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Page UPDATED 4/09/2015 11.59 P.M NZ


A bit of a quiet week

From my Email


From the Dish

Palapa D 113E 3460 H "Desa has replaced Matrix Shop" on , Fta.
Palapa D 113E 3574 V "Share Channel TV" is back on , Fta. Alsyva Channel has left.
Palapa D 113E 3880 H "Net has replaced Fashion TV SD Asia" on , Xcrypt.
Palapa D 113E 4080 H "Bloomberg TV Indonesia" has left.

Telkom 1 108.0E 3600 V "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Indonesia" on, Irdeto.

Measat 3b 91.5E 12643 H "Jak TV has replaced Bloomberg TV Indonesia" on , Irdeto.

ST 2 88.0E 11164 V 11546 V Flowers and Ramdhenu have started on , encrypted. People TV has replaced Indiavision on , encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11050 H "BBC Earth South Africa and BBC Brit South Africa have replaced BBC Knowledge South Africa and BBC Entertainment South Africa" on , Irdeto.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,国家地理、Fox Movies HD(高清)频道重现,设置11568 H 20000参数有条件接收。[09-04]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Channel 7、Millennium TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[09-04]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Fashion TV HD(高清)频道重现,设置3794 H 4640参数免费接收。[09-04]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fashion TV(法国时装)频道重现,设置3745 V 2626参数免费接收。[09-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,Universal Channel(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-04]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,T Sports(泰国)频道消失,设置12604 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-04]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,YMTV(印尼)频道消失,设置3853 V 2000参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1、CCTV-法语(户户通)等全组频道消失,设置11900 R 28800参数无效接收。 [9月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Outdoor替换AXN(Skynindo)频道,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月4日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Alsyva Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3574 V 6363参数无效接收。 [9月4日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Salam(测试)频道新增,设置3760 H 27500参数免费接收。 [9月3日]


Survey: Availability, lower prices reduce piracy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/04/survey-content-availability-lower-prices-reduce-internet-piracy/

A survey conducted by Australian consumer advocacy group CHOICE has found that one third of Australians download, stream or watch pirated TV shows or movies online. In a follow-up to its 2014 Piracy Survey, CHOICE found the same answer again to the why: price and availability. The most frequent pirates are also the biggest consumers of paid and unpaid legal content and many exhaust the legal options before infringing online.

While the number of people purchasing pay per view and subscription services significantly increased since 2014 (from 46 per cent in 2014 to 59 per cent – probably as a result of the availability of Netflix), the number of pirates decreased around 3 per cent. According to CHOICE, this doesn’t make piracy excusable, but it suggests that the best way to battle online piracy is to start making content more available and less expensive. A government survey from July 2015 came to a similar conclusion. Nevertheless, the federal government was pushing the industry to agree on an industry code to address piracy by 1 September.

Key survey findings:

•The numbers of those regularly downloading pirate movies or TV shows at least monthly (regular pirates) have come down to 17 per cent from 23 per cent.

•70 per cent of Australians never download or stream pirated moves or TV shows, compared to 67 per cent in 2014, and 30 per cent of respondents pirated content, compared with 33 per cent in 2014.

•More Australians use pay per view or subscription services: 59 per cent compared to 46 per cent in 2014. Subscriptions to Australian services increased from 36 per cent in 2014 to 55 per cent.

•33 per cent respondents are downloading much less often since subscribing to streaming services.

•When asked about the changes in behaviour in light of the Copyright Amendment Bill, regular pirates state that they will search for another pirate site (54 per cent) or find other methods to unblock or circumvent the block (49 per cent).

NBL scores a big win with TV deal

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/09/04/nbl-scores-a-big-win-with-tv-deal/

NBL scores a big win with TV deal

The NBL's biggest stars will be much better known this season, with every match beaming live across Australia on Fox Sports. (Image: AAP, Travis Anderson)

Yesterday, an ad popped up in my Twitter feed. It was for Foxtel. It boasted that every NBL game this season would be live on Fox Sports.

Even forgetting the every game live part, the existence of that ad alone would have been enough to get NBL fans excited.

A broadcaster willing to go out of its way to promote the league? That has been missing in recent years and it wasn’t something that went unnoticed.

But if such early indications are to be believed, it’s one of the perks of the NBL crossing over to pay TV with the new deal announced yesterday.

Those perks include every game of the season being broadcast on a television platform for the first time ever.

Those perks include the security of a five-year deal, albeit with a review at the end of the first season.

Those perks include giving sports fans who don’t currently tune in the ultimate carrot – live sport on their TV screens four nights a week.

Those perks include the ability to simulcast a game each week to a free-to-air network.

Those perks include HD basketball and the overall attention to detail that comes with a Fox Sports presentation.

Those perks include every game live.

It’s a good outcome. Some have questioned the current lack of a free-to-air partner, but TV deals need to be looked at through the prism of the NBL’s bargaining power.

You suspect other broadcasters weren’t tripping over themselves. For where the league is at, getting every game on a TV platform is a step forward, as are the other perks.

Credit here has to go to the league for coming up with the new TV-friendly schedule.

The NBL took a gamble with its fixture by placing a higher priority on getting into people’s lounge rooms than getting people into stands. They added weekly Wednesday and Thursday night games, despite the effect such games have had on attendance in the past.

It was a ballsy move, but a necessary one. The next step is to continue the run of TV-minded decisions with a focus on creating truly engaging television.

If that can happen, the bargaining power may be improved next time around. (That’s important because for all the positives of this deal, it appears the NBL has had to open its wallet to make it happen.)

The final benefit to this deal will be the injection of positivity it provides.

As we’ve alluded to, fans were happy to voice concerns about the last TV deal. With a change of leadership, even the NBL itself seemed to disown it.

I didn’t like that attitude. Free-to-air expoure saw the viewing audience of the NBL grow at a time the league was in desperate need of growth. The numbers validated this.

Again, I would simply say TV deals need to be looked at through the prism of the NBL’s bargaining power. There’s no reason the last deal couldn’t have been a good decision for that time and this deal a good decision for this time.

Either way, a lot of negative voices around the league were silenced yesterday and that’s not a bad thing.

And if people still want to be negative, we can refer them to Crocodiles star Brian Conklin.

“We only had three games on television last year… so to have all 28 live on television is going to be awesome,” Conklin told the Townsville Bulletin.

Now the countdown to October 7 can start and on that front, the clubs have certainly played their role.

With big names like Chris Goulding, Nathan Jawai, Julian Khazzouh, Kevin Lisch, Kirk Penney, AJ Ogilvy and Ebi Ere all returning from overseas – and poster boy Josh Childress going around again – the set-up is there for a great season.

A season that will play out with every game live.

As VOD space heats up, Astro allows downloads

From https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/personal-tech/as-vod-space-heats-up-astro-allows-downloads

• New download feature only available on Android version
• No need to worry about video streaming speeds

MALAYSIA’S satellite TV operator Astro announced that users of its Astro On-the-Go service will be able to download their TV series and movies for offline viewing.

Astro On-The-Go (AOTG), launched in May 2012, gives subscribers streaming access to Astro’s TV channels, LIVE Events, Video-On-Demand (VOD) and Catch Up TV services across multiple online and mobile devices.

The new download feature is only available on the Android version of AOTG currently, and comes just as regional Internet TV service iflix announced a partnership with mobile operator Digi Telecommunication.

In a statement, Astro said that by downloading programmes beforehand, viewers need not sweat over video streaming speeds or excessive mobile data streaming costs.

Look out for the ‘Download Available’ button for content available for download.

Users will need to update their AOTG app to the latest version on Android devices to use the new download feature, which is currently free until further notice, Astro said.

The download feature will be coming soon to iOS devices, the company added.

Subhash Chandra’s Living Ent. to launch 5 channels; eyes Rs 1000 crore revenue in 4 years

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/specialised-and-niche/zeel-living-ent-to-launch-foodtainment-channel-living-foodz-on-11-sept-150903

MUMBAI: Essel Group's Living Entertainment is looking at launching five new channels in the Indian market.

The first channel to go on air will be an international food and lifestyle channel christened Living Foodz. Hitting Indian airwaves on 11 September, 2015, this foodtainment channel will have dual feed in Hindi and English.

Additionally, the group also plans to launch Zee Living in India, which is already an established channel in the US. Apart from this, channels that will be launched under the Living Entertainment’s umbrella are: Living Rootz, which will concentrate on the rich civilization of the country, Living Homez focusing on home décor and Living Travelz, which will emphasise on the traveling aspect. The launch dates of these four channels have not yet been decided.

What’s more, the Living network, which has generated revenues of Rs 80 crore from global operations, is eyeing global revenue of Rs 1000 crore in the next four years.

“In the next six months, we will add Rs 30 crore from India operations, which will take our business to around Rs 110 – 115 crore. In next four years, Living network will reach the Rs 1000 crore mark,” informed Zeel and Essel Group chairman Dr Subhash Chandra.

According to him, 12 - 13 per cent of the global television viewership comes from the lifestyle category, while in terms of revenue generation the percentile goes up to 18 to 20 per cent, hence offering a huge space to explore.

“This is yet another endeavour from our group to bring the world closer through entertainment. Living is all about global mindsets and experiences. This is also in line with our group philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ - The world is my family. Our group has always believed in creating not just great content but building genres and brands that are milestones,” he added.

According to Dr Chandra, the American market, where Living network’s Zee Living has already established itself, is the most closed economy. “I have no hesitation in saying that, though people say US is the father of market economy, it’s the most closed economy I have ever seen in my life. We had to tussle hard to get distribution and even today out of 110 million homes, we managed to reach only 30 million homes,” he asserted.

Zeel MD & CEO Punit Goenka added, “With Living, we intend to make global content for global audiences. This will be for the first time ever that original content from India will be available to audiences across the globe. We are very proud to present this new form of entertainment to our audiences.”

Drawing light to the business aspiration of the first channel to be launched from the bouquet, Goenka said, “Living Foodz will be a profitable from year one. Given the quality and content we have, I am sure of the fact that Living Foodz will go a long way.”

Living Foodz will specialise in exploring the evolving social status of food: moving out of the confines of the conventional kitchen into a world of entertainment and adventure with food. Having food at its core, Living Foodz will explore different perspectives towards food and the way it touches people - from lifestyle, travel, wellness to food infotainment and reality.

“Living is our endeavour to showcase audiences with great lifestyle content. Growth of digitisation is leading to fragmentation of audiences, thereby creating an opportunity for differentiated and genre specific content. Moreover, increasing digital households are giving rise to increased audience expectations and demand for more diverse viewing opportunities. Under this scenario we are providing Living Foodz to people who love exploring and knowing more about food,” opined Zee Living - India & APAC CEO Piyush Sharma.

Sharma further informed that the network will launch an app in six months’ time as well as a website in the next two months. “The channel will have 100 per cent original content,” he added.

Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Living Foodz business head Amit Nair said, “We will have 80 per cent of Indian content, while 20 per cent will be English. The entire programming will be in-house. We have a very good in-house team who will handle that part.”

In terms of marketing, the channel will emphasize more on digital platforms while there will be a 360 degree presence.

For the Indian market, Living Foodz will be the international food & lifestyle channel that will have a universal feel and will appeal to new age groups in digital households. The core audience set will comprise the well travelled and connected people with high interest level of food.

The launch of Living Foodz will also mean curtains down for Zee's Khana Khazana channel. “We are proud of the achievements and accolades Khana Khazana has garnered so far but now we believe audiences' taste has changed and hence we decided to come up with Living Foodz. We will use Khana Khazana content and re-package it for our digital platforms, but since Living Foodz is going to have 100 per cent fresh content we cannot have its content on television,” said Sharma.

The shows that Living Foodz is launching with are: Food Xpress: Rocky & Mayur, Chef on Wheels, Vickypedia, with Chef Vicky Ratnani, The Great Indian Rasoi with chef Ranveer Brar, Good Food America and Peggy’s Kitchen Cures.

The channel will be available across all direct-to-home (DTH) platforms like Dish TV, Tata Sky, Airtel Digital TV and Videocon d2h as well as leading cable networks.

Living Entertainment in India will be an extension of the Living network belonging to Essel Group, which already exists in international markets.


The Muos Satellite has launched, it will give Military coverage of the Asia Pacific region

Thursday feeds

D1 12431 v 6110 "U BIRD 3" AFL Footy Show.

From my Email


From the Dish

Yamal 401 90.0E 10908 V "8 Kanal Krasnoyarsk" has started on , Fta.
Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Muz Soyuz" has started on , Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0E 11840 H "STS" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Thinetha TV" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Peppers" has left .

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,K Drama Box(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,DDK Hisar(印度)频道消失,设置3774 H 4250参数无效接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,MNC(印尼)频道新增,设置3664 H 2400参数有条件接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,My TV(孟加拉)频道新增,设置3680 H 3333参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,BTV National(BISS)频道解密,设置4129 V 11395参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Russkaya Komedia(测试)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[09-03]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(俄罗斯)频道解密,设置11105 H 43200参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Multimania(MPEG-5)频道解密,设置12153 V 45000参数免费接收。 [9月3日]
东经134度轨道位置的亚太6号卫星Ku频段,新华传送(BISS)频道消失,设置12352 H 4000参数无效接收。 [9月3日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Vallabh(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。 [9月3日]


Sunnyvale-built military communications satellite thrust into orbit

From http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2015/09/02/sunnyvale-built-military-communications-satellite.html

The Lockheed Martin satellite dubbed MUOS-4 launches from Cape Canaveral on Sept. 2, 2015.

The military’s ability to communicate in far-flung regions with smartphone-like devices took another step forward Wednesday with the successful launch of a satellite built at Lockheed Martin’s Sunnyvale facility.

The satellite is the fourth sent into orbit as part of the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) network, which promises to provide military personnel in even remote regions with simultaneous voice, video and data capabilities.

The MUOS-4 satellite launched at 6:18 a.m. EDT aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Once the satellite was in orbit, a ground team led by Lockheed Martin was able to successfully communicate with it and maneuver it.

In a press statement, the company said, “The addition of MUOS-4 completes the initial constellation and provides the MUOS network with near-global coverage, extending the reach of communications further toward the North and South poles than ever before.”

Apstar-9 satellite shipped to Xichang launch center

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/apstar-9-satellite-shipped-to-xichang-launch-center--1100311

Satellite operator APT Satellite has announced that, on 27 August, the Apstar-9 satellite has been shipped by air successfully to the Xichang Satellite Launch Center. The Apstar -9 satellite has completed its AIT and made the on-ground delivery to the launch site. Now the satellite entered into the launch campaign phase. The satellite is scheduled for launch in mid-October.

ST Teleport Expands Capacity and Partnership with AsiaSat

From Press Release

Hong Kong and Singapore, 2 September 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) announced that ST Teleport, a full-service satellite and fibre communications solutions provider based in Singapore, has expanded its capacity commitment and strategic partnership with AsiaSat to enhance service offerings to the VSAT and media sectors.

ST Teleport recently expanded its C-band capacity in Asia with a new dedicated antenna for AsiaSat 4 at the orbital location of 122°E to provide leading-edge satellite-based service solutions for maritime, oil and gas, enterprise, and media businesses. In response to strong user demand for high-quality connectivity solutions for data and video services in Asia, both companies have further strengthened their collaboration to offer enhanced land/sea/air based VSAT services.

ST Teleport’s advanced earth station complex facilities in Singapore is now capable of connecting to AsiaSat’s comprehensive fleet of satellites, including the new Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 8’s South East Asia and Middle East beams, to offer more choices to customers. The extension of the partnership will accelerate growth opportunities for ST Teleport and increase its offerings to customers looking for fast and flexible satellite communications solutions at competitive prices.

“Our partnership with AsiaSat will further strengthen both of our positions in the satellite communication services sector. Access to more AsiaSat capacity will enable ST Teleport to efficiently expand our services geographically and to serve more diverse industries and businesses. ST Teleport's continuous upgrading of its network and capacity demonstrates its commitment to provide advanced and cost effective satellite solutions to our data, maritime and media clients locally and internationally,” said Joseph Chan, Managing Director of ST Teleport.
“We are pleased with this expanded partnership with ST Teleport. We aim to bring a new level of high performance, cost-effective satellite solutions and comprehensive coverage to ST Teleport and their clients through this stronger partnership. This collaboration also underscores our commitment to working closer with our partners and clients to deliver the quality, value and choice of capacity that meet their service needs,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat.
- Ends -

Additional notes:

About ST Teleport
ST Teleport is a full-service satellite communications solution provider that connects businesses seamlessly and reliably through a diverse network of major satellite systems, terrestrial network infrastructures and internet exchanges. Its operations have grown to a full-fledged earth station centre with more than 20 satellite antennae serving broadcasting and maritime business verticals. ST Teleport is capable of designing and delivering highly customized solutions based on its Global C-Band and Regional Ku-Band infrastructure, providing uninterrupted communication channels to remote sites. Its customers include government and defence, broadcast, energy, maritime, ISP, telecommunications companies, and Fortune 1000 enterprises. For more information, please visit www.stteleport.com.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 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
Sabrina Cubbon
VP, Marketing & Global Accounts
Tel: +852 2500 0899
Mobile: +852 9097 1210
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Winnie Pang
Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: +852 2500 0880
Email: wpang@asiasat.com
ST Teleport

Cheryl Ng
Corporate Communications
Tel: +65 6723 8760
Email: cheryl_ng@sttelemedia.com

Viaccess-Orca unveils new-gen conditional access system

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/viaccess-orca-unveils-new-gen-conditional-access-system--1100608

French content protection and delivery platform vendor Viaccess-Orca has announced the launch of a new conditional access system (CAS) designed to unify card and cardless technologies. The system, dubbed Adaptive Sentinel, aims to ease the transition between the two technologies, guaranteeing a fast and cost-effective launch of service for operators to manage their subscriber base flexibly and dynamically, according to Viaccess-Orca. Adaptive Sentinel supports a wide range of business models, including subscription TV, a la carte, and prepaid. The CAS is pre-integrated with set top box (STB) middleware and CAM modules, while the ecosystem was built with partners such as Neotion and Jiuzhou.
Viaccess-Orca added that Orange France will introduce the new-generation smart card on its satellite signal by the end of the year and Adaptive Sentinel will also be deployed by the M7 Group, a Pan-European provider of DTH satellite and IPTV 3P services that operates multiple brands such as Canal Digital and Online.nl in the Netherlands and Skylink in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

New Satellite to Monitor Ships, Maritime Parameters

From http://jakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/news/new-satellite-monitor-ships-maritime-parameters/

Jakarta. President Joko Widodo on Thursday inaugurated the homegrown Lapan A2 satellite, set to be the first put into orbit specifically to monitor Indonesia’s waters.

The satellite is also the first to be developed and built entirely in the country, by the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (Lapan).

“The satellite will be very beneficial [for Indonesia] as we will be able to see clearly from above the ships going in and out of the country,” Joko said at the Lapan satellite center in Bogor, south of Jakarta, on Thursday.

“It will be able to monitor anything – our farmland, weather and maritime [sic].”

Joko added the satellite would be crucial in the government’s wider policy to develop its maritime economy and capabilities.

The satellite will be used to monitor ship traffic, marine security, fisheries stocks and coastal resources.

Lapan chief Thomas Djamaluddin said the 78-kilogram satellite would orbit above the equator, 650 kilometers above the Earth’s surface. No launch date or provider has been given yet.

Lapan’s last satellite, the A1 or Lapan-TUBSat, a remote-sensing satellite for natural resources observation and weather forecasting, was built in collaboration with the Technical University of Berlin and launched in 2007 from the Indian space center’s Sriharikota site in the Bay of Bengal.

India to launch Indonesian satellite

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/india-to-launch-indonesian-satellite-115090300853_1.html

India will launch a second multi-spectral remote sensing Indonesian satellite that will help the country to monitor land-use, natural resource and in disaster mitigation.

The indigenously-made LAPAN A2/Orari satellite is a successor to LAPAN A1/Tubsat, which was also launched in India in 2007.

"Today, I'm officially sending off the LAPAN A2/Orari satellite," President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo was quoted as saying by The Jakarta Post during the launching ceremony today.

The satellite will be shipped to India tomorrow to be launched at the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota.

LAPAN A2/Orari will function as a tool to monitor land usage, ship movements, sea resources and fishing explorations.

It is also equipped with an automatic packet reporting system on board to aid disaster mitigation by monitoring floods, changes in the sea level as well as movements of the population.

The satellite will orbit the Earth along the equator with an altitude of 650 kilometers, and travel at 7.5 kilometers per second - enabling it to circle the Earth 14 times a day.

What You Need to Know About CITEL’s C-Band Proposal

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/regional/2015/09/02/what-you-need-to-know-about-citels-c-band-proposal/

CITEL is the telecommunications/ICT advisory body of OAS.

[Via Satellite 09-02-2015] International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Region 2 member countries have decided to submit an Inter-American Proposal (IAP) to the ITU that favors allocating a portion of the C-band spectrum to the International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) industry. The decision occurred during the final Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL) meeting in Ottawa, held from Aug. 17 to 21, where countries from North America, South America and the Caribbean met to prepare for the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) in November.

“In the case of agenda item 1.1, considering C-band, CITEL decided to propose the identification for IMT of the segment 3400 to 3600 MHz and keep without changes the segment 3600-4200 MHz, Hector Bude, chair of the CITEL Working Group on Preparations for Regional and World Radiocommunication Conferences, told Via Satellite. “The identification for IMT of the lower part of the band obtained the support of more than 10 countries, and around 15 countries supported the no change position of the upper part.”

The minimum threshold for an IAP is six supporters, which the C-band proposal comfortably passed. Bude said that support was given by individual countries and not as groups, though some tropical countries banded together in favor of not proposing 3.4 to 3.6 GHz is given to the IMT industry. The IAP will now be considered at WRC-15 in Geneva, Switzerland.

C-band, which consists of 3.4 to 4.2 GHz, is used by the satellite industry for a myriad of services and is favored for its robustness compared to other spectrum. As WRC-15 looms closer, the satellite industry has been preparing for a battle with the IMT industry, which is looking for more spectrum for mobile services.

“The conference itself will take the decision to modify or not the Allocation Table. If the modification is approved then each country will decide about the implementation, or not, of IMT in this frequency band, or to maintain the actual status,” said Bude.

That tropical nations were more in favor of a no change position is telling, as satellite operators favor C-band particularly for its resistance to rain fade. Other frequencies are more susceptible to attenuation from weather. Bude said it is possible, based on the outcome at WRC-15, that as nations pick their stance, it could cause interference issues, but hesitated to make a judgment call yet.

“The potential negative impact could appear at the border of the territory if neighbor countries decide to use the same frequency band for a different service and then the coordination procedure must be applied. Nevertheless I think it is a bit early to be conclusive about negative or positive impacts either for the satellite industry or for the mobile industry,” he cautioned.

The decisions made at WRC-15 will influence the satellite industry significantly, and Latin America, part of the ITU’s Region 2, will be a major interest. More satellite capacity is planned for this region of the world than anywhere else at this current time.

“The entire C-band downlink range (3400-4200 MHz) is of significant importance to the satellite community throughout Latin America and the rest of the world, and is used by commercial as well as government systems for critical communications systems and applications,” Gonzalo de Dios, associate general counsel at Intelsat, told Via Satellite. “The decision reached at CITEL with respect to IMT systems in the range 3400-3600 MHz reflects a careful balance, and recognizes the need for no change in the range 3600-4200 MHz and the need to protect FSS stations. In Region 2, C-band will continue to offer robust satellite communications solutions.”

The mobile industry praised many of the outcomes of CITEL’s Ottawa meeting. In an Aug. 25 press release, John Giusti, deputy chief regulatory officer of the GSM Association (GSMA), highlighted decisions on C-band, as well as L-band and sub-700 MHz Ultra-High-Frequency (UHF) spectrum.

“To meet the intense urban capacity demands and give city dwellers in the Americas access to high-speed mobile broadband, CITEL governments have made progress in recognizing the need for higher capacity spectrum in the C-band, whilst acknowledging the importance of this band for satellite communications for tropical countries. We are encouraged that CITEL has taken the decision to make 3.4 to 3.6 GHz in the C-band available for mobile broadband use and look forward to continued discussions on increasing the availability of harmonized spectrum in the 3.4 to 4.2 GHz frequency range,” said Giusti.

Bude said CITEL will also propose several future agenda items relating to the satellite industry at WRC-15. Among them is the study of additional spectrum for Fixed Satellite Services (FSS) in 32.3 to 33 GHz, paired with 37.5 to 39.5 GHz. CITEL is also proposing an update that would reduce the orbital separation between FSS and Broadcast Satellite Systems (BSS) serving in different regions, and to permit mobile platforms to operate with geostationary satellites in Ka-band, along with several other regulatory issues.

“WRC-15 will not only address the various satellite bands under consideration in agenda item 1.1, but will also deal with additional spectrum needs for the satellite industry and possible additional IMT identifications above 6 GHz. The latter issue can open up to IMT (5G) additional bands used by satellite systems. The industry continues to work together and with our various customer sets to educate regulators about the significant contributions that satellite communications bring to communities around the world and the role the industry plays in the connected society,” added de Dios.

Bude said that, from his point of view, WRC-15 will be more complicated than the one held in 2012, and will likely harken back to WRC-2007. He expects both the satellite and IMT industries will continue to vie for their desired outcomes over the next three months.

“The final decision about this topic will be made in Geneva probably by the end of the conference. In the mean time, I’m pretty sure the IMT community will push to have as much spectrum as they can and, at the same time, the satellite community will push to keep the bands, without any constraints to deploy satellite services without harmful interferences,” he said.

ALi adds HEVC to set-top box chipset lineup

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/ali-adds-hevc-to-set-top-box-chipset-lineup--1100389

ALi, a set-top box (STB) chipset product provider, unveiled a family of SoC products that integrate High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) for hybrid cable, satellite, terrestrial and IP set-top boxes. ALi’s system-on-chip chipsets provide operators with a product for migration to HEVC, a video compression standard for improved delivery of HD content over existing networks.
ALi’s HEVC-enabled chipsets feature 1080p60 high-quality FHD display, 2000 DMIPs high performance processor capable of supporting a wide range of middleware, 256KB L2 cache enabling optimum browser/hybrid performance, and ALi’s latest advanced security engine supporting most CAS and DRM technologies. In addition to ALi AUI (application unified interface) enabling chipset migration from ALi H.264 platforms to new HEVC products, ALi further introduces a new fresh UI look to accommodate referencing system design.

Fox UK launching FTA channel

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/03/fox-launching-uk-fta-channel/

Fox International Channels UK has confirmed it will launch its first Free-To-Air entertainment channel, YourTV, on a variety of UK platforms on October 1st.

YourTV will provide viewers with “real-life stories, irresistible experiences and thrilling tales”. The channel will air for 20 hours each day across the UK, from 7am until 3am. Primarily aimed at women, YourTV says it will appeal to anyone in search of absorbing stories that feel both real and yet extraordinary.

Jeff Ford, Managing Director FOX International Channels UK, commented: “I am thrilled to announce the launch of YourTV, our first Free To Air channel and exciting next step in the evolution of our UK brand portfolio. Providing a daily treat of compelling scripted and unscripted series for viewers, YourTV is a fresh new destination for entertainment.”

Launch content will include crime investigation series Corrupt Crimes, reality series Don’t Tell The Bride, cooking show Baking Good Baking Bad and US legal drama Sharks.



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Customer deals pay off for Foxtel as it breaks sales record

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/companies/customer-deals-pay-off-for-foxtel-as-it-breaks-sales-record/story-fn91v9q3-1227509990599

Foxtel has broken its August sales record after lower prices and upgraded packaging have enticed new satellite and cable subscribers. Of all the August sales since the pay-TV service began 20 years ago, the latest has brought in the highest growth.

New customers are tuning into Foxtel’s channels like never before, driven by television advertisements promoting no lock-in contracts, no set-up costs, the iQ video recording device and 45 channels all for a monthly payment of $25. Last week, Foxtel recorded its strongest weekly sales growth since 2010 and the fifth best week since the service was launched in 1995 in a sign that it has the fortitude to beat off pay-TV rivals.

On Monday, sales came close to overtaking the company’s all-time record for a single day, falling short by just 120 sales, according to sources.

Foxtel’s improvement came despite intense competition in the Australian pay-TV sector from a new crop of online streaming ­services.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told The Australian: “As our recent results demonstrated the changes we made to our pricing late last year have been very successful, resulting in strong growth for the business.”

After US streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia in March, market observers said the pressure was on Foxtel to retain subscribers in a challenging macroeconomic environment.

Yet, Foxtel — 50 per cent-owned by News Corp, publisher of The Australian — has belied concerns about its resilience to withstand disruption wrought by the rise of the internet, with surging subscriber growth, and a drop in churn, the rate at which customers opted out. In the year to June, Foxtel subscribers increased 9 per cent, while churn fell to 10.9 per cent, from 12.5 per cent. Insiders said subscriber growth was still gathering momentum as a marketing campaign dubbed the Big Entertainment Sale continued to raise awareness.

The launch of “triple-play” bundles, combining broadband, landline and cable television services, and an improved content offering at Presto, Foxtel’s online streaming service, is expected to drive even higher sales.

Presto is being more aggressively marketed with TV ads featuring Hollywood actress Naomi Watts taking a pot shot at Netflix as part of a campaign to remind consumers that Netflix’s library of movies and TV shows is vastly inferior.

“All sizzle and no sausage,” Watts tells viewers in the ad, noting that only Presto offers exclusive content from Hollywood hit factories HBO and Showtime. “Don’t settle for scraps Australia — demand more.”

And Netflix is to lose some of the biggest films in its catalogue amid an escalating price war for premium content.

Netflix has lost box office hits that include The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction to a rival service as it concentrates more on its own original content in a big gamble for the US streaming giant.

The move comes just weeks after Mr Freudenstein predicted that Netflix would increasingly struggle to bid against rival ­operators for first-run films and dramas. While Netflix is adding more subscribers on the back of a costly international expansion exercise, the growth is coming at great cost as executives sacrifice profit to enter new markets such as Australia.

Northrop Grumman Australia Partners With ViaSat And Optus To Deliver Next-Generation Satellite Communications For The Australian Defence Force ViaSat and Optus

From http://www.rfglobalnet.com/doc/northrop-grumman-viasat-optus-satellite-communications-0001

Northrop Grumman Corporation has partnered with ViaSat and Optus to offer the Australian Defence Force (ADF) a proven solution for its utilisation of the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) system.

Under the team's response to the ADF's tender request, Australia has the opportunity to gain access to Northrop Grumman's Satellite Communications Operations and Planning Element (SCOPE) network management system, which is the only managing, operating and monitoring system that has already been successfully integrated with the WGS. Northrop Grumman's network management system has been employed by U.S. Army Strategy Command for more than 15 years, and is critical to the successful operation of all six WGS satellites currently in orbit.

"Australia has invested approximately AU$1B in WGS communications capabilities. Northrop Grumman's offering will give Australia the ability to fully utilise this capability at the same standard as the U.S. military," said Ian Irving, chief executive, Northrop Grumman Australia. "This program will form the core of the ADF's sovereign capability in network management. We have developed unrivaled capabilities over 15 years of working closely with the WGS program in the United States and look forward to working with the ADF to support and further develop this technology in Australia."

The team would also offer the proven performance of the ViaSat dual-band satellite terminals. ViaSat brings a long and successful history of delivering satellite communications terminals to customers in the United States and Canada, and most recently delivered 10 complete ground stations for Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN) program.

"Since 2012 ViaSat has been working with NBN Co. as the prime contractor for the NBN Long Term Satellite Service ground system, which is a very similar system to that required by the ADF" said Colin Cooper, General Manager, Government and Defence, ViaSat Australia. "No other company has our level of experience in delivering large satellite ground stations in remote regions of Australia."

The team would also offer the unrivaled Australian satellite operating experience of Optus. "We are pleased to be part of the Northrop Grumman team's bid to deliver this important capability to the Australian Defence Force," said Paul Sheridan, Vice President of Optus Satellite. "Optus has been successfully operating Australian satellites for over three decades. Optus' long term relationship with the ADF through our C1 satellite positions us well to complement the team's impressive capabilities moving forward."

The Northrop Grumman-led team offers the ADF a comprehensive, mature and proven solution which will allow Australia to take full advantage of its investment in the world-leading WGS network.

About ViaSat

ViaSat is a global provider of satellite broadband and wireless services, infrastructure, and technology. For more information, visit www.viasat.com

About Optus

Optus is Australia's leading commercial satellite provider, with the largest fleet of satellites in Australia and New Zealand. For more information, visit http://www.optus.com.au/business/satellite.

About Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman is a leading global security company providing innovative systems, products and solutions in unmanned systems, cyber, C4ISR, and logistics and modernization to government and commercial customers worldwide. For more information, visit www.northropgrumman.com/Australia.

SOURCE: Northrop Grumman Corporation

NZ Deaf community lodge human rights complaint to get RWC captions

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11506306

Sky TV have said that the Rugby World Cup games would not be captioned on either Sky or the Sky-owned Prime channel. Photo / Brett Phibbs

New Zealand's deaf community has gone to the Human Rights Commission to try to get captions for televised Rugby World Cup matches.

Deaf Aotearoa and the National Foundation for the Deaf (NFD) say Sky TV finally told them yesterday that the games would not be captioned on either Sky or the Sky-owned Prime channel, after two years of negotiation with the deaf organisations.

NFD chief executive said the decision would exclude hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders with impaired hearing from the event.

"We are talking a huge quality of life issue," she said. "Marginalisation leads to lack of social status.

"We didn't have access in the last Rugby World Cup. We said to them we need captioning. This time round they still haven't done it. It's quite unbelievable that they would even think it's okay this time round."

A 2013 Statistics NZ census of disability found 380,000 people with impaired hearing.
The deaf groups asked the Human Rights Commission to investigate the issue today. They have also called on Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams to "address this matter with extreme urgency".

Sky TV government relations manager Chris Major told the groups on Monday that it had proved impossible to build a connection with the agency that provides captioning for TVNZ, Able, in time for the cup.

"Captions are not being provided by the host broadcaster (ITV) on the global RWC feed, so would need to be created in NZ," Ms Major told Mrs Carroll.

"There is currently no facility between Able and Sky to create a live captioned feed (as you know, Able is currently only funded to do live captioning for one broadcaster - TVNZ).

"With the time and resources available, that facility cannot be established in time for RWC. It requires establishing a secure, point-to-point VDSL connection between Sky and Able. Able would also need to invest in additional infrastructure to deliver live captioning to Sky (which they estimate to be in the vicinity of $100,000).

"Sky does not currently have the technology required to embed captions in the Sky Sport channels and further capex would be required to enable this."

However she said Sky was "committed to providing captioning where it is possible, and to steadily increasing the amount of captioned content on the Sky platform.".

She said the company had agreed to provide captions on two new channels, TLC and Discovery Turbo, and was "actively working with Able to get captions on some of our Prime Television content, particularly the local programmes on Prime that receive NZ on Air funding."

Mrs Carroll confirmed that captioning was currently provided mainly to TVNZ at a cost to the Government of $1.5 million a year.

"We are only talking $100,000 here," she said. "We are not talking a lot of money if you look at $26 million for a flag, or if you look at Sky TV's profit."

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams said the level of captioning for free-to-air programmes had more than tripled over the last decade.

"NZ on Air funds Able to the tune of $2.8 million per year to caption TV and audio programmes and currently 100 per cent of prime time TV programmes are captioned," she said.

"However I understand the technology required to caption live television (including sports events) is not readily available in New Zealand.

"At present delayed games shown on Prime cannot be captioned because Prime does not have captioning equipment.

"I encourage broadcasters and other providers of content to continue to their work to overcome these technical difficulties so we can improve accessibility for deaf and hard of hearing people."

(Craig's comment, Sky NZ need to use some of their recent profits . Subtitles and upgrading their terrestrial channel to HD would be a start..)

Gazprom Space Systems Sets Goal of Filling Fleet by 2016

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2015/08/31/gazprom-space-systems-sets-goal-of-filling-fleet-by-2016/

[Via Satellite 08-31-2015] Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems (GSS) is intent on filling out its existing fleet of satellites in 2016. The company, which has 3.5 times more capacity in-orbit today than it did in 2012, aims to fill its four-satellite constellation by the close of next year.

“By the end of 2016 we plan to fully load our current satellites. That enables us to keep the high pace of the revenue growth comparable to the one reached in 2014,” Dmitry Sevastiyanov, director general of Gazprom Space Systems, told Via Satellite. “This year we start the new big investment cycle to renew and enlarge our satellite constellation. So the main investments will be accounted for the next two to three years.”

Gazprom Space Systems owns a young fleet of satellites, with the latest, Yamal 401, launching in December 2014. The operator’s next satellite is Yamal 601, which is set to replace the Yamal 202 satellite at 49 degrees east with a near-identical C-band service zone along with new Ka-band capacity. In April of this year Gazprom Space Systems began relocating the electrically propelled Yamal 300K satellite from 90 degrees east to 183 degrees east, where the spacecraft arrived in June. Clients from Yamal 300K have been “reloaded” onto Yamal 401, which is now at Yamal 300K’s former orbital slot.

Gazprom Space Systems relocated the satellite through a partnership with SES, where it is supported by the American teleport company U.S. Electrodynamics’ teleport in Brewster, Wash. At its new location, Yamal 300K covers Russia’s Far East, much of the Northern Pacific Ocean, and the West coast of North America where it is driving new business.

“This is not the first case of the companies’ partnership in terms of joint use of the existing orbital assets. Earlier in 2011, SES’ satellite Astra 1F was relocated into GSS’ orbital slot. This time SES provided us with the opportunity to occupy its orbital slot,” said Sevastiyanov.

He added that there were two primary reasons for the relocation: a dearth of high quality satellite capacity in its new footprint, and an increase in activity from GSS’ main shareholder, Gazprom, which is a major consumer of its satellite services. Sevastiyanov said Gazprom is currently planning a number of large gas projects in Eastern Siberia and in Russia’s Far East, such as developing new fields, building gas pipelines, and implementing the “Sila Sibiri,” or Power of Siberia, energy project.

“We have already signed the first contracts for Yamal 300K capacity and some of them are rather big,” Sevastiyanov hinted.

Yamal 300K also has a steerable beam for broadcast and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) services in any region of South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand or island states of the Pacific.

Dmitry Sevastiyanov Gazprom Space Systems
Dmitry Sevastiyanov, director general of Gazprom Space Systems. Photo: Gazprom Space Systems

Sevastiyanov said two thirds of Gazprom Space Systems’ satellite capacity is dedicated to Russia, with the remaining one-third concentrated in beams covering other regions. He pointed to Yamal 202, launched in 2004, as the satellite that first gathered international attention. The satellite is popular in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, he said, thanks to its wide C-band service zone, and has enough fuel to operate until at least June 2019. Yamal 402, located at 55 degrees east, covers the African and Middle Eastern markets. Sevastiyanov said the number of customers on this spacecraft continues to climb despite the high level of competition.

Gazprom Space Systems sees the traditional drivers of television, broadband and backhaul continuing to fuel demand for satellite services in the years to come. However, Sevastiyanov also mentioned the operator is looking into new markets as well.

“We provide aerospace monitoring services — they don’t bring a lot of revenue now, but in our opinion has a great future. We are planning to create our own constellation of Earth observation satellites. In addition, we are going to build our own spacecraft assembling facilities and start business in the sphere of assembling, integrating and testing communications and observation satellites,” he said.

Sevastiyanov added that the operator is also preparing to support new broadcast technologies as the video market evolves.

“In general, based on our Russian experience we see that [High Definition] HD TV gathers pace and I’d like to note that our ground facilities are technically ready to support growing demand on these services. We already have some HD channels on our satellites. With respect to 4K technology, we anticipate such a channels appearance on Yamal satellites. This year we are going to test in our television center the hardware-supporting 4K format,” he said.

Gazprom Space Systems recently completed the consolidation of its ground assets at its telecommunications center in Shchelkovo, Moscow. Sevastiyanov said the operator now has the Mission Control Center (MCC) for all Yamal satellites, the hubs, uplink stations, satellite capacity monitoring facility and Network Operations Center (NOC) located in one place. As the operator expands its orbital infrastructure, Sevastiyanov said it will continue to develop ground infrastructure as well. Gazprom Space Systems has hubs from Advantech Wireless, Newtec, Gilat, Eastar and Hughes platforms today.

“The next step in our ground infrastructure development is building of a Ka-band hub station, which, together with Yamal 601, will form a system of broadband access for the consumer market,” he said.

As Gazprom Space Systems continues to grow, it must also face the challenges associated with the decline in the value of the ruble. Sevastiyanov said the operator interacts regularly with its customers, suppliers and financial institutions to reduce the risks associated with ruble fluctuations, and is seeking to bolster the number of international customers on its fleet. To ensure stability in both financial obligations and revenues, Gazprom Space Systems is pursuing a balance between foreign currencies and the Russian currency, he said.

Soviet satellite de-orbits over Pacific

From http://asia.rbth.com/news/2015/09/01/soviet_satellite_de-orbits_over_pacific_48904.html

The Kosmos-1315 satellite, which was sent into space in 1981, has ended its ballistic existence, the Russian Defense Ministry told Interfax-AVN on Sept.1 with reference to specialists from the Aerospace Forces' main space monitoring center, which tracked the satellite's operations.

"Analysis of information that the main space monitoring center received on August 31, 2015 and September 1, 2015 from specialized radar, opto-electronic and optical laser devices of the Russian space control system gives grounds to conclude that fragments of the Kosmos-1315 spacecraft left low-earth orbit at 11:58 a.m. Moscow time on August 31 over the Pacific Ocean," it said.

The satellite's fragments were burned up after entering the atmosphere, it said.

The Soviet satellite Kosmos-1315 was launched from the Plesetsk space center on board a Vostok-2M launch vehicle on October 14, 1981. The satellite's active service life in orbit ended on July 24, 1982.

The main space monitoring center is designed to provide information support in countering threats emanating from outer space and in outer space, in deploying and operating Russian satellite constellations, and in assessing dangers related to the manmade pollution of outer space

New method to remove satellites from space

From http://eandt.theiet.org/news/2015/sep/satellite-disposal.cfm

Spanish researchers have developed a new method that would allow removing satellites from space at the end of their designed lifetime.

The method was designed to deal with satellites in the so called highly elliptical orbits (HEO) and could help tackle the worsening problem of space debris.

The method would allow the defunct satellites to re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere and burn much faster thus reducing the risks the out of control satellites pose to other spacecraft.

"Our research has focused on taking advantage of the same gravitational effects that affect HEO orbits so as to reduce the cost of eliminating the satellites which operate in them once they have reached retirement," said Roberto Armellin, one of the researchers developing the new method at the University of La Rioja.

"Some propellant needs to be reserved in order to perform the satellite disposal manoeuvres, so it cannot be used to extend the mission duration, which makes it more expensive."

However, the new method enables performing the desired disposal with a minimal amount of fuel.

The researchers cooperated with the European Space Agency (Esa) on the study and used Esa’s Integral mission to model the process.

"The simulation results suggest designing manoeuvres so that the INTEGRAL satellite re-enters into the Earth's atmosphere and subsequently disintegrates during the period of time from September 2028 to July 2029 in a controlled way and with a cost which is reduced by the amplification of natural gravitational effects", said Armellin.

This year, Esa has performed four manoeuvres that will lead to the elimination of Integral in line with a policy that requires space agencies to stop excessively cluttering the Earth’s orbit by leaving spacecraft on its own at the end of their lifetime.

Esa’s regulations require satellites from highly elliptical orbits to cross the low Earth orbit protected region and re-enter the atmosphere in 25 years.

The study of the GRUCACI team also proves that it is possible to select some latitude regions such that the satellite re-entry takes place with minimum risk to cause damage to populated areas of the Earth.

AsiaSat sees 8% fall

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/asiasat-sees-8-fall/

Hong Kong-based AsiaSat saw an 8 per cent fall in revenues for its half-year trading period ending June 30th. It blamed the poor results, released on August 27th, on “rough” local market conditions and delays in obtaining licenses to operate its latest pair of satellites.

On the much more positive side it saw its all-important contract backlog rise 3.7 per cent (to HK$3.65 billion) in the past six months. Fill rate was 72 per cent.

Revenues for the half-year were HK$641 million (€73.4m), with operating profit down 11 per cent

“Excess capacity and flattening demand in certain markets put downward pressure on pricing that will likely persist into the near future until that capacity is absorbed,” AsiaSat said.

The operator has 6 satellites in its fleet with its two new craft (AsiaSat-8 and AsiaSat-6) launched in August and September last year. Its next satellite, AsiSat-9, is slated for launch later in 2016.

Fashion One launches new Ultra HD channel worldwide with MEASAT

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/fashion-one-launches-new-ultra-hd-channel-worldwide-with-measat-150901

MUMBAI: Malaysian communication satellite operator, MEASAT and New York-based Fashion One Television LLC have launched Fashion One 4K, the first English language Ultra HD channel in the world on the MEASAT-3a satellite.

Distributed free-to-air through the MEASAT-3a satellite at the 91.5 degrees East video hot slot, the channel will reach over 130 million viewers across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and East Africa.

Speaking on the launch Fashion One, Television LLC COO Gleb Livshits said, “We are tremendously excited to launch Fashion One 4K, the world’s first global Ultra HD channel dedicated to fashion and entertainment. We have invested heavily in producing Ultra HD content over the last two years, and I’m delighted that we are finally able to share the channel with our viewers.”

MEASAT CEO Paul Brown-Kenyon added, “Fashion One is a global lifestyle and entertainment TV network, supporting a large and rapidly expanding customer base.”

“Our flexible solutions and collaborative approach led Fashion One to select MEASAT for the launch of Fashion One 4K. We look forward to working with more channels and content providers to help jump start this exciting new video segment,” Brown-Kenyon added.

Fashion One 4K was launched concurrently on SES Satellite, reaching over 67 million households across North America at 103 degrees West (SES-3) and over 23 million households across South America at 47.5 degrees West (NSS-806).

Fashion One has been upgrading its production format from HD to ultra HD since 2014 and now owns an extensive library of ultra HD content with 100 per cent content rights.

In Europe, the channel is broadcast under the brand Fashion 4K, reaching over 116 million households at 19.2 degrees East.

OSN borrows $400m

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/osn-borrows-400m/

It looks as if the much anticipated IPO from Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN is on hold for the time being.

Instead OSN is borrowing $400 million for the next 5 years, partly to fund general business and partly to refinance existing debt.

Reuters is saying that the debt will take two forms: a US$255 million term loan and a $145 million revolving credit facility.

The larger amount will be paid off during the life of the loan, that is principal is paid down during the life of the loan and not a more usual servicing of the debt with the principal paid at the end of the term. The first payment kicks in on March 31st next year.

Underwriting banks include Barclays, Mashreq, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, HSBC, National Bank of Kuwait, Societe Generale, First Gulf Bank, Commercial Bank of Dubai, Credit Suisse and JPMorgan.

SES in talks to buy Israel's RR Media for $250m

From http://www.globes.co.il/en/article-ses-in-talks-to-buy-israels-rr-media-for-250m-1001065572

The European global satellite provider is in talks to buy the Lod-based digital media services company.

Israeli digital media services company RR Media Ltd. (Nasdaq:RRM) is in initial talks to be acquired by an international corporation. Market sources believe that it is Luxembourg-based global satellite provider SES, which is in talks to buy the Lod-based company for an estimated $250 million, nearly double its market cap of $117.4 million.

If such a deal does go ahead this will be a major boost for Rapac Communication and Infrastructure Ltd. (TASE: RPAC), which holds a 34% stake in RR Media and would receive about $80 million. Another major shareholder in RR Media is Viola Private Equity, which has a 29% stake.

Following the reports, Rapac's shares were up 75% in morning trading on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (TASE).

RR Media's CEO is Avi Cohen. The company provides a wide range of digital media and networking services for clients like Fox International, NFL, MTV, Nickelodeon, Dish Network and Disney. RR Media's Smart Global Network uses an optimized combination of satellite, fiber and the internet to reach more than 95% of the world’s population in hundreds of countries.

Star TV worth $11 billion

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/02/star-tv-worth-11-billion/

Rupert Murdoch is sitting on a potential gold mine in terms of 21st Century Fox’s investments in India, says a report from Morgan Stanley. The bank’s “Fair Market Value” report for 2016 says that Star India is worth a spectacular $11.2 billion in “fair value” and leaving its competitors trailing in its wake.

The next operator in Morgan Stanley’s list is Essel Group’s Zee Entertainment was valued at $5.6 billion.

The profits at Star, estimates the bank, translated into an 11.3 percent contribution to Fox’s overall fair market value, with 21st Century Fox acknowledging the role played by India in its overall performance, and helped by record coverage of Star Sport and its all-important cricket exclusivity.

Indeed, Star India’s focus on sport, and the acquisition of the ICC Cricket World Cup and the “hundreds of millions of viewers” it attracted, said Murdoch in an earlier Fox report.

Samsung boost for CEA 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/samsung-boost-for-cea-4k-ultra-hd-definition/

Samsung Electronics has confirmed that all of the 2015 UHD TV models, encompassing Series 9 to Series 6 models, qualify for, and will display, the 4K Ultra HD logos developed by US trade body the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

The CEA logos are only eligible to be used on UHD TVs that satisfy the highest level of picture quality defined by CEA. This definition distinguishes true 4K UHD TV models from other models employing a kind of RGBW pixel structure.

