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Page UPDATED 16/09/2014 11.59 P.M NZ

16/09/14

Sorry no time for an update today




15/09/14

Monday evening Feeds

D2 12446 H Sr 6670 - "DEFAULT" Live Feed TV3 - The Moment Of Truth from Auckland Town Hall.

Reported but not checked?

AsiaSat 7 at 105.5°E 3800 H 30000
TP1 $
IRIB1 $
IRIB2 $
IRIB3 $
Bein1 $
Bein2 $

4100 V 30000
MF1 $
MF2 $
MF3 $
MF4 $
MF5 $
MF6 $
Biss

Damn BISS Encryption becoming very common these days on Feeds. Not much around for FTA feed viewers :-(

Sunday log

Asiasat 5 4157 H 7120 "Boxing - Mayweather vs Maidana MGM Grand Las Vegas" (FTA)

D2 12488 V Sr 9875 'Globecast Oz' (BISS)
D2 12676 V Sr 9875 'Ch-1' (BISS)
D2 12640 V Sr 15000 'V8 SUPERVIEW HD' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
D2 12658 V Sr 15000 'V8 Supercars World' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
D2 12425 V Sr 15000 'V8 CH7 MAIN HD' - V8 Supercars (BISS)
D2 12323 V Sr 6669 'GlobeCast Oz' (BISS)
D2 12385 V Sr 6669 'GCAST6' -FTA Horse Racing
D2 12403 V Sr 6669 'Globecast2' - FTA Horse Racing
D2 12394 V Sr 6669 'Astralinks' - FTA Horse Racing

B3 (164E) 12390 H 7199 - 'GWN News Backhaul' - Lasted about an hour before faded away.

Saturday 12pm Log

D2 12321 H Sr 8569 "Sky HD 2045 enca Kor 4" (Biss)
D2 12330 H Sr 8569 "Sky HD 9011 encb Kor 4" (Biss)
D2 12357 H Sr 8569 "Sky hd VW encb (Biss)

above NZ beam signals

D2 12321 V Sr 6670 "Globecast oz" (Biss)
D2 12424 V Sr 15000 "V8 Ch 7 main HD" (Biss)
D2 12487 V Sr 9875 "Globecast oz" something showing a WRC car? FTA


D2 12674 V Sr 9874 "Svc_1 Service" (Biss)
D2 12385 V Sr 6669 'EUROMEDIA CHAIN' FTA Horse Racing"
D2 12640 V Sr 15000 'V8 SUPERVIEW HD' (BISS)
D2 12658 V Sr 15000 'V8 Supercars World' (Biss)


From my Email


From Chrisglobe via vetrun.com

Weekend feeds
Asiasat 5 3892V, sr 14999, DVBS2 Formula E Electric Grand Prix cars. Do not know where from as there is no commentry, but it could be Macau as it is a street circuit. Certainly different.


From saldav1

Weekend feed log All Asiasat 5

3867 H SR 7120 "ATL Enc 4" PHI (Philadelphia) vs NY (New York) in the Saturday evening MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
3745 V SR 7120 "ATL Enc 2" MLS Soccer - CHICAGO FIRE vs TORONTO FC, (FTA.)
3932 V SR 15000 World Series Fight. NBC-SN MMA WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING from USA, (FTA.)
4155 H SR 7120 MAYWEATHER v MAIDAN 1 SHOWTIME/PPV BOXING from the MGM GRAND GARDEN ARENA (with Justin Bieber supporting one of the boxers!). FTA.
3675 H SR 1500 "Service-1" Hindu function - gathering, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 FTA_SD WTA Tennis from Hong Kong - Lisicki v Pliskova, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 7070 MPS NETBALL 2014 Malaysia v Hong Kong in the Women's Netball, (FTA.)
4095 H SR 4435 "Fi08GNVE" EUROVISION GENEVA 4:3 test pattern.
3867 H SR 7200 IMG World - Evian The Evian Women's Golf Championship from Evian-Les-Bains, FRANCE, (FTA.) A beautiful sunny day on a unique beautiful golf course!
3745 V SR 7120 "ATL Enc 2" MLS Soccer - SEATTLE vs REAL SALT LAKE CITY,(FTA.)
3872 H SR 14400 $pade vs koln $Berlin Vs Main in the bundesliga - both $ scrambled.
4135 H SR 7120 "DSNG 7" Race 21 from Istanbul in the Extreme Sailing Series, (FTA.)


From the Dish


Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K Plus" is now Fta.

Palapa D 113.0°E 3600 V "Kompas TV" has started on , Conax.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "Pasien TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Nur" is Fta

Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3800 H "Thai TV 3" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,1HD(高清)频道新增,设置11681 V 15525参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,TMB(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11557 H 22250参数无效接收。[09-15]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Nauka 2.0、Strana(俄罗斯)等频道加密,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。[09-15]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Pasien TV(测试)频道新增,设置12323 H 5000参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,TVE(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12591 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Dangdut Channel(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3780 V 29900参数免费接收。[09-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Festival(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3780 V 29900参数免费接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影、MGM等替换Aswaja TV(MPEG-4)等频道,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,国家地理、天映电影(Skynindo)等频道加密,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,卫视中文电影、卫视中文(Skynindo)等频道加密,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,莲花卫视、阿里郎(测试)等频道加密,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月15日]

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,MOV、SAM(AVG)等全组频道改频率,设置11237 V 4800参数免费接收。[09-14]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,国家地理野生(高清)频道加密,设置11550 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-14]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Food Network(高清)频道新增,设置3880 V 29720参数有条件接收。[09-14]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(国际)等全组频道加密,设置3795 V 5064参数有条件接收。[09-14]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Trace Sports(高清)频道消失,设置3531 H 11365参数无效接收。[09-14]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Channel 13(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置4041 H 1600参数免费接收。[09-14]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Blue(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。 [9月13日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Royal TV、Kalsan TV(索马里语)等全组频道消失,设置4096 V 7406参数无效接收。 [9月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now Drama(CTH)频道重现,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月13日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,STS Love、A One、HD Life(测试)频道重现,设置12227 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月13日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道加密,设置3810 V 4550参数有条件接收。 [9月13日]


NEWS


Foxtel-Ten tie-up faces competition watchdog scrutiny


From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtelten-tieup-faces-competition-watchdog-scrutiny-20140915-10hajm.html

Any tie-up between the highly profitable pay TV operator Foxtel and struggling free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network would likely face intense scrutiny from regulators.

Existing laws block Foxtel from taking more than 15 per cent and the competition regulator will likely look into Lachlan Murdoch's business interests.

Foxtel refused to comment on a Fairfax Media report that it considered a bid for Ten with US private equity firm Providence Equity Partners - and could form a content or marketing tie-up with Providence if the latter proceeds with an offer for Ten.

The deal would have granted Foxtel 10 per cent or more of Ten and allowed Ten shareholders Lachlan Murdoch, Gina Rinehart, Bruce Gordon and James Packer to sustain their combined 40 per cent stake. Providence would have held the remainder.

A deal would give Foxtel access to more people than the 30 per cent of households that subscribe to it, as well as provide access to the highly coveted premium sporting rights it is not allowed to bid for now.  

With a market capitalisation of just over $710 million, Ten is not a huge bite for Australia's most profitable media company and has potential for a turnaround after years of underperformance.

A deal would also provide backoffice savings and provide a wide metropolitan and regional audience to advertisers.

Under existing rules, News Corp could buy Ten today if Mr Murdoch didn't own radio company Nova Entertainment. There has been speculation Mr Murdoch is open to offers for Nova.  

But the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission would likely take a close look at Foxtel taking a stake in Ten. Foxtel is half-owned by News Corp, of which Mr Murdoch is co-chairman.  

In order to return to his father's News Corp as deputy chairman in March this year, Mr Murdoch had to step down as chairman of Ten and cede his controlling voting stake to satisfy cross-media laws. He dropped his association with friend Mr Packer, reducing his voting stake in Ten from 17.6 per cent to 8.8 per cent.

If Foxtel took a significant stake in Ten, this stake could be viewed in relation to the stakes held by Mr Murdoch and Mr Packer.

ACCC head Rod Sims has previously said the regulator would have concerns about a combination between Foxtel and a free-to-air station, pointing to the regulator's decision in 2012 to block Kerry Stokes' request to bid for Mr Packer's pay TV investment vehicle, Consolidated Media Holdings.

"We were concerned that a television station getting together with pay TV might have competition concerns in the market for top line sports," Mr Sims told Fairfax Media. "I think it's fair to say if there was any getting together of Foxtel with a free to air station we would have concerns about that and would have to look at it very closely indeed."

Foxtel and Telstra declined to comment. Mr Murdoch's spokesman, John Connolly, declined to comment.

The media industry is pushing for a watering down of ownership laws, however Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he won't proceed without consensus. Foxtel is understood to have never raised buying a stake in Ten with the former Labor government.

Foxtel has been busy lately slashing prices, lobbying the government to crack down on online piracy, talking with Seven West Media about a subscription video-on-demand service, and planning for the launch of its "triple play" product, which will combine pay TV with broadband and telephony.


Measat-3b satellite successfully launched


From http://www.theborneopost.com/2014/09/13/measat-3b-satellite-successfully-launched/

KOUROU, French Guiana: Malaysia’s largest satellite, Measat-3b was successfully launched here at 7.05pm (6.05am Malaysian time) yesterday.

The satellite, to provide satellite communications across Malaysia, India, Indonesia, and Australia, lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from the European Space Port here.

Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia Datuk Jailani Johari, who was present, described the successful launching as another milestone in developing Malaysia’s satellite system to benefit Malaysia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

“Measat Global Berhad (Measat) has played an essential role towards achieving all these goals via its satellite programme, beginning with Measat 1 and 2 in 1996.

“Today (yesterday), with an expanded fleet of six satellites, it provides satellite connectivity to over 150 countries across the Asia Pacific, Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia, reaching 80 per cent of the world’s population.”

Alongside ongoing government initiatives such as the High Speed Broadband Project and Universal Service Provision Programmes, Jailani said Measat’s efforts would enable many sectors to improve service value and reduce costs, particularly in education, healthcare, and government services.

“This will also strengthen Malaysia’s domestic value-added advanced services, particularly creative content creation, payments and electronic commerce, connectivity applications, pushing boundaries, and raising the nation’s competitiveness.”

Jailani said the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia and The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) would adopt a proactive regulatory stance.

“We will ensure efficient spectrum utilisation and review pricing, while at the same time lower regulatory hurdles: all to maximise benefits for the nation, while driving pervasive use of communications technology and ensuring that incentives for investments in next-generation infrastructure remain adequate.”

Also present at the launching were Malaysian Ambassador to France, Tan Sri Ismail Omar, Astro chairman Tun Zaki Tun Azmi, Measat chairman Datuk Umar Abu, Measat Satellite Systems chief executive officer Paul Brown-Kenyon, and Measat Satellite Systems Space Systems Development senior vice president Dr Ali Ebadi.

The launch was broadcast live for 400 secondary school students who were at Malaysia’s National Science Center together with government officials, business partners, and Measat staff.

Over the next few days, the Measat-3b satellite will be raised from the geo-transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit at Measat’s key 91.5°E video neighbourhood.

The satellite will then undergo testing for about one month before starting commercial operations.

Measat-3b will co-locate with Measat-3 and Measat-3a to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.


Channel 3 digs in as NBTC presses on


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/most-recent/432071/channel-3-digs-in-as-nbtc-presses-on

A TV Channel 3 executive has come up with three proposals for Thailand's smooth transition to digital TV. 

First, pay-TV set-top boxes should be made to carry both analogue and digital TV channels, said Pravit Maleenont, an executive director of BEC World, the parent company of Bangkok Entertainment, the channel's operator.

He also suggested at a seminar on Saturday that the digital TV equipment discount coupon be distributed nationwide at the same time.

As well, the must-carry and must-have rules should be lifted.

"Channel 3 is being forced to move to digital TV, which has no network and audiences because no signal box is sold," he said.

"It's a waste of budget for us to apply for a digital-TV broadcasting licence and to run overlapping time slots. But we're willing to talk to the regulator about our restrictions."

His view of the industry is for set-top boxes for satellite and cable TV carry the analogue signal as well, which will cost 20-30 baht more.

Coupons for a 690-baht discount on digital-TV equipment or TV should also be sent all at once instead of gradually to certain areas first as planned, he added.

"The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) should not get involved in all issues such as TV ratings, or a deadlock will result," he said.

Certain regulations should be revised or repealed such as the must-have and must-carry rules.

A must-have rule ensures that certain TV programmes be broadcast on all platforms while a must-carry rule requires operators of certain platforms to carry the signal of specific channels, specifically existing analogue and digital free-TV.

Mr Pravit insisted Channel 3 would continue to broadcast on the analogue platform until its concession with MCOT Plc ends in 2020.

He also said it had no policy to simulcast on digital TV.

But NBTC commissioner Supinya Klangnarong said after the seminar Mr Pravit's participation in a public forum was a good sign that showed Channel 3 was willing to simulcast.

It only has problems about rights and costs which the NBTC's broadcasting committee would look into.

"If Channel 3 insists it won't simulcast, the NBTC will be left with no choice but to cut it loose [from the pay-TV platform]," she said.

Helping the analogue Channel 3 broadcast on the digital Channel 33 is better than confronting it in court.

She insisted she would bring Mr Pravit's proposals for discussion at the committee's meeting on Monday.

The NBTC resolved to end the free-TV status of six analogue TV channels on Sept 1 to speed up the digital-TV transition.

The implication of the resolution is that since the channels are not free-TV, they are no longer required to be carried by pay-TV operators under the must-carry rule.

Five analogue channels do not have problems with the resolution because they simulcast in both analogue and digital platforms and their digital streams already come under the must-carry rule that all satellite and cable TVs must carry.

But Channel 3 is different. It does not simulcast on the digital platform. With the resolution in effect, the channel will not come under the must-carry rule. Satellite and cable TVs cannot legally carry it either because it does not have a satellite/cable TV licence.

The NBTC is giving pay-TV operators a notice to stop carrying Channel 3 in the next two weeks unless a agreement is reached with Channel 3 before then.


BEC in talks to find solutions


From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/BEC-in-talks-to-find-solutions-30243247.html

Bangkok Entertainment Co (BEC), which operates Channel 3 analog programmes, has submitted two options for the National Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Commission (NBTC) to consider in its proposal to air analog content on a digital TV channel.

A BEC source said that the company and the NBTC's broadcasting office had already begun preliminary talks on the possibility of broadcasting analog content on a digital TV channel.

The watchdog wants to conclude the talks before it starts to distribute vouchers to eight million households in October to buy digital-TV set-top boxes. It also wants to complete the talks before cable and satellite TV operators start dropping channel 3 programmes from their platforms within 15 days, as ordered last week by the broadcasting committee.

The source said that during the talks between BEC and the broadcasting office, BEC proposed two options. One is that BEC will simulcast content to the high definition digital TV channel (Channel 33) of its sister company, BEC-Multimedia, on the condition that the watchdog will waive the regulatory fee and relax some rules for BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33.

The second one is it will broadcast analog content to all types of set-top boxes, including a digital TV set-top box. But by doing this, the watchdog would have to allocate a digital TV channel for it to beam content to.

BEC operates Channel 3 TV analog programmes under an MCOT concession, while its sister firm operates three digital TV channels under the NBTC's licensing regime. BEC's annual concession fee is around Bt200 million, while BEC-Multimedia's licence fee is 4 per cent of its total revenue.

The broadcasting committee will convene today to consider these options. The negotiations between BEC and the broadcasting office follow the company's proposal to the NBTC last Monday that it is willing to talk with the watchdog to seek way out of the problems.

BEC is the only holder of the state TV broadcasting concession declining to simulcast its content on a digital channel. It said that it wants to run four channels, one analog and three digital. But the broadcasting committee wants to BEC to simulcast content on a digital TV channel, to completely usher Thailand into a full digital TV era.

An NBTC source said that if the broadcasting committee selects the first proposed option, it would have to allow BEC-Multimedia not to report that it will buy analog content from BEC for simulcasts. This is to show that it is as if both companies are the same entity. In addition, it would have to consider exempting BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33 from the requirement that a maximum of 60 per cent of its content must be self-produced.

Last Friday Pravit Maleenont, executive director of BEC World, the parent company of BEC, handed a petition to the NBTC board asking it to revise a recent order by its broadcasting committee, which instructed cable and satellite TV operators to drop Channel 3 analog programmes from their networks. The NBTC board will consider this petition on Wednesday (Sept 17).

This follows the broadcasting committee's earlier announcement that Channel 3 has lost its free TV status under the NBTC's free TV definition. The watchdog defines digital TV channels as the free TV channels. Its "must carry" rule requires that cable and satellite-TV operators carry these free TV channels on their platforms.

NBTC chairman Thares Punsri said last week that the NBTC board would consider first the possible impacts on the broadcasting committee, if the NBTC board makes any decision on this petition.

During a seminar on digital TV industry last Saturday, Pravit said that BEC was ready to simulcast content, if the watchdog considers measures to help it reduce regulatory costs. He said that BEC was ready to talk with the committee to seek solutions. After serving audiences for over 40 years, it does not want its programmes to be dropped from cable and satellite networks.

Broadcasting panel commissioner Supinya Klangnarong said in the same seminar that she wants all the issues of Channel 3 to be settled either at the broadcasting committee's meeting on Monday or at the NBTC board meeting on Wednes-day. If not, cases might end up in court. BEC has already filed a legal suit against the broadcasting committee's definition that only digital TV is free TV. The case is still being considered by a court.


The blackout blues


From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/432265/the-blackout-blues

Viewers will be the main losers in the spat between NBTC and Channel 3. The warring parties must find a compromise.

Ms Supin is unhappy today, upset with the thought that she may not be able to continue watching her favourite soap opera on Channel 3 as it faces a blackout. 

The 45-year-old is a big fan of Channel 3 and has long been a cable TV subscriber for an operator that is one of several recently ordered by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission's (NBTC) broadcasting committee to stop airing Bangkok Entertainment's programmes, operator of Channel 3, within 15 days of receiving an order.

"I'm not getting an antenna just to watch Channel 3 because I don't understand why it refuses to do what the other TV broadcasters did and move to the digital platform," says Ms Supin.

"The industry lacks good governance and this is unjust to consumers. So I won't be viewing Channel 3 any longer."

Mr Denchai, a 50-year-old manager, says Channel 3 should comply with the rules like the other broadcasters. "It shouldn't think only about its own interests and revenues," he says.

Ms Supin and Mr Denchai are among the over 70% of 23.3 million households subscribing to cable and satellite network providers who will not be able to view Channel 3 via the providers' networks if the ongoing conflict is not resolved soon and a blackout occurs.

Those 16.3 million affected households would have to watch Channel 3 via antennas.

BEC World chief Pravit Maleenont suggested for the first time on Saturday the company might consider airing its programmes on both analogue and digital platforms or via simulcast, but insisted on negotiation over concession and annual fees.

  • Opinion by Veera: Channel 3 deserves no special treatment

    Earlier Channel 3 was defiant that it would follow its plan.

    "BEC World is a listed company and we have to do everything we can to retain our revenue and profits," says Surin Krittayapongpan, an executive vice-president of BEC World Plc, Bangkok Entertainment's parent company.

    "Channel 3 will air its programmes digitally once coverage for the digital network reaches 100% nationwide, in two or three years time."

    Channel 3 claims several legal restrictions and loss of business opportunities have hindered it from complying with the rules, while NBTC's broadcasting committee is confident its decision is legitimate and fair.

    Is a blackout really the answer?

    "Blacking out Channel 3 is definitely not a solution to the problem," says Prof Orabhund Panuspatthna, an intellectual property specialist with Chulalongkorn University's faculty of law. "It will only be a loss to consumers."

    "I think a blackout is not going to happen as Channel 3 will eventually choose its audience over everything else," says Saree Ongsomwang, secretary-general of the Foundation for Consumers.

    "Channel 3 should follow what Channel 7 did, airing its content on both analogue and digital platforms. The reasons Channel 3 gave for not being able to follow the rules are more like excuses," she adds.

    The drama

    The conflict began when the national regulator amended the must-carry rule on Feb 3, stating that analogue terrestrial is no longer free TV but a digital platform, effective at the end of May.

    This means that cable and satellite operators are not required to carry the six analogue channels — 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 and TPBS — on their services after their free status ends. The regulator later extended the effective date to Sept 1.

    Channel 3 reacted by filing a lawsuit with the Administrative Court, saying the exclusion of analogue terrestrial as free TV by the NBTC was unlawful. The case is still pending in the court.

    All stations except Channel 3 have eventually broadcast their content on both analogue and digital platforms, or via simulcast.

    Last Monday, with a vote of three to two, the committee ordered about 400 cable and satellite operators to drop Channel 3 within 15 days after receiving its official order. The move is meant to force the station to move its content from an analogue to a digital platform.

    On the same day Channel 3 filed lawsuits against the three committee members, followed by a proposal to the NBTC on Friday to revise the order it believes is unfair.

    The regulator began sending out the blackout order late last week to cable and satellite operators, which face a fine if they violate the order.

    Compromise

    If a resolution is not reached, says Prof Orabhund, the broadcasting committee risks further legal action by the station if the court rules in its favour and against the panel for an exclusion of analogue terrestrial from free TV status.

    "Also who's going to be responsible for all the damages caused by this blackout?" warns Prof Orabhund. A blackout will cause tremendous damage to the station and the overall industry, while posing no real benefits to consumers.

    A more practical resolution, she says, would be for the broadcasting committee to extend the period for Channel 3 to remain on analogue and allow the cable and satellite operators to continue carrying its programmes as usual until the court reaches its verdict. This would save a lot of heartache for all parties involved.

    She says the broadcasting panel is strictly adhering to its regulations, but sometimes a compromise is a better way out.

    Industry chaos

    Manee Eabe, managing director of leading media agency IPG Mediabrands, says a blackout of Channel 3 will create chaos in the entire industry and the economy.

    Thai viewers today watch TV via four platforms: analogue terrestrial (30%), cable and satellite (70%), digital terrestrial and online.

    In the event of a blackout, TV research companies will not be able to track down the lost audience, which could a big chunk, and their viewing habits. The situation would affect the spending of advertisers and may convince them to delay their outlays on ad and marketing campaigns, resulting in a potential drop in consumer spending.

    Recently IPG conducted an online survey in Bangkok and urban provincial markets on the possibility of a Channel 3 blackout.

    Some 50% of respondents would opt to view Channel 3 via online channels. Another 30% will buy antennas to view it on the analogue system, while the remaining 20% will shift to other channels.

    According to Nielsen Thailand, Channel 3 reaches 89% of Thai viewers, second to Channel 7 at 90%, while the 24 digital TV channels reach only 60%. Channel 3 is still quite attractive to advertisers because of this consumer reach.

    Root of the problem

    The must-carry rule is root of the problem, says Prof Orabhund, who has a strong belief in the free market.

    "If the market mechanism already works well by itself, then I don't think the regulator should intervene. The must-carry rule should not exist," she says.

    Additionally, the regulator should not amend the rule by excluding analogue terrestrial as a free TV platform but not digital. "Both should be ruled as free TV for the general public interest," she adds.

    Also if Channel 3 is ruled to be pay TV, it will not be able to broadcast the upcoming Asian Games in Incheon, Korea, she says.

    "If you put the first button wrong, then the following buttons and the whole shirt will be wrong," she notes.

    Other options

    Supinya Klangnarong, one of the three commissioners who voted for the station to be banned from being aired on cable and satellite, says the panel will revisit the issue this week.

    However, she defends the validity and efficiency of the must-carry rule. "The question is: Why is Channel 3 the only station who has a problem with the rule?" she says.

    All rules and regulations are in place to support the smooth transition of analogue to the digital platform while guarding against operator monopoly and encouraging fair competition, she adds.

    She says the broadcasting panel offered the station options earlier: to simulcast its content or obtain a licence as a pay TV operator.

    Channel 3's reasons for not complying with the regulations nor trying any other options are that it still holds an analogue concession that allows it to broadcast on analogue terrestrial until 2020, and that it cannot simulcast because its operating company does not own a digital licence, though BEC Multimedia, another of its subsidiaries, does hold a licence.

    The channel also says it will lose half of its annual revenue — 6 billion baht per year — if it operates as pay TV because those stations are only allowed ad airtime for six minutes an hour, while analogue terrestrial stations are allowed 12 minutes. It also says a switch of platforms will add tremendous costs.

    Operators' opinion

    Cable and satellite operators have agreed to consent to the broadcasting panel's order. However, they hope the regulator and Channel 3 will eventually find a compromise that will not affect the audience and the entire industry.

    "The two parties must be ready to explain to the audience why an agreement cannot be reached in time, or they should even consider compensation if a blackout actually happens," says Somporn Teerarochanapong, chief executive of PSI Holding, the country's largest satellite network provider.

    "I want the two parties to regard the audience as a priority. This incident will only hurt all parties."

    Another industry source notes Channel 3 is considered a national channel. "No country would allow a national channel to go black, as that will pose difficulties to 16.3 million households," says the source.


  • Why should Channel 3 be allowed special treatment?


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/opinion/opinion/432262/why-should-channel-3-be-allowed-special-treatment

    To begin with, I am not a fan of TV Channel 3's soap operas or Sorayuth Suthassanachinda's morning reading of news stories from maintstream newspapers. So if Channel 3 goes blank on Sept 24 when all cable and satellite operators stop broadcasting the station's analogue programmes, I will not miss any of them. 

    But the management of Channel 3 believes that millions of Sorayuth fans and fans of popular soap operas will be affected if they are unable to see their programmes because their monitors are blank and they will become frustrated and vent their frustration at anyone held responsible.

    In the eyes of Channel 3's executives, two guys and one gal in the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will be held accountable. The trio - namely Supinya Klangnarong, Lt-Gen Phirapong Manakit and Thawatchai Chitrapasanant - voted last Monday in opposition to two other committee members to order all cable and satellite operators to stop broadcasting Channel 3's analogue programmes within 15 days.

    Retaliating against the trio, Channel 3 assigned its lawyers to sue the three for malfeasance for misusing their authority. Ms Supinya was given special treatment with two more charges, defamation and violation of the Computer Act for expressing her opinions in her Facebook page on the row with Channel 3.

    The channel's lawyers claim the lawsuits against the three broadcasting committee members are meant to protect the rights of the station and has nothing to do with the row with the committee.

    Channel 3 claims that continuing analogue broadcasts and refusing to go digital is meant for the good of its audience. Kitti Singhapat, moderator of the "Khao Sam Miti" (three dimensional news) programme, recently said on his Facebook page that watching TV programmes was up to viewers and no-one could force them to do so.

    He said it was the satellite and cable operators who rebroadcast Channel 3's programmes and Channel 3 had no agreement whatsoever with these operators.

    All of these operators agreed with the broadcasting committee's order to stop the broadcasts at a meeting on Wednesday – two days after the order was issued by the committee. The committee chairman, Col Nathee Sukonrat voted against the move.

    Four days later on Friday, Channel 3's boss Prawit Maleenont met NBTC secretary-general Thakorn Tanthasit to submit a letter demanding the broadcasting committee reconsider last Monday's order and the other order dated Feb 3 ordering all six analogue TV stations, including Channel 3, to cease their role as free TV stations and move to the digital platform.

    Channel 3 has also demanded the NBTC arrange for protective measures on behalf of the station pending settlement of the conflict with the broadcasting committee.

    Earlier, Channel 3 sought a reprieve from the Administrative Court against the Feb 3 order for all analogue TVs to shift to digital. The court, however, dismissed the case, but the broadcasting committee later agreed to grant all TV stations a 100-day respite period which ended on Aug 31.

    Is it ridiculous for Channel 3 to want cable and satellite operators to continue broadcasting its analogue programmes, even though the operators themselves have agreed to comply with the committee's order?

    Why is Channel 3 persistently reluctant to go digital while the other analogue TV stations like channels 5, 7 and 9, NBT and Thai PBS do not have any problem and have agreed to comply?

    Is Channel 3 really concerned with the interests of its audience? It claims it does not want them to miss its analogue programmes as many of them do not have set-top boxes for the digital signal.

    Or is Channel 3 worried about something else that it does not want to discuss in public?

    Nation TV moderator Kanok Ratwongsakul wrote on his Facebook fan page last Monday that Channel 3 will have to apply for a licence for the digital platform if it wants to enable its audience to watch analogue programmes on a simulcast platform. That would require Channel 3 to comply with a regulation that commercial airtime for this platform be six minutes per hour instead of 12 minutes under the analogue platform.

    The loss of six minutes of commercial airtime is not a joke. It means a lot of money considering the exorbitant charge for airtime to the tune of 100,000 baht per minute. It was reported that Channel 3's share of the advertising cake is 32%, the biggest of all TV operators.

    The NBTC is due to consider Channel 3's latest demand on Wednesday. After having met Mr Prawit of Channel 3, Mr Thakorn said the commission will consider whether there should be protective measures for Channel 3 while the conflict waits to be resolved.

    That will lead to more questions. Why the protective measures only for Channel 3? Should Channel 3 be accorded special privileges? Why can't Channel 3 just do like the other TV stations?

    The NBTC has the power to do the right thing and it must not shy away from using the big stick if necessary.

    Veera Prateepchaikul is a former editor, Bangkok Post. 


    NAGRA anyCAST for DISH


  • From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/13/nagra-anycast-for-dish/

    NAGRA that DISH Network will be the first customer to deploy NAGRA anyCAST COMMAND, NAGRA’s new security technology that defeats popular forms of piracy such as control word sharing and paves the way for ultra-secure 4K services. The new technology is being developed in close cooperation with EchoStar Technologies a wholly-owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, which will be the first set-top box partner to integrate the new technology into its boxes.

    anyCAST COMMAND, part of NAGRA’s comprehensive new anyCAST Security Services Platform, changes the paradigm for content security by concentrating both decryption and descrambling into a single, secure NAGRA device. Since the launch of digital TV in the 1990’s, these functions have occurred in two separate devices, namely the Conditional Access vendor’s smart card and the set-top box chipset. This separation of key security elements has led in recent years to new forms of piracy like Control Word Sharing (CWS) that have had a significant negative impact on pay-TV service providers. The unification of decryption and descrambling into a single piece of silicon produced by a security expert like NAGRA not only exponentially increases the security of the CAS system, but also simplifies integration by reducing much of the STB testing and certification that was required when these two elements were separated.

    “With this introduction of anyCAST COMMAND at DISH, EchoStar and NAGRA take the decisive lead in providing the highest level of end-to-end content security available on the market today,” said Maurice van Riek, senior vice president, head of content and asset security for NAGRA. “To date, the fight against Control Word Sharing has been a cat-and-mouse game with global pirate networks, which are increasingly sophisticated in their operations. NAGRA’s new approach takes full ownership and responsibility for content security within a single architecture in order to deliver a definitive knock-out punch to this type of piracy by protecting the Control Word by design.”

    “As one of the leading pay-TV providers in the world, we constantly look to protect our content and network,” said Vivek Khemka, senior vice president, product management, DISH. “That’s why we decided – as part of our partnership with EchoStar and NAGRA – to deploy a radically different kind of technology, anyCAST COMMAND, to help protect our service and revenues.”

    anyCAST COMMAND, in addition to eliminating CWS, will ensure pay-TV service providers are prepared for a potential future launch of 4K-UltraHD services by supporting a variety of different watermarking schemes, a key requirement of the MovieLabs Enhanced Content Protection specification for 4K VOD services. It will also be available in different form factors, including smart card, STB companion chip and others.

    NAGRA will deliver anyCAST COMMAND to EchoStar and DISH in the first quarter of 2015, after which time the product will be available to other NAGRA customers.


    EC OKs BSkyB ‘Sky Europe’ acquisitions


  • From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/15/ec-oks-bskyb-sky-europe-acquisitions/

    The European Commission has authorised under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Sky Deutschland AG and Sky Italia S.r.l. by BSkyB. The Commission concluded that the transaction would not raise competition concerns, since the activities of the three companies are geographically complementary.

    The Commission’s investigation showed that the geographic scope of the markets for the licensing or acquisition of audio-visual programming for free to air (FTA) and for pay TV, the wholesale supply of TV channels for free to air (FTA) and for pay TV, the retailing of audio-visual programming (free to air (FTA) and pay TV) to consumers and the sale of TV advertising airtime is national or along linguistically homogeneous areas. The Commission found that the transaction would not lead to any material overlaps in the parties’ activities, as they are mainly active in different national markets. BSkyB’s activities are mainly focused in the UK and Ireland, Sky Deutschland’s activities are mainly focused in Germany and Austria and Sky Italia’s activities are mainly focused in Italy.

    The transaction brings together the leading pay-TV operators in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. Therefore, the Commission also assessed whether the merged entity would enjoy increased bargaining power vis-à-vis rights holders for the acquisition of rights to audio-visual content – in particular “premium” content (i.e. certain sport events and films) – or for the acquisition of pay TV channels for its pay TV programmes, to the detriment of its pay TV competitors.

    The Commission found that it was unlikely that the merged company would be able to impose a change from current licensing practices, which are focused on national territories or language areas, towards the joint purchase or simultaneous negotiations for premium content across several countries. First, there are practical obstacles, such as different timelines for the negotiations of certain rights licensing. Second, rights holders would not deviate from their current preferred model of licensing, unless it is in their interest in terms of maximising revenues. The Commission noted that although there are already a number of broadcasters that operate across various territories in the European Economic Area (EEA), rights holders have not accepted the practice of multi-territorial licensing to any meaningful extent. Finally, even assuming that rights owners were to license rights on a pan-European basis, the merged entity would in any event face competition for multi-territory rights from a number of multinational groups which already operate in the EEA.

    The Commission therefore concluded that the transaction would raise no competition concerns.


