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Page UPDATED 29/06/2016 8.10 P.M NZ


Powers M408 receiver Plays Hevc encoded FTA channels on IS19.

IS19 3921 V 28800 is now scrambled this morning with a change to the channels order and added B4U Movies. 3749 H 11198 still FTA.

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 4140 H "NHK World TV and NHK World Premium" are back on , Fta.

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Alpha Sat" has started on , FTA Hevc (and others mentioned yesterday)

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 HWesal TV has started on , clear.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "NHK World TV" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "MMCN TV" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "CT Live! Beats has replaced MMCN TV" on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,TMTV(泰国)频道重现,设置3520 H 28125参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Health & Family替换Thai Phirom(泰国)频道,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,河北卫视(AVS+)高清频道重现,设置4170 H 9900参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,CCTV-9(外语)频道加密,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thai Chaiyo、A TV(泰国)等4个频道解密,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月29日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,B4U Movies(印度)频道新增,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [6月29日]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,ESPN、MTV Live(斐济)等全组频道加密,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [6月28日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NHK World Premium(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置4140 H 29900参数免费接收。 [6月28日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Unire Sat(意大利)频道改格式,设置3706 V 2090参数免费接收。 [6月28日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Five HD(高清)频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月28日]


Major shake-up for Asutraalian free to air TV

From http://www.thesatellite.com.au/news/are-yuor-tv-channels-mixed-up-heres-why/3053387/

REGIONAL Queensland TV viewers will need to adjust to changes to longstanding broadcasting arrangements taking effect this week.

Regional broadcasters WIN and Southern Cross Austereo will effectively undergo a swap in their respective 30-year supply agreements.

From Friday onwards WIN, operating on Channel 8, will air Channel 10-branded programming such as MasterChef, Offspring and The Living Room.

The WIN Network's local news bulletins will shift to the 6pm timeslot to air directly before Ten's hour-long current affairs show The Project.

Regional viewers keen to watch Family Feud will need to tune in to either of Ten's two digital channels ONE and ELEVEN, which are also moving to the new channel numbers of 81 and 82 respectively.

Southern Cross, which operates on Channel 5, will conversely carry Channel 9's programming such as The Voice, Love Child and the remainder of the NRL season.

Unfortunately there will be a delay in Southern Cross's ability to simulcast Nine in high definition, meaning the third State of Origin match on July 13 won't be broadcast to regional Queensland in HD.

Nine's lifestyle channel 9LIFE will also be temporarily unavailable until August in regional Queensland until Southern Cross acquires an additional broadcast channel to accommodate it.

In the meantime viewers can stream 9LIFE online on the 9Now website.

Channel 5 will air Nine's Afternoon News from 4pm, followed by Millionaire Hot Seat at 5.30pm, Nine's Queensland News program at 6pm and A Current Affair at 7pm.

Nine's digital channels GEM and GO! are also moving to the new channel numbers of 52 and 53.

These changes, which may require a retuning of your television, are reflected in APN's weekly TV guide magazine The Guide and all daily listings across our daily and non-daily publications.

The changes do not affect viewers in the Brisbane and Ipswich areas, who receive Nine and Ten's metro television signals.

For more information go to Nine's website dedicated to the change over: nineon5.com.au.

iiNet to double quota in new NBN satellite plans

From https://delimiter.com.au/2016/06/29/iinet-double-quota-new-nbn-satellite-plans/

news iiNet has announced it will soon launch broadband products based on the wholesale availability of bandwidth from NBN’s Sky Muster satellite, which was successfully launched last October.

Explaining that Sky Muster provides “gives us access to speeds as an equivalent land based fibre connection”, the NBN partner added in a blog post that its developers are preparing a set of satellite products for launch that will offer a number of improvements over the firm’s previous satellite offerings.

The firm there will be “various options for quota” “to suit different levels of usage, as well as individual budgets”. However, iiNet offered no further detail, which we can expect as the products become finalised.

The firm did say however: “Our largest quota plan is looking to give satellite customers double the peak quota they have been receiving in the past.”

Concerning speed, though, the firm was able to offer actual numbers, saying via the NBN satellite it will be able to release “fast satellite speeds” and is aiming to get “up to 25Mbps” on its high-speed plan.

“[T]hat’s comparable to an NBN Fibre-to-the-Node (FTTN) connection!” iiNet said.

No details were forthcoming on the likely speeds of the lower-speed plans, however.

Sky Muster is a geostationary communications satellite operated by NBN Co and built by aerospace firm SSL. It is replacing older satellite services and already delivering fast Internet to regions of Australia which currently have limited or no Internet connectivity.

The new NBN satellite service has received positive reviews from early customers, who said performance is “outstanding”, according to Activ8me, an official NBN provider.

A second NBN satellite, Sky Muster II, is scheduled to launch from French Guiana Space Centre in South America in late 2016.

AsiaSat + JIB Expand Partnership... New Viewing Experience NHK WORLD TV HD + SD

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=252452336

Working together since 2009 this next step further strengthens the two companies' relationship as they expand their endeavors.

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) and Japan International Broadcasting Inc. (JIB) today announced a major expansion of their partnership. From July 1, JIB will use AsiaSat 7 to broadcast NHK WORLD TV HD, an English language news and lifestyle TV network, and for the continued distribution of its SD channel in the Asia-Pacific.

“Since our SD service launch on AsiaSat in 2009, AsiaSat has proved to be our insightful and dependable partner in Asia and has done an excellent job in helping us to expand our penetration. Our new HD service will bring a brand new viewing experience of high quality news and entertainment content to home viewers and travellers in Asia," said Yoshihiko Shimizu, President and CEO of Japan International Broadcasting Inc.

“Introducing an HD service is a strategic and competitive move of all leading broadcasters to attract new audience and satisfy existing viewers’ changing appetite for enhanced picture and sound quality. We are proud of JIB’s decision to choose AsiaSat once again to support this exciting expansion of their HD service in Asia. We look forward to continuing to contribute to NHK WORLD TV’s success in the region with our industry leading audience penetration and market knowledge,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President, Marketing and Global Accounts of AsiaSat.

NHK WORLD TV’s 24-hour programming cycle includes its signature news show, “NHK NEWSLINE”, and a wide selection of technology, lifestyle and entertainment programs, including “great gear”, “TOKYO FASHION EXPRESS”, “Dining with the Chef”, “SPORTS JAPAN” and “Journeys in Japan”. In addition, the channel offers an assortment of groundbreaking documentaries and specials, including “Asia Insight”, “Inside Lens” and “NHK Documentary”.


China Launches 2nd Shijian-16 Satellite

From http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/06/29/4001s932457.htm

The second Shijian-16 series satellite takes off from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on June 29, 2016. [Photo: weibo.com]

China launched its second Shijian-16 series satellite on Wednesday.

The satellite was carried by a Long March-4B rocket and took off at 11:21 a.m. from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Wednesday's was the 231st by a Long March rocket.

The first Shijian-16 satellite was launched in October 2013.

Digital Divide Negation In Taiwan With CPI's ASC Signal Division's New Earth Station Antennas

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1859159813

The ASC Signal Division of Communications & Power Industries LLC (CPI) has won a contract to provide nine Earth station antennas to be installed in the outlying islands and remote areas of Taiwan.

Transcontinental Enterprises Company, headquartered in Taipei, awarded the contract and noted that the installations are designed to improve basic telecommunications coverage in parts of Taiwan that are mountainous and remote, reducing the risk of a “digital divide” in those areas by providing better telecommunications access.

Under the contract with Transcontinental, CPI ASC Signal Division will provide a broad range of Earth station antennas, consisting of five 4.9 meter, one 7.6 meter and three 3.7 meter Earth station antennas. All of the antennas will be equipped with the CPI ASC Signal Division Next-Generation Controller (NGC), which gives the local operator a single, simplified, central device to control and operate multiple antenna systems. The features of the NGC are considered advanced for the industry and include remote access and tracking capabilities built into the system, an internal spectrum analyzer, redundancy control systems and built-in support for fiber-optic inter-facility links.

In addition to this latest contract with Transcontinental, CPI ASC Signal Division works with a range of integrators and customers throughout Asia to service the thriving demand for communications network infrastructure able to address the growing consumption of media and data in that region.


HGTV has started in New Zealand (on the Freeview UHF service only at this stage, also available Channel 38 on IGLOO) It might appear on Satellite early in July, when the regional feeds of TV3 leave their satellite mux freeing up some space for new services

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H "One Music TV" has started on , Fta Record Américas, TV Globo Internacional Américas and SIC Internacional are now encrypted.

Optus D1 160.0E 12707 H Prime Upper North Island, Prime Lower North Island and Prime South Island have left .

Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Ruai TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4007 V "I Am Channel" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Share Channel TV" has left again.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Pasien TV" has started on , Fta. Dakwah Channel has left.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "AFP TV" on is now Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 10977 V TV Lao, Lao Star, LNTV 3, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, MRTV Music, MRTV Cartoon, Aljazeera English, Quran TV, MRTV Movies, Channel NewsAsia, CCTV 4 Asia, CCTV 9 Documentary, T Sports Channel, Khon Kaen Channel, Buriram Channel, TV 3, Trang Channel, Nakhon Channel, Chumpon Channel, You Channel, Sabaidee TV, Thai Channel 2, 4050 Channel, Fan TV, Bang Channel, MRTV, MRTV 4, Channel 7, MWD and RTM TV 1 have left .

SES 8 95.0E 11038 V "Bangkok Channel, Q plus, Sawatdee Sayhi TV, Thai Life TV, MongkolChannel, Motorsport TV, IPM Show, IPM Show 2, IPM Show 3, IPM Show 4,The iTravel Channel, View World, I-Movie, I-Asia, A Film, Movies & satAsia, AniPlus Thailand, Kids Song, Baby Plus, Topline TV, M Channel,Toon Toon, KitKids, Loso, K Boom, Channel Anime, Party Channel, Thai Twenty, Good Sport, Variety Hit, Bluesky Channel and TVD Shop" have left

SES 8 95.0E 11481 H "MV TV Family, TV 3 Family, Nation TV, GMM 25, Thai PBS, MNS 2, On Shop,Fasai, MNS, W Channel, Asia Hits, Line Thai, TNN 24, Workpoint 23,True 4U, Spring News, Voice TV 21, New TV, Now 26, Mono 29,Bright TV 20, Thai TV 7, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD, Boomerang Thailand,GangCartoon Channel, Thai TV 5 HD1, BBTV Channel 7, NBT TV and Thai TV 3" have left

SES 8 95.0E 11542 H "Asia Movie HD, World Story HD, Travel Channel HD, Variety One HD, AniPlus Thailand, Motorvision TV, World Movies HD, Fashion One Asia,
K Boom, Buriram Channel, Channel Anime, Variety Two HD, Kids Song, Film Plus, View World, Motorsport TV, Sport 1, Thai TV 7, MV TV Family, Maya 47, NBT TV, Thai TV 5 HD1, One HD 31, BBTV Channel 7, MCOT HD, Thairath TV 32, TV 3 HD, Amarin 34 HD, PPTV HD 36, Thai PBS, Boomerang
Thailand and Series + HD have left" .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "CCTV 9 Documentary" has left again.

ABS 2 75.0E 3649 H "Quran TV" on is now in clear.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "J Movie has again replaced Jaya Plus" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4112 H "Samaa TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经56度轨道位置的Express AT1号卫星Ku频段,TV-TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置12149 L 27500参数免费接收。 [6月27日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,NHK World TV HD(高清)频道新增,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [6月27日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(南非)频道消失,设置4167 V 5064参数无效接收。 [6月27日]


Iran claims 2 orbital slots for launching domestic satellites

From http://en.mehrnews.com/news/117682/Iran-claims-2-orbital-slots-for-launching-domestic-satellites

TEHRAN, Jun. 28 (MNA) – The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has reinstated Iran’s license on two orbital slots, Deputy head of Iranian Space Agency said Tuesday.

Deputy Head of Iranian Space Agency, Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, told Mehr News that at the moment, the ITU has reinstated two orbital slots for Iran, located at 34 degrees east and 24.19 degrees; “these two slots are reserved for national telecommunication satellite and a radio and television broadcasting satellite,” he said, adding “we can make use of the slots as soon as programs for constructing these satellites have begun.”

Sadr went on to add that Iran also holds rights to a number of orbital positions so that it will be able to make use of them one day; “the condition on being able to use an orbital position is to having placed a satellite there,” he said.

According to Sadr, the ITU regulations no longer allows a country to permanently keep an orbital slot; “once a satellite’s useful life ends, countries must start planning for the next satellite to take its place,” he said.

If countries do not intend to place a satellite in their orbital slot, the rights will be temporarily given to other countries under an MoU, he added.

“Right now, we are on our way to obtain the right to make use of our orbital slots,” he said.

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, is part of the United Nations system. The ITU has 193 Member States and almost 800 Sector Members and Associates and acts as a forum for governments and the private sector to coordinate technical and policy matters related to global telecommunications networks and services.

Google Earth and Maps get sharper satellite imagery with new update

From https://techcrunch.com/2016/06/27/google-earth-and-maps-get-sharper-satellite-imagery-with-new-update/

Several years ago, Google engineers figured out a way to stitch together satellite imagery to remove clouds, giving Google Earth and Google Maps users a better and more comprehensive view of the ground below. Today, the company has repeated the process, but this time with newer, crisper imagery from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Landsat 8 satellite.

When Google first unveiled its techniques for eliminating from Google Earth images striped artifacts, clouds and other atmospheric effects, it was using imagery from Landsat 7.

However, the images Landsat 7 captured after 2003 were affected by a hardware failure that resulted in diagonal gaps of missing data. This was still the best imagery available at the time, though, which forced Google to come up with a means of removing those gaps from Google Earth. It did so by analyzing a large number of images, similar to how it produced this global time-lapse image of the earth.

Now Google has updated Google Earth with the imagery from Landsat 8, launched in 2013. The new satellite is able to capture images with “greater detail, truer colors, and at an unprecedented frequency — capturing twice as many images as Landsat 7 does every day,” Google announced on its Google Maps blog this afternoon.

As before, the new Google Earth imagery is also cloud-free, thanks to mining nearly a petabyte of data. That’s more than 700 trillion pixels, the company notes, or 7,000 times more pixels than the number of estimated stars in the Milky Way, it adds, having fun with the numbers.

The result is sharper and more current images on Google Earth than before. Where things were blurry, they’re now crisp — for example, when you look down on New York City, you can now see details like skyscrapers, building shadows and baseball fields in Central Park, thanks to Landsat 8. Landsat, which has been in operation since 1972 to track changes to the earth over time, makes its data open and accessible, which is how Google is able to update its maps products as new imagery becomes available.

The updated maps are live now in both Google Earth and when viewing the satellite layer in Google Maps.

BBC readies for UHD/HDR transmissions

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/27/bbc-readies-for-uhdhdr-transmissions/

The BBC is stockpiling suitable programming in preparation for the start of a dedicated 4K/UHD channel.

The Corporation, as part of its relationship with commercial arm BBC Worldwide, has been producing 4K programming for many years. This content usually comes from the BBC’s Natural History Unit in Bristol and mainly comprises quite stunning factual programming shot in – at least – 4K and High Dynamic Range.

It is understood that the dedicated channel will go on air about a year from now and starting with long-form coverage of the 2017 Wimbledon Tennis Championships. The BBC – usually with help from Sony – has trialled 4K at the All England Club since 2013. Last year, Wimbledon’s Number 1 Court saw tests and closed-circuit transmissions of 8K managed by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster.

NHK is already working with the BBC on its jointly-developed Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) technology which is backward compatible with today’s normal Standard Dynamic Range displays.

The BBC has also tested 4K workflow processes since 2014, as well as various data compression technologies, in readiness for transmission to begin. It captured some of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in 4K, for example.

At one stage it was thought that 4K transmissions might have been announced for 2016 broadcasts, but have not materialised.

Last week, GfK issued statistics which showed that by the end of 2017 some 5 million British homes would have bought 4K sets.

Viewers can already watch 4K/UHD programming, on services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime, as well as on UHD Blu-ray devices.

Deutsche Welle to focus German TV service on culture

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2016/06/27/deutsche-welle-to-focus-german-tv-service-on-culture/

Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) will revamp its German-language TV service into a cultural channel in early 2017.

DW’s board welcomed the proposal by the broadcaster’s general director Peter Limbourg at its assembly in Berlin on June 24, 2016 through which the currently news-focused channel will gain a “distinctive cultural profile”, according to a DW statement.

Globally, around 180 million people speak German, the majority living in Europe. A study by DW’s market and media research department concluded that the current users of the German-language DW services are particularly interested in culture and arts as well as the German perspective on international issues.

Though intensified collaboration with ARD and ZDF, the new schedule of the German-language TV service will comprise a larger number documentaries and other programmes from the domestic public broadcasters. DW will provide short news throughout the day alongside original productions, for example regarding arts, culture, music and lifestyle.

(Craig's comment, it seems like every 6 months or so, Dwelle trys to rebrand itself)


As noticed last week, TV Plus on Intelsat 19 are conducting 5 x SD HEVC test channels that are FTA at the moment on TP 12287 H

Now the tricky part , very few people out there will have receivers that can handle the newer H265 Hevc format.

They load as Radio on my Ultraplus 9200x, however recording them for a few minutes then accessing the Harddrive
and transferring them to my PC. They will play fine on VLC player. If you have a receiver that will stream to a pc without re-encoding then you may be able to use a similar method to watch in realtime in VLC Player.

Failing that just get a PCI or USB satellite tuner, and use an Hevc codec for playback.

The channels are as below
H265 "TEST 1" VPID 0563 APID 0884 E (Greece)
H265 "TEST 2" VPID 0564 APID 0867 EPT3 (Greece)
H265 "TEST 3" VPID 0565 APID 0868 MAD (Greece)
H265 "TEST 4" VPID 0566 APID 0869 EPT2 (Greece)
H265 "TEST 5" VPID 0567 APID 0870 Alpha (Greece)


Jcsat2B has arrived at 154E, where I think it will be active on the KU band for Kacific broadband services to the Pacific Islands

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12640 V 7 Queensland, 7 Two Brisbane, 7 mate, 7 flix and Racing.com have started on , Fta.

ABS 6 159.0E 3559 V "TV 9 Nusantara, TVRI Nasional, Bali TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, TV Edukasi, DW, TVOne, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosiar, Kompas TV, Net and Jak TV" have left .

JCSAT 14 154E JCSAT 14 has arrived at 154 East.

NSS 11 108.2E Almost all channels in the G Sat muxes on 12431 H, 12471 H and 12711 H are now encrypted.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4167 V "Racing International" has left .

KazSat 2 86.5E 11495 V Kazakstan, Balapan, Khabar, KazSport, Bilim zhane Madeniet, 24 KZ, Astana TV and 7 Kanal on are now encrypted.
KazSat 2 86.5E 11504 V "KTK, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, 31 Kanal, NTK, STV and Almaty TV" are now encrypted.

ABS 2 75.0E 11793 H "Sangeet Bhojpuri" is Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12347 V "BBC World News South Asia and TLC HD World India" have started on , Exset.
ABS 2 75.0E 12467 V "Phoenix InfoNews Channel and Tara Muzik" have started on , Exset.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "Jaya Plus has replaced J Movie" on , Fta.

KazSat 3 58.5E 10720 V "KazSport, Bilim zhane Madeniet, Almaty TV, Perviy kanal Eurasia, Mir, RBK TV Kazakstan, Fashion One Europe and AMC Russia" have started on , Irdeto. KHL TV has left.
KazSat 3 58.5E 10762 V Planeta HD, TLC Russia, History Russia, Discovery Channel Russia, Premiera, KinoHit and Russkiy Bestseller International have started on Irdeto. Kazakh TV has left.
KazSat 3 58.5E 10804 V Domashniy International has started on , Irdeto. Nash Futbol has left.

From asiatvro site

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。 [6月27日]

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,UEFA A替换Reserved(高清)频道,设置12531 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 9号卫星Ku频段,UEFA B替换Aquarium HD(高清)频道,设置12571 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道解密,设置3970 V 13400参数免费接收。 [6月26日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fishing And Hunting(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置11732 V 43000参数有条件接收。[06-26]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(儿童)频道加密,设置12604 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月26日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Nautlcal Channel(高清)频道消失,设置11593 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月26日]

东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jaya Plus(印度)等频道解密,设置4130 V 12800参数免费接收。 [6月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(高清)频道加密,设置3847 V 7855参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Yes TV(高清)频道解密,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [6月25日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jaya Plus(印度)等全组频道加密,设置4130 V 12800参数有条件接收。 [6月25日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fashion HD、K Boom(高清)等全组频道消失,设置11541 H 45000参数无效接收。 [6月25日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Pratum、TV 1替换Thai 20、Show 3(泰国)频道,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月25日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Fhawanmai、Korat News(泰国)频道解密,设置11038 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月25日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Crime(蒙古)高清频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [6月24日]


China’s new Long March 7 rocket successful on first flight

From https://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/25/chinas-new-long-march-7-rocket-successful-on-first-flight/

The new kerosene-fueled Long March 7 rocket rocket, developed to become a workhorse for a planned Chinese space station and the country’s clandestine military space program, flew into orbit Saturday on its inaugural flight from a launch base on Hainan Island in the South China Sea.

Burning a combination of rocket-grade kerosene and liquid oxygen, six YF-100 engines on the Long March 7’s core stage and boosters lit with a flash of orange light and climbed away from a new launch pad at 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT; 8 p.m. Beijing time) Saturday, according to the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp., or CASC, the Chinese space program’s state-owned prime contractor.

Thousands of space enthusiasts crowded around the Wenchang launch base on Hainan Island off China’s southern coastline to get a view of the nighttime blastoff. In a rare move for China’s still-secretive space program, authorities established eight viewing sites around Wenchang to host the public.

Climbing atop more than 1.6 million pounds of thrust, the 174-foot-tall (53-meter) rocket soared southeast from Wenchang, releasing its four liquid-fueled strap-on boosters at about T+plus 2 minutes, 55 seconds, to fall into the South China Sea. Moments later, the twin-engine first stage shut down and separated.

Four smaller YF-115 engines, burning the same kerosene/liquid oxygen mixture, ignited on the Long March 7’s second stage to continue the journey into space, reaching a preliminary orbit about 10 minutes after liftoff.

The Long March 7 is the most powerful rocket ever built in China, with capacity to place nearly 30,000 pounds — about 13.5 metric tons — into low Earth orbit, roughly equivalent to the performance of a United Launch Alliance Atlas 5 rocket with two solid rocket boosters. That figure will soon be bested by the heavy-lift Long March 5 launcher, will haul up to 55,000 pounds — 25 metric tons — into low Earth orbit after it debuts later this year from a nearby launch pad at Wenchang, matching the low-altitude orbit capability of ULA’s Delta 4-Heavy rocket.

China’s official Xinhua news agency reported the Long March 7 reached an orbit with a low point of about 120 miles, or 200 kilometers, and a high point of about 244 miles, or 394 kilometers. Independent tracking data fro the U.S. military showed two objects attributed to the Long March 7 launch orbiting Earth at a similar altitude, with an inclination of 40.8 degrees.

The Long March 7 rocket lifted off at 1200 GMT (8 a.m. EDT; 8 p.m. Beijing time) Saturday. Credit: Xinhua

Several experiments and satellite were bolted inside the rocket’s aerodynamic nose cone. In a statement released after Saturday’s launch, CASC said the payloads included a Yuanzheng 1A upper stage that was programmed to ignite several times after separation from the Long March 7’s second stage.

The Yuanzheng upper stage is similar to space tugs flown on other Long March rocket variants to place satellites for China’s Beidou navigation network into high-altitude orbits.

A sub-scale capsule for a next-generation crew spaceship also flew on Saturday’s launch for an atmospheric re-entry test, kicking off development of a spacecraft to replace China’s Shenzhou crew transport, CASC said in a statement.

The People’s Daily, a Communist Party newspaper, reported the other small satellites launched Saturday will demonstrate techniques to clean up space junk, test communications technologies, and measure Earth’s gravity field and radiation environment for Chinese university students.

There was also an experiment aboard Saturday’s flight to investigate satellite refueling in orbit, the People’s Daily reported.

The Long March 7 will eventually become a workhorse for China’s space program, receiving certification to carry astronauts and send automated supply ships to China’s planned space station. Flights of the Tianzhou cargo craft, analogous to Russia’s Progress resupply freighter, will begin next year to service China’s Tiangong 2 space lab, a human-rated testbed for a larger orbiting complex set for completion by 2022.

The China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, or CALT, a division of CASC responsible for rocket development, said Saturday the Long March 7 will assume most of the country’s space launch needs.

In development for eight years, the Long March 7 is one of several new rockets Chinese officials plan to replace the country’s existing launcher fleet.

The Long March 2, 3 and 4 series of rockets are based on technology originally developed in the 1970s and 1980s. They also burn a toxic mix of hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide propellants, chemicals that are harmful to humans and the environment.

The Long March 6 is the smallest of the new rocket fleet, capable of catapulting small satellites into low-altitude orbits. It successfully flew for the first time in September 2015.

The Long March 7 will serve mid-sized payloads, and the Long March 5 is for heavier missions.

Chinese space officials and state media outlets touted the switch to more environmentally-friendly kerosene and liquid oxygen propellants, which are already widely used on rockets in Russia and the United States. The new kerosene-burning engine for the Long March 7 also generates more thrust and is more fuel-efficient, CALT said in a statement.

Launches from the Wenchang space center, built between 2009 and 2014, also fly over open ocean instead of over land, allowing the rockets to deposit spent rocket stages in the South China Sea.

Wenchang sits at 19 degrees north latitude, closer to the equator than any other site in China, allowing rockets to take better advantage of Earth’s spin rate and put heavier satellites into space, especially communications payloads heading to geostationary orbit.

“China’s fourth launch site, Wenchang will be used to dispatch satellites, large space stations and deep space probes,” Xinhua said. “It is designed to handle up to 10-12 launches a year. The planned space station and all attendant cargo and service launches will be handled by Wenchang.”

Wenchang’s coastal location also permits deliveries of large spacecraft by sea. China’s other launch bases are in land-locked regions, limiting transport options to road and rail connections, Xinhua reported.

The climate at Wenchang is wetter than other Chinese space centers, so engineers added waterproof skin to the launch complex and the new rocket family. Workers erected four lightning protection towers around the Long March 5 and Long March 7 launch pads to shield the rockets from damage during thunderstorms.

The maiden flight of the Long March 7 will not only be followed by the debut of the Long March 5 later this year.

Chinese engineers are finishing testing of the Tiangong 2 space lab, a follow-up to China’s Tiangong 1 module that hosted astronauts in 2012 and 2013. Tiangong 2 will launch as soon as September on an older-model Long March 2F rocket from a launch center in northwest China, followed by the end of the year with the liftoff of a two-person crew on the Shenzhou 11 mission to visit the orbiting lab for 30 days.

Brexit: Risks for TV subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/24/brexit-risks-for-tv-subs/

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union could have dramatic consequences for the country’s pay-TV viewers.

With an exit from the EU would come the abandonment of the various EU-backed ‘Television without Frontiers’ directives, and its follow-up proposals to permit existing national subscribers to view their paid-for programming in foreign countries.

The Television Without Frontiers directive, now part of the formal EU Audio-visual Media Services Directive, also includes its MEDIA programme to support film-makers, and aid in the form of its Creative Europe policy

Also at risk would be the EU-backed regulations to permit Europe-wide data-roaming and fair-prices for cellular telephony usage.

BBC boost for HbbTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/24/bbc-boost-for-hbbtv/

The BBC, working in collaboration with Freeview, Digital UK and the DTG, has announced that it intends to accelerate the adoption of international standards around interactive TV in the UK market. The Corporation says it has developed an “innovative” plan to move beyond legacy MHEG technology to industry-wide adoption of HbbTV 2.0.1 in time for equipment manufacturers to build HbbTV into 2018 product cycles.

As part of this, the BBC will remove the MHEG requirement from the ‘BBC Interactive HTML application’ specification, and work with industry partners to align other specifications such as the D-Book owned by the DTG, and the Freeview Play specification and Trade Mark Licence framework managed by Digital UK and Freeview.

Working in close consultation with manufacturers and other affected parties, a plan will be developed by the BBC, Freeview, Digital UK and the DTG by September 2016. It will then be shared publicly in relevant industry forums. The plan will include, among other things, the development and sharing of test applications to enable manufacturers to ensure correct behaviour of the new HbbTV-based services.

The BBC believes this approach addresses the feedback received to date from manufacturers while balancing the needs of audiences to drive the industry forwards and provide a better environment for UK free-to-air


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Thursday evening feed

Optus D1 12635 V 7200 AFL from Adelaide.

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Intelsat 8@ 169E "Edge Sports" is FTA on 4026 H Sr 7450. Provider - Avcomm

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Optus D1 160.0E 12396 V Sr 20103 Fec 8/9 16 APSK mode, MIS multistream format "9 GEM, Channel Nine Melbourne, 9 Go!, 9 Life, Extra, Channel Nine Brisbane and Channel Nine Perth" plus other regions have started on , Fta.

(Craig's comment, this has been there a long time, but not published , it needs a LOT of signal, plus a compatible receiver. There is also similar mux on D1 with all the ABC channels in it usingthe same format)

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Holla has replaced TV Parlemen" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E Almost all channels in the Skynindo muxes on 4100 V and 4140 V are encrypted again.

SES 9 108.2E 12531 V "UEFA A" has started on , Verimatrix.
SES 9 108.2E 12571 V "UEFA B" has started on , Verimatrix.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Six" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3802 H "Movies Now 2" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3840 H "NHK World TV and NHK World Premium (Conax)" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4130 V "Jaya Plus, Jaya Max and Jaya TV on are now Fta. J Movie" has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "Access TV has started on , Fta. Fire TV" has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "4WG TV, TTVM TV and Champions of Fire TV" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 V "Channel Zim TV" has started on , Fta. Redemption TV Ministry has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Vescovo TV and MFM TV" have started on , Fta. Aforevo Music TV, Hadi TV 5 and Holy TV have left.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "24 News, Sakhi TV, Flowers TV, TV New and Darshana TV" have left

Belintersat 1 51.5E 3630 R "EBC" has started on , Fta.

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RNZI moves to a one-transmitter operation

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/307195/rnzi-moves-to-a-one-transmitter-operation

Information for individual analogue short-wave listeners in the Pacific region.

RNZ International (RNZI) is retiring its 27-year-old analogue-only short-wave transmitter and moving to a one-transmitter operation.

From 1 July 2016 we will be using our newer digital/analogue transmitter and swapping between its digital short-wave and analogue short-wave modes throughout each day.

The digital short-wave mode delivers a signal to relaying Pacific stations, and the analogue short-wave mode reaches individual short-wave listeners.

RNZI has made the decision not to replace the old short-wave transmitter, but to instead maximize the flexibility of our newer short-wave transmitter by using either its analogue or digital mode to deliver to different audiences at different times of the day.

We are also focusing on broadening the options for delivering our signal to relaying radio stations. These stations broadcast our daily news and current affairs content over their own local stations - and allow us to reach a large local Pacific audience.

By working with partners like the BBC World Service (Pacific stream) and Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited (PCBL) (which includes the former TVNZ satellite service) we've been extending our content delivery via satellite. We'll be continuing to focus on this as a complimentary delivery to the DRM digital short-wave service.

RNZI's online content and delivery, partnerships and use of our specialist content by individuals, media and organisations in the Pacific and worldwide, is also growing.

The move to a one-transmitter operation will result in a reduced service to current individual short-wave listeners in the region. RNZI will still broadcast in analogue short-wave for extensive periods of each day, but there won't be a 24 hour service as there has been. This is likely to be most felt during breakfast hours when we will need to broadcast a digital signal for relaying stations, rather than an analogue one.

However, RNZI remains committed towards providing an analogue short-wave service for individual listeners across the Pacific. Our role in warning about, and covering, cyclones remains especially important. During cyclone season, RNZI has the flexibility to choose to broadcast entirely in analogue if we need to temporarily provide a fulltime service to individual listeners.

Over time we hope more individuals will be able to access our content online access the region. Online use of RNZI is growing quickly with Pacific visitors and others now increasingly accessing content on the RNZI site.

And in future years, as stations adopt other ways of receiving our signal, we may be able to devote more of our short-wave transmission capacity back into broadcasting in analogue.

With a mix of analogue short-wave, digital DRM short-wave, satellite, partnerships and online content delivery, we remain in a solid position to deliver our unique Pacific content to audiences in the region and beyond.

Our analogue and digital frequency schedule is available at www.rnzi.com along with with updated broadcast times.

Linden Clark

RNZI Manager

Radio New Zealand



Leading Global Satellite Operator SES Partners with Singapore EDB’s Office for Space Technology and Industry

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160623006519/en/Leading-Global-Satellite-Operator-SES-Partners-Singapore

New cooperation will result in development and innovation in next-generation satellite technologies, hardware and software tools

LUXEMBOURG & SINGAPORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES (Euronext Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) today inked an agreement with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), marking its inaugural cooperation with EDB’s Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn) to explore greater development and innovation in satellite technologies, hardware and software tools for satellite networks of the future.

SES and EDB will work with Singapore research institutes and industry partners in the design, prototyping and production of technologies for mobility applications in the aeronautical, automotive and maritime sectors.

Other potential areas of collaboration with EDB include the development of software to manage next generation satellite networks, as well as producing innovative, compact components for Internet of Things (IoT) applications, which will continue to advance Singapore in realising its vision of a Smart Nation.

The partnership will also pave the way for collaboration between Singapore and Luxembourg universities and research institutions to develop state-of-the-art satellite and radio communications technologies.

Beh Kian Teik, Executive Director at EDB’s OSTIn, said, “We are pleased to be working with SES to explore innovation opportunities in space technology and communications. SES is a leading operator in the satellite communications market and will further boost the maturity of R&D in Singapore’s space sector. This partnership also validates the growing capabilities of our space industry and the growing strength of our research institutions.”

“Singapore has been home to SES in Asia for the past 15 years and is an important centre for our business. The country has rapidly risen into a world-class R&D and innovation hub, and in partnering with EDB and collaborating with local industry and research partners, we are excited to play a role in further developing the emerging local space and satellite sector and realising Singapore’s space aspirations,” said Deepak Mathur, Senior Vice President Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES.

Indonesia`s Lapan-A3 satellite launched in India

From http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/105375/indonesias-lapan-a3-satellite-launched-in-india

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian satellite LAPAN A3 was launched in India on Wednesday, June 22 aboard the India-owned Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C34).

Indonesias LAPAN A3 was launched together with 19 other satellites from the United States, Germany and Canada, according to a press release from the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to India in New Delhi received here on Thursday.

According to the embassy, the satellite launch was conducted at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, India.

The launch was witnessed by a delegation from the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Ministry for Economic Affairs and representatives of the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi and the International Tech Park Chennai (ITPC).

LAPAN A3 is a micro satellite, built in collaboration with IPB and LAPAN, which functions as an earth observation tool for land use monitoring, natural resources and the environment.

The satellite is the third Indonesia-owned satellite launched with Indian rocket launchers.

Earlier, Indonesian satellite LAPAN TUBSAT was launched in 2007 and LAPAN A2 was launched in 2015.

The launch was the biggest satellite launch ever undertaken by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

Similar to the previous satellite generation (Lapan-A2/ORARI), the Lapan A3 satellite is also equipped with the Automatic Identification System (AIS) to monitor global marine traffic.

If previously the Lapan-A2 was orbiting the earth around the equator, then the Lapan-A3 is orbiting the earth across the North Pole and the South Pole of the earth (polar orbit), so it will complement the monitoring of data traffic of ships from satellites.

These satellites have a vessel monitoring mission to complement the data obtained from the Lapan A2 satellite.

With the launch of the satellite, Lapan A3 is expected to provide more accurate information as it will be orbiting Indonesia more often.

Moreover, Lapan A3s other mission is to measure the Earths magnetic field and as an experimental test mission of the new equipment developed by Indonesian Lapan engineers.

Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space began developing a satellite in 2007, with LAPAN A1 after undergoing training in Germany and then produced their own next generation LAPAN A2, which was launched in 2014.(*)

Somali television station blocked from satellite network

From http://www.mareeg.com/somali-television-station-blocked-from-satellite-network/

The Thai geostationary communications satellite provider Thaicom 5 has blocked access to the Somali television Horn Cable, terminating its years-long contract this week with the station, sources said.

The reason behind the decision remains unclear. Subscribers were unable to watch the Hargeisa-based popular television this week after the channel was taken down, leaving subscribers in Hargeisa the only viewers of the television.

Sources privy with the HCTV told Somalinote that television station’s subscription was cancelled after it reported about a raid by Ethiopian military in a Somali-dominant village in the east of the country last week, killing at least 20 people, including women and children.

According to sources, Ethiopian government which had earlier complained of the report might have lobbied the termination of the television’s subscription with the support of its close ally, Israel which partially controls the Thaicom 5 satellite provider.

PR, an Israeli satellite provider is a co shareholder of Thaicom 5.

It’s the second time the Thai satellite company had cancelled Horn Cable Television’s subscription. In 2013, the channel was taken down for the first time after a complaint by Ethiopian government which accused the television station of broadcasting reports in favor of ONLF, an ethnic-Somali rebel group fighting the government.

Boeing proposes big satellite constellations in V- and C-bands

From http://spacenews.com/boeing-proposes-big-satellite-constellations-in-v-and-c-bands/

Boeing proposes a constellation of between 1,396 and 2,956 V-band satellites in 35-74 orbital planes at 1,200 km in altitude. Each satellite's footprint would be subdivided into thousands of 8-11-km-diameter cells, with each cell using up to 5 GHz of bandwidth. Boeing also wants regulators to clear the way for a mega-constellation in C-band. Source: Boeing

PARIS – Boeing wants U.S. and international regulators to relax constraints on low-orbiting satellite broadband constellations using C- and V-band and has specifically asked for a license to launch and operate a network of 1,396-2,956 V-band satellites.

El Segundo, California-based Boeing, a major manufacturer of geostationary-orbiting telecommunications satellites for commercial and government customers, has placed itself squarely on the side of those arguing that low-orbiting constellations can be designed not to interfere with higher-orbit satellites and wireless terrestrial networks.

Boeing’s V-band network would operate at 1,200 kilometers in altitude, the same orbit that the 700-satellite OneWeb Ku- and Ka-band network will be using. In its June 22 petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Boeing says it will be able to coexist with OneWeb.

The company outlines its network’s features for orbital debris mitigation, both in terms of how the satellites would be designed to withstand debris impact and how they would be removed from orbit on retirement.

Boeing does not estimate how big or costly the satellites would be, but says they will have on-board backup for all vulnerable or critical satellite systems and bumper shields and debris blankets for debris protection.

The company says the satellites would have only one propellant tank and that 90 percent of the propellant would be reserved for lowering the satellites’ orbit to an altitude of less than 500 kilometers. From there, their orbit would naturally degrade and they would be pulled into the atmosphere well before the 25-year limit encouraged by international recommendations.

V-band, but C-band, too

C-band spectrum reserved for satellite systems has been under regular attack by terrestrial-wireless interests for years. At a June 13-14 meeting at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which regulates wireless spectrum and satellite orbital slots, satellite industry officials said those attacks are continuing despite last year’s World Radiocommunications Conference (WRC-15) of global regulators, which reaffirmed satellites’ regulatory primacy in most of the C-band spectrum.

It was at this meeting that Audrey L. Allison, Boeing’s senior director for frequency management systems, asked for a broad review of C- and V-band spectrum rules at the WRC conference scheduled for 2019. The reviews were put on regulators’ agenda at WRC-15.

Allison’s principal argument is that current power limits on C- and V-band satellite networks were set more than a decade ago, when a proposed highly elliptical orbit constellation was in planning. The network was never built, but the regulations remained in force. Boeing’s proposed V-band network, like its C-band proposal, is for constellations in circular orbit, which the company says poses less of a threat to satellites broadcasting the same frequencies from geostationary orbit over the equator than would a highly elliptical orbit.

Allison said Boeing, as a builder of geostationary-orbit satellites, would not enter the broadband LEO constellation market, where multiple systems are in the proposal stage, if it had not assured itself that coexistence was feasible.

Operators of Ku-band telecommunications satellites in geostationary orbit have expressed reserve about OneWeb. Tony Azarelli, OneWeb’s regulatory and policy vice president, told the ITU conference that the company would follow all ITU procedures to protect Ku-band emissions from geostationary satellites.

The issue is particularly critical over the equator, where OneWeb has committed to switching off some of its satellites’ beams to reduce signal strength, called equivalent power flux density limits, to avoid interfering with geostationary satellite signals.

Allison did not address what measures Boeing’s C-band network would take to avoid the same issue.

V-band remains a largely unexplored as a commercial broadcast frequency. Terrestrial 5G cellular networks propose using it, and Boeing’s FCC filing says it can coexist with them as well as with any future V-band satellite systems.

As is true of most satellite broadband systems being designed, Boeing’s C- and V-band networks would feature intense reuse of the broadcast frequencies. For the V-band network, the company says each satellite’s beams would be subdivided into thousands of cells, each 8-11 kilometers in diameter and each carrying up to five 1-gigahertz channels.

Boeing is asking regulators – the FCC has notified the ITU of the V-band network filing – not to divide the 5 GHz of V-band spectrum, but rather to allow any future licensees to share it.

The company is asking the FCC to modify eight of its rules to permit the system’s development. For example, the FCC’s equivalent power flux density limits are stricter than the ITU’s; Boeing asks that the U.S. regulator raise its limits.

Interim deployment of 1,396 satellites

Boeing is also asking the FCC to accept a two-part deployment plan without affixing licensing and bond-deposit requirements on each. The first deployment would be of 1,396 satellites – 35 planes orbiting at 45 degrees’ inclination relative to the equator, and six planes at 55 degrees.

Once the business plan justifies it, the remaining 1,560 satellites would be launched, adding 12 more planes at 55 degrees inclination at the same 1,200-kilometer orbit, and 21 planes inclined at 88 degrees and orbiting at 1,000 kilometers in altitude.

In her ITU presentation, Allison made clear that systems like this cannot be built without regulatory modifications.

“Radio regulations now are based on previous-generation NGSO [non-geostationary-orbit] technologies and effectively preclude operating NGSO systems from fulfilling the vision of a true NGSO global broadband system,” Allison said.


Boeing on June 23 issued the following statement on this story:

Boeing is developing concepts for a global broadband system that would provide a wide range of advanced telecommunications services for commercial and governmental users. With that in mind, Boeing has applied to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for a license to utilize spectrum it would need to support such a service.

As stated in the FCC application, the proposed system would operate in the same V-band spectrum as fifth-generation (5G) systems. Boeing believes technological advances make possible the effective sharing of spectrum for the delivery of global communications services, including satellite-delivered broadband and terrestrial 5G applications. Although a great deal of spectrum is already available for current generation mobile wireless, Boeing recognizes the need for spectrum is constantly growing as 5G services approach the market. At the same time, Boeing believes the FCC must ensure that any 5G designations provide protection for existing satellite services and future growth of the satellite industry.

With the requested license, the company could contribute to the public interest by injecting new competition and expanded capabilities into the broadband satellite services industry. Boeing supports the FCC’s desire to extend America’s leadership in advanced communications services and to foster the widespread availability of broadband services, including to unserved and underserved regions and populations.

As it enters its second century of innovation in the global aerospace and satellite telecommunications industries, Boeing believes the proposed system would offer the additional public benefit of extending U.S. technological leadership in the next generation of satellite products and manufacturing. Designing concepts for a broadband system is a natural evolution and extension of our more than 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing complex satellite systems, coupled with our ability to integrate advanced technologies in networked communications.

While the FCC considers its license request, Boeing will continue to develop technical and business plans for the proposed system. For proprietary reasons, Boeing will refrain for now from providing additional details beyond what is contained in the license application.

Eutelsat first in the world to achieve new quality certification from World Teleport Association (WTA)

From http://www.satellite-evolution.com/group/site/?p=47240

The World Teleport Association (WTA) today announced that Eutelsat Communications has achieved Full Tier 4 Certification for its Paris-Rambouillet teleport in France under WTA’s recently launched Teleport Certification Program. Tier 4 is the highest of four quality tiers and the Paris-Rambouillet Teleport is the first in the world to achieve that level of Certification.

The Certification program involves a rigorous assessment of teleport facilities, technology and operating procedures, which together form the foundation of quality of service. The program begins when the teleport operator completes a +170-item questionnaire covering business continuity, transmission chains, satellite and terrestrial connectivity, safety, security including cybersecurity, and the network operations center. Procedural questions examine satellite and terrestrial capacity management, service continuity, physical and cybersecurity processes, and change management.

WTA analyzed the company’s completed questionnaire and issued a Provisional Certification in April. Eutelsat then hosted a 2-day site audit by a WTA-approved engineering consultant in May. The audit had three goals: to validate the self-reported information in the questionnaire, to note positive and negative variances, and to offer recommendations for improvements in facilities and procedures. The resulting Tier 4 Certification of Eutelsat’s Paris-Rambouillet Teleport will remain in effect for three years before re-certification is required.

José Sanchez, Eutelsat’s Director of Service Operations, said: “The achievement of the Tier-4 WTA certification represents new international recognition of Eutelsat’s customer service standards, complementing our ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications. To be awarded this highest level of certification shows the commitment of our teams to providing the highest quality of service to our customers and the remarkable performance of our facilities at the Paris-Rambouillet teleport in terms of infrastructure, security and operational procedures.”

“The success of our Certification program depends on its adoption by teleport and satellite operators,” said WTA executive director Robert Bell. “It is their participation and support that translates a comprehensive quality program like this one into a global standard, which in turn drives quality improvements that benefit customers around the world. In that context, Eutelsat’s Tier 4 Certification at its Paris-Rambouillet teleport is good news for the entire industry, and we are grateful for the leadership shown by Eutelsat.”

WTA’s Teleport Certification Program aims to serve both teleport operators and their customers by creating an objective, transparent, and internationally accepted method for teleport operators to document the quality of their operations for customers and strategic partners. It also aims to provide a means for customers to select teleport vendors delivering the price-performance level that is appropriate for their applications.

Pakistan starts DTH licence process

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/23/pakistan-starts-dth-licence-process/

Pakistan’s media regulator (PEMRA) is inviting broadcasters to apply for new DTH licences.

Would-be broadcasters must pay a $7,400 with their application. A shortlist of companies will be contacted in September, and would then be pre-qualified to enter an auction for a DTH licence to operate. The successful bidders will be announced “by October” according to PEMRA.

Companies which have previously applied need not re-apply as they have already been shortlisted.

The overall intention is to curb the piracy of DTH signals, in particular those coming from India.


Ultra secret U.S satellite spotted parked near 104E (see news section)

Viceland channel to replace SBS2 , but it will be a PAY channel in NZ.

TV content for the Pacific Islands
See news section for details http://www.pasifikatv.co.nz/

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Security Breach? Amateur Astronomer Has Already Spotted ‘Ultra-Secret’ U.S. Satellite

From http://www.inquisitr.com/3234524/security-breach-amateur-astronomer-has-already-spotted-ultra-secret-u-s-satellite/

The ultra-secret U.S satellite launched by the NRO last week is not so secret anymore. Motherboard reports that some amateur astronomers have already spotted the latest spy satellite.

Amateur skygazers spotted the new craft over the Strait of Malacca, in the skies near Malaysia. They did it only a few days after the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office launched NROL-37.

WDSU reports that the key to spotting a satellite is surprisingly simple, and in this case, the massive size of the NROL-37 worked against it.
“So how was the satellite spotted so quickly? The method is surprisingly simple. Take a camera outside at night, and set it for a long exposure. Any star that doesn’t appear to “move” during the long exposure time is some sort of object in geosynchronous orbit with Earth. Naturally occurring geosynchronous orbits are incredibly rare (so rare that Pluto and Charon are the only examples we’ve discovered so far), so you can safely assume anything moving in time with the Earth’s rotation is manmade.”

Daily Mail reports that the Australian astronomer Paul Camilleri located the craft with guidance from Dutch satellite tracker Marco Langbroek. Langbroek wrote about the discovery on his blog and even hazarded a guess about where the craft will drift and why it was initially placed over central Australia.

“My guess (and no more than that) is that it will eventually stop drifting near either 80 E (south of Sri Lanka) or perhaps 10 E (over central Africa)…The reason for the initial placement near 104 E is likely that in this position it is initially well placed for the Pine Gap Joint Defense Facility ground station in central Australia (one of two facilities dedicated to NRO SIGINT payloads) during the initial check-out phase.”

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO ) is the U.S. intelligence agency that designs, builds, and operates spy satellites and provides satellite intelligence to several government agencies. The portmanteau SIGINT refers to signal intelligence, and the term “payload” refers to the segment of a craft that carries useful cargo or generates revenue.

The latest NRO spy satellite was launched into geostationary orbit via the Delta IV-Heavy rocket, the most powerful rocket currently operating in the world. It was launched on June 11 from the Kennedy Space Center.

Motherboard reports that NROL-37 is the seventh member of the Mentor/Orion family, a class of massive signals intelligence (SIGINT) satellites used to increase the eavesdropping capability of US intelligence agencies.

Public access to the satellite’s communications was cut off shortly after its payload fairing was jettisoned ie. shortly after the protective nose cone at the top of the rocket fell away.

“The public access to the satellite’s communications were promptly cut off when its payload fairing was jettisoned 6.5 minutes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral. This prescheduled radio silence is standard protocol for an NRO launch.”

Motherboard notes approvingly that the NRO mission has a “seriously bada** insignia patch” that looks like something straight out of Game of Thrones.
“[O]ne thing about the mission is abundantly clear: It has a seriously bada** insignia patch. Behold, Sir NROL-37, the dark knight of American reconnaissance spaceflight… It’s not often that a spaceflight mission logo could double as a Game of Thrones character.”

The NRO’s Facebook page provides some information about why they chose the insignia design.

“The mission patch depicts a knight, a symbol of courage with a chivalrous code of conduct representing bravery, training, and service to others… The knight stands in front of the US flag in a defensive posture as to protect at all cost. The eagle on the chest is a symbol of both freedom and the United States of America. The sword is a message of tenacious, fierce focus with the claws representing extreme reach with global coverage.”

What defines an 'online location' in Australian piracy site blocking?

From http://www.itnews.com.au/news/what-defines-an-online-location-in-australian-piracy-site-blocking-421182

Rights holders argue definition is broader than URL, IP address.

Australia’s first test-case of legislation that enables rights holders to block access to overseas piracy websites at the ISP level is wrestling to define what constitutes an “online location”.

Rights holders and Australia’s biggest telcos fronted a court hearing today in the first use of site blocking legislation passed by the Senate last year.

Foxtel and Village Roadshow are jointly seeking to ban access to torrent sites The Pirate Bay, Torrentz, Torrenthound and IsoHunt, as well as streaming site SolarMovie.

The new section 115a of the Copyright Act states a court can order a telco to block access to an overseas “online location” if it is satisfied the primary purpose is to infringe or facilitate the infringement of copyright.

The explanatory memorandum to the bill leaves the definition of the term ‘online location' “intentionally broad” to include a “website” and also “future technologies”.

It specifically identifies online locations as those that provide “programs, links, directories, indexes or other tools to assist copyright infringement”.

Foxtel and Village Roadshow today argued the definition was broader than a website URL or IP address, and could cover an entity that provided access to infringing digital content.

“[It’s] a broader shorthand reference for the idea that those responsible for the publication of the digital content at the website accessible by various URLs and IP addresses are within the broader definition of online location,” Foxtel and Roadshow counsel Richard Lancaster said.

“And the reference to future technologies makes one immediately think of the cloud, which is digital content hosted somewhere on servers. The methods of access might be various, and indeed in this case there are numerous pathways to substantially identical digital information that we’d call the online location.”

He argued that from the user’s perspective, the online location was the same if it offered the same content.

“It doesn’t matter if the technical means of perceiving that content is one URL or one IP address or another,” Lancaster said.

However, Justice Nichols indicated he was unlikely to agree with rights holders' assessment of the legislative term. Part of the issue lies in the bill’s requirement that rights holders prove the online location is housed outside of Australia.

“Well it does [matter], because one [server] might be in Australia and one might be outside Australia. So it can’t be what’s perceived by the user,” Justice Nichols said.

“Location is a geographical term. So when you talk about the cloud, that would depend on where the servers holding that information are.”

Lancaster said the expert advice Foxtel had relied on used WhoIs searches to identify location and ownership of those providing access to the infringing content.

“And then they can say the servers are located in Canada or wherever they might be,” he said.

Proxy problems

The definition of the term will have a big impact on the effectiveness of a site blocking injunction and its ability to stop piracy sites from reappearing under a new URL or IP address.

Rights holders and governments the world over have long faced the problem of proxy or mirror sites, which provide alternate access to a site blocked by a carriage service provider.

Swedish police famously took down The Pirate Bay in late 2014, only for it to reappear hours later under a Costa Rica domain.

A new partnership with CloudFlare last year to handle the site’s traffic also made it far more difficult for telcos to block access to The Pirate Bay’s main portal, and rendered many existing ISP-level blocks useless.

“One of the things that is against us in terms of new access pathways - how to deal with new ways to access this content - raises this very issue,” Foxtel counsel Richard Lancaster said.

“Clearly the way that we proposed your Honour should interpret ‘online location’ is an umbrella broader than merely identified websites; that is the actual address or particular IP address to the digital content accessible there.”

Foxtel is pushing for the top-level domains of the identified sites to be blocked, but also wants a way to deal with the alternate pathways that pop up when a particular piracy site URL or IP address is blocked, through a rolling injunction.

But the rights holders and telcos have been unable to agree as to how this would work.

The ISPs will make their arguments on Friday.

The judge has asked Foxtel's experts to appear to provide a technical explanation of their definition of online content in relation to geography and content.

Viceland to launch in Australia through SBS partnership

From http://www.mediaweek.com.au/viceland-to-launch-in-australia-replaces-sbs2/

SBS are partnering with VICE to launch linear TV channel VICELAND in Australia. The channel will air on free-to-air television and will take the place of SBS2. It launches in late 2016.

The channel represents the second branded channel partnership for SBS in 2016, with SBS earlier this year partnering with Scripps for Food Network.

VICELAND, which launched in the US earlier in 2016, boasts iconoclastic music video and film director Spike Jonze as its co-president with launch shows including the Ellen Page travel series Gaycation, Huang’s World, Noisey, F*ck, That’s Delicious, Weediquette, and Balls Deep, among others. It is expected that they will feature on the Australian channel.

Mediaweek understands that SBS2 flagship news show The Feed, hosted by Marc Fennell and Jeanette Francis, will shift to the newly-branded channel.

Michael Ebeid, SBS managing director and CEO, said: “Exploring diversity through culture is at the heart of SBS’s purpose and we are excited to be partnering with VICE to bring some of the best available content from across the world, never before seen in Australia, in documentary, journalism and inspiring entertainment, free to all Australians on SBS channels and platforms.”

Michael Slonim, VICE Australia managing director, said: “This is a unique partnership that will help catapult VICE further into the consciousness of young Australians. SBS shares our storytelling sensibilities and curiosity about the world, and we’re delighted to be partnering up to bring VICELAND to this market in the biggest way possible.”

The launch of VICELAND in Australia is part of a massive global expansion of the VICE brand with the company expanding out its brand to an additional 50 countries. VICELAND will be available in 44 countries. While the Australian channel partnership is on free-to-air TV, the service will also launch in New Zealand on Sky.

Check out the new TV channel Viceland coming to NZ

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11661827

TV watchers who want something new to chew through are in luck.

Vice's critically acclaimed lifestyle and culture channel Viceland will launch in New Zealand on Sky later this year and will offer shows covering music, fashion, sports, culture and technology.

The channel, which is overseen by Oscar-winning director Spike Jones, promises to deliver thought-provoking and off-kilter TV show options.

Its line-up includes docuseries Gaycation, which is hosted by Inception actress Ellen Page and Ian Daniel and examines gay communities and how they're treated around the world.

F*ck, That's Delicous features rapper Action Bronson sharing his love for food as he goes on tour (warning: video contains explicit language).
And Noisey, a series that takes a deeper look into some of the most interesting music scenes in the US and around the world, hosted by Zach Goldbaum.

Other shows include Huang's World with Eddie Huang, Weediquette with Krishna Andavolu, Balls Deep with Thomas Morton, Women with Gloria Steinem, States of Undress with Hailey Gates, Cyberwar with Ben Makuch and more.

Viceland will be available on Sky later this year, a specific launch date has yet to be confirmed.

Cannes Lions: Viceland to Launch in India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Africa

From http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/cannes-lions-viceland-launch-india-905416

"I announced that we would launch Viceland in 12 countries in 12 months and that is not true. We will, in fact, be launching in 44 countries," says CEO Shane Smith.

Vice Media's Viceland network has struck deals to launch in more international markets, including in India, Southeast Asia, Australia and Africa, among others.

Shane Smith, CEO and founder of Vice, unveiled the deals during a Cannes Lions event on Wednesday.

During the press conference, where the bad boy of media conducted the press conference holding a glass of rose wine, he quipped:

“When I first announced Viceland was going to launch in 12 countries in 12 months everyone rolled their eyes. And it turns out they were right, they were wrong. We didn't do 12 countries in 12 months; we did 44 countries in four months. We are doing television networks, mobile networks, online networks in 44 countries in four months, which is the fastest-growing television network in history," he said of Viceland.

The company unveiled a slew of international digital, mobile and linear TV deals that it said "will further cement its status as the world’s leading youth media brand, while making its multi-screen programming available to audiences across 51 territories."

In India, Vice partnered with The Times of India Group for its market entry across digital, mobile and TV, including a planned launch for Viceland as a "paid TV network." SBS Australia will launch Viceland in Australia, while Sky New Zealand will launch it in New Zealand on Sky TV and Sky Mobile, with Multi Channels Asia to launch the network across Southeast Asia. In Africa, Econet Media will make Viceland available on digital and linear platforms throughout Africa, and Groupe V Media will launch it in Quebec and throughout French-speaking Canada.

In addition, the Moby Group is Vice's partner for a launch of its services in the Middle East, with Viceland not mentioned as part of that initially.

During the press conference, Smith revealed that the previously announced launch of Viceland in France on CanalPlus is expected in November and it will be "well placed alongside international channels" on the dial.

Smith also said that deals in Scandinavia and Germany will be announced shortly, and that the company is in talks with CanalPlus' parent company Vivendi to strike deals in other countries where the media monolith has properties.

The conference focused on the company's partnership with The Times of India, which Smith called "probably the most important millennial market in the world." It will launch in television, mobile, online and "the new fourth screen — print," he joked.

The Times Group is India's largest media group. "For us this is a big move to get into the minds of the 18-year-old socially and intellectually, and the business will cover all aspects of our group. It's not just a digital venture or TV venture. We've committed to building the Vice brand in India," said Times of India head of corporate strategy Snajeev Shah.

The programming mix will pull from Vice's international outlets, its HBO show as well as locally produced programming with the eventual goal of being 50/50 share of content.

Talks began three months ago and the channel's launch will be expected in the first quarter of 2017. The joint venture is not currently structured at 50/50 but "the intent is to get to that soon," said Shah.

"These new partnerships are the latest move by Vice to bring its youth-focused content to as many territories as possible, mixing local and international news, culture and lifestyle programming to young viewers across online, television and mobile," said Vice.

Pasifika TV Programmes On Air Here

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/23/pasifika-tv-programmes-on-air-here/

A new initiative that will now enable Fijians to receive a selection of television programmes from New Zealand through three of our free-to-air broadcasters has been launched.

The Pacific Broadcasting initiative launched here on Monday night at the New Zealand High Commissioner’s residence in Nasese, Suva, has also started distributing television programmes to other Pacific island countries through its channel Pasifika TV.

Pasifika TV content will be made available on local free-to-air television stations Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Fiji TV and Mai TV.

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji, Mark Ramsden said the initiative aimed to inform, educate and entertain people across the region.

“I am pleased that New Zealand sports, current affairs, documentaries and factual series are now available on our local free-to-air stations in Fiji,” he said.

“I strongly believe Fiji will see some great shows and sports from New Zealand.”

The initiative was announced by New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, at the Pacific Islands Forum in September last year.

Mr Ramsden said the New Zealand government was proud to support the initiative.

“We want to continue to foster and develop the relationships we have with our Pacific island neighbours showcasing our culture and identity through television is a great way to do this,” he said.

The initiative will also avail a training programme for local technicians, camera operators, vision switchers and studio technicians to build their skills across the region.

No Secrets: Russia to Publish Catalog Disclosing US Military Satellites

From http://sputniknews.com/science/20160622/1041718824/russia-us-satellites.html

Russia is planning to release to public its catalog of near-Earth objects, including US military satellites, a Russian official said.

Russia will publicly release its own database of Earth orbiting satellites, Viktor Shilin, head of the Russian delegation at the 59th session of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, told the Russian newspaper Izvestia.

The Russian platform would become an analogue to the NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) catalog. It lists over 45,000 tracked objects. Every object has its five-digit number, NORAD ID.

However, in addition to tracking non-military satellites and space debris, the Russian catalog will include data which the United States Space Command does not make public.

The NORAD catalog also restricts data on defense satellites of Washington’s allies, including France, Germany, Israel, and Japan. But it lists Russian military satellites.

Moscow has proposed to merge national databases into one catalog available for every county involved in space activities. Such a platform would provide information on potentially dangerous situation in space (for satellites and objects on earth) as well as on possible dangers for rocket launches.

According to a source close to the matter, the Russian proposal was supported by China, but opposed by the US.

"The US wants to preserve its monopoly in regulating space traffic. Moreover, the US military doesn’t want make data on its objects public," the source said.

"The American may not be concerned over disclosure of their military satellites information. This would happen anyway," Shilin said.

The US brought up the idea of deterrence in space last year, citing Russia and China among the possible rivals. According to the Pentagon, Moscow and China is building up their presence in space while the US is lagging behind.

In 2008, the Russian and Chinese governments proposed an international agreement to prevent the deployment of weapons in outer space but the US government under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama has consistently rejected launching negotiations to conclude such a treaty.

In April, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov assured that Russia will not deploy weapons in space. The ministry warned that deployment of nuclear weapons in space would provoke an uncontrollable arms race.

In late-2015, Russia submitted to the UN General Assembly a draft resolution on space demilitarization. However, the document was blocked by Washington.

Thales Alenia Space to provide payloads for RSCC’S two communications satellites

From http://www.aerospace-technology.com/news/newsthales-alenia-space-to-provide-payloads-for-rsccs-two-communications-satellites-4929875

French-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space Italy has signed a contract with satellite operator Russian Satellite Communication Company (RSCC) to provide payloads for the Express-80 and Express-103 communication satellites.

Once launched, both Express-80 and Express-103 satellites will provide fixed and mobile communications, digital television and radio broadcasting, high-speed internet access and data transmission services across Russia.

Prime satellite contractor and Thales Alenia Space partner ISS-Reshetnev will provide the two electric propulsion platforms for both the Express-80 and Express-103.

"The contract signed today reflects our renewed collaboration with the Russian operator RSCC, as well as our global presence in the commercial market."

To be integrated with the ISS H1000 platforms, the payloads from Thales Alenia Space Italy will be delivered in 2018, a year before the scheduled launch of Express-80.

Thales Alenia Space Italy CEO Donato Amoroso said: "The contract signed today reflects our renewed collaboration with the Russian operator RSCC, as well as our global presence in the commercial market.

"It also confirms Thales Alenia Space's leadership as a provider of complete design services for communications satellites, platforms and payloads."

Thales Alenia Space has so far provided payloads for a number of satellites built on Russian platforms, including Express-A1, Express-A2, Express-A3, Express-A4, Express-AM11, Express AM22, Express AM2, Express-AM3, Express-AM33, AT1 and others.

In 2000, Thales Alenia Space along with Russia's ISS-Reshetnev employed a joint marketing strategy based on the ISS Express-1000 satellite platform.

The partnership between the companies has developed Amos 5, Telkom 3 and Yamal 401 satellites.

Thales Alenia Space has recently completed satellite assembly and testing of first two Iridium NEXT satellites at Orbital ATK facility.

Developed for Iridium Communications, the satellites were being prepared for delivery to their launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base, US.

Iran wants a communications satellite

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/22/iran-wants-a-communications-satellite/

Iran Space Organisation, according to the local MEHR news agency, says it will place its own satellites into geostationary orbit by 2025.

Mohammad Homayoun Sadr, deputy director of Iran Space Organization, said that the country was targeting two projects. The first would be high-resolution imaging, and the second would be for satellite tele-communications.

Currently there is plenty of commercial satellite coverage over the Iran (and Iraq and the rest of the MENA/Asia regions) including YahSat, Arabsat, SES, Eutelsat and others.

However, there have been allegations of frequent satellite jamming out from the region and it is known that Iranian authorities have frequently banned – and confiscated – satellite dishes from the country. In January 2015 in a highly publicised event Tehran police destroyed some 6000 dishes in a local football stadium by using a tank to drive over the equipment.

Last July an Iranian cleric warned that satellite TV was more dangerous than nuclear bombs. Ali Jannati, the Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance, acknowledged that the regime’s efforts to prevent use of satellite TVs have failed. He said: “Wherever we collect the satellite dishes from rooftops, two days later the dishes are returned. It seems that we only create business for the dish installers.”

PlayStation Vue on Roku

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/22/playstation-vue-on-roku/

PlayStation Vue has been added to the Roku platform in the US

PlayStation Vue offers more than 100 top live sports, movie, and TV channels, with unique features like simultaneous streaming and a cloud DVR. With its unique cloud DVR, PlayStation Vue allows users to record hundreds of shows at once, with thousands of hours of storage.

Subscribers can currently enjoy a lineup of popular live and on-demand TV shows, sports and movies from top networks like AMC, ESPN, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and more. Standalone network channels, including Showtime and Fox Soccer Plus, are also available to users as a la carte offerings.


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Former channel "Free Slot 118 is new One Music TV, FTA.

I think Lebanon?

Vplug 2.46 supports Tandberg encryption

From my Email

From Malone (NZ)

The new NHK transponder on IS19 is currently active FTA. 4140 H 29910.

NHK World 50 - 1160 /1120 1160
NHK World 60 - 1260 / 1220 / 1260
NHK Radio 1 & 2 - 0 / 1520 / 1520
NHK Radio 3 & 4 - 0 / 1620 / 1620

Good strong signal with 3m mesh in Coromandel NZ

Video quality appears similar to NHK on 4061 transponder

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "NBC TV" is Fta again.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 3940 H "ESPN Pacific Rim" has started on , PowerVu.

Palapa D 113.0E All channels in the Skynindo muxes on 4100 V and 4140 V are now Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 12563 H "Safari" has left .

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11550 V "AFL Movies" has started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "CCTV 9 Documentary" has started on , Fta. Chokdee TV is Fta again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3662 V "YES" has left again.
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KazSat 3 58.5E 10846 V "A Caspio HD" mux has started on .

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Thaicom urges govt to weigh impact of extra fees

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-urges-govt-to-weigh-impact-of-extra-fees-30288768.html

THE GOVERNMENT should consider the impact on Thaicom if it slaps additional conditions or more regulatory fees on two of the company’s satellites, chief executive officer Paiboon Panuwattanawong said in a statement released yesterday.

The Information and Communications Technology Ministry plans to ask Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites to pay annual concession fees to the ministry until 2021, on top of the annual licence fees they already pay to the National Broadcasting and Telecom-munications Commission.

The ministry claims the move is to resolve redundant roles between itself and the NBTC in overseeing the commercial satellite sector.

The Thaicom 4, 5 and 6 satellites operate under an ICT Ministry concession that will expire in 2021, while Thaicom 7 and 8 operated under the NBTC licensing regime. Thaicom will face higher regulatory costs if Thaicom 7 and 8 have to pay the concession fee in addition to the licence fee.

The annual licence fee is 5.25 per cent of Thaicom's gross revenue, while the annual concession fee is 20.5 per cent of its gross revenue.

According to the statement, the rules and licence fees of Thaicom 7 and 8 were determined by the law that mandates the change from the concession to the licensing regime. The low licence fee reflects the law's intention to support the satellites' long-term competitiveness. Therefore, if the government wants to impose additional conditions or additional fees on Thaicom 7 and 8, it should also consider the possible impacts on the company that has invested in these two satellites, it said.

The company also wants to see the government regulating the satellite sector's competition on the fair basis. Foreign satellite operators now provide services in Thailand without consent and without paying fees to the state. Therefore, the government must ensure that all players compete on a level playing field, Thaicom said.

The company also urged the government to come up with a clearer satellite policy and regulations as soon as possible. It said it was willing to meet with the government to provide relevant information and discuss the matter.

CTH’s cutting of Ku-band service expected to affect 40,000

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/CTHs-cutting-of-Ku-band-service-expected-to-affect-30288754.html

ABOUT 40,000 CTH customers are expected to be affected by the discontinuation of service via the Ku-band satellite system on August 1, says the broadcasting regulator.

Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the broadcasting committee of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission, said yesterday that based on the NBTC's database, about 40,000 customers had paid for a monthly package to watch both free-to-air and pay-TV programmes via Thaicom's Ku-band satellite-TV footprint.

She commented on this matter after a meeting with the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) yesterday at its head office. The discussion was a part of a bid to seek remedial measures for people soon to be affected by the CTH move.

Speaking on behalf of the NBTC's consumer rights protection subcommittee, Supinya said she believed that the end of this service could have a severe impact on CTH's subscribers and more complaints are expected to be surface once the service comes to an end.

OCPB secretary-general Umpon Wongsiri said that as of yesterday, his office had received about 34 complaints from CTH and GMM Z customers alleging breach of contract.

"Only 20 out of those cases have been solved after negotiations between the company and its customers," he said.

However, there had not been any cases so far arising from CTH's recent announcement of the end of its Ku-band service.

Apart from ending that service, CTH has also stopped providing its Z Pay TV programmes via the GMM Z platform and C-band service via PSI Holding, the country's leading satellite-TV provider.

Supinya said she wanted to hear more details from CTH and her team had invited representatives from the company to meet with the subcommittee next week.

"At this point, we do not know yet whether CTH wishes to stop only some of its services or close its operations entirely. So we need them to clarify this matter," she said.

At next week's meeting, the NBTC hopes to see further details from CTH about its remedial measures for its customers after the change.

Additionally, CTH has told its customers to check their rights to remedial measures via its website or call centre.

Recently, CTH chief executive officer Amarit Sukhavanij told Now 26 digital TV station, an affiliate of The Nation, that his company had no plan to cease operations. The end of some services was a part of a downsizing strategy after suffering huge financial losses.

He admitted that prepaid customers would be effected after ending service via the Ku-band satellite system. However, those affected would be transferred to another system on a Vinasat satellite.

According to the Commerce Ministry's Business Development Department, CTH reported a loss of Bt4.55 billion in 2014 and a Bt3.27-billion loss in 2013.

ISRO successfully launches record 20 satellites

From http://ddinews.gov.in/Home%20-%20Top%20Story/Pages/ISROsuccessfullylaunchesrecordtwentysatellites.aspx

ISRO successfully launches record 20 satellitesUpdated on : 22-06-2016 11:40 AM

The Indian Space Research Organisation today successfully launched a record 20 satellites from its Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.

The 320 tonne PSLV C-34 was carrying 17 foreign small satellites from Canada, Indonesia, Germany and the US but the main passenger was a 727 kg Indian earth observation satellite called Cartosat, which can take images at sub-meter resolution.

The launch also placed into orbit two Indian academic community built satellites. ISRO has so far launched 57 satellites for foreign vendors from about 20 countries.

The vehicle not only put 20 satellites into the same orbit - the highest number of satellites to be put into orbit by a PSLV - but also also perform two tricky experiments of the same nature.

Fifty minutes after the satellites are injected into the orbit from the fourth stage of the vehicle, its engine was re-ignited for five seconds. Then it will be shut down for 50 minutes and re-ignited for another five seconds.

The 48-hour countdown for this launch was started on Monday morning.

This is the largest-ever number of satellites to be launched into orbit at once by ISRO.

Earlier, it had sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.

SES: ‘Satellite vital to success of future video landscape’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/21/ses-satellite-vital-to-success-of-future-video-landscape/

SES considers satellite vital to the success of the future video landscape and provides the answer to delivering high quality video, anywhere, and to any device. This solution is detailed in the new SES White Paper – Satellite Captures the Wave of Video Growth – published at its Investor Days event. The White Paper details SES’s strategy in video, and champions using a hybrid network to meet the high-quality video demands of today’s viewing public.

SES looks towards the future, addressing the RR Media acquisition in the White Paper. RR Media, based in Tel Aviv, is a digital media services company. Earlier in 2016, SES announced its intent to merge RR Media with SPS, SES’s media services subsidiary. “The new company will support over 900 customers, 440 playout channels, 1,000 TV channels, and over 100 VoD platforms including Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Hulu,” SES writes. “Technical infrastructure such as data centres, playouts, and teleports will be managed across the globe.”

SES goes further to consider the changing viewing behaviours globally, and details the value of a hybrid satellite/terrestrial network in this landscape. “Delivering one HD movie via terrestrial broadband to 2,500,000 viewers could cost thousands of euros. This compares to around €10 to deliver one HD movie over satellite to a countless number of viewers, limited only by the boundaries of the satellite footprint,” the White Paper explains. “This demand for quality and the delivery methods it requires is a key factor that makes satellite vital to the success of the future video landscape.”

A separate White Paper on the future of satellite service – Satellite Evolution Sparks a Service Revolution – focuses on the upcoming customer applications of new satellite technology, including Digital Signal Processing, satellite modularity, and satellite life extension services.

“The next generation of satellites will be flexible and adaptive, providing an improved customer experience,” the White Paper states. “The new satellites will be able to transmit thousands of Gigabits per second, multiplying on-board traffic by one or more orders of magnitude. Even further, the new satellites will operate simultaneously in broadcast and unicast mode, allowing data and video service to converge.”