Samsung will continue to work to raise awareness of the benefits of UHD TV including the CEA definition. Samsung’s UHD TV products are also currently compliant with the UHD TV definition established by Digital Europe (DE), recognised in Europe as the official definition for true UHD products. Consumers worldwide should look for these logos on packaging at retail to determine quality of the UHD TV models.

“We are always striving to give consumers the most breathtaking and immersive viewing experience possible, so we are very pleased that both Digital Europe (DE) and the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) have now acknowledged the premium picture quality of Samsung UHD TVs,” said Young Lak Jung, Vice President of the Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics. “These UHD TV definitions are important, because they help to reduce confusion for consumers searching the market for a new, cutting edge 4K UHD TV. We will continue to work with our key partners, such as the CEA and DE, to ensure clear performance and purchase standards are available, as the demand for UHD TVs continues to grow.”

The UHD definitions established by CEA require that pixels, the smallest unit constituting a display, must be capable of producing the full range of colours Certain TVs, which employ RGBW pixel configurations, do not meet the CEA requirements for UHD TVs due to the limitations on pixel colours The white sub-pixels that are mixed among the red, green, and blue sub-pixels in RGBW panels restrict and limit the colour palate a TV is capable of showing, while diluting the overall picture quality by affecting clarity, brightness and sharpness.

Additional requirements for UHD TVs based on CEA’s definitions include: over 8M active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically; at least one HDMI input supporting 3,840 x 2,160 native content at 24p, 30p and 60p frames per second; a minimum colour bit depth of 8 bits; etc.

Bar licensee fined for illegal Sky use

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/09/01/bar-licensee-fined-for-illegal-sky-use/

Following a successful prosecution by The Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT), the Premises Licence Holder and Designated Premises Supervisor of sports bar LJ’s in the UK town of Aylesbury has been convicted and ordered to pay more than £6,000 (€8,185) in fines and costs for showing Sky Sports illegally in his premises.

On August 20th 2015 at Milton Keynes Magistrates Court, Ebrahim Rostami of LJ’s was found guilty of five offences of dishonest reception of a television transmission (a Sky televised football match) at the premises with the intent to avoid payment of the applicable charge. This is contrary to Section 297 (1) of the Copyright Design and Patents Act 1988. In addition to receiving a criminal conviction, Rostami was ordered to pay a total of £6,072 in fines and costs.

Stephen Gerrard, Prosecuting Manager, FACT, said the case clearly demonstrated that if a licensee shows Sky broadcasts in their premises by any other means than a Sky commercial viewing agreement they will be prosecuted. “If convicted they will receive an unlimited fine and can expect to pay substantial legal costs. Additionally they risk having their Personal Licence suspended or revoke,” he warned.

The conviction was carried out by FACT on behalf of its members and forms a key part of Sky’s commitment to protecting pubs who invest in legitimate Sky Sports subscriptions. Sky is committed to visiting every licensed premises reported by other publicans and/or organisations for illegally showing Sky and will visit more than 700 pubs each week in towns and cities across the UK this season.

Alison Dolan, Deputy Managing Director at Sky Business, said: “We have had numerous cases in the past year of landlords being fined for this type of fraudulent activity and now, once again this case sends a clear message to publicans – Sky Sports is only available to pubs and clubs in mainland UK via a commercial viewing agreement from Sky; no other method of showing Sky Sports in licensed premises is legal. We are committed to visiting thousands of pubs every season to monitor the games they are showing, as well as investigating suppliers and continuing to support FACT’s work to protect Sky customers who are unfairly losing business due to this illegal activity,” she confirmed.



From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feeds

VMA Services.

3707 H SR 7000 VMA India
4174 H SR 7000 VMA Taiwan/Japan

Both these transponders carrying the same test picture and sound and both (FTA.)

3876 H SR 7199 $NFL HOU vs NO BH (Houston) vs (New Orleans), ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

Yamal 401 90.0E 11385 H NTV, TV Ug Don and TNT have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Rossiya 2" has left .
ABS 2 75.0E 11734 H "DD National, DD Malayalam, Kalinga TV, Nepal 1, Munsif TV and PTC Chak De" have started on , Fta. DD Bharati and DD Urdu have left.
ABS 2 75.0E 11790 H Sarv Dharam Sangam, TV 5 News, PTC News, Mu Odia TV, Kashish News, TV 9 Telugu, Green TV, Maha Movie and Onkar Only Truth TV have started on , Fta. Jinvani Channel, CTVN AKD Plus, Tara Muzik, Kaatyayani TV, Saam TV and Public TV have left.

Palapa D 113.0E 3574 V "Share Channel TV" has left .
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Asia Travel TV" is Fta

SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "Games Channel" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 3860 "VFX India" has started on, Videoguard.

Measat 3 91.5E 11682 V "Star Chinese Channel" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3b 91.5E 10932 V "HGTV Asia, Nat Geo People Asia and Astro Cricket" have started on , Videoguard.Astro SuperSport Plus has left.

From asiatvro site

东经108.2度轨道位置的SES 7号卫星Ku频段,Home TV Shopping(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11538 H 20000参数有条件接收。[09-01]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Sri TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。[09-01]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,亚太卫视替换亚太治要(香港)频道,设置12500 V 7200参数免费接收。[09-01]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Tulsi TV(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。[09-01]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,非凡新闻(高清)频道消失,设置12731 V 30000参数无效接收。[09-01]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,好消息二台(台湾)频道消失,设置12583 H 2915参数无效接收。[09-01]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Ch-4、Ch-5、Ch-6(测试)频道消失,设置12435 H 3565参数无效接收。 [9月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AMA Channel(传送)频道消失,设置12635 V 2893参数无效接收。 [9月1日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,My Kids(印尼)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [9月1日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,Star Sports(台湾)频道新增,设置3940 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-31]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星C频段,MTV Live HD(高清)频道消失,设置3617 V 29000参数无效接收。[08-31]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Entertainment(娱乐)频道消失,设置3980 V 30000参数无效接收。[08-31]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVM(高清)测试频道消失,设置3832 H 4800参数无效接收。[08-31]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,爆谷(标清)频道消失,设置3780 V 30000参数无效接收。[08-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Hit Variety(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-31]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 3(标清)频道改格式,设置4040 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月31日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-1(艺华卫视)等全组测试频道消失,设置12380 H 45000参数无效接收。 [8月31日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Shopping Zone(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。 [8月31日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,好消息二台(台湾)频道改频率,设置12583 H 2083参数免费接收。 [8月31日]


Sorry lno news due to a lack of time.


Lbird1 on D1 was off, but back now

Sunday feed

Intelsat 19 12512 V Sr 7200 Winter games from NZ FTA

D1 12420 V & 12429 V, both 7000sr & FTA AFL & NRL Feeds..

Intelsat 19 3812 V 3332. "First Service" Solomon Islands Oceania Cup rugby feed.

Saturday feeds

Optus D2 12662 V 6670 from Yeppoon Turf Club
Optus D2 12671 V 6670 "GlobeCast Oz
Optus D2 12570 V Sr 7500 2/3, "ip-uplinks"" AFL by the looks, FTA

Optus D1 12670 V Sr 7500 " STS 12 Enc/Mod 1 " Ch 7 feed SANFL
Optus D1 12651 V Sr 7500, 5/6, "STS 8" DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA..

From my Email

From Steve Jepson

Sun Transit outages Sept

Intelsat 18 180E
Based on Wellington 3metre Dish C Band

Satellite:*Intelsat 18 [180.00 ºE]*
Season:*September/October 2015*
Frequency Band:*C*
Country:*New Zealand*
Diameter:*3.00 Meters*
Analysis Type:*Single E/S Input Mode*

Bottom <http://si.intelsat.com/#bottom>
Date Start Time (GMT) Duration
03-Sep-2015 23:54 6 minutes
04-Sep-2015 23:52 8 minutes
05-Sep-2015 23:51 9 minutes
06-Sep-2015 23:51 9 minutes
07-Sep-2015 23:51 8 minutes
08-Sep-2015 23:52 6 minutes

Intelsat 19 Wellington 3metres C Band
Satellite:*Intelsat 19 [166.00 ºE]* Season:*September/October 2015*
Frequency Band:*C* Country:*New Zealand* City:*Wellington*
Diameter:*3.00 Meters* Analysis Type:*Single E/S Input Mode*

Bottom <http://si.intelsat.com/#bottom>
Date Start Time (GMT) Duration
04-Sep-2015 00:57 5 minutes
05-Sep-2015 00:55 8 minutes
06-Sep-2015 00:54 9 minutes
07-Sep-2015 00:54 9 minutes
08-Sep-2015 00:54 9 minutes
09-Sep-2015 00:55 6 minutes

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feedlog

Sunday morning feeds

3912 H SR 15000 $RMA-BET HD50 ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7500 $IPB CITY TV HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7500 $Telecity Encoder NEW (Newcastle United) vs ARS (Arsenal) in the Premier Soccer League, (and is actually FTA.)

3885 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder SPURS TV, (FTA.)
3894 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder LFC TV, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7199 HD ENC-2a MAISHIMA BS wording on Colour Test Pattern then u/18 Baseball Cup, (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 DSNG Enc 12 GO-BOX Boxing World (including Women's boxing bout.), (FTA.)
3708 H SR 7120 Service Name Qianson Sports Event, CHINA, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 7199 GCUK Enc 7 FIA Audi Sport Motor Racing, (FTA.)


3746 V SR 7199 HD ENC-2a MAISHIMA BS wording on colour test pattern - then Baseball CANADA vs KOREA, (FTA.)
3846 H SR 6110 Ch-1 Judo Championship with Arabic commentary, IPIC, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E, (FTA.)
3832 H SR 4937 RUS-059 main +791 WORLD INTERNATIONAL JUDO 2015, ASTANA, (FTA.)
3866 H SR 4937 RUS-060 main +791 WORLD INTERNATIONAL JUDO 2015, ASTANA (FTA.)

All these three channels are carrying different Judo bouts

3746 V SR 7120 Ch-2 SoftBank TOKYO 1080i50 wording on Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 Ch-2 SoftBank TOKYO 1080i50 wording on Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7199 HD ENC-2a tv asahi wording on Colour Test Pattern,(FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 HTV - Uplink tai YONEX Badminton, (FTA.)
3906 V SR 7120 $SHENZHEN ($Scrambled.)
3908 V SR 7199 TXout-3 RXout-9 Hyundai Oilbank K-League Soccer, (FTA.)
3945 V SR 7199 CAT DSNG1 CHANG International Motor Bike Racing, (FTA.)
3672 H SR 4649 Pingpong Chinese TV Channel - (no Pingpong though!), (FTA.)
3954 V SR 5000 ABI DSNG 2 EFC Africa - FIGHT SPORTS CTH HD - Kickboxing - (FTA.)

Saturday night
3755 V SR 7120 $LINX Main ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7199 $POL_068_BS ($Scrambled.)
3895 H SR 7199 $VOICE OF INDIA F1 ($Scrambled.)
4095 H SR 7199 $Gijon Horses Jump ($Scrambled.)

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E 12456 H "Hope Channel International" has started on , Fta.

Optus D2 152.0E 12546 V "Smart LifeStyle TV" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Rung TV" has left .

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12522 V "GNF TV and Life Destiny TV" have started on , Fta. Breakthru TV has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12562 H "Messiah TV, MTA International and Fresh Oil TV" have started on , Fta. The Word Network has left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12567 V "Citizen TV" has left .
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Lighthouse TV, Testifier TV and Zion Heritage TV" have started on , Fta. Fresh Oil TV, Champions of Fire TV and Vision 3 TV have left.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "Elshaddai TV Network" has started on, Fta. Lighthouse TV and Christ Apostolic Church TV have left.

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Bijoy TV(高清)频道改格式,设置4082 H 2857参数免费接收。[08-30]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号星Ku段,HBO Family HD、Star Sports HD 4替换M Tunes HD(高清)等频道,设置11290 V 45000参数有条件接收。[08-30]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Madani TV替换Peace TV(Dish Home)频道,设置10790 V 45000参数有条件接收。[08-30]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Tara Muzik、Saam TV(印度)等4个频道消失,设置11790 H 44000参数无效接收。[08-30]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,TV 5、Sarv Dharm Sangam替换Public TV(印度)等频道,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。[08-30]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,DD Malayalam、DD Nationl替换DD Urdu(印度)等频道,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。[08-30]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Disney Channel(Disney)等全组频道消失,设置3690 H 13000参数无效接收。 [8月30日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,New(测试)等4个频道消失,设置12687 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月30日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,TPTV替换TCM(泰国)频道,设置12438 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-29]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,PBC TV替换OUN(韩国)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Multiplex替换Vision Shiksha(印度)频道,设置4054 H 13230参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Khabrien Abhi Tak替换Bindass Play(MPEG-4)频道,设置3805 H 28500参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Kashish News(印度)频道重现,设置4090 H 14368参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion Paris、Mu Odia(印度)等8个频道新增,设置11790 H 44000参数免费接收。[08-29]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Kalinga TV、Munsif(印度)等4个频道新增,设置11735 H 44000参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,好消息二台(台湾)频道改频率,设置12583 H 2916参数免费接收。 [8月29日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Kashish News(印度)频道消失,设置4090 H 14368参数无效接收。 [8月29日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Molor TV(蒙古)频道消失,设置12629 H 43200参数无效接收。 [8月29日]


Foxtel puts its video content into Silver Trak’s cloud

From http://www.whatech.com/digital-asset-management/news/25260-bit432-databasics-depends-on-bitcloud-for-digital-asset-management

Broadcasters and pay-TV companies like Foxtel handle massive numbers of video files. Every piece of programming goes through cycles of review and revision; it’s sent to journalists for promotion; to partners overseas and at every transfer security and usage rights need to be enforced. And ever file has to be archived and made accessible for future use.

To manage its video content Foxtel has outsourced and streamlined parts of the process using the cloud-based Media Room system from Australian company, Silver Trak.

Silver Trak’s Media Room smart media storage, management and delivery service is used by some of Australia’s largest free to air broadcasters, streaming companies and content providers including Foxtel, Transmission Films and Entertainment One. Media Room addresses the specific needs of any broadcaster, production house, post production house or distributor who has media assets they want to store, manage and deliver from the convenience of any web connected device. In simple terms it gives the user 100% control over their assets and the ability to use Silver Trak’s services such as QC, file storage or Aspera fasp™ high speed data transfers without paying any licence fees and without leaving the comfort of their seat.

Media Room delivery room1

Media Room enables Foxtel’s production department and the production houses that develop and supply programming to easily share content and deliver it other parties, such as to journalists for review. Previously journalists were sent DVDs by courier.

Foxtel Networks Australia Head of Content Operations, Rachel Thorley, said: “Media Room has been custom-built to Foxtel’s requirements. It’s simple to use and as it is completely outsourced, does not require additional hardware or storage.The seamless flow of content enabled by Media Room saves us time and money, which has helped us to be more efficient.”

She added:“Media Room also allows the creation of programming campaigns and distribution to external publicity parties with the added bonus of easily viewed usage statistics. In addition, Silver Trak's sales, service and support that backs up Media Room is excellent.”

Media Room’s latest feature is the system’s unique per-campaign per-delivery watermarking solution which enables users to upload their own watermarks and apply them in campaigns and deliveries. This new level of security sits alongside the already successful HLS-encrypted screeners and passcode protection offered by Media Room.

Media Room’s offering doesn’t end with storage and management of media assets. The system has been designed to allow for assets to be viewed in customised ‘media rooms’ where users can decide on access

and viewing rights thereby enabling a personalised viewing service for their clients. Once viewed the assets can also be delivered anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Assets are automatically transcoded into five proxies and data selection is automated for any browser enabling a superior viewing experience irrespective of viewing device or speed of Internet access.

Silver Trak managing director, Christian Christiansen said that Media Room was unlike any other asset management and delivery service. “All assets are stored redundantly and all are easily accessible at anytime. This means all our clients can upload, view, amend and deliver those assets 24/7. No one need be restricted any longer by office hours, plane schedules or expensive courier deliveries.”

He added: “All assets are quality controlled via the industry-renowned Interra Baton system with the quality control reports readily available. When you’re ready you can send proxies as well as the high resolution assets using the infrastructure we’ve built on the world-class and industry standard Aspera platform. It really is as easy as that.”

Media Room is accessed via a secure web portal that is very easy to use. It allows Foxtel staff to stream content directly from the cloud to any internet-enabled desktop, tablet or smartphone, anywhere in the world. And it automatically configures the file for optimal viewing on whatever device is being used.

Media Room also provides many useful tools for managing large numbers of content files. Users can search on any part of a file name, extension or custom ID tag, and add their own searchable metadata tags.

Presto says Australia’s internet speeds too slow for 4K content and blames new NBN

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/presto-says-australias-internet-speeds-too-slow-for-4k-content-and-blames-new-nbn/story-e6frfrnr-1227506224160

Not fast enough ... Streaming video service Presto says the current NBN plans, announced

THE country is missing out on the latest television technology because the Federal Government abandoned the original National Broadband Network plan and banished households to inadequate broadband speeds, according to a top Presto executive.

The TV-streaming firm will officially launch new phone and tablet apps, Apple TV streaming, and high-definition content for subscribers on Tuesday, but it will postpone offering 4K content until broadband speeds improve in Australia.

Presto IP services senior product manager Richard Cole said the company had considered offering 4K streaming content but decided broadband speeds in the country were not yet up to the task.

“With an NBN as per the original design, it wouldn’t have been an issue to do 4K (content),” Mr Cole said.

“At this stage, the state of the Australian internet is that there’s a very small number of customers who have a connection strong enough to receive 4K in anything like a consistent fashion.”

Households need a 25 megabits per second internet connection to stream 4K television content, and Mr Cole said “it’s not just a case of having 25 Mbps, it’s having it consistently for two and a half hours”.

Australia’s average internet speed is just 6.9 Mbps, according to the Akamai State of the internet report, bringing its ranking to 44th in the world, and barely enough to stream 720p high-definition video.

Australia’s original NBN plan involved connecting fibre optic cable to most homes, while the new plan uses a mix of slower technology, including the old copper telephone network.

Mr Cole said Presto would revisit offering 4K content at a later stage but predicted it would be delivered by downloads or fixed media in Australia “for the next 18 months” while providers waited for downloads speeds to increase.

Presto goes HD, with AirPlay, surround sound and mobile app redesign

From http://www.cnet.com/au/news/presto-supports-hd-airplay-surround-sound-mobile-app-redesign/

After humble beginnings as an internet TV echo of Foxtel, Presto is now carving out a place as an SVOD service to be reckoned with, updating its mobile app, adding HD and rolling out AirPlay support.

Presto has redesigned its mobile app to focus on content.

Presto has announced its first major upgrade since the January launch of its combined TV and movie service, bringing HD streaming, AirPlay compatibility and a redesigned mobile app to its platform.

The streaming service says the improvements were driven by customer feedback, with the lack of HD topping the list of customer pain points, and include new features such as a manual 'play-next-episode' functionality to simplify the overall viewing experience without adding too much clutter to the app.

Presto has come a long way since launching its $20-a-month movie streaming service in March 2014. After joining forces with Seven West Media to form a joint venture under the Presto brand, the subscription video on demand service added TV programs to its mix this year with the launch of Presto Entertainment.

The service has also dropped prices in response to the increasing competition in the streaming space, seeing it morph from an internet TV provider of Foxtel's movie channels into a fully-fledged rival to SVOD competitors Netflix and Stan.

According to Presto's senior product manager of IP services, Richard Cole, the new look mobile app is about "simplifying everything" for users and fixing "what causes the most pain." And while the company may want to have the Presto name first and foremost on the platform, it's actually about making the content shine.

"Content is what people are paying for, not the platform," said Cole. "Forcing people to do a dance to find something doesn't do anyone any favours; the harder it is to find content, there's more loss of users. We want to get people to watch content faster."

Presto has certainly been vocal about its success in snagging rights to some of that top-tier content, including recently-signed NBCUniversal titles such as "30 Rock," "Parks and Recreation" and the hacking thriller "Mr. Robot."

With that in mind, Presto has pared back its iOS and Android apps to focus on TV and movie titles, rather than fiddly menus and settings (you'll still find those on the web platform, but the small screen is dedicated to viewing). There are genre and alphabetical searches, and existing customers will still be able to find their favourite Collections grouping titles into curated lists: Think 'Binge Session History Lesson' for historical dramas or 'Good Guys Gone Bad' for your fix of "The Sopranos."

The platform has also officially rolled out AirPlay compatibility, meaning Apple users will be able to start playing on their iPad or iPhone and then push the shows and movies to their Apple TV to watch on the big screen.

Also part of the new focus on content, Presto has gone hard on HD and support for 5.1 Surround Sound. After quietly launching a few titles in high definition in recent months, the service now has more than 2,500 hours streaming in 1080p with adaptive bit-rate to do away with buffering.

After launching with only standard definition content, Cole said it was "absolutely no surprise" that Presto users wanted to get more HD titles on the platform. But while 4K could come down the track, he added that the only real way to deliver that kind of streaming with Australia's current "variable" broadband is through progressive download. According to Cole, "4K is future deliverable, not an 'oh my goodness we have to do that right now'."

While the improved app, AirPlay support and expanded HD catalogue are big news for Presto, the company is also looking forward to greater device compatibility and an even better viewing experience.

Presto will be a launch partner for the Roku-based Telstra TV when it arrives in Australia, and the company has also promised that further device announcements are coming "soon." We can expect smart TVs and consoles as part of those announcements, but official details are still under wraps.

But Cole says, "If there is a screen in Australia, we have a target to be on that."

Until then, Cole points to Presto's backing from Foxtel and Seven saying that means "the best content" is a "given." It's now just a matter of working towards the best viewing experience.

Freeview (australia) to release new personal video recorder

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/freeview-to-release-new-personal-video-recorder-20150826-gj80he.html

Freeview's Liz Ross said the time was right for networks to get their on-demand services into the market.
Freeview will launch its first personal video recorder on Tuesday as it markets the one-year anniversary of the launch of its FreeviewPlus service.

Freeview is hoping the launch of a PVR will help the service grow, as it continues to add to the range of television brands, including Samsung, Sony and LG, with competition increasing over the last 12 months.

"It was the right time for the networks to do something about getting their on-demand services out into the market, particularly the commercial networks," Freeview chief executive Liz Ross said.

Since the launch of FreeviewPlus in September 2014, Foxtel has halved its entry level price to $25, and subscription video on-demand services Netflix and Stan, which is 50-50 owned by Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media, publisher of The Australian Financial Review, have launched in Australia.

Foxtel's penetration has remained relatively stable at about 30 per cent in recent years, unlike the American market where subscription TV penetration is more than 85 per cent.

Freeview will be hoping the combination of the free-to-air broadcaster's catch-up services and the ability to record live television, will keep Australians tuned into free content.

Multiple chanels

Freeview's first certified PVR will have a digital tuner, built-in wi-fi, a 1 terabyte hard drive and allow for multiple channels to be recorded at once.

Ms Ross said sales for the set-top box it launched in May were going well, with retailers going through several re-orders and more retailers trying to sign on to sell the box.

In its first year FreeviewPlus has won best enhanced TV service at the international interactive TV awards and was shortlisted for best TV or video service to update or launch at the Videonet Connected TV Awards.

"This is an exciting time in television. New services, interactive advertising, personalisation and social networking are all possible with this technology platform and we will continue to see more innovation in the near future from our free-to-air broadcasters," Ms Ross said.

State-owned Kordia's profit inflates

From http://www.3news.co.nz/business/state-owned-kordias-profit-inflates-2015083105#axzz3kOlZX1wP

State-owned telecommunications network operator Kordia has surprised itself with an annual profit of $9.2 million, beating its own forecast by 400 percent.

Kordia, which had been the transmission arm of TVNZ until it was made a state-owned enterprise in 2003, had been expecting a net profit for the year to June 2015 of $1.9 million.

Ordinary revenue was actually down 18 percent to $248 million, but earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation rose 193 percent to $38 million, it announced today.

Chairwoman Lorraine Witten said that was because in Australia, Kordia Solutions had secured several "multi-year annuity-type revenues", meaning it now had eight times the revenue.

"Our media business has also had a buoyant year, with the addition of online streaming services and growth in FM radio," she said.

The company's performance had been "outstanding" and it had cut net debt by nearly 80 percent to $12.5 million from $60.4 million, she said.

Last year, Kordia reported a loss of $8.6 million.

Kordia has decided it won't pay a dividend to the government because it wants to recover from the loss of $14 million in revenue from the analogue television switch-off in 2013.

Tropical Storm Delays Lockheed-Built MUOS-4 Satellite Launch

From http://blog.executivebiz.com/2015/08/lockheed-built-muos-4-satellite-set-to-launch-today-iris-bombelyn-comments/


The launch of a new Lockheed Martin-built Mobile User Objective System satellite has been moved to Wednesday due to tropical storm Erika, SpaceFlight Insider reported Monday.

Lockheed said Friday MUOS-4 will join the other three satellites in the U.S. Navy’s communications satellite network that works to provide video, data and voice capabilities for mobile uniformed personnel through an Internet protocol-based platform.

The launch follows work by Lockheed technicians to encapsulate MUOS-4 into a launch fairing platform.

Lockheed expects to launch MUOS-5 as a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access spare next year.

Proton-M Brings Satellite Into Orbit for First Time Since May Accident

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Proton_M_Brings_Satellite_Into_Orbit_for_First_Time_Since_May_Accident_999.html

The launch of the Proton-M carrier rocket, the first since the May accident, has been successful, a representative of Russian space agency Roscosmos told RIA Novosti early on Saturday.

"Proton-M, which was launched on August 28 from the Baikonur [space center in Kazakhstan] at 14:44 Moscow time, launched into orbit the Inmarsat-5F3 satellite on August 29 with the help of the Briz-M upper stage," the representative said.

The British telecommunications satellite was put into a so-called supersynchronous orbit, nearly double the 22,400-mile altitude that similar devices operate on.

Inmarsat-5F3 is designed to provide communication services in North and South America, as well as in the Atlantic Ocean. The satellite, built by Boeing Satellite Systems International, joins Inmarsat-5F1 and Inmarsat-5F2 operating in regular geostationary orbit.

The Proton-M is the largest carrier rocket in Russia's fleet of space launch vehicles. The rocket has lifted dozens of Russian-made and foreign satellites since it was first launched in 2001.

On May 16, a Proton-M carrier rocket was to deliver the Mexican MexSat-1 satellite into orbit, but shortly after launching, the rocket lost its telemetry with Earth and later burned up in the atmosphere upon reentry.

The failed launch was the latest of seven Proton carrier rocket failures over the past five years.

Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said in May that Russia was not planning to give up on the use of Proton-M rockets despite the malfunctions.

Thaicom names chief tech officer as next CEO

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-names-chief-tech-officer-as-next-CEO-30267691.html

THAICOM has appointed its chief technical officer Paiboon Panuwattanawong, 55, as its next chief executive officer and the company's authorised director, effective on October 1.

Paiboon, who has been with Thaicom for 23 years, will replace Suphajee Suthumpun as CEO.

Suphajee will assume the role of adviser to the chief executive in order to support her successor during the leadership transition from October 1 to the end of the year.

Suphajee yesterday said it was the right time to leave Thaicom after her contributions to many of its successes during her four-year stint as CEO.

Stepping down from Thaicom will give her more time to pursue her interest of providing advice to many new potential companies, such as social enterprises or young-generation leaders, as she believes her experience can help them to grow their businesses, she said.

Thai entrepreneurs have the capacity but might lack experience in drawing up marketing or business plans to enable them to compete in a fast-changing market, she added. She is also interested in helping Thai firms to become more internationally recognised, and to expand their presence on the global stage.

Suphajee said she was not interested in contending for the post of InTouch Holdings' group chief executive officer. InTouch is Thaicom's major shareholder.

The term of InTouch's current group CEO, Somprasong Boonyachai, expires at the end of this year. Somprasong said that during the past few years, Thaicom had been implementing a succession plan in order to ensure business continuity, and that Paiboon had been identified to succeed Suphajee due to his integrity and proven leadership.

Somprasong denied rumours that InTouch's major shareholders were unhappy with Suphajee's performance.

Paiboon said that despite his background in engineering, Thaicom's marketing and engineering teams had always worked together to serve customers' demand.

Paiboon received his Bachelor's in Engineering (Electronics) from Yale University, followed by a Master's in Engineering (Electronics) from Carnegie Mellon University in the US. He has in-depth knowledge of the satellite business.

Thaicom announced its board's approval of Suphajee's resignation as CEO and appointment as adviser to her replacement in a filing to the Stock Exchange of Thailand yesterday.

The board also approved, as recommended by the company's Governance and Nomination Committee, the appointment of Paiboon as CEO, with effect from October 1, it said in the filing.

The company currently operates the Thaicom 5, 6 and 7 broadcasting satellites and the iPSTAR broadband satellite, and has other satellite projects in the pipeline.

It is developing the Thaicom 8 satellite, of which 13 per cent of the capacity has been presold.

The company is aiming for presales of 50 per cent before launching the new satellite.

Moto GP in 4K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/31/moto-gp-in-4k/

Dorna Sports, the commercial and television rights holder for Moto GP, collaborated with BT Sport, its UK broadcasting partner, to produce live coverage of the Octo British Grand Prix at Silverstone in Ultra High Definition.

Thie event marked the first time a MotoGP World Championship event was covered live in Ultra HD, with viewers of the BT Sport UHD channel having the exclusive experience of watching Qualifying on Saturday and the Races on Sunday in the 4K Ultra High Definition format.

With 19 UHD cameras covering the Silverstone circuit, including a High Speed, Super Slow Motion Camera and the world´s first live wireless 4K cameras, provided by Vislink, BT Sport Ultra HD viewers were able to immerse themselves fully in the latest development of MotoGP TV coverage.

The UHD coverage was in addition to Dorna Sports’ provision of the International Programme Feed in High Definition for all worldwide broadcasters. Over the weekend at Silverstone, there were more than 140 HD live cameras at the circuit, allowing for coverage from every angle. The addition of the Ultra HD cameras brought the total number of live cameras to 160, the largest amount ever seen at a MotoGP event.

Speaking before the event, Jamie Hindhaugh, Chief Operations Officer, BT Sport, said: “We are very pleased to be working with Dorna and to be the first MotoGP broadcaster in the world to bring our customers coverage of the event in Ultra High Definition. Through our UHD channel, we will provide a viewing experience that is as close as possible to being trackside at Silverstone. We’ve received a very positive reaction to the 4K coverage from our customers and we are excited that the MotoGP round at Silverstone will be the fifth live event that we are able to offer on our newly launched BT Sport UHD channel. ”

Manel Arroyo, Managing Director, TV & Media Area Dorna Sports, said: “We are really pleased that we have reached a stage where the BT Sport and Dorna production teams are working together to deliver full coverage of the GP in this new format. BT Sport is the first broadcasting partner to take advantage of 4K and Dorna Sports is excited to continue developing our Ultra High Definition offerings as more partners around the world adopt this format. We have been working with our technology partners involved in the Championship to trial 4K during the past couple of seasons. Silverstone will be a milestone event for motorsport and for MotoGP in particular, with the largest number of cameras ever seen at a GP!”

ISRO deploys S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of military satellite GSAT-6

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/isro-deploys-s-band-unfurlable-antenna-of-military-satellite-gsat-6-115083000688_1.html

Satellite was launched on Thursday

ISRO deploys S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of military satellite GSAT-6

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has successfully deployed the six metre diameter S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of military communication satellite GSAT-6 and also raised its orbit.

ISRO today said that it had deployed the S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of six metre diameter successfully.

The satellite was launched by ISRO's heavy rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark II (GSLV) and was successfully placed into geo transfer orbit (GTO) on Thursday.

One of the advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite is its S-Band Unfurlable Antenna of six metre diameter - the largest satellite antenna realised by ISRO.

"This antenna is utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland, which exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency," said Isro


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Inmarsat-5 F3 Launch (live) - Global Xpress Satellite.

Streamed live on Aug 28, 2015 Watch our Inmarsat-5 F3 (I-5 F3) satellite lift-off aboard a Proton rocket into geosynchronous orbit 35,786km (22,236 miles) above the Earth, from Baikonur Cosmodrome.


The spacecraft facilitates a total of 89 Ka-Band transponders that create 89 user beams that are generated by 2 transmit and 2 receive apertures. Six steerable spot beams are used to provide flexible communication services. The high-capacity spot beams are fed by twelve 130-Watt traveling-wave tube amplifiers while the regular communication beams use bent-pipe repeaters and 60:48 TWTAs.

The communications payload provides flexible global coverage and also includes a hosted Ka- and L-Band payload for use by the US Government.

The Inmarsat-5 satellites will provide global mobile satellite services, including mobile broadband communications for deep-sea vessels, in-flight connectivity for airline passengers and streaming high-resolution video, voice and data. Secure communications can also be provided for government or commercial users.

Inmarsat 5-F3 is planned to operate from a position of 180 degrees East in Geostationary Orbit, joining the F1 satellite that is located at 63 degrees east and F2 at 55 degrees west. The satellite will deliver a data throughput up to 50Mbps to the Pacific Ocean region over a planned service life of 15 years.

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Optus D1 160.0E Sky Movies Disney has started on 12331 H and 12671 H, Videoguard.
Optus D1 160.0E 12608 H "TLC Australia & New Zealand" has started on , Videoguard.

Measat 3a 91.4E 4120 H "Astro Ceria and Fashion One Asia" have left.

Yamal 401 90.0E 11241 V "RZD TV" has started on , Fta
Yamal 401 90.0E 11092 H "Raz TV" has left .

Horizons 2 85.0E 11920 H "Kurai TV and Bashkirskoe Sputnikovoe TV" are now encrypted.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3876 H "Sivam TV" has started on, Fta.

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Inmarsat Shares Rocket As Third Satellite Is Successfully Launched

From http://www.bulletinleader.com/inmarsat-shares-rocket-as-third-satellite-is-successfully-launched/51762/

Inmarsat Shares Rocket As Third Satellite Is Successfully Launched
Tensions are likely to be high there given that it is the first time the Russian Proton rocket has flown since it crashed shortly after launch in May while carrying a Mexican satellite.

London-based satellite operator Inmarsat (Other OTC: IMASF – news) will today attempt to launch its third Global Xpress satellite as it looks to expand its next-generation network.

Russia’s Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, said a Proton-M rocket carrying an Inmarsat-5 F3 communications satellite launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on August 28 as planned. The launch was initially scheduled for June but got delayed after a failure by Inmarsat’s rocket launch partner, worldwide Launch Services, in May. “We’ve never had a launch failure in our history”, he said in a telephone interview this week.

This will complete the global satellite company’s new Global Xpress network, which it expects to deliver $500m (£322.3m) in annual revenue within five years. ( BA )-made satellites, each weighing more than six metric tons, fills a hole over the Pacific to provide global coverage in all but some polar regions.

Inmarsat is also building an air-to-ground network in Europe that would offer more spectrum to the short-haul airline market. It also boosts Internet speeds for browsing, real-time TV, TV-on-demand, expanding the possibilities for in-flight entertainment. “There are hundreds of people inside Inmarsat and outside Inmarsat working to turn this capability into a service and deliver truly cutting-edge services, solutions – value to the customers we want to serve”, says Pearce.

While connectivity is expected to arrive on commercial aircraft as early as this year, Inmarsat will be launching one more satellite which will act as a spare.

SSL Delivers High Performance Broadband Satellite To Launch Base

Press Release From: Space Systems/Loral

Space Systems/Loral, LLC (SSL) today announced that a high performance satellite designed and built for Australia’s new nbn™ broadband network has arrived at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be launched aboard an Ariane 5 launch vehicle by Arianespace. The high capacity broadband satellite, which will provide service to more than 200,000 Australians, demonstrates SSL’s leadership in providing satellites for high speed internet access.

SSL has provided the two highest capacity broadband satellites in service today, and has built or is building nearly 50 satellites with Ka-band and high throughput satellite (HTS) payloads. SSL has also built more dedicated broadband satellites than any other manufacturer.

“The satellite for Australia’s broadband network is a very advanced broadband satellite that will cover the entire Australian continent including its offshore islands,” said John Celli, president of SSL. “It is gratifying to know that the work we do in Palo Alto will help connect underserved people to the rich resources available through the Internet.”

Originally called NBN Co 1A, the satellite now awaiting launch, was renamed “Sky Muster” by the six-year-old winner of a country-wide contest. The young girl, who depends on satellite internet for her education, selected the name for its reference to the gathering of cattle, which captures how the satellite will help ‘round-up’ and connect Australians.

“Satellite is the only feasible solution to bringing fast broadband to homes and businesses in parts of rural and remote Australia,” said Greg Adcock, chief operating officer of nbn. “Now that Sky Muster is at launch base, we are closer to providing a service that will help fuel growth, drive economic improvements, and bring new opportunities to all Australians. SSL has been a valued and reliable partner in helping us meet this goal.”

Sky Muster is a Ka-band, high-throughput broadband satellite that uses multiple spot beams in an advanced design that tailors capacity to Australia’s widely distributed population. It supplements the fixed line and fixed wireless services provided by the new broadband network.

SSL is also building a second satellite for the nbn™ network. The two satellites will work in conjunction with one another to provide expanded and advanced service coverage to some of the most remote places in Australia, as well as its coastal islands and external territories including Norfolk Island, Cocos Island, Christmas Island, and Macquarie Island in the Antarctic.

The satellite is based on the highly reliable SSL 1300 platform, which provides the flexibility for a broad range of applications and technology advances. Sky Muster is the 100th 1300 satellite that SSL has delivered and there are more 1300 satellites on orbit providing service today than any other satellite model. The 1300 is the world’s leading platform for broadband HTS service.

About nbn

nbn was established in 2009 to implement the Australian Government’s policy initiative to design, build, and operate Australia’s broadband network to provide access to high speed broadband to all Australian premises. nbn is a wholly-owned Commonwealth company that has been prescribed as a Government Business Enterprise (GBE) and is represented by "Shareholder Ministers" — the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy and the Minister of Finance and Deregulation. The organization’s goal is to deliver Australia's first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network to all Australians, regardless of where they live. For more information, visit: www.nbn.com.au.

About SSL

Space Systems/Loral (SSL) is a leading provider of commercial satellites with broad expertise to support satellite operators and innovative space related missions. The company designs and manufactures spacecraft for services such as direct-to-home television, video content distribution, broadband Internet, mobile communications, and Earth observation. As a Silicon Valley innovator for more than 50 years, SSL’s advanced product line also includes state-of-the-art small satellites, and sophisticated robotics and automation solutions for remote operations. For more information, visit www.sslmda.com.

The NBN satellite Malcolm Turnbull never wanted prepares for liftoff

From http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/the-satellite-malcolm-turnbull-never-wanted-prepares-for-liftoff-20150825-gj7t3j.html

In 34 days and counting, Australia is set to blast a satellite weighing as much as an elephant one-tenth of the way to the moon.

Its name is Sky Muster, it's worth about half-a-billion dollars, and there's a slim - but very real - chance it could be blown to smithereens before it's even left the Earth's atmosphere.

This is the satellite Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull never wanted, but is now busy spruiking as a "game-changer" for the potentially hundreds of thousands of rural and remote Australians who can't get a decent internet connection to save themselves.

Satellite architect Julia Dickinson with a model of an NBN Co broadband satellite.

"There's no question I was very critical of the proposal for government to build two satellites for the national broadband network," Turnbull told Fairfax Media this week.

"[The] reason for my criticism was not that satellites are a bad idea; simply they — [the then Labor government] — would have been, in my view, better off contracting with the private sector to provide those services."

In Opposition, Turnbull called Labor's satellite plan, first conceived in 2012 under then Communications Minister Stephen Conroy, a "Rolls-Royce" communications system.

"There is enough capacity on private satellites already in orbit or scheduled for launch for the NBN to deliver broadband to the 200,000 or so premises in remote Australia without building its own," he said in a statement which has since been been removed from his website. (He says he's "not sure" why it disappeared.)

Australian listed company NewSat was one private sector contender named for the job – but it collapsed spectacularly earlier this year thanks to mismanagement and questionable financial dealings.

Turbull's position was also disputed at the time by nbn's satellite project director Matt Dawson and then Optus chief Paul O'Sullivan, who said his company's satellite capacity was already accounted for.

Labor's current communications spokesperson Jason Clare recently described Turnbull's backflip on the nbn satellite plan as "worthy of [Romanian gymnast] Nadia Comaneci", and says Australians are "very lucky" contracts were signed before Labor lost power.

"I think the model we chose is the right one and in his heart of hearts Turnbull knows this is the right one too," Mr Clare told Fairfax Media.

If everything goes to plan, the long-term satellite service will deliver download speeds of 25Mbps and upload speeds of 5Mbps for up to 400,000 eligible rural and remote premises, with a total capacity of 135Gbps compared to only 4Gbps on the current interim satellite service.

One-hundred-and-one "spot beams" will cover the nation's vast geography – including faraway places like Macquarie Island – to deliver "the quality at least that people are getting in the city", nbn space systems manager Julia Dickinson says.

But from cost blowouts to asbestos scandals, nothing much ever seems to go according to plan when it comes to the nbn.

Sky Muster has undergone rigorous testing to ensure it can withstand the most dangerous part of its journey: on the back of a rocket, breaking through the Earth's atmosphere. Dickinson says the type of rocket being used has seen 67 successful launches in a row, but concedes there's "always a small risk" of catastrophe, however unquantifiable.

"Any number I give you will be wrong," she says.

In the last year, a SpaceX rocket carrying cargo destined for the International Space Station disintegrated on lift-off, while Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo dramatically crashed and killed a test pilot.

Should Sky Muster make it safely into orbit, it will still take several months of end-to-end testing before customers can access its broadband services. Retailers such as Telstra and Optus will also have to test integration with their networks, with retail slated for mid-2016.

A second satellite will join Sky Muster in a few months after testing in the US.

Turnbull and his parliamentary secretary Paul Fletcher have been busy touring rural and remote Australia in the months leading up to Sky Muster's October 1 launch.

Their job is to reassure locals it won't be a repeat of the struggling interim satellite service, which rents spare capacity on satellites owned and managed by Optus and IP Star. It was only ever meant to be a stop-gap measure while Sky Muster and co were being built, but it has been a source of much anguish for some communities thanks to unprecedented network demand causing major congestion issues.

Despite Turnbull promising a "pretty fantastic experience" on the shiny new satellite service, years of poor connectivity for these communities mean not everyone is convinced.

Answers as to how quickly the service will reach capacity remain murky. Modelling from the National Farmers' Federation suggests it could fill up as soon as 2020. Independent telecommunications analyst Paul Budde says such a time-frame is "not far of the mark".

Turnbull and the nbn both say it's difficult to predict what the uptake of the service will be until, ultimately, it's up and running.

What we do know is the spot beams likely to be slammed with congestion issues first are those covering more populated – and rapidly growing – areas.

We also know Australians' hunger for broadband is skyrocketing. The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics internet usage figures show the amount of data we downloaded leapt 33 per cent in 2014.

nbn says it will "rigorously monitor usage" across the long-term satellite service and deliver "alternative access solutions" such as fixed-wireless or fixed-broadband to free up the network where needed.

Whether it can do that quickly enough to mitigate major congestions problems, and how much it will cost to extend fixed-broadband to areas originally slated for satellite, is unclear.

The other option, of course, is to launch another multi-million dollar, elephant-sized satellite into space. That's no small feat.

Racing.com’s Foxtel launch delayed

From http://www.racing.com/news/2015-08-28/racingcoms-foxtel-launch-delayed

Racing.com’s coverage of Victorian thoroughbred racing won’t be broadcast on Foxtel in time for Saturday’s official launch of the new station.

Despite negotiations continuing on Friday, no resolution could be met.

“The Seven Network is continuing its discussions with Foxtel to be able to expand the Racing.com coverage to Channel 522 but no agreement has been reached at this time,” Racing Victoria said in a statement.

“Foxtel viewers can watch all Victorian races this weekend on Sky Racing 1 (Channel 519).

“The new Racing.com channel will be officially launched on free-to-air television tomorrow with the broadcast of the Memsie Stakes meeting from Caulfield available to over 90 per cent of the population.

“The coverage will also be streamed free of charge globally onto all digital devices via Racing.com.”

Racing Victoria advises it is unable to provide a timeline on when an agreement may be reached, but it remains its strong desire to get Racing.com onto Foxtel as well as being broadcast on free-to-air.

Racing.com begins officially broadcasting on Saturday - via the Seven Network and PRIME7 with coverage of Group 1 Memsie Stakes Day from Caulfield.

Racing.com will be broadcast through the metropolitan markets of Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as through much of regional Queensland, on the Seven Network’s free-to-air Channel 78.

Regional free-to-air viewers in Victoria, New South Wales and Western Australia, along with the ACT and Gold Coast, can view Racing.com via the PRIME7 network on Channel 68.

Earlier on Friday, Racing Victoria announced that punters in Tasmania, Darwin, Broken Hill and regional South Australia will be able to watch Racing.com’s coverage of Victorian racing as of Monday, with Southern Cross Television agreeing to carry the free-to-air station.

Thaicom says new satellite has presales of 13%, aims for 50% before launch

From http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/international/business/thaicom-says-new-satellite-has-presales-of-13-aims-for-50-before-launch/articleshow/48706146.cms

Thailand's Thaicom Pcl said its new satellite Thaicom 8 had presales of 13 per cent of total capacity.

BANGKOK: Thailand's Thaicom Pcl said on Friday its new satellite Thaicom 8 had presales of 13 per cent of total capacity.

The country's largest satellite operator is aiming for presales of 50 per cent before launching the new satellite, Chief Executive Officer Suphajee Suthumpun told press briefing.

Thaicom appoints Panuwattanawong as CEO

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-appoints-panuwattanawong-as-ceo--1099503

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has appointed Paiboon Panuwattanawong as its CEO, effective 1 October. Panuwattanawong replaces Suphajee Suthumpun, who resigned from her position of company CEO. Suthumpun will serve as advisor to the CEO from 1 October until 31 December.

Thaicom has also announced the resignation of Suphajee Suthumpun and Anek Pana-apichon from their positions of directors, also effective 1 October. They will be replaced by Paiboon Panuwattanawong and Prasert Bunsumpun.

SpeedCast to Deliver Satcom to InterOil Sites in Papua New Guinea

From newslink

[Via Satellite 08-27-2015] SpeedCast has been awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract for the delivery of satellite communications and network services by InterOil Corporation, a leading independent oil and gas business with operations dedicated to Papua New Guinea.

InterOil will use a field connectivity solution, including containerized satellite data and voice communications units, network services, and mobile satellite solutions to connect 12 locations in the Gulf Province of Papua New Guinea. The locations include base camps, construction sites, and remote rig sites that require rapid mobilization and demobilization.

For the new contract, SpeedCast proposed services that use C-, Ku- and L-band frequencies to meet the specific requirements of InterOil. The company will use the network to connect field locations for data- and voice-related Instant Messaging (IM) services. The addition of primary and secondary satellite connections is expected to provide greater availability while the containerized rig site solution and construction site solution should deliver greater portability.

Dishes remain on Abu Dhabi rooftops despite strict warnings

From http://www.thenational.ae/uae/government/dishes-remain-on-abu-dhabi-rooftops-despite-strict-warnings

ABU DHABI // Rooftop satellite dishes remain an eyesore in the capital despite strict warnings to building managers to take them down.

From March 1, the Abu Dhabi Municipality had announced via state news agency Wam that it would be strictly enforcing a law regulating the number of satellite dishes permitted on the capital’s rooftops.

Landlords and tenants were called on to remove them or face a Dh2,000 fine. Only four dishes are allowed per building.

But the situation today appears to be no different and many of the devices are right where they were in March.

Hussain Abdur Rehman, a watchman at a 12-storey building on Muroor Road, said the dishes were still on the roof.

“We are not removing them. We haven’t received any warning from the municipality.

“Tenants added their own dishes, so it’s all there,” said the Indian.

In his building there are 36 flats with a similar number of dish antennas installed.

Mr Rehman said some residents also subscribed to cable TV providers.

“The municipality’s notice was pasted on the building’s wall and I informed the landlord but nothing has happened so far,” Mr Rehman said.

Decree No 2 of 2012 banned the installation of more than four dishes on rooftops, or installing any satellite dishes on balconies, walls and garden fences.

A security guard at an Electra Street property said 75 families lived there and there were about 50 satellite dishes on the roof.

“I remember in February we were asked to remove them but nothing changed as the municipality didn’t ask us again to clear them. Life goes on like that,” guard Noman Basheer said.

The local cable providers’ hardware was also there and many tenants have subscribed but they still they have dishes to watch international channels, he said.

According to Wam, property owners and managers are obliged to have no more than four rooftop dishes connected to a central antenna system. Those who failed to remove these devices would be referred for prosecution.

Indian resident H Khan said he avoided Etisalat and instead had his own decoders installed as they were much cheaper than the cable TV providers’ packages.

“For the basic Etisalat India pack, we have to shell out about Dh70 a month. For the same amount we can watch full channels throughout the year offered by Indian TV service providers.”

Mr Khan said the decoders were available at local markets.

Abu Dhabi Municipality said the random installation of the dishes had led to an unsightly clutter on rooftops.