    ISRO advances GSAT-16 launch by 6 months


  • From http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/karnataka/isro-advances-gsat16-launch-by-6-months/article6410113.ece

    December launch plan to improve transponder supply

    National space agency ISRO has decided to launch one of its upcoming communication satellites, GSAT-16, six months earlier than planned.

    The 3,100-kg spacecraft, meant to support public and private television and radio services, large-scale Internet and telephone operations, was originally planned to be flown up around June 2015 on a European Ariane-5 launcher.

    The decision to advance GSAT-16 launch came after the older INSAT-3E expired in March this year, according to ISRO Chairman K. Radhakrishnan.

    The plan to move an ISRO mission ahead is almost unprecedented. “GSAT-16 will replace INSAT-3E [in the same space orbit at 55 degrees East longitude]. It was planned to be launched in the middle of 2015. After 3E was decommissioned in April, we advanced GSAT-16, which will now go in December this year,” he told The Hindu recently.

    The assembly venue in Bangalore, the ISRO Satellite Centre or ISAC, is ready with the spacecraft. “Advancing a satellite by five to six months is a difficult job, but we did it. We also got a slot from Arianespace (launch company) and as of now, we are talking of a launch (around) December 6,” he said. An earliest launch would otherwise have been April 2015.

    GSAT-16 will offer 24 transponders in the C-band, 12 in the extended C-band and another 12 in the Ku band.

    Transponder shortfall

    Over the last couple of years, the space agency has been trying hard to augment transponder capacity — which is about 190 on its own fleet — to meet increasing demand from commercial and public service users. It also had to lease 90 transponders on foreign satellites to meet its shortfall.

    Last year, the government approved an allocation of Rs. 865.5 crore towards building GSAT-16, the fee for its foreign launch and insurance; the latter is taken when ISRO uses a foreign launch.

    ISRO had to opt for an outside launch as Indian rockets PSLV and the present GSLV cannot lift satellites weighing above 2,000 kg. ISRO is developing the next big launcher, GSLV-MkIII, which can put satellites of up to 4 tonnes in orbit.

    The first test flight of MkIII is to be taken up after the ongoing Mars Orbiter Mission reaches its crucial milestone, that of orbiting Mars, on September 24.




  • 14/09/14

    Sunday, no update




    13/09/14

    Saturday, no update




    12/09/14

    Optus 10 and Measat3b has launched! after a few re-starts of the counter and a slight delay

    Does anyone know where they will park it for testing?

    Optus 10 / Measat 3b Launch video footage on youtube
    Arianespace launch of Optus 10: http://youtu.be/HM1AZwchVhk

    ARIANESPACE FLIGHT VA218

    Arianespace successfully launches MEASAT-3b and OPTUS 10 satellites Confirms continued leadership in the Asia-Pacific

    Arianespace has successfully launched two telecommunications satellites, MEASAT-3b for the Malaysian operator MEASAT, and OPTUS 10 for the Australian operator OPTUS. The launch was performed by an Ariane 5 rocket on September 11 at 07:05 pm (local time) from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana. With this new successfull launch, Arianespace clearly sets the standard in launch services for all manufacturers and operators in the Asia-Pacific market.

    A launch that reflects the confidence of major players in the Asia-Pacific
    The MEASAT-3b satellite is the third satellite orbited by Arianespace for the operator MEASAT Global . It will offer telecommunications and direct TV broadcast services for Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia.

    The OPTUS 10 satellite, which will provide direct TV broadcast, Internet, telephony and data transmission services for Australia, New Zealand and the Antarctic region, is the sixth satellite orbited by Arianespace for the Australian operator . Except for one satellite, Arianespace has launched the entire active OPTUS fleet.


    From my Email


    ..


    From the Dish


    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Arirang World" has started on , Fta. KBS World, MTV China, Australia Network Asia, Fox Sports Indonesia, TV 5 Monde Asia,
    TVB 8 and Channel NewsAsia are Fta again. Arirang Arab, AXN Philippines and BeTV Philippines have left.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3880 H "Fashion TV Asia" has started on , encrypted.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "El Musik" is Fta.

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Park Razvlicenii" is encrypted.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4154 H "NBT TV Kanchanaburi" has left again.

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.

    Intelsat 17 66.0°E 4024 H Asianet News, Asianet Middle East, Suvarna News 24x7, Amrita TV, Suvarna Plus, Melody, Goodness TV, Jaihind TV, Jeevan TV, Janasri News, Reporter and Manorama News International have left .

    From asiatvro site

    东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,天映频道、天映经典(香港)频道消失,设置3729 H 13650参数无效接收。[09-12]
    东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports Vi(STAR TV)频道新增,设置4000 H 26850参数有条件接收。[09-12]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Zee Trendz、PVOD(印度)等4个频道消失,设置12522 V 40700参数无效接收。[09-12]
    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Zee Talkies、Zee Classic(印度) 等8个频道消失,设置12582 V 40700参数无效接收。[09-12]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,本港台替换CCTV-1(华人卫视)频道,设置12719 V 45000参数有条件接收。[09-12]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now Drama(CTH)频道消失,设置4080 H 30000参数无效接收。[09-12]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 8、Eagle(蒙古)等4个频道加密,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [9月12日]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Telairity Encode(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3874 H 3400参数免费接收。 [9月12日]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [9月12日]
    东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔300K号卫星Ku频段,Tochka TV、Amazing Life(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12648 V 26471参数免费接收。 [9月12日]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,TV 8、Eagle(蒙古)等4个频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [9月12日]


    NEWS


    Ariane 5 Lofts Measat-3b, Optus-10 Telecommunications Satellites


    From http://www.spacenews.com/article/launch-report/41846ariane-5-lofts-measat-3b-optus-10-telecommunications-satellites

    Ariane 5 shown prior to its launch of the Measat-3b and Optus-10 satellites. Credit: Arianespace

    PARIS — Europe’s Ariane 5 ECA heavy-lift rocket on Sept. 11 successfully placed into orbit commercial telecommunications for Malaysian and Australian satellite operators. It was the vehicle’s 61st consecutive success.

    The Measat-3b satellite, riding in the Ariane 5’s upper berth, weighed 5,897 kilograms at launch and carries 48 Ku-band transponders to bolster Measat’s direct-broadcast television service and extend Measat’s reach to new customers.

    The satellite, built by Europe’s Airbus Defence and Space, also carries an experimental S-band transponder. Measat-3b will operate from 91.5 degrees east, where it will be co-located with the Measat-3 and Measat-3a satellites.

    Measat’s Astro television broadcast service provider, which beams 140 channels, is moving rapidly to high-definition-broadcast format, which now accounts for 15 percent of its broadcasts.

    Riding in the Ariane 5 lower position, usually reserved for satellites weighing less than 3,500 kilograms, was Australia’s Optus-10 for SingTel Optus. Optus-10 was built by Space Systems/Loral of Palo Alto, California. It carries 24 Ku-band transponders and will operate from 164 degrees east.

    Optus-10 was subject to multiple delays that, in turn, caused months-long delays for the satellite’s different co-passengers, forcing launch-service provider Arianespace to find replacement small satellites for upper-berth customers.

    Measat was the last of the operators to be delayed by Optus-10. Measat Chief Executive Paul Brown-Kenyon said Sept. 8 that the delay of some eight months, while a problem, did not cause any Measat customer to quit the service and sign on with a competing fleet operator.


    MEASAT-3b successfully launched


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/measat-3b-successfully-launched/

    Following earlier delays to complete technical check on another craft on the same payload, the MEASAT-3b satellite has been successfully launched.

    The satellite lifted off on an Ariane 5 ECA launch vehicle from European Space Port in Kourou, French Guiana at 6:05am MYT (7:05pm GFT).

    The Malaysian Deputy Minister of Communication and Multimedia, YB Dato’ Jailani Johari described MEASAT’s successful procurement and launch of the MEASAT-3b satellite as “a great achievement” for MEASAT, for Malaysia’s ICT infrastructure, and for the Malaysian space industry. “We trust that MEASAT will continue to push the boundaries of both business and technology as they look to become the world’s leading emerging market satellite operator,“ he added.

    “MEASAT is delighted with the successful launch of our largest and most advanced satellite to date,” added YBhg. Datuk Umar bin Haji Abu, Chairman, MEASAT. “We thank the Malaysian Ministry of Communications and Multimedia, and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission for their active support, without which this project would not have been possible.”

    Over the next few days, the MEASAT-3b satellite will be raised from a geo-transfer orbit into a geostationary orbit at MEASAT’s key 91.5°E video neighbourhood. The satellite will then undergo testing for approximately one month, prior to being brought into commercial operations. MEASAT-3b will co-locate with MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a to form one of the region’s most powerful and robust orbital locations.


    New satellite promises better coverage for regional and remote phone users


    From http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/story/2555360/new-satellite-promises-better-coverage-for-regional-and-remote-phone-users/?cs=12

    Optus say regional Australia will benefit from the launch of their latest satellite which was sent into orbit from French Guiana on Friday. 

    Optus 10 launching from French Guiana on Friday.
    Optus say regional Australia will benefit from the launch of their latest satellite which was sent into orbit from French Guiana on Friday.

    Optus spokesman Rob Parcell said Optus 10 will bring a range of vital benefits for Australia, including reliable mobile network coverage in remote areas, and greater bandwidth to support the delivery of video, data and voice services.

    “This morning we witnessed the successful launch of Optus’ newest satellite, Optus 10. This represents the next advance into space by Australians and is an exciting milestone for Optus,” he said 

    Optus 10 in orbit.

    “Our satellites reach every part of the country, delivering subscription and free-to-air television and radio services, as well as voice and internet for emergency service providers and mining and agricultural industries,” Mr Parcell said.

    Optus claim to have the largest fleet of geostationary satellites in the region, servicing Australia, New Zealand and the McMurdo Sound in the Antarctic.

    Optus 10 Fact Sheet

    Spacecraft

    Launch Mass: Total mass at lift-off 3,270 kg

      Stabilization: 3-Axis Body Stabilised

    Dimensions: 

    - Stowed: 5.1m x 3.1m x 3.1m

    - Deployed: 5.1m x 8.5m x 24.7 mm

    Span in orbit: 24.7 m

    Platform: SSL (Space Systems/Loral) 1300 LL

    Solar Array power: 7535 Watts (EOL)

    Life time: Greater than 15 years 

    Orbital position: 164 Degrees East

    Coverage area: Australia and New Zealand, + 

    Australian Island Territories + McMurdo Sound, Antarctica

    Solar Arrays: 2 x 3 Panel Solar Arrays

    - Multi-Junction GaAs and Advanced High 

    Efficiency Silicon (AHES) cells

    Propulsion: 

    - Bi-propellant orbit raising

    - Bi-propellant on-orbit drift/eccentricity control

    - Ion propulsion on-orbit eccentricity and inclination control and momentum unloads.

    Payload

    Frequency: Ku-Band FSS/BSS

    Repeater: 24 x 36 MHz transponders

    - Independently beam and band switchable

    Dual Linear Orthogonal Polarisation

    TWTA Power: 133 Watts / TWTA (saturated output power).

    Launch

    Launch Vehicle: Ariane A5 ECA

    Site: Kourou, French Guiana

    Date: 11th September 2014 (French Guiana Time)

    12th September 2014 (Australian Eastern Standard Time)


    Minister says newly launched Measat satellite not meant for spying


    From http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/minister-says-newly-launched-measat-satellite-not-meant-for-spying

    KEMAMAN, Sept 12 — Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Malaysia’s latest satellite, MEASAT-3b which was successfully launched into orbit early this morning, is for broadcasting purposes and not to spy.

    He said the launch of the new satellite was to strengthen the broadcast industry, not only in this country but also in the Asian region, including Australia.

    “This is a communications satellite for broadcasting purposes, do not think it is a spy satellite,” he told reporters when met here today.

    He said the communications satellite, worth US$350 million (RM1.12 billion) would be fully operational in the near future when it was in the right location in orbit.

    Ahmad Shabery added that Malaysia was expected to reap many benefits from the launch of the satellite, especially in the broadcast and communications industry.

    Malaysia’s latest satellite MEASAT-3b was successfully launched from the Guiana Space Centre in Kourau, French Guiana at 7.05pm on Thursday (local time) or (6.05am Friday, Malaysian time).

    MEASAT-3b will be fully operating on Oct 15, and is expected to have a lifespan of about 15 years.

    It would extend MEASAT’s efforts in broadcast and telecommunications satellite services in Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia and South Asia. — Bernama


    China completes construction of advanced space launch facility


    From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_completes_construction_of_advanced_space_launch_facility_999.html

    China has finished building of its fourth and most advanced space launch center, a senior space official said.

    Yang Liwei, deputy director of the China Manned Space Agency, said in Beijing on Wednesday that infrastructure construction on the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center in the southern island province of Hainan has been completed and that the station will soon become operational.

    "The center is basically ready for spacecraft launches," he said.

    Yang also said the nation's space program is progressing in the development of the Tiangong-2 space lab, the Tianzhou cargo spacecraft, the Shenzhou-11 manned spacecraft and the Long March 2F-Y11 rocket as astronauts and ground facilities begin preparing for new missions.

    After Tiangong-2 is launched around 2016, Shenzhou-11 and Tianzhou will be sent into space to dock with it, he said.

    China has three operational space launch centers in Sichuan and Shanxi provinces and the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

    According to earlier reports, more than 6,000 people would be relocated to make way for the Wenchang center. The construction of the center was approved by the State Council and the Central Military Commission in 2007, and work began in 2009.

    The biggest advantage of the Wenchang center is its low latitude - 19 degrees north of the equator - which will enable rockets to save a lot of fuel compared with launches from other centers in China, experts said.

    A satellite launched from Wenchang is expected to have a longer service life as a result of the fuel saved by the shorter trip from transit orbit to geosynchronous orbit.

    The favorable location also allows a substantial increase in payload on the rockets to allow them to carry heavier spacecraft.

    Liu Jianzhong, deputy designer of the Long March-5 rocket system, China's most powerful rocket that is under development, said the new center would be suitable for the launch of the Long March-5 because the large rocket can be transported to the center by sea.

    Other launch centers in China are in inland regions and have to transport their rockets by rail.

    "Launching from the Wenchang facility also means rocket wreckage will fall into the sea rather than onto inhabited areas," he said.


    Made-in-Vietnam nano-satellite to be launched in 2016


    From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/111758/made-in-vietnam-nano-satellite-to-be-launched-in-2016.html

    VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam plans to send a nano-satellite weighing 10kg to orbit in 2016, Associate Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, Director of the Vietnam National Satellite Centre (VNSC) has revealed.

    Tuan said Vietnam plans to send a nano-satellite weighing 10kg to orbit in 2016 (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

    The NanoDragon satellite will be entirely designed and manufactured by Vietnamese experts, said Tuan.

    Last year, VNSC also successfully launched a micro satellite called Pico Dragon weighing 1kg.

    After infrastructure system of VNSC in Hanoi’s Hoa Lac area is completed, a 50kg satellite called MicroDragon will also be developed and is expected to be launched in 2018, he added.

    According to Tuan, by 2020, Vietnam will be capable of manufacturing and operating LOTUSat 2 – a commercial satellite weighing 500kg.

    Meanwhile, a project to build the Vietnam Aerospace Centre is underway with an investment of 54 billion JPY (505.76 million USD) in ODA from the Japanese Government.

    Once completed by 2017, the centre will become one of the most modern of its kind in Southeast Asia, added Tuan.


    iSat Africa lauches FTA platform in Kenya


    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/12/isat-africa-lauches-fta-platform-in-kenya/

    iSat, part of Wananchi Group, launches a subscription-free TV platform for Kenya on Eutelsat 70B satellite.

    The new free-to-air platform will deliver African and international digital channels in Kenya and across East Africa in order to accelerate the move towards a fully digital broadcasting environment in the region.

    iSatand Eutelsat will use the high-power African service area of the EUTELSAT 70B satellite to broadcast a platform of channels to digital headends and on a DTH basis to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception. ??

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

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

    “We are delighted with our partnership with Eutelsat whereby iSAT provides complete technical platform and system integration for media houses and Eutelsat provides satellite capacity and video expertise,” commented Rakesh Kukreja, MD of iSAT Africa.

    “We envisage that media houses in Africa will see digital migration as an opportunity to expand across more territories and therefore increase viewership. This is a great opportunity for any media house to cover the East Africa community and more than 160 million Swahili-speaking people using a single uplink located in Africa. This will allow media houses to outsource technical service delivery and focus on their core business of content management. Eutelsat is a great company to work with as we received full support on both solution and technical fronts.”

    Michel Azibert, Chief Commercial and Development Officer of Eutelsat, added: “Eutelsat’s infrastructure has played a key role in digital transition in Europe and today, for example, enables over four million homes beyond range of terrestrial networks in France and Italy to benefit from quality free-to-view reception of a diverse range of channels. We are delighted that the reach and performance of Eutelsat 70B meets the requirements of Wananchi, a highly experienced media company, and to have this new opportunity to demonstrate the contribution of satellites for achieving the transition to digital.”


    Irdeto boosts Premier League anti-piracy efforts


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/irdeto-boosts-premier-league-anti-piracy-efforts/

    Multiscreen, media protection and revenue assurance solutions specialist Irdeto has confirmed it is working with the Barclays Premier League, the most watched football league in the world, to support the league’s continued efforts to tackle the illegal redistribution of set-top boxes capable of receiving illegal content streamed over the Internet (IPTV STBs).

    According to Irdeto, it will provide the Premier League with access to in-depth knowledge of the piracy landscape combined with global investigative and security expertise. The Premier League is already involved in extensive work to protect its intellectual property and Irdeto’s service will add another dimension to its existing provisions in this area.

    The rise of illegal redistribution of sports content on IPTV STBs is an emerging threat for the Premier League and its licensees. Through its work with Irdeto, the Premier League is proactively addressing both the cause and effect of this type of piracy by not only closing down the illegal redistribution of Premier League content, but by tackling the proliferation of devices that make it accessible.

    Premier League Chief Executive, Richard Scudamore, said that it was only through legitimate investment in its broadcasting rights that the League could put on a high quality football competition, and support and invest in all levels of English football and beyond.

    “Piracy threatens that model and we are confident that our partnership with Irdeto – who have a proven track record in this area – will allow us to evolve and improve the way we guard against that threat for years to come,” he added.

    “The Premier League has long been at the cutting edge of anti-piracy operations, and our new relationship will strengthen this further,” said Graham Kill, CEO Irdeto. “The aim of our work together is to ensure that legal access to the Premier League remains the best way for consumers to enjoy the finest football in the world.”


    SES, Samsung show Ultra HD with SmarDTV CI module


    From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ses-samsung-show-ultra-hd-with-smardtv-ci-module--1036580 

    SES, SmarDTV and Samsung Electronics announced that they will be demonstrating end-to-end encrypted Ultra HD content via an SES satellite to a Samsung Ultra HD TV by using a SmarDTV CI Plus CAM module at IBC in Amsterdam. The demonstration is the first time that a full 3840x2160 pixel CAS protected Ultra HD signal in HEVC will be decrypted by a standard SmarDTV CI Plus Module and rendered on Samsung Ultra HD TV models. The Ultra HD content will be broadcast live from an SES satellite at the orbital position of 19.2 degrees East using DVB UHD Phase 1 signaling specifications.



    “First European 4K channels in 2016”


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/12/first-european-4k-channels-in-2016/

    Ferdinand Kayser, CCO at Luxembourg-based satellite operator, says he firmly expects some key European broadcasters to have 4K channels on air during 2016. “The catalyst will undoubtedly be the UEFA soccer and that year’s Olympics from Brazil.”

    He said he expected some important pay-TV broadcasters, such as Canal+, to start closing their Standard Definition services soon.

    Kayser also announced that SES would be showcasing the world’s first fully end-to-end 4K live encrypted transmissions on its stand (1.B51) in conjunction with Samsung and Conditional Access specialists Kudelski’s SmarDTV module (1.C81).

    He added that while there would be plenty of 4K technical trials and demonstrations meanwhile, the core ecosystem for 4K was now in place. “Everything is more or less ready. We still need set-top boxes and their key 4K chipsets to be available, but this will happen well ahead of time.”

    Kayser said that SES expected that by 2020, there would be some 200 U-HD channels on air around the world, and being viewed on about 100 million screens. “By 2025 that will grow to 1,000 U-HD channels, and more than 500 million displays in use. And congestion-free viewing of Ultra-HD is a ‘sweet spot’ for satellite.”

    Questioned as to whether SES favoured 4K or the anticipated 8K transmissions under development in Japan, Kayser admitted that 8K would be “wonderful” for the satellite business.




    11/09/14

    Optus 10 and Measat 3b launching Friday morning , see details posted yesterday

    Live launch streaming feed will be here

    http://www.arianespace.tv/

    Annual Solar outage time of year. Don't panic if you lose signals for a few minutes!


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    NEWS


    Extreme solar storm heading to Earth


    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11322801

    An extreme solar flare is blasting its way to Earth and could mess up some power grids, satellites and radio transmissions, scientists say.

    It's been several years since Earth has had a solar storm of this size coming from sunspots smack in the middle of the sun, said Tom Berger, director of the Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colorado.

    Solar storms happen often, especially during peaks in the solar cycle, and don't directly harm people. But what makes this one more worrisome is its location on the sun along with its strength, he said.

    "There's been a giant magnetic explosion on the sun," Berger said.

    "Because it's pointed right at us, we'll at least catch some of the cloud" of highly energised and magnetised plasma that can disrupt Earth's magnetic sphere, which sometimes leads to temporary power grid problems.

    Forecasters don't yet know when Thursday's solar storm will arrive here and which part of the planet will be facing the sun and bear the brunt of the effects. It could arrive as early as Friday morning (NZT) or may take a few days.

    Berger said scientists will have a better idea after they get more satellite data. The first part of the storm, which arrives in only a few minutes, has already affected radio transmissions. It can also damage satellites.

    The flare is considered "extreme" on forecasters' scale, but just barely so, Berger said.
    On the plus side, sun flares expand the colorful northern lights so people farther south can see them.


    Optus looks to eyes in the skies


    From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/optus-looks-to-eyes-in-the-skies/story-fni0dcne-1227055860994

    Paul Sheridan sees Optus’ satellite fleet as something of a hidden gem. Source: Supplied

    FOR someone who deals with rockets and devices in orbit, Optus satellites vice-president Paul Sheridan sure has an impact on the traditional footy finals barbecue.

    Energy companies that find the gas that powers the barbecue rely on the data and communications provided by the satellite fleet he oversees — Australia’s only private satellite fleet.

    Fishing fleets and workers on vast cattle stations who provide the fare on the grill likewise rely on the fleet.

    Plenty of guests at the barbecue are likely to have come using GPS systems served by the same satellites.

    And, oh yes, if the game is showing on Foxtel, the hosts could be among the two million customers of the pay television company receiving the service via satellite.

    It’s no surprise Mr Sheridan regards Optus’ satellite fleet as something of a hidden gem.

    It certainly is a lucrative one.

    Optus doesn’t break out the value of its network. But when the company investigated a possible float of the operation last year, it was widely estimated to have a value of about $2 billion.

    Key clients include pay TV operators like Foxtel and Sky News Australia and Sky TV New Zealand, all the free-to-air networks, Southern Cross Australia and the NBN interim satellite service.

    The service takes in about $317 million in revenue a year and is one of Optus’ highest margin businesses.

    Its growth areas include the market for “personal” satellite dishes at homes in regional areas.

    A satellite above Earth.

    Mr Sherdian has jetted to French Guiana, just north of the equator in South America.

    There, he will witness the latest Optus satellite — affixed to a 50m, 750-tonne rocket — shot 37,000km into space.

    In orbit, the satellite called Optus Ten will fly along at a fair clip, 3km a second. It is expected to extend the life of the fleet by 15 to 20 years.

    Optus has 160 workers — aeronautical, electrical, mechanical and space engineers — in its satellite division, based at Belrose in Sydney, Perth’s Lockridge and Hume in the ACT.

    While four Optus satellites have been decommissioned, there are still five in orbit. This will be the sixth.

    Mr Sheridan says all that matters now is clear weather for the launch, which is scheduled for 7.21am this morning, Melbourne time.

    As a youngster, he watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon on a grainy black and white TV at the back of a classroom in his hometown on the New South Wales north coast.

    From there he was hooked on space.

    An electrical engineer, part of Mr Sheridan’s job is to ensure Optus satellites stay on course rather than drifting due to gravitational effects.

    Basically that means guiding the satellites, using affixed thrusters, to keep them within a space — a 70km cube — about 37,000km away from earth.

    Earlier in the year he even had to monitor the satellites for potential impacts from a solar flare that NASA said was seven times the width of earth.

    But the pressures on the business are not just in outer space.

    Competition from other satellite companies also threaten the bottom line.

    The major players — including Luxembourg’s Intelsat and Britain’s Inmarsat — are looking to increase their presence in Australia.

    Mr Sheridan says this is driving his business to perform better.

    Among its initiatives, it is rolling out technology such as the “sat sleeve”, a small device smartphone users can attach to their handsets to turn them into satellite phones.

    At the same time he has struck deals such as an agreement with McMurdo Sound, the US research centre, to cover 300 scientists and researchers in Antarctica.

    There are also new markets opening up every year — particularly since the onrush of data consumption in the smartphone era.

    Mr Sheridan says Australian sport is also a potential growth area.

    If a domestic sporting code launches its own digital broadcasts, it is likely to start taking satellite space as well, he says, pointing to the success of Nascar TV in the US.


    Loan Covenants Put NewSat in Chicken-and-Egg Situation


    From http://www.spacenews.com/article/financial-report/41819loan-covenants-put-newsat-in-chicken-and-egg-situation

    NewSat Chief Executive Adrian Ballintine said the company had been faced with a classic chicken-and-egg situation in which lenders demanded technical and management expertise as a condition of their loans, all the while setting loan covenants that limited NewSat’s ability to hire new talent. Credit: NewSat photo

    PARIS — Australian startup broadband satellite operator NewSat Ltd. on Sept. 10 said it is not in a “work-out” situation with its major lenders, the U.S. and French export-credit agencies, but that the company is going through an acknowledged rough period as it builds its first satellite and contends with lower revenues in its historic teleport business.

    NewSat Chief Executive Adrian Ballintine said the company had been faced with a classic chicken-and-egg situation in which lenders demanded technical and management expertise as a condition of their loans, all the while setting loan covenants that limited NewSat’s ability to hire new talent.

    NewSat’s first satellite, Jabiru-1, is under construction by Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Sunnyvale, California, and scheduled for launch in late 2015 or early 2016.

    NewSat received some $400 million in loans and loan guarantees from the U.S. Export-Import Bank and from France’s Coface.

    These lenders informed NewSat that there was a danger of a breach of the covenants earlier this year as NewSat’s teleport business struggled with declining revenue, notably following the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The agencies blocked NewSat’s access to the financing pending the company’s raising of $40 million by Nov. 30. Until then, NewSat said, it will be using its own cash reserves to keep the satellite’s construction on schedule.

    NewSat reported revenue of 31.3 million Australian dollars ($29.5 million) for the year ending June 30, down 20 percent from the previous year. The company says it has booked more than 600 million Australian dollars in prelaunch orders for Jabiru-1.

    Addressing the World Satellite Business Week conference organized by Euroconsult, Ballantine said the Ex-Im and Coface loans include “a lot of covenants, a lot of rules, and we’re going to have to tighten up our procedures” to meet the terms of the loans and guarantees.


    Foxtel Creates Premium Entertainment Channel Group


    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3659

    Foxtel today announced the appointment of Graham Burrells as Head of Premium Entertainment.

    Mr Burrells will manage the newly formed group of premium entertainment channels at Foxtel Networks – the drama channels showcase and SoHo, The Comedy Channel and the recently announced BoxSets.

    Foxtel Executive Director of Television Brian Walsh said “Graham has been a hugely valued executive at Foxtel since the early days of the company and this new role draws on the wealth of experience he has accrued across the creative, promotional, production and programming realms of the television business in Australia and internationally.

    “The new Premium Entertainment division holds some of Foxtel’s most acclaimed and coveted programming and Graham will be responsible for maximising the full potential of our exclusive HBO deal, and the deals with our other international distributors, as well as nurturing the environment for our expanding slate of Australian dramas.”

    Mr Burrells said “It’s an honour to be working on channels with the finest television drama and entertainment programming from around the world, and we have great team assembled here at Foxtel.

    “The announcement of BoxSets has generated a lot of excitement and it’s good to already be immersed in the creative and technical challenges of launching a unique new channel for our subscribers. I am also very keen to be renewing relationships with the comedy community.”

    Mr Burrells first joined Foxtel in 1995 as Creative Director. After working at BSKYB in the UK as Creative Director for Sky One, he returned to Foxtel in 2002 as Channel Manager of The Comedy Channel and FOX Classics. He went on to become Head of Entertainment, overseeing local productions including Australia’s Next Top Model and a range of comedy and factual programming. From 2008 to 2012, he worked across Foxtel’s Olympic (Vancouver 2010 and London 2012) and Commonwealth (Delhi 2010) Games coverage as Executive in Charge of Production and Creative Director. Most recently he has been Foxtel’s Creative Director of Movies and Drama.

    Other appointments in the Premium Entertainment division are:

    Sarah Frazer – Head of Programming, Premium Entertainment
    Fraser Stark – Group Operations Manager, Premium Entertainment
    Mikki Katz – Group Creative Director, Premium Entertainment

    Source: Foxtel


    RS rips regulator action


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431605/rs-rips-regulator-action

    TrueVisions awarded Asian Games rights

    RS Plc, the broadcasting rights holder for World Cup 2014, has slammed the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) over the latter's invoking the must-have rule in allowing TrueVisions, a pay TV operator, to broadcast the Asian Games. 

    "This is a double standard," said chief operations officer Pornpan Techarungchaikul.

    The must-have rule says seven major sporting events must air on free TV — the World Cup, Asian Games, Asian Paragames, SEA Games, Asean Paragames, Olympics and Paralympics.

    But the NBTC yesterday approved the broadcast of the Asian Games on the TrueVisions pay TV platform.

    "Will this violate the must-have rule?" Ms Pornpan asked.

    Currently, 24 digital channels are considered free TV.

    The Television Pool of Thailand (TV Pool) comprising Channels 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11 secured the broadcasting rights for the Asian Games from Sept 19 to Oct 4.

    The regulator said TrueVisions held the pay TV rights, and viewers could still watch the games on free TV.

    Channels 5, 7 and 9 do a simulcast, so viewers can watch the games on both the terrestrial and digital systems.

    Ms Pornpan said RS opposed the must-have rule when it was issued last year, arguing it would interfere with market forces.

    But RS respectfully accepted the rule after the Supreme Administrative Court said it would benefit the public.

    Ms Pornpan said the NBTC set a precedent with the RS-World Cup case, and the must-have rule should be carried out consistently to ensure fairness.

    "The frequent occurrence of cases in violation of the rules reflects the regulator's malfunction," she said.

    RS is still awaiting a payment of 308 million baht for opening up the World Cup broadcast.

    It plans to sue the NBTC if the regulator continues to waffle on the compensation payment.

    In a related issue concerning the Asian Games, the TV Pool has decided to rent airtime from BEC-Multimedia's Channel 33 HD to solve the ongoing dispute over analogue Channel 3.

    Analogue Channel 3 is facing a black-screen crisis after the NBTC's broadcasting committee on Sept 1 resolved to end its free TV status and bar satellite and cable operators from carrying the channel within 15 days.

    Lt Gen Sobchoke Srisakorn, executive secretary of the TV Pool, said the Asian Games broadcasting rights doubled in cost due to the higher bidding rate between the TV Pool and TrueVisions.

    The non-profit group has faced 50 million baht in losses from the higher costs, causing a liquidity crunch.

    As a result, it must require participation from its members and others interested stations.

    An NBTC source said the Channel 3 proposal was difficult to accept and might violate broadcasting law.

    Although the broadcasting panel has yet to make a decision, the source said the proposal was impossible to comply with, as channels for commercial purposes must be determined using the auction method.

    "We have to speak with Channel 3 to find another possible solution," the source said.


    Digital Devices Selects MaxLinear Satellite Full-Spectrum Capture™ Receiver for “Octopus” Eight-Channel TV Streamer


    From http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2014/09/11/digital-devices-selects-maxlinear-satellite-full-spectrum-capture™-receiver-“octopus”-eig

    MxL584 enables streaming of up to eight live satellite TV channels to different devices on a local network

    MaxLinear Inc. (NYSE: MXL), a leading provider of integrated radio frequency (RF) and mixed-signal integrated circuits for broadband communications applications, announced that Digital Devices GmbH has selected the MxL584 Full-Spectrum Capture™ (FSC™) satellite receiver for a new eight-tuner PCI Express (PCIe) TV card and for its newest generation of Octopus Net SAT>IP gateway.

    The Octopus NET S2-4 device supports up to four satellite LNB inputs, either from legacy LNBs or Unicable channel-stacking LNBs. The MaxLinear MxL584 single chip receiver IC is able to receive and capture the complete L-Band spectrum on each input and enables simultaneous selection of up to eight DVB-S2/SD channels. The selected channels are then converted to IP and streamed to other devices over the local area network. Smart TVs and smartphones, tablets or computers can access the TV content via a simple software application.

    “The MaxLinear single-chip satellite receiver has enabled us to significantly reduce the size and power consumption of our previous generation product,” said Dieter Rimmele, Head of Development at Digital Devices GmbH. “Because the MxL584 integrates an eight-channel front-end in a single device, we were able to reduce the cost and complexity of our Octopus Net product, while maintaining the high performance and reliability our customers have come to expect.”

    “MaxLinear continues to reduce power and cost in our customers’ products through innovation and integration,” said Brian Sprague, MaxLinear’s Vice President and General Manager. “The MxL584 is a terrific example of how our Full-Spectrum Capture technology is enabling multi-room, multi-screen TV viewing at a price point that consumers can afford.”