“The vertical focus and the global size of SES are the key traits that allow it to look at distinct and dynamic markets through the future lens of technical innovation,” the White Paper concludes. “In all areas SES tunes its approach to focus on creating solutions that meet specific needs and have a global scalability. Applied with intelligence and precision, space innovations transcend market boundaries, push product developments, unleash unknown business possibilities, and ferment new markets. This is how SES is able to project products and solutions that have not existed before, and provide services many have not even dared to dream of.”

Zee gets aggressive with dittoTV relaunch

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/zee-gets-aggressive-with-dittotv-relaunch-160622

MUMBAI: Media watchers have been speculating for some time about what Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL) would do in the live and linear OTT and VOD space with its dittoTV service. The reason: even as rivals Hotstar, Voot and others such as Hooq, YuppTV seemed to be having strategic direction, dittoTV seemed to be going adrift.

The riposte came from the Zee management yesterday with its announcement that it would be launching dittoTV with a bouquet of 100 plus channels at a price point of just Rs 20 per month. As part of the relaunch Zee Digital Convergence Ltd (ZDCL) has re-positioned dittoTV as desh kaTV with a promise to make live television available to every Indian via any device - viz phones, tablet or PC. The price gets even more lip smacking for users subscribing for three months (Rs 50), six months (Rs 90) and annually (Rs 170).

The platform has tied up with major Indian broadcasters with the exception of the SunTV group and Star India giving it a portfolio of 100 plus Hindi, English and regional language channels, encompassing general entertainment, sports, movies, news and lifestyle on board.

“With the new avatar of dittoTV, we aim to change the media landscape to suit the evolving media consumption preferences of consumers. It will allow users to control where they watch television in a way that has not been possible before. We are proud to present a platform that will help scale up this transformation by making it affordable for people across a wide economic spectrum," opines Zeel MD and CEO Punit Goenka.

dittoTV business head Archana Anand gives the rational for the competitive and low pricing. Says she: “We really wanted to go mass and affordable with this pricing. We see it serving as your first and only screen, as your second screen or just your TV on the go! Keeping the Indian landscape in the mind, dittoTV will soon be available in all regional languages. A huge aspirational audience of ours is college students who we believe will use this especially given the Wifi in the colleges. They are the specific TGs that we are chasing. We have found that there is a huge need gap in hostels and we intend to be at youth festivals and various events to make sure that ditto is their one stop entertainment destination.”

She points out to dittoTV's adaptive technology which will adjust to a range of internet speeds in order to deliver a seamless viewing experience, making it suitable for both urban and rural markets. A broad marketing campaign - which observers say will include TVCs on the Zee network, Siticable and dishTV - has been drawn out to push the #deshkatv and #beeskaTV to the potential target audience.

In a bid to encourage sampling of dittoTV, ZEEL has partnered with Birla group owned telecom provider Idea Cellular. Under this, a promotional offer has been drawn up which allows customers in Idea 3G and 4G provider circles to subscribe to dittoTV free of cost, along with select monthly data packs until 31 July 2016.

"With the rapid rollout of our 4G services and increased penetration of smartphones in the country, we are providing our customers an array of rich digital services to meet their demand for engaging apps and content," explains Idea Cellular chief marketing officer Sashi Shankar. "TV being synonymous with entertainment for the Indian masses, we are excited to partner with dittoTV to enable consumers to carry their entertainment wherever they go.”

Anand adds that dittoTV has sewn up carrier billing deals with almost all the telecom providers. Says she: It's not just with Idea. But we are glad to have them on board to bundle dittoTV with their data cards. We have reached out to a wonderful telecom partner for our distribution. They also see this as valid proposition for them because there is nothing more massy which consumes data than TV. They see it as a good service for their subscribers and in the process getting data consumed. So, there is an increased synergy between the two."

dittoTV has also reached out to other service providers within the Essel group - Siti Cable and ITZ Cash - to give it a retail push and make it available to subscribers.

Will the low rates of dittoTV spark off a price war in this segment? The jury is out. A media observer states that it is quite possible that rivals such as YuppTV, Airtel's PocketTV may have to reduce what they charge to consumers. While YuppTV's larger offering of 200 plus channels (it also offers SunTV channels) is priced at Rs 99 a month, Airtel's PocketTV is priced at Rs 45 a month for a bouquet of 150 plus channels. And then there is the Reliance Jio juggernaut which is set to roll with its much larger channel portfolio JioPlay. The pricing for JioPlay has not yet been revealed but observers expect it to bring about a paradigm shift.

Anand, on her part, is not letting the competitive noise frazzle her. "Reliance is going to disrupt everything in the broadband ecosystem. So I don't let that worry me at all," says she. "We are focused on offering our customer a service that's good and that's ditto for television, which means, offering television to them wherever they go."


Just a fast update , as i'm trying to get the updates out earlier in the evenings

There are new services loading as Radio on Intelsat 19 TV Plus service,
They are tagged as H265 Test 1 etc (They don't appear to be active) I recorded one then opened it in VLC with no result.

From my Email


From the Dish

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Ping Channel、WB TV(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月21日]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test(测试)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test(测试)频道消失,设置3800 H 32000参数无效接收。 [6月20日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Six(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月20日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cine Mo!替换PPV(菲律宾)频道,设置3748 H 11200参数免费接收。 [6月20日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV(泰国)频道解密,设置3505 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1(K+)频道重现,设置11549 H 28490参数免费接收。 [6月19日]


ManSat supports Telesat's procurement of new Asia satellite

From http://www.isleofman.com/News/details/79578/mansat-supports-telesat-s-procurement-of-new-asia-satellite

Telesat, a leading global satellite operator and longstanding partner of ManSat, recently announced its procurement of a powerful new spacecraft called Telstar 18 VANTAGE from Space Systems Loral (SSL).

The new satellite will operate from 138 degrees East and is expected to be in service in the first half of 2018. Telstar 18 VANTAGE will expand Telesat’s coverage of growing satellite service markets in China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region.

The project draws upon the growing relationship Telesat has with Manx company, ManSat. Telesat IOM Limited and ManSat’s cooperation dates to 2001 when Telesat was ManSat’s first customer. This latest project, the fourth between the companies, enables Telesat to utilise Ka-band spectrum on Telstar 18 VANTAGE, which will bring improved performance and efficiency for broadband satellite networking to customers in the Asia-Pac region.

Telstar 18 VANTAGE will be the third satellite with high throughput capabilities in Telesat’s global fleet and, like the others, will utilise a combination of broad regional beams and high throughput spot beams in Ku-band to maximise throughput and spectral efficiency. It will also provide extensive C-band coverage of Asia that reaches from India and Pakistan in the West all the way to Hawaii in the East, enabling direct connectivity from any point in Asia to the Americas.

‘Telstar 18 VANTAGE is a high throughput, highly flexible, state-of-the-art satellite that will provide a significant competitive advantage to customers serving the demanding requirements of broadcast, enterprise and government users throughout Asia,’ said Dan Goldberg, Telesat’s President and CEO. ‘We are pleased to be making this important addition to our global satellite fleet and building on our long and successful relationship with ManSat.’

‘Providing spectrum to satellites such as Telstar 18 VANTAGE is the very essence of why we created ManSat,’ said Chris Stott, CEO and Chairman of ManSat. ‘It is tremendous to see this cutting edge project come to fruition, and we are honoured to once again be supporting our oldest customer, Telesat.’

Telstar 18 VANTAGE is designed for an in-orbit life of more than 15 years, with electrical output of approximately 14 kW.

ESA, Roscosmos to sign cooperation agreement on Russian satellites

From http://tass.ru/en/science/883569

The ESA and Roscosmos will cooperate in the area of the space science and micro-gravitation research under the Bion program

MOSCOW, June 20. /TASS/. The European Space Agency (ESA) and Russia’s state-run space corporation Roscosmos will soon sign an agreement on cooperation on the Bion program, Jean-Yves Le Gall, the President of France’s National Center for Space Studies (CNES), said on Monday.

"We are preparing a cooperation agreement with Roscosmos in the area of the space science and micro-gravitation research under the Bion program, which we hope to sign with Mr. Komarov [Roscosmos’ head Igor Komarov - TASS] within weeks," he told journalists.

Bion is a series of Russia satellites used to study radiation and zero gravity effects on living organisms. The first such satellite, Kosmos-605, was launched as far back as 1973. The first satellite of the Bion-M series was orbited in 2013.

According to earlier reports, Russia plans to send about 20 billion rubles ($313.42 million) on two more Bion-M satellites.

The ESA will use Russia’s Soyuz space rockets

According to Jean Yves le Gall, the ESA has no plans for finding an alternative to Russia’s Soyuz space rockets to put its satellites in space.

"I have no information the ESA may cancel plans for launching any payloads in space with the Soyuz rocket. I have information to the contrary. Soyuz will be used as a means to put ESA satellites in space for years to come," he said.

The ESA uses Russian rockets Soyuz-ST for launches from the Kourou space site in French Guiana.

ZEE agrees DISH and Sling TV deals

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/20/zee-agrees-dish-and-sling-tv-deals/

Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (ZEEL) India’s leading media conglomerate, has secured what it describes as a “landmark” agreement with satellite platform DISH and OTT service Sling TV to further strengthen its presence in the US Territory. As a part of the agreement, DISH and Sling TV will carry 27 new channels in addition to the existing 10 ZEE channels, which will be available in varied languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Tamil, Bhojpuri, Oriya, Rajasthani and Urdu. Following the deal, the total number of ZEE channels available in the US market will be 37 with a combined reach of 52 million homes (that includes English and Spanish HHs).

In addition, Sling TV and DISH will be the exclusive provider in the US of ZEE’s premium on-demand library, which includes movies and over 400 additional popular video titles. Over time, Sling TV will become the exclusive over-the-top (OTT) provider in the US for all but one of ZEE’s South Asian channels. In the coming months, ZEE will transition viewers from its direct-to-consumer services to Sling TV or to authenticated access only.

Amit Goenka, CEO-International Broadcast Business, ZEEL said that America was one of the most important markets for our International business. “The deal with DISH further consolidates our leadership position and is in line with our ambitious 2020 goals. We are very delighted to announce that with this deal not only has our reach in the Mainstream American market for our Z Living network quadrupled, but we will also now be serving the high potential Spanish language subscribers with two 24:7 networks. With this deal we will cater to 16 different language groups in America across five genres. ZEE and DISH have been natural partners for the last 18 years and we both share our vision on future growth of pay TV in USA.”

“Our agreement with ZEE enables us to provide a vast amount of entertainment to fans of South Asian content, while also giving customers a more streamlined way to access and enjoy both linear and on-demand content,” said Chris Kuelling, Senior Vice President of Programming for Sling TV and DISH. “ZEE shares our goal of growing the South Asian market, and together we are able to better serve this community, as well as the other language groups served by ZEE.”

To broaden the options available to fans of South Asian content, Sling TV and DISH are launching a new ‘Hindi Gold Pack,’ which will contain all of the ZEE Hindi channels, plus other leading Hindi channels. In addition, &TV, one of the most requested Hindi channels by current Sling TV and DISH customers, will be added to the existing lineup. ZEE’s on-demand content will be available at no additional charge to DISH and Sling TV subscribers with the Hindi Gold Pack.

DISH and Sling TV will also add two Spanish-language channels, Z Living Español and Zee TV Español, and two Brazilian channels, Zee TV Portuguese and Z Living Portuguese, to their respective line-ups. The new Spanish channels can be found on DISH in the DishLATINO Clasico, DishLATINO Dos, DishLATINO Plus and DishLATINO Max packages, and the Best of Spanish TV package on Sling Latino.

Zee Alwan and Zee Aflam, two popular Arabic channels will launch in the DISH Arabic Super Elite and the Arabic Mosaic Pack on Sling TV as well.


Intelsat 19 12646 H Sr 28060 all channels on Mysat is/was/are running FTA

Not long after PowerVU being busted, there is news of Tandberg encryption also having been broken.

Sunday afternoon feeds

D1 12410 V Sr 7000 unknown
D1 12420 V Sr 6110 STS 10 nine qpsk election related?
D1 12429 V Sr 6111 STS 10 nine qpsk election related?

D2 12679 V Sr 7500 unknown not enough signal

From my Email


From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 3880 V "NBC TV" is now encrypted.

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Logos TV" has left .
Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Madani Channel English" has started on , Fta.
Optus D2 152.0E 12706 V "Malo TV" is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Family Channel Network and TV Parlemen" have started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4014 V "ShE is back on , Fta. Hi-Indo! has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Share Channel TV" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Gema Pengharapan" has started on , encrypted.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Zee Premier Cinema has replaced Khushboo TV" on , Fta.
G-Sat 15 93.5E 11630 V "DD North-East has replaced DD Odia on , Fta .DD National, DD News, DD Sports, DD Kisan, DD Bharati, DD Kashir, DD Chandana and DD Girnar are now encrypted.

Yamal 401 90.0E 3924 L "Rossiya 1 Tver" is now encrypted.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "Otkritiy Mir" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Kaset News Channel, Grand Prix Channel and 1618 Shop" have started on, BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "High Shopping" has started on , BISS. GMM Channel 25 and Thairath TV 32 have left.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3662 V "YES" has started on, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3766 V "People's TV" has left.
ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Pilipinas HD" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11473 V "NTV" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11733 V "Okhota i Rybalka International" has started on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3788 V "J Movie" has started on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4036 V "FYI TV 18 has replaced FYI Asia" on , Irdeto.

Express AT1 56.0E 11919 L "Zee TV Russia" has started on , encrypted.

Yamal 402 54.9E 12717 V "Match!, Rossiya 1 and Perviy kanal" have started on , BISS.

Express AM7 40.0E 3675 R "NTV" has started on , Fta

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1(K+)频道重现,设置11549 H 28490参数免费接收。 [6月19日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1(越南)频道消失,设置11549 H 28490参数无效接收。 [6月19日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset News Channel(泰国)等2个频道新增,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Sony Espn HD替换DD Sports(MPEG-4)频道,设置12347 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,国家地理野生替换Adhoc 2(MPEG-4)频道,设置3800 V 7500参数有条件接收。 [6月19日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,OTV、Health、Aist(蒙古)频道消失,设置12690 H 43200参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Russian Music Box(高清)频道改格式,设置12207 R 27500参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,OTV、Health、Aist(蒙古)频道新增,设置12272 H 33333参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]
东经103度轨道位置的快车AM3号卫星Ku频段,Russian Music Box(高清)改格式频道,设置11605 V 34425参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Fyi TV 18 HD替换Biograhy(MPEG-4)频道,设置4036 V 21600参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Australia(印度)等全组频道消失,设置3787 V 3617参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV Parlemen、Wahana 2(测试)等4个频道重现,设置3574 V 6363参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,She替换Hi Indo(MPEG-4)频道,设置4013 V 4166参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nabawi TV、She(MPEG-4)等全组频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [6月18日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,J Movie(MPEG-4)频道改频率,设置3788 V 4400参数免费接收。 [6月18日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Perekhodi na HD(高清)频道新增,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月18日]

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Fox Sports set to serve 24-7 Wimbledon coverage with up to seven live matches at once

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/tennis/fox-sports-set-to-serve-247-wimbledon-coverage-with-up-to-seven-live-matches-at-once/news-story/3b61036f161098a37cb80cafef4d599c

THE grand slam of all grand slams just got even bigger with FOX SPORTS set to serve up its biggest coverage ever across more platforms with a dedicated 24-7 Wimbledon channel.

From Monday 27 June, FOX SPORTS 505 will become the home of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament with round-the-clock coverage including over 600 hours of LIVE action.

The most memorable Wimbledon moments and matches will also be shown throughout the tournament on Australia’s only dedicated grand slam channel.

Viewers will receive live and high definition prime-time coverage of the year’s third grand slam from the first round through to — and including — the quarter-finals with three exclusive live matches each day across the first nine days.

In addition, fans will be able to choose from seven live matches at any one time across the opening week for the first time ever.

Four additional channels will be available via the Foxtel red button, including three live matches along with all the latest news and views on ‘Wimbledon Extra’.

Whether you are at home, or on the go, FOX SPORTS will keep you across all the action and updates with foxsports.com.au and the FOX SPORTS App offering six live matches plus access to Live@Wimbledon providing eight hours of courtside and tournament analysis each day.

Australia’s number one multi sports website will also be the destination for fans to follow the action online with comprehensive news and analysis, video highlights and live scores.

Complementing FOX SPORTS’ comprehensive Wimbledon coverage will be a dedicated 30-minute daily preview show ‘The Daily Serve’ hosted by former Davis Cup captain Wally Masur, alongside Adam Peacock.

FOX SPORTS is exclusively available on Foxtel.

Live broadcast schedule:

Dedicated Wimbledon channel switches on Mon 27 Jun @ 12pm AEST.

Daily LIVE coverage begins at 8.30pm on Mon 27 Jun.

The Daily Serve premieres Mon 27 June @ 7.30pm before moving to 8pm until Day 10.

Thaicom’s 7 and 8 satellites will be forced to become an ICT Ministry concession

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicoms-7-and-8-satellites-will-be-forced-to-beco-30288565.html

THAICOM’S commercial satellites operating under the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission’s licensing regime will be under an Information and Communication Technology Ministry concession as well, an ICT source said.

The satellites under NBTC licensing regime include Thaicom satellites 7 and 8. Any future commercial satellites to be launched between now and 2021 will also be subject to this condition, according to the preliminary conclusions of a meeting between the ministry and the NBTC last week, the source said.

Deputy Prime Minister Prajin Juntong is to meet with the NBTC and the ministry today to discuss this recommendation, as the ICT Ministry continues to attempt to solve the redundant roles between the NBTC and the ministry in overseeing the commercial-satellite sector. If all relevant parties agree with the preliminary conclusion, its conditions will be added as a provisional clause in the draft of the new NBTC law, which is expected to be sent to the National Legislative Assembly for first reading soon.

Thaicom, Thailand's sole commercial satellite operator, will face a higher regulatory fee if its two satellites under the NBTC licence are put into the concession system. The meeting's recommendation calls for these two satellites to pay an annual concession fee to the ministry until 2021, in addition to their current licence fees payable to the NBTC. "According to the recommendation, from now until 2021, the satellites with NBTC licences will be regarded as operating under the concession. It's not until after 2021 that they all, whether in the concession or the licensing regime, can stop paying the concession fee and pay only the licence fee," the ministry source said. The year 2021 is when the concession of Thaicom satellites under the ministry expires. The Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites each holds an NBTC licence, while iPSTAR (Thaicom 4), Thaicom 5 and 6 operate under ICT Ministry concessions.

The annual licence fee is 4.25 per cent of Thaicom's gross revenue, while the annual concession fee is 20.5 per cent of its revenue.

Thaicom 7 paid a licence fee of Bt1 million in 2014 and Bt300 million in 2015. Thaicom 8 was just launched into orbit last month. The meeting's recommendation also calls for Thaicom to pay Bt3 million per satellite to the ICT Ministry to cover the cost of reserving an orbital slot for a future Thaicom satellite. The ministry will also ask Thaicom 7 and 8 satellites to pay for this cost on a retroactive basis.

"All these conditions will also be applied to any future satellite operators," the source said. The Transport Ministry granted a 30-year concession contract to Thaicom in 1991, and the concession was later transferred to the ICT Ministry.

After the NBTC got off the ground in 2011, it began taking care of subsequently launched Thaicom satellites.

Thaicom pays 5.5 per cent of gross revenue as concession fee during the first five years of operation before rising at an incremental rate until 2021.

Arianespace makes history on its latest Ariane 5 mission

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Arianespace_makes_history_on_its_latest_Ariane_5_mission_999.html

Flight VA230 was the first Arianespace mission with two SSL-produced satellites carried on a single launcher, marking a key milestone for a partnership that extends back to 1983. EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat are the 54th and 55th SSL-built geostationary satellites orbited by Arianespace to date, while 10 more are slated for future launches.

Ariane 5 delivered a new record payload lift performance on today's successful launch from the Spaceport in French Guiana, which orbited a pair of telecommunications satellites at the service of American and Indonesian customers.

This heavy-lift mission carried EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat, and it delivered a total calculated mass of 10,730 kg. into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) - setting a new launch benchmark for the Ariane 5 ECA version. The total included some 9,840 kg. for the two spacecraft, along with the dispenser system and integration hardware in Ariane 5's dual payload arrangement.

Highlighting the record lift performance to GTO during post-launch comments from the Spaceport's Jupiter control room, Arianespace Chairman and CEO Stephane Israel offered his congratulations to everyone involved with the successful mission.

Ariane 5 lifted off from the Spaceport's ELA-3 launch zone for a 42-minute flight, which marked the workhorse vehicle's 72nd consecutive success, as well as the 230th flight of an Ariane-series launcher overall.

EchoStar XVIII: assuring the highest levels of service
Riding in the upper position of Ariane 5's payload configuration, EchoStar XVIII was released first during the flight sequence, and is the fifth spacecraft entrusted to Arianespace for launch by U.S.-based operator DISH Network L.L.C.

This satellite - which is to be operated from a final orbital position of 110 deg. West - features a high-power multi-spot beam in the Ku-band to assure the highest levels of ongoing service to customers in the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii.

"I suppose if it were possible to drink a several-hundred-million-dollar bottle of Bordeaux wine, tonight's success is exactly what it would taste like," said Derek de Bastos, Chief Technology Officer at EchoStar, in his post-launch comments.

Delivering secure banking communications with BRIsat
Flight VA230's lower passenger - BRIsat, which is to be operated by P.T. Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) Tbk. (BRI) - was the second payload released today by Ariane 5.

As the world's first communications satellite dedicated to banking, BRIsat will provide enhanced secure banking communications for more than 10,600 operational branches, as well as to some 237,000 electronic channel outlets and nearly 53 million customers across the Indonesian archipelago. It is to operate from a final orbital slot located at 150.5 deg. East, with a coverage area that includes Indonesia, Southeast and Northeast Asia.

"We are proud to be the first and only bank in the world that owns and operates a satellite," said BRI CEO Asmawi Syam. "It's not only a proud moment for BRI, but also for our country, Indonesia."

Continuing a long, successful partnership
In his post-launch comments, Israel also acknowledged Arianespace's long-standing partner SSL - which is payload prime contractor for both of the spacecraft launched today.

Flight VA230 was the first Arianespace mission with two SSL-produced satellites carried on a single launcher, marking a key milestone for a partnership that extends back to 1983. EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat are the 54th and 55th SSL-built geostationary satellites orbited by Arianespace to date, while 10 more are slated for future launches.

Israel also gave special thanks to Airbus Safran Launchers, the French CNES space agency, the ground contractors in French Guiana and Arianespace's own teams.

Today's mission with EchoStar XVIII and BRIsat was the fifth performed this year as part of the company's launch manifest for 2016. It follows heavy-lift Ariane 5 successes on January 27 (carrying Intelsat 29e) and March 9 (EUTELSAT 65 West A); plus medium-lift Soyuz missions completed on April 25 (with Sentinel-1B as primary passenger) and May 24 (two Galileo constellation satellites).

BRI satellite eventually launched following delays

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/06/20/bri-satellite-eventually-launched-following-delays.html

After a series of delays, the launch of the world’s first bank-owned satellite, BRIsat, was eventually achieved on Sunday from a rocket pad in French Guiana, state lender bank Bank Rakyat Indonesia announced.

BRI consumer banking director Sis Apik Wijayanto said the launch went ahead without any trouble on Sunday at 4:59 a.m. Jakarta time.

Apik said currently the satellite was on its way to its assigned orbital position, a trip that might take 10 days.

Once reaching its orbital position, the BRIsat will undergo a series of in-orbit tests for 60 days to ensure everything functions as planned, Apik said as quoted by kontan.co.id on Sunday.

During Sunday’s launch, the Ariane 5 rocket that held the BRIsat also carried a second satellite, the EchoStar XVIII owned by US networking company EchoStar Corporation. Both satellites were built by a California-based company, Space System/Loral (SSL).

The bank's satellite will be insured by state-owned company Jasindo. The satellite has a normal lifespan of 10 years, but that could be extended another seven years. (dmr

Pemra invites applications for issuing DTH distribution service licences

From http://www.thenews.com.pk/print/129233-Pemra-invites-applications-for-issuing-DTH-distribution-service-licences

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has invited applications for issuing direct to home (DTH) satellite TV distribution service licences to registered companies for 15 years period.

The interested companies have been asked to submit their applications by August 15 along with a non-refundable demand draft or pay order of Rs500,000. Pemra will announce the shortlisted companies on September 19 which will be invited to participate in the bidding process for the issuance of DTH licence.

Pre-bid conference will be held on July 18. The names of successful bidders will be announced on October 3. Any change in schedule will be uploaded at the website of Pemra.

It may be mentioned that the companies which have already submitted applications in response to the advertisement of Pemra published on September 10, 2015 may not apply afresh as they had already been shortlisted; however, they should have to submit relevant documents as per requirements of the bid participation.

According to Pemra officials the roll out of DTH services in the country would boost the broadcast sector and help in content creation. Expansion of native digital TV services would also help in controlling illegal TV transmission from neighbouring countries. Necessary information regarding information memorandum eligibility, application forms, documents details, initial price, method of shortlisting standards, conditions of licence are available at the website of PEMRA (www.pemra.gov.pk).

IOT group co's exclusive agreement to stream content to over 100 APAC countries

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/iot-group-cos-exclusive-agreement-to-stream-content-to-over-100-apac-countries-160615

MUMBAI: IOT Group Limited subsidiary - OTT Premium Pty Ltd - has entered an exclusive agreement to bring Xstream’s over-the-top media streaming platform to Australia and more than 100 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. Xstream, one of the only independently owned tier-one streaming companies in the world, offers telcos, broadcasters, production and film companies and content owners with the full end to end over-the-top platform to deliver content which can be viewed on any device, at anytime, anywhere.

OTT Premium will be headed up by Bob Morrison who joined Xstream as managing director, Asia Pacific in 2015 to launch, manage and grow Xstream’s operations across the region, after earlier spending 12 months on the board of Xstream. Bob is a known business strategist and respected industry leader bringing with him over 25 years of entertainment, media, television, content and OTT experience.

The Xstream technology will allow global content to be delivered instantly and seamlessly to Australian audiences - and Australian content to be delivered to new audiences around the world. Existing Xstream clients include Telenor (the world’s fourth biggest telco), Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom New Zealand) and Bollywood’s largest production studio – Balaji Telefilms and is in discussion with some major players in the APAC region. In addition, OTT Premium will be adopting Xstream’s dynamic business model which means no matter the size of the client, OTT Premium will cohesively scale with each client’s individual needs.

“This partnership will expand the reach of an Australian tech company across the entire region,” said IOT Group Executive Director Duffell. “There is a gap in the market for customers looking for unique content delivered as and when they want it. There’s numerous streaming and VOD services offering mass content, few of which offer tailored viewing or multilingual channels to address unique tastes. The Xstream platform already has access to over 10,000+ hours of homeland television and continues to grow.”

“This partnership presents a huge opportunity for Australian broadcasters and telcos to bring previously unseen global TV content to local audiences, and provides a platform for Australian artists and production companies to bring their new content to a global stage,” Morrison said.

Xstream CEO Simon Hoegsbro commented: ““The entire Asia Pacific region is experiencing tremendous growth in online video viewership. Entering this new era with OTT Premium will allow us to meet the increasing demand for our technology in this region. We are honoured that OTT Premium has chosen Xstream to spearhead its reach into the Asia-Pacific region and we are committed to working with OTT Premium to offer a flexible, best in class OTT platform across the Asia Pacific continuing our commitment to simplify the complexity of Internet TV for our customers “

Over-the-Top (OTT) applications and services are the platform that delivers streaming and video-on-demand services to use on mobiles, tablet, web, smart TV, set-top-box and consoles and mobile devices. OTT providers are poised for scale and growth as they deliver user content over the Internet bypassing traditional distribution channels more generally, at a lower cost. Examples include Netflix and Apple TV (replacing your regular TV provider) or Skype (replacing your long distance provider).|


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Malo TV on Optus D2 has been FTA all week

We are looking for reception reports of the new NHK mux on Intelsat 19

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Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life +1" is back on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Jawa Pos TV, E-Box, Prambors Channel, ShE, Nabawi TV, Hi-Indo! and Universitas Terbuka TV" have left .
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Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is encrypted again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3831 HCCTV 4 Asia, CCTV News, CCTV Russkij and CCTV Arabic have started on, Fta

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东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat、AsiaSat Test(香港)频道新增,设置3800 H 32000参数免费接收。[06-17]
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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Cinema TV(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3870 V 14450参数免费接收。[06-17]


Optus signing up advertisers as it reveals its EPL app and channel strategy

From https://mumbrella.com.au/optus-signing-sponsors-readies-launch-epl-app-374491

Optus is set to run ads alongside its English Premier League content and is currently in market signing up broadcast sponsors, with its new offering set to go live in early July.

optus EPL deal new

In a briefing with Mumbrella Paul Rybicki, Optus head of TV, mobile video and content, admitted they had expected a backlash from fans over the decision to make people sign up for an Optus service in order to access the content, but said the new online-only offering was providing “evolution” for the market.

“If you look at Australia versus US in terms of sport being delivered over the top we are quite behind in this market, and this is one of the first times a mainstream sport will be delivered in that way,” he said.

“In October when we announced we had the rights and the way fans reacted to Fox Sports and Foxtel, we knew some of the anger would come because it’s change, it’s new, it’s changing something that’s been in place for 18 years and when you look at other markets where this has happened it has changed the way people consume content. It’s evolution.

“Netflix came in and changed the market last year and introduced the concept of watching content over the internet, and this is another example where watching sports over the internet becomes more prevalent.”

While initially announcing the content would only be free to people on plans costing over $80 per month or more, Optus last week created a special offer allowing anyone signing up for a plan from $30 per month to get the EPL for free for the first year.

Rybicki told Mumbrella that $30 price point was cheaper than the current $50 minimum people have to pay to get EPL content from Fox Sports as part of its sports package.

“We want people to get into it before the start of the season, and that’s why we have the free first year offer so people can access it for as little as $30 per month, and with that get a bunch of data and voice inclusions,” he said.

“That is a very low price point relative to what you had to pay up to now to get the Premier League. Not only is there more depth and coverage of the Premier League but there’s a lower price point.”

The content offering

The new app will feature simultaneous live streams of all the matches, plus the ability to replay games as soon as they have finished and will also boast highlights, news, stats and score updates and access to the 24/7 live EPL channel.

optus EPL screens

It will also allow people to scroll back through live programming, and click on icons like a ball or a red or yellow card on the timeline to access screen-in-screen highlights of major incidents.

The TV channel will feature content created by the EPL including two news shows per day, analysis shows, magazine interview style shows and two fan phone ins per day which it hopes will engage viewers in a global debate in issues. It will also have a show dedicated to looking at the popular Fantasy League offering from the EPL.

Big matches will also have pre, mid and post game analysis from a panel of experts, with Optus touting presenters including James Richardson, Manish Bhasin, Andy Townsend and Ian Wright as part of the talent line up, however other streams will not.

“If you look at the studios, talent and access that these guys have in the UK it’s pretty phenomenal,” he said.

The app will be available for mobile devices and computers, with up to four devices able to be registered, although only one will be able to use it at any one time. While people with the right technology can cast that to their TVs Rybicki warned the content would be optimised for the mobile screen rather than the TV screen.

To watch on TV Optus is asking people to get either a Yes TV by Fetch mini box for an extra $5 per month, or a larger Yes TV box which gives access to more channels and the ability to record shows, which costs more.

A satellite box is also available for people who cannot get good enough broadband reception, and that is the solution which will be rolled out to pubs and clubs who want to take up the Optus service.

Ad offering

paul rybicki optusRybicki also revealed the new service would carry advertising from external partners.

He said: “The way the stream comes it has a bunch of gaps for ads in there, it’s the way the Premier League produces the content. There will be no ads whistle to whistle, but at half time and pre and post there will be some commercial space for advertising, so there will be some of that in there.

“We’re selling it through a sales team, we’re talking to potential partners and looking for potential sponsors. We’re not really interested in breadth but having a key number of good partners that we partner with to sponsor some of the broadcast.”

But subscribers will not be served ads in on-demand content through the app with Rybicki confirming: “In things like on demand and news clips and extras you won’t see any other commercial brands out there.”

Asked if Optus was looking at the EPL as a money maker he said: “Do we make money from this? For us it’s a journey it’s not just about the Premier League, it builds over time. We started with Netflix, we ran a great promotion with Stan, both of those are available on our Yes TV devices, and we did a deal with cricket which we’re one summer out of three into.

It’s a growing investment, it’s something that hasn’t stopped and we’re looking at other opportunities. How that pays back is the sum of the parts, it’s the whole thing, it’s not just an individual investment it’s a strategic intent and we’re looking to become known as a media and entertainment business.”

The entertainment journey

Asked if he was confident Australia’s internet infrastructure was up to handling the extra streaming demands for fans Rybicki told Mumbrella: “We’ve known about this for a while and we’ve been down the entertainment journey for a good year and a half now, we partnered with Netflix then we brought the rights to some of the cricket then FIFA, so it’s been building over time.

“Over that time we’ve invested in the network to optimise for that. Firstly, most of the network decisions we make are focussed around video and what’s best for video. Two, we’ve invested in the content distribution network. And we’ve extended ourselves into the NBN further.”

He pointed to the company being number one on the Netflix speed index, which measures internet connection speeds, for nine months in a row as evidence of that.

Optus has also been named as a potential acquirer of the A-League rights which are currently in play. It already holds digital streaming rights with Cricket Australia, and has the rights to the next few major FIFA tournaments including the 2018 World Cup.

Asked whether the channel would remain dedicated to the EPL for the three-years of the contract Rybicki said: “We look at all content individually as it’s all unique. If you look at cricket we have access to some exclusive content. If we were to build an app for that what we do with cricket is different from what you do for the Premier League, that would be a different kind of experience you would build for a different sport.

Whether that would sit on the same channel would depend on the content, the overlap between a cricket fan and a Premier League fan for example potentially isn’t there. For us at the moment the focus is on creating the first 24/7 channel for the Premier League, and we’re pretty comfortable that has enough depth in there.

“If we then go ahead and acquire other rights we’ll work out where the best place is to put that kind of content for the fans. Right now the focus is on creating this experience and putting it in front of fans, and we’ll see how that goes.”

He added it was not just sports rights in Optus’ sights, pointing to the other channels on the Yes TV platform and adding: “For us it’s not just thinking about sport and what we put on this sport channel but what is our entertainment proposition.

“This one allows us to get into households that are Premier League households, but they don’t just consume that and for us it’s about how do we complement that well?”

The marketing push

The brand has already started to run some ads and promotions for the service, including an online ad from Premier League player turned actor Vinnie Jones telling people he’s had enough of “the chatter” of concerns around the new offering.

“That’s the start of educating and helping educate and starting to talk about what these things are about,” Rybicki explained. “It’s different, it’s not a Foxtel subscription, so there’s an education piece to be done here both in terms of the content available and how you get it.

“If you look at the style of Vinnie and the stuff we did with Ricky Gervais we like that kind of talent, it’s on brand for us. Vinnie was a conscious choice because he resonates with that passionate fan base.”

He also pointed to another ad, which ran during the Champions League final, featuring actor Idris Elba, as another example of that kind of content.

There will also be a direct response element marketing to people who have signed up with expressions of interest on the website, with the brand pushing snippets of content and information to them as the start of the new season gets closer.

Content on the service will go live from early July, while the International Champions Cup coverage starts on July 22 and the EPL season kicks off on August 13.

Chinese channel launched in MENA

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016061743273/chinese-channel-launched-in-mena.html#axzz4BrTwmpAv

The launch of China Arab TV (CATV) for the growing population of Chinese people living and visiting the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States, is being dubbed the first of its kind.

A ChinaArabTVChinese-language channel, CATV is broadcast from Dubai Studio City via Nilesat to one million Chinese viewers across the UAE, Middle East and South East Asia. Arabic and English subtitles are provided for the predominantly news and infotainment content.

“Our effort is to build CATV as the informative bridge between China and Arab nations and to improve bilateral economic and trade cooperation,” said Liu Haijiang, chairman, CATV.

Following the satellite channel’s soft launch in September 2015, it now numbers 50 employees including broadcast journalists specialising in UAE and Chinese news.

“Our aim in the near future is to have English, Chinese or Arabic subtitles for all our programmes. While half of the programmes are with Chinese voiceover (with Arabic subtitles), half of the programme is Arabic (with Chinese subtitles),” Svina Wong, vice president, CATV, told Emirates 24/7.

According to the latest Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) report, 450,000 Chinese tourists visited the UAE in 2015, and almost half a million Chinese nationals reside in GCC countries.

“The UAE Government has been encouraging Chinese investors and tourists to come to the UAE. Policy-wise also, it is easy for the Chinese to travel to the UAE,” Svina Wong added.

China's Beidou Satellite Navigation System to Serve Global Users by 2020

From http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/chinas-beidou-satellite-navigation-system-to-serve-global-users-by-2020-849978

China Wednesday said its homegrown navigation system, deemed as rival to the US' Global Positioning System (GPS), is expected to serve global users by 2020 and will provide open satellite navigation services "free of charge".

Currently, B1I and B2I open service signals are being broadcast by the operating BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) BDS-2 to provide open services to the Asia-Pacific region free of charge, an official white paper on BDS issued by the China's cabinet said.

By 2020, BDS is expected to serve global users and it will "provide open satellite navigation services free of charge," the report said.

The services cover an area between 55 degrees north latitude and 55 degrees south latitude and between 55 and 180 degrees east longitude, with positioning accuracy less than 10 meters, velocity measurement accuracy less than 0.2 meter per second, and timing accuracy less than 50 nanoseconds.

On June 13 China sent 23rd Satellite into orbit for the BDS development. The BDS satellite system is being developed as an alternative to America's GPS.

China will publish BDS documents related to open services and signals to facilitate global BDS product development efforts, the report said.

It will also work to protect the radio-navigation satellite frequency spectrum according to law and firmly reject harmful interference, it said.

China prohibits the production, sale and use of illegal interference devices, investigates and punishes in accordance with the law any hostile interference actions which affect the system operations and services, the report said.

beIN, Technicolor deliver 4K Euro 2016 to MENA

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/17/bein-technicolor-deliver-4k-euro-2016-to-mena/

Global media and entertainment company beIN Media has integrated Technicolor’s 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) technology into its broadcast platform for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The 4K rollout – the first ever in the MENA region – comes just in time for Euro 2016 football tournament, and TV viewers will be able watch seven matches of the football tournament as in sharper, more vibrant imagery.

“This launch illustrates beIN’s commitment to deliver advanced, high-quality and innovative sports and entertainment to our customers in the MENA region. It shows the leadership role the region is playing in adopting the latest technologies for home entertainment and how beIN is shaping entertainment in MENA region,” said Yousef Al Obaidly, Deputy CEO of beIN Media Group.

Star India dedicates 8 channels for 24x7 coverage of Rio 2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/star-india-dedicates-8-channels-for-24x7-coverage-of-rio-2016-160617

MUMBAI: Living to its campaign tag line #issebadakuchnai, Star India will be pulling out non-stop coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympics games by dedicating eight channels to the blockbuster event on a 24x7 basis. Beginning 5 August 2016, the Brazil Olympics games will be broadcast in two languages, English and Hindi.

Apart from the eight channels, Star India will extensively cover the global multisport event on its OTT platform Hotstar. Together Star Sports and Hotstar will broadcast 3000 plus hours of live content from the Olympics offering Indian sports fans every opportunity to catch every medal live.

Star Sports HD channel cluster (Star Sports HD1, HD2, HD3, HD4) will mirror the SD one (Star Sports 1, 2,3, 4). Star Sports1 and 4 and its corresponding HD feed will have the English language telecast and Star Sports 2 and 3 with the corresponding HD feed will telecast the Hindi coverage.

Star Sports CEO Nitin Kukreja said, “Star Sports has been at the forefront of establishing a multi-sport culture in India. While cricket continues to reach new heights, Indian sports fans have already shown their love for kabaddi and football. The Olympics are the pinnacle of a multi-sports event, and as India prepares to send its largest ever contingent, Star Sports is leaving no stone unturned to provide the most comprehensive access to Indian sports fans. We will provide unprecedented coverage by dedicating eight channels on a 24x7 basis across the entire duration of the event. Also for the first time ever, the Olympics will be broadcast (24x7) in two languages, English and Hindi."

Talking about the numbers, Kukreja said, “Rio 2016 is something that goes beyond advertising and viewership numbers. As a brand, we truly believe in that India is getting ready to accept more and more sports. That the largest contingent going to the Olympics this year from India is remarkable in itself.”

Apart from this, Star Sports has also exclusively empanelled an elite panel of International and Indian Olympians as well as sports experts who will share, analyse and connect with the Indian viewers as live actions unfolds at the Olympics. This select list of eminent sports personalities includes Ian Thorpe, Prakash Padukone, Anjali Bhagwat, Viren Rasquinha and Rehan Poncha. Holding them together would be the credible voice of presenter Paula Malai Ali in English, while in Hindi, Divya Jaitley, the well-known face amongst Indian sports presenters will be engaging the viewers.

Star’s video streaming platform Hotstar will be rolling out an unprecedented coverage of the Olympics, with 14 live feeds consistently and up to 36 concurrent seeds at peak times on the Olympics video player, available to users on demand through the event.

Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan said, “While Hotstar is covering Olympics for the first time, we are excited that we are bringing an all-round coverage of the Olympics for the Indian digital user that will be the best in the world. Like in our coverage of other sporting events, our focus will be not just on making every moment of the Olympics available to the fans but also provide them the ability to create personalised, interactive experiences that allow them to follow and watch what is of unique interest to them.”

Coverage of Olympics has created new digital benchmarks in the past in North America and Europe, and with Hotstar emerging as a primary screen in affluent metro homes in India, the platform is seeking to break new records on the breadth of coverage and viewership. Central to Hotstar’s offering to sports fans will be the rollout of an interactive, data rich Olympic player on the web where users will have the option to switch between the 14 live feeds, have access to day wise listing of events and medals tally, and the ability to personalise the experience by following specific countries and sports disciplines.

ISRO’s record launch of 20 satellites on June 22: 5 things to know

From http://www.financialexpress.com/article/lifestyle/science/isros-record-launch-of-20-satellites-on-june-22-5-things-to-know/288334/

ISRO will launch a record 20 satellites in a single mission on June 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. 5 things which you would like to know about the record launch.

PSLV-C34 will launch 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). (Reuters Photo)PSLV-C34 will launch 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO). (Reuters Photo)

Indian Space Research Organisation will launch a record 20 satellites in a single mission on June 22 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. Here are five things which you would like to know about the record launch:

1) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C34 will be used to carry the satellites, including India’s earth observation spacecraft Cartosat-2, from the Second Launch Pad (SLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre.

2) PSLV-C34 will launch 19 co-passenger satellites together weighing about 560 kg at lift-off into a 505 km polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

3) ISRO said the total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on board PSLV-C34 is about 1,288 kg.

4) The co-passengers include satellites from the US, Canada, Germany and Indonesia as well as two satellites from Indian Universities.

5) The space agency had earlier sent 10 satellites into orbit in a single mission in 2008.


IntelSat 19 3920 V 28800, Digicel mux is FTA while they do upgrades

ABS 2A has launched to 75E

Intelsat 19 NHK World TV (FTA) and NHK World Premium (Conax) have started on 4140 H, Sr 29910 Fec 2/3 DVB S2, perhaps moving off PowerVu hmm?

Madani TV replaced Logos Tv on D2 same pids, poor quality low resolution blocky blurry rubbish. Not to mention the content of the channel itself. Telstra what are you doing, bringing this pollution to the Ku band?

A quiz show asking the question... "what is the name of the she camel of our beloved Prophet"

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From website

NHK Update info

Important Notice

In order to enhance the signal’s stability and quality, broadcasting system of NHK WORLD TV will be changed effective from July 1st, 2016. The viewers who are watching NHK WORLD TV, receiving the channel’s signal from a satellite using a large-size antenna (over 1 meter in diameter), are kindly requested to check your satellite receiver and confirm whether your equipment can continue to receive NHK WORLD TV’s new signal after July.
The viewers who are receiving the signal of NHK WORLD TV directly from Intelsat Satellites (IS-19, IS-20, or IS-21) are advised to check whether your receiver can accommodate to the new signals, and change the reception setting accordingly from July 1st. (If your receiver cannot accommodate to this change, new devices may be required).

New Broadcasting System (from July 1st)

Please set the frequency, symbol rate, FEC value and others on your digital satellite tuner to receive our transmission. Please find the setting details in your region shown below:

  • Asia-Pacific Region

    Satellite: IS-19
    Frequency: 4140MHz, Symbol Rate: 29.910Msps, FEC Value: 2/3, Polarization: H, Modulation: DVB-S2/QPSK
    HD(1080/50i, 60i) <MPEG-4 AVC/H.264>, Channel Information: [1080/50i English], [1080/60i English]
    *For reception in Standard Definition (SD) format, please prepare a High Definition (HD) digital tuner with function to convert HD signal to SD signal.

  • Southwest & Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe Region

    Satellite: IS-20
    Frequency: 3841MHz, Symbol Rate: 29.910Msps, FEC Value: 2/3, Polarization: H, Modulation: DVB-S2/QPSK
    HD(1080/50i, 60i) <MPEG-4 AVC/H.264>, Channel Information: [1080/50i English], [1080/60i English]
    *For reception in Standard Definition (SD) format, please prepare a High Definition (HD) digital tuner with function to convert HD signal to SD signal.

  • South & North America Region

    Satellite: IS-21
    Frequency: 4160MHz, Symbol Rate: 26.590Msps, FEC Value: 1/2, Polarization: H, Modulation: DVB-S/QPSK(as current)
    HD(1080/60i) <MPEG-4 AVC/H.264>, Channel Information: [1080/60i English]
    PAL <MPEG-2>: Channel Information: [625 English]

The receiver must be compatible with the broadcasting system above.
*If you cannot identify your receiver’s compatibility, please contact the receiver’s vendor/manufacturer directly and check whether your receiver can accommodate to the channel’s new settings

Please change the receiver’s setting from July 1st. This modification needs to be completed by September 30th, 2016.

Current Broadcasting System (untill September 30th)

  • Asia-Pacific Region

    Satellite: IS-19
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Viacom to launch Spike channel on Fetch TV from July 1

From https://mumbrella.com.au/viacom-launch-spike-channel-fetch-tv-july-1-374136

Viacom is set to expand its portfolio of television channels in Australia with the company set to launch its Spike channel on Fetch TV on July 1, Mumbrella can reveal.

Spike, an entertainment brand for adults known for TV shows such as Lip Sync Battle, hosted by LL Cool J, mixed martial arts show Bellator MMA, and UK police documentary, Police Interceptors.

“We’re excited to partner with Fetch TV to bring Spike, the brand new destination for entertainment, action, sport and lifestyle content to Australia”, said Simon Bates, vice president and head of MTV, Comedy Central and Spike in Australia and New Zealand.

“Spike delivers original programming created to engage, inspire and push the boundaries of the unexpected, including Bellator, the world’s leading mixed martial arts competitions, and Lips Sync Battle, the global phenomenon that has smashed rating records on Spike in both the US and the UK.”

In Australia, Spike will cater to a demographic of 18-39 year olds with a catalogue of content direct from the US and the UK.

The announcement comes ahead of an event tonight with IPTV service Fetch TV, which is aligned with telcos Optus, iiNet and Dodo, when the company is expected to make a series of major product and content announcements.

“Spike is an unique and exciting channel that will have great appeal to our growing subscriber base,” said Scott Lorson, CEO of Fetch TV. “Our growing partnership with Viacom now covers seven leading linear channels, with the most recent additions, Comedy Central and Spike, being commercial-free and available only on Fetch TV.”

Fetch TV has been seeking to challenge Foxtel’s supremacy of the pay-TV market with a lower contest IPTV product which is bundled with the telco’s landline and internet offerings.

The Set-top box key in Sky-Vodafone merger, First NZ Capital says

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11657731

The set-top box is emerging as a key driver of boosting engagement in pay-TV following the release of more details on the proposed $3.44 billion merger between Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand, analysts say.

The extra detail highlights a clear change in direction for the merged group with a move from satellite delivery to an IP-enabled set-top box, using Vodafone capability as a key way to lift engagement in pay-TV and as the platform for its next generation premium offering, say First New Zealand Capital analysts. The set-top box may also drive the future of its plans for over-the-top (OTT) delivered content.

Earlier this week an independent appraisal report by Grant Samuel said Sky doesn't have an attractive future as a "pure" standalone pay-TV business in the longer term as it faces increased rivalry and a "fundamental deterioration" in its strategic position.

Sky directors have recommended shareholders vote on July 6 in favour of the deal which will give Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share of the combined group.

Grant Samuel said the deal was fair, a view reiterated by First NZ's analysts, although they say this will ultimately be tested when they have an integrated model of the business incorporating Vodafone NZ's telco prospects.

Delivery of a new IP platform will require a significant degree of support and cooperation from the Vodafone Group, most likely centred around its two key fixed/pay-TV markets, Germany and Spain, the analysts say, in order to achieve the full $850 million in estimated synergies from the merger.

The merger's rationale includes that Sky's earnings will otherwise continue to decline as it loses subscribers on its dominant satellite-TV service and faces higher content costs because of increased rivalry from internet-based services such as Netflix.

Hopefully, subscribers will see an end to problems with Sky's digital technology through this merger. Photo / Paul Estcourt
John Drinnan: Voda-Sky deal a win-win-win

Vodafone NZ boss Russell Stanners (right) would be chief executive and John Fellet (far left) head of the media and content arm of the merged company.
Sky shares soar as investors back Vodafone deal

Some of this weakness can be attributed to a "value for money perception" associated with a core technology delivery platform that is coming to the end of its useful life, First NZ said.

The merged group's intention to invest in a new platform that meets customers expectations around user interface, including search TV everywhere and integration across devices and with the cloud, may see it over time recover some of the premium pay-TV subscribers it has lost, the analysts said. Better innovation has seen BSkyB in the UK hold its core pay-TV levels more than Sky appears to be doing.

But core pay-TV penetration will be challenging to grow from its current levels without major pricing changes and a pay-light option looks attractive with UK experience suggesting it can add subscribers, the analysts said.

The merged companies plan to boost their bundled packages, including moving from a triple play - fixed-line voice, fixed-line broadband, and pay-television services - into a quad play by adding mobile.

The key opportunity for Sky's pay-TV subscribers is to move them to also taking broadband with the merged group and using content rather than discounting to drive further bundling, the analysts said.

Absent of 'giving it away', we're not yet clear that a move to grow OTT and telco market share by generously bundling telco/OTT content will necessarily be positive.

Sky is expected to have between 30,000 to 40,000 subscribers by the end of this financial year to its over-the-top services which include Neon and Fanpass but First NZ said UK experience suggests growing that base will be a long and slow process.

"Absent of 'giving it away', we're not yet clear that a move to grow OTT and telco market share by generously bundling telco/OTT content will necessarily be positive," they said.

The key factors that will drive increased penetration of Sky's OTT products in the next 12 to 18 months are a new streamlined platform and improvements to the product line-up, including a possible move away from Neon to providing separate access to premium drama and its full line up of movie content.

However the analysts said the more attractive Sky's product and pricing of OTT, the more risk of cannabilising its existing core pay-TV subscribers.

Sky's share price is currently trading at $4.99 which compares to First NZ's 12-month target price of $4.58, including 30 cents per share attributed to likely synergy benefits from the merger.

SpaceX successfully fires satellites into orbit, but loses booster on landing

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/15/spacex-successfully-fires-satellites-into-orbit-but-loses-booster-on-landing/

Two pioneering communications satellites purely powered by plasma rocket thrusters lifted off from Cape Canaveral aboard a Falcon 9 launcher Wednesday, starting missions to broadcast video across Asia and Latin America, and improve navigation for airplanes crossing the United States.

The rocket’s first stage booster, a recoverable 15-story vehicle SpaceX hoped to reuse, crashed on landing aboard a mobile platform stationed in the Atlantic Ocean about 420 miles (680 kilometers) east of Florida’s Space Coast, missing the flight’s experimental secondary objective.

But the purpose of Wednesday’s flight was the deployment of two commercial communications spacecraft for Eutelsat and Asia Broadcast Satellite, and the on-target dual-satellite delivery gives SpaceX six successful flights so far this year, matching the company’s annual best.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) Falcon 9 rocket thundered away from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 40 launch pad at 10:29 a.m. EDT (1429 GMT) Wednesday, clearing the facility’s four lightning protection masts in less than eight seconds and breaking the sound barrier a little over a minute after liftoff.

Firing on an easterly path from the Central Florida spaceport, the Falcon 9 climbed through scattered clouds atop 1.5 million pounds of thrust and released its first stage about two-and-a-half minutes into the flight.

Video cameras fastened to the first stage showed the Falcon 9’s second stage igniting and dramatically accelerating into the inky blackness of space, as the core booster extended four aerodynamic steering fins and began maneuvers to descend toward a landing ship.

The single-engine upper stage burned more than six minutes to place the Eutelsat 117 West B and ABS 2A video relay satellites into a preliminary orbit just as the first stage touched down on SpaceX’s barge.

A live webcast feed from the landing platform, or drone ship, froze as the rocket arrived, showing the booster enshrouded by a plume of fire and smoke.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk confirmed the rocket was lost on impact with the drone ship a few minutes later.

“Ascent phase & satellites look good, but booster rocket had a RUD on droneship,” Musk tweeted.

RUD means Rapid Unscheduled Disassembly, a colloquial term in the rocket business.

He added that the thrust level in one of the three Merlin engines used for the final propulsive landing burn was lower than expected.

Wednesday’s launch went into a high-altitude “supersynchronous” transfer orbit stretching tens of thousands of miles above Earth, requiring the first stage to reach tremendous speeds of more than 5,000 mph, or about 8,000 kilometers per hour.

For such high-speed missions, the rocket needs all the thrust it can get from the three landing engines to brake for touchdown, Musk said, adding that SpaceX plans to introduce an upgrade to the booster to compensate for a thrust shortfall during the final landing burn by the end of the year.

The missed landing comes after three smooth booster recoveries in a row after the last three Falcon 9 launches April 8, May 6 and May 27.

“We had a successful launch,” a SpaceX engineer said on the company’s live launch webcast. “We did not have a successful landing, unfortunately. Again, this is all experimental. We’re very excited for the day when it becomes regular. But clearly, we’re not quite there yet.”

Musk said SpaceX will release video of the landing attempt after the recovery team gains access to cameras on the barge later Wednesday. “Maybe hardest impact to date,” he tweeted. “Droneship still ok.”

As SpaceX sorted out what happened to the booster, the Falcon 9’s upper stage trekked across the Atlantic Ocean, passing over the Canary Islands and the west coast of Africa before re-igniting its engine for a 64-second firing to send the Eutelsat and ABS spacecraft into their targeted egg-shaped transfer orbit.

The two Boeing-built satellites separated from the Falcon 9’s second stage at five-minute intervals at T+plus 30 minutes and T+plus 35 minutes.

Officials from SpaceX and a customer representative confirmed the spacecraft reached their intended orbit. Boeing later said ground controllers were in contact with both satellites, verifying their health after the fiery journey into space.

Driven by low-thrust, high-efficiency plasma thrusters, the spacecraft will slowly reshape their orbits in the coming months to reach a circular perch nearly 22,300 miles (about 35,786 kilometers) over the equator, where their speeds will match the rate of Earth’s rotation, causing the satellites to hover over fixed locations.

Communications satellites with traditional liquid rocket propellant take a few weeks to reach their final positions, but some telecom spacecraft carry more than 5,000 pounds (up to 2,300 kilograms) of fuel to feed their rocket engines.

Instead of a large fuel tank, the all-electric satellites — based on the Boeing 702SP design — carry small reservoirs of xenon fuel for its four ion engines, which work by blasting the gaseous propellant with electricity to ionize the fuel and push it out the thrusters at high speed.

The engines produce a whisper of thrust — about the force of a sheet of paper held in your hand — but can operate for months, burning a fraction of the fuel consumed by conventional engines.

Asia Broadcast Satellite and Satmex, a defunct Mexican satellite operator acquired by Eutelsat in 2014, purchased four all-electric spacecraft from Boeing in 2012, and selected SpaceX to launch the payloads.

Without a large liquid fuel tank, the satellites can fit together inside the Falcon 9 rocket’s nose cone and are well within the launcher’s weight capacity.

The Eutelsat 117 West B satellite, which flew in the upper position on Wednesday’s launch, weighed about 4,327 pounds (1,963 kilograms) at liftoff, according to Eutelsat. The ABS 2A satellite riding below is a few hundred pounds heavier, with extra structural stiffeners to take the load of the spacecraft mounted on top.

Unlike other dual-satellite missions, the spacecraft launched directly connected to each other without the need for a special adapter, which would take up more space and weight. Boeing has patented its design of the load-bearing two-satellite stack.

The first two all-electric satellites ordered by ABS and Eutelsat launched in March 2015, and they entered service late last year. The arrangement of the satellites on Wednesday’s launch flipped from the configuration on last year’s mission, which had the ABS payload slotted in the upper position on the Falcon 9 rocket.

A spokesperson for Paris-based said the Eutelsat 117 West B satellite will take about 200 days to steer into its operational orbit, beginning around June 18. The orbit-raising plan for ABS 2A will take about a month longer because of its bigger mass.

While ABS and Eutelsat must wait longer than normal to yield revenue from the newly-launched satellites, the tradeoff is that the all-electric spacecraft design allows a significant reduction in launch costs. Each company paid about $30 million to share the Falcon 9 ride, about half of the cost of a dedicated launch.

Without sizable mass allocated to fuel, engineers can also add more communications capacity to all-electric satellites.

The Eutelsat and ABS satellites each cost approximately $100 million, officials said.

The two craft will unfurl their power-generating solar panels soon after launch, and extend their antennas during the cruise to geostationary orbit.

Both satellites should begin commercial service in early 2017, commencing 15-year missions.

Eutelsat 117 West B’s operating post will be along the equator at 116.8 degrees west longitude, where it will join a sister spacecraft launched in 2013.

“Equipped with 48 Ku-band transponders, Eutelsat 117 West B’s four distinct regional beams will provide premium coverage of Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, South America and the Southern Cone,” Eutelsat said in a statement. “The satellite will strengthen video capacities at 117 degrees west and offer key services to telecom operators and government service providers in Latin America.”

The spacecraft’s capabilities will also serve the direct broadcast market in Latin America, Eutelsat said. It is the fourth Eutelsat satellite launched since December 2015.

Eutelsat 117 West B also hosts a navigation beacon for the Federal Aviation Administration, adding a replacement node to a fleet of GPS augmentation payloads carried by commercial satellites in geostationary orbit.

Made by Raytheon, the Wide Area Augmentation System payload will help improve GPS navigation accuracy from about 30 feet (10 meters) to as little as 3 feet (1 meter). The network allows air traffic controllers to assign more direct flight paths, and reduces separation distances required between aircraft in flight.

The ABS 2A satellite also features 48 Ku-band transponders to serve customers in South Asia, Southeast Asia, Russia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Middle East and North Africa, according to ABS. Parked in geostationary orbit at 75 degrees east longitude, the craft will broadcast direct-to-home television services, and support mobile communications clients.

It will be located near the ABS 2 satellite launched aboard an Ariane 5 rocket in February 2014.

SpaceX’s next launch is set for July 16, when a Falcon 9 rocket will dispatch a Dragon supply ship to the International Space Station. The company plans its second landing attempt on land a few minutes after that liftoff.

Astro expands pay-TV service to 69% of Malaysia homes

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/astro-expands-pay-tv-service-to-69-of-malaysia-homes--1148539

Malaysian satellite TV services provider Astro reports it has reached a share of 69 percent of the country's residential pay-TV market. Astro plans to expand its service coverage to 90 percent of Malaysian households in the next five years, The Nation reports, citing Astro CEO Datuk Rohana Rozhan. Of Astro's 3.5 million pay-TV customers, around 900,000 are currently using Astro's Personal Video Recorder (PVR) service. The operator wants those customers to connect their set-top boxes to the internet. To date, only 350,000 PVR users have connected their PVRs to the internet.

HITS HD launches on Kristal Astro in Brunei

From http://www.mumbrella.asia/2016/06/hits-hd-launches-on-kristal-astro-in-brunei/

HITS HDRewind Networks’ classics TV station HITS has launched am HD version on Kristal Astro in Brunei.

The announcement:

Singapore/Bandar Seri Begawan, 15 June 2016 – Rewind Networks and KRISTAL Astro announced the addition of HITS HD (Ch 720) on all KRISTAL Astro’s HD packages starting from 1 July, 2016. The channel will be in HD and subtitled in Bahasa Melayu.

Mr. Avi Himatsinghani, CEO of Rewind Networks, said, “We have a great partnership with Astro and we’re excited to further build on the momentum we’ve achieved by launching on KRISTAL Astro. We’re sure that our channel is going to strike a major chord with viewers in Brunei as it has done in Malaysia.”

HITS has a clear proposition of bringing the very best TV shows. It naturally fits into KRISTAL Astro’s strong line-up of must have channel brands and shows, offers an exciting selection of greatest TV shows of all time, like Diff’rent Strokes, MacGyver, The A-Team and The Golden Girls to name a few.

HITS’ selection of multi-award winning series brings the greatest stories and famous characters to a new generation of TV viewers whilst breathing new life into iconic shows. Ratings successes in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and other markets have proven that HITS’ curation of awesome shows such as The X-Files, Grey’s Anatomy, Cheers and The Nanny resonates with viewers in the region.

Sky Cinema UHD “by end of year”

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/15/sky-cinema-uhd-by-end-of-year/

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Cinema Europe, has confirmed that the operator will have an Ultra HD movie proposition by the end of 2016, with announcements on Sky’s UHD strategy expected in the coming weeks.

Lewis’s comments came as Sky revealed a rebrand and a relaunch of its UK Sky Movies service to ‘Sky Cinema’ from July 8, bringing it into line with Sky’s German and Italian services.

Gary Davey, Sky’s Managing Director, Content described the relaunch as “a really important day” for the broadcaster. “In the 27-year history of Sky Movies, we have never evolved in such a big way as we are announcing today, for a completely new look and a completely new approach.”

He said that Sky Movies had evolved and innovated constantly for 27 years, but for the first time, it was being given a new name, a whole new set of functions, a whole new approach, including a very big number of new movie premieres. “Some of these innovations have come from our new partnerships with our colleagues in Germany and Italy,” he advised.

“The big transformation is that Sky Movies is about to become Sky Cinema, to put us in synch with our colleagues across, our platforms, our five territories,” he explained. “They are all going to be evolving very rapidly in both technology, content and service.”

He said that in combination, Sky was clearly the biggest subscription movie service in Europe which has given it the opportunity to leverage its strengths. “We now have one negotiation with our Hollywood studio partners, highlighting a deal with Sony for all territories. It’s the first time that anyone has done a pan-European premium movie deal. Going forward, all of our studio renewals will be managed in the same way.”

Among the service enhancements revealed by Lewis and Davey were confirmation of a new movie premiere every day, an expanded library of on demand films, more pop up channels as well as better HD picture and sound quality, designed to take subscribers one step closer to the cinema experience.

The changes come at no extra cost to existing and new subscribers, with Lewis confirming that HD would be offered as standard to all Sky Cinema customers on the Sky and Virgin Media platforms.

Spectre (8 July), Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (9 July), Steve Jobs (18 September), Bridge of Spies (30 September) and The Danish Girl (23rd October) will all premiere in the first few months after the relaunch. The Jungle Book, Zootopia and Captain America: Civil War are set to headline Sky’s most ambitious Christmas movie collection yet.

The enhanced viewing experience will come to life through a number of new features for customers watching through Sky+HD or Sky Q including:
•New, improved HD as standard
•Even better sound quality, closer to the cinema experience, for on demand films
•New tools to help customers watch and find their favourite films including the ‘Restart’ feature which means customers can watch films from the very beginning no matter what point they switch on

To improve the HD, Sky is using a new internal master format that provides a third more pixels and four times the number of colour shades of the current HD offered. This means sharper and more vibrant pictures for a better viewing experience. As well as improved picture, selected movies on demand will also have sound closer to cinema. The sound range has been increased in part by taking the audio track straight from the studios. It means louder bangs and quieter whispers with no need for customer to make any adjustments to their TV.

“With Sky Cinema we are giving customers an even closer to the cinema experience with enhanced picture and sound quality,” said Lewis. “However, we know the heart of the service is great movies. Customers want a breadth of the latest quality films to enjoy with the flexibility to watch whenever they want and on whatever device they choose. Sky Cinema builds on this commitment with even more premieres and instant access to an unrivalled library of the latest blockbusters and classic films. A better service needs a new name and Sky Cinema is about delivering the ultimate offering for movie fans everywhere,” he declared.

In describing the sound, image and functionality enhancements, and confirming that HD would be offered at no extra cost, Lewis noted that the Sky Q box is Ultra HD-ready. “We will be making an announcement in the next few weeks as to exactly what we’re going to do with that. What I can tell you is that we will have an Ultra HD movies proposition on the platform before the end of this year,” he revealed.

All films will be available on 11 dedicated live channels, via on demand, or on the go through Sky Go and the dedicated Sky Cinema app.

Apple TV app for Wimbledon

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/15/apple-tv-app-for-wimbledon/

IBM and The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) have unveiled new technologies for The Championships 2016, marking the next phase in the AELTC’s digital transformation.

New for 2016 is an Apple TV app for Wimbledon developed by IBM Interactive Experience that will enable fans to engage with Wimbledon in the comfort of their own homes. Users will be able to browse real-time scores, watch the Live @ Wimbledon studio show, listen to three live radio channels, and delve through all of Wimbledon’s video and photo content, bringing the 2016 Wimbledon experience into their homes in the truest sense.

New Wimbledon smartphone apps for iOS and Android, responsive to all screen sizes, will provide multi-content personalised feeds for fans at home and on the move. The new apps also provide an enhanced experience for visitors onsite at Wimbledon, including personalised messaging, and the opportunity to create their own Wimbledon Story, allowing fans to capture and share their unforgettable Wimbledon experiences with the global community.

Also new this year is a Cognitive Command Center built using IBM’s Watson and hybrid cloud technologies. The solution will ingest feeds across multiple social media channels to automatically understand, reason and learn the most relevant and emerging topics of conversation as they relate to Wimbledon, as well as other major sporting events, providing those insights to the digital editorial team.

By identifying common topics of interest, IBM can help Wimbledon identify opportunities to better serve related articles, posts and images. For example, the Cognitive Command Center could identify emerging conversations around a Swiss football game at the same time as a peak in interest around a moment in a Roger Federer match. Using these insights, Wimbledon will be able to make rapid content decisions to engage and inform sports fans during a summer filled with numerous major sporting events.

“We are proud to be continuing to evolve and develop our digital strategy, further enhancing the Wimbledon platforms to ensure that they are the incomparable Wimbledon destination for millions of fans around the world. As our content vies for attention in an increasingly competitive sporting landscape, IBM’s technology innovations are key to maintaining our prominence in the collective mind of our global fan base,” said Mick Desmond, Commercial & Media Director at the AELTC. “With help from IBM, we are providing new on-site features in the Smartphone apps allowing fans to plan their trip to The Championships in advance and share their moments on the day. In the home we are also taking the best and most relevant real time content, and delivering it to fans in the form of an Apple TV app. Through beautiful design with unique data-driven content and insights, these apps will provide fans with a truly unique Wimbledon experience.”

During The Championships, IBM typically captures 3.2 million data points from 19 courts across 13 days with an accuracy target of 100 per cent and a sub-second response time. It does this using highly trained tennis analysts and transforms that data in near real time to provide insights to commentators and media helping to bring The Championships to life for TV fans globally.

In under four seconds, the match insights IBM captures are also used to update millions of digital devices around the world, delivering a fan experience that supports the AELTC’s digital vision to be the next best thing to being there.

“Introducing cognitive solutions to the Wimbledon technology portfolio this year promises to deliver huge benefits for the AELTC in terms of insights, learnings and fan engagement,” said Sam Seddon, Wimbledon Client & Programme Executive, IBM. “Cognitive computing holds great potential as a game-changing technology and will enable Wimbledon to extend the reach and exposure of The Championships and support them in their objective to have their digital platforms be the gateway to the brand.”


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Australian mini-satellites undergo space testing before launch later this year

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-14/australian-mini-satellites-undergo-space-testing-before-launch/7509888

Testing has begun at the Australian National University's (ANU) Mt Stromlo facilities on three mini-satellites to make sure they are ready to be part of an international space project later this year.

The 'CubeSats' measure 10 centimetres each side and are the product of collaboration between the University of Sydney, the Australian National University, the University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and the University of New South Wales.

The three satellites are part of a fleet of 50 that will all be launched into space as part of the European Union's QB50 project.

Before they can be launched the CubeSats have to undergo rigorous testing to ensure they are "space qualified".

"The testing will take place over the next day or week or so," Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the ANU Professor Matthew Colless said.

"We'll be simulating here the conditions that the satellite will have to survive in orbit and also the terrible shaking they get as they go up, into orbit.

"By doing that ... we know that they should be able to survive when they get launched up to the space station."

Satellites will return 'wealth of data'

Professor Colless said each of the 50 CubeSats were designed to feed back different information, from the success of the technology to the science of the atmosphere.

"These satellites will return a wealth of data to us on the technology, on the science, and it will give our people a great deal of experience in running missions like this," he said.

"For example, studying the atmosphere is very important because ... then we can better predict what the orbit of satellites are.

"That's becoming more and more important as space gets more crowded and satellites need to know exactly where they are so they can avoid each other."

Professor Colless also said the research could better help satellites avoid the near 170 million pieces of space junk.

"They're [CubeSats] actually beginning to test out technologies that mean that in future fleets, constellations of these small satellites could be continuously monitoring the earth, taking images of the earth on a much more regular basis than satellites currently do now, so we can track changes on the earth in real time," he said.

"This could be used to track the course of a bushfire as it evolves very rapidly because many little satellites are passing overhead, each taking a picture and downloading it to the fire brigades on Earth.

"There's many applications of these small satellites that are being tested."

Ultimately, Professor Colless said the hope was that CubeSats would be able to provide real-time information on natural disasters and other weather events.

Sky TV 'not attractive' as a pure pay-TV operator

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11656250

Sky Network Television doesn't have an attractive future as a "pure" standalone pay-TV business in the longer term as it faces increased rivalry and a "fundamental deterioration" in its strategic position, according to Grant Samuel, the independent adviser and appraiser of its merger proposal with Vodafone NZ.

The Auckland-based companies plan to merge to create the country's largest telecommunications and media group in a $3.44 billion deal that would give Vodafone Europe a 51 per cent share in the combined group. Sky directors unanimously recommend its shareholders vote in favour of the deal at a July 6 meeting, and Grant Samuel has said the deal is "fair".

Sky TV earnings are in decline as it loses subscribers on its dominant satellite-TV service and faces higher content costs because of increased rivalry from internet-based services such as Netflix. For Vodafone, the country's largest mobile phone provider and second-largest broadband service, the deal gives it access to content to feed through its channels.

Without a meaningful broadband or phone service offered through a tie-up with Vodafone, Sky TV is in a "strategically weak position" to attract and retain customers, Grant Samuel says.

"Sky TV's strategic position as a 'pure play' pay-television operator is not attractive over the longer term," Grant Samuel said in a summary of its independent adviser's report and appraisal report released today. "Shareholders in a standalone Sky TV would be exposed to numerous risks, some of which, over time, could potentially threaten the viability of the business.

"In Grant Samuel's view, the strategic benefits of the proposed transaction are such that Sky TV shareholders will clearly be better off if the proposed transaction is implemented than if they continue as shareholders in a standalone Sky TV."

A merger will "materially improve" the combined group's competitive position and should generate savings and increased revenue over time, Grant Samuel said, noting the benefits would be more limited in the short term. While the roll-out of ultra-fast broadband is a threat for Sky TV, because it enables consumers to more easily access rival internet-based services, for the combined group it provides an opportunity to lower distribution costs and deliver new products using Sky TV's content in different ways, the report said.

Football channels will cost $11.96 a month, sold separately from Sky Sports

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/world-game/81047631/football-channels-will-cost-1196-a-month-sold-separately-from-skys-other-services

Sky Television has struck a deal to get English Premier League football back onto its satellite television service when the next season kicks off in August.

After months of speculation, spokeswoman Kirsty Way said Sky had secured the rights to show two football channels from Dubai-based broadcaster and EPL rights-holder Bein Sports, which is run by Al-Jazeera.

One channel will show EPL games, highlights and related shows in HD. The other channel will show matches from Spain's La Liga and France's Ligue 1, as well as games from the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and England's Championship League.

The two channels, together, will cost $11.96 a month and will be sold separately to Sky Sports.

Way said Sky TV would not get any revenue from the channels, with all of the money instead going to Bein.

As viewers would need to subscribe to Sky Basic, the price of which will go up to $49.91 next week, Sky could still benefit financially from the partnership if it helped it retain or attract satellite television subscribers.

Sky said it cost about $18 a month to get the same football channels direct online from Bein and its price compared favourably with the $20 monthly fee previously charged by Coliseum, which had previously held the New Zealand broadcast rights to the EPL.

Sky would have up to three additional "pop-up channels" to show matches when fixtures clashed, Way said.

The announcement came as Sky spelt out more details of its proposed merger with Vodafone New Zealand.

Sky has come in for flak from some football fans for not showing UEFA's Euro 2016 and the Oceania Cup tournaments through its online sports service Fan Pass, which does not show any events broadcast on Sky's pop-up satellite channels.

Way defended that decision, saying the schedule for Euro 2016 only became available "in days before the broadcasts" and it had put the event on a pop-up channel so as not to disrupt its other schedules.

Twelve of the bigger matches from the 51-match tournament between Europe's leading soccer nations, including the final, would be shown live on Prime, she said.

NZ gears up for the global space economy

From http://www.investinnz.co.nz/news/nz-gears-global-space-economy

The Government is putting in place a new regulatory regime to enable safe, secure and responsible space launches from New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.

“New Zealand is rapidly building a more diversified hi-tech economy, and one of the companies at the very leading edge of technology is our own home-grown start-up, Rocket Lab,” Mr Joyce says.