However, there were some landlords who complied with the rules and removed all satellite dishes from their buildings except four. They urged their tenants to use a centralised cable connection or subscribe to local cable providers.

“All dishes have been removed from our building’s rooftop except two. One for me and another belongs to a tenant,” said Sabirul Islam who looks after a building on Airport Road.

“Since we received the warning from the municipality we told our tenants to remove them, didn’t allow anyone to add any dishes and urged them to subscribe to TV service providers.”.

In March, the municipality warned that in many cases the satellites were improperly connected and poorly maintained, with cables strewn across walls. This could sometimes make it difficult for paramedics and other emergency response teams to gain access to homes.

Abu Dhabi Municipality declined to respond to questions on the matter.

Sky News web streams set world record

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/28/sky-news-web-streams-set-world-record/

LiveU, a specialist in IP-based live video services and broadcast solutions, has announced that its technology was central to Sky News’ world record beating UK General Election coverage earlier this year. The UK broadcaster has now confirmed that it set a new Guinness World Record for the most concurrent live web streams for an event – streams fed from 138 locations to cover 150 constituency results.

LiveU supplied 138 units for the coverage – including comprehensive testing – to allow the broadcaster to bring what was predicted to be a very tight election to its viewers.

Sky News described its coverage at the time as “the most ambitious and wide-ranging results service available and will ensure customers have the most up-to-date information as it happens”. This included a specially created studio at Sky News’ Osterley location.

Richard Pattison, Deputy Head of Technology at Sky News, said: “Getting the confirmation email was fantastic and an enormous relief. I had to provide a great deal of evidence to the Guinness World Records team to validate the attempt so I was slightly worried that what evidence we had might not meet their stringent criteria, but in the end it only took them a couple of days to ratify the attempt, which is great news.”


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ISRO successfully launches communication satellite GSLV-D6

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/isro-successfully-launches-communication-satellite-gslv-d6-150827

MUMBAI: The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched the communication satellite GSLV-D6.

GSLV-D6 will launch 2117 kg GSAT-6, an advanced communication satellite, into a GTO. GSAT-6 will provide S-band communication services in the country. After reaching GTO, GSAT-6 will use its own propulsion system to reach its final geostationary orbital home and will be stationed 0 at 83 East longitude.

This is the ninth flight of India's Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV). It is also the fifth developmental flight of GSLV. This is the third time the indigenously developed Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS) is being carried on-board during a GSLV flight.

GSLV-D6 flight is significant since it intends to continue the testing of CUS. GSLV is designed to inject two ton class of communication satellites into Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

GSLV-D6 was launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota.

GSLV-D6 vehicle is configured with all its three stages including the CUS similar to the ones successfully flown during the previous GSLV-D5 mission in January 2014. GSLV-D5 successfully placed GSAT-14 satellite carried on-board in the intended GTO very accurately.

The metallic payload fairing of GSLV-D6 has a diameter of 3.4 m. The overall length of GSLV-D6 is 49.1 m with a lift-off mass of 416 t.

The CUS being flown in GSLV-D6 is designated as CUS-06. The main engine and two smaller steering engines of CUS together develop a nominal thrust of 73.55 kN in vacuum. During the flight, CUS fires for a nominal duration of 720 seconds.

S-band telemetry and C-band transponders enable GSLV-D6 performance monitoring, tracking, range safety/flight safety and Preliminary Orbit Determination (POD).

Founding partner iiNet to stop selling Fetch TV

From http://mumbrella.com.au/founding-partner-iinet-to-stop-selling-fetch-tv-314647

One of FetchTV’s founding members iiNet has announced it will stop selling the IPTV service, days after its acquisition by rival broadband provider TPG was approved.

In a surprise move iiNet announced on its website today it would no longer sell the IPTV service with Fetch CEO Scott Lorson telling Mumbrella: “iiNet was our foundation partner who we launched with in 2011 and we have built up a very happy and engaged customer base. In terms of the go-forward for new and existing customers we need to refer all questions to the new owner.”

FetchTV would not comment on the nature of its contract with iiNet but it is thought that the ISP would be contractually obliged to continue servicing existing customers of the IPTV service – which offers consumers a video recorder and dozens of subscription channels and video streaming products such as Netflix and pay per view movies.

The service is the main challenger to Foxtel and Telstra’s newly announced IPTV streaming service Telstra TV. It continues to have Optus and Dodo as ISP partners.

“From the Fetch TV perspective we are on a wonderful run,” said Lorson. “We are profitable, debt free and experiencing record growth with nearly 95 per cent of our growth currently coming from other partners.”

It is thought that TPG decision may be a negotiating tactic ahead of an attempt to renegotiate the contract with Fetch TV.

The manner of the iiNet announcement was uncharacteristic with the ISP normally being known for being quite open and transparent about such product decisions in communications with customers, with the move to simply remove the product more in line with TPG’s management approach.

Lorson would not be drawn whether it might be a deliberate strategy by TPG which is currently conducting due diligence on iiNet.

FetchTV is owned by one of Asia’s leading pay TV providers, Astro All Asia Networks and in its last update to market noted it now had 275,000 subscribers.

Fox Sports creates dedicated channel for US Open tennis

From http://mumbrella.com.au/fox-sports-creates-dedicated-channel-for-us-open-tennis-314617

Fox Sports has created a dedicated channel for its coverage of the 2015 US Open Tennis.

The release:

FOX SPORTS will serve up its biggest US Open offering ever when the year’s final Grand Slam swings into action on Tuesday 1 September.

FOX SPORTS 505 will be the ‘channel that never sleeps’ – from the city that never sleeps – with FOX SPORTS in New York delivering LIVE coverage across all 14 days of the US Open.

Three additional channels featuring LIVE matches plus a dedicated news and views channel will be available via the Foxtel Red Button across the first eight days delivering an extra 175 hours of coverage.

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

Broadcasting from the Billie Jean King Tennis Centre, Masur and Peacock, will provide in-depth analysis, dissect the upcoming play and talk to current and former stars each day at 6.30pm.

Fans can catch up on the best matches with daily replays at 1.00pm and prime-time at 7.00pm plus keep in touch with the latest updates and interviews on the new nightly show ‘US Open Press Room’ (9.30pm).

FOX SPORTS News 500 will deliver the latest results, highlights and analysis each day with reporter Patrick Stack courtside in New York while foxsports.com.au will be the destination to follow the action online with in-depth reports, video highlights and live scores.

Plus, Foxtel Go will ensure fans can watch at home or on the go streaming all the action to mobile and tablets.

The Aussies will be well represented at Flushing Meadows with Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios leading the local charge in the men’s field and one-time US Open champion, Sam Stosur, and Casey Dellacqua flying the flag in the women’s draw.

All the big names will be in action with Novak Djokovic looking to cement his World No 1 ranking while all eyes will be on Serena Williams as she looks to record a historic calendar Grand Slam having won all three majors this year.

FOX SPORTS’ US Open coverage is exclusively available on Foxtel.

Nine upbeat on Stan

From http://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/breaking-news/nine-upbeat-on-stan/story-fnn9c0hb-1227501079481

Nine says its Stan streaming service is growing much faster than expected, but no one knows if it will ever turn a profit.

The Nine and Fairfax Media joint venture has secured more than 300,000 subscribers since launching in January, though fewer than 200,000 are currently paying the $10 a month fee.

That's faster growth than expected, but all players in the streaming market, including Netflix, are booming, Nine boss David Gyngell says.

"Stan is running ahead of what we thought it was going to be, but then the category is," he said.

"So are we getting our share? I think we are probably keeping in touch, just. We are up against the hottest brand in the world right now in Netflix."

Netflix doesn't reveal its Australian customer numbers, but Roy Morgan Research estimates that in July, 737,000 households had used the US service since it entered the local market in March, though many early customers were on free trials.

Seven and Foxtel have not published customer numbers for their Presto streaming joint venture.

Mr Gyngell said Stan will stand out from its rivals by offering a lot more Australian content, with the first locally made program for Stan to be made available by early November, and more coming in 2016.

But whether it makes money is another matter.

"(We're) seeing if we can carve out a profitable alternative and a local alternative to what Netflix will be, and that's yet to be seen," Mr Gyngell said.

"Netflix is yet to be seen if it's going to make money.

"We don't see Stan being the saviour of this company long term, we see it as an adjunct to content acquisition and original content deals."

Racing.com to go live on Foxtel

From http://www.racing.com/news/2015-08-26/racingcom-to-go-live-on-foxtel

Racing.com is set to be broadcast live on Foxtel Channel 522, beginning with Saturday’s Memsie Stakes Day program from Caulfield.

Racing.com CEO Scott Perrin confirmed it was the aim for the new channel, which is a joint initiative between Racing Victoria and Seven West Media, to be shown on Channel 522 this Saturday.

“There’s been a lot of effort behind the scenes to get the broadcast up before Memsie Stakes Day, but going up on the Foxtel channel isn’t as simple as flicking a switch,” Perrin said.

“There were quite a few hurdles to jump and landmines to miss just to get there.”

Channel 522 is the channel that was formerly used by the now defunct ThoroughVision (TVN).

Perrin also announced that there would be a significant focus on developing female talent on Racing.com.

“We have got Bree Laughlin, Sarah Peatling and Angela Anderson all joining us from Memsie Stakes Day,” he said.

“As well as those three ladies we also have another two young women joining us who we will introduce to the media and develop their skills.

“There is a very strong push within Racing.com to develop not only female talent but also young talent in general that hasn’t been seen or heard of before and to bring these people up through the system.”

TVNZ bringing live golf to Freeview this Friday

From Press Release

Thursday, 27 August 2015, 3:00 pm
Press Release: TVNZ

TVNZ bringing live PGA, LPGA and European Tour golf to Freeview this Friday.

27 AUGUST 2015

TVNZ is bringing live coverage of the first two rounds of the PGA, LPGA and European Tours to Freeview from this Friday.

Free-to-air live coverage of nine tournaments will run on TVNZ’s Freeview pop-up channel through until the end of October. Highlights packages will also be screened on TV One and TVNZ OnDemand.

TVNZ Director of Content Jeff Latch says this live golf coverage is an exciting extension to an earlier golf deal TVNZ had with Lightbox Sport.

“TVNZ and Lightbox Sport brought the PGA and LPGA back to free-to-air television earlier this year with highlights coverage of a number of tournaments, we’re very pleased to be able to extend this to live coverage.”

TVNZ has the rights to the first two rounds of the PGA, LPGA and European Tours with the remainder of each tournament available through Lightbox Sport.

Lightbox Sport CEO Tim Martin says delivering a free-to-air component of the PGA Tour, LPGA and European Tours was a promise made at the time of announcing their exclusive rights to the tours.

“Kiwi’s love their sport and golf is no exception. We think people will really appreciate being able to get a free-to-air taster of what’s available on PGA TOUR LIVE.”

The Freeview pop-up channel 15 is available on all Freeview platforms; Freeview, Freeviewplus and Freeview Satellite.


TVNZ increases profit, says winning battle for 'prime time' viewers

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/71492385/tvnz-increases-profit-says-winning-battle-for-prime-time-viewers.html

Cost-cutting more than offset a drop in advertising revenues at TVNZ.

Television New Zealand has increased its profit by $10 million and says more viewers are switching to its channels during prime time.

Chief executive Kevin Kenrick said One News had built up its biggest lead over its nearest rival , MediaWorks' 3 News, in 10 years.

MediaWorks came under intense public scrutiny this year, as it reviewed and then canned popular current affairs show Campbell Live.

TVNZ's profit for the year to June 30 rose to $28.1m, from $18.1m last year.

Kenrick said the result was particularly encouraging given the "tectonic shifts occurring in the media industry".

Revenues fell 2.9 per cent to $350m as advertising income fell 1.9 per cent.

The company managed to up profits by cutting costs, which fell 3.7 per cent to $314m.

By June, 650,000 people had signed up to access content through its online platform TVNZ OnDemand, Kenrick said.

Ninety-seven million video streams were watched on TVNZ OnDemand during the course of the year, up 27 per cent.

TVNZ declared an $8.3m dividend to the Crown.

Chinese spy payload fired into orbit

From http://spaceflightnow.com/2015/08/27/chinese-spy-payload-fired-into-orbit/

China sent the next in a series of military-operated spy satellites into orbit Thursday aboard a Long March 4C rocket in an unannounced launch from the country’s northeastern space center.

Fueled by a mixture of liquid hydrazine and nitrogen tetroxide, the three-stage Long March 4C rocket lifted off at 0231 GMT Thursday (10:31 p.m. EDT) from the Taiyuan launch base in northeastern China’s Shanxi province, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

The blastoff occurred at 10:31 a.m. Beijing time and was not announced in advance by Chinese authorities, keeping with standard practice for Chinese military launches.

Xinhua reported the satellite will be used “for experiments, land surveys, crop yield estimates and disaster prevention.”

But analysts believe the spacecraft is intended to operate as a military spy satellite.

Tracking data from the U.S. military’s Space Surveillance Network shows the Long March rocket placed its payload, named Yaogan 27, into an orbit about 1,200 kilometers (745 miles) above Earth at an inclination of approximately 100 degrees.

Details of Thursday’s launch match several previous flights with the same launch site, the same configuration of China’s Long March rocket family and nearly identical orbits. The commonalities likely mean Yaogan 27 is the next in a sequence of optical reconnaissance satellites designed to supply high-resolution imagery to the Chinese military and intelligence agencies.

The launch of Yaogan 27 comes after similar flights to the same type of orbit in December 2009, May 2012, November 2013 and October 2014.

Other satellites under the Yaogan name may carry radar payloads for all-weather reconnaissance and maritime surveillance sensors to track ships around the world.

Thursday’s launch was China’s fourth space launch of the year, and the 17th flight of a Long March 4C rocket.

Globecast channel monitoring with Actus

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/26/globecast-channel-monitoring-with-actus/

Globecast has installed the Actus Platform monitoring solution in its Media Centres. The new implementation will enable Globecast to provide compliance and content quality monitoring to its broadcast clients, including BBC Worldwide. To support this, the Actus system stores and provides access to channel content in native format from the transport stream (TS) feed, which additionally provides engineering personnel with metadata and other information for diagnostic purposes.

Alongside this, Actus has also announced a new Change Tracker software module that extends this capability even further by comparing outgoing and off-air feeds and flagging significant differences according to user-defined rules. These combined functionalities allow regionalised versions of the content to be monitored from multiple sites, ensuring that clients’ brand values are retained wherever they are viewed.

“The Actus system has allowed us to offer our clients immediate direct access to their compliance recordings and the clients’ reaction has been extremely positive. Actus has supported the system well and are quick to react to our needs,” said Jamie Renouf, Systems Engineer at Globecast “We were happy with the assurance that our requirements would be met, and that Actus’ product is constantly developing to answer the growing requirements of our customers”.

Countdown starts for launch of Isro's GSAT-6 satellite

From http://www.domain-b.com/organisation/isro/20150826_satellite.html

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) today started a 29-hour countdown for the launch of the country's latest communication satellite GSAT-6, which will provide communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users.

''The 29-hour countdown activity of GSLV-D6/GSAT-6 Mission has commenced today at 11:52 hr IST,'' Isro said.

The mission readiness review (MRR) committee and launch authorisation board (LAB) cleared the starting of the 29-hour countdown at 11:52 hrs, Isro said.

The launch of Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 carrying GSAT-6 is scheduled at 1652 hours tomorrow.

GSLV-D6 is the ninth flight of India's GSLV and also the fifth developmental flight of the launch vehicle. This is the third time the indigenously developed cryogenic upper stage (CUS) is being carried on-board during a GSLV flight.

GSLV is designed to inject a 2-ton class of communication satellites into geosynchronous transfer orbit (GTO).

GSLV-D6 will launch the 2,117-kg GSAT-6, an advanced communication satellite, into a geosynchronous transfer orbit. GSAT-6 will provide S-band communication services in the country. After reaching GTO, GSAT-6 will use its own propulsion system to reach its final geostationary orbital home and will be stationed 0 at 83 East longitude.

GSLV-D6 will be launched from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

S-band telemetry and C-band transponders enable GSLV-D6 performance monitoring, tracking, range safety/flight safety and Preliminary Orbit Determination (POD).

The antenna is utilised for five spot beams over the Indian mainland. The spot beams exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency.


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beIN Sports eye NRL pay TV rights

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/bein-sports-eye-nrl-pay-tv-rights-20150825-gj7e59.html

beIN Sports, which did not respond to requests for comment, is interested in bidding for the pay-TV rights and has said as much to the NRL.

Qatar-based sports broadcasting giant beIN Sports may bid for the pay-television rights to screen National Rugby League matches from 2018, creating a well-funded potential competitor to Fox Sports.

The NRL would benefit from other bidders to compete with Fox Sports and Foxtel, whose half-owner News Corp is on a campaign to unseat NRL chief executive Dave Smith after he snubbed the pay-TV giant by striking an exclusive $925 million five-year free-to-air deal with Nine Entertainment Co two weeks ago.

beIN Sports, which did not respond to requests for comment, is interested in bidding for the rights and has said as much to the NRL, sources said.

Owned by the Al Jazeera network, beIN Sports started operating in Australia last year when it took over the Setanta Sports Network. The Setanta channel, which is carried through Foxtel, Fetch TV and digitally over the internet was rebranded beIN Sport.

The network has been aggressively buying up soccer rights, including taking the bulk of the European Champions League this year, and Italian, Spanish and German rights, and shows the Six Nations rugby union.

Other mooted potential contenders for NRL rights include the ESPN Network, while the NRL has held discussions with the likes of Google and Netflix – though it is unclear if they would pay big money for the rights.

Despite News's campaign against rugby league's chiefs, NRL remains an important sport for Foxtel and for Fox Sports in Sydney and Brisbane, where many fans subscribe to cable or satellite to watch its coverage.

Broadcast rights deal

Last week, after rival code the Australian Football League signed the largest broadcast rights deal in Australian sport history with News Corp, Seven West Media and Telstra, News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch said: "I guess we will engage with the NRL in time." The three companies will pay $2.508 billion over six years.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein has since stressed that the "NRL are very good partners" and said "we obviously want to keep working with them". Foxtel provides some of the funding for Fox Sports' current $110 million-a-year NRL contract.

Fox Sports had been keen to show all eight weekly NRL matches live, against the five it now has rights for, but may baulk at paying the NRL a large increase after Nine cut into its live rights with its Saturday match.

Nine will telecast live four matches a round, up from the two live and one on replay it shows. It will also gain digital streaming rights for the four games, which will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon.

The additional fourth match was a blow for Fox Sports, which has exclusive rights to Saturday matches – a key pillar of its pitch to subscribers.

Nine has also held on to the final series, the high-rating State of Origin series and any other special rugby league matches. One of the three annual State of Origin matches, which are usually among the highest-rating television programs of the year, will move to Sunday evening.

Nine will have exclusivity over the Origin matches and the Grand Final, with the NRL to attempt to broker a deal with Fox Sports that could include other finals series matches.

NRL TV rights: Hell hath no fury like a media baron scorned

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/08/26/nrl-tv-rights-hell-hath-no-fury-like-a-media-baron-scorned/

This week saw the release of the Ashley Madison account data, a dating site for married individuals looking for an affair. This has resulted in a few strained marriages around town.

However, there was one marriage coming apart at the seams that has nothing to do with Ashley Maddison, the one between the NRL and News Corp.

The reasons for this marriage separation have been documented enough on this site, and it seems the NRL community are split – those in the pro-News Ltd and anti-Dave Smith crowd, and those in the pro-NRL and happy to finally see Rupert Murdoch on the receiving end crowd.

I’ll try and look at potential suitors for the NRL and their remaining four matches per round available for broadcast. One thing to remember is to separate Foxtel and Fox Sports.

Existing video on demand (VOD)

Twelve months ago where was Stan, Netflix and Presto (a sibling of Foxtel) in the Australian market. By April this year Netflix had over one million subscribers in Australia in 408,000 homes, and is rising. Stan and Presto are well behind with less than 150,000 subscribers combined.

These services are of massive concern to Foxtel, primarily in the movies and drama categories. None have yet to venture into sports. Netflix haven’t shown any interest in sport anywhere else in the world and have stated they have no interest in the NRL.

I think the word Netflix is getting thrown around as the generic term for video on demand operators. I would put Stan as an outside shot, just because of their link with Channel Nine.

Other video on demand

A couple of big brand names are circling Australia and NRL rights may be the perfect launching point. Google, through Google TV and YouTube, in the US have grabbed Willow TV, a couple of MLB games a day, some NBA and UFC.

One thing that YouTube has is global reach and an already existing viewer base. They currently do live simulcasts, with Felix Baumgartner’s free fall jump a couple of years ago attracting eight million live viewers. I have watched Coachella and Glastonbury live via YouTube. The 2015 IPL was also broadcast on YouTube. Subscriber costs can be shared between advertisers and viewers, who can pay per game, month or season.

One extra benefit is a deal similar to the IPL, where the stream was broadcast into some countries without a fee. So if somebody in the United States wants to have a look at this game Jarryd Hayne has come from they can watch a game live on YouTube, for no cost. An ideal way to spread the rugby league gospel.

The other major name is Amazon Prime. The Top Gear crew were just signed to a £250 million (approximately $535 million) deal with Amazon Prime. That is their way of launching into the UK market. Obviously, they have money to spend. But the question for Amazon Prime is whether they find the Australian market too crowded and therefore decide not to enter. At this stage I’ll say Google has more of a shot than Amazon Prime.


The self-proclaimed “World Wide Leader” kicked the NRL tyres five years ago, but nothing came of it. Half a decade later they still have a presence in the country with two channels. The broadcaster has lost the Champions League and will be looking to diversify from it’s now US-centric line-up. Most of their current live sport is during the day in Australia, opening up the prime time spots to the NRL.

While Fox Sports in the US has been spending big over the past few years in an attempt to draw viewers away from ESPN, it would be ironic if the opposite happened in Australia. NRL would like them because they are on the existing sports package on Foxtel, meaning fans can watch the games at the current cost. It might be a nice sport to schedule on late night US TV. Might even get a few tries on the Sportscenter Top 10.

While they currently have no NRL talent on their books, there will be a number of Fox Sports people looking for a job if they choose to pass up the rights. Personally, I have a number of criticisms of ESPN, but it is mostly nothing to do with the quality of their live broadcasts. I think if they are serious and want to do it, they are in with a big shot

beIN Sports

Formerly Setanta, now owned by Al Jazeera and with money behind them. Available on Foxtel, but for an added fee, and also online for a fee. Current line-up is about 90 per cent soccer, and they just stole the Champions League off ESPN. Have a bundle of cash, but their line-up consists of sports they can offer internationally, particularly Asia and the Middle East. Very doubtful they will be interested.

Channel Nine

If push comes to shove, Channel Nine may try and get the remaining games and throw them on GEM and/or bundle them into Stan. Not at all implausible. It will be for less money than the NRL would get from others, but the added advantage of access to every game for everybody.

Channel Ten

May try and buy a game, but realistically they are out of the question. The merger with Foxtel and the much needed injection of funds is still being deliberated.

Fox Sports

At the moment, getting Fox Sports and the NRL in a room will be like the scene in “Wedding Crashers” where John and Jeremy are arbitrating the divorce between Dwight Yoakim and Rebecca De Mornay’s characters. There have been a number of ex-prime ministers who could tell you what it’s like to be on the wrong side of the Melting Candle, so Smith is playing a dangerous game here.

It seems, though, that Smith has a few brains and the commission is filled with successful people, so there must be something behind their approach.

Foxtel need something that will keep viewers, as well as attracting new ones. Don’t be fooled into how shocked Fox Sports people were, they knew it was coming. They were just shocked at the suddenness of it all. The purpose of Phil Rothfield’s article about a dedicated NRL channel and games on Channel Ten was to build up the fans’ expectations, only for them to be disappointed with Channel Nine getting the coverage. News Ltd knew what was coming.

Fox Sports are trying to play hardball. They need the NRL and I think they will end up paying top dollar for it. It won’t happen today, it probably won’t happen this year, but they will come around.

The NRL have one big bargaining chip they can play – Monday night football. At this stage it’s gone, but they can bring it back, just as long as Fox Sports pay.

As just mentioned, at the end of the day I think Fox Sports will come around. David Smith is going to cop it for the next 12 months. Every referee mistake will be his fault. Every player misbehaving will be his fault. Every little success the AFL has will be a blight on Smith.

Fox Sports will end up paying top dollar, with every game simulcast, and probably with Monday Night Football. They can sell that as a win for themselves. And I think coming out of it will be a new approach to the game from the News Ltd writers, a bit more positive.

ESPN I think are the next best chance. They want a bit of diversification to their channel, and don’t want to be seen as the broadcaster of American sports. They have the international expertise, open time slots, web presence (ESPN3) and a bundle of cash. It all depends how serious they are. News won’t be too upset with this as they won’t lose subscribers.

Channel Nine would be the third in line. Putting the remaining matches on GEM or Stan would make them very happy. It will reduce the dollars for the NRL though, so maybe not the end result Smith would want.

Personally, I hope that YouTube get the digital rights. They have the international reach that Telstra don’t have, have apps that work on all smartphones and can be accessed at any PC. I doubt this will happen as long as Telstra remain naming rights sponsor.

This all has a long way to go, and will be very interesting to see how it all plays out. Where VOD will be in 6 or 12 months’ time will play a major role here. At the end of it all there will be bruised egos and a few battered reputations. All part of this wonderful sport.

Astra calls for action on anti-siphoning as Sky loses Cricket Australia rights

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/astra-calls-for-action-on-antisiphoning-as-sky-loses-cricket-australia-rights-20150824-gj6k6x.html

BT Sports has won the rights to broadcast all international cricket played in Australia, including the 2017-2018 Ashes series, into Britain and and Ireland.

Australia's pay television lobby group ASTRA is using Cricket Australia's £80 million ($172.5 million) rights deal with BT Sports to renew calls to scrap anti-siphoning laws.

On Monday, Rupert Murdoch's media empire took another blow with British rival BT Sports securing a deal with Cricket Australia as its overseas broadcast partner.

The five-year deal is believed to be worth £80 million and begins in October 2016.

Reports suggested BT Sport outbid Sky, which is 39 per cent owned by Mr Murdoch's 21st Century Fox, by £20 million.

ASTRA, whose most prominent member is Foxtel, which is 50 per cent owned by News Corp, is pushing to have the government reconsider the anti-siphoning list, which effectively keeps many major sporting events on free-to-air television.

"This deal is evidence that technology has overtaken Australia's antiquated anti-siphoning rules," ASTRA chief executive Andrew Maiden said.

"There is no law preventing Netflix buying the Melbourne Cup, for instance, and making Australians pay to watch it."

Long-term deals

Sky has built its dominance of sports viewing on long-term deals for the English Premier League and cricket. It has a deal with the English Cricket Board which ends in 2019.

"In a world of technology platforms, subscription television is now the only entity singled out and banned from buying key sports rights," Mr Maiden said. "2015 would be a good time to reform the rules, with the major football codes having locked in deals for years to come."

Under the new Cricket Australia deal, BT Sports will have the rights to broadcast all international cricket played in Australia, including the 2017-2018 Ashes series, into Britain and and Ireland.

"BT Sport put forward a highly compelling bid for the rights to broadcast cricket from Australia to audiences throughout the United Kingdom," Cricket Australia executive general manager of media, communications and marketing Ben Amarfio said.

"With more cricket content now available via BT Sport, free-to-air television in the UK, and through our digital platforms, we are making the game more accessible to more people. The principle of taking the game to more people is very important in our efforts to grow the game."

The Ashes, considered a marquee event, adds to BT's growing sports portfolio, with suggestions that the British telecommunications provider may look to use the Cricket Australia deal as a launching pad to taking on the rights for the ECB with are up in 2019.

Ashes 'new home'

"BT Sport is delighted to be adding Australian cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia in 2017," BT TV and BT Sport managing director Delia Bushell said.

"We will be showing live and domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years."

Sky has faced increasing pressure from BT Sports who surprised many when they first snared rights to the English Premier League for the 2013-2014 season.

Sky was able to hold onto the lion's share of EPL games – five out of seven a week – but paid for the privilege, with the latest rights deal between Sky and BT Sports worth more than £5.14 billion over three seasons.

BT Sports also holds the rights for the UEFA Champions League and the Europa League.

Village Roadshow heading to court to sink online pirates

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/technology/village-roadshow-heading-to-court-to-sink-online-pirates/story-e6frgakx-1227498717393

‘If piracy is not addressed, there won’t be movies like Red Dog or Star Wars or Muriel’s Wedding,’ says Village Roadshow co-chief executive Graham Burke. Source: News Corp Australia

Village Roadshow, the film distribution company of Hollywood hits such as Mad Max and The Avengers, is preparing to launch legal proceedings to block overseas websites that ­allow people to download illegal copies of its movies.

It will use recently introduced anti-piracy legislation to block popular websites such as The ­Pirate Bay. “We are absolutely in the process of implementing ­action to block illegal sites,” Village Roadshow co-chief executive Graham Burke said. “We are going through the legal preparation at this stage and will be ready in October to go to the courts and ask them to block sites.”

Village Roadshow is the second company to announce it will use the legislation to hit back at online pirates after Foxtel earlier this month said it was preparing legal action.

The legislation allows copyright rights holders to petition Federal Court judges to issue blocking orders on overseas websites that host pirated ­content.

Once an order has been ­issued, internet providers such as Telstra and Optus are required to comply by disabling access.

Mr Burke declined to say how many sites Village had identified, but he said the company would start with one or two well-known sites before applying the legislation to others.

“We will progress in a rigorous way from there,” he said.

Critics of the scheme say site-blocking has little effect on the proliferation of pirated content because as soon as one site dis­appears, another pops up.

Mr Burke said the legislation was essential. “This has had a big impact in 34 European countries where site-blocking already works very well and we expect it to have the same impact here,” he said. “If piracy is not ­addressed, there won’t be movies like Red Dog or Star Wars or ­Muriel’s Wedding because there will be no business model with which to make them.”

Village Roadshow’s bid to block pirates comes as the company posted an all-time record for movie ticket sales in the past year. “Piracy … has had a significant effect on the home-entertainment sector and it’s affected more on DVD sales and legal digital downloads than anywhere else,” Mr Burke said.

“That’s where ­piracy is hurting business … the new-release market could have even been better if not for piracy. A lot of people don’t realise that what they are doing is wrong and illegal.”

Air Force Research Lab Announces MUOS Satellite Communications Testing in Antarctica

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Air_Force_Research_Lab_Announces_MUOS_Satellite_Communications_Testing_in_Antarctica_999.html

Instant and easy connectivity for mobile devices is often taken for granted, but modern cellular networks are tied to cell towers. How do you make a call when cell towers are not available?

To answer this question, teams from the Air Force Research Laboratory's Information Directorate, the United States Navy and Lockheed Martin came together to design, build and test the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS), a satellite communications system designed to be a large cell tower in the sky which would improve and provide more communications capability for U.S. forces on the ground.

The basic design works like a typical cellphone system, except that the tower is not on the ground but instead is on a geosynchronous satellite 22,000 miles above the earth. There are four satellites to give global coverage. The original design of the 3G signal was modified so that it could connect to the satellite. The satellite beams the call signal down to a control station on the ground to connect to the network and complete the call.

User's need a MUOS "phone" to use the system. At this time, the "phone" looks like a typical tactical radio, but new MOUS radios will get smaller as the system matures.

One of the tests for the system took place in Antarctica.

Members of the team were able to catch a ride with the 62nd Airlift Wing which was responsible for Operation Deep Freeze, the annual resupply mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF), McMurdo and Amundsen-Scott Stations in Antarctica.

Within 20 minutes of arriving in Antarctica the team was able to send out the first ever voice and data communications from the Continent.

During the trip they were able to gather data that would be used to improve MUOS as it matures to full operation capability.

Michael Gudaitis, AFRL team lead said that tests demonstrated 3G- cellular quality voice, text, and data calls in a place where no cellphones exist.

"Think about how you feel when you don't have cellphone coverage, especially when you need it most," said Gudaitis. "In Antarctica, with the MUOS system we were able to demonstrate calls from places where no other radio or cellphone would work."

Gudaitis said there are commercial applications to the system.

"On an airline flight you can't use your cell phone except in 'airplane mode,'" he said. "But with MUOS you can stay connected at all times."

HGTV to Debut on Astro in Malaysia

From http://www.worldscreen.com/articles/display/2015-08-25-asia-pac-HGTV-scrippsnetworksinteractive-malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: Scripps Networks Interactive’s home and lifestyle channel HGTV is launching on Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro.

HGTV debuts on Astro on August 31. Programming will include Property Brothers, Cousins Undercover and Fixer Upper, and new series will feature celebrities such as Ellen DeGeneres and William Shatner in Ellen’s Design Challenge and The Shatner Project, respectively. HGTV will also launch with locally-produced series Extreme Homes Asia and the short-form series Asia Traditions.

Derek Chang, the managing director of Scripps Networks Asia-Pacific, said, “After only launching regionally in Asia at the end of 2014, HGTV has quickly become the number one lifestyle channel in Singapore. This is a great achievement for the team, and I am confident the channel will receive the same outstanding response in Malaysia. Viewers can look forward to being entertained by HGTV’s fun-loving hosts while being inspired by fresh ideas and personal heartwarming stories about the home. I would like to thank the Astro team for all of their support and we are excited to work with them to bring the HGTV experience into their viewers' homes.”

“We see HGTV as a great addition to our current lifestyle offering,” added Agnes Rozario, the VP of content management group at Astro. “As the only channel dedicated to the home and lifestyle category in Malaysia, we are confident that our viewers will identify with HGTV’s programming and hosts. We look to work closely with the Scripps Networks team to bring more of its compelling content to Malaysia along with unique opportunities to bring our customers closer to their favorite HGTV personalities.”

HGTV is part of the Metro pack and will be available for free preview on Astro from August 31 to September 13.

Newtec breaks efficiency record

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/25/newtec-breaks-efficiency-record/

Newtec, a specialist in manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications, has announced that, together with Intelsat, the global provider of satellite services, it has achieved a world first for the amount of throughput in a single transponder.

The demonstration was conducted at Intelsat’s Fuchsstadt teleport in Germany. Intelsat’s and Newtec’s engineers used the Newtec MDM6000 Satellite Modem with Newtec’s all digital built-in Bandwidth Cancellation (BWC) technology to set the record – which put 20 Mbps into 2 MHz.

This result is the latest in a line of successes for Newtec, which has previously broken several speed barriers and has now demonstrated its spectral efficiency. Maximising bits per second per Hz has always been a priority for Newtec and is becoming increasingly important as satellite operators and service providers look to launch new services while also delivering higher performance and improved economics for their customers.

“This is an important achievement, as it shows our ability to fully utilise the capabilities of next generation satellites using Newtec technology that is available today. With a spectral efficiency of more than 10 bps/Hz, one can, for example, handle a bidirectional E1 in just 400 kHz,” said Dave Suffys, Product Manager for IP Modems at Newtec. “What it demonstrates is our unparalleled efficiency at any rate, whether on a low-speed voice or data connection or for medium-speed backhaul links, all the way up to ultra high-speed trunks. A gain of at least 30 per cent in space capacity can be achieved for any bidirectional link.”

Boeing axes “hundreds” of staff

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/25/boeing-axes-hundreds-of-staff/

Boeing’s satellite division has issued formal redundancy notices to “hundreds” of staff.

The problems largely come about because of restrictions on the US Export-Import Bank which can no longer fund satellite projects for non-US buyers. Also not helping is a slow-down in US satellite orders for military usage.

Boeing has already lost a significant satellite order from ABS because Boeing couldn’t secure financing for the satellite operator.

Boeing spokesman Tim Neale confirmed the reductions and said the total number of people affected would be finalised in coming months. Some could find work in other parts of Boeing, he said.

“While this is not solely being caused by the expiration of Ex-Im Bank, this is a factor for the customers who have decided to maybe hit the pause button or look somewhere else,” the spokesman said of the planned job cuts, as reported by NASDAQ.

UAE toughens Dish rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/25/uae-toughens-dish-rules/

Abu Dhabi’s The National newspaper is reporting that the Emirate has commenced a fresh campaign, plus a tough set of guidelines on how satellite dishes can be used.

Four regions of Abu Dhabi (including the populous Madinat Zayed downtown area, plus Liwa, Al Marfa’, Al Silaa and Delma) must remove dishes from building which have been illegally or improperly installed.

Member if the public are being asked – as they have before – to remove dishes from balcony areas, in particular.

“When mounting satellite dishes, one must conform with the following requirements: the cost of mounting a satellite dish must be covered by the owner, satellite dishes are to be mounted on building roofs and in backyards, the number of satellite dishes must not exceed 4 based on a central satellite system, dishes must be mounted on the central part of the roof, far from the edge so as not to affect the general appearance,” said Hamad Salem Al Hamili, head of Public Relations and Communication at the Municipality of the Western Region.


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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Movies Now(高清)频道加密,设置3940 V 7200参数有条件接收。[08-22]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Sivam TV(印度)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[08-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Bindass Play替换UTV Stars(印度)频道,设置3931 H 9600参数有条件接收。[08-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Property Now(印度)频道新增,设置3802 H 10000参数有条件接收。[08-22]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Raz TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置11092 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月22日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Mazhavil HD(高清)频道新增,设置4115 H 8000参数免费接收。 [8月22日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somali Channel(RRSat Global)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。 [8月22日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Serendib、Magic TV(孟加拉)等频道消失,设置11294 V 30000参数无效接收。 [8月21日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Indian Songs promo(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11356 V 44900参数无效接收。 [8月21日]

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Quickflix drops Chinese acquisition

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/24/quickflix-drops-chinese-acquisition/

Australian TV and movie streaming service Quickflix is not going ahead with the potential acquisition of a Shanghai-based film and television company.

In a notice to the Australian Securities Exchange, it said that based on due diligence of the Shanghai-based company and advice

received in relation to Chinese regulations and restrictions, it had decided that it would not be proceeding with an acquisition.

“Quickflix recognises distribution of content into China and of Chinese content to the rest of the world is a significant

opportunity and it is continuing to develop a China strategy. Quickflix is also pursuing opportunities for licensing and

operating its studio-accredited streaming platform as a branded or white-label service in other international markets,” it advised.

Foxtel fights back

From http://www.itwire.com/your-it-news/entertainment/69127-foxtel-fights-back

In the face of competition from Netflix and other video on demand suppliers, Foxtel has announced new bundles and increases in broadband data allowances,
Foxtel has introduced what it calls ‘massive’ data boosts for broadband subscribers and new pay TV bundles. Existing Foxtel customers on a 100 GB, 200 GB or 500 GB ADSL broadband bundle will have their monthly data allowances at least doubled, at no extra cost.

Foxtel’s marketing boss Ed Smith said: “Today we launch our broadband marketing campaign to Foxtel customers, and it’s hugely exciting to be able to double the data included in our bigger packages, and to provide Foxtel’s on demand content unmetered when customers connect to Foxtel Broadband.”

The move is a reaction against inroads being made by Netflix, which Roy Morgan research estimates now reaches 8% of Australian homes, and other subscription video on demand (SVOD) services. Foxtel reaches nearly 30% of Australian homes, but they number stabilised years ago and has begun to decline since Netflix’s introduction earlier this year.

The new announcement from Foxtel concentrates on its broadband offering, which it introduced in 2014. Foxtel is half owned by Telstra, whose broadband services it resells. Foxtel broadband subscribers also receive the Foxtel Hub, a Wi-Fi modem that connects to Internet-enabled Foxtel iQ, iQ2 and iQ3 set-top-boxes.

“Foxtel’s DNA is great entertainment and our broadband service delivers the data and value that people want as their viewing habits shift to on demand,” said Smith. “This is supported by our Wi-Fi technology, the Foxtel Hub, which was engineered to deliver superior Wi-Fi performance for streaming video.”

“For existing Foxtel TV customers not already on a Foxtel Broadband Bundle, from today you can maximise your Foxtel experience each month by adding 50 GB of broadband internet data and unlimited standard local calls2 for an extra $70 per month by adding a 12 or 24 month 50 GB Home Bundle to your existing TV package.

“For new customers, you can now sign up to Foxtel’s amazing Entertainment 50 GB Home Bundle, featuring Foxtel’s Entertainment TV Pack, with 45 popular news, general entertainment, factual and lifestyle channels, 50 GB of broadband internet data and unlimited standard local calls for $95 per month on a 12 or 24 month plan.”

Pacific receives ADS-C tracking boost

From http://www.airtrafficmanagement.net/2015/08/pacific-receives-adsc-tracking-boost/

Australian, New Zealand and US air traffic controllers have now been using existing Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Contract (ADS-C) technology to track aircraft across the Pacific Ocean every 14 minutes, more than halving the previous tracking interval of every 30-40 minutes.

This means flights in this region will meet the intent of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommendation of tracking oceanic flights every 15 minutes or less.

“It is rewarding to see Airservices close cooperation with New Zealand and US result in this extra boost to passenger confidence in the safety of flying over vast expanses of oceans such as the Pacific,” said Airservices executive general manager, air traffic control, Greg Hood. Airservices Australia was one of the first to trial more frequent satellite flight tracking, conducting an initial proof-of-concept trial in late January. The 14-minute standard was extended to all Australian airspace by the end of May and Airservices has been working closely with its neighbours to enable a seamless implementation across the Pacific.

Airways New Zealand introduced enhanced tracking at the end of May while the Federal Aviation Administration followed suit within US Pacific airspace at the end of June. Malaysia’s Department of Civil Aviation has recently implemented more frequent aircraft tracking within its airspace using the same technology.

As well as achieving safety benefits, more frequent tracking will allow controllers to provide a higher level of service to \flights, including more efficient routing around poor weather to minimise passenger delays and reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Airservices said it will continue to work closely with its near neighbours such as Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia to continue building satellite tracking coverage in the Pacific region.

Australia: NBCU SVoD content for Presto

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/24/australia-nbcu-svod-content-for-presto/

NBCUniversal content is heading to Australian streaming service Presto. Shows including 30 Rock, Parks and Recreation, Grimm and Heroes are all available effective immediately. A second batch of shows, including drama series Bates Motel, will arrive in December.

Interim CEO, Shaun James, commented: “NBCUniversal is a prolific producer of quality popular content and we are delighted to be able to offer Presto subscribers some of their most iconic shows.”

Rugby League for Setanta Sports Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/24/rugby-league-for-setanta-sports-asia/

Eurosport, a Discovery company and home to the greatest selection of live sports moments, has secured the exclusive TV and digital rights from Sky for a selection of Rugby League properties to be broadcast on Discovery’s recently acquired premium rugby channel, Setanta Sports Asia. The rights are effective immediately until the end of the 2019 season.

Peter Hutton, Chief Executive Officer, Eurosport said: “It is important that all forms of the game are shown on Setanta Sports Asia, demonstrating our ambition to remain the leading rugby broadcaster in Asia. As a big fan of Rugby League myself, I’m thrilled that Setanta Sports Asia now has the sport’s leading leagues and competitions in the world delivering some of the most exciting rugby to a wide audience in Asia.”

Rugby League properties include:
– European Super League: the top-level Rugby League club competition in Europe.
– Championship: the UK’s second-tier Rugby League competition.
– Challenge Cup: the international knockout Rugby League cup competition. Hull Kingston Rovers will battle it out against the

Leeds Rhinos in the 2015 final on August 29th.
– World Club Challenge: the annual Rugby League competition played between the top three clubs of the Australian National Rugby

League (NRL) and European Super League. Only matches played in the UK will be shown.
– Two magazine shows produced by Sky Sports.

Astro offers free access to 150 channels for all customers

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/astro-offers-free-access-to-150-channels-for-all-customers--1098590

Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro has launched an offer for its subscribers. Until 31 August, all Astro customers will have free access to 150 information, entertainment and sports channels, including in HD format. Customers will also have access to Astro on the Go to watch Astro content anytime, anywhere on their mobile devices.

Astro launched this promotion to “thank Malaysians for voting Astro as the top entertainment and media brand for 6th consecutive year in Putra Brand Awards”. The Putra Brand Awards are organised by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia in partnership with the Malaysia’s Most Valuable Brands.

Three new Astro channels from Aug 31

From http://english.astroawani.com/entertainment-news/three-new-astro-channels-aug-31-70710

HGTV HD (Channel 731), Nat Geo People HD (Channel 725) and Star Chinese (Channel 315) will kick-start this Aug 31.KUALA LUMPUR: From Aug 31, 2015, Astro will have three new channels to fulfill the needs of its 18 million viewers which are increasing by the day.

The new channels are HGTV HD (Channel 731), Nat Geo People HD (Channel 725) and Star Chinese (Channel 315).Astro Content Management Group vice-president, Agnes Rozario, said the company the move was in line with the company’s aim to continue bringing the latest content.

She said, HGTV HD is the first Astro channel that is exclusively dedicated to inspire viewers with home design and decoration ideas.

As for Nat Geo People, the programmes centre on the stories behind interesting sights and cultures. Not to be missed in this channel are Food Files and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces.

Meanwhile, as the only ala carte channel that can be subscribed at RM5.30 monthly (including GST), Star Chinese spells a leading

Mandarin-content package in Asia that is based in Taiwan.

Under Star Chinese, viewers can enjoy a total of 31 Taiwanese entertainment and drama programmes.

For more information on the new channels, visit www.astro.com.my.

BT Sport beats Sky to Ashes rights deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/24/bt-sport-beats-sky-to-ashes-rights-deal/

BT Sport has secured the rights to Australia home cricket test matches for next five years in a deal costing it around £16 million (€21.87m) a year. This will include the 2017-18 series, where Australia will seek to reclaim the Ashes lost to England in the recently-ended series.

That tour it will be the first overseas trip by England broadcast live by a service other than Sky for 27 years, dating back to the tour of the West Indies in 1990.

BT Sport is now likely to be eyeing up the next broadcast deal with the England & Wales Cricket Board for England home matches.

The ECB’s current agreement with Sky ends in 2019.

The deal with Cricket Australia will see 210 days of international Australian cricket to be shown on BT Sport.

BT Sport will show all Australian Test Matches, One Day Internationals and T20 Internationals played in Australia, including the five-match Ashes Test Series against England in 2017/18. Multiple series against world leading nations such as New Zealand, South Africa, India and Pakistan will also be broadcast on BT Sport.

The rights also include the hugely successful 35 KFC Big Bash League matches, which see international stars flocking down under, including South African legend Jacques Kallis and former England international Kevin Pietersen.BT Sport will also show the women’s Ashes and the women’s T20 Big Bash League. BT Sport has also acquired a free-to-air rights package that includes daily highlights of international matches and the Big Bash League, as well as one Big Bash League ‘match of the round’ broadcast live and free each week.

The deal with Cricket Australia is in addition to BT Sport’s broadcasting of the annual Caribbean Premier League T20 cricket tournament featuring some of the world’s biggest stars such as Chris Gayle. Delia Bushell, Managing Director of BT TV and BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is delighted to be adding international cricket to its line-up, and to be the new home of the next Ashes tour in Australia.We will show live domestic games featuring the best players in the world during the Big Bash League and all Australian home matches for the next five years.”

Cricket Australia Executive General Manager of Media, Communications & Marketing Ben Amarfio said the agreement signalled a new era in Australian cricket broadcasting. “We are delighted to be entering into this important new partnership with BT Sport,” Mr Amarfio said.

“BT Sport put forward a highly compelling bid for the rights to broadcast cricket from Australia to audiences throughout the United Kingdom. They are uniquely placed to become one of the UK’s largest sports channels and we think cricket can provide the content and opportunities to help them do just that. With more cricket content now available via BT Sport, free-to-air television and through our digital platforms, we are making the game more accessible to more people. The principle of taking the game to more people is very important in our efforts to grow the game.”

Chaos in Pakistan over new media rules

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/24/%ef%bb%bf%ef%bb%bfchaos-in-pakistan-over-new-media-rules/

Pakistan’s media regulator PEMRA introduced a new media code on August 20th. They come into force later this week with instructions that all satellite, radio and cable TV operators must implement immediately. But there are problems. BBC Monitoring (quoting the Dawn website) is reporting that the new code bars media from airing what PEMRA calls “controversial content” and to protect the ideology of Pakistan. These rules reflect Pakistan’s Supreme Court directives, but the report says the PEMRA regulators have “overlooked basic details in coming up with the code”.

The Code of Conduct rules themselves are evidently full of misapplications of established PEMRA rules (which have been in place since 2007).

Worse perhaps, it has now emerged that PEMRA itself had little input on drawing up the new Code which was drafted and now implemented by a committee constituted by the country’s Prime Minister, and with the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting facilitating.

“While both the PBA chairman and secretary general were unavailable for comment, a senior broadcaster and former PBA office- bearer decried the code and described it as a ‘hasty effort’ and merely a rehashing of the 2002 code,” reports BBC Monitoring, adding, “The main problem still remains the same as it was in 2002; the implementation will be a problem as long as PEMRA is not a completely independent authority,” he said, adding, “Like the last time, this time too there are a number of grey areas that have been left undefined.”

DD India to go off air once satellite licence expires

From http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/dd-india-to-go-off-air-once-satellite-licence-expires/1/460413.html

The NDA had previously planned to revamp the beleaguered channel, which was on air for nearly two decades, to bring it on par with the likes of BBC and other international state-run channels. The channel was launched in 1995 as DD World and was later renamed as DD India in 2002.