    Technical Highlights – MxL584

    The MxL584 device supports up to four separate L-Band satellite inputs, and up to eight serial transport stream outputs. The MxL584 integrates all active front-end components, including the low-noise amplifiers (LNA). The high level of integration enables ultra-compact, low-cost system solutions with minimal external components.

    The low-power and power-control flexibility of the MxL584 device provides compliance with the requirements of Energy Star and the European Code of Conduct for Digital TV Services and Broadband Equipment, in both standby and full operating modes.

    The MxL584 is currently in mass production and available in a very low cost 10mm x 10mm QFN package. It is pin-compatible and software-compatible with the MxL544 device, which provides up to four transport stream outputs.

    About Digital Devices

    Digital Devices was founded in 2009 and has grown since to become a leading system supplier for a wide range of DVB products. The company’s broad portfolio started with the Cine S2, a PCI express DVB-S2 dual-tuner card, followed by the Cine C/T, and a modular system, our Octopus system and the Duoflex series. The Octopus system allows flexible interaction between various Duoflex tuner modules like DVB-S2, DVB-C/T/T2 and DVB-C/C2/T/T2 and the Common Interface Modules. A strong emphasis has been placed on interoperability of the entire Digital Devices product range. Digital Devices’ development and design expertise includes digital video broadcasting solutions, radio frequency technology, 3D - design, programmable logic (FPGA) and other state-of-the-art technologies. All Digital Devices products are designed and manufactured in Germany.

    About MaxLinear, Inc.

    MaxLinear, Inc. is a leading provider of radio-frequency and mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for broadband communications applications. MaxLinear is headquartered in Carlsbad, California. For more information, please visit http://cts.businesswire.com/ct/CT?id=smartlink&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maxlinear.com%2F&esheet=50940500&newsitemid=20140911005292&lan=en-US&anchor=www.maxlinear.com&index=2&md5=b3bcb3b02360dc961fcfce2b684cc3b0.

    Contacts

    MaxLinear Inc. Press Contact:
    The David James Agency LLC
    David Rodewald
    805-494-9508
    david@davidjamesagency.com
    or
    MaxLinear Inc. Corporate Contact:
    Yves Rasse
    Senior Director, Consumer Product Line
    760-692-0711
    yrasse@maxlinear.com


    Intelsat General Extends Contract to Provide Satellite Capacity to Forces in Afghanistan


    From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Intelsat_General_Extends_Contract_to_Provide_Satellite_Capacity_to_Forces_in_Afghanistan_999.html

    Intelsat General has confirmed that it had received a one-year contract renewal for satellite capacity from DRS Technologies, one of several previously referenced renewals that were received in the 2014 third quarter under the Future Commercial Satellite Communications Acquisition (FCSA) vehicle.

    Under the contract, entering its third year, Intelsat General is supplying satellite services to DRS Technologies, a division of Finmeccanica, in support of U.S. Central Command requirements in Afghanistan. The service, which initially began in August 2012, is utilizing 180 MHz of Ku-band capacity on an Intelsat 9 series satellite over southwest Asia.

    "Even though U.S. troops are being withdrawn from Afghanistan, the Pentagon will continue to provide support to Afghan forces," said Kay Sears, President of Intelsat General. "Our satellite connectivity will continue to play a key role in that support."

    "DRS and Intelsat General have teamed to support the Allied and Afghan forces with quality satellite capacity that provides connectivity for their critical communications missions," said Jim Scott, General Manager of Global Enterprise Solutions for DRS.

    SES to Provide Satellite Capacity for U.S. Army Network
    In other military space communications news, Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) announced it has been awarded a contract to provide satellite capacity to support the Army Warfighter Information Network-Tactical (WIN-T). SES GS was awarded the five-year contract through Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as a subcontractor to small business company AIS Engineering, Inc. (AIS).

    The innovative solution designed by the AIS and SES GS team is supported entirely by SES satellites. SES satellite capacity will provide support for U.S. Army research and development activities as well for testing new applications for mobile missions.

    With more than three decades of experience serving the U.S. Government, SES GS has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Army and has been supporting the WIN-T program for six years.


    TVPlayer brings 16 channels to Freeview (U.K)


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/11/tvplayer-brings-16-channels-to-freeview/

    TVPlayer, the OTT platform operated by Simplestream, is extending its multi-platform offering by launching a portfolio of free-to-air channels via channel 241 on UK DTT platform Freeview.

    Popular music stations Heart and Capital TV, together with Clubland TV, Planet Pop, Channel AKA and NOW Music, home to music from the UK’s leading labels and No1 artists, form the music hub on TVPlayer.

    The DESI pack has been an instant success since it launched on TVPlayer, offering a mix of Bollywood movies, Indian comedy shows together with Hindi Music and World News, making it the first of its kind on Freeview. India’s most-loved comedy and entertainment shows are brought to Freeview by SAB TV. In addition, Colors & Rishtey, two of the top three most viewed south-Asian channels in the UK, offer compelling reality shows, top of the line dramas, along with the latest Bollywood blockbusters.

    FashionTV, the largest global fashion channel, broadcasting 24-hour news coverage of fashion to over 500+ million households, will also be covering the hottest news from London Fashion Week, starting this weekend.

    Revelation TV, the UK’s leading Christian Television Channel, producing daily live and interactive shows and award winning documentaries such as The Promise and The Waters Cleaved also joins Freeview for the first time.

    Finally, global news channel France 24 (English version) completes the launch channel line-up on TVPlayer, with many more channels setto follow.

    The full portfolio of QVC Channels, QVC Style, QVC Extra, QVC and QVC Beauty will soon join TVPlayer, presenting their customers with the opportunity to shop via the app, website and Freeview.

    To view these FTA channels, users need to connect their compatible Freeview HD TV to the Internet.

    As TVPlayer is BARB measured on Freeview, all viewing will contribute to the overall channel ratings, increasing each channel’s reach. TVPlayer has also been working closely with BARB to implement Project Dovetail, which will allow viewing behaviour to be tracked across multiple devices, which is a ground-breaking development for the broadcast industry. In addition, TVPlayer offers multi-platform advertising opportunities for brands and their media agencies that can deliver these multi-platform metrics as part of their campaigns.

    According to Adam Smith, CEO of TVPlayer, the platform offers a vehicle for popular free-to-air channels to air not only via mobile, tablets and desktop, but also now to Freeview HD homes. “Our ambition is to roll out TVPlayer across more platforms and devices,” he declared.

    TVPlayer can be watched for free at tvplayer.com, by downloading the TVPlayer app from the App Store, Google Play and the Amazon Appstore and now via channel 241 on Freeview. TVPlayer’s Freeview service is powered by Simplestream and Synapse.


    Ten Sports signs mega five year deal with WWE


    From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/ten-sports-signs-mega-five-year-deal-with-wwe-140910

    MUMBAI: One of India’s premier sports broadcaster, Ten Sports today signed a five year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  The five year deal is slated to begin from 2015 to early 2020.
     
    According to sources, the matches will have now have multiple language broadcasts.  Not only that, fans will be able to watch live, the on ground events in India, which may include Grand Slam.
     
    Detailed announcements are expected in a few days.
     
    Ten Sports which is looking at major revamp early next year, also has acquired the Indian sub-continent broadcast rights for the 2018 Common Wealth Games to be held in Gold Coast Australia.
     
    The network has a bouquet of premium football properties from across the globe including UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Copa Del Rey, French League, A-League, Capital One Cup, German Cup, Copa Italia, Skybet Championship and Club TV programming of leading European Clubs.  




    10/09/14

    Optus 10 / Measat3b Launch info

    Launch Press kit
    http://www.arianespace.com/images/launch-kits/launch-kit-pdf-eng/VA218-launchkit-EN.pdf

    ARIANESPACE FLIGHT VA218 / MEASAT-3b & OPTUS 10

    THE LAUNCH READINESS REVIEW (RAL) took place in Kourou on Tuesday September 9, 2014 and authorized count-down operations for the MEASAT-3b & OPTUS 10 launch.

    On the fourth Ariane 5 launch of the year, Arianespace will orbit two telecommunications satellites : MEASAT-3b for the Malaysian-based operator MEASAT and OPTUS 10 for the Australian operator OPTUS.

    With 64% of the commercial satellite launch market in the region, Arianespace clearly sets the standard for launch services in the Asia-Pacific, working for both manufacturers and operators. Since being founded in 1980, Arianespace has launched two-thirds of the Asia-Pacific region’s commercial geostationary telecommunications satellites.

    It will be launched from the Ariane launch complex N° 3 (ELA3), in Kourou, French Guiana. THE ARIANE 5 ECA LAUNCHER LIFT-OFF for this flight is scheduled on September 11 to 12, 2014 as soon as possible within the following launch window:

    Launch window for Ariane Flight VA218

    Universal time (GMT)

    Kourou,
    French Guiana

    Paris, 
    France

    Washington,
    D.C. 

    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    Sydney,
    Australia

    Between
    09:21 p.m. and 10:23 p.m. on
    Sept. 11, 2014

    Between
    06:21 p.m. and 07:23 p.m. on
    Sept. 11, 2014

    Between
    11:21 p.m. and 12:23 a.m. on
    Sept. 11-12, 2014

    Between
    05:21 p.m. and 06:23 p.m. on
    Sept. 11, 2014

    Between
    05:21 a.m. and 06:23 a.m. on
    Sept. 12, 2014

    Between
    07:21 a.m. and 08:23 a.m. on
    Sept. 12, 2014

    Our website www.arianespace.com has upgraded to high-speed transmission and a full-screen HD format to make it easier for you to follow the company's activities and to enjoy future launches


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    NEWS


    GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA LAUNCHES BROADCAST SERVICES INTERNET DELIVERY PLATFORM


    From press release

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – WEDNESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2014 - Globecast Australia has launched a new broadcast services internet delivery platform, providing Over the Top (OTT) video streaming services of broadcast channels and video on demand (VOD) via the internet.

    As part of the international Globecast Group, and with a fibre network directly connecting Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Europe, Globecast Australia utilises a video centric fibre network that connects the world's leading media and business hubs.

    Leveraging this extensive connectivity network, in combination with Globecast's satellite downlink capability, Globecast is able to offer customers cost-effective access to international content.

    A natural extension of Globecast Australia's core business, the platform: is customer agnostic providing options to either offer services within a combined aggregated portal or a standalone branded offering.

    will support all customer requirements with residential customers gaining access to the platform via a self-service portal and corporate customers through existing customer management systems.

    is capable of providing both live streamed and VOD services in standard definition and high definition services with a variety of bit rates, compression formats and DRM.

    caters for multiple devices, Apple iOS mobile phones and tablets, Android mobile phones and tablets, Windows PCs.

    Globecast Australia has developed an innovative DVB – S2 based hybrid IP set-top box, allowing existing DTH satellite customers to view satellite and IP services on the one device. This allows broadcasters to add additional niche channels, VOD and one time special event content, cost effectively.

    The platform is designed so that the broadcaster can transact with the consumer without Globecast Australia having to engage directly with the customer.

    By design, the platform is modular, giving Globecast Australia customers access to a range of component services starting from content contribution, encoding/compression, CDN through to full platform services.

    In making the announcement, Globecast Australia CEO Simon Farnsworth said: “Globecast Australia is committed to the innovation and deployment of emerging technologies for broadcast services. This OTT platform enables us to provide live streamed channels via the web to customers throughout the world.

    Leveraging Globecast Australia’s extensive experience in the delivery of broadcast services, we have partnered with experienced "best of breed" technology partners Brightcove and Akamai to provide the most up-to-date and proven cloud based solutions.”

    With the inaugural customer (Australian News Channel) already announced, Globecast Australia’s broadcast services platform is ready to provide OTT services to broadcasters and service providers worldwide.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION & INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
    CATHERINE LAVELLE
    CLPR for GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA
    T 02 9405 2880
    E Catherine@clpr.com.au

    ABOUT GLOBECAST AUSTRALIA

    Globecast Australia is the leading provider of broadcast services for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. Specialising in live delivery of Standard and High Definition content at the cutting edge of broadcast technology, Globecast Australia’s internationally recognised Globecam™ is the world leader in live, point of view miniature camera technology. With the largest Digital Satellite News and Sport Gathering fleet in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, the company’s main services are DTH satellite transmission including MPEG4 capability, International Fibre Distribution, Teleport Services, 24/7 Master Control, Mobile TV, Business TV, OTT and IPTV managed services, IP streaming and encoding, Global Satellite Monitoring and Disaster Recovery. For further information visit www.globecast.com.au

    Catherine Lavelle
    D 02 9934 6913
    T 02 9405 2880
    M 0413 88 55 95
    T @CLPRptyltd
    W www.clpr.com.au


    A leaked discussion paper on options for combatting internet piracy includes requiring internet service providers to block torrent websites.

    More than 11 per cent of the worldwide illegal downloads of season four of Game of Thrones happened in Australia. Source: Supplied

    THE federal government is ploughing ahead with its plans to crack down on internet piracy — and it has everyday customers who might illegally download a season of Game of Thrones or the latest Hollywood blockbuster firmly in its sights.

    But there is considerable scepticism that any of the measures being discussed by the government will actually work to reduce piracy.

    Consumer group Choice is concerned that the costs of implementing the proposed policies — such as a scheme to punish repeat offenders and blocking file-sharing torrent websites — will be passed on to customers, without actually fixing the problem.

    Popular among pirates … Jerome Flynn and Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones. Source: Supplied

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull hosted the Online Copyright Infringement Forum in Sydney last night, where he brought together representatives from all of the industries affected by piracy: TV, film, music and telecommunications.

    Australia is one of the world’s worst offenders when it comes to online piracy, with 11.6 per cent of the illegal downloads of season four of Game of Thrones happening in Australia.

    Last night’s discussion was often contentious, with representatives from Telstra and iiNet, consumer group Choice and the film industry disagreeing about what measures would be effective to tackle the problem.

    This slide, shown at last night’s Online Copyright Infringement Forum, encapsulates the price and availability issues at the core of Australia’s piracy problem. It compares the Australian price and release dates of The Lego Movie, Sia’s 1000 Forms of Fear album and Games of Thrones season four to the US. Source: Supplied

    The government is considering international examples of ways to punish those who illegally download TV, movies and music.

    Graduated response schemes, or notice schemes, see customers sent escalating letters if they continue to breach the rules.

    The US model includes the ability for internet service providers (ISPs) to slow down customers’ internet connections, while the New Zealand model allows for offending customers to be sued.

    But one of the forum’s audience members, legal academic Rebecca Gilbin, says there is next to no proof that any graduated response schemes work to reduce copyright infringement.

    In an exhaustive paper for Monash University, Dr Giblin examined each scheme from around the world.

    Popular US comedy-drama Orange Is The New Black is popular on torrenting websites.

    “What I discovered was that there is very little scientifically credible evidence that graduated response is effective,” Dr Giblin told news.com.au.

    “I expected to find more evidence, more successful schemes, but what I found was a real dearth of evidence,” she said.

    Dr Giblin said any extra powers for regulators to come down on online pirates should be incumbent upon rights holders making content more accessible.

    “There should be a greater access carrot to go with the enforcement stick,” she said.

    “It’s not clear that the public would receive any benefits at all in exchange for the costs that would be imposed.”

    Alan Kirkland from consumer watchdog Choice cautioned the government from going ahead with a graduated response scheme, given the lack of evidence that it worked, because the cost of implementing the scheme would be passed on to customers.

    “The fundamental thing is, who’s going to pay? This is likely to impose a cost on consumers without actually stopping piracy,” Mr Kirkland said.

    For the record, Telstra supports a notice scheme, but rival telco iiNet is against the idea.

    The government is moving to protect the copyright of the makers of Breaking Bad, but will the measures work? Picture: Ursula Coyote Source: Supplied

    There was also disagreement about the effectiveness of compelling ISPs to block offending torrenting websites, such as the popular Pirate Bay.

    Foxtel wants to see these sites shut down, but iiNet argued that for each site you take down another pops up in its place.

    “We could end up playing whack-a-mole,” iiNet CEO David Buckingham told the forum.

    “Be aware that technology finds a way around those things and makes it very difficult to pin someone down.”

    IS IT TOO LATE TO CHANGE OUR HABITS?

    Economist Will Page from music streaming service Spotify addressed the forum and revealed that piracy levels in Australia of film and TV through torrenting websites were four times that of music.

    On top of this, more people pirated have Game of Thrones in Australia than all music combined.

    Mr Page told news.com.au said the higher availability of legal means to buy or stream music in Australia could be the reason that the industry was faring better than TV and movies in the fight against pirates.

    But he said the biggest problem with film and TV piracy was breaking people’s bad habits.

    “The biggest challenge is inertia. People always do what they’ve always done and you’ve been stuck with this problem (in Australia) for a long time,” he said.

    THE PAY TV PROVIDER

    Consumers have previously complained to news.com.au that the cost of subscription services such as Foxtel has caused Australians to turn to online piracy, particularly for popular shows such as Game of Thrones.

    But Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said these high-quality dramas would be a thing of the past if action wasn’t taken to curb Australia’s piracy.

    One audience member suggested that online platforms such as YouTube were offering new means to create content, but Mr Freudenstein rebuffed this comment saying, “If we’re relying on advertising-supported YouTube to support the content industry, it’s going to be very different types of TV shows and movies in the future than we have today”.

    “We’re going to have a lot more cats on skateboards and a lot less Game of Thrones,” he said, drawing a laugh from the audience.

    “If we sit and wait and don’t introduce some schemes soon, there won’t be an industry.”

    Foxtel responded to affordability complaints last week by dropping the price of its entry-level package from $49 a month to $25, which will be offered from November.

    SO, WILL IT WORK?

    Some audience members news.com.au spoke to on the way out of last night’s forum were not convinced by the proposals.

    Tim Smith, 23, said the panel was problematic because it was full of older people trying to figure out the best way to tackle a problem caused by younger, tech-savvy digital natives.

    “The only one thing that works is access. It works for iTunes, and it would work if we had Netflix here in Australia,” he said.

    “At the end of the day, you have to make it easy (for the customer).”

    However, Dr Giblin and Mr Page were both encouraged to see the different stakeholders come together to work on solutions to the problem.


    Arianespace to launch a sixth Indonesian satellite, Telkom-3S


    From http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2014/9-9-2014-WSBS-PT-Telkom.asp

    Indonesian operator PT Telkom has chosen Arianespace to launch its Telkom-3S satellite, as part of a turnkey contract with Thales Alenia Space.

    Weighing about 3,500 kg at launch, Telkom-3S will be boosted into geostationary transfer orbit by an Ariane 5 ECA rocket. The launch is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016 from the Guiana Space Center, Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

    Telkom-3S will expand the operator's C-band capacity from its orbital position at 118° East, while also offering high-definition television (HDTV) and remote Ku-band GSM/Internet services.

    Built on Thales Alenia Space's new-generation Spacebus 4000B2 platform, Telkom-3S will be fitted with 24 C-band transponders, 8 extended C-band transponders and 10 Ku-band transponders. The C-band payload will cover Indonesia and southeast Asia, while the extended C-band payload encompasses both Indonesia and Malaysia, and the Ku-band payload will focus exclusively on Indonesia.

    Commenting on this selection, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stéphane Israël said: "I would especially like to thank the Indonesian operator PT Telkom for entrusting us with the launch of their Telkom-3S satellite. Arianespace is very proud of once again being chosen by an Indonesian operator. This sixth contract with an Indonesian customer reflects the exceptional partnership between this leading country and Arianespace in the space industry."

    About Arianespace

    Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence.

    As of September 9, 2014, 218 Ariane launches, 35 Soyuz launches (9 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and three Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.


    Worldspace’s AsiaStar sold for Chinese broadband scheme


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/10/worldspaces-asiastar-sold-for-chinese-broadband-scheme/

    A new joint-venture, backed by New York Satellite Holdings (a subsidiary of New York Broadband 2) and CMMB Vision Holdings of Hong Kong, has bought the old Worldspace AsiaStar satellite operating at 105 deg East.  The plan is to add two satellites to AsiaStar – which has a limited life remaining – and start beaming mobile entertainment to users in China.

    The new owners say they will add two new satellites to AsiaStar’s existing L-band frequencies and have issued an RFI (‘request for information’) as a precursor to ordering two new craft. An initial order will be placed later this year and the first satellite is scheduled for launch early in 2017. The second craft will be ordered later in 2015. The satellites will be co-located at 105 deg East.

    The plan is to cover China with new broadband-by-satellite services and in particular mobile entertainment, and then to roll out the concept to India where it says it already has MOUs in place.

    New York Broadband owns and operates 12 UHF terrestrial TV stations in the US, and has been testing the CMMB transmission technology on its New York City TV stations.

    The satellites will be equipped with next generation technologies such as high-power, interactive and broadcast-unicast convergence to render unprecedented mobile multimedia and Internet services directly to all mobile users never available before. NYSH will own and operate these spacecraft, and CMMB Vision is expected to lease 100% of their capacity for the mobile multimedia services in China and other parts of Asia.

    The Company says it has entered into an MOU with a leading Chinese State-level media group to develop and operate satellite-based mobile multimedia services nationwide in China. CMMB believes it can quickly reach commercial operation given China’s huge internal mobile media and Internet service demand, vast and low-cost mobile ecosystem, and government support. A trial network in Beijing is being established currently.

    The founder and president of CMMB Vision is Charles (Chau-Chi) Wong, an American educated Hong Kong entrepreneur who will facilitate the raising of the financial resources required to develop and operate the mobile multimedia service.

    The company’s CTO is Dr. Hui Liu, the American scientist who developed the Converged Mobile Multimedia Broadcast (CMMB) standard that has been officially adopted by Chinese regulators for mobile hand-held television. (In China, the standard is called “China Mobile Multimedia Broadcast.”). Dr. Liu is also the principal developer for TD-SCDMA (China 3G), OFDMA/LTE, and the Next Generation Broadcasting-Wireless (NGB-W), which is the next generation of CMMB.

    “CMMB is the emerging global standard for next generation mobile video and broadcast services because it allows for faster and more efficient delivery of multimedia and Internet data,” said Wong. “With the capacity from these new satellites, our users will be able to enjoy unlimited mobile video viewing and data downloads anytime, anywhere at a fraction of current mobile data costs. Through the efficiencies of broadcasting, the cost of delivery of programming is between $0.01 and $0.05 per GB, compared to $10 to $15 per GB for mobile multimedia services using cellular networks. Thousands of HD movies and hundreds of thousands of songs can be downloaded to each user everyday at a fraction of current mobile data cost and without traffic [problems].”

    The CMMB standard is similar to Europe’s DVB-SH standard for digital video broadcasting from both satellites and terrestrial repeaters to handheld devices. Mobile television delivery using the CMMB standard via terrestrial networks is already widespread in China, with service in over 350 cities. The service began during the 2008 Beijing Olympics and has since grown to over 50 million devices in use, manufactured by such major companies as Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, and Huawei.

    “Evolving from the CMMB standard, the Company in partnership with SARFT of China has developed the Next Generation Broadcasting – Wireless (NGB-W) standard as well as its convergence with 4G/LTE so as to unify the power of broadcasting with the interactive flexibility of unicasting. Popular and common data will be intelligently delivered to the mass market via the broadcast platform while individualised content will be delivered over the unicast platform, thereby optimising traffic delivery,” says a press statement.

    “Such hybrid technology is essential for coping with the anticipated explosive demand in the coming mobile multimedia era. And when combined with a satellite platform, the capacity of such a network will be vastly increased, allowing for exponential growth in the number of subscribers, expected to increase a thousand-fold in the next decade.”

    The Company is working with NYSH, which will deploy next generation high-power L-band satellites that will adopt the company’s CMMB/NGB-W technology for broadcast downlink and s-LTE for unicast return interactivity.

    Space Partnership International LLC of Bethesda, MD, has been engaged to assist NYSH with matters related to the project planning, procurement of satellites and launch services as well as insurance, service development and regulatory activities.

    The Company says it views China as its flagship market, where its partnerships with government and private enterprises will create the world’s first convergent satellite platform. The ecosystem of satellite-compatible devices is expected to develop quickly by leveraging the existing vast and mature CMMB-compatible supply chain.

    Diverse services are being planned, which include universal mobile entertainment and data delivery; end-to-end content delivery solutions for mobile carriers and over-the-top providers; logistics and media services for motor vehicles, ships, and planes; and public services such as remote education, safety monitoring, and emergency alerts.


    Ch 3 to appeal NBTC's order


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431418/ch-3-to-appeal-nbtc-order

    Channel 3 is likely to appeal against a 15-day time limit imposed on cable and satellite TV broadcasts of its analogue content. 

    Takorn Tantasith, secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), said Channel 3 has informed his agency it would appeal against the order.

    "If Channel 3 petitions against the NBTC resolution to prohibit its broadcasts, it can still air analogue broadcasts on satellite and cable TV platforms until the case is settled," Mr Takorn said.

    The NBTC's broadcast committee resolved on Monday to prohibit cable and satellite TV operators from picking up Channel 3 analogue signals for broadcasting in a new bid to force the station to move its content to the digital platform.   

    TV Channel 3, which has also won a concession to operate three digital TV channels, still operates its analogue channel, the licence for which will not expire until 2020.

    Mr Takorn said TV Channel 3 claims it wants to ease the impact on consumers who will not be able to watch Channel 3 on cable and satellite TV if the ban is enforced.

    Currently, 70% of 22.9 million households nationwide watch TV via the satellite and cable TV platforms. These people will suffer under any Channel 3 blackout.

    The broadcasting committee has ruled the analogue Channel 3's free-TV status officially ended on Sept 1 and satellite and cable TV platform operators must not broadcast its content. The Sept 1 resolution was issued in line with an amended must-carry rule, which aims to encourage the country's six analogue TV channels to migrate to the digital broadcasting system. 


    Yahsat planning third satellite


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/yahsat-planning-third-satellite/

    Abu Dhabi-based Yahsat says it wants a third satellite, and wants to operate it for the Brazilian market. Its 3rd satellite will cover some 95 percent of Brazil, and Yahsat says that some 31 percent of Brazil’s population are not served by a fixed broadband infrastructure which it will help provide, and this translates into 18.7 million homes.

    Yahsat’s first satellite was launched in 2011 and has two components, one is supplying DTH capacity (YahLive) over the MENA region and as a j-v with SES. Its other mission was to provide VSAT and broadband-type capacity as well as backhaul connectivity over a much wider area including Africa and South-West Asia. Yahsat 1A is located at 52.5 deg East.

    Its second satellite Y1B was launched in April 2012 and operates from 47.5 deg East, and is an all Ka-band craft which includes a military payload for the UAE’s armed forces.


    MTV, Comedy Central To Show Up on Sony’s Internet-TV Service


    From http://recode.net/2014/09/10/mtv-comedy-central-to-show-up-on-sonys-internet-tv-service/

    Sony just got one step closer to selling live television over the Web.

    The hardware and entertainment company cut a deal with Viacom to sell 22 of its cable networks over the Internet, the first programmer to come on to Sony’s still-theoretical service. The agreement includes popular channels like MTV, Nickelodeon, and Comedy Central, and while we don’t know how much Sony is paying Viacom for this right, it’s sure to be more than what traditional distributors like Time Warner Cable or Dish pay to carry those networks.

    Dish, by the way, already cut a similar agreement with Walt Disney Company to sell its channels, including ESPN, over the Web, which would be separate from its satellite offering. Other companies have tried and failed to bring live TV over the Internet (hello Intel), but if someone can pull it off, they’ll have the chance to sell TV subscriptions to anyone with a broadband connection. Also, there’ll be no need to send out service personnel to set up your TV.

    Both Sony and Dish will have to sign more deals with other programmers (e.g., 21st Century Fox, CBS, Time Warner Inc., NBCUniversal*) before they can start selling it to consumers. We also don’t know how much they plan on charging, but it’s likely to be in the range of $25 to $35. It’s also very likely you won’t be able to buy channels a la carte.


    Sony says most of its BRAVIA TVs will launch with Android TV in 2015


    From http://blog.gsmarena.com/sony-says-bravia-tvs-will-launch-android-tv-2015/

    Sony has shared information on its developer blog on how to get started creating HTML5 and Android TV apps for its upcoming TVs and home entertainment systems. In the process, the company also spilled loose details on its upcoming lineup of Android TV products.

    Sony TVs running Android TV will start arriving in 2015 with the company waving goodbye to the Google TV platform. Google Cast is also going to be supported on select Bravia models. The company’s Blu-Ray and Home Theater system products will support HTML5 apps, too.

    Nevertheless, Sony encourages developers to continue supporting previous Google TV-enabled products. We know that this is unlikely to happen as everyone is eyeing the upcoming release of Android TV


    SMPTE backs “dazzling” HDR spec


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/smpte-backs-dazzling-hdr-spec/

    The Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) on September 10 is to release a technical standard covering High Dynamic Range (HDR) images that will – in essence – match the Dolby Vision proposals from Dolby Labs.

    The concept could allow viewers to see what has been described as “dazzling” in its treatment of whiter whites and permitting much more variation in representing blacks/grays and items in shadow.

    One commentator, The Hollywood Reporter’s Carolyn Giardina, says early demonstrations have shown that the difference is a “more noticeable upgrade compared to moving from HDTV to Ultra-HD”.

    The September 10 meeting at IBC will see SMPTE publish its ‘transfer function’ document which outlines a roadmap for the technology, starting at the camera’s lens and on to colour grading and post-production and eventual delivery to broadcasters and the home.

    Dolby, and Philips of the Netherlands (which is working with the BBC), each have their individual proposals as does Technicolor, and covering next-generation image capture and designed to exploit the much higher dynamic range possible with digital image capture from the latest high-end camera systems.


    Going FTA suits most broadcasters and advertisers


    From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/going-fta-suits-most-broadcasters-and-advertisers-140908

    MUMBAI: With increasing number of channels in the country, much of the interior towns have found solace in having free-to-air (FTA) channels. Doordarshan’s own Direct to Home (DTH) service Freedish has found 12 million active subscribers in the interior parts of the country with its list of FTA channels.
     
    Discussing the FTA market were MCCS India CEO Ashok Venkatramani, TAM Media Research LV Krishnan, Zee Entertainment Enterprises chief content and creative officer Bharat Ranga, Reliance Broadcast Network Limited (RBNL) CEO Tarun Katial and RK Swamy Media group senior VP K Satyanarayana. The session was moderated by Chrome Data Analytics and Media Pankaj Krishna.
     
    Krishna started off by asking Satyanarayana if advertisers are monetising the platform to which he said that Freedish has very few satellite channels and it is not necessary to look at FTA channels particularly for media planning. However, he stated that research shows that Freedish is able to add 10 per cent incremental reach so it has more monetisation scope.
     
    Venkatramani heads three channels under the ABP brand name which hasn’t yet gone pay and in fact isn’t available on Freedish either. He said, “We haven’t gone pay because the ecosystem doesn’t allow us to do so. The price at which we sell channels to MSOs is not in our hands. Freedish is too expensive and cost per household is Rs 30.” FTA channels depend heavily on advertising revenue and according to Venkatramani, this is not sustainable and he doesn’t see any incremental reach happening in the news genre.
     
    Krishna questioned LV Krishnan on how TAM ensured fair representation from houses which were either metre dark or power dark. To which Krishnan said that the important metric is to see who the consumer is. “Is this consumer accepting FTA channels because he is economically unable to graduate to pay? What is the value of this customer for targeting advertising? And is it financially viable to create content especially for this industry?” he questioned. The positive points of this market, according to him, is that this audience doesn’t have any distraction and so time available for entertainment is higher than urban audiences. But the issue they face is frequent power cuts.
     
    Katial said that in its studies, RBNL has found that the northern market is less penetrated as compared to south or east but it needs a unique distribution for which Freedish fits perfectly. “Many advertisers will pay the delta for it whether it is FMCG or Telecom. Metros are fragmented while these markets have low penetration,” he said.
     
    Zee Anmol is Zee’s FTA channel that shows handpicked content from its channels. Ranga pointed out that a lot of marketwise and platform-wise research is done before deciding which content from its flagship channel Zee TV will work for this audience rather than just replicating the entire set of shows. He also feels that in future there will be three modes- FTA, pay and premium and soon Freedish will also offer pay channels. “Distribution will be far more competitive in the next 10 years. Currently, there isn’t much difference between FTA and Rs 200 for all channels. In future the gap will be large,” he said adding that he expects average revenue per user (ARPU) to rise up to Rs 1500 to Rs 2000.
     
    While geotargetted advertising is on the rise, Katial feels that is it more suitable for large MSOs and Freedish can’t do it. But the real winning situation will be when the ad cap regulation is resolved. “Today a radio station in Mumbai takes more ad rate than a national news channel,” he informed.
     
    Ranga said that when a new channel enters the market it can start off as FTA and then convert to pay, which is what Zee does. Krishnan highlighted that the audience doesn’t care about platform but about content. This was emphasised by Satyanarayana as well that the advertisers look at the audience and not the platform. FTA is not actually FTA, because the customer is paying money for the carrier’s bandwidth. In the future, advertising will be aligned either to content, such as in-branding or to the carrier.
     
    Katial shared the data that across Europe, there is the phenomenon of cord cutting at the rate of 5-10 per cent every month and every year and then going FTA.
     
    Krishnan shared data that according to their research, while five years ago 4.5 to 5 members of a home were watching at the same time, this has dropped to 3.8 today. However, the repeat gets about 1.5 members. “Broadcasters have started segmenting by ensuring repeats to cater to various age groups,” he informed.
     
    So while the FTA market has begun in India, it remains to be seen where it will finally head




    9/09/14

    Sky News and Globecast teamup to offer new "Australia Channel" TV service, see news section


    From my Email


    Email from Australia Network

    Dear Partner,

    It is with much regret that, after many years of broadcasting into the region, I must inform you of the termination of the Australia Network TV service.