“The company and its parent company, Rocket Lab USA, are almost ready to start launching rockets commercially, and we need to introduce a regulatory framework so they and others that come after them can operate from New Zealand.”

The regulatory regime consists of a new Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill, a Technology Safeguards Agreement between New Zealand and the USA, and a decision to join the United Nations Convention on Registration of Objects launched into Outer Space. It is also New Zealand’s intention to join the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space.

Information about all four decisions is being released today. The Outer Space and High Altitude Activities Bill is in the form of an exposure draft pending finalisation by officials before its introduction to parliament. It will be fully consulted on through the Select Committee process in the second half of this year.

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is the lead policy agency and will have primary responsibility for administering the new regulatory regime.

“The space economy is becoming immensely important to the world and is growing and changing rapidly,” Mr Joyce says. “Satellites enable critical services and infrastructure like banking, transport, telecommunications, navigation, remote sensing and national security. As a result there is an increasing demand for small satellite launches.

“New Zealand has the advantage of a geographic location that enables a wide range of orbits with minimal interference to air traffic and shipping. We also have a highly skilled workforce and a safe secure environment.”

Mr Joyce says New Zealand has an opportunity to leverage off the existence of a leading-edge rocket launcher – Rocket Lab – which plans to provide frequent, low cost launch services to a growing international small satellite industry.

“Rocket Lab is using innovative and disruptive technology developed right here in New Zealand and employing highly skilled people in New Zealand,” Mr Joyce says. “Rocket Lab’s Peter Beck is in the mold of other great Kiwi innovators like William Hamilton, Bill Gallagher and Ernest Rutherford.”

Other groups working in the satellite industry include two potential Regional Research Institutes that have been shortlisted to develop business cases with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – The Centre for Space Science Technology, and Earth+Vantage. NASA and Google have launched high altitude balloons from New Zealand.

“These organisations show there is the opportunity to build New Zealand’s capacity and expertise across a broad spectrum of space and high altitude activities, from rocket technology to the use of satellites to perform functions that benefit our economy, environment and society; as well as attracting off-shore talent and investment into New Zealand,” Mr Joyce says.

“There are also significant economic spinoffs for the East Coast region from the space industry activity. Rocket Lab’s launches from Mahia Peninsula has introduced new investment into the Wairoa District, and they are likely to attract tourists from within and outside New Zealand to observe rocket launches.

“Providing a modern regulatory environment that responds to innovation and enables high-tech industries is a crucial part of building a diversified high value economy.” The emerging New Zealand-based space economy aligns with the innovation stream of our Business Growth Agenda in developing New Zealand as a hub for high-value, R&D-intensive businesses.”

The Cabinet papers and a number of related documents are available here: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/space

SKY Pacific Confirms Discovery Channel Back From July

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2016/06/14/sky-pacific-confirms-discovery-channel-back-from-july/

Adds five more channels as part of improvement but removes Toonami, MTV Asia, Fox Family Movies and FX

SKY Pacific, owned by Digicel Fiji, has announced the return of the very popular Discovery Channel from early-July.

In addition, four more channels will be added to the SKY Pacific platform from tomorrow. These are Fight Sports Channel, MTV Live, Boomerang and TVWAN Life.

The five new channels are expected to be a major boost for SKY Pacific customers across the Pacific.

But, the new channels will replace Toonami, MTV Asia, Fox Family Movies and FX. The Super Channel will also be removed and all content will be migrated to TVWAN Action and TVWAN.

Digicel Fiji chief executive, Darren McLean, said the latest set of channel improvements is in direct response to customer feedback.

“I’m really happy Discovery Channel will be returning to Sky Pacific. It has been one of the most consistent themes in customer feedback since we have been operating Sky Pacific,” he said.


In order to transition from Fiji TV equipment and facilitate the new content, there will be a reduction to 24 channels for two weeks from June 15.

During this time, an equipment upgrade is being undertaken to improve quality for some parts of Fiji.

Sky Pacific has advised that all customers will need to update their settings by conducting a rescan using their remote control to receive the new content from Wednesday.

Details of how to perform the rescan will be published in the press and on the Digicel Facebook page from Tuesday.

APAC Weather Alerts + Seismic Data For NOAA Via SES + O3b Networks Services Installation

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1119449000&menu=1

SES Government Solutions (SES GS) and O3b Networks have jointly completed the first O3b managed services installation for NOAA’s National Weather Service Office (NWSO) at Pago Pago, American Samoa.

This remote station is responsible for providing critically important tropical weather alerts and cyclone warning information to a large part of the Pacific. An uninterrupted high-speed data connection between the Pago Pago NWSO and the primary Pacific National Weather Service (NWS) center in Hawaii is essential for NOAA to update forecast models and issue safety warnings in near real-time.

The task order is part of the NOAA Worldwide Satellite Communications Systems II (WSCS II) contract. The O3b service will provide a highly reliable, low latency link for passing critically important weather information between the NWSO in Pago Pago and the NWS headquarters Office on Ford Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. As a result, NWS can now rapidly deliver large weather files from observation offices in American Samoa to scientists and meteorologists in Hawaii and across the US mainland.

The implementation included the procurement and installation of the O3b terminals, radomes and the ground segment network. Once the hardware was installed, the team supported the end-to-end service testing. The service was delivered on-time and within service level specifications, including the cutover of live traffic through the O3b network, on May 23, 2016.

SSL satellite for Intelsat starts post-launch maneuvers

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SSL_satellite_for_Intelsat_starts_post_launch_maneuvers_999.html

Space Systems Loral has announced that a high-power satellite designed and built for Intelsat was launched Friday and has successfully performed post-launch maneuvers according to plan.

The satellite, Intelsat 31, deployed its solar arrays on schedule following its launch aboard a Proton Breeze M vehicle provided by International Launch Services (ILS). It will begin firing its main thruster tomorrow in order to propel it toward its final geostationary orbit. The satellite will be used for broadcast services in Latin America.

"We continue to build on our unmatched track record of providing satellites for Intelsat and its industry leading customers," said John Celli, president of SSL. "We look forward to Intelsat 31 coming into service and providing additional redundancy and reliability across the region."

Intelsat 31 is an advanced 20-kilowatt class satellite that has both Ku- and C-band capabilities. The satellite is currently travelling to its final orbit at 95 degrees West longitude, where it will be co-located with Intelsat 30 and will provide augmented capacity and redundancy for unparalleled reliability.

The Ku-band payload, identified as DLA-2, will reinforce DIRECTV's Direct-to-Home (DTH) television service in Latin America and provide increased distribution service reliability in the region. The C-band payload enhances Intelsat's existing C-band service infrastructure serving Latin America.

"SSL has once again performed to our high expectations as they executed the Intelsat 31 manufacturing program," said Thierry Guillemin, EVP and Chief Technology Officer of Intelsat.

"Intelsat 31 will further strengthen our strong video distribution neighborhoods in Latin America and provide increased resiliency for our long-standing customer, DIRECTV Latin America, reaching their goal to provide their subscribers with the most reliable and highest quality programming."

Intelsat 31 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has a long history of reliability and the flexibility to support innovation and evolving technologies. It marks the 104th satellite that SSL has delivered based on this highly successful platform.

The satellite is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. With this launch, there are 81 SSL-built GEO satellites currently on orbit.

Sling TV on Apple TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/14/sling-tv-on-apple-tv/

Sling TV has launched its live and on-demand Internet TV service on Apple TV. The OTT provider’s suite of services, including its single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings, are available to Sling TV customers once they download the app from the App Store on fourth-generation Apple TV.

“Delivering the best TV experience for our viewers means being on the devices people want to use — Apple TV is our most requested platform, and we’re excited to finally bring Sling TV to Apple TV today,” said Roger Lynch, CEO of Sling TV. “Incorporating Apple TV innovations like touch with the Siri Remote will enable Sling TV’s new UI to deliver the highly polished experience Apple fans have come to expect.”

Also debuting today on Apple TV is Sling TV’s new user interface (UI). The updated UI offers a more customisable and personalised viewing experience and improves content discovery of the thousands of hours of programming available on Sling TV.

In the first phase of the new UI roll-out, Sling TV customers gain access to a new personalisation feature called “My TV,” which allows customers to select their favourite channels, resume watching where they left off on select programmes and set favourite shows and movies for easy, one-click access. Additionally, the new UI includes enhanced content discovery, improved navigation and the ability to easily access content based on genres.

Sling TV also launched 12 Viacom channels across its beta multi-stream and single-stream services, including Comedy Central, BET, Spike, MTV, Nick Jr. and many others.

SPN India launches FTA movie channel 'Sony Wah'

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/spn-india-launches-fta-movie-channel-sony-wah-160613

MUMBAI: After Star India launching its free to air (FTA) movie channel Star Utsav Movie, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) has expanded the scope of its Hindi movie channels from 3 to 4 with Sony Wah.

Based on a deep understanding of audiences across different strata in the Hindi-speaking markets (HSM) landscape, Sony WAH a premium FTA Hindi movie channel will cater to the unserved needs of rural and small town India.

Celebrating the best of Hindi Cinema, Sony WAH, with its positioning of ‘Filmon Ka Mela” will bring alive the content and experience that audiences of FTA channels have never seen before. The channel will showcase a mix of Hindi movies as well as films from the southern parts of India dubbed in Hindi. There will be a lot of marquee titles as well ranging across present-day blockbusters to movies from the last 3 decades.

With this launch, SPN’s Hindi movie channel cluster comprising of Sony MAX, Sony MAX2, Sony MAX HD and Sony WAH will cover the entire viewer spectrum of HSM at 94 percent unduplicated reach.

Sony Max & Sony Max 2 senior EVP Neeraj Vyas said, “With the launch of Sony WAH, Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) becomes the only network to cover a range of audiences across multiple geographies with its unique offering of 4 distinct and differently positioned Hindi movie channels. Sony WAH completes the circle with its focus on rural and FTA audiences offering them a spectrum of movies they would want to see and when they want to see; enabling both choice and selection for the viewer”.


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AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H "India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP and News X" are back on , Fta.
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Thaicom 6 78.5E 3887 H "NBT TV Surat Thani" has left again.

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东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Saral Jeevan替换Green(印度)频道,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。 [6月12日]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,DBC News(高清)频道消失,设置4094 H 3850参数无效接收。 [6月12日]

东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Harvest TV(印度)频道新增,设置3968 V 8800参数免费接收。 [6月11日]
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Won't someone think of the children?

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/mediawatch/audio/201802085/shrinking-options-for-kids-on-tv

TVNZ's just launched a channel for blokes. MediaWorks has one in the pipeline for women. There's even one coming to Freeview for fans of foreign house renovations. But the TV options for kids are shrinking.

Back in March, TVNZ copped a bit of flak when they launched Duke - a channel for men. TVNZ boss Kevin Kenrick said more programmes in prime time appealed to women than to men, and no one would be checking viewers’ gender at the door.

But a month later his controversial counterpart at MediaWorks, Mark Weldon (who has since famously resigned) said the glaring gap in the market was for women. MediaWorks is launching Bravo - a joint venture with United States-based NBC Universal that is stacked with foreign format reality shows - in July.

One audience hardly under-served these days is those who like home renovation shows. But next month there will be a entire channel devoted to them when US channel HGTV appears on Freeview.

But the arrival of Bravo means the youth focused free-to-air channel FOUR will disappear.

"That was focused on younger demographics which are flocking to the internet and Snapchat," said Mark Weldon. "That's not the place to be on TV any more."

And that's bad news for young kids and their parents.

FOUR currently screens Sesame Street for early-rising kids at 6am. The publicly-funded and locally-made Sticky TV follows at 7am and there's plenty of other kids' shows right through the morning and afternoon.

MediaWorks said Sticky TV, the locally-made Moe Show and "a selection of the popular kids content currently on FOUR" would still be screened, but on TV3 instead in a new schedule yet to be finalised.

But will Paul Henry give way to Sesame Street and Sticky TV at breakfast-time? It's not likely.

That leaves TV2 as the only free-to-air network dedicated to children's TV shows during the day. And even though $250 million of public money is spent on broadcasting each year, there is no advertising-free programming for kids on free-to-air TV these days.

TVNZ6 had hours of ad-free kids shows in its Kidzone slot, but the channel closed in 2012. Kidzone went to Sky TV after that until earlier this year, and now it is available only on TVNZ On Demand. It's free to access and free of adverts, but not a good option for parents with broadband limits or no broadband at all.

The outfit with statutory responsibility to ensure children are catered for is broadcasting funding agency New Zealand On Air. It spends about $15m of public money on children's programmes but cannot force to broadcasters to air them.

MOE is based on the legend of the Moehau Monster who roams Mount Moehau on the Coromandel Peninsula

Should programmes for kids be on TV or online?

Currently NZOA is rethinking how to fund children’s content in the future.

NZOA's most recent annual report says TV2 and FOUR (and Māori Television, focusing on Te Reo) have created children’s schedules but "this support cannot be taken for granted”.

FOUR's upcoming shift to Bravo makes that clear.

NZOA commissioned a Colmar Brunton survey of 700 children to assess media use by children. It said that survey found 66 percent of children used the internet daily, and 72 percent had access to a tablet or mobile phone. YouTube also now rivalled TV2 as the main source of entertainment for children.

The survey found nine out of ten children watch TV every day, but a TV channel for children doesn't feature as an option in the discussion paper NZOA put out last year.

"TV is still the dominant screen in New Zealand children's lives, said Colmar Brunton's report, while "on-demand sites are rarely used by 6-14 year-olds on a daily basis". NZOA's review noted that money was spent on an iPad app for kids' science show Let's Get Inventin', but it was downloaded less than 1800 times before the show was scrapped by TVNZ.

But NZ On Air sought expressions of interest for an online platform to host content for kids and is expected to announce a plan and funding for one next month.

Janette Howe is the chair of the New Zealand Children's Screen Trust, a group formed to press for a home for good children’s television when TVNZ’s last non-commercial channel closed in 2012.

"We're seeing market failure, and what can happen when there's no commitment to a policy for children's content. There's a small amount of funded content through New Zealand On Air but essentially no place to put it. Parents are noticing it disappear."

"Some parents with Sky would disagree, but it's better than being behind a paywall, and there is potential for it to grow. The digital divide may be closing but it still exists. Kids have a right to media that informs them and educates them about their world. We're failing our kids."

What's the answer?

Ms Howe points to Australia's public broadcaster the ABC. It operates two children's channels, both of which have interactive websites and on-demand platforms for the content.

"When you have an anchor channel you can develop that and parents and kids know where to find it. We don't have that public space any more. We've lost it," she said. "That's why NZOA has put the call out to commercial companies to build something online."

In its submission to NZOA's review of children's content funding, the Children's Screen Trust acknowledged that a stand-alone channel for kids was unlikely. But if between $14m and $18m is being spent on content, why not?

"We haven't given up on that, but you have to work with what you've got," Ms Howe said.

China’s Beidou navigation network grows with successful launch

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/06/13/chinas-beidou-navigation-network-grows-with-successful-launch/

A Chinese Long March 3C rocket boosted a fresh satellite into orbit Sunday to join the country’s Beidou navigation system, deploying the craft into an elliptical orbit ranging more than 22,000 miles (35,700 kilometers) above Earth.

The new navigation platform will power its way into a circular geosynchronous orbit over the equator in the coming weeks, adding to China’s independent satellite network beaming positioning and timing signals to users around the world.

The Long March 3C rocket lifted off at 1530 GMT (11:30 a.m. EDT) Sunday from the Xichang launch base in southwestern China’s Sichuan province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

Powered by a core stage and two hydrazine-fueled strap-on engines, the Long March 3C climbed away from Xichang, turning east and dropping its twin boosters about two minutes after liftoff. The rocket’s first stage shut down and jettisoned about two-and-a-half minutes into the flight, and the second stage ignited for a three-minute burn.

A reignitable cryogenic third stage consuming a mix of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen fired up for the first of two burns Sunday less than six minutes after launch, and the rocket released the Beidou navigation satellite into orbit about a half-hour into the mission.

U.S. military tracking data indicated the satellite reached an orbit with a low point, or perigee, of 128 miles (206 kilometers, a high point, or apogee, of 22,207 miles (35,789 kilometers), and an inclination of 19.3 degrees.

The satellite’s on-board propulsion system will guide it into a circular geosynchronous orbit more than 22,200 miles over the equator to begin its mission.

“The satellite, after entering its designed work orbit and finishing in-orbit testing, will join others already in orbit and improve the stability of the system, preparing for BDS (Beidou Satellite Navigation System) to offer global coverage,” Xinhua reported.

The craft launched Tuesday is the Beidou system’s 23rd satellite, and the third new spacecraft to join the fleet this year.

China aims for the Beidou network to be ready for global navigation services in 2020, joining the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System, Russia’s Glonass service and Europe’s Galileo navigation satellites — which is still in its initial deployment phase — as worldwide providers.

Beidou managers say the constellation will provide positioning services with an accuracy of about 33 feet, or 10 meters, speed estimates within less than one foot per second, and time measurements within 10 nanoseconds.

The Chinese military will be a primary user of the Beidou navigation services, but Chinese officials tout many civilian applications, including personal navigation, aviation routing and disaster relief.

The fully operational Beidou system will consist of 35 satellites in three types of orbits: Geosynchronous orbit over the equator and two high-latitude orbits circling 22,236 miles (35,786 kilometers) and 13,376 miles (21,528 kilometers) above Earth.

Xinhua reported last month that 30 Beidou navigation satellites were planned for launch through 2020, and Russia and China have agreed to make the Glonass and Beidou systems compatible. The Beidou navigation frequency has also been “synchronized” with Europe’s Galileo network, according to Xinhua.

The Beidou system started providing independent navigation services over China and neighboring countries in 2012.

The Africa Channel chooses Globecast

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/13/the-africa-channel-chooses-globecast/

Globecast, the global solutions provider for media, has been chosen by The Africa Channel to provide media management, playout and distribution services for its channel across the US from its Culver City, CA, Media Centre. US-based, The Africa Channel is currently distributed on major US cable platforms.

The Africa Channel is taking advantage of Globecast’s Media Centre in Culver City, and the company’s Media Factory cloud-based media processing platform, to build and playout its channel. The Africa Channel provides edited content, which is then ingested before Globecast carries out quality control and ad-insertion.

Ricardo Springer, VP of Operations & Post-Production at The Africa Channel, said, “Globecast has really understood our requirements, and delivered a solution that meets our need to operate efficiently, but continue to serve all our affiliates, whether they transmit in SD and HD. It was also important to have a partner with a combination of technical expertise and local knowledge on the ground.”

Ford, Eurosport 24 hour live advert for Le Mans

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/13/ford-eurosport-24-hour-live-advert-for-le-mans/

The first ever live 24 hour advert featuring live sport will premier during this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours following the announcement of a new partnership between Ford, the automotive and mobility company, and sports broadcaster Eurosport.

The live ad will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ford’s historic 1-2-3 finish at Le Mans. At the 1966 race, its legendary Ford GT40 finished on the top three positions on the podium and marked Ford’s first Le Mans victory.

The Ford live ad will be produced by Eurosport to run on Eurosport websites and mobile apps during the 24 hour endurance race. Fans will see a live feed of an on-board camera from one of the four of the Ford GT supercars competing in the LMGTE Pro category race. Once visitors click through, they’ll be able to follow the on-board cameras on all four cars on a dedicated Ford Live Hub.

The footage will allow motorsport fans to fully immerse themselves in the race, taking on the renowned Circuit de la Sarthe through the eyes of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s drivers.

Ford Performance said: “We’re really excited to be able to work with Eurosport on such an innovative project. Creating a live stream is nothing new, but creating a feed which will show 24 hours of live-streamed content direct from the cockpit of four hypercars as they hit 180mph around Le Mans is no mean feat. Equally impressive is the fact that this will air not only in multiple European countries but also through into a first of its kind live-media format. Executing this on the homepage of Europe’s biggest sport broadcaster is allowing Ford to really bring to life the Le Mans spirit. It is great to be able to celebrate Ford’s return to Le Mans by offering European followers of the race access to the Ford team, the Ford GT, and the race action in this way, helping make Le Mans 2016 an event to remember.”

UEFA streams “missing” Euro 2016 games in Spain

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/13/uefa-streams-missing-euro-2016-games-in-spain/

Football fans in Spain and Venezuela can stream all non-televised Euro 2016 games live via EURO2016.com, if they register on UEFA.com.

As reported by Advanced-Television last week, Mediaset Spain and Meridiano TV in Venezuela are only broadcasting 23 matches from the tournament on their television channels after failing to agree a deal with UEFA for the entire package of games.

Viewers in Spain and Venezuela are being encouraged to register with UEFA.com as early as possible in order to access the live streams. Coverage will start 45 minutes prior to each kick-off.

India has 890 TV channels against 12th Plan target of 1500

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/ib-ministry/india-has-890-tv-channels-against-12th-plan-target-of-1500-160613

NEW DELHI: With the government having cleared a total of 890 television channels including 401 news channels, it appears highly unlikely that the country will achieve the target of 1500 channels by March next year.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information Technology which goes into issues relating to Information and Broadcasting noted that the State Finance Commission, while drafting its proposals for the 12th Plan (2012-17), had assumed that the number of permitted TV channels would rise to 1500.

However, a recent I and B ministry report said that a total of 890 TV channels had got permission to start their operation as on 31 May. Out of these, twenty channels including seven news channels have been permitted to uplink from India but not downlink within the country, and 96 including 81 general entertainment channels are uplinked from overseas but allowed to downlink into TV homes in the country.

Meanwhile, the committee was told that the present set up of Electronic Media Monitoring Centre (EMMC) has developed logging and recording facility for 900 TV channels and is thus fully equipped to start monitoring of all permitted channels available on public domain.

The Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Ltd. (BECIL) is configuring all available free to air channels in the content monitoring system of the EMMC.

However, configuration of pay channels will require broadcasters to provide necessary equipment for downloading and decryption of the content/signal and this is expected to be completed within 4 months’ time.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information Technology which goes into issues relating to Information and Broadcasting observed that the monitoring capacity of EMMC is being augmented in a phased manner to achieve the objective of developing content acquisition facility for 1500 channels by the end of the 12th Plan.

By the end of Fiscal Year 2014-15, EMMC successfully achieved the Plan target of content acquisition facility of 600 TV channels. Under the 12th Plan, Rs.56.37 crore had been utilized as of 31 March 2016 out of the total outlay of Rs.90 crore.

The committee was told that the budget estimate for 2016-17 had been reduced to Rs 12 crore as compared to Rs 21 crore in 2015-16, out of which Rs 19.76 had been spent by 3 March 2016.

During the year 2015-16, EMMC has procured content acquisition hardware for setting up monitoring facility for 300 additional TV channels and installed at the new set up on the eleventh floor of Soochna Bhawan in New Delhi. The channels are being configured.

The ministry also informed the committee that issues pertaining to monitoring of 600 channels, hardware for which was acquired in FY 2014-15 had been resolved. Hence, EMMC was able to stabilize and regularly monitor 600 TV channels.

The ministry said its target under the Machinery and Equipment head was to develop content acquisition facility for additional 300 TV channels by the end of FY 2016-17.

The committee was informed that during the year 2015-16, 11 cases were found where TV channels were in violation of content guidelines (Programme Code and Advertisement Code).

While there is no provision of pre-censorship of the content telecast on private TV channels, all programmes/ advertisements telecast on such TV channels are required to adhere to the Programme and Advertising Codes prescribed under the Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995 and the rules framed thereunder. Action is taken whenever any violation of the Codes is noticed or brought to the notice of the ministry.


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Farmside opens up improved satellite access for remote rural communities

From http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/5/254191

Rural broadband internet specialist Farmside is giving remote rural communities improved broadband coverage through an agreement with Australian telecommunications provider Optus.

General Manager Stuart Cooper said the agreement, which secures superior internet satellite access for New Zealand, would benefit up to 25,000 New Zealand homes, farms and businesses located in remote areas, where satellite is the only broadband solution.

"We are delighted to have signed this agreement, which will enable us to provide a faster satellite broadband service to Farmside customers throughout the country."

"In those locations where satellite offers the only possible access to the internet, this improved access is a digital lifeline that will deliver increased data caps and improved speeds," he said.

Farmside has offered customers in remote areas access to the internet by satellite for a number of years. Via this new agreement with Optus, that access will now be markedly upgraded.

Farmside will access Optus’ D2 satellite New Zealand focussed payload, which was launched in 2007. The satellite is stationed north-west of New Zealand at the 152 degrees East geostationary orbital location.

Farmside is using Gateway Teleport’s Satellite Earth Station facilities to provide services on Optus' D2 satellite. Located in Upper Hutt, Gateway Teleport was incorporated in December 2010 and is New Zealand's largest privately owned and operated Satellite Earth Station. Gateway Teleport is located in a seismically stable area, where a major bank has their disaster recovery location in close proximity.

Farmside is a subsidiary of NZX-listed New Zealand-owned and operated communications company TeamTalk Ltd, which purchased the Timaru-based company in December 2012.

Optus is part of Singtel, a company with more than 550 million mobile customers across Asia, Australia and Africa. Optus Satellite has the largest fleet of satellites servicing Australia and New Zealand, with 6 satellites currently in geostationary orbit. Optus satellites deliver TV, mobile telephone and broadband services across Australia and New Zealand.

Sky TV secure broadcasting rights to PGA and LPGA tours

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/golf/80924512/sky-tv-secure-broadcasting-rights-to-pga-and-lpga-tours?cid=facebook.post.80924512

Sky TV subscribers will be able to watch Danny Lee try to defend his Greenbrier Classic title in July with the company securing the broadcasting rights to both the PGA and LPGA golf tours.

The LPGA conversion was set to begin this week with coverage of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship, while the PGA tour will return to Sky for the Greenbrier Classic scheduled to be held between July 4 and 10.

Through separate agreements with Coliseum Sports Media and Lightbox, The PGA Tour and LPGA launched subscription services in 2015 known as PGA Tour Live and World Golf Pass, respectively.

While subscriber levels were healthy, after more than a year it became clear many New Zealand golf fans were not able to maximise their viewing experience.

PGA Tour Live released a statement on the situation which said a return to Sky was the best course of action, as the company held the broadcast rights prior to the tours' move to on online streaming service.

"We have worked extremely hard to deliver a high quality streaming platform over the last 18 months which offers more content than was previously available to golf fans with more flexible viewing options," the statement read.

"We would like to thank all the golf fans who took steps to learn about and adopt online streaming technology. As the broadcasting world moves towards this model of delivery, your experience with PGA Tour Live will enable you to take advantage of other streaming platforms as they inevitably enter the market."

PGA Tour Live and World Golf Pass will no longer broadcast the PGA and LPGA tours from June 30.

The final event shown by the subscription service will be the Quicken Loans National on the PGA Tour and the Arkansas Championship on the LPGA tour, both of which run from from June 24-27.

Sky would also provide PGA Tour Live subscribers with a free installation for those wishing to continue watching the tournaments on their network.

Sky TV were also expected to announce the return of the English Premier League on Friday after Coliseum's three-year deal to broadcast the league ended after the 2015/16 season.

Football: Sky set to secure English Premier League rights

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11654002

The English Premier League looks set to be returning to New Zealand television screens.

It's understood that Sky Television has secured the rights to broadcast the Premier League in the local market, beginning with the upcoming season.

The Premier League - which is recognized as the world's most popular football league and watched by hundreds of millions across the globe - has been broadcast via the internet sports streamer Coliseum Sports over the last three seasons.

Doha-based Bein Sports (a subsidiary of Al Jazeera) won the rights late last year, outbidding both Sky Television and Coliseum.

However, it's understood Bein Sports' main focus was setting up an Asia-Pacific Premier League hub, with New Zealand just a small link in the coverage to the region. But Bein failed to secure some big markets, including Australia (Optus).

Since then, Bein has been trying to on-sell the New Zealand rights to the Premier League and it's believed they have struck a deal with the local pay television operator.

Sky Television was unable to be reached for comment.

All New Zealanders Should Be Able to See All Blacks Free

From Press Release: New Zealand First Party

10 JUNE 2016

All New Zealanders Should Be Able to See All Blacks Free on TV

The government needs to step in and ensure all Kiwis can view the All Blacks on free-to-view television, especially when they are playing in New Zealand, says New Zealand First.

“Rugby remains New Zealand’s national game but it has become increasingly a game in which major matches can only be watched live by the better-off members of our society,” says New Zealand First’s Spokesperson for Sport and Recreation Clayton Mitchell.

“There will be many people who cannot to afford to buy tickets to attend Saturday night’s test at Eden Park between the All Blacks and Wales.

“Hundreds of thousands of others will miss out on watching the game live on television because they can’t afford to pay a monthly fee to Sky.

“The All Blacks are our showpiece team and the public should be able to view them for free on television, as they once could.

“Critics say if free-to-view is introduced the All Blacks themselves will suffer because they will miss out on money coming to them via broadcasting rights.

“This is where the government must step in and do as governments in Britain and Australia have done and ensure certain sports have free, live broadcasts.

“After all, it is taxpayers’ money that is propping up TVNZ and Māori TV,” Mr Mitchell says.


(Craig's comment, NZ First come out with this every 3 years or so, usually just before an election....)

Niue gets lift from New Zealand broadcasters

From http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/pacific/306100/niue-gets-lift-from-new-zealand-broadcasters

Niue has this week marked the introduction of a new television initiative which includes a proposed 12 channels from New Zealand.

The Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd's Tony O'Brien says the New Zealand Government wanted to showcase New Zealand culture and support Pacific nations and chose to use television and radio as a way to do it.

He said Niue now had 8 hours a day of TVNZ content compared with 11 hours a week previously.

The full programming, involving all 12 TV channels, is still some months away.

The broadcasting initiative, announced at last year's Pacific Islands Forum, is being progressively rolled out around the Pacific, with ceremonies already held in Papua New Guinea.

(Craig's comment, this is the interesting item of the day for me. Could Niue and the other islands be about to get some type of Freeview Satellite service?)

Panasonic scales up Eutelsat capacity over Asia Pacific for Inflight Internet and TV services

From Press Release

Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced that Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic), the largest provider of inflight entertainment and communications services, has booked additional capacity on the EUTELSAT 172A satellite to deliver broadband connectivity and TV services to commercial airlines over the Pacific Ocean region.

Located at 172° East, a prime gateway for satellite services in Asia Pacific, the high-performance EUTELSAT 172A satellite enables Panasonic to bridge the West coast of North America to Asia, and down to Australia and Pacific islands, supporting rapid air traffic growth in the region.

Panasonic has already secured capacity for future growth at 172° East as the anchor customer on the High Throughput payload of the EUTELSAT 172B satellite to be launched next year to this key Asia Pacific neighbourhood.

David Bruner, Vice President of Global Communications Services at Panasonic Avionics, said: "We have experienced unprecedented growth across our aero, energy and maritime markets in Asia. Even though Panasonic has already contracted a large amount of capacity on EUTELSAT 172A and 172B, we’ve simply outgrown it. With additional capacity on EUTELSAT 172A, we have ensured our ability to deliver a best-in-class service across all of our vertical markets.”

Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer, added: “With this new contract Panasonic is shoring up its global portfolio of capacity on Eutelsat, adding to resources already leased on four of our satellites: EUTELSAT 10A, EUTELSAT 70B, EUTELSAT 115 West B and EUTELSAT 117 West A. We are proud that our infrastructure supports Panasonic’s mission to engage passengers in an amazing inflight entertainment and communications experience while enhancing airline value.”

About Eutelsat Communications
Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world's leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 40 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 37 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

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Into Commercial Service Goes SES-9

From http://satnews.com/story.php?number=308265343

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) relayed that the company's SES-9 spacecraft is entering commercial service—SES-9 has successfully completed testing and reached the assigned orbital position at around 108.2 degrees East, where the satellite joined SES-7 and will replace NSS-11.

SES-9, built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, is the largest SES satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region, with 57 high-power Ku-band transponders, which are equivalent to 81 x 36 MHz transponders, out of which 53 are incremental. The new spacecraft will provide significant expansion capacity to serve the fast-growing video and mobility sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The satellite will also be capable of supporting a range of Enterprise and Government applications.

The launch of SES-9 on March 4, 2016, aboard a SpaceX Falcon launch vehicle.
Photo is courtesy of SpaceX.

SES-9 has already secured business in advance of the satellite’s entry in commercial service. SES will co-market SES-9 capacity with Indonesia’s largest satellite telecommunications services company, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, to the Indonesian market. In addition, Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines, signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement for broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV channels. This week, SES also partnered with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. to launch the SES Enterprise+ Hybrid Broadband in Asia that will use SES-9 capacity.

The spacecraft was successfully launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on March 4, 2016. Since then, the satellite has used both chemical and electric propulsion systems to reach the assigned, geostationary orbit. The satellite’s platform and payload have since undergone extensive on orbit tests.

According to Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer at SES, SES-9 is key to expanding the company's capabilities for DTH video broadcasting and services in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia and the satellite is equipped with dedicated mobility beams to serve the fast-growing maritime and aeronautical sectors. He also related that the improved performance of the Falcon 9 launcher shortened the orbit raising phase and, in combination with the use of the highly efficient SES-9 electric propulsion system, resulted in the remaining fuel on board being able to support services well beyond the craft's 15 years design life. Mr. Halliwell congratulated the Boeing, SpaceX and SES teams who successfully completed this mission.


Intelsat-31 gets away despite glitch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/10/intelsat-31-gets-away-despite-glitch/

Intelsat-31 was safely into its geostationary transfer orbit last night after its launch on June 9th despite a problem with one of its upper stages.

It is not yet clear precisely what the problem was aboard its Proton launch rocket, but apparently one of the upper stages underperformed. The Russian technicians compensated for this problem by having a longer rocket burn in order to lift the satellite into its target orbit.

The complete process, from launch to the release of the satellite, took 15 hours, 31 minutes.

Inteldat-31 will now undergo some in-orbit tests prior to being co-located with Intelsat-30 at 95 degrees West, the ‘hot spot’ for DirecTV’s Latin American DTH transmissions. Intelsat-31 also carries C-band transponders which Intelsat will commercialise.

Intelsat had said prior to the satellite’s launch that I-31 could have an in-orbit life of 20 years or more. It is not yet known whether this expectation will be compromised by the rocket’s upper stage problem, but post-launch comments suggest there should be no impact on the satellite’s life.

Trio arrested for digital TV piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/10/trio-arrested-for-digital-tv-piracy/

Three men have been arrested for digital TV piracy after raids were carried out in in the UK West Midlands city of Coventry.

Officers from Coventry Police assisted colleagues from Trading Standards and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT) at a commercial premises in Stoke and three residential addresses. A number of items were seized in relation to the sale and distribution of fraudulent digital TV packages.

“Acting on information from the community we are determined to crack down on those who we suspect are committing criminal offences around the distribution of fraudulent digital TV packages,” said PC James Rees, from Coventry’s Local Priorities Team. “This sort of crime affects everyone and costs the broadcasters and members of the public thousands of pounds each year.”

“Pub landlords and the general public need to be aware that set-top boxes allowing access to pirated TV, sports and films are very much illegal,” asserted Kieron Sharp, Director General of FACT. “You may think this type of crime is victimless but the reality is that piracy affects the lives and jobs of hundreds of thousands of people in the TV and film industry.”

In thanking West Midlands Police and Trading Standards for their support in the investigation, Sharp hoped the joint action was a strong warning to anyone involved in this criminality that piracy is taken very seriously.

The men, aged 48, 51 and 38, have been released on police bail while enquiries continue.

Italy adopts HbbTV 2.0.1 interactive TV standard

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/10/italy-adopts-hbbt-2-0-1-interactive-tv-standard/

Italy has adopted the HbbTV version 2.0.1 technology, based on HTML5, as a single standard for interactive TV services provided by broadcasters on Smart TVs and set-top-boxes.

The confirmation comes from the publication of the HD Book 4.0, a series of documents compiled by HD Forum Italia (HDFI) that contain the technical specifications aimed at manufacturers of TV reception equipment for the Italian market.

The first terminals featuring the new technology, which is not only an open standard, but also shared at European level and integrated with the Web language, will arrive on the market during 2017.

Thus, HbbTV will replace the MHP standard, which was introduced in Italy since 2004 for the creation of apps commonly used by users for interactive TV viewing in non-linear mode.

The changes will primarily affect broadcasters offering interactive TV services on Connected TVs and decoders. These include Catch Up TV services offered by Italy’s leading broadcasters, such as Rai Replay, La 7 On Demand, Mediaset OnDemand, as well as PPV services from Mediaset (Infinity and Premium Play).

OTT service ErosNow on Apple TV

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/iworld/over-the-top-services/ott-service-eros-now-on-apple-tv-160609

NEW DELHI: Digital Over the Top sevice Eros Now has become available on the Apple TV media platform, Eros International Plc announced today.

The announcement made simultaneously in New Delhi and London said Eros Now is now showcasing its extensive repository of Bollywood and regional language films and music videos, across Apple TV’s presence in 80 key countries including the USA, UK, India, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia.

The Indian entertainment service includes full length movies, thematic curated playlists, English and Arabic subtitles for movies, music video playlists, regional language filters, video progression (users can continue watching a title they were watching on TV, mobile, tablet or computer) and access to a watchlist of titles discovered on any media platform that Eros Now is available on.

Subscribers can now download the Eros Now app through the Apple TV App Store.

Eros Digital CEO Rishika Lulla Singh said, “We are pleased to announce Eros Now’s further expansion to additional media platforms offered by Apple, an illustrious global brand. With the success of our iOS application on iPhone and iPad, we are strengthening our connection to our subscribers who are using Apple’s products everyday by now bringing a compelling array of Bollywood and regional language content to their living room.”

The Apple TV association reaffirms Eros Now’s presence across top streaming devices. The app is available across most smart TV platforms including Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV.


Sky NZ is teaming up with Vodaphone as rumoured over the past few days



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From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Smart LifeStyle TV" has left .

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 3760 H "Hunan TV" is encrypted again.

Palapa D 113.0E 4014 H "Mensahe TV has replaced Bunayya TV" on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E News Flash has started on 3921 H, Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11733 H Public TV, Public Music and Channel UFX have started on ,Fta. Kalinga TV, Channel Divya, Swaraj Express, 1 Yes, Dangal TV and Munsif TV have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11793 H "Sarv Dharam Sangam and B4U Movies India" have started on , Fta.Onkar Only Truth TV has left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11853 H "News Flash" has started on ,Fta.
ABS 2 75.0E 11853 H "RT Movies and Cinema TV" have left .
ABS 2 75.0E 12227 H "Kasthuri TV, Assam Talks, Prajaa TV Kannada, Channel Divya, Swaraj Express, Channel 2, Peace of Mind TV, Onkar Only Truth TV, 1 Yes, Dangal TV, Kalinga TV and Trace Urban Southeast Asia" have started on , Fta. Vendhar TV has left.
ABS 2 75.0E Two RealVu muxes have started on 12347 V and 12467 V.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11550 V TV 5 Monde Asia, Australia Plus TV Asia, RT English and NHK World TV have started on , Videoguard.

NSS 12 57.0E Walta TV has left 3677 L.

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More content, more devices - the Sky Vodafone promise

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11653130

Sky Television is to buy Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion in cash and shares.

The planned merger of Vodafone NZ and Sky TV would create a media and telecommunications group ready to make more content available on more devices, Sky has claimed

Sky Network TV announced its plan to buy Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion in cash and shares in a reverse takeover which would see Vodafone's British parent group own 51 per cent of shares.

Vodafone NZ boss Russell Stanners would be chief executive of the company with Sky chief executive John Fellet head of the media and content arm of the merged company.
The company will have nine directors, five from Sky and four from Vodafone. The company doesn't have a name yet, but both names Sky and Vodafone will remain in the marketplace.

Fellet told media today the merger would bring together two of the best known companies in their fields, making more content available on more devices.

"Having the expertise of one of the biggest telecommunication companies on the planet will certainly help get us onto more devices."

Stanners said there were plans to harness the fibre network to bring Sky into their homes through fibre. The connected homes trends was another area that was attractive for innovation, Stanners said.

"We're really excited about bringing our digital and technological expertise together for what is undoubtedly the premium entertainment content in the marketplace to create new and exciting offerings and very competitive offerings in the marketplace."

There would not be content exclusively offered to Vodafone customers, Fellet said, but "exclusive packaging deals" could be offered.

Sky Network TV has announced it is planning to buy Vodafone New Zealand for $3.44 billion in cash and shares and a massive sinkhole has closed down a portion of Canada's capital.

The two companies have worked in partnership together for the past 10 years offering bundled deals to consumers consisting of a Sky TV package, broadband and phone services.

Fellet said the opportunities in the past have fallen into three piles - one where Vodafone benefitted but it wasn't such as value driver for Sky, one where Sky TV benefitted and Vodafone didn't get so much, and one which hit the middle ground.

"We can now attack all three piles."

Fellet said "triple play" tactics, where customers buy landline, broadband pay-TV services from one provider, were common in overseas markets and the combined company could offer that in New Zealand.

The merged business would offer mobile streaming as well, upping their offer to "quad play".

The new Sky shares would be issued at $5.40 per share, representing a 21 premium to its last close of $4.47 a share.

Sky TV chairman Peter Macourt said the two businesses were largely complementary and he didn't see any problems getting the required Commerce Commission approval. The deal will be put before Sky shareholders in early July and is expected to be completed by year's end.

Investors reacted positively to the announcement, pushing Sky shares up 20.6 per cent in trading this morning, after shares were put on a trading halt all day yesterday.

A market insider said the merger was "a good option for two challenged businesses."
"There's an awful lot of water to pass under the bridge in terms of the earnings projections, the synergies and the extra debt funding in the combined vehicles."
The transaction was expected to be complete at the end of 2016.

Vodafone's biggest competitor in New Zealand - Spark - saw its share price drop 16c, to $3.48 yesterday as a direct response to the potential tie up between Sky TV and Vodafone.

Spark managing director Simon Moutter responded to the news by issuing a statement saying the merged company wouldn't pose a greater challenge for its business.

"The reality is that Spark has been competing successfully with a tightly integrated partnership between Vodafone NZ and Sky TV for a couple of years now," Moutter said.
"Vodafone NZ has been bundling and deeply discounting Sky TV products while Sky TV actively resells Vodafone NZ broadband

SKY merges with Vodafone NZ

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/09/sky-merges-with-vodafone-nz/

In a move the pair say will create a leading integrated telecommunications and media group in New Zealand, pay-TV operator SKY and Vodafone New Zealand are to merge, with the Combined Group having the ability to offer New Zealand’s best entertainment content across all platforms and devices in a rapidly evolving media and telecommunications market.

Vodafone will become a 51 per cent shareholder in the Combined Group as a result of a consideration comprising an issue of new SKY shares and NZ$1.25 billion (£1.7bn) in cash, equivalent to an Enterprise Value of $3.437 billion

The directors of SKY unanimously recommend its shareholders to vote in favour of the resolutions to implement the proposed transaction. A SKY shareholder meeting to vote on the proposed transaction is expected to take place during early July. Approval by shareholders holding more than 75 per cent of votes cast at the meeting will be required.

Vodafone NZ is New Zealand’s leading mobile and clear number two broadband provider, with over 2.35 million mobile connections and over 500,000 fixed-line connections. SKY is New Zealand’s leading pay TV provider with over 830,000 subscribers, servicing New Zealand households with its portfolio of premium content.

SKY Chairman Peter Macourt said the merger was a transformational strategic step for the company. “The transaction is also highly attractive to our shareholders. Our shares are being issued at a premium to market price and shareholders also participate in the substantial synergy benefits we expect from the transaction.”

SKY Chief Executive John Fellet said “This is a significant and positive step in SKY’s evolution as a premium entertainment company. We already enjoy an excellent partnership with Vodafone, bringing together our two highly complementary businesses is in the best interests of shareholders and customers. The Combined Group will offer exciting new packages with SKY’s premium entertainment content, Vodafone NZ’s communications and digital services of the future.”

Vodafone NZ Chief Executive Russell Stanners said “This is an exciting time for the rapidly evolving communications and entertainment industries. The merger brings together SKY’s leading sports and entertainment content with our extensive mobile and fixed networks, enabling customers to enjoy their favourite shows or follow their team wherever they are. The combination with SKY will bring greater choice, enhanced viewing experiences and will better serve New Zealanders as demand for packaged television, internet and telecoms services increases.”

The Combined Group will be one of the largest companies listed on the NZX Main Board. For the year ending 30 June 2017 , the Combined Group will have forecast pro-forma revenue of NZ$2,914 million, Underlying EBITDA of NZ$786 million, Underlying Operating Free Cash Flow of $467 million and Underlying Free Cash Flow of NZ$298 million prior to synergies and integration costs.

The Combined Group will continue to aggregate and offer premium content, including sports, movies, news and general entertainment and will be well positioned to meet customers’ future communications and viewing preferences by making its premium content portfolio available across devices via multiple distribution technologies, including satellite, fixed broadband (including cable and fibre), mobile and the digital delivery models of the future.

The Combined Group will have the opportunity to optimise the packaging and cross-marketing of media, entertainment and telecommunications services to create attractive packages for customers. This includes multi-play offerings combining mobile, fixed (including voice and broadband), traditional pay television and other digital content offerings (including OTT content services).

The Combined Group will participate in the opportunities created by the expansion of high speed broadband through the Government’s fibre and rural broadband initiatives, and be better placed to drive an accelerated take-up of services. New technologies are enhancing the ability of consumers to stay connected, be entertained and do business. Importantly, it will also provide SKY with a greater ability to benefit from the switch of content distribution from traditional broadcast platforms to alternative platforms including fixed and mobile broadband.

The proposed transaction meets Vodafone Group’s M&A criteria. The Combined Group will be a consolidated subsidiary of Vodafone Group going forward. Vodafone’s shares in the Combined Group will be escrowed (subject to lock-up restriction) until the Combined Group results are released for of FY2017 and there are restrictions on Vodafone increasing its interest in the Combined Group above 51 per cent.

SKY has entered into a facility agreement with the Vodafone Group for an amount up to NZ$1.8 billion to fund the cash consideration for the acquisition, transaction related costs, repay its existing debt and fund working capital requirements of the Combined Group following completion. This loan facility will be available to be drawn at completion. SKY’s Directors consider that the terms of the loan provided by Vodafone Group are attractive, but have retained the right to replace this loan if more favourable terms are available from other sources.

Following completion, the initial Board of the Combined Group will be comprised of nine directors, consisting of five directors from the existing SKY Board (being four independent directors and John Fellet as an executive director) and four directors appointed by Vodafone Group (being three directors appointed to represent Vodafone noted below and Russell Stanners as an executive director). The Chairman of SKY, Peter Macourt, will be the Chairman of the Board of the Combined Group.

Russell Stanners, currently CEO of Vodafone NZ, will be appointed CEO of the Combined Group, while John Fellet will be appointed CEO of Media and Content, reporting to Russell Stanners. Mr Stanners and Mr Fellet have already established a strong working relationship over the last decade as they have developed the existing commercial agreement and working relationships that are in place between SKY and Vodafone NZ. It is intended the remainder of the management team will be drawn from the existing teams at SKY and Vodafone NZ.

The directors appointed by Vodafone will be:

– Serpil Timuray, Regional CEO Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Vodafone Group

– John Otty, Regional CFO Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Vodafone Group

– Phil Patel, Regional Commercial Director, Africa, Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Vodafone Group

KTsat Partners with SpeedCast to provide a global broadband service to 150 vessels

From http://www.yourindustrynews.com/ktsat+partners+with+speedcast+to+provide+a+global+broadband+service+to+150+vessels_132996.html

KTsat and SpeedCast join forces to accelerate penetration of high speed communication services in the shipping sector in Korea

SpeedCast International Limited (ASX: SDA), a leading global satellite communications and network service provider, and KTsat, the only satellite service provider in Korea, are pleased to announce the two companies have been awarded a new contract to provide global Ku-band maritime communications services to up to 150 vessels. The service will be installed over the next 18 months.

Piers Cunningham, Vice President, Maritime Services, SpeedCast commented, “We are delighted to see the growth of our partnership with KTsat, servicing Korean shipping customers. Over the past six years, SpeedCast has been providing KTsat customers with access to our global satellite telecommunications service network, offering an uninterrupted satellite coverage along major maritime routes and offshore regions.”

“It has been a phenomenal experience to work with SpeedCast for our maritime customers. We saw a great momentum from our partnership that our KOREASAT satellite fleets in Korea and in the Asia-Pacific region have been growing over the past few years. SpeedCast has been providing an extensive infrastructure for providing this seamless connectivity for maritime data, video and voice communication services, and put in continuous effort to improve and augment the coverage, capacity and capability in its maritime communications solution,” said Shin Kyushik, CEO of KTsat.

For more information, please visit: http://www.speedcast.com/

Dish Network battles OneWeb and SpaceX for Ku-band spectrum rights

From http://spacenews.com/dish-network-battles-oneweb-and-spacex-for-ku-band-spectrum-rights/

June 9, 2016 Charlie Ergen's Dish Network and other 5G mobile operators want U.S. regulators to remove priority access to 500 megahertz of Ku-band spectrum from OneWeb, SpaceX and other proposed low-orbiting Internet delivery satellite constellations. Credit: FCC PARIS — A coalition of 5G terrestrial mobile broadband companies led by Charlie Ergen’s Dish Network on June 8 asked U.S. regulators to strip future low-orbiting satellite Internet constellations of their priority access to 500 megahertz of Ku-band spectrum – spectrum coveted by prospective constellation operators including OneWeb LLC and SpaceX. SpaceX and satellite fleet operator Intelsat, a OneWeb investor and partner, immediately filed separate opposition papers to the FCC, arguing that nongeostationary-orbit (NGSO) constellations are very much alive.

In a June 8 submission to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the coalition says the low-orbiting satellite constellations in Ku-band have provided no credible evidence that they will ever be built. Even if they are, there is plenty of spectrum available in both Ku- and Ka-band, the coalition said. Advertisementgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1433272633157-1'); }) “There is simply no basis to jeopardize 5G [Multi-Channel Video Distribution and Data Service, or MVDDS] deployment to give additional spectrum to a speculative NGSO service that already has access to ample spectrum,” the MVDDA Coalition said in its FCC petition, referring specifically to OneWeb. Based in Britain’s Channel Islands, OneWeb in April submitted to the FCC a request for a U.S. operating license and has been the most active of the proposed nongeostationary-orbit (NGSO) constellations. It raised $500 million in June 2015 and since has created, with partner Airbus Group, a satellite manufacturing company with which it has signed a contract to build 900 OneWeb satellites. OneWeb has signed a firm, fixed-price contract for 21 OneWeb launches aboard Europeanized Russian Soyuz rockets, to start in late 2017 or early 2018.

OneWeb Satellites, based in Exploration Park, Florida, recently announced its selection of a first group of satellite subcontractors. But in the year since its announcement of investors and strategic partners, OneWeb has not announced any new backers for what it estimates will be a capital investment of $3 billion or more. SpaceX: Quiet doesn’t mean inactive Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX, a growing provider of launch services, in January 2015 announced that it would build a satellite production facility in Seattle, Washington, for a constellation of 4,000 satellites, also using Ku-band for the links to end users. Since then, SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who in addition to managing a diverse and growing SpaceX business portfolio is also chief executive of electric-car manufacturer Tesla Motors, has had little to say about the satellite initiative. SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell has said the investment remains “very speculative” pending a deeper assessment of its business plan. She also said an early 2015 investment of $1 billion in SpaceX by Google and Fidelity Investments was for general SpaceX corporate purposes and not earmarked for the satellite project. SpaceX’s hiring announcements, however, have suggested the company intends to pursue the satellite constellation beyond its stated plan to launch two small technology-demonstration satellites that under current international regulations would preserve the regulatory reservation of the entire SpaceX constellation.

In its FCC filing, also dated June 8, SpaceX said low-orbiting constellation development “is at an all-time high and operators are on the precipice of bringing revolutionary broadband access services to the market.” SpaceX explained its relative silence about its satellite plans as being the result not of indecision, but of competitive discretion. “The details of these proposed [satellite] systems are not currently well-known, as the development and deployment of satellite systems are highly proprietary and may take several years to finalize, during which time the operators hold details as highly confidential for obvious competitive reasons,” the company said.

The MVDDS Coalition is specifically asking that the FCC, when it moves forward this year on its Spectrum Frontiers Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, permit two-way 5G mobile networks to use the Ku-band frequency between 12.2 GHz and 12.7 GHz. That would mean, in effect, removing the priority allocation now given for nongeostationary-orbit satellite systems. The coalition said a recent study performed by Tom Peters, a former chief engineer at the FCC’s Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, found that new technology would permit 5G to coexist in this spectrum with current direct-broadcast television satellite signals. 5G coalition agrees sharing not possible with LEO constellations The coalition concedes that no such spectrum sharing is possible with low-orbiting satellite systems without “severe operational constraints on MVDDS, NGSO FSS [fixed satellite service] or both services.” “Even with the best-case assumption of a mobile device transmitting at the lowest power level possible, NGSO devices will still receive interference when they are located within 22 meters of a 5G mobile device,” the coalition said. Unlike a years-long battle between terrestrial wireless broadband providers and satellite systems with respect to C-band, the Ku-band contest appears to benefit from a clear understanding that neither can work with the other in the same frequencies.

The coalition said other parts of Ku-band, plus Ka-band frequencies, are available to satellite constellations – should they be built. Luxembourg- and McLean, Virginia-based Intelsat, which operates a fleet of satellites, many in Ku-band, in geostationary orbit and is a OneWeb partner and investor, echoed the SpaceX position but went further. Intelsat noted OneWeb’s FCC application and said OneWeb is only the first. “[I]t is likely that other NGSO FSS systems soon will file applications seeking to serve the United States,” Intelsat said. Intelsat also disputes the coalition’s claim that existing direct-broadcast satellite services are able to coexist with two-way 5G mobile in the 12.2-12.7 GHz band. This spectrum is occupied “by literally millions of of unregistered receive-only Earth terminals that inherently are incompatible with a terrestrial mobile service,” Intelsat said. “[A]dding the proposed two-way mobile service… may also cause harmful interference to Intelsat’s existing gateway operation.”


Zee News is now a FTA channel.

Small changes on SKY NZ

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Intelsat 8 169.0E 12366 H "LaLa TV" has started on , PowerVu.

Optus D1 160.0E 12519 H "Four +1 and The Edge TV" have started on , Fta.

ABS 6 159.0E 3559 V TV 9 Nusantara, TVRI Nasional, Bali TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, TV Edukasi, DW, TVOne, ANTV, Metro TV, Trans 7, Trans TV, SCTV, Indosiar,
Kompas TV, Net and Jak TV have started on , Fta

Express AM5 140.0E 11665 V JimJam Rossiya has replaced Cartoon Network Russia & South East Europe on , encrypted.

Express AT2 140.0E Karusel International has replaced Perviy kanal CIS on 12207 R, Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H My Kids has replaced AMC Asia on , ABV.
Palapa D 113.0E 3792 H "BNI Life +1" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3960 H "CCTV 4 Asia has replaced Pelangi" on , Tongfang.
Palapa D 113.0E 4052 H "Wesal TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "Food Planet" has left again.
Palapa D 113.0E 4057 V "Share Channel TV" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 4079 H "Papua Barat TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3689 H India News Haryana, India News Rajasthan, OK India, News World Odisha, India News UP, India News MP, Insight HD and News X have left .
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3800 H "Star Utsav Movies" has started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4146 H "Pearl TV and Sabzbaat Balochistan" have left .

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Karusel International has replaced Perviy kanal CIS" on , Irdeto.

ChinaSat 11 98.0E 12500 V Swarna FMTV, SNB TV, Da Ai TV Indonesia, Aswaja TV and Sport One have started on , clear. Cahaya TV has left.

Yamal 401 90.0E 12718 V "REN TV International" has started on , Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Meekhun TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Yateem TV" is Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Aonzon TV" is Fta again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3880 H "Disney Channel Philippines" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 H "Redemption TV Ministry" has started on , Fta.

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东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,Test(测试)频道新增,设置11488 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月8日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(传送)频道改频率,设置12364 V 2400参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat(HEVC UHD)频道重现,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Zee News(印度)频道解密,设置4140 V 27500参数免费接收。 [6月8日]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,4K-Sat、4K-Sat 2(HEVC UHD)频道消失,设置4120 H 29720参数无效接收。 [6月8日]

东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,贵州卫视、江西卫视、吉林卫视(AVS+)高清频道新增,设置3940 V 29500参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]


AFL TV rights deal: Free to air squeeze on games

From http://www.theage.com.au/afl/afl-news/afl-tv-rights-deal-free-to-air-squeeze-on-games-20160608-gperpe.html

FootyFix: Battle in the top eight

Rohan Connolly previews all the footy action ahead of round 12 in the AFL.

The AFL's rich new broadcasting deal looks likely to come at a further cost to supporters without Foxtel with the prospect of just three games in half of the home-and-away rounds next season being televised on free-to-air.

Fairfax Media understands talks between the Ten Network and Foxtel have stalled over the prospect of the former rights holder Ten buying the 11 available Saturday mid-afternoon games from the AFL's pay TV provider in a development that will hurt fans of less popular Victorian clubs.

While AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has said he was confident Foxtel would sub-licence one game a week on 11 of the 22 rounds in the new deal that now looks in doubt with Foxtel unwilling to give up those exclusive games as it fights for more subscriptions.

Get ready for more AFL games on pay TV.

Should no deal be achieved AFL supporters would be handed an average 3.5 free-to-air games on the Seven Network of nine fixtures games each weekend. This represents yet another fall in free-to-air, an allotment that has fallen over each of the last four broadcast rights deals.

Talks between Foxtel and Ten saw the pay provider looking for an annual fee of about $13 million for the 11 available games with Network Ten offering an estimated $7million. Foxtel had attempted to gain the rights to some Big Bash games in exchange for less money but Ten refused. Both parties believe a deal could have been achieved for around $10 million a season with Foxtel in the end unwilling to sell its exclusive games.

Outside of next season's new plethora of Thursday night games, public holiday games and rounds affected by byes; 11 Saturday late afternoon twilight games remain up for grabs from 2017 until 2022.

When the new $2.508 billion deal was announced last August McLachlan said he was confident those games would be onsold by Foxtel to the Ten Network. With Telstra contributing $300 million of the record deal over six years McLachlan pointed out the broader coverage of home-and-away games was protected in the deal.

Channel Ten in turn had keenly anticipated the prospect of the late Saturday games which it envisaged packaging with return editions of the popular Before The Game program.

While the new rights deal has mandated that all games broadcast into Adelaide involving the Crows and Port Adelaide and into Perth involving West Coast and Fremantle must be on free to air the new agreement could hit the hip pockets of fans of less popular Victorian clubs. Sides such as Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs are more generally broadcast on Fox Footy.

Channel Seven contributed $840 million in cash and $60 million in contra to the AFL in the new deal and in 11 of next season's home-and-away games will televise just three games, not four as it does currently. Those will be one Friday night, one Saturday night and one Sunday afternoon.

Seven will also televise all next year's Thursday nights along with all public holiday games such as the Queen's Birthday Monday and Anzac Day. Foxtel will televise every AFL game live except the grand final.

Australians average 6.4 screens per home

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/08/australians-average-6-4-screens-per-home/

The latest Australian Multi-Screen Report – from Regional TAM, OzTAM and Nielsen, and covering the first quarter of calendar 2016 – continues its look at how audience behaviour is influenced by greater content and platform choice, and access to new consumer technologies.

Together these changes create unprecedented opportunities to view broadcast TV and other video and affect the time spent with various screens.

Ongoing trends include:

Australian households have more screens, the majority of which are Internet-capable
– There are an average of 6.4 screens per home, up from 5.4 in Q1 2012.
– Tablets have seen the most dramatic growth, while the number of TV sets has fallen slightly from 2.0 per household to 1.9 now.
– As any connected screen can be used like a PVR, more devices create more opportunities to view.
– OzTAM’s Video Player Measurement service, which measures viewing of participating broadcasters’ internet-delivered TV content, shows approximately 2.31 million connected devices access catch up TV each week.

More content choice and ways to get it mean Australians are spreading their screen activity
– 86.1 per cent of Australians watched broadcast TV (free-to-air and subscription channels) on in-home TV sets each week in Q1 2016 (88.1 per cent in Q1 2015).
– Broadcast reach remains strong in all major age groups.
– Content and platform options continue to grow, and the TV set can be used for many purposes in addition to watching television.
– Across the day Australians spent an average of 30 hours and 38 minutes per month (30:38) on other TV screen use in the latest quarter, with 13:34 of that in prime time.

Examples of such other TV screen use:
– viewing TV network live streaming and catch up services;
– watching DVDs;
– playing back recorded broadcast material outside the 28-day Consolidated viewing window;
– Internet browsing; streaming music; and accessing over-the-top Internet-delivered video services.

– As the number of hours in the day remains constant, the net effect of greater choice and opportunity to view is Australians spend a little less time each day watching live TV or playing it back on their TV sets within seven days than they did a year ago.
– Across all screens, devices and types of video however, 84.3 per cent of viewing is to TV content watched on in-home sets within seven days of original broadcast: on average 85:12 per month.
[refer graphic: Video viewing, average time spent per month]
– Year-on-year, the share of time spent viewing any video content on computers, tablets or smartphones rose from 11.6 per cent to 15.7 per cent.
– While people, particularly those aged 24 and under, increasingly use connected devices to watch TV and other video, broadcast TV viewed on TV sets accounts for the largest proportion of viewing time on any single device.

‘Longer-tail’ viewing is becoming significant and is one of the factors impacting the decline in time spent viewing live broadcast TV content, particularly in prime time
– 1.6 per cent of all broadcast TV watched on in-home TV sets in any four-week period is time-shifted (played back) between eight and 28 days of the original broadcast. In prime time the proportion of 8-28 day playback rises to 2.1 per cent.
– VPM material accounts for around 1 per cent of all broadcast content viewed each month.
– Together, 8-28 day time-shifted viewing on in-home TV sets and VPM viewing on connected devices now account for 2.5 to 3 per cent of monthly broadcast content watched.
– This ‘longer tail’ viewing is on top of broadcast TV watched live or played back within seven days. 8-28 day viewing and VPM viewing do not feature in the time spent viewing figures throughout much of the Multi-Screen Report.

Online Australians maintain a high level of multi-screening
– Simultaneous screen use is stabilising among younger consumers but continues to rise among certain older segments.
– 76 per cent of online Australians claim to multi-screen (watch TV and use the internet simultaneously).
– 33 per cent now say they access content on two or more devices while watching TV (i.e., triple-screening).
– Nine in 10 online consumers aged 16-34 say they multi-screen, little changed on the previous year, with people 65+’s multi-screening also largely stable.
– The 35–49 and 50–64 year-old segments both increased their multi-screen behaviour, with the bulk of growth in triple-screening.
[refer graphic: Device used most often]

Popular activities on connected devices vary
– The most common activities on desktop and laptop computers are email, search and banking.
– Key activities on tablets are similar to computers, with search, email and news the most common.
– The top smartphone activities are related to getting information outside the home, such as accessing maps and directions, checking the weather, and other small or frequent tasks.
– Checking social media is more prominent on both smartphones and tablets than computers.
– Watching online video is more popular on computers and tablets due to larger screen sizes (people’s tenth most common activity on computers, eighth on tablets).
– Among specific age groups 18+, 18-24s are most likely to watch online video on a computer (their third most common activity on that device), tablet (second most common) or smartphone (tenth).
– For 25-34s, watching online video on a tablet is third, on a computer sixth, and smartphone tenth.
– Among 35-49s watching online video is fourth on a tablet, tenth on a computer and outside the top ten on smartphones.
– People aged 50+ say watching online video is outside their top ten most popular activities on all three devices.

Sky TV confirms merger talks with Vodafone

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80839956/trading-halt-on-sky-television?cid=facebook.post.80839956

Sky TV says merger talks are "incomplete".

Sky Television has confirmed it may merge with Vodafone New Zealand.

Sky said in a statement to the NZX that the talks were "ongoing and incomplete" and might not result in a transaction occurring.

However, Sky said it would maintain a trading halt that it placed on its shares ahead of the confirmation of the discussions on Wednesday morning, pending a "further announcement".

Sky spokeswoman Kirsty Way said it was allowed to suspend trading in its shares for 48 hours, which would suggest it expects more information may be available on the status of the merger talks by Friday.

Sky Television chief executive John Fellet had previously said the company was weighing up possible acquisitions or a return of capital to shareholders.

Vodafone spokeswoman Andrea Brady said Vodafone could add not to the NZX statement that was issued by Sky.

Sky and Vodafone currently partner with one another, reselling each other's services.

Vodafone sells fixed-line and mobile broadband, while Sky sells satellite television subscriptions and some internet TV services. Sky also owns free-to-air television channel Prime.

Sky TV employs about 1500 staff and contractors while Vodafone New Zealand employed 2800 staff as of 2014.

Consultancy PWC forecast in a report also released on Wednesday that satellite television subscriptions had peaked in the face of competition from internet television services such as Netflix and Lightbox.

Vodafone New Zealand faces its own issues having posted a $121m loss in the year to April 2015 on the back of tougher regulation, stronger competition and issues integrating its 2012 purchase TelstraClear.

Australian telecommunications firm TPG is understood to have considering buying Vodafone New Zealand from its British parent company earlier this year but it is understood a deal was not reached.

Zee News goes free to air from 8 June

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zee-news-goes-free-to-air-from-8-june-160607

MUMBAI: ZEE NEWS known for delivering factual, credible and relevant content that fulfils the need and expectations of the viewers, takes pride in announcing that it is going FREE TO AIR on public demand with effect from Wednesday, June 8, 2016.

On this occasion, R K Arora, Executive Director and CEO, said " Zee News’ mission has always been to nurture more informed and aware citizens, and hence we decided that Zee News will go Free To Air (FTA). This will aid Rural India to explore moments of optimism and become more informed, creating value and making a difference to their lives.”

"My innumerable interactions with people across India had revealed their urge to view Zee News even in remote locations, but were unable to afford a paid channel, says Sudhir Chaudhary, Editor, Zee News. “With Zee News going Free To Air, our constant endeavour to create news for public welfare will now finally also impact millions of lives in Rural India,” he signs off.

Moreover, with Zee Media crossing more than 150 million viewer mark in the recent past and also being declared as the No. 1 trusted Hindi News Channel (Source: The Brand Trust Report – India Study 2016 – study by TRA Research Pvt. Ltd.) going FTA will only give an impetus to the reach and popularity of Zee News and unlock the collaborative power of the news business, making a much greater collective impact.

Zee Media Corporation Limited (formerly Zee News Ltd.) is India's one of the Largest News Network with 10 channels, Mumbai edition of DNA newspaper and digital properties like zeenews.com and dnaindia.com.


"9 now" is now available for Apple tv 4 and Android, IOS, and Samsung TV's. Including Live Streaming

Jon C has updated his Kodi Australian TV addon with the new streams for Channel 9
download it here


Launch update
During the preparations for the roll-out of the Ariane 5 ECA launcher for Flight VA230, an anomaly occurred on a fluid connector between the cryogenic upper stage and the launch table.

As a result, Arianespace has decided to postpone the Flight VA230 launch, initially scheduled for June 8, 2016, in order to replace this component and perform the subsequent verifications.

The launch vehicle and its ECHOSTAR XVIII

Tuesday feeds

IS19 12529V Sr 7200. Feeding from NSW SES HQ Wollongong
D2 12555 H Sr 6978. ABC covering storms in Tasmania


D1 12643 V Sr 7199 "AFL"


D1 12643 V Sr 7200 "AFL Hawks v Melbourne"

IS 19 12529 V Sr 7200 Feeding from NSW SES HQ Wollongong

From my Email

From Alek via Facebook

Optus are now running 10chs scrambled tagged as EPL as part of the VAST package on Optus C1.D3 A network scan will show them up on a NON VAST receiver or you can load 12712V 45000 4/5

From the Dish

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "9X Jalwa has replaced Oscar Movies Bhojpuri" on , Fta.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3871 H "Clubbing TV" has started on , Fta.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Domashniy Magazin" has left .
Yamal 401 90.0E 11265 H "Domashniy Magazin" has left .

Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "Tochka TV" has started on , encrypted.
Horizons 2 84.8E 12160 H "TDK and IQ Shop" have started on , Fta.

G-Sat 10 83.0E Naaptol Blue has started on 11510 V, Videoguard.
G-Sat 10 83.0E Kids Showcase has started on 11630 V, Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Giffarine Channel and Kuru TV" have left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3691 H "ATN Bangla" has left again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is back Fta again.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4092 H "DBC News" has left again.

ABS 2 75.0E 11853 V "Telekanal Futbol" is Fta

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Zee Sine(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置3760 H 29700参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,STC Race(马来西亚)频道加密,设置3716 V 1916参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chic Station、One HD(泰国)频道消失,设置3440 H 26666参数无效接收。 [6月7日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Cinema One(菲律宾)等全组频道消失,设置3748 H 11200参数无效接收。 [6月7日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor Channel、日舞高清(环宇卫视)频道加密,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月7日]
东经74度轨道位置的印星3C号卫星C频段,DD News、DD Sports、DD Bharati(印度)频道新增,设置3780 H 6250参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Saudi Sunnah、Saudi Quran(沙特)频道新增,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。 [6月7日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Samachar Plus替换Tollywood(Dish TV)频道,设置12049 H 45000参数免费接收。 [6月7日]

东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星Ku频段,东森新闻(台湾)频道改频率,设置12605 V 2400参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Bloomberg TV(亚洲)频道消失,设置3760 H 26000参数无效接收。 [6月6日]
东经83度轨道位置的G-Sat 10号卫星Ku频段,Vijay HD(高清)频道新增,设置11510 V 32720参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星Ku频段,Push HD、Tata Sky Welcome(印度)频道新增,设置11010 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道解密,设置3784 V 1464参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Democratic Voice of Burma TV(泰国)频道解密,设置12728 V 30000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TPTV(泰国)频道新增,设置12438 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,RS113(泰国)频道新增,设置12396 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,True4u等替换Thai TV 3(泰国)等频道,设置12358 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月6日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,For Ladies HD(高清)频道解密,设置12468 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月6日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,1 Yes替换Planet News(印度)频道,设置12227 H 44000参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,M Tunes(印度)频道消失,设置12227 H 44000参数无效接收。 [6月5日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Cinema TV替换Test 1(测试)频道,设置3870 V 14450参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,MRTV Movies、MRTV Music(泰国)频道消失,设置10977 V 40000参数无效接收。 [6月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,日舞高清、Outdoor Channel(高清)频道解密,设置12711 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Khuukhdiin Kino(蒙古)高清频道加密,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ger Buliin Kino(蒙古)高清频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Star Utsav替换Zing(IPM)频道,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [6月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星C频段,SMNI(高清)频道改频率,设置3826 H 3333参数免费接收。 [6月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Aonzon TV(泰国)频道解密,设置3520 H 28125参数免费接收。 [6月5日]

东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,Mecca Meddina替换R Plus(印度)频道,设置11037 H 40700参数免费接收。 [6月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,HBO(巴基斯坦)等全组频道消失,设置4060 V 30000参数无效接收。 [6月4日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,TV 9 Nusantara(印尼)频道开播,设置3560 V 36000参数免费接收。 [6月4日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Clubbing TV 4K(UHD)频道消失,设置3875 H 15000参数无效接收。 [6月4日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,India News HD(高清)频道新增,设置3690 H 15000参数免费接收。 [6月4日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Education TV(蒙古)频道改格式,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月4日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,TVB8(测试)等24个频道新增,设置11488 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Times Now(印度)等全组频道改频率,设置3802 H 10800参数有条件接收。 [6月3日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,DW TV(MPEG-4)频道开播,设置3560 V 36000参数免费接收。 [6月3日]


After AWS Sydney outage, partners give cloud provider a pass

From http://www.crn.com.au/news/after-aws-sydney-outage-partners-give-cloud-provider-a-pass-420527

Australian channel partners of Amazon Web Services have given the cloud computing and storage service provider a surprisingly good score following the major outage at its Sydney facility Sunday, which caused embarrassment for several major brands.

While the majority of partners CRN spoke to agreed the outage impacted at least some of their clients, they would only give the mildest of criticisms of the cloud provider, if at all.

Most partners CRN contacted used the outage as an opportunity to warn clients to review their respective chosen hosting architecture models to ensure that they were aligned with their service availability expectations.

Neil Hitz, managing director of AWS partner CloudTrek, captured the overriding mood in the AWS ecosystem, saying the incident should motivate IT decision makers to run a ruler over their operations.

“Amazon provides the infrastructure building blocks that by themselves may not be fault-tolerant, so it’s important to plan, architect and test for failure in the cloud. Incidences like the one we witnessed over the week illustrate the importance of these immutable principles,” Hitz said.

Far from criticising AWS, Hitz had room for faint praise. “From a partner perspective, AWS were responsive in assessing the impact of the outage to our customers. They also asked the question ‘how could we improve?’ – so we don't have any criticisms for AWS at this time."

Zack Levy, chief executive of Sydney-based partner Strut Digital, agreed that openness was more important than infallibility.

“If AWS will not be transparent, I will have some criticism. I still prefer to have our solutions and our customers solutions on AWS for a very simple reason — if there is an interruption in their environment, they are extremely incentivised to resolve it as quickly as possible simply because of the type and size of customers they have. That makes their smallest customer as important as their largest one, which is a good position to be in,” Levy said.

Other AWS partners including Melbourne-headquartered Versent said the outage had no impact on their customers. Richard Steven, chief executive of Brisbane AWS partner, ITOC, said the company “looked forward to working with” AWS.

Overview of the outage

As reported by CRN, Amazon started reporting problems with its Elastic Compute Cloud services in one of its Australian availability zones around 3.45pm Sunday during the height of lacerating storms that swept down the NSW east coast driven by an unusually powerful tropical low that caused widespread destruction and flooding across the city.

Shortly before 5pm that afternoon, AWS reported power issues at one of its Sydney data centres.