The channel of the state broadcaster which relays international news, DD India, is all set to go off air on August 31 as its satellite licence expires.

The NDA had previously planned to revamp the beleaguered channel, which was on air for nearly two decades, to bring it on par with the likes of BBC and other international state-run channels. The channel was launched in 1995 as DD World and was later renamed as DD India in 2002.

As per highly placed sources, fund crunch and government apathy despite plans to revamp the channel have led to the current situation. Sources said Prasar Bharti has not yet called for fresh bids of licence.

Prasar Bharti CEO Jawahar Sircar told MAIL TODAY that the problem has been conveyed to the board and a decision in this regard will be taken as soon as possible.

A letter from the office of the additional director general of Doordarshan said, "With effect from August 31, DD India will not be available in Hot Bird 13 platform as Deutsche Welle is not renewing its agreement with Hot Bird." Deutsche Welle is the German public service broadcaster so far distributing the channel on the Hot Bird 13 satellite. The letter has called DD India "as good as nonexistent channel".

Also, the letter says the channel had not been distributed legally in many countries as neither Doordarshan nor Prasar Bharti had valid licences to downlink signals in certain countries.

"Once you don't have the downlinking licence, the channel is as good as defunct as it cannot be viewed in foreign countries. The lack of vision for the channel so far has bugged its fate. Absence of vision has also led to fund crunch which has further added to the difficulty to salvage the channel," said a highly placed DD official requesting anonymity. Adding to the troubles is the lack of infrastructure. Sources told MAIL TODAY that DD India, which the government wants to use as the sole window to India for international viewers, does not even have an independent studio of its own.

The daily programmes of the channel are also borrowed from other DD platforms and are cobbled into a run down. "The channel has been running on cut and paste model. News programmes are lifted from Doordarshan News, some others from DD Bharti and are then broadcast. DD India does not even have a credible data on the viewership numbers," said one of the advisors for DD.Earlier in 2014, four channels of Doordarshan were taken off air as the Indian Navy wanted to use the beam of satellite being used to relay the channels.

The move had come at time when the government was planning to introduce 50 new channels with regard to education.


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TVNZ Pop-Up has started on D1 12483 H 22500, Fta. TVNZ recently ran a popup channel showing Wimbledon Tennis on their Terrestrial service. There were a few complaints of users of the satellite service at not being able to see it. Video Resolution is 704x576

Bein Sports left Asiasat 5

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3876 H SR 7500 $NFL Hard Knocks, ($Scrambled.)
3906 H SR 4599 NIM JOB ENC 1 Male reporter from South Africa - (with peak busy city skyline in background), (FTA.)
4096 H SR 4937 ENC 59 REUTERS NY wording on colour test pattern, (FTA.)
3708 H SR 6111 Service Name Chinese Music Extravaganza, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7120 Service-1 AVC TAICHUNG BANK Volleyball - TPE vs QAT from TAIPEI, (FTA.)
3915 V SR 7199 ENC-5 CCTV 5 Men's Basketball, (FTA.)

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东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Khong Dee、Mysic、Samrujlok(泰国)频道消失,设置11838 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月21日]
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Optus gives SMBs a backup service during outages

From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/telecoms-and-nbn/69114-optus-gives-smbs-a-backup-service-during-outages

Optus gives SMBs a backup service during outages

Small businesses on the Optus network can access a newly launched satellite service for business critical applications during and after an outage.

Optus today launched an Australian satellite capability for small to medium business operators with its new Satellite Business Continuity – a solution that Optus says provides a reliable communications alternative when there is an outage.

Paul Sheridan, Vice President Optus Satellite said today the Satellite Business Continuity service supports critical communications via Optus’ Satellite network rather than traditional terrestrial network infrastructure, “effectively providing an alternate route for traffic to bypass terrestrial network outages”.

“We have listened to the concerns of our many small to medium business customers about the importance of continuing to trade at all times.

“We know that they often don’t have the opportunity to access the infrastructure and resources for a tailored business continuity program, despite being equally, if not more, exposed to outages compared with the top end of town.”

Sheridan said the business continuity service enables SMBs to run their day-to-day communications requirements on their primary link, such as fibre or ADSL network and have a cost effective safety net for their business critical services in the event of a network disruption.

He said the satellite solution can enable a business to deliver the continuity of service their customers demand in circumstances where other businesses may be forced to close.

“Optus Satellite Business Continuity is like an insurance policy for business communications and enabled small and medium businesses to remain productive during and after network disruptions.

“We have developed this service with flexibility in mind. In the event of a crisis or business disruption, customers can choose to activate the service based on their business need.”

Sky TV toughs out first year of true competition

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11500827

Sky TV has emerged with only a few scratches after its first year facing viable competition in the pay TV market.

New Zealand is now awash with a new wave of internet TV services such as Lightbox, Netflix and Neon.

But nobody is saying how many users they have or how big the total market is.

Today, both Sky TV and Lightbox owner Spark released their financial results to June 30.

Both refuse to say how their video- on- demand services are faring, though estimates of broadband use suggest user numbers are big.

Spark confirmed only that Lightbox had passed its target of more than 70,000 subscribers in the first year, including those who got Lightbox free as part of a broadband package.

Sky TV's strong 2015 result - net profit was up 6.4 per cent to $171.8 million - will encourage investors who believe its mantra that slow and steady transition will win the race against the new pay TV operators.

The one area where the effect of competition is apparent is in programming costs, which increased from 30 per cent of revenue to 32 per cent.

Sky's percentage of households using its service has slipped slightly for the fourth year in a row - this year down from 48.7 per cent to 47.1 per cent.

Chief executive John Fellet said the churn rate - the proportion of users who leave Sky's main network - has increased 1.3 per cent to 14.5 per cent. It has lost a net 13,400 subscribers in the past 12 months.

But those who stayed are spending more: the average subscriber spent $79.54 a month, up $2.02 on last year.

Total revenue was a record $927.6 million.

Fellet said new competition played a part in the slightly higher churn rate, but used the result to reply to critics who said Sky had been too slow introducing new media.

It is Fellet's 14th year as boss of the pay TV company and he is widely tipped to be considering standing down from the CEO role.

Sky and the industry was at an important crossroads, said Fellet, but the old business model would not take it from 47 per cent to 75 per cent [of households].

Sky TV

• Net profit up 6.4 per cent to $171.8m
• Revenue up 2 per cent to $927.6m
• Customers down 1.6 per cent to 851,561
• Revenue per customer $79.54/month

Sky TV says profits up to $171m

From http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11500619

Sky Network TV said its net profit rose by 6.4 per cent to $171.8 million in the year to June, despite a slight decline in its subscriber base.

Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation were flat at $379.8m while total revenue rose by 2.0 per cent to $928 million.

The pay tv operator's average revenue per subscriber, per month, increased by 2.6 per cent to $79.54 from $77.52 last year.

Sky said its subscriber base dropped by 1.5 per cent to 851,561. The company's decoder boxes are now in 47 per cent of New Zealand homes. Sky declared an imputed final dividend of 15 cents per share.

Sky said the decline in customer numbers had not been helped by the slower than anticipated introduction of new services like NEON -- a subscription video on demand service - which it said was now performing well.

Looking ahead, Sky said its on-demand features for all SKY subscribers would offer more internet delivered content alongside linear channels.

Plans were advanced to grow subscriber numbers with the introduction of new digital products that should appeal to younger audiences and non-subscribers, it said.

Sky had introduced a new service, FAN PASS, which offered a season or part season pass to online sports including Super Rugby, NRL and Formula 1.

"With our traditional SKY pay television business experiencing more competition than ever, we will continue to invest in content and expand our services," Sky said.

The company said it planned to have all set top boxes internet-enabled to ensure all customers have access to on-demand viewing, catch up television and to Sky's library of movies.

Sky's shares last traded closed on Thursday at $5.63, having lost 57c or 9.2 per cent over the last 12 months.

(Craig's comment, Financial link here http://www.skytv.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=557 )

Space gateway Mahia

From http://www.gisborneherald.co.nz/article/?id=42781

A KIWI -founded rocket company is looking to establish a launch base on Mahia Peninsula from which to get international satellites into space.

Today’s Wairoa Star reports Auckland-based company Rocket Lab has started the process to develop a second launch site at Onenui Station, on the southern tip of the Mahia peninsula, on land owned by the Tawapata South Maori Incorporation.

The Mahia site would be in addition to a site in Canterbury and has been advanced because Rocket Lab’s customer commitments have increased.

Rocket Lab designs small satellite launch systems and has begun to consult with local residents and is preparing to submit a resource consent application.

Shane Fleming of Rocket Lab told the Wairoa Star the company was looking forward to working with the community and gauging interest in a potential launch site on Mahia Peninsula.

Gisborne Mayor Meng Foon congratulates Wairoa and fully supports this new project.

“As close neighbours we will get some benefit through the airport and other support services.

“This project has the potential to embed the East Coast region as the technology capital of the country,” said Mr Foon.

The Wairoa Star reported Rocket Lab’s mission is to remove commercial barriers to space, making space accessible by providing frequent and affordable launch opportunities.

Rocket Lab uses 3D printing, electric turbo-pumps and carbon composite structures to produce advanced, affordable launch vehicles.

The company’s Electron Rocket will launch satellites used for services including crop monitoring, resource management and weather prediction, GPS, scientific research, internet from space and natural disaster prediction and warning.

Tawapata South Maori Incorporation spokesman George Mackey is excited Rocket Lab is considering Onenui Station as an additional site.

“Wouldn’t it be great to have a sign up that says ‘Wairoa — Gateway to the Galaxy?’

“When I think about all this, I am left with this sense that our community will be linked to the development of these new innovative celestial waka. It’s quite exciting really.

“We are speaking with major shareholders seeking their support for this new opportunity for our community and we’re keen to support Rocket Lab in communicating their vision, not only for their business but also for our community,” Mr Mackey says.

Rocket Lab was the first private company in the Southern Hemisphere to reach space.

Changes in the space business have seen a move away from big satellites and instead smaller, lighter, more readily-available and cheaper satellites are used.

The small satellite business is described as booming and there is a vast demand for appropriate launch sites.

The actual launch pad is around the size of half a tennis court.

The Rocket Lab crew scoured the world looking for perfect launch sites and came up with Mahia Peninsula and Birdlings Flat, about 44km southeast of Christchurch in Canterbury.

The Wairoa site was visited in April but initially the Canterbury site was chosen because it offered a better logistical operation.

The Mahia site was never ruled out and demand from customers has now opened the door for the Mahia site to be pursued.

A benefit of the Mahia site is it provides a great launch corridor for the 16-metre-tall 10-tonne Electron rockets.

Eastland Group chief executive Matt Todd said his staff were continuing discussions with Rocket Lab to see what infrastructure needs they might have.

It was a fantastic opportunity for the region, he said.

Gisborne Chamber of Commerce president Gavin Murphy said the chamber looked forward to supporting Rocket Lab any way it could.

Double success for Ariane

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/21/double-success-for-ariane/

Both Eutelsat and Intelsat saw their latest satellites successfully launch on an Arianespace rocket August 20th. The double launch was the 67th successive success for Ariane from its spaceport at Kourou, in French Guiana.

Importantly, both satellites are said to be in good shape following the lift-off.

Eutelsat’s 8 West B craft was the heavier satellite of the pair, at 5782 kgs and will now travel to its 7/8 degrees West orbital slot, which it shares with Nilesat of Egypt. The satellite will add extra capacity from this slot with its 40 Ku-band and 20 C-band transponders.

The satellite also has sophisticated anti-jamming technology on board which will help reduce the prospect of deliberate signal jamming which frequently affects signals in the MENA market.

“This function involves embarking new-generation frequency converters behind the satellite’s receive antennas,” Eutelsat said. “This will put Eutelsat in the unique position to be able to change the frequency of an uplink signal without any impact on the downlink frequency received by user terminals, marking a major breakthrough in the bid for continuity of service for broadcast signals jammed by rogue uplink signals.”

Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer of Eutelsat, said the launch of Eutelsat 8 West B opened a new chapter in the growth story of the leading neighbourhood in the Middle East and North Africa occupied by Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites. “Through steady investment in high-performance satellites and the fastest growing audience in the region we have gained the trust of market-leading media groups and service providers who look to 7/8 degrees West to accelerate their growth. Eutelsat 8 West B equips us to meet demand to broadcast more digital and High Definition content to over 250 million viewers and gives us more coverage options, enabling broadcasters to target their audience. These features underpin the 100 per cent success in sales of capacity connected to footprints serving a vast region stretching from Morocco to the Gulf.”

Arianespace’s second ‘passenger’ was Intelsat’s I-34 satellite. It weighed 3300 kgs at launch, and carries 18 Ku and 22 C-band transponders It will now travel towards its orbital slot at 55.5 degrees West (304.5 deg East). The satellite replaces Intelsat’s old Galaxy 11 craft and Intelsat 805.

Intelsat I-34 is designed to serve TV viewing in Latin America and in particular Brazil, as well as provide improved aircraft and ships on over and on the North Atlantic.

“Intelsat 34 is a great example of the breadth of services that Intelsat’s satellites are able to provide to communities around the world,” said Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer, Intelsat. “With services spanning from DTH and cable programming distribution, to broadband for vessels and planes traversing the North Atlantic, Intelsat 34 demonstrates our role in delivering broadband infrastructure and media distribution with superior reliability. We are thrilled with today’s successful launch and look forward to our next two launches which are scheduled for the first quarter of 2016, including the first of our Intelsat EpicNG satellites, Intelsat 29e.”

India and Russia TV pact

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/21/india-and-russia-tv-pact/

India’s public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Digital Television Russia, described as Russia’s leading pay-TV provider. Prasar Bharati controls Doordarshan, India’s public service broadcaster as well as All India Radio.

Digital Television Russia is the commercial arm of RTR, Russia’s largest media company with 12 channels on air.

The strategic alliance between the two organisations will focus on boosting TV quality in production, marketing and distribution of content. The pair have also agreed to exchange programming.

The MoU was signed by Jawhar Sircar, CEO, Prasar Bharati, and Dmitry Mednikov and Ayuna Badmaeva, representatives of Digital Television Russia, in Delhi.

Jawhar Sircar told local journalists that this tie-up has tremendous potential for developing synergies between the two broadcasters. He said, “A new vibrant India looks forward to a robust partnership with Russian Television and Radio, as represented by VGTRK and DTR. India and Russia have a long tradition of mutual respect and have enjoyed decades of meaningful partnership in many industrial, scientific and cultural domains. Through this new MoU, we look forward to a reassertion of our historic bonds and seek to know each other’s country, people and advancements even better. We intend to come even closer through better appreciation of our positions. It is indeed a very positive step and both sides look forward to it.”

Dmitry Mednikov, Deputy CEO, Russia Television and Radio, added that DTR was committed to developing local content in India for distribution by local players, and would re-invest their revenues into local content. He said, “We are here to launch and build meaningful business in partnership with India’s programmers, content producers, distribution platforms. Our key principle is to invest into local content production, state-of-the-art technologies and to develop local talents.”

Fox renews focus on North Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/21/fox-renews-focus-on-north-asia/

Fox International Channels (FIC) is renewing its focus on Japan and Korea to capitalise on emerging opportunities in these markets. Additionally the company will ramp up its investment in production of Chinese content, with a particular focus on mainland China. As a result, the senior management team overseeing North and Southeast Asia will be restructured effective September 1st to best align with these objectives.

Joon Lee will move into a new role focused on driving growth initiatives in Japan and Korea as well as increasing FIC’s share of the growing opportunities in original Chinese production as Executive Vice President, North Asia & Head of Original Productions – Mainland China.

Simeon Dawes will take on the additional territory of Hong Kong & Southeast Asia where he will be responsible for the region’s P&L. He will continue to oversee FIC’s Middle East business as well as ad sales across Asia Pacific. His title will be Executive Vice President – Advertising Sales & Partnerships, and Managing Director – Hong Kong, Southeast Asia & Middle East.

Keertan Adyanthaya takes on the role of Executive Vice President, Content & Communications – Hong Kong & Southeast Asia. He will be responsible for all content, channel operations and marketing for the region covering the Hollywood and Chinese entertainment, and factual genres.

Rohit D’Silva continues in his role as Executive Vice President, Commercial and Sports, overseeing the Fox Sports Asia business and leading affiliate and content partnerships as well as non-linear products.

Commenting on the executive team changes, Zubin Gandevia, President of FIC Asia Pacific & Middle East, said, “Japan and Korea are two of the biggest media markets in our footprint. In view of recent strategic partnerships we’ve forged in both countries, including with JTBC to launch JTBC3 Fox Sports in Korea and with Avex in Japan as part of an OTT offering, we see massive potential for further growth in these markets. Joon’s unique combination of experience – his familiarity with our businesses in both countries plus his proven leadership and creativity – will be invaluable in helping us to dive deeper in these markets.”

He continues, “Keertan’s proven successes with content-driven initiatives will complement Simeon and Rohit’s ability to forge mutually beneficial partnerships with our advertisers and platform partners. All four executives are proven leaders in FIC and will without a doubt propel our businesses in North and Southeast Asia to new heights.”

Zimbabwe: ZBC Hoists Satellite Uplink

From http://allafrica.com/stories/201508210462.html

Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Acting Minister Prisca Mupfumira yesterday witnessed the hoisting of the satellite uplink for the Zimbabwe Digital Broadcasting Migration Project as the country makes a transition to digital broadcasting from analogue. The introduction of digital broadcasting technology is in line with developments across the world.

"As part of the implementation of this project, we have just witnessed the hoisting of the satellite uplink dish for the satellite uplink terminal which will be used for the distribution of radio and television programmes from the studios, through the National Head-end to the radio and digital television transmission network and on to our receiver sets," said Minister Mupfumira.

She said the satellite uplink terminal was an interim, but costly measure adopted due to the absence of optical fibre connectivity to broadcasting transmitter sites being put up throughout the country.

At least seven out of the 48 transmitter sites have optical fibre connectivity.

Minister Mupfumira said in the long run the ministry would engage telecommunication operators for the installation of optical fibre to the transmitter sites as the local solution for broadcast signal distribution for the country.

She said installation of standby power units, together with the electronics and power units of the satellite uplink terminal, should be complete by mid-September.

Minister Mupfumira commended progress made in the identification of sites for the 24 new transmitters, an addition to the already existing 24 to make them 48.

These would allow universal availability of digital television services in the country, she said.

Minister Mupfumira expressed satisfaction with the refurbishment of studio rooms at Pockets Hill, Mbare, Montrose and Gweru in preparation for the installation of studio equipment expected in the country soon.

The project is being administered by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and Transmedia.

It is expected to boost picture quality in the form of HD.


Australian Channel 7 is going online with live streaming from December! It will be interesting to see how they handle geo blocking of VPN, DNS users


See news section for more details

Some Thursday feeds

D2 12675 V Sr 15000 "Svc_1 Service" 4:22 Darts from Sydney, FTA

D1 12419 V Sr 7000 Fec 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.Service name: STS Setting up Virtual Signage atm..
D1 12645 V Sr 7200 "Perth Bucky SEN-914"

all AUS beam below via Gary L (Facebook)

D2 12539 H Sr 6978 Tony Abbott with the Australian Diamonds Netball Team in Canberra
D2 12547 H Sr 6978 There has been lots of sporting feeds on here today. This time there are AFL feeds going across
D2 12547 H Sr 6978 ABC at an Alice Springs bike ride

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From saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feed log

3667 H SR 7199 TRT TIR-2 FLY-AWA Soccer JPN v DOM from ANKARA, TURKEY, (FTA.)

3700 V SR 30000 BEIN 1 HK Soccer programme in English, (FTA.)
3700 v SR 30000 BEIN2 HK Soccer - COL vs CLB, (FTA.)
3700 V SR 30000 BEIN 3 bein1 sports - Soccer - REMS v ON, (FTA.)

All three channels carrying different Soccer games or programmes.

3712 H SR 13333 SNOOKER-S Soccer from JAPAN, (FTA.)

(This transponder just scanned in as Snooker and is showing Soccer!)

3912 H SR 15000 SYD HD ENC 1 MAIN EVENT BOXING - Danny Green Boxing Fight, (FTA.) |
4165 H SR 7000 $FRENZ UNITED vs THAILAND - Soccer, (Scrambled.)

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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Movies Now(高清)频道解密,设置3940 V 7200参数免费接收。[08-20]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3a号卫星C频段,Fashion One(4K)高清频道新增,设置4120 H 30000参数免费接收。[08-20]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,篮球频道(中数传媒)频道消失,设置4140 V 27500参数无效接收。[08-20]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,ID Xtra替换Rossiya 2(俄罗斯)频道,设置11656 V 24800参数有条件接收。[08-20]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,RZD(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11605 V 43200参数无效接收。[08-20]

东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Prime News替换Sadhna News(MPEG-4)频道,设置3725 H 26665参数免费接收。[08-19]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Loca、3 Family(泰国)等20个频道新增,设置11840 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月19日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Now、Animal Show(泰国)等频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月19日]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 HD 1、Thairath TV HD 1(高清)等频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Sony APL替换SET India(印度)频道,设置11150 V 28500参数免费接收。 [8月19日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,House Full Movies替换DD Uttar Pradesh(印度)频道,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。 [8月19]


Seven to Live stream all channels from December 1

From http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2015/08/seven-to-live-stream-all-channels-from-december 1.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+TvTonightNewsOnly+%28TV+Tonight+%C2%BB+News%29

Australian TV is joining the technology race.

Hot on the heels of the Coalition confirming it will allow primary channels to broadcast in High Definition, Seven has announced all three of its channels will Live stream 24 / 7 from December 1.

Today it has launched 7live.com.au with Live streaming of Sunrise and The Morning Show, between 6am – 11am. It is available on any desktop, mobile and tablet via the existing PLUS7 app.

Clive Dickens, Seven West Media Chief Digital Officer, said: “Our audience demands a live streaming service! They love Seven and they love their smartphones. We can now bring their favourite shows live, free and on the go, seamlessly streamed on mobile and online, as we cement our position as Australia’s leading ‘mobile first’ content company.

“All Seven Network owned channels will stream from December via PLUS!7 and we have advanced plans to live stream also within the 7Sport App and the 7News App in line with our content everywhere strategy. We will be adding other mobile first products and platforms to extend our reach especially live, free and out of home”

Tim Worner, Managing Director and CEO of Seven West Media, said: “We are redefining the way Australians watch live TV. We are a content company. Our future is television. Our growth is mobile. A big part of our future is video. Today provides clear evidence that we will be a driving force in the development, creation and delivery of content in a rapidly changing communications landscape.”
Kurt Burnette, Seven West Media Chief Revenue Officer, said: “Powerful storytelling is at the core of our television business. The benefits for our audiences and opportunities for our advertisers are enormous. Our move into the live-streaming underscores our leadership and will drive greater engagement across all of our platforms and extending reach out of home, on any screen.”

Seven’s move into live streaming follows the success of its coverage of the Australian Open, with Olympic Games coverage to follow next year.

Yesterday Telstra signed with the AFL for Digital rights until 2022. When asked about AFL streaming, a Seven spokesperson advised, “All will be revealed as we move to 1 December.”

Should Foxtel Fear Free-To-Air HD?

From http://www.smartoffice.com.au/business/services/6K419YKC-should-foxtel-fear-free-to-air-hd.aspx

The pressure is potentially piling up on Foxtel following the introduction of legislation to allow free-to-air broadcasters to transmit in HD on their primary television services, with the pay TV provider fending off challengers on a number of fronts.

Foxtel is currently facing competition from Netflix, which landed in the Australian market earlier this year and which has already built a substantial subscriber base, with the arrival of HD on free-to-air primary television services having the potential to create further challenges to navigate.

Roy Morgan Research data released earlier this month revealed that since its arrival Netflix has been successful in luring customers to the Australian subscription and pay TV market, with almost one in three Australian households now having some form of pay or subscription TV, up almost 30 per cent since the start of the year.

While Roy Morgan found that Foxtel has remained relatively stable in terms of customer base numbers, Foxtel has seen its market share drop from a 95 per cent share of homes with pay or subscription TV to 76 per cent since the arrival of Netflix, with Netflix effectively growing the market.

Now, following the introduction of legislation by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull yesterday to allow free-to-air broadcasters to deliver programming in HD on their primary television services, Foxtel may well be fighting a battle on a new front.

With the bill introduced to allow broadcasters the flexibility to broadcast upcoming events such as this year's AFL and NRL grand finals in HD the challenge is imminent.

Free-to-air networks will be able to expand within the HD market, delivering enhanced services to viewers, and potentially providing competition to Foxtel, particularly within sports broadcasting.

Foxtel currently offers up to 37 channels in HD, including a selection of sports channels, and it remains to be seen if some viewers will jump ship following a free-to-air adoption of HD for primary television services.

Foxtel could well be facing increased competition on two fronts - from Netflix in entertainment and free-to-air in sports broadcasting.

As noted by Turnbull yesterday, HD is now "virtually ubiquitous in Australian homes", with a Newspoll survey conducted in February 2014 finding that 96 per cent of all households had a main TV set or set-top box capable of receiving HD content.

"It is expected that this figure has grown, with high-definition capability standard in televisions and set-top boxes currently on the market," Turnbull commented.

"With the completion of digital switch-over and the availability of a range of new television services, many Australians now expect premium free-to-air programming to be provided in high definition - especially events such as live sports."

Meanwhile, Free TV Australia has welcomed the introduction of the legislation.

"This is a win for viewers, as it will give broadcasters the flexibility to screen more premium content in HD," Free TV CEO Julie Flynn commented.

"In a digital environment, it doesn't make sense to limit the primary service to standard definition. We welcome this as a first step to allowing free-to-air broadcasters to deliver more enhanced services to all Australians, for free."

India for satellite tracking unit in Fiji

From http://www.deccanherald.com/content/496170/india-satellite-tracking-unit-fiji.html

India is keen to set up a satellite monitoring station in Fiji and gradually turn it into a hub for sharing its space technology with the Pacific Island nations.

New Delhi is seeking to step up its presence in a region, where US, Japan and Australia compete with China for geo-strategic influence.

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to host leaders and representatives of 14 Pacific Island countries in New Delhi and Jaipur this week; India will offer to share its space technology applications, particularly for weather forecasting and disaster risk reduction and management.

Presidents and Prime Ministers of nine countries – Fiji, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tuvalu and Vanuatu – will attend the second summit of Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC). Vice-President from Micronesia and Deputy Prime Minister from Solomon Islands will also take part in the conclave. Cook Islands, Kiribati and Tonga will be represented by ministers and senior officials.The first summit of FIPIC was held in Suva in November 2014 when Modi was on a visit to the capital of Fiji.

The second FIPIC summit in New Delhi and Jaipur may see India and the Pacific Island nations seeking to step up space cooperation.

Officials told Deccan Herald that India would offer to share with the small island nations its experience in using space technology applications in communication as well as to “improve the quality of life of people”. A mechanism for sharing data collected by satellites for monitoring climate change, disaster risk reduction and resource management may be discussed in the summit in Jaipur.

All the 14 Pacific Island nations have high climate change vulnerability and are also prone to natural disasters.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) had stationed a team of scientists in Fiji to track its Mars Orbiter Mission Mangalyaan after its launch from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in November 2013.

Sources said that if Isro could set up a permanent tracking station in Fiji, it would not have to depend on Australia and US to monitor satellites over the Pacific. The tracking station in Fiji will help Isro track satellites and vehicles launched from India. It will, however, be an important strategic asset in a region, where China is steadily expanding its geo-strategic influence

Pair jailed for Premier League football fraud

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/20/pair-jailed-for-premier-league-football-fraud/

Fraudsters who illegally sold on access to Premier League football coverage have been jailed following a joint investigation by Surrey Police and the Federation Against Copyright Theft (FACT).

Simon Hopkins and Leon Passlow were sentenced at Guildford Crown Court on Wednesday August 19 having earlier pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud between January 2008 and September 2012, in a prosecution by the Football Association Premier League (FAPL).

Specialist officers from the Force’s Economic Crime Unit and FACT worked together to uncover the scam which defrauded broadcaster Sky which has the majority of the rights to the coverage of the Premier League competition which is run by the FAPL.

The fraud represented a loss of earnings to Sky of £591,000.

Hopkins and Passlow ran a company in Bagshot in the southeast of England which obtained hundreds of domestic-use only Sky cards, using hundreds of fake names, and long addresses in an attempt for their scam to go unnoticed.

Those cards were then sold on to commercial premises, including pubs, betting shops and yachts.

Although the companies paid a large one-off premium for the cards, they made huge savings on their monthly fees in the long run. They were also under strict instructions not to contact Sky directly or they would face having subscription cancelled.

The investigation started in May 2012 following complaints made to the FAPL from broadcasters and members of the public about the company – Digicam International Ltd (DIL) – who were also advertising their services on the Internet.

DIL’s website and paperwork given to subscribers carried warning messages not to contact the broadcaster directly or it would ‘kill your subscription’.

The defendants’ homes were searched in September 2012 where payslips and paperwork was found that showed DIL had a turnover of almost £2 million a year. The company based in High Street, Bagshot was also searched and had signs on the walls warning that legal action would be taken against anybody associated with the FAPL or FACT entering the property.

Detective Sergeant Chris Rambour from Surrey Police’s Economic Crime Unit said: “This was a complex investigation which involved working closely with our partners to see that these criminals were put behind bars. This was a carefully planned and executed operation which has required some painstaking investigation by our officers and partners. I hope this demonstrates our determination and reassures the public that we will leave no stone unturned to put offenders before the courts. We will now be pursuing further action under the Proceeds of Crime Act to confiscate any assets acquired by the defendants as a result of these offences,” he confirmed.

A Premier League Spokesman said: “A three and a half year custodial sentence sends a clear message: supplying systems which enable unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football to be made in commercial premises is illegal. The supplier in this case – Digicams – was fraudulently selling cards intended for home use to commercial premises to enable unauthorised broadcasts of Premier League football. This judgement serves as a reminder to the pub industry, and other businesses which show live football, that Sky Sports and BT Sport are the only authorised broadcasters of live Premier League football in the UK. We would like to thank Surrey Police’s Economic Crime Unit, and FACT, as their skilled investigation made the successful prosecution of this complex and large scale fraud possible.”

Hopkins, 47, of Park Road, Stoke Poges, Slough, Berkshire and Passlow 58, of Broomfield Drive, Ascot, Berkshire were both sentenced to three and a half years each.

VIDI partners with Samsung Smart TV to deliver VOD directly to TV

From http://www.screenafrica.com/page/news/new_med/1653674-VIDI-partners-with-Samsung-Smart-TV-to-deliver-VOD-directly-to-TV#.VdXcBHkViUl

South Africa's premiere video-on-demand (VOD) service, VIDI, is the first to present the local market with a streaming Smart TV app. It was announced on 19 August 2015, that VIDI is partnering with Samsung Smart TV to provide easy access to hours of TV series and feature films.

Viewers prefer watching their home entertainment on their wide screen televisions and now, with no effort, audiences can enjoy hours of top-class VIDI entertainment on their television sets. The Samsung Smart TV app allows consumers to enjoy premium entertainment directly on their TV. Users will receive one month's free access to the subscription and transactional VOD provider's more than 3500 television episodes and 400 movie titles.

VIDI spokesperson Janene Matsukis explains the many features and benefits of this pioneering television application: “VIDI is internet television built for South Africans. It’s an affordable and easy-to-use VOD service that enables users to binge-watch marathon sessions of their favourite TV series and movies as and when they want, advert-free and schedule-free. It also allows personalised profiles to enable parental control for children.”

The VIDI app is already pre-loaded on every Samsung Smart TV model from 2013 to the present so that accessing VIDI is as simple as switching on your TV, connecting and watching a movie or a series on the spot. For Samsung customers, it’s like having another premium TV and movie channel. Models from 2012 will follow suit shortly.

Matsukis says that Samsung is the ideal partner for VIDI, “As the first South African company to launch a VOD streaming service, VIDI understands what local consumers want. It is important for us to provide our service directly on TV screens as it meets a consumer demand for no cables, no hassle and no fuss. Samsung is the television industry leader and is at the forefront of pushing online streaming TV and video, so they were the ideal partner for us.”

(Craig's comment, yet another OTT service for those with Samsung TV's)

ISRO: GSAT-6 communication satellite to be launched on August 27

From http://www.thenewsreports.com/isro-gsat-6-communication-satellite-to-be-launched-on-august-27/24097/megha-kedia

Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 carrying India’s latest communication satellite GSAT-6 will be launched on August 27, Indian Space Research Organisation announced on Wednesday.

ISRO said the launch of GSLV-D6 carrying GSAT-6 is scheduled at 1652 hours from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.

ISRO chairman A S Kiran Kumar had earlier said that the satellite would be for strategic application.

“It will give you a capability with very small hand held device to communicate, so like a small mobile you can communicate directly through the satellite to any other part, because the antenna size is very large, so it has got a signal grasping power much larger,” Kumar had said earlier.

K Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, had said that cost of the 2.5 tonne vehicle would be around Rs 250 crore, adding that the launch of GSAT 6 is expected to give a huge impetus in the field of communication sector in the country.


Feeds seen today

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IS 19 12560 V Sr 7500 Fec 5/6 DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA.."Backpage" live|

Asiasat 5 3910H 15000 FTA Comes up as SYD HD ENC 1 Danny Green Fight

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Extra channels up. Intelsat 18 Ku now scans in 95 TV channels.
FTA are now:
11154 H 28587 Contrib Caledoni, Retour N Caledoni, Retour Polynesie and 2 France 24.
Added FTA are 11074 H 45000 Canal+ HD French as usual, 1080i, H264, AC3.
and 10994 H 45000 "no name" which is blank? unknown, H264, AC3

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NSS 9 177.0W 4103 R "France 24 Français, MSNBC, Fox News Channel, CNBC US, Sky News International, BBC World News, Sky Sports News HQ UK, Sport 24, Prime US and Prime Telly" have started on, PowerVu.(these have been there for a while and being viewed via the Powervu hack)

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Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V "Big Deal TV, Dharm Sangeet and Namostute India" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "R Film, Miti 4, Pop TV, PB Channel, Giffarine Channel, World Buddhist TV, Ping Channel, Topline TV, White Channel, Dara Channel, @TV, Umm TV, Hero Channel, Suwannabhumi Channel, Zabb Channel and Man TV " are Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3545 V "Dude Travel Channel has replaced Travel & Beyond" on , BISS.

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东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Now、Animal Show(泰国)等频道新增,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。[08-19]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,3 HD 1、Thairath TV HD 1(高清)等频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。[08-19]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Sony APL替换SET India(印度)频道,设置11150 V 28500参数免费接收。[08-19]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,House Full Movies替换DD Uttar Pradesh(印度)频道,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。[08-19]
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东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TV Maldives(马尔代夫)等全组频道消失,设置4059 V 7857参数无效接收。[08-19]

东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,AMA Channel(菲律宾)频道重现,设置12645 V 2893参数免费接收。 [8月18日]
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Seven and Foxtel bid big for AFL despite pressure on profit

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/comment-and-analysis/seven-and-foxtel-bid-big-for-afl-despite-pressure-on-profit-20150819-gj2o9r.html

There is much more competition for viewers today than there was even a few years ago.

How is it that Australia's two big footy codes have managed to push the two big free-to-air television networks and pay-TV operator Foxtel to pay a bundle for the rights to televise their games?

After all, there is no apparent competition in the room and sellers are forced do a deal.

Nine Network was the only real bidder for the NRL but has agreed for the five years starting 2018 to pay double what it is forking out – albeit for additional games and digital rights.

It remains to be seen whether Nine and Seven can makes these deals work.

This week Seven did an equally nosebleed-high deal with the AFL – and it had not even the whiff of competition, given Nine had already exhausted its football budget on the NRL.

But the prize for the most desperate broadcaster in Australia would probably go to Foxtel. It got a reasonable package of AFL games but paid more than the upper end of expectations.

Any notion that these broadcasters are throwing cash around at football codes because they have plenty in their coffers is patently not the case.

Indeed, Seven West Media's results on Wednesday, and a recent earnings revision from Nine, demonstrate very clearly the earnings pressure on the free-to-air TV networks.

But this pressure does perversely explain the counter-intuitive need for the networks to pay top dollar for the premium sport programs that attract huge audiences. (Ten's constrained financial position rules it out of being a proper contender.)

Thanks to the government's anti-siphoning laws, the free-to-air broadcasters are the only bidders allowed in the room for the top premium football matches in both codes – the pay-television industry can exclusively broadcast only the second-tier games.

But there is much more competition for viewers today than there was even a few years ago, due to the mushrooming of new digital subscription services and the need for free-to-air operators to keep viewers loyal.

Foxtel is in an even more precarious position. At this stage, it is the only pay-TV service that is offering big licks of sport, and risks losing some of its subscriber base if it doesn't cover off on a comprehensive selection of games – those shown on free to air and those that are not.

Foxtel needed to pay top dollar for AFL rights, in part because it was dealt out of a good package on the NRL last week.

Given the slightly detail-light information announced this week, it appears Foxtel's deal with the AFL cost it $1.25 billion over six years, or 67 per cent more than it pays now. It isn't a straight apples-versus-apples comparison because there seems to be an extra game thrown in.

It will still buy NRL games but has declared AFL has its footy centrepiece.

It is the desperation of Foxtel, Nine and Seven that puts the NRL and the AFL in such a strong negotiating position

Ultimately, it remains to be seen whether Nine and Seven can makes these deals work by commanding more advertising revenue or whether they ultimately become loss-leading investments in their brands.

The investment banking analysts with expertise in the industry have differing views on this. When Nine announced the NRL deal, its shares were marked down. Seven West Media's shares fell on Wednesday morning despite the fact that the fall in 2015 profit was not as bad as investors were expecting.

Across the board, free-to-air networks are in a desperate race to get costs out of their business. Seven demonstrated on Wednesday that it was making good strides in this regard.

Seven West Media (which operates the Seven Network and West Australian newspaper assets) reported underlying net profit was down 11.5 per cent for the 2015 financial year after a 3.1 per cent fall in TV revenue, a 13.3 per cent decline in newspaper advertising and near-5 per cent decline in magazines.

This is despite the fact that it has a print monopoly in Western Australia and the top-rating television network across the country.

Despite a lacklustre year in advertising revenue in 2015, Seven West expects television revenue will experience low single-digit growth in 2016, and the rate of decline in newspaper advertising should start to abate.

It said any increase in costs should come in below CPI, leading to underlying group earnings before interest and tax falling 5-10 per cent

Netflix 'can't compete' with Foxtel

From http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2015/8/19/media-and-digital/netflix-cant-compete-foxtel

Foxtel chief Richard Freudenstein has fired a shot across Netflix’s bows, saying the US streaming giant cannot afford to bid against the pay-TV provider for films and dramas as the content market heats up.

“While Netflix produces a growing number of its own good quality shows, which it can afford based on its scale in the US, it will never be able to acquire the range of first-run content that Foxtel can,” Mr Freudenstein said.

“It’s a simple matter of economics. At $15 per month, there is a limited amount of programming that any SVOD service can buy.”

Speaking at the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce earlier today, Mr Freudenstein said a growing crop of streaming services, including Stan, a joint venture between Nine Network and Fairfax Media, were a long way from producing a meaningful amount of revenue, even if the upper end of recent subscriber growth estimates are accurate.

“Think about it. Even if the speculation is correct about SVOD numbers in Australia and even if all those customers were paying, the total revenue for all SVOD services would be only around $150 million per year,” Mr Freudenstein said.

“That doesn’t provide much for programming investment compared to Foxtel’s or free-to-air programming budgets.”

By bundling channels across different genres such as sport, news, drama, entertainment, movies and movies, cable and satellite broadcasters can defray the cost of acquiring expensive programming, aggregating content in affordable subscription packages — a model many unprofitable streaming services, including Netflix, have struggled to replicate.

And despite exaggerated claims Netflix would kill Foxtel’s growth, the subscription-TV provider has prospered since the US streaming giant’s gate crashed the Australian market in March.

Foxtel subscribers surged 9 per cent in the year ended June 30, its highest growth for years, while churn, the rate at which customers opted out, lowered to 10.9 per cent, from 12.5 per cent.

Although the rise of the internet is disrupting media businesses, Foxtel, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary, has positioned itself to endure and even profit from disruption, launching streaming service Presto in partnership with Seven Network.

“One way to challenge disrupters is to take them on at exactly their own game,” Mr Freudenstein said.

“Presto, thanks to the program acquiring strength of Foxtel and Seven, has the best and most recent range of content of any of the SVOD services.

“We will continue to invest in Presto and are very confident that it will be a success story of the new world of media. For people who love sport, who love quality drama, who love Australian programs or who want a width and depth of content across all genres, Foxtel is the answer.”

But while Mr Freudenstein said Netflix and other streaming rivals would struggle to secure must-see, first-run premium drama and Hollywood movies, he said these digital insurgents still had their place in the media ecosystem as complementary services alongside cable and satellite operators.

“That doesn’t mean that there is no room for other services,” he said. “Many commentators approach the media market as if it were a zero sum game: Netflix wins, Foxtel loses.

“But as recent Roy Morgan research points out, and as a report just published by Citi argues, that’s simply not the case. There will be significant growth for both Foxtel and SVOD services in the coming years,” Mr Feudenstein says.

“I believe that in the future a vast majority of Australian homes will have either Foxtel or an SVOD service and many homes will have both.

“It’s a positive for Foxtel that more people have started to pay for television. By subscribing to an SVOD service they will come to see what they are missing out on, in both the range of content available and the convenience of watching where and when they want.”

Turnbull allows Aussie TV stations to broadcast in HD

From http://delimiter.com.au/2015/08/19/turnbull-allows-aussie-tv-stations-to-broadcast-in-hd/

news Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has introduced a bill which would allow Australia’s free to air television stations to broadcast their primary channel in high definition, in a long-awaited move which will finally unlock the full potential of Australia’s huge fleet of HD-capable television screens.

Australia has one of the highest penetrations of televisions capable of high-definition broadcast (720p or 1080p) in the world, and experienced a short-lived love affair with HD broadcast several years back as the major TV stations operated some HD channels in parallel with their normal standard definition primary channel.

However, regulatory changes associated with the release of the digital dividend spectrum freed up by the closure of the old analogue broadcasting system forced free to air broadcasters to nominate a SD channel as their primary service. This left a situation where only SBS operated a full HD subsidiary channel.

In practice, what this has meant is that Australians have for a number of years not been able to watch free to air HD content on their HD televisions. The issue has been a specific point of aggravation for the sport-loving community. Television stations, too, have been in favour of removing the requirement to broadcast in SD, and have been actively lobbying to achieve this end.

This morning Minister Turnbull tabled a bill in Federal Parliament which would clear up the situation, dubbed The Broadcasting Legislation Amendment (Primary Television Broadcasting Service) Bill 2015. The Minister stated (watch or read his full speech online):

“At present, free-to-air broadcasters are required to provide their primary television service in standard definition. This is a relic of the analog era, introduced at the start of the digital television switchover process to ensure that viewers would have access to at least one digital channel per broadcaster. At the time not all televisions and set-top boxes were capable of receiving high-definition content.”

“High-definition television equipment is now virtually ubiquitous in Australian homes. A Newspoll survey conducted in February 2014, after the completion of the digital switch-over process, found that 96 per cent of all households had a main television set or set-top box that was capable of receiving high-definition content. It is expected that this figure has grown, with high-definition capability standard in televisions and set-top boxes currently on the market.”
“With the completion of digital switch-over and the availability of a range of new television services, many Australians now expect premium free-to-air programming to be provided in high definition—especially events such as live sports.”

“The bill responds to these developments and amends the Broadcasting Services Act 1992, giving TV networks the flexibility to broadcast the primary service in either in either standard or high definition. It does not change any other existing arrangements regarding the primary service such as captioning, Australian content or anti-siphoning requirements.”

The bill is expected to pass through Federal Parliament relatively rapidly with multi-partisan support. Some figures within Labor — notably lower house MP Ed Husic — have publicly advocated for the changes.


This is fantastic news for all Australians, and I cannot congratulate Minister Turnbull enough on introducing this legislation. For years it has been a ridiculous situation where Australians have not been able to watch free to air HD content on their HD television screens.

This introduction of this bill also shows that Minister Turnbull is open to listening to the wider community in Australia on common sense matters. The free to air television stations and their representatives have been lobbying for this change for some time. It’s a relatively minor legislative change that will make a huge difference to the TV viewing experience in Australia, and a huge difference to the ability of the free to air TV stations to compete with emerging platforms and pay TV giant Foxtel.

Congratulations to the Government for this move, and also those in the Opposition, such as Ed Husic, who also pushed for this change.

One quite note: I wouldn’t expect the TV stations to make this change instantly, once the legislation passes. They will slowly start broadcasting programs in HD, but it won’t all happen overnight. It will be a drip feed of content coming through in HD that will increase in percentage over time. This is to be expected.

Aircom Pacific Leases Multiple Transponders across AsiaSat Fleet for delivery of in-flight entertainment and connectivity services

From Press Release

Hong Kong, 19 August 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) has reached an agreement with in-flight entertainment and connectivity service provider Aircom Pacific, Inc. (Aircom Pacific) for using AsiaSat’s transponder capacity and uplinking services.
Under the agreement, Aircom Pacific will use Ka-band and Ku-band capacity on AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8 to deliver its in-flight entertainment and connectivity services for airlines flying routes over Asia. These services include Wifi broadband Internet, streaming TV and videos, streaming gaming, cellular connectivity, and real-time Duty Free shopping and travel services, enabling passengers to enjoy more comprehensive entertainment options during their flight while staying connected to their work and social networks at all times.
“We chose AsiaSat as our satellite partner because it offers us the capacity, coverage and expertise in aero services necessary to ensure a successful implementation in the coming calendar year. The airline industry is intensely competitive. In-flight entertainment and connectivity will be the key for airlines to achieve differentiation and to boost passenger loyalty. Working with AsiaSat to launch this brand new range of in-flight services, we anticipate providing our partner airlines better value, improved and more convenient services to their passengers,” said Alan Gallant, Chief Marketing Officer of Aircom Pacific.
“Advanced satellite solutions are playing an increasingly important role in enabling in-flight service providers and airlines to offer the best possible entertainment and connectivity solution to their passengers. We are excited that AsiaSat’s satellite capacity was selected by Aircom Pacific to deliver more sophisticated in-flight communications and entertainment services that meet passengers’ growing demand for higher-quality entertainment and connectivity,” said Philip Balaam, Vice President, Sales and Business Development of AsiaSat.

About Aircom Pacific, Inc.

Aircom Pacific is a telecom service provider specializing in total system integration. Offering industry leading hardware and software, Aircom Pacific delivers in-flight entertainment and commerce options to airline and ground partners that were not an option in the past. By tailoring each system to suit the needs of the customer, Aircom Pacific provides video, audio, gaming, shopping and communications services that are most sought after throughout the world.

About AsiaSat

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 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
Sabrina Cubbon, VP, Marketing & Global Accounts Winnie Pang, Manager, Corporate Affairs
Tel: (852) 2500 0899 Tel: (852) 2500 0880
Mobile: (852) 9097 1210 Email: wpang@asiasat.com
Email: scubbon@asiasat.com

Aircom Pacific, Inc.
Alan Gallant, Chief Marketing Officer
Tel: (886) 987 572 215
Email: alangallant@aircom4u.com
Bunny Wu, Managing Director HK
Tel: (852) 3188 1036
Email: bunnywu@aircom4u.com

Cisco cleans up “messy” H.265/HEVC codecs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/17/cisco-clean-up-messy-h-265hevc-codecs/

Cisco is in the process of releasing ‘Thor’, not a new ‘super-hero’ or even a new satellite from Telenor, but what will eventually be a new codec.

‘Thor’ is intended to be a complete replacement for the cluster of complex patents covering the improved compression offered by HEVC and MPEG-LA and HEVC-Advance solutions, which Cisco says can end up costing users up to 16 times more than H.264.

The news emerged in Large Display Monitor (LDM) which in a piece by news editor Tom Allen states that the usual terms of licensing the various patents also severely limits how they are used. LDM quotes Cisco’s CTO Jon Rosenberg saying: “The industry needs a high quality, next generation codec that can be used everywhere.”

Cisco is inviting codec developers and users to comment on its work and has also submitted the source code to the Internet Engineering Task Force which is also working towards a next-gen royalty free video codec as part of the NetVC working party.

However, Rosenberg is also somewhat hedging his bets by admitted that any sort of final codec is “probably” years away, quotes LDM. Cisco’s outline project was released in late-July to a small group of specialist developers.

EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 set for Ariane 5 launch

From news

Arianespace's fourth flight of its heavy-lift Ariane 5 this year - and the company's seventh mission overall in 2015 - is a "go" for liftoff on Thursday, August 20, following today's launch readiness review at the Spaceport in French Guiana.

The review - known by the French acronym RAL (for "Revue d'Aptitude au Lancement") - is one of the final steps in every Arianespace launch campaign. This latest RAL confirmed the readiness of the workhorse Ariane 5 vehicle, its dual payload of the EUTELSAT 8 West B and Intelsat 34 telecommunications satellites, the French Guiana launch site's infrastructure, and the downrange tracking station network.

All is ready for Ariane 5's rollout tomorrow from the Spaceport's Final Assembly Building to the ELA-3 launch zone for a Thursday liftoff on a flight of just under 42 minutes from the South American liftoff to deployment of its two satellites into geostationary transfer orbit.