    As you may be aware, the ABC has been forced to terminate the service following the Australian Government’s withdrawal of its funding. The ABC has developed a new service to fulfil its obligations to broadcast internationally however, at this point in time, this does not include a widely available television channel.

    We will be terminating the Australia Network service at 12.00 midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday, the 28th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    From Monday 29 September, we will provide a 6-hour block of television content from Australia Plus Television which will be available between 3pm to 9pm AEST (5 pm to 11 pm Fiji time). From Sunday 5 October following daylight saving, this will change to 4pm – 10pm AEDST (6 pm to 12.00 pm Fiji time).

    Technical specifications for the satellite delivery of this 6-hour block will be provided shortly.


    From Saldav1

    Asiasat 5 Feeds

    3667 H SR 7200 $FIBA 2014 PRESS C FIBA Press Conference, (actually FTA.)
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 MLS Soccer - Portland Timbers vs San Jose, (FTA.)


    From the Dish


    Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3920 V "Zee Premier" has left .

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

    SES 7 108.2°E 2505 V "Sony Gem" has started on, Videoguard.

    Telstar 18 138.0°E 12629 H "Trace Urban" is Fta.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H "TVE Internacional Asia" has left .

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 3731 H 5 Cartoons, 5 Movies, 5 Series, 5 Thukhuma, Fox Sports Asia and Fox Sports 2 Asia are encrypted again.

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11531 V "Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino and Avto 24" have started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 V "Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino, Avto 24, Russkij Extreme, TV 3, Sony Sci-Fi Russia, SET Eastern Europe, Sony Turbo and RT English" have left
    ABS 2 75.0°E The Raduga TV mux has moved from 12521 V to 11559 V.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12562 H "God TV Africa" has left .
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12682 H "Zoe TV" has left .
    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "Untouchable TV" has started on , Fta. Sikh Channel has left again.

    From asiatvro site

    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Alankar TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3841 H 6920参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Hyper 2(菲律宾)频道新增,设置11510 H 20000参数有条件接收。[09-09]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、莲花卫视(测试)等全组频道解密,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Sports替换Matrix TV(测试)频道,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,eL Musik、Gizmo(印尼)等4个频道解密,设置3980 V 29900参数免费接收。[09-09]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,BBC World News、国家地理野生替换France 24(斐济)等频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[09-09]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Modernine TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3703 V 3333参数有条件接收。 [9月9日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Football Extra替换Football Max(高清)频道,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月9日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Bluesky Channel(泰国)频道重现,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月9日]
    东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,IS17 Tral(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3845 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月9日]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,MOV、NCM(AVG)等7个频道开播,设置11237 V 4000参数免费接收。 [9月9日]

    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。[09-08]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CH3 Backup(BISS)频道新增,设置3810 V 4550参数有条件接收。[09-08]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Lejel、Al-Manar(印尼)等频道新增,设置3980 V 29900参数部分免费接收。[09-08]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Arjuna TV、Elshinta TV(印尼)等频道消失,设置3980 V 29900参数无效接收。[09-08]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset Nano(BISS)频道新增,设置3434 V 2210参数有条件接收。[09-08]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Safhiyam TV(印度)测试频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[09-08]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Zveda替换Zhivi!(俄罗斯)频道,设置11605 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-08]


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    NASA TV HD (720P)

    source http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/

    links for you mediaplayer / device

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    Education

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    NEWS


    New Sky channel set to replace ABC’s Australia Network


    From the Australian

    SKY NEWS is launching an international television news service in November to replace the ABC’s Australia Network, which was axed in the federal budget.

    While the Australia Network cost taxpayers $223 million over 10 years, Sky News’s Australia Channel, a subscription service via the internet, will broadcast to 180 countries, including China and the Middle East, at no cost to the taxpayer.

    Australians travelling overseas will become accustomed to seeing the news channel because it will also be the news service available in Qantas lounges internationally.

    Sky News chief executive Angelos Frangopoulos said Australia Channel would be available globally and would broadcast Australian content, produced by the local Sky News operation.

    “This to us is a similar commitment to the one we have with APAC, Australia’s Public Affairs Channel, and it shows good outcomes in the national interest don’t necessarily have to be delivered by a government-funded broadcaster,’’ Mr Frangopoulos said.

    “It will leverage the breadth of our content across all our channels. We’re also in the process of making a small number of appointments directly involved with the Australia Channel itself,” he said. Australia Channel is a collaboration between Australian News Channel and broadcast provider Globecast Australia, owned by its chair, Peter Cosgrove, the Curran family and France Telecom.

    While it it is an Over-the-Top service, distributed via the internet, Mr Frangopoulos said it was not only for the laptop or tablet.

    “It is designed for distribution via connected televisions and set- top boxes,’’ he said.“We’re not locked into any thinking about how the service will evolve. That will be up to our international viewers, be they expatriates or people in the business world.

    “We believe it will have an ­important role to play in supporting Australian business and trade internationally,” he said.Globecast will announce shortly the ways viewers will be able to watch the news service, but Mr Frangopoulos said: “It will be able to be viewed on television as well as other devices.”

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull and opposition communications spokesman Jason Clare were both briefed over the weekend on the new Australia Channel. Sky had submitted a tender for the Australia Network service under the Gillard government. But despite the fact Sky was ­favoured by two ­expert recommendations, the ABC was controversially awarded the contract by then communications minister Stephen Conroy.

    The news of Sky’s new Australia Channel comes at a sensitive time, with 70 ABC staff losing their jobs as a result of the ABC’s ­Australia Network being dis­mantled.

    ABC managing director Mark Scott said last month he shared the disappointment and frustration of the on-air and off-air staff who were losing their jobs after the funding cut. “It is a sad time across the corporation as we say farewell to many colleagues who have ­already gone or who will be ­leaving us in coming days and weeks as a result of the loss of Australia Network funding,’’ Mr

    Scott said in an email to ABC staff. Australia Network will cease broadcasting later this month.

    Under the subscription model, Sky News and Globecast will deliver international news without the financial burden falling to the taxpayer.Australia Channel will include coverage of Australian business, politics, sports and news.Globecast Australia chief executive Simon Farnsworth said the long-term strategic partnership with Australian News Channel provided an opportunity to deliver a range of services to corporate customers and other consumers around the world using alternative technologies.

    “The launch of Australia Channel delivers a core component of Globecast Australia’s strategy to deliver television channels and broadcast content via the internet,’’ he said. Mr Farnsworth said Globecast would also partner with experienced technology companies, BrightCove and Akamai, to provide the most up-to-date and proven cloud-based solutions. Sky News digital director Kylie Merritt said Australia Channel “had a “broad remit to provide a comprehensive service allowing subscribers to choose the content they want and the format they want to watch it in”.


    Foxtel v Choice: it’s war over the cost to subscribe to Pay TV


    From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2014/09/foxtel-v-choice-its-war-over-the-cost-to-subscribe-to-pay-tv.html

    Foxtel has hit back at remarks by Choice magazine after it compared pricing for content and used Orange is the New Black and The Walking Dead as examples.

    “Australians wanting to watch the upcoming season of Walking Dead will be paying up to 376 per cent more than people watching the same show in the United Kingdom,” said Choice Chief Executive Alan Kirkland.

    “Season 2 of the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black currently costs Australians a minimum of $27.26 through Google Play, 219 per cent more than what US Netflix customers pay. Consumers will pay up to 431 per cent more to access the show through Foxtel.”

    It follows on from recent Choice articles about legal ways down access content internationally, such as via a VPN.

    “The internet has made affordable content possible but Australian providers are not delivering,” he said.

    Choice also cited new Steven Soderbergh drama The Knick from Cinemaxx has having no Australian airdate as yet.

    Slow-tracking or Express? Foxtel explains Programming strategy.

    The article has led to wider reporting, including in Fairfax, that suggests Australians Pay up to 431% more for TV shows online.

    But Foxtel has hit back at “disingenuous and hypocritical” claims, given that its subscription model is based on channel packages rather than single titles, while pointedly noting that Choice also publishes content via a subscription model.

    “Choice have made invalid comparisons between completely different products to justify their claims,” said Bruce Meagher Group Director of Corporate Affairs at Foxtel.

    “To compare Foxtel’s service with that of Netflix in the US is nonsensical. Netflix is essentially a library service which, due to its success, has been able to commission a few high quality and popular dramas. So while it is true that consumers can get access to Orange is the New Black and House of Cards as part of their Netflix subscription that’s basically where the new content offering ends.

    “To acquire other new dramas US consumers have to sign up to different service providers, and given that drama lovers don’t just watch one show, this is what they inevitably do.

    “As part of a Foxtel service consumers can get access to virtually every major new US drama produced, usually within hours of its American broadcast. They also get a huge range of UK dramas, Australian dramas especially commissioned by Foxtel, plus a host of other general entertainment, sport, documentary, news and kids programming.

    “To acquire a similar cable or satellite subscription service in the US, consumers would pay a similar price and depending on the bundle structure offered by particular suppliers sometimes more,” he said.

    The claims also come on the day that Foxtel is launching an acclaimed local drama, Devil’s Playground.

    “If free to air or subscription broadcasters were not able to aggregate the best international content to attract eyeballs for advertisers or subscription revenues we would not have the resources to invest in Australian content and the TV production sector would largely collapse,” he said.

    Likening the magazine’s own bundle model through its magazine and online, he added, “Many Choice reports can only be viewed by subscribers and many others are available at a one off charge equal to almost three months’ subscription, if you ask for one over the phone, the kindly Choice staff member will advise you that you’d be better off buying a subscription!”

    In the recent TV Tonight Audience Inventory of some 1000 readers, 43% of readers indicated they were current Foxtel subscribers. The biggest issue concerning subscribers was the need for more flexible packages, both amongst current subscribers and potential new customers. 9% of readers indicated they were open to the idea of subscribing, subject to packages, and preferring a full installation over the boutique Foxtel Play.

    Last week Foxtel announced a new $25 package, although it doesn’t include any of the titles mentioned here.


    (Craig's comment, Both Season 1 and Season 2 of Orange is the new Black are available for FREE during September on TVNZ on demand which is also a FREE service. Try the HOLA browser plugin or a smart DNS or VPN to access it www.tvnz.co.nz/Ondemand )


    Foxtel is right to stand up to the insane hatred of content pirates and the blogging classes


    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/foxtel-right-stand-insane-hatred-contents-pirates-blogging-classes/

    This morning on ABC News Breakfast, a nationwide TV program broadcast on ABC News 24 (Foxtel Channel 202), Choice CEO Alan Kirkland leveled a number of damaging accusations against subscription television provider Foxtel. Among these allegations were accusations of monopoly-inspired price fixing, protection from competition via regulation and anti-competitive practices.

    Kirkland compared Foxtel pricing to Netflix pricing, despite the latter not being available directly in Australia, and he defended the practice of accessing the US-based Netflix via a virtual private network, which essentially tricks the all-you-can-eat content streamer into allowing an Australian to access the service. Various sources claim 200,000 Australians are currently access Netflix this way.

    Kirkland’s accusations were spurious at best and, most pernicious of all, were laced with a smug invective. Choice is a consumer advocacy publication so it has a remit to weed out dodgy practices, like mislabeled refrigerators and the extended warranty scam, but it has no right to question the pricing structure of a legitimate business such as Foxtel and to demand some sort of communist approach to content distribution.

    Organisations like Choice have fueled the insane hatred of Foxtel espoused by the technology blogs, forums and online commenters, which have chosen to point the pitchfork at Foxtel as a scapegoat so they can self-justify their illegal content piracy and geoblocking circumvention (which is of nebulous legality but appears to be fair enough).

    “Foxtel is too expensive, so I should be allowed to pirate Game of Thrones.”

    “Netflix isn’t available in Australia so I should be able to pirate House of Cards.”

    “Foxtel goes and buys up all the content and then refuses to sell it piecemeal so I should be able to pirate The Walking Dead.”

    “Foxtel packages up its Showcase premium channel with channels showing movies in French and Polish so I should be able to pirate Orange is the New Black.”

    This is the crazy logorrhea of the pirating class. A collection of elitist, tech-savvy youngsters who believe they should have all the content they want, all the time, at a price they will choose. The inescapable truth is that all these ‘reasons’ for piracy are just excuses thrown into the wind to self-justify their nefarious activities. Unfortunately for Foxtel, these seeds have been pollinated and developed and are now multiplying across the populist news sites and social media.

    Foxtel is the only broadcaster that shows any interest in securing the rights to these shows, which are phenomenally expensive to produce and require a packaged, pay as-you-go business model in order to fund them all collectively. Those with long memories will recall the abysmal contempt the free-to-air networks showed for the viewing public back in the days of Channel Nine broadcasting The Sopranos, Channel Ten showing Dexter and Channel Seven holding the rights to Six Feet Under.

    Episodes start-times vacillated from week-to-week, they were littered with commercial breaks despite being intentionally produced for seamless consumption, you were constantly at the capricious whim of of the network and one year, Channel Nine promoted the beginning of The Sopranos‘ third season only to welsh at the last and show a replay of the second season in its stead.

    It was an atrocious milieu and Foxtel saved us consumers of premium content from this quagmire. And its reward for this has been the constant derision of self-appointed bastions of broadcasting socialists, always demanding more, more and more for less, less and less.

    Foxtel respects content by showing it in high definition, often within hours of its local broadcasting, commercial-free and with on-demand access via its brilliant Foxtel Go desktop, smartphone and tablet app. It charges a fair fee for this product in order to fund broadcasting deals, innovation and profitability. If you don’t want to pay for Foxtel or wait for the Blu-ray box set or for sale through iTunes then, please, go ahead and pirate it — I actually don’t care about piracy one bit — just don’t try to fool us into thinking you are doing that for any reason other than you are too cheap to pay for the content you want.

    There is nothing worse than self-justification because it proves you are trying to deceive yourself


    Australia ‘Follow-the-Money’ anti-piracy


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/69317/

    The Australian telecommunications industry has sought formal regulatory approval to launch a ‘Follow-the-Money’ strategy that will act to reduce the economic incentive to promote or facilitate online copyright infringement in Australia.

    Trade body the Communications Alliance has lodged an application with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for an authorisation that would enable telco service providers to agree collectively not to advertise their products and services on web-sites that promote or facilitate online copyright infringement.

    Communications Alliance CEO, John Stanton, said the move was a practical example of Internet Service Providers’ (ISPs) willingness to help rights holders tackle the infringement problem. “We have real concerns about some of the proposals being put forward by Government at present, but a follow-the-money approach is a concrete strategy that will reduce the volume of advertising funds to web-sites that promote or facilitate infringement and thereby reduce their viability. We are hopeful that a very broad coalition of companies – not just in the telecommunications sector, but right across the economy – will join the strategy and make real inroads against infringement,” he stated.

    A trial of the follow-the-money strategy being pursued in the UK generated an immediate reduction of 12 per cent in the advertising revenue flowing to a list of infringing websites being managed by the City of London Police.

    The Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has been working with brands, media agencies and ad networks to seek to ensure that advertising revenue is not directed to the websites. In July 2014, PIPCU announced it had begun replacing legitimate brand advertisements on the targeted websites with official police force pop-up banners that inform visitors that the site is under investigation for copyright infringement. Communications Alliance first raised the prospect of an Australian-industry-led follow-the-money strategy in its submission last month in response to the Government’s discussion paper on online copyright infringement.

    At least one ISP member of Communications Alliance already has policies in place which prevent any of its advertising spend being directed to sites that promote or facilitate improper file sharing.

    According to the Communications Aliance, there is a risk, however, that a united stance by ISPs would contravene Division 1 of Part IV and/or Section 45 of the Competition and Consumer Act, 2010 (CCA), which prohibits contracts, arrangements or understandings which have the purpose, effect or likely effect of lessening competition or contain exclusionary provisions.

    “The authorisation we are seeking from the ACCC, if granted, would enable ISPs and others to join the strategy without fear of breaking competition laws,” explained Stanton. He said Communications Alliance had approached a number of other Australian industry representative bodies seeking their support for the strategy. “Already the Australian Industry Group (AIG) has expressed in-principle support for the initiative and I hope that even broader support will soon be in evidence. We certainly also believe that rights holders should step up and work with service providers on this important initiative.”

    In the meantime, Communications Alliance has commenced preliminary discussions with the Federal Government about how to create and maintain an Australian list of infringing web-sites. Industry believes that the list needs to be managed independently of service providers and rights holders.

    The Government has proposed a range of measures to combat online copyright infringement. In its submission to the Government, Communications Alliance strongly opposed the Government’s proposal to extend authorisation liability in the Copyright Act – because industry believes this would create damaging unintended consequences for consumers and businesses.

    That view has been echoed by a large number of service providers and technology companies from Europe and the United States, which have intervened because of concerns over the potential international repercussions of the Australian Government proposals.

    The Communications Alliance did support a proposed amendment to extend the safe harbour provisions of the Copyright Act and recommended that the Government closely consider a follow-the-money strategy.

    ISPs have expressed their willingness to engage in good faith discussions with rights holders on other potential industry-agreed steps to combat infringement. A range of issues – including who pays for other agreed measures, needs to be addressed.

    ISPs also strongly believe that any package of measures must include continued efforts by rights holders to make lawful content accessible to Australian consumers in a timely and affordable way.


    Thaicom rejig to free up satellite slots


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/431213/thaicom-rejig-to-free-up-satellite-capacity

    Thaicom Plc, the country's sole satellite service provider, is rearranging transponder traffic in the congested Thaicom 5 and 6 satellites in a bid to handle overwhelming demand. 

     Thaicom is preparing to serve up to 60 digital television channels. (Bangkok Post photo)

    The reshuffle is expected to fulfil demand from the waiting list for the newly launched Thaicom 7 satellite, said vice-president for corporate affairs Ekachai Phakdurong.

    "After the rearrangement, we expect to have three more transponders serving 60 digital TV channels for broadcasting firms," he said.

    Mr Ekachai said Thaicom 7 was the company's first satellite to be fully reserved before launch, thanks to booming demand for digital TV and high-definition (HD) video broadcasting.

    Demand for bandwidth-intensive HD video has increased the need for satellite capacity, forcing operators to expand or maximise the use of in-orbit fleets to provide services.

    The local company on Sunday successfully launched its Thaicom 7 satellite to the orbital slot 120 degrees east, covering Asia and Australia.

    The US$170-million satellite was designed to serve the content delivery market.

    "This shows that Asia-Pacific and Thailand are bracing for a shortage of capacity on satellite transponders used for digital TV, as broadcasters are rapidly expanding digital channels," Mr Ekachai said.

    Thaicom chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun said the launch of Thaicom 7 provides additional capacity to serve Thailand's fast-growing broadcasting industry while opening up new markets overseas.

    The company expects to realise some revenue from Thaicom 7 in the third-quarter operating results.

    Thaicom has three older satellites in service.

    Thaicom 4 (aka IPSTAR) is at 54% bandwidth usage, while Thaicom 5 and 6 serving Thailand are at full capacity.

    Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 operate under Information and Communication Technology Ministry concessions that are due to expire over the next seven years.

    The company is required to hand over 20.5% of revenue to the ministry.

    Thaicom 7 is under a licensing regime of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission.

    To deal with the overwhelming demand, Mr Ekachai said Thaicom is accelerating plans to launch an eighth satellite by early 2016.

    The 24-transponder satellite will cost about $170 million and sit in the orbital slot at 78.5 degrees.

    Thaicom expects consolidated revenue to grow by 18% this year, boosted by the local broadcasting sector and an effective cost-cutting programme.

    "We are likely to record a profit for a third consecutive year after racking up losses the previous seven years," Mrs Suphajee said, attributing the turnaround to a cross-partnership marketing strategy.


    Operators want old channel numbers


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/local/431355/operators-want-old-channel-numbers

    Satellite and cable TV operators on Tuesday protested the national telecom regulator’s decision to rearrange channel numbers, saying the move was unfair to them and demanded the previous channel arrangement be restored. 

    The group, led by Manob Tokarnka, president of Satellite TV Network, submitted a letter to Sombat Leelapata, acting deputy secretary-general of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission. 

    The NBTC resolved on Aug 25 to issue a new regulation related to channel numbering, requiring that the 1st-36th channels must be reserved for the 36 digital TV channels on every platform including terrestrial, satellite and cable TV. Each platform operator can arrange the numbering themselves for the following 37th-60th channels. 

    Under the previous regulation, platform operators could only number their first 10 channels themselves and the 11st-46th channels were reserved for the 36 digital TV channels. The change was intended to clear confusion over channel arrangements, which differ under each platform, according to Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC’s broadcasting committee.

    However, Mr Manob said satellite and cable TV operators viewed the new channel arrangements as unfair to them because they had invested in establishing channel systems and advertising them to the public. Their customers had been able to remember the channel numbers they wanted to watch and the change would only confuse viewers.     

    “The NBTC should sympathise with the operators because channel arrangements come with administrative costs. The expenses of each operator varies due to different installation systems,” he said. 

    Somporn Teerarochanapong, chief executive of PSI Holdings, the country's largest satellite TV provider, said he and other operators wanted to voice their opposition for the time being but may have to finally take the matter to court if the NBTC insists on enforcing the new channel numbering rule.  


    Arianespace to launch JCSAT-15 for SKY Perfect JSAT satellite


    From http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=43866

    On September 8, Mr. Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and Chief Executive Officer of SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, and Mr. Stéphane Israël, Chairman and CEO of Arianespace, announced in Paris the launch contract for the communication satellite JCSAT-15.

    JCSAT-15 will be launched by Ariane 5 in 2016 from the Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.

    For the quarter century since the launch of JCSAT-1 in 1989, SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, one of the world’s leading operators, and Arianespace have developed a strong relationship of mutual trust. This new satellite will be the 29th Japanese satellite launched by Arianespace.

    Built by Space Systems/Loral based on the SSL1300 platform, JCSAT-15 is designed for a minimum operational lifetime of 15 years. Weighing about 3,400kg at launch, main coverage of JCSAT-15 will include Japan, Oceania and the Indian Ocean.

    Mr. Shinji Takada said, "We at SKY Perfect JSAT signed with Arianespace a contract to launch our JCSAT-15 satellite in 2016. JCSAT-15 will be used to broadcast our main service, the SKY PerfecTV!, multichannel pay TV service, from the 110 East geostationary position. We are grateful that we could contract with our good partner Arianespace and thus ensure the stable continuity of our broadcasting service."

    Stéphane Israël said, “We are very proud and honored once again to provide the largest operator in Asia-Pacific region with our service. I would like to thank SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation for continuing to express its trust in us for almost 25 years. This contract is significant mark of confidence in Arianespace, and also clear recognition of the quality and competitiveness of our launch services.”

    About SKY Perfect JSAT

    SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation is a leader in the converging fields of broadcasting and communications. It is Asia’s largest satellite operator with a fleet of 16 satellites, and Japan’s only provider of both multi-channel pay TV broadcasting and satellite communications services. SKY Perfect JSAT delivers a broad range of entertainment through the SKY PerfecTV! platform, the most extensive in Japan with a total of 3.5 million subscribers. In addition, SKY Perfect JSAT’s satellite communications services, which cover Japan and the rest of Asia, as well as Oceania, Russia, Middle East, Hawaii and North America, play a vital role in supporting safety, security and convenience for society as a whole. For more information, please visit http://www.sptvjsat.com/ and http://www.jsat.net/.

    About Arianespace

    Arianespace is the world’s leading satellite launch company, providing innovation to its customers since 1980. Backed by 21 shareholders and the European Space Agency, the company offers an international workforce renowned for a culture of commitment and excellence.

    As of September 8, 2014, 218 Ariane launches, 35 Soyuz launches (9 at the Guiana Space Centre and 26 at Baikonur with Starsem) and three Vega launches have been performed. The company’s headquarters is in Evry, near Paris, and has local offices in Washington DC (United States), Tokyo (Japan) and Singapore.


    Arianespace: 4 new launch contracts


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/arianespace-4-new-launch-contracts/

    Arianespace told the Euroconsult Satellite Business Week in Paris it had won four new contracts to be launched on its Ariane 5 ECA rocket. Arianespace also has another two potential contracts in the pipeline.

    These four take the total contracts won this year to 11.

    The new contracts cover launch orders from:

    • Intelsat (Intelsat 36)
    • Sky Perfect JSAT (JCSat-15)
    • Korea Telekom (KoreaSat-7)
    • Avanti Communications (Hylas-4)

    In a statement, Arianespace said: “All of these launch contracts are for smaller geostationary satellites (from 3,300 to 3,500 kg at launch), which will be placed in the lower position for Ariane 5 dual launches into geostationary orbit, enabling Arianespace to balance its launch manifest with the heavier satellites already in the order book, which are placed in the upper position for these launches. Arianespace has already announced the launch contracts for Brisat with BRI, and with Eutelsat for the Eutelsat 172B, an “all-electric” satellite. Since the beginning of the year, including government orders, Arianespace has signed a total of 11 launch contracts. If the two contract negotiations now under way are successfully completed, Arianespace will have signed 13 contracts since the beginning of the year.”

    This latest quartet of orders takes the Ariane contracted backlog to more than €4.5 billion, and represents 60 percent of the commercial launch market.


    BBC picks Globecast for Global Playout


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/bbc-picks-globecast-for-global-playout/

    BBC Worldwide is to use Globecast to handle and manage playout for up to 30 of its international channels globally. The agreement covers disaster recovery and redundancy for playout.

    The “long-term partnership” agreement sees Globecast being the primary technical partner for these services, handling channels that were previously supported by multiple service providers across multiple regions. “Moving the whole operation to a single service provider means a more cost-effective, flexible and efficient playout and distribution workflow than would have been possible with the current multitude of separate providers,” says Globecast.

    BBC Worldwide will use Globecast’s ‘Media Factory’, which is described as “a unified, converged workflow to prepare and playout content. It provides a dedicated web portal enabling more efficient and secure orchestration of content preparation by the broadcaster, Globecast and selected partners.

    The web portal will allow BBC-WW to track the progress of content through the workflow, providing a live service health dashboard for playout and global channel distribution.”

    Commenting on the agreement, Andy Steele, Head of Operations, Global Markets, BBC Worldwide said, “BBC Worldwide are very much looking forward to expanding our partnership with Globecast, who have played a vital role in supporting our playout and distribution requirements for our Global Markets’ channels. Globecast’s ability to propose solutions with build-in flexibility, whilst adapting to our strategy and business plans was a key factor in to our decision to expand our relationship with them.”


    RRsat becomes RR Media


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/rrsat-becomes-rr-media/

    RRsat a leading provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, announced a company-wide rebrand to RR Media to reflect a significant expansion in its global service offering. This includes: an advanced, scalable media services platform turning ever richer content into ever richer experiences; enhanced media centres including hubs in the New York metro area, London and the Middle East to facilitate local service and support; and an extended smart global distribution network, covering 95% of the world’s population with the ability to optimise content delivery across multiple screens and multiple devices.

    RR Media will be showcasing its innovative media services platform for the first time at IBC2014, offering a complete range of solutions for effective content preparation, management and distribution, converging broadcast and online video into one seamless workflow.

    RR Media’s CEO, Avi Cohen, sees this as a milestone event and the culmination of years of progress for the company: “We have been making great progress over the past few years, with acquisitions and state-of-the-art service enhancements, giving us a true global ecosystem of digital media services. This has enabled us to grow our customer portfolio by offering a full solution in many different regions and vertical sectors.”

    “We’ve focused on our customers’ needs, enabling them to plug into our global services locally in order to transform original content into globally-valuable media and entertainment products,” continued Cohen. “For example, our teams can manage and implement all technical, operational and workflow aspects of content preparation, management and increased distribution capabilities, leaving customers free to focus on the creation of exciting new content and viewer offerings.”

    Broadcasters and content owners can now optimise and monetise their content further by reaching more audiences, on more devices, with a richer viewing experience.

    “The RR Media management team, which brings a wealth of experience in the field of content distribution and management, operation, customer experience and live sport, is already driving this change around the world,” added Cohen. “We’re on a mission, rethinking and reinventing media and entertainment experiences.”


    Survey: 4K mainstream within 10 years


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/09/intelsat-4k-mainstream-within-10-years/

    Findings from a global survey of media executives conducted by satellite services provider Intelsat has revealed that 4K Ultra High Definition Television (4K UHDTV) is headed for broad adoption, Intelsat notes that since it was first announced has been met with both excitement and scepticism within and outside of the media industry, but the signs are that 4K UHDTV will be mainstream within 10 years.

    In fact, 42 per cent of Intelsat’s survey respondents stated that they have made a firm decision to launch a 4K UHDTV service and have a specific timeframe for its roll out (23 per cent within the next four years). The main driver cited by media companies was the ability to provide the competitive differentiation necessary to attract new subscribers to their linear broadcast and cable television channels.
    Intelsat surveyed technical and non-technical (primarily marketing) media executives from its global customer base, which is comprised of many of the world’s largest media companies that conduct business on a regional and global basis. The nearly 80 respondents represent a statistically significant sample of the pool of potential respondents.

    While the majority of respondents believe that 4K UHDTV adoption is inevitable—in stark contrast to initial views of the 3DTV trend from several years ago—there is disparity in terms of what segments and business models are regarded as likely to adopt 4K UHDTV first, with non-technical executives having significantly different views from technical executives. Digital cinema (38 per cent), over the top (OTT) and direct-to home (DTH) are the most widely mentioned segments for 4K UHDTV to gain momentum and those views differ sharply between technical and non-technical participants. In addition, 60 per cent point to video on demand as the business model expected to first gain momentum, almost double the 34 per cent stating that linear channels will be the first to do so.“While it is becoming more evident that the transition to 4K UHDTV is highly likely, the road to adoption will take many paths, given the business model evolution resulting from the multi-screen viewing environment,” stated Peter Ostapiuk, Vice President, Media Product Management, Intelsat. “As with high definition television, socio-economics, demographics and technology infrastructure will determine the adoption timeline. This time, however, media companies are more focused on building the right business model that will enable them to deliver high quality and reliable content delivery across multiple platforms and, at the same time, achieve a strong return on their investment.”

    Media professionals surveyed believe that the pace of 4K UHDTV adoption will vary by region. For example, 47 per cent believe 4K UHDTV will first take hold in Asia Pacific; 34 per cent expect North America to be the early adopter and only 16 per cent believed Western Europe would be the first to roll out the new technology.

    While Media Professionals are Optimistic about 4K UHDTV, Critical Factors Necessary for Accelerated Timeline to Take Hold
    Respondents cited higher transmission and content production costs (67 per cent), availability of more efficient transmission technologies (62 per cent), affordable television sets (51 per cent) and ability to achieve a return on their investment (71 per cent) as issues of greatest concern to them going forward.
    Roughly a third of those surveyed stated that a critical mass of content (38 per cent), sufficient household penetration (35 per cent) and available 4K UHDTV-enabled set top boxes (31 per cent) are important factors in accelerating the roll-out of 4K UHDTV. Movies (53 per cent) and sports (42 per cent) are the most widely identified types of 4K UHDTV content expected to gain momentum first.
    “Satellite will positively impact the adoption of this new and exciting technology and serve as a strategic partner to media customers,” continued Ostapiuk. “It’s clear that our customers will introduce 4K UHDTV as a way to distinguish their brands, and the ubiquitous and extremely high quality of satellite will deliver an immersive experience with cost efficiency. With the ability to easily handle transmission of multiple viewing formats across a hybrid distribution infrastructure, Intelsat is prepared to support this emerging growth opportunity for our global media customers.”




    8/09/14

    Sorry for the delayed update

    Asiasat 6 (aka Thaicom 7) has launched , going to 120E

    "AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region"


    From my Email


    From saldav1

    Weekend feeds all Asiasat 5

    3887 V SR 7200 Eilat 1 Atlantic BOXING from Ulster Hall, BELFAST. Frampton vs Martinez, (FTA.)
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 1 New York vs Sporting Kansas City in the Saturday evening MLS Soccer, (FTA.)
    4155 H SR 7070 Service 3 MPEG 4 H Live pic of huge Coke Zero Ferris-Wheel then broadcast of Japanese Superbikes from Suzuka, Japan, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7120 $BRONER v TAYLOR in the Boxing superfight from Cincinatti, ($scrambled.)
    4152 H SR 13333 Tandberg Service AUS vs JAPAN in the Soccer, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 AFC u/16 Championship Soccer from THAILAND,(FTA.)
    3930 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Ladies Golf - European Tour from SWEDEN, (FTA.)
    3905 V SR 7120 OC Horse Racing - from Kempton Park, United Kingdom -Channel 4 coverage with some advertisements as well, (FTA.)
    3930 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD Women's Golf - Ladies European Tour from Sweden, (FTA.)
    4148 H SR 7200 ERICSSON MVA vs PHILLIPINES in the Soccer, (FTA.)

    4165 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
    4175 H SR 7200 CAT DSNG 1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
    Both transponders carrying different Soccer games.

    KU feeds
    D2 12670 V SR 6670 Globecast Oz Sunday afternoon Horse Races at Moree, (FTA.)
    D2 12680 V SR 6670 Ch-1 Sunday afternoon Horse Racing from Mudgee, (FTA.)


    From the Dish


    Intelsat 19 166.0°E 3740 H "Nickelodeon South East Asia" has started on , HD, Irdeto.

    Optus D2 152.0°E 12519 V "TBN Asia, Smile of a Child TV, Juce TV and The Church Channel" have left
    Optus D2 152.0°E 12581 H "TBN Pacific, The Church Channel, Smile of a Child TV and Juce TV" have started on Fta.

    Vinasat 1 132.0°E 11629 H "CNBC Asia-Pacific" has left .

    AsiaSat 4 122.2°E 3935 H "TVRI Kaltim" has left .