By 4.50am Monday, AWS was able to provide a detailed anatomy of the outage which confirmed that its Asia-Pacific South East serving area — chiefly EC2 and EBS instances — was essentially crippled for the better part of 24 hours with early warning signs of appearing Saturday evening. In the same post it gave the issue the status of “resolved”.

At 8am Monday, AWS was reporting that it was still mopping up to recover a handful of computing instances and storage clusters.

However, by then AWS had dragged multiple high-profile brands through the wringer including Carsales, Domain, Dominos Pizza, REA Group, Channel Nine, Foxtel’s Foxtel Play streaming video service, its rivals Presto and Stan, and home food delivery brand Menulog. The outage affected all of them to some extent, however, REA Group was the least disrupted by virtue of having multi-zone and multi-region failover, according to CRN’s sister publication, iTnews.

While criticism of AWS has been scant from its partners, it’s clear that the outage has warmed the debate over the merits of private and public cloud infrastructure. The clearest message to emerge from the incident was that organisations needed to assess their business exposure to cloud outages and plan accordingly.

Kris Kayyal, chief marketing officer for Australian hosting operation Servers Australia, which provides an alternative platform to the hyperscale provider, was emphatic: “It highlights the fact that not all clouds are built equally. Even AWS can go down. There is a risk of downtime with any hosted service and customers need to work out how much they are able to accept. If they can't afford any downtime then they need to have multi-site availability for true network and datacentre redundancy."

Servers Australia, which last week acquired the assets of a dedicated hosting rival in a deal worth "millions", has continued to grow despite warnings that the likes of AWS, Azure and Goodle would signal the death knell for independent infrastructure-as-a-service players.

"People are saying the little boys are being pushed out by Amazon and Google but it is not true. We are fighting back and we are healthy and we are killing it. They are not doing that great of a job," said Servers Australia chief executive Jared Hirst.

Architect for availability

Strut Digital's Levy said: “We always recommend architecting your solutions on AWS assuming that there will be failures, at the server level or availability zone level. I haven’t seen the final root cause analysis from AWS but I would assume that doing that would have saved some AWS customers from the interruption."

ITOC's Steven added: “All of our customers who had architected and planned for such an (outage) avoided (end user) service disruption."

And the message appears to be getting across. Domain’s chief technology officer yesterday told iTnews that it was very likely to prompt a change in the company’s use of AWS.

However, Stevens said that technology decision makers still needed to make sober and balanced judgements about the level of service they required.

“For some customers, a highly available architecture is a valid choice but for other customers it is not merited. We work with all of our customers to ensure they make the right choice and implement an appropriate level of availability,” he said.

(Craig's comment, this took down Sky NZ's "Fanpass" service the other day)

NBC Universal and Foxtel agree to provide Hayu free to Foxtel subscribers

From https://mumbrella.com.au/nbc-universal-foxtel-hayu-free-to-subscribers-372129

NBC Universal and Foxtel have announced a deal in which its subscription video on-demand service service Hayu will be given free to Foxtel subscribers.

Hayu barHayu, a SVOD services focused on reality content for a female genre, launched in February, the announcement drawing the ire of Foxtel who warned NBC Universal that its decision to go direct to local consumers would result in Foxtel paying less for much of the NBC Universal content which the pay-TV operator airs on E! and other reality channels.

At the time of launch senior executives at NBC Universal played down the competitive risk to pay-TV operator Foxtel but it appears the two have reached a deal that allows Foxtel residential subscribers, whose subscription package includes the channel E! Entertainment Television, to receive free access to the new streaming service as part of their existing Foxtel subscription.

Hendrik McDermott, senior vice president – branded on-demand, NBCUniversal International, said: “Having only just launched in Australia in March, we are delighted to now make Hayu directly available to Foxtel subscribers.

“Through this collaboration with our long-term platform partner in this market, we are one step closer to our goal of enabling the widest possible audience of reality fans to access this immersive SVOD service on the broad range of devices they use daily.”

Brian Walsh, executive director of television, Foxtel said: “Foxtel has an incredible collection of hit reality shows across our channels Arena, E!, Style and Lifestyle YOU.

“Foxtel and NBC Universal have a long-standing relationship that has enjoyed incredible success in bringing high-quality, unscripted programming to subscribers hungry for entertainment and the availability of Hayu to our subscribers at no extra cost is another great value-add to a Foxtel subscription.” is thought to be a part of a new wave of SVOD services set to launch in Australia; however, the launch in April saw the service beset with a slew of technical glitches and problems.

Optus offers free EPL to customers

From http://www.adnews.com.au/news/optus-offers-free-epl-to-customers

Optus is offering next season's English Premier League content package for free to any customer who signs up to selected plans and subscribes by 31 July 2016. Previously it was charging $15 for customers who were not on plans worth at least $85 per month.

Premier League subscriptions go on sale today and are available on a range of post-paid, SIM-only, mobile broadband, and home broadband plans. The cheapest Optus mobile plan starts at $30 per month for a year.

The sweetener will be viewed as a goodwill gesture by the telco after a fan backlash when the pricing packages were first released.

At the time, AdNews said the telco should have offered access of the first season to non-customers because many on rival networks will not be able to break their contracts without considerable cost.

In response to Optus' EPL play, Foxtel greatly increased its football content offering by adding EPL club channels for the major teams that will show delayed game coverage for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United. It has also added BeIN Sports channels that cover all of the other major European leagues.

Ben White, managing director of marketing and product at Optus, said: “Today, we’re shaking up the market even more by offering our customers more of the content they love. From data free prepaid music streaming, to the Premier League, Optus is changing people’s expectations of their telco provider.”

Intelsat inks Ku-band satellite deal with OPT

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/intelsat-inks-ku-band-satellite-deal-with-opt--1147235

Intelsat and Office des Postes et Telecommunications of French Polynesia (OPT) have signed a new and expanded contract for Ku-band satellite systems on Intelsat 18, located at 180 degree East.

IIn 2008, Intelsat designed a Ku-band beam on Intelsat 18 for OPT to provide coverage to all of French Polynesia, including the Cook Islands. The new multi-year agreement will enable OPT to further expand its wireless infrastructure to meet the fast growing mobile broadband and internet needs of businesses and communities in the more remote islands of the archipelagos located in the South Pacific.

HRD ministry to launch 32 DTH channels, will live telecast IIT lectures

From http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/hrd-ministry-to-launch-dth-channels-decides-to-live-telecast-iit-lectures-2835721/

Lectures of over a dozen other premier institutions will also reach students on TV. The names of these institutions are currently being finalised.

MoUs have been signed with many institutions, including IIT, which will provide lessons and content for the DTH channels being launched by the HRD Ministry. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
The Ministry of Human Resource and Development is all set to launch 32 Direct-to-Home channels which would do a live telecast of classroom lectures from top-notch institutions, including six IITs.

The Department of Space has agreed to allot two transponders on a GSAT series satellite for this ambitious project, while Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) have been signed with many institutions which will provide lessons and content that will be beamed on these channels.

“The government is focusing on using space technology to expand the reach of high quality education. Through the 32 DTH channels the aim is to ensure that live classrooms can be transmitted from ten ‘Teaching Ends’ out of which six will be IITs located in Chennai, Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur and Guwahati,” a senior official told PTI.


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NEW version of JonC's Kodi Australia TV Addon


Version 1.0.7 - 02JUNE016
- 9 new channels added as they were released by Channel Nine to replace the old channel 9
- added Channel 9 HD By state
- added Channel 9 SD By state
- added Sky Thoroughbred Racing added
- Tested and programmed in Auckland New Zealand, the Mainland for the West Island
- Tested on SPMC 16.3.1 and works 100% on Android

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From the Dish

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AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Trace Urban Southeast Asia" has left .
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Intelsat 20 68.5E 12602 V "Ghion TV Network" has started on Ftar.

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Hong Kong Jockey Club Reaches Television Coverage Deal In Australia

From http://www.paulickreport.com/news/the-biz/hong-kong-jockey-club-strikes-coverage-deal-australia/

The Hong Kong Jockey Club announced that with effect from the Happy Valley race meeting on Wednesday, 1 June, live coverage of its races will be available through the distribution platform of Australia's Racing.com.

Racing.com broadcasts on free-to-air television reaching more than 95 percent of Australian homes, online, and via the subscription-based Foxtel service.

“This development is a win for the overseas distribution of Hong Kong racing and will enable the growth of our commingling business,” said Mr. Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Club's Chief Executive Officer. “Australians will know on which channel they can find Hong Kong's exciting racing. The amount of coverage Racing.com will provide offers customers more information and expert opinions in the crucial minutes before a race.”

“On a race-to-race basis, the pools in Hong Kong are the largest in the world, and the exotic wagering opportunities presented by our multi-horse combination bets, such as the quinella, quinella place (swinger) and tierce (trifecta) bet types, are an immediately attractive option for customers,” added Mr. Richard Cheung, Executive Director, Customer and Marketing. “We believe this cooperation will benefit our existing partner Tabcorp and racing in Australia overall via our commingled pari-mutuel pools.”

Australian customers have commingled to Hong Kong's massive tote pools through Tabcorp since October 2014 for those in the state of Victoria and October 2015 for those in New South Wales. Coverage of Hong Kong races remains available through Sky Racing Channel.

This is the second major international broadcasting deal struck by the Club with an overseas broadcast partner. Hong Kong racing appears on the American network TVG, which is available in more than 30 million U.S. households.

Sharper focus for Maori Television

From http://www.waateanews.com/Waatea+News.html?story_id=MTM3NDk=&v=144

It's about the quality of the picture

The chief executive of Maori Television is looking forward to presenting a sharper image.

The service has secured $10.6 million over the next four years to upgrade to high definition.

Paora Maxwell says if viewers switch channels now between Maori television and mainstream they will notice a change in picture quality.

He says TVNZ and MediaWorks have been high definition for some time.

"We're still on standard definition. In simple terms it's about the quality of the picture. It's those subtle things though that influence the way that people engage with the screen and engage with your content and we don't want our picture to be any less than any other broadcaster so that is part of the reason we argued for moving to high definition," Mr Maxwell says.

Maori Television still gets far less than comparable indigneous language services overseas.

SES-9 Ready To Enter Commercial Service

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SES_9_Ready_To_Enter_Commercial_Service_999.html

SES will co-market SES-9 capacity with Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, to the Indonesian market.

SES S.A. reports that its new SES-9 spacecraft is entering commercial service. SES-9 has successfully completed its testing and reached its orbital position at around 108.2 degrees East where it has joined SES-7 and will replace NSS-11.

SES-9, built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, is the largest SES satellite to serve the Asia-Pacific region, with 57 high-power Ku-band transponders - equivalent to 81x36MHz transponders, out of which 53 are incremental. The new spacecraft will provide significant expansion capacity to serve the fast-growing video and mobility sectors across Northeast Asia, South Asia, India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The satellite will also be capable of supporting a range of Enterprise and Government applications.

SES-9 has already secured business in advance of the satellite's entry in commercial service. SES will co-market SES-9 capacity with Indonesia's largest satellite telecommunications services company, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, to the Indonesian market.

In addition, Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines, signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement for broadcasting direct-to-home (DTH) satellite TV channels. This week SES also partnered with Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, to launch the SES Enterprise+ Hybrid Broadband in Asia. This innovative, hybrid broadband solution will use capacity from SES-9.

The spacecraft was successfully launched by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on 4 March 2016. Since then, the satellite has used both its chemical and electric propulsion systems to reach its assigned geostationary orbit. The satellite's platform and payload have since undergone extensive in-orbit tests.

"SES-9 is key to expanding our capabilities for DTH video broadcasting and services in Northeast Asia, South Asia and Indonesia," said Martin Halliwell, Chief Technology Officer, SES.

"Equipped with dedicated mobility beams, SES-9 is also well positioned to serve the fast-growing maritime and aeronautical sectors. The improved performance of the Falcon 9 launcher shortened the orbit raising phase and, in combination with the use of the highly efficient SES-9 electric propulsion system, resulted in remaining fuel on board to support services well beyond its 15 years design life. I congratulate the Boeing, SpaceX and SES teams, who together have done an excellent job."

PNCC boosting capacity in Palau with O3b

From http://www.developingtelecoms.com/tech/satellite-networks/6537-pncc-boosting-capacity-in-palau-with-o3b.html

Palau National Communications Corporation has signed an agreement with O3b Networks to increase its allotted capacity to bring faster, more reliable connectivity to Palau.

O3b Networks satellite technology enables PNCC to offer high-performance 3G mobile services to its customers in the remote island nation, with the latency and throughput required to support other technologies in the future.

Palau is comprised of more than 300 volcanic coral islands in the Western Pacific Ocean, eight of which are inhabited by more than 21,000 residents. Historically, achieving connectivity via undersea cables has been logistically challenging and cost prohibitive. This upgrade with O3b is a direct effect of the results PNCC has seen with connectivity through O3b’s low-latency, high throughput Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) Satellites. O3b Networks is the only satellite operator that can deliver connectivity comparable to fibre, making it the ideal solution to bring broadband quality internet to places like Palau.

Since PNCC began its relationship with O3b in 2013, the company has experienced dramatic improvement in speed and reliability of its services. In the short 17-month relationship, PNCC has upgraded its capacity three times. In addition to supporting existing 3G data and Wi-Fi hotspots, PNCC currently supports fixed broadband using DSL. The increase demonstrates the significant impact access to reliable high-speed broadband internet has had on demand for improved services in Palau.

“Just because an island nation is remote, doesn't mean it's residents should be subject to low-performance internet,” said Imran Malik, Regional Vice President for the Middle East and Asia for O3b. “Everyone deserves broadband connectivity, and PNCC is showing the rest of the world it can be done more easily, quickly and economically with O3b.”

“We launched 3G services as soon as we went live with O3b, and right away the data usage began increasing,” Paulus K. Kingzio, General Manager of PNCC. “We needed an international connection that would support the required 3G networks for services and applications our customers are demanding, and we found that with O3b.”

China plans 5 new space science satellites

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/China_plans_5_new_space_science_satellites_999.html

The ASO-S is China's first solar exploration satellite, ending the nation's history of depending on foreign solar observation data.

China will put into space five new satellites within about five years as part of the country's fast-expanding space science program, a national science chief said on Wednesday.

The five satellites, including a Sino-European joint mission known as SMILE, will focus on observation of solar activities and their impact on Earth's environment and space weather, analysis of water recycling and probing of black holes, according to Wu Ji, director of the National Space Science Center under the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

They should make major breakthroughs in these fields, Wu said.

Of the five satellites, SMILE, or "Solar wind Magnetosphere Ionosphere Link Explorer," is set to blast off in 2021. The satellite is designed to study the effects of the sun on Earth's environment and space weather by creating images of the interactions between solar winds and Earth's magnetosphere with X-ray and ultraviolet technology.

MIT, the Magnetosphere-Ionosphere-Thermosphere Coupling Exploration, aims at investigating the origin of upflow ions and their acceleration mechanism and discovering the key mechanism for the magnetosphere, ionosphere and thermosphere coupling.

And WCOM, the Water Cycle Observation Mission, is a bid to better understand Earth's water cycle by simultaneous and fast measurement of key parameters such as soil moisture, ocean salinity and ocean surface evaporation.

The other two satellites are the Advanced Space-borne Solar Observatory (ASO-S) and the Einstein-Probe. The former will help scientists understand the causality among magnetic fields, flares and coronal mass ejections, while the latter is tasked with discovering quiescent black holes over all astrophysical mass ranges and other compact objects via high-energy transients.

The ASO-S is China's first solar exploration satellite, ending the nation's history of depending on foreign solar observation data.

Although the missions sound remote from ordinary people, Wu Ji insisted they are of imperative importance for space science and improving lives.

"All these projects were selected according to their scientific significance by judging committees led by scientists in an effort to give a vent for their innovation potential," Wu said.

Last week, the CAS announced China would launch the first experimental quantum communication satellite in July.

The new satellite is the third of four scientific satellites under a CAS space program, which has already seen the orbit of China's first Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite in December last year and the retrievable SJ-10 scientific research satellite in April. The DAMPE was designed to shine light on the invisible material which scientists say makes up most of the universe's mass, and the SJ-10 to aid scientists in studying microgravity and space life sciences.

Another powerful X-ray telescope to observe black holes, neutron stars and other phenomena is also scheduled to launch later this year.

Together, the four satellites and the new series of science probes announced by Wu could mark a new step forward in China's multi-billion-dollar space missions, a great source of national pride and a marker of China's global stature and technological expertise.

The country sent its first astronaut into space in 2003, becoming the third nation after Russia and the United States to achieve manned space travel independently. In 2008, astronauts aboard Shenzhou-7 made China's first space walk. There are also plans for a space station to be completed around 2020.

Up to this point, previous projects, including the manned missions and lunar probes, have tended to be application-oriented or task-based, and have not focused on expanding knowledge of space sciences, spurring reforms in cutting-edge technology and driving the development of important emerging industries, said Wu Ji.

China sends more than 20 practical satellites into the space every year but it was not until 2015 that it launched satellites for pure scientific research. This does not befit China's international status, Wu said.

Hopefully, the curtain of change might have just begun to roll up. China has been ambitious about becoming a leading power in science and technology (S and T) which are seen as the driving force for modern economic and social development.

At a national S and T conference that commenced on Monday, President Xi Jinping said China should establish itself as one of the most innovative countries by 2020 and a leading innovator by 2030, and become a leading global S and T power by the 100th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 2049.

According to Wu, space science should serve as a source for S and T innovation.

He said aside from the five new satellites announced on Wednesday, the CAS is also preparing for future space exploration attempts in the next decade.

Scientists are mulling four new satellite projects, including the Solar Polar Orbit Telescope (SPORT), Search for Terrestrial Exo-Planets (STEP), X-ray timing and Polarization Mission (XTP) and a Space Millimeter-wavelength VLBI Array (S-VLBI) probe.

In the meantime, Wu voiced concerns as the research satellite programs have not been included in China's national major scientific plan, which catalogues the nation's key S and T projects and provides funds from the central treasury.

Nor did Wu entertain the idea that China's satellite programs are pre-planned on a five-year basis. "Sometimes it takes 10 years or even decades to turn an idea to a concrete space project."

Wu said he hoped that the space satellite program will be soon listed in the national scientific development outline and gain continuous financial support in order to transform China from a "pursuer" to a "frontrunner" in this field.

UK crackdown on illegal TV stream scam

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/03/uk-crackdown-on-illegal-tv-stream-scam/

Officers from UK IP protection trade body the Federation of Copyright Theft (FACT) and Police Scotland executed two search warrants at addresses in Glasgow as part of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal TV boxes to hundreds of licensed premises.

Licensed premises can purchase TV boxes which then illegally stream TV, sport and films from legitimate broadcasters, for a significantly reduced price. The criminal operation is estimated to have cost broadcasters more than £40 million (€51.7m) across the UK over the past eight years.

Police Scotland has been working in partnership with investigators from the Federation of Copyright Theft (FACT) for the past 16 months to identify the source of the illegal operation based in Glasgow but with a network across Scotland and the UK.

The investigation has also been supported by the English Premier League, as well as Sky and BT, who had officials present in Glasgow when the warrants were executed.

“The scale of this operation is significant, with an estimated 500 pubs involved but this could really be just be the tip of the iceberg,” admitted Chief Inspector David Pettigrew from London Road Police Office.

“This illegal production scheme has been carried out in other areas across the UK but this is undoubtedly the biggest operation of its kind in the world in terms of recovery. Police Scotland has developed a close working relationship with FACT which has been absolutely critical in helping us reach this point in the investigation.”

“I hope this investigation sends a clear message that this type of criminal activity does not go unnoticed and we will continue to work with our partners to identify those involved and hold them to account,” he confirmed.

“Pub landlords, as well as the general public, need to be aware of IPTV and set-top boxes with apps and add-ons allowing the streaming of pirated TV, sports and films are very much illegal,” advised Kieron Sharp, Director General of the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

“Content theft deprives businesses and individuals of an honest livelihood and so on behalf of our members, FACT will continue to work with police forces across the UK to crack down on the illegal sale of these boxes.”

“We work hard to protect the investment of our customers and we therefore support action to stop illegal suppliers who threaten their businesses,” asserted Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director of Sky Business.

Although no arrests have been made at present, officers will be reviewing the seized material and running an investigation to identify those responsible.

Police Scotland and FACT are also involved in waging war on the hosts of illicit Torrent websites that enable users to download movies, games, Ebooks and music.

Since the turn of the year, three major websites hosted in addresses around Edinburgh, Kilmarnock and Falkirk, represent the first Scottish sites of their type to be apprehended and taken down – with experts now warning of a growing issue.

Led by Police Scotland, with support from FACT and the Scottish Business Resilience Centre (SBRC), the crackdown has highlighted an urgent need to change the public behaviour funding the torrent sites.

Police Constable Andy Law, who headed up the recent operations, said: “We’ve been successful in removing these sites and work is ongoing to remove several more that we have identified, in what is undoubtedly a growing problem. Hosts often believe they leave no footprint, but in reality we can trace sites back to an address and from there it leaves little scope for the culprit to hide their actions.”

ViaSat wins $73 million for Air Force One satellite communications contract

From http://spacenews.com/viasat-wins-73-million-for-air-force-one-satellite-communications-contract/

ViaSat, the satellite broadband hardware and services provider, has won a contract worth as much as $73 million to provide satellite communications aboard Air Force One and a fleet of government planes used to fly senior government leaders. The Defense Information Systems Agency, which procures commercial satellite capacity on behalf of military users, awarded ViaSat of Carlsbad, California a sole-sourced, firm-fixed price contract to provide Ku- and Ka-band satellite communications to senior U.S. government leaders, according to a June 1 announcement from the Defense Department. The deal includes ViaSat’s subscription-based service and options for an additional year of service that would run through May 31, 2018. The Air Force is modernizing its fleet of aircraft used by the president and vice president of the United States, the secretary of defense, the secretary of state and the chairman of the joint chief of staffs and plans to replace the current proprietary hardware with ViaSat modems, the announcement said. The planes include the Air Force’s VC-25A, C-32A, C-40B and C37A/B aircraft, according to budget documents. ViaSat offers a near-global network using its own Ka-band satellites over the Americas and leased Ku-band capacity elsewhere.

First three subcontractors selected by OneWeb Satellites


The space segment of OneWeb will initially comprise a constellation of 648 operational satellites and replacement satellites, all of which will be identical. Each satellite will weigh approximately 150 kg and will operate in low Earth orbit.

OneWeb Satellites, a joint venture equally owned by Airbus Defence and Space and OneWeb, has selected the first three top-tier subcontractors. The supply contracts have been signed with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) from Canada, Sodern from France and Teledyne Defence (a business unit of Teledyne Microwave Solutions) from the United Kingdom.

To equip each of the 900 satellites forming the OneWeb fleet, MDA will provide on board antenna systems, Sodern has customised to constellation its star tracker technology, while Teledyne Defence has designed communications repeater equipment derived from its high volume manufacturing heritage.

With this milestone OneWeb Satellites is pursuing its industrial development and rapidly moving forward. In April, Florida in the United States was announced as the site for its high volume satellite manufacturing factory.

The space segment of OneWeb will initially comprise a constellation of 648 operational satellites and replacement satellites, all of which will be identical. Each satellite will weigh approximately 150 kg and will operate in low Earth orbit.

Arianespace and Virgin Galactic will begin launching the spacecraft in 2018 after which the satellites will be moved to their operational orbits using electrical propulsion.

OneWeb Satellites was set up following the selection in June 2015 of Airbus Defence and Space as the industrial partner of OneWeb to design and build OneWeb's satellites. The constellation to be operated by OneWeb will provide high-speed internet services with global coverage.

The joint venture will also be able to produce satellites, platforms or equipment to be marketed by Airbus Defence and Space for the benefit of other operators of future constellations.

Sling TV, DISH exclusive Zee VoD deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/06/03/sling-tv-dish-exclusive-zee-vod-deal/

OTT service Sling TV and pay-TV platform DISH have agreed a long-term renewal deal with Asia TV USA, Ltd., part of the Zee group from India and a leading provider of South Asian programming. In addition to renewing the 10 Zee-branded channels already offered on Sling TV and DISH, the new agreement includes the addition of 27 new Zee channels such as &TV, Living Foodz, Zee Bangla, Zee Tamizh and Zee Cinema HD.

As part of the agreement, Sling TV and DISH will be the exclusive providers in the US of Zee’s premium on-demand library, which includes movies and over 400 additional popular video titles. Over time, Sling TV will become the exclusive over-the-top (OTT) provider in the U.S. for all but one of Zee’s South Asian channels. In the coming months, Zee will transition viewers from its direct-to-consumer services to Sling TV or to authenticated access only.

“Our agreement with Zee enables us to provide a vast amount of entertainment to fans of South Asian content, while also giving customers a more streamlined way to access and enjoy both linear and on-demand content,” said Chris Kuelling, senior vice president of programming for Sling TV and DISH. “Zee shares our goal of growing the South Asian market, and together we are able to better serve this community, as well as the other language groups served by Zee.”

“DISH has been a natural partner and ally for the last 18 years, and Sling TV is by far the most comprehensive OTT service available to our target audience” said Sameer Targe, business head, Zee Americas. “The US is a mature pay-TV market and operating a direct-to-consumer business can be a low or negative margin initiative, so it made good business sense to align our growth strategy by expanding our offerings and partnering with Sling TV as our chosen OTT platform.”

To broaden the options available to fans of South Asian content, Sling TV and DISH are launching a new ‘Hindi Gold Pack’, which will contain all of the Zee Hindi channels, plus other leading Hindi channels. In addition, &TV, one of the most requested Hindi channels by current Sling TV and DISH customers, will be added to the existing lineup. Zee’s on-demand content will be available at no additional charge to DISH and Sling TV subscribers with the Hindi Gold Pack.

As part of the agreement, DISH and Sling TV will also add two Spanish-language channels, Z Living Español and Zee TV Español, and two Brazilian channels, Zee TV Portuguese and Z Living Portuguese, to their respective line-ups. The new Spanish channels can be found on DISH in the DishLATINO Clasico, DishLATINO Dos, DishLATINO Plus and DishLATINO Max packages, and the Best of Spanish TV package on Sling Latino.

Zee Alwan and Zee Aflam, two popular Arabic channels, will also launch in the DISH Arabic Super Elite and the Arabic Mosaic Pack on Sling TV.



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Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Cineplex Movies has replaced I Witness News" on, Fta.
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东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Domashniy Magazin(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11092 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月2日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Football Russia(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11853 V 45000参数免费接收。 [6月2日]
东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,Gawahi TV(巴基斯坦)频道新增,设置4060 H 23000参数免费接收。 [6月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Shop Channel HD(高清)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。 [6月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Mensrhe TV替换Bunayya TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [6月1日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Movie Channel、Music Channel(IPM)等频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Trace Urban(高清)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Sports HD、Slate(美国)等3个频道重现,设置12590 V 28000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视中文(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,9X Jalwa替换Oscar Movies(印度)频道,设置11550 V 29500参数免费接收。 [6月1日]

Stream Links

New Stream URL for Australian Channel 9 (All are official) playlist format

#EXTINF:0, 9 Melbourne
#EXTINF:0, 9 Sydney
#EXTINF:0, 9 Brisbane
#EXTINF:0, 9 Adelaide
#EXTINF:0, 9 Perth

Official Hillsong tv streams





No news, due to lack of time


Hillsong TV on Optus D2 started

From my Email


From the Dish

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4100 V "B4U Movies India" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sea News" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3793 H "Channel 9" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3799 H "Channel S and SK Movie" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4092 H "DBC News" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 4122 H "Madani Channel Bangla" has started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3618 V Trace Urban Southeast Asia has started on, Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12561 V "E! Middle East" has started on , PowerVu.

Intelsat 17 66.0E Speda Channel has moved from 11193 V to 11614 V, clear.

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R "TVC News Nigeria" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Shop Channel HD(高清)频道解密,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[06-01]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Mensrhe TV替换Bunayya TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4014 H 7200参数免费接收。 [6月1日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Movie Channel、Music Channel(IPM)等3个频道新增,设置10977 V 40000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Trace Urban(高清)频道消失,设置3960 H 30000参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Sports HD、Slate(美国)等3个频道重现,设置12590 V 28000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,卫视中文(高清)频道新增,设置4040 H 29720参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,9X Jalwa替换Oscar Movies(印度)频道,设置11550 V 29500参数免费接收。 [6月1日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的G-Sat 15号卫星Ku频段,Khushboo TV(印度)频道消失,设置11550 V 29500参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AFN Sports HD、Slate(美国)等3个频道消失,设置12590 V 28000参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV Parlemen、Shop & Share(印尼)等5个频道消失,设置3574 V 6363参数无效接收。 [6月1日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,探索频道、动物星球(美国)等全组频道改频率,设置3769 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [6月1日]


NBN of Australia says bandwidth demand requires use of 2nd satellite

From http://spacenews.com/nbn-of-australia-says-bandwidth-demand-requires-use-of-2nd-satellite/

June 1, 2016 NBN Co. Chief Executive Bill Morrow said Australian bandwidth demand has grown by 60 percent, on average, in 12 months. The company will now put into service its second satellite, set for launch this year, rather than leave it as a in-orbit spare. Credit: NBN SINGAPORE – Australia’s NBN Co. on May 31 said it will use the full capacity of its second Ka-band spot-beam satellite, scheduled for launch this year, to accommodate the faster-than-expected rise in bandwidth demand rather than keep it as an in-orbit spare. The decision follows what NBN Chief Executive Bill Morrow said has been a spike in average bandwidth consumption by Australians due to the same Netflix/video-streaming effect seen in other nations. “In the last 12 months our end users have increased their data consumption by more than 60 percent and now average 115 gigabytes per month,”

Morrow said in an address here to the CommunicAsia conference. Advertisementgoogletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1433272633157-1'); }) NBN is financed by the government but has a mandate to make a profit. It is deploying what is probably the most extensive and costly broadband-connectivity program of any major nation. Using a combination of fixed wireless, fiber-to-the-premise, fiber-to-the-home, hybrid fiber/coaxial and satellite platforms, NBN’s charge is to connect all Australians by 2020. Some 400,000 premises will be connected by satellite, according to NBN. The capital investment – two large satellites, two rocket launches, insurance, a ground network and user terminals – works out to 7,900 Australian dollars ($5,670) per satellite subscriber premise, NBN estimates.

Fifteen of the 50 registered distribution partners are now active structuring retail sales packages in the 121 geographic zones identified by NBN. Each zone has its assigned technology based on population density and other factors. The poorest families will get a contended service that forces bandwidth sharing, especially during peak hours. More demanding households and small businesses will be offered a guaranteed throughput for a higher price. “Retailers can sell a highly contended service for 30-40 dollars per month, with customers that demand 50 megabits per second all the time a service for maybe 80-100 a month,” he said. Australia is about the same size as the continental United States but its population, at 24 million, is one-thirteenth the U.S. size and averages just three people per square kilometer. In his address, Morrow used the United States as an example of a wealthy nation with a history of legacy telecommunications providers and newer private-sector cable operators – initially not competing with each other — that was nonetheless unable to fashion sufficient economic incentive to extend deployment into rural areas. “Based on what we see around the world, it is quite clear that the private sector models lack universal access,”

Morrow said. “We offer a return on investment but because the shareholder is the government, we consider the broader benefits to the economy and society on making strategic investment decisions. Wholesale cost will always be debated. Do we want to make profit? Right now we are held to profitability. That’s why it is retailers that determine how to approach each of the market segments.” NBN’s mandate is at least 50 megabit-per-second links to a majority of Australians, with the rest guaranteed at least 25 megabits per second, with a path to service enhancements if demand exceeds supply. It looks like this will be the case sooner than expected. In late 2015 NBN decided to move thousands of homes located in regions assigned satellite delivery to fixed-line and fixed-wireless service to relieve demand on the Sky Muster 1 satellite.

NBN was then able to raise the monthly data caps that satellite consumer broadband providers say is the least-liked feature of their service. One of two identical satellites built for NBN by SSL of Palo Alto, California, Sky Muster 1 was launched in October 2015. It has a total throughput capacity of 74 gigabits per second divided among 101 spot beams that are sliced into 85 different sizes depending on population density and take-up rate in their respective regions.. ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, California, is providing the NBN ground terminals. Nearly one in four homes now connected to the NBN service when all delivery platforms are combined. Within 12 months half the nation will be connected, NBN said. Moving satellite subscribers to terrestrial platforms is a stopgap solution. To materially improve the performance of the satellite service, NBN has decided to use the second satellite, scheduled for launch this year aboard a European Ariane 5 rocket, to nearly double the available capacity of the service.

“That second satellite was originally intended to be there for reliability and redundancy,” Morrow said. “As the satellite people will know, the probability of something going awry after a certain period of time drops down to almost nothing. It doesn’t make much sense to have a $200-to- $300 million insurance policy up in the sky. So we have repurposed it for capacity.” Some of the available bandwidth has been reserved to assure that rural schools, hospitals and other high-priority services have sufficient connectivity even in peak demand hours. And when even the two satellites near saturation? “We’ll put up another satellite,” Morrow said.

Hillsong Channel launches TV ministry to millions

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016060143064/hillsong-channel-launches-tv-ministry-to-millions.html#axzz4ALaFOa4m

The Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) and the Hillsong Church mega-ministry have launched the Hillsong Channel.

hillsong churchThe 24-hour television network combines ministry, teaching and conferences featuring well known celebrity pastors and Christian leaders, like Hillsong senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston, including Bobbie's Sisterhood outreach. It also features a range of singers, songwriters and musicians such as Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, Young & Free, Reuben Morgan, Joel Houston, Taya Smith and many others.

“Every Sunday at least 50 million Christians sing Hillsong worship songs in churches across the earth,” said TBN chairman Matthew Crouch, adding that every day TBN's over 30 inspirational networks are carried around the world on more than 80 satellite channels. “Beginning 1 June, nearly a dozen of those satellite channels will be devoted to the newest member of the TBN family — Hillsong Channel,” he added. “That's how important we feel it is to get the life-changing ministry and worship of Hillsong to every corner of the earth.”

Since its beginnings more than 30 years ago as one small congregation in Sydney, Australia, Hillsong Church has added congregations in such key cities as London, Paris, Stockholm, Cape Town, Buenos Aires, New York, Phoenix and Los Angeles.

“We are excited about this dynamic new partnership with TBN that will take the message of God's glory to the nations,” said Hillsong pastor Brian Houston. “Whether through Hillsong worship and conferences or through other programmes and teaching airing on Hillsong Chanel, the whole goal is to bring the Gospel in a real and relevant way to as many people as possible.”

Following launch, Hillsong Channel will be available to more than 77 million US households via full-power stations in 37 major markets, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Atlanta and Miami; pay-TV operators including DirecTV, Dish Network, Glorystar, AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Comcast, Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable; and a variety of regional and local cable systems.

Additionally, Hillsong Channel will reach over 100 million television households around the world through Sky and other satellites, as well as via countless in-country cable providers and broadcast channels.

“With its emphasis on award-winning contemporary worship, relevant teaching and ministry, Hillsong Channel is set to impact millions more individuals and families with the message of hope and grace that has been TBN's hallmark for the past forty-three years,” said Crouch. “In fact, we believe that this exciting new partnership between TBN and Hillsong is destined to broaden the scope and outreach of faith television worldwide.”

Digicel launches Paramount channel on Sky Pacific

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/40873/digicel-launches-paramount-channel-on-sky-pacific

The Paramount Channel has been introduced on the Sky Pacific pay TV service by parent company Digicel. Chief Executive Darren McLean says the new content is in response to what customers want. “The feedback has being very consistent, it’s around entertainment, it’s around movies, it’s around more sports and more sports to appeal to Pacific people, Fijians specifically given that this is the home of Sky Pacific, but also there’s a big demand for how we broadcast, techniques with regards to music and Bollywood content.” McLean says that two months since taking over Sky Pacific, the biggest challenge has been attending to the maintenance and servicing of its dishes. More channels are expected on the Pay TV platform in due time.

China's satellite industry eyes global satellite market

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Chines_satellite_industry_eyes_global_satellite_market_999.html

A Long March 4B rocket carrying a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite "Ziyuan III 02" and two NewSat satellites from Uruguay blasts off at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Taiyuan, capital of north China's Shanxi Province, May 30, 2016. Image courtesy Xinhua.

China is likely to be building and supplying at least 10 percent of the world's satellites by 2020, according to a leading space researcher.

"A forecast by a foreign consultancy said that around 1,000 satellites will be launched by 2020 to meet the demands of the market, and we believe Chinese-developed satellites will account for more than 10 percent of that market," said Yuan Minhui, the director of the Beijing Institute of Space Science and Technology Information.

Yuan, who spoke to China Daily on Monday on the sidelines of the Third China International Satellite Service Business Matching event, which is aimed to promote Chinese satellites in the international market, said the role will only continue to grow.

"Remote sensing, communications, and positioning and navigation satellites are our major offers in the global market and they will continue to expand their shares," he said.

In talking about cooperation potential between China and the United States in the space industry, Yuan suggested that, despite the US now having a ban in place on contact between Chinese and US space workers, the nations should seriously consider cooperating on manned space exploration programs.

"This is because such programs cost a lot and carry high risks," he said. "Collaboration would help reduce the risks and improve engineering efficiency."

Another satellite industry insider suggested that the government might consider setting clear responsibilities for space-related authorities because that would facilitate the industry expanding overseas.

"Currently, we can't even find out who is in charge of some fields in the satellite sector," said the researcher, who declined to be named, citing his employer's media policy. "The vague organizational structure and lack of definitions and responsibilities causes confusion for our potential foreign clients."

AsiaSat 7 selected for SEANET’s VSAT network services in Myanmar

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 1 June 2016 – AsiaSat and SEANET Myanmar have signed a contract for VSAT network services in Myanmar using AsiaSat 7 Ku-band capacity. SEANET will be one of Myanmar’s pioneering operators offering broadband data services on an AsiaSat satellite.
AsiaSat 7’s high-power Ku-band coverage over Myanmar will support SEANET’s nationwide VSAT network for a wide array of broadband internet, enterprise solutions and data connectivity services for its corporate, SME, government and NGO clients.

“Quality transponder capacity from AsiaSat boosts our capability to deliver reliable, high speed and cost effective satellite services to meet our customers’ requirements. AsiaSat 7’s coverage and high look angle enable us to provide high quality service anywhere in Myanmar including the most remote and mountainous regions,” said U Pyone Maung Maung, Managing Director of SEANET Myanmar. “We look forward to beginning commercial rollout of our service in June leveraging AsiaSat’s over 25 years of VSAT expertise and experience in Asia.”
“We are pleased that our client appreciates our extensive experience in providing quality and reliable services. This contract with SEANET once again demonstrates AsiaSat’s capability and flexibility in supporting our partners with cost effective satellite solutions,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President – Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

About SEANET Myanmar

Southeastasianet Technologies Myanmar Co., Ltd. aims to be Myanmar’s leading provider of satellite data connectivity. SEANET Myanmar holds an NFS (I) license in Myanmar, employs a team of local and international experts, and operates a nationwide integrated network of almost 200 satellite communications engineers for rapid deployment of VSAT services in Myanmar. For more information, please visit http://www.seanetmyanmar.com

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Philip Balaam, VP, Sales & Business Development
Tel: (852) 2500 0866
Mobile: (852) 5328 6282
Email: pbalaam@asiasat.com
SEANET Myanmar
Jesse Gage, Head of Sales & Marketing
Mobile: (95 9) 45575 4334
Email: Jesse_Gage@seanetmsc.com

ISIS Wants Muslims To Destroy Satellite Dishes Worldwide

From http://www.vocativ.com/324502/isis-wants-muslims-to-destroy-satellite-dishes-worldwide/

A new ISIS propaganda campaign slams TVs and satellite dishes as "a door for corruption and destruction"

ISIS launched a social media campaign overnight calling on Muslims and the terror group’s supporters worldwide to destroy satellite dishes and stop watching channels on TV that “broadcast apostasy and adultery” and “destroy Muslims’ ethics.”

The campaign, which even includes calls to stop watching Arabic-language news, seems to be a frantic effort by ISIS to rally support as it faces mounting pressure in Iraq and Syria. Titled “Break the Satellite,” it’s comprised of three belligerent videos and has spread like wildfire in ISIS’ social media networks with the help of a hashtag of the campaign’s name (#حطموا_الستالايت, in Arabic).

The videos depict violent scenes of ISIS militants smashing TVs and satellite dishes, which at one point they crush with a tractor.

(Craig's comment, if any of these stone age morons come near my dishes they will be tasting some lead pellets and meeting up with 72 virgin goats)

Casbaa Satellite Industry Forum 2016: Seizing new growth opportunities amidst technological and economic changes

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satellite-operators/casbaa-satellite-industry-forum-2016-seizing-new-growth-opportunities-amidst-technological-and-economic-changes-160531

MUMBAI: The emergence of new technologies in the satellite industry, including the arrival of HTS GSO and NGSO systems, is prompting the industry to embrace a substantial shift – from offering one-size-fits-all capacity to creating value propositions better tailored to customers’ fast-growing, diverse demand and the price pressures in dynamic economic circumstances.

This was a key focus at CASBAA Satellite Industry Forum 2016, attended by close to 200 industry leaders yesterday at Pan Pacific Singapore. Nine high-level panels discussed a wide range of topics – from the latest strategies in the challenging market landscape, the rise in NGSO systems, to developments in the launch market and perspectives on airline communications, broadband and enterprise solutions.

Demand for superior value proposition

In the Asia Pacific Satellite Leadership Roundtable, key industry leaders agreed that despite cyclical downturns in industries like oil and gas, there is still immense market potential in Asia. “These are cyclical forces that don’t fundamentally lead to long-term decline in demand,” said Mr. Jean-François Fenech, CEO of Eutelsat Asia. “Usage in data is continuing to pick up.”

Panellists highlighted long-term fundamentals for sustained growth in video and broadband data connectivity, which lead to continued investments in growth across the region. These are manifested in initiatives to enhance satellite efficiency and launch new ones to expand capacity.

Amidst intense competition in the industry, the second panel “Is the NGSO Revolution Coming?” discusses the arrival of the NGSO systems as a new alternative for delivering the optimal experience in the most cost-effective manner. Mr Mark Rigolle, CEO of LeoSat Enterprises, said: “Satellites are now better than terrestrial solutions. Our focus is to be the fastest, most secure network, do it better than fibre and do it better than what satellites have so far been able to do.”

However, beyond debates on seemingly competing technologies – between NGSO and GSO, Ku and Ka bands, terrestrial and satellite – the discussion called for the industry to take a more customer-focused approach. “You want to offer end-to-end services; you don’t want to merely sell bandwidth and MHz. Ultimately, what your customers care about are the end benefits,” said Mr. Stéphane Chenard, Senior Associate Consultant, Euroconsult.

Featuring updates from leaders in the launch market, the third panel underlined the need to focus on the economic calculus of satellite launches and not just the technology. Mr Jacques Breton, Senior Vice President, Sales & Business Development, Arianespace, said half of the company’s backlog comprises NGSO, but also added: “We are agnostic on any orbit; for us, it’s about providing the appropriate vehicles and solutions at the appropriate cost.”

The discussion on cost is especially pertinent with the advent of new innovations that claim to offer greater efficiency and lower costs, unlocking industry-disrupting possibilities that make space more accessible.

“We have been successful in changing the cost paradigm,” said Mr. Jonathan Hofeller, Vice President of Commercial Sales, SpaceX. “We will continue to see smaller satellites and newer constellations come online that couldn’t afford to previously. For small satellites, we have tapped on third party ride-share missions.”

In addition, the panel cited reusability and automation as measures that are being adopted for enhancing efficiency.

Aeronautical applications in ongoing evolution

The fourth panel featured an exciting discussion on whether satellite applications in aeronautics and in-flight connectivity are merely a flash in the pan, especially given the challenges in monetising this service proposition. Panellists agreed that there is no singular model, as airlines integrate connectivity in different ways – from ‘freemium’ offering to pay-as-you-go amongst low-cost carriers.

The panel also highlighted the fact that besides passenger and consumer connectivity, the aeronautics sector generates demand for satellite applications in aircraft operations. Even as antenna and satellite technology evolves, airlines are demanding options that are readily available to support their capabilities.

Towards World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC) ’19

In a rallying call, Mr. Gonzalo de Dios, Associate General Counsel, Intelsat emphasised that in the aftermath of WRC ’15, the industry needs to advocate for a vision of the critical role that satellite will play in an ever-connected world through close coordination between service providers, end users, and customers at domestic and regional levels. “This is about connectivity on a global level and the imperative to serve underrepresented areas."

Continued optimism amidst price pressures

While demand for satellite capacity is rapidly increasing, pricing remains low. Panellists in the “The Customer is Always Right – Sometimes” discussion tackled growing customer expectations by advocating for more aggressive business models to attract and retain customers. They also identified video as an emerging opportunity for huge growth potential.

Mr. Vaibhav Magow, Regional Director, Asia-Pacific, Hughes Network Systems, LLC, said: “The industry is opening up many market segments that were not available to us in the past. With new technological developments, we are now starting to gain back a space in the traditional telecommunications world and fight back through innovation. That’s a really strong reason to be optimistic."

Meanwhile, panellists on the “CEO Panel – The Sharp End” responded to falling transponder prices by stressing the need for businesses to increase flexibility and quality of their services to remain competitive in the market. Mr Steve Collar, CEO of O3b Networks, said falling prices offer opportunities for the industry to innovate and deliver solutions that are more relevant to customers, and urged the satellite business to transform from a scarce, niche industry into a more accessible one.

Indonesia as a growth market

At the session “Focus on Indonesia”, panellists said weak economic fundamentals and the gap between rising operational costs and consumers’ ability to pay are key challenges for the satellite industry in Indonesia. Nevertheless, the fragmented archipelago heavily relies on satellite services, and demand for bandwidth in Indonesia has quadrupled in the last five years, said Mr. Henry Mulya, Sales Director, Asia Pacific, SES.

The way forward for the satellite industry

To close, CEOs of leading satellite businesses discussed the way forward for the satellite industry and the challenges it currently faces. Acknowledging the harsh stock market perceptions of the industry, the key business leaders emphasized that the business realities point towards long-term growth that can be accomplished through continuous innovation.

Summing up the day’s discussions, Mr. Paul Brown-Kenyon, Chairman, CASBAA Satellite Industry Committee and CEO of MEASAT said: “We are at an important transformational place, and the world is changing dramatically. The amount of money we pay for data today is the same as five years ago, but the data we consume is ten times more. I think our business would change, and the role we play in the communications sector would change."

SPN to launch English movie channel Sony Le Plex HD by June 2016

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/spn-to-launch-english-movie-channel-sony-le-plex-hd-by-june-2016-160531

MUMBAI: Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is all geared up to launch its new high definition premium English movie channel Sony Le Plex HD. The network is in the process of seeking regulatory clearances and approvals. Subject to obtaining such approvals, the launch is planned around June 2016.

The channel will serve the discerning audiences who seek entertainment beyond the mainstream movies from Hollywood.

Sony Le Plex HD will serve avid movie viewers with films that are popular and critically acclaimed. The focus for the channel would be to present the movies in a manner not seen before.

The network has made significant investment in securing rights for movies from Hollywood and the premieres on the channel which includes Spotlight, Ex-Machina, Foxcatcher and Straight Outta Compton to name a few and will also be home to critically acclaimed movies like The Inglorious Basterds, Schindler’s List, Taxi Driver, Gladiator, Philadelphia, etc



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Telkom 1 108.0E 4097 H "Papua Barat TV" has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Ala! Entertainment" has started on, Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Mu Odia TV and Swadesh" have started on , Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 10970 H "Movies Now + and Sony Max India" have started on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11050 H "Tata Sky Comedy" has started on , Videoguard.
Insat 4A 83.0E 11050 H "Ten 1 HD, Romedy Now, HBO Defined and HBO Hits" have left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 11090 H "UTV Action" has left .
Insat 4A 83.0E 11670 H Ibaadat TV, Showcase HD 1, Sony ESPN and Asianet HD have started on , Videoguard. India News, Zee Business and ETV Bihar Jharkhand have left.

G-Sat 10 83.0E 11510 V Neo Prime, Neo Sports, National Voice and Da Vinci Learning India have started on , Videoguard.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "Meekhun TV" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV" is back on , clear.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3520 H "Aonzon TV" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 H "Somaliland National TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3574 H "Press TV and IFilm English" have left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "Spring News" is now encrypted.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3887 H "NBT TV Surat Thani" has started on , Fta

ABS 2 75.0E 12524 H "QTV Bangla" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H Magna TV, Media One, Shalom TV India, Sathiyam TV, Dheeran TV and Kaumudy TV have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3768 H "Ten 3" has started on , Conax.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,ABC News(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3715 V 1480参数免费接收。 [5月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Fox Sports(高清)频道消失,设置3978 V 29000参数无效接收。 [5月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,凤凰中文、Star World HD(印度)等68个频道新增,设置3649 H 43800参数有条件接收。 [5月31日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Trace Urban Asia(高清)频道新增,设置3617 V 29000参数有条件接收。 [5月31日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,法治天地、七彩戏剧(上海文广)等频道新增,设置4040 H 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月31日]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,都市剧场、极速汽车(上海文广)等全组频道消失,设置4080 H 27500参数无效接收。 [5月31日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、CCTV-9(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [5月30日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Clubbing TV UHD(4K)频道新增,设置3875 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月30日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Ch-China替换Home Story(高清)频道,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [5月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Ala Entertainment替换Mrx(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [5月30日]


Fast bush internet not just pie in the sky

From https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2016/05/fast-bush-internet-not-just-pie-sky

Australians living in remote and isolated communities without modern comforts such as reliable internet and mobile phone reception may no longer need the ‘bush telegraph’ for news thanks to a University of Queensland researcher with an out-of-this-world solution.

Dr Yifan Wang from UQ’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering is working to link up isolated communities with the rest of the world by improving millimetre-wave satellite technology.

Dr Wang said his low-cost reconfigurable antenna system would connect with low-earth-orbit satellites, allowing a high-speed data rate.

“Currently, most internet technology is based on terrestrial structures like exchanges and based stations,” he said.

“By utilising smart antenna technology we don’t have to rely on existing infrastructure or run cables thousands of kilometres into the bush.

“This means people in even the most remote places, or who are constantly on the move, can still be connected with the rest of the world cheaply and quickly.”

The antenna technology developed by Dr Wang, in collaboration with Brisbane-based EM Solutions Pty Ltd, would use a flat and compact satellite terminal with automatic tracking.

Orbiting as low as 160 kilometres, the satellite would send powerful targeted signals to users, known as beamforming.

According to Dr Wang, this technology is now much more achievable thanks to the ever-decreasing cost of building and launching satellites.

“This is a unique opportunity to improve the livelihoods of people in remote and regional communities,” he said.

“It is also a chance for Australia to show its capability in developing world-leading technology.”

Dr Yifan received an Early-Career Advance Queensland Grant for his work at a ceremony last month.

Media: Dr Yifan Wang, 07 3365 2766, yifan.wang@uq.edu.au; UQ Communications, Casey Fung, c.fung@uq.edu.au, 07 3365 8525.

Sky Go no go 'not good enough' - boss

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11648096

The failure of Sky Television's online streaming service for almost all of today's NBA match between Steven Adams' Oklahoma Thunder and the Golden State Warriors isn't good enough, says company boss John Fellet.

Sky tweeted about the outage towards the start of Game 7 of the Western Conference NBA finals .

Twitter users, in response, lambasted the company, with one person calling the situation a "disgrace".

Sky Go was down for more than three quarters of the game, fixed just in time for the final five minutes.

Asked if this was good enough, Sky chief executive John Fellet said: "No it's not good enough. I haven't got a report yet on what caused the outage of it but it certainly wasn't volume related. Last time it fell was in February and since then we've have tons of heavy-usage of it including Friday and Saturday nights with the rugby. It was pretty light today when the login in failed, so I don't know exactly what caused it," he said.

In February, Sky Go customers were unable to watch the first two hours of the Black Caps game against Australia at Eden Park because of technical issues.

"The hardest thing to do in the world is to stream live sports ... we recognise our subscribers like it so we're going to continue to endeavour to do well at it. But like I said, the last time it went down was in February so we've made some good headway ... we'll continue to get better at it," he said.

"The easiest thing to do would be just to stop SkyGo but I think those that have it love it and want us to keep endeavouring to keep it going."

TAI chooses AsiaSat 8 capacity to offer mobility services in South East Asia

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 31 May 2016 – AsiaSat 8’s high performance Ku-band capacity was selected by Thai Aerospace Industries Company Limited (TAI) to provide mobility services in the South East Asia region.

AsiaSat 8 provides the highest power ever launched in Asia. This translates to high throughput and the use of very small antennas while on the move.
“South East Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing markets for satellite services. With increased commercial and government communications, we see immense opportunities for satellite solutions that support high quality land, sea and air-based data networks in the region,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President – Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat. “Our long experience of delivering quality and reliability for mission-critical communications is the solid foundation for our cooperation with TAI. We are proud to support TAI with cost efficient and high speed connectivity services.”

Thai Aerospace Industries Company Limited is one of the leading VSAT solution providers in Thailand with extensive service locations across the South East Asia and the Middle East especially Oman. The company tailors its solutions for TV broadcast and mobility service for cruise and ferry, commercial shipping, aero and land-based transportation.

“AsiaSat’s innovative products and coverage, and cutting-edge satellite solutions keep our customers’ operations seamlessly connected, whether at sea, in the air or on land. Thai Aerospace Industries is proud to be working with the industry leaders in providing the very best of products and service to our ever increasing customer base. We supply top of the range satellite equipment and service backed up by probably the best customer service available that meet our clients’ requirements and budget both today and tomorrow,” said Thanakrit Atswalongkorn, Chief Executive Officer of Thai Aerospace Industries Company Limited.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia,
serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5,
AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and
telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the
company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific
region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9
on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. AsiaSat is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit

About Thai Aerospace Industries

Thai Aerospace Industries Co., Ltd. (TAI) is a worldwide supplier of aircraft parts to the airlines,
governments, MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) operations, space and defense. Thai Aerospace
Industries is Thailand’s largest independent aerospace and defense company, delivering innovation and
excellence; serviceable comprehensive one-stop-shop solutions for MRO of selected civil and military
helicopter and aircraft. These services ensure the continued functionality and performance of platforms
down to the component level. TAI’s solutions are tailored to clients’ specific requirements, providing
helicopter, aircraft and UAV with VSAT service solution and satellite internet broadband connectivity. TAI
operates a reliable and internationally recognised quality management system, fully-certified to offer
quality assurance and reliable delivery. TAI has outstanding technological capabilities on the ground, in
the air and in space. TAI is driving forward the technologies of tomorrow. For more information, please
visit www.tai.aero

Media Contacts:
Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Philip Balaam, VP, Sales & Business Development
Tel: (852) 2500 0866
Mobile: (852) 5328 6282
Email: pbalaam@asiasat.com
Thai Aerospace Industries Company Limited
Phatchita Angsutornjarupatt, VP - Corporate Communications
Email : phatchita@tai.co.th and info@tai.aero

BRI’s satellite to launch in June, come online in August

From http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/05/31/bris-satellite-to-launch-in-june-come-online-in-august.html

The BRI board of directors is all smiles before a press conference after the company's annual general meeting on March 23 in Jakarta.(thejakartapost.com/Anton Hermansyah)

State-owned lender Bank Rakyat Indonesia Tbk ( BRI ) is set to launch BRIsat, the world's first satellite dedicated to banking services, on June 9 and expects to have it online before the end of August.

BRI president director Asmawi Syam said BRIsat was scheduled to launch into orbit on the Arcane 5 rocket, belonging to Arienespace in French Guiana, the US, on June 8 at 8:30 p.m. local time, or June 9 at 03:30 a.m. Jakarta time.

"On June 9, we will reach a new milestone in the history of the banking industry, not only in Indonesia, but also in the world, when [BRI becomes] a bank that operates a satellite," he said at a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday.

After the rocket launches, BRIsat will be positioned on its orbit at a longitude of 150 degrees East above Papua's sky and eventually handed over to BRI in August, or 50 days after the launch.

The satellite will enable BRI to provide enhanced secure banking communications for its more than 10,300 branches and more than 50 million customers across the Indonesian archipelago, Asmawi added.

BRI, which currently has 22,000 ATMs nationwide, spent Rp 3.75 trillion ( US$250 million ) on developing the satellite in cooperation with San Fransisco-based Space Systems Loral. With the satellite, the most profitable bank in Indonesia aims to widen its banking network coverage.

"Our target in the future is to reach remote areas and serve people who currently still don't have access to the bank," Asmawi explained, adding that the bank had targeted signing up 10,000 new customers from remote areas.

BRIsat has 45 transponders, made up of 18 for KU-band and the remainder for C-band. The C-band allotted transponders will support financial transactions and the KU-Band ones will be for non-financial communications, BRI director Zulhelfi Abidin said.

Meanwhile, BRI director Haru Koesmahargyo says that the satellite will be viable for 15 years with an additional lifespan of two years. He estimates the BRIsat's operation will improve the bank's efficiency.

"By operating our own satellite, we estimate an approximate 40 percent efficiency increase, for only Rp 300 billion a year," he said. ( ags )

Malysia is second in Southeast Asia for content piracy: Irdeto

From http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1820964

SINGAPORE: Malaysia recorded the second largest share of content piracy in Southeast Asia at 17% for the first quarter of 2016, second to the Philippines, says Irdeto, a world leader in digital platform security.

"Content piracy ignores traditional geographical divides and boundaries. Even in countries with relatively strong legislation, content providers are still faced with piracy issues," Irdeto Vice president and general manager, South East Asia, Jerry Park told Bernama in an email interview.

Park said nascent markets like Malaysia usually have high levels of piracy, which commonly occurs in the form of digital video discs (DVDs), using virtual private networks (VPNs) and peer-to-peer (P2P) networks.

"There is also a low level of acceptance of paying for content in these markets," he said.

Park noted that over-the-top (OTT) service providers will struggle to compete with illegal sites and providers in terms of content.

The Malaysian market, he noted, is dominated by Astro, a prominent satellite pay TV operator that offers Astro on the Go, an OTT service offering that Irdeto has been supporting since 2012.

"As we increasingly see more new OTT services being launched in Malaysia and the region, content offering and content security will become important factors that help OTT players differentiate from each other," he said.

Irdeto is working with pay-media operators, content creators, software application providers and connected device manufacturers to protect valuable digital assets for nearly 50 years.

Asked how Irdeto can help content providers secure their content, Park said the company provides solutions and services that enable content owners and providers to securely deliver media across all screens and devices in and out of the home.

One of its solutions, Irdeto Rights, helps to strengthen a content provider's business model by reinforcing the content protection of the OTT service offered.

"This helps content providers to meet licensing requirements for premium content and simplify OTT operations across an increasingly complex ecosystem," Park said.

Another solution, Irdeto Tracemark forensic watermarking, allows content owners and licensees to quickly trace the source of content piracy and take the necessary actions to stop illegal distribution.

"It is worth emphasising that often consumers watch pirated content out of frustration that their chosen programme is not available in their region.

"Using Irdeto's Online Piracy Detection, operators are able to use the piracy intelligence to see what is popular in their region and can guide their content acquisition strategy to ensure that they meet their consumers' demands," he said.

Irdeto is participating at the four-day 27th International Communications and Information Technology Exhibition & Conference 2016 (CommunicAsia 2016) being held here until June 3

Eutelsat and ABS ready for launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/31/eutelsat-and-abs-ready-for-launch/

Two Boeing-built satellites are being readied for launch at Cape Canaveral aboard a single SpaceX rocket. Both satellites are all-electric craft and will use on-board electric thrusters to reach orbit.

Eutelsat 117 West B along with its co-passenger ABS 2A are scheduled to lift-off during daylight hours at 10.30am (EDT) on June 16 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Eutelsat 117 West B will provide Latin America with video, data, government, and mobile services for the Paris-based operator. The satellite will be co-located with Satmex-8 (now renamed Eutelsat 117 West A) which was launched in March 2013.

ABS 2A will broadcast DTH television, mobile and maritime communications services across Russia, India, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean region for Asia Broadcast Satellite of Bermuda and Hong Kong

ABS up for sale by Permira?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/31/abs-up-for-sale-by-permira/

Back in 2010, private equity fund Permira helped local management buy Asia Broadcast Satellite (ABS) for around $200 million. Now it is reported that Permira is looking to exit its investment.

ABS was founded by Thomas Choi in 2006, and he is still CEO. ABS now has six satellites in orbit, and another scheduled for launch on June 10. Choi, speaking at CommunicAsia told trade magazine Space News that revenues are up 20 per cent this year. ABS is formally registered in Hamilton, Bermuda but operates from a sophisticated facility in Manila, Philippines.

This is not the first time it has been rumored that Permira was looking to sell and in 2014 similar reports emerged.

BeIN launch first Ultra-HD 4K satellite receiver in MENA

From http://www.albawaba.com/sport/bein-launch-first-ultra-hd-4k-satellite-receiver-mena-846400

Leading global network beIN has announced the launch of its Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K receiver in the Mena region.

The new beIN 4K receiver will be available in Qatar in the first week of June.

beIN will broadcast 4K matches on a dedicated channel called “beIN 4K”.

In a statement yesterday, beIN said it is the first pay-TV platform in the region to introduce the 4K technology that is quickly taking over the mainstream video ecosystem. The new beIN receiver offers complete PVR functionality and is available in the market ahead of this year’s much awaited sports event, Uefa Euro 2016.

“Customers in the Mena region have been able to buy 4K resolution TV sets for the last couple of years. However, until now 4K broadcast was not available in the region and hence the true potential of 4K TVs was unutilised. With the launch of the beIN 4K receiver, as well as the confirmation of 4K broadcast of Uefa Euro matches, beIN is completing the two missing pieces of 4K entertainment in Mena,” the statement noted.

The beIN 4K UHD receiver will be able to broadcast TV signals at 3,840 pixels (horizontally) x 2,160 lines (vertically). This resolution is four times better than conventional HD resolution.

The 4K UHD receiver’s launch comes in time for football fans to be able to enjoy Euro 2016 in 4K. beIN will broadcast the opening match, all four quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final of Euro in 4K. This is the first time that an event is being broadcast live in 4K in Mena.

The company has said it will also ensure a “constant supply of 4K content through collaboration with various other entertainment and sports entities”.

Esteban, executive director of technology, said: “With the launch of the beIN 4K receiver, as well as the broadcast of eight Euro matches, beIN is clearly becoming the technological leader in the field of entertainment in Mena.”

Vijay launches HD channel

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tv/trade-news/tamil/Vijay-launches-HD-channel/articleshow/52503167.cms

Vijay Television has launched its own HD channel. The channel launched its high definition channel on Sunday. The group confirmed the news on its micro-blogging page, "The Vijay HD launches on 29th May..So #The3BIGLaunches are #VijayHD #NVOK and #AtchamThavir."

It was only recently that Star India launched two Bengali HD channels—Star Jalsha HD and Jalsha Movies HD—on April 14. The broadcaster has now launched the Tamil GEC Star Vijay HD. HD channels are being monetized separately for ad reveneues.


Malo TV on Optus D2 has encrypted (Irdeto) going by previous experience of the small niche channels that have been there, I give this channel 6 months before it disappears.

Costs are $450 for the install and $30 per .month for the channel and the radio, plus of course you get the rest of the FTA Telstra channels.

They don't appear to have an online Livestream option.

Website is http://www.malotelevision.com/

Sunday Feeds

D1 12671 V Sr 7500 "IP-UPLINKS.com" Currently colorbars
D2 12662 V Sr 7500 "horses"
D2 12671 V Sr 7500 "horses"
D2 12680 V Sr 6670 "horses"

Asiasat 5 3885 H 7500 3/5 "Afl globecast" hd fta

Saturday feeds
IS19 OFC TV 3811 V Sr 3333 DVB-S2 FTA

D2 12662 V Sr 7500 "GlobeCast Oz", horses
D1 12643 V Sr 7199 AFL dream time at the MCG

From my Email

From twitter

Eutelsat ‏@Eutelsat_SA · 13h13 hours ago
JF Fenech, Eutelsat: We are investing in a new sat. at 172° E, ahead of replacement date of EUTELSAT 172A #casbaasif

From the Dish

SES 8 95.0E 12110 H Shubh TV has replaced Saam TV on , clear.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" is back on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3691 H "ATN Bangla" has started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi T"V on is now Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 3649 H A Medianet Hits mux has started on , Safeview.(Lyngsat lists this as having 69 channels in the one mux!)

ABS 2 75.0E 12133 H "Fox Family Movies" has started on , Irdeto.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Music Choice TV" has left.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Puthiya Thalaimurai" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Clubbing TV UHD(4K)频道新增,设置3875 H 15000参数免费接收。 [5月30日]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,Ch-China替换Home Story(高清)频道,设置12370 H 29500参数有条件接收。 [5月30日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Ala Entertainment替换Mrx(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [5月30日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,HD Test Channel(测试)高清频道消失,设置4120 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月30日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Melo TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,World Story HD(高清)频道加密,设置12313 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月29日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,WBTV替换Goodfilms2(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月29日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,SBTV、HD Test(测试)频道新增,设置11294 H 44900参数免费接收。 [5月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Mrx替换Ala Entertainment(巴基斯坦)频道,设置4065 H 4296参数免费接收。 [5月29日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,World Story HD(高清)频道加密,设置11541 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月28日]
东经74度轨道位置的印星4CR号卫星Ku频段,Victers(印度)频道改频率,设置11667 V 2000参数免费接收。 [5月28日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 SD(泰国)频道重现,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [5月28日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV、Mono 29(泰国)频道重现,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [5月28日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,HBO、ARY QTV(巴基斯坦)等全组频道改频率,设置4060 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月28日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Puthiyathalaimurai News(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [5月28日]


Thaicom 8 successfully launched

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/breakingnews/Thaicom-8-successfully-launched-30286923.html

Thaicom 8 was successfully launched into Geostationary Transfer orbit at 4.39am Thailand time on Saturday using a Falcon 9 rocket by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

The satellite will enlarge Thaicom's footprint over high growth Asia markets where it will strengthen its broadcast platform at the 78.5 degrees east longitude position, the company said in a press statement.

Paiboon Panuwattanawong, chief executive officer of Thaicom, said: "The successful launch of Thaicom 8 will enable the company to provide added satellite capacity to meet the long-term growth needs in our markets. We will be able to support the high demand for capacity of the broadcasting industry as it transitions from standard definition to high definition, and ultimately, to ultra-high definition broadcasting. Thaicom 8 will also enable us to offer new value added services on an end-to-end basis to broadcasters and the media industry, thus expanding our satellite distribution platform and competitiveness."

The satellite has a total of 24 Ku-band transponders which will cover Thailand, South Asia, and Africa. Co-located with THAICOM 5 and Thaicom 6 at 78.5 degrees East longitude, Thaicom 8 will be ready for service within one month's time to serve customers' needs for increased Ku-band capacity. It is designed to operate for more than 15 years.

Fetch TV keeps challenger mindset while aiming for 600,000 subscribers

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/fetch-tv-keeps-challenger-mindset-while-aiming-for-600000-subscribers-20160512-gothdc.html

Fetch TV is targeting 600,000 subscribers by the end of the year, boosted by subscription video on-demand, Optus's English Premier League acquisition and two upcoming set-top boxes.

The pay television company has just passed 400,000 subscribers after it doubled the number it had over last year from 150,000 to 300,000.

"Several factors contributed to the growth in 2015. After an extended period of soft launch, our telco partners began to truly market and bundle the service – being the principle driver. The consumer proposition strengthened considerably with new content and new functionality," Fetch chief executive Scott Lorson said.

Optus and Fetch TV have signed a new long-term contract for the provision of subscription television services to the telco.

Fetch faces stiff competition from market incumbent Foxtel, which is 50-50 owned by News Corporation and Telstra, as well as a myriad of streaming services that have launched locally, a number who plan to launch, including Disney and Amazon, as revealed by Fairfax Media, and telecommunications companies, such as Telstra with Telstra TV.

Mr Lorson said Fetch had benefited from welcoming streaming services in Australia, putting Netflix and Stan, which is 50-50 owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, on to its service.

"We were able to leverage the interest in SVOD by integrating key platforms, providing customers with not only the great content but a simple way to access it," Mr Lorson said.

While Foxtel has a much larger customer base, 2.9 million, it will be taking notice of its growing smaller competitor.

The Malaysian-backed Fetch took three years to reach 100,000 subscribers, then a further 14 months to gain the next 50,000. But now Fetch is targeting 600,000 subscribers by the end of the year

An aggressive pick-up in marketing from partners like Optus, iiNet and M2's Dodo helped subscriber growth over the past year and a half, with 95 per cent of sales coming through partnerships with internet service providers.

Fetch is backed by the deep-pocketed media and entertainment business Astro Malaysia, which increased its stake from 45 per cent to 75 per cent after converting debt into shares.

"We expect the next step change to occur with the introduction of our two new next-generation products, a PVR (personal video recorder) and a mini, as well as aggressive marketing and content plays by our partners, such as Optus's acquisition of exclusive EPL."

Fetch is close to releasing a mini set-top box device at a much lower price than its PVR. The mini device is designed as an entry point as well as focusing on multi-room screening for those who have the PVR – users can record on the main television with a PVR and watch that recording in another room on the mini box.

"The mini gives ISPs a cost base that they can include in more bundles. More customers will get access to the service because we have different cost bases now that we can offer our ISP partners," Mr Lorson said.

Foxtel is also working on its own mini set-top box and is considering whether to integrate Netflix, as revealed by Fairfax Media.

"We've come through a sustained period in investment and development. We now have the product and our partnerships in a very exciting place, and now Fetch will start to transition into being more of a content and marketing company as we go for mass market adoption," Mr Lorson said.

"We've established a very strong strategic position in the market. Our goal is to behave like a challenger, grow our base and grow the market and ensure that we optimise the substantial opportunity in front of us. Our subscriber ambitions are very high, but the market will dictate how that plays out."

Astro’s Fetch TV in Australia rises ‘phoenix-like’

From http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/05/30/astros-fetch-tv-in-australia-rises-phoenix-like/

Fetch TV has established a very strong strategic position in the market.

Fetch-TV-in-AustraliaKUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian-backed Fetch TV in Australia plans 600,000 subscribers by the end of the year, up from the current 400, 000, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH).

The station, backed by Astro in Malaysia, is reportedly banking on video-on-demand (SVOD), market partner Optus’s English Premier League (EPL) acquisition, and two proposed set boxes.

“After an extended period of soft launch, our telco partners began to truly market and bundle the service,” said Fetch TV Chief Executive Scott Lorson. “Fetch has benefitted from welcoming streaming services in Australia.”

“We have put Netflix and Stan, owned jointly by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, onto the service.”

Briefly, Fetch was able to leverage the interest in SVODs by integrating key platforms, “providing customers with not only great content”, but a simple way to access them.

Lorson expects the next change to come with the introduction of the two new next-generation products, a PVR (personal video recorder) and a mini. This ties in with Optus’s acquisition of exclusive EPL. The mini gives ISPs a cost base so that they can include more bundles.

“We will transition to a content and marketing company as we go for mass market adoption,” resumed Lorson. “We now have the products and our partnerships in a very exciting place.”

“We have come through a sustained period in investment and development.”

The bottomline is that Fetch TV has established a very strong strategic position in the market to behave like a “challenger”, grow its base, and grow the market, to ensure that it can optimise the substantial opportunities in front of it. The subscriber ambitions are very high but the market will dictate how that plays out.

Fetch TV faces strong competition from Foxtel, owned equally by News Corporation and Telstra, and numerous streaming services. These include Disney and Amazon, Telstra and Telstra TV.

Foxtel has a 2.9 million customer base.

Fetch TV has a long-term contract with Optus for the provision of subscription television. Ninety five per cent of sales so far have been through partnerships with internet service providers (ISPs). Besides Optus, the aggressive pick-up in marketing also came from partners like iiNet and M2’s Dodo.

Astro holds a 75 per cent stake in Fetch TV after converting debts to shares. Earlier, the deep-pocketed Malaysian pay TV station held a 45 per cent stake.

Last year, according to the SMH report, Fetch TV doubled from 150,000 subscribers to 300, 000. It took three years to reach 100,000 subscribers, and another 14 months to add 50, 000.

China launches new satellite for civilian mapping

From http://www.i4u.com/2016/05/111034/china-launches-new-satellite-civilian-mapping

Beijing, May 30 (IANS) China on Monday launched a new civilian high-resolution mapping satellite from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Shanxi province.

The 2.7-tonne Ziyuan III 02 satellite soared on the back of a Long March 4B rocket at 11.17 a.m. (Beijing time), Xinhua cited the centre as saying. It was the 228th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket.

Also on board the rocket were two NewSat satellites from Uruguay. All three satellites have successfully entered preset orbits, the Taiyuan centre said in a statement.

Ziyuan III 02 will be used in land resource surveys, natural disaster prevention, agricultural development, water resources management and urban planning, among other tasks.

It is the second satellite in a remote-sensing mapping system China plans to build by 2030.

It will join its predecessor Ziyuan III 01, launched in January 2012, to form a network and capture high-definition, 3-D images and multispectral data.

According to Cao Haiyi, chief designer of the Ziyuan III satellites, the new satellite is able to collect 3-D images of objects 2.5 metres or longer, and reduce deviation of vertical positioning to one meter using an onboard laser range finder.

Previously, Ziyuan III 01 could only resolve to four metres in 3-D imaging and five metres in vertical measurement.

Together, the two Ziyuan III satellites boast a "revisit time", the time elapsed between observations of the same point on the Earth, of around three days, down from five to six days when only Ziyuan III 01 was operating.

"Technical indicators of the Ziyuan III satellites are on par with their most advanced peers anywhere in the world," Cao said.