The upcoming mission for two long-time Arianespace customers - Eutelsat and Intelsat - carries the designation Flight VA225 to signify the 225th launch of an Ariane-series vehicle.

EUTELSAT 8 West B is positioned as the upper passenger on Ariane 5, and will be released first during the flight. This 5.8-metric-ton-class relay platform was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, and is designed to bring powerful new satellite broadcasting resources to the Middle East and North Africa - primarily to serve direct-to-home markets. It also will introduce a C-band mission to the 8 deg. West orbital slot, covering the African continent and reaching to South America.

Riding as Ariane 5's lower passenger is the 3.3-metric-ton Intelsat 34, which will be utilized by Intelsat for the media distribution requirements of leading programmers for Latin America. This Space Systems Loral-built (SSL) relay platform also will support advanced broadband coverage for maritime and aeronautical providers serving the North Atlantic. Intelsat 34 will operate from an orbital slot of 304.5 deg. East

Hinduja's NXT Digital to invest $20 mn to roll out HITS service

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/hindujas-nxt-digital-to-invest-20-million-to-rollout-hits-service-115081800857_1.html

NXT Digital offers white label and full services to last-mile operators and multi-system operators

Grant Investrade Limited, a subsidiary of Hinduja Ventures Limited, is lining up an investment of $20 million to roll out its headend-in-the-sky (HITS) digital TV service under the NXT Digital brand by the end of this financial year, said its managing director Tony D'Silva.

The company has so far invested $80 million in setting up a broadcast centre in Noida and developing COPE (cable operators' premises equipment). NXT Digital offers white label and full services to last-mile operators (LMOs or cable operators) and multi-system operators (MSOs).

Competing with direct-to-home (DTH) players, NXT Digital will offer 500 MPEG-4 encrypted channels and local channel insertions through standard and high-definition set-top-boxes (STBs). NXT Digital services will be rolled out by the end of this month.

"Within the first few weeks of going to market in Phase-III and Phase-IV areas, where over 80 million households are yet to be digitised, NXT Digital has already been signed up to reach one million analog TV households through LMOs and MSOs," D'Silva told mediapersons here on Tuesday.

The NXT Digital service will offer TV channels to cable operators through satellite instead of the traditional headend, where multitudes of satellite dishes and antennas are used to grab cable stations from dozens of communication satellites.

Stating that Grant Investrade has tied up with technology partners like Thaicom-7 for satellite C-band transponders, Nagriavision DLK for conditional access system-embedded platform, OpenTV1 for middleware and Hansen Technologies for subscription management and billing solutions, D'Silva said the company had signed an agreement with a Maharashtra-based manufacturer for STBs.

Dish TV unveils VOD movie service DishFlix

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/dish-tv-unveils-vod-movie-service-dishflix-150818

NEW DELHI: Dish TV has launched a video on demand service that – unlike IPTV – works without the Internet and offers a choice of fifty English and Hindi films to choose from at any time.

While conceding that it was akin to the Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), which had been introduced without much success almost a decade earlier, Dish TV CEO R C Venkateish said that the difference was that DishFlix would work without the internet.

The new technology would require a small box costing Rs 5990 that will be attached to the set top box. Viewers can avail the service for a monthly fee of Rs 100. One film will be added every second day, making it a total of 15 new films every month. However, the total number of films would remain the same on the service.

Dish TV executive vice president Anjali Malhotra tells Indiantelevision.com that the company will be spending approximately Rs 20 - 25 crore in marketing the new product. DishFlix will be promoted on Zee and other channels as well as across theatres chains like PVR and INOX. Movie portals will also be seen sporting DishFlix ads.

While at launch the ratio of Hindi and English film on the service would be 70:30, other language films would be brought in at a later stage. The films were divided across five genres on DishFlix, informs Malhotra.

Dish TV MD Jawahar Goel informs that the new service would help curb piracy as lesser people would be templed to download films from the internet. Moreover, consumers could also bid goodbye to the problem of buffering caused by the slow Internet rate.

Venkateish added that this VOD version puts the power in the hands of the consumer. “It is a plug in service with films that would be completely free of advertisements,” he said.

Viewers will be able to pause, play, fast forward and rewind movies or TV shows at their own convenience. The service works sans any internet connection as the content will be pushed to the customer’s STB through satellite. Customers need to buy a DishFlix Box that comes preloaded with 50 movies. Out of these, 15 movies will be refreshed every month on first in first out basis so that the viewable movie library is always updated.


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东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Tara Muzik(印度)频道消失,设置4012 H 7200参数无效接收。[08-18]
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Oz SVoD battle claims first victim

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/18/oz-svod-battle-claims-first-victim/

The competition between SVoD providers in Australia has claimed its first casualty with digital movie and TV show store EzyFlix announcing its closure.

EzyFlix has posted a message on its website advising users that parent company Access Digital Entertainment had decided to close the website.

SVoD services such as EzyFlix and Quickflix have faced increased pressure since the launch of Netflix inthe Australian market in March, coupled with the emergence of Foxtel’s Presto service and Fairfax Media and Nine Entertainment-owned Stan.

Recent findings from Roy Morgan Research suggest that Netflix has hit 8 per cent of Australian homes reaching 737,000 household subscribers in July, some 1.89 million people.

According to the website message, movies rented or bought on the site will no longer be available. “If you have purchased or redeemed an UltraViolet title through EzyFlix these may be accessed through several other digital movie services,” it advises.

AFL’s Gillon McLachlan announces $2.5bn TV deal with Foxtel’s Rupert Murdoch

From http://rapidnewsnetwork.com/afl-s-gillon-mclachlan-announces-2-5bn-tv-deal-with-foxtel-s-rupert-murdoch/126464/

News Corp has joined with Seven West Media and Telstra to sign the biggest sports rights deal in Australian television history, securing vital pay-TV rights for Foxtel.

He was asked if it would affect the NRL deal and he said: “no, it won’t affect the NRL deal”.

The agreement dwarfs Channel Nine’s 5 million four-year deal with the NRL to broadcast four free-to-air games a week from 2018, although the NRL is hoping to add an extra $700 million to the bottom line with a Pay TV deal to come.

Channel 7 will broadcast matches in HD free-to-air from the start of the new deal in 2017.

The AFL has insisted it will continue to control the schedule for the sport.

Foxtel holds the right to sub-licence one game per round each weekend in the Saturday 3.20pm AEST timeslot to a free-to-air provider, if it chooses.

It followed a controversial “shutout” for the NRL’s broadcast rights, which led to Murdoch’s intervention in the AFL’s negotiations.

Nine, which bought the Nine stations in Perth and Adelaide two years ago as part of a deal under which it paid $450 million over five years for cricket rights, could be in the market for rights to live AFL matches featuring the teams from those two cities.

AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick was understandably pleased with the deal.

In what could easily be interpreted as a dig at the NRL for its deal with Nine, Rupert Murdoch said “We always believed this was the premium code in Australia”.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson also sent a warning to the NRL by declaring the company would do everything it could to help AFL’s expansion into league’s heartland. “If you watch it on a Telstra Network, it will be even better again but we’re very much looking forward to continuing to provide you with the technology and the digital innovation that is going to transform the experience of fans watching AFL footy in the future”. Given the affiliation it will likely have with Foxtel (ACCC approval pending) they would be a good chance to get back into the AFL broadcasting scene for the first time since 2011.

The new deal confirms the current 22-game home-and-away season and finals format across the life of the agreement.

Kerry Stokes said the 2017 season would be broadcast in high definition on Seven and he’s looking to overcome the technological hurdles to introduce it in the 2016 season.

Kerry Stokes, Chairman of Seven West Media, said: “Seven and the Australian Football League have a long-standing and deep connection. We will continue to bring world class digital experiences to our supporters and members wherever they are consuming AFL content”.

CNN Indonesia goes on air

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/cnn-indonesia-goes-on-air-150817

MUMBAI: CNN Indonesia began broadcasting today

From brand new state-of-the-art news facilities located in the Transmedia broadcast centre in Jakarta, CNN Indonesia will offer viewers a mix of national and international news, plus the latest in business and sport in Bahasa Indonesia.

The start of CNN Indonesia TV follows the launch of CNNIndonesia.com in October last year. The digital platform is an integral component of the CNN Indonesia brand with the ability to reach Indonesians at home and abroad.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said, “This is an incredibly important day for us. To be able to extend our footprint locally and reach millions of Indonesians is hugely exciting and humbling. We are confident Transmedia will deliver first-class content that appeals to Indonesians all across the country.”

Turner Broadcasting International president Gerhard Zeiler added, “Turner is committed to Indonesia and committed to growth and development in the Asia-Pacific region. We welcome CNN Indonesia to the family and look forward to a long and successful partnership.”

CNN Indonesia is part of a strategic effort by CNN International Commercial’s Content Sales and Partnerships Group. Its core business is to explore ways to reach more consumers locally, regionally and internationally by partnering with other leading media organisations. CNN Indonesia is the latest addition to the CNN family that includes CNN Philippines, CNN Turk and CNN Chile.

(Craig's comment, in the Telkomvision mux @108E)

NOAA Signs First US Government Deal With SES for O3b High Throughput Solution

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/NOAA_Signs_First_US_Government_Deal_With_SES_for_O3b_High_Throughput_Solution_999.html

Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) has agreed to a one year contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to provide O3b Networks' services and ground equipment to the National Weather Service Office (WSO) in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

NOAA's WSO supports the National Weather Service (NWS) mission to provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property. The WSO also provides critically important tropical cyclone warning information to portions of the Pacific.

The contract allows NOAA to expand their broadband connectivity outside the continental U.S. to facilitate the wider dissemination of weather and data forecasting.

The O3b ground equipment and services at WSO Pago Pago will be key elements of NOAA's communications link to meet these mission requirements. This particular implementation will enhance NOAA's existing terrestrial connectivity with the use of O3b's high throughput and low latency bandwidth.

An uninterrupted high-speed data connection between the NOAA station at Pago Pago and the primary Pacific NWS center on Ford Island in Honolulu, HI is essential for NOAA to update forecast models and issue safety warnings in near real-time.

Many Big Data files are transferred between the two stations, including weather maps and seismic sensor data. By connecting over the O3b constellation, NOAA can accelerate their analysis while reducing reaction times to weather or seismic events.

The addition of O3b's 'fiber in the sky' solution to NOAA's current ground network is a prime example of how O3b's capabilities can enhance the U.S. Government's current data dissemination networks

Pago Pago Office Of NOAA To Receive O3b Services Via SES Government Services Contract

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=1007156477

[SatNews] Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) has agreed to a one year contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) to provide O3b Networks’ services and ground equipment to the National Weather Service Office (WSO) in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

NOAA’s WSO supports the National Weather Service (NWS) mission to provide weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property. The WSO also provides critically important tropical cyclone warning information to portions of the Pacific.

The contract allows NOAA to expand their broadband connectivity outside the continental U.S. to facilitate the wider dissemination of weather and data forecasting. The O3b ground equipment and services at WSO Pago Pago will be key elements of NOAA’s communications link to meet these mission requirements. This particular implementation will enhance NOAA’s existing terrestrial connectivity with the use of O3b’s high throughput and low latency bandwidth.

An uninterrupted high-speed data connection between the NOAA station at Pago Pago and the primary Pacific NWS center on Ford Island in Honolulu, HI is essential for NOAA to update forecast models and issue safety warnings in near real-time. Many Big Data files are transferred between the two stations, including weather maps and seismic sensor data. By connecting over the O3b constellation, NOAA can accelerate their analysis while reducing reaction times to weather or seismic events.

The addition of O3b’s ‘fiber in the sky’ solution to NOAA’s current ground network is a prime example of how O3b’s capabilities can enhance the U.S. Government’s current data dissemination networks.

Illegal Dubai operator hit with fine

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/18/illegal-dubai-operator-hit-with-fine/

The Dubai Court has imposed a fine of Dh50,000 (€12,300) on a distributor of UKTV Abroad packages, an unlicensed and unauthorised IPTV service in the UAE.

Pay-TV operator OSN filed a copyright infringement complaint against the service provider, with the Dubai Criminal Investigation Department (CID) subsequently carrying out a raid and subsequently bringing court proceedings against the distributor.

The court ordered that all the digital set-top boxes/decoders confiscated from the vendor be destroyed. The dealer, a British national, can appeal the ruling within 10 days.

David Butorac, chief executive officer of OSN, noted that the pay-TV operator and the authorities have stepped up measures to make the public aware and clamp down on illegal operators.

“This is a major victory in our fight against the new and evolving forms of television piracy. It reiterates that distributing and accessing illegal IPTV services is a crime punishable by law. The court ruling will serve as a deterrent for other such providers and also help strengthen awareness among the public about IPTV piracy,” he declared.

“The UAE’s TV industry is rich and varied with several providers offering legal access to high quality Western content. Illegal IPTV services affect providers who are investing significantly in bringing such content and causing loss to the economy,”he added.

OSN has been leading efforts to curb TV piracy through its ‘Do the Right Thing’ initiative, which warns against the illegal reception of copyrighted programming.

Going Up! Elevator to Space Just Became Real

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Going_Up!_Elevator_to_Space_Just_Became_Real_999.html

A Canadian company has earned a US patent on a free-standing, inflatable 12-mile-high elevator that may revolutionize the future of space travel, and may even provide new opportunities for tourism.

Thoth Technology Inc. is a private Canadian company which normally specializes in miniaturized and light-weight gadgets for outer space. But the space company is now aiming for something much bigger, and has just earned a patent to make it happen: A 12-mile-high elevator structure that will make the current tallest building in the world - Dubai's 3,000 ft high Bourj Khalifa - seem tiny in comparison.

According to Fastcoexist.com, the pneumatically pressurized space elevator will consist of shafts that are made up of inflatable segments, and will have cars running up and down the tower. Instead of using cables, however, these cars will run on either wheels or an electromagnetic drive. The purpose of the project, according to a statement released by Thoth, is to design a more efficient way to launch astronauts into space than rocket-ships.

"The technology offers an exciting new way to access space using completely reusable hardware and saving more than 30% of the fuel of a conventional rocket," the statement read.

The idea is that launching payload from a platform that is already 12-miles over the Earth's surface will require significantly less energy. By contrast, rocket ships expend a lot of energy, as they "must counter the gravitational force during the flight by carrying mass in the form of propellant and must overcome atmospheric drag," inventor Brian Quine explained in the patent.

"Astronauts would ascent to 20 kilometers [12 miles] by the electrical elevator," he added. "From the top of the tower, space planes will launch in a single stage to orbit, returning to the top of the tower for refueling or reflight."

Instead of carrying mass to propel them into outer space, the elevator will take astronauts to the stratosphere, beyond the so-called "Armstrong Limit," where atmospheric pressure is extremely low, from where they can be launched into the orbit.

Thoth CEO Caroline Roberts has high hopes for the project, saying it will revolutionize space travel, and how we think about it.

"Landing on a barge at sea level is a great demonstration," she said. "But landing at 12 miles above sea level will make space flight more like taking a passenger jet."

What's more, the patent suggests that the new project provides opportunities for tourism. For instance, the structure's platforms could house hotels, with incredibly views from varying altitudes. The tower can also be used by skydivers.

Thoth isn't the only company working on a space elevator, the idea has long been considered as an alternative to rocket ships. It has gained so much support, in fact, that a Space Elevator conference is scheduled for the end of the month in Seattle. The Japanese Obayashi Corporation also has plans to build a space elevator that can reach a quarter of the way to the moon by 2050.


Saturday feeds
D2 12670 V Sr 6670 Horses
D2 12674 V Sr 15000 "Darts" BISS encrypted tagged as Darts, Could be for Sky NZ as they are showing Darts from W.A

Seen posted in NZ Forums

NZ SKY TV offering

FREE WEEK TRIAL - access code for www.fanpass.co.nz (Gets Sky sport 1,2,3,4 free streamed online ffor a week)


Hi everyone

I'm the Marketing Manager for FAN PASS and keen to get everyone on here trying it out. I invite you to enter the promo code FANPASSWEEK to get a free week trial. We are keen to here your feedback so if you could please let me know how your experience goes, if you have any issues etc. We can then assess and fix where possible.

Instructions for free week trial below:
Simply go to fanpass.co.nz
Register your details
Got to the subscribe tab - click on week pass
Enter the promo code (amount to pay should be $0)
Click on purchase and you should be ready to go
Then go to the 'SKYSPORT 1-4' tab to flick between the channels - note when you flick between channels there is a small delay and it could take a minute or 2 for the download quality to improve
Download the app and log-in to then watch it on your mobile, tablet or on your big screeen (Airplay, mirror or HDMI it).

The team at Nuelion will be available for live chat on the site when you need them.

Thanks and let me know how you go!!!

(Craig's comment, You can signup with this Free pass code and see Sky Sport 1,2,3,4 .. it may even work via HOLA or VPN)

From my Email

From saldav1
Weekend Asiasat 5 Feed log

4077 H SR 7200 $TV2NO SN69 NOR44 Cycling race through the mountains of NORWAY, (actual FTA.)
(Beautiful shots of NORWAY - what a treat to be able to take this feed FTA.)

4170 H SR 14240 GCUK Enc 5 Mobil 1 THE GRID wording on screen, then Motor Racing Show from Britain - starting at 14.30 UTC (FTA.)
3755 V SR 7120 ATL Enc 2 Premier Boxing Champions, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7500 $PGA Severe Weather ($Scrambled.)

(It will be interesting to see what happens with the weather for the Golf for Saturday - Play was suspended yesterday because of Severe Weather!)

3837 H SR 7199 Service Name Chinese Concert, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7200 M Picture of different shades of blue on screen, (FTA.)
(Shortest Feed name I have seen ever!)

3838 V SR 4699 Pingpong Chinese TV Channel with adds, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 5631 Ericsson Service CCTV Quan Jian Table Tennis, (FTA.)
4069 H SR 9875 $feed_B_GNVE_Fi11 ($Scrambled.)
4179 H SR 7199 $TUR 136 ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 IEC CRT OU1 ENC Fina.org Swimming World Cup, PARIS, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7500 TANDBERG Black pic. at the moment.
3755 V SR 7120 HD Enc 7 NO BISS USGA U.S. Women's Amateur Golf Championship (FOX SPORTS 1) from Portand, OREGON, (FTA.)

3876 H SR 7500 $GoodNight ($Scrambled.)
($GoodNight - feed - Sweet Dreams for the States!)

3746 V SR 6111 BNT DSNG MOD1 FIG RG DUNDEE WORLD CUP 2015 Rythymic Gymnastics from Sofia, BULGARIA, (FTA.)
3827 H SR 7199 First_service Chinese Slam Dunk Basketball Competition, (FTA.)
3845 H SR 7199 TXout-3 RXout-9 Hyundai Oilbank K-League Classic Soccer, (FTA.)
3854 H SR 7120 leshi Soccer from Japan, (FTA.)
3916 H SR 7199 WSG ENC2 HD Soccer from Japan, (FTA.)
3867 H SR 7200 D-451 Ascot Red Bull Plane Acrobatics from Ascot, UNITED KINGDOM, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7100 RUS-076 World TaekWondo GP fom Moscow, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Palapa D 113.0E 3818 V "Hangout" is now encrypted .
Palapa D 113.0E 4100 V "All Sports Network 2" has started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Animax East Asia and Sony Channel Asia" have started on , encrypted.
Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Blue Ocean Network, China Entertainment TV and Al Jazeera English" have left .

NSS 6 95.0E 11090 H "Nat Geo People Asia and Colors Infinity" have started on , Conax. ABN and Bag It Today have left.

ABS 2 75.0E 11045 H "Ani" has started on , Fta.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Millennium TV" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Magic TV" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "TV New" has started on , Fta.
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Channel UFX" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3742 V "Positive Health TV has replaced Subharti" on , Fta.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 4184 V Shagun TV, Colors Infinity, VH1 India and Comedy Central India have started on , Fta. NSN News Marathi has left.

From asiatvro site

东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,AMC替换MGM(印尼)频道,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-16]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,CNN HD替换Fox Sports 3(高清)频道,设置3620 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-16]
东经108度轨道位置的电信1号卫星C频段,Jelita(印尼)频道消失,设置3580 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-16]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星Ku频段,非凡新闻、台视新闻(台湾)等全组频道改频率,设置12542 H 3300参数免费接收。[08-16]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Gulf TV(高清)频道改格式,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。[08-16]
东经110.5度轨道位置的中星10号卫星C频段,港澳传媒(中国)频道消失,设置3698 V 2000参数无效接收。[08-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Net(印尼)频道消失,设置4006 V 6400参数无效接收。 [8月16日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Hangout(印尼)频道加密,设置3818 V 27500参数有条件接收。 [8月16日]

东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ani(俄罗斯)频道开播,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Ananda Bangla、Siyapatha TV(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [8月15日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,TV News、MK TV(MPEG-4)等频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Animax、Sony、AFC替换华娱卫视(Skynindo)等频道,设置4140 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-15]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera、RT(Ddish TV)频道新增,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[08-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,ASN 1、ASN 2替换AFC(Skynindo)等频道,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-15]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,English Club(Topas TV)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [8月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,TV BMW替换TR TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置3818 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,BNI Life 2(高清)频道开播,设置3792 H 3000参数免费接收。 [8月15日]
东经45度轨道位置的国际12号卫星Ku频段,天映经典替换Star Vijay(Dialog TV)频道,设置11632 V 27689参数有条件接收。 [8月15日]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Test En(测试)频道新增,设置12718 V 27500参数免费接收。 [8月15日]

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These are great and have been around a long time

UK and US

#EXTINF:0,Viasat Sport
#EXTINF:0,3Sport 1
#EXTINF:0,British Eurosport
#EXTINF:0,British Eurosport 2
#EXTINF:0,Sky Sports News
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#EXTINF:0,Fox 11 USA


AFL set to announce bumper TV deal

From http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/08/17/afl-set-announce-bumper-tv-deal

The AFL appears on the verge of announcing a new TV rights seal with current broadcasters Seven and Foxtel.

The AFL could confirm a new monster TV rights deal worth around $2 billion as early as Tuesday.

Channel Seven and Foxtel appear set to stay the league's broadcasters in a deal that might run for six years.

Under the new deal, the grand final will probably remain a day game despite a long-running push from broadcasters for it to be played at night.

The AFL's new deal will start in 2017 and run for at least five years.

The league struck the current five-year, $1.25 billion agreement less than a year before it started in 2012.

The new agreement comes a week after the NRL confirmed a new four-year agreement with the Nine Network.

The rugby league deal has accelerated negotiations for the AFL rights.

Nine's $925 million deal with the NRL will involve four free-to-air games per week.

The NRL hopes its total broadcast rights deal will be worth around $1.7 billion once a pay TV deal is reached.

Foxtel boxed into a corner as sport streaming takes hold

From http://www.startupsmart.com.au/technology/foxtel-boxed-into-a-corner-as-sport-streaming-takes-hold/2015081715319.html

The Nine Network this week secured the broadcast rights for the NRL, in a five year deal to start from 2018. This has removed the possibility of Foxtel and Ten establishing a combined bid for NRL, although the AFL rights are yet to be confirmed.

The deal will see Nine pay A$185 million annually for the NRL rights, which some argue will see Nine not place a bid for the new AFL rights. The amount Nine will pay could be lower if the NRL allows pay simulcasts of games, although Foxtel has not yet confirmed its interest.

Former NRL adviser Colin Smith was unimpressed, saying the rights deal announced by Nine and the NRL was disrespectful toward Fox Sports, a long-term broadcaster, and left them with “crap content”. He says the the public announcement of the deal, before “ever going to market properly”, could make it more difficult for the NRL to secure a deal with Foxtel.

Digital is the future

One of the biggest surprise shifts to come from the new deal is associated with digital rights. As part of Nine’s deal it has secured the streaming rights, with no confirmation how this will impact the previously titled “digital rights”.

It comes as Telstra this week revealed growth in streaming of both AFL and NRL games which “increased by over 70 per cent and 100 per cent respectively in the past year”.

Nine boss David Gyngell has said the NRL deal is “transformational” because it enables “viewers to see the best of the NRL, live and free, four days per week, anywhere, on any device”.

This statement in itself shows commercial television broadcasters are no longer solely concerned about TV content being viewed on TV sets. Content is king, regardless of the platform it is viewed upon. It also shows that live sport, as many have already argued, will be a key contributor in the future success of free-to-air broadcasters, particularly in Australia.

What about digital rights?

If Nine is to hold the streaming rights, what does this means for the digital rights currently held by Telstra?

It appears from the NRL’s CEO, Dave Smith, that digital won’t be segregated in the same way it has for previous rights deals. Smith says:

“By 2018, the digital world will be very different and we want to be in the best possible position to take advantage of any changes. So negotiations with the pay-TV and digital providers will continue and, again, our focus will be on ensuring the most widespread coverage on whatever platform fans choose to watch rugby league.”

Recent reports are making it unclear as to how Telstra will approach the new rights of both the NRL and AFL. It has been reported that Telstra will pull back from paying any big fees to gain the rights for both codes. In addition, it could be that Telstra doesn’t make a bid at all, yet could still be able to stream games via its services.

Sports subscriptions

There are various ways Telstra could still stream games, if they were not bid for the rights. The first would include Foxtel, which Telstra has a 50% share in. If Foxtel were to make an agreement with the NRL for broadcast rights, Telstra could provide the stream to its customers via the Foxtel Sports app.

Another option relates to Nine and the way in which it may utilise its rights to stream NRL games. Nine is currently involved in two online ventures that could be utilised for streaming of the games – 9Jumpin, which is the networks catch-up TV service and also Stan, its video-on-demand service; a joint venture with Fairfax Media.

Stan is currently struggling to compete with the other major video-on-demand (VoD) service, Netflix. To ascertain a point of difference, the streaming of games in addition to other exclusive content via Stan, could give the service the difference needed to claw back some of the lead gained by Netflix. Netflix has said it is not interested in live sport.

The VoD service Presto could also take the same approach, with its joint partners Foxtel and Seven. Foxtel has used Presto subscription figures to lift its overall result. It could use Presto to stream the NRL content if it was to obtain the rights. This may provide fewer issues, than Nine and Stan, due to Nine’s rights associated with free-to-air, where as Foxtel and Presto are both subscription services.

But how would this help Telstra?

Telstra the all-in-one provider

Telstra has recently announced Telstra TV, and has been in negotiations with the three prominent VoD providers, Presto, Stan and Netflix to have all three services available via this new service.

This could see Telstra take on a role as a media aggregator, a role used to describe itself in its 2015 annual report.

Telstra says:

“Rather than restrict our customers’ choices, we are open to hosting all Subscription Video on Demand services on our platforms and making it easy for them to get all the content they want in the one place.”

This could see Telstra less focused on obtaining the digital rights themselves, but rather providing the digital rights holders alternative platforms for content distribution.

The announcement of the NRL rights with Nine and the lack of clarity for any additional bidders raises many questions for the future of sports broadcasting and the rights in Australia. Could it be the sporting organisations themselves that obtain the digital rights and provide the services currently provided by Telstra, removing the middle man?

The urgency by Nine and the NRL to announce the rights deals, of which only part has been confirmed, is also questionable. The NRL rights will not start until 2018. This is a year later than the AFL’s, which is yet to announce any of its rights agreements or any make any suggestions of deals.

The announcement this week could impact the new AFL rights and its yet to be seen if it will be a positive or negative one. What the announce does signal is a change in the way in which Australians will view sport in the future.

Digital TV Platform To Go Live Soon

From http://fijisun.com.fj/2015/08/17/digital-tv-platform-to-go-live-soon/

The digital television platform in Fiji is expected to be launched soon.

Attorney-General and Minister for Finance, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, confirmed there will be a soft launch in the Lami-Nausori corridor by October.

He further said they hope to have a full launch around November.

This will then be extended to the Western Division by March next year.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said: “It’s going through a test period at the moment. In fact it’s running on the second floor of Suvavou House where you can get digital television.”

A substantial investment of around $16 million is expected to be made.

“We have also set up a separate company that is going to manage the digital television side of things – it’s an independent company and is called Walesi as in wireless,” he said.

“They will be managing the digital output. But we are looking forward to this.

“The spectrum has much greater capacity in terms of output of the channels you can see through a smaller spectrum output.”

Inmarsat to launch third satellite

From http://www.proactiveinvestors.co.uk/companies/news/110011/inmarsat-to-launch-third-satelite-110011.html

The satellite communications provider is launching the I-5 F3 satellite in Kazakhstan on Friday August 28.

The I-5 F3 will cover the Pacific Ocean region

Inmarsat (LON:ISAT) will next week launch the third and final satellite needed to offer the world's first globally available mobile broadband service through a single provider.

The satellite communications provider is launching the I-5 F3 satellite, made by Boeing (NYSE:BA.), at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Friday August 28.

The I-5 F3 will cover the Pacific Ocean region and will work in conjunction with Inmarsat’s other two satellites.

Inmarsat reckons its Global Xpress (GX) programme will offer broadband speeds around 100 times faster than its fourth generation (I-4) constellation.

The group expects to start global commercial GX services by the end of the year.

Chief executive Rupert Pearce said: "The completion of the GX constellation will be a significant milestone for our organisation and is fundamental to the delivery of a new era in mobile satellite communications.”

He added the programme would transform “remote societies that are currently inadequately served by terrestrial networks."

The first GX satellite, Inmarsat-5 F1, was launched in December 2013 and covers Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, while Inmarsat-5 F2, launched in February this year, covers the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean.

Shares have gained 24% so far this year and were 1.5p higher today to 990.5p.

Bangladesh to Send 1st Sat by 2016-17

From http://www.onislam.net/english/health-and-science/news/491871-bangladesh-to-send-1st-sat-by-2016-17.html

Bangabandhu-1 (BD-1), is the 1st Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite.

Bangladeshi Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith said the government had taken initiative to develop and launch the country’s first satellite “Bangabandhu Satellite-1” by 2016 or 2017.

“The government has already selected an orbital slot and signed a contract for launching the first ever satellite into space,” Muhith said while placing his seventh consecutive budget in the parliament.

He proposed an allocation of Tk30million ($390 thousand) for information and communication technology division and post and telecommunication division for the 2015-2016 fiscal.

Highlighting his government’s success in the process of country’s digitisation, Muhith said the country’s mobile phone users have risen to 12.47 million by April, 2015.

The tele-density and internet density by this period have gone up 80.1 per cent and 29.3 per cent respectively, he said.

A total of 4,547 union information centres have been set up to reduce the digital discrimination in the country, he said, citing examples of digitalisation in birth registration, agricultural information, health and education sectors through Access to Information (A2i) program.

In agriculture sector, digital services have been provided to the farmers through video conference in some 245 information and communication centres.

Also health services were ensured in 64 civil surgeon offices and all subdistrict health complexes.

More than 20,000 educational institutions were introduced with multimedia classrooms and laptops with internet connection so far. Also the government launched a web portal “Shikkhok Batayon” to serve the teachers with digital content.

Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite will be operated by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

BD-1 satellite is expected to be located at 119° East longitude geostationary slot. The total cost of the satellite is 410 million US dollars.

BD-1 carries a total of 40 Ku band and C-band transponders and capacity of 1,600 megahertz (MHz) with life span of 15 years.

Minister Muhith said establishment of Kaliakoir High-tech Park in Gazipur district and Software Technology Park in Jessore is underway.

In addition, for the development of digital infrastructure regionally, land has been demarcated to establish Mohakhali IT Village in Dhaka, ChandradweepCloudchar in Barisal, Electronic City in Sylhet and Barind Silicon City in Rajshahi.

Simultaneously, activities for land selection are ongoing to establish high-tech and software technology parks in Khulna, Chittagong and Rangpur divisions.

Besides, with a view to developing IT industry in all the districts, initiatives have been taken to establish IT villages in 12 districts in the first phase. Video conferencing system has been installed in 800 government offices so far.

To make internet Services available for all, 11 thousand km of optical fiber cableline is being laid in 1,006 unions of all the districts.

Apart from this, a project has been undertaken to establish broadband network to provide broadband internet services to the entire country.

The government plans to increase the bandwidth capacity from 200 gigabit per second (Gbps) to 1, 300 Gbps soon by connecting the country with the second submarine cable; and establish 8,500 Post e-Centres by June 2017, Muhith said in his budget speech.

Apple TV delayed

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/14/apple-tv-delayed/

Apple is set to delay the launch of its online TV service until at least next year after negotiations with major television networks stalled.

Apple’s attempts to license content from US TV networks such as CBS and Fox are reported to be progressing slowly, leading to the delay. In addition, the company does not yet possess the network capacity to ensure good viewing experience for consumers.

Apple is also facing problems with regard to the pricing of its content. The company wants to offer a package of popular channels at $40 per month – about half the average cable bill in the US. The company earlier successfully convinced music labels to sell music at prices as low as 99 US cents through its online stores.

The company had been rumoured to be planning to launch the Apple TV network on September 9th when it will launch the next iPhone. It is also set to release an updated version of its Apple TV hardware at that event — that will still happen despite the problems with the TV service, according to Bloomberg.

The new set-top box will feature a redesign remote, Siri voice control, extra storage and a new devoted App Store. It has also been suggested that the box will be the centre of Apple’s plans for the connected home.

Private firms might get to buy or lease foreign satellites

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/current-affairs/private-firms-might-get-to-buy-or-lease-foreign-satellites-115081401751_1.html

Isro begins drafting an open sky policy to meet growing demand for DTH transponders

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) has begun discussions to draft an ‘Open Sky Policy’ that would allow private companies to buy or lease foreign communication satellites and operate over Indian skies and the South Asian region.

The move could help Indian users such as direct to home satellite broadcasters and VSAT operators, who provide connectivity for banks and ATMs, take quicker decisions to scale and reduce cost of transactions.

“We are coming up with approaches and encouraging the private operators to acquire (satellites and transponders) and then make that acquisition available under the Indian government administration,” A S Kiran Kumar, chairman of Isro said in an interview with Business Standard.

He did not set a timeline for the policy change which needs Union Cabinet approval.

Currently, any connectivity requirement through satellites sought by users in India, either Indian or foreign, is managed by Antrix Corporation, the commercial arm of Isro. Antrix signs deals with foreign satellite operators on behalf of users, only after exhausting the local satellite capacity. This, Isro admits is restricting.

India already allows private players to make satellites in the country.

Globally, most nations, including China and India have adopted a “closed sky policy,” to restrict foreign satellite operators to directly deal with end consumers to protect its “orbit spectrum” — the slot in the geostationary orbit for communication satellites allocated to individual countries and the spectrum it beams.

Security is also a concern for this restriction. In addition, the Indian space agency wanted to protect its nascent space and satellite industry.

In 2012, the Satellite Industry Association, a US lobby group of satellite makers had represented to the US government to intervene for an open sky policy in India and China. China does not allow private interests in its satellite industry.

In India, the growth in the direct-to-home (DTH) operators has put pressure on Isro. The space agency has limited capabilities of rockets that can launch satellites to the orbit where communication satellites are placed. So, it hasn’t got enough of its own satellites in orbit with Ku band transponders, with capability for DTH transmission. Instead it is leasing the transponders from foreign satellites.

As on July 13, of the total 76 transponders used by Indian DTH operators, 57 or three-fourths were leased from foreign satellites, according to report by the Comptroller and Auditor General submitted in the parliament in November 2014. It also said the increase could be as high as 90 percent after Tata Sky shifted to foreign satellites. The total requirement is around 200 transponders.

“We have surplus (capacity of transponders), except in DTH. We should be looking at how same channels are using multiple transponders. If the resource usage is effectively managed, you will see there is under utilisation of the capacity,” said Kumar. “We make efforts to provide the required capacity and meet the demand. If we are not able to meet the demand, then it is best to allow the industry itself to start building capacity”.

The slow progress in launching India’s own DTH satellites has meant that at least five orbital slots for the country has been occupied by foreign satellites, the CAG report said.

The open sky policy is also aimed at reversing this trend. An Indian company that owns or leases satellite will work under the administrative control of the government, complying with local rules that mandate the orbital slots remain with India. The necessary agreements to retain the slots in Indian control will be routed through the International Telecommunications Union, the global body to discuss such issues.

“There are implementation related norms. We are going through the process of change. That has been initiated, it will be crystallised,” said Kumar. “Indian operator and company can go through the process and acquire. And, when they acquire, they bring it to the Indian administration”.


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NBN's 'Sky Muster' satellite gets launch date

From http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/nbns-sky-muster-satellite-gets-launch-date-20150813-giy5ec.html

There are fewer than fifty days until the government-owned company behind the national broadband network will blast the first of two broadband satellites 36,000 kilometres into orbit.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who opposed the building of the satellites in Opposition, revealed for the first time on Thursday that the first of the two NBN satellites, dubbed "Sky Muster", would launch on October 1.

Turnbull previously opposed them by arguing that existing private satellite companies, such as the now collapsed NewSat, were capable of servicing Australians with their own satellites.

Blasting off from French Guiana, an overseas region of France, the announcement will be welcome news for those on the existing interim satellite service, which has suffered from slow speeds due to congestion.

Weighing nearly 6400 kilograms, it is one of the world's largest communications satellites and is the first of two that NBN will launch into space. The second will launch later next year "to ensure there is sufficient capacity to meet the needs of users in regional and remote areas", Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement.

The satellites will deliver peak download speeds of up to 25 megabits per second regardless of where people live, Turnbull said, meaning that Australians living in rural and regional areas will have access to a satellite service "much better than they currently experience".

Scheduled to launch from Guiana Space Centre in South America, Sky Muster is set to progressively deliver broadband to more than 200,000 homes and businesses in rural and remote Australia from next year.

Julia Dickinson, nbn co's managing space systems architect, said the satellite would play a crucial role in levelling the playing field between city and bush.

"Many rural and remote Australians do not have access to a quality broadband service and continue to experience dial-up level speeds," she said. "Sky Muster will help deliver world-class broadband services to the bush – it will offer better opportunities for distance education online through use of video-conferencing as well as improved access for specialist telehealth applications in the home."

Six-year-old Bailey Brooks, a student of School of the Air based 400 kilometres outside of Alice Springs, won the opportunity to name the satellite earlier this year through a nationwide nbn drawing competition which invited children to illustrate how the new broadband network will make Australia a better country.

Bailey, along with her remote classmates, named the satellite Sky Muster to refer to the gathering of cattle and how the satellite will help "round-up" and connect Australians together.

Her illustration will also be displayed on the rocket launching the satellite into orbit.

"My drawing shows me on my balcony and the satellite and stars in the sky," she said. "I'm very excited to name the satellite and have my drawing put on the rocket and am counting down the days until Sky Muster is sent into space."

NBN satellite set for October 1 launch

From http://www.zdnet.com/article/nbn-satellites-set-for-october-1-launch/

The first of the satellites to service the 3 percent of Australians not covered by the NBN fixed or wireless networks is due to be launched in seven weeks.

The launch date for the first of two AU$620 million Ka-band satellites to provide National Broadband Network (NBN) coverage is set for October 1, with the satellite to reach orbit after blasting off from French Guiana.

Service to NBN customers is expected to be commercially available in the first half of 2016, with the second satellite scheduled to be launched later next year.

The pair of Ka-band satellites will provide broadband to 3 percent of Australians not covered by the fixed or wireless networks deployed by NBN.

Since 2012, the NBN has had an interim satellite service initially capped at 48,000 customers. After signing 45,000 customers, the company then known as NBN Co ceased taking on new customers on the interim service, amid complaints that speeds were slowing to a crawl as demand far outstripped the available capacity on the service.

Last year, the Australian government signed a deal with Optus and IPStar to expand capacity, as well as impose strict rules on customers.

"We will institute a new stringent fair use policy to ensure a minority of very heavy users cannot crowd out the majority," Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the time.

During his time in opposition, Turnbull suggested that the interim service "could become upgraded and become a permanent service" instead of launching what he termed "Rolls-Royce" Ka-band satellites that were described today by the minister as "world-class".

"The NBN long-term satellite service will be a game changer for those living in the bush, and will help bridge the digital divide currently experienced by many," Turnbull said in a statement this morning.

"These next-generation Ka-band satellites will deliver world-class performance and peak speeds of up to 25 megabits per second regardless of where people live."

Under changes proposed in May, NBN would charge satellite customers a AU$15 reconnection fee should a satellite service be disconnected in order to move house or suspend a service. Users connected to the NBN via fixed wireless, fibre to the node/building/premises, and hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) would not be charged the fee.

The charge could be higher for customers who are not in mainland Australia or Tasmania.

Distance education

Speaking in Sydney on Wednesday last week, Parliamentary Secretary for Communications Paul Fletcher said a distance education working group had been established in Canberra to examine how best to utilise the long-term satellite service.

"One of the things NBN is looking at is: Could you use the long-term satellite when it launches next year, take advantage of the fact that the customer equipment will have multiple ports?" he said. "So over the first port, you'd have your standard consumer-grade service, and over the second port, that could be set aside for an education network, which is administered in each state by the relevant education department."

The ABC reported last night that as distance learning has moved to being 100 reliant on the internet, some families have experienced difficulties with the interim satellite service's 20GB quota.

"The service has been so oversubscribed that people now have had their internet usage cut back to 20 gigabytes a month, and that is, if they go over a certain amount, their service is suspended for the rest of the month and this is absolutely devastating for families that educate their children via distance education, because they've got no other option or no other way to access their schooling," Joanna Gibson from Wilgena Station said.

Foxtel subscriber numbers surge

From http://www.businessspectator.com.au/news/2015/8/13/media-and-digital/foxtel-subscriber-numbers-surge

Foxtel’s pay-TV subscribers have surged 9 per cent to 2.8 million on the back of stronger sales and better customer retention, its highest growth for years.

The subscription-TV platform’s improvement comes despite intense competition in the Australian market from streaming services including Netflix, and Stan, a joint venture between Fairfax Media and Nine Network.

The company, which News Corp owns in partnership with Telstra, belied concerns about its growth prospects with lower cable and satellite churn — the rate at which customers defect to rivals. The churn rate improved to 10.9 per cent from 12.5 per cent in the prior year.

Speaking to analysts on a conference call this morning, News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson said Foxtel achieved “very strong improvement” in cable and satellite subscriber growth, while he said newly launched streaming service Presto would be “accretive to growth”.

Revenues at Foxtel fell by 8 per cent to $US239 million, with earnings down 16 per cent to $US143 million affected by currency fluctuations, with the Australian dollar having fallen against the US dollar.

Revenue in local currency terms, however, grew a solid 1.9 per cent to $3.2 billion for the full year.

“Last year we took the bold step of changing our pricing model to attract more customers,” Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein said. “These results demonstrate that was the right call.”

The revenue fall was also hit by price cuts to subscriber packages and investment in Presto. Operating income for the year ended June 30 amounted to $US441 million from $US554 million in the prior corresponding period. Foxtel’s net income of $US232 million decreased from $US304 million in the prior year.

Speaking to The Australian earlier this month, Mr Freudenstein said he was ramping up his company’s incursion into online video with big plans to add millions of subscribers to Foxtel Play and Presto as it wages a war against Netflix on multiple fronts.

Mr Freudenstein is also considering making Foxtel Play — an IPTV product that delivers television by internet protocol down a broadband line into homes — available to Australian consumers as a dedicated app on Telstra TV, a lower-priced ­platform set to launch next month.

Meanwhile, Foxtel is plotting a big marketing push as part of its triple-play strategy ­to tempt more subscribers to packages that ­include broadband, landline and cable television services.

Foxtel’s subscription rises as pricing strategy pays off

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/foxtels-subscription-rises-as-pricing-strategy-pays-off/story-fna045gd-1227482664955

Foxtel chief Richard Freudenstein said yesterday that his bold pricing strategy, seen by critics as a big gamble with the company’s profits, had been vindicated as pay-TV subscribers surged 9 per cent, its highest growth for years.

The subscription-TV platform lifted subscribers to 2.8 million, from 2.6 million, despite intense competition in the Australian market from subscription video-on-demand services Netflix and Stan — a joint venture between Fairfax Media and Nine Network — and its own foray into the ­market with Presto.

Excluding the US dollar impact, revenue grew 1.9 per cent to $3.2 billion for the full year as Foxtel added more cable and satellite subscribers this fiscal year than in the past five years combined.

“There was a theory out there that SVOD was going to hurt Foxtel’s growth but what you’re seeing is not only strong subscriber growth but a lower churn rate,” Mr Freudenstein told The Australian. “Our ARPU (average revenue per user) has come down but only a relatively small amount and in line with our expectations because there’s now value at all of our different price points — ­people are finding value at the price points that suit them.”

Foxtel, which News Corp owns in partnership with Telstra, belied concerns about its growth prospects with lower cable and satellite churn — the rate at which customers defect to rivals. The churn rate improved to 10.9 per cent, from 12.5 per cent in the previous year. Revenues at Foxtel fell by 8 per cent to $US239 million ($325.4m), with earnings down 16 per cent to $US143m affected by currency fluctuations, with the Australian dollar having fallen against the US dollar. The revenue fall was also hit by price cuts to subscriber packages and investment in Presto. Operating income for the year ended June 30 amounted to $US441m, from $US554m in the previous corresponding period. Foxtel’s net income of $US232m decreased from $US304m in the previous year. “Last year we took the bold step of changing our pricing model to attract more customers,” Mr Freudenstein said.

“These results demonstrate that was the right call.” It was a rising tide lifts all boats scenario, Mr Freudenstein said. Rather than tempt consumers away from Foxtel’s subscription packages, the streaming wars had actually ignited a debate about access to premium drama and popular movies, with people drawing the conclusion that Foxtel offered the deepest and best-value catalogue of must-see content.

“The biggest change in the market over the past 12 months is that there are now just a lot more people willing to pay for television content,” Mr Freudenstein said.

“That momentum will just keep continuing through a combination of Foxtel and SVOD, which is going to grow the overall number of people paying for ­television.”

StarHub unveils OTT service

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/13/starhub-unveils-ott-service/

Singapore pay-TV operator StarHub has launched a new online streaming service – StarHub Go – which it says extends pay-TV reach with added flexibility. The service offers a selection of the most popular StarHub TV content delivered on demand, over-the-top, and on any device, enabling customers to access their favourite programmes at their convenience.

Customers can choose to sign up to a basic StarHub Go subscription at $9.90 (€6.37), or upgrade to Go Premium and Go Sports at $19.90 and $24.90 respectively. At launch, StarHub Go customers can look forward to titles from content partners such as Discovery Networks, HBO, A+E Networks, Scripps Networks Interactive, Sony Pictures Television and TVB. All StarHub Post-paid customers including Mobile and Broadband customers, can enjoy the convenience of charging their StarHub Go Pack subscriptions to their existing monthly bills, while non-StarHub customers can pay for an unlimited access with a 30-day pass on StarHub Go via their credit cards.

“In our highly-connected nation, we recognise that consumers are increasingly accessing a wide variety of digital content across multiple devices,” commented Lin Shu Fen, Head of Entertainment & SmartLife, StarHub. “Therefore, the introduction of StarHub Go—with its carefully-curated line-up along with a superior viewing experience—is specially designed to address customers’ needs for an over-the-top streaming service. To top it off, StarHub Mobile customers can even enjoy streaming on the go without having to worry about data charges. With the addition of StarHub Go, StarHub will now offer unparalleled flexibility to new customer segments with our entertainment offerings,” she declared.

Together with the three new Packs – Go Basic, Go Premium, Go Sports, viewers will be able to binge-watch on their favourite TV series, and catch their favourite sports and education programmes at their convenience.

Beidou satellites begin autonomous operation in space

From http://english.anhuinews.com/system/2015/08/14/006914600.shtml

After more than 10 days in space, China's 19th Beidou navigation satellite is working autonomously and has set up a link with another satellite.

The two satellites were launched on the same day by a Long March III-B rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province, southwest China, on July 25.

Xie Jun, chief designer of the Beidou navigation satellite system, says China has successfully tested the autonomous control technology of the Beidou global navigation satellite constellation, an alternative to U.S.-operated GPS, marking a solid step toward building a system with global coverage.

China plans to set up a complete constellation of 35 satellites, achieving global coverage by 2020.

The "twin sats" surpass their predecessors in speed, accuracy and weight.

"The biggest difficulty is the autonomous navigation technology," Xie said. "We need it to maintain the sustainable development of the project."

Wang Ping, another chief engineer on the project, says the inter-satellite link realizes communication and distance measurement among satellites, bringing autonomous control of the navigation system a step closer.

Autonomous navigation is the project's key to global operation. It enables satellites to work independently, providing users with more accurate data.

Using the Chinese word for the plough, or the Big Dipper, constellation, the project was formally launched in 1994, some 20 years after the inception of GPS. The first Beidou satellite was launched in 2000.

By 2012, a regional network had taken shape and was providing positioning, navigation, timing and short message services in China and other Asian countries.

Beidou is one of the world's four main navigation systems, along with GPS there is Russia's GLONASS, and the European Union's Galileo. All four use autonomous navigation technology

Gilat is Partnering With Leading China Satellite Communication Companies for Their First Ka HTS Multi-Spot-Beam Satellite

From http://www.itbusinessnet.com/article/Gilat-is-Partnering-With-Leading-China-Satellite-Communication-Companies-for-Their-First-Ka-HTS-Multi-Spot-Beam-Satellite-4020070

PETAH TIKVA, Israel, Aug. 12, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ:GILT) (TASE: GILT), a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that it is entering into a unique partnership with Space Star Technology Co Ltd (SSTC), in which SSTC and Gilat will jointly provide the satellite communications network for ChinaSat 16, the first Ka HTS multi-spot-beam satellite in China.