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "DMC TV, Aswaja TV, Share, Sunna TV, Quran TV, Al Jazeera English and Zee Bioskop" are Fta
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H Fox Sports Indonesia, Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have started on , Conax. Aswaja TV, Share, KBS World, Sunna TV, Quran TV, MTV China, Australia Network Asia, Arirang Arab, AXN Philippines, BeTV Philippines and Zee Bioskop are now encrypted.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have left again.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3960 H "Fashion TV Asia" has left .

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" are back on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "Malakoot Sat Indonesia" has started on, Fta.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12711 H "Fox Movies Premium HD" has started on , HD, Conax.

    Telkom 1 108.0°E 3817 H "TVRI Kaltim has replaced TVRI Kalbar" on, Fta.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 3630 V "Shop TV Live" has left .

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Hero Channel" is Fta
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "World Buddhist TV" has started on , BISS.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3600 H "TV 24" has started on , Fta

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 3638 H "Image Channel" has left .

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11733 V "Tochka TV" has started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11793 V "Russkij Extreme, RT English and TV 3" have started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 12153 V "Humor TV and Russian Musicbox" have started on , Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3940 V "Movies Now" is encrypted again.

    From asiatvro site

    东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Libya Al Watanya(利比亚)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。[09-07]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,TSPT、RTM 1(菲律宾)频道重现,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[09-07]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(孟加拉)频道加密,设置4129 V 11395参数有条件接收。[09-07]

    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4 Real Entertainment(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3752 V 9300参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV-10(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置11237 V 4000参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkiy Extream(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Haryana替换Janta TV(印度)频道,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经93.5度轨道位置的印星3A号卫星C频段,DD National替换DD Punjabi(印度)频道,设置3740 V 6250参数免费接收。[09-06]
    东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Prarthana Bhawan TV(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。[09-06]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fox Crime替换EMTV(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset Ramruay替换Suwannabhumi(泰国)频道,设置4089 V 1852参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Joseon、JJ Channel(泰国)等全组频道加密,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,R rom D、PSI(泰国)频道重现,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月6日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,24 TV(泰国)频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [9月6日]


    NEWS


    AsiaSat 6 Successfully Lifts Off


    From Press Release

    Hong Kong, 7 September 2014 – AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), successfully lifted off on 7 September at Hong Kong Time 1:00 p.m. (1:00 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time). This is the second SpaceX Falcon 9 launch this summer for AsiaSat, after AsiaSat 8 on 5 August.

    Approximately 32 minutes after liftoff, the AsiaSat 6 spacecraft successfully separated from the launch vehicle. AsiaSat acquired the first signals from the satellite in Hong Kong 55 minutes after launch. Over the next few days, AsiaSat 6 will move to its operational position, some 36,000 km above the equator where it will undergo in-orbit testing before being brought into commercial use.

    “This year marks a major milestone for AsiaSat. The addition of AsiaSat 6 to AsiaSat’s expanding fleet of five in-orbit satellites including the new AsiaSat 8 significantly enhances our capability to offer a wider range of transponder capacity to our clients,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of

    AsiaSat.

    “We thank the SpaceX, Space Systems/Loral and the AsiaSat team for their dedication and professionalism in achieving this successful launch. We look forward to offering more quality satellite services on AsiaSat 6 to serve the fast growing demand in the Asia-Pacific region.”

    AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.

    # # #
    AsiaSat 6 Successfully Lifts Off - P2/2

    About AsiaSat

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

    For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.

    AsiaSat 6 lifted off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, U.S.A.
    Media Inquiries:
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
    Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
    Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
    Email : scubbon@asiasat.com


    SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit


    From http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/09/07/spacex-lauches-asiasat-satellite/15242655/

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat. The AsiaSat 6 mission

    SpaceX delivers Asian communications satellite to orbit

    A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket takes flight from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida carrying AsiaSat 6 on Sept. 7, 2014. Florida Today

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX delivered another commercial communications satellite to orbit early Sunday, completing its second launch in just over a month for Hong Kong-based AsiaSat.

    The AsiaSat 6 mission was postponed more than a week after a SpaceX test rocket failed in Texas.

    But the 224-foot Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station showed no sign of trouble.

    After a smooth countdown, the rocket roared from Launch Complex 40 at 1 a.m. with 1.3 million pounds of thrust, slightly later than planned to allow weather to clear.

    Its trail of flame rose eastward over the Atlantic Ocean, illuminating a thin web of clouds overhead as it approached and cut through.

    SpaceX confirmed the rocket deployed its payload as planned 32 minutes into the flight, earning the Falcon 9 a 12th successful flight in as many tries since 2010.

    AsiaSat 6 was headed for an orbit 22,300 miles over the equator at 120 degrees East longitude, where it is designed to beam video and telecommunications services to China and Southeast Asia for at least 15 years.

    "Although it has quite a large coverage, its main focus is to add additional capacity for China," said AsiaSat CEO William Wade.

    The addition of AsiaSat 6 and AsiaSat 8 — the latter launched by a Falcon 9 on Aug. 5 — grows the company's fleet to six spacecraft.

    Thaicom will operate half of the newest satellite's 28-transponder capacity under the name Thaicom 7.

    SpaceX launched Thaicom 6 in January, and since has completed three more commercial satellite missions and one for NASA delivering cargo to the International Space Station.

    SpaceX's next ISS cargo launch from Cape Canaveral is scheduled no earlier than Sept. 19, a few days after a planned United Launch Alliance Atlas V mission.

    The test rocket that failed Aug. 22 in McGregor, Texas, was a single-stage, three-engine rocket SpaceX used to advance development of reusable boosters, which the company believes can dramatically lower launch costs.

    CEO Elon Musk said a blocked sensor port resulted in the rocket blowing itself up, and that additional sensors on operational Falcon 9 rockets would have overcome the same problem. But SpaceX took time to "triple-check" systems before proceeding with Sunday's launch.

    Because the launch was to a high orbit more than 20,000 miles up, the Falcon 9 booster did not have enough extra fuel for SpaceX to try flying it back to a soft ocean landing for recovery.

    The company may try that again on its next launch, of a Dragon cargo capsule to low Earth orbit.

    SpaceX is one of several companies awaiting word from NASA on whether it has won a contract to launch astronauts from the Space Coast to the ISS, possibly by 2017.


    NBN satellite services hit by power outage


    From http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/nbn-satellite-services-hit-by-power-outage-20140908-10dsk2.html

    Tens of thousands of Australians using the national broadband network's satellite service were unable to access the internet for several hours on Sunday after a power outage disrupted a ground station in Western Australia.

    The issue, which began at 8.33am AEST Sunday, left approximately 25,000 subscribers across Australia without internet, NBN Co, the company in charge of the NBN, said.

    By 9.18am 15,000 of the affected connections were restored. The remaining 10,000 were restored by 4.18pm, leaving approximately 10,000 subscribers without an internet connection for almost eight hours.

    An outage with a ground station prevented some NBN satellite users from accessing the internet on Sunday.

    NBN Co has confirmed the issue was caused by a power issue at a satellite ground station managed by IP Star in Kalgoorlie, WA.

    An alert posted on the website of retail service provider iiNet said the outage was due to a power issue.

    NBN Co provides an "interim" satellite service that covers about 48,000 Australians via a number of authorised retail service providers, such as iiNet and Activ8me.

    The other 23,000 customers serviced by the same satellite were not affected by Sunday's outage as they rely on ground stations in Sydney and Broken Hill which were not affected.

    NBN Co plans to launch two new satellites in 2015 to cover more Australians without fixed-line access to broadband in remote areas.


    Foxtel should pay to show free-to-air channels, say broadcasters


    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-should-pay-to-show-freetoair-channels-say-broadcasters-20140908-10dyzf.html

    Free-to-air TV channels say Foxtel should be paying to rebroadcast their services. Photo: Rob Homer

    The free-to-air broadcasters have put fresh pressure on Foxtel to pay them for showing their channels, releasing a report that links the recent renaissance in US television with the billions networks received from pay TV distributors in 2013.

    The report comes as the government says the matter is "under consideration".

    Harold Mitchell, the chairman of the free-to-air industry body Free TV Australia, said the report showed that "fairly compensating broadcasters for the use of their services by pay TV operators such as Foxtel delivers more quality content to viewers with little or no impact on the price of pay TV."

    Foxtel has long objected to any suggestion it should pay the free-to-air networks to retransmit their channels. Chief executive Richard Freudenstein has said that re-transmitting the channels delivers them a wider audience, "helping them to get more advertising."

    The report was commissioned by FreeTV Australia, the German commercial TV industry body, and ITV of the UK, to look at the effect on consumer welfare of "retransmission fees" to broadcast stations from cable, satellite and telco distributors.  

    It concludes that the US system "has served the public interest" and "provides a useful example for other countries interested in promoting a vibrant, competitive market for digital video content and distribution."

    The report found that "retransmission" fees accounted for more than 14 per cent of total broadcast TV revenue in 2013, but "accounts for less than 3 per cent of cable operators' revenue and has little or no impact on pay TV prices."

    They also allowed broadcasters to "increase program quality and compete more effectively with pay TV networks for high-quality programming, including winning back widely viewed sporting events such as NFL football games," it said.

    The report, written by Jeffrey Eisenach of the US-based consultancy NERA, notes that retransmission revenue accounted for 22 per cent of revenue for Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox in 2013, 23 per cent for CBS and 17 per cent for Walt Disney.

    It comes as free-to-air broadcasters seek to retain advertising and audience share amid greater competition from online, and follows significant consolidation among US media companies, with Fox recently pulling its bumper $US80 billion for rival Time Warner.

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously told media owners that "deregulation provides us with the opportunity to explore the ­implementation of an arrangement in which free-to-air and subscription broadcasters reach commercial arrangements that recognise the value of retransmission to each party."

    But Bruce Meagher, spokesman for Foxtel, said there was "no valid comparison between the US and Australian markets."

    "The retransmission through Foxtel is a convenience to customers who are entitled to get free-to-air signals, and the mere fact they get them through their Foxtel service is a matter of their convenience."

    "The suggestion people are forced to pay for a service they are entitled to free of charge, and is a product of a govenrment mandated, closed system - where public spectrum has been allocated to a limited number of companies - is patently unfair."


    Foxtel vows to crack down on illicit downloaders


    From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/foxtel-vows-to-crack-down-on-illicit-downloaders-20140908-10e2j4.html

    Foxtel says it will take "reasonable steps" against pirates on its future broadband service. Photo: iStock

    Foxtel has vowed to take "reasonable steps" against subscribers who illicitly download movies and TV shows on its network when it starts selling retail broadband services early next year.

    The company, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corp, made the claim in a submission to the federal government's online copyright infringement discussion paper, published on Monday.

    Foxtel said in December last year it would launch its broadband service in late 2014 as a wholesale customer of Telstra. It has since updated its website to say the service will launch in early 2015.

    While Foxtel did not name what steps it would take to stop its future broadband subscribers from pirating, it indicated in its submission that blocking websites hosting pirate material and introducing a "graduated response" scheme would be appropriate for other providers in Australia.

    A graduated response scheme varies from country to country, but typically results in a customer being warned a number of times about alleged copyright infringement they have committed before a sanction is imposed on them, such as the slowing of their internet connection.

    In some countries a subscriber's internet service can be terminated, but Foxtel said it did not advocate this in Australia.

    "Graduated response programs are well established in many overseas jurisdictions, as is legislation providing courts with a specific power to order [internet service providers] to block access to sites which infringe copyright," Foxtel said.

    "These measures are effective and must be urgently introduced in Australia. Experience from overseas jurisdictions – particularly the US, United Kingdom and Ireland – shows that both industry and regulatory solutions can be very effective."

    Foxtel said without measures being taken against repeat offenders, potential reforms to stop piracy are "unlikely to succeed in changing behaviour" when it came to downloading unauthorised content.

    The publication of Foxtel's submission comes as the Abbott government looks at ways to crack down on online copyright infringement.

    One proposal outlined in its discussion paper would compel internet providers to stop subscribers who illicitly download. Another would require them to block overseas websites that host copyright infringing content.

    The content industry has welcomed the paper's ideas, while some internet providers such as iiNet have rejected them, saying the issue of piracy is primarily a pricing and availability issue.

    Telstra recently said it supported the crackdown.

    But consumer group Choice has said the proposal amounts to the introduction of an industry-run internet filter and could result in the blocking of legitimate sites.

    Foxtel said it supports the voluntary US Copyright Alert System, which talks of significantly slowing down subscribers' internet speeds for a certain amount of time.

    Asked by Fairfax Media on Monday what action Foxtel would take against customers who pirate on its future broadband service, a company spokesman said measures would "be subject to negotiation within the industry".

    "We would point to the US system which has a series of educative notices sent to infringing customers followed up by some mitigation measures for persistent breaches."

    In the US, up to six notices are sent to customers. Providers then have a variety of actions they can take if users continue to pirate, which include slowing speeds or requiring the customer to visit an "educative" website before they can access the web.


    Sky TV loses PGA Tour rights


    From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11320697

    Sky viewers will only catch the likes of Rory McIlroy during the US Masters and British Open in 2015. Photo / AP

    Sky Television has failed to renew the broadcast rights to US PGA Golf, European PGA Golf and the PGA Asian Tour Golf, which have previously represented 1.1 percent of total viewership on its channels.

    Sky still has exclusive rights to the US Masters, British Open and Australian Open golf tournaments for 2015, the company said in a statement.

    The company was outbid for English Premier League football rights by an international media rights company last year, which led to the introduction of online sports package Premier League Pass.

    The broadcaster said it was successful in renewing its rights to New Zealand Cricket, A League Football, New Zealand Rugby League, IPL Cricket, 2 ESPN sport channels and a significant cycling package including the Tour de France.

    Sky TV didn't disclose the cost of the sports packages.

    The company's shares last traded at $6.30 and have advanced 7.9 percent so far this year.


    (Craig's comment, I wonder if Sommet sports got it..)


    Negotiations for FOX channels successful


    From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=279476

    SUCCESSFUL negotiations between Fiji Television Ltd management and FOX International Channels (FIC) have resulted in the return of some of the channels that were initially dropped from the SKY Pacific digital platform.

    FTV CEO Tevita Gonelevu said four FIC channels would be activated this month and those included Star Plus, NatGeo Wild, FX and FOX Crime.

    He said the remaining channel FOX Family Movies would be activated once fibre bandwidth was sorted.

    "All FOX Channels are cleared for Papua New Guinea with the exception of Star Plus, which can only be viewed in Fiji and other Pacific islands," he said in a statement yesterday.

    A major concern for FIC and FTV was the piracy of FIC's channels by commercial subscribers in Fiji and throughout the Pacific Islands.

    "Piracy has had a negative impact on Fiji TV's business. Piracy of broadcaster channels and programs is an ongoing challenge within the Pacific region where copyright laws are not strongly adhered to."

    He said FTV took into consideration concerns and comments from subscribers.


    Kacific signs agreement supporting ITU connectivity program


    From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/kacific-signs-agreement-supporting-itu-connectivity-program/5/201596

    Kacific Broadband Satellites has signed a cooperation agreement with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) for the development of satellite communications capacity and emergency communications solutions for the Pacific region.

    The project will establish 55 fully equipped e-centers to service communities in remote islands or rural areas in Kiribati, Micronesia, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Tonga. The e-centres will all have satellite connectivity for development and emergency telecommunication. Details of the project, including timelines, budgets and partners, have been published on the website of the UN Conference on Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) under the heading, "Addressing Connectivity for the Sustainable Development of SIDS" (http://goo.gl/GB2t2p).

    The project follows the recommendations of the 2010 "Tonga Declaration" on ICT and is part of the ITU’s regional strategy to address the implementation of a low cost and resilient network configuration to minimize the disruptions caused by communications failures when disasters strike. It aims to develop affordable, reliable, diverse satellite communications capacity for the socio-economic development of the Pacific Islands region.

    - Up to 11 island nations will benefit from the project, each with four or five sites

    - Up to 55 rural/remote community e-centres will be established by 2017

    - Services and applications will be enabled in the health, education and agricultural sectors

    Kacific pledged to donate a total of 50Mbps of dedicated bandwidth for a full year to the 11 Pacific Island countries, complemented by 40 terminals. The total value of the donation is in excess of US$380,000. ITU, as the implementing UN agency, will carry out the project in cooperation with ITSO, Kacific and the other implementation partners. ITU is providing seed funding of US$500,000 and ITSO (International Telecommunication Satellite Organisation) is providing US$100,000 for capacity building.

    Most of the island nations in the region are on their way to economic development and cannot afford their own fully packaged emergency communication platforms. Regional cooperation and collective strategies are needed to address emergency preparedness and develop disaster and emergency communication networks. There is also an urgent need to develop emergency communication systems, which could be transported and deployed throughout the region on short notice.

    "The Pacific is in dire need of resilient connectivity," says Kacific CEO, Christian Patouraux." This project will provide a cost-effective, universally accessible national broadband service to multi-island nations where other technologies have struggled. Under this agreement, internet connectivity enabled by Kacific will become affordable, sustainable, reliable, low maintenance, solar powered and always-on."

    "This project is a game-changer for affordable connectivity in the Pacific," says Patouraux. "It paves the way for Pacific island nations to target improvements to agriculture, healthcare, education and economic development enabled by ubiquitous low-cost internet bandwidth. It sets in motion a future where Pacific Island communities, even in remote and rural locations, will be able to enjoy the benefits of always-on internet connectivity at a cost comparable to the rest of the world."


    Ministry: 50% Japanese homes U-HD by 2020


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/08/ministry-50-japanese-homes-u-hd-by-2020/

    Japan’s Internal Affairs & Communications Ministry has issued the most bullish forecast yet of the country’s take-up of Ultra-HD, in both 4K and 8K versions.

    The ministry says that both 4K and 8K experimental broadcasts will start in 2016 paving the way for full-scale transmissions – in both formats – starting in 2018. All broadcasting will take place initially on the country’s ‘BS’ (broadcast satellite) systems. Terrestrial transmission will have to wait until there’s enough bandwidth available.

    Japan’s government says viewers will not be forced to discard old sets. However, it believes there will be considerable take-up of the new super-clear technology. While the new 4K sets, increasingly available in Japan, currently represent just 2 per cent of distribution this is predicted to shoot up to more than 50 per cent by 2020 boosted by the  Tokyo Summer Olympic Games.


    Sky News on Xbox


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/sky-news-on-xbox/

    Building on the successful launches of Sky News on Apple TV, Roku and Livestation, Sky has announced the forthcoming availability of its 24/7 broadcast news on Xbox 360. The launch further extends Sky News’ presence in the US while giving its UK viewers a fresh new option for accessing live and on demand news coverage. The service will enable millions of Xbox customers in the US and UK to access Sky News directly through their Xbox 360 consoles.

    From September 9th, Xbox Live customers on Xbox 360 will see the Sky News icon on the TV section of their homepage, and with a single click, viewers will have access to a 24/7, live feed of Sky News. This includes the latest breaking news as well as business, political and entertainment coverage. In addition to the live channel feed, the Sky News app also offers access to a wide range of on demand stories through a constantly updating video on demand library.

    The Xbox launch marks the next step in the expansion of Sky News in the US, giving millions of homes the ability to access Sky News’ internationally acclaimed coverage. Building on this growth, Sky News is also tailoring its channel feed for the US, incorporating editorial segments produced specifically for this audience. The channel will also include news and analysis from Sky News’ own US team based in bureaus in New York, Washington and LA.

    Andrew Hawken, Head of Sky News Digital, said, “Sky News is consistently exploring opportunities to expand our global reach. Making Sky News available on Xbox was an ideal way to achieve this. With a growing US footprint of a million users and a US news team, we’re thrilled that our coverage will be showcased to millions of Xbox customers.”

    Sky News on Xbox was developed in partnership with 1 Mainstream, a digital TV distribution platform for deploying HD video services across the most popular TV, game console, tablet and streaming devices. Sky has worked with 1 Mainstream since 2013 and also invested in the Silicon Valley-based start-up. Together, the companies are developing innovative OTT solutions and bringing compelling content to the growing global ‘connected TV’ audience. 1 Mainstream also supports the distribution of Sky News on other connected TV platforms, including Roku and Apple TV.


    Star India gets uplinking license for three new sports channels


    From http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/star-india-gets-uplinking-license-for-three-new-sports-channels-114090800650_1.html

    Uplinking refers to uploading the signal onto the satellite from where it is then relayed to various telecast destinations

    Media and entertainment network Star India has acquired uplinking and downlinking license for 10 sports channels in India. According to data filed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B), as of 28 August, the network can now uplink and downlink sports channels from India, which it was until now doingfrom Singapore and Hong Kong.

    Uplinking refers to uploading the signal onto the satellite from where it is then relayed to various telecast destinations. These destinations then downlink (or download) the signal and relay to the television homes. Until now, Star India was only able to downlink signals to seven sports channels in India, six of which were active and one downlink license remained dormant.

    Upon the completion of the necessary formalities, the network will be surrendering its downlinking licenses to the MIB.

    Star India currently operates six sports channels in the country - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, StarSports 3, Star Sports 4, Star Sports HD1 and Star Sports HD2. It has one downlinking license lying dormant (registered in the name of ESPN). All these channels are operational under the existing downlinking licenses resting with the network. The three new channel licenses have been registered under Star India Pvt Limited under the names ESPN HD, Star Sprots Highlights and Star Cricket Asia.

    Over the past year, the channel has rebranded its sports bouquet to Star Sports brand after Fox bought out Disney's stake in the joint venture ESPN Star Sports in 2012.

    Star India's strategy has been to invest in non-cricket sports and provide non-English feeds to its viewers. Of the six sports channels currently on-air, one is dedicated to Hindi commentary (Star Sports 3). The network has in the past expressed intentions of launching more regional feed channels in the future, though a comment from Star India was not available at the time of filing this report.

    According to data filed on the MIB website, apart from the two HD channels, all the channels have been registered for any language as permitted under the Constitution of India including English, Hindi, Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri,Gujarati, Kannada, and Kashmiri among others.




    7/09/14

    Sunday, no update




    6/09/14

    Rare Saturday update

    Asiasat 6 to 120 E SUNDAY 12.50pm H.K Time , 2.50 pm SYD 4.50pm NZ

    Live launch video

    www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 12:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 7 September.

    AsiaSat 6 Launch Reschedules to 7 September at Cape Canaveral

    Hong Kong, 6 September 2014 – The launch of AsiaSat 6, the newest communications satellite of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), has been rescheduled to 7 September at Hong Kong Time 12:50 p.m. (12:50 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time).
    This will be the second launch for AsiaSat this year, following its successful launch of AsiaSat 8 on 5 August.
    AsiaSat 6 was originally scheduled for launch by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle on 27 August. The postponement was due to SpaceX’s decision to re-examine test data.
    AsiaSat 6, based on Space Systems/Loral 1300 platform, is designed to provide excellent power and region-wide connectivity at its nominal orbital location of 120 degrees East. With 28 high-powered C-band transponders and a design life of 15 years, AsiaSat 6 offers two beams, one global beam and one regional beam for a broad range of video distribution and broadband network services in the Asia-Pacific region.
    Live webcast of the launch at www.asiasat.com or www.spacex.com/webcast/ will begin approximately 20 minutes before liftoff, at about Hong Kong Time 12:30 p.m. (12:30 a.m. EDT or Cape Canaveral local time) on 7 September.
    # # #
    About AsiaSat
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its five satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 7 and the newly launched AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet provides services to both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides telecommunications operators and end users services such as private VSAT networks and broadband multimedia. AsiaSat 9, on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com.
    Media Inquiries:
    Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
    Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Sales and Marketing Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
    Tel : (852) 2500 0899 Tel : (852) 2500 0880
    Mobile : (852) 9097 1210 Email : wpang@asiasat.com
    Email : scubbon@asiasat.com




    5/09/14

    Australia Plus service to replace Australia Network
    http://australianetwork.com/announcement

    Sky Pacific update

    Star Plus, Nat Geo Wild, FX, Fox Crime and BBC returns on SKY Pacific. Fox Family Movies will be activated soon once the fibre bandwidth is sorted out. FX channel will replace Australia Network

    New Channel Line Up.

    1 1 FIJI ONE
    2 7 NICKELODEON
    3 8 TOONAMI
    4 11 MTV ASIA
    5 12 COMEDY CENTRAL
    6 14 ZEE
    7 15 SET INDIA
    8 16 COLORS
    9 22 STAR PLUS (This will replace ZEE Premiere)
    10 23 WARNERTV
    11 26 LIFETIME
    12 27 FX - (This will replace Australia Network)
    13 28 FOX CRIME - (This will replace the Test Channel 17)
    14 30 FOX FAMILY MOVIES - (This will replace EMTV once bandwidth issues are sorted out).
    15 33 ESPN PACIFIC RIM
    16 34 SUPER CHANNEL
    17 37 CRIME & INVESTIGATION
    18 38 HISTORY
    19 39 BIO
    20 40 NAT GEO - (This will replace Pacific Channel)
    21 42 BBC WORLD -(This will replace France 24)
    22 43 CNN
    23 46 NHK WORLD TV
    24 49 TBN PACIFIC
    25 50 PAY-PER-VIEW / PACIFIC CHANNEL 50 - (This will replace CCTV)


    From my Email


    ..


    From the Dish


    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "MTV China" is back on , Fta. Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have left again.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3932 V "BeIn Sports 1 Indonesia, BeIn Sports 2 Indonesia and BeIn Sports 3 Premier League" have left

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3700 V "Luxe TV" is now encrypted.

    SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "Mahua Plus has replaced Mahuaa TV" on , Fta.

    Insat 4B 93.5°E 11150 V "P7 News" has left.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3418 V "Democracy News Network" has left .
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Boonniyom TV" is now encrypted.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 4120 H "Kaset" has started on , BISS.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Kor Kaew TV" has left .

    ABS 2 75.0°E 11505 V "Mir +3" has started on , Fta.
    ABS 2 75.0°E 11545 V Detskiy, Russkij Illusion, Illusion +, Zoo Park, Evrokino and Avto 24 are now encrypted.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 3940 V "Movies Now" is Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12522 VAmazing Discoveries, AMI TV, Evangel TV, DNI TV and Channel 44 have started on, Fta. African Movie Channel and Angel TV Africa have left

    From asiatvro site

    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Five Channel替换Mystery Channel(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Minsk(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11500 V 3750参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 Action(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12522 V 22000参数无效接收。[09-05]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,24 TV替换KM Channel(泰国)频道,设置3600 H 26667参数有条件接收。[09-05]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Health Plus、Aonzon TV(泰国)等频道消失,设置3520 H 28125参数无效接收。[09-05]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 1000 East(俄罗斯)等8个频道新增,设置11560 V 22000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Avto 24、Detsky(俄罗斯)等6个频道改频率,设置11530 V 22000参数免费接收。 [9月5日]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Rose TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月5日]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,News 1(IPM)频道新增,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月5日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,BeIn Sport 1(体育)等3个频道消失,设置3932 V 15800参数无效接收。 [9月5日]


    NEWS


    MOTORSPORT: Foxtel sets V8 Supercars pricing


    From  http://www.motoring.com.au/news/motorsport-foxtel-sets-v8-supercars-pricing-45857

    Viewers wanting to see all the championship action live on TV next year will have to pay at least $50 a month, but that’s less than it might have been

    Pay-TV service’s chief admits it’s a stretch for fans
    Foxtel will charge $50 a month for V8 Supercars fans wanting to watch all of next year’s championship live, plus an extra $10 a month to see the telecasts in high-definition.

    The $50-a-month fee is a one-third reduction on what Fox subscribers now pay for a basic package that includes sports.

    Fox will be the primary broadcaster of V8 Supercars under the $241 million multi-year deal starting next season, with the Ten Network to simulcast six rounds of the championship and screen packaged replays of other rounds.

    The races also will be available live and on demand through the internet-based Foxtel Play and Foxtel Go.

    Foxtel has revealed its new pricing structure in the same week it announced the demise of its Speed channel, instead adding two more Fox Sports channels to the existing three and will show its extensive motorsport coverage there.

    Fox in the US already had scrapped its Speed channel a year ago.

    The cheaper pricing will go some way to retaining more of the V8 Supercars audience after fears a lot of it would be lost without all races being live on free-to-air as they are under the existing contract with the Seven network.

    Foxtel’s existing reach is only 34 per cent of Australian households.

    Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said: “We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget. They know that we offer fantastic content, but they just don’t feel they can stretch their finances to afford it.”

    At least now it will be more affordable for fans wanting to watch V8 Supercars – and Fox is committed to screening all practice, qualifying and races – but there will still be some who refuse to pay for what they have enjoyed for so long for free.


    Turner Broadcasting boss says pay-TV challenged as millenials think content is free


    From http://mumbrella.com.au/turner-broadcasting-boss-tv-industry-must-find-way-engage-millenials-249637

    The president of the Turner Broadcasting International has warned the subscription television industry faces real challenges in engaging young consumers and combating the growth of piracy globally.

    Speaking at yesterday’s ASTRA conference in Sydney, Gerhard Zeiler, who heads Turner’s operations for brands like CNN, TNT, and TCM in Asia Pacific, Europe and Latin America said that solving both problems would be crucial to the future of the television industry.

    “We have a problem,” declared Zeiler. “There is a phenomenon which describes that a significant percentage of millennials, in the US it is almost 20 per cent, have no pay TV subscription and don’t show any inclination to get one. To get them into the pay TV system will be a challenge, I admit that.”

    Zeiler, whose speech came shortly before Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein announced a substantial drop in the entry price of subscriptions at the conference, said the global subscription TV industry had failed to address the question of how to engage younger audiences who were digitally engaged and expected content to be free.

    He said: “How do we get the millenials into our system? The ones who have grown up in that internet culture, where everything seems to be free of charge. The ones who navigate themselves through the web faster than anybody else and the demographic group who watch more than any other demographic group on the web.

    “We have to be honest. As an industry, we haven’t even started yet to tackle this challenge in a meaningful way.”

    The senior Turner Broadcasting executive also described piracy as the biggest threat facing the industry.

    “We shouldn’t make any mistake, piracy is a risk and danger for all of us. It has multiplied in the digital area. And this is actually the scary bit – has become for many people, especially young ones, a normal way of listening to music or watching TV,” he said.

    “From my point of view, it cannot be said often enough. Piracy is theft. Theft which cannot be accepted or excused by any argument.”

    Asked about the potential arrival of Netflix in Australia Zeiler said from a global perspective Netflix should not be allowed to tie up the streaming market in various countries, adding: “Netflix will not be the only player in town when it comes to the international markets.

    “Europe is different. Australia’s different. Asia-Pacific is different… the international markets know exactly what happens if you allow someone to become a monopolist, and if you ask Netflix in terms of SVOD play and OTT play, yes, it’s more or less a monopolist.

    “There’s Hulu, but Hulu is rather small compared to Netflix. If you look at the international market there are a lot of countries, including the UK who have a huge amount of competition.

    “Plus you have platforms who learned maybe from the mistakes or from the slow reply of their cousins in the US, that they can’t afford to do that in their own markets. So wherever you go, whether it’s Germany or France, where Netflix has announced a launch this year, or other markets, the platforms, the distributors are prepared to put something next to it. ”


    Another username and password: why TVNZ plans to introduce registration for its on-demand service


    From http://www.stoppress.co.nz/blog/2014/09/tvnz-demand-story

    TVNZ has confirmed that it plans to require users to register with a username and password to access its on-demand service later this year.

    Thor Bayer, the broadcaster's head of digital media, says that this move comes as part of TVNZ's plans to evolve its on-demand offering.

    "Registration is increasingly common in banking, online shopping and social media, and consumers are used to it," says Bayer. "Introducing this will enable us to launch new features to make the user experience better. We want to get closer to our viewers and give them a better experience."

    Included among these add-ons is a feature that enables users to start watching a show in one channel and then pick it up at the same time on a different channel.

    In this sense, a viewer could start watching a show on a smart TV, pause the programming and then finish watching on a smartphone or tablet. Bayer says that without the requirement of registration, it would not be possible for TVNZ to launch intuitive features like this. 

    The registration requirement would also enable TVNZ to better target viewers based on the information that they enter upon starting an account. And while Bayer admits that this might prove a useful tool to advertisers in the future, he says that it isn't the primary aim of introducing the service.

    "We are already good at targeting viewers based on which shows they choose to watch," he says. "This is still a work in progress and we will see further down the track how we can go about building it up for advertisers."

    While TVNZ's online advertising revenue is growing, it is still only contributes moderately to the overall revenue of the company. According to the figures released last week, the company’s television revenue dropped from $312 million last year to 306 million dollars this year, while digital media revenue rose from $9.9 million to $12.9 million.

    One thing that TVNZ does have on its side is a strong Kiwi appetite for its online content. In speaking on the results over the course of the last year, the broadcaster's chief executive Kevin Kenrick pinpointed digital media as the standout performer for the year.  

    "TVNZ Ondemand streams were up 78 percent for the year and now average more than one million per week, and an increased focus on publishing more, and faster, news online boosted onenews.co.nz video streams by 63 percent,” he said in a release. 

    Given that such a high number of viewers travel through the TVNZ Ondemand hub on a weekly basis, it gives the broadcaster an opportunity to tap into some additional commercial opportunities.

    Bayer would not confirm that TVNZ was planning to launch paid content on TVNZ Ondemand, but he didn't dismiss it either.

    "For now, our position of strength is that we are free—and we all love getting something for free," he says. "But we are currently weighing up all our commercial opportunities."

    TVNZ Ondemand is currently ad-funded, and Bayer says that this sees about five ads—via pre-rolls and mid-rolls—appear during a 30-minute show. And though this might sound like a lot, Bayer says viewers understand that advertising is part of the equation when it comes to watching free content.

    But advertising isn't necessarily inevitable when it comes to the online experience any longer. The proliferation of ad-blocking software has made it easier for users to avoid ads. And while TVNZ has not yet introduced measures that preclude users from using ad-blockers, MediaWorks has started taking steps against these apps (however, MediaWorks has no plans at this stage to require users to register to access its on-demand services).