AsiaSat and KBZ partner to provide high speed connectivity in Myanmar

From press release

Hong Kong, 30 May 2016 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) and KBZ Gateway Company Limited (KBZ) have forged a partnership to provide satellite-based networks

serving Myanmar with high speed data connectivity services.
“Myanmar is one of the key growth markets in the region. Advanced and high quality communications infrastructure is essential for the country’s sustainable economic development. We are

glad to have this opportunity to contribute to Myanmar’s communications infrastructure expansion. We look forward to a successful and growing partnership with KBZ, one of the country's

leading groups,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President – Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat.
“AsiaSat’s high quality transponder capacity and flexible satellite solutions accelerate the roll out of our next generation data connectivity services to our clients in Myanmar. These

services are important to support the rapid economic and social development of our country. With AsiaSat as our satellite partner, we will continue to increase our service offerings

following the launch of our first VSAT hub service on May 24th in Yangon,” said Stephane Lamoureux, CEO of KBZ Gateway Co. Ltd.
KBZ will use C-band and Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 4 and AsiaSat 7 satellites to establish high speed data networks across Myanmar. With AsiaSat’s high-power capacity and coverage, KBZ

is able to deliver the highest quality and most cost-efficient connectivity solutions to its clients from the government, enterprise and consumer sectors.
With the launch of AsiaSat 9 in late 2016/early 2017, KBZ and its clients will further benefit from increased power and enhanced coverage. AsiaSat 9's dedicated Ku-band beam for Myanmar will provide excellent downlink power, allowing for smaller and less costly antennas for VSAT broadband and DTH services across the country.

About KBZ Gateway Company Limited

KBZ Gateway Company Limited is a subsidiary of The Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies, one of the largest privately-owned diversified group of companies in Myanmar. The group comprises of companies that are industry leaders in mining, banking, aviation, insurance, manufacturing, agriculture, real estate, trading, healthcare, tourism, hospitality and now technology. Founded by Aung Ko Win in 1994, The Kanbawza (KBZ) Group of Companies now has more than 80,000 employees. For more information, please visit: http://www.kbzgroup.com.mm/
KBZ Gateway Company Limited was developed to further extend the Group’s abilities through technology and maximize its ability to contribute to the industry and country. The company aims to be the provider of providers for the country, becoming an enabler for its partners to help them increase their service quality and options made available to the community. Its ecosystem of partners provides an end to end service ranging from international & national connectivity, supported by next generation VSAT capability, mobile rooftop antennas, carrier neutral POPs & DC, and a full range of professional services as an Oracle Gold partner.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016/early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com

Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Philip Balaam, VP, Sales & Business Development
Tel: (852) 2500 0866
Mobile: (852) 5328 6282
Email: pbalaam@asiasat.com
KBZ Gateway Company Limited
Aye Sandar Lwin, Head of Communications Tel: (95) 09-788388372
Email: ayesandar.lwin@kbzgateway.com
KBZ Gateway’s state-of-the-art teleport facilities for uplinking to AsiaSat satellites

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com


From http://www.ses.com/4233325/news/2016/22273723

The combination of SAT>IP with digital media players enables new TV experience

LUXEMBOURG, 25 May 2016 -- SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) will demonstrate how live television can be brought to all the major media player platforms in the best possible quality at its ninth annual Industry Days, to be held in Luxembourg on 26 and 27 May.

During the event, SES’s industry partners will showcase live satellite-delivered television brought to the latest 4th generation Apple TV, Amazon FireTV 4K and various devices running the

Google Android TV operating system, using SAT>IP technology. SAT>IP is an architecture for receiving and distributing satellite signals via IP. These demonstrations will leverage the work that SES and partners have already done to develop SAT>IP technology, which has now become a real enabler for these devices.

To date most media players do not provide the breadth of live television choice that satellite delivers. By combining SAT>IP with digital media players, these devices now get access to high quality live TV. Additionally, satellite TV benefits from the attractive interface and viewing experience enabled by the powerful software platforms that run on these players.

Overall this combination redefines what hybrid service delivery means and showcases the importance that powerful software environments will play in future TV experiences.SES Industry Days have become an important appointment for the broadcasting industry, gathering stakeholders of the entire video ecosystem – broadcasters, TV manufacturers, decoder manufacturers, hardware manufacturers and software developers. As the event gives the opportunity to discuss and showcase innovative technologies, it underlines SES’s commitment to shape the future of broadcasting, develop next generation video capabilities and drive video to a higher level of viewing experience.

Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems at SES, commented, “SAT>IP was conceived right from the start as an enabling technology for next generation satellite TV experiences. With these demos, we will concretely show how this vision can change the experience of satellite-delivered television again.”

For further information please contact:

Markus Payer
Corporate Communications
Tel. +352 710 725 500

About SES

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of more than 50 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the satellite industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES holds a participation in O3b Networks, a next generation satellite network combining the reach of satellite with the speed of fibre.

Further information available at: www.ses.com.

Police Conducting “World’s Largest” Pirate Box Crackdown

From https://torrentfreak.com/police-conducting-worlds-largest-pirate-box-crackdown-160528/

Police in Scotland say they are conducting the world's biggest 'pirate box' crackdown. Together with the Federation Against Copyright Theft, police are targeting sellers of Android-style set-top boxes and believe that thousands of pubs could be customers. In addition, three torrent sites have been closed down. While Internet piracy has thrived on desktop machines for decades, it is now quite common to find the activity taking place in the living room. Expensive equipment is no longer needed and bulky machines have been replaced by much smaller HDMI-capable devices.

There are several types around but the most common have Android under the hood. Typically in small set-top or dongle format, these products can be loaded with media software from Google’s Play Store or invariably “side-loaded” with more unofficial products such as customized versions of Kodi, Showbox and Popcorn Time.

These cheap IPTV systems can provide users with access to a bewildering array of free content, from movies and TV shows to live sports and other PPV events. As a result, copyright holders around the world are mounting aggressive crackdowns on those who sell such devices for infringing uses.

Some of the most prominent actions have involved the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), who together with police have conducted a number of raids in the UK in recent months. Most have taken place in England but news is now emerging of a large scale anti-IPTV operation underway in Scotland.

According to local police, two premises were raided in Glasgow this week as part of what they describe as the “world’s largest” investigation into pirate IPTV boxes which has been underway for the last 16 months.

While movie companies have shown an interest in these devices it appears the focus in Scotland is on the streaming of live sports broadcasts. These are officially offered by FACT partners the English Premier League (soccer) alongside distributors Sky and BT but individuals and pubs are obtaining them illegally.

Speaking with STV, police say that initial estimates of the scale of infringement are now being dwarfed. “As of today we estimated about 500 pubs might be involved, but today’s investigation has suggested it could be thousands,” a spokesman said.

“This is undoubtedly the biggest operation of its kind in the world in terms of recovery. It’s a process that’s been done elsewhere but not on this scale, this is the biggest.” In a comment FACT director general Kieron Sharp said that his organization is committed to working with law enforcement to crack down IPTV-related piracy, wherever it may be.

“Pub landlords, as well as the general public, need to be aware that IPTV and set-top boxes with apps and add-ons allowing the streaming of pirated TV, sports and films are very much illegal,” Sharp said. “FACT will continue to work with police forces across the UK to crack down on the illegal sale of these boxes.”

In other action, police in Scotland say that in conjunction with FACT they have taken down three “major” torrent sites operated from the Edinburgh, Kilmarnock and Falkirk areas.

“We’ve been successful in removing these sites and work is ongoing to remove several more that we have identified, in what is undoubtedly a growing problem,” said Police Constable Andy Law.

“Hosts often believe they leave no footprint, but in reality we can trace sites back to an address and from there it leaves little scope for the culprit to hide their actions.” Police have not revealed the names of the sites and there has been no indication in torrent circles of any large indexes or trackers going down. It therefore seems more likely that these are lower level sites rather than the “major” ones suggested by the police.

“Websites offering illegal access to films, music, games and books are threatening our creative industries and the 1.8 million people in the UK working in them,” said FACT’s Kieron Sharp. “FACT is committed to tackling online piracy and together with our partners at the police and within industry, we will continue the fight to clampdown on anyone operating these sites within our own territories.”

These latest announcements come alongside news that FACT has lost the support of its movie studios partners alongside an estimated 50% of its budget. The MPA says it will carry out its own investigations from regional hubs in future.

JIB’s NHK World TV launches on Tata Sky in India

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/jib-s-nhk-world-tv-launches-on-tata-sky-in-india-160527

MUMBAI: 24 hour English language news and entertainment channel NHK World TV from Japan International broadcasting has inked a deal to offer its channel on Tata Sky in India. Launched on May 6, the channel has so far seen four million Tata Sky subscribers watching it.

"With the longstanding close cultural and economic ties shared between Japan and India, NHK World TV's programs will further strengthen those bonds by offering subscribers a source of information from Japanese- Asian centric perspective. We are confident Indian viewers will find the channel useful as a first choice option for news from around Asia, and our lifestyle programs a source of quality entertainment," said Japan International Broadcasting CEO and President Yoshihiko Shimizu.

Sony Pictures Networks and Star India to fight it out for IPL Broadcasting Rights

From http://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/sony-pictures-networks-star-india-fight-out-ipl-broadcasting-rights

The BCCI is expected to start the process of negotiations for media rights of the IPL from 2018 after the end of the current edition.Television broadcasters Sony Pictures Networks and Star India are expected to give head to head competition to each other for the broadcast rights of Indian Premier League from 2018 onwards, even when the Indian cricket board is readying to initiate media rights sale. Sony Pictures Networks, which is the existing rights holder for the tournament with a contract that ends after the 2017 season, has made it very clear that it will leave no stone unturned in getting the contract for future seasons as well.

Star India, owned by Rupert Murdoch, is also heavily invested in this race of acquiring the broadcasting rights of further seasons of the IPL. This is the only missing piece of big cricketing properties in India in its portfolio since the company had been heavily investing over the last four years to build up its sports portfolio in the country.

The BCCI is expected to start the process of negotiations for media rights of the IPL from 2018 after the end of the current edition of this popular tournament, which has become the prime entertainment sport on Indian Television. "Over the last nine years, we have extensively promoted IPL, not only on television but across other mediums like print, outdoor and digital.

“Our marketing campaigns have become cultural mnemonics in household conversations," said NP Singh, CEO of Sony Pictures Networks (as reported by The Economic Times). According to some reports, Discovery Channel, which runs the Eurosport channel in Europe, might also be interested in the sports extravaganza that is the IPL.

If sources are to be believed, they are planning to launch their own sports channel in the country, and what better way to make an entrance into the country than with its biggest tournament, aka the IPL? The new leadership at Discovery might be thinking along the same lines, we assume. However, no response could be gathered from either Star India or Discovery through the email enquiries sent.

New BCCI president Anurag Thakur has said that he expects a "handsome" and "multi-fold" rise in the price that it realises from IPL media rights. On a side note, it’s noteworthy that ESPN had picked up the rights for the IPL at $1.1 Billion when this highly successful venture was still an untested property

"There is nothing to match IPL in the Indian sporting arena and interest in it has remained sustained over the years," said Varun Gupta, managing director of advisory services firm

American Appraisal.

While a lot of media players might be interested in the broadcasting rights of the IPL, Gupta feels that it would eventually be ESPN and Star India who would be battling each other until the end. ESPN's contract with the BCCI automatically gives it the right of first refusal, and hence it remains to be seen how the negotiations between the two pan out.

However, the BCCI chief has confirmed that all future contracts will no longer carry this sort of a clause. Over the years, the cash and controversy-rich T20 league has proven to be the most sought after platform for advertisers as it continues to garner interest from a wide range of people across age groups. The current official broadcaster SPN is said to have made around Rs 1,000 crore from sponsorship and advertising in the 2015 edition of IPL. This year's figure is expected to be higher.

ISRO to launch 22 satellites in single mission in June

From http://www.ibtimes.co.in/isro-launch-22-satellites-single-mission-june-680569

[Representational Image] ISRO will launch 22 satellites in single mission in June. Picture: Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) carrying Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System-

IRNSS-1F parked at Sriharikota rocket port in Andhra Pradesh on March 9, 2016.Reuters

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 22 satellites in a single mission by the end of June this year, the space agency's chairman Kiran Kumar said on Saturday. Of the 22 satellites, three are made in India and rest are from foreign countries.

Kumar made the announcement at an event organised by the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), Press Trust of India reported."After the current reusable launch vehicle, the next experiment that we have to do, we have to worry about that. Other than that, next month we have a launch where we will be launching \about 22 satellites. Also, one of a cartographic series satellite will be launched," Kumar said.

"The launch is scheduled during the end of next month," he said, adding, " "immediately after that (launch), we have a scatterometer that is going to get launched, then INSAT 3DR we call — it is to provide vertical temperature and humidity profile from geostationary satellite."

All the 22 satellites would be launched on board ISRO's workhorse, the Polar rocket PSLV C34, the Mint reported.

Of the three Indian satellites, one is an earth observation satellite weighing about 710 kg and the two others are nano satellites — named Swayam and Satyabamasat — having payload mass of 1 kg and 1.5 kg, respectively. Swayam was made by students from College of Engineering, Pune, and Satyabamasat by students of Sathyabama University, Chennai.

Of the remaining satellites, two are from Canada weighing 115 kg, three from Germany weighing 155 kg, one from Indonesia weighing 120 kg, and 13 from USA weighing 195 kg.


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Thaicom 8 launch is delayed. see news section

Jcsat 14 is @ 175.5E for tests. Check for it C and KU

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3460 H "Reformed 21 has replaced MTV China" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Share Channel TV, Ez Shop Indonesia, Family Channel Network, TV Parlemen and Shop & Share" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3922 H "Indonesia Network" has started on , Fta.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3881 H "Efarina TV" has started on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 3916 H "Pasien TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "NB TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3505 V "Movies & sat Asia, I-Movie, A Film, I-Asia, Series + HD, View World, AniPlus Thailand, Kids Song, W Channel, Motorsport TV, IPM Show, IPM Show 2, IPM Show 3, IPM Show 4, Party Channel, Thai Twenty, MWD Movie, MWD Documentary, Democratic Voice of Burma TV, MRTV, MRTV 4, Channel 7,
Channel Movie, Chokdee TV, Bluesky Channel and TV Market" have started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3625 V "Spring News, Thai Channel 8 and TV 3 SD have started on , clear. Thai TV 5 HD1, New TV, Bright TV 20, Nation TV, Now 26, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD and BBTV Channel 7" have left again.

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SpaceX postpones rocket launch after 'tiny glitch'

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_postpones_rocket_launch_after_tiny_glitch_999.html

SpaceX on Thursday postponed the launch of an Asian communications satellite after detecting a "tiny glitch" in the Falcon 9 rocket engine, CEO Elon Musk said.

"There was a tiny glitch in the motion of an upper stage engine actuator," Musk said on Twitter.

"Probably not a flight risk but still worth investigating."

The next attempt at launching from Cape Canaveral, Florida will be Friday at the earliest, the head of the California-based company said without specifying a time.

The missions aims to propel the Thaicom 8 satellite to a distant orbit some 22,250 miles (35,800 kilometers) from Earth.

The satellite, built by Orbital ATK, will provide broadcast and data services to South Asia and Southeast Asia.

After launch, SpaceX plans to maneuver the tall portion of the rocket -- known as the first stage -- to an upright landing on a platform floating in the Atlantic Ocean, but it cautioned that the speed and heat involved make the prospect of success uncertain.

"As with other missions going to geostationary orbits, the first stage will be subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing challenging," SpaceX said in a statement.

The outcome of the return attempt is usually made public by SpaceX within half an hour of the launch.

SpaceX has successfully landed its rockets on solid ground and on the floating barge, known as a drone ship.

Musk wants to revolutionize the launch industry by making rocket components reusable, much the same way as commercial airplanes.

Currently, expensive rocket parts are jettisoned into the ocean after each launch.

SpaceX prepares for Thursday launch and landing attempt
Cape Canaveral, Fla. (UPI) May 26, 2016 - The ambitious launch schedule of SpaceX continues tonight with the company's fifth rocket launch this year, scheduled for 5:40 p.m. ET.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket is set to blast off from from Cape Canaveral. It will carry telecommunications satellite Thaicom 8 into a geostationary transfer orbit 20,000 miles above Earth.

As usual, the satellite launch is not the main event. The main course comes a few minutes after takeoff, when SpaceX engineers will try once again to land the rocket's first stage on a floating platform in the Atlantic.

Last year, SpaceX's reusable rocket technology suffered a steep learning curve -- evidenced by a spate of failed landings, a few ending in spectacular explosions. The last several months have been much kinder to Elon Musk's aerospace venture.

Just before the new year, the company landed its first reusable rocket. That landing occurred on solid ground. This spring, SpaceX landed two of its rockets on an autonomous barge.

As always, Thursday night's rocket launch and landing attempt will be streamed live online.

The rest of 2016 will remain busy for SpaceX, with the company expecting to launch a total of 18 rockets by the end of the year -- double last year's total.

Reusable rocket technology promises to transform the economics of rocketry and space travel. Despite Falcon 9's successes, many eyes remain on the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft, the vehicle that is expected to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station -- and eventually to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

SpaceX announced this week it is on pace to carry two NASA astronauts to ISS by the end of next year. The test flight will be one of 24 scheduled SpaceX launches in 2017.

"We've got a lot to do by next year, but we're looking good," Benjamin Reed, director of SpaceX's commercial crew program, told reporters on Tuesday. "We're on track."

SpaceX delays Thaicom-8 launch

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/27/spacex-delays-thai-8-satellite-launch/

Rocket launcher SpaceX has delayed the lift-off of an important satellite for Thaicom-8.

The launch was scheduled for late Thursday evening (May 26th) from the Cape Canaveral site. Space X said it needed to investigate a “tiny glitch” in an upper stage engine actuator on its Falcon-9 rocket. SpaceX boss Elon Musk said it was probably nothing to worry about and unlikely to be a flight risk but still worth investigating.

The component is part of a sophisticated engine management system, and for this particular flight needs to fire the upper stage Merlin 1D engine twice in order to lift the satellite to its geosynchronous transfer orbit and its eventual Equatorial position over the Asia-Pacific region.

A launch could take place on May 27th but weather conditions are not likely to be perfect. Bad weather could see the launch delayed a few days.

SpaceX’s floating barge is already position some 420 miles (680 kms) down range from Cape Canaveral ready to accept the returning 1st Stage of the Falcon-9 rocket for its landing attempt.

John Drinnan: Sky TV shapes up in sports stoush

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11645952

Pay TV operator warns TVNZ about running extensive clips of Sky’s exclusive events.

TVNZ viewers saw only stills from the Joseph Parker-Carlos Takam fight

Sky TV bosses say Television New Zealand is grabbing too much of its exclusive sports footage to use on news bulletins and websites.

Sky is threatening legal action if TVNZ does not deal with the gripe, which has been rumbling for a long time.

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet says TVNZ's enthusiasm for Sky clips goes beyond Copyright Act provisions which allow for "fair deal" of such material in news broadcasts.

A source familiar with the dispute said it related to the fact that Sky owned the rights to so many sports events, at the same time that there was increasing demand for clips on magazine-style websites.

The issue has come to a head with Sky warning TVNZ ahead of its coverage of last weekend's Parker-Takam boxing match.

Following the warning, TVNZ used only still pictures in its coverage of the fight, a pay-per-view venture between Sky and promoter Duco.

As it turned out, there were major issues for Sky and Duco, as some fight fans illegally streamed the event on Facebook. Sky is taking separate legal action against the streamers.

John Gillespie, TVNZ's head of news and current affairs, rejects claims TVNZ is going beyond fair use.

Sky was not keeping up with changes to the online media market, he said. There was a public interest in people being able to see events held under exclusive rights, Gillespie said.

TVNZ declined to say how the legal letter from Sky had affected its coverage of the fight on the news and on its websites.

Industry sources told me TVNZ had taken a more liberal approach to fair use than other media. That had raised eyebrows, given that TVNZ itself owned intellectual property which it would be keen to protect.

Sky bosses believed TVNZ had not been treating its concerns seriously enough, said a source.

Ericsson expands KT SkyLife UHD service

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/26/ericsson-expands-kt-skylife-uhd-service/

KT SkyLife, the South Korean satellite pay-TV provider, has chosen Ericsson to expand its Ultra HDservice, leveraging Ericsson’s high-performance HEVC encoders to bring consumers transformed picture quality. The deal marks KT SkyLife’s fifth UHD channel launch to date.

Han Lee, CTO of KT SkyLife, says: “KT SkyLife is committed to providing the nation’s first multi-channel high-definition TV and 3D broadcasting services, and continuing its leadership with optimized commercial UHDTV services. As with our legacy standard and HD services, our UHDTV services will leverage best of breed technologies to bring our customers next generation immersive TV experiences. Ericsson has supported KT SkyLife with its unrivalled compression solutions for many years, and we have full confidence that this partnership will move our business forward and keep us ahead of the competition.”

Ericsson encoders support video compression and pre-processing improvements in MPEG-2, AVC and HEVC, with advanced compression capabilities for video quality optimisation. The solution will ensure better video quality for KT SkyLife’s customers, with expected picture quality improvements of up to 15-20 per cent, while utilising less bandwidth.

Myanmar implements Intelsat satellite products

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/myanmar-implements-intelsat-satellite-products--1145769

Intelsat announced that the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MOTC) of Myanmar will use services on two Intelsat satellites to advance the deployment of the country’s wireless communications infrastructure and expand broadband access for businesses.

The multi-year, multi-transponder agreement awarded under the authority of the MOTC will allow the Government of Myanmar to enhance its network as well as other mobile operators’ networks, hastening the expansion of broadband and internet connectivity to business and communities throughout Myanmar.

MOTC will use C-band satellite services on Intelsat 902 located at 62 degrees East and Ku-band services on Intelsat 906 located at 64 degrees East for VSAT network and mobile backhaul services. By 2018, MOTC will move to the new, high power services on the recently announced Intelsat 39 satellite, the replacement spacecraft at the 62E orbital location. By integrating satellite products into its own mobile networks, MOTC will be able to increase overall network bandwidth and reliability as it expands 2G and 3G services into the more remote areas of Myanmar.

Thaicom, Onie launch distance learning via satellite project

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-onie-launch-distance-learning-via-satellite-project--1145282

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has signed an agreement with the Office of Non-Formal and Informal Education (ONIE), to collaborate on the Distance Learning via Satellite project. Thaicom will provide Mae Fah Luang Highland Community Learning Centers with satellite receiver dishes, STBs, and other equipment to deliver educational content in rural and remote areas.

Russian Satellites Resistant to Any Possible Control Interception

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russian_Satellites_Resistant_to_Any_Possible_Control_Interception_999.html

The control system of Russia's satellite constellation is protected from any outside intervention, and disabling Russian satellites or intercepting control over them is not possible, Russia's Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center said Saturday.

Marchuk said that the Russian satellite constellation consisted of over 130 active space vehicles, with more than 80 percent of them under the center's control.

"The control system is designed in a way to ensure its guaranteed stability and timely fulfillment of all tasks. Interception or disablement of Russia's space vehicle is now out of the question," head of the center Sergei Marchuk said live on Russia's RSN radio station.

The Titov Main Test and Space Systems Control Center is part of Russia's Aerospace Forces.

Massive threat to satellites over India

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/26/massive-threat-to-satellites-over-india/

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is looking at a new proposal which would require all DTH broadcasters to use one ISRO-built satellite. If carried out, the move would eliminate non-Indian satellite operators from beaming their signals into India.

ISRO licenses all DTH channels, irrespective of whether they use ISRO satellites of those from foreign providers such as Luxembourg-based SES, Hong Kong’s AsiaSat or Malaysia’s MEASAT. The current rules allow ‘foreign’ satellite operators to be used when broadcasters cannot source capacity on ISRO’s own satellites. However, these foreign satellite operators supply their capacity to ISRO which then leases the bandwidth to DTH broadcasters.

India’s Economic Times is reporting that ISRO has circulated a discussion paper suggesting that DTH broadcasters use a single ISRO-owned satellite. This suggestion, if implemented, would require tens of millions of homes to re-align their dishes.

A source told the Economic Times that the potential “saving” could be tangible given that the six major Indian DTH players would then not have to massively duplicate their uplinking and downlinking of signals for the same channels.

I&B asks FTV, 3 other channels to follow programming norms

From http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/iandampb-asks-ftv-3-other-channels-to-follow-programming-norms/1/677450.html

New Delhi, May 25 (PTI) Union Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked Fashion TV to abide by norms or face action citing a programme aired by the channel in which skimpily clad models were shown not as per the programming code.

In an advisory issued today, the ministry said that in a programme Fotos, aired in November 2014, the channel had shown models dressed in skimpy bikini gave indecent poses.

"Such indecent presentation of womens body appeared to denigrate women, was suggestive/obscene and also against good taste and decency," the ministry advisory said, adding that a Show Cause Notice (SCN) was issued to Fashion TV in May last year.

The matter was examined by an Inter-Ministerial committee (IMC) in January where representatives of the channel submitted that the content mainly focuses on international fashion trends and lifestyle related topics.

The representatives said the intention of the channel was to cover contemporary fashion-lifestyle trends and they have been sourcing such content for 32 countries.

They also clarified that the channel was being downlinked in Asia (lndia including) and the European countries through single satellite link and the content was meant for all such countries and they assured that now, they have changed the satellite link for Asian countries and the filtered content will henceforward be downlinked in lndia.

The IMC drew the attention of the representatives that although Fashion TV a niche channel, it is required to conform to various parameters of obscenity, considering the totality of the Indian conditions and conform to various provisions of the Programme Code.

Having considered all aspects, the IMC decided that an "advisory," be issued to the channel to abide by the Programme and Advertising Codes and to be more careful in future.

Acting on the recommendation, the I&B ministry today issued an advisory saying that any violation shall entail such action against Fashion TV channel as deemed fit in accordance with the Cable Television Network (Regulation) Act, 1995 and Rules.

The ministry also issued a warning to one and advisories to two other channels today over content aired by them. PTI ADS DBS RG DBS

SES Going For Full Ownership Of O3b Networks

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1630927786

SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is launching a capital raising to fund the acquisition of the remaining shares in O3b Networks.

As a result, SES will own 100 percent of O3b Networks, a next generation satellite operator with a constellation of 12 High Throughput Satellites (HTS) at Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) that delivers a unique, global ‘fiber in the sky’ connectivity solution with ultra-low latency.

Acquisition of 100% of O3b delivers significant benefits to SES:
•Expanding SES’s global network and solutions, by further incorporating O3b’s unique, low latency satellite constellation, which is already in operation. O3b is a strong and positive fit within SES’s thesis for building a future-proof and scalable technology solution
•Augmenting SES’s differentiated capabilities by leveraging the capabilities and features of the combined fleets to deliver the best customer offering across the data-centric verticals
•Enhancing SES’s foundations for sustainable growth with O3b’s strong outlook representing an important accelerator of long-term growth
•Accelerating commercial and financing synergies by bringing SES and O3b closer together
•Delivering attractive returns within SES’s financial framework, with the transaction generating an IRR in excess of SES’s hurdle rate, while retaining the benefits of SES’s investment grade credit status

Karim Michel Sabbagh, President and CEO, said, “Taking 100 percent control of O3b exceptionally strengthens the SES differentiation. O3b allows SES to expand its global reach and solutions, augments SES’s essential capabilities across the data-centric verticals and enhances SES’s foundations for sustainable growth.

"O3b’s MEO constellation is a key accelerator in the execution of SES’s differentiated strategy and substantially improves SES’s competitive positioning, particularly for applications where low latency is an increasingly central feature. By moving to 100 percent now, SES and O3b can immediately begin to realise important commercial and financing synergies from bringing the two businesses even closer together.

"SES and O3b will be uniquely positioned to provide customers with the optimal combination of technologies and solutions across a global GEO/MEO satellite network, allowing SES, O3b and our customers to all grow together. The transaction will also allow SES and O3b to develop a common technology and innovation roadmap.

"The transaction exceeds SES’s investment hurdle rates and will further enhance returns on SES’s existing investment in O3b. The capital raising allows SES to capture the full benefits of O3b’s fast-growing top-line and accelerate significant synergy opportunities, while re-affirming SES’s long-standing commitment to maintaining its investment grade credit status (BBB/Baa2) and progressive dividend policy.”

As announced on April 29, 2016, SES has agreed to pay USD 20 million to increase the firm's fully diluted ownership of O3b from 49.1 to 50.5 percent. SES now intends to exercise its call option, under the purchase agreement, to acquire the remaining 49.5 percent of O3b shares for a consideration of USD 710 million, bringing SES’s aggregate equity investment in O3b to date to USD 1.0 billion (EUR 900 million). As a result, the Board of O3b will no longer evaluate an Initial Public Offering (IPO) process.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals which are expected to be completed during H2 2016, as previously foreseen. There will be no changes to the management of O3b, which has been highly successful to date in delivering the fastest growing satellite network in terms of capacity contracted.

The transaction is expected to generate returns exceeding SES’s hurdle rates for infrastructure investments and will further enhance the returns on SES’s existing investment in O3b. On completion, SES will consolidate O3b’s net debt, which is currently USD 1.2 billion with an average interest rate of 9.5 percent (including amortization of loan origination costs and commitment fees), where significant refinancing synergies are possible and outlined below.

Since starting commercial operations in September 2014, O3b has built a strong global customer base and now serves more than 40 Enterprise, Mobility and Government clients across 31 countries. To date, over 50 percent of customers have already upgraded their initial service commitments, demonstrating the attraction of O3b’s unique and ‘game-changing’ solution. As at March 31, 2016, O3b had a fully protected contract backlog of USD 350 million.

O3b has procured an additional eight satellites to accommodate rapidly-expanding demand, with four satellites expected to be launched during H1 2018, and the remaining four satellites expected to be launched in H2 2019. These procurements will increase the size of the current fleet from 12 to 20 satellites (including three satellites currently flying as in-orbit back-up). At ‘steady-state’ utilization, which is targeted to be achieved by the end of the third year of a satellite’s commercial service, the full operational constellation is expected to generate annualised revenue of between USD 32 million and USD 36 million per satellite.

O3b is expected to generate more than USD 100 million of revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2016, which represents nearly double the revenue recorded in the previous year. With the benefit of commercial and financing synergies, the acquisition is now expected to become free cash flow (before financing activities) and EPS accretive to SES in 2018.

As part of the IFRS purchase accounting treatment, the transaction will give rise to the recognition of a gain by SES of approximately USD 500 million relating to the remeasurement to fair value of the current non-controlling interest in O3b. The final amount will depend on the closing date of the transaction.

The combination of SES’s global geostationary (GEO) satellite network with O3b’s global MEO satellite constellation will enable SES to provide major customers in the Enterprise, Mobility and Government market verticals with an unsurpassed satellite-enabled network, complemented by a robust ground network and innovative products. SES, with 100 percent ownership of O3b, will be capable of providing an integrated and differentiated suite of solutions, which can match the optimal satellite technologies to best serve the customers’ requirements.

As a result of owning 100 percent of O3b, O3b will be able to use the benefits of SES’s investment grade credit status and have wider access to attractive sources of funding to substantially reduce O3b’s annual interest costs for its USD 1.2 billion of debt from an average of 9.5 percent per annum. In this context, around USD 300 million of the proceeds from the capital raising will be used to repay O3b’s most expensive debt facilities, leading to a reduction in annual financing costs after initially covering any repayment charges.

SES will also be in a position to further significantly reduce O3b’s financing charges and average interest rate (currently at 9.5%), as the group gradually optimizes O3b's funding structure. SES is also considering the issuance of hybrid debt instruments as part of a process to optimize O3b’s funding structure, which could generate further interest cost savings. An offering of such instruments could be launched at any time, depending on market conditions. The size of such issuance would also be determined according to prevailing market conditions.

SES is launching a private placement to institutional investors of 39,857,600 new fiduciary depositary receipts (“FDRs”), as well as certain existing FDRs as described below (the “Private Placement”). Each FDR represents one Class A share.

The Private Placement is part of a capital increase, which will also comprise 19,928,800 Class B shares, necessary to maintain the ratio of 1:2 with the Class A shares, as provided in SES’s articles of association. These new shares will rank pari passu with the existing A-shares and B-shares.

The existing Class B shareholders (Banque et Caisse d’Epargne de l’Etat, Société Nationale de Crédit et d'Investissement and Etat du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg) will subscribe for newly-issued Class B shares, pro rata to their existing holding of Class B shares. Class B shares have 40% of the economic rights of Class A shares. Etat du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg will subscribe for its pro rata portion of Class B shares by a combination of cash and an in-kind contribution of a number of FDRs that it currently owns (which will be sold in the Private Placement). The number of FDRs to be contributed will depend on the Private Placement price.

On a pro forma basis, SES’s end of year Net Debt to EBITDA ratio is expected to remain below 3.3 times, and the company’s BBB/Baa2 investment grade credit rating is expected to be re-affirmed by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. SES remains committed to maintaining a progressive dividend policy.

SES will use the proceeds raised to fund the total consideration of USD 730 million to increase its ownership of O3b to 100%. SES will also use around USD 300 million to repay O3b’s most expensive debt facilities, leading to a reduction in annual financing costs after initially covering any repayment charges. The balance of the proceeds is to be used for general corporate purposes.

The Private Placement will comprise 39,857,600 FDRs, as well as certain FDRs which are being contributed in kind to the Company by Etat du Grand-Duché de Luxembourg against subscription of new B shares, for a total size of approximately 40.90 million FDRs, depending on the Private Placement price.

In the context of the Private Placement, SES has agreed for the benefit of the Joint Bookrunners to a lock-up of 180 days, subject to customary exceptions. SES is preparing a Listing Prospectus for the listing of the FDRs on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and Euronext Paris, which is expected to be approved by the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) prior to settlement of the Private Placement.



EBU steps up Eutelsat capacity

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/26/ebu-steps-up-eutelsat-capacity/

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), a distributor of sports and news content for global broadcast and media platforms, and Eutelsat Communications have announced the signing of capacity contracts on four Eutelsat satellites. The capacity will be used to carry live broadcast signals of flagship events in the sports calendar.

Using the Eutelsat 65 West A, Eutelsat 12 West B and Eutelsat 5 West A satellites, the EBU will extend its existing and substantial footprint to new regions, notably Africa with a full-time lease for capacity.

The new leases coincide with the cornerstone renewal and expansion of capacity contracted by the EBU on the Eutelsat 7B satellite. With this new major long-term agreement Eutelsat 7B remains the core element of Eurovision’s network over Europe, the Middle East and North Africa for distribution of live images of all major sporting and news events shown by European broadcasters.

Graham Warren, Network Director at Eurovision, said of the new contracts: “Our objective has always been to provide our customers with highly reliable and innovative production and distribution services with the best possible conditions, technically, operationally and of course financially. The EBU knows it can rely on a number of satellites in Eutelsat’s fleet to ensure video distribution across the world, most notably the European continent in its larger perimeter and the African continent, which represents a promising new marketplace for Eurovision services; and in an ever growing environment for live video services, in multiple formats, from second screen to UHD.”

SES launches UHD-HDR demo channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/26/ses-launches-uhd-hdr-demo-channel/

SES is demonstrating a 24/7 Ultra HD test channel comprising all-High Dynamic Range (HDR) programming.

SES says that together with its industry partners the demo channel showcases ‘next generation’ UHD picture quality, “as HDR provides much higher contrast and offers a more realistic viewing experience”.

The programming material includes various HDR technologies including HDR 10 (backed by Sony and Samsung), Dolby Vision (available on LG’s high-end OLED sets), Hybrid Log Gamma (a backwards-compatible HDR technology jointly developed by the BBC and Japan’s NHK), and a UHD solution from Technicolor/Philips.

“As the broadcasting industry is in discussions to establish a standard for HDR transmission, the goal of SES’s HDR demo channel is to allow industry partners to test the various technology candidates,” says SES.

Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems at SES commented, “High Dynamic Range will be a major improvement for satellite delivered Ultra HD television. As industry and operators now face the challenge of standardising and implementing a plethora of technology candidates, we intend to support the process with our test channel. At the same time, we have started to implement relevant HDR technology at our Munich playout facility.”

ALi and Irdeto join forces

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/26/ali-and-irdeto-join-forces/

ALi Corporation, a set-top-box chipset provider, has entered into a strategic partnership with Irdeto, a specialist in digital platform security, achieving certification to integrate Irdeto’s powerful security solutions on its latest generation chipset offerings.

By joining forces, ALi and Irdeto will provide pay-TV operators and content owners flexible, renewable and scalable security solutions to stay ahead of evolving security threats. Irdeto offers a suite of media protection solutions to secure content distributed over broadcast, IPTV and OTT networks. The collaboration between ALi and Irdeto ranges from integration of Irdeto’s media access and management solutions including card based and cardless Conditional Access solutions, DRM, home networking security to consumer STBs, all enabled on ALi SoC.

This agreement will support chipset certifications to address different market requirements, including hybrid deployments and HEVC enablement to meet the needs of pay TV operators to maximise bandwidth capacity, thus enabling cost savings and increasing profitability. Collaboration efforts are ongoing and will extend to future developments on both companies’ roadmaps.

“The combination of our proven experience in digital content protection with ALi’s certified security platforms meets the full array of evolving security challenges that digital media industries face,” commented Steeve Huin, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Irdeto. “With nearly 50 years’ experience serving top-tier customers globally, Irdeto provides flexible and scalable solutions to enable consumers to securely access premium content from any device, including client devices such as a set-top box. The partnership with ALi delivers uncompromising security to satisfy pay TV operators and content holders.”

Bravo, E!, Syfy on Apple TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/27/bravo-e-syfy-on-apple-tv/

NBCUniversal has further expanded its TV Everywhere footprint on connected devices in the US with the launch of three apps on Apple TV: Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy Now. Apple TV users who authenticate via their pay-TV provider can enjoy full seasons, and current and past episodes of many of Bravo, E! and Syfy’s most popular programmes.

“We are excited to amplify NBCUniversal’s TV Everywhere content offering on the Apple TV with the launch of Bravo Now, E! Now and Syfy Now, continuing our effort to reach new audiences and provide loyal fans the ability to indulge in shows they love, wherever and whenever they want,” said Dina Juliano, SVP of Consumer Product Strategy, TV Everywhere, NBCUniversal.

NBC to provide delayed 4K Olympics coverage

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/27/nbc-to-provide-delayed-4k-rio-olympics-coverage/

NBC Olympics’ comprehensive coverage of the Games of the XXXI Olympiad from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will include the distribution of 4K Ultra HD (UHD) coverage to cable, satellite, telco providers, and other partners.

The coverage will be made available on one-day delay and will include 4K UHD footage from the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, basketball, the men’s football final, and judo, as well as Rio scenics. One event from the previous day’s competition will be provided daily from August 6, the day after the Opening Ceremony, through August 22, the day after the Games conclude.

“The Olympics have been a consistent driver of technological advancements, and Rio will be no different,” said Gary Zenkel, President, NBC Olympics. “The stunning backdrop of Rio combined with the world-class competition of the Olympics will give the American audience a spectacular early look at this impressive new technology.”

NBC Olympics will distribute the 4K UHD coverage provided by Olympic Broadcasting Services (OBS) and Japan’s NHK to US distribution partners, who will individually choose how they will make the content available to their customers.

“Since the London Games, OBS and NHK have been working together, experimenting on the future standard of 8K. Substantial recent technological advancements have allowed us to pursue this opportunity further for the Rio Games and to offer a 4K feed for a number of sports, down-converted from the original 8K, to NBC and other interested Rights Holding Broadcasters around the globe,” said Yiannis Exarchos, OBS CEO.

The 4K UHD coverage of the Opening Ceremony, which will be produced by NBC Olympics, will also include High Dynamic Range (HDR), which produces a wider and richer range of colours, and Dolby Atmos, a sound technology that allows for a more immersive audio experience



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Sky TV mulls capital options

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11644265

Sky Network Television chief John Fellet says he's been offered just about every media asset in Australasia.

Sky Network Television chief John Fellet says he's been offered just about every media asset in Australasia but hasn't been tempted even though analysts estimate the pay-TV company could have $400 million of surplus funds as its capital expenditure programme winds down.

Sky TV's period of heavy investment over recent years in new technology, set-top box upgrades, new content and enhancements in sales and marketing will come to an end in about six months, bolstering its cash flow, with analysts at Morningstar estimating the company could free up more than $400 million of capital. Citibank is due to report back to the board next month on what to do with the extra cash.

"Over the last three years, every media asset in Australasia has been presented to me, saying you have got to buy this billboard company, you have got to buy MediaWorks, you have got to buy TV7 out of Australia, you have got to buy NZME," chief executive John Fellet told BusinessDesk, adding he had turned them all down to focus on the company's own business.

"The board, by the way, had some interest in some of those other ones and I fought it and I said let's go to a neutral party so Citibank has been brought in, and they will take a look at all these."

Fellet said what scares him more than anything else as an investor "is a CEO with too much money, because they go out and say I want to do something with it, and they sometimes make bad decisions."

Companies likely to be open to offers include NZME, APN News & Media's local unit, and Fairfax Media's New Zealand business - even though they are currently in merger talks, Fellet said. He didn't rule out potential acquisitions of telecommunications companies such as Vodafone's local unit or 2Degrees, saying "everything is part of the mix".

Sky TV has in the past bought only strategic assets rather than a stand-alone business, he said.

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said Sky TV has historically been careful when making acquisitions, looking for both earnings growth and strategic benefits. He noted Fatso complemented its existing video delivery service while free-to-air TV station Prime provided it with regulatory and rights benefits, and OnSite Broadcasting (NZ) added production capability.

"The question is what do we do with the cash flow," Fellet said. "So we sit there and do I buy a business or instead do I hand money back to the shareholders."

Returning money to shareholders could be by way of a share buyback or increased dividends, he said. "Citibank will be that neutral party that will help myself and the board through that discussion."

Sky TV shares fell 0.2 per cent to $4.15 and have dropped 35 per cent in the past 12 months. The stock is rated a 'hold' based on the consensus of seven analysts polled by Reuters.

Disney, Netflix US deal starts this summer

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/25/disney-netflix-us-deal-starts-this-summer/

Netflix has announced that from September it will be the exclusive US pay-TV home for all Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar movies released from 2016 onwards.

Meaning, it will be the only place to find movies such as Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book and the upcoming Star Wars sequels and the Rogue One spin-off prequel.

“The 2016 releases will start rolling on in September and we’ll share specific dates/titles closer to their premiere on the service,” Netflix told Variety.

The deal was actually signed three years ago and is reported to have cost Netflix $400 million.

Videocon d2h adds 590,000 new subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/25/videocon-d2h-adds-590000-new-subs/

Indian DTH is still generating solid growth. Videocon d2h added a net 590,000 new subscribers during its Q4 (gross subs grew 790,000).

The growth takes Videocon d2h’s total to 11.86 million subscribers. Monthly churn is also down, to 0.58 per cent (from 0.73 per cent in the previous quarter).

Q3 revenues grew 22 per cent, with ARPU growing 5.9 per cent from Rs 202 to Rs 214. Overall ARPU for fiscal 2015 was Rs 207.

Videocon d2h executive chairman Saurabh Dhoot said, “Fiscal 2016 has been a landmark year for Videocon d2h, as it was the first fiscal year after our NASDAQ listing, and it has been a great journey. I am delighted to share that our strong net subscriber additions, rising revenue realisation and operating leverage benefit resulted in 31.5 per cent adjusted EBITDA growth for fiscal 2016, in spite of increases in service tax rates and the implementation of a new ‘clean India initiative’ tax during the year.”

Star Utsav Movies to launch on 28 May; focuses on being truly rural

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/gecs/star-utsav-movies-to-launch-on-28-may-focuses-on-being-truly-rural-160526

MUMBAI: With an extensive portfolio of channels under it, Star India is all set to add one more feather to his hat. The network will launch its free to air (FTA) Hindi movies channel Star Utsav Movies on 28 May.

The advent of BARC has led rural markets taking the center stage with more than half of the TV viewership coming from the heartland. Entering this space, is this new channel which is completely focussed at the rural market and will play popular Bollywood films for the homes that do not have access to these films.

Following the motto of being the first truly rural channel, their tagline Har Din Utsav promises an indication of their endeavour to give its viewers a reason to celebrate every day with the biggest and best stars on screen. Aimed at building a strong footprint in the rural market, the new channel will cater to the rural tastes, consumption and need.

Star Gold, Movies OK, Star Gold HD and Star Utsav Movies general manager Hemal Jhaveri says, “We are excited to announce the launch of Star Utsav Movies on 28th May, India’s first ‘Truly Rural’ Hindi movie channel. Our analysis indicated that there was a clear need gap in this category since 25% of the total viewership came from movies, but the Hindi movie genre share is a miniscule 5 %. This is because of the non-availability of good content from the existing Hindi movie channels in the FTA space”.

The channel has done an extensive research over 8-9 months in multiple states like Rajasthan, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, etc to unravel the rural psyche before rolling out the channel. Through their survey, various key elements like afternoon slot, rural entertainment viewing pattern, the availability of screen, etc were considered before laying the channel’s programming schedule.

“The study shed light on the key usage and behavior patterns which has been the cornerstone for all acquisition, programming and marketing inputs on this new channel offering”, points Jhaveri.

Through this data, the channel will look at their content vigilantly to have a sturdy family appeal policy being followed in their line-up.

“What made this research unique and accurate was the fact that it was tailor made to each respondent surveyed basis their viewing behavior which was captured on close circuit cameras positioned in their homes. The rural markets are the last important frontier and we believe Star Utsav Movies will empower both the consumers and advertisers alike,” he further adds.

The channel will be initially available exclusively on Doordarshan’s free direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish and will later be made available on other platforms according to the channel’s distribution strategy.

Various advertisers from FMCG, telecoms, tractors, agriculture equipment, etc sectors are expected to get on board. Whereas, the content offering on the channel will be different from the network's other channels like Star Gold, Movies Ok and Star Gold HD.

To drive reach and awareness for the new channel, a multi-media launch campaign has already kick-started. Besides a comprehensive high impact TV plan, the promotion also includes a high octane radio plan besides unique brand experiences on ground across villages in key markets which will bring alive the brand promise.

The channel is leveraging the might of Star India Network to rapidly build awareness.

Trai reaches out to tech-experts to make set-top boxes interoperable

From http://www.livemint.com/Industry/lo9yz20qhsBRtru1LriOiP/Trai-reaches-out-to-techexperts-to-make-settop-boxes-inter.html

Trai chairman RS Sharma says that 12 experts have been roped in to look into the feasibility of making set-top boxes interoperable

New Delhi: The telecom regulator has hired 12 experts to look into the technological challenges involved in allowing subscribers to use the same set-top box (STB) for different service providers, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman R.S. Sharma said on Wednesday.

Currently, STBs are tied to specific distribution platform operators such as direct-to-home and local cable operators. “Since interoperability is a technology issue, we have got on board a number of professors from IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and other institutes to look at STB interoperability from a technology perspective,” Sharma told reporters.

The team will include experts from IIT Bombay, Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), and the Centre for Development of Telematics (C-DOT). Such a move comes after various stakeholders pointed to technical hurdles in response to Trai’s pre-consultation paper on STB interoperability issued in April.

These stakeholders included broadcasters, distribution platform operators, local cable operators, direct-to-home (DTH) operators and subscribers. According to the comments uploaded on the official website of Trai, the stakeholders have said that interoperability is not feasible because the STBs used by each of the DTH and cable operators vary in architecture, technology and functionality.

“When we moved this idea, a lot of people said that this is not possible,” Sharma said. “But we have been told (by the experts) that this issue is essentially doable.”

According to Sharma, STBs have proprietary components that vary from operator to operator, while there are certain components that are common. “We are trying to figure out whether these two could be separated,” he said.

The regulator has also conducted certain lab tests. According to Sunil K. Gupta, principal advisor at Trai, the tests have shown positive results for interoperability between the STBs which have the same encryption systems. This means that interoperability among the STBs of different cable operators or of different direct-to-home operators is possible.

“Going from cable to DTH or DTH to cable, there are hurdles and we have to work strongly on them,” Gupta said.


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The SKY / FreeView upgrade took place as planned.
Prime TV, 4+1 and The Edge are now on D1 12519 V Sr 22500. The Sky transmitted versions are still on their previous frequencys but are now labeled Test1,Test 2, Test 3, Test 4, Test 5

HGTV is joining Freeview in JUNE! see news section

The latest KODI Australian TV Video addon has been updated

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Version 1.0.6 - 18MAY2016
- 12 new channels added as they were released by Channel Nine on the 17th
- 9Life (All states)
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- Why are people charging for add-ons like this? It is free for gods sake!
- Tested and programmed in Auckland New Zealand, the Mainland for the West Island
- Tested on SPMC 16.3.1 and works 100% on Android

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Third of Australians watching TV on demand

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/24/third-of-australians-watching-tv-on-demand/|

Findings from Roy Morgan Research reveal that 95.4 per cent of Australians watch TV – but exactly what ‘watching TV’ even means has been changing fast, says the firm. Nine in 10 Australians 14+ (90.2 per cent) watched any ‘Linear’ free-to-air (FTA) television during an average week in the first four months of 2016: they turned a TV on and watched the broadcast from network Seven, Nine, Ten, ABC, SBS or an affiliate or secondary channel (that thing we could all once just call ‘watching TV’ without further explanation, notes Roy Morgan Research).

But over a third of Australians now watch TV ‘On Demand’ in an average four weeks (34.8 per cent). This includes either free or paid ‘non-linear’ viewing, from the networks’ catch-up TV services to Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD), including Foxtel’s offerings. Finally, over a quarter of Australians watch ‘linear’ Foxtel from a set-top box in an average four weeks (26.7 per cent).
Many Australians now watch TV in multiple ways:
•43.2 per cent of Australians watch only traditional Linear FTA broadcasts, with no Foxtel and no On Demand. In 2016, most Linear FTA viewers now also watch Foxtel and/or On Demand.
•22.3 per cent watch Linear FTA and On Demand; 15.9 per cent watch Linear FTA and Foxtel; and only 0.7 per cent watch Foxtel and On Demand but no Linear FTA broadcasts.
•3.1 per cent watch only On Demand TV; and 1.4 per cent watch only Foxtel.
•8.7 per cent of Australians now watch all three forms of TV.
•The remaining 4.6 per cent watch no television.

“Since early 2015 we have been measuring with greater detail than ever before the incremental audience reach, overlap and exclusive watching of On Demand and streaming audiences,” explained Tim Martin, General Manager – Media, Roy Morgan Research.

“Now, for the first time in the Australian market, Roy Morgan is able to compare and contrast the size and reach of each of FTA terrestrial television and On Demand TV including Netflix, Stan, Presto, Foxtel Go, Foxtel Play. This provides some really interesting insights which will be useful for broadcasters and cross platform media owners as the media landscape continues to fragment. One such insight is more people collectively watch any form of On Demand than watch Foxtel through the Set Top Box.

“Roy Morgan recently announced enhancements to its system of media measurement. The new data will transform how publishers, advertisers and media agencies understand and measure online behaviour. Underpinning the data is ‘gold standard’ research, using a probabilistic sample recruited face-to-face – simply the only way to produce results that can be reliably projected to the total population. This research is supplemented by machine based online data collected via software, as well as data collected from digital pixels placed on websites. This approach now captures online media visitation across all platforms, operating systems and devices to generate the most accurate and comprehensive view of online behaviour in Australia,” he stated

Leading U.S. Home and Lifestyle Channel HGTV to Launch in New Zealand

From http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160523006363/en/Leading-U.S.-Home-Lifestyle-Channel-HGTV-Launch

Jim Samples, President, International, Scripps Networks Interactive, announces launch of HGTV in New Zealand (Photo: Business Wire)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand--(BUSINESS WIRE)--New Zealand will soon welcome leading U.S. home and lifestyle brand HGTV as a new free channel available to all New Zealanders. HGTV will be the dedicated destination for the very best in home improvement, DIY, design, real estate and gardening television content. HGTV will launch on Freeview channel 17 on June 27.

“HGTV is an exciting new addition to New Zealand’s free-to-air television environment. HGTV’s quality programming epitomises New Zealand’s love affair for DIY and home improvement.”

HGTV is America’s leading home and lifestyle channel. Since its launch in 1994, HGTV has established itself as a preeminent network and has secured a position as a top 10 network in the United States. Internationally, the channel has rolled out in Canada, the Caribbean and most recently across Asia and Australia. In less than a year on air, HGTV solidified its position as the number one lifestyle channel in Singapore.

HGTV will feed New Zealand’s insatiable appetite for home improvement programming and feature popular series that have not yet been seen before in New Zealand. The programmes have been selected based on their potential to provide inspiration, instruction and entertainment, featuring fresh ideas, the latest trends and access to celebrity homes and real estate listings. Marquee titles include Fixer Upper, Flip or Flop, Five Day Flip, Kitchen Cousins, the House Hunters franchise, and Tiny House, Big Living.

The channel is launching in New Zealand in collaboration with Blue Ant Media, an international media company based in Canada, and Scripps Networks Interactive, the world’s leading producer of high quality engaging lifestyle content. The channel will operate under the management of Blue Ant’s broadcast channel, Choice TV, headquartered in Auckland.

Julia Baylis, General Manager, Choice TV, said: “HGTV is an exciting new addition to New Zealand’s free-to-air television environment. HGTV’s quality programming epitomises New Zealand’s love affair for DIY and home improvement.”

“Through this partnership with Blue Ant Media, Scripps Networks Interactive will further increase its global footprint and introduce its powerhouse brands and high-quality programming to audiences across New Zealand,” said Jim Samples, President, International, Scripps Networks Interactive. “We have already seen great success with the roll-out of HGTV, and now, by launching in New Zealand, we aim to fill the gap in this market for inspirational home and garden entertainment.”

Scripps Networks is the leading provider of lifestyle content across the globe, producing more than 2,500 new hours of original programming each year. Scripps Networks’ global lifestyle media portfolio includes popular brands Food Network, Cooking Channel, Asian Food Channel, HGTV, DIY Network, Fine Living Network, Travel Channel and Great American Country, reaching audiences across 175 countries and territories around the world.

HGTV will broadcast 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Freeview channel 17 beginning June 27. All programmes will also be available online on HGTV on Demand.

Programming Appendix

Programmes to feature on HGTV include never before content seen in New Zealand including:

Fixer Upper

Texas design and remodelling pros, Chip and Joanna Gaines, are helping homebuyers to look past the superficial, convincing them to buy the worst house on the best block and make it beautiful. Chip and Joanna take the wrong house in the right neighbourhood, and transform the diamond in the rough, into the home of their client’s dreams.

Flip or Flop

Husband and wife house-flipping team, Tarek and Christina El Moussa, have viewers on the edge of their seats as they purchase dilapidated properties for cash, sometimes sight unseen, and then renovate and flip them for resale. From the nail-biting purchase at auction, to the sometimes exasperating renovations, discouraging showings and uncertainty around the sale – will they flip or flop?

Five Day Flip

Professional renovator, Cherie Barber, has perfected the art of the Five Day Flip. Where other flippers can take weeks or even months to fix up a house, Cherie and her expert team of contractors have figured out how to get in, transform the property and get it back on the market in just five days.

Kitchen Cousins

Every homeowner fantasizes about having a beautiful, state-of-the-art kitchen, and cousins Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri, make that dream a reality. Together, they transform outdated and dysfunctional kitchens into incredible modern spaces.

House Hunters International

From Denmark to the Dominican Republic, we follow home-seekers around the world as they navigate the complexities of buying real estate abroad. From Roman columns to Spanish arches, they’ll check out all kinds of architectural styles and locations to find their dream property. Which place will they pick?

Tiny House, Big Living

Homeowners learn what it really means to downsize when they take the plunge into the tiny house real estate market. At an average size of only 180 square feet, watch as clients customize or build their one-of-a-kind properties to fit all their lifestyle needs.

About Blue Ant Media:

Blue Ant Media is a privately held international media company that owns and operates 10 media brands including Cottage Life, Love Nature, Smithsonian Channel Canada and Makeful. Blue Ant Media creates and distributes content worldwide ranging from nature to DIY, outdoor living to music, engaging fans across television, digital, magazines and live events. The company also owns Omnia Media, a YouTube network and Choice TV, a broadcast channel in New Zealand. Blue Ant Media is based in Toronto and has offices in Los Angeles, London (UK) and Auckland.

For more information, please visit http://blueantmedia.ca.

About Scripps Network Interactive:

Scripps Networks Interactive (Nasdaq: SNI) is one of the leading developers of engaging lifestyle content in the home, food and travel categories for television, the Internet and emerging platforms. The company's lifestyle media portfolio comprises popular television and Internet brands HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Travel Channel and Great American Country, which collectively engage more than 190 million U.S. consumers each month. International operations include TVN, Poland’s premier multi-platform media company; UKTV, an independent commercial joint venture with BBC Worldwide; Asian Food Channel, the first pan-regional TV food network in Asia; and lifestyle channel Fine Living. The company’s global networks and websites reach millions of consumers across North and South America, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. For more information, please visit scrippsnetworksinteractive.com.


HGTV New Zealand
Sarah Chamberlin, +64-21-1221-458
Blue Ant Media
Sarah Etherden, +1-416-725-1696
Scripps Networks Interactive
Cecelia Bender, +1-212-524-4729

New DTH platform for Philippines

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/24/new-dth-platform-for-philippines/

Sky Cable, the Philippines largest cable MSO is leasing “multi-transponders” on SES-9, the latest addition to the SES fleet for a new DTH service over the complete Philippines archipelago.

SES-9 will operate from 108.2 degrees East, and the contracted capacity will enable Sky Cable to effectively roll out a DTH satellite TV service across 251 cities and municipalities in the Philippine archipelago, complementing its existing cable offerings.

Sky Cable currently offers cable TV services for 55 HD channels to 800,000 subscribers in 19 cities and municipalities in the Philippines

SES-9 is scheduled to enter service mid-year to provide incremental and replacement capacity at SES’s prime neighbourhood of 108.2 degrees East which reaches 22 million homes.

“The geography of the Philippines presents a unique set of challenges for fibre or terrestrial connectivity. Our satellites are able to overcome these limitations and provide comprehensive and high-powered coverage over the entire archipelago including under-connected areas in the Philippines. We are glad to support Sky Cable as they use both ground and space infrastructure to expand their TV audience reach,” says Deepak Mathur, SVP/Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES. “This latest contract on SES-9 shows the continued momentum of serving our prime DTH neighbourhoods on our largest satellite dedicated for Asia-Pacific.”

Europe's sat-nav system launches fresh pair of satellites

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Europes_sat-nav_system_launches_fresh_pair_of_satellites_999.html

Europe's Galileo sat-nav system, a rival to America's GPS, took a step closer to becoming operational with the launch Tuesday of a fresh pair of satellites to join a dozen already in space.

Orbiters 13 and 14 blasted off on a Russian Soyuz rocket from Europe's spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 0848 GMT as planned, according to a live broadcast by space firm Arianespace.

After a journey of nearly four hours, the pair should enter Earth orbit at an altitude of 23,522 kilometres (14,615 miles).

"Up, up and away! An on-time liftoff for @Arianespace's medium-lift #Soyuz," the company tweeted.

Ultimately, the multi-billion-euro constellation is meant to comprise 30-odd satellites -- the final number is yet to be determined -- providing navigation and search-and-rescue services.

Another launch, this time of four orbiters on a single rocket, is expected to boost the constellation to 18 by year-end, allowing for Galileo to start providing usable signals.

More modern than the US Global Positioning System (GPS), Galileo's high-tech instruments should allow it to provide a more precise signal.

But the project has been plagued by delays, technical glitches and budgetary difficulties.

The launch of the seventh and eighth orbiters in March last year was about three months late to allow engineers time to probe an August 2014 mishap which sent satellites five and six into a lopsided orbit.

That incident was blamed on frozen fuel pipes on the Soyuz rocket's fourth stage, called Fregat -- a problem the European Space Agency (ESA) says has since been fixed.

The first four, so-called In-Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites, were hoisted in 2011 and 2012.

In March 2013, the quartet managed to pinpoint their first-ever ground location with an accuracy of between 10-15 metres (32 to 49 feet).

- Catching up -

However, the launch of satellites five and six -- meant to have been the first fully operational Galileo constituents -- was delayed by more than a year due to "technical difficulties".

This was followed by the mislaunch of orbiters seven and eight, which ESA says have since been nudged closer to their intended orbit, although their usefulness to the constellation has yet to be determined.

Another satellite dubbed IOV4, among the first four launched, has since developed antenna problems, according to ESA, but is still able to transmit on one frequency.

The space agency had initially hoped for early navigation services to be available from 2014.

Tuesday's launch, the seventh for Galileo, was a late addition to the schedule in a bid to speed up deployment of the project funded by the European Commission, the European Union's executive body.

It had budgeted some seven billion euros ($7.8 billion) for Galileo until 2020.

The next 12 satellites will be launched with Europe's own Ariane 5 ES launcher, especially adapted to handle four at a time.

Iridium launches breakthrough alternative Global Positioning System (GPS) service

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/05/24/iridium-launches-breakthrough-alternative-global-positioning-system-gps-service-2/

(23 May 2016) Iridium Communications announced today the official launch of Satellite Time and Location (STL), an aLTErnative or companion to traditional location-based Technologies, and declared it ready for use.

For the first time, end users now have access to accurate and resilient position, navigation and timing (PNT) technology that works anywhere on the planet, even indoors. Due to the unique architecture of its 66 cross-linked, low-earth orbit satellite constellation, Iridium is the only network that has the global coverage and reliability needed to deliver this highly unique, robust and cost-effective solution to the market.

Since the inception of GPS technology in the late 1970s, it has been recognized as a powerful and critical tool for businesSES and consumers worldwide. Unfortunately, with this recognition, the GPS infrastructure has become targeted by those looking to take advantage of its known vulnerabilities for illegal, and even criminal, purposes. STL technology deployed through Iridium satellites and in end user receivers, can work to verify GPS, Glonass, Galileo and other navigation services, and, if needed, substitute for these services should they become compromised. STL can protect, toughen and augment traditional GPS technology by providing a position or timing source when GPS signals are degraded or unavailable. It can also provide an alternative source of time to check the integrity of a GPS signal. This is essential for any kind of critical infrastructure that depends on GPS as a source of PNT information.

Iridium is working with Satelles, a division of iKare Corporation with offices in Herndon, Va. and Redwood City, Calif., as its primary technology partner to deliver this solution through Iridium’s powerful paging channels, which are able to reach small, low-cost receivers in nearly any environment, even inside buildings. Satelles provides technology and services to companies that are commercializing this capability to protect assets, authenticate users, or do other important functions reliant on GPS time and location.

“We are very excited to launch yet another highly innovative solution that only our network can enable, which is now available today,” said Matt Desch, chief executive officer at Iridium. “We think STL can help solve an important and growing problem for governments and businesses, and serve as a platform for continued innovation. With STL, we are introducing a global capability that is already in space, technologically ready for use and is independent of any particular location technology. The team at Satelles has been able to leverage the unique capabilities that our network offers, to create a solution that can ultimately be integrated into almost any kind of platform, including other Iridium machine-to-machine (M2M) devices, heavy machinery, automobiles and even the power grid, to name a few. Once implemented, STL could revolutionize the way the world’s largest, global companies and governments operate and manage cyber security.”

The technology has already been productized into a chip set about the size of a postage stamp and can be easily embedded into devices of all kinds. Due to STL’s signal strength it can help make GPS systems more difficult to “spoof,” which has been a growing risk for the current GPS infrastructure. The solution transmits its signals through Iridium’s satellite constellation to deliver a unique code to each position on the ground that can be independently authenticated, proving that a device is located in a specific place in the world. This enables applications to be “location aware,” allowing operation or access only if the user is in the location expected.

“We are honored to have been able to partner with Iridium to bring this technology to market,” said Michael O’Connor, chief executive officer at Satelles. “The robustness and complexity of their network allowed us to create a unique solution that is in high-demand and solves many problems that exist today.”

Greg Gutt, president and chief technology officer of Satelles adds, “Commercial users are now able to use STL to deliver trustworthy timing solutions for critical infrastructure, such as LTE networks, transactional data centers and the power grid. Military and government users can also acquire these commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solutions for the Department of Defense and other government applications.”

“In addition to enhancing the security and resiliency of GPS, STL technology can be embedded into servers anywhere in the world to geo-fence data and applications, providing trusted time and location data as an independent factor for end-point authentication,” said Gutt.

To date, the STL solution has been successfully demonstrated across multiple sectors including the military, academia and commercial applications. This technology is available today and will be supported by Iridium NEXT, the Iridium’s next-generation global satellite constellation, which is scheduled for completion by late 2017.

About Iridium Communications

Iridium is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. The company has a major development program underway for its next-generation network — Iridium NEXT. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.

Algeria to shut more than 50 private satellite channels

From http://aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/algeria-to-shut-more-than-50-private-satellite-channels/578029

‘Channels violate public values and use language of hatred, strife,’ prime minister says

The Algerian authorities plan to close more than 50 private satellite channels operating in the country without a license, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal announced on Monday.

The move, Sellal said, was aimed at ending what he described as "chaos" in the Algerian media sector.

The prime minister made the announcement at a seminar in Algiers organized by the State Bureau of Intellectual Property.

"The Algerian government has tasked the minister of communications with purifying conditions [in the media sector] as soon as possible," he said.

"Out of the 60 satellite channels currently operating in Algeria, only five are licensed," he added. "The rest are working illegally and follow foreign agendas."

In late 2011, Algeria’s parliament passed a new law that ended 50 years of the government’s monopoly on the media sector.

New regulations governing the operation of private television and radio stations, however, have yet to be issued.

Since 2012, dozens of satellite television channels have begun broadcasting news and social programs in Algeria.

Under the law, these channels -- which are registered with the Communications Ministry as "foreign channels operating in Algeria" -- must broadcast their content from abroad.

According to Sellal, the current legal vacuum in the sector is "intentional".

"Our citizens should know the truth so as to apply the law in full transparency and fairness," he asserted.

"We must recognize that some of these channels violate public values and use language of hatred and strife," he said. "The media in Algeria has become polluted by the behavior of those driven by greed."

Sellal added: "We say yes to freedom of expression and a free press, but respect for the principles of Algerian society is a red line."

He went on to note that the government had prepared a draft law, which, he said, "would determine required conditions in this regard".

"Those channels that adhere to these conditions will receive licenses and benefit from the support the law will provided," he said.

"But those that violate the law will be banned from operating on Algerian territory," he added.


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D1 12643 V Sr 7199 AFL Freo game, same game as FTA on CH7 Melbourne.

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Asiasat 5 3905 V Sr 7200 "NRL" FTA

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NZ Freeview satellite update

Updated info for the Four Plus 1, Prime and The Edge TV service transfer commencing 23rd May 2016

23/5/16 at 11.59pm: Test 1, 2 and 3 on TP 12519H22500 will flick to the Four Plus 1, Prime and Edge TV as stated in previous post. No Freeview service info will be added during this.

24/5/16 at 12.05pm: Channel service data will be ready and live, all approved receivers will automatic switch Transponders, some may need retune which everything is live and ready on Freeview Forum.

Crawler Messages will appear every 30 mins on the old feeds.

Medium - High Impact expected. More changes from Mediaworks happening on July 1st with some channels, details will be posted later in June

On pre-existing PRIME feed only: a static image replaces broadcast. Viewers must update their device to keep watching Prime.
On pre-existing FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV feeds: broadcast continues, with a crawler message onscreen every 15 minutes, prompting viewers to update and to go to www.freeviewforum.co.nz or contact the device manufacturer for instructions.

All pre-existing feeds are no longer on air.
Viewers must update device to keep watching PRIME, FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV.

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3784 V "NBC TV" is Fta.

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Jawa Pos TV" has started on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Indonesia Network" has left .
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Telkom 1 108.0E 4118 H "Net and Trans TV" have started on , Fta.
Telkom 1 108.0E 4121 H "CNN Indonesia and Net" have started on , Fta.

SES 8 95.0E 12050 H "PTC Chak De" has started on , Fta

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 V "Star Utsav has replaced DD National" on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "BBC Earth Asia, BBC Entertainment Asia, BBC Lifestyle Asia and CBeebies Asia" have started on , PowerVu.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4040 H "Colors Asia Pacific" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H SMBC Insight, Chitrapat Marathi, Sadhna Bangla, Vip News and Network 10 have started on , Fta.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Yateem TV" has started on , BISS.
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Thaicom 6 78.5E 3880 H "TNN 24, New TV, Spring News TV, Bright TV 20, Voice TV 21, Nation TV, True 4U, GMM 25, Now 26, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD, Mono 29 and Workpoint 23" have left .

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东经38度轨道位置的巴星1R号卫星C频段,7 News(巴基斯坦)频道改频率,设置3784 V 2950参数免费接收。 [5月22日]
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Ten and WIN strike television program supply agreement

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-23/ten-win-strike-tv-program-supply-agreement/7437246

Ten Network and regional broadcaster WIN have inked a widely anticipated programming deal, after having been ditched by their previous broadcast partners.

WIN formerly took Nine's programming, but an argument over fees when Nine tried to lift its charges led to an acrimonious divorce.

The separation was confirmed when Nine signed a deal with regional broadcaster Southern Cross Austereo (SCA), which will see SCA pay half its television revenue as an affiliate fee.

This is slightly less than the 55 per cent Nine had been seeking from WIN, but much greater than the 39 per cent under that broadcaster's former deal with Nine.

SCA was formerly the client buying Ten's content, leaving Ten without a regional broadcast partner from July if it did not strike a deal with WIN.

The media release from WIN does not reveal what percentage of its advertising revenue it will be handing over to Ten in return for its content.

Ten merely stated in its market release that WIN will be paying a higher affiliation fee than SCA or any other regional broadcasters do under its existing program supply agreements.

WIN commits to regional news coverage continuing

The programming deal runs for five years, and will see Ten shows such as Gogglebox, The Project, Modern Family, Masterchef and Survivor broadcast on WIN.

WIN's sport offering will now switch from Nine's international cricket and rugby league coverage to Ten's motor racing, cricket Big Bash and international rugby union broadcasts.

The change in programming will occur on July 1.

However, WIN has committed to continuing its current local news bulletins.

"WIN's commitment to news is stronger than ever. WIN produces 16 half-hour news bulletins and an hour-long All Australia News bulletin each weeknight. No other network matches that," said WIN's chief executive Andrew Lancaster in a statement.

"Combined with the talent, experience and resources in the Ten newsrooms across Australia, viewers will see comprehensive news coverage at local, state, national and international level."

For viewers across much of regional Australia, the new deals simply mean swapping from WIN to SCA and vice-versa to watch Nine and Ten network programming.

Seven and Racing Victoria shake up horse racing with Hong Kong deal

From http://www.afr.com/business/sport/seven-and-racing-victoria-shake-up-horse-racing-with-hong-kong-deal-20160520-gozn04

Racing Victoria and Seven West Media's joint venture may bid for racing in other states.

Seven West Media and Racing Victoria's Racing.com joint venture will announce on Monday it has gained the rights to broadcast arguably the best-quality horse racing in the world from Hong Kong.

It is a small but significant step for Racing.com, one that may be the first domino to fall in what looms as a year or two of intensive broadcast deal negotiations across several states and merger and acquisition activity in the wagering sector.

Plenty of this may have Seven and Racing.com at the centre of the action and have ramifications for the established listed wagering operators such as Tabcorp and racing administrators around the country.

Racing.com's coverage of Hong Kong is likely to begin this weekend or next Wednesday evening. Its popular on-air host Shane Anderson says the coverage, shown on Seven's free-to-air Racing.com channel, on Foxtel's pay television service and online, will be "an elite product covered with elite talent", including preview and analysis shows.

Tabcorp's Sky Racing channel will still cover Hong Kong but Mr Anderson believes Racing.com's ability to showcase it as a premium product makes it a differentiator. At present, Hong Kong is part of a constant suite of racing, including greyhounds and harness, shown on Sky's main channel or moved to its secondary channel that costs extra to subscribe to.

The theory is greater exposure to horse racing on television means more people bet and more flows through to the industry in race fields fees. It can also be said that Tabcorp – which shares the spoils of tote betting – will also benefit.

But the Hong Kong deal shows the divergent paths Tabcorp is taking from Seven and Racing Victoria, which shows the crown jewels of the Spring Carnival that features races such as the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the Melbourne Cup.

Hong Kong marks the first jurisdiction outside Victoria that Racing.com will show vision of, having hastily been born in January 2015 out of the messy end to the TVN channel, which had the rights to both Victoria and NSW racing.

Back then, Victoria elected to spend about $10 million establishing Racing.com with Seven, which then launched the free-to-air channel in July. Meanwhile, Racing NSW quickly signed a 10-year exclusive broadcast deal with Sky.

Sky covers races across other states and overseas, but that may soon change. South Australian racing is up for renewal next year, while the rights for New Zealand racing are in play now. Queensland authorities, meanwhile, are understood to have served Sky with breach notices regarding their contract over changes it made to Victorian coverage last year (which was off-air for a short time due to a contract dispute).

Racing.com may move to poach the rights off Sky for all of those, though will then face the quandary of having to lavish attention and resources on interstate racing as it does for Victoria, and perhaps even have to sell or offer those states a shareholding.

Victorian authorities argue the Racing.com service, which is also pumped out via the corporate bookmakers website, has increased wagering turnover. It may be up by about 7 per cent this financial year, compared with a fall in Queensland and South Australia of the same figure (NSW is said to be up about 3-4 per cent), and Racing Victoria may go close to matching its bumper $50 million record profit in 2015.

Racing.com is already profitable after about 10 months of operation, paying Racing Victoria and Seven a decent annual dividend, mostly thanks to stronger than expected advertising deals that Seven's sales team signed with corporate bookmakers such as CrownBet, which shelled out $5-10 million for the biggest ad package, and Ladbrokes

"We are quietly pleased with what has already been achieved, the future performance and the potential of this business is very, very significant," Seven chief executive Tim Worner told The Australian Financial Review. "We have already seen what can be done. Look at the roll up to the [recent Warrnambool carnival], look at the turnover numbers. Victorian racing is positioning itself for a very interesting future and so is Seven."

When it comes to racing, however, the real money is to be made in wagering. There has already been speculation about Seven looking at a bid for the West Australian tote. Far more likely is a tie-up between Seven and an operator such as CrownBet, given the latter already advertises on Racing.com and James Packer and Kerry Stokes, former and current chairman of CrownBet's part-owner Crown Resorts and Seven respectively, are close.