The partnership agreement stipulates that multiple network segments and VSAT terminals will be delivered using Gilat's SkyEdge II-c technology.

The SkyEdge II-c network will enable high speed fixed and mobile services to be delivered over satellite, including airborne, maritime, train and land mobility throughout China.

Additionally, Gilat will share its expertise and experience with SSTC to develop satellite-enabled applications to improve the quality of life for citizens in the country's remote locations.

"We are excited about the opportunity to develop a long-term and sustainable relationship with our new partners in China and look forward to the success of their HTS multi-satellite program," said Dov Baharav, Gilat's Interim CEO and Chairman of the Board.

"This agreement presents a momentous opportunity for Gilat and is a strong vindication of our technology leadership. We also believe it represents an important opportunity for China to be at the forefront of next-generation fixed and mobile satellite services, while providing consumers, businesses and government organizations across China with valuable high-speed broadband services."

About Space Star Technology Co. Ltd.

Space Star Technology Co. Ltd. (Space Star), a subsidiary of China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of satellite communications antenna equipment and microwave components in China. Space Star products and expertise have been adopted in key national projects such as Petrochina's East-West pipeline and state radio's satellite interference positioning. Space Star products have been exported to England, Australia, the US, Russia, India, Singapore, Nepal, Japan, Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East Area and Africa.

About Gilat

Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd (NASDAQ:GILT) (TASE:GILT) is a leading provider of products and services for satellite-based broadband communications. Gilat develops and markets a wide range of high-performance satellite ground segment equipment and VSATs, with an increasing focus on the consumer and Ka-band market. In addition, Gilat enables mobile SOTM (Satellite-on-the-Move) solutions providing low-profile antennas, next generation solid-state power amplifiers and modems. Gilat also provides managed network and satellite-based services for rural telephony and Internet access via its subsidiaries in Peru and Colombia.

With over 25 years of experience, and over a million products shipped to more than 90 countries, Gilat has provided enterprises, service providers and operators with efficient and reliable satellite-based connectivity solutions, including cellular backhaul, banking, retail, e-government and rural communication networks. Gilat also enables leading defense, public security and news organizations to implement advanced, on-the-move tactical communications on board their land, air and sea fleets using Gilat's high-performance SOTM solutions. Gilat controlling shareholders are the FIMI Private Equity Funds. For more information, please visit us at www.gilat.com

Thaicom, KU partner on satellite communications systems

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/thaicom-ku-partner-on-satellite-communications-systems--1097332

Thai satellite operator Thaicom has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Faculty of Engineering at Kasetsart University (KU). Thaicom and Kasetsart University will cooperate and offer academic support in research design and development to enhance efficiently of satellite communications systems. The primary objective of the agreement is to jointly develop innovations and knowledge of national satellite communications systems, with the collaboration covering personnel, academic endeavors, and data. The contract also extends to other aspects of education, research, and development

Samsung proposes constellation of satellites to offer cheap, global Internet access

From http://www.itproportal.com/2015/08/13/samsung-satellite-constellation/

Samsung is jumping into the satellite Internet market, alongside SpaceX, Google, Facebook and a host of other corporations that want to capture the next two billion people coming online.

The president of Samsung Research America, Farooq Khan, proposes a 4,600 satellite constellation, which should be able to cover the world in Internet. SpaceX’s own estimations have it at 7,000 satellites, but Khan believes he can cut the size with new satellite designs.

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The low-orbit satellites would launch between 160k and 2000k above the Earth’s surface. Having that many satellites pushing Internet every day should cover most of the world, with the constellation staying in formation to offer Internet throughout the day.

The proposal wants other government and industry help to make it a reality. This is more of a combined effort, compared to Google and SpaceX.

Khan believes it is impossible to create the same infrastructure we have in the United Kingdom and United States in countries like Nigeria, Sudan and Indonesia. The cost to create WiFi and LTE networks is too high, and having a system in place to cover all of the world would be more cost effective and speed up the growth of Internet adoption worldwide.

By 2028, Khan claims “both cellular and Wi-Fi will be carrying data traffic in excess of one zetabye/month”.

Significant setback for Indian DTH subs

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/13/significant-setback-for-indian-dth-subs/

Data from India’s broadcast regulator (the Telecom Regulatory Authority – TRAI) reveals that there are huge numbers of inactive DTH subscribers. Households have the dishes and set-top boxes, but they are not subscribing to pay-TV.

TRAI says there are almost 34.9 million “inactive” DTH subscribers. The number of registered subscribers with India’s ‘big six’ pay-TV operators is placed at 76.05 million (as at March 31st).

However, an analysis of those six major players shows that the number of ‘active’ subs is a lot less, at just 41.15 million who are actually paying for a DTH service.

TRAI has also done a channel count and says that the pay-TV sector is offering 245 channels to subscribers. In total, however, TRAI says official figures from India’s Information & Broadcasting Ministry shows that 829 private TV channels are licensed to operate, with just 7 awaiting final clearances to start transmissions.


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东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Tazovsky、Aksarka(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11536 V 2553参数免费接收。[08-12]
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东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Sun Cable(泰国)频道消失,设置3800 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-12]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test Channel(4K)频道改格式,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。[08-12]
东经65度轨道位置的Amos 4号卫星Ku频段,Vh1 Gold(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置10915 V 44990参数无效接收。 [8月12日]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、Fox(环宇卫视)等频道加密,设置12431 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月12日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号星Ku段,Indian Songs promo、Channel‬ UFX(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [8月11日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,ETC RPN替换Jack City(菲律宾)频道,设置3641 V 13333参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]
东经91.5度轨道位置的马星3号卫星C频段,Spare Channel替换All Access(菲律宾)频道,设置3641 V 13333参数有条件接收。 [8月11日]

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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1772 logo=plugin_file://logo/8kanalvlad.png,VIII Владивосток
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1892 logo=plugin_file://logo/centrkrasn.png,Центр Красноярск HD
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=vsetv_848 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9617.png,ОТВ Приморье
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1223 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6486.png,Рифей ТВ (Пермь)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_884 logo=plugin_file://logo/ntsev.png,НТС (Севастополь)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_876 logo=plugin_file://logo/1sev.png,Первый Севастопольский
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_893 logo=plugin_file://logo/ixtv.png,ИКС Севастополь
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_ logo=plugin_file://logo/nksev.png,НК Севастополь
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-6 id=mailru_1662 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6889.png,Альтес (Чита)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1540 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6548.png,Аист ТВ (Иркутск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1943 logo=http://tomsk-time.ru/sites/default/files/tt_web-logo-invert-wide3.png,Томское время
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_982 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6352.png,ЕНИСЕЙ ТВ (Красноярск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1279 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6353.png,ТВК Красноярск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1265 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6840.png,7 канал (Красноярск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1022 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6351.png,12 канал (Красноярск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1768 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4310.png,АФОНТОВО ТВ (Красноярск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1847 logo=plugin_file://logo/Ipervm.png,Я Первый Молодежный (Красноярск)
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://vottv.ru/images/logo.png,ВОТ ТВ (Липецк)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/strk.png,СТРК Сочи
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6928.png,43 канал Туапсе
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1804 logo=plugin_file://logo/brio.png,Brio-TV Сочи
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_272 logo=plugin_file://logo/bst.png,БСТ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=vsetv_959 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/10986.png,Тамыр
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#EXTINF:0 src=Салават group_id=3 id=vsetv_1043 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvsalavat.png,UTV (Салават)
#EXTINF:0 src=Стерлитамак group_id=3 id=vsetv_1042 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvsterlitamak.png,UTV (Стерлитамак)
#EXTINF:0 src=Орск group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvorsk.png,UTV Орск
#EXTINF:0 src=Нефтекамск group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvneftek.png,UTV Нефтекамск
#EXTINF:0 src=Октябрьский group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvoktyabr.png,UTV Октябрьский
#EXTINF:0 src=Казань group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/ufatvkazan.png,UTV Казань
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=vsetv_886 logo=plugin_file://logo/krim.png,ГТРК Крым
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1893 logo=plugin_file://logo/rostov.png,Ростов ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1305 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9714.png,Волга ТВ (Н.Новгород)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6842.png,Новгород ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/sts.png,СТС (В.НОВГОРОД)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=vsetv_892 logo=plugin_file://logo/tvfm.png,твFM(Крым)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1770 logo=plugin_file://logo/mirbel.png,Мир Белогорья ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1713 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6426.png,21+ (Чебоксары)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1699 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3126.png,ЮТВ (Чебоксары)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1684 logo=plugin_file://logo/ehotv.png,Эхо фильм
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/26r.png,26 регион (Ставрополь)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1581 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4675.png,Первый городской (Калининград)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=vsetv_966 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4675.png,Первый городской (Казань)
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1808 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3824.png,ИТВ (Симферополь)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1415 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3457.png,Катунь 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_852 logo=http://tivix.net/uploads/posts/2013-10/1383169230_guberniya.png,Губерния ТВ (Самара)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6713.png,Муниципал ТВ (Волгоград)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1890 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/7153.png,Волгоград 1
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1811 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/10748.png,Крик ТВ (Екатеринбург)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/11669.png,ТВН Новокузнецк
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-3 id=mailru_1549 logo=plugin_file://logo/moygk.png,Мой город Кемерово
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-3 id=mailru_1796 logo=plugin_file://logo/stk10.png,СТК 10
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_906 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/2780.png,ЮГРА ТВ (ТЮМЕНЬ)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1722 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/11124.png,Белгород 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1106 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/11190.png,ТВ 6 Курск
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_711 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9594.png,ТАКТ ТВ Курск
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3555.png,РТС media (Рыбинск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3620.png,Астрахань 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1635 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5674.png,ТК Дзержинск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3647.png,ПС-АТК Архангельск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1480 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6807.png,Юрган (Коми)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1960 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3746.png,НТК ИНГУШЕТИЯ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1545 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3673.png,РГВК Дагестан
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=vsetv_781 logo=plugin_file://logo/tnv_planeta.png,ТНВ-Планета
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9776.png,Эфир 24 (Татарстан)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6537.png,НТР (Татарстан)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/7770.png,КЧР (Черкесск)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1645 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5913.png,Грозный ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1946 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/11585.png,Архыз 24 ТВ (Карачаево-Черкесия)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6259.png,МТВ Столица (Махачкала)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1646 logo=plugin_file://logo/nvksaha.png,НВК САХА
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/tvkya.png,ТВК Якутск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1522 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9839.png,Стерх ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/zvezda.png,Звезда (Якутия)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/tnt.png,ТНТ СТВ (Якутия)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1680 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/9485.png,АТВ (Улан-Удэ)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1437 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6687.png,Тивиком (Улан-Удэ)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1595 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6339.png,Ариг Ус (Улан-Удэ)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1880 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/11121.png,Кубань 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1541 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5807.png,Самара-ГИС
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_949 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5139.png,Ника ТВ (Калуга)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6805.png,Сургут 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-8 id=mailru_1682 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5806.png,C 1 (Сургут)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3620.png,Астрахань.Ru
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/ren.png,Рен ТВ Ставрополь
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1150 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3014.png,ННТВ Нижний Новгород
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1819 logo=plugin_file://logo/guberniav.png,TV Губерния (Воронеж)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-1 id=mailru_1054 logo=plugin_file://logo/tnt.png,ТНТ (Воронеж)
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/6848.png,Каскад ТВ Калининград
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/5683.png,Эхо 24 Новоуральск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/7358.png,Импульс-ТВЦ Ямал
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1922 logo=http://saratov24.tv/images/logo_blue.png,Саратов 24
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://tvkrasnodar.ru/images/images/images/images/images/images/images/images/logo5.png,Краснодар ТВ
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 id=mailru_1922 logo=http://tv21.ru/img/logo1.png,21 ТВ Мурманск
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 epg_shift=-7 id=mailru_1927 logo=plugin_file://logo/.png,ТРК Осинники
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/.png,ИНТЕРРА ТВ Первоуральск
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#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4247.png,Новосибирская область
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3831.png,Ставропольский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=plugin_file://logo/habkray.png,Хабаровский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3657.png,Забайкальский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3658.png,Камчатский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4246.png,Сахалинская область
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/4242.png,Приморский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3830.png,Красноярский край
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3651.png,Воронежская область
#EXTINF:0 group_id=3 logo=http://guzei.com/online_tv/logo/3378.png,Ярославская область


SKY launches FAN PASS 2.0 with new content, pricing plans and improved technology

From Press Release

SKY announced today the addition of SKY Sport channels 1, 2, 3 and 4 on FAN PASS, their online sports streaming service. The improved online-based streaming service gives Kiwis a new way to enjoy live sports.

From today, FAN PASS will offer SKY Sport channels 1-4 either as a one-day streaming pass for $14.99 or a week for $19.99.

FAN PASS general manager, Cuan Gray, says FAN PASS is a cost-effective way to watch sport how and when you want, without any long term obligation.

“It’s perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy certain games or tournaments but doesn’t want to commit to a SKY Sport subscription. It’s the ultimate in dip-in dip-out viewing, and we’ve made it easy to use,” he says.

“As long as you have an internet connection, you can watch SKY Sport’s four channels, including all the LIVE content, on select mobiles, tablets or on your PC or Mac. You can also watch on your big screen TV with Airplay or by mirroring from your Android device or by using an HDMI cable if you have a compatible device.”

The new and improved FAN PASS service has launched in time for sports fans to enjoy a number of LIVE sporting events coming soon to SKY Sport 1, 2, 3 and 4, including the Rugby World Cup, BLACKCAPS and up-coming Breakers season in the NBL.

“We know that people will be excited about the Rugby World Cup coming up and this weekend is especially big for Kiwi sport. We have the Bledisloe Cup decider, the Netball World Cup final and a new-look Warriors team taking on the Panthers,” adds Cuan.

FAN PASS launched in February this year with options to watch the Super 15, NRL and Formula One on week, month or entire season passes. Since then SKY has continued to work with renowned digital technology provider NeuLion to offer live streamed channels over NeuLion’s robust technology platform.

“NeuLion really is by far the leader in this space having streamed more than 50,000 live sports events including the NBA, NFL and UFC in North America with more than 22 million downloads on mobile,” says Cuan.

Chris Wagner, Executive Vice President and Co-Founder of NeuLion, says the continued development of FAN PASS is a response to strong and growing global consumer demand for options and flexibility around watching high-quality video.

“Since FAN PASS initially launched, we’ve been continuously working to improve the quality of the video streaming and are now delivering video adaptively. This means that we stream video at the highest resolution your internet connection allows.

“We know that access to high-speed internet for New Zealanders is not always a given, so the video quality will adapt to improve buffering and stalling,” says Wagner.

“It’s fantastic to be working with such a reputable and robust technology partner to ensure Kiwis get the best sports streaming experience possible,” concludes Gray.

Laser signals beam DTH programming

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/11/laser-signals-beam-dth-programming/

The European Space Agency (ESA) last week successfully beamed 100 laser-based signals between two orbiting satellites.

The success opens up the possibility of the technology being added to ‘conventional’ DTH orbiting satellites. The signals were beamed from an experimental low-orbiting Sentinel-1A satellite to AlphaSat, operating in geostationary orbit, and with 48,000 kms between the two spacecraft. The data was transmitted at 1.8 gigabits per second.

ESA funded the tests on AlphaSat which is operated by Inmarsat. The laser terminal was funded in part by the German Aerospace Center and constructed by Tesat Spacecom of Germany.

A commercial test-deployment of the technology, from Airbus Defence & Space, is planned for inclusion on the upcoming Eutelsat 9B telecommunications satellite, scheduled for launch later this year.

The appeal for satellite operators is simple: A laser beam can carry about 1000 times more data than a radio frequency-based beam. Laser beams can also be used safely in situations where existing radio-based frequencies are congested, or simply not available.

One company, Laser Light Communications, is working with Australia’s Optus on a ‘Space Cable’ satellite system that they say could handle 7.2 Tb of capacity, whereas a conventional high-throughput satellite could handle – at best – 60-70 Gb of data throughput.

BBC Brit, BBC Earth, BBC First for South Africa

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/12/bbc-brit-bbc-earth-bbc-first-for-africa/

BBC Worldwide has announced that BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First will launch on MultiChoice’s DStv platform in South Africa, making it the first pay TV platform in the world to launch all three of its new global genre brands. BBC Brit and BBC Earth will be available from September 1st and BBC First will follow on October 18th.

The upcoming launch marks the debut of the brands on a new continent and follows the successful European debuts of BBC Brit and BBC Earth in Poland, the Nordics, Hungary, Romania and Turkey earlier this year. BBC First launched in Australia in mid-2014 and in Belgium and The Netherlands earlier this year. BBC Earth will launch in Latin America on September 1st and in Asia on October 3rd.

In South Africa, BBC Entertainment and BBC Knowledge will be replaced with BBC Brit and BBC Earth with an increased investment into new content, whilst BBC First will launch as a new channel in the region. The new channels will sit alongside BBC Lifestyle, CBeebies and BBC World News.

BBC Brit offers premium factual entertainment that is intelligent but irreverent. Male-skewing but with broader appeal, it blends expertise with entertainment and fact with fun.

BBC Earth inspires audiences by sharing the incredible wonders of our universe. The channel showcases the work of the world’s foremost factual film makers as it seeks to take audiences on a thrilling journey of discovery.

BBC First is the home of premium, original British drama.

Paul Dempsey, President Global Markets at BBC Worldwide said: “BBC Brit, BBC Earth and BBC First bring together some of the world’s biggest names and best programme-makers in three brilliantly curated, high quality channel brands. The channels capture what’s special about British TV and our South African launch marks an important step in the company’s global strategy as we continue to inspire audiences with distinctive, premium programming.”

Argentina's 2nd satellite to launch in September

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/argentinas-2nd-satellite-to-launch-in-september--1097080

Argentina plans to launch its second geostationary satellite in September. Arsat-2 is currently undergoing final checks and will be flown to its launch site in French Guiana on 18 August, the IT and communications ministry said.

The satellite, entirely developed by Argentine company Invap, will join sister vessel Arsat 1, launched in October 2014, in providing direct-to-home TV and data, including voice, services.

While Arsat-1 carried a single Ku-band antenna, Arsat-2 will carry two of this type and a third, using the C-band. Coverage will include Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, the Andean countries and the US.

The satellite will be launched by French firm Arianespace and positioned at 81 degrees West. It is expected to have a service life of 15 years. A third satellite, Arsat-3 is also planned but no launch date has been announced.

ISRO to increase transponder capacity for Indian DTH players to use INSAT

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/satellites/satelite-operators/isro-to-increase-transponder-capacity-for-indian-dth-players-to-use-insat-150812

NEW DELHI: With five Direct-to-Home (DTH) service providers using transponder capacity leased from foreign satellites, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is taking measures to augment satellite capacity in India so that these users have the option to migrate to the INSAT system.

Giving this information, Space Department Minister Jitenda Singh told the Lok Sabha today that ISRO has given a proposal for pricing of satellite transponders for public and non-government users.

A proposal for continuing the existing method of transponder pricing, which is based on type of services, band of operations, coverage area, power level is under consideration.

There are 13 INSAT/GSAT satellites in orbit, out of which 11 are communication satellites and two are meteorological satellites. In INSAT/GSAT communication satellite systems, there are about 37 Government users and about 49 non-Government users.

The transponder characteristics in terms of power, coverage, frequency band, etc., vary according to the type of service, which requires differential pricing.

Videocon d2h launches three new channels

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015081139423/videocon-d2h-launches-three-new-channels.html#axzz3ic5Gb75b

Indian direct-to-home (DTH) service Videocon d2h has launched three new channels – Colors Infinity, Colors Infinity HD and Nat Geo Wild HD – bringing its total number of channels to 39.

Colors Infinity, from Viacom 18, will air critically-acclaimed American series such as Fargo, Orange is the New Black, Better Call Saul, Forever, The Big C, The Musketeers, My Kitchen Rules and The Flash for the first time in India.

Nat Geo Wild HD will feature wildlife-related programmes and factual content involving nature, science, culture and history.

Colors Infinity is available as a part of Videocon d2h's Diamond Pack, while Colors Infinity HD and Nat Geo Wild HD will be part of its Premium HD add-on and Platinum HD pack.

Commenting on the announcement, Saurabh Dhoot, executive chairman of Videocon d2h, said: "We believe that our ability to provide a substantial line-up of top entertainment choices in English, infotainment and HD is the key in serving the needs of India's premium consumers. And the more such stellar options we provide, the more Videocon d2h will emerge as India's definitive DTH choice."


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Netflix in 8% of Australian homes

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/11/netflix-in-8-of-australian-homes-expands-pay-tv-market/

The latest monthly data from Roy Morgan Research shows that online entertainment streaming service Netflix has hit 8 per cent of Australian homes reaching 1.89 million people 14+ in July. Over 1 in 3 households now have some form of pay or subscription TV, up almost 30 per cent since the start of 2015.

According to the firm, at the start of 2015, the very idea of paying for TV content was practically synonymous with Foxtel. In January, 95 per cent of the 2.4 million homes with Pay/Subscription TV market had Foxtel, and just 5 per cent used only another service such as Fetch or Presto.

Enter Netflix, which has grown to 737,000 household subscribers in July, some 1.89 million people. Roy Morgan Research describes this as “a stellar increase” from 748,000 people in April to 1.16 million in May to 1.53 million in June. Netflix is expanding the category by luring new customers to paid/subscription TV—now in almost 3.1 million homes. Stan and Presto have also made gains in the number of households subscribing. So while Foxtel’s share has fallen dramatically to 76 per cent, the size of its customer base is almost unchanged (2,346,000).

In July, 7.3 per cent of Foxtel’s homes (171,000) were also subscribing to Netflix—a rate not much below the national Netflix take-up of 8.0 per cent of households. The consistent number of Foxtel homes suggests that many of its customers are, for now at least, trialling Netflix as an add-on to their main pay-TV provider.

“Our ongoing month-by-month research is already giving some early indications of the newly competitive pay TV marketplace,” advised Tim Martin, General Manager – Media, Roy Morgan Research.“For many years prior to the arrival of Netflix, total uptake of pay or subscription television had remained steadily in the region of 25 to 30 per cent of households, unable to break through to a wider audience. Clearly, there was plenty of space for the market to grow,” he suggested.

“In just four months, Netflix has expanded the total market up to over a third of all homes. So far, it appears Foxtel hasn’t been damaged by the arrival of Netflix. It may turn out to be that the two are not direct competitors after all: Foxtel subscribers will view Netflix as an add-on provider, and non-subscribers were never going to get Foxtel anyway. As our sample of subscribers grows, we will be able to dig deeper and deeper into the underlying differences between the target audiences and uptake of Foxtel, Netflix and other providers,” he noted.

Foxtel CEO: “Netflix threat over-hyped”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/10/foxtel-ceo-netflix-threat-over-hyped/

In an interview with The Australian Financial Review, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein rejected Netflix CEO Reed Hastings’ prediction last year that broadcast TV will probably die by 2030.

“Broadcast TV will continue,” he said. “In the US you will see particularly the main broadcast channels are becoming more and more valuable, it appeals to a wider audience. I think in Australia [where cable penetration is 30 per cent versus 90 per cent in the US] there will be continual fragmentation and Foxtel is taking advantage of that.”

The Foxtel CEO also predicted that audiences will stabilise after Fairfax Media reported that free-to-air linear television viewing in Australia dropped below 90 hours a month for the first time ever, one month after Netflix’s launch.

“There has been a lot of hype around SVoD and clearly some big early numbers but over time people will realise there is a big difference between SVoD and a Foxtel service,” he said.

“I can’t talk numbers [ahead of News’s results] but if you look at our third-quarter numbers, subscribers grew 7 per cent year on year and churn was 10.9 per cent, down from 13.1 per cent in the prior corresponding period. That was just after Netflix launched and you saw very strong growth based on the new pricing model. We are very optimistic.”

Freudenstein also points to Foxtel’s advantages over SVoD, which costs between $9 and $15 a month. “Our research shows a lot of people get it and realise it hasn’t got what Foxtel has,” he says.

Australian video streaming platform Stan just landed a deal with Warner Bros

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/australian-video-streaming-platform-stan-just-landed-a-deal-with-warner-bros-2015-8

Nine and Fairfax’s $100 million streaming project Stan has just landed an exclusive deal with Warner Bros, which will see it add all 10 seasons of Friends, several movies, and some exclusive content to the catalogue.

The multi-year licensing agreement also includes the drama iZombie, Constantine and season three of Kevin Bacon’s The Following.

From October all 236 episodes of Friends will be available, along with The West Wing, The OC and Rebel Wilson’s Super Fun Night.

Nick Forward, Stan’s Content and Product Director, said: ““By adding hundreds of hours of new content to Stan’s lineup, the deal further cements our position as the SVOD service with the highest quality and largest library of content in Australia.”

Launching in Australia earlier this year, the platform is priced at $10 a month with a free 30-day trial.

Not long after Stan launched, US competitor Netflix officially arrived Down Under, putting pressure on entertainment platforms like Foxtel, free-to-air and existing video-on-demand channels.

The battle for users is now heating up and while Netflix hasn’t released its local customer numbers, a number of research notes suggest it already has the biggest share of the video-on-demand streaming market.

Over the longer term, Credit Suisse forecasts Netflix will have a slightly higher market share with 40%. Stan will be the second largest player with 33% and Presto 27%.

Meanwhile, local player Quickflix is fighting for survival with reports the player is bleeding 5000 customers a month since Netflix’s Australian launch.

Foxtel's bundle of pain could come sooner than it thinks

From http://www.startupsmart.com.au/growth/growth-strategy/foxtels-bundle-of-pain-could-come-sooner-than-it-thinks/2015081115281.html

Most media businesses offer a bundled set of products. When you buy the newspaper, or watch free-to-air TV, this is obvious. You pay a fee to buy a newspaper, or the offerings of a channel, some of which you want and some you don’t want, but it all comes together in a package. You can pick and choose some content by switching TV channels or subscribing to more than one newspaper, but your choice is quite limited.

Pay TV offers a slightly broader bundle. You subscribe to a package from Foxtel and you get access to more channels, and hence can choose between a wider range of content, but it is still a bundled offering. You pay through a subscription rather than by watching advertisements, which makes the business model slightly different, but you are still offered a bundle.

This whole business model is now under challenge; for newspapers, TV channels and for pay TV. The share prices of media companies are in decline, and in the US in sharp decline.

The challenge so far has been gradual as technology has allowed consumers progressively more control. Technology has worked to undercut the pre bundled business models: videos allowed people alternatives as to how to be entertained in their homes, time-shifting gave them greater control over when they watched programs, and the web gave them news whenever they wanted.

Netflix and similar businesses now have pushed the envelope further. They offer access to a wide range of content cheaply and at the viewers’ preferred time. This is part of a broad movement – web based services are undermining the business models of all the product bundlers, from newspapers onwards.

Increasingly we are able to pick and choose the content we want to watch, the time we want to watch it, and to pay just for what we want. Music has gone the furthest down that path.

Where does it all end? It seems likely that a range of offerings will survive. Some completely bundled products like newspapers will survive at one end, and some smorgasbord offerings like Netflix and Spotify will be at the other. In between they will probably be a range of partly bundled services of the sort Foxtel offers. Just as restaurants exist which offer a diversity of product mixes so entertainment is likely to finish up in the same place.

Businesses will adapt, some will fail. To survive they have to find a mix of price, product offering, and availability which is viable.

Pay TV to pay the highest price

Sitting in the middle, pay TV however looks particularly vulnerable. It took market share from free-to-air TV because it offered a wider range of advertising-free content, but it’s not clear how big the market is now that it is challenged by offerings which offer still more choice.

Free-to-air seems most likely to encroach onto the territory of pay TV. A recent Monash Business Policy Forum paper argues free-to-air providers need to separate their control of the spectrum from their provision of content, selling space on the spectrum to a wider range of content providers – a little like a department store allowing product manufacturers space on their shop floors. With digitisation the spectrum operators have the ability to offer a much wider range of content than they currently do.

As free-to air expands, pay TV’s only real option seems to be to cut price and expand options available to customers. Some of this is underway and more is likely. It is a costly strategy.

Content providers should be winners. As prices fall and choice widens, there will be a more intense struggle for content which attracts eyeballs. Some will be political and some economic. There will be political pressure to broaden the anti-siphoning rules which require some premium sporting events to be available on free-to-air, allowing them to charge premium advertising rates for major events.

And other content which is attractive will command higher prices; good for providers like the AFL or FFA. It also means that programs will have to stand on their own merits, and command a commensurate price. The whole business of cross-subsidies from one program to another will be minimised. Higher prices for content will squeeze the profitability of media companies even further as their programming costs rise while their revenue is under challenge.

Such unbundling of media is good for the consumer. Rather than being forced to watch the standard (and parallel) programming of the free-to-air channels, we now are more able to watch what we want when we want it.

There will be considerable pressure for media laws to change. The current rules are based around media technologies which are well out of date. We failed to make the necessary changes when we digitised the system but economic forces will now ensure it happens.

Real-time bushfire monitoring satellite system to be developed by Geoscience Australia

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-11/real-time-bushfire-monitoring-system-to-be-developed/6688510

images will be sent back to emergency services and the Australian public every 10 minutes using the new technology. (Supplied)

Firefighters will soon have real-time information on the development of bushfire hotspots under a project being created by Geoscience Australia.

The national organisation will use satellite information to report on the progress of bushfire hotspots across Australia.

Using Japanese satellite Himawari-8, images will be sent back to emergency services and the Australian public every 10 minutes.

Head of Geoscience Australia Dr Chris Pigram said these images are currently only available every six hours.

"The funding means Geoscience will be able to upgrade the system from being able to measure hotspots four times a day to 144 times a day," he said.

"This increase in frequency means that emergency management services will be able to monitor fire development in real time.

"So we're taking it from a monitoring tool to very much a strategic tool."

The images will be sent to a directly to emergency services via a live web feed, and another public facing web service will also be created.

The Federal Government provided $250,000 from the National Emergency Management Projects (NEMP) program to fund the Sentinel bushfire monitoring system.

Dr Pigram said the Sentinel system should be in place by mid-2016.

He said the system would assist emergency services when "deploying their assets" and help them in "staying on top of the developing fire".

"If we combine this with information from the Bureau of Meteorology we will be able to model very accurately where the fire will move, how [it will move] and how it will respond," he said.

The money is part of $3.7 million in funding announced today by the Government to improve Australia's disaster resilience.

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Sentinel system is one of 22 projects funded under the NEMP in 2015-2016.

"We live in a uniquely challenging environment as a result of national disasters," he said.

"The NEMP program is supporting innovative solutions to address the disaster risks."

Funding will also go to other projects including:
•$257,000 to support the Queensland Farmers' Federation to develop tools to assist farmers and the agricultural industry to better manage the impact of natural disasters on their businesses;
•$150,000 to support Volunteering Australia to strengthen the attraction, support and retention of emergency management volunteers;
•$200,000 for the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council to develop a national capability roadmap to improve the effectiveness of emergency services and management organisations;
•$145,000 to support the University of Adelaide to develop communications resources for emergency managers to support culturally diverse communities

"Natural disasters have an enormous impact on our economy and cripple businesses and communities," Mr Keenan said.

"These projects, led by government agencies, non-government organisations, volunteer organisations and researchers, will all help communities better prepare and respond to natural disasters."

THAICOM Celebrates Ten Years Of IPSTAR Satellite Service

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=913062521

[SatNews] Thaicom marks the tenth anniversary of IPSTAR, the world's first High Throughput Satellite (HTS) and one of the catalysts of the huge shift the satellite industry has undergone over the past decade.

When launched in 2005, IPSTAR was the heaviest commercial GEO satellite ever orbited, with a launch mass of nearly 6,500 kg. This was also the first satellite to achieve a maximum 45 Gbps of capacity and was one of the first commercial satellites to use electric propulsion.

Since 2005, IPSTAR has been Asia-Pacific's leading broadband satellite platform and service, underlining Thaicom's innovative and pioneering role in the satellite industry. Designed for high-speed, two-way broadband communication over an IP platform, IPSTAR provides coverage over most of Asia-Pacific via multiple narrowly focused spot beams. As is typical of HTS, IPSTAR is capable of maximizing the available frequency for transmission and increases bandwidth by a factor of twenty when compared to traditional Ku-band satellites, resulting in more efficient operations.

The technology, according to Thaicom's Chief Executive Officer Suphajee Suthumpun, kick-started a massive shift in the satellite industry and satellites' capabilities, enabling new services, such as the provision of high-speed broadband to previously underserved and unserved areas.

IPSTAR has a successful track record of providing the region's telecom industry, businesses, homes and government administrations with cost-effective satellite broadband access, capacity and services. Whether empowering school children through access to online learning materials, backing up business operations or expanding cellular networks in low-density population markets, IPSTAR has helped remove distance barriers in Asia-Pacific. The satellite has also provided critical services such as Internet and telephone communications after numerous disasters, including the devastating Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011 and both the China and Christchurch earthquakes, among others.

Today, variations in HTS architecture mean the range of applications it is used for is expanding. Traditionally, broadband via HTS was targeted at consumers in rural and remote areas. While this remains a key area, the last few years have brought about an increasing trend of HTS being used to provide connectivity in schools, on trains and buses and even for maritime crews and airline passengers.

Executive Comment

"Since the launch of IPSTAR, HTS has proven its staying-power with widespread use in a variety of broadband applications and, even after ten years, remains more relevant than ever," said Suthumpun. "With HTS having grown so popular, the satellite market must continue to evolve through the influence of new technology. Operators should expect to see increased demand for HTS in the future as consumers' expectations for fast, ubiquitous and cost-effective connectivity continue to grow. At Thaicom, we are pleased to have made such a significant contribution to this new era of satellite communications and remain committed to supporting what looks like a very bright future for HTS—both for the next ten years, and beyond."

Japan readies for 4K, and 8K

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/11/japan-readies-for-4k-and-8k/

Japanese satellite operator B-SAT, backed in part by public broadcaster NHK, says its latest spacecraft B-Sat 4a, now on order from Space Systems/Loral, will be ready for widescale 4K and 8K broadcasts.

B-Sat’s CEO Takashi Yabashi, says that the satellite will be used for 4K and 8K direct-to-home services, starting in 2018. The satellite is scheduled for launch in late 2017, and is double the size of the craft it will replace (B-Sat 3a).

Some test transmissions of 4K broadcasts are already under trial (using transponder 17 on B-Sat 3b) with further testing taking place this year.

Globalstar Says Its Satellites Are Not Susceptible To Hackers

From http://empowerednews.net/globalstar-says-its-satellites-are-not-susceptible-to-hackers/1854533/

Globalstar indicated recently that its communication system is not susceptible to hackers. The announcement came after Synack, a security company, revealed that hackers can take advantage of flaws in the system of the LA-based company to monitor valuable cargo as well as disable location-tracking devices used in monitoring the cargo. Special activities manager of Synack, Colby Moore, also said hackers can also make the shipment appear to be travelling towards its intended route. The cargo may include electronics, military supplies along with gas and volatile substances.

However, Globalstar said the claims of Synack were “self-serving” and “incorrect” through a recent press release. The move of the company goes against what product vendors would normally do when their products are found to be vulnerable to attacks. Companies typically work with researchers in finding solutions to security concerns.

The company likened the claims of Synack to an auto mechanic who reveals minor issues in a vehicle and proposes to fix the vehicle for a considerable price tag. It also indicated that a Rube Goldberg analysis as well as doomsday language was used by the representative of Synack in demonstrating a vulnerability that does not exist.

Globalstar Says Its Satellites Are Not Susceptible To Hackers

The company admitted that an engineer from Synack revealed some possible vulnerabilities on the Simplex data service of the company in March 2015. But, it indicated that after a “thorough review,” the company determined that the claims of Synack were implausible or incorrect.

In contrast to the claims of Moore, the company said a good number of devices are encrypted, particularly in situations when high-value assets are tracked by the customer. The company also touched on the assessment of Moore that its satellite system is old and it was necessary to re-architecture its communications protocol.

The company said it was unnecessary to re-architecture its systems and it has a new satellite network since it was completed in 2013. The company stressed that it takes security threats seriously and continuously monitors the technical landscape as well as upgrade its systems to ensure the security of their customers. Globalstar indicated that it will continuously optimize its products for security concerns and work on addressing illegal actions immediately.

'Watch pirate TV, face criminal action'

From http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/crime/watch-pirate-tv-face-criminal-action-1.1563036

Officials clamp down on underground market for Dish TV and other unlicensed services

Dubai: Residents can face criminal action for consuming pirated TV services and content, a major broadcaster has warned.

It follows a spate of raids in the UAE on piracy dealers, leading to shop closures, heavy fines and even deportation.

The Dubai-based OSN network said consumers can also be prosecuted for violating local copyright laws.

CID officials and economic departments nationwide have investigated and conducted some 50 raids covering hotels, shops and labour accommodations, based on complaints filed by OSN.

Also, roughly 50 satellite channels showing pirated content were taken down following anti-piracy efforts by MBC as well. MBC is also Dubai based and is watched by 120 million people daily.

In June, OSN revealed that a manager of an Abu Dhabi shop selling unauthorised subscription and decoders for Indian pay-TV operator Dish TV was ordered to be deported.

“In the Abu Dhabi case, the manager was deported; he lost his visa. The consumer of piracy content is taking a risk too. It can be fines, and it can ultimately lead to the removal of your visa. That’s what they are risking — criminal conviction. But the vast majority are not aware,” OSN CEO David Butorac said.

Decoders for Dish TV and other Indian pay-TV services such as Tata Sky, Sun Direct, Nova and Airtel Digital TV are “illegal devices” in the UAE, say a public interest website called www.dotherightthingme.com. The website includes information on the Anti Piracy Coalition, which has 28 broadcasters as members, including OSN and MBC.

Indian content is hugely popular with expats from the Indian subcontinent who make up the bulk of UAE’s population. More than half of all families coming from the Indian subcontinent into Gulf countries are using pirated receivers, the website says. Pirates offer cheaper rates to “subscribers” because they have low costs as they don’t pay legitimate fees, Butorac added.

“People are still watching content illegally. By and large, consumers are not aware they are acting illegally. They may be shocked to realise they are actually paying to crime groups. We shouldn’t dress it up as anything else.”

He added that while the economic departments and police “focus on the dealers, large companies and labour camps, we’ll continue our efforts on the supply side and also educate consumers on criminal liability, and reinforce the measures in making people aware of legitimate services”.

Many consumers are unaware they are watching pirated channels, MBC Group CEO Sam Barnett added.

Piracy is “a significant crime” draining out million of dirhams from the legitimate broadcast industry in the UAE and region, Barnett said.

Hugely popular content on MBC has been “stolen” hundreds of times by “shady, Mafioso-style channels” that do not pay huge sums in exclusive broadcast rights as MBC does, he said.

The pirate channel operators make money from advertising and SMS services related to the channels. Barnett added that many consumers are aware they are watching pirated content on such channels.

“The grey area is fading away; it is becoming black and white. A choice will have to be made to operate legally or illegally, which is an ethical issue and one which also risks arrest,” Barnett said.

Despite the clampdowns, unlicensed pay-TV services or pirated content on free-to-air satellite channels are not rare or hard to find. Many watchmen in residential towers also act as brokers between piracy dealers and tenants. But greater awareness about piracy — and reports of official crackdowns — has persuaded some residents to shun piracy.

“I used to pay around Dh700 a year to get Dish TV here because it’s cheap and has my favourite shows. My husband warned me it’s not allowed here but I didn’t care. After I heard there was action taken against some people, I gave it up and subscribed to a legal TV service. [Piracy] is cheap but not worth the legal risk,” an Indian housewife in Sharjah said on condition of anonymity.

ZMCL to launch English news channel for global audience

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/news-broadcasting/zmcl-to-launch-english-news-channel-for-global-audience-150807

MUMBAI: Zee Media Corporation Limited (ZMCL) is looking at expanding its portfolio of news channels. The network is prepping itself for an English news channel now, albeit for the global audience.

“I have been harbouring this thought of starting a global news network in English for the global audience but with an India point of view,” said Essel Group chairman Dr Subhash Chandra.

The network is currently working on the channel. “We will announce the launch soon, it could be any week or any month,” added Chandra.

The channel could be launched with or without a partner, informed Chandra adding that the channel will first launch in India and then have a global presence. “We will start with our nation and then go global,” he said.


Saturday feeds

D2 12571 V Sr 7500 Fec2/3, DVBS2/8PSK, 1280x720 HD, FTA.. Service name: "STS 9" showing Oceanic Pro League (video gaming)

Also seen on C1 12406 V

D2 12662V 6669 "SCV" Cairns Giddy ups
D2 12681V 6669 "SD ENCODER 5" Encrypted

D1 12430 V Sr 6110 3/4 NNN907
D1 12635 V Sr 7200 2/3 ATN7SNV
D1 12643 V Sr 7200 4/5 BTN7 SNG

From my Email

From saldav1

Asiasat 5 Feedlog

4093 H SR 9875 PGATOUR_TX5 Men's Golf from the USA, (FTA.)
(Nice to see some golf from the States in the mornings!)

3867 H SR 7500 2015 KL Grand Prix, (FTA.)
3885 H SR 7200 $A TEAM TRI SERIES ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 UKI-1324 Path1 Rythymic Gymnastics World Cup, Budapest, HUNGARY, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7120 Gigatel HD PILSEN GOLF MASTERS (Final Round) - Women's Golf from the Czech Republic, (FTA.)
3912 H SR 14399 Ch-1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
3928 V SR 7120 SHENZHENG3 Chinese programming - (damal.cn.), (FTA.)
4067 H SR 7199 Fi01 BBC HD MFF (Malmo FF) v GBG (Goteborg) Soccer from Malmo, SWEDEN, (FTA.)

(Watching this game bought back memories of being in Sweden and staying in Goteborg two years ago!)

4086 H SR 7199 Fi05 GBBBC Soccer League - WIL v VIT, (FTA.)
(Some interesting European Soccer feeds overnight Sunday night!)

From the Dish

Optus D1 160.0E ABC News 24 has started on 12514 H, 12532 H, 12550 H, 12577 H, 12595 H and 12613 H, Fta.

Horizons 2 85.0E 12080 H "Telecafé" has started on , encrypted. SET Russia is Fta

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12438 H "TV Parliament" has started on , encrypted.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is Fta again.

ABS 2 75.0E 12153 H RT Doc, Mir 24, LifeNews, RTG TV, RTG HD, Rusong TV, Okhota i Rybalka, KHL TV, Detski Mir, Lubimoe Kino and Mir Seriala have started on , Fta Mult, Russkiy Bestseller and IQ HD are now Fta

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "Colombo TV" has left .
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Dheeran TV" has started on , Fta
Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V "Safari, Reporter, Tamilan TV, Polimer and Polimer News" have started on , Fta

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R "Soundcity TV" is now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 11010 H "Pro Sieben Deutschland" has left .

Intelsat 904 60.0E 3744 R "MITV, Silverbird TV, Spice, Televista, OnTV and Lagos TV" are now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,SET India替换Star Plus(斐济)频道,设置3920 V 28800参数有条件接收。[08-10]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,MONO 29、New TV、PPTV HD(泰国)频道重现,设置11758 V 45000参数免费接收。[08-10]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星Ku频段,SyFy(泰国)频道消失,设置12645 V 30000参数无效接收。[08-10]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星Ku频段,Enisey TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置12718 V 27500参数无效接收。[08-10]

东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Star Plus(斐济)频道解密,设置3920 V 28800参数免费接收。[08-09]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Aaj Tak、Aaj Tak US(印度)等7个频道新增,设置4183 H 16296参数有条件接收。[08-09]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,TV Centr Ural(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置3600 L 5925参数免费接收。 [8月9日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,STN Lanka、Sri TV Movies(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [8月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、PBO(梦幻卫视)等5个频道加密,设置12470 V 25600参数有条件接收。 [8月9日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TV Maldives、Sangu TV、Dhi Plus(马尔代夫)频道消失,设置4030 V 6920参数无效接收。 [8月9日]
东经113度轨道位置的韩星5号卫星Ku频段,Star Movies、PBO(梦幻卫视)等5个频道解密,设置12470 V 25600参数免费接收。 [8月9日]


Sorry no news section


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


New Channel

"C Plus TV"
Asiasat 7 (105.5E)
TP.3880 H 27500

From my Email


From the Dish

Apstar 7 76.5E 4059 V "Sangu TV and Dhi Plus" have started on , Fta.

ABS 2 75.0E 11665 V Zhivaya Planeta, Park Razvlicenii, Mama, Techno 24, Nastoyashee Strashnoe TV and 24 Dok on are now encrypted.

Y1A 52.5E 11881 VGEM Series, GEM Arabia and GEM Teen have started on , Fta.
Y1A 52.5E 11938 HArezo TV, Ayna TV and Noor TV have started on, Fta.
Y1A 52.5E 11977 H "Nessma Al Hamra" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,台视、中视、华视、民视(Skynindo)等全组频道解密,设置4100 V 30000参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Sony Max HD(高清)频道新增,设置3845 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-07]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Libya Al Watanya(Arabsat)频道重现,设置3820 V 27500参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Rai Italia(意大利)频道消失,设置3805 H 4725参数无效接收。[08-07]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(高清)频道重现,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[08-07]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Cubavision Intern(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。[08-07]
东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,New TV 1、PPTV HD(泰国)等4个频道消失,设置11758 V 45000参数无效接收。 [8月7日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,P+ Sitive Herlth(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3742 V 7000参数免费接收。 [8月7日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南1号卫星Ku频段,VTV 1(VTC)频道加密,设置11008 H 28800参数有条件接收。 [8月7日]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影(MPEG-4)频道加密,设置11105 V 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,卫视中文电影(Sky Net)频道解密,设置11105 V 45000参数免费接收。 [8月6日]

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Foxtel iQ3 backlash continues with claims $150 product is a 'work in progress'

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/foxtel-iq3-backlash-continues-with-claims-150-product-is-a-work-in-progress-20150806-git6eb.html

Major software bugs plague iQ3

Months after launching its bug-laden $150 iQ3 video recording device, Foxtel is still facing a barrage of complaints about the product despite issuing a second major software update last week.

The version update, which is now rolling out automatically to iQ3 owners, promised several improvements to issues such as recording, storing and deleting shows, as well as overall improved stability.

But customers have reported new problems after refreshing their iQ3's software, with more than one user describing the update on Foxtel's community forum as "10x worse" than the previous update, which came in May.

Reported problems include picture and menus disappearing; frozen screens; remote control unresponsiveness; programs being deleted or not recording properly; and needing to reboot the iQ3 multiple times a day.

"4 faults so far after new software ... It worked better with the old version," said "Jooster" on the forum.

Know more? Email us

Others community members expressed concern that major bugs such as lag-time issues, audio dropping out, and forced reboots were not referenced at all in the latest update.

One forum member claimed a technician was coming to replace his iQ3 box for the third time, suggesting hardware issues at play for some in addition to the software issues.

On Twitter, customers have described the device as Foxtel's "worst technology" and "the worst purchase I've ever made".

The company said it prioritised software updates based on customer feedback, but admitted the new update "hasn't addressed everything you've been waiting on".

Frustrated users will have to wait months for the next software update, with Foxtel community manager Nik confirming the company would be pushing out updates only every two to three months.

"The priority of these updates will be driven by customer feedback provided via the community and also from customer technical contacts," he said.

Foxtel flagged improvements to the performance, speed and stability of the iQ3 in the next update, in particular to its "reliability and Bluetooth functionality".

But some customers are fed up with waiting for fixes and are already shifting back to the iQ2 device, which is now several years old.

Meanwhile at Foxtel, the iQ3 is causing fraught issues internally.

The company's official line is that technical call volumes from customers about iQ3 have followed a "similar pattern" to the iQ2 after launch, and that it has seen subscriber issues "diminish significantly, especially since the first software update".

"The best measure of problems being faced by customers is technical call volumes," the Foxtel spokesperson said.

"With our latest software update, we expect to see significant increases in customer satisfaction."

Although Foxtel does not officially disclose details of the number of products sold, an inside source told Fairfax Media there were more than 90,000 iQ3 devices in Australian homes with only "a very small proportion" reporting any issues to the company.

However, a separate internal source said technicians were quietly advising potential customers "not to bother" with iQ3, and described the product as still "in beta".

Support staff are also reportedly admitting to customers that iQ3 remains a "work in progress", four months on.

This was backed up by a third source close to the matter, who said Foxtel staff would "fully admit they [iQ3 boxes] are not up to scratch when you call in".

Foxtel released the iQ3 on March 23, just one day before US streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia.

The company has continually denied it rushed the release to compete with Netflix.

Fox Sports launches Rugby World Cup channel

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/fox-sports-launches-rugby-world-cup-channel/story-e6frg996-1227474131492

Foxtel subscribers will be able to watch all 48 Rugby World Cup matches live in high definition on a dedicated Fox Sports channel as part of its most comprehensive coverage of the quadrennial tournament yet.
Fox Sports chief executive Patrick Delany said his company would be the only Australian broadcaster with a commentary team on the ground in host city London for the entire tournament, which starts in 42 days.

“This is a huge win for rugby fans,” Mr Delany said. ‘Not only will viewers get to watch every live match of the Wallabies and the other 19 nations compete for the Webb Ellis Trophy but they will be treated to the biggest and most dynamic coverage available.”

