2 million units, far exceeding original sales projections and taking total gross retail UK sales to £1.2 billion (€1.48bn) since launch in May 2008. Freesat will grow the <free time> features over time, including a remote record app for smart phones and tablets as well as the introduction of additional movie and music services.
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The South Island analogue TV shutdown, NZ hams get their "6 meter Magic band back"
Sky NZ have started their new channel numbering scheme
TVNZ Kidzone 24
SKY Movies 2
SKY Movies Greats
SKY Box Office 1
J2 (was 63)
SKY Box Office 2
Real Good Life
SKY Box Office 3
SKY Box Office
SKY Box Office 1
SKY Box Office 2
SKY Sport 1
SKY Box Office 3
SKY Sport 2
SKY Box Office 4
SKY Digital Music Channels
JONES! - Coming Soon
SKY Sport 3
BBC World News
SKY Box Office 5
SKY Sport 4
SKY Box Office 6
SKY Box Office 7
Radio NZ National
SKY Box Office 8
Radio NZ Concert
SKY Box Office 9
The Shopping Channel
SKY Box Office 10
SKY Box Office 11
TV3 Plus 1
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RigNet Launches iDirect Network In Australia For Onshore Energy, Mining And Maritime Applications
From press release
Leading onshore provider in U.S. continues to extend land initiatives abroad to capitalize on global market opportunities
HERNDON, Va., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- VT iDirect, Inc. (iDirect), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced that RigNet, Inc. (NASDAQ:RNET), a leading global provider of managed remote communications solutions to the oil and gas industry, has installed an iDirect Series 15100 Universal Satellite Hub in Adelaide, Australia, to extend its services to Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The business expansion will enable RigNet to tap into growing market segments, including onshore natural gas and oil exploration, energy, mining and maritime. iDirect is a world leader in satellite-based IP communications technology.
The hub addition enables RigNet to expand its global presence and offer a managed service for land-based drilling applications and remote connectivity in the greater Asia Pacific region. The investment follows RigNet's installation of a hub in the Middle East to extend RigNet's VSAT coverage in the region and enhance the company's satellite service portfolio for customers in the oil and gas sector.
The network will be built on iDirect's Evolution iDX 3.1 software, which enables service providers to support both narrowband SCADA and broadband applications on the same network and scale to tens of thousands of sites. iDX 3.1 features the X1 remote, a low power, compact remote that reduces the average power required for a given satellite terminal by as much as 50%. An outdoor version of the X1 features IP67 weatherproof casing, an extended temperature range, passive cooling and multiple power options.
"Our onshore customers have very distinct and demanding network requirements. They're running a mix of narrowband and broadband applications that extend across indoor and outdoor environments. iDX 3.1 provides us with the exact capabilities we need for these customers. And with iDirect, we can expand into new markets and geographies while managing our global portfolio over a single platform, which improves our flexibility and productivity."
General Manager, APAC region, RigNet
"It's exciting to see our partners capitalize on growth opportunities and reach new levels of service performance through our operating software capabilities. RigNet is making a strategic move into a fast growing market, and we are honored that they chose to expand over the iDirect Platform."
Vice President Americas, iDirect
RigNet (NASDAQ: RNET) is a leading global provider of managed remote communications, systems integration and collaborative applications dedicated to the oil and gas industry, focusing on offshore and onshore drilling rigs, energy production facilities and energy maritime. RigNet provides solutions ranging from fully-managed voice and data networks to more advanced applications that include video conferencing and real-time data services to remote sites in over thirty countries on six continents, effectively spanning the drilling and production industry. RigNet is based in Houston, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.rig.net/. RigNet is a registered trademark of RigNet, Inc.
iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology that enables our 350+partners to optimize their networks, differentiate and expand their businesses. The iDirect Intelligent Platform allows our partners to run their entire business operations more efficiently via a single, unified IP-based satellite architecture, whether it's providing core IP applications to the enterprise or specialized services to any number of diverse vertical markets. iDirect is the #1 name in global satellite communications in key industries including maritime, military/government, and oil and gas, with a 62% hub market share and more than a quarter million remotes installed worldwide. In 2007, iDirect Government Technologies (iGT) was formed to drive adoption of its IP-based solutions in the U.S. government market. In 2008, iDirect Asia Pte Ltd was established in Singapore to enhance its value-add and responsiveness to customers in the Asia Pacific region. For more information please visit http://www.idirect.net/.
VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems' innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit http://www.vt-systems.com/.
Astro and Maxis in IPTV, broadband tie-up
KUALA LUMPUR: Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has teamed up with Maxis Bhd to offer consumers access to Astro TV content, high speed broadband and home-voice services via Astro B.yond IPTV (Internet Protocol Television).
Astro CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan said through the partnership with Maxis, Astro was able to co-develop high-speed fibre broadband and home-voice services via Astro B.yond IPTV.
“Existing customers can choose broadband bandwidth of 10, 20, 30Mbps and enjoy savings from RM53.30 per month for one of the Astro B.yond IPTV-Maxis packages,” Rohana told a press conference here yesterday. Astro has a penetration of 3.5 million out of the 6.5 million households in the country.
“Out of the 3.5 million households, 3.3 million are Astro pay service subscribers while the remaining 200,000 are NJOI users,” she said.
She added that 1.1 million out of its paid subscribers have fibre broadband passing through their home making them potential subscribers.
Rohana described the partnership as “win-win” for both parties.
“We can't share target. We are confident that, as a product, we have the best proposition to offer to our customers,” she said when asked on its target market.