Then there is the vexed issue of Tabcorp's joint venture with Victoria to deliver racing a share of tote betting losses. Tabcorp's retail monopoly is under threat from the rise of corporate bookmakers such as CrownBet and market leader Sportsbet, and Racing Victoria has made good money charging them higher race fields fees.

Both Tabcorp and Racing Victoria say the joint venture is still a fruitful one, and relations are good. The different, and competing, broadcasting strategies may mean that is not the case forever.

Joseph Parker fight illegally broadcast to more than 100,000 viewers video

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/80250556/joseph-parker-fight-illegally-broadcast-to-more-than-100000-viewers

An illegal live video of Joseph Parker's heroic victory over Carlos Takam has been viewed more than 100,000 times, prompting legal threats from promoters.

The Saturday night fight, which saw Parker beat Cameroon-born Takam in a close points decision, cost $49.99 to watch pay-per-view on Sky TV's Arena channel.

But tens of thousands were able to watch for free after Facebook user BeastMoze broadcast Saturday night's fight using Facebook's live video function.

A bootlegged live video of Joseph Parker's boxing match against Carlos Takam has been viewed more than 100,000 times.

BeastMoze appear to have filmed the bout on a television set.
By Sunday morning, the video had attracted 112,000 views and nearly 1500 shares.

On Sunday, Duco Events boss Dean Lonergan said anyone caught streaming the fight would face serious consequences.

"If we can find out who these people are we will track them down mercilessly, invoice them tens of thousands of dollars in payment for the theft of our licensed broadcast of the event, and if they don't pay up we'll look forward to taking them to court," he said.

"People who thieve by streaming are nothing but lowlifes."

People who watched the streamed videos were ultimately harming their favourite fighters, Lonergan said.

"It takes money out of Duco's revenue streams, and obviously the more money we have, the more we can afford to pay Joseph Parker."

Numerous other Facebook users streamed the fight using similar methods, but BeastMoze's video was the most widely-viewed.

Sky TV were not immediately available for comment.

(Craig's comment, Sky and Duco made a huge mistake in not just the $50 PPV pricing but also in not making it easily available via an official online stream. Sky could of used their Fanpass service to deliver it at a one off cost for non Sky subscribers. Sky and Duco can't do anything about the event being streamed by illegal streams of Sky sports U.K and others. But a local paying for the PPV and restreaming it on Facebook is another matter it will be interesting to see if anyone actually ends up in Court after all the threats Duco and Sky are making)

Chris Rattue: Joseph Parker fight streaming - Duco needs to get real

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11642952

The price was not right, and the floodgates opened.

It's easy to understand where furious boxing promoter Dean Lonergan from Duco is coming from. But trying to land a knockout blow on illegal streaming won't work -- he's got more chance of pocketing mist. And I believe that Duco made a mistake, pricing the Joseph Parker-Carlos Takam fight at $50 for Sky subscribers.

The internet is a crazy place full of ethical grey areas and techno mysteries, so I stand to be corrected. But Lonergan's threat to hunt down the transgressors, many of whom were doing what only feels natural to them these days, seems very old school. And while he has targeted Facebook links, I know of others who found the fight in other ways including through links to Britain's Sky Sports. One of these people said the British coverage was superior.

Duco needs to find other ways of winning this war. There are too many clever people out there, too many easy ways to hide, too many corporations far bigger than Duco who have taken on the masses and failed.

Work with the public and its money, not against it. And here's the kicker -- getting content via Sky doesn't even come into the thinking for a lot of younger people, who operate via things like Facebook.

And here's another huge point: at that $50 price, I'm guessing many of the illegal streamers would not have paid for the fight anyway so Lonergan has not lost as much as he might imagine or claim. Which is easy for me to say of course, whereas Lonergan and Duco are feeling ripped off.

Former Kiwi forward Lonergan has come out swinging alright, labeling those who have effectively put their hand in his wallet as "lowlifes" after tens of thousands streamed the fight for free.

Lonergan and Duco have put everything on the line, created sport that would not have been here otherwise, and are due their rewards. I'm amongst Duco's fans for their courage, enterprise and vision and once named Lonergan Aucklander of the Year.

Dean Lonergan (pic) is threatening to sue those who live-streamed the fight for thousands of dollars. Photo / File
Dean Lonergan to Joseph Parker fight streamers: 'See you in court'

But the $50 price tag on the IBF eliminator fight and its vaudevillian undercard was -- in my opinion -- too high, a significant $10 increase on the usual boxing rate which seems quite steep anyway.

Watching illegally obtained online content is becoming a bit like using a cellphone while driving -- citizens who would otherwise regard themselves as perfectly law-abiding do it as standard practice. The $50 price was a handy moral loophole. And unfortunately for Duco, now that many people know that many other people saw it for free, they will be less willing to part with their money in future.

There is already significant resistance against Sky's subscription rate, especially as a core product -- Super Rugby -- is shambolic and so erratic in quality. As for hunting down the alleged villains, the illegal download world is full of techno geniuses and willing participants who are virtually impossible to track down, especially if they know they are being hunted.

Put it this way: Lonergan would have more friends in this argument if the price was significantly lower. This is not about right and wrong, it's about what works. Quite clearly, a lot of people have decided to go backchannel.

Joseph Parker is Duco's prized project and an almost perfect storm so far, the longstanding friendship between Lonergan and trainer Kevin Barry at the heart of the deal. It has so many amazing strands, not the least being what Barry learnt from his eventually ill-fated partnership with David Tua. New Zealand wants to go along for the Parker ride, but not at any cost.

People are financially hurting out there. There is hard sell and tempting products everywhere, and not enough money to pay for them.

As a comparison, the battle between boxing legends Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather cost $50. Mixed martial arts is booming and a card including superstars Conor McGregor and Holly Holm cost $30.

Nudging the price upwards loosens people's ethics. And much bigger outfits than Duco -- like failing geo-blockers Netflix -- have been unable to stem the tide. Duco needs to think again.

China to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites in next 5 years

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/China_to_launch_30_Beidou_navigation_satellites_in_next_5_years_999.html

Changsha, China (XNA) May 23, 2016 China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020.

The first batch of 18 satellites will be launched before 2018 to cover countries along the routes in "the Belt and Road" initiative, said Ran Chengqi, director of the China Satellite Navigation Office, during the China Satellite Navigation Conference, which opened on Wednesday.

After having achieved the first two steps - building a regional functional navigation system by 2012, the accuracy and stability of the Beidou system must be improved, said Ran, adding international cooperation will also help the nascent navigation system.

Aside from announcing satellite navigation cooperation with the United States, China and Russia have agreed to make the Beidou and Glonass satellite navigation systems compatible with each other, said Ran.

He added that Beidou also successfully synchronized its frequency with the Galileo navigation system operated by the European Union.

Ran said China will detail the development ideas and proposals of the Beidou system in a white paper, which is expected to be released soon.

The white paper also elaborates on how Beidou will work with the International Civil Aviation Organization and International Maritime Organization to bring benefits to the world, according to Ran.

"To let the whole world know about Beidou, understand Beidou and use Beidou, we still have much technical and coordination work to do," he said.

Spain: 30 arrested for pay-TV piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/23/spain-30-arrested-for-pay-tv-piracy/

The Spanish police has carried out a crackdown operation on TV pirates in 10 provinces arresting 30 people for pirating the signal of the country’s main pay-TV platforms: Movistar TV, Vodafone TV and Orange TV.

The pirates manipulated STBs to give illegal access to pay-TV services. They used the card-sharing model whereby one of them legally subscribed to a pay-TV platform, then gave illegal access to many others.

The police operation started following a warning from La Liga of the existence of the pirate network.

SpaceX gets ‘Pioneer Award’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/23/spacex-gets-pioneer-award/

Landing a space rocket back to Earth (or on a floating barge) is no easy matter. Accordingly, the USA’s National Space Society has given its Pioneer Award to Elon Musk-s SpaceX rocket company for its achievements.

This award recognises SpaceX’s recent major achievement, the historic first landing of the Falcon 9 rocket on December 21st 2015, which was a major step toward fulfilling one of the major “holy grail” quests of the space community—reusability, and thus cost-savings of potentially about $30 million per re-used rocket.

The December flight marked the first successful vertical landing by a large first-stage rocket, which reached space and whose second stage carried a payload into orbit. Creating reusable rockets is a fundamental requirement for spaceflight to be inexpensive enough for general and large-scale use.

Josh Brost, Director of Government Business Development at SpaceX, accepted the award in the name of SpaceX on May 20 at the National Space Society’s 2016 International Space Development Conference.

Some of the recent winners of Space Pioneer Awards include Elon Musk himself, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bigelow, citizen astronaut Anousheh Ansari, Dr. Kip Thorne, and the European Space Agency (ESA) Rosetta mission team.

India has 269 pay channels; DD Freedish eyes 250 channels

From http://www.televisionpost.com/dth/india-has-269-pay-channels-dd-freedish-eyes-250-channels/

MUMBAI: There are 269 pay TV channels in the country out of 885 channels permitted by the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB), according to data available till 30 April.

Rajyavardhan Rathore“Presently, 885 satellite TV channels are permitted by the ministry under the uplinking/downlinking guidelines,” Minister of State in the MIB Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said in the Lok Sabha.

“Out of these, 269 channels have been reported as pay channels by the broadcasters to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI),” he added.

Rathore further stated that Prasar Bharati’s free-to-air (FTA) direct-to-home (DTH) platform Freedish is carrying 80 channels, which is expected to go up to 250 channels in 12th Plan scheme.

Prasar Bharati, he stated, has informed that All India Radio (AIR) has 23 FTA channels on Freedish. The pubcaster has proposed to start 16 more FTA channels on the DTH platform.

In response to another question, Rathore ruled out putting a cap on the number of TV channels in the country. He stated that in 2011 the MIB had accepted TRAI’s recommendations dated 22 July 2010 that no cap be placed on the number of satellite broadcasting channels to be downlinked for viewing in India or to be uplinked from India.

The ministry, Rathore said, had also accepted TRAI’s recommendation to set a higher net worth criteria for applicant companies intending to operate news as well as non-news TV channels. It had also recommended introducing experience clause for top executives of such broadcaster companies.

The Uplinking and Downlinking Guidelines were amended with the approval of the Cabinet after carrying out due consultation with other ministries/departments.


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Intelsat 19

New TP up today.
3748 H 11198.
It has 11 channels of Philippines stuff FTA at the moment.
TFP, Cimema 1, ANC, etc.
Most of these channels are on other TP's at the moment on PowerVu encryption.
Is this the changeover away from PowerVu?


The TP 3435 V 13599 with 11 channels is gone.
Only HTV_UPLINK, HTV7 and HTV9 are there now on a new TP of 3547 V 4798.

Also found NETVIET on 3482 V 3000

The TP with the VTV1 etc is still there.

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 3747 H "TFC USA West, TFC Middle East, Lifestyle Network, TFC Asia-Pacific, ANC, Cinema One Global, ABS-CBN Sports+Action, Myx USA, Pay Per View on TFC, DZMM TeleRadyo and ANC" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 V "8 Kanal" is Fta.

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Sky Pacific to offer live coverage of IBF boxing event

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/sky-pacific-to-offer-live-coverage-of-ibf-boxing-event--1144354

Fiji satellite pay-TV services provider Sky Pacific has secured rights to the IBF heavyweight elimination bout to be staged in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand’s Joseph Parker will battle against Carlos Takam in the main 12x 3 bout to decide who fights Anthony Joshua for the IBF world title later in the year.

“As part of the huge night of boxing from Auckland, Sky Pacific will also show all five undercard fights building up to the big Parker-Takam heavyweight elimination bout. We are delighted to be the first to be able to bring live coverage of local hero, Joseph Kwadjo’s fight from overseas”, said Digicel Fiji CFO Farid Mohammed.

Boxing coverage starts at 20:00 hours on 21 May on the TVWAN Pacific channel on Sky Pacific.

SES signs “partnership” for SES-9 capacity

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/ses-signs-partnership-for-ses-9-capacity/

Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES has signed a “strategic partnership” for Indonesia on its SES-9 craft with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom).

Telkom is Indonesia’s largest satellite telecoms business. SES says Telkom will provide connectivity to the Indonesian market.

As part of the agreement, SES and Telkom will co-market SES-9 capacity over Indonesia, allowing customers from across all market verticals, including video, cellular, broadband, maritime and aeronautical, to utilise satellite capacity within the country. SES-9 will be co-located with SES-7, operating at 108.2 degrees East, and has a dedicated beam that comprehensively covers the Indonesian archipelago. Scheduled to enter service mid-2016, SES-9 will deliver high-powered capacity that meets the rising demands for connectivity across Indonesia.

Deepak Mathur, SVP/Commercial, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East at SES, said, “Indonesia is an ideal satellite market, due to its geographic spread and large population of heavy mobile users and television viewers, and SES-9 has been designed especially to meet this demand. We are delighted to partner with Telkom to offer SES-9 satellite capacity that has the potential to deliver satellite TV across the archipelago, as well as improve the lives of millions of Indonesians and accelerate the country’s economic growth.”

“We expect demand for data communications and corporate connectivity to continue its upward growth in Indonesia. SES is known throughout the industry as a satellite operator that is attuned to its customers’ wishes, and it has built SES-9 with Indonesian customers in mind. We believe our partnership with SES will support our provision of increased capacity to deliver more satellite services for broadcasters, content providers and companies across the country,” said Priyono, Deputy Executive GM/Wholesale Service Division at Telkom.

Google unveils Daydream VR platform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/google-unveils-daydream-vr-platform/

Google has unveiled its new virtual reality platform branded ‘Daydream’. Built on top of Android N, Daydream is essentially Android for VR. It will offer users a home screen from which to access apps. Among them will be Google stalwarts including the Play store, YouTube and Photos.

Google already has a VR platform, Cardboard, designed to let users trial a VR-lite experience through their smartphone and a piece of laser-cut cardboard. Daydream, by contrast, is built for purpose-made VR headsets, and will end up competing head-to-head with the likes of Sony and Facebook at the op of the VR market.

Commenting on the annuncement, Geoff Blaber, Vice President, Americas at CCS Insight said: “Daydream is phase 2 in Google’s mobile virtual reality ambitions. The scale of Android coupled with content, service, computer vision and AI assets puts Google in a strong position to become a leading force in virtual reality.”

“Google has learned a lot from the more than five million Google Cardboard devices that have been shipped so far. It will be hoping its new Daydream reference design will help its Android partners go head-to-head with Samsung’s Gear VR.”

“Android Wear 2.0 is a reset for Google’s wearables platform. Having learned lessons from the first generation, Google and partners will hope 2.0 will kick start wearables adoption and ongoing usage.”

“Android Instant Apps is a big departure in how Google thinks about applications and is crucial to integrating a variety Android apps with Google search to drive discovery, usage and monetisation. Instant Apps is a way that Google can get Android users who have maxed out on downloadable apps to try new experiences.”

UK wants ‘Spaceport’

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/uk-wants-spaceport/

The UK is likely to approve plans to build a satellite launching and space tourism facility.

There are various planning applications and financial schemes underway. The UK government announced May 18 that it would permit one of these schemes to proceed, and is looking to have the facility in use during 2018.

Eight sites are on the UK’s shortlist, six of which are in Scotland, one in Wales and another in Cornwall.

All are in fairly isolated regions with the exception of Glasgow’s Prestwick Airport and Cornwall’s Newquay Airport.

The Cornwall plan is reported to be the favourite location, given its southerly location.

However, a Scottish plan (near Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula, the Machrihanish Airbase Community Company (MACC)) says it is ‘runway ready’. Tom Millar, chairman of MACC and Discover Space UK, said: “It’s clear there remains a keen appetite for a spaceport in the UK and we’re ready to show we share the government’s enthusiasm and passion to make this happen.”

The MACC site is “runway ready” because NASA approved its 3,000 metre runway as an emergency facility for any problem Space Shuttle launch. In 2009 Virgin Galactic has also endorsed the Scottish site as its “preferred option”.

India “curing” inactive DTH pay-TV subs?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/19/india-curing-inactive-dth-pay-tv-subs/

The latest data from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) seems to indicate that – at long last – the nation’s many “inactive” DTH TV subscriptions may not be quite as severe as thought.

India’s six giant DTH operators submit their quarterly numbers to TRAI and in the quarter-year to December 31st the overall inactive subscriber count was 28.8 million. This is still a huge number but is significantly less than the September 30th 2015 number which stood at a massive 40.4 million.

The overall DTH subscription base (active plus inactive) now stands at 84.8 million (as at December 31st 2015), up from 81.47 (September 30th 2015). In other words ‘active’ subs now count as 66 per cent of the total base, compared with just 50.4 per cent at September 30th last year


A bit of a small update. Gem, 9 Go! and 9 Life all started their online streams i've posted links for them. Note, they are all Official legal streams

For those of you using KODI, they will be in JONC's OZ TV addon soon

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Kacific selects AV-Comm teleport for first satellite broadband service in the Pacific

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/05/17/kacific-selects-av-comm-teleport-for-first-satellite-broadband-service-in-the-pacific/

Leading Satellite operator Kacific Broadband Satellites will commence Ku Band operations from one of Av-Comms strategically located APAC teleports to provide connectivity, hosting and uplink services for Kacific’s first high speed broadband satellite service in the Pacific.

Av-Comm will host Kacific’s newly acquired Newtec Dialog VSAT hub and supply IP transit at its facilities to provide Kacific with the ability to offer affordable satellite broadband connectivity into the Pacific.

Kacific provides Ku-band capacity to customers in the Pacific, ahead of the launch of its new Ka-band satellite. The Av-Comm teleport will initially be used to uplink Internet connectivity to a number of schools in the Republic of Vanuatu. Kacific will expand its broadband services later in the year to consumers, enterpriSES and other public institutions in locations around Asia and the Pacific where Internet connectivity is currently unavailable, extremely slow or very expensive.

Kacific CEO Christian Patouraux said “Our aim is to deliver fast, accessible and affordable direct-to-premises broadband connectivity to areas where other types of connectivity are absent, substandard and unaffordable. Connecting remote schools with good quality Internet in Vanuatu is a perfect example of the value we bring to Pacific communities. We’ve been working with Av-Comm for the past 12 months on a range of connectivity and uplink options and have found them to be an agile and a cost effective partner for the ground segment of our first broadband service.”

Av-Comm MD Michael Cratt said: “Kacific is committed to providing high speed and cost-effective internet connectivity to the people of the Pacific, something Av-Comm is passionate about. We’re extremely pleased to be part of Kacific’s new Ku Band broadband project which reflects our many years of satellite communications experience within the APAC region.”

About Av-Comm

Av-Comm was established in 1981 and is a specialised and agile satellite infrastructure Provider located in Sydney, Australia. Av-Comm’s experienced team has over 60 years in the satellite and telecommunication sector supplying, installing, maintaining and operating satellite communications and fibre networks throughout the Asia Pacific Region.

VSTV's K+, Irdeto join hands for OTT launch

From http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/science-it/156670/vstv-s-k---irdeto-join-hands-for-ott-launch.html

Irdeto, a world leader in digital platform security, has been selected by K+ to provide end-to-end multiscreen support for the launch of its first commercial over-the-top (OTT) service.

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K+ is a premium pay TV service by Vietnam Satellite Digital Television (VSTV) which is now the largest satellite pay TV platform in Viet Nam with approximately 800,000 subscribers. Meanwhile, Irdeto's suite of multiscreen products includes Irdeto Rights, Irdeto Media Manager, and comprehensive implementation and managed services.

By working with Irdeto and using enhanced user experiences and customised consumer facing applications supplied by Vodworks, K+ can offer their OTT content across multiple devices and browsers in a unique service for their market.

In addition, with Irdeto's support, K+ will be able to leverage this opportunity and will be the first pay TV network to offer Premier League matches through OTT delivery in Viet Nam.

"We wanted to launch an OTT service as a value added service for our subscribers, who are increasingly viewing content through multiple connected devices," Jacques Aymar de Roquefeuil, deputy general director, Vietnam Satellite Digital Television Company, said.

"Irdeto's end-to-end multi-screen solution was important to the success of this new service, as it allows us to deliver to our customers' premium OTT entertainment on their screen of choice regardless of DRM and streaming format. Through our partnership with Irdeto, we are confident of offering the best OTT service we can to our customers in a safe and secure manner."

"Given the high demand for pay TV in Viet Nam, there is a tremendous growth opportunity for OTT services in the country," Bengt Jonsson, vice president, APAC, Irdeto, said.

"Irdeto's multiscreen capabilities will further strengthen the competitive positioning of K+ in the Vietnamese market providing more choice and convenience to customers, as well as address the time-to-market and technology complexities of supporting a multi-device ecosystem," he said.

CASBAA nets Premier League

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=30058

HONG KONG, May 18, 2016 - (ACN Newswire) - CASBAA today announced four additional Corporate Members of the Association for its Q1 2016 line-up, including global sports TV behemoth, the Premier League (PL), data giant Nielsen, and the NASDAQ-listed Indian DTH platform, Videocon d2h and India based (Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore & Hyderabad) law firm Trilegal.

Also joining CASBAA as an Associate Member is branded multimedia broadcaster Rewind Networks of Singapore.

CASBAA CEO, Christopher Slaughter said: "The breadth of operations and the geographies covered by our new Members reflect the Association's values and the fast-changing shape of our industry."

"Each of the newcomers brings valuable industry experience, new insights and a global reach. We look forward to providing these additional members with a platform from which to make their mark on one of the world's most dynamic media environments."

Premier League

Premier League (PL) is the organizing body of the FA Premier League football association with responsibility for the Football Association league competition, centralized broadcasting and other commercial rights. The group works proactively with its Member Clubs and other football authorities to improve the quality of football in England and around the world.


Nielsen is a global performance management company dedicated to providing a comprehensive understanding of what consumers "watch and buy". Nielsen also delivers both world-class measurement and analytics contributing to superior performance.

Videocon d2h

The first Indian media company to list on NASDAQ Videocon d2h is India's fastest growing DTH service provider, offering more than 525 channels and services including India's first 4K Ultra HD DTH channel.

Rewind Networks

Launched in 2013 Rewind Networks is a multimedia branded entertainment broadcaster now available in eight million households across Southeast Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand), as well as in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Platforms carrying Rewind Networks content include StarHub, SingTel TV, Astro, Indovision, SKYCable, NowTV, LeEco, CTH and CNS.


One of India's top-tier law firms, Trilegal works with world's leading corporations, funds and FIs across diverse sectors, with telecoms, media and technology as one of its key focus areas. It has expertise in M&A and JVs, PE & VC, employment law, disputes resolution, tax, competition law, policy & regulatory issues and general corporate advisory. In 2016, it won India's "National Law firm of the Year" by Chambers & Partners.


CASBAA is the Asia Pacific region's largest non-profit media association, serving the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry. Established in 1991, CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising, and video delivery. Encompassing some 500 million connections within a footprint across the region, CASBAA works to be the authoritative voice for multichannel TV; promoting even-handed and market-friendly regulation, IP protection and revenue growth for subscription and advertising, while promoting global best practices. For more information, visit www.casbaa.com

Contact: Cynthia Wong
Director of Member Relations & Marketing
Tel: +852 3929 1711

A+E launching UK FTA channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/18/ae-launching-first-uk-fta-channel/

Marking A+E Networks’ second free-to-air (FTA) launch of 2016, A+E Networks UK (a joint venture between A+E Networks and Sky) is to launch a new FTA entertainment channel in the UK this autumn on Freeview, following a long-term DTT capacity deal with UK digital terrestrial television (DTT) multiplex operator SDN. The channel name and content line-up will be revealed later this summer.

This deal marks A+E Networks’ second FTA channel launch in 2016, which the company says further underscores its ability to operate hybrid pay-TV and FTA businesses in key global markets. The global media company rolled out Lifetime as a FTA channel in Turkey to 20 million homes in April 2016.

“We are thrilled to build on our strong UK business with the launch of a new A+E channel to the 20 million households on the Freeview platform,” said Dean Possenniskie, Managing Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Under the accomplished leadership of Heather Jones, General Manager UK, we look forward to bringing our unique content to new audiences in one of the biggest media markets in the world.”

“We are pleased to be welcoming A+E Networks to Freeview and look forward to continue working with them in the future as they develop their free-to-air offer,” added Tim Cadbury, SDN’s General Manager

In the UK, A+E Networks’ channel portfolio includes HISTORY, Lifetime, Crime + Investigation and H2, available on pay-TV platforms Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk.

Roku leads streaming media player sales

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/18/roku-leads-streaming-media-player-sales/

Research findings revealed by Parks Associates at INTX show that Roku is still the most popular brand of streaming media players, accounting for 30 per cent of the players purchased from Q1 2015 to Q1 2016. Amazon moved into a virtual tie with Google at 22 per cent of sales. Along with Apple TV (20 per cent), the four major players account for 94 per cent of the streaming media players purchased, up from 86 per cent in 2014.

“Thirty-six per cent of US broadband households have at least one streaming media player, up from 27 per cent last year,” said Barbara Kraus, Director of Research, Parks Associates. “Device makers have successfully sold streaming media players to consumers by offering easy access to a variety of content streams, as well as frequent updates that add the latest innovation. Amazon in particular has benefited by promoting its Fire TV devices in conjunction with the company’s Prime Video service as well as streams from HBO, Showtime, and other premium offerings.”

While Apple TV remains in fourth place among the four major brands, it had the largest increase in unit sales year-over-year, primarily due to its long-awaited new version, launched in Q4 2015. Its share of sales in 2015 was 50 per cent higher than its share in 2014. Amazon also had a substantially higher share of unit sales in 2015.

“Roku and Amazon benefit from multiple form factors – both offer boxes and sticks,” Kraus said. “Sticks accounted for 50 per cent of all unit sales in 2015. Approximately one-third of Roku sales were sticks, and roughly three-quarters of Amazon sales were sticks. Apple and Roku were essentially tied for selling the most boxes, but Roku is expanding its base with the additional form factor.”

Parks Associates estimates that 86 million streaming media players will be sold globally in 2019. In 2014, 34 per cent of US broadband households that bought a streaming media device bought a Roku, 23 per cent bought a Google Chromecast, 16 per cent bought an Amazon Fire TV, and 13 per cent bought an Apple TV.

The four major players could soon see expanded competition as Rovi recently acquired DVR pioneer TiVo to bring together two sizable entertainment-tech companies with strong streaming technologies and expertise.

“It is clear we are seeing an OTT industry that is extremely volatile, a product of the rapidly changing market space, and players are experimenting with new ways to slice and sell content,” said Glenn Hower, Research Analyst, Parks Associates. “For emerging services, churn is going to be an ongoing issue as they experiment with new bundles and content offerings. The OTT market has low barriers to entry, but service providers need to generate revenue to remain relevant and in business. Access to content, content distribution knowledge, and investment capability for streaming solutions are the primary requirements for aspiring OTT video providers, but ultimately they need to keep subscribers in order to survive.”



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Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sea News" is back on , Fta.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Colors Odia" has started on , Irdeto.
Insat 4A 83.0E 3921 H "Zee Purvaiya has replaced Maurya TV" on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "White Channel" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Yateem TV" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Royal TV and Somaliland National TV" have left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4036 H "Thai TV 5 HD1" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Nireekshana TV, Pooja TV and Gyana Yogi" have started on , Fta. Brindavan TV has left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3894 H "Shiva Sakthi Sai TV and Revsam TV" have started on , Fta. ATV has left.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 3932 H "Saral Jeevan and HBN" have started on , Fta.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4015 V "Kairali TV" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 17 66.0E 4024 H "Asianet HD" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Sony Wah" has started on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 12719 V "LTV Asia has replaced LTV Movies" on, encrypted.

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NBN satellite receives 3,000 orders for service

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-satellite-receives-3000-orders-for-service/

Just under three weeks since beginning to offer services, around 3,000 people have ordered services across NBN's long-term satellite solution.

Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash has announced that the National Broadband Network (NBN) company has already received 3,000 orders of service for its satellite, just over two weeks after launching services.

"In just over two weeks since that announcement, NBN has already had more than 3,000 orders for service, and that number is increasing every day," Nash said while speaking at the CommsDay Australasia Satellite Forum 2016 in Sydney on Tuesday morning.

"I have no doubt that as word spreads in regional Australia about how good the service is that that number will quickly increase."

In what Nash called a "rare moment of bipartisanship", she recognised that the Coalition had built on plans by the former Labor government to launch two new AU$620 million Ka-band satellites, despite Communications Minister cum Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull having labelled them unnecessary "Rolls-Royce" satellites during his tenure as shadow communications minister.

Customers will be transitioned from the old interim satellite solution (ISS) onto the long-term satellite over the coming year, Nash -- whose portfolio was added during a Cabinet reshuffle in February -- said.

"[NBN is] set to perform up to 10,000 activations per month, more than this industry has ever done in Australia. ISS users will be migrated onto Sky Muster in parallel with new users, and the national ISS migration is expected to take 10 to 12 months," she said.

The first of NBN's satellites, named Sky Muster, was launched from French Guiana in October. Nash provided an update on the second satellite, saying it has completed its final testing ahead of its launch in the second half of 2016.

"The second satellite is currently situated in Palo Alto, California, where it has now successfully completed its final pre-launch testing. It is currently having its solar panels and antennas installed, and will subsequently be made ready for transportation to French Guiana as a complete unit," the regional communications minister said.

"Launch partner Arianespace has found a co-passenger for the NBN satellite, and a target date for launch has been made in the second half of this year."

While she acknowledged that it is a possibility, Nash said she is "very sure" that the rocket will not blow up on its way into space.

"Satellites have been known on the odd occasion to blow up while being launched, but given Arianespace's strong record of success, we can be optimistic for a successful launch, followed by a period of in-orbit testing -- and I am very sure that it won't blow up," she said.

"Once in-orbit testing is complete, the second satellite will be ready to join Sky Muster in offering commercial services, increasing both the capacity of the system, as well as adding redundancy in the case of technical issues with the other satellite."

NBN launched services on its long-term satellite solution late last month, providing high-speed broadband for the 3 percent of the Australian population not living within the FttX, hybrid fibre-coaxial, and fixed-wireless NBN network footprint via the projection of 101 spot beams.

While 400,000 premises will be eligible to order a satellite service, NBN foresees only 200,000 to 250,000 will actually take up the system. Were all 400,000 eligible households to order the satellite service, the "fair use" policy would prevent speeds slowing substantially, however.

The fair use policy will impose a cap on each IP address' usage at 150GB per month maximum in order to prevent capacity from being outstripped by demand again.

"NBN included new monitoring tools in its systems to better manage capacity. This helped to prevent that top 2 percent of high-volume users -- what NBN called 'top talkers' -- from unfairly slowing the service levels of all other users," Nash said on Tuesday.

"Some have sought to argue that the download quotas on satellite are unfairly lower than those available in metropolitan areas, but the evidence proves otherwise: In March this year, the average amount of data downloaded per month across NBN services was 114GB -- well within the download quotas available on Sky Muster."

In December, NBN had announced an increase in data allowances for customers on its satellite service, upping its offering to 150GB per month plus 50GB extra for distance education students, having freed up satellite capacity by moving 40,000 premises to its fixed-wireless or fixed-line networks.

While users are now able to purchase satellite services from retail service providers, NBN last month noted that it could take some time for the connections to be made.

"We have teamed up with our delivery partners and now have a field force of over 600 trained technicians ready to connect homes around the country," NBN chief customer officer John Simon said at the time.

"It will take some time to get all eligible premises connected, due to the sheer size of our 7.69 million kilometre-squared country, so we ask for patience as our teams travel around to install the service."

Around 5,000 users will be connected to the satellite service each month, before this scales up to 10,000 connections per month later in the year.

During 200 end-user trials of the satellite service, users attained speeds of up to 25/5Mbps, which NBN said amounted to being four times faster than existing satellite services, as well as allowing between three and six times more data.

NBN published research by Ovum last month indicating that its satellite service is "world leading" in terms of affordability, download and upload speeds, and peak data allowances.

Sky to raise prices despite falling subscriber numbers

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11640228

The monthly price of Sky Basic will rise by $0.69 to $49.91, while Sky Sports will increase by $1.61 to $29.90 a month.
Sky Network Television is to raise the price of its basic subscription package and its sports package despite a fall in the number of subscribers, Fairfax reported.

The monthly price of Sky Basic will rise by $0.69 to $49.91, while Sky Sports will increase by $1.61 to $29.90 a month.

On May 6, the pay-TV operator warned that subscriber numbers were expected to fall further this year, leading to earnings next year missing analysts' expectations.

The Auckland-based company forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers at the end of its financial year on June 30.

Subscriber numbers dropped 1.5 percent last financial year to 851,561.

It expects to lose 45,000 core residential pay-TV subscribers this year and gain about 25,000 subscribers for its online services such as Neon and FanPass.

Analyst Morningstar responded to that announcement by calling for the company to cut prices in order to compete with rivals like online streaming services Netflix and Lightbox.

Shares in Sky had traded at $5.49 prior to the May 6 announcement. They have yet to recover and closed up 1% at $4.04.

(Craig's comment, they have done this every June for years, not sure what all the fuss is about it's no surprise. The only surprise is that its not a larger increase..)

Sky TV to raise prices as annual content costs rise by $30 million

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/80092907/sky-tv-to-raise-prices-as-annual-content-costs-rise-by-30-million

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet has told staff it is not the only media company facing "head winds".

Sky Television will increase the price of its Sky Basic pay-television service by 69 cents a month and Sky Sports by $1.61 a month.

The broadcaster has found itself caught between a rock and a hard place as more customers switch off its satellite television service for internet-based rivals, which are also bidding up the cost of content.

Sky forecast this month that it would shed about 45,000 satellite television customers in the year to the end of June, prompting analyst Morningstar to suggest a price cut to keep customers loyal.

But Sky chief executive John Fellet said its content costs would rise by about $30 million this year.

The price rise would only cover half that extra cost, he said.

It is understood a major factor behind Sky's rising programming bill is a new deal it signed last year to retain its rugby broadcasting rights.

Spokeswoman Kirsty Way said details were confidential but Sky had to pay an "eye watering number" and an "eye watering increase".

The rugby deal is good news for top rugby players, who are tipped to be in line for substantial pay rises.

Sky has so far declined to strike a deal for the New Zealand rights to the English premier league, with a source putting the asking price for those at more than $4m a year.

But it has agreed to pay more for cricket rights.

The forecast drop in Sky satellite subscribers means Sky will have fewer customers over which to spread those rising content costs.

That has raised the prospect of a vicious cycle that has seen more than $500m wiped of the value of Sky on the NZX during the past two weeks as its shares fell by a quarter.

Way said the company was "not in panic mode".

The company was aware people had more choices and that the market was transitioning to internet-delivered content, but satellite television remained the only reliable way of getting HD content to the whole of New Zealand, she said.

"We are just in that difficult situation of more-expensive-than-ever costs and we want to hang on to key content for our customers.

"A result of competition is often bidding of prices for things upwards. You would expect at some point in time there might be a market correction, but that is what we are living with right now."

Sky usually changes its prices in April or May but held off a decision a little longer this year. Way said the rise was also lower than usual. The price rise will take effect on June 25.

The company planned to provide "more value" for customers, for example by providing better search and "recommendation" features to discover new programmes.

"Companion apps" were also in the wings that would let people use their smartphones to delve deeper into shows and events as they were being broadcast on television, she said.

While Sky is forecasting a loss of 45,000 satellite subscribers, it expects a 25,000 rise in the number of customers who use its FanPass and Neon internet television services.

Fellet said in an email to staff that customers often said they only wanted to pay for the channels they watched.

That seemed logical "until you gain a good understanding of how the TV business works", he said.

"Some pay TV operators have tried to introduce smaller bundles.

"In reality most customers end up paying more or less the same as what they were paying before, once they've subscribed to the bundles with all their favourite channels. All they have to show for it is that now they have fewer channels."

Sky was not the only "media company" facing head winds, he told staff.

"The two major newspaper chains in New Zealand look like they will merge in order to survive," he said, referring to a possible merger of publishers Fairfax Media New Zealand and NZME.

"Radio and television advertising is down. Even global giants like the Disney Corporation, Apple and Netflix are at three-year lows. TVNZ sees advertising going backwards and let's not even talk about MediaWorks."

Price changes
•Sky Basic will rise by 69 cent to $49.91 a month.
•Sky Sports goes up $1.61 to $29.90 a month.
•All other prices unchanged.

TVNZ, Fairfax Media strike deal for Stuff readers

From http://www.telecomasia.net/content/tvnz-fairfax-media-strike-deal-stuff-readers

TV New Zealand (TVNZ) has concluded a deal with Fairfax Media allowing readers of Stuff to be able to view ONE News video.

The collaboration is part of a strategy to meet the growing demand for news video, and will provide the latest ONE News content via the Stuff website and apps.

Kevin Kenrick, TVNZ CEO, said domestic online players need to collaborate to compete effectively with global scale players, and this opportunity is all about matching ONE News’ strength in video journalism with Stuff’s strength in online reach.

“We're committed to making the news stories that matter most to New Zealanders accessible to as many viewers as possible,” said Kenrick. “ONE News is the market leading TV news and ONE News Now has achieved massive growth in online news video streams since it was launched last year. The partnership with Fairfax is an exciting next step to extend the reach of ONE News stories and make them immediately available where audiences want to view them.”

Simon Tong, Fairfax Media NZ managing director, said this is a significant step for Stuff, and demonstrates Stuff’s capability as a home for content from other publishers and partners, as well as Fairfax’s own.

AsiaSat’s 4K-SAT Channel to broadcast UHD content from 4KUNIVERSE™

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 17 May 2016 – 4KUNIVERSE™, a new general entertainment UltraHD (UHD) channel, will be available on AsiaSat’s UHD channel ‘4K-SAT’ in mid May on AsiaSat 4, bringing to Asian viewers the very best movies, TV series, documentaries and LIVE sports filmed in 4K resolution.
The documentary ‘Seattle: The Emerald City’, the movie ‘The Toy Soldiers’ and TV series ‘Model Turned Superstar’ in UHD will be distributed throughout the Asia Pacific. 4KUNIVERSE™ is one of the first premium general entertainment 4K TV channels available to the global marketplace.

“Having AsiaSat as our strategic partner, we are able to demonstrate our high quality, compelling UHD content to the largest possible audience in Asia through AsiaSat’s unique satellite-delivered UHD platform on AsiaSat 4. While we are making our content available to all cable, DTH and IPTV operators in this region, we look forward to the launch of our full 24/7 UHD channel in Asia in Q4 2016,” said Matthew Mancinelli, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of 4KUNIVERSETM and Mance Media.
“We are very pleased to welcome 4KUNIVERSETM on board our UHD neighbourhood on AsiaSat 4. The immersive viewing experience of unique native UHD content enabled by satellite delivery will impress them,” said Sabrina Cubbon, Vice President of Marketing & Global Accounts, AsiaSat.
“4K-SAT” is available on AsiaSat 4 with the following reception parameters:

Orbital Location: 122°E
Transponder: A4-C13H
Downlink Frequency: 4120 MHz
Downlink Polarisation: Horizontal
Transmission Standard: DVB-S2
Compression Standard: HEVC
Modulation: 8PSK
Symbol Rate: 29.72 Msym/sec
FEC: 5/6


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BitTorrent Live unveiled

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/17/bittorrent-live-unveiled/

Peer-to-peer file sharing protocol and software company BitTorrent has unveiled a multichannel app for live and linear programming, which it says solves provisioning and lag time problems for live online broadcasting. It features free tier of channels spanning news, sports, music, tech, and youth culture.

BitTorrent says it has changed the way the Internet works, and more than once. “We are about to do it again with our sights firmly set on fixing the way live video streaming works,” it says, noting that there has been enormous innovation in the distribution methods for pre-recorded video content on the internet. “This has changed the way people watch scripted TV and movies. Unlike on-demand video streaming, which has established itself as a reliable consumption method, livestreaming broadcast is an ongoing problem in terms of both performance and monetisation,” it notes.

According to BitTorrent, live television is a communal event that is shared by a society. The vast majority of the most watched television in the history of the medium have been live sports, news, and events, simultaneously consumed. “Yet, there has been very little innovation around the distribution of live video on the Internet,” it suggests.

“Today we’re unveiling a solution to these problems: BitTorrent Live, a multichannel, live and linear video streaming platform spanning news, sports, music, tech, and youth culture,” it says.

“Powered by our proprietary and patented peer-to-peer live streaming protocol, BitTorrent Live allows for large audiences to view live video with sub 10-second latency and without the need for an expensive CDN or pre-provisioning. With BitTorrent Live, every viewer is also a broadcaster. This allows the video stream to remain strong and for the broadcast to be as scalable as traditional Over-the-Air TV,” it advises.

“Last year Bob Bowman (head of MLBAM) told Walt Mossberg in regards to the difficulty of large scale live video streaming of sports, declaring, ‘Is that a business model or is that a stunt? I don’t know?’ Well, BitTorrent Live is the platform that can turn large scale live streaming into a business model,” declared Erik Schwartz, VP of Media, BitTorrent Live

BitTorrent Live Programming

A free tier of programming will be available at launch, with linear channels that contain live events, including:

•AWE: Formerly known as WealthTV, AWE is a 24/7 network devoted to taking viewers on a journey of how wealth is achieved, used and enjoyed.

•Clubbing TV: The official media partner of some of the planet’s biggest electro festivals, Clubbing TV offers exclusive, quality electronic music content from artists and labels all around the globe embracing the entire the Dance Music lifestyle.

•FAST&FUN is a new Television Channel offering an action-packed, adrenaline-including medley of extreme sports, from car racing and motocross to snowboarding and skateboarding; a large variety of disciplines, shows and competitions from all over the world.

•Fightbox: From MMA and boxing to arm wrestling and sumo, Fightbox is a compilation of the finest combat sports from around the globe all on one channel.

•Filmbox Arthouse: Every month FilmBox Arthouse also airs special presentations devoted to a particular creative movement (German Expressionism, New Romanian Cinema) or individual filmmakers (The Surreal Art of Salvador Dali, Rossellini’s War Trilogy, etc.)

•Heroes TV: Delivers what action, adventure fanatics want. Heroes TV targets audiences with Multiple programming categories to offer the most comprehensive action, adventure line up on TV.

•Newsmax: Newsmax TV provides the latest news, expert views and live programming from your favourite TV hosts and A-list guests. (conservative programming)

•NUsicTV: Delivers the finest new independent artists at the forefront of music in a linear broadcast, allowing viewers to discover the vanguard in music without having to search the Internet.

•OANN: Features political analysis programming and political talk shows, along with network special documentary-style reports; its news coverage attempts to maintain objectivity while its political shows illustrate a stronger conservative lean.

•One World Sports: It features exclusive, live, world-class sporting events and premier matchups from around the world, with over 3,000 hours of unduplicated sports programming annually. Content focus is on live and same-day action of league, championship and qualification competitions in football, basketball, baseball, golf, table tennis, badminton, darts, and more.

•OpenNews TV: OpenNews TV brings you live video talk shows from the best progressive talk radio personalities.

•Pursuit Channel: Pursuit Channel is a television network that airs programming geared to hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.

•TWiT: The TWiT.tv Netcast Network with Leo Laporte features the #1 ranked technology podcast This Week in Tech, along with over 20 other top-ranked online shows.

“We’re just getting started, so stay tuned,” says BitTorrent, advising that additional channels will follow, including subscription based, ad supported, and Pay-Per-View premium tiers.

(Craig's comment, website is https://btlive.tv/ )


Sunday feeds

D2 12572 V Sr 7499 "Video gaming"
D2 12581 V Sr 7500 "astra 3 path 1" AFL

D1 12420 V Sr 6111 "Lk3 NNN911" Reporter channel 9
D1 12429 V Sr 7000 NRL

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 V Sr 7200 AFL football

D2 12679 V Sr 7499 "SANFL Port Adelaide V Eagles"
D2 12670 V Sr 7500 "WAFL"
D2 12680 V Sr 7500 "Horses"
D2 12672 V Sr 7500 "Horses"
D2 12654 V Sr 7500 "Horses"

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From the Dish

ChinaSat 10 110.5E Trading Day has moved from 3706 V to 3818 V, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Ala! Entertainment" has left .

Telkom 1 108.0E 3881 H "Efarina TV" has left.
Telkom 1 108.0E 4078 H "Papua Barat TV" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3670 H "Somaliland National TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3764 H "Thai TV 3" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 3826 H "BBTV Channel 7" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3805 H "Gazi TV" is now encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" has left again.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12604 V "Unique Business News has replaced Unique Satellite TV" on , encrypted.
Apstar 7 76.5E 12719 V "A C-Sky-Net mux "has started on .

ABS 2 75.0E 3978 V "Fox Sports Philippines" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3900 V "Neo Prime and Neo Sports"are encrypted again.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Now等替换Channel V(CTH)等14个频道,设置4080 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,PPV、Myx Global(MPEG-4)等11个频道新增,设置3748 H 11200参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,阿里郎(Ddish TV)频道解密,设置12629 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森戏剧、东森综合(数码天空)频道改格式,设置12660 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jawapos TV(测试)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰资讯、凤凰中文(MPEG-4)等频道加密,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Asianet HD(高清)频道消失,设置4024 H 14400参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,News 7 Tamil(印度)频道消失,设置3966 H 14400参数无效接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,A TV、Khoj India替换Christ(印度)等频道,设置3894 H 13840参数免费接收。 [5月16日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,India Vision News替换6 TV Telugu(印度)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [5月16日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Probashi Bangla TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3769 H 13333参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sea News、Nirmana(印度)频道重现,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,LNTV 1、LNTV 3(IPM)等6个频道解密,设置10977 V 40000参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Sony Wah(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4180 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,BOX Film替换NB TV(泰国)频道,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Jawapos TV、Test(测试)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月15日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Ginx TV(美国)频道消失,设置3617 V 29000参数无效接收。 [5月15日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Star Plus(斐济)频道加密,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。 [5月15日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Tai Visons(泰国)频道解密,设置3840 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月15日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thai TV 3(泰国)频道新增,设置3764 H 4551参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,Monoscope、Color Bar(测试)等3个频道重现,设置12180 R 28800参数免费接收。 [5月14日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(高清)频道改格式,设置12604 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Hum HD(高清)频道消失,设置4155 H 9833参数无效接收。 [5月14日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Test(测试)频道加密,设置3820 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [5月14日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Mysci HD(高清)频道解密,设置11838 V 45000参数免费接收。 [5月14日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ohotnik i Rybolov、Ddish TV宣传(蒙古)频道重现,设置12272 H 33333参数免费接收。 [5月13日]


Skynet satellite ground station opens in Adelaide to aid UK military communications

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-05-16/skynet-satellite-ground-station-opens-in-adelaide/7419042

The United Kingdom has boosted its communication capabilities in South-East Asia by opening a satellite ground station in Adelaide.

It will receive information from a Skynet 5 system satellite that has been moved 67,000 kilometres from above the Middle East into the South-East Asia region by Airbus Defence and Space.

"The obvious choice was to use Australia and build a new facility that allowed us to communicate to that satellite and bring the information from it," Airbus spokesperson Steve Mills said.

The ground station was opened at Mawson Lakes in Adelaide's northern suburbs and will be operated by satellite communications company SpeedCast, which already has a major base there.

"It's a facility that has a security clearance," SpeedCast chief executive officer Pierre-Jean Beylier said.

"We are providing services from this facility to several governments, including the United States Government and the Australian Government. I'm talking about military communications so it looked like a logical site to help Airbus with Skynet 5A."

The Skynet 5 system is made up of eight satellites that facilitate British military communications on a secure frequency.

The change in one satellite's position will extend Britain's communication abilities in the South-East Asia region.

Mr Mills joked that the satellite system, which shares the same name as the fictional military artificial intelligence in the Terminator movie series, has no chance of becoming self-aware.

"This is a hub station for Skynet 5 and before this came Skynet 4, which actually predates the film," he said.

"So I think we had rights to it first."

Communications important during South China Sea dispute

British High Commissioner Menna Rawlings attended a ceremony to open the station and said it highlighted the importance of the area, particularly with tensions remaining high in the South China Sea.

"Territorial disputes over uninhabited rocks and reefs have the potential to generate enough friction in international affairs to spark a confrontation," Ms Rawlings said.

Australian Strategic Policy Institute defence strategy analyst Doctor Malcolm Davis said it was an important strategic move.

"There's an old saying that amateurs talk tactics and professionals talk logistics," Dr Davies said.

"In the information age warfare, logistics of that type of warfare are really about communications.

"This is vital because what it does is extend the UK's ability to communicate with its forces in the Indian Ocean and the Asia Pacific region."

Dr Davies said the facility would be beneficial to Australia as it looked to expand its own military communications.

"Certainly if you read the current Defence White Paper, we've made it very clear that we intend to increase our use of space capabilities through access to commercial satellites and so forth," he said.

Battle Against Pirated Content is Improving, Says WMI Exec

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2016/05/13/battle-against-pirated-content-is-improving-says-wmi-exec/

Australia is likely to see a real breakthrough in the fight against pirated content by year’s end, according to World Media International (WMI) Managing Director Tony Ishak. Exacerbated by the Internet-based nonlinear content distribution such as Over-the-Top (OTT), piracy is a major concern to broadcasters and pay-TV providers. WMI has been working with industry and government over the past two years to introduce a set of copyright infringement laws over the Internet, known as 115A. Ishak said large amounts of pirated content, especially in Australia, amount to a silent threat that has become one of the company’s primary focus points in recent years.

“There are two actions currently in the court in which the 115A laws will be used. The outcomes will allow for a process on how to best use these laws, which in my opinion are the best in the world to tackle Internet piracy. I expect that by the end of this calendar year there will be a substantial fence built around Australia to stop content piracy,” he said.

WMI launched a Direct-to-Home (DTH) service called Mysat in 2004 that provides content catered for the three largest foreign language-speaking groups in Australia: Arabic, Greek and Italian. On average more than 320,000 people watch one or more WMI programs a night. Ishak said satellite is the mainstay for WMI’s content distribution services to end users, but that stolen and illegal content threaten the media business.

“Our focus is on cleaning up the leakage that currently plagues the entire pay-TV ecosystem. This will take a lot of coordinated effort with all the players in Australia. Once the fence is built, then platforms can reclaim lost ground and then start concentrating on new initiatives and capabilities moving forward,” he said.
Ishak said the battle has shifted away from illegal downloads toward streaming service. He cites “card-sharing,” or credential sharing among viewers, as more significant than both of those, however.

“Card-sharing over satellite is largest threat to any satellite business in Australia,” he explained. “This form of piracy was inherited by Foxtel when it purchased Austar, and to date there is no clear strategy in how this should be dealt with once and for all. It is a heavy burden for all the pay media industry in Australia as it requires a collective effort for all parties to work together.

Content owners have to walk a fine line between enabling swift and easy legal distribution of their properties versus enabling easy acquisition and dissemination of those signals illegally, according to Brendan Murray, market analyst at Avascent.

Murray told Via Satellite that pay-TV operators have long relied on Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Conditional Access systems, but said it is not practical to rely exclusively on a technical solution to securing this content. He said similarly that industry realizes it will require collaboration and teamwork to address piracy and content theft.

“Whether it be formalized groups such as the Middle East and North Africa’s (MENA’s) Broadcast Satellite Anti-Piracy Coalition, or specific tactical pairings (America’s Dish TV and TVB with China’s CCTV suing h.TV and their retransmission service), all players in the value chain — broadcasters, pay-TV service providers, satellite operators, teleports, government agencies — recognize the need to band together to identify, remove, and prosecute those who pirate material,” he said.

Murray noted progress on the policy front, mentioning Australia’s recently approved new anti-piracy legislation with the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill of 2015 which gives content owners the right to have Australia’s Federal Court block foreign websites sites that enable illegal distribution pirated material. He said also that a 2015 survey from by Australia’s IP Awareness Foundation found that online piracy has been reduced, at least in part, by the increased availability inexpensive and legal alternatives.

For WMI, combating piracy will continue to be a major focus point. Ishak said that though the company is not seeking to acquire new satellite capacity at this point in time, future decisions will be directly influenced by efforts to curtail access to stolen content today.

“I don’t expect that there is a requirement for more capacity, however, in saying that it depends on what happens in the marketplace with other platforms legal or otherwise and whether they are still operating in 12 months time,” he said.

Thaicom 8 satellite set for launch late this month

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-8-satellite-set-for-launch-late-this-month-30286013.html

Company has agreed to pay fees for Thaicom 7 and 8, ICT minister says

THAICOM is set to launch its Thaicom 8 satellite by the end of this month and has agreed to retroactively pay the fee to the Information and Communications Ministry for reserving orbital slots for the company's satellites, ICT Minister Uttama Savanayana has said.

The retroactive fee payment is for its existing Thaicom 7 satellite and the upcoming Thaicom 8.

The Thailand's sole satellite operator had already informed the ministry and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) about the launch schedule of the Thaicom 8, the minister added.

The ministry and Thaicom have entered into talks on fee payment. According to preliminary talks, Thaicom has agreed to pay the fee to the ministry and the amount it will pay would be finalised within two months, Uttama said.

Given the Thaicom 7 satellite and the upcoming Thaicom 8 do not operate under the ministry's concession, the ministry has asked Thaicom to pay the fee to the ministry as cost of reserving the orbital slots for them.

At the present only the Thaicom 4 (better known as iPSTAR), Thaicom 5 and Thaicom 6 satellites operate under the ministry's concession, while Thaicom 7 and the planned Thaicom 8 and 9 satellites operate under the NBTC's same single licence.

The National Space Affairs Committee, which is co-chaired by the ICT ministry and the Science Ministry, is drawing up a national space policy, and regulations for this fee will be added in.

After the committee completely finishes the policy, the NBTC will also add into the satellite licence conditions that a satellite licence holder will have to pay this fee to the ministry.

The concession for the Thaicom satellites will expire in 2021. This year they are paying 20.5 per cent of gross revenue as the concession fee. From next year to 2021, they will pay a higher fee or 22.5 per cent of gross revenue as the concession fee.

The Thaicom satellites under the NBTC licences pay about five per cent of gross revenue as the annual licence fee throughout the licence term.

The Thaicom 8 will be launched to 78.5 degrees East, and provide South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa with broadcasting and data services. It will have 24 Ku-band transponders.

NBTC secretary-general Takorn Tantasith expects that the new NBTC law, which is still being drafted, will define a clearer role in managing the satellite sector between the ICT Ministry and the NBTC.

The National Legislative Assembly's science and mass communications panel is vetting the draft of the new NBTC law.

Thaicom recently reported consolidated revenue from sales of goods and services for the first quarter this year of Bt 3.210 billion, up by 4.4 per cent year-on-year, mainly contributed by revenues from both satellite business and Internet and media businesses, together with the efficiency of cost and expenses control.

China's New Satellite Launch Center Ready for Test

From http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/05/16/4101s927842.htm

The ship called Yuan Wang carrying the Long March-7 rocket arrives at Qinglan Harbor at south China's Hainan Province on May 14, 2016. [Photo: CCTV News]

The Long March-7, one of China's new generation of carrier rockets arrived at Wenchang on Saturday afternoon.

The rocket will transport cargo for China's planned space station and is expected to become a main carrier for space launches.

Long-March-7 is scheduled to perform its first mission in late June.

The Wenchang Satellite Launch Center, which was established in 2009, will also be tested for its supportive systems.

An undated photo shows the Qinglan Harbor, Hainan province. [Photo: 163.com]

The center is China's newest launch facility, following the Xichang center in Sichuan Province, the Taiyuan center in Shanxi Province and the Jiuquan center in the Inner Mongolia autonomous region.

With a low latitude of 19 degrees north of the equator, the new center is similar in location to the Kennedy space center in the United States.

Huang Jun, a professor with the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, says the advantages of a low latitude launch has three aspects.

"First of all, the large carrier rockets can be transported to the center from sea, so the center can launch spacecraft with heavier payload. Secondly, the low latitude may increase the launching efficiency so as to reduce the launching cost. Thirdly, the launching safety may be greatly improved, for example, the rocket debris will fall into the sea rather than into the inland, so the life and property of people can be well protected."

Yuan Xinli, the chief editor of World Flight magazine, echoed Professor Huang's opinion, adding China has been launching small satellites in Hainan since the 1980s, and all of these performed well.

However, the new launch site also faces some challenges. Because of its geographical position, where it is surrounded by the sea, the weather in Hainan can be quite changeable and humidity can be rather high.

An undated photo shows the launching tower of the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center located in south China's Hainan province. [Photo: 163.com]

Measures have been taken to tackle these problems. More supporting pillars have been built on the launching platform, a facility that is used to transfer a rocket from the assembly building to the launch tower.

The center can also now operate under moderate rain.

The launch of Long March-7 and the Wenchang launch center will help China's space lab mission.

China's second orbiting space laboratory, Tiangong-2, will be launched at the Wenchang center later this year, and it is scheduled to dock with the manned spacecraft Shenzhou-11.

The Tiangong 2 project is a prologue for China's first space station that is planned to be established by 2020.

Models of Long March-5 rocket are displayed at the Wenchang Satellite Launch Center. [Photo: 163.com]

Professor Huang Jun said the Long March-7 and the new space satellite launch center will help push the development of international cooperation in the space industry.

"There are two reasons. one reason is the lower cost of launching, both the carrier rocket and the launch center may contribute to reduce the launching cost, the other reason is the new space satellite launch center can launch various spacecraft including different type of satellites, space lab or station and deep space exploration probes."

RSCC take Ka-band broadband to central Russia

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/539732/rscc-take-ka-band-broadband-to-central-russia/

rscc ka bandRussian satellite operator RSCC has launched Ka-band-based broadband services in central Russia and the Urals via its new Express-AM6 satellite at 53° East.

Russian providers started to offer satellite broadband services in the Ka-band using domestic spacecraft in the Far East and Siberia last year.

Since April 2016, the service area of high-speed satellite system has expanded, now covering the country’s central and southern Ural regions. The service is provided via RSCC’s Express-AM6 (53 ° East) and Express-AM5 (140 ° East) spacecraft. The total length of the coverage area in the Ka-band is 7,000km.

“The project start in the central regions of Russia and the Urals is truly an important event for the Russian satellite communications industry. The experience and expertise accumulated by market participants, and the innovative technology platform which the operators have selected, allow us to offer the individual and business user a quality service of state-of-the-art modern high-speed broadband Internet access,” said RSCC director-general Yuri Prokhorov.

“Implementation of the high-speed internet access project will also contribute to greater competition and, as a consequence, improve the quality and availability to the public of broadband services throughout the territory of Russia.”

Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT partnership for increased satellite connectivity over Japan

From http://www.traveldailynews.asia/news/article/61591/gogo-and-sky-perfect-jsat

Gogo will leverage the JCSAT–5A satellite high throughput beam to increase capacity, which ultimately means better performance for its service to Japan Airlines (JAL).

CHICAGO - Gogo, the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, and SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation ("SKY Perfect JSAT"), Asia's leading provider of satellite services, announced that the two companies have entered into partnership for increased satellite connectivity over Japan.

Gogo will leverage the JCSAT–5A satellite high throughput beam to increase capacity, which ultimately means better performance for its service to Japan Airlines (JAL). To kick off the new agreement, Gogo will be offering passengers on all JAL domestic flights 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi on each flight.

"Gogo has built its networks to be open, which means we can leverage numerous satellites in the Ku-band around the world," said Anand Chari, Gogo's chief technology officer. "SKY Perfect JSAT is the largest satellite operator in Asia and by leveraging their high capacity JCSAT–5A satellite, we are able to deliver more bandwidth at lower costs to customers like JAL and their passengers."

"We are sincerely honored to be a partner with Gogo," stated Shinji Takada, President & Chief Executive Officer, SKY Perfect JSAT. "This year, we are launching several satellites including JCSAT-14 and JCSAT-15 which have very unique Ku-band coverage over Pacific region and Indian ocean region, Further, we have announced to launch Horizons 3e, a newly Ku-band HTS, in 2018. We will continue to satisfy growing demand in the mobility market with our satellites"

Gogo and SKY Perfect JSAT has also partnered to provide satellite communications services over the Pacific region with the new JCSAT-14 satellite which was successfully launched on 6th May.

NovelSat signs agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics

From http://www.satprnews.com/2016/05/16/novelsat-signs-agreement-with-leading-japanese-distributor-sanshin-electronics/

Satellite transmISSion technology leader NovelSat announces it has signed an agreement with leading Japanese distributor Sanshin Electronics.

Founded in November 1951 and based in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Sanshin Electronics is an electronics trading company listed on the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. The company boasts a broad nationwide network with 13 branch offices in Japan. In addition, highly experienced full-time application engineers will support the expansion program of NovelSat products into the Japanese market.

“With the growth in the satellite sector and new opportunities for satellite communications consumers of all types and sizes, we are confident that forming a partnership with NovelSat and its leading satellite transmission technology will contribute to our growth,” comments Yuji Mori, Sanshin Electronics BroadCASting Systems Sales Vice President.

NovelSat is a worldwide technology leader in satellite transmission. Their satellite modems, modulators and demodulators deliver the most bandwidth-efficient signals in the industry. They support and are backward compatible with all industry standards, including DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X. With the optional NovelSat NS4 satellite waveform, satellite users can boost capacity by up to 45% compared with DVB-S2. That means more HD and 4K UHDTV channels and more data without increasing costly satellite bandwidth budgets.

“Building presence in Japan’s satellite communications market is an important part of the NovelSat global strategy,” comments Itzik Wulkan, NovelSat CEO. “With NovelSat technology and Sanshin’s vast experience, capable staff and nationwide reach, we believe that we have a winning combination for accelerated success in the region.”

About NovelSat

NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing next-generation modulation Technologies for satellite communications. NovelSat offers superior spectral efficiency with its NovelSat NS4 satellite transmission software package, which is available in all NovelSat satellite modems, modulators and demodulators. All NovelSat equipment also supports DVB-S, DVB-S2 and DVB-S2X transmission standards. In addition to spectral efficiency, NovelSat offers unmatched resilience algorithms that mitigate the effects of various types interference. NovelSat solutions deliver the satellite industry’s most compelling ROI and the most scalable transmission solutions from 64Kbps to 850Mbps on a single modem.

About Sanshin Electronics

As an electronics trading company, Sanshin Electronics deals with a wide range of semiconductors and electronics parts of both Japanese and overseas manufacturers. Through its tight customer support utilizing a sales network of 13 domestic locations including group companies and 12 overseas locations, as well as its proposals rich in variation derived from a substantial development support network, Sanshin Electronics offers optimal solutions that meet the needs of customers starting with electronics manufacturers.

EU warned against copyright reform

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/16/eu-warned-against-copyright-reform/

Audiences across the EU will lose out substantially if the European Commission presses ahead with plans to erode the territorial exploitation of film and television rights, a new report released at the Festival de Cannes international film festival reveals.

Changes to copyright and other initiatives at the EU level could result in substantially lower levels of investment in TV and film content, with consumer welfare losses worth up to €9.3 billion a year, as a result of those consumers losing access to content they currently enjoy, being charged more, or being priced out completely. The findings appear in a major new study compiled by economic consultancy Oxera and media consultancy Oliver & Ohlbaum.

The EU proposals – outlined in the European Commission’s Digital Single Market strategy in 2015 – would erode the established territorial exploitation of TV and film rights in Europe. But the report, The impact of cross-border access to audiovisual content on EU consumers, warns that rather than improving consumer choice, eroding territorial exploitation would lead to an enormous cost to audiences as well as to the European creative economy, threatening cultural diversity both in production and distribution, thus reducing the volume and quality of original content on offer in the EU.

Key findings of the report include:
•Up to 48 per cent less local TV content in certain genres and 37 per cent less local film production would be produced, with the most marginal / risky content at particular risk of being dropped
•All types of content – international, European and independent local productions – would be negatively affected, threatening cultural diversity
•Even content that still gets made could suffer from reduced production values, impacting the quality of content available to consumers
•Consumers would face higher prices (with some being priced out altogether) or lose access to content they currently enjoy

The report was launched at an event in Cannes with the support of a broad group of sponsors, including film and audiovisual producers, distributors, broadcasters, platforms and film agencies throughout Europe and across the world.

The Commission’s proposals are intended to improve online access to film and television content for European consumers. However, the study demonstrates that the Commission’s proposals actually risk having the opposite effect. It details how the unique characteristics of these industries and the inherently risky nature of content production means that financing models for producing new content rely on the freedom to license content on an exclusive territory by territory basis, thereby attracting pre-production funding. Undermining this freedom would drastically reduce investment in new content, leading to significant negative impacts for viewers.

Senior figures from across the sector have reacted by:
•calling for the integrity of the principle of territoriality to be maintained;
•stating that the European Commission must re-think its proposals to erode the territorial exploitation of film and TV content and avoid any proposals or other initiatives that would undermine film and television licensing and financing, including the decision to license on an exclusive territorial basis;
•declaring that they share the Commission’s objective to develop a stronger digital economy for film and television, but that the Commission must work with, not against the industry to deliver for consumers.

Producers in many European countries have expressed particular concern that undermining the principle of territorial exclusivity would jeopardise their ability to secure public funding and compromise their ability to enter into co-production agreements that secure commercial funds from other countries before filming can begin. For example, the funding of acclaimed TV series such as Poldark and independent films such as A Royal Affair, The Lobster and Amour could be put at risk.

Publication of the report has triggered reaction by a number of senior figures across the European film and television sectors.

John McVay, Chief Executive of Pact, said: “Today’s report underlines that the Commission’s plans will deliver the exact opposite of their stated intentions leaving audiences with a poorer range of content, higher prices and a devastating impact on cultural diversity both in production and distribution. It is vital that they urgently rethink their approach and work closely with industry and member state governments to ensure no changes are made that would end up leaving audiences worse off. We all want to develop a stronger digital economy for film and television. But the Commission must work with, not against the industry to deliver for audiences.”

Peter Dinges, President of the European Association of Film Agencies (EFADs), said: “Every market, even a Digital Single Market, needs products. The EFADs annually invest more than 3 billion Euros to foster a growing audiovisual economy with high quality films made in Europe. However, if the Commission tears a hole in the financing of European films, even the funds cannot fill the gap. High quality products made in Europe would be highly endangered and thus cultural diversity compromised.”

Anders Kjaerhauge, Managing Director of Zentropa, said: “The study clearly demonstrates that undermining the freedom to use territorial exclusivity to raise film financing and to organise the optimal film distribution across various platforms and markets would harm audiences. The result would be a drastic reduction in the range and quality of films produced and distributed for audiences to enjoy across Europe.”

Michael Ryan, Partner at GFM Films, said: “Our focus is always on producing great content and delivering it in a way that audiences can enjoy. We are deeply concerned that the Commission’s proposals will totally undermine the environment that has facilitated a flourishing film / TV market that delivers for consumers. Today’s findings highlight just what is at stake.”

Martin Moszkowicz, CEO of Constantin Film, said: “Filmmakers rely on the revenue generated from territorial exclusivity for film distribution. This report sends a clear warning to the European Commission that their ambitions for cross border access to content would do great damage to a key economic growth sector. The Commission is suggesting that we stop the idea of territorial sales just when the digital market is delivering sustainable models to deliver for audiences while successfully monetising content, allowing continued reinvestment in new production.”

India’s STB deployment booms

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/16/indias-stb-deployment-booms/

India’s cable and DTH operators serving the country’s smaller cities and towns are at long last installing digital set-top boxes. The installations, part of India’s ‘Phase III’ plan to see digital addressable decoder boxes in every home, now total 40.5 million in these Phase III regions.

This is ahead of initial targets set by India’s Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, which was estimated to need 33.19 million STBs.

However, progress could be better. Despite cable MSO’s and DTH broadcasters seeding 5.27 million boxes between February 1st and April 27th, local reports say that progress in some regions is now being stymied because of local Court decisions to halt the drive to distribute boxes.

According to the Television Post news-site, India’s Supreme Court is requiring that the various local petitions and legal actions now be consolidated into one hearing.


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Australian TV industry launches Think TV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/13/australian-tv-industry-launches-think-tv/

In a move that mirrors the creation of the UK TV industry’s marketing body ‘Thinkbox’, Australia’s free-to-air and subscription television broadcasters have formed a new independent industry research and marketing group, Think TV.

For the first time, the two television sectors will align under a new industry body to promote television’s scale and effectiveness for advertisers across all screens.

Think TV, will lead a collective effort from television broadcasters to demonstrate how television advertising in broadcast quality content environments remains profoundly effective and the clear leader among all media channels in terms of advertising impact and return-on investment.

Think TV will also spearhead innovative research programmes that will underpin the effectiveness of broadcast television for advertisers across linear and digital channels.

“Think TV is without doubt the most potent and collaborative initiative that television broadcasters have developed in 20 years,” said Think TV’s inaugural Chairman, Russel Howcroft, Executive General Manager, Network Ten.

“Much industry debate follows the ‘ping pong’ shifts in digital media with many assumptions then linked to television’s impending doom, assumptions which are fundamentally flawed. There is an urgent need to clarify for advertisers conflicting and confusing digital measurement claims and misinformation about the impact of advertising in many digital channels,” he said.

“It’s hardly new news, but advertising in broadcast viewing environments – linear and digital television – remains amazingly resilient, effective and brand safe. Television is not going anywhere, it’s broadcasting everywhere.”

Internationally prominent media academic and commentator, The University of Adelaide’s Professor Karen Nelson-Field, endorsed the formation of Think TV. “The television sector needs an industry body like this to re-establish its baseline. A baseline that has shifted largely due to the falsely generalised sound bites from digital case studies that are quickly turned into ‘best practice’ – often by those who stand to gain the most from their acceptance,” she said.

“Despite the sensationalised claims that television has lost its sparkle, at the end of the day when buying media for the purpose of growing a brand, the two most important considerations are cumulative unduplicated reach potential and audience quality in terms of reaching more light buyers – television ticks both of these boxes.”

“Have I become a television-only evangelist? No. I consider myself media-agnostic and think all media have a role to play. But I do think the pendulum has swung too far and each medium should be considered on its real merits,” she stated.

Think TV’s marketing and research programmes will bring a material contribution to advertiser striving to build robust and real ROI-based approaches to their media planning.

“It’s incredibly cluttered out there for people and advertisers,” Howcroft said. “But television, contrary to popular commentary, remains unrivalled when you look at the amount of time people choose to spend with any content on any screen. Broadcast quality content is also a proven advertiser-friendly environment, which will increasingly become a rare concept.”

An international search has commenced for Think TV’s Chief Executive Officer, who will drive the new group’s agenda. An appointment is expected in June.

Free TV Australia’s marketing team and assets will transfer to Think TV from July 1, Free TV Australia will remain the lobbying and policy development body of free-to-air broadcasters, as will ASTRA for subscription television. Freeview remains a separate consumer marketing arm of the free-to-air industry.

“This is an outstanding initiative by all television broadcasters,” declared Harold Mitchell, Chairman, Free TV. “I’ve been a huge believer for 40 years in the real business results which television advertising delivers. While much has changed in media, television advertising remains the unrivalled leader for impact and effectiveness. Think TV as an independent industry body representing free-to-air and subscription broadcasters will make a definitive contribution to the business case for advertisers.”

Tony Shepherd, Chairman, ASTRA, described Think TV as “a timely and powerful” initiative from subscription and free-to-air broadcasters to cut through many market misconceptions about television viewing and the unquestionable effectiveness to business results that broadcast television advertising delivers. The subscription and free-to-air television sectors are all in on Think TV.”

EPL disappearing from NZ screens

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=11638925

The chances of New Zealand fans seeing the English Premier League on their TV screens next season appears slim.

It might be one of the most interesting eras of English Premier League football but the chances of New Zealand fans seeing the action on their TV screens next season appears slim.

Internet sports streamer Coliseum Sports have held the rights over the last three seasons, but have announced they will not be screening games next season.

It seemed to open the way for Sky TV to pick up the rights in this country but spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the price being asked to broadcast games here makes that highly unlikely.

Doha-based Bein Sports (a subsidiary of Al Jazeera) won the rights late last year, outbidding both Sky and Coliseum, and then tried to on-sell the rights in New Zealand.

Bein Sports' main focus was reportedly setting up an Asia-Pacific Premier League hub, with New Zealand just a small link in the coverage to the region, but Bein failed to secure some big markets, including Australia (Optus).

"We have been in talks with them and are happy to continue talking but where we have got to, it's not looking good," Way said. "The numbers being asked are astronomical and are remarkably higher than what Coliseum paid for them three years ago.

Coliseum have said they are not in the running and I can't see how anyone else [in New Zealand] could do it and come close to breaking even unless they have another reason for doing it.

"We have tried to be creative [to strike a deal] but we are not even close. At Sky, we are EPL fans so there's no lack of willingness [to try to get the rights] but there has to be a sense of reality about negotiations."

Way said they were worried about the effect the continued absence of the Premier League from their channels would have on subscribers.

They have come under pressure from increased competition from the likes of Netflix and Spark's Lightbox and last week told investors the company expect to lose 45,000 customers in the year to the end of June which saw their share price dip 13 per cent that day. Sky expect to have about 830,000 subscribers by the of June.

"Even if our numbers were up, we would be worried," Way said. "The numbers watching the Premier League aren't huge but that doesn't matter. It's a good bit of content and the fans here are passionate."

It could see the proliferation of illegal streaming, which is often an unsatisfying experience for viewers.

Intelsat Taps SSL to Deliver a Communications Satellite for Broadband Networking and Video Distribution

From http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/05/intelsat-taps-ssl-to-deliver-a-communications-satellite-for-broadband-networking-and-video-distribution/

AEHF satelliteIntelsat has selected Space Systems Loral to provide a high-power communications satellite for broadband networking and video distribution services in Africa, Europe and Asia.

The Intelsat 39 will replace the SSL-built Intelsat 902 satellite launched in 2001 and feature both C-band and Ku-band transponders and use the SSL 1300 platform to support various applications such as electric propulsion, SSL said Thursday.

John Celli, SSL president, said that the company looks to continue its working relationship with Intelsat and also collaborate on the development of new features to integrate on the Intelsat 39.

Thierry Guillemin, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Intelsat, said that the company will work to update and optimize the services of its globalized network to address customer demands.