Fox Sports will show games without advertising breaks during play and immediately prior to kick off.
By providing an uninterrupted viewing experience, Fox Sports aims to retain and drive up subscribers to pay-TV platform Foxtel.

Starting on September 14, the eighth edition of the Rugby World Cup will see Australia’s Wallabies target their third title, while the New Zealand All Blacks will go into the tournament as defending champions.

“We will deliver the event across every platform with the only Australian team on ground capturing all the hype and excitement as London hosts the biggest sporting event of the year,” Mr Delaney said.

The live match broadcast will be complemented with extensive pre and post-match coverage, and new programming and a revamped version of Rugby HQ.

The pay-TV program provider will also air a 10-part documentary series called “Rugby Legends”.

As the official Australian digital publisher, Fox Sports will deliver extensive coverage and video highlights at foxsports.com.au.

Victorian racing back on Sky

From http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=13315#g0dSBzbPjUAoRCtE.97

The blackout of Victorian thoroughbred racing on Sky channel is over with the TAB-owned station to show Saturday's Aurie's Star meeting.

The agreement between Sky and Racing Victoria ended when they could not come to terms after RV assigned their media rights to Seven West Media in June.

Until Friday, Victorian racing could only be seen via digital channel 78 or racing.com.

RV and Tabcorp have agreed on a five-year commercial deal that incorporates domestic and international broadcast rights.

Victorian thoroughbred racing will be on Sky's wall-to-wall Foxtel channel 519 and 520 but not on Sky's showcase 521.

The split began late last year when the Australian Turf Club signed with Sky bringing about the demise of the industry-owned TVN.

Victoria went on its own to form the new alliance with Seven.

Will the Jabiru ever fly

From http://www.itwire.com/it-industry-news/listed-tech/68891-will-the-jabiru-ever-fly

The nails continue to be hammered into NewSat’s coffin. Another asset, its launch spot with Arianespace, is gone.

NewSat’s dream of a commercial Australian owned satellite system straddling the globe is in ruins. The company is bankrupt, the result of mismanagement and hubris. Its flagship satellite, Jabiru-1, sits uncompleted in a US factory, subject to ownership uncertainty, and now it has lost its contract to launch it.

Jabiru is named after the common name for the Asian black-necked stork found in Queensland and the Northern Territory, where there is also a town of that name. The Jabiru is a large creature, with a wingspan exceeding two metres, but it seems unlikely that the NewSat bird of the same name will ever fly.

NewSat is under administration. CEO Adrian Ballintine is in trouble for financial irregularities and for allegedly using corporate money for private purposes. Its satellite, being built by Lockheed-Martin, is up for grabs at a fire sale price.

And now European space agency Arianespace, which was to have launched Jabiru-1 from French Guiana later this year, has pulled the plug. Anyone who buys Jabiru-1 must now go through the time-consuming and expensive process of finding another launch window, further reducing its value.

Yesterday receivers McGrathNicol told the ASX that Arianespace had terminated the launch contract. “Arianespace had previously agreed to a standstill agreement with the Administrators under which Arianespace would not terminate the Jabiru-1 Launch Services Agreement (LSA) before 31 July 2015, on the basis that the LSA be assumed or assigned by that date.

“The LSA was not assumed or assigned by the agreed deadline due to the absence of an unconditional offer supporting a sale or assignment. Consequently, on 4 August 2015 Arianespace notifies Jabiru Satellite Limited that the LSA has been terminated with immediate effect.

“This termination notice has the effect of extinguishing NewSat’s legal interest in the LSA.”

What is left? Very little. NewSat’s teleports in Australia where snapped up last month for just $12 million by SpeedCast. The company still technically owns the nearly completed Jabiru-1 satellite which still sits in Lockheed Martin’s vast satellite assembly plant in California. Its total cost was put at $600 million.

It is unlikely that it will bring anything near that amount – if a buyer can be found.

30% will abandon poor video quality experience

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/06/research-third-of-viewers-will-abandon-poor-video-quality-experience

Viewers are looking for a TV-like experience and will quickly abandon their show if the spell is broken and they are reminded they are online, according to the findings of a UK consumer report from OTT video experience optimisation specialist Conviva, with one third of respondents singling this out as the most important factor when choosing a service.

This is especially true when it comes to subscription-based services – despite the proliferation of smartphone and tablet devices, paid-for services must be able to emulate traditional Pay TV on large screens (as well as smartphone or tablet) or risk losing paying customers. Eighty-four per cent of respondents said they would give a poor quality service at best a minute before moving on to the next thing.

Respondents were vocal about the importance of this over the content of the programme – three out of 10 viewers will abandon a poor quality experience immediately, regardless of the content of the programme.

Other key findings of the survey include:

•High willingness to pay – 6 out of 10 viewers pay for a subscription VoD service

•PC is king – 79 per cent of OTT TV Viewers prefer watching on a PC, despite the increasing move towards smart phone and tablet viewing

•Choice is a defining factor for success – once a service is selected, 3 out of 10 subscribers look at the breadth of the content library as the key reason to stay or churn

Hui Zhang, CEO of Conviva said: “The stakes have never been higher. It’s clear that, while consumers are flocking to OTT video, they don’t want to be reminded they are watching online. Slow start times, interruptions, poor picture quality – all have considerable implications for providers, in terms of subscription retention and content monetisation. As content consumption moves away from the traditional TV-based model, broadcasters need to ensure their online platforms deliver a seamless experience regardless of the device used. Don’t break the spell, and take consumers away from the TV experience – deliver compelling, broadcast quality experiences, increase engagement and the dollars will follow.”

FBC TV to broadcast EPL16

From http://www.fbc.com.fj/sports/31851/fbc-tv-to-broadcast-epl

FBC CEO, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.Taken from/By: FBC SportsReport by: Indra SinghThe Fiji Broadcasting Corporation has today announced it will be showing four live English Premier League games on FBC TV each week starting on Sunday. This will be third season in a row, that FBC TV will be showing the EPL, which is very popular amongst locals. However, for the new season, FBC TV will be giving all Fijians more games than before, with four live games each week. The viewers will get to watch 164 games live games each week. FBC chief executive Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says there will be an increase in games that will be broadcast to 4 games per week, compared to 2 games in previous season. “Because there is a huge demand for this. Ever since we started showing EPL matches for free for the first time, the demand for it has been overwhelming. People have been calling us and writing to us and saying thank you so much FBC because you are putting this on for the ordinary Fijians for the first time.” Apart from the live games, viewers can also watch the EPL Preview, Review and Magazine Shows each week coupled with more on the EPL to be featured on FBC Sports Lounge.

Lockheed Martin Awarded Commercial Atlas Launch Contract For EchoStar XIX Communications Satellite

From http://www.rfglobalnet.com/doc/lockheed-martin-atlas-launch-contract-echostar-xix-communications-satellite-0001

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, has been selected by EchoStar Corporation to provide commercial launch services for the EchoStar XIX communications satellite. The satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2016 on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

EchoStar XIX, also known as JUPITER 2, is a large, multi-spot beam Ka-band satellite that will help meet the growing demand for HughesNet high-speed satellite internet service in North America. The satellite, built by SSL in Palo Alto, California, is designed to provide service for 15 years or longer.

“This is an important launch to HughesNet customers and the Atlas V rocket makes it an ideal choice for this launch,” said Steve Skladanek, president of Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services. “The Atlas program brings unmatched performance, reliability and schedule assurance for EchoStar and Hughes.”

“We are looking forward to the EchoStar XIX launch with Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services and appreciate the vast experience and expertise that they bring to the table as we work toward a mission success in late 2016,” said Michael Dugan, president and CEO of EchoStar Corporation.

Lockheed Martin Commercial Launch Services markets the Atlas V to commercial satellite customers worldwide and also offers Athena launch services for small satellites and multi-payload RideShare missions. The company is responsible for contracts, marketing, sales and mission management for commercial and international government Atlas missions and all Athena missions.

For more information, visit echostar.com or lockheedmartin.com.

About EchoStar Corporation

EchoStar Corporation is a premier global provider of satellite and video delivery solutions. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, and conducting business around the globe, EchoStar is a pioneer in secure communications technologies through its EchoStar Satellite Services, EchoStar Technologies Corporation and Hughes Network Systems business segments.

About Lockheed Martin

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2014 were $45.6B.


A few new Pakistani channels , Fta on Asiasat 7 see from the dish section

From my Email

From Saldav1

Feed log Asiasat 5

3750 V SR 14399 Ch-1 Asian Women's Soccer, (FTA.)
3896 V SR 7199 Ch-1 LA LIGA WORLD Soccer - SHA vs ATM, (FTA.)
3826 H SR 4166 SD ASEAN SUMMIT 2 ASEAN SUMMIT Highlights, (FTA.)
4084 H SR 4937 ASEAN PWTC PATH 1 Camera on ASEAN SUMMIT Dining area, (FTA.)
3912 H SR 14399 Ch-1 Soccer from JAPAN, (FTA.)

From the Dish

Intelsat 18 180.0E 3753 R "AFN Movie, AFN Sports, AFN Prime Atlantic, AFN Spectrum, AFN Prime Pacific, AFN News, AFN Prime Korea, AFN Guide and AFN Family" have started on, PowerVu.

SES 7 108.2E 2625 V "MNC World News" has started on , Videoguard.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H Sr 5040 "MLQ Movies and Azad Movies" have started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "NetViet" is back on , Fta.

Apstar 7 76.5E 4129 V "BTV" is now encrypted.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11356 V Jeevan TV, Jaihind TV, Darshana TV, Janam TV, Kaumudy TV, Peppers, Moon TV, Thanthi TV, News 7 Tamil and Sathiyam TV have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 904 60.0E Nika TV has moved from 11517 V to 10957 V, Fta.

Express AT1 56.0E 11727 L "Sport 1, IQ HD and 360° Podmoskove" have left .

From asiatvro site

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Test(华人卫视)测试频道新增,设置12531 V 15000参数有条件接收。[08-06]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Service 1、Service 7(测试)等7个频道新增,设置3932 H 18330参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Reporte(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。[08-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Eco Channel替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。[08-06]
东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Fox Family Movies HD(高清)频道消失,设置12711 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-06]
东经96.5度轨道位置的快车AM33号卫星C频段,Rossiya 2、NTV(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置3875 R 33390参数无效接收。[08-06]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Euronews替换Outdoor(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。 [8月6日]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Rossia 2、Eurokino(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置11793 V 43200参数无效接收。 [8月6日]

东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Colombo TV、Channel 3(孟加拉)频道消失,设置11294 H 44900参数无效接收。 [8月5日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Polimer TV、Safari TV(印度)等5个频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [8月5日]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,SCH替换Al Jazeera(蒙古)频道,设置12629 H 43200参数有条件接收。[08-05]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,Al Jazeera替换SCH(蒙古)频道,设置12690 H 43200参数有条件接收。[08-05]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Shagun TV替换NSN News Marathi(印度)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test Channel(亚洲卫星宣传)频道改频率,设置4060 V 29000参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Life Line替换Tunes 6(印度)频道,设置3790 H 7200参数免费接收。[08-05]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(印度)频道消失,设置3790 H 7200参数无效接收。[08-05]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,INSE HD替换Show Channel(高清)频道,设置12657 H 45000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星Ku频段,XZYT HD替换CBeebies(泰国)频道,设置12396 H 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月4日]
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Struggling Quickflix looking to China

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/struggling-quickflix-looking-to-china/story-e6frg8zx-1227471735072

Quickflix boss Stephen Langsford. Online movie streaming business Quickflix is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its incept...

Online video and DVD rental service Quickflix is looking to China to save its struggling business, with the acquisition of a mystery Shanghai-based TV content maker that will allow it to tap into Asia’s burgeoning middle class.

Quickflix yesterday exited a self-imposed four-day trading halt to announce the non-binding memorandum of understanding that will see it reinvent itself as an online distributor of film and TV content into China and international markets through the acquisition of the Shanghai-based company.

The identity of the acquisition target as well as the means with which Quickflix — which has just under $1 million in cash reserves — will pay for the transaction remain a mystery. Quickflix yesterday refused to answer any questions about the acquisition. The announcement came just a day after the collapse of a deal between Quickflix and Foxtel and Seven joint venture Presto.

The Presto deal would have substantially boosted the content on offer to Quickflix subscribers by positioning the company as a reseller of Presto’s online content, freeing it up from the costly impost of purchasing online streaming rights for movies and TV shows.

But the company said the deal fell through after conditions of its agreement to resell Presto had not been met.

When the Presto deal was announced in May Quickflix chief executive Stephen Langsford said it would “bring significant improvement for the economics of Quickflix”. Yesterday Quickflix was singing from the same song sheet when announcing its Chinese deal, saying the tie-up between the two companies would result in “a significantly improved financial outlook and the ability to access further capital for growth”.

Improved financial performance is a must for Quickflix, which last week reported a loss of $800,000 (and $3.83m for the year to date) and a 13 per cent decline in customers in the three months to June.

The subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) market has exploded into action this year with the arrival of global streaming giant Netflix and the launch of local players in Presto, and Stan, a joint venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax.

Quickflix blamed pent-up ­demand for Netflix for causing a sharp decline in its paying subscribers in the past three months, which fell to 107,969 from 122,862 a year ago.

“With the arrival of the SVOD players in Australia, particularly Netflix, it is very tough for Quickflix to survive in its current guise,” said Venture Insights’ Daniel Blair. “So it is forced to pivot … for now we don’t know which Chinese party they are talking to. It will be interesting to see in due course.”

Enter the Dragon: Quickflix lives to fight another day

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/computers/gadgets-on-the-go/enter-the-dragon-quickflix-lives-to-fight-another-day-20150805-girwtu.html

Australia's Quickflix isn't going down without at fight, striking a deal with a Chinese movie studio.

Quickflix faces digital extinction

Rather than surrender to an Aussie streaming rival, Quickflix is expanding into China.

People were quick to write-off Australia's pioneer streaming video service when it revealed an acquisition was on the cards, but Quickflix isn't selling out to the likes of Netflix, Presto or Stan. Instead Quickflix is acquiring a Chinese movie studio to gain a foothold in the world's biggest market.

It's only a Memorandum of Understanding, more details will be available by the end of the month, but for now Quickflix is only saying that it's acquiring a "Shanghai-based company [which] produces original Chinese language film and TV, participates in co-production in China and international markets and has a slate of future production including a co-production with a US studio".

While four streaming services squabble over a tiny market of 25 million people, it makes sense for Quickflix to chase the one billion potential customers sitting on our doorstep.

Along with access to China, the profitable Chinese company helps improve Quickflix's financial outlook. What Quickflix brings to the party is its mature streaming platform and app ecosystem, something which it has invested considerable time and money in over the years. It's one of Quickflix's most valuable assets, along with its subscriber list.

Meanwhile it's business as usual for Quickflix's Australian service, much to the disappointment of those who have had it under death watch since the arrival of Netflix. I think Quickflix has been hard done by this year, with the media often ignoring its existence when discussing the streaming war between foreign raider Netflix and local contenders Presto and Stan (co-owned by Fairfax Media).

If one of these rivals was to acquire Quickflix for its customer base then I'd say Stan is the obvious candidate. Netflix doesn't have a history of growth through acquisition – it acquires content, not companies. When you look at its success in Australia, Netflix doesn't really need to acquire Quickflix – if Quickflix went under tomorrow Netflix would pick up the bulk of its customers without spending a cent, if for no other reason than Netflix's support for so many home entertainment devices.

Foxtel-backed Presto recently struck a content sharing deal with Quickflix, but that deal fell through yesterday. At the time it seemed like a good deal, allowing Quickflix to outsource the hassles of haggling with Hollywood to a company with more clout, while allowing Presto to reach more devices.

Presto might see the value in acquiring Quickflix for its customer base, but it's not that simple. Stan's parent company StreamCo has a handy insurance policy – it acquired a small slice of Quickflix from HBO. If Quickflix is sold or liquidated then StreamCo is entitled to a $10 million payout – several times Quickflix's total value.

Quickflix's "reseller" arrangement with Presto seemed designed to bypass Stan's insurance policy, but now the Quickflix/Presto content deal is off the table. So if any Australian service was to acquire Quickflix for its customer base it would be Stan. Quickflix is still losing money and customers in Australia, but if the Chinese deal secures Quickflix's future then Stan actually looks like the weakest player in a country which doesn't seem big enough to sustain four subscription streaming services in the long-term.

Foreign takeovers could still be on the cards, as Hulu and Amazon will eventually turn their attention to Australia. Amazon already has a massive customer base in Australia, so you'd think Hulu would be more interested in buying a local streaming service for its subscriber list. That said, Hulu is a little gun-shy after pulling out of Japan last year and seems keen to focus on the US for now (Netflix is launching in Japan in September).

Boeing loses major ABS satellite order

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/05/boeing-loses-major-abs-satellite-order/

Bermuda and Hong Kong-based satellite operator ABS had an order with Boeing to build its ABS-8 satellite. The order was placed last June and was to have served Australia, the MENA region, Russia and South and South-East Asia. It was due for delivery in 2017 and was a replacement craft for ABS-7 at 116.1 degrees East.

That contract is now in extreme jeopardy, and officially was terminated last month because Boeing was unable to secure export financing worth several hundred million dollars.

The US Export-Import Bank had its charter to do business end on June 30th, and there are major doubts over how US exporters and their foreign customers – in this case Boeing and ABS – can fund major export contracts.

Boeing has reportedly been told that ABS would now be seeking non-US suppliers of a satellite which could arrange bank financing.

Canada’s MDA, which owns Space Systems/Loral, has said it is considering moving its SS/L business out of the US for similar reasons (see separate story).

MTS promotes DTH service

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/08/05/mts-promotes-dth-service/

MTSRussia’s MTS has launched a major national advertising campaign to promote its DTH platform, which was officially launched last November.

According to AKTR and Comnews, it is likely to spend up to R1 billion (€14.5 million) on promoting the service, which MTS spokesman Dmitry Solodovnikov says the company aims to make one of the largest satellite TV operators in Russia within the next three years.

However, industry sources point out that pay-TV penetration is already high in Russia and its growth is slowing. The current 70% figure is unlikely to exceed 75-78%, meaning that pay-TV operators can realistically hope to secure an additional 4.5 million customers.

What is more, MTS will have to focus more on rural parts of the country, given that the take-up of IPTV services is growing the fastest in cities.

MTS’s DTH service is distributed by the ABS-2 satellite, which covers 95% of the populated part of Russia and reaches 99% of the population.

It offers viewers over 130 TV, some in HD, and cost as little as R1,200 a year to receive.

Speedcast wins contract at shipping company Vroon

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/speedcast-wins-contract-at-shipping-company-vroon--1095883

SpeedCast International won a multi-year communications contract from international shipping company Vroon. Its new Ku-band satellite service will facilitate connectivity with multi-megabit speeds for Vroon clients aboard specific categories of vessels. These include subsea-support vessels (10-25 passengers), walk-to-work vessels (with up to 60 passengers) and wind turbine installation/maintenance vessels (up to 110 passengers). Vroon operates a fleet of approximately 170 vessels, with more than 400 shore-based staff and around 4,000 marine personnel worldwide.

Globalstar GPS satellite signals: easy to hack, impossible to patch?

From http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news/globalstar-gps-satellite-signals-easy-to-hack-impossible-to-patch-080515.html

Unencrypted tracking transmissions can be read or altered

With the Black Hat USA conference ongoing in Las Vegas this week, there's been an equally ongoing supply of new cybersecurity threats and exploitable vulnerabilities unveiled by researchers there.

Researcher Colby Moore from the cybersecurity firm Synack discovered a vulnerability in Globalstar GPS tracking devices, which hackers could exploit in order to intercept or block transmissions, or even corrupt them with false data.

"Fundamentally broken from the get-go"

Globalstar's satellite phone services are not covered by this vulnerability, since those transmissions are encrypted in transit. But Globalstar's location-trackers don't use encryption, opting instead for a security system that frequently switches frequencies and clutters transmission with lots of inconsequential data. In theory, the combined frequency switches and inconsequential clutter should keep the transmissions secure.

But in a phone interview with Reuters, Moore said such systems are “kind of fundamentally broken from the get-go. I ended up figuring out how to decode the data in transit.”

Worse yet, the problem cannot be fixed with software because it's already embedded within the hardware of currently existing devices (although Globalstar could use software to encrypt transmissions and fix these vulnerabilities in whatever hardware it produces from this point forward).

Globalstar's GPS tracking system isn't quite the same thing as the roadmap GPS systems ordinary drivers use to find their way around. The devices are used primarily to track valuable or sensitive items in shipment, such as armored cars, airplanes and boats, though individual people sometimes subscribe to these tracking services as well. If, for example, you're a backwoods hiker planning a camping trip in the remote wilderness, a typical roadmap GPS isn't useful, but a tracking system such as Globalstar's could help rescuers find you if you get lost or injured.

False data

Either way, a hacker planting false data into such a tracking system could cause far more harm (or gain far more illicit profit) than simply making drivers get lost by advising them to take the wrong exit off an Interstate.

The Christian Science Monitor offered one potential scenario: “It's the middle of the night. Police dispatchers receive a frantic call from a shipping company – one of their drivers triggered a silent alarm to indicate thieves were stealing his cargo. But when officers arrive, they don’t find anything or anyone there. That's because, in movie-like fashion, thieves tampered with the satellite signal transmitting the truck's location and sent officers to the wrong location. Ten miles away, at the actual scene of the crime, robbers are moving the cargo into their own truck.”

Although there's no evidence indicating that anyone has already taken advantage of this Globalstar exploit, Moore said his results would be very easy for hackers to replicate, and it's possible that some criminal or government agencies might already be spying on Globalstar's tracking network. It's also possible that other networks besides Globalstar have this same vulnerability, Moore noted, though he is not familiar with those networks.

ESA Notches 100th High-speed Laser Link between Satellites 48,000 Kilometers Apart

From http://spacenews.com/esa-notches-100th-high-speed-laser-link-between-satellites-48000-kilometers-apart/

PARIS — The European Space Agency on Aug. 5 said it had successfully conducted 100 high-speed laser links between its Sentinel-1A radar Earth observation satellite in low Earth orbit and the AlphaSat satellite in geostationary orbit.

The tests offered further confirmation of the basic soundness of a technology that the 22-nation ESA is trying to develop into a commercial business in partnership co-funded with Airbus Defence and Space. For the moment, the effort is being slowed not by the technical performance of the laser communications, but by delays in the launch of geostationary satellites carrying the laser terminals.

The agency said communications since testing began in November have been established using as little as 1.1 watts of power, with up to 1.8 gigabits per second of Sentinel-1A synthetic aperture radar data delivered to AlphaSat at a distance of up to 48,000 kilometers.

The 100th link, established within 50 seconds on July 14, maintained stable bit-error-free communications for 10 minutes, ESA said.

Sentinel-1A’s orbit is 693 kilometers in altitude, inclined 98.2 degrees from the equator. AlphaSat, located over Central Africa at 24.8 degrees east in geostationary orbit, was launched in 2013. Its commercial L-band payload is operated by mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat of London.

The 22-nation ESA – which financed much of AlphaSat’s development along with Inmarsat – operates several technology demonstration payloads, including the laser communications terminal, which was financed by ESA and the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and built by Tesat Spacecom of Backnang, Germany.

The Optical Communication Terminal is one of four Technology Demonstration Payloads carried by Alphasat. It relays Earth observation data from low-Earth orbit (LEO) to geostationary orbit (GEO) through laser transmission. A Ka-band transmitter then forwards the data to a ground station. Credit: ESA

The European Commission has agreed to be the anchor customer for the European Data Relay System (EDRS), which Airbus wants to transform into what it calls the SpaceDataHighway to speed Earth observation to users.

Airbus has two laser communications payloads on geostationary-orbit satellites yet to be launched. The first, aboard Paris-based Eutelsat’s Eutelsat 9B commercial telecommunications satellite, has been delayed by the grounding of Russia’s Proton rocket but is now tentatively scheduled for launch late this year.

The second, still under construction, is scheduled for launch in 2017. Airbus ultimately wants to place a final laser payload aboard a commercial telecommunications satellite to be stationed over the Asia-Pacific region to offer global coverage to prospective customers including the U.S. Defense Department and its fleet of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Samsung Announces ‘Samsung Pay On TV’ For Its Smart TVs

From http://thetechportal.in/2015/08/05/samsung-announces-samsung-pay-on-tv-for-its-smart-tvs/


The best smart TVs in the world are getting a new on-demand feature today. Samsung has announced that its entertainment systems will now feature a new iteration of its e-payment system. The new service, dubbed ‘Samsung Pay on TV’, has been designed from scratch according to the tech firm to provide an easy and safe payment experience specifically meant for the TV.

The service has been launched after several months of speculation and will only be available on select 2014 and 2015 Samsung smart TV models and only in 32 countries, so don’t get overexcited just yet. Check if your smart TV is on the list first!

The payment system is a very simple 3-step service after you have successfully registered to it. You could either set it up with a credit/debit card or integrate it with a PayPal account, whatever is more convenient to you.

After that, it’s only a matter of choosing the item you want to purchase (you have a wide range of choices ranging from apps, in-app purchases, books and movies, and many other goodies), click on the ‘Pay Now’ button, and then enter your 4-digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) using Sammy boy’s latest virtual keyboard for smart TVs. And voila, your payment will be taken care of.

Another noteworthy fact about the service is that if you have an existing Samsung Pay account on any of your mobile devices, you can easily add this to your smart TV without any additional registration steps.

ISRO to Launch 9 Nano/Micro American Satellites during 2015-16

From http://news.siliconindia.com/technology/ISRO-to-Launch-9-NanoMicro-American-Satellites-during-201516-nid-185735-cid-2.html

BENGALURU: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will be launching nine nano/ micro satellites for United States during 2015-16 time frame.

This will be the first time that ISRO will launch U.S. satellite.

"As on date, Antrix Corporation Ltd, the commercial arm of ISRO, has signed agreement to launch about nine nano/micro U.S. satellites during 2015-2016 time frame," ISRO Director Public Relations Deviprasad Karnik said.

These satellites will go as piggyback on PSLV's (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle), officials said.

So far, 45 satellites belonging to international customers from 19 countries have been launched successfully by ISRO's satellite launch vehicles.

Meanwhile Dr K Sivan, Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, said that the first Reusable Launch Vehicle-Technology Demonstration (RLV-TD) would be held during the end of this year.

"The first RLV technology demonstration will be held in the end of 2015," Sivan told reporters in Thrissur.

RLV-TD is a series of technology demonstration missions that have been considered as a first step towards realising a Two Stage to Orbit (TSTO) fully re-usable vehicle.

Sivan also said that the fully indigenous developed Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) D6 would be launched by end of this month, adding the cost of the 2.5 tonne vehicle would be around Rs 250 crore.

The launch of GSAT 6 is expected to give a huge impetus in the field of communication sector in the country.

Q1-2016: Affirmation that DTH in India has turned the corner?

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/q1-2016-affirmation-that-dth-in-india-has-turned-the-corner-150805

BENGALURU: If numbers reported by direct-to-home (DTH) operators in Q1-2016 are anything to go by, then the segment might just have turned the corner last quarter.

As may be recalled, Indiantelevision.com had reported in the last quarter that the DTH industry in India had probably reached an inflection point in FY-2015 (financial year ended 31 March, 2015, previous year), and more so during the last quarter of the previous year (Q4-2015). The financial results for the quarter ended 30 June, 2015 (Q1-2016, current quarter) seem to confirm this fact.

Another endorsement of this website's surmise is a single statement in the Sun TV Network’s earning release for the current quarter – Subscription revenues continue to grow with cable TV revenues growing by approximately 13 per cent and DTH subscription revenue growing by nine per cent over the same quarter of last year. Sun TV had approximately eight per cent market share among the private Indian DTH players as on 31 March, 2015.

Note: 100,00,000 = 100 lakh = 10 million = 1 crore.

This report covers only the three of the seven DTH service providers in India (as had the previous one) since the other four – Reliance Digital TV, Sun Direct (about 97 lakh subscribers as on 31 March, 2015), Tata Sky and DD Free Dish are not listed on the bourses and their financial numbers are not available, unless the principals of these companies/segments chose to reveal them. The three players – Airtel DTH, Dish TV and Videocon d2h have already been covered in our earlier report mentioned above.

Despite Q1 being a relatively weak quarter seasonally, two of the three players – Airtel DTH, Dish TV and Videocon d2h have reported QoQ and YoY growth across all the important parameters that include revenue, operating profits with healthy margins, subscription numbers, average revenue per user (ARPU) for the current quarter. The third player Videocon d2h, has also shown improved numbers across all the parameters mentioned above, except in the case of operating profits – the company’s YoY and QoQ loss reduced significantly in Q1-2016.

Dish TV is the largest DTH player in terms of subscriber base and probably revenue too, in India. The company posted a 55.2 per cent QoQ growth in consolidated profit after tax of Rs 54.21 crore (7.2 per cent margin) in Q1-2016 on revenue of Rs 736.68 crore. For the corresponding quarter of last year, Dish TV had reported a loss of Rs 14.97 crore on revenue of Rs 618.04 crore.

As a matter of fact, Dish TV is also the first among listed DTH companies in the country in FY-2015 and Q4-2015 to report a profit after tax as opposed to the operating profits reported by a segment of the other goliaths for whom DTH services is just another small segment.

Airtel DTH reported the highest YoY growth in ARPU in Q1-2016, as well as the highest ARPU among the three players in this report.

Let us look at some of the numbers reported by the three players:

Airtel DTH

For Bharati Airtel Limited (Airtel), Digital TV services (Airtel DTH) contributes just a small fraction to its overall numbers. The DTH segment’s contribution to overall Airtel numbers is approximately four per cent to revenue and three per cent to EBIDTA, and yet it had a seven per cent share in the company’s capex investments pie to the extent of Rs 211.3 crore fresh investments in Q1-2016. Overall, cumulative investment made by Airtel into its DTH segment is Rs 5621.6 crore (about three per cent of Airtel’s overall cumulative investments).

Mentioning the DTH segment in Airtel’s Q1-2016 earning release, Airtel MD and CEO, India & South Asia Gopal Vittal said, “I am pleased that our revenue growth is broad based across all business units, especially the domestic enterprise and corporate segment, which saw revenues grow by 18.1 per cent, and DTH business which had a underlying topline growth of 26.8 per cent.”

Airtel DTH reported 15.8 per cent increase in YoY revenue to Rs 684.8 crore in Q1-2016 as compared to the Rs 591.5 crore in Q1-2015 and 7.9 per cent more than the Rs 634.8 crore in Q4-2015.

The telecom major’s DTH segment reported a 67 per cent growth in operating profit (EBIDTA) in the current quarter at Rs 240.8 crore (46.1 per cent margin) as compared to the Rs 143.8 crore (24.3 per cent margin) in Q1-2015 and 15.9 per cent more than the Rs 207.8 crore (32.7 per cent margin) immediate trailing quarter.

Airtel’s DTH segment reported 10.9 per cent YoY growth in Airtel DTH customer base for the current quarter at 104.12 lakh as compared to the 93.88 lakh in Q1-2015 and 3.4 per cent growth as compared to the 100.73 lakh in Q4-2015.

As mentioned above, ARPU in Q1-2016 improved significantly to Rs 222 as compared to the Rs 214 in both Q1-2015 and Q4-2015. Monthly churn in the current quarter was higher at 0.8 per cent as compared to the 0.6 per cent in the corresponding year ago quarter, but lower than the one per cent in the immediate trailing quarter.

Dish TV

Dish TV has shown almost flat QoQ revenue growth in Q1-2016. The company reported 0.9 per cent higher consolidated net total Income from Operations (TIO) in the current quarter at Rs 736.68 crore as compared to the Rs 729.93 crore in the immediate trailing quarter and 19.2 per cent more than the Rs 618.04 crore in Q1-2015.

As mentioned above, the company has reported 55.2 per cent higher PAT at Rs 54.21 (7.4 per cent margin) as compared to the Rs 34.94 crore (margin 4.8 per cent) in Q4-2015. The company had reported a loss of Rs 14.97 crore in Q1-2015, while it had reported a consolidated PAT of Rs 3.14 crore for FY-2015.

With effect from 1 April, 2015, Dish TV says that it has started netting-off certain collection fees paid to its trade partners from its topline. This has resulted in the company’s topline getting shrunk by around four per cent, with a similar number being decreased from the middle line.

Further, Dish TV transferred its non-core business (including set-top boxes, dish antenna and related services) to its wholly owned subsidiary Dish Infra Services Private Limited (formerly known as Xingmedia Distribution Private Limited) on 1 April, 2015 on a going concern basis.

The company reported addition of 3,90,000 net subscribers in Q1-2016, taking its total subscriber base to 1.33 crore as on 30 June, 2015. Post consolidation, Dish TV’s ARPU was Rs 173 versus Rs 172 (QoQ) in Q4-2015. The company reported consolidated subscription revenues at Rs 628.88 crore, up 20.6 per cent YoY.

Dish TV chairman Subhash Chandra said, “Dish TV has been actively contributing to the ‘Digital India’ movement by digitizing analog TV homes in DAS phase 3 and 4 markets and remains optimistic about its prospects to acquire a substantial share in these markets.”

Dish TV managing director Jawahar Goel added, “Our first quarter results are in line with the success of our regional and high definition (HD) strategy. Our regional offering, ‘Zing’, would soon be launched in Kerala and would carry the largest cache of vernacular channels offered in that market. ‘Zing’ cemented Dish TV’s supremacy in the DAS Phase 3 and 4 markets with custom-made content, hardware and service packages for the regional audience. High definition continues to be a value driver and a key differentiator for us compared to other DTH offerings in India. Dish TV’s industry leading bandwidth capacity supports 42 HD channels, the largest on offer by any distribution platform so far.”

Further, Dish TV recently formed a content negotiating joint venture (JV) called Comnet with its group company and multi system operator (MSO) Siti Cable Network Limited. Both Dish TV and Siti Cable are equal partners in the JV that came into existence on 1 July, 2015. As part of the JV, both companies will hold joint discussions with broadcasters post, which separate direct contracts between the broadcaster and distribution platform will be signed. The JV also tends to bring together the industry on contentious taxation issues like the recent arbitrary hike in entertainment tax in Delhi.

Videocon d2h

For Videocon d2h, the addition of 6.1 lakh gross subscribers and 4.6 lakh net subscribers in Q1-2016 coupled with higher ARPU for Q1-2016, resulted in a YoY 32.1 per cent growth in subscription revenue and 23.3 per cent growth in revenue from operations (TIO) in Q1-2016. On a QoQ basis, subscription revenue increased 3.7 per cent, while TIO increased six per cent. The company also reported a marked fall in finance costs and consequently the company’s loss in the current quarter more than halved to Rs 24.4 crore as compared to the Rs 55.8 crore in Q1-2015 and was less than a third of the Rs 75.7 crore in Q4-015.

TIO in Q1-2016 at Rs 662.83 crore was 23.3 per cent more than the Rs 537.65 crore in Q1-2015 and 6 per cent more than the Rs 625.27 crore in Q4-2015.

Videocon achieved strong subscription revenue growth of 32.1 per cent to Rs 599.61 crore (90.5 per cent of TIO) in Q1-2016 as compared to the Rs 453.77 crore (84.4 per cent of TIO) in Q1-2015 and growth of 3.7 per cent as compared to the Rs 578.33 crore (92.5 per cent of TIO) in the immediate trailing quarter Q4-2015.

Average revenue per user (ARPU) in Q1-2016 at Rs 205.30 was 9.7 per cent more than the Rs 187.14 in the corresponding year ago quarter and was 1.5 per cent more than the Rs 202.17 in Q4-2015. (Conversion rate from 1 dollar = 62.59 Indian rupee for all the three quarters).

The company considers advertisement revenue as an important contributor to its numbers, and is beginning to see an encouraging response from multiple advertisers. Videocon d2h recently set up an advertising team to sell ad inventory on its own proprietary channels and added three proprietary channels - d2h nursery rhymes; d2h Cinema HD; and another music channel. The company has also launched three Active services, namely, Active Kids, Active Games and Active Learning in this quarter, which the company says are beginning to get traction from its customer.

Videocon d2h executive chairman Saurabh Dhoot said, "We are pleased to declare a strong set of results for the quarter ended 30 June, 2015 and are on track to achieve the guidance provided for fiscal 2016. With a strong subscriber growth outlook, DTH sector gaining market share over cable and an improving ARPU scenario; we believe we are just at the beginning of a multi-year strong growth opportunity.”


The three players considered in this report had an approximate combined market share of 67 per cent in among the private players India at the end of the previous year, or more than two-thirds. It is still early days as yet to really conclude that the DTH sector in India has turned the corner based on good results for only two consecutive quarters reported by three companies that represent about two thirds of the sector. Of course, the amount of representation goes up to 75 per cent of the private players, if one were to consider the Sun TV market share of eight per cent. However, looking at the intensity and the moves of these players, it is quite likely that the sector should continue showing improved positive results, and may have turned the corner in Q4-2015.


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东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,HTC、24 Doc(俄罗斯)等6个频道加密,设置11665 V 44923参数有条件接收。[08-04]
东经92.2度轨道位置的中星9号卫星Ku频段,河北卫视、江西卫视(村村通)频道消失,设置12140 R 28800参数无效接收。 [8月4日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Sports Mosaic替换Ai Quran Aikareem(印尼)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经70.5度轨道位置的欧星70B号卫星Ku频段,Janam、Jai Hind(MPEG-4)等10个频道新增,设置11356 V 44900参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Future HD2(测试)高清频道解密,设置3800 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,PPTV HD(高清)频道消失,设置3920 H 30000参数无效接收。[08-03]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Universal HD、PPTV HD(高清)频道消失,设置11630 V 30000参数无效接收。[08-03]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Dream Works HD(高清)频道新增,设置11630 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV、BBC World News(AVG)等频道新增,设置11290 V 15000参数有条件接收。 [8月3日]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,BBTV Channel 7(泰国)频道解密,设置11630 V 30000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]
东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,NBT TV(IPM)频道解密,设置11481 H 45000参数免费接收。 [8月3日]


Pirate site blocking delay

From https://torrentfreak.com/pirate-site-blocking-delay-shows-lack-of-urgency-critics-say-150804/

Copyright holders who demanded a rapid introduction of site-blocking legislation in Australia are coming under fire for not presenting their first cases quickly enough. Under intense pressure the country introduced a new legal framework in June but six weeks on and the first site-blocking complaint is said to remain at the "legal advice" stage.

When entertainment industry groups speak publicly of the piracy situation, the rhetoric suggests that the sky is falling, that the very future of the business is at risk if something isn’t done quickly.

In truth it’s been that way for more than 30 years but that doesn’t stop successive governments in countries around the globe taking the threats seriously. And considering the size of the entertainment industries and the influence of those running them, it’s not difficult to see why.

In Australia, calls to do something about the “scumbag theft” carried out by “copyright bandits” have escalated to almost fever pitch in recent years, with 2014 seeing the most concerted effort yet to crack down on file-sharers and the sites they use.

In response, Attorney-General George Brandis and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull asked the Cabinet to develop legislation which would allow ‘pirate’ sites to be blocked by ISPs. In March 2015 the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015 was introduced and after just three months of consideration by parliament, the legislation was passed into law.

Considering the demands for dramatic and urgent action, one might think that rightsholders would be already queuing up to have the first sites blocked. But according to a report from ABC, that point is still a long way off.

While it appears that pay TV company Foxtel will be the pioneer of the very first legal case under the new legislation (probably against a big player such as The Pirate Bay), the timescale for implementation being quoted by the company is not a matter of weeks, but loosely described as arriving “in the coming months”.

The fact that Foxtel is still at the “legal advice” stage on “how best to put the legislation into effect” has upset critics, who believe that rightsholders may have overstated the need for urgent new laws.

“We are astounded, given the urgency with which this law was passed at the urging of the rights holders, that so far they haven’t bothered to use it,” says Internet Australia CEO Laurie Patton.

“We would have thought that they’d have a raft of cases ready to go if the problem is that critical.”

While six weeks might appear to be a reasonable amount of time to put a case together (the legislation was passed June 26), it’s worth bearing in mind that the first blocking cases to be brought in any region have always been the most important. Their implications stretch far beyond blocking a single site.

Although each case will be different to some extent, the first case – if presented correctly – will provide a template for subsequent cases, saving rightsholders (and the courts) lots of time and money in the long run. Getting the system running smoothly from the start will be a key priority so it’s no surprise that Foxtel aren’t already waiting at the doors of the court.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of things to be done and according to John Stanton from the Communications Alliance, Australia’s ISPs still haven’t been consulted on the basics of what will need to be done following any injunction.

“ISPs hope that if applications are to be lodged, rights holders will discuss them in advance with ISPs, to provide an opportunity for some shared understanding on logistical and other issues,” Stanton says.

“These issues including timing, the provision by rights holders of a landing page to inform internet users why a website has been blocked, discussion of the various technical options for website blocking and the planned breadth of an application.”

Considering the importance of ISPs to the success of site-blocking, not having included or consulted them thus far is somewhat of a mystery and perhaps indicative of how far from presenting its first case Foxtel is.

Still, with years of training behind them in respect of geo-unblocking services such as Netflix, it could very well be that the introduction of the first site blockade will have a minimum of impact on Aussies anyway – whether it arrives in the next few weeks or in distant months.

Foxtel confirms it is ‘assessing’ options to launch first cases under anti-piracy laws

From news

Foxtel is considering launching the first legal action under recently passed piracy laws, the pay TV company has confirmed.

Bosses at Foxtel are seeking legal advice on how best to bring about the case under Australia’s new site-blocking legislation, which was passed by The Senate back in June, but have not put any time frame on how long the process could take.

The case could be aimed at websites like Pirate Bay which allow people to access content such as Game of Thrones, which Foxtel holds the exclusive Australian rights to, and block them from being accessed in Australia.

A Foxtel spokesperson told Mumbrella: “The Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill does nothing more than give copyright holders similar rights in relation to foreign websites which steal their content to those they would have if the sites were based in Australia.

“Because these pirate sites do not exist in Australia, rights holders are not able to take direct legal action against them. Similar laws exists in Europe, the UK, Singapore and many other jurisdictions.

“Foxtel and other rights holders are currently assessing what action can and should be taken to give effect to the legislation.”

There has been surprise at the lack of action so far, given companies such as Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder said they would be “lining up at the front doors of the court” when the laws were passed.

A successful application would force ISPs such as Telstra, Optus and iiNet to comply with the order by disabling access to the banned IP address.

ASTRA chief executive Andrew Maiden said in June that he hoped piracy traffic could halve under the new laws, although voiced concerns over a VPN loophole.

A report in July commissioned by the Department of Communications showed 43 per cent of Australians surveyed admitted downloading at least one illegal form of content.

Every NRL game live in new $1.7 billion TV deal with Fox Sports for 2018-2022

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-04/every-nrl-game-live-in-new-tv-deal/6670190

The NRL could receive up to $1.7 billion in a record broadcast deal with Fox Sports which will see every game in every round shown live for the first time.

News Corp reported on Tuesday the soon-to-be-secured deal between the NRL and Fox Sports for rugby league broadcast rights from 2018 to 2022 could see major changes to match scheduling, including a Thursday night game and possibly ending Monday night football.

Only one match would be held on Friday night under the new deal, with three on both Saturday and Sunday and the new Thursday night football fixture.

All eight matches would be shown live on Fox Sports, with an additional three games to be broadcast live on free-to-air television.

State of Origin, said to be more valuable than even the NRL grand final, will remain on free-to-air.

The $1.7 billion broadcast windfall will be a 70 per cent increase on their current $1billion deal, which would help the NRL to lift the salary cap from $7.5 million to $11 million.

Grants to clubs would also rise from $7.8 million to $12 million, helping them retain the game's elite players.

China’s Jilin-1 satellite to get launched into space this October

From http://www.thenewsreports.com/chinas-jilin-1-satellite-to-get-launched-into-space-this-october/21657/megha-kedia

China`s Jilin province is planning to send the country`s first self-developed remote sensing satellite for commercial use, dubbed ‘Jilin-1,’ into space this October, its designers revealed on Tuesday.

Jilin-1 consists of four satellites, one for high-definition images, one for testing new space technology and another two for video, said Xuan Ming, board chairman of Chang Guang Satellite Technology Co. Ltd.

The satellites will focus on providing photographs to commercial clients, and will also help with harvest assessment, geological disaster prevention and resource surveys, Xinhua news agency quoted Xuan as saying.

Jilin is developing its satellite industry as a new economic drive. The province plans to launch 60 satellites by 2020 and 137 by 2030.

Eleven Sports Network launches on Singtel TV

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/sports/eleven-sports-network-launches-on-singtel-tv-150803

MUMBAI: Building up to the start of the new football season, Singapore viewers will now have more options than ever to get their football fix with the launch of Eleven Sports Network channels on Singtel TV.

In addition to launching three localised high-definition channels, Eleven Sports Network has also reached an agreement with sports media rights agency MP & Silva regarding the award of certain media rights. This means viewers in Singapore can expect up to 2,000 hours of live programming annually.

Fielding some of Singapore’s most beloved global sports on the small-screen including football, tennis, and badminton, Eleven Sports Network will be available on three of Singtel TV’s channels – Eleven on channel 109; Eleven Sports on channel 110; and a foldable channel, Eleven Plus, on channel 111. All the channels will also be available on Singtel TV GO, to be enjoyed on multiple screens anytime, anywhere.

“We are thrilled to partner with Singtel. They have a large share of the market here in Singapore and we’re excited at the prospect of delivering our exclusive content to their fans. We know Singtel can help us achieve our mission to become the number one destination for Singapore football and sports fans,” said Eleven Sports Network group managing director Danny Menken.

Eleven (109) is dedicated exclusively to ‘the beautiful game’ and will feature an exciting line-up of international football supplements which includes the likes of Italy’s Serie A TIM, the Scottish, Portuguese and Brazilian leagues, the Copa Libertadores and fan-favourites such as the FA Cup and Capital One Cup, as well as club channels of Arsenal and Liverpool. Fans of clubs in the lower reaches will be able to follow the progress of their favourite clubs in the SkyBet Championship on the new network as well.

Eleven Sports (110) on the other hand, will be home to all other premium global sports such as tennis, badminton, basketball, cycling and more. The third channel, Eleven Plus will serve as a platform for simulcast of matches.

Having made their on-air debut last weekend with the “live” broadcast of the pre-season Emirates Cup 2015, Eleven Sports Network continues to bring welcome relief for football-deprived fans with the broadcast of the highly anticipated FA Community Shield. The traditional curtain raiser to the Barclays Premier League season this weekend is available exclusively on Eleven (109).

Viewers will also be able to enjoy Eleven Sports Networks’ first pre-match show produced from their state-of-the-art studio facilities located at Infinite Studios in the lead-up to the FA Community Shield match between FA Cup holders Arsenal and BPL title holders Chelsea.

Helmed by sports presenter Richard Lenton, the pre-match show this weekend will also feature guest pundit and former French international Emmanuel Petit. Having turned out for both Arsenal and Chelsea during his illustrious career, Petit would be able to provide unique insights and analysis of both camps prior to the big kick-off at Wembley Stadium.

The detailed pre-match analysis will become a regular feature of the dynamic programming that fans can expect from Eleven Sports Network, which aims to become a one-stop destination for football fans, with the most comprehensive coverage of the world’s major football leagues and cup competitions, along with unparalleled viewing experience.

The network is also launching in Belgium, Poland and Malaysia by the start of the football season. The network aims to expand its presence to other countries eventually and has dynamic plans for sports fans globally.

“We have witnessed growth in many interesting sporting properties around the world as well as in audience interest in recent years. However, some of these properties may not be as easily accessible to audiences in certain territories and this is where Eleven Sports Network hopes to bridge the gap. We will continually add content to our line-up and also produce specific localised content for sports fans which we hope will allow us to achieve our objective of becoming the premier broadcasters of premium football and international sports in each of our select markets,” explains Menken.

DTH leads in Moscow

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/08/04/dth-leads-in-moscow/

Viewers in Moscow have a clear preference for satellite TV despite the wide availability of cable services.

Quoting the Department of Information Technology (DIT), AKTR and Istochnik report that at the end of the Q2 there were 2.2 million digital TV users in the Russian capital.

Of these, 41% opted for DTH, 31% for cable and 28% for IPTV, with the latter being the fastest growing segment.

The DIT also notes that there is growing interest in HD services, with channels in the format accounting for around 10% of the line up of basic digital TV packages, typically offering 105 channels.

Significantly, the DIT in addition says that the cost of receiving satellite TV services has increased by almost 120% since the beginning of this year.

This compares to only 1.5% for IPTV and 9% for cable.

Growth in the Moscow pay-TV market is expected to slow as viewers turn increasingly to online video and personalised content.

4K: More obfuscation from Sky (U.k)

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/03/4kuhd-more-obfuscation-from-sky/

BT Sport might be winning this particular 4K/Ultra-HD battle, but will it win the long-term war? The launch on August 2nd of BT’s 4K channel was no ‘blue moon’ but the opening salvo in what might be a long-drawn out scrap for viewer loyalty.

Sky had its annual end-of-year results event on July 29th and CEO Jeremy Darroch made two separate sets of briefings to equity analysts. Ahead of the results media, pundits had been awash with rumours that Sky’s long-awaited 4K box would form some aspect of the results announcement. Or that a statement would emerge as to when Sky’s response to the threat from BT (and that of Amazon and Netflix) with their compelling 4K content would be made.