Additionally, she said Astro would pocket the revenue from the content while the broadband would be on a revenue sharing basis with Maxis.
She said both satellite and broadband would be running simultaneously, adding that it reduces downtime during rain-fade problem.
Maxis chairman Raja Tan Sri Arshad Raja Tun Uda said since the announcement on its partnership with Astro on the IPTV offering, Maxis had been working very hard to enable the collaboration.
“We have enabled single billing, educated our sales force to sell IPTV on top of mobile and home fibre,” he said. Astro B.yond IPTV-Maxis subscribers who purchase the Superpack, Multi-room or Astro On-the-Go service will receive complimentary exclusive content via Astro Select.
Astro Select offers 10 new high definition channels as well as access to over 700 hours of fresh Video-On-Demand content.
Astro B.yond IPTV kicks off
KUALA LUMPUR -Astro Malaysia Holdings Bhd has teamed up with Maxis Bhd to offer the much anticipated Astro B.yond Internet Protocol television (IPTV) service, with packages starting from RM185.95 per month for a family pack and 10Mbps home fibre internet package, to as much as RM403 per month for a Super Pack Chinese entertainment package and 30Mbps package.
The RM20 per month home voice package is optional.
The offering runs on Maxis' high speed fibre and wireless network which includes high speed broadband access service provided by Telekom Malaysia Bhd to Maxis.
"Recognising our customers' quest for increasing bandwidth and speed, we are committed to take our customers' viewing experience to a whole new level by providing the widest choices in content and high speed broadband (HSBB) as well as the best value propositions," Astro CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan told reporters at the launch of Astro B.yond IPTV yesterday.
She said Astro currently has access to 1.4 million homes with HSBB, out of which 1.3 million is via its partnership with Maxis.
"Out of the 1.4 million, 1.1 million are already Astro customers," she said, adding that it will offer Maxis' bandwidth services to these customers.
She declined to reveal the target take-up rate for the new offering.
Existing Astro customers can choose a broadband bandwidth of 10Mbps, 20 Mbps or 30Mbps or opt for one of the Astro B.yond IPTV-Maxis packages
Astro B.yond IPTV-Maxis customers who subscribe to a Superpack, Multi-room or Astro On-the-Go service will receive complimentary exclusive content via Astro Select, which offers 10 new high definition (HD) channels and access to over 700 hours of video-on-demand content.
To date, five of the 10 HD channels have been launched and the remaining five will be launched by the next quarter of this year.
Rohana said 100% of content revenue will be Astro's, while the broadband revenue will be shared with Maxis.
Astro AWANI app launched for iOS
KUALA LUMPUR: Astro AWANI takes another bold step into the future with the launch of a new application for iOS smartphone users.
Through the application, users will be able to surf the latest main news available on www.astroawani.com official page be it in English or in Bahasa Malaysia.
Users will be able to find the latest national news, which is now focused on the 13th General Election as well as business, sports, entertainment and the happenings around the world.
Live Astro AWANI channel via video streaming is also available. Among others, the application offers photo and video galleries, which showcases the programmes and news snippets.
Videos, analysis and special programs for GE13 are also available besides weather forecast in Malaysia and around the world.
In an effort to promote citizen journalism, the U Wartawan segment, users of the application will be able to share photos, video and comments from around.
The Astro AWANI application can be downloaded from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/astroawani/id640446711?l=fr&ls=1&mt=8
Android version for this application will be launched soon.
now TV further expands into Singapore
now TV, Hong Kong’s largest quadruple-play pay-TV provider, has reached an understanding to enter into an overseas content distribution agreement with StarHub, Singapore’s biggest broadband Internet and cable TV operator.
With now TV’s upcoming co-operation with Starhub, its footprint will be further expanded to cover Singapore, in addition to its recently announced distribution plans to Malaysia, Thailand and US, reinforcing its position as a major international player.
This collaboration means StarHub customers will be able to enjoy premium Chinese-language programming from now TV on Demand, now Baogu Movies, now Mango and now HaiRun channels.
Multichoice emerges as TopTV bidder
TopTV, a digital broadcasting rival to South Africa’s Multichoice, is in financial trouble. Up until now the front-runner to buy the troubled company was StarTimes, a China-backed operation with an existing portfolio of African-based pay-TV investments. A new potential buyer (‘Dynamic TV Consortium’) has now emerged in the shape of local South African entrepreneurs, but with one major snag: Multichoice is an investor in their consortium.
South African TV regulations demand that no outside investor can hold more than 20 per cent of a broadcasting enterprise, and StarTimes has been lobbying for that rule to be relaxed. Satellite operator SES of Luxembourg is a 20 per cent investor in TopTV, and it was widely assumed that StarTimes would be acquiring the SES stake as part of a wholesale restructuring of TopTV’s share structure.
However, while there are undoubted financial complications in StarTimes’ plans, the local market is now concerned that Multichoice is seeking to maintain its monopoly in pay-TV by buying TopTV. Reportedly, the Dynamic TV Consortium is putting up to ZAR500 million ($55.6m) on the table to sweeten the deal and reportedly financed by Multichoice.
TopTV put out a statement late on April 29th, saying somewhat ambiguously “The Business Rescue Practitioner (BRP, the Court-appointed administrator of TopTV) would like to confirm that we have since received unsolicited, non binding expressions of interest from two other interested parties. It is the intention of the BRP to go ahead and present the current plan as published. As part of that process, [the BRP] has an obligation to announce to the meeting the receipt of the additional proposals which cannot be viewed as plans under the current circumstances.”