SSL added that the satellite will also be operated using all-electric propulsion and use electric and chemical propulsion to facilitate orbit raising maneuvers.

Eutelsat forcast sends shivers through satellite markets

From http://spacenews.com/eutelsat-sends-shivers-to-satellite-markets-with-revenue-profit-warning/

Eutelsat surprised the market with a substantial reduction in forecasted revenue. The company cited headwinds in Latin America, which has been a focus of Eutelsat's recent investment, as well as in data transmissions globally. Credit: Eutelsat PARIS — Eutelsat on May 12 delivered a multiple-warhead bomb to its investors — and by extension to the entire fixed satellite services industry — slashing revenue forecasts on weakness in its data transmissions, U.S. military, consumer broadband and Latin American operations and even in its gilded Hot Bird direct-to-home television business in Europe. The results, announced after the markets closed in Europe, caused Eutelsat stock to drop 30 percent in trading on May 13. Shares of competitors SES of Luxembourg, Intelsat of Luxembourg and the United States, Inmarsat of London and AsiaSat of Hong Kong were also down sharply. Eutelsat said its planned capital spending of 500 million euros ($566 million) per year for the coming years would be “substantially” reduced, with details to come in July during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call. Eutelsat’s fiscal year ends June 30. ) It was unclear what committed spending could be reversed on short notice. Eutelsat currently has five satellites on order.

The first, Eutelsat 117 West B, is scheduled for launch in mid-June aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The second, the Eutelsat 172B, is scheduled for launch in early 2017 and has been partially booked by Panasonic Avionics for aeronautical broadband service in the Asia-Pacific. In a brutal quarterly earnings-call baptism as Eutelsat’s new chief executive, Rodolphe Belmer said the company, which has made Latin America a focus of its recent investment, was surprised at the magnitude of the collapse in Latin American data business. In particular, he said recent Eutelsat satellites launched over Latin America have had much slower take-up rates than predicted, in part because of the arrival of high-throughput satellites operated by competitors Intelsat and Telesat. Belmer said Eutelsat’s high-throughput satellite investment would remain limited to consumer and small-business broadband services because the outlook for data delivery is bad. Even operators of high-throughput satellites are likely to feel the pain, Belmer said, as the hoped-for new business generated by these satellites’ low per-megahertz prices has not yet materialized. Paris-based Eutelsat is the world’s third-largest commercial satellite fleet operator when measured by revenue. Two-thirds of its business is in television delivery, a sector that continues to grow as broadcasters move from standard- to high-definition programming, and soon to ultra-high-definition television. In Eutelsat’s case, this business has long counted on the highly profitable Hot Bird fleet over Europe.

But even this business is showing signs of strain as Eutelsat’s Hot Bird distributors have trouble selling the capacity for which they had contracted. Worried that these companies would cut prices to sell the bandwidth, Eutelsat is taking back capacity from under-performing distributors to maintain the premium that the Hot Bird fleet has always been able to charge by virtue of the television lineup already on board. While Hot Bird remains “the jewel in the fleet,” Belmer said, Eutelsat has developed mini-Hot Bird-type orbital slots at 7 and 8 degrees west in Arabic nations; at 7 degrees East over Turkey; and among Russian broadcasters at 36 degrees East and 56 degrees East. An African direct-to-home business is showing progress at 16 degrees East. Belmer said pricing in these regions started low and are now beginning to rise with the virtuous-circle effect of more broadcasters with more programming attracting more viewers, which in turn attract more broadcasters on Eutelsat satellites. Eutelsat’s business with government customers, mainly the U.S. Defense Department, has shown softness with the reduced U.S. troop presence in Iraq and Afghanistan. But the company had hoped that its increasingly global presence would help stabilize this business. That has not happened yet. Eutelsat Deputy Chief Executive Michel Azibert said during the conference call that in the latest round of contract renewals, the U.S. Defense Department negotiated prices that were 65 percent of the levels of similar capacity contracted five years ago. Azibert said the U.S. military’s “tougher procurement process and the competitive intensity” on evidence in the latest bidding round have lowered prices but not materially affected Eutelsat’s share of the total business. He said the company succeeded in winning 85 percent of its previous contracts.

Eutelsat’s results were the first concrete evidence of the early effects on the existing market of high-throughput satellites, whose multiple spot beams permit the reuse of radio frequency to offer much lower-cost bandwidth compared to conventional wide-beam satellites. That allows fleet operators to sharply reduce the per-megahertz cost of bandwidth. The fear has been that this new technology will render obsolete much of the wide-beam capacity and cannibalize business in those companies operating high-throughput satellites alongside traditional spacecraft. This thesis has been most publicly advanced by ViaSat Inc. of Carlsbad, California, which is fielding several high-throughput Ka-band satellites for global broadband connectivity and does not have a legacy business with conventional satellites.

ViaSat has said, in effect, that the traditional satellite industry cannot adopt the new technology because it would accelerate the collapse of much of this industry’s existing business. Other satellite operators have countered that the lower per-megahertz prices would stimulate new users of satellite bandwidth – including the Internet of Things, aeronautical and maritime mobility and the connected car — that ultimately will outweigh the initial loss in revenue. Intelsat and Telesat both launched high-throughput satellites serving Latin American in recent months. Belmer agreed that the idea behind high-throughput satellites is to grow the satellite sector into areas that heretofore have not been customers. “That is the theory,” Belmer said. “For the moment, that’s not what we see in the field. I cannot give you positive elements on that front.” He said Eutelsat’s high-throughput investment would be limited to providing broadband access to consumers and small businesses, even though the company’s first endeavor in this sector, with the Ka-Sat satellite, has stopped growing because of a lack of capacity in high-demand regions of Britain and France. Ka-Sat subscribers totaled 185,000 as of March 31, down from 190,000 on Dec. 31. Eutelsat still has not announced how it will add capacity to resume growth. No satellite has been ordered. Belmer said Eutelsat would disclose to investors in July the measures it will take to better position itself in the market. “We have taken the full measure of the factors leading to an industry-wide slowdown in momentum,” Belmer said. “We are adapting to this environment with a wide-ranging review of our organization and of our strategic priorities, which will notably include a downward review of our capital expenditures.”

NFL, YouTube expand partnership

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/13/nfl-youtube-expand-partnership/

The National Football League (NFL) and YouTube have announced a renewal to their strategic partnership, strengthening the relationship between the sports league and online video platform.

Since launching its channel in 2015, NFL content on YouTube has garnered almost 900 million views. As part of the multi-year renewal, the official NFL channel on YouTube will contain an expanded amount of content, providing fans an even greater variety of NFL video to watch.

Today, the NFL’s official channel on YouTube carries game previews, in-game highlights, post-game recaps as well as clips featuring news, analysis, fantasy football advice, and other select content from NFL Media properties.

As part of the renewal, and for the first time ever on YouTube, the NFL will make available some of the most exciting games in NFL history. Three of the most memorable games for each of the 32 clubs in the NFL will be posted to the NFL’s official channel on YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season. Additionally, more NFL content, including game highlights uploaded to YouTube while games are in progress, will be available through Google Search.

“This expansion of our partnership will make it easier than ever for the millions of highly engaged avid and casual fans on YouTube and Google to discover and access an even greater variety of some of the most valuable content in the sports and entertainment business,” said Hans Schroeder, Senior Vice President, Media Strategy, Business Development, & Sales for the National Football League. “Our fans continue to demonstrate an insatiable appetite for NFL digital video content online.”



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Gogo Partners with SKY Perfect JSAT to Increase Satellite Connectivity Over Japan

From http://sonoranweeklyreview.com/gogo-partners-with-sky-perfect-jsat-to-increase-satellite-connectivity-over-japan-nasdaqgogo/

Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ:GOGO) said Wednesday it formed a partnership with Asian satellite operator SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. for increased satellite connectivity over Japan. The provider of in-flight broadband solutions said it will leverage a satellite high throughput beam to boost capacity, which will ultimately deliver better performance for its services on board Japan Airlines flights. To kick off the new agreement, Gogo said it will provide 15 minutes of free Wi-Fi on all JAL domestic flights. GOGO shares were up two cents in recent trade, moving in the lower half of the 52-week range of $7.90 to $23.20.

The stock is down 1.32% or $0.13 after the news, hitting $9.75 per share. About 362,169 shares traded hands. Gogo Inc (NASDAQ:GOGO) has declined 38.63% since October 5, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed by 43.53% the S&P500.

Gogo Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides communications services to the commercial and business aviation markets in the United States and internationally. The company operates three segments: Commercial Aviation North America, Commercial Aviation Rest of World, and Business Aviation. The Commercial Aviation North America segment provides in-flight connectivity and wireless digital entertainment solutions to commercial airline passengers flying routes that generally begin and end within North America.

The Commercial Aviation Rest of World segment provides in-flight connectivity and wireless digital entertainment solutions to passengers flying on foreign-based commercial airlines and flights of North American based commercial airlines. The Business Aviation segment provides equipment for in-flight connectivity along with voice and data services to the business aviation market. This segmentÂ’s services include Gogo Biz, an in-flight broadband service that utilizes its ATG network and ATG spectrum, and satellite-based voice and data services through strategic alliances with satellite companies. This segment serves original equipment manufacturers of business aircraft; aftermarket dealers; and fractional jet operators, as well as government and military entities through a distribution network of independent certified dealers. The company was founded in 1991 and is headquartered in Itasca, Illinois.

Remarkable speed to orbit for SES-9

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/92820/

SES-9 is a huge communications satellite and its primary mission is to provide DTH signals over India, South Asia and Indonesia. It was only launched on March 5th (on a Falcon-9 rocket by SpaceX) and is already in orbit, and being fully tested prior to being located in its final orbital position (at 108.2 deg East).

SES-9 will replace NSS-11, and as well as replacement capacity it also brings considerable expansion – and more powerful – transponders to its coverage. As well as DTH transmissions, the existing SES client list includes Data and Video traffic, and VSAT. SES-9 also has two powerful Maritime beams to aid clients.

Deepak Mathur (SVP/Asia-Pacific & ME, at SES) happily gave full credit to SpaceX for helping deliver SES-9 to a “superb transfer orbit, and it looks like saving more than four weeks, perhaps more, over the expected three-to-four months that is normal for an all-electric satellite. Even better is that the electric thrusters themselves have given us about a 10 per cent improvement on the journey. I am super-excited by this new satellite. It has been 3.5 years since design and we cannot wait to get it into position.”

UK IP Minister slams pirate STBs

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/uk-ip-minister-slams-illegal-stbs/

UK Minister for Intellectual Property Baroness Pauline Neville-Rolfe has launched the Government’s intellectual property (IP) enforcement strategy, highlighting the threat of illegal streaming services and set-top boxes.

The strategy document – Protecting creativity, supporting innovation: IP enforcement 2020 – lays out the areas that the government sees as the most pressing priorities, and some of the work that it sees as most necessary to make sure that IP enforcement works.

“In some ways we start from a favourable position. The UK has done well in recent years, being ranked highly for its IP system, and its enforcement environment in particular. But we must work tirelessly to keep ahead of the game,” she said at a launch event.

According to Neville-Rolfe, the first piece of this was to ensure that we know our enemy. “Good evidence, and clear intelligence, about the harm caused by infringement and the business models that facilitate and profit from it, are central to an effective response.”

“That is why I have asked the Intellectual Property Office to develop a robust methodology for measuring the harm caused by IP infringement. I have tasked them with developing a comprehensive scoreboard to be published annually, combining data on the prevalence of civil and criminal IP infringement with the outcomes of enforcement activity and the best available estimates of their impact.”

“This means better reporting in the criminal justice system, better reporting of court cases and a deeper understanding of consumer behaviours and emerging trends. The IPO has been supporting industry and enforcement agencies with its IP Crime Intelligence Hub, and has built links into the police and trading standards to share that intelligence,” she noted,

“We must also stem the tide of infringing material online. The Prime Minister has announced a universal service obligation for broadband of 10 megabytes for every household by 2020. That will be amazing for consumers and legitimate online businesses, but an open door for pirates to push out yet more infringing content,” she admitted.

“We need to make it easier for consumers to recognise legitimate content, and to understand the harm caused by piracy. We also need to find a new model for notice and takedown which does not require rights holders to send millions of notices only to see the same content reposted as soon as it is taken down,” she said.

“We have had some successes here, with the creation of the Infringing Website List now beginning to starve pirate sites of the advertising money they need to survive, but we must push this approach out further, to other intermediaries and to other territories,” she declared.

Having announced the UK’s intention to toughen penalties for online copyright infringement, it has also called on the EU as part of its work on the digital single market to protect the system of website blocking injunctions we have developed in the UK, and to ensure those same injunctions are available in other member states.

She noted that set-top boxes capable of accessing infringing broadcasts were initially an issue in business premises especially of pubs taking the opportunity to screen football matches without a valid subscription.

“But more recently, as we will hear later, these set-top boxes have entered the mainstream consumer market. And I can see the appeal. If the only factor guiding a purchase decision is price, then a set-top box which allows you to watch countless premium channels for a modest one off payment is an attractive option,” she admitted.

“But perhaps this also gives us an insight into the solution. We must work to educate consumers as to what exactly their bargain entails. If they knew that by buying these boxes and watching infringing streams they were directly damaging the future of their favourite programmes they might think twice.”

“This is not an easy message to get across. But in truth this is the tragedy of the commons writ large. Consumers understand that deliberate infringement has consequences, but many don’t think they themselves really bear any responsibility. That is the mind-set we have to change,” she stated.

“Working with businesses to promote diverse sources of legal content will help to ensure that ‘it’s easier to infringe’ or ‘I can’t get it elsewhere’ are no longer valid excuses for infringement. And educating consumers directly as to the effect their choices have, following the mould of the ‘Get it Right from a Genuine Site’ campaign, will help us build momentum for behaviour change,” she suggested.

“Set-top boxes and IPTV constitute a disruptive technology. Both the boxes, and the online services which they access have legitimate uses, but they have been subverted on a massive scale. The business of satellite and cable broadcasting is a multi-billion pound industry in Europe and brings a wide range of cultural, sporting, educational and leisure programmes to an immense audience.”

She noted that broadcast content was an area where the UK has a strong position. “The reach of content like the English Premier League is truly global and there is hardly a corner of the earth that does not know about Manchester United and other British teams. I understand Leicester City led to chanting in the streets in Thailand and is being wooed for a Harvard Case Study,” she advised.

“Now broadcasting has come a long way since John Logie-Baird demonstrated the first working TV. The days of a monolithic central broadcaster producing all of their own content and beaming it out into the world with a big transmission tower are long gone. Broadcasters and content owners today support a massive network of jobs and industry. In addition, the infrastructure of the delivery companies creates employment and revenue that benefits the community and governments as well as shareholders,” she noted.

“Examples of this ecosystem include the domestic manufacturing industry that makes the receiver kit – decoders, the software industry that provides the systems and the security around them, the call centres that handle consumer issues…the list goes on.”

“The value of protecting the delivery of pay to view broadcasts was and has been recognised in the extension of legislation to protect the decoders necessary to receive the signal, allowing subscription services to generate income. It is already illegal to circumvent the security of such devices,” she advised.

“However, as technology has developed and broadband speeds have increased, it is now entirely possible to receive programmes in high quality over the Internet avoiding the use of decoders entirely,” she admitted. “Quite simply the original broadcast is captured at illegal data centres that can be located anywhere and is then re-transmitted as streamed signals over the Internet.

“Set-top boxes, which I must stress have perfectly legitimate uses, are then supplied pre-loaded with apps that can either be used to subscribe to an illegal site or get content for free whilst the site operator generates income from advertising,” she said.

“These devices have quickly become widely available. In the first instance they appeared in pubs and clubs and the industry has invested huge time and effort in challenging them, However, they are now so prevalent that individual consumers are buying them in their droves, and getting free access to copyright material from any broadcaster, anywhere in the world.”

“The threat this poses to the industry is huge and already we have seen specialist providers such as one London-based small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) serving the ex-pat Chinese community being put out of business, with the loss of 50 jobs in London.”

“But this is not an easy problem to crack. The industry in the UK has done everything to ensure that where action can be taken it is. And we are confident that data centres streaming content illegally are very rare in the UK. But the Internet knows no borders, and services based in more tolerant regimes overseas are having a direct impact upon our broadcasters, and our content creators.”

“We also have the fact that the devices themselves are not illegal – as I have mentioned they have legitimate uses and we cannot forget that. Because it is the use they are put to, rather than the devices themselves which are the problem – it is unlikely that they can be successfully regulated like de-coders. In any case as smart TVs become more widely used set-top boxes will not be needed, as the TV itself will just need the right apps to access illegal content,” she suggested.

“But this does not mean we are powerless. Officials in the UK and Europe have sought to influence our Chinese colleagues, so that they consider how they might restrict their manufacture and supply. I myself have visited China as a minister and have discussed exactly these sort of issues. We are also acting at home, to prove to the world that we are willing to clean up our own back yard as well and tackle the demand side of the equation. Recently arrests have been made under conspiracy to defraud legislation, targeting those criminals who commercially order and supply set-top boxes with the intention that they will be used to illegally receive IPTV,” she advised.

“We think this is an effective approach and our work has been a major help to Hong Kong Customs in developing their own ability to prosecute traders in set-top boxes using similar legislation. But despite these small glimmers of light, it is clear that we need some new thinking in this area. The satellite and cable industries and broadcasters continue to invest in better security and enforcement, but it is also clear that the criminals are serious and this sort of organised crime generates huge profits,” she admitted. It is no coincidence that data centres for illegal streaming services tend to be concentrated in places like Russia and the Ukraine and are linked closely to dedicated fraud sites.”

She said she would love to be able to propose a solution, or to announce some targeted new law which would make everything better, but admitted “we are not there yet. That is why we have asked you here today. We must first gather the evidence and intelligence we need. Only then can we look at the legislative framework, at the role of education and awareness raising, and at how we can facilitate closer work within the industries affected.”

“There is no single device or clever trick which solve these sort of problems, but as our strategy lays out, we need instead to develop and maintain an entire toolbox of interventions and remedies,” she concluded.

Discovery invests in India’s FoodFood

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/12/discovery-invests-in-indias-foodfood/

Discovery Communications has announced an agreement to partner with Indian celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, by acquiring a majority share in Turmeric Vision Private Limited, which owns and operates pay-TV network, FoodFood, and its digital products.

Discovery says its investment in FoodFood underscores its strategy to deepen and expand its presence in India to grow audience share across all screens, and to complement and strengthen its existing portfolio of female and lifestyle brands including TLC and ID. Kapoor, will continue to star in and produce programming for FoodFood as its brand ambassador, and will remain a minority shareholder in the business.

Arthur Bastings, President & Managing Director, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “Discovery’s investment in FoodFood further boosts our presence in this important market and broadens our portfolio by adding a category of content that people love. We are excited to partner with the exceptionally talented team, including culinary guru Sanjeev Kapoor, who singlehandedly revolutionised the food television genre in India. Sanjeev’s creative flair and personality combined with Discovery’s content and operational expertise is the perfect recipe for FoodFood’s evolution.”


Optus D2 12546V "Hillsong TV" is new FTA starting June 1 ..currently showing a promo

From my Email

Via Josh Hill

SKY will terminate the regional satellite feeds on 12707 and combine to 1 feed on the 12519 TP along with the move of Edge TV and Four Plus 1

Test 1 will be PRIME (SD) SID: 1530 PID: 8183 VPID: 1013 AID: 1113
Test 2 will be FOUR PLUS1 (SD) SID: 1510 PID: 8184 VPID: 1014 AID: 1114
Test 2 will be Edge TV(SD) SID: 1511 PID: 8185 VPID: 1015 AID: 1115

(Craig's comment, all have been up for the past few days currently showing colour bars)

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB、Perviy kanal(蒙古)频道消失,设置12519 H 27200参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Ohotnik i Rybolov、Ddish TV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12272 H 33333参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shagun TV替换Velicham TV(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,4 Real News(印度)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sangeet Marathi替换Signal(印度)频道,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文(ABS)等频道解密,设置11165 H 44000参数免费接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors Kannada 2(印度)频道消失,设置3850 V 14400参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Om Bangla(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。 [5月11日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、凤凰资讯、NHK(ABS)频道重现,设置11165 H 44000参数有条件接收。 [5月11日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,MNB(蒙古)等频道新增,设置12519 H 27200参数免费接收。 [5月11日]

东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Cinema 1(电影)频道新增,设置4165 H 5040参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,All Sports Network(高清)频道解密,设置3960 H 29700参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(Shinsat)频道新增,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(索马里)频道改频率,设置3560 H 2083参数免费接收。 [5月10日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,SK Movie(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3800 H 2860参数无效接收。 [5月10日]


Win for footy fans with Channel Seven games shown in HD

From http://www.sen.com.au/news/afl/05-16/win-for-footy-fans-with-channel-seven-games-shown-in-hd#4xYTGIFqS4zwB3E7.97

Victorian and South Australian football fans who have long complained about being unable to watch free-to-air coverage in high definition have had a major victory.

The Age has reported that starting from Friday night’s Adelaide vs Geelong match, which sees Patrick Dangerfield return to his former club, all games simulcast on Channel Seven will be presented in high definition.

These games will be shown in HD on a new digital channel- Channel 70, which went to air today, or they can be still seen on the primary channel in standard definition.

When signing the new $2.5 billion broadcast rights deal with Foxtel and Telstra last year to take place between 2017-2021, Seven boss Kerry Stokes had identified broadcasting games in HD at some stage this year.

Calls have been so strong for the AFL to be broadcast in HD is that there is a twitter account - @AFLinHDpls - with more than 63,000 followers.

Foxtel, through Fox Footy and Fox Sports, has provided HD coverage on subscription television throughout the current media rights agreement.

Sky TV should 'bite the bullet' and cut $49 price of Sky Basic: analyst

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79817913/Sky-TV-should-bite-the-bullet-and-cut-49-price-of-Sky-Basic-analyst

Sky spends just over a third of its revenues buying and making programmes.

Sky Television should consider cutting the price of its satellite television service, an analyst says.

Another analyst agreed Sky needed to look at all options and could no longer count on being able to raise its prices.

Sky warned investors it expected to lose 45,000 satellite television customers in the year to the end of June.

Analyst Morningstar said it was now time for Sky TV to "bite the bullet".

Sky had enjoyed a "stranglehold on key content", but that was now being eroded by internet television services, Morningstar said.

Customers were getting "more demanding" and less willing to pay for traditional channel bundles, it said.

"We believe the time has come for management to bite the strategic bullet and consider lowering its prices."

That was even if Sky might be reluctant to see customers' average spend fall from $80 a month.

"Sky's value proposition is losing lustre against the $10-per-month products offered by streaming providers such as Netflix," Morningstar said.

"By lowering the basic tier price of $49 per month, Sky may be able to stem the subscriber losses and have a better chance to showcase its superior content library – for example, exclusive rugby – and product offerings such as Neon, FanPass."

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin agreed Sky needed to look at "all the options" to stem its subscriber losses.

But Sky's basic charge needed to recover the cost of its set-top boxes and it would need to weigh things up.

Australian pay-TV operator Foxtel cut its prices about 15 months ago to get more subscribers on board, Galpin said.

Whether or a not a price-cut was in the wings, "I don't predict that they can put prices up", he said.

Sky might tweak the price of some plans, but if it increased the price of some services it would need to cut the price of others, he said.

Sky Television spokeswoman Kirsty Way said the company had no comment.

The company's shares have fallen by 22 per cent since it issued its subscriber warning on Friday, giving up the gains they had made in a 10-week bull-run which Galpin said had occurred during a period of "no new news".

SSL delivers BRIsat satellite for Indonesian bank

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ssl-delivers-brisat-satellite-for-indonesian-bank--1142975

Space Systems Loral (SSL), a provider of commercial satellites, has announced that the BRIsat satellite, designed and built for Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Persero) (BRI), has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana. The satellite is scheduled for launch aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. BRI will use the satellite to provide a dedicated platform for banking connection services for Indonesian customers.

BRIsat is a communications satellite dedicated to a financial institution, and will provide both C-band and Ku-band coverage of Indonesia and South East Asia. Positioned at 150.5 degrees East longitude, the satellite is expected to enable BRI to provide secure banking communications for more than 10,600 operational branches, 236,939 electronic channel outlets, and almost 53 million customers across the Indonesian archipelago.

BRIsat is based on the SSL 1300 satellite platform, and is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer. SSL is also providing BRI with a complete ground system, which includes two satellite control facilities, as well as training, and launch support services.

APAC: UHD TV market doubles in last year

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/11/apac-uhd-tv-market-doubles-in-last-12-months/

Amidst a slightly weakened TV market in the Asia Pacific region in the first three months of the year, a shining star in the form of the Ultra HD segment turned in a stellar performance. Nearly 590,000 of the most advanced and high-end TV models were sold across the 11 markets surveyed, translating to over one (12 per cent) in every 10 TV sets.

In January to March 2016, the APAC TV market was valued at around $2.4 billion, generated by sales of 4.9 million units across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. This represents a slight decline by 2 per cent in both volume and value terms compared to the same period last year.

Four of the markets in the region—Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea and Hong Kong all reported positive performances, with Taiwan and Vietnam leading with double digit sales volume growth of 21 and 12 per cent.

“Although some TV markets turned in lackluster performances, there were others reporting healthy growth which helped to balance out the region’s overall performance,” noted Gerard Tan, Account Director for Technology, Asia. “Generally, the latest focus in TV is on the UHD technology, also known as 4K TV, where we see rising take-up in every single market in the region.”

According to latest GfK findings, individual markets in the region registered between 50 to 555 per cent demand surges in their respective UHD segment, with Vietnam and Korea being the fastest growing and largest markets respectively. Singapore and Hong Kong are the top two markets with highest sales penetration of UHD models – over one in three TV sets purchased by consumers in these two countries in the first quarter of the year was of UHD technology. The segment has also become the biggest contributor of total TV sales revenue in these two markets, at around 65 per cent for both.

“Receptivity towards UHD TV technology is growing at a fast pace, thanks to several key factors such as the increased number of model offerings and consumers’ becoming more knowledgeable of this technology and its benefits,” said Tan. “The price and competition factor has also helped pushed sales as the product has become more affordable compared to a year ago.”

The region’s consumers tend to prefer UHD TV with large screen sizes 55 inch and above. Over half (53 per cent) of all UHD TV sold are of this size, although some growth was evident in the 40 – 45 inch segment in the past year. Countries which sold the greatest proportion of the 60 inch and above UHD TV models in the first quarter were Australia (37 per cent), Malaysia (27 per cent), and Korea (27 per cent).

“The availability of more UHD-subscribed content being launched in Asia will certainly help to continue spurring the robust growth of the UHD TV segment,” Tan said. “The overall TV market for this year is expected to be positive—with the anticipated 4 per cent growth by Southeast Asia’s emerging economies contributing to the Asia region’s forecasted growth of 2 per cent to reach 18.6 million sales units,” he concluded.

Nigeria To Launch Two New Satellites To Space – Minister

From https://www.informationng.com/2016/05/nigeria-to-launch-two-new-satellites-to-space-minister.html

The Minister of Communications, Mr Adebayo Shittu, Tuesday said Nigeria would launch two additional satellites to space to improve local communication capacity.

Shittu said businesses in Nigeria were skeptical of linking the only satellite Nigeria has because of fear of crash.

The minister, speaking during a town hall meeting in Kaduna on the one year anniversary of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, said legislation would be made to protect investment, patronage and compel Nigerian institutions to host their information locally.

Shittu said the administration would encourage e-government to cut bureaucratic bottlenecks.

He added that the government would invest N2.1 billion to reposition the Galaxy Backbone Limited, which serves as the public service connectivity clearing house.

“Already, we are making effort to get funding both locally and from foreign partners for the completion of the project”, he said

“Once it is completed, it would be possible for government to store all its information”.

The minister announced plans to turn the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) into a conglomerate, by fully utilising its vast assets located in 2,500 towns and cities across Nigeria.
“Soon, NIPOST would become big business, a conglomerate, he said”.

He said the plan included the creation of a NIPOST bank to promote financial inclusiveness in rural areas.
“To allow for rural inquisitiveness in financial services, if you have your parent in the rural area without bank you can now use the post office to send money and in real time the money is being received.

“We will also have NIPOST insurance to take care of insurance services and NIPOST logistics and transport service”.
He said such services would be in line with global trend.

“If you look at the NIPOST facilities, they are virtually in every location.
“We think that we can have NIPOST properties where private sectors can invest in constructing high rise residential buildings, malls and shopping complex on a public private partnership basis”.

He said this development would generate revenue for government and improve the nation’s economy.
Shittu told the audience that the Digital Bridges Institute located in Abuja would be turned into an ICT university.
He said it would be dedicated to producing high level manpower for the ICT industry in Africa.
“Opportunities would be opened for our children to enlist in the university to train for top jobs in the ICT industry”. (NAN)

French channel TV5Monde Asie ties up with Tata Sky to enter Indian market

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/movie-channels/french-channel-tv5monde-asie-ties-up-with-tata-sky-to-enter-indian-market-160510

MUMBAI: French language channel TV5Monde Asie is now available in India on Tata Sky.

The French-language network is accessible to Tata Sky subscribers through its English news pack on channel No. 537.

With this move, the channel has aimed to extend its reach to additional 15 million homes in India. The network's current reach is over 75 million subscribers in Asia-Pacific and 300 million homes worldwide.

TV5Monde APAC MD Alexandre Muller said, “Thanks to Tata Sky, we are not only strengthening the availability of TV5Monde Asie all over India, but also providing more options to viewers in the country. This new partnership will entitle French language ‘’addicts’’ and Francophiles to benefit from our exclusive content. “

The deal was completed by TV5Monde’s India representative, Catvision Ltd, who has been representing the French-speaking channel since 1998.

The channel offers a wide variety of exclusive subtitled prime time films, world-class sports events, high-quality documentaries, kids’ programs, cooking and design lessons, as well as exciting game shows and in-depth coverage of international news.

Neo Sports soon available on Tata Sky

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/neo-sports-soon-available-on-tata-sky-160509

MUMBAI: Neo Sports inked a deal with Tata Sky, the channel will now be available on Tata Sky.

This mutual and resurgent association will see a major value addition to the sports viewers in India.

Neo Sports distribution platforms EVP Dilip Sharan said, “Having had a great working relationship with Tata Sky in the past, we are extremely delighted to have Tata Sky as our strong business partner! We look forward to engaging with them in creating much greater value for the industry as a whole. We now propose to flash fabulous sports content that shall be covered by Tata Sky. This will indeed mean tremendous value addition to the viewer”

Neo Sports with its extensive coverage of both popular as well as premium sports offerings and Tata Sky with its deep penetrative reach in every part of the country shall fulfill the appetite of the avid sports enthusiast.

With this formidable combination of Neo Sports and Tata Sky, there should be exciting times in the sports broadcast arena. It is a win-win for Tata Sky subscribers & avid fans following their sport on Neo Sports network to watch some fantastic events like the evergreen grand slam tennis tournament - French Open; top notch football championships like Copa Italia, French Cup and the biggest of all FIFA Club World Cup along with the weekends Dutch league Eredivisie would now have a wider reach.

Cricket’s new excitement BPL (Bangladesh Premier League), the Afghanistan & Zimbabwe cricket series and premium Gold PGA tours add to the world class tourneys.

This entire development will add another dimension to Neo Sports & Tata Sky which will be whole heartedly welcomed by the viewers


No update


Sunday feeds

D1 12419 V 7000 "City vs Country NRL"

Saturday feed

D1 12643 v 7200 AFL footy

From my Email

From Chris Kenny via Facebook

New Ku satellite to keep an eye on. I think it is apstar 9 @142 or could be express am5 @140. Strong data signal received here in Melbourne on 1.8m dish 15db snr.
11614 H 30000 32apsk
11454 H 1000 32apsk

From Tony Drexal

A channel that I monitor every day to see when it returns free (only for a short time I realize) came alive between 2pm and 7pm South Australian time TODAY.
Trace Urban on Asia sat 5.

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12546 H Chinese TV 2/3 and Phoenix Chinese Channel have left .
Optus D1 160.0E 12581 H "NHK World Premium, Chinese TV 5 and TVNZ Kidzone 24" have left.

Express AM5 140.0E 10981 V "TV AIST has started on , encrypted. Telekanal Spas" is now encrypted.
Express AM5 140.0E 11530 H "Juvelirochka" is Fta.
Express AM5 140.0E 11557 H "TV 1000 Comedy HD" is now encrypted.

Palapa D 113.0E 3952 V "Global TV" has left again.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3960 H "Trace Urban Southeast Asia" is Fta.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Vaanavil TV and Nirmana News" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4008 H "Thai PBS, TV 3 Family, Thai Channel 8, TV 3 SD and TV 3 HD" have started on ,Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4016 H "Thai PBS" has started on , Fta.
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4080 HThai TV 5 HD1, TNN 24, New TV, Bright TV 20, Nation TV, Workpoint 23, True 4U, GMM 25, Now 26, Mono 29, One HD 31, Amarin 34 HD, BBTV Channel 7 and PPTV HD 36 have started on , BISS.

Apstar 7 76.5E 3682 H "ATN News" has started on, Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E 3998 H "ATN News" is back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4090 H "STV Haryana News" is back on , Fta

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Optus brushes off tech concerns for English Premier League live streaming

From http://www.afr.com/technology/web/optus-brushes-off-tech-concerns-for-english-premier-league-live-streaming-20160506-gooihw

Optus has insisted that its technology and broadband infrastructure will be robust enough to handle the demands of live streaming multiple English Premier League football matches at once next season, despite experts, including NBN chief executive Bill Morrow, saying existing infrastructure is not up to the task.

The country's second largest telco revealed last week that it will deliver the exclusive football coverage it won from Foxtel last November entirely via the internet, with only one live match a week being screened on traditional broadcast television via SBS.

With less than one million Australian homes connected to the national broadband network, social media was immediately alight with fans concerned that - even if they can subscribe - they will be left watching laggy or low quality images.

Last year Optus chief executive Allen Lew said the telco would be upgrading its data centres, part of its core network and services to ensure it is capable of delivering the services to all customers. He went as far as promising that its broadcasts would be able to handle high-quality 4K pictures.

However, Mr Morrow warned that for large parts of the country not yet connected to the NBN, older infrastructure had not been upgraded and some consumers would be left with poor experiences.

Technical challenges

"You can't really say that everyone can suddenly move to online streaming for sports without that broadcast network, because some places don't get it," Mr Morrow said.

"Telstra obviously stopped deploying some of the ADSL equipment ... and we know there are certain areas out there where some homes have access to DSL services with maybe 3 to 7 MBPS, but their neighbours can't get it because Telstra doesn't have the exchange equipment any more and they are not investing in it any more, rightfully so."

Optus is offering a satellite service for some prospective EPL customers that live in remote areas, but it will be much more expensive and not available to all homes.

Asked about its ability to deliver NBN to the broadcast standard that viewers have come to expect from Foxtel, Optus declined to be interviewed, instead insisting in a short statement that things will be fine.

"The introduction of streaming services and the growing popularity of video content is causing a shift in consumer behaviour. Optus is responding by optimising its fixed and mobile networks to ensure the best possible video streaming experience," it said.

Telsyte analyst Alvin Lee said Optus would be helped that most live EPL games fall outside of peak broadband usage times in Australia of 5-10 pm and that the NBA and MLB in the US had successfully delivered live streaming services. However it would require significant investment in systems including distributed servers known as content delivery networks (CDN), which help ensure fast and high-quality video streams.

"In areas with slow broadband, consumers might have difficulty viewing real-time online content, especially if their broadband connection is being used by multiple devices at the same time," Mr Lee said.

"Telsyte research shows that the average consumer has nine internet connected devices in the home, set to grow to 29 devices by 2020 ... Optus has indicated the potential use of satellite to cover households that don't have adequate broadband services, but the overall costs to the consumer could be substantially higher and it won't be worth getting Satellite just for EPL broadcasts.

Network congestion

One telecommunications industry insider, who requested anonymity, said live sports were different to video on demand (VOD) services such as Netflix from a technology perspective.

He explained that with VOD content like a pre-recorded movie a provider could cache content at the edge of its network and push it over to users that wanted it, but live content would be pushed from the "centre" out to the network edge making it much more vulnerable to experiencing traffic problems.

"The bigger the event then the bigger the problem. For round one of the Australian Open tennis you'd be fine, but for the Sunday night final you'd have no chance unless you had a very robust system in place," he said.

"This has nothing at all to do with FTTP vs FTTN vs HFC broadband – the problems you get are much further back in the network. When you buy Foxtel you are buying broadcast grade TV that has been broadcasting live sport for 30 years – but OTT live streaming for major sports remains very much in its infancy because of quality of service issues, there are minority sports that are live-streaming OK but this is very different to broadcast."

Complaints that there are too many ads on Foxtel a 'real challenge', admits new CEO Peter Tonagh

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/complaints-that-there-are-too-many-ads-on-foxtel-a-real-challenge-admits-new-ceo-peter-tonagh-20160505-gomxhb.html

Peter Tonagh admits that the "often heard complaint" that Foxtel carries too many advertisements is "a real challenge" for the pay TV provider.

But the Foxtel CEO says it is an unavoidable function of the industry's 30-minute schedules and predicts moves to deliver more targeted advertisements to households will reduce viewers' "frustration".

The cable and satellite television monopoly carried no advertising on its channels when it launched two decades ago and today 20 of its channels, including BBC First and Fox Sports 1-5, have no advertising interruptions during a show (or from siren to siren on sports matches).

However, Foxtel now shows an average of 6.7 minutes of commercials per hour on average, a figure that has risen in recent years as it has attracted more advertising and had to show less in-house promos in the breaks.

That is still only around half the amount of advertising shown on free-to-air networks, which are allowed to show 12-13 minutes per hour on their main channels and between 15-16 minutes per hour on multi-channels.

However, Foxtel is now also competing with cheaper subscription video-on-demand services such as Netflix, Presto, which Foxtel owns with Seven West Media, and Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media – owner of The Australian Financial Review – which show no advertisements.

It is one of the many challenges facing Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, and which investor Allan Gray has described as "a dartboard for digital disruption".

Targeted ads

"On a linear program channel you have to have breaks because you've got to fill the time between the half-hour slots," said Mr Tonagh. "If you start scheduling outside of the half hours, that's also a frustration, so it's kind of a hard thing to win.

"What I would like to see in the longer term is more targeted and addressable advertising," he said.

News Corp's UK pay TV company Sky launched Sky AdSmart in January 2014, offering advertisers the ability to show different ads to different households watching the same program.

Sky's research claimed to show that channel switching during Sky AdSmart commercials was 48 per cent lower than for standard ads in the first three break positions.

"The Sky AdSmart product has demonstrated that if the ad is more targeted to you you are less likely to be frustrated by it," said Mr Tonagh. "Fewer people fast forward [through the ads] and that's got to be a sign that people are happier."

Historically Foxtel's sales representative MCN has had a close relationship with Sky on product and innovation.

What A Time To Be Alive: You Can Now Have Your Face On An NBN Satellite Rocket

From http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2016/05/what-a-time-to-be-alive-you-can-now-have-your-face-on-an-nbn-satellite-rocket/

The NBN’s second satellite, Sky Muster II, is launching in a rocket that will have a unique feature — artwork with the faces of 1,210 Australians.

Scheduled to launch from French Guiana Space Centre in South America in late 2016, the satellite will “help deliver fast broadband to even the most remotely located Australians, helping to bridge the digital divide between city and bush,” NBN said in a statement.

There are currently more than 37,000 users on NBN’s interim satellite service across Australia, with NBN’s goal to move them (along with new users) to the new satellite within one year of the commercial launch in May 2017.

NBN says its satellite service is designed to deliver wholesale broadband speeds of up to 25 Mbps download and up to 5 Mbps upload to retail service providers, dependent on the technology over which services are delivered to your premises and some factors outside NBN’s control like your equipment quality, software, broadband plans and how your service provider designs its network.

“Since launching the first NBN satellite in October 2015, we’ve provided access to fast broadband for around 400,000 homes and businesses located in regional, remote, outback and offshore Australia which are now able to order an NBN Sky Muster satellite service,” Julia Dickinson, NBN’s Satellite Architect said.

“The launch of our second satellite is another major step in helping us to deliver world-class broadband to those who need it the most.”

NBN Has Launched Its Sky Muster Broadband Service For Regional Areas

From news

“Last year seven-year-old Bailey Brooks from a cattle station outside of Alice Springs won the opportunity to name the first NBN satellite and have her drawing printed on the nose cone of the rocket which launched it into space,” NBN said. “

This year, we are going one step further with the unique opportunity for people to submit photos which will be collated into a national portrait of our country. We are making history and we want to invite all Australians to be a part of it.”

So here’s the deal with the get your face on a rocket thing: if you’re Australian, you can submit a photo of yourself and win “the chance to etch your place in history”. The photos will be stitched together to form a mosaic artwork, which will be printed on the nose cone of the rocket that will launch the satellite into space.

If you want your face on the NBN’s rocket you can submit an entry here.

Murdoch launches ‘Hotstar’ for India

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/09/murdoch-launches-hotstar-for-india/

Star India is looking to capitalise on its sports properties and its international premium entertainment assets in a new pay-TV duo of OTT channels for India, and in direct competition to Netflix which has launched in India.

Hotstar’s OTT offerings are a mix of free and pay. Its English-language entertainment channel is already available, and today highlighted the OTT channel’s offerings by promoting HBO’s Game of Thrones and saying the latest episodes of the show would air “unspoiled and minutes” after its US debut. Modern Family and Veep are also amongst the premium offerings at a cost of 199 Rupees a month (about $3).

This fee is a fraction of that being levied by Netflix, which starts at Rupees 500 a month for SD streaming.

A sports-based service is also promised and tapping into Star India’s rights to various cricket events as well as English and German top-flight football.

“In India, Star’s ground-breaking Hotstar mobile video product recently crossed 60 million downloads and just launched a premium subscription tier, leveraging our exclusive rights to HBO originals, films and the Fox library. And over the next few months, the service will also include a premium sports offering,” 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch recently told analysts.

“We have been investing in the Indian business, but the sports investment in particular and in the digital investment with Hotstar, and we will continue to do so. That said, the peak investment year is really behind us and actually this fiscal year in 2016, you will see it will have been strong growth for Star overall over the last year and we expect that to continue,” Murdoch stated.

Zee News goes Free-To-Air

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zee-news-goes-free-to-air-160506

MUMBAI: Subhash Chandra’s national Hindi news channel Zee News is now a Free-To-Air (FTA) channel. The decision was taken at a board meeting held on 6 May 2016.

A flagship property of Zee Media Corporation company and a subsidiary of Essel Group, the channel was founded in 1999 and is an Indian news and current affairs channel.

It may also be recalled that ZMCL CEO Bhaskar Das was recently moved to Zee Unimedia Limited as president and chief growth and innovation officer.

Zee Media Corporation Limited is India's one of the largest news network with 10 channels, Mumbai edition of DNA newspaper and digital properties like zeenews.com and dnaindia.com


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D1 12429 V Sr 6999 "STS3" Kiwis v Aussies League test

Jcsat 14 has launched ( It will replace Jcsat2a @ 154E)

Launch Video

JCSAT-14 Communication Satellite, Japan

Key Data

JCSAT-14 is a new communication satellite designed and manufactured by Space System/Loral (SSL), for SKY Perfect JSAT, a satellite operator based in Japan. The satellite is scheduled to be launched into geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) atop SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida in April 2016.

The satellite will replace the capacity of the JCSAT-2A (JCSAT-8) in geostationary orbit at 154°E longitude and will offer broadcast, data networks and mobility services across Asia, Russia, Oceania and Pacific Islands.
"SSL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the JCSAT-14 satellite in June 2013."

The JCSAT-14 satellite will be followed by two more satellites of SKY Perfect JSAT, including JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16, which are being prepared for launch later in 2016.
Design and development of JCSAT-14 satellite

SSL was awarded the contract to design and manufacture the JCSAT-14 satellite in June 2013. The satellite assembly and manufacturing was completed at SSL's Palo Alto facility in California.

The satellite was delivered to SKY Perfect JSAT in March 2016. It is currently undergoing pre-launch tests at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 satellite platform, which offers the flexibility to integrate advanced technologies for a range of applications. The two deployable solar arrays on the satellite will generate 10kW of power throughout its life.

The satellite has a designed lifespan of more than 15 years to provide service for broadcast, data networks and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation applications.

Communication capabilities of JCSAT-14 satellite

The JCSAT-14 carries 26 C-band and 18-Ku-band transponders. The C-band coverage will be utilised by broadcast and data networks, while the Ku-band regional beams will offer high-speed linkage for vessels, aircraft, and resources exploration activities in mining, oil and gas industries.
JCSAT-14 satellite launch vehicle details

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) was awarded the contract to launch the JCSAT-14 satellite, in January 2014. The satellite will be launched atop new version of Falcon-9 rocket 1.2 equipped with upgraded thrust control and engines.

The launch will be performed from the Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) in the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Contractors involved

SKY Perfect JSAT placed a contract with Kratos Integral Systems International in February 2014 for the upgrade of the EPOCH IPS satellite fleet management system to serve its JCSAT-14 satellite.

The EPOCH IPS will provide SKY Perfect JSAT the flexibility to integrate the operations of the spacecraft manufactured by different manufacturers in a single system.
Ground control station for JCSAT satellites

The operations of the JCSAT-14 satellite will be monitored and controlled by the Yokohama Satellite Control Center (YSCC) at Midori-ku, which is also responsible for managing all access to the JCSAT series satellites.

The sub-control stations, including Superbird Platform East (SPE), Superbird Platform West (SPW) and Gunma Satellite Control Station (GSCS), will serve as back-up control centres.

The control centre oversees the spacecraft operations and also controls the position and altitude of the satellite. It also monitors the functionality of instrument and performs station-keeping manoeuvres if the spacecraft deviates from its trajectory.

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EPL on Fox Sports: Foxtel CEO’s open letter to fans about Optus/Fox deals

From http://www.foxsports.com.au/football/epl-on-fox-sports-foxtel-ceos-open-letter-to-fans-about-optusfox-deals/news-story/9a26b28b92aad4bc596104dadb3efae1

Dear EPL fans, we know how you feel

AT FOXTEL we are very passionate about our sport — as passionate as anyone — and we are deeply committed to bringing the best possible experience to all of our fellow sports fans.

So you can imagine our disappointment when we were unable to retain the rights to the EPL for next year. Rest assured, we competed strongly for these rights and were willing to pay a large amount for them.

When we missed out we sought to reach an arrangement with Optus so that we could continue delivering great EPL coverage to all Australian fans. Unfortunately Optus was not open to the deal we proposed.

Since then we have been working hard on alternative arrangements and we have come up with something that ensures that our customers will have access to more great European football than ever before.


Last month we announced a deal to add three beIN SPORTS channels for our customers. From Saturday, May 14 these new channels will bring our sports subscribers an amazing array of European football including UEFA Euro 2016, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, La Liga, Serie A, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga. And all at no extra cost to our existing residential sports subscribers.

But for EPL fans, there is no substitute for EPL.

So, I am delighted to announce that we have secured rights to three new 24 hour channels from leading clubs Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United — and three new programming blocks from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur which will broadcast weekly on FOX SPORTS.

This means that all of our sports subscribers will have access to the games of these six clubs. The games will be available on a delayed basis — a game played during Saturday night at 12am AEST (3pm London) will be available to our viewers from 1pm AEST on Sundays.

Plus these services deliver exclusive access to each of the major clubs including pre-season games, player and management interviews, manager’s press conferences, and extended in-depth pre-match build up and post-match analysis.

These services, along with the three beIN SPORTS channels, will be automatically available to all of our residential sports subscribers at no additional cost — on the TV, on tablets and on smart phones.

At Foxtel we know how much Australians love sport and this exciting new EPL content will give fans an incredible range of programming and games to enjoy.

Sky TV shares sink 13pc as customer numbers drop

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11634586

Sky TV shares have sunk 13 percent, making it the biggest decliner on the NZX benchmark index today, after the pay-TV operator said subscriber numbers are expected to fall further this financial year, causing earnings next year to miss analyst estimates.

The Auckland-based company forecast it would have 830,000 subscribers at the end of its financial year on June 30. Subscriber numbers dropped 1.5 percent last year to 851,561. It expects to lose 45,000 core residential pay-TV subscribers this year and gain about 25,000 subscribers for its online services such as Neon and FanPass.

Its shares fell 69 cents to $4.80, after earlier touching a three-week low of $4.75. They have dropped 25 percent in the past 12 months.

Sky TV retained its forecast for 2016 earnings, which it said in February would see net profit at the lower end of its previously advised range of $153 million to $158 million, down from $172 million last year. However, it said the loss of subscribers would "adversely impact" its 2017 earnings compared to current analyst consensus estimates.

The company didn't detail the estimates. Analysts expect the company's net profit to fall to $155 million in 2016, and decline further to $146 million in 2017, according to the mean forecast in a Reuters survey.

The pay-TV operator is losing its dominant hold on premium content with the introduction of online streaming video services such as Netflix and Spark New Zealand's Lightbox offering. Still, it retains rugby rights, which are seen as a linchpin in securing domestic viewers. The company attributed the forecast loss in subscribers for this year in part to the roll-off of subscriber contracts following the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

It didn't expect the rate of subscriber loss this year to continue next year given customer departures are reducing due to the diminishing impact of the Rugby World, and because it expects a subscriber lift from upcoming major sport events including the Rio Summer Olympics in August 2016 and the Lions Tour in June 2017.

"It's been on the cards for quite some time that increased competition was going to have an effect on Sky TV and I think those numbers are now quite evident that has been the case and the company has lost a fair chunk of subscribers," said Grant Williamson, director at Hamilton Hindin Greene. "Investors are pretty concerned about it and they have obviously knocked that share price down pretty significantly.

"The announcement has proved that the company is having a pretty difficult time," he said. "They say that the bleed is not likely to continue which is probably right, you will always have the diehard subscribers that will continue, but trying to regain numbers, that is going to be a very difficult proposition. Where growth is going to come from, it's difficult to see and that's another reason investors are particularly worried," Williamson said.

Sky TV said it expects to provide an update on capital management and growth initiatives by June 30, after appointing investment bank Citigroup to provide advice. The company has previously said it is looking at capital management as it ends a period of investment, which it expects will deliver strong free cash flow in the future and at the same time, it's considering several investment opportunities.

The shares are rated an average 'hold' according to the mean estimate of seven analysts compiled by Reuters.

Big drop in Sky TV subscribers after Rugby World Cup, $300m wiped off shares

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/79689666/big-drop-in-sky-tv-subscribers-after-rugby-world-cup-300m-wiped-off-shares

With the Rugby World Cup now a memory, Sky is hoping events such as the Olympics will stem the flow of lost customers.

With the Rugby World Cup now a memory, Sky is hoping events such as the Olympics will stem the flow of lost customers.

Tens of thousands of Kiwis are switching off Sky Television's satellite service, the company has warned investors.

The warning wiped more than $340 million off the value of the company by mid-afternoon on Friday, with Sky's shares plunging 16 per cent to $4.60.

Sky forecast the number of customers for its core pay-TV service – which is priced from $49.22 a month – would drop by 45,000 in the year to the end of June.

The fall would be partly compensated for by a 25,000 rise in the number of customers who signed up to its generally lower-cost internet television offerings Neon and FanPass.

Its total number of subscribers at the end of June would number about 830,000, it said.

Sky boss John Fellet has delivered bad news to investors.

Sky has faced increased competition from other internet television services such as Netflix and Spark's Lightbox service.

A statement from the company said the forecast fall in satellite subscribers was due to a number of factors, but it highlighted the impact of the Rugby World Cup coming to an end, which had impacted "the roll off of subscriber contracts".

First NZ Capital analyst Arie Dekker said the impact on the company would depend in part on whether it was Sky Basic or higher-value customers who were cancelling their subscriptions.

The customer-losses were much larger than Sky had experienced previously, he said.

"They lost 20,000 core subscribers last year and are looking at 45,000 this year. It will certainly be of some concern."

Forsyth Barr analyst Blair Galpin said it appeared Sky had been impacted by dissatisfaction with its "on demand" upgrade which some customers said made its electronic programming guide (EPG) harder to read.

Sky attempted to address that concern with a software update in April.

Both analysts were cautious about commenting on whether the subscriber drop might be the start of a long-term slide.

Sky reiterated its 2016 result would be at the "lower end" of the guidance it provided investors in October and also warned the drop in core subscribers could see its 2017 profit come in below existing analyst forecasts.

But it forecast the customer losses would slow during its next financial year thanks to the Rio Olympics in August and the Lion's Tour of New Zealand in June next year.

Sky chief executive John Fellet challenged the notion that internet television was necessarily less profitable than satellite television when he reported the company's interim financial results in February.

The company's Neon service is priced at $20 a month, but Fellet said transmission costs were cheaper than for satellite television as customers paid for their own internet connections.

Programme makers tend to sell rights to show programmes on satellite television separately to the subscription rights to stream them online, so Sky TV does not have the right to stream all programmes from its satellite channels on Neon.

Sky began letting customers buy online monthly subscriptions to its sport channels through FanPass passes costing $55.99 last year. Day and week passes are also available.

That has effectively "decoupled" its sports programming from Sky Basic for the first time. The passes do not provide access to its "pop-up" satellite sports channels.

SpaceX's Successful Repeat Performance...Launch Of JCSAT-14 And The Return Of Falcon 9

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1950175330

Today's successful launch makes it number four, so far this year, for SpaceX.

And, even better, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched its payload, JCSAT-14, a Japanese communication satellite, and then the the Falcon 9’s first stage booster returned with a high-speed landing on a platform of a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process. This is especially significant as it greatly reduces expenses when the booster can be reused.

The JCSAT-14 spacecraft will be operated by Sky Perfect JSAT Corporation, a Japanese telecommunications company formed in 2008 through the merger of Sky Perfect Communications, JSAT Corporation and Space Communications Corporation. Space Systems/Loral constructed the satellite, which is based on the SSL-1300 bus.

JCSAT-14 was the ninth geostationary communications satellite launched by SpaceX, with Friday’s mission the eighth time Falcon 9 has targeted a geosynchronous transfer orbit.

Due to all the factors involved the successful return of the Falcon 9 didn't seem likely. However, on Monday, CEO Elon Musk upgraded the chances to "maybe even" just before launch. Because of the satellite's destination, SpaceX originally said that the rocket would be "subject to extreme velocities and re-entry heating, making a successful landing unlikely."

Previously, the company had only been able to recover its Falcon 9 twice post-launch, after making multiple landing attempts over the past year and a half. The first success was in December, when the rocket touched down at a ground-based spaceport in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The second landing occurred in April, but that time the Falcon 9 landed on a floating drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. '

SpaceX lands rocket's first stage after space launch

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/SpaceX_successfully_lands_rockets_first_stage_after_space_launch_999.html

SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean early Friday after launching a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

Shouts of "USA, USA, USA" and applause from the ground control crew greeted the feat, only the second time it has been accomplished by SpaceX, the company headed by Internet entrepreneur Elon Musk.

The two-stage rocket lifted off on schedule at 1:21 am (0521 GMT) with a telecommunications satellite owned by Japanese operator SKY Perfect JSAT.

As the second stage moved into orbital position, the first stage fell back for the landing, firing its engine to re-enter the Earth's atmosphere.

SpaceX had not expected to land the first stage successfully because of the returning rocket's high speed, but streaming video captured a picture-perfect touchdown.

The California-based company pulled off such a landing last month for the first time, after launching an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station.

SpaceX wants to perfect the technique as part of its effort to re-use rocket parts instead of jettisoning the costly equipment into the ocean after each launch.

MEASAT & RR Media Drive CBS Reality Channel Into African Continent

From satnewsdaily

MEASAT Satellite Systems Sdn. Bhd (“MEASAT”) and RR Media have launched the CBS Reality channel across the African continent.

The channel is available to Pay TV operators via the AFRICASAT-1a satellite at 46.0 degrees East. CBS Reality features documentaries and real life dramas.

The AFRICASAT-1a satellite provides C-band beams with excellent look angles across the African continent and island nations. AFRICASAT-1a is increasingly preferred by channel operators and content providers.

“With MEASAT, we are creating a premium selection of Tier One channels that we are able to offer to Pay TV operators and cable providers across the African continent,” said Shlomi Izkovitz, VP Global Sales, RR Media.

Yau Chyong Lim, Chief Commercial Officer at MEASAT, added, “MEASAT is on track to build 46.0 degrees East as Africa’s leading video hotslot.”

Iridium to start launching new satellites 'this summer'

From http://www.capacitymedia.com/article/3551674/Iridium-to-start-launching-new-satellites-this-summer

Wholesale satellite operator Iridium plans to start launching its new satellite fleet this year and should have all satellites in orbit – via SpaceX – by the end of 2017.

The company is starting a programme of replacing all its current satellites, which have been in service since the 1990s. The new fleet will be called Iridium Next.

Matt Desch, CEO of the company, said: ""With our first launch with SpaceX this summer, our primary focus remains on constellation replacement and the introduction of new business services. The first Iridium Next satellites are now complete, and production is ramping up well."

The new fleet will consist of 66 satellites in service, with six spares in orbit and another nine on the ground. They are being built by Thales Alenia Space in $2.1 billion contract. SpaceX will launch them in batches of 10 at a time.

The extra services that the new satellites can deliver will boost Iridium’s revenue by at least 30%. The company said that it expects total service revenue in 2018, the first year after the new fleet is completely in operation, will be between $420 million and $465 million. This compares with $317 million in 2015.

The company had 788,000 billable subscribers at the end of its latest financial year, a 5% rise on the previous year, "driven by growth in machine-to-machine and government customers", said Iridium.

The commercial customer base accounts for 55% of business, in markets such as maritime, aviation, oil and gas, mining, recreation, forestry, construction, transport and emergency services. Iridium also has contracts with two US government departments, the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Department of Defense.

The number of commercial M2M data subscribers has grown 9% in a year to 365,000 customers, said Iridium, with average revenue per user $14 a quarter, down from $15 a year before.

Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app

From http://www.marinemec.com/news/view,inmarsat-plans-to-launch-cyber-security-app_42860.htm

Inmarsat plans to launch cyber security app
Global Xpress is distributed over the new Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites

Inmarsat is planning to launch a cyber security service as the first application on its new Fleet Xpress satellite communications solution for shipping. The London-based company has been working with Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel) to develop a specialised application for reducing the risk of cyber attacks on ships.

The solution will use Singtel Trustwave’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology over Inmarsat’s combined Global Xpress and FleetBroadband service. Trustwave has developed a suite of cyber security defences, such as advanced firewalls, antivirus, intrusion preventors and web filters for other sectors.

Inmarsat Maritime president Ronald Spithout said the shipping industry needs to take action against cyber threats with solutions such as UTM. He added: “Cyber security is very important for shipping. In future months we will provide cyber security for vessels with Fleet Xpress as an optional application. With Fleet Xpress and applications we are redefining communications at sea.”

Fleet Xpress was commercially launched on 31 March and uses the Global Xpress Ka-band network, which is transmitted over the Inmarsat-5 constellation of Boeing-built satellites. So far there are 140 Global Xpress terminals in operation or being tested, and three distributors of Fleet Xpress to shipowners, Inmarsat managers confirmed.

Cyber security solutions will be a key element of discussion at Riviera’s upcoming Maritime Cyber Risk Management Summit on 21 June, in London. This will be held in association with Norton Rose Fulbright and Marine Electronics & Communications. This is a free-to-attend event for qualified delegates from the shipowner and shipmanager communities. All applications to attend this event are subject to online registration and confirmation from the event organisers via email.


I noticed this in a scan a few days ago, 3 of the channels on D1 12519 H have moved. I expect this is where Bravo, The Edge and Prime are moving to.

D1 12546 H "Fox News" started Vpid 1005 Apid 1105
D1 12581 H "Sky News" started Vpid 1003 Apid 1103
D1 12608 H "Cartoon Network" started Vpid 1009 Apid 1109

A scan this evening reveals
D1 12519 H "Test 2" and "Test 3" have been added both fta with colour bars.

From my Email


From the Dish

ChinaSat 6A 125.0E 12268 V "Channel 4K" has left .

JCSAT 4B 124.0E Speed Channel 1 has left 12313 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Fashion TV Japan has left 12418 V.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Japan Leisure Channel 681-683/687 have left 12508 V.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Sukachan 3 has left 12583 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Sukachan 2, Sukachan 9 and Wowow Cinema have left 12673 H.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E NTV Plus has started on 12703 H, Multi.
JCSAT 4B 124.0E Mondo TV has left 12703 H.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3700 V "Luxe TV and Go To Luxe TV" have left .

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "The Indonesia Channel" has left .

Insat 4A 83.0E 3725 H "Sea News" has left.
Insat 4A 83.0E 4170 H "Lok Sabha TV" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3780 V "Channel A" has started on , Fta
Apstar 7 76.5E 3800 H "Channel S" has left again.

Intelsat 22 72.1E 3742 L "Ebru TV Africa and GBS have started on , clear. UTV, Word Music TV, Deliverance TV, Islamia TV and Farmers TV" have left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4034 H "VH1 India" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV(泰国)频道加密,设置3505 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Kaset Nano(泰国)频道消失,设置3434 V 2210参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Sagarmatha TV(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置3443 V 1630参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Mountain TV(尼泊尔)等全组频道消失,设置3450 V 2500参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Avenues TV(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置3454 V 3333参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hero Channel、V Like Channel(泰国)频道消失,设置3480 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 Family、3 SD(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Workpoint TV(泰国)等5个频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Bilang替换Animax(Cignal)频道,设置11481 H 18750参数有条件接收。 [5月5日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Channel V、Arirang TV(Cignal)等3个频道消失,设置11481 H 18750参数无效接收。 [5月5日]


Foxtel ups ante on Optus signing content from six EPL clubs including delayed matches

From http://mumbrella.com.au/optus-foxtel-epl-man-utd-chelsea-liverpool-spurs-arsenal-364779

Foxtel has signed agreements to carry the official channels and other content of six of the most popular English Premier League clubs, as the pay-TV provider looks to retain customers thinking of jumping ship to rivals Optus.

The official club channels of Chelsea, Liverpool FC and Manchester United will be added to the sports pack, while programming blocks from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur will also be shown on Fox Sports channels. Foxtel estimates 75% of Australian based EPL fans support these six teams.

Importantly it also gives the pay-TV provider delayed access of around 13 hours to matches involving all of those clubs in the Premier League and FA Cup, as well as other content including exclusive interviews and analysis shows. It says a match played at 3pm on Saturday (currently midnight Sunday AEST) would be shown at 1pm AEST that day.

The announcement comes less than 48 hours after Optus, which took the exclusive rights to all EPL matches from Fox Sports in a raid at the end of last year, announced its broadcast plans which would see anyone wanting to access EPL games having to sign up to an Optus broadband or mobile plan, and if worth less than $85-per-month pay a $15 monthly levy. That deal has been derided by many non-Optus subscribing fans.

Last month Foxtel also announced BeIn Sports, which has rights to the Champions League, Uefa Cup as well as numerous European football leagues and lower-league English matches, will be added to the sports package in mid-May with three additional HD channels, another move designed to keep football fans as subscribers.

Peter Tonagh, Foxtel CEO, said: “The addition of these dedicated new sports channels is a huge win for English football fans who subscribe to Foxtel. These channels, along with the recently announced BeIn Sports channels, will be compulsory viewing for all fans of international football and will also complement the Fox Sports coverage of the local A-League competition.”

“Our new EPL Club partners are global brands in their own right and have large groups of dedicated supporters in Australia making up more than 75% of the English football fan base here. Our customers will now have access to commentary, analysis, insight and behind the scenes action they’ve never seen before.

“We know how much Australians love sport and these new channels, all available in HD, will make Foxtel an even more compelling proposition and cementing us as the new home of European football.”

The channels also offer access to academy and U21 matches, with some also showing matches from European competitions and pre-season friendlies as well.

The new content deals come into effect from July 1.

Sky wins rugby league rights

From http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/sky-wins-rugby-league-rights-ca-188583

Sky TV [NZX: SKT] has won the rights to screen transtasman rugby league matches and tests and has extended its existing NRL deal.

In an announcement to the NZX this morning, Sky revealed it has signed a five-year deal from 2018 to screen all league games.

The rights to some New Zealand matches have been secured for seven years from 2017.

Sky TV spokeswoman Kirsty Way says the broadcaster’s NRL deal ends at the end of next year’s season.

“Our new deal is until 2022 and, importantly, includes test matches. There is some more detail around women’s matches that will be announced later today,” she says.

It was reported yesterday Sky was yet to announce whether it had secured the rights, with subscribers becoming anxious about where they could watch the Kiwis v Kangaroos test tomorrow.

Ms Way confirms today’s deal includes the rights to screen tomorrow’s test.

Across the ditch

In November last year a huge NRL deal was struck between the Australian Rugby League Commission, Nine Network, News Corp, Fox Sports and Telstra.

The deal was reported to be worth $1.8 billion to the NRL, 70% higher than the current rights deal.

It was expected the sale of international rights would boost the worth of the deal to more than $1.9 billion.

YouTube pay-TV service?

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/05/92590/

YouTube is working on a paid subscription service, tentatively branded ‘Unplugged’, that would offer US customers a bundle of cable TV channels streamed over the Internet, according to a Bloomberg report. The service could debut as soon as next year.

Google-owned YouTube has discussed these plans with most major US media companies, including Comcast, NBCUniversal, Viacom, Twenty-First Century Fox and CBS – although no content deals are yet to have been struck.

YouTube already offers a $9.99-a-month subscription service called YouTube Red in the US that allows viewers to watch videos without interruption from advertisements.

Fox’s James Murdoch Says Planned Hulu Service Can Boost Audience And Ads

From http://deadline.com/2016/05/fox-james-murdoch-hulu-live-boost-audience-ad-sales-1201749310/

Fox CEO James Murdoch was barraged with questions about the topic of the day — Hulu’s planned live streaming service — in his quarterly earnings call with analysts. He confirmed that his company is an “early licensee” helping to promote the planned skinny bundle offering that he described as “a reimagined digital video service.”

Fox wants to “make our programming more available, not less,” he says.

He believes the upcoming service, along with others including Sling TV, “will support growth in the overall universe” — and not necessarily promote cord cutting from conventional pay TV. To that end, he says, Fox will allow cable and satellite companies to develop similar bundles that include what he described as just the company’s “core” channels.

Streaming is a better model, he says. Fox can collect the same or higher affiliate fees for its channels. Prices might rise over time, much as they do for cable and satellite distributors.

“We’re focused on getting a fair price for each of our brands, and all of our brands in aggregate. And streaming is a net positive for our overall set of brands.”

The programmer also has more control over ad loads and pricing, and can offer new forms of targeted promotions. He likened it to what Fox is seeing at its FXNow streaming service “We’re totally convinced it’s a better ad experience for customers and for advertisers,” Murdoch says.

Last year Fox acquired TrueX Media, a firm that offers online viewers opportunities to determine how and when they see ads.

Fox is most interested in the user interface, leaving it to the platform providers to deal with most of the technology matters.

Fox’s plans for Hulu — which it co-owns with Disney and Comcast — will involve all of the programmer’s main services including the regional sports networks, which Murdoch calls “a huge driver.”

It “obviously drives big audiences in linear and live viewing,” he says. “But when you look around the world sports is driving over-the-top consumption as well.”

Last month Fox agreed to license several local stations, Fox Sports, FX, NatGeo and in-market sports from Fox’s regional networks to Sling TV’s new multi-stream service.

Like all of the other Big Media chiefs, Murdoch says he’s “excited” about the upcoming upfront ad sales season. “All of the networks are in good shape creatively, and scatter pricing is strong. So it’s a great moment to go right into upfronts.”

U.K Freesat OK’d for live pay sports

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/05/freesat-okd-for-live-pay-sports/

UK subscription-free satellite TV service Freesat has been cleared by the BBC Trust to offer live pay sports services delivered via broadband. The decision will help to progress Freesat’s ongoing conversations with content providers.

The BBC Trust decision comes as Freesat continues to expand its content offering to bring the most attractive line-up of programming to its customers. With a focus on integrated content delivered via broadcast and broadband Freesat already offers more than 200 channels and a number of leading on demand services – such as Netflix and BBC iPlayer.

“This is a really important development for Freesat which will significantly impact our content offering,” stated Alistair Thom, Managing Director of Freesat. “We’re here to provide a compelling subscription-free TV service, and believe our viewers should have the option to watch a wide variety of TV programmes and events without being tied down to a contract. We will continue innovating to provide a brilliant, subscription-free service for our ever-growing number of viewers.”

Freesat is jointly-owned by the BBC and ITV, which means the BBC Trust’s approval is required for the new step of adding live pay sports coverage. The satellite platform is now available in over 1.93 million households and is watched by more than four million viewers every week.

There are over 200 channels available on Freesat, with a number of new channels recently joining the platform including PBS America, Fox International Channels’ YourTV and UKTV channels Yesterday, Drama and Really. In addition, streaming service Netflix launched on Freesat Humax set-top-boxes in December, and Wuaki.tv launched last month, ensuring customers continue to enjoy a broad selection of content through the connected TV platform.

Government says India currently has 34 operational satellites

From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Government-says-India-currently-has-34-operational-satellites/articleshow/52132902.cms

NEW DELHI: There are 34 operational Indian satellites at present, of which 13 are for communication, 12 for the purpose of earth observation and seven for navigation purpose, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

In a written reply, minister of state of the department of space Jitendra Singh said of the 13 communication satellites, five are of INSAT series-3A, 3C, 4A, 4B, 4CR and eight of GSAT series GSAT-6, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15 and 16.

There are 12 earth observation satellites namely Resourcesat-2, RISAT 1 and 2, Cartosat 1, 2, 2A, 2B, Oceansat-2, SARAL, Kalpana-1, Megha-Tropiques and INSAT-3D.

Seven navigational satellites which are operational are Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (INRSS)-1A, 1B, 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F and 1G.

Apart from these, there are two space science satellites namely the Mars Orbiter Mission and Astrosat, he added.

MIB permits 16 new TV channels in April

From http://www.televisionpost.com/television/mib-permits-16-new-tv-channels-in-april/

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has granted permission to 16 new satellite television channels in April. During this period, permission of no TV channel was cancelled.

While there has been the addition of nine non-news and current affairs channels, seven new channels have come up in the news and current affairs genre.

With this, the total count of permitted private satellite TV channels now stands at 1,023. The data provided by the ministry is up to 30 April 2016.

The ministry earlier said that 1,007 private satellite TV channels had been granted permission to operate in the country until 31 March 2016. The permission of 138 channels stood cancelled until that period. After a month’s time, there has been no change in this figure.

In effect, 885 TV channels have been permitted to broadcast in India, up from 869 channels a month ago. These include 484 non-news and current affairs channels as well as 401 news and current affairs channels. A month back, there were 475 non-news and current affairs channels and 394 news and current affairs channels.

The MIB has permitted 769 TV channels to uplink as well as downlink from India, up from 754 a month ago. This includes 390 non-news channels and 379 news channels.

So far, 20 TV channels have been given uplinking permission from India but not downlinking in India, which is the same as that on 31 March. This number includes 13 non-news channels and seven news channels.

The MIB has permitted 96 TV channels to only downlink into India, one more than in March end. Eighty-one of these are in the non-news category while the rest are in the news category.


Just a fast update due to time issues

D1 12519 H Sr 22500 (Sky NZ) "Test1" Vpid 1013 Apid 1113 started FTA showing colour bars, probably to do with the planned move of Prime and The Edge channel.

From my Email


From the Dish

JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12368 H "Sky PerfecTV 4K Premium" has started on, Multi 2.
JCSAT 3A 128.0E 12408 H "Sky PerfecTV 4K Movie" has started on , Multi 2.

Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Indonesia Network has replaced Bali TV Bincang & Berita" on, Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3960 H "Cartoon Network Philippines" is / was Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3840 V "National Geographic Channel HD Asia, Nat Geo Wild HD Asia, Fox Family Movies HD, Channel M, Fox Thai, Fox Family Movies, Fox Sports Asia, Star Chinese Channel International, Star World Vietnam and Fox Life India" have left.

Measat 3a 91.4E 3717 H "PBO Global" has started on , PowerVu.

Horizons 2 84.8E 12080 H "Tvoy Dom" has started on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 12521 V "Taiwan Macroview TV, Life TV, Hwazan Satellite TV, Wei Xin TV, Top TV 2 and Da Ai TV" have started on , Fta.
Apstar 7 76.5E The C-Sky-Net mux has left 12604 V and 12719 V.

From asiatvro site

东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Paramount Channel(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11590 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Global TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3953 V 3000参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,BBTV Channel 7(标清)频道重现,设置3832 H 8000参数有条件接收。 [5月4日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Vaanavil TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频,ATN News(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3683 H 3200参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somaliland National TV(索马里)频道新增,设置3545 H 2083参数免费接收。 [5月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Mountain TV(韩国)频道消失,设置12530 H 26000参数无效接收。 [5月4日]

东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Soyon Gegeeruuleg(蒙古)频道解密,设置12690 H 43200参数免费接收。 [5月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Jack TV替换Ten Crickt(环宇卫视)频道,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月3日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Solar Sports(环宇卫视)频道新增,设置12591 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月3日]


Optus prices English Premier League offering

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/optus-prices-english-premier-league-201617-offering--1141840

Optus has unveiled pricing for the 2016/17 season of the English Premier League (EPL). New and existing customers will be able to choose from a range of value postpaid mobile, mobile broadband, and home broadband bundles, and then add EPL from AUD 15 extra per month. For eligible plans valued at AUD 85 per month and above, EPL will be included at no extra cost.

Australia’s 24/7 EPL channel will provide up to nine sub-channels, carrying all 380 live matches of the 2016/17 season, as well as EPL news and analysis, with shows like Match of the Week, News, Fanzone and Match Day Live. Streaming EPL over the Optus mobile and fixed network will be data free on eligible plans. This means customers accessing the content from an eligible plan will be able to stream as much EPL content as they want, without using their mobile, mobile broadband or home broadband data allowance.