BT held a VIP reception at Wembley on August 2nd to view the 4K images, and the overwhelming consensus was that they were not just good, but most impressive. BT declined to say how many viewers had signed up for the service, but at this stage in the long game that’s immaterial. But as one newspaper reported, the 4K event was a “haymaker” of a punch in BT’s favour.

But back to the other UHD contender, Sky. As to the first of Darroch’s presentations (to London-based bankers) he said little about 4K other than to neatly side-step a question as to Sky’s plans for Ultra HD by suggesting- somewhat foolishly – that any content looked terrific when viewed on a giant screen from just a few feet in a store.

A couple of hours later while talking to US-based analysts, he was – sort of – more specific, saying Sky would be “delivering brilliant innovation to make the viewing experience even better”. Now this is perhaps as vague a statement as it was possible to make, and he wasn’t pressed on whether this means better programming, or better images.

Of course, as we have stated frequently, Sky will tell us their plans when they are good and ready to tell us and not a moment prior.

But worryingly, at least for those loyal Sky subscribers keen to some 4K action, a Sky subscriber, on its own ‘Sky Community’ viewer forum on July 29th reported that he had been told officially that Sky “would not have a UHD box this year”.

Darroch does have other things on his mind, not least laying off some 400 staff in and around its Isleworth HQ, and counting the £13 million worth of shares and options he cashed in last week.

All of which suggests that viewers need to be patient a little while longer!

BBC WW, Tata Sky in On-Demand deal

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/08/04/bbc-ww-tata-sky-in-on-demand-deal/

BBC Worldwide has announced its first VoD deal in India. The deal, with the leading DTH provider, Tata Sky covers SVoD and TVoD services and gives subscribers in eight metros in India access to the best of the BBC’s drama and comedy via ‘BBC On-Demand’, a branded property on Tata Sky’s platform. Viewers can now also access it online via their TVs, PCs, tablets and mobiles.

Programmes that will be available on the service include Luther; The Honorable Woman and Burton and Taylor. Kickstarting the block is classic hit Yes, Prime Minister, contemporary comedy Citizen Khan and an endearing drama, Being Erica.

“In a study commissioned by BBC Worldwide earlier this year, we found that quality of content, British humour, and a love of original British dramas were the top reasons why people, including Indians, enjoy British television programmes,” said Myleeta Aga, SVP and GM of BBC Worldwide in India. “We are very excited to be working with Tata Sky to bring these award winning and high quality programmes, many never before seen in India, to Tata Sky’s subscribers, where they can access them anytime, anywhere.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with BBC Worldwide to launch BBC-on-demand,” said Paolo Agostinelli, Chief Content Officer at Tata Sky. “Viewing habits and customer needs in the industry are evolving as fast as ever. We are committed to remain the best choice in the country when it comes to premium entertainment, which means we must be able to offer top branded content and the best viewing experience, including increasingly popular time-shifted and device-shifted binge viewing content. We are confident that this is only the start of a very fruitful relationship with BBC

Doordarshan Freedish to hold e-auction; looks to tot 112 TV channels

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/doordarshan-freedish-to-hold-e-auction-looks-to-tot-112-tv-channels-150803

Doordarshan’s Freedish to switch to an upgraded platform to increase capacity

FTA DD Freedish to soon encrypt with MPEG-4

Doordarshan to hold e-auction for vacant slots on DD Freedish next week

NEW DELHI: Doordarshan will be holding its 21st e-auction for its free-to-air DTH platform Freedish on 12 August in an attempt to touch the target of 112 television channels in the next few months.

While Doordarshan has set a reserve price of Rs 3.7 crore per slot for the online e-auction, according to information available with Indiantelevision.com, the bid amount is said to have gone up to Rs 4.2 crore in earlier e-auctions.

However, DD sources refused to divulge the number of slots being auctioned to prevent bidders from forming a consortia to bid or resort to other malpractices.

DD sources also said that while Freedish may be encrypted to keep a tab on the number of subscribers, it would remain free-to-air.

The e-auction will be conducted by C1 India Pvt. Ltd., Noida on behalf of Prasar Bharati.

The reserve price in the 15th e-auction was Rs 3 crore and was raised to Rs 3.7 crore in the 16th auction.

Currently, Freedish has 64 channels including its own channels, and Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV.

The eligibility terms and conditions including other relevant details for this e-auction are displayed on DD's website- www.ddindia.gov.in.

However, the participation amount (EMD) in the e-auction is Rs 1.5 crore, which has to be deposited in advance on or before 12 August evening along with a non-refundable processing fee of Rs 10,000 in favour of PB (BCI) Doordarshan Commercial Service, New Delhi.

Incremental amount for the auction will be Rs 10 lakh and the time for every slot e-auction will be of fifteen minutes duration.

Of the reserve price, Rs 1.1 crore will be deposited within one month of placement and another Rs 1.1 crore within two months along with service tax of 14 per cent on the bid amount.

The balance bid amount will be deposited within six months, failing which the reserve price will be forfeited.

Applicants must provide details of the uplink and downlink permission documents received from the concerned Ministries with the applications to ensure they are not rejected.

The demand drafts of unsuccessful bidders will be returned immediately or within a week after the e-auction process is completed.


Latest updated NZ radio spectrum usage table

A couple of weekend feeds

D2 12679 V Sr 6670 "ANC 1 FLY"

D2 12321 V Sr 7500 "IPUSCITEQTEST"

From my Email

From saldav1

feedlog from the weekend

Asiasat 5

3730 H SR 14000 $BEIJING ($Scrambled.)
3912 H SR 14399 Ch-1 Asian Soccer, (FTA.)
4081 H SR 9875 KL Uni 1 Still pic. of a foyer of a Hotel, (FTA.) KL Uni 2 Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.) KL Uni 3 Colour Test Pattern, (FTA.)

3766 H SR 4166 AP-ISB-1 AP NEWS REPORT, (FTA.)
3746 H SR 7119 Arqiva HD3 ATP World Tour Tennis - AND vs BEL - Men's Tennis, (FTA.)
3895 H SR 7120 IRN002 Indoor Volleyball - TEHRAN 2015, (FTA.)
4156 H SR 7199 $Turnberry Open En British Open Women's Golf - from Turnberry, ENGLAND, (FTA.)
3872 H SR 15000 $V8 World Feed, ($Scrambled.)
4069 H SR 7120 $MYTV3 B ($Scrambled.)
4156 H SR 7120 Ch-1 Table Tennis - ASIA vs EUROPE, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD3 Men's tennis from GSTAAD, SWITZERLAND, (FTA.)
3709 H SR 9599 $SAG vs AMD HD50 ($Scrambled.)
3755 V SR 7120 Arqiva HD 2 Women's Tennis from BAKU, (FTA.)

From the Dish

NSS 9 177.0W 3646 R The American Forces Network mux has left .
NSS 9 177.0W 3976 L "A Digicel Play mux" has started on , Verimatrix.

Koreasat 6 116.0E GS My Shop has started on 12370 H, encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E Lotte One TV has started on 12570 H, encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E SpoTV has started on 12650 H, encrypted.
Koreasat 6 116.0E IM Shopping has started on 12730 H, encrypted.

Insat 4A 83.0E 3805 H "Ind 24" has started on , Fta

Palapa D 113.0E 3780 V "Quran TV" has left .

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4065 H "Hamara TV and GR 8" have started on , Fta.
AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4180 V "Geo News International and Geo Middle East" on are now encrypted.

AsiaSat 5 100.5E 3820 V "Libya Al Watanya" has left .

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3440 H "GCJ O Shopping" is now encrypted.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Pop TV" has started on , BISS.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Zaa Network" has left .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3685 H "TVK" has left .

Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Mono Plus has replaced Zaa Network" on , BISS.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 4155 V "Zee Anmol " is Fta.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 4006 H "Ind 24" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,RT Movies替换Aalami Samay(印度)频道,设置11570 V 28500参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Herb TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3840 V 30000参数有条件接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星6号卫星C频段,Dream Works HD(泰国)高清频道新增,设置4000 H 30000参数免费接收。[08-01]
东经132度轨道位置的越南2号卫星Ku频段,VTC 2、Doc Sach(AVG)等频道加密,设置11290 V 15000参数有条件接收。[08-01]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星Ku频段,Colors Infinity HD(高清)频道新增,设置12642 V 40700参数有条件接收。[08-01]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Bober、Muzika(俄罗斯)等全组频道消失,设置12340 L 27500参数无效接收。[08-01]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Radio Napal(尼泊尔)频道消失,设置3476 V 15000参数无效接收。 [8月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,V Like Channel替换Thai Chaiyo(泰国)频道,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。 [8月1日]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,GCJ O Shopping(高清)频道加密,设置3440 H 26666参数有条件接收。 [8月1日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,TVM(马尔代夫)测试频道新增,设置3832 H 4800参数免费接收。 [8月1日]

东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,Libya Ai Watanya(阿拉伯)频道消失,设置3820 V 27500参数无效接收。[07-31]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Al Jazeera、RT(英语)等频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-31]
东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Raz TV(俄罗斯)频道重现,设置3645 L 28000参数免费接收。[07-31]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,KM TV替换公视二台(数码天空)频道,设置12294 V 45000参数有条件接收。[07-31]
东经100.5度轨道位置的亚洲5号卫星C频段,NLM TV(SatLink)频道开播,设置3960 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-31]
东经115.5度轨道位置的中星6B号卫星C频段,动作电影、高清电影(华诚数字)等全组频道加密,设置3740 V 27500参数有条件接收。[07-31]

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Eurosport-2(俄罗斯)频道加密,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月30日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,NSN News替换Gnext Discovery(MPEG-4)频道,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。 [7月30日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Jivi Shoppe(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4184 V 21600参数无效接收。 [7月30日]
东经93.5度轨道位置的印星4B号卫星Ku频段,Sadhna TV替换DD News(印度)频道,设置11070 V 28500参数免费接收。 [7月30日]

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News would 'control Ten and sports rights', Fairfax tells ACCC

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/news-would-control-ten-and-sports-rights-fairfax-tells-accc-20150731-gioscj.html

Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch, have been warned that all of their local media interests, including Lachlan's 8.5 per cent stake in Ten, will be taken into account in the ACCC decision.

Fairfax Media has told the competition watchdog that Foxtel's proposed acquisition of 15 per cent of Ten Network Holdings will result in control of the broadcaster by Foxtel and News Corporation – and through that control of bidding for premium sports content in Australia, it is understood.

In a detailed submission lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission last week Fairfax is believed to argue that News and its pay television joint venture will both have a very strong incentive to only partner with Ten on joint bids for premium sports content because News and Foxtel will have the ability to control Ten and a financial interest in its success due to Foxtel's $77 million investment.

The concerns of Fairfax, which owns The Australian Financial Review and Business Day, are echoed by Nine Entertainment Co, which has lodged its own submission arguing that the transaction should be opposed by the ACCC on competition grounds, it is understood.

The position of Ten's other metropolitan free-to-air rival, Kerry Stokes' Seven West Media, remains unclear. Mr Stokes has grown increasingly close to News Corp co-chairman and Ten shareholder Lachlan Murdoch.

Fairfax's submission is understood to argue that the deal, which will reshape the Australian media landscape if permitted, would foreclose competition between free-to-air operators and between pay TV and free-to-air operators and make it much harder for other entrants to the video media content distribution market.

Any winning sports right bidder must deal with Foxtel, which is also owned by Telstra, as it makes more profit than the three major free-to-air networks combined.

Fairfax's submission is thought to argue that News has already has unparalleled market power with – among other assets – its dominance of newspaper distribution and its 50 per cent share in cable and satellite television monopoly Foxtel. The submission is also thought to reference the strong position in radio of Nova Entertainment, owned by Lachlan Murdoch's private investment vehicle Illyria.

Foxtel chief executive Richard Freudenstein told Fairfax Media he remains convinced the deal will be allowed – despite ACCC chairman Rod Sims warning the Murdoch family that all of their local media interests, including Lachlan Murdoch's 8.5 per cent stake in Ten, will be taken into account in his decision.

"We are in the middle of an ACCC process but I am very confident that the transaction will proceed," Mr Freudenstein said.

Foxtel's own detailed submission is believed to note among other things that it is continuing to deal with multiple broadcasters, pointing to deals such as its streaming venture with Seven West Media, Presto (which Ten will have an option to acquire 10 per cent of).

Foxtel and Ten's rivals argue that a winning sports rights team of Foxtel and Ten could game the anti-siphoning list, which dictates that premium sports must be first offered to free-to-air networks before pay TV.

Pay TV sources argue, however, that the AFL and NRL would insist that their key games are still shown on free-to-air.

Ten Network Holdings has said that the proposed arrangements "do not give rise to, or contemplate, any exclusive arrangement with Foxtel for the acquisition of any content, including sports".

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Illyria said: "Nova is one of a portfolio of investments Illyria has and they are completely independent of News or 21st Century Fox."

The ACCC is due to make a decision on the deal by September 10.

Qantas To Bring HBO Favorite To The Sky

From http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/press-release/qantas-bring-hbo-favorite-sky/

Jakarta, 31 July - Qantas has partnered with one of the world’s most successful TV services, HBO, to bring customers hundreds of hours of the most talked about programs on screens around the world, from current series like True Detective and Game of Thrones to classic favourites like The Sopranos and Sex and The City.

Beginning July, the airline will offer 120 hours of HBO drama, comedy and documentary content for customers flying across the Qantas network. Each month the channel will be updated with 20 hours of the US network’s latest shows and movies.

The introduction of an HBO channel will coincide with the addition of three new Foxtel channels – Entertainment by Foxtel, National Geographic and Lifestyle by Foxtel – each of which will be updated monthly resulting in a total of 160 hours of fresh content each month.

The investment forms part of a multi-million dollar overhaul of Qantas’ inflight entertainment software and hardware.

Qantas Head of Digital and Entertainment, Jo Boundy, said Qantas was working hard to deliver the best of home entertainment in the sky.

“A lot of our customers look forward to making the most of the opportunity for some uninterrupted viewing time on board, and for many it’s a chance to catch up with their favourite shows. That’s why we invest heavily in making sure we have fresh content and a wide range of programs to cater for different tastes,” said MsBoundy.

“Customer satisfaction with inflight entertainment has hit record levels in recent months, and we plan to keep improving the options available with new features that set Qantas apart.”

Coming soon to Qantas Channels:

HBO: Veep, Game of Thrones, True Detective, Silicon Valley, Vice, Girls, Togetherness, The Jinx and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, among others.

Entertainment by Foxtel: Australia’s Next Top Model, Real Housewives of Melbourne, Aussie Pickers.

National Geographic Channel: Dead End Express, Brain Games, Animals Gone Wild, Cabin Fever, Outback Wrangler.

Lifestyle by Foxtel: River Cottage Australia, Grand Designs Australia, Selling Houses Australia, Village Vets, Donna Hay: Fast, Fresh & Simple.

Last month Qantas was awarded the World’s Best IFE by International Traveller Magazine and featured in the top 5 airlines for SkyTRAX World’s Best Airline Inflight Entertainment category.

In the past 12 months, Qantas has doubled its number of new release blockbusters, significantly boosted its TV content with the introduction of box set viewing and invested in more regular and current news coverage.

Telstra TV is game-changer streaming services need in Australia

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/home-entertainment/telstra-tv-is-game-changer-streaming-services-need-in-australia/story-fn8tnfhb-1227467220011

Is a TV revolution coming, or is it already here?

AUSTRALIA’S broadcast networks have officially been put on notice.

Back in the good old days — before this newfangled interwebs thing — Sunday night TV was king. You could always count on the free-to-air networks to wow us with the latest blockbuster movie TV premiere. In return, the networks were, more or less, rewarded with huge ratings, keeping both the TV executives and their advertising clients pretty chuffed.

Fast forward a couple of decades and there’s nary a movie in sight, having been relegated to the dead zone of Saturday nights and even then it’s usually repeats of Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’ Diary.

A ratings win in TV land today is anything over a million metro viewers. Not long ago, programmers could schedule just about anything and the viewers would come. Monday night episodes of Friends or Border Security could be relied on to pull in around 2 million viewers on any given week. This week, Seven and Nine’s big, new reality offerings, Restaurant Revolution and The Hotplate respectively, were ranging between 416,000 to 784,000 across three nights. Not exactly the stuff ratings dreams are made of. Not yet, anyway.

TV audiences have fractured, with their attention divided between multiple channels as well as, more importantly, online pursuits. Those online activities could be Facebook or just general browsing but more recently, the threat is streaming.

US streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia in March to much fanfare with its catalogue of lauded original programming including House of Cards, with Orange is the New Black, Daredevil and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt following soon after. Netflix was preceded in the local market by Aussie efforts Presto (co-owned by Foxtel, which in turn is half-owned by News Corp, the publisher of this website) and Stan, a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax.

Within two months of launch, Roy Morgan data found that by May, Netflix had signed up over a million Australian customers. Presto and Stan had cajoled 97,000 and 91,000 customers onto its platforms. That’s one in 23 Australians in a couple of months.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was picked-up by Netflix after its US broadcaster, NBC, elected not to put it to air. Source: AP


With myriad choices on offer in Australia, not to mention the tech-set’s ways to circumvent geoblocks to gain access to even more streaming platforms from overseas, anecdotally, many consumers are finding the whole endeavour slightly confusing.

This is where Telstra’s latest announcement could prove to be a gamechanger.

Earlier this week, the telco (which also owns the other half of Foxtel) said that it would partner with US streaming device maker Roku to launch a platform called Telstra TV.

The Telstra-branded Roku 2 device will house all streaming apps — including Netflix, Stan and Presto, as well as catch-up TV services like ABC’s iView, in one place. There are also rumours of a Foxtel Play app appearing in the future.

For the first time in Australia, all major streaming services will be available on the same TV platform, eliminating the need to keep track of different streaming subscriptions and apps. It will work similar to Apple TV but with the potential to bundle and get a discount on payment.

The Roku player’s search feature, unlike Apple TV or Google’s Chromecast, allows you to search between all your streaming apps for a particular title in one step, saving users from having to navigate through each individual service to look for they want.

Technology commentator Trevor Long said that while Australians have really embraced streaming services, there are still a lot of people who don’t have easy access.

He told news.com.au: “The demand of streaming services in Australia has been very strong and people have signed up in droves, however there is still a large part of the population who might not have the latest TV or tablet to allow them to watch things like Stan or Netflix and Presto. A simple device like Telstra TV is an enabler. Non tech-savvy people will be able to get the box and have immediate access.”

Moody dramas like Bloodline are best viewed without the interruption of ads.

Mr Long argued that the addition of streaming services on our TV sets gives viewers greater choice when choosing their prime time viewing, putting pressure on free-to-air networks and creating greater competition.

But because Telstra TV will, at least at launch, only be available to Telstra home broadband customers, the device may be more about being a direct competitor to Fetch TV (which has deals with Optus and iiNet) than the all-encompassing streaming device to change the landscape completely.


TV networks have always maintained that they’re not in direct competition with streaming platforms. Rather, the two are complementary. Which is why Foxtel and Seven (co-owners of Presto and Nine have all invested in the technology.

Foxtel group director of corporate affairs Bruce Meagher told news.com.au that the company believes Telstra TV will be a convenient way for consumers to access a range of services, including Presto. He also said Foxtel is keen to explore the opportunity for the platform to deliver a service such as Foxtel Play or an app or version of Foxtel tailored specifically for Telstra TV.

He added: “Consumers have different interests and needs so there is scope for many different types of services. Foxtel believes that there is plenty of opportunity for growth in subscription TV services including for our premium cable and satellite product as well as for lower-cost, less-content rich offerings.”

In the US, TV networks are already under the pump from the likes of Netflix who are luring audiences with their commissioned shows such as Bojack Horseman and Bloodline. Streaming services have also curried a lot of favour from viewers by giving a new home to shows that were fan favourites and critical darlings but cancelled due to low ratings. US streaming service Hulu recently picked up two new seasons of The Mindy Project after it was axed by Fox, following similar moves by Yahoo with Community and Netflix with Arrested Development.

The most expensive and most recent phoenix-like revival of these is the program featuring former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, which Amazon Prime commissioned for a reported $250 million over three seasons. There’s speculation that show will make its way to Australia through Stan.


But the proliferation and increasing popularity of streaming services doesn’t spell the end of traditional TV, yet.

Megan Brownlow, PwC executive director and editor of its Australian Entertainment and Media Outlook, told news.com.au that while streaming services will have an impact on broadcast TV as another competitor for a consumer’s time, they’re not direct competition to TV’s business model.

“There’s only one place to go for aggregated eyeballs. Streaming services are consumer-supported [in terms of where the revenue comes from], not ad-supported so they’re not competing with them for dollars. The competition for ad dollars [for TV networks] is coming from online video — YouTube, Facebook and online publishers.

“What subscription video on-demand (SVOD) services do is provide another level of choice. The key for free-to-air TV is that they still have large audiences — even if it’s not as big as it used to be — that are great for launching products [for advertisers] and providing integrated product placements.”

Viewers only need to watch a program like The Block to see how much advertising can be integrated into the program.

Broadcast TV, both free and pay, are still king when it comes to tentpole reality TV formats and sport which draw the biggest TV audiences.

2.13 million capital city viewers tuned in for the MasterChef finale.

Broadcast TV rights bring in big money for various sporting codes and it’s unlikely a consumer-paid product will replace that lucrative revenue stream any time soon. While sports organisations have started to experiment with streaming offerings (Cricket Australia and Tennis Australia), Ms Brownlow said the Aussie consumer market isn’t big enough to replace the money TV networks pay sporting codes for the broadcast rights. Australia just isn’t as big a market as somewhere like the US where Major League Baseball has launched its own streaming platform.

In addition, arguably, Australia’s broadband infrastructure isn’t yet strong enough to support millions of high-quality simultaneous streams of, for example, the AFL Grand Final.

On the reality TV front, Ms Brownlow said that it may very well be that audiences have started to watch different TV genres on different platforms. With free-to-air very much focused on reality formats and live sports in the primetime slots, scripted TV has become more synonymous with paid-for platforms or with catch-up TV — the most timeshifted programs (shows viewers record and watch later) are dramas, and people tend to skip through the ads anyway.

“Scripted TV is always hit and miss for TV networks and they’re expensive to produce,” Ms Brownlow said. “They should focus on the genres that are easiest to monetise.”

Recent data shows drama programs on streaming services get a ‘spike’ in viewing about 9pm — after the reality shows are over.

The networks are, at least outwardly, not sweating any streaming threat yet.

A Seven spokesman told news.com.au: “The number of viewing options in the market has increased. But let’s just stop for a moment and acknowledge the power of free-to-air TV as the most dominant viewing option. Right now, free-to-air reaches 85 per cent of Australians each week (OzTam).

“There is a lot of discussion about SVOD, but little in the way of independent analysis.

“In that space, we are delighted to be a partner with Foxtel in Presto and we are focusing on our offering in that market.”

Whether you think broadcast TV will continue to happily co-exist with new technologies or be relegated to the past like the Sunday night blockbuster movie, one thing’s for sure, for TV lovers, there are a lot of choices out there.

NBN rebuffs slow net anxieties

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/in-depth/nbn-rebuffs-slow-net-anxieties/story-e6frgaif-1227467062290

The Weekend Australian reported that thousands of farmers, families and businesspeople across Australia, like the Hoar family, pictured on Moroak Station about 200km southeast of Katherine, were struggling to connect. Picture: Amos Aikman Source: News Corp Australia

The National Broadband Network has sought to downplay fears that rural and remote Australians currently subjected to cripplingly slow internet speeds through the interim satellite ­service will be no better off under its soon-to-be implemented replacement.

On Saturday, The Weekend Australian reported that thousands of farmers, families and businesspeople across Australia were struggling to connect to the $41 billion NBN’s satellite service.

NBN chief customer officer John Simon said comparing the existing interim satellite service with the long-term service — which will be launched by rocket on October 1, in time for services to be rolled out in April — was similar to comparing apples with lemons.

“The interim service involves leasing bandwidth from other providers to deliver a temporary service to around 32,000 customers,” he said.

“The entire amount of data available for all the users of the interim satellite service is just four gigabits per second, with a top speed of just six megabits.

“By contrast, the long-term service will see two dedicated satellites launched into space purely to serve the needs of broadband users in the bush.”

Mr Simon described the long-term service as “a real game-changer” for rural and remote customers.

“The total amount of data available for the long-term service will be 124 gigabit per second, with top download speed of 25 megabits,” he said.

Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull also sought to distinguish between the interim and long-term services, blaming in a blog post to appear on his website today the previous Labor government for disingenuously selling the ­interim service as ­offering ADSL-equivalent speeds.

“Labor badly misjudged how much capacity would be needed on the interim satellite service, and crucially under­estimated how much demand there would be for the long-term satellite service,” Mr Turnbull wrote.

“The Australian got it right when it wrote that one of the chief reasons for building the National Broadband Network is to provide a service that will revolutionise life for those in the bush who have for many years been locked out of getting decent broadband services.

“We are doing everything to ensure this happens.”

For thousands of customers across Australia who must deal with painfully slow speeds in the interim, reassurances from NBN Co and Mr Turnbull are likely to come as cold comfort.

Barry Calderbank, who lives near Geeveston, only 60km from the centre of Hobart, has been dealing with cripplingly slow speeds.

“Most times even simple web pages like Google won’t load,” the 65-year-old sheep farmer said.

“If I go online at two or three in the morning, I can get Google to load in around three minutes, and my bank’s homepage in seven minutes, but I still can’t get into online banking or pay any bills online.

“If only the NBN wasn’t a government monopoly.”

AsiaSat Announces Sales Solutions Team

From press release

Hong Kong, 3 August 2015 – Asia’s leading satellite operator Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat) has announced an enhancement of its sales development and support activities in order to improve the solutions it delivers to its clients. As part of the new sales structure which was recently announced, a Sales Solutions team has been formed and will provide focused and solutions-driven support to the company's sales and business development activities. Led by Alan Wong, Manager, Sales Solutions, this team will have an increased focus of identifying and implementing the best solution for each customer's requirements.
"With rapidly-changing markets and requirements, this group, working together with our Sales and Engineering & Operations teams, is a key asset for better addressing customer needs and strengthening our partnerships with current and prospective clients," said Philip Balaam, Vice President, Sales and Business Development. "As part of our continuous improvement we are looking at offering a more effective and targeted sales approach and the Sales Solutions team will be an important pillar of that effort."
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Asia Satellite Telecommunications Company Limited (AsiaSat), the leading satellite operator in Asia, serves over two-thirds of the world's population with its six satellites, AsiaSat 3S, AsiaSat 4, AsiaSat 5, AsiaSat 6, AsiaSat 7 and AsiaSat 8. The AsiaSat satellite fleet serves both the broadcast and telecommunications industries. Over 450 television and radio channels are now delivered by the company's satellites offering access to over 710 million TV households across the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat also provides VSAT networks throughout the region. AsiaSat’s next satellite, AsiaSat 9 on order from the manufacturer is planned to be launched in 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.

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MCMC Seizes 11 Illegal Parabolic Satellite Dishes In Kuala Kurau

From http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1157392

GEORGE TOWN, July 31 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) arrested 11 fishermen and seized 11 parabolic satellite dishes and 'decoders' installed in their homes on the coast of Kuala Kurau, Perak on Wednesday.

MCMC Northern Regional chairman, Ismail Othman said integrated operations in Kuala Kurau from 9 am to 6 pm were carried out in collaboration with the Marine Police Region 1.

"Inspections found that 11 houses in the coastal area of Batu Kurau were using illegal parabolic satellite dishes to get more foreign channel transmissions.

"We detained 11 men, aged between 30 and 50, who were the owners to record their statements. All of them have been released on bail," he said at a press conference at the headquarters of the Northern Region Marine Operations Force, here today.

Ismail said based on investigations, the 11 men had engaged certain parties to install satellite dishes in their homes for a fee of between RM200 and RM600.

He said it was understood that the satellite dishes were obtained from a neighbouring country and investigations are ongoing to determine whether the dishes were fixed by a specific syndicate because the size and brand used is the same.

The value of the satellite dishes, installed by the 11 residents over the past year, amounted to RM6,000, he said.

"The integrated operation was carried out to prevent people from using such satellite dishes because owning one in Malaysia is an offence under Section 239 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998," he said.

Penang KPDNKK Arrest Illegal Satellite Dish Operator

From http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v8/ge/newsgeneral.php?id=1157419

BUTTERWORTH, July 31 (Bernama) -- A man was arrested on suspicion of offering illegal satellite dish service in a raid conducted by the Penang Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry (KPDNKK) at Lucky Park, Raja Uda, here yesterday.

Penang KPDNKK chief enforcement officer Suhaimi Mat Sari said in the 10.20 am raid, enforcers seized an internet server, computers, Astro clone cards, satellite dishes, internet network and modem connectors worth RM250,000.

He said the 54-year-old man, believed to be the mastermind of an illegal satellite dish syndicate, which offered more than 200 Astro channels and additional channels illegally with monthly payments as low as RM28.

The illegal channels would be connected via internet to 300 customers around Butterworth here, he added.

"We have received complaints from Astro, Multimedia Entertainment Sdn Bhd and TVBO Entertainment Ltd regarding the matter," he said.

Suhaimi said investigations revealed that the syndicate had committed 87 offences in violation of copyright.

High-Tier Satellite Tracking Systems Are Vulnerable to Hacking According to Synack

From news

High-Tier Satellite Tracking Systems Are Vulnerable to Hacking According to SynackSatellite tracking systems could be the next way for hackers to pull important heists, as will be detailed at an upcoming conference about hacking prevention.

According to informational security company Synack, vulnerabilities in frequently used satellite communication networks could result in hackers intercepting sensitive information. More exactly, the GlobarStar network, which is used for example by banks for tracking money transports and in general for high security assets, transmits information through a type of signal which can be intercepted and decoded with the help of special equipment.

This would make it possible for hackers to track locations of valuable transports, ranging from armored money trucks even to nuclear transports. They could also fiddle with the system to make it indicate that a hijacked transport would still be en-route to its destination; eliminating the possibility of any effective response and giving a large time frame for the hijackers to disappear.

Of course, this sounds a little bit like the type of stunts pulled off in Hollywood blockbusters. While it is difficult to pull off – as it requires expensive equipment and also a ground team which can overpower the transport (bear in mind that valuable transports will also be heavily guarded on ground most of the time), but they are possible, as demonstrated by the recent I-95 gold transport robbery.

However, this security flaw could also be used simply for malicious pranks, as hackers could very well offer false coordinates to the system as to make the monitoring parties think the transport was hijacked. False alarms, particularly regarding high-value transports, cost time, money and could even be used as a good diversion plan.

The number of possibilities for hackers who get access to the satellite network ramps up though when you consider that satellite tracking technology isn’t used only for transports. Satellite tracking has multiple uses – such as monitoring engineering projects where live monitoring could otherwise be impossible. A hacker with access to an oil rig system could provoke massive damage that way if he was intent on doing it.

Synack, through the voice of special activities manager Colby Moore, declared that while GlobalStar was receptive to them when they pointed out the flaw, the company has not as of yet offered any viable plan to fix the vulnerabilities. Moore thinks that the discussion about high tier satellite security has been avoided by researchers due to its complex nature and lack of request, but hopes that the situation will change by bringing it to the forefront in next week’s conference and the near future.

Sky Deutschland tests Ultra HD in High Dynamic Range

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/08/03/sky-deutschland-tests-ultra-hd-in-high-dynamic-range/

sky-bundesligaGerman pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland has expanded its preparations for the new generation of high-definition television.

The DFL-Supercup football game between Bundesliga champion Bayern München and DFB Cup winner VFL Wolfsburg on August 1, 2015 was transmitted live in Ultra HD. For the first time, High Dynamic Range (HDR) was used throughout the whole production chain – from the camera in the stadium across the satellite to the TV set.

HDR is a technology extending the contrast range which enables a more precise exposure of dark image areas while at the same time increasing brightness. TV viewers thereby see more details, for example during football games with strong light and shade contrasts.

“High Dynamic Range is an important extension of Ultra HD and enables a considerably improved contrast spectrum through which we can generate an even more significant difference to HD,” said Stefan Kunz, vice president business & distribution services at Sky Deutschland. “The results of the DFL-Supercup are very good. In further trials we will test more parameters and commence fine tuning.”

The Ultra HD test transmission was carried out in collaboration with German football league Deutsche Fußball-Liga (DFL) and Sony which supported the production with professional production equipment. The HDR images were captured by a Sony HDC-4300 camera connected to a BVM-X300 HDR video monitor using different HDR formats. They were shown and analysed on different Sony Ultra HD TV sets for internal test purposes.

Canada announces first satellite antenna in Inuvik

From http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/canada-announces-first-satellite-antenna-in-inuvik-1.3174858

Inuvik's satellite station prepares for expansion; Canadian antenna joins two others from Germany and Sweden

By David Thurton, Kyle Muzyka, CBC News Posted: Jul 31, 2015 6:00 AM CT| Last Updated: Jul 31, 2015 6:00 AM CT

Canada's satellite antenna, which will collect data on forest fires, ice conditions and shipping traffic, joins two others in Inuvik, from Germany and Sweden.

The Canadian government launched its first satellite antenna in Inuvik, N.W.T., Thursday night.

In addition to the launch of the antenna, the government also announced $3.7 million in funding to be put towards roads and access to the Inuvik Satellite Station Facility (ISSF).

The antenna — 13 metres in diameter — was installed earlier this year, but had to undergo tests to ensure it functioned.

"It is ready to go," said Stuart Salter, who is a consultant on the project.

The antenna, which will collect data on forest fires, ice conditions and shipping traffic, joins two others in the town from Germany and Sweden.

Located above the Arctic Circle, "the Inuvik satellite station is uniquely positioned to track and receive data in real-time from polar-orbiting satellites for scientific, mapping, weather, surveillance and other purposes," according to Natural Resources Canada.

Making room for more

Salter says there is interest from other countries to build satellite antennas in Inuvik, including from the Swedish Space Agency. Part of the project has already been constructed in Los Angeles, and it will be moved up to the town in the next two months.

There will also be a fifth antenna installed next year.

There is little room for more satellite antennas in the current area, which Salter calls "phase one," and the $3.7 million put towards the roads will help expand the ISSF into "phase two" to accommodate more satellites.

"[The phase two road expansion] increases the capacity by another 200 per cent with respect to the antennas," Salter said.

The expansion can accommodate 10 other antennas, paving the way for the ISSF to become a world-renowned satellite station.

Each satellite antenna costs around $7 million, and Salter says about $3 million stays in the town of Inuvik. Much of the construction is done locally, keeping the money in the local economy.

"It's a really good deal for Inuvik," he said.


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Quickflix shares in trading halt amid takeover speculation

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/quickflix-shares-in-trading-halt-amid-takeover-speculation-20150730-gini7b.html

Quickflix said it planned to release an update regarding a potential corporate transaction with an international party.

Australian streaming and DVD rental business Quickflix has ignited rumours of a takeover after entering a trading halt on Thursday ahead of a potential acquisition.

The struggling Perth-based business last traded at 0.002¢ after requesting a trading halt "pending release of an update regarding a potential corporate transaction with an international party which may result in an acquisition".

Stephen Langsford, the company's founder and chief executive, did not return calls.

The release does not specify if the potential acquisition would be made by Quickflix or whether the international party would purchase part, or all of the local streaming company.

However, with little cash in the bank, speculation is rife that Quickflix will be the subject of a takeover bid.

At its last quarter update in April, Quickflix had just $1.26 million in the bank, down from $2.4 million at the beginning of calendar 2015. In May, it raised a further $775,000 with the identity of the "professional" investors undisclosed.

Any sale of Quickflix may be complicated thanks to a warrant held by Nine Entertainment after it acquired around 8 per cent, or 83.3 million shares, of the business from HBO for $1 million, which entitles the broadcaster to a $10.5 million payout in the event of a merger on sale, on top of the shares in owns.

Quickflix has a market capitalisation of $4.4 million.

Quickflix has had just 123,553 million paying customers in the last quarter. However, the company does not comprehensively break down its streaming and DVD customers. Rather it states that 75 per cent of its customers have "access to streaming".

In May, Quickflix brokered a deal to become a reseller of content for Presto, a joint venture streaming service between Seven West Media and Foxtel. It kept its pay-per-view and DVD businesses.

The local player, which listed on the Australian Securities Exchange in 2005 has struggled with the entry of new players into the subscription video on-demand space.

Dominated by US-based Netflix, 2015 has seen streaming services grow rapidly in popularity. Stan, which is a 50-50 venture between Nine Entertainment and Fairfax Media – publisher of The Australian Financial Review, and Presto are thought to hold the second and third positions in the streaming hierarchy.

While none of the three providers publish subscriber numbers, estimates put the total figure at 2 million.

Measat in race to buy Ariane launch slot

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/30/measat-in-race-to-buy-ariane-launch-slot/

An Australian satellite operator is in Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But NewSat has key rights on a satellite launch from Arianespace. Now a Delaware Bankruptcy judge has ordered that the launch rights be sold to Measat – by August 1st.

The decision comes after the Bankruptcy Court had allowed extra time for a sale to be negotiated between NewSat and Measat, but it seems the judge in the case is getting tired of delays, and wants the matter finalised. The judge’s Aug 1 cut-off date was made on July 15th, but seemingly no deal has yet been concluded.

NewSat has already had to give up on its single most valuable asset, the almost completed Jaibiru-1 satellite. Under the terms of the build contract with Lockheed Martin, despite spending $193 million on the satellite, the asset is now the property of Lockheed Martin. The Court has heard that the craft needs about $78 million more to complete.

Trade mag Space News has reported that the US Export-Import Bank believes that it will recover some $100 million of the cash it loaned NewSat might be recoverable.

The situation is made more complex by Arianespace saying that contracts that existed between it and the Australian business had no place being decided in a Delaware courtroom. Arianespace also says that it has no space on any of its rockets until 2017, whatever the Court might rule.

Russia schedules first Proton rocket launch since crash

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Russia_schedules_first_Proton_rocket_launch_since_crash_999.html

Russia on Wednesday set a date for the first Proton rocket launch since an engine failure in May saw a Mexican satellite destroyed.

Authorities said a Proton-M rocket would blast off from the Baikonur launch site in Kazakhstan on August 28 carrying a British Inmarsat-5F3 commercial communications satellite.

A similar rocket bearing a Mexican satellite fell back to earth on May 16 after suffering an engine malfunction, in one of a string of embarrassing failures for Russia's troubled space programme.

The state-run Khrunichev Centre spacecraft maker said that a probe into the disaster showed it was due to a construction flaw in one of the engines.

"A plan to eradicate the reasons for the engine failure has been fulfilled," it said in a statement.

The Proton-M failure in May came exactly a year after the same model of rocket carrying Russia's most advanced communications satellite fell back to Earth minutes after lift-off. That accident was later blamed on a damaged ball bearing.

Based on a Soviet-era design, the Proton-M is viewed as one of the workhorses of the space industry and Russia is developing a new generation of rockets to succeed it.

The May accident also happened a few days after an unmanned Russian Progress cargo craft burnt up in the Earth's atmosphere after suffering a communications failure on its way to the International Space Station (ISS).

Last week three astronauts arrived safely at the orbiting research station on the first manned flight since the malfunction.

Intelsat Tempers Down Disagreement Over SpaceX’s Experimental SmallSats

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/technology/2015/07/29/intelsat-tempers-down-disagreement-over-spacexs-experimental-smallsats/

[Via Satellite 07-29-2015] Intelsat has tempered down a disagreement with SpaceX over the deployment of two experimental satellites in Low Earth Orbit (LEO). SpaceX is planning to launch a constellation of approximately 4,000 SmallSats for telecommunications services, and plans to use six to eight test and demonstration satellites starting in 2016. The launcher filed an application with the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in May for the first two demo spacecraft, MicroSat 1a and MicroSat 1b, along with confidentiality treatment requests for five related exhibits. On July 9, Intelsat filed an informal objection to the FCC, urging the agency to deny the SpaceX MicroSat 1 a/b application. The operator concurrently filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking to obtain full copies of SpaceX’s fillings.

Intelsat asserted that the information available about the two satellites was too limited for the operator to analyze how SpaceX intends to protect co-frequency geostationary operations, as well as avoid collision with geostationary satellites transiting through LEO during launch. Specifically, the operator said that SpaceX’s confidentiality request hides “the kind of basic information that is routinely, and publicly, filed by other satellite operators.” Intelsat said it needed to know beam parameters and orbital parameters in order to accurately analyze potential interference and, if interference is detected, identify or eliminate a SpaceX transmission as the cause.

SpaceX’s satellite mega-constellation plans were leaked on YouTube in January just days after OneWeb announced plans to build a network of roughly 650 LEO communications satellites with support from Qualcomm and the Virgin Group. In June Intelsat joined a team of companies investing in OneWeb, which will compete with SpaceX in the satellite domain.

On July 20, SpaceX responded to Intelsat’s objection through the FCC, arguing that Intelsat was requesting significantly more information than necessary to address interference and collision risks. However, the company did release one of the requested exhibits, “Power Flux and Density Rev2,” on the same day. SpaceX said the necessary information about collision risks was already public, and called the incumbent operator’s concern about the risk posed by the MicroSats “baseless.”

As experimental satellites, MicroSat 1 a/b are required to operate on a non-protection, non-harmful interference basis, showing deference to existing satellite systems. The spacecraft would operate in Ku- and X-band frequencies from a 625 km circular orbit with a lifespan of less than 10 years. For Ku-band broadband test operations, SpaceX plans to use a network of three ground stations, with one located at its Hawthorne, Calif. headquarters; the second at Tesla Motors headquarters in Fremont, Calif.; and the third at SpaceX’s Redmond, Wash. facility where it plans to build the constellation. Due to an elevation angle constraint of 40 to 90 degrees, and the geography of the three ground stations, SpaceX said the satellites would only transmit for approximately 10 minutes every 0.9 days.

Regarding the collision risk during the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) for satellites above LEO, SpaceX said the short duration of LEOP activity, and the fact that such activity occurs at a different orbital inclination than those of MicroSat 1 a/b, pegs the probability of a collision on an order of less than one in 1 quadrillion. SpaceX said to the FCC that it has provided additional information beyond what is typically required to abate Space Situational Awareness (SSA) concerns, and asked that its experimental license be granted without further delay.

In response to a Via Satellite inquiry, Intelsat provided the following statement on July 23:

“Intelsat has long been a vocal proponent of satellite operators sharing information with one another to avoid or mitigate any potential interference issues that could disrupt connectivity. As the world’s leading provider of satellite services, we are understandably concerned about any system that could potentially cause interference with the valuable services that we provide to our customers every day. It is helpful that SpaceX has provided additional technical information. We are continuing to review their submission to determine if it is adequate for us to complete a thorough analysis of the potential impact.”

SpaceX declined to comment for this article.

On July 24, Intelsat submitted a reply to SpaceX’s July 20 letter commending the company for releasing further information through its Exhibit 2 filing. Nonetheless, Intelsat said the company still needs additional information on issues relating to interference and how SpaceX will be able to address the risk of collision when its experimental satellites are propulsion-less. The satellite operator disagreed with some of SpaceX’s calculations, and asked if the company is planning to make satellite ephemeris data available to bodies other than the United States Strategic Command‘s (U.S. Stratcom) Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC), such as the Space Data Association (SDA), of which Intelsat is a member.

SpaceX intends to respond to the FOIA request at another time. The company also requested the FCC modify the ex parte status of the proceeding from “restricted” to “permit but disclose” so that SpaceX and other interested parties can communicate directly with FCC on the issues at hand. Intelsat concurred that continuing discussion by classifying the proceeding as “permit but close” would be beneficial.

“Intelsat agrees with SpaceX that given the technical nature of the issues herein, allowing the parties to communicate directly with the Commission will serve the public interest,” the company wrote July 24.

Elon Musk, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, said in January that he hoped to have the first iteration of the constellation in place in roughly five years, and estimated the cost would be between $10 and $15 billion. He also said the established fleet will have propulsion.

Eutelsat revenues up 9.5%

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/30/81786/

Despite a slowing economy in Russia and its impact on Eutelsat revenues, the Paris-based satellite operator reported some impressive numbers early on July 30.

Revenues were up 9.5 per cent at €1.476 billion (€1.348bn), EBITDA also up 9.5 per cent at €1.132 billion. The only small cloud on the list of successes ws Eutelsat’s backlog which fell back €200 million to €6.2 billion, a 3.5 per cent drop.

CEO Michel de Rosen, in comments enclosed with the results, said: “The past year has seen a number of significant commercial successes notably renewals at the HOT BIRD and 16° East video neighbourhoods, as well as several contract wins in Africa and MENA, and a strong performance by Satmex, that now operates as Eutelsat Americas. All applications contributed to growth.

“Our deployment plan is paving the way for the future, with the order of EUTELSAT 172B equipping us to accelerate our expansion in Asia-Pacific from 2017, and the successful launch of EUTELSAT 115 West B, the first all-electric commercial satellite, that will bring expansion capacity to the Americas. The development and procurement of the software-defined Eutelsat Quantum satellite also underlines our commitment to innovation for our clients as a driver of growth.

“Revenue growth for 2015-16 is targeted at 2-3 per cent, reflecting the impact of Russian contract renegotiations, delays to our launch schedule and the current pressure on Government Services. In 2016-17 it should accelerate to 4-6 per cent, thanks to the arrival of new capacity for fast-growing markets, albeit with a delay of EUTELSAT 65 West A. Revenues will continue to be underpinned by our solid backlog, representing over four years of revenues, as well as the positive dynamics in our targeted growth markets and applications.”

Thomson Video Networks Integrated Receiver/Decoder Family To Launch @ IBC2015

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=368196542&menu=1

[SatNews] Thomson Video Networks announces the launch of a range of innovative new products and capabilities in its integrated receiver/decoder (IRD) family.

At IBC2015, the company will introduce its all-new MD Series of modular, high-density IRDs/descramblers. In addition, Thomson Video Networks has added decoding based on the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)/H.265 standard to its industry-leading RD4000 and RD6000 IRDs, providing the ability to decode all video formats for even greater operational flexibility whatever the application.

With its new MD Series, Thomson Video Networks has repackaged advanced features from its RD1100, RD4000, and RD6000 IRDs into a modular and flexible form factor – making the series ideal for digital turnaround, monitoring, and contribution applications in terrestrial, DTH, cable, and IPTV/OTT systems. The foundation for the MD series is the MD9000, a modular 2-RU platform that accommodates up to 10 hot-pluggable MD modules including:

• The MD1100 receiver/descrambler, offering professional-quality reception and descrambling performance (BISS and DVB-CI). The MD1100 also includes advanced PID/service filtering capabilities for multi-channel digital turnaround and IP gateway applications.

• The MD4000, a professional receiver and multi-format decoder supporting MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/AVC 4:2:0 video in SD and HD quality. The MD4000 module offers a low-cost-per-channel decoding solution for distribution monitoring and re-encoding applications.

• The MD6000, a professional receiver and multi-format decoder designed for the contribution market. Supporting up to MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/AVC 4:2:2 10-bit video decoding, this module is ideal for remote newsgathering and for receiving multiple feeds from large outdoor events.

Each MD module can behave as a stand-alone IRD with its own Web GUI for configuration and supervision, and the modules can be used in any environment thanks to a rich set of interfaces, including dual IP Gigabit Ethernet, satellite DVB-S/S2, and ASI in/out. Each module provides scalable video decoding capacity up to 4:2:2 10-bit compression, and up to eight channels of audio decoding, including support for Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, AAC, and MPEG Audio.

In addition to broadcast-quality decoding for SD/HD MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC, the RD4000 and RD6000 IRDs now offer the industry's best compression performance through HEVC/H.265 — up to 50 percent bandwidth savings compared with the current MPEG-4 AVC compression format for an enhanced viewer experience.

The RD4000 provides HEVC SD/HD 4:2:0 decoding for the distribution market, whereas the RD6000 implements HEVC SD/HD decoding up to 4:2:2 10-bit 1080p60 for the contribution market. To accommodate the full gamut of transmission media, both IRDs provide a rich set of optional inputs including satellite DVB-S/S2, IP Gigabit Ethernet, ASI, and the new terrestrial DVB-T/T2 inputs. Combined with the ViBE® VS7000 and ViBE 4K HEVC encoders, the RD4000 and RD6000 enrich the end-to-end HEVC-based video transmission solutions offered by Thomson Video Networks.

Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate the new MD Series for the first time at IBC2015, along with the newly HEVC-enhanced RD6000.

Executive Comment

"With our new modular MD Series, operators now have a dense and scalable decoding/descrambling solution that can help them launch and grow new turnaround services rapidly and cost-effectively. When the channel lineup is growing, they can simply add a new module — and they can use any combination of descrambler or decoder modules to address all use cases," said Stéphane Cloirec, director, product management, Thomson Video Networks. "Plus, the Web GUI for the MD Series is identical to the interface for our RD line, which means users that are familiar with our existing IRD products will be able to ramp up quickly with the new modules.
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;"By freeing bandwidth, HEVC enables operators to deliver more services over the same network, therefore driving down the costs of HD and SD service delivery while improving picture quality. By combining HEVC with traditional MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC content decoding in the same unit, the RD4000