    "We started looking into this two years ago, and have progressively been rolling out notices across our websites since then," Graeme Underwood, the general manager of interactive sales for MediaWorks Interactive, told StopPress in July. "We’ve been successful in stopping a number of the most popular ad blockers. [But], as with everything in this area, technology is always advancing. The availability of new streaming technologies is likely to make ad blockers (as they currently are) obsolete and potentially unusable within the next three to five years."

    Given the tendency of users to avoid ads, both Spotify and Pandora have introduced subscription models that give listeners access to ad-free streaming for a monthly fee. 

    Bayer was asked if this was something that TVNZ might consider doing with its on-demand offering, but he simply said that further details would be released to the media in due course.

    If TVNZ were to introduce a paid content section to its on-demand offering, it wouldn't be the first time that the company has required viewers to pay for content. Until recently, TVNZ held a stake in Igloo, a subscription-based TV service that gave viewers access to additional channels, but the broadcaster has pulled out of the service, selling its remaining 34 percent stake to Sky. In addition, TVNZ has also pulled out of Hybrid Television Services, and Kenrick says that the “recent exit of these non-core assets has freed up capital to invest in technology infrastructure to fast track online growth and to refurbish its Auckland building to meet future accommodation needs in one central location”.

    Bayer says that as part of this plan TVNZ is rebuilding its on-demand offering from the ground up, with the aim of bringing its content to as many devices as possible.   

    "We live and die by our content," says Bayer. "It's about people coming to our services to watch our shows, and about our shows becoming the most-watched in the country."

    Last year, 18 TVNZ shows were included in the list of the 20 most-watched programmes over the course of the year and, in an effort to carry this success across to its online offering, Bayer says that the broadcaster will be pushing its Ondemand Firsts offering harder in the coming months.

    He says that this may even see some shows available exclusively online, as the broadcaster continues to grow its digital audiences. Also, given that it's cheaper to purchase online streaming rights than television broadcast rights, this could see TVNZ increase its programming portfolio without having to fork out huge sums of money.  

    Bayer says TVNZ Ondemand is largely still being used as a catch-up viewing service, and it continue to play this role in the future. But the service is also changing. With the release of box sets and the potential exclusive content in the future, TVNZ's on-demand offering is starting to function not so much as complement to linear TV but as a service that's attractive to online audiences. And as digital continues to expand and more eyes migrate to the online realm, it will become increasingly important for broadcasters to give viewers a reason to visit their online hubs. And, as has always been the case in the TV industry, the number of eyes will largely be determined by the content on offer.          


    Airbus Defence and Space, Arianespace + MEASAT—Anticipating The MEASAT-3b Event (Launch Preparations)


    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1809623515

    [SatNews] Airbus Defence and Space is preparing for the launch of MEASAT-3b, scheduled for September 11th  (CEST) on board an Arianespace Ariane 5 launch vehicle, the program which Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for since 2003.

    “MEASAT-3b is the largest satellite ever to have been ordered by Asian operator MEASAT,” said François Auque, Head of Space Systems. “The satellite and its co-passenger will be launched by Ariane 5, making this the third flight this year where Airbus Defence and Space has been the prime contractor for both the launcher and its payload, following the successful launches of Astra 5B and the fifth ATV space cargo vehicle.”
     
    The satellite will be launched into the 91.5 degrees East orbital position, where it will join MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a. Operating together, the three satellites will form Asia’s most robust satellite neighborhood. Equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders, MEASAT-3b will be used to support demand for DTH and data services across Australia, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. The Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) operations will be conducted from the Airbus Defence and Space control center in Toulouse.
     
    As the prime contractor for the Ariane launchers, Airbus Defence and Space has been coordinating the industrial chain for the Ariane 5 program since 2003, bringing together more than 550 companies (more than 20 percent of which are SMEs) in 12 European countries. The company likewise manages the entire industrial logistics chain, all equipment production and the complete integration of the launcher in French Guiana, in accordance with the customer’s specifications.

    The Airbus D&S infosite may be accessed at http://airbusdefenceandspace.com/


    SpaceX launch moved to Sunday


    From http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/09/04/spacex-launch-moved-sunday/15083535/

    The AsiaSat 6 commercial communications satellite was encapsulated in a payload fairing.

    (Photo: AsiaSat )
    SpaceX's upcoming launch of a commercial communications satellite from Cape Canaveral has moved back at least one day, to early Sunday, according to the Air Force's latest weather forecast.

    The launch is now targeted for 12:50 a.m. Sunday, according to today's forecast from the 45th Weather Squadron, which shows a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions during the window to 4:04 a.m.

    The odds improve to 70 percent "go" on Monday.

    SpaceX and AsiaSat have not confirmed a launch time for the AsiaSat 6 satellite.

    The launch was postponed from last week after a SpaceX development rocket failed during a test flight in Texas.

    SpaceX said the test failure likely was not a concern for its Falcon 9 rocket, but the company took time to "triple-check" its systems.

    The Eastern Range is open for about another 10 days before United Launch Alliance's planned Sept. 16 launch of an Atlas V rocket.


    Channel 3 supporters lend a hand


    From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/430538/channel-3-supporters-lend-a-hand

    Satellite and cable TV platform operators have given their full support to Channel 3 and are working together on a proposal to help the analogue channel solve its broadcasting crisis. 

    The proposal will be presented to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on Monday.

    "We'll continue carrying Channel 3 on our platforms," said an executive with a satellite TV provider.

    The conclusion was made after Channel 3 executives met with satellite and cable TV platform operators on Wednesday night to find a solution to its broadcasting dispute.

    The NBTC's broadcasting committee on Monday of this week resolved to end the free status for Channel 3 and required all satellite and cable platform operators to drop the channel.

    But Channel 3 claims the NCPO's 27th announcement allows it to air its programmes on every platform — terrestrial, satellite and cable.

    All platform operators have complied with the NCPO announcement.

    The proposal will seek a compromise for both Channel 3 and the telecom regulator.

    Channel 3 reaches 74% of total viewers, behind Channel 7 at 77%, thanks to signal transmission via satellite and cable systems.

    Some 70% of Thailand's 22.9 million households are able to watch the channel.

    "The disappearance of Channel 3 from satellite and cable platforms means the public will lose and that 16 million households won't be able to tune in," the source said.

    In fact, the NBTC should not help only digital operators alone to survive, as existing analogue channels and satellite and cable operators need support as well.

    If Channel 3 is forced to simulcast its programming, it will cost 8 billion baht to transfer content from BEC World Plc, the channel's operator, to BEC Multimedia, the operator of what would become a digital high-definition Channel 3.

    The channel has promised media agencies that it will refund 70% of their advertising airtime rates if it cannot air via satellite and cable.

    IPG Mediabrands managing director Manee Eabe said now was not the right time for the NBTC to press Channel 3 to migrate to digital.

    If Channel 3 is dropped from the line-ups on other platforms, it would be a huge blow to the broadcasting industry and perhaps the economy, she said.

    Nielsen Co (Thailand) said Channel 3 was ranked second in terms of viewership but No.1 in advertising revenue at 32.2% of total spending on TV.


    Key cable, satellite firms to meet NBTC next week


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Key-cable-satellite-firms-to-meet-NBTC-next-week-30242565.html

    Leading cable and satellite TV operators will meet with the broadcasting regulator next week to try to hammer out a conclusion on whether they can broadcast Channel 3's analog programmes after the station's management declined to get around the digital-only definition of "free TV" by simulcasting on the digital platform.

    Wichit Aurareevorakul, president of Charoen Cable TV, said yesterday that his company and others including IPM, PSI Holdings, Infosat, Leotech, Ideasat and Thaisat had discussed the issue with Pravit Maleenont, executive director of BEC World, the parent company of the Channel 3 operator.

    Under the "must carry" rule implemented by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), Channel 3 has been technically barred from cable and satellite TV since Tuesday.

    Wichit confirmed that Channel 3's management had no plan to simulcast its analog programmes over digital channels operated by BEC-Multimedia, a separate sister company. But Channel 3 aims to be accessible by most Thais.

    After this decision, cable/sat operators are seeking firm guidelines from the NBTC on whether they can carry Channel 3 or not.

    "Channel 3 is among the top TV stations in the Thai audience's mind. If we do not broadcast Channel 3, cable/sat operators might run into trouble, as well as the audience. So we need an official notice from the watchdog on whether we can or cannot carry Channel 3 for our customers," Wichit said.

    He acknowledged that the clash between Bangkok Entertainment Company, the operator of Channel 3, and the NBTC might have a big impact on cable/sat operators' business, and on their viewers nationwide.

    "I hope the discussion between the two parties can come up with a happy solution for everyone affected," he said.

    Even though the NBTC has not made a binding decision on this dispute, one of its members, Supinya Klangnarong, suggested on Wednesday that the regulator's board advise satellite and cable operators in writing to stop airing Channel 3.

    Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said his panel had taken steps to ensure that all viewers would get access to Channel 3 programmes amid the transition to the digital terrestrial TV era. The committee would be a mediator for MCOT and BEC to adjust some details in their concession contract to pave the way for BEC to simulcast its analog programmes via the digital platform.

    Some analysts from KKTrade Securities, Bualuang Securities and Thanachart Securities believe that in the end Channel 3 will decide to simulcast its analog programmes through one of three digital channels acquired by its sister company BEC-Multimedia.

    An analyst at KKTrade Securities said that if the company decided to do so, it might face extra costs of about Bt150 million on annual licence fees for its digital operations, and this extra cost would increase to between Bt400 million and Bt600 million next year.


    NHK cracks 8K/120fps for IBC


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/nhk-cracks-8k120fps-for-ibc/

    Japan’s public broadcaster says it will be showcasing FIFA World Cup footage captured in 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ at IBC. The footage will be shown in 120 frames/second for super-smooth and high-detail viewing.

    NHK says it collaborated with FIFA to produce 8K images of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. “The finest moments of play were captured with 120Hz frame frequency miniaturised 8K Cube Camera. The resulting images were clearer and smoother than those obtained by existing 60Hz frame frequency cameras. Viewers can get a real sense of the fast-moving play and the thrill of when goals are made.”


    China limits foreign content streaming


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/05/china-limits-foreign-content-streaming/

    China’s General Administration of Press and Publication, Radio, Film and Television (GAPPRFT) have issued new regulations requiring that all overseas film, TV, and animated programmes broadcast online in China be licensed by the GAPPRFT. Online video sites wishing to broadcast foreign film and TV content in China must now apply for relevant ‘Film Public Broadcast’ and ‘TV Programme Distribution’ licences for each programme they carry.

    Online video sites in China have until March 31st 2015 to ensure that all foreign-produced content on their video platforms has been properly licensed and registered with the GAPPRFT, and all unlicensed content must be removed by April 1st.

    Licensed foreign programmes in any given year cannot be greater than 30 per cent of the total number of licensed domestic programmes in the prior year.

    Prior to these new regulations, online video sites in China have been able to license and broadcast foreign content with relative ease, requiring only that online video sites license content from foreign producers and then register said content with the GAPPRFT. Under the previous system, GAPPRFT also allowed online video sites to approve their own content for broadcast online, with little input from the regulator.


    World Teleport Association—Are You A Top Teleport Operator? (Survey—Rankings)


    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1063946847&menu=1

    [SatNews] The World Teleport Association (WTA) has opened its global email survey for the Top Operators of 2014 rankings.

    The Top Operator rankings, published annually by WTA since 2004, are the world's only rankings of top teleport operating companies serving media, data and voice markets. Rankings are based on total revenue from all sources and on year-over-year growth. They recognize that, to some extent, every teleport operator competes in the same marketplace—the biggest with the smallest—but that like all marketplaces, the teleport sector has segments in which even the smallest players can compete effectively and achieve strong growth.

    From the data provided by its members and other operators, WTA publishes an annual ranking of -

    • The Global Top Twenty - based on revenue from all sources and including all operators: from uplinkers to satellite carriers, fiber network operators to systems integrators, technology providers to specialized satcom service providers.
    • The Independent Top Twenty - based on revenue from all sources but excluding companies whose primary business is satellite fleet operations or terrestrial
      network services.
    • The Fast Twenty - based on year-over-year revenue growth in their most recent complete fiscal years, and including all operators.

    The Top Operators announcement receives press coverage within the industry and provides valuable exposure to the operators included in the rankings. In addition, the Independent Top Twenty are automatically placed in nomination for WTA’s Independent Operator and Teleport Executive of the Year awards, presented in March at the SATELLITE trade exhibition event.
     
    The Top Operators Email Survey is available on the WTA website.  Companies wanting to try for a place on the Top Operators of 2014 rankings must download and fill out the survey, emailing the completed survey to mailto:TopOps@worldteleport.org?subject=Re%3A%20WTA%20Top%20Operators%20of%202014... by October 31, 2014. Surveys will not be accepted after this date.

    More information is available at http://www.worldteleport.org/?page=TopOperators




    4/09/14

    Foxtel cuts prices! their Basic package will be $25 for 40 channels plus they are adding more HD Channels to their HD packages. Sky NZ take note!

    Optus D2, 12519 V TBN, JCTV and Church TV have left. (Now via 12581 H)



    From my Email


    From Steve Jepson

    Igloo (UHF Terrestrial) is running a free promo all channels will be Free to air until Sunday


    From the Dish


    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "MTV China" has left .

    Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12390 V "Channel NewsAsia has replaced Fox Filipino" on , encrypted.
    Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12430 V "Star Movies Philippines" has left.
    Koreasat 5 113.0°E 12470 V "H2 Asia and Net 25 have replaced National Geographic Channel Philippines and Fox Philippines" on, encrypted.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12575 V "SET News" has started on , Fta.
    NSS 11 108.2°E 12372 V "ETTV News" has left .
    NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H Channel NewsAsia, Fox News Channel, BeTV Philippines, TVE Internacional Asia, Zee TV Asia Pacific, Ten Cricket International, FTV, TTV, CTV, CTS, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, Global Theater 6, CCTV 1, Hunan TV, Phoenix Chinese Channel and ETTV News on are encrypted again.

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3760 H "BeIn Sports Global" has left .
    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E 3820 V "Libya Al Watanya" has left .

    Measat 3 91.5°E 11102 V "Astro Arena" has started on , HD, encrypted.

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 11092 H "Russian Musicbox, Music Box and Humor TV" have started on , Fta. VKT Telekanal has left

    Horizons 2 85.0°E 12120 H "TNT Comedy has replaced Comedy TV" on, encrypted.

    ABS 2 75.0°E TNT Comedy has replaced Comedy TV on 11105 H and 11473 V, Irdeto.

    From asiatvro site

    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,AXN SCi Fi、SET、Sony Turbo(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置11793 V 43200参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Fox Sports替换Star Sports(体育)频道,设置3600 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,亚洲美食、莲花卫视(测试)等频道加密,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Cartoon(IPM)频道开播,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Da Vinci Learning(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置10973 V 24500参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,天映电影替换AXN(Skynindo)频道,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[09-04]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hidayah(印尼)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share Channel(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3460 H 29900参数免费接收。 [9月4日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Channel M替换Arus Hayat TV (印尼)频道,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(时装)频道改频率,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
    东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Share、DMC TV(测试)等频道加密,设置3460 H 29900参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]

    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,PSI Channel HD(高清)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[09-03]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Mahuaa Newsline(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置3958 H 9500参数无效接收。[09-03]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Living India News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。[09-03]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,AXN SCi Fi、Sony Turbo、SET(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-03]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MNS 1(IPM)频道重现,设置11481 H 45000参数有条件接收。[09-03]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tochka TV(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数免费接收。[09-03]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,ATV CH5(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Nickelodeon(MPG-4)频道新增,设置3740 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [9月3日]
    东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Premium替换Outdoor Channel(高清)频道,设置12711 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [9月3日]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,CNBC(K+)频道消失,设置11629 H 28800参数无效接收。 [9月3日]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,TTV 11替换Tay Ninh(越南)频道,设置11472 H 23200参数免费接收。 [9月3日]


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    NEWS


    Foxtel slashes subscription fees in battle for customers


    From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-slashes-subscription-fees-in-battle-for-customers-20140904-10c9kc.html#ixzz3CJUocMle

    Foxtel is slashing prices - and maybe profits

    Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein is comfortable cutting the price of extras won't hurt the company's profitability.

    Foxtel is stepping up its battle for subscribers by slashing the cost of a basic cable package by half to $25 and launching a new on-demand BoxSets channel for pay TV and digital users.

    The announcement came as part of a revamp of Foxtel's cable and satellite subscription pricing in what could be seen as a preemptive move before US giant Netflix, which is rumoured to be eyeing Australia, enters the local market.

    "We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget," Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said.

     "Many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget," says the pay TV company's boss Richard Freudenstein. Photo: Christopher Pearce

    "They know that we offer fantastic content but they just don't feel they can stretch their finances to afford it," he said.

    The newly created $25 per month entry point entertainment pack includes 40 channels, such as MTV, National Geographic TCM and Universal. Previously, the entry level package cost $50 per month.

    The BoxSets channel will be available for an additional $10 on top of the newly announced $25 entertainment pack.

    "Bingeing on television is hugely popular and we know that this service will be a smash hit," Mr Fredenstein said at a subscription TV industry conference on Thursday.

    Subscribers will be able to view complete series of television shows on demand, including popular series Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Entourage and The Sopranos.

    BoxSets will be available through its mobile service Foxtel Go and through its internet-connected iQ personal video recorder boxes. At this point in time, it has not been announced for online only package Foxtel Play.

    The channel is also available as part of a $20 drama pack, which also includes the Showcase, BBC First and FX channels.

    Foxtel's sport package will remain $25. This means those wishing to subscribe to sport channels will pay a minimum of $50 per month, combining the entry $25 package and an additional $25 for sports.

    The new pricing and content offerings will be launched November 3.

    A company spokesperson confirmed that the new pricing will be available for existing customers, but they would need to request it from Foxtel and fees would not automatically be rolled over. If existing customers were to do nothing, they would receive additional content free of charge, depending on their package.

    For customers who purchase their Foxtel through Telstra, which sets its own pricing, a spokesperson for the telecommunications company said it would be reviewing its Foxtel offers.

    "Telstra resells Foxtel's pay TV services, so when Foxtel changes its content packaging, so does Telstra. Telstra sets its pricing independently to Foxtel and will be seeking to set very competitive pricing and ensure customers continue to receive great value from our new Foxtel from Telstra packages."

    Foxtel's move comes just a few weeks after the pay TV provider halved the cost of its subcription video on demand service Presto from $19.99 to $9.99, just five months after its launch.

    Cost has been one of the main reasons cited by analysts for Foxtel's struggle to improve its market penetration, which current stands at around 30 per cent of Australian households.

    Mr Freudenstein said Foxtel will begin the final trialling of its triple play offer bundling television, broadband and home phone services in November, with a planned launch in the first quarter of 2015.

    Foxtel had previous said 'triple play' was expected to launch late this year. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.

    Due to the expected uptake in Foxtel's triple play bundle service, the pay TV provider has flagged it will be hiring more employees.

    "We are in the process of recruiting over 400 new staff internally, with the bulk of the positions to be filled at Robina on the Gold Coast and the remainder chiefly in Melbourne," Mr Freudenstein said.

    "Around another 350 will be required by our external installer, technical and sales suppliers and will be spread throughout the whole of Australia."


    Foxtel cuts ‘too expensive’ prices


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/04/foxtel-cuts-too-expensive-prices/

    Australian pay-TV service Foxtel is slashing the cost of a basic cable package to $25 and launching a new on-demand BoxSets channel for pay-TV and digital users. The move is seen a pre-emptive strike before the anticipated launch of Internet streaming service Netflix in the local market, as well as an attempt to attract new subscribers who have hitherto resisted pay-TV subscription on the grounds of cost.

    “We recognise that many Australians feel that Foxtel is too expensive to fit comfortably into their budget,” Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told delegates at the ASTRA 2014 Conference. “They know that we offer fantastic content but they just don’t feel they can stretch their finances to afford it.”

    The A$25 entry point entertainment pack includes 40 channels, such as MTV, National Geographic TCM and Universal. The BoxSets channel will be available for an additional A$10 on top of the newly announced A$25 entertainment pack.

    “Bingeing on television is hugely popular and we know that this service will be a smash hit,” claimed Freudenstein. Subscribers will be able to view complete series of television shows on demand, including popular series Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, Entourage and The Sopranos.

    The new pricing and content offerings will be launched November 3.

    Foxtel’s move comes soon after it halved the cost of its SVoD service Presto from A$19.99 to A$9.99, just five months after its launch.

    Freudenstein also revealed that Foxtel will begin the final trialling of its triple play offer in November, with a planned launch in the first quarter of 2015, rather than late 2014 as anticipated.


    Foxtel Adds 9 HD Channels


    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view.php?type=press&id=3643

    Foxtel today announced plans to strengthen its High-Definition offering across all of its premium content packs by adding nine new HD channels to its HD channel pack^. Starting November 3, new HD channels that round out Foxtel’s HD line up will include:

    Today’s news raises Foxtel’s total HD channel count to 36 dedicated channels, bolsters its position as Australia’s largest provider of HD channels and brings even greater value to Foxtel’s HD subscribers who are keen to take advantage of the great picture quality found in today’s HDTV technology.

    Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said, “Foxtel subscribers have always had access to the widest range of High Definition programming available in Australia, and in yet another great development for existing and prospective customers, we’ve given them a massive boost that includes all of the channels in our premium sports, movies and drama packs, letting customers watch the best we have to offer in HD.”

    The new channels add to the existing HD offering that includes the remaining channels in the new Sports, Movies and Drama packs along with other HD favourites, including Fox8 HD, Lifestyle HD, Discovery HD and Nat Geo HD.

    ^Foxtel HD only available to customers with the HD channel pack and a Foxtel iQHD or MyStar HD box. You must subscribe to an SD channel  as part of your pack in order to access its HD equivalent. Foxtel and some services not available to all homes.

    Source: Foxtel


    Foxtel to launch two new HD Foxtel Sports channels


    From http://www.techradar.com/news/television/hdtv/foxtel-to-launch-two-new-hd-foxtel-sports-channels-1263716

    Set to offer live sports coverage and interactive content

    Fox Sports and Foxtel is giving you more sports in HD

    Foxtel has announced that Fox Sports will be rebranding its Fuel TV and Speed channels to Fox Sports 4 and Fox Sports 5 from November 3.

    The two channels, along with Fox Sports channels 1 to 3 and Fox Sports News and Fox Footy, will bring the tally up to seven HD channels.

    The new line-up will include local and global live sports coverage, but more interestingly, more interactive content.

    iQ3

    All seven channels will be available through Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play and Foxtel on Telstra T-Box, as well as the new Foxtel iQ3 set-top box, which will likely be launched in November as well.

    The new HD Fox Sports line up will also include the interactive 'Red button' features, which gives viewers options like choosing different commentary teams or watching simultaneous live feeds.

    "The amped-up Red button feature, combined with the exciting opportunities coming with Foxtel's revolutionary iQ3, will customise the TV experience and take fans closer to the sport they love than ever before," Fox Sports said as part of its announcement.


    We have no regrets’: Channel Seven washes hands of TiVo in Australia


    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/regrets-channel-seven-washes-hands-tivo-australia/

    Channel Seven has finally given confirmation that its interest in TiVo in Australia is officially zero. A representative of the network advised Appliance Retailer last night at the launch of FreeviewPlus that it no longer had any involvement in the famous American PVR brand and that Hybrid TV, the subsidiary established to be the official Australian licensee, had been effectively dissolved.

    While the popular service has remained dormant for a long time, the television network’s exact role in the product and interest in the service has been nebulous. The website for TiVo in Australia — MyTiVo.com.au — occasionally has been updated with new notices, the most recent one announcing that Quickflix was replacing Caspa as the set top boxes subscription streaming supplier. The last media release in the newsroom is from November 2011 and the website hasn’t sold actual TiVo boxes for at least 18 months.

    “Hybrid TV is done,” said the Channel Seven representative.

    Shortly after Hybrid TV’s exit from selling TiVo devices in Australia, this author wrote a feature arguing that Channel Seven was the cause of both TiVo’s fledgling success and its ultimate failure. The crux of this position is that Channel Seven was so intent on owning the infrastructure — blocking out Foxtel, opposing subscription services, not involving the other free-to-air networks — that the market was always going to turn against it.

    Does Channel Seven have any regrets?

    “None at all. It was a great product for its time but Seven no longer has any involvement in TiVo. It’s up to TiVo in the United States if it ever comes back to Australia.”

    TiVo continues to enjoy a strong following in the United States and its most recent release of PVRs have been well received. The new Roamio service, which allows for recording of free-to-air and cable TV, remote access via connected devices like smartphones and tablets, and access to on-demand content is described as being “a cable box, a DVR, an Apple TV and a Slingbox in a single experience”. In a very positive review for VentureBeat, Rakesh Agrawal called the new range, “the best TV viewing experience that money can buy”. Joshua Goldman at Cnet gave the high-end model 4 stars out of 5, describing it as “excellent”. Nilay Patel at The Verge said the Roamio Pro was the “ultimate DVR”. All three of these American reviewers criticised the expensiveness of TiVo, which, in the United States, includes an upfront cost and a subscription fee. TiVo in Australia was sold in Australia with a relatively higher upfront cost but with no ongoing fees. The reason for this was twofold: launch partner Harvey Norman wanted the over the counter price to be more expensive and Channel Seven wanted a key point of difference between TiVo and Foxtel.

    And while TiVo chugs along in the United States, owners of the PVR in Australia, many of which are now obsolete, take to forums and blogs to find out why the set top box they purchased at top dollar only a few years ago is no longer being supported. The general tone of these posts is that TiVo was a much-loved device for many Australian consumers and there is a sense of anger that it is no longer available. One poster goes so far as to say, “Who ever killed TiVo in Australia should be bought before the courts”. It is unclear what they would be charged with but the passion for the product is undeniable.

    The way is now clear for another distributor to step up and become the licensee for TiVo in Australia. Appliance Retailer understands that at least one regionally-based agency has expressed an interest in wholesaling TiVo.

    “TiVo continues to explore opportunities with various potential partners with hopes to bring TiVo’s newest products to Australia in the future,” is the official line from TiVo Inc. PR and social media manager Seana Norvell.


    'Catch-up TV' shows it's got what it takes to draw a big-name audience


    From http://www.theguardian.com/news/blog/2014/sep/03/catch-up-tv-shows-its-got-what-it-takes-to-draw-a-big-name-audience

    FreeviewPlus declared ‘a world first’ as free-to-air network heavies gather together at Sydney Mint and smile for the cameras

     
    From left, Sarah Harris from Ten, Andrew O'Keefe from Seven, the ABC's Ros Childs, Richard Wilkins from Nine, Freeview CEO Liz Ross and Nazeem Hussain from SBS. Photograph: Supplied

    The free-to-air television industry has said catch-up TV service FreeviewPlus is a genuine milestone in the history of broadcast TV in Australia.

    FreeviewPlus was launched at the Sydney Mint on Tuesday night by the chief executive, Liz Ross, and a line-up of network personalities, one from each of the five networks: Nine, Seven, Ten, SBS and ABC.

    Ross, who has had the unenviable task of corralling the five networks and the manufacturers for the past 12 months, told the crowd: “I mentioned that FreeviewPlus is a world first, and indeed it is.

    “Whilst there are already 12 European countries which have launched hybrid broadcast broadband TV services, no one has delivered an aggregated service.”

    Some commercial TV operators even see it as a threat to Foxtel, with its array of content available at the touch of a button on the remote control. For free. Why pay $100+ a month for a Foxtel subscription when you can have 30 channels for free with all the catch-up TV features and bells and whistles available on the pay TV platform?

    The product – being manufactured by Sony and LG only – is essentially catch-up TV on your TV rather than your computer or handheld device. It also has a built-in user-friendly electronic program guide (EPG) which enables you to keep track of your favourite shows, search by genre, set reminders and browse movies.

    It is free, but only if you upgrade your TV to a FreeviewPlus-branded one.

    Hybrid broadcast broadband TV, or HbbTV, is technology which combines broadband and broadcast TV in the one place, your TV. All you need is a FreeviewPlus-certified receiver, good digital reception and a broadband connection.

    Although it is already in use in Europe, Australia is the first country to offer all the channels in the one place. In the highly competitive world of commercial TV this is a real feat.

    The TV blogger David Knox, of TV Tonight www.tvtonight.com.au, is keen on the accurate EPG FreeviewPlus provides which, he says, is essential when networks move shows around without notice.

    “Catch-up TV on the box is a nifty feature as opposed to watching on a PC or tablet,” Knox says.

    “Many older viewers will find it easy and engaging. For many consumers it will require a new hardware purchase, which is a bit disappointing, and while networks are embracing broadband it’s ironic we still don’t have our primary channels in HD yet. Bottom line: worth considering if you are upgrading.”

    But a technology journalist, Angus Kidman of Fat Duck Tech, is not as enthusiastic and warns it could just bring with it more advertising.

    “It’s not a game-changer yet because so few TVs are HbbTV-ready and most can’t be upgraded. Freeview has obfuscated around whether any HbbTV capable TVs can access the FreeviewPlus EPG, or just its own branded and controlled FreeviewPlus-badged television sets, of which there aren’t all that many.

    “It makes a lot of sense for the FTA channels because it’s another source of ad revenue where they can control the streaming speed, but compared to getting a smart PVR like Fetch to record your programs and watch at your leisure, it’s not exactly a reason to rush out and buy a new tele. Probably a nice feature to have in a few years when your current TV breaks down, but not really a solid sales point in itself, at least so far.”

    Kidman also warns that the FreeviewPlus-branded devices will not give you the option to fast-forward through the ads like you can with a Foxtel IQ or any independent PVR.

    It’s a rare event that can get all the networks in one room together and put the ABC and the SBS on an equal footing with the commercial giants Nine, Seven and Ten. Seven’s chief executive, Tim Worner, was there, as was the ABC’s managing director, Mark Scott, SBS’s chief, Michael Ebeid, Nine’s sales chief, Peter Wiltshire, and Ten’s executive general manager, Russel Howcroft.

    With two networks recently in court fighting over the services of a single programmer, these collaborations can’t be taken for granted.


    New Zealand. Trans-Tasman contract to provide major boost to NZ search and rescue capability


    From http://www.bymnews.com/news/newsDetails.php?id=137566

    Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) and the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) have signed a contract that will provide a major boost to search and rescue (SAR) in the region.

    The contract with McMurdo Group’s Techno-Sciences Inc. will improve the way emergency distress beacon signals are picked up and passed on to rescue authorities.

    Two new satellite receiving stations will be built, one near Taupo and the other in Western Australia, along with a new mission control centre in Canberra, to pick up signals from medium-Earth orbit search and rescue (MEOSAR) satellites.

    MEOSAR satellites (orbiting at around 20,000km above the Earth) are replacing the current low-Earth orbit (LEOSAR) satellites (orbiting between 800-1000km), which are being phased out over the next four years.

    Existing beacons, of which there are 46,000 registered in New Zealand, will not be affected by the change.

    Six satellite dishes will be built at New Zealand site, located mid-way between Taupo and Rotorua, with construction scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015. The receiving station is expected to be commissioned towards the end of 2016 and operational by 2017.

    The New Zealand contract is made up of $7.2m for construction of the receiving station and $5.5m in operating costs over the next 11 years.

    There are currently 16 MEOSAR satellites orbiting Earth, compared to five LEOSAR satellites, meaning beacon signals will be received more quickly and beacon locations identified with greater accuracy. This will further improve over the next five years as the number of MEOSAR satellites is expected to increase to more than 50, ensuring several satellites will be in view at all times from anywhere on Earth.

    As with the LEOSAR system, beacon signals will pass through the MEOSAR satellites to the two ground stations, be processed through the Canberra mission control centre, and relayed to the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ), thus triggering SAR operations.

    The RCCNZ, part of MNZ, responds to around 550 beacon alerts each year.
    “The joint investment by New Zealand and Australia in the MEOSAR project is another example of the close cooperation between our two countries in what is a vital area of operations,” MNZ Director Keith Manch said.

    “The change is necessary because without a medium earth orbiting receiving station New Zealand would effectively lose its ability to respond to distress beacons once the LEOSAR satellites are phased out. But the change brings with it significant improvements to search and rescue capability.”

    AMSA Chief Executive Officer Mick Kinley said Australia and New Zealand’s ground stations would work cooperatively to achieve overlapping coverage of the two countries’ search and rescue regions.

    “This offers a high degree of resilience in the event of a system outage that would be expensive for either country to achieve alone,” Mr Kinley said. “AMSA is pleased to continue this collaborative regional approach with New Zealand.”

    New Zealand’s search and rescue region extends from just below the Equator to the South Pole, half way across the Tasman, and east to half way to South America.

    Background

    The global search and rescue satellite system is managed by the International Cospas-Sarsat organisation.

    A consortium of Russia, the United States, Canada and France formed the organisation in 1982. Since then 41 participants – including New Zealand – have joined to provide satellite tracking equipment.

    Cospas-Sarsat sets standards for beacons, satellite equipment, and ground stations enabling a truly global approach to search and rescue.

    The current global search and rescue satellite system makes use of two types of satellite - LEOSAR satellites and geostationary, or GEO, satellites, that are stationary above the equator. Because of New Zealand’s distance from the equator, the GEO satellites are low on the horizon, which can limit their line-of-sight visibility, particularly in mountainous terrain. That makes LEO satellites important, but these are limited in number and not always over New Zealand, so there can be delays between a beacon activation and its detection by a LEO satellite.

    For further information contact:
    Maritime New Zealand


    Chinese Long March 2D lofts satellite duo


    From http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2014/09/chinese-long-march-2d-duo-launch/

    The Chinese have launched a Long March 2D rocket on Thursday morning, lofting the Chuangxin 1-04 and the experimental Ling Qiao satellites into orbit. Launch occurred at 00:15 UTC from the LC43/603 launch complex of the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center. As is the growing tradition with launches out of China, little information was released about the mission.

    Chinese Launch:

    On board the Long March 2D was the Chuangxin 1-04 store dump communication satellite from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Ling Qiao experimental communication satellite from the Tsinghua University (Ling Qian means “agility” in Chinese).

    The first Chuangxin 1 satellite was launched on October 21, 2003, together with the CBERS-2 satellite on the Long March-4B (Y4) launch vehicle from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center.

    Chuangxin 1-02 was launched on November 5, 2008, joining as a passenger to the Shiyan Weixing-3 satellite on board the Long March-2D (Y12) from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.

    The the most recent Chuangxin-1 – the third in the family – was launched on November 20, 2011, with the Shiyan Weixing-3 satellite, also from Jiuquan on the Long March 2D (Y12).

    This launch was the 192th Chinese successful orbital launch, also becoming the 66th successful orbital launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, the third orbital launch from Jiuquan this year and the 4th Chinese orbital launch in 2014.

    Launch Vehicle and Launch Site:

    With its main commonality matched to the Long March 4B, the first stage has a 24.65 meter length with a 3.35 meter diameter, consuming 183,340 kg of N2O4/UDMH (gross mass of first stage is 193.330 kg).

    The vehicle is equipped with a YF-21B engine capable of a ground thrust of 2,971 kN and a ground specific impulse of 2,550 Ns/kg. The second stage has a 10.40 meter length with a 3.35 meter diameter and 38,326 kg, consuming 35,374 kg of N2O4/UDMH.

    It includes a YF-22B main engine capable of a vacuum thrust of 742 kN and four YF-23B vernier engines with a vacuum thrust of 47.1 kN (specific impulses of 2,922 Ns/kg and 2,834 Ns/kg, respectively).

    The third stage has a 4.93 meter length with a 2.9 meter diameter, consuming 12,814 kg of N2O4/UDMH. Having a gross mass of 14,560 kg, it is equipped with a YF-40 engine capable of a vacuum thrust of 100.8 kN and a specific impulse in vacuum of 2,971 Ns/kg.

    The Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, in Ejin-Banner – a county in Alashan League of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region – was the first Chinese satellite launch center and is also known as the Shuang Cheng Tze launch center.

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

    Jiuquan was originally used to launch scientific and recoverable satellites into medium or low earth orbits at high inclinations. It is also the place from where all the Chinese manned missions are launched.

    Presently, only the LC-43 launch complex, also known by South Launch Site (SLS) is in use.

    This launch complex is equipped with two launch pads: 921 and 603. Launch pad 921 is used for the manned program for the launch of the Chang Zheng-2F launch vehicle (Shenzhou and Tiangong). The 603 launch pad is used for unmanned orbital launches by the Chang Zheng-2C, Chang Zheng-2D and Chang Zheng-4C launch vehicles.

    The first orbital launch took place on April 24, 1970 when the CZ-1 Chang Zheng-1 rocket launched the first Chinese satellite, the Dongfanghong-1 (04382 1970-034A).


    Ch 3 gets ultimatum (Thailand)


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Ch-3-gets-ultimatum-30242498.html

    The Nation September 4, 2014 1:00 am

    NBTC wants in 15 days roadmap on simulcast of analog broadcast on digital platform

    THE NATIONAL broadcasting regulator yesterday gave Channel 3 no more than 15 days to map out a strategy for simulcasting its analog programmes on the digital platform, or it will be barred from broadcasting via satellite and cable, according to an official.

    The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) called a special meeting with TV station operators and Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, to seek a solution to a stalemate over the fate of the popular analog broadcaster in the new digital era.

    Channel 3 has been in a dispute with the regulator as it refused to broadcast its original content on the digital platform, but continued analog broadcasts on satellite and cable networks. By law, it has the right to broadcast its original content only on a platform accessible by old-fashioned antennas.

    Some 70 per cent of the nation's 23 million households continued watching Channel 3 via cable and satellite after the NBTC ruled that it did not fit the definition free-to-air television. That privilege is only available to digital TV. Channel 3 insisted it had the right to broadcast via cable and satellite under the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)'s Announcement No 27. NBTC member Supinya Klangnarong suggested that the regulator's board advise satellite and cable operators in writing to stop airing Channel 3.

    Natee Sukonrat, chairman of NBTC's broadcasting committee, said his panel had ensured that all viewers would get access to Channel 3 programmes amid the transition to the digital terrestrial TV era. His panel would be a mediator for MCOT and BEC to adjust some details in their concession contract to pave the way for BEC to simulcast its analog TV programme via digital platform.

    However, General Paiboon Koomchaya, the NCPO's chief of judicial affairs and the justice minister, said: "The NBTC must solve the problem under its authorisation and regulation. It needs to discuss directly with the related parties."

    Previously, the NBTC had said it would seek advice on this matter from the NCPO.

    Pravit Maleenont, executive director at BEC World, the parent company of Channel 3 operator, and Sorayuth Suthassanachinda, the channel's famous presenter, were expected to attend yesterday's meeting but they did not show up. The channel was only represented by its legal team.

    After a two-hour meeting, BEC legal adviser Paiboon Amornpinyokeat declined to comment on the ideas floated during the discussion. He said he would bring some ideas, such as simulcasts of analog programmes on digital channels operated by BEC-Multimedia, which is a sister company of Channel 3, to his management for a decision. For such a simulcast to take place, Channel 3 would need to talk with MCOT, which granted a broadcasting concession to BEC.

    MCOT executive vice president Pholchai Vinichaikul said his agency was ready to discuss this issue with BEC to help the transition to digital-TV era go smoothly as well as help keep Channel 3 on air, although BEC had never talked with MCOT about this issue before.

    "If BEC wants to simulcast its analog TV programmes on its own digital channels, it has to get advice, because BEC is not a direct holder of digital TV licenses," Pholchai said.

    The concession between BEC and MCOT expires in March 2020. Under this concession, BEC must pay an annual fee of about Bt200 million, adjusted for inflation. At last year's auction of digital TV licences held by NBTC, BEC-Multimedia obtained three 15-year licences to run terrestrial-based digital channels: a high-definition variety channel, a standard-definition variety channel and a children and family channel.

    The Channel 3 management yesterday issued a statement on its morning prime-time news programme.

    After analog Channel 3 was no longer considered a free-TV service since Monday, it asked if it was possible for cable and satellite operators to carry its analog programmes.

    The channel agreed with the NCPO's Announcement No 27 because this edict was issued to protect public interest, particularly accessibility of free TV service via both analog and digital terrestrial broadcasting.

    The company said it supported the transition to the digital era and that is the reason BEC-Multimedia had invested more than Bt6 billion to acquire three digital TV licences.

    As BEC is a subsidiary of BEC World, which is a listed firm, any decision made must protect the rights of the station and stakeholders, the company said.


    First vouchers for digital TV receivers on October 15


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/First-vouchers-for-digital-TV-receivers-on-October-30242476.html

    THE NATIONAL Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission will start giving away vouchers worth Bt690 towards the purchase of either digital set-top boxes or TVs with built-in digital tuners on October 15, initially to households in 23 provinces, said Takorn Tantasith, the NBTC secretary-general.

    People can start using the vouchers on October 25, he added.

    The first 23 provinces will include Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Chiang Mai and Songkhla.

    The watchdog aims to give away the vouchers in a total of 45 provinces, which will cover 11.45 million households, before the end of this year, with the remaining provinces getting them by next year.

    The National Council for Peace and Order recently approved a budget of Bt16,165,265 for the two-year project to distribute the vouchers to 22.9 million households nationwide. Of that total, Bt15.801 billion covers the value of the vouchers. The other costs include Bt65.265 million for postal services to deliver the vouchers, Bt34 million for stickers on the vouchers guaranteeing their authenticity, and Bt34 million for stickers on the set-top boxes guaranteeing they are eligible under the voucher programme.

    Three registered

    Currently only three manufacturers of set-top boxes have registered to join the voucher project out of 58 companies on the NBTC list. The commission will announce the names of official box suppliers for the first phase on September 15 and will make more announcements every 15 days thereafter. Each official supplier must have registered capital of at least Bt5 million and at least four customer-service centres in each province and offer two-year guarantees on the boxes.

    The NBTC expects that only 80 per cent of the vouchers will be picked up since some households already watch digital TV via satellite and cable. The vouchers will be valid for six months.


    Octoshape expands into Australia


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/03/octoshape-expands-into-australia/

    Driven in large part by the company’s success across the Americas, EMEA and APAC regions, Octoshape, a specialist in cloud-based, OTT stream acceleration and contribution technologies for broadcasters, enterprises and carriers, has announced a further push into Southeast Asia and Oceania with the establishment of a new office in Sydney, Australia.

    “Not only is Octoshape now firmly planted in every corner of the globe, but leading media organisations in the wider Australia region now have access to a cloud streaming platform that offers fixed costs, while achieving higher quality video playback for multiscreen content delivery.”

    “Until now, broadcasters in the region have had very few provider choices for global and local content distribution,” said Michael Koehn Milland, CEO of Octoshape. “Not only is Octoshape now firmly planted in every corner of the globe, but leading media organizations in the wider Australia region now have access to a cloud streaming platform that offers fixed costs, while achieving higher quality video playback for multiscreen content delivery.”


    Japan confirms 4K and 8K dates


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/03/japan-confirms-4k-and-8k-dates/

    Japan’s government has confirmed its roadmap for the introduction of Ultra-HD in its 4K and 8K versions.

    Japan will use its ‘BS’ satellite channels for these debut services and as part of its build up to a widespread introduction ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

    The country’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the government will begin test broadcasting in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro hosts the Summer Olympics, and upgrade it to full-scale broadcasting as soon as possible, according to local reports. In June, Japan launched the world’s first test 4K broadcasts, using communications satellite TV channels of Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings.

    By 2018 the roadmap calls for Japan’s public broadcaster to have its own dedicated 4K channel as well as 5 commercial broadcasters to be transmitting a 4K channel.

    Japanese public broadcaster NHK’s engineers and technicians will be showcasing g their latest developments at IBC from next week, while the NexTV-Forum and NHK will be screening some of their 4K programming at MIPCOMin October as part of a special focus on 4K.


    Pressure mounts on Raduga TV


    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/04/pressure-mounts-on-raduga-tv/

    The MTG-backed Russian DTH platform Raduga TV has once more found itself under pressure, with its CEO Olga Abramova, who had only been in the post since the beginning of July, handing in her resignation.

    Abramova, who had previously served as deputy general director, confirmed to Itar Tass that she no longer worked for Dalgeokom, which uses the brand name Raduga TV.

    Anatoly Sosnovsky, a member of the board at the company, added that Abramova’s duties had been taken over temporarily by the CFO Inna Chernysheva, and that the company was looking for a permanent replacement.

    Abramova’s resignation was significant in that on September 3 the Russian Interior Ministry launched an investigation into Raduga TV following a request from Roskomnadzor.

    Filed in November 2013, the latter alleges that the DTH platform, which is 50% owned by MTG, has been providing satellite TV services without a licence.

    Raduga TV was launched in 2009 and currently reaches 90% of Russia’s population.

    According to data produced by iKS Consulting, it was the fourth largest DTH platform in the country in Q2 this year, with 445,000 subscribers.


    EchoStar 105 Satellite To Replace AMC-15


    From http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles/prnewswire/LA04190.htm

    EchoStar 105 to Provide 24 Ku-band Transponders Covering North and Central America

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- EchoStar Satellite Operating Corporation —a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp. (NASDAQ: SATS), a leading global satellite services provider and developer of hybrid video delivery technologies—has chosen Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, to construct the EchoStar 105 satellite.

    This new satellite, providing EchoStar with 24 x 36 MHz Ku-band transponders, will be positioned at the 105 degrees West orbital position, offering comprehensive coverage of the Americas, including Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico and the Caribbean. EchoStar has been providing satellite communications services to customers from this orbital position since 2006.

    "The market for 50-state transponder capacity in North America has demonstrated significant growth for the EchoStar Satellite Services business unit over the past five years— the acquisition of EchoStar 105 renews our commitment to the fixed satellite services market in North America," EchoStar Satellite Services President Anders Johnson said. "The replacement of AMC-15, with the increased capability offered by EchoStar 105, will allow us to meet the evolving demand from our customers for enterprise, broadcast, and government services applications. We are pleased to work with Airbus Defence and Space to provide our customers with new, high power satellite capacity at this established orbital slot."

    EchoStar 105 will be based on the Eurostar E3000 platform. Under an agreement between EchoStar and satellite operator SES, EchoStar 105 will be equipped with a payload of 24 C-band transponders, known as SES-11 and operated by SES. The launch of EchoStar 105/SES-11—which will have a separated mass of approximately 5,400 kg and an end of life electrical budget for the payloads of approximately 12 kW—is scheduled for the end of 2016.

    "We are proud that an operator as renowned as EchoStar has chosen Airbus Defense and Space to build the EchoStar 105 satellite" said Francois Auque, Head of Space Systems. "I am extremely pleased to have won this commercial contract in the American market which is highly competitive. Owing to this latest success Airbus Defence and Space is the only satellite manufacturer supplying the world's seven leading satellite operators."

    At the time of launch, EchoStar 105 will be the 27th spacecraft in EchoStar's fleet of owned, leased and managed satellites.

    About EchoStar

    EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) is the premier global provider of satellite operations and video delivery solutions. EchoStar's wholly-owned subsidiary, Hughes, is the world's leading provider of satellite broadband services, delivering network technologies and managed services in more than 100 countries.

    Headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional business units world-wide, EchoStar is a multiple Emmy award-winning company that has pioneered advancements in the TV and satellite industries for nearly 30 years, consistently delivering value for customers, partners and investors. Over the last three decades EchoStar's contribution to video technology has had a major influence on the way consumers view, receive and manage TV programming.

    EchoStar's consumer solutions include HughesNet®, North America's #1 high-speed satellite Internet service, Dish Network's highly acclaimed Hopper® DVR and Joey® product line, Sling Media's Slingbox® products, and EchoStar's line of advanced digital video set-top box products for the satellite and terrestrial viewer markets.

    For more information, please visit www.echostar.com.

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    SOURCE EchoStar


    Ericsson: Streaming video almost level with traditional TV


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/04/ericsson-streaming-video-almost-level-with-traditional-tv/

    The latest edition of the annual Ericsson ConsumerLab TV & Media Report has found that streaming video is now almost level with traditional TV watching, with 75 per cent of consumers watching streamed content several times a week, compared to 77 per cent who watch scheduled broadcast TV programming several times a week.

    The study, now in its fifth year, also found that almost one in five viewers (19 per cent) are prepared to pay for the ability to access their favoured content on any device, an increase of 25 per cent in just two years.

    The results, based on interviews with over 23,000 people in 23 different countries, show that a shift in user behaviour continues to drive change in the TV and media industries, prompting a move away from old formats and business models and ushering in an era of high-quality, on-demand entertainment.

    The study shows a rise in the amount of time spent watching content on smart phones and tablet devices. It also reveals that traditional broadcast and pay-TV channels are seen by many as ‘content repositories’ from which consumers cherry-pick individual pieces of content for later viewing, using their digital video recorder (DVR). DVR functionality is also helping to continue the trend of ‘binge viewing’, which began with the advent of boxed sets of TV series and movie sequels, and is in stark contrast to the traditional TV experience of waiting a week for each new episode of a favoured show.

    Alongside this, many viewers have moved to subscription-based video on demand (SVoD) services such as Netflix and Hulu, and 48 per cent state that they would like to see all episodes of a series such as Breaking Bad and House of Cards released together, so they can choose when to watch them.

    Niklas Heyman Rönnblom, Senior Advisor at Ericsson ConsumerLab says the research shows that 56 per cent of those who pay for subscription-based video on demand services prefer all episodes of a TV series to be available at once, so they can watch at their own pace, compared with 45 per cent for those who don’t pay for SVoD. This shows the impact that such services have on consumer viewing behaviour and requirements.

    “There are different ways to binge watch: some viewers do not discover a TV series until mid-season, so they will watch many episodes one after the other to catch up before the season is over. Others prefer to watch an entire season at their own pace, which means they have to wait until the entire season is available.”

    While 41 per cent of consumers expressed a desire to be able to watch their favourite shows anywhere, there were two major barriers to this: the cost of data traffic and the cost of the content itself. The research also found that many were not prepared to compromise on quality, with 43 per cent saying that Ultra High Definition (UHD) was important to them.

    “The results of the study are clear – media companies need to rethink how they create and release content, while the focus for TV service providers is on delivering the highest possible quality for viewers, no matter what device they are watching on,” advised Heyman Rönnblom. “The landscape is changing rapidly, and business and delivery models will have to keep up with that pace of change if they are to continue to deliver perceived value to consumers.”




    3/09/14

    Sorry no update




    2/09/14

    Videoezy on demand launches in New Zealand ( A clone of exyflicks in Australia) and the pricing seems rediculous!

    RSCC Ekspress-A2 moved to 145 degrees East slot. If I recall correctly it was inclined at 103E previously. But gave good signals to Australia on Cband when last active. Even though it required axis tracking part of the day.

    KU band live scanning has returned
    http://satellitescanner.com


    From my Email


    Via JonC Jsat.tv

    Announcement from ABC re: Australia Network closing
    Even though it rquired tracking

    Dear Partner,

    It is with much regret that, after many years of broadcasting into the region, I must inform you of the termination of the Australia Network TV service.

    As you may be aware, the ABC has been forced to terminate the service following the Australian Government’s withdrawal of its funding. The ABC has developed a new service to fulfil its obligations to broadcast internationally however, at this point in time, this does not include a widely available television channel.

    We will be terminating the Australia Network service at 12.00 midnight Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) on Sunday, the 28th of September. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

    If you wish to know more about accessing blocks of our programming which we are making available for limited syndication to local networks then please address enquiries to Michael Bishay in our International Services department. Michael can be contacted at bishay.michael@abc.net.au

    Thank you for your support of Australia Network and the ABC over the years and we hope that one day in the future we may be able to partner with you again.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Lynley Marshall
    CEO ABC International


    From the Dish


    Telstar 18 138.0°E 3948 V "K Plus" has started on , HD, BISS.

    Vinasat 2 131.8°E 11550 V "Nat Geo Wild HD Asia" is Fta.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have left again.

    NSS 11 108.2°E 12591 H Channel NewsAsia, Fox News Channel, BeTV Philippines, TVE Internacional Asia, Zee TV Asia Pacific, Ten Cricket International, FTV, TTV, CTV, CTS, TVBS, CTI TV Asia, Global Theater 6, CCTV 1, Hunan TV, Phoenix Chinese Channel and ETTV News are Fta.

    Telkom 1 108.0°E 4080 H "Papua Barat TV" is back on, Fta.

    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4155 H "Hum TV World" is now encrypted.
    AsiaSat 7 105.5°E 4180 V "Geo Middle East" is now encrypted.

    AsiaSat 5 100.5°E A Viva + package has started on 12297 H and 12357 H.

    Measat 3 91.5°E 11522 V "Eurosport News has replaced Fox Sports 2 Malaysia" on , encrypted.
    Measat 3 91.5°E 11562 V "Fox Sports 3 Asia" has left .

    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "Global TV" has started on , Videoguard.
    Measat 3a 91.4°E 12316 H "LBS TV C-Drama, LBS TV A-Movie and Lejel Home Shopping" have left .

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 12648 V "Tochka TV and Amazing Life" have started on , Fta.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "TVD Shop, Beauty TV Thailand, TV Meekhun, Hit station 66, Share TV, Metro TV, Hi Channel, Kaset 24 hours, Kaset Nano Channel, Kaset Rumruay Channel, Oom Maharuai TV and Champ Channel" have started on , BISS.

    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "P&P Channel TV, Sky World, Likaedara TV, IBTV and Muay TV" have left.
    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3480 H "Boonniyom TV" has started on, Fta.

    Thaicom 6 78.5°E 4120 H "Bluesky Channel" has started on , Fta.

    Apstar 7 76.5°E 4041 H "Channel 13" has started on , Fta.

    Intelsat 20 68.5°E 12722 H "OPM Doctor Jesus" has started on , Fta. Mimatson TV has left.

    From asiatvro site

    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Radugalnfo、Russia Today(俄罗斯)等4个频道新增,设置11793 V 43200参数免费接收。[09-02]
    东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News、Bharat Samachar(印度)频道消失,设置3725 H 26665参数无效接收。[09-02]
    东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,5 Kanal、REN TV(俄罗斯)等频道消失,设置11545 V 43200参数无效接收。[09-02]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Fox Sports 2替换Star Sports(VTC)频道,设置11629 H 28800参数有条件接收。[09-02]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,Star Sports替换Fox Sports 2(VTC)频道,设置11135 H 9600参数有条件接收。[09-02]
    东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Plus TV(蒙古)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[09-02]
    东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星C频段,HTVC The Thao(越南)频道重现,设置3433 V 13600参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
    东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Da Vinci Learning(缅甸)频道消失,设置10973 V 24500参数无效接收。 [9月2日]
    东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,TV 2 HD(高清)频道新增,设置3920 H 30000参数免费接收。 [9月2日]
    东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Lifetime、History(MPEG-4)等6个频道重现,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]
    东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,OK TV(泰国)频道加密,设置11038 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [9月2日]


    NEWS


    Major retailers, LG and Sony on board at launch of “world-first” FreeviewPlus (Australia)


    From http://www.applianceretailer.com.au/2014/09/major-retailers-lg-sony-board-launch-world-first-freeviewplus/

    Sony and LG Electronics are the first major manufacturing partners to be announced for the second iteration of Freeview, called FreeviewPlus, which launches today.

    Described as “world-first”, FreeviewPlus uses a technology called HbbTV, short for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television, to mix traditional TV hardware and functionality with an advanced Electronic Programming Guide (EPG) and on-demand and catch-up TV services, delivered by a user’s fast internet connection.

    What makes FreeviewPlus such a great leap forward is that it brings together all the major free-to-air networks onto one platform. Previously, TV fans had to separately access ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Nine’s JumpIn, TenPlay and Plus7 to watch their favourite shows or to experiment with new programming.

    Take five shows like Offsiders, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, 60 Minutes, Modern Family and Parks and Recreation; FreeviewPlus gives the networks the opportunity to furnish these disparate but appealing programs to TV viewers in one place.

    Liz Ross, general manager of Freeview, said today’s announcement took some serious wrangling to involve all five major stakeholders.

    “We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Ross  said. “It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers.”

    In order to access FreeviewPlus’ features, consumers must own a compatible TV, set-top box or personal video recorder (PVR). LG and Sony are the first two manufacturers to announce compliant hardware. “We’re all about giving LG users greater choice and flexibility,” said Lambro Skropidis, LG’s general manager of marketing. “LG Smart TVs offer a great range of choices for consumers and the addition of FreeviewPlus is further proof of our desire to continue delivering on that reputation.”

    FreeviewPlus is available on 15 LG webOS TVs and 9 of its Smart TVs (see full list below). Existing users will have to undergo a software update and then a factory reset to access the platform, which is primarily navigated by the Red and Green buttons found on most remote controls. :We asked LG about the availability of TVs with FreeviewPlus preloaded and we were told: “It will not come pre-loaded. New customers will have to go through a sowftware update to get FreeviewPlus.” Meanwhile, Sony has seven FreeviewPlus models.

    A broad cross-section of electronics retailers are supporting the launch, including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones. Retailers are often the first port-of-call for customers looking for more information about new technology so TV and home entertainment sales staff are advised to check out Freeview’s new website for regular updates about the FreeviewPlus platform.

    It should be noted that FreeviewPlus has the potential to consumer a lot of data and that there are currently no all-you-can-eat plans available for the service, inchoate as it is. Users should make sure they have a sizable quota from their internet service provider.

    When asked about accessing FreeviewPlus from a smartphone or tablet, a representative said that, “Freeview is looking at developing other platforms in the future”. What is known that FreeviewPlus will have no Foxtel compatibility.

    LG FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: 84UB980T, 79UB980T, 65UB980T, 60UB850T, 55UB850T, 49UB850T, 65LB7500, 60LB7500, 55LB7500, 70LB6560, 60LB6500, 55LB6500, 50LB6500, 42LB6500, 32LB6500, 65LB5840, 60LB5820, 55LB5820, 50LB5820, 42LB5820, 32LB5820, 60PB6600, 50PB6600, 50PB560B.

    Sony FreeviewPlus compatible TV models: X9500B, X9000B, X8500B, W850B, W800B, W700B.


    (Craig's comment, hmm no mention of Samsung?)


    Can FreeviewPlus make TV cool again? (Australia)


    From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65266-can-freeviewplus-make-tv-cool-again

    Described as one of the "most important advances in free-to-air television in this country since digital TV", today marks the launch of FreeviewPlus, with a number of manufacturers signing on immediately.

    FreeviewPlus, available from today, will attempt to make free-to-air TV cool again, taking on Foxtel's iQ service with a 7-day onscreen Electronic Program Guide and easy access to online Catch Up TV using a technology known as HbbTV.

    Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (or HbbTV) is both an industry standard and promotional initiative for hybrid digital TV to harmonise the broadcast, IPTV, and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through smart TVs and set-top boxes.

    The main feature of FreeviewPlus is the new Electronic Program Guide, delivered over broadband, which Freeview is describing as "the most advanced, user-friendly free-to-air EPG experience."

    FreeviewPlus also features the Freeview networks’ Catch Up services from one place on TV screens for the first time. 

    “We are thrilled to launch FreeviewPlus today, a world-first TV service for Australia that will provide viewers with a whole new way to enjoy free-to-air TV,” Liz Ross, General Manager of Freeview, said.

    “It is also a significant and exciting milestone in the history of television in this country, coming as the result of unprecedented collaboration among the Freeview networks, as well as other key stakeholders including developers, manufacturers and retailers,” she said.

    Freeview also confirmed that major brands Sony and LG are among the manufacturers releasing a range of FreeviewPlus receivers, and these will be available from appliance and electronics retailers including Harvey Norman, The Good Guys, JB Hi-Fi, Myer, Bing Lee, Dick Smith and David Jones.

    To support the arrival of FreeviewPlus, Freeview is also undertaking a large-scale marketing push, which includes the biggest TV campaign since Freeview was launched almost six years ago.

    The consortim is today launching a new Freeview website, with information about how to get FreeviewPlus, what FreeviewPlus receivers are available, a video on how to use the new service, and a facility that enables viewers to easily check what services are available in their area.

    In a statement, Freeview said FreeviewPlus would offer the following features:

    • A 7-day, easy-to-use EPG
    • Access to available free-to-air Catch Up services in one place on the TV
    • Recommendations of the best programs on today, on Catch Up and in the future
    • The ability to browse and search programs across the next 7 days
    • A favourites function that keeps track of programs on live and Catch Up TV

    “FreeviewPlus has been built to deliver Australians the best free-to-air TV experience in the world, allowing viewers to find and watch their favourite shows when they want to watch them on their TV with the simple press of a button,” Ms Ross said.

    FreeviewPlus will be available through an increasing number of new connected receivers carrying the FreeviewPlus logo including panel TVs, set top boxes and recording devices, which will be in stores between now and Christmas.

    The move comes at a time where Aussie Netflix use is more prevalent than ever and other streaming services like Foxtel's Presto service are offering all you can eat streaming packages at competitive prices.

    TV ratings are still going gangbusters however, at least for now.

    For further information see the FreeviewPlus website.


    Arianespace—Fueled + Fit (Launch Preparations)


    From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1170155408

    [SatNews] Preparations continue to move ahead for Arianespace’s Ariane 5 Flight VA218, as the Optus 10 spacecraft has undergone its fit-check and fueling for a dual-passenger mission targeted for September 11th from French Guiana.

    Optus 10 will be the sixth satellite launched by Arianespace for Optus and is outfitted for direct TV broadcast, Internet connectivity, telephone and data transmission services across Australia and New Zealand. The satellite will be joined on Arianespace’s next mission by the MEASAT-3b relay platform, which is to expand DTH broadcasting and VSAT services across Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia for Malaysian-based MEASAT.
     
    Designated Flight VA218 in the company’s numbering system, this upcoming launch is scheduled to be the fourth Ariane 5 flight from the Spaceport in French Guiana this year.
     
    Follow Arianespace's launch activity at http://www.arianespace.com/


    Video Ezy Launches On-demand Rental Platform


    From http://www.geekzone.co.nz/content.asp?contentid=16950

    Video Ezy, New Zealand’s largest franchised DVD rental chain today announced the launch of VideoEzyOnDemand.co.nz establishing Video Ezy as New Zealand’s only rental group to have its own online Video On Demand rental platform.

    Russell Clark, Joint Managing Director of Video Ezy International (NZ) Ltd, says: “The directors are delighted to be in a position to add further value to our 90 franchised ‘bricks and mortar’ stores throughout New Zealand with the exciting addition of VideoEzyOnDemand to our brand.”

    With one of the most recognised brands in New Zealand, VideoEzyOnDemand will have thousands of movies including the latest releases from all the major Hollywood studios available to watch. There will be no monthly fees and customers will have the ability to access a wide range of new release and catalogue movies for rental and viewing at their convenience, paying only for the content they watch.

    Clark adds: “This is an exciting new phase for our business. By introducing Video On Demand we are giving Video Ezy franchisees the opportunity to embrace future technology with a model that blends the best of bricks and mortar and digital channels.

    “Video Ezy and its franchisees have a distinct advantage over any competitor in the online field. We are ‘the movie people’, with the expertise and a vast data base of movie lovers built up over more than 20 years.

    “We have extremely strong backing from all New Zealand based DVD/movie distributors who have expressed great excitement, and pledged support, at the prospect of VideoEzyOnDemand entering the New Zealand online market.

    “They also see VideoEzyOnDemand as a legal alternative to illegal downloading which affects so many jobs and the New Zealand economy in general,” says Clark.

    Access to VideoEzyOnDemand is through an app available exclusively on Samsung Smart TVs through the Smart Hub. Customers will also be able to stream content on any connected device including their PC, Mac, tablet, and smartphone – on any operating system. Future options may include Chromecast (coming soon to NZ), Screen Sharing and other TVs and gaming consoles.

    Jon Barrell, Sales Director - Consumer Electronics, Samsung New Zealand says: “Samsung is excited to be partnering with Video Ezy to offer even more exclusive services and choice to our Kiwi customers.”

    Andrew Cornwell, General Manager, Sony Pictures (NZ) Ltd says: “We are very pleased to see Video Ezy move into the digital distribution of films, it’s good to see a local company move into this space.”

    John Davie, General Manager, Roadshow Entertainment New Zealand says: “Roadshow is absolutely delighted that Video Ezy have adapted to the changing entertainment landscape by investing in a digital on-demand platform which will add considerable benefit to their brand presence in New Zealand. Customers who have for years relied upon Video Ezy for their Home Entertainment by visiting their stores will now be able to compliment this relationship through a Video on Demand service with the country’s leading Home Entertainment specialists.”

    VideoEzyOnDemand will launch on September 2, 2014.

    More information: http://videoezyondemand.co.nz


    (Craig's comments, $7 to rent an SD movie? No thanks)


    Channel 3 no longer 'free TV'


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Channel-3-no-longer-free-TV-30242288.html
     
    Cable, satellite could be in breach of definitions if they air it
    The analog Channel 3 has officially lost its free-TV status but can still air its programmes via the cable and satellite networks, for now.

    The broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday concluded

    that Bangkok Entertainment Company's Channel 3 would not have the status of a free-TV channel from today onwards under the committee's definitions, announced in February. Channel 3 has only the status of the holder of a state broadcasting concession and a broadcaster under the provisional clause of the Broadcasting Act 2008.

    This suggests that if the operators of cable or satellite TV continue to carry Channel 3's analog programmes, they risk violating the NBTC's definitions of free TV. Cable and satellite operators are required by law to include free-to-air channels in their line-ups, but that officially only means free digital channels, not analog.

    However, Natee said Channel 3 could continue airing its analog programmes, in line with an edict made by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) in May. He declined to elaborate on this.

    Shortly after the military seized power from the elected government, the NCPO issued "Announcement No 27", declaring that all terrestrial digital and analog TV channels could resume broadcasting their programmes via the cable and satellite platforms.

    When asked by the press yesterday if this meant cable and satellite could carry Channel 3, Natee said the broadcasting committee would consider the matter again today.

    The NBTC's definition of "free TV" was supposed to come into force on May 25, but BEC filed a complaint with the Central Administrative Court and sought a temporary injunction. The court accepted the case for consideration but rejected the request for the injunction. Later the broadcasting committee extended the effective date of the new definition from May 25 to September 1.

    In a separate matter, the Radio Television Broadcasting Professio-nal Federation comprising the operators of the 24 commercial digital channels yesterday asked the broadcasting committee to waive for two years the second instalment of their up-front licence fees, as well as the annual fees.

    They also asked for a five-year extension of the term of the licences to 20 years.

    They noted that the NBTC had yet to distribute its promised vouchers to help people buy digital set-top boxes, and this was affecting their business.

    The broadcasting committee took the case into consideration.


    TrueVisions adds more HD channels to cheaper packages


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/TrueVisions-adds-more-HD-channels-to-cheaper-packa-30242282.html

    To cope with intense competition in the pay-TV market after the merger of CTH and GMM Pay TV in June, TrueVisions - the industry's largest player - has added more high-definition (HD) channels to its mid-to-low-tier packages.

    The move is expected to attract 300,000 new subscribers in the remaining months of this year, of whom 80 per cent will come from the satellite-TV base and the rest from cable TV.

    Manat Manavutiveth, head of commercial and business development for broadband service at True Online and TrueVisions, said yesterday that by the end of last year, TrueVisions' premium customers could already watch 66 HD channels on top of standard-definition channels.

    Now, for non-premium customers, the True Knowledge package will have 14 HD channels, Super Knowledge 27 HD channels, Super Sport 22 HD channels and Super Family 40 HD channels.

    "We believe that of all 22.9 million households, 5 million to 6 million that earn more than Bt30,000 a month and are considered middle to mass customers have the potential to become pay-TV subscribers. So our new packages are expected to hit their demand," said Sueksith Cholasuek, director of marketing at TrueVisions.

    The company also uses a pricing strategy. For example, the Super Knowledge package was cut to Bt490 per month from Bt590 to attract mass consumers.

    The company has earmarked Bt80 million for marketing and public relations for these new packages.

    Adding new HD channels could also encourage more upgrading by mid-tier customers to premium packages and drive up average revenue per unit from Bt800 monthly now.

    The company targets about 3 million subscribers by year-end, up from 2.4 million now.

    The pay-TV market, particularly the premium segment, is almost saturated now, mainly with TrueVisions products. But there is still room to grow in the middle to low segments where stiff competition still exists despite the merger of its two rivals CTH and GMM Z Pay-TV, Sueksith said.


    No news on ABS-2 fault


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/no-news-on-abs-2-fault/

    Asia Satellite Broadcasting’s ABS-2 suffered a Ku-beam problem on July 26 which resulted in a number of transponders and channels being lost from its services to Russia. Most channels were transferred to other transponders but in some cases with reduced power levels.  ABS-2 operates from 75 degrees East.

    ABS-2 is an almost brand new satellite, only launched in February and built by Space Systems/Loral. It has a total of 10 different beams. Back on August 1st we reported the satellite’s anomalies and the loss of service to Vladivostok’s ISP Alliance operator.

    On August 5th the satellite operator confirmed the problem saying “This resulted in an interruption of some services, which we are working to restore with SS/L. No other beams were impacted and the satellite is otherwise operating normally.”

    However, ABS is remaining tight-lipped on what progress has been made over the past month, other than to say: “We were able to restore most of the traffic and the satellite is providing good down link power. ABS-2A is a backup and expansion satellite to ABS-2, so we will insure in orbit redundancy and continuity of the business at 75°E.”

    This suggests, at the very least, that problems remain. Asia Broadcast’s back-up satellite for 75 degrees East is ABS-2A which is being built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, and is an all-electric satellite due for launch in Q4/2014. However, this Boeing 702-SP craft will likely not be on station and ready for operation until early 2016.


    MStar STB Chips To Pack Irdeto FexiCore Tech


    From http://www.mediaresearchasia.com/view2.php?type=tech&id=483

    MStar Semiconductor, Inc., a leading semiconductor company for display and digital home solutions, today announced that its latest set-top box system-on-chip (STB SoC) solution is now fully integrated with Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, most notably its newly-launched FlexiCore Processing technology. Irdeto is a world leader in Multiscreen, Revenue Assurance and Media Protection solutions for pay TV operators, OTT service providers and content owners with customers such as Astro, Comcast, Liberty Global, Foxtel, Orange TV, OCN and Videocon d2h.

    In order to provide an upgradable security core as root of trust, Irdeto and MStar have jointly developed this hardware security platform and built Irdeto’s FlexiCore Processing technology into MStar’s latest STB SoC. Mstar is the first to implement the FlexiCore Processor technology, further strengthening and bringing more features to Irdeto’s Cloaked CA and smart card CAS solutions. This security core hardware provides pay TV customers with content protection that will easily grow with their business and adapt for the future.

    "Irdeto’s Media Protection suite, including Cloaked CA and FlexiCore Processing, are important building blocks for a robust security platform with upgradable possibilities,” said Dennis Lai, Sales VP of set-top box Business Unit at MStar Semiconductor Inc. “We are glad to be the first to integrate with this platform and provide our valuable customers early access to trusted, proven content protection."

    “With the evolution of media piracy and licensing rights in today’s media landscape, it is important for both MStar and Irdeto to provide pay TV operators with a secure, renewable and updatable media protection that helps them quickly respond to new threats and ensure rapid recoverability,” said Peter Oggel, Vice President of Product Management, Irdeto. “We are proud of the strong relationship that we have with MStar and the combined strengths of our two companies will provide especially important benefits to customers in a fast-growing market,” he added.

    Source: Irdeto


    UK illegal sports streaming arrest


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-illegal-sports-streaming-arrest/

    The UK’s Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) has arrested a man in the north-western city of Manchester on suspicion of running a series of illegal sports streaming websites

    The 27-year-old is believed to be operating streaming sites that allow unlawful access to subscription only TV services which is costing industry more than £10 milllion.

    The man was arrested at his home in the North West by the City of London Police’s specialist IP unit where detectives found evidence of what is described as an “industrial size” streaming operation, including 12 computer servers streaming a wide range of sporting events from across the world, which have since been seized and taken away.

    The operation was supported by Greater Manchester Police with the suspect being taken to a local police station for questioning.

    DCI Danny Medlycott, the newly appointed Head of PIPCU, said that the September 1 operation was the unit’s third arrest in relation to online streaming and sendt out a strong message that we PIPCU was homing in on those who knowingly commit or facilitate online copyright infringement.

    “Not only is there a significant loss to industry with this particular operation but it is also unfair that millions of people work hard to be able to afford to pay for their subscription-only TV services when others cheat the system,” he said.

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

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


    UK Culture Secretary: “Copyright infringement is theft”


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/02/uk-culture-secretary-copyright-infringement-is-theft/

    Culture Secretary Said Javid has told the UK music industry that copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple, and confirmed the government’s continued support for initiatives to combat its threat.

    Speaking at the British Phonographic Industry AGM, Javid noted that the rise of new technology, new platforms and new ways of sharing and experiencing music had created a wealth of opportunities, but also brought with it new challenges for the industry and new dangers, and recognised that the area where the music industry most want government support was copyright.

    “I completely understand why,” he stated. “People in your industry have a true vocation. You identify talented artists and record, release and publicise their work not just to make money, but because you love music. You have a passion for it. And intellectual property protection underpins that passion. It allows you to do what you do best.”

    Javid noted that without enforceable copyright there would be “no A&R, no recording studios, no producers, no session musicians, no publicity, no artwork. None of the vital ingredients that take the music created made by talented artists and turn it into something the whole world can enjoy. It’s what our past success was built on, and it’s what our future success depends on.”

    He said the digital age had created new threats for copyright holders around the world, reporting that according to Ofcom, in just one quarter of last year almost 200 million music tracks were consumed illegally, and that another 100 million games, films, books and TV programmes were also pirated, just in one three-month period.

    “No industry – and no Government – can let this level of infringement continue on such a massive, industrial scale,” he declared. “I know some people say the IP genie is out of the bottle and that no amount of wishing will force it back in. But I don’t agree with them. We don’t look at any other crimes and say ‘It’s such a big problem that it’s not worth bothering with’. We wouldn’t stand idly by if paintings worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being stolen from the National Gallery. Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple,” he averred.

    “It’s vital we try to reduce it. That is why we’re working with the entertainment industry – and the technology industry – to deliver a robust, fair and effective enforcement regime. One that protects the rights of copyright holders and punishes criminals, but doesn’t hamper creativity, stifle innovation or block new, legitimate ways of enjoying music,” he said.

    He suggested the Creative Content UK awareness initiative retained the basic idea of the Digital Economy Act, that millions of people would be contacted directly if they were caught infringing copyright, a powerful tool to influence behaviour.

    “However, as an industry-led initiative rather than a top-down government one, it will be quicker, more responsive and cheaper to enact. CCUK will also be easier to adapt as new threats to intellectual property emerge. That’s a real asset in an age where technology consistently moves faster than legislation. But just because it is an industry-led initiative does not mean that Government is not actively supporting it. We’re providing £3.5 million for a broad educational campaign that explains why copyright matters and where the boundaries lie. A generation of young people have grown up under the impression that if something’s on the Internet it should be free. We need to get the message across that if they value creativity – and most do – then it has to be paid for,” he stated.

    He advised that the government was looking carefully at responses to recent reports from the Prime Minister’s adviser on Intellectual Property into the role of search engines and ‘following the money’, and that he would be considering how best to move forward. “You can expect to hear more from me on this in the coming months,” he confirmed.

    He said that search engines also had to play their part. “They must step up and show willing. That’s why Vince Cable and I have written to Google, Microsoft and Yahoo, asking them to work with you to stop search results sending people to illegal sites. And let me be perfectly clear: if we don’t see real progress, we will be looking at a legislative approach. In the words of Martin Mills: “Technology companies should be the partners of rights companies, not their masters.”

    He likened the Government, the music industry and the technology companies to “three sides of the same triangle” when it came to tackling IP theft. “We are all connected, we all have a role to play, and we must all work alongside each other to build a fair and legal online economy,” he concluded.


    US names IP ‘Enforcer’


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-names-ip-enforcer/

    The White House has nominated Danny Marti as Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President. The IPEC oversees the White House’s efforts to combat intellectual property infringement, including the theft of copyrighted TV shows and movies, while protecting fair use rights.

    Marti has been managing partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in Washington. Marti’s predecessor, Victoria Espinel, pushed for legislation to clarify that live-streaming illegal copies of movies and TV shows was just as much a crime as downloading them.

    “We are pleased that the President has appointed Danny Marti as the next US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and urge Congress to move quickly to confirm his nomination to this important position,” said Kim Harris, general counsel of NBCUniversal.

    “We applaud the Administration’s intent to nominate Danny Marti as US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC),” said Motion Picture Association of America chairman Chris Dodd.


    US sanctions hit Russian satellite


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/us-sanctions-hit-russian-satellite/

    Russia’s Gazprom Space Systems is having problems with its Yamal-601 satellite because of US sanctions.

    Yamal-601 is being built by Thales Alenia Space, and is based on their Spacecom 4000-C4 platform. The satellite was planned to be launched early in 2016. That date will slip because of the US sanctions on certain key components being used in the satellite.

    Yamal-601 is planned to carry 18 C-band transponders, 19 Ku-band transponders and 26 Ka-band transponders focusing on Russia. It will weigh more than five metric tons at launch, with 11 kW of payload power and a design life exceeding 15 years. It will replace the Yamal-202 satellite, offering extended coverage of Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, south and southeast Asia, from its orbital position at 49° East.


    Astra launches Ultra HD showcase channel


    From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2014/09/02/astra-launches-ultra-hd-showcase-channel/

    Astra Deutschland has launched a new Ultra HD showcase channel available as a free-to-air service on the satellite operator’s orbital position 19.2° East.

    The channel carrying the ID Astra Ultra HD Demo offers a mixture of landscape and nature videos, impressions from city life and sports footage. The content has been produced exclusively for Astra by 4K specialists Katie and Jacob Schwarz from the USA.

    “The laboratory stage lies behind us, the Ultra HD technology has arrived in the market,” Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland, said in Munich. “The Ultra HD TV sets available today enable the reception of Ultra HD content distributed via satellite. Our showcase channel is therefore particularly targeting retailers who can now adequately demonstrate the TV sets’ fantastic picture quality with our support.”

    The showcase channel can be found on the frequency 10.994 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 9/10). The play-out of the signal which is compressed in the new HEVC standard is handled by Astra subsidiary SES Platform Services.




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    Asiasat 5

    3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championship - Russia.
    FEED_1 CZE vs RUSS.
    FEED_2 UAE vs CUBA.
    FEED_3 Message - Signal Loss Detected - Service 1d (14747) message on red colour screen. All three (FTA.)

    3910 V SR 13333 ENC4N Soccer from Japan, (FTA.)
    4156 H SR 7200 HD ENC-2a Soccer, (FTA.)
    4174 H SR 7200 ktsat mp4 enc3 Soccer, (FTA.)

    3670 H SR 10000 Service-1 Asian Music Show, (FTA.)
    3705 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 International Martial Arts Games from Pyongyang, (FTA.) Interesting Saturday Night Entertainment from North Korea!
    3745 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 5 MLS Soccer - TORONTO vs NEW YORK, (FTA.)

    3750 V SR 14399 National Judo Championships.
    FEED_1 CUBA vs CHINA, (FTA.)
    FEED_2 KAZAKHSTAN vs MONGOLIA, (FTA.)
    FEED_3 GEORGIA vs CZECH REPUBLIC, (FTA.)
    TP and SR rating same as yesterday

    3867 H SR 7120 World Cup swimming Dubai

    3670 H SR 10000 service-1 Dance extravaganza show,(FTA.) Same tp and SR rating as Saturday night.
    3915 H SR 4600 Pyongyang1 Nth. Korea News Highlights, (FTA.) Different tp but same SR rating as Saturday night
    3875 H SR 7500 LPGA ASIA(?) PORTLAND CLASSIC Women's Golf, (FTA.) What a beautiful golf course!


    From the Dish


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    ChinaSat 6B 115.5°E 4140 V "Tea Channel has replaced Vanguard Documentary Channel" on , encrypted.

    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H "Arirang World, AXN Indonesia and Animax East Asia" have started on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3615 H "TVOne and Rodja TV" have started on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3780 V "Thrill" has started on , Irdeto.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3980 V "Elshinta TV" is back on , Fta.
    Palapa D 113.0°E 3460 H BeTV Asia, Al Jazeera English, TV 5 Monde Asia, Channel NewsAsia and TVB 8 have started on , Fta. Animax East Asia has left again.

    SES 8 95.0°E 12110 H "9X Jalwa has replaced SVBC" on , Fta.

    Yamal 300K 90.0°E 10972 H "Sahar 1" has left .

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    Thaicom 5 78.5°E 3440 H "AF Channel, TCC TV, Travel & Beyond, Vetee Thai, True Plookpanya, Smart SME, True Select and Movies Max Channel" have left .
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    东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Color Bar、Monoscope(DVB)等6个测试频道新增,设置12179 H 28800参数免费接收。[08-31]
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    NEWS


    Quickflix quickly bleeding cash


    From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/65261-quickflix-quickly-bleeding-cash

    Local Netflix competitor Quickflix is hemorrhaging money in a bid to acquire both new customers and content, losing $10.15 million for the full year to June 30.

    The losses were a jump of 58% with revenue was down 6% to $18 million, after what's been described as a soft first half.

    The company's financial troubles couldn't come at a worse time, with Foxtel slashing the price of its streaming service Presto in half recently and US-based giant Netflix reportedly preparing for an Aussie launch.

    Netflix use has exploded in Australia despite not being officially available here, with hundreds of thousands of Australians using geoblocking services to pay for the flat-rate streaming website.

    Further competition is expected not only from Netflix but also Nine and Fairfax, which recently announced a $100 million StreamCo joint venture.

    As we reported in July Nine Entertainment bought some of HBO's stake in Quickflix - more than 91 million convertible preference shares - but transferred them to StreamCo, which is yet to launch.

    These shares are not quoted on the stock market, but can be converted into normal shares at a discount.

    Seven West Media is also reportedly in talks to join the streaming fray.

    The second half of the year was better than the first for Quickflix which saw $9.4 million in revenue - 9% higher than the first half -reflecting the return to paying customer growth. The company's total number of customers increased by 27% to 135,690, with paying customers up 21% to 122,862.

    Operating costs before customer acquisition reduced by 2% to $23.2 million, while marketing and free trial service costs increased by 77% to $5.5 million to drive customer growth.

    Quickflix also said it had $2.4 million in the bank.

    "Our annual results were in line with market expectations as we report quarterly," a company spokesperson told iTWire.

    "It is worthwhile highlighting that Quickflix achieved a stronger second-half year with growth in paying customers (and revenue) reversing the decline in the first-half. We continued to invest in our platform and in the second-half increased our marketing commitment which has translated into customer and revenue growth for the second-half."


    SKY NZ Continues to Innovate


    From Press Release: Sky TV

    Friday, 29 August 2014, 4:36 pm

    29 August 2014

    Media Release

    SKY Continues to Innovate

    SKY customers will soon be enjoying upgraded MY SKY services, internet connectivity, video on-demand, upgraded legacy decoders and a modernised electronic programme guide (EPG). A Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) service for non-SKY customers will also launch this year.

    The entertainment company is making a $125 million investment over the next two years in new software and equipment which will allow it to double its satellite bandwidth, enabling internet connections for all decoders, more channels and giving them the ability to broadcast ultra-high definition.

    “We have firm plans for a major upgrade that will significantly enhance the service we provide to our 865,000 customers,” says chief executive John Fellet.

    “As well as providing customers with the latest technology, a big upside of this project is that it allows us to double the amount of satellite bandwidth we can access, providing a path to ultra-high definition or 4k and the capacity to add new channels.”

    “We expect to see an increased uptake of MY SKY services and even happier customers” says Fellet. “By the end of this investment programme, every SKY set top box will have the ability to be IP connected, providing access to VOD services for all of our customers. The simplicity of using MY SKY and providing on demand services through the same set top box will be a winning combination for our customers.”

    Subscription Video on Demand – 2014

    SKY will also launch an SVOD service targeted at non SKY customers this year. The service will feature a wealth of TV shows including exclusive HBO content and a great range of movies at launch. All for a flat monthly fee and no contractual obligations.

    Upgrade to MY SKY decoders – 2015

    An upgrade to the operating software of MY SKY decoders will be downloaded via SKY’s satellite with no customer intervention required. The upgrade will see a modernised Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) with high definition resolution and a modern new look and feel. Series link and search functionality will be enhanced and shows from a series will ‘Series Stack’ in the planner under one header.

    Access to a huge library of On Demand content for all internet connected MY SKY’s will be available at a touch of the remote control for customers connected through an ethernet lead, Wi-Fi or power line device.

    Customers can choose On Demand content to download through their internet connection and then elect to store on their MY SKY and watch at their convenience.

    Content is downloaded progressively allowing SKY customers to watch shows whilst the download completes.

    Access to VOD content and the upgrade is at no cost to customers, although they will need to pay for their connection devices and data usage. MY SKY charges will apply only if accessed.

    Upgrade for all Digital decoders – from March 2015

    SKY will replace around 460,000 non-MY SKY decoders with a new decoder that is MY SKY capable and features the enhanced high definition electronic programme guide. These decoders will have addressable MY SKY features like personal video recording, high definition and access to a huge library of On Demand content. Wi-Fi functionality will be inbuilt giving customers the option to access on demand content.

    The replacement of all digital decoders will take place from March 2015 over an 18 month period at no cost to customers.

    -- Ends


    Labour broadcasting policy promises public service TV


    From http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/nbpol/811863472-labour-broadcasting-policy-promises-public-service-tv

    Labour's pledged its commitment to public broadcasting, with plans to re-establish a public service TV station.

    The Opposition's broadcasting spokesman Kris Fa'afoi says a working group will look into the cost and funding options for a TV channel, which will build on the experiences of the now defunct TVNZ6 and TVNZ7.

    Mr Fa'afoi says it will have full access to the New Zealand Television Archive and TVNZ's news video research library, which will reduce content and production costs.

    As well as continuing funding for Maori television and iwi radio, Labour will set the wheels in motion for developing a Pasifika television channel.


    Exception for Ch 3 opposed by digital TV operators


    From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/national/Exception-for-Ch-3-opposed-by-digital-TV-operators-30242165.html

    Some terrestrial-based digital TV operators will tomorrow hand over an open letter to the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC), opposing extension of the remedy period for Channel 3 to provide its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV operator after the current remedy period ends tomorrow.

    The terrestrial-based digital TV operators include Thairath TV, Thai TV, Loca, Nation TV, Now 26, Spring News TV and RS Channel 8. They have expressed concerns that it will breach the broadcasting regulation if the NBTC gives the green light for local cable and satellite TV operators to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes because Channel 3 had not yet obtained a satellite TV licence from the watchdog.

    Suphab Kleekachai, chief adviser of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if Channel 3 was able to do so, it would be unfair to all digital terrestrial TV broadcasters who had invested more than Bt10 billion on acquiring digital TV licences through bidding last year.

    Suphab added that Bangkok Entertainment Company (BEC), the operator of Channel 3, should apply for a satellite TV licence from NBTC for the rights to broadcast its analog TV programmes via cable and satellite TV platforms. After that, the company should comply with the regulation governing satellite TV business by reducing its advertising airtime slots from 12 minutes to 6 minutes per hour. Another option for Channel 3 is to simulcast its analog TV programmes over one of its three obtained digital TV channels.

    BEC currently operates Channel 3 terrestrial-based analog TV station under a concession with MCOT. This concession will expire by March 2020. Its sister company, BEC-Multimedia, has obtained three licences to run three digital TV channels. Early this month, BEC appealed to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), seeking permission for cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying Channel 3 programmes after the 100-day extra remedy period ends.

    This extension period was granted on May 28 to remedy Channel 3 after the NBTC had announced its new definition of free-TV broadcasting service, which covers only terrestrial-based digital free TV channels. This new definition is implemented under the must-carry rule. So cable and satellite TV operators have no obligation to carry Channel 3's analog programmes through their platforms.

    Adisak Limparungpatanakij, president of Nation Broadcasting Corporation, suggested that although the junta's Announcement No 27 allowed cable and satellite TV operators to continue carrying analog and digital free TV channels, Channel 3 was no longer a free TV type under the current must-carry rule.

    "To create a level playing field, Channel 3 should simulcast its analog TV programmes over its obtained digital TV channels. Channel 7 and MCOT's Modernine TV are already carrying their analog TV programmes on their digital TV channels," Adisak added.

    Pantipa Sakulchai, president of Thai TV and Loca channel, said that if the NBTC allowed cable and satellite platforms to carry Channel 3's analog TV programmes, her company and other digital TV channels would file a lawsuit against the NBTC with the Central Administrative Court.


    Onlime Expands Capacity on AFRICASAT-1a


    From http://www.digitalfacility.com/articles/viewarticle.jsp?id=3471655

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia

    , September 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

    MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd. ("MEASAT") announced today an agreement with Onlime GmbH ("Onlime") for additional transponder capacity on the AFRICASAT-1a satellite.

    Under the terms of the agreement, Onlime expands capacity on AFRICASAT-1a to support their continuous growth in the African markets. 

    Onlime, that brought together CET Teleport and the Limeline Group earlier this year, operates one of the leading teleports in Europe, offering a broad range of premium quality Business Communications solutions to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, hotels, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

    "Onlime services across Africa are in high demand," said Paul Ziegler, Chief Executive Officer, Onlime. "AFRICASAT-1a with its high-powered pan-African coverage is an excellent platform for expanding our services across the continent."

    "MEASAT is delighted to continue supporting Onlime's business in Africa," said Raj Malik, Senior Vice President - Sales and Marketing, MEASAT. "We congratulate Onlime on their expansion and look forward to their continued success."

    AFRICASAT-1a was launched in February 2013 and provides high-powered C-band satellite services and content across Africa with connectivity into Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

    About Onlime

    Onlime is leading the way in providing high quality, secure and reliable business communications to customers across the globe.

    Bringing together the knowledge and experience of CET Teleport and the Limeline Group, Onlime provides premium quality connectivity to enterprise, government, military, oil & gas, mining, banking, NGO and many other customer groups across the globe.

    With its extensive satellite coverage, across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia through the Caribbean and South America, as well as dedicated access to a growing network of fibre links and with a range of the latest technology platforms, wherever an organisation is in the world, Onlime is there to provide an unrivalled communications environment for business.

    What's more, with a philosophy of being "closer to the customer" Onlime has a dedicated team of professionals based in offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, India, Sierra Leone, Angola, DR Congo, South Africa, USA and UAE. The technical hub in Germany is a fully manned disaster recovery facility with a help desk running 24/7 and Onlime delivers customers the peace of mind, knowing wherever they may be doing business, whatever time of day or night a rapid response is guaranteed. For more information, please visit http://www.onlime.com/.

    About MEASAT

    MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, Direct-To-Home (DTH) platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across five (5) communication satellites, the company provides satellite services to over 150 countries representing 80% of the world's population across Asia, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

    The MEASAT fleet includes the state-of-the-art MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at 91.5E supporting Asia's premium DTH and video distribution neighborhood; MEASAT-2 at 148.0E; and, MEASAT-5 at 119.5E. In Africa, the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0E provides satellite capacity across the African continent with connectivity to Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of MEASAT-3b in September 2014 and MEASAT-3c in H2 2015.

    Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit http://www.measat.com/.

    SOURCE Onlime and MEASAT


    Pay-TV operators add 20m subs


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/pay-tv-operators-add-20m-subs/

    Leading pay-TV services have added over 20 million subscribers worldwide in a year, which is around the same number as DirecTV has in the US, according to the latest informitv Multiscreen Index.

    The number of digital video subscribers to the 100 leading pay-television services covered by the Index the rose by 5.24 million in the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 1.6 per cent. The increase was higher than in the first quarter, when the Multiscreen Index added 4.71 million subscribers, up by 1.4 per cent.

    The 100 services in the Multiscreen Index added 20.29 million subscribers in the twelve months to the middle of 2014, a 6 per cent rise. The 10 services with the most subscribers gained 1.14 million between them in the three months to the end of June, compared to 1.21 million the previous quarter.

    Satellite services added 2.13 million subscribers worldwide, just ahead of telco television operators which added 2.07 million, while losses in the United States reduced the gains for cable to 0.75 million.

    The 10 services with the greatest gains added over 3 million subscribers between them in the second quarter, while the 10 with the largest losses shed just over 800,000.

    Telefónica España reported 479,000 net subscriber additions, reflecting a refreshed Movistar Fusión TV multiscreen offer.

    The largest loss was for Sky PerfecTV! in Japan, losing 260,000 subscribers following the closure of its standard definition service.

    The Asia Pacific region saw the largest increase, with 2.18 million additional subscribers.

    There was strong growth in India, with Dish TV, Airtel, Hathway, DEN Networks and Reliance adding 1.15 million video subscribers between them in three months.

    “The Multiscreen Index shows continued worldwide growth in subscription television services, despite losses among operators in the United States,” says its editor, Dr William Cooper of informitv. “America remains the most valuable market, and revenues continue to rise, but the opportunities for subscriber growth lie elsewhere.”

    Comcast and Time Warner Cable lost 296,000 video customers and Dish Network and DirecTV lost 78,000, while AT&T and Verizon added 289,000.

    With further losses from Charter, Cablevision, Mediacom and Suddenlink, the top 10 services in the United States lost 165,500 video customers. However, losses in the seasonally weak second quarter were down on previous years and represent just 0.2 per cent of their combined subscriber base. Year on year, subscriber gains by telco and satellite services exceeded the losses from the main cable companies.


    Draft IRR on shift to digital TV out; public hearing set (Philippines)


    From http://www.businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/38052-draft-irr-on-shift-to-digital-tv-out-public-hearing-set

    THE Japanese standard for digital terrestrial television broadcasting (DTTB) is one step closer to deployment, after the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) released the draft implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the transmission shift.

    NTC Commissioner Gamaliel A. Cordoba is now inviting all affected and interested parties to a public hearing for the proposed migration plan on September 12.

    The draft IRR includes channel planning, capital spending, frequency allocation and the specific steps that the industry must undertake during the shift from analog broadcast service to digital, specifically the Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting-Terrestrial (ISDB-T) standard of Japan.

    According to the migration plan, there will be a yearlong transition period when both the analog and the digital transmissions will be used at the same time.

    This period will commence when the digital switch on—or the date of the effectivity of the IRR—starts. After one year, the regulator will terminate all the analog television services in the country, a period known as the analog shutoff.

    “Duly authorized analog VHF [very-high frequency] TV operators shall be required to simulcast their DTTB service, together with the analog TV service, within one year upon the effectivity of this IRR, subject to the provisions of this IRR and other pertinent rules and regulations that the NTC may issue in the future. If any VHF TV operator is unable to simulcast, other qualified UHF [ultra-high frequency] TV operator may be allowed to use for their simulcast the frequency assigned to the VHF operator that is unable to simulcast,” the draft rules read.

    During the transition period, broadcasters will have to double their expenses, to which the regulator hopes to mitigate through a quick deployment of the new technology.

    The NTC will also assign a bandwidth of 6 megahertz (MHz) to each authorized digital TV operator per service area.

    “A duly authorized DTTB service provider shall have the option in its application to the commission to adopt either single or multiprogram HDTV [high-definition television] format or single or multiprogram SDTV [standard-definition] format or any combination thereof for its digital service,” the regulator noted.

    The migration plan, which allocates the frequency bands 512-698 MHz (Channels 21 to 51), also encourages operators to add new programs to the analog legacy program.

    “The transition and migration from analog TV to DTTB Service shall be based on a transition plan formulated by the NTC in consultation with the broadcast industry,” the proposed IRR read.

    Applicants intending to provide digital TV services must have a minimum paid-up capitalization of P50 million for the first service area and an additional subscribed capital of P20 million for each additional service area, according to the document. An applicant must also prove that it has the technical capability to install, operate and maintain the proposed DTTB network.

    “A duly enfranchised entity with no existing authorization to provide analog TV service desiring to provide DTTB service shall file the requisite petition for each service area in which it intends to provide DTTB service,” the plan said.

    President Aquino announced late last year that the country would apply the Japanese standard over the European. Subsequently, the NTC formally endorsed ISDB-T as the sole standard for digital terrestrial television in the Philippines.


    EBU expresses 700 MHz DTT concerns


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/09/01/ebu-expresses-700-mhz-dtt-concerns/

    The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has welcomed the European Commission’s High Level Group report recommending that the EU safeguard access to spectrum below 700 MHz for digital terrestrial television until 2030. However, it is concerned about the early release of the 700 MHz frequencies.

    The group, chaired by former European Commissioner and WTO Director General Pascal Lamy looked at future use of the UHF spectrum band between 470 to 790 MHz which is essential for the broadcast of free-to-air digital terrestrial television (DTT).

    The EBU said its Members welcome the report’s recommendation that “[the] EU should adopt a common position against the co-primary allocation of the core audiovisual band (470-694 MHz) to the mobile service at WRC 2015”.

    “The EBU believes safeguarding spectrum below 700MHz will enable public service broadcasters and the European audiovisual sector to continue reaching all sectors of the population, sustain broader content choice, and secure investments and innovation over the long term,” said Simon Fell, the EBU’s Head of Technology & Innovation.

    Following a thorough assessment of consumer demand, network supply and Member State diversity, the report stressed that broadcasters and citizens should not be disadvantaged by the transition of DTT out of the 700 MHz band, and the costs of transition should be duly addressed.

    “It is essential that broadcasters are not financially weakened by any loss of the 700MHz band. Member States must heed the report’s conclusions on compensation and transitional arrangements,” added Fell.

    All costs should be offset, including investments in new and even more efficient technologies and the expense of mitigating mobile interference of DTT reception, according to the EBU.

    The EBU is concerned about the recommendations that the 700 MHz band be released to other stakeholders, especially mobile phone operators, by 2020 with the flexibility of +/- 2 years.

    “There is a danger that this will not give broadcasters and viewers enough time to adapt to appropriate spectrum arrangements and ensure the necessary upgrade of DTT networks and consumer equipment, especially in countries where DTT is the main TV platform,” said Fell.

    The broadcasting industry argues that an early release date is likely to cause disruption to TV services in a number of Member States, especially where, owing to the lack of capacity, the transition reduces the volume and quality of content offered to viewers.

    The report notes that because of the “recent assignments in the 800 MHz band, the 700 MHz band is not immediately needed for mobile services” and proposes a ‘stock take’ by 2025 to provide a factual basis for future policy decisions on spectrum allocation.

    The EBU believes this should include all relevant market and technology developments as well as all relevant frequency bands for terrestrial broadcasting and mobile broadband.

    In presenting the report, Lamy said that for too long, the broadband and broadcasting communities had been at loggerheads about the use of the UHF spectrum band. “There have been many different views and perspectives. On the basis of discussions with the two sectors, I have put forward a single scheme that could provide a way forward for Europe to thrive in the digital century.”

    Vice President Neelie Kroes said thereport laid down a path for creating capacity for fast wireless broadband everywhere and for ensuring a stable and predictable future for terrestrial broadcasting, while allowing those Member States that want to move forward more quickly to do so. “It would also ensure sustainable co-existence, as both sectors focus increasingly on advanced media services. This is essential to secure our changing digital future and hold our own in international negotiations,” she added.

    Lamy’s UHF proposals in detail

    The 700 MHz band (694-790 MHz) should be repurposed for wireless broadband, but with sufficient lead time to ensure a transition path that minimises cost for spectrum users and citizens and to accommodate the diversity in penetration levels of terrestrial broadcasting within Europe. This implies a time frame of around 2020, plus or minus two years.

    Regulatory stability should be ensured for broadcasting to continue its current use of the band 470-694 MHz until 2030. This involves national, EU and international measures. In consequence, at the World Radiocommunications Conference 2015 (which will review and revise global spectrum-use rules) Europe should reject any plans for primary allocation of mobile to the 470-694 MHz band which is currently already allocated to broadcasting on a primary basis. Some flexibility could nevertheless be catered for through the development of ‘down link only’ technologies that give priority to primary broadcasting networks.

    In order to take into account the evolving change in consumer demand as well as new technologies, such as converged networks or large-scale roll out of optic fibre, a stock-taking exercise of UHF spectrum use should be performed by 2025. It would give Europe the opportunity to re-assess where we stand and avoid any freeze of regulation compared to the rapid advance in technology and consumer behaviour.


    Samsung commits to global 4K


    From http://advanced-television.com/2014/08/28/samsung-commits-to-global-4k/

    Amazon’s 2014 original series line-up will soon be available to stream via Samsung Ultra-HD TVs with the launch of the Amazon 4K video streaming service.

    Samsung has confirmed that Amazon’s Ultra-HD VoD service will launch globally on its 4K TVs in October.

    Samsung has also announced that the Netflix Ultra-HD Service is expanding in Europe, after being made available in the US since last March.

    Won Jin Lee, Executive Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics, commented: “The era of UHD has begun, and to continue even more widespread adoption, it is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to UHD content … We are providing our customers with a wider array of UHD content to enjoy on our ultra-immersive Curved UHD TVs.”