Optus will launch new mobile and tablet apps, and a dedicated website that will allow customers to synch up to four devices through their subscription. Subscriptions will come with access to a dedicated new website that supports up to four screens, showing four different channels.

Optus customers can watch the EPL through the Yes TV by Fetch set top box, which also includes more than 35 premium entertainment channels for customers on the Entertainment package, access to streaming services like Netflix and Stan (subscriptions required), access to additional premium subscription TV services like beIN SPORTS (subscription required), the ability to record, pause and rewind live TV, 30 pre-selected rental movies each month and the option to rent or buy from a catalogue of more than 4,500 movies. Customers will also be able to access EPL via Yes TV by Fetch Mini device.

From July, Optus will introduce a mini set-top box device which extends Yes TV by Fetch to Optus postpaid mobile customers who want an entertainment experience on the TV screen from an extra AUD 5 per month on eligible plans. The device will work over any fixed broadband network in Australia, and will give customers access to EPL content.

For customers who want their EPL action on the go, Optus’ 24/7 channel is available via an app for compatible smartphones and tablets, or through a personal computer via the Optus EPL website.

Existing customers will be able to check online to see if they are already on an EPL eligible plan when pre-order opens on 15 May. EPL will not be available for pre-paid mobile, home wireless broadband, and other older selected postpaid mobile and mobile broadband plans.

Optus will also offer a satellite option for Optus customers who live in areas where Optus is unable to provide a broadband service or whose home broadband service doesn’t support HD video content. Once customers have chosen an EPL eligible plan, they can get EPL via Optus satellite for an extra AUD 20 per month, with a AUD 250 one-off installation fee.

For a short time, Optus will also give eligible home broadband customers access to beIN SPORTS. Users will be able to watch international sports coverage, including live coverage of 45 of the 51 games of the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament. Customers who sign up to a USD 120 Home Broadband bundle with an eligible Optus mobile service before 31 May, will receive a bonus 3 months of beIN SPORT through their Yes TV by Fetch service.

Fans are fuming at Optus plans for EPL

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/sport/2016/05/04/optus-epl-fans-unhappy/

Access to the world’s most popular sports league will be severely limited if you don’t sign up with the telco.

Football fans haven't taken the news well.

Optus say they have made their English Premier League coverage exclusive to their customers because they ‘want to give consumers another reason to consider us’.

The telco outbid Fox Sports for the rights in November. Details of their plans to broadcast the most popular sports league in the world were finally revealed on Wednesday.

Unless they are Optus customers, Australians will not be able to watch the Premier League – apart from one match screened on SBS each round.

Broadband plans eligible for EPL viewing cost at least $85 per month. Optus customers with ineligible plans must pay an extra $15 per month to watch league matches.

Optus are not selling Premier League-only packages

“We want to give consumers another reason to consider us,” an Optus spokesperson told The New Daily.

Optus broadband is not available across all of Australia. The company’s spokesperson said customers in areas without Optus broadband coverage had other options.

“English Premier League can be streamed over any mobile or fixed broadband network,” the spokesperson said.

“Customers can choose one of our mobile plans and then add a ‘Yes TV’ Fetch Mini device to screen the EPL on their TV.

“We [also] have a satellite option for customers in areas where there is no Optus broadband network.”

Optus has not given potential consumers the chance to buy a Premier League package only, be it through their TV or online.

The cheapest Optus package eligible for a Premier League upgrade is a $40 postpaid mobile plan. With the upgrade, fans would be charged $55 per month.

Optus said that they were “confident” football fans would make the switch if they were not already with the company.

The backlash

Football fans fumed on Twitter on Wednesday. Arsenal Australia president Tony Kendall said he expected many fans to look to internet streaming for matches.

“Our members are disappointed … more people are talking about streaming,” he told The New Daily.

“This [Foxtel losing the rights] will negatively impact a lot of our members and fans. But as Arsenal fans, we’ll share information on how to watch [online].

“Whether it’s right, I don’t know … but there’s different ways to skin a cat.”

Founder of The L Files, Australia’s number one Liverpool website, Wayne Psaila, agreed.

“People kind of feel like they are being held to ransom,” he said.

“Optus coverage isn’t great everywhere and people are worried about quality. The prices are surprising, too. They’re a lot higher than we thought.

Games could still be shown on Foxtel – but will be delayed. P

“The backlash has been huge … I think they will do a re-think. [If not], streaming is going to happen a heck of a lot more.”

Consumer group CHOICE said the high pricing meant consumers would use virtual private networks (VPN) to access Premier League coverage from other nations.

“The current EPL season is available in New Zealand for $91, streaming every match on any device in full HD,” CHOICE spokesman Matt Levey said.

“Telcos need to realise that the days of locking Australians out of the international market for content are over.”

How it will actually work

Optus will run one channel entirely dedicated to the English Premier League.

It will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with an additional nine sub-channels allowing them to show all 380 matches of the Premier League season live.

News programs and analysis will also be screened on the channel.

The channel can be viewed on a Fetch set-top box, or a Fetch Mini device, both available through Optus.

Customers can also watch the Premier League channel on smartphones and tablets, and all streaming over the mobile and fixed broadband network will be data free – on eligible plans.

Premier League might still be on Foxtel

The pay-TV network are still hopeful of screening some Premier League matches – but delayed, not live.

According to a report in the Australian Financial Review, Foxtel is investigating the possibility of acquiring licences for many of the major club’s own television channels, including Manchester United’s MUTV and Liverpool’s LFC TV.

If Foxtel were successful, they would be able screen matches on delay in addition to other club-specific programs.

How Optus stole the English Premier League from Foxtel

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/how-optus-stole-the-english-premier-league-from-foxtel-2016-5

The news many football fans feared was confirmed today: you will have to sign up to Optus to watch the English Premier League from next season.

It’ll cost $15 a month for Optus postpaid mobile and broadband customers, or free for subscribers who spend more than $85 a month on a plan.

EPL fans are furious with forums and social media overflowing with rage. Some say it’s worse than the stranglehold Foxtel has on Game of Thrones.

To earn the right to this opprobrium, Optus spent an astonishing amount of money, buying the Australian rights for $US150 million ($A200m) over three years.

For perspective, Fox Sports and SBS paid $A160 million over four years for the rights to Australia’s national soccer competition, the A-League.

To understand how Optus were able to outbid Australia’s largest sports network for the rights, you need to understand how the EPL rights process works.

The EPL TV rights are offered via a blind auction, so no one knows who else is bidding or how much. And the EPL, like most football organisations are obsessed with money, so it’s literally just the highest bidder wins. Other sports will look at strategic issues such as reach and the competition’s exposure, but they’re very minor considerations for EPL rights.

That means just about anyone with the cash can bid for the rights, whether broadcaster or not. Just like Optus, the UK’s BT Telecom paid big money for rights to the national football league.

In the UK, the rights are split up into seven packages based on when matches are played, so a broadcaster could bid for any number of them. Because Australia is a much smaller market, it’s a case of all-or-nothing, and the EPL then allows the local rights holder to on-sell those rights. That’s what Optus has done with the SBS, selling them for one game a week for free-to-air TV broadcast.

A three-way battle

Three players were believed to be serious contenders in the Australian auction – Optus, Foxtel and the Al Jazeera-owned BeIN SPORTS. Foxtel and BeIN were expected. Optus was a complete wildcard.

It’s not known how much BeIN offered, but it was less than Foxtel, which is believed to have been only a fraction more than the $US45 million it paid for the previous 3 seasons of EPL rights. This means Optus outbid Foxtel by as much as $US100 million and the EPL laughed all the way to the bank. It’s also more than both the Super Rugby and A-League rights.

For a broadcaster, spending any more made no financial sense, but for Optus who was using it to make money in other ways, it was willing to pay more than anyone else.

Foxtel losing the rights isn’t likely to hurt the cable TV provider’s subscriber numbers that much, as the majority of its sport subscribers are there for NRL and AFL. Where it might cause some difficulty though is between its two owners Telstra and News Corp.

The battle between the telcos is another strategic fight adding to the problems facing traditional media. Optus has just under 10 million Australia mobile customers, compared to Telstra’s 16.7 million and this deal now pushes them into an area, mobile sports rights, previously dominated by Telstra.

But it’s also worth that around 37% of mobile customers at Optus – 3.7 million – are prepaid, and therefore ineligible for the EPL access. To watch, they’d need to convert to a long-term contract, something the company is undoubtedly banking on. Having too many prepaid customers is the company’s Achilles heel (Telstra’s prepaid numbers are roughly the same, but with nearly 70% more contracts on the books).

In the meantime, the fact that that News Corp-owned Fox Sports lost those rights to Optus, which may now steal Telstra customers, creates a very interesting dynamic between the parent companies, because the deal sideswipes the News-Telstra joint venture Foxtel.

Despite bolstering its content offerings, Optus and its parent business, Singtel, are not interested in becoming broadcasters. Their focus is on upping the average revenue per user (ARPU) and locking people into long 24-month contracts. Now they’ve targeted a very passionate and loyal niche to do it.

Roy Morgan estimates that 1.7 million Australians watched the EPL last year. Foxtel can take some consolation in the fact that the A-League attracted around 2.1 million in 2015.

Locking in fans

There’s a good reason why EPL fans are feeling a little incensed about the Optus deal. Because you need to be part of a postpaid service to watch, that means a 24-month contract on either a mobile service or home broadband. Prepaid customer? Forget about it.

The biggest impact is in the home broadband market. The NBN has levelled the playing field for service delivery, and there’s a huge profit margin in fixed broadband, so both Optus and Telstra are eager to create a point of difference for customers.

If Optus can attract loyal EPL fans, they have them for at least two years. Watching that third year of the deal means signing up for another two years once that contract ends.

The way they’ve priced it is designed to increase the ARPU for each customer.

Optus is so committed to raising its ARPU, it is releasing a mini set-top box costing $5 a month for mobile customers who want to watch matches on TV.

The company’s latest fiscal report has the ARPU at $44 per month, up 3% on 12 months ago. They’re chasing Telstra

The EPL is being offered for $15 a month, and free to anyone on a contract over $85. They’re hoping that offer will push customers looking mobile and broadband plans around the $70 price bracket up to the next level. It also encourages people to sign up to Optus’ Yes TV by Fetch service, which is included in broadband plans above $90.

The company has BT Telecom as its role model. After pinching 38 games from pay-TV broadcaster BSkyB in 2012, the telco came back in 2015 to snare 42 more. It’s obviously working.

After paying what many see as over the odds, it’s now up to Optus to make the Australian rights work hard for them.

Optus EPL deal: too pricey, too complicated

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/optus-epl-deal-too-pricey-too-complicated/news-story/275c202974b8e1b8afefc1d1dc8fdd5c

Too pricey, and too complicated. English football fans are getting a bum deal with Optus’ Premier League subscription packages.

When it comes to the small screen, buying content is becoming ever-more expensive and harder to monetise, as any Australian television executive will tell you.

Now, Optus is finding out that this challenging cost equation applies to a screen on a desktop computer, tablet or even a smartphone.

By asking supporters to fork out $15 a month on top of any Optus or Fetch TV plans, the move underlines why the pay-TV aggregation model works.

After Optus snatched Australian broadcast rights to the EPL away from Fox Sports Australia for an estimated $180 million, the telco today announced that only its customers will be able to watch the world’s most exciting, and unpredictable top-tier football competition.

Streaming the EPL across the Optus mobile or fixed network will be free “on eligible plans” while viewing on televisions must be through the Yes TV service on a Fetch set-top box.

That the telco’s press release struggled to explain the new plans in simple terms only serves to highlight the frustration to come for viewers.

For years, cable and satellite subscribers have had to choose from a large menu of attractively priced channels, with little ability to control which ones were included.
Although pay-TV firms like local operator Foxtel have loosened this model in recent years by introducing lower-priced entry points.

Still, with the advent of digital streaming technology, à la carte viewing is gaining in popularity. Consumers are increasingly able to pick and choose their favourite channels and services thanks to a proliferation of apps.

But all that means is that consumers will need multiple subscriptions to see it all. The traditional pay-TV bundle suddenly looks more compelling than it has generally been given credit for.

For good reason, the business model has held firm for decades — a package of channels that is priced appropriately as opposed to a limited number of premium priced channels.

It comes after Netflix warned that it would add only two million international subscribers to its base in the second quarter amid a sharp rise in spending on new shows. The result spooked investors after years of hype.

For Australian football fans, news of the telco’s pricing for the 2016/17 season represents a bittersweet moment after the most entertaining season of EPL football in living memory.

Foxtel is jointly operated by News Corp (publisher of The Australian), and Telstra. Fox Sports Australia is owned by News Corp.

China can track mobiles through satellite system

From http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/05/05/2003645526

NATIONAL SECURITY RISK:The Ministry of Science and Technology said government employees should avoid using phones that use Beidou to prevent ‘targeted attacks’

China’s Beidou Satellite System (北斗衛星) poses an information security risk to Taiwan in that the satellite is able to track smartphone users via embedded malware in devices with Chinese-manufactured chips directly tied into the system or phones manufactured in China, according to the latest mobile device security report that the Ministry of Science and Technology submitted to the Legislative Yuan.

The ministry reported that China’s satellite system, despite claims of being commercial in nature, was primarily for military use, adding that over the past few years, many smartphone vehicle navigation products using Beidou Satellite System guidance chips have been imported to Taiwan.

“[Government employees] should avoid purchasing related products to avoid being the target of attacks,” the report said.

China’s Shanghai Beiga Satellite Technology Co Co (上海北伽導航科技) developed the first 40-nanometer satellite navigation chip in 2014 for use in tablets, smartphones and vehicle navigation systems specifically with the satellite system in mind.

The satellite system claimed to be primarily developed for vehicle navigation, but the second generation of the system reportedly offers two separate services, one aimed at the public sector being the navigation system, and a restricted offering for China’s and Pakistan’s military communication and location data.

The ministry said that Taiwanese using Chinese-manufactured phones, or other smartphones using related software or chips, might be providing the Chinese military with information.

The ministry said it would be asking all distributors in Taiwan to identify their products that support the Beidou Satellite System, adding that it was mulling a ban on smartphones or other devices that are capable of being linked to the Beidou Satellite system.

A full list of applications using or related to the satellite system is being compiled and is to be run through a testing system, the ministry said, adding that it would announce the list of programs that might contain malware.

The ministry is also calling on civil servants to avoid purchasing or using products that carry guidance chips for the satellite system or related software to minimize the chance of targeted attacks.

The ministry also suggested that national defense units should monitor the Beidou Satellite System’s transmitted signals and warn of any anomalies, adding that such monitoring would reduce the risk of hacking attacks from China via satellite-broadcast signals.

The National Security Bureau said it was aware of the issue and had already told the National Communication Council and the Ministry of Economic Affairs to develop countermeasures.

The issue was discussed at the legislature yesterday, and while a complete list of mobile devices that support the Beidou Satellite System has yet to be released, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Rosalia Wu (吳思瑤) said that several models of cellphones produced by Taiwan-based HTC Corp (宏達電) use the Beidou Satellite System.

Bangladeshi satellite to be in orbit in 2017

From http://en.prothom-alo.com/science-technology/news/103611/Bangladeshi-satellite-to-be-in-orbit-in-2017

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the much awaited Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first ever such venture in Bangladesh, would be launched into the space in 2017.

Bangabandhu Satellite to be in orbit in 2017. BSS file photoBangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) already singed an agreement to this effect with the Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communication for lease of an orbital slot at 119.1 Degree longitude for the satellite.

Replying to a question from treasury bench member Monirul Islam, the prime minister said construction of the Taka 2,967.95 crore satellite has already begun. Under the project, she said, two ground stations, one in Gazipur and the other in Betbunia, are being constructed.

Sheikh Hasina said the satellite would ensure uninterrupted telecommunication and broadcasting allover the country and its water territorial areas side by side with expanding satellite technology and services.

The prime minister said the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 would have 40 transponders, out of which 20 would be used for the country and the 20 others would be given on lease to the Middle-east and the neighbouring countries.

The satellite would save around US$ 14 million a year and also create opportunities for earning huge foreign exchange, the premier said.

SABC to launch 4 African language-based TV channels

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/sabc-to-launch-4-african-language-based-tv-channels--1141733

The SABC is planning to launch five new TV channels, four of them catering to different language groupings, and then SABC Sport as a separate one. The four language-segmented channels will be run in addition to the existing SABC1, SABC2, SABC3 and the SABC News and SABC Encore channels, the last two of which are packaged for MultiChoice's DStv satellite pay-TV platform.

The channels are being implemented because South Africans have been complaining about a lack of lingual and cultural representation on local TV channels. They will be available on the SABC's digital terrestrial television (DTT) platform and will have to be available in various pay-TV operators' bouquets under must-carry rules set by regulator Icasa.

While the new channels are being created, the SABC said that it would in the meantime focus on increasing its local content offerings, and pay more attention to neglected languages such as xiTsonga, tshiVenda and Afrikaans.

Portugal’s RTP to broadcast Euro 2016 in 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/04/portugals-rtp-to-broadcast-euro-2016-in-4k/

Portuguese public broadcaster RTP will launch a Ultra HD channel for this summer’s Euro 2016 football tournament in France.

A total of eight matches will be broadcast live on the RTP Ultra HD channel, always at 20:00 local time. These include the opening match on June 10th, the quarter-finals between June 30th and July 3rd, the semi-finals on July 6th and 7th and the final on July 10th.

The new channel will be distributed by pay-TV operators NOS, Vodafone Portugal and Meo (Portugal Telecom).

RTP recently signed an agreement with pay-TV operator Sport TV to split up the TV rights to the Euro 2016. The public channel will air 24 matches free-to-air, including those of the Portuguese national team, while Sport TV will broadcast the entire competition on pay-TV.

MultiChoice gets tough with ‘grey’ market pirates

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/04/multichoice-gets-tough-with-grey-market-pirates/

South Africa has a near-neighbour in Zimbabwe where MultiChoice’s DStv South African satellite signals are easily received, and extremely popular. Indeed, there’s quite a local business in Zimbabwe of ‘informal’ DStv agents and installers happy to supply the illegal kit to view South African-targeted programming.

Now MultiChoice is getting tough, and has issued a strong warning to Zimbabweans – and the grey market importers of set-top boxes – supplying and watching illegal signals. MultiChoice’s Zimbabwe subsidiary says it will be visiting these ‘unregistered’ and “bogus” dealers who are promoting sales of South African kit.

A statement from MultiChoice said: “In terms of international copyright laws, MultiChoice South Africa can only provide its services to people resident in South Africa due to channels being authorised for reception in South Africa only. All operators providing DStv connections and support services in Zimbabwe are bound the law to ensure that DStv services in Zimbabwe are those that are legitimately provided for this country, and they may not connect Zimbabweans to DStv services in South Africa.”

However, there are complications. Local reports say that plenty of the alleged ‘illegal’ suppliers are in fact legitimate re-sellers who are simply making their business by giving consumers what they want. The other reason is simply cash. A DStv signal from South Africa can be paid for in South Africa’s weak Rand, while Zimbabwean subscribers must pay for DStv in US dollars.

Satellites 11 and 12 join working Galileo fleet

From http://www.gpsdaily.com/reports/Satellites_11_and_12_join_working_Galileo_fleet_999.html

Galileo, Europe's global navigation system, is a joint initiative of the European Commission and ESA.

Europe's latest navigation satellites, launched last December, have been officially commissioned into the Galileo constellation, and are now broadcasting working navigation signals. Galileos 11 and 12 were launched together on a Soyuz rocket from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana on 17 December.

The satellites' navigation payloads were submitted to a gamut of tests, centred on ESA's Redu centre in Belgium, which possesses a 20 m-diameter antenna to analyse the satellites' signals in great detail.

For users to navigate with metre-level accuracy, Galileo must keep extremely accurate time. Because light travels at a fixed speed - just under 30 cm every billionth of a second - the time it takes for Galileo signals to reach a user's receiver on the ground can be converted into distance.

All the receiver has to do is multiply the travel time by the speed of light, pinpointing its location from at least four satellites.

The satellites' onboard atomic clocks - while the most precise ever flown for navigation purposes - must be kept synched by Galileo's global ground segment, which also keeps track of the satellites' exact positions in space.

The tests were therefore essential to ensure these latest additions to the fleet met their performance targets while also meshing with the global Galileo system.

Coordinated from the Galileo Control Centres in Oberbfaffenhofen in Germany (which controls the satellite platforms) and Fucino in Italy (which oversees the provision of navigation services to users), the success of these tests mean these satellites have now been integrated into the Galileo constellation.

Four satellites have now completed commissioning since the beginning of this year - satellites 9 and 10 joined the constellation in February.

Information about the status of the constellation is published on the European Service Centre website.

Two more satellites will be launched by Soyuz from French Guiana in May and, for the first time for Galileo, four will be carried on a customised Ariane 5 this autumn.

If all goes as planned, Galileo will end this year with a total of 18 navigation satellites in orbit.

Zee Network plans to launch Zee Marathi HD

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/regional/zee-network-plans-to-launch-zee-marathi-hd-160503

MUMBAI: After Star India launching HD feed of its regional channels Star Jalsha and Star Pravah and Viacom’s Colors too planning to launch high definition feed for its Marathi channel, it is the Subhash Chanrda led network that is firming plans to enter the space. Zee Network plans to launch the HD feed of its Marathi Channel, Zee Marathi.

A source close to the development shared, "The HD feed for Zee Marathi will be launched soon. The network is in the planning process. As soon as clearances on certain things are done, the network will announce the launch.”

In the Marathi genre, Zee Marathi has been the number ones channel in Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) all India data. In week 16 of BARC data, the channel recorded first position with 134767 Impressions (000’s) followed by Colors Marathi on second spot with 88538 Impressions (000’s) and Zee Talkies with 55078 Impressions (000’s) stood at number third.

Zee Marathi's programmes Nanda Saukhya bhare, Chala Hawa Yeu Dya and Pasant Aahe Mulgi are among the top three programmes in the Marathi genre.


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Channel 4 rebrand in new reality TV tie-up

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11632383

MediaWorks and America's NBCUniversal International Networks have formed a joint venture to turn Channel Four into an entertainment-lifestyle brand heavily weighted towards reality TV, for launch in July.

Bravo New Zealand will become the premier destination for reality or "unscripted" TV shows, focused on glamour, design, food and pop culture, the parties said.

Today's announcement confirms a Herald on Sunday report, which telegraphed the tie-up between the two media companies.

As part of the announcement, Bravo has commissioned The Real Housewives of Auckland, a local version of the popular reality TV franchise.

NBCUniversal International Studios' production company Matchbox Pictures - responsible for creating the popular The Real Housewives of Melbourne - has for the past five months been searching for New Zealand's privileged women for the local show, to premiere in August.

Bravo will also feature shows such as Million Dollar Listing (New York and Los Angeles), which follows the fortunes of three successful and aggressive real estate agents, Top Chef and The Real Housewives.

Other foreign reality TV shows Vanderpump Rules, Flipping Out, Southern Charm, Shahs of Sunset and Made in Chelsea will also form part of the programming line-up.

New series premieres in 2016 include Tour Group, Below Deck: Mediterranean, Aprs Ski, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas.

Bravo New Zealand will be a standalone, NBC/MediaWorks entity, to be based at MediaWorks' Mt Eden offices.

MediaWorks chief executive Mark Weldon said the Bravo brand had been one of NBCU's big successes of the past decade.

"It has a coveted advertiser audience with highly talkable, engaging content that plays well on TV, and has substantial catch-up viewing audiences playing well into the binge-watching trends of our time."

Chris Taylor, NBCU's managing director for New Zealand and Australia, said Bravo would resonate well with New Zealanders.

Neither Taylor nor Weldon would comment on the ownership structure of Bravo NZ, or the kind of money involved. Weldon said it was a "complex arrangement" with both parties contributing assets into the new business.

As Bravo NZ, Channel Four will be aimed at adult viewers, with a skew towards women. From an advertiser's perspective, the channel will be aimed at the household shopper demographic.

Weldon said the success of The Bachelor had confounded critics, with the show enjoying high ratings, and high "talkability and engagement " levels.

NBCU has longstanding commercial relationships with MediaWorks and Sky Network TV.

A brief history of Channel Four

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=11632847

With Bravo on the way to replace Four, we take a look through the history of the channel and the challenges its faced since launching in 1997.

From TV4 to C4 to Four to Bravo, this is the history of Four.

When TV4 first launched, it was as if New Zealand finally had its own answer to MTV.

MediaWorks launched its "youth channel" in 1997, boasting shows like South Park and Beavis and Butthead, and a range of 80s and 90s TV series re-runs.

It was supposed to be the height of cool for teens at the time, but it wasn't until 2003 that it underwent its first re-brand and really started to fill those MTV-sized shoes.

It became C4, a popular music channel which would play music videos, band interviews and live performances.

But like MTV, it struggled to find a middle-ground and soon changed up its viewing schedule to include more drama content, becoming a mixture of the best aspects of its previous incarnations.

It continued to play music but added shows like Skins, Friday Night Lights, and Battlestar Galactica, and brought back the Sunday night blockbuster slot to show throwback films like the Godfather, Teen Wolf and Beetlejuice.

The "youth channel" was attempting to cover all its bases, but it didn't seem to do the trick as in 2010, it got its second official re-brand and became known simply as Four.

MediaWorks advised Four's focus would be on children's programming (Sesame Street, Sticky TV) during the day, reserving its evening viewing for the mainstream audience.

It relaunched in 2011 while C4 continued to run separately on another channel until 2014, when it too, was re-branded to become The Edge TV.

By the end of 2012, Four was one of two New Zealand channels leading the charge for express screening with its Fast Four brand - the second being MediaWorks' other channel, TV3.

Four aired new episodes of shows like The Simpsons, Family Guy, Glee and New Girl within a week of them being shown in the US, while other New Zealand networks would typically only get them four or five months later.

But in a time where the internet and streaming services deliver US shows within the hour rather than the week, that edge is long gone.

Four is now on re-brand number three and it's changing its entire approach, ditching its role as New Zealand's "youth channel" to target adults, with a skew toward women and the "household shopper" demographic.

Having partnered with NBC, MediaWorks will bring in Bravo to replace Four with a slew of reality TV offerings, following the success of other reality series like X Factor NZ and The Bachelor.

MediaWorks' chief executive Mark Weldon praised Bravo for its "coveted advertiser audience" and "highly talkable, engaging content" which plays into the current binge-watching trend.

Bravo is so far tipped to bring shows like Real Housewives, Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef and Shahs of Sunset to New Zealand.

AsiaSat appoints Zhang Yan as new Vice President, China

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 3 May 2016 – Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat) announced the appointment of Ms. Zhang Yan as its new Vice President, China, to take over the responsibility of Mr. Zhang Hai Ming as he retires from 1 May 2016.

Zhang Yan started working with AsiaSat in 2008 as the Chief Representative of AsiaSat Beijing Office and General Manager of CITICSat, AsiaSat’s partner in China. She will assume all responsibilities previously held by Zhang Hai Ming, and lead a strong team to continue to serve existing customers and develop new business in the China market. She will also maintain our close working relationship with CITICSat, who holds the exclusive right to market AsiaSat’s transponder capacity in China. Zhang Hai Ming will take on a consultancy role to continue to serve AsiaSat.

“We welcome Zhang Yan to an expanding role to grow our business and enhance our customer services in China. Over the past years, Zhang Yan has made considerable contributions to our satellite business in China, notably our recent successful re-entry into the video market there. I trust Zhang Yan’s strong leadership, along with her wealth of expertise, marketing and customer service experience will lead our strong China team to new heights.”

“On behalf of AsiaSat, I would like to thank Hai Ming for his years of dedicated service and the significant contribution he has made to our Company. I am pleased that Hai Ming is assuming a new consultancy role and will be working closely with Zhang Yan to ensure a seamless handover,” said William Wade, President and Chief Executive Officer of AsiaSat.
Zhang Yan has over 22 years of experience in the satellite industry with various management positions, covering areas in engineering, sales and marketing. Prior to joining AsiaSat, she worked for a satellite operator for more than 15 years. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, majoring in Image Transmission and Processing, and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Beijing University of Posts & Telecommunications.
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About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 700 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to more than 830 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in late 2016 or early 2017. AsiaSat is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Asia Satellite Telecommunications Holdings Limited, a company listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (Stock Code: 1135). For more information, please visit www.asiasat.com
Media Contacts:

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: (852) 2500 0899
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Winnie Pang, Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com

Satellite oversight may be spun off from NBTC under new law

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Satellite-oversight-may-be-spun-off-from-NBTC-unde-30285070.html

THE National Legislative Assembly’s science and mass communications committee is expected to propose to the government the separation of satellite affairs from telecom affairs in the draft of a new National Broadcasting and Telecommunica-tions Commission (NBTC) law, to formulate the country’s first satellite law.

Committee chairman Air Chief Marshal Chalee Junrueng has said his panel is likely to separate the oversight of satellite affairs from the draft law, as satellites are concerned with national security as well as communications.

The Cabinet two weeks ago approved the draft of the new NBTC law and the NLA told its science committee to study it for 45 days. If the committee revises the draft, it will submit the amended version for the Cabinet's consideration.

If the government disagrees with the changes, it can send the original version back to the NLA for vetting.

NBTC chairman Thares Punsri said he supported the creation of a satellite-management law.

In its current form, the draft states that satellites are under the purview of telecom affairs.

Two months ago the science committee proposed to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that satellites be separated from telecom affairs, that the government charge a fee to the satellite operator for reserving an orbital slot, and that the roles of the Information and Communications Technology Ministry and the NBTC on directing satellite policies be revised.

Thaicom is the country's sole commercial satellite operator. Its Thaicom 4, 5, and 6 satellites operate under ICT Ministry concessions, while Thaicom 7 and the planned Thaicom 8 and 9 satellites operate under a single NBTC licence.

The ICT Ministry has asked the Council of State, the government's legal adviser, to determine whether the Thaicom 8 will be liable for a fee for the government's reservation of an orbital slot for it.

According to the draft of the new NBTC law, the commission will comprise seven members, a reduction from the present 11. Each of the seven members will come from a specific background: radio broadcasting, TV broadcasting, telecommunications, engineering, law, economics, and consumer protection.

The ICT Ministry's permanent secretary will appoint a seven-member committee to select the NBTC members. The selection committee will be made up of the chairmen of the Constitution Court, Supreme Court, Supreme Administration Court, Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission chairman, Office of the Auditor-General's Office and Ombudsman Office, and the governor of the Bank of Thailand.

After receiving the list of candidates, the selection committee will weed out the number of applicants to 14 within 30 days. Then it will submit the list of 14 candidates for the Senate's consideration within 30 days.

If the selection committee fails to select a full quorum of 14 candidates in time, the ICT Ministry's permanent secretary will propose the list of suitable remaining candidates to the Senate.

The Senate will vote to select seven commission members and finish the selection process within 30 days. Once finished, the Senate spokesman will call a meeting of the NBTC members to have them nominate a chairman. Then their names will be submitted to the prime minister within 20 days after the Senate's complete selection of the seven members. Then the PM will submit the name list for royal endorsement.

If the Senate can only select five commissioners, the minimum, after the deadline, the Senate spokesman will submit the name list to the PM first and he will tell the selection committee to nominate the rest of the members within 30 days after being informed by the Senate about the incomplete selection.

The ICT Ministry will have to start the selection process of NBTC members at least 150 days ahead of the expiry of the existing members' terms, which is due in October 2017.

The new NBTC can continue to function as long as it has at least |four members. It will determine |the process of reclaiming spectra from state agencies but it has to |seek ways to compensate them.

If the NBTC function does align well with the national digital economy policy, the upcoming Digital Economy Committee can set up a panel to examine the case.

In general, the commercial telecom spectra will be reallocated by means of auction only. However, they can be reallocated by other means if an unlimited number of spectra are available or the licence applicants can jointly use the spectra among themselves.

The upfront fees from the auctions will be passed on to the digital economy fund first and the rest to the state budget.

A committee tasked to evaluate NBTC performance will be set up, comprising representatives from the Finance Ministry, ICT Ministry, Budget Bureau Office, National Anti-Corruption Commission, and Office of the Auditor-General. It will be chaired by the Finance Ministry representative. It will evaluate the NBTC's performance at least once a year.

SpaceX to launch SkyPerfecTV

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/03/spacex-to-launch-skyperfectv/

Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket company is scheduled to launch JCSAT-14 for SkyPerfecTV at 1am Florida-time of May 5th. The rocket’s Falcon-9 engines were tested over the past weekend, and all responded well.

The broadcast satellite has been built and prepared by California-based Space Systems/Loral, and is the first of a pair of launches on SpaceX for the Japanese pay-TV broadcaster. The lift-off will take place from Cape Canaveral’s Launch Complex 40.

The official launch window opens at 1.22am (EDT) and will last for 2 hours. It will eventually orbit at 154 degrees East, and replace the aging JCSAT-2A which was launched back in 2002.

JCSAT-14 carries both C-band and Ku-band transponders, and will transmit over Japan and the rst of Asia, Russia, Oceania and the Pacific islands, the company said.

Based in Tokyo, JSAT has 16 communications craft in operation and is the fifth largest commercial telecom satellite operator in the world, measured by revenue, and the biggest in Asia.

SpaceX will reportedly attempt another ‘barge landing’ down range from the Cape launch site, although officials recognise that the Japanese satellite is a “hot and fast” mission, insofar as the satellite – and orbital trajectory – and its rocket fuel make it a heavy mission, while recent ‘landing’ successes have been for Low Earth Orbit launches, which mean lighter fuel loads.

“JCSAT is pushing the envelope as a very hot and fast mission, so will land on the drone-ship,” SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk tweeted April 29th. “Next land landing in a few months.”

Nigeria poised to be ‘world’s largest’ free DTT

From http://advanced-television.com/2016/05/03/nigeria-poised-to-be-worlds-largest-free-dtt/

Nigerian broadcasting officials have thrown the switch in Jos, capital of Plateau State in the centre of Nigeria, to start free digital TV transmissions, and the eventual end of analogue broadcasting in the region. Nigeria will complete the state-by-state process in June 2017.

Some 200,000 free digital converter boxes have already been distributed in the region. Four local electronics companies had already established production facilities to produce more set-top boxes. The plan is to see these factories also start selling digi-boxes to other African countries. The system is currently transmitting 15 video and audio channels.

The Deputy Chairman of Cable Channels Nigeria Ltd (CCNL), Mohammadu Bawa, speaking to guests said that while the UK had some 10 million homes viewing free digital TV, and Australia about 13 million, Nigeria would have at least 30 million by June next year.

He said the free TV broadcast platform would offer home entertainment and educative channels to viewer through the DTT and Digital Satellite (DSAT) which would come on board at a later date.

“The responsibilities of the free TV included platform and contents management, consumer, audience measurement, signal contribution, branding and promotion and other services.

In addition to the free to air channels, he said the digital switch-over would help in the development of more movie and music channels.

Bawa added that there would be electronic programming guide to viewers on what were available for viewing and other public information.

“The free TV will comprise of existing national content and local free to air channels, selected thematic channels and selected international free to air channels,’’ he said.

He said the Federal Government through the Nigeria Broadcasting Commission (NBC) had assigned the distribution of Free-Top Boxes to CCNL

Intelsat’s First EpicNG Satellite Exceeding Company Expectations

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2016/05/02/intelsats-first-epicng-satellite-exceeding-company-expectations/

The performance of Intelsat 29e, the first of Intelsat’s EpicNG High Throughput Satellite (HTS) series, is surpassing the company’s expectations, Intelsat said April 28. Intelsat 29e launched in January and entered service in March following in-orbit testing.

“We are pleased to report that the performance is surpassing our design objectives,” Intelsat Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Stephen Spengler said in a statement. “The tests demonstrate improved throughput on current generation platforms, delivering immediate efficiency benefits to our customers. Tests on next generation networking platforms indicate throughput improvements of up to 2.5 times above the efficiency of wide beam capacity and current platforms, demonstrating the increased value of Intelsat EpicNG.”

Intelsat is focusing on new satellite capacity to grow its revenues. For the first quarter of 2016, which ended March 31, the operator reported $552.6 million in revenue, and Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA) of $417.7 million, or 76 percent of revenue. The company has three other satellites scheduled to launch in 2016: Intelsat 31 on May 28, 2016, and Intelsat 36 and Intelsat 33e in the third quarter of 2016. Intelsat has a total of seven satellite programs in the development and design phase covered in its capital expenditure program. Additionally, the operator has two custom payloads being built on third-party owned satellites, to be known as Intelsat 32e and Intelsat 38, which will not require capital expenditure, and a joint venture satellite, Horizons 3e, with Sky Perfect JSAT of Japan.

“Performance by customer set reflects a continuation of trends that began in the second half of 2015; these trends should begin to be offset as our new capacity enters service over the balance of this year. To that end, our launch and in-service timelines remain largely on track, with a short in-service delay of three weeks for our Intelsat 31 satellite program,” said Spengler.


For those in New Zealand, a planned upgrade as part of SKYS move to DVBS2

From http://www.tv3.co.nz/FOUR-Plus-1-Migrates-to-New-Frequency/tabid/2983/articleID/126412/Default.aspx#sthash.VkuMsLQR.3ljuFviR.dpuf

Freeview channels moving to New Frequency

PRIME, FOUR plus 1 & THE EDGE TV are migrating to a brand new frequency starting TUE 14 JUNE.

Time to rescan those satellite receivers (and make sure to do this by TUE 14 JUN) to continue watching these channels!

Most Freeview Satellite receivers will automatically rescan but other receivers will need manual retuning. Instructions will be made available here: www.freeview.co.nz

Please note that on TUE 22 JUNE, the old PRIME service, FOUR plus 1, & The Edge TV service will no longer be available.

Sunday feeds

D2 12547 H Sr 6978. ABC feeding a radio interview with the Opposition Leader
D2 12537 H Sr 6980 "A league GF"
D2 12672 V Sr 7500 horses"
D2 12681 V Sr 6669 "Telstra 1" Horses

D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" Ch7 Feed to air (without ads)
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 "RTV002" remote weather cross from somewhere.
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "7BCS Slot 2 QPSK Low Delay" showing test pattern

Saturday feeds

D1 12643 v 7200 D1 AFL Cats v Gold Coast

D2 12663V 7500 "Globecast Oz" Fox Sports 501 PEN vs MOU

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Quran TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Nusantara Channel, Edu Chanel TV, Hot Hits, NAB TV and My Hope Channel" have left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3929 H "Bali TV Bincang & Berita has replaced Indonesia Network" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113.0E 3932 V "Ruai TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 3980 V "Animo Channel" has left .

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3980 V "Fox Thai" has started on, Irdeto.

G-Sat 15 93.5E 11550 H "VANDE Gujarat 6" has started on , Fta.

Measat 3 91.5E 3880 V "Simply Money" has left.

Horizons 2 84.8E 11720 H "Gamanoid TV" has left .
Horizons 2 84.8E 12120 H "Nostalgia" has started on , encrypted.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Suwannabhumi Channel" has left .

Apstar 7 76.5E 3842 H "SK Movie and Channel S" are back on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "African Movie Channel Series and African Movie Channel" have started on , Nagravision.

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Movie Hits5(泰国)频道消失,设置3545 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经159度轨道位置的ABS-6号卫星C频段,卫星宣传(ABS)频道消失,设置3558 V 36000参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net Media(印尼)频道消失,设置4006 V 6400参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,NBC TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3784 V 1464参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,EMTV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3805 V 3960参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,HTV 9(VTC)频道消失,设置11119 V 14400参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,Disney Junior(泰国)频道解密,设置12604 H 30000参数免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Nusantara Channel(印尼)等5个频道消失,设置3818 V 27500参数无效接收。 [5月2日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Reformed 21(印尼)频道改格式,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [5月2日]
东经125度轨道位置的中星6A号卫星C频段,天津卫视(高清)频道加密,设置3970 V 13400参数有条件接收。 [5月2日]

东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Racing(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 V 5064参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,MCU TV、Shopping(泰国)等频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,MNC(国际)频道消失,设置3825 H 2400参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,B4U Movies、B4U APAC Channel(印度)频道解密,设置4100 V 29700参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Chokdee TV(IPM)频道新增,设置4160 V 30000参数免费接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Next Series(泰国)频道消失,设置3585 V 30000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Beauty TV 、Ploen TV(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Thai 8(标清)频道新增,设置3800 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Channel V(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3978 V 29000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Thairath HD、Super Rich(泰国)频道新增,设置3585 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [5月1日]


Fair Go campaign: Residents in remote community without television signal for months

From http://www.ntnews.com.au/news/northern-territory/fair-go-campaign-residents-in-remote-community-without-television-signal-for-months/newsstory/ad7a39d58dabe4f2f6b4ec017725475b

PAW's Jeremy Conlon and broadcaster Noel Heenan in Yuelamu finding the right direction to point Noel's newly acquired satellite dish. PICTURE: Zach Hope

YUENDUMU homes are without a television signal – and have been for months and years – because the Federal Government made no repair and maintenance plan to accompany the digital switchover, locals say.

Residents of remote communities have needed a satellite dish and set-top box – the Viewer Access Satellite Television system – to pick up free to air channels since the analog signal was switched off in 2013.

But these components are more complex to fix or replace than the antennas of the analog era.

Locals have told the NT News about 60 per cent of homes in Yuendumu and about 30 per cent in nearby Yuelamu are without a signal because of broken dishes or set-top boxes.

While there are people in Yuendumu capable of basic satellite dish repairs and adjustments, few community members can afford the cost of replacing equipment from Alice Springs 300km away, or know how to go about it even if they could.

The NT News asked the office of Regional Communications Minister Fiona Nash what remote Territorians should do to get their VAST systems repaired or replaced. There has been no response.

Pintubi Anmatjere Warlpiri Media general manager Michael Taylor said the Federal Government had not thought ahead when backing the VAST system.

“Foxtel or anywhere else you have a help number – you call the number and you get technical support,” he said. “But I guess because this has been put on people’s homes for free there’s been no support mechanism designed.”

PAW broadcaster Noel Heenan’s TV reception was cut when a storm picked up a neighbour’s trampoline and smashed the dish on his Yuelamu roof.

For six weeks he could not watch his beloved Collingwood or FC Barcelona and three calls to Canberra bureaucrats got him nowhere.

Mr Heenan and colleague Jeremy Conlon recently switched the damaged dish with a working and unused dish from a burnt out home next door.

“They didn’t think, the Federal Government, who was going to do the repairs and maintenance,” he said.

Foxtel hits out at proposed copyright changes

From http://www.afr.com/business/legal/foxtel-hits-out-at-proposed-copyright-reforms-20160429-goibht

The Productivity Commission says in its draft report that copyright protection lasts too long and extends too far, costing consumers more than it should. Supplied

Foxtel has criticised changes proposed by the Productivity Commission, including allowing Australians to circumvent "geo-blocking".

Meanwhile, lawyers have raised concerns that some changes could stifle innovation and inhibit economic growth.

A Foxtel spokesman said the company disagreed with the Productivity Commission's views on geo-blocking, saying if Foxtel was not able to licence relatively inexpensive content from overseas it could not afford to invest in the much more expensive Australian content that it created.

The commission suggested reform to copyright laws enabling Australian consumers to circumvent offshore retailers' attempts to charge them more by "geo-blocking" access to cheaper products and services overseas.

"Nor would it be able to employ thousands of Australians," the spokesman said. "Economic and cultural activity would be curtailed in Australia and money would flow offshore to companies which would have no reason to make a contribution to Australia."

But Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland said the commission's proposed reforms could rebalance the system towards interests of consumers from mostly United States-based rights holders, including pharmaceutical companies, Hollywood studios and publishing houses.

This was appropriate, given Australia effectively exported $1 of patented goods and services for every $4.50 it imported.

"Allowing consumers to circumvent geo-blocking would take down digital trade barriers that shield Australia from competition and mean consumers have poorer choices and pay higher prices," Mr Kirkland said.

Destabilise industry

Copyright Agency chief executive Adam Suckling said the introduction of a long-debated US-style "fair use" exception for the use of copyright material would curtail the production of Australian content and destabilise an industry that contributed $7.4 billion to the economy.

The proposal was supported by the Australian Law Reform Commission in 2014 but has thus far been rejected by Attorney-General George Brandis, after strong pushes by giants in the US film, music and publishing industries for Australia not to adopt it.

Mr Suckling pointed to a report by PwC in February that showed the introduction of a fair-use exception could reduce gross domestic product by $1 billion, as well as lead to increased litigation over the use of content.

"Authors, publishers and artists working in the Australian market rely on our fit-for-purpose copyright regime for a return on their investment. To remove their right to give permission when someone wants to use their work – either for a payment or not – can only be seen as a retrograde step," he said.

MinterEllison partner Paul Kallenbach said the draft report did not address the financial and reputational costs involved in renegotiating complex multilateral and bilateral treaties that would be necessary to introduce key proposed reforms, including a reduction in the duration of copyright from 70 years after the death of an author to 15 to 25 years after creation.

"If Australia's economy is to ultimately transition to being an intellectual property producer and therefore net exporter, an underlying theme of the current federal government's innovation agenda, then adopting a strong pro-consumer or net importer stance may not lead to favourable long-term growth outcomes," Mr Kallenbach said.

More litigation

Gilbert + Tobin partner John Lee said tightening the criteria for patents could eliminate the ability of smaller entities to obtain protection and could lead to more litigation between applicants and opponents.

"This is critical for the success of a lot of start-ups, particularly in the tech space," he said. "We are starting to develop and export our own IP. We don't want changes stifling that trend."

The commission's proposed redesign of extensions of terms on patents by pharmaceutical companies, to reduce delays for generics entering the market, could lead to reduced investment in research and development by drug companies, Mr Lee said.

Enforcement and infringement better

Executive director of Creative Content Australia Lori Flekser said the commission's suggestion that making content more accessible was the key to reducing online copyright infringement, rather than increasing enforcement efforts or penalties was wrong.

"There is no lack of evidence showing that movie piracy peaks when the DVD, Blu-ray and SVOD versions become available," Ms Flekser said.

Ms Flekser said the main reason for piracy was because the content was free.

Pointing to the recent premiere of Game of Thrones season six on April 25, Ms Flekser said Australia represented the highest percentage of all BitTorrent downloads despite the episode was available for local audiences for a reasonable cost and at the same time as the rest of the world.

"I consider the cost – around the cost of two or three cups of coffee - a fair price to pay for an hour of this popular culture phenomenon, which costs in excess of $US6 million per episode to make," she said.

Foxtel to strike channels deals with Man Utd, Arsenal, Liverpool and others

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-to-strike-channels-deals-with-man-utd-arsenal-liverpool-and-others-20160501-goj8i5.html

Foxtel is expected to secure channels like ​Manchester Utd's MUTV.

​Foxtel is poised to acquire the rights to show delayed English Premier League football games featuring key teams via the clubs' own channels.

The pay TV group is expected to secure licences to carry channels from the likes of ​Manchester Utd's MUTV, Liverpool's LFC TV, Manchester City TV, Arsenal TV and Chelsea TV as part of the deal.

The channels, which were previously carried in Australia by Foxtel's smaller rival Fetch TV, have the rights to show tape-delayed coverage of games, normally the day after the matches are screened live. They also carry club history documentaries, old games and behind-the-scenes shows from the clubs.

The move is part of Foxtel's attempt to retain customers unhappy at its loss of English Premier League rights to Optus, which begins showing games from August.

Late last year, Optus announced that it had secured the rights to show English Premier League games for $63 million per season for the next three seasons, starting in August.

Optus' expensive swoop put Foxtel at risk of losing some of the EPL fans who had subscribed to the cable and satellite service predominantly to get the sport.

Foxtel chief executive Peter Tonagh, who declined to comment on whether the company was interested in the EPL club channels, said only a "pretty small number" of soccer fans were likely to ditch Foxtel altogether.

"I think there'll be some hardcore fans that'll be pretty upset about not having it and they'll go and they'll buy from Optus. I suspect most of those hardcore fans will keep buying Foxtel as well," he said.

Foxtel began its fightback against Optus in late March, announcing that it would broadcast European football direct through its cable and satellite service.

Foxtel and beIN announced the launch of three beIN Sports high-definition channels available to Foxtel sports subscribers at no extra cost to the Foxtel sport pack, boosting the pack's offering from nine to 12 sports channels.

"I think the reality is, most people who support EPL or who watch EPL, watch other sports as well. And you know, part of the beIN sport benefit for us is that you've got all those South American leagues, you've got European leagues, so you've got a terrific presence with football anyway so it's hard to say, "hey I'm gonna give away my Foxtel and just go with this one package of EPL," he said.

Foxtel also faces competition for audiences in non-sports content from subscription video-on-demand services led by Netflix and also including Stan, owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review.

But Mr Tonagh said he did not believe that Foxtel, which secured key rights to the NRL and AFL in blockbuster deals last year, would face competition for those rights from Netflix when those contracts expired.

"I have a personal view that Netflix have been very focused in what they do ... so I'd be surprised if Netflix bought sporting rights, they don't do live streaming."

He added: "The telcos already are a threat, obviously Telstra paid a lot of money [for the AFL digital rights], Optus paid a lot of money for the EPL, they are already spending money on those things.

"There's no doubt it will be a competitive market. I'm not trying to downplay the competition. I just think [Netflix founder and chief executive] Reed Hastings has done a great job of keeping Netflix focused and I'd be surprised if he was doing that in five years' time."

Bankers are working on a merger of Foxtel, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, with News Corp's Fox Sports before a potential $8 billion float.

"From our perspective we have contracts with [Fox Sports], it means we get all their sport anyway ... it doesn't make a lot of difference," Mr Tonagh said. "We work effectively together."

Peter Tonagh's plan to get Foxtel's halo back and take the shine off Netflix

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/peter-tonaghs-plan-to-get-foxtels-halo-back-and-take-the-shine-off-netflix-20160428-gohu13.html

Foxtel's new chief executive Peter Tonagh admits the cable and satellite television monopoly has a problem – it's not as sexy as Netflix.

"The Netflix halo is more significant here than it is almost anywhere in the world, and the Foxtel halo has slipped, and one of our big challenges is how you get that halo back again," he tells Fairfax Media in a candid and revealing interview.

"We have to have a product that's available to more of the lower end of the market and we have to have a better understanding and a crisper articulation of the value of the premium product, what makes it different."

The former Foxtel board member and chief operating officer has moved quickly since Foxtel's 50 per cent shareholder News Corp implanted him to replace Richard Freudenstein in March.


Tonagh has galvanised the team and hired former Austar executive Deanne Weir to boost programming from Hollywood and former top marketer for Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank, Mark Buckman, as chief marketing officer. The mood at Foxtel HQ in North Ryde has improved.

Big job ahead

But Tonagh's in-tray remains intimidating.

He needs to fix Foxtel's bug-ridden iQ3 box – one of his "greatest concerns and priorities" – improve lacklustre streaming joint venture Presto – "both Seven [West Media] and Foxtel are looking for more out of Presto" – and strike a better wholesale broadband deal with Telstra, Foxtel's other 50 per cent shareholder.

"We want to be able to sell broadband that the customers want at a price that we can make money out of," he says.

All of that while bankers at Goldman Sachs and Citi are plotting a merger between Foxtel and News Corp's Fox Sports ahead of a potential $8 billion float of the combined businesses in 2017, as first revealed by Fairfax in March.

That part, he admits, is out of his control. "What I am interested in is not selling Foxtel to investors from an IPO perspective but selling Foxtel to the public as a proposition for consumers – the shareholders will worry about selling to investors.

"But are we there in terms of selling Foxtel to consumers? Well not yet, I think we still have a way to go."

Almost universally well-regarded and liked in media circles, the unflashy former News Corp Australia CEO is under no illusions about the pressures facing Australia's most profitable media company, which has 2.6 million subscribers to its cable and satellite service.

Pricing issues

Chief among them is that its premium service costs as much as $135 a month, whereas Netflix costs as little as $8.99 (he notes Netflix's remarkable growth has slowed here of late).

Part of his "frustration" is that Foxtel has not communicated well enough how much more content it has than the subscription video-on-demand giant.

"If you asked someone what's the difference between Foxtel and Netflix most people would say 'Foxtel has live sport', and that's clearly only a small part of the difference," he says.

"People forget about all of the big branded channels we've got, the quality of our Australian drama. You don't hear many people say "Foxtel has HBO" – they do right now because of the new season of Game of Thrones but typically they don't – and we've got a challenge to portray everything that Foxtel is".

Foxtel's marketing budget will mushroom under Buckman but the key test will be the "crispness of the message", he says, "the ability to sell the cross-platform experience".

That includes the relaunched Foxtel Go, which offers cable and satellite subscribers their Foxtel service on their laptops, tablets or smartphones, but "which most Australians wouldn't recognise".

Just before Tonagh started in the role, one of Freudenstein's last acts was to raise the price of basic Foxtel from $25 to $26 a month – having slashed it from $49 a month less than 18 months earlier.

Price creep is not a strategy Tonagh is likely to continue.

"I think over the long term it would be a mistake to think you can just keep putting prices up for our product," he says. "The US platforms have continued to put their prices up regularly and I think they are suffering as a result of that."

He is encouraged that customer defections from Foxtel are low from longstanding customers, for whom price is not a major issue.

Other services

But he is accelerating Freudenstein's nascent plans for an Apple TV-style web streaming device that will offer a trimmed down Foxtel service to the cheaper end of the market, and host other services – possibly including Netflix, as revealed by Fairfax.

Smaller pay TV rival Fetch TV has added pressure on Foxtel by hosting Netflix and Stan, the SVOD service owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media – owner of The Australian Financial Review – on its internet TV platform.

Tonagh says he has a "clear view" on which hardware provider he wants to choose for the so called "puck" device, although he still needs board approval.

The puck could be sold through the likes of Harvey Norman, and is set to compete with Telstra's own device, Telstra TV. His preference is that Foxtel and Telstra have one common device, supplied by Foxtel but he admits "we haven't had that discussion with Telstra yet so I don't know their view".

It's possible that the premium Foxtel service is ultimately delivered on the puck too, if network technology allows, he says, while maintaining that satellite delivery of Foxtel will also continue for "a long, long time".

Tonagh won't go near Freudenstein's prediction, early into his tenure, that Foxtel will reach half the Australian population (it's still stuck at about 30 per cent).

But he is clear that the lower-priced web-based Foxtel product, expected within 12 months, will be key to reaching new subscribers, along with broadband bundling.

Broadband was key to the success of News Corp's British pay TV company, Sky, whose share price has doubled in the past five years and upon whose model News Corp is keen to base Foxtel.

Tonagh says Foxtel is well placed for broadband – with its installation teams, call centres and billing systems – but he is "continually emphasising" that the UK is a "very different market".

Unlike Foxtel, Sky didn't have a telco on its register so was free to acquire and internet service provider Easynet, which has driven its remarkable success in broadband, observers note.

"Sky was making a manufacturer margin because they own the infrastructure and so they make the margin on that plus a retail margin," he says.

Foxtel has to rely on Telstra and is in "continual discussions" with the telco to get a better deal on wholesale broadband. Analysts estimate Foxtel has only about 50,000 broadband subscribers. It can't offer cable broadband under the current deal.

Tonagh has no plans to buy an ISP, even with Telstra keen to sell most of its stake in an IPO, and says the game will change in Foxtel's favour anyway as the National Broadband Network rolls out.

"The margins are relatively small so I don't think you're going to be competing on price but that works in our favour because we don't have to compete on price but on the attractiveness of the bundle. And if Foxtel people are going in installing an iQ3 box, they can install broadband at same time."

Tonagh's engineers tell him they will finally have an iQ3 set top box Foxtel can "proudly market" sometime in July. Since it was launched last year, the box been the subject of several software drops to address bugs that have infuriated many users, despite the box ostensibly having far superior features to the incumbent iQ2.

"I think the product wasn't satisfactory when it came to market and it's taken time to address it," he admits. "There are people who are frustrated but equally a lot of people see that it is a lot better."

Presto users too, have experienced serious frustration at technical hitches and sign-up problems with the SVOD service, which is Foxtel and Seven's answer to Netflix.

"The one thing I am really happy with is the content which is terrific," he says. "The experience when you're watching it isn't what we want it to be yet and we want to continue to improve that."

But Tonagh seeks to dispel "the myth" that Foxtel is going slow on Presto for fear of cannibalising cable and satellite subscribers. Presto, he says, is attacking a different part of the market.

"Presto should be off building its share and subscriber volumes as aggressively as it can, and you think about it from a Seven perspective, they are obviously our joint venture partner, they don't care what happens to Foxtel."

Just don't expect to see Game of Thrones, which smashed Foxtel viewing records when it was launched last week, on Presto any time soon. "You would have seen the numbers, it's the best premiere of a series we've ever had in Foxtel's history. And so I'm not going to pass that up."

Nine signs affiliation agreement with Southern Cross

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2016/04/nine-signs-affiliation-agreement-with-southern-cross.html

Nine and Southern Cross have announced a 5 year affiliation agreement, ending a long-term partnership with WIN Television.

The deal from July 1 sees Southern Cross broadcast Nine content into its markets in Queensland, Southern NSW and Victoria.

Nine has secured a fee of 50% of SCA’s TV revenue -Nine currently received 39% of WIN TV revenue, but could not secure a higher deal from WIN.

The deal sees the end of a 27 year affiliation between the two broadcasters from June 30, following a tenuous relationship of late. Yesterday WIN lost a courtcase with Nine over streaming rights into its markets. Both extended their current affiliation deal until the end of June, after failing to agree to new tersm.

Nine CEO Hugh Marks told a senate committee Nine was not interested in buying a regional broadcaster.

Marks and Southern Cross CEO Grant Blackley are close, together they owned talent management agency RGM Artists.

WIN has previously been reported as having talks with TEN management about a new affiliation deal. Billionaire mogul Bruce Gordon owns around 15% of both Nine and TEN.

The release is as follows:

Nine Entertainment Co. (Nine) (ASX:NEC) and Southern Cross Austereo (SCA) (ASX: SXL) have today announced the signing of a new regional television affiliation agreement. The five year agreement will see SCA broadcast Nine’s metropolitan free-to-air television content into regional Queensland, Southern NSW and regional Victoria from 1 July 2016.

Under this landmark agreement, the SCA channels will carry Nine’s branding and broadcast its premium Australian and international content including The Voice and The Block, as well as all NRL and Cricket broadcasts, providing a seamless Nine brand across metropolitan and major regional markets.

SCA will pay Nine an affiliation fee of 50 per cent of its television revenue.

As part of the new affiliation deal, Nine and SCA have agreed to work together on a number of opportunities to mutually grow their businesses.

The agreement provides for a substantial expansion of news services broadcast by SCA. Nine’s market leading News bulletins featuring international, national and locally produced news will be broadcast to regional markets across Queensland, Southern NSW and Victoria.

As part of the arrangements, SCA will provide national sales services for Nine’s NBN channel in Northern NSW and NTD9 in Darwin. This will provide advertisers with a centralised port of call for their regional advertising on Nine’s content across the entire Eastern seaboard.

Hugh Marks, CEO of NEC said “This is a great outcome for Nine and SCA. We are confident that, together, we will offer a premium viewing experience for audiences and a best in class platform for advertisers.”

Welcoming the agreement, Grant Blackley CEO of SCA said “I’m excited SCA is entering into this landmark long term agreement with Nine, a media company which has so successfully informed and entertained Australian audiences for many decades.”

Satellite coverage for polar bears and penguins

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Satellite_Coverage_for_Polar_Bears_and_Penguins_999.html

Although children's books and animated films often show them frolicking together, penguins and polar bears actually occupy opposite ends of the earth. Polar bears are found in the far northern latitudes, while penguins occupy the world's southern oceans and land masses. But Intelsat General provides satellite connectivity to customers with facilities at both ends of the world, one at the northernmost inhabited place on earth, and the other right at the South Pole.

The northern outpost is an Arctic research facility and a weather and radio monitoring station operated in the province of Nunavut, on the northeastern tip of Ellesmere Island. The location is directly north of Greenland and about 500 miles south of the geographic North Pole, closer to Moscow than to Ottawa.

About 75 government personnel and civilian contractors work at the station year round in a maze of connected buildings, surrounded from mid-October to the end of February in perpetual darkness and an average annual temperature of 17 degrees below zero.

And yes, there are polar bears. Maintaining morale is vital to operation of the station, so the personnel posted there have amenities such as a tanning salon, gymnasiums, live television broadcasts and recreational facilities to pass their leisure time. The facility is regularly resupplied by plane from a U.S. Air Force base in Thule, Greenland.

Data generated by the station's activities as well as daily video phone calls home for station personnel travels via a six-station UHF repeater chain to a small weather station at Eureka on Ellesmere Island and then via Intelsat's Galaxy C3 satellite to ground stations in Canada.

Kevin Debruycker, IGC's Customer Solutions Engineer helped implement this unique network which required a data link between the customer's remote location and their hub in Ottawa. Due to the extreme low look angle the only suitable satellite was the Intelsat G-3C at 95.05 degrees west.

The combination of low look angle and extreme temperature and atmospheric conditions required a two-antenna solution utilizing a "bouncing" technique for transmitting and receiving carriers. The two co-located antennas are vertically separated so that depending on the time of day, one or the other antenna can more effectively "bounce" the signal off the ground to the satellite.

At the bottom of the world closer to the penguins, Intelsat General provides satellite connectivity to a research facility operated by the National Science Foundation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The population at the station ranges from around 50 in the dark winter months to over 150 scientists and support staff in the brighter summer months.

The service originally went through Intelsat's Marisat-F2 spacecraft, but after retirement of that satellite, service shifted to Airbus' Nato IVB satellite using the X-band. The communications signals go through the Oakhanger ground station southwest of London and then tie into the IntelsatONE fiber network for worldwide delivery of scientific data to colleagues at universities, phones calls home, video conferencing, software updates, and emergency telemedicine.

The station at the South Pole uses a weather-hardened X-Band SATCOM terminal. Because of its location on the southern-most point of the Earth, satellite dishes at the Amundsen-Scott station are out of view of geo-stationary communications satellites orbiting the equator.

However, the 20-year-old Skynet-4C satellite is in an inclined orbit and drifts slightly above and below the equatorial plane as it orbits the Earth. With its inclination now at 10.3 degrees, the satellite is visible to the South Pole for about five hours each day. The daily visibility will grow as the satellite ages and the inclination increases.

The research at the South Pole is very "data-intensive," with more than 100 gigabytes of astronomical, climate and other data being sent by satellite on some days. In addition, the satellites are used for Internet access, e-mail and routine communications with scientists around the world interested in the South Pole research.

So even though penguins never see a polar bear, Intelsat General's customers share the burden of freezing climates, months of darkness, and vital responsibilities at opposite ends of the earth.

SpaceX completes static fire ahead of JCSAT-14 mission

From https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2016/05/spacex-static-fire-jcsat-14-mission/

SpaceX has completed a crucial static firing of their Falcon 9 rocket ahead of the upcoming mission to loft the JCSAT-14 satellite for the Tokyo-based SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation. The static fire took place late on Sunday at SLC-40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station ahead of a planned launch on Thursday, 5 May.

Road to JCSAT-14 static fire:

With all Falcon 9 first stages, the rocket was built and assembled at SpaceX’s Hawthorne California facility before it was shipped via road and security escort to the company’s McGregor, Texas, test facility.

2016-05-01-150313Once at McGregor, the first stage was put through a series of tests before it was erected on the test stand and put through a full duration hot fire test to evaluate the health of all nine engines and verify that all plumbing, equipment, wiring, and software functioned properly during powered operations.

After completing its successful hot fire at McGregor, the first stage was shipped to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in mid-April.

Upon its arrival at SLC-40, the Falcon 9 first stage was transported into its integration facility at the pad where teams performed receiving inspections and final preparations for first stage/second stage mate.

The first and second stages were subsequently mated last week ahead of Sunday’s planned static fire.

For SpaceX, a static test fire in the days prior to launch ensures the functionality of the propellant and propulsion systems of the Falcon 9 as well as all of the launch pad’s systems prior to the all-important Launch Readiness Review (LRR).

Thus, every static test fire involves a full, fast-paced propellant loading sequence, launch countdown and engine ignition operations, and testing of the pad’s high-volume water deluge system.

2015-02-08 12_19_41-Launch of SpaceX Falcon 9's 10th Flight with ORBCOMM OG2 - YouTubeThis complete run-through provides SpaceX and the launch team with a full dress rehearsal for the actual launch and allows them to identify and fix issues with the vehicle and/or pad prior to the commencement of actual launch operations.

The beneficial nature of this static-fire-for-every-mission approach was seen first-hand on the ORBCOMM-2 mission in December 2015 when a series of static fire attempts over multiple days encountered multiple issues with the super-chilled oxidizer debuting on that mission that were identified and resolved before a flawless liftoff.

That static fire led to procedural changes and increased understanding of how deep cryo liquid oxygen interacts with the Falcon vehicle during loading and launch operations.

2015-01-06 00_38_25-Falcon 9 v1.1 - Google SearchFollowing the JCSAT-14 static fire, completed late on Sunday, teams will perform an immediate analysis of the Falcon 9’s engine and vehicle data following a successful static fire.

The vehicle was then be de-tanked, lowered back to the ground by the Transporter Erector, and rolled back to its pad-side integration hanger for final integration processing in anticipation of the launch.

Around the same time, engineers and senior management will meet to conduct the LRR, which will confirm the launch date for JCSAT-14.

Currently, launch is targeted for NET (No Earlier Than) 5 May 2016 during a launch window extending from 01:21-03:21 EDT (05:21-07:21 UTC).

JCSAT-14 satellite:

SpaceX won the launch contract for the JCSAT-14 satellite in January 2014 after successfully completing the company’s first two Geostationary Transfer Orbit GTO missions.

Originally manifested for launch in the latter portion of 2015, launch of JCSAT-14 was delayed to its current timeframe following the loss of the CRS-7 mission in June 2015.

2016-04-30-193922Following a resumption of flight operations in December 2015, the JCSAT-14 mission was officially granted a launch slot following the CRS-8 mission to the Space Station, which launched on 8 April 2016.

In terms of final preparation for launch, Space Systems Loral (SSL) – the company that designed and built the satellite for SKY Perfect JSAT – noted that they successfully delivered JCSAT-14 to the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on 14 March 2016.

“It has been an honor to work together with SKY Perfect JSAT in building the JCSAT-14 satellite,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “We are very pleased that the satellite is now at launch base and look forward to a successful launch campaign.”

JCSAT-14 will replace and expand on the capacity of JCSAT-2A at the 154° East longitude orbital location.

2016-04-29-173524In all, JCSAT-14 is designed to provide service for broadcast, data networks, and internet connectivity for maritime and aviation for 15 years or longer to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.

“SSL is a world leader in satellite manufacturing, and a valuable partner in the expansion of our fleet,” said Shinji Takada, Representative Director, President and CEO of SKY Perfect JSAT. “Our corporate goal is to protect safety and peace of mind while contributing to the formation of a vibrant society. We look forward to the launch of JCSAT-14, which helps to contribute to this overarching goal.”

JCSAT-14 is based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which has a long history of reliability and the flexibility to support innovation and evolving technologies.

In total, JCSAT-14 marks the 102nd satellite that SSL has delivered based on this successful platform.

SSL is also building the JCSAT-15 and JCSAT-16 satellites, of which JCSAT-15 will launch on the European Space Agency’s Ariane 5 rocket and JCSAT-16 will launch on another SpaceX Falcon 9.

Perfecting the landing: Targeting ASDS after “hot entry” mission

As has become normal for SpaceX launches, the company will attempt to land the first stage of its Falcon 9 rocket on the ASDS barge “Of Course I Still Love You”, which will be positioned down range along the launch track in the Atlantic Ocean.

The drone ship was observed as departing from Port Canaveral on Sunday.

2015-03-19 23_40_33-SpaceX ASDS - Google SearchUnlike the most-recent barge landing on the CRS-8 mission to loft a resupply flight to the International Space Station, the JCSAT-14 landing attempt will be more in line with that of the SES-9 mission earlier this year than the April ISS resupply landing.

Both the SES-9 and the upcoming JCSAT-14 missions are high velocity launches for the Falcon 9, meaning that once the first stage separates and reorients itself for landing on the barge, it will slam back into Earth’s atmosphere at a higher velocity and higher altitude than other missions – thus performing what is termed as a “hot entry”, trajectory toward the ASDS barge.

The high-velocity nature of the launches also equates to a lower propellant reserve within the Falcon 9’s tanks to support the engine burns needed to softly land on the barge.

2014-11-25 11_40_22-SpaceX’s Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship ready for action _ NASASpaceFlight.comFor SES-9, this resulted in what some have termed as a “suicide plunge”.

Moreover, the high-velocity nature of the reentry and landing profile for SES-9 led Elon Musk and SpaceX to be unusually upfront about the negative chances of a successful barge landing, with some even questioning whether the first stage could survive the “hot entry” profile in the upper atmosphere to even attempt a barge landing.

Surprisingly enough, the first stage of the SES-9 mission did successfully make it to the ASDS barge at the end of its suicide plunge to begin slowing itself to a safe landing velocity.

However, the low propellant reserve became a crippling factor in the final seconds of landing, as the first stage ran out of enough propellant to successfully maintain the landing burn and slow itself to an acceptable landing velocity and orientation.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 13.20.45However, the almost successful nature of the SES-9 landing attempt and review of post-flight data led to a notable change in tone from Elon Musk during the post-launch news conference for the CRS-8 mission in which he discussed the “hot entry” landing for JCSAT-14.

During the 8 April news conference, Mr. Musk described the JCSAT-14 landing as “tough” considering the stage will be “coming in hot.”

For SpaceX, perfecting high-velocity mission landings on the ASDS is viewed by many in the industry as the next crucial step in perfecting the rocket landing technology thus far successfully demonstrated by SpaceX for the company’s eventual goal of having a fleet of reusable Falcon 9 first stages to help lower the cost for access to space.

Screen Shot 2016-04-30 at 13.24.20A single-engine landing burn profile is thought to be possible for this mission given what is believed to be a greater propellant margin post first stage separation than was carried on SES-9 – though it is noted that this is entirely dependent on the actual mass of the JCSAT-14 satellite, which is classed as “protected information” by the vendor.

However, even if a single-engine landing burn profile is possible for this mission, it is also possible that SpaceX may opt to attempt a multi-engine, last-minute landing burn profile in an effort to gather more data on and attempt to perfect this landing technique.

SpaceX ReturnThe option to choose the more riskier landing option would not be out of character for the company, which opted to perform a barge landing on the CRS-8 mission to attempt to perfect that landing strategy rather than performing a RTLS landing back at the Cape, which was completely possible given the flight profile of that mission.

Nonetheless, while considerable attention will be paid to the attempted landing, the landing on the ASDS is not the primary aspect of the mission, nor is it the primary focus of the flight, which is to successfully delivered the JCSAT-14 satellite into its proper geostationary orbit for service to the Asia, Russia, Oceania, and the Pacific Islands region.

Cracking the Code in Satellite Data

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Cracking_the_Code_in_Satellite_Data_999.html

The challenge: New constellations of small satellites will launch in the near future, generating a deluge of imagery for analysts to sift through to find patterns and answers to perplexing issues.

To help prepare for the onslaught, Draper is sponsoring a contest for bright/creative/audacious contestants to demonstrate the skills of intelligence analysts or crime scene investigators as they develop online tools to analyze satellite imagery and solve this vexing dilemma.

The contest: Draper is sponsoring the Chronos Data Science Contest, which will monetarily reward competitors who come in first, second or third place for developing new tools to solve a puzzle using daily aerial pictures of California as a stand-in for satellite images.

Assembling a week's worth of pictures of the same location in proper chronological order requires contestants to create and demonstrate new tools that can be applied to the expected hundreds of terabytes of daily data from the new constellations.

According to Kim Slater, who leads Draper's small satellite initiative, "This work will ultimately help analysts uncover trends related to climate change, natural disasters and public health crises.

Combining more frequent imagery with big data analytics will yield more actionable intelligence that enables better decision-making," Slater said.

Draper is providing the aerial imagery and funding for the contest, which begins on April 29 and is run by Kaggle, a platform for predictive modeling and analytics competitions. First prize is worth $30,000, followed by $20,000 and $10,000 for runners up.

Draper's own work in data science includes models that predicted economic, political and cultural characteristics with an 85 percent success rate using commercial satellite imagery of Afghanistan. The company is demonstrating broader effectiveness of those models using imagery of Sub-Saharan Africa under contract to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

Draper is also contributing expertise in parallel processing, image database analysis and pattern recognition to BridgeSat, Inc. as it plans for a network of optical communications ground stations and laser-linked communications satellites, enabling the system to deliver massive amounts of data from planned small satellite constellations in a fast, cost-effective manner.

As a not-for-profit engineering research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world's most challenging and important problems. We provide engineering solutions directly to government, industry, and academia; work on teams as prime contractor or subcontractor; and participate as a collaborator in consortia. We provide unbiased assessments of technology or systems designed or recommended by other organizations - custom designed, as well as commercial-off-the-shelf.

Zee Media ends distribution pact with Taj Television

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/zee-media-ends-distribution-pact-with-taj-television-116042901294_1.html

Zee Media Corporation today terminated its television channel distribution pact with group firm Taj Television while giving an in-principle nod to Zee Entertainment Enterprises for the same.

The company's board of directors in its meeting held today "terminated existing arrangement with Taj Television (India) Pvt Ltd for distribution of channels", Zee Media Corporation said in a BSE filing.

The said arrangement "being material related party transaction, for a period of three years valid till March 31, 2017, was approved by unrelated shareholder of the company vide a resolution passed on November 3, 2015," it added.

The company further said its board "accorded in-principle approval for entering into a material party related transaction with Zee Entertainment Enterprises Ltd (ZEEL), a related party for distribution of television channels of the company at 7 per cent revenue sharing on the subscription revenues of the television channels of the company".

In June 2014, Zee had announced that Taj Television India Pvt Ltd would distribute over 47 television channels belonging to ZEEL, Zee Media Corp and Turner International India after broadcast regulator TRAI banned aggregation of channels of multiple broadcasters in one bouquet.


Sunday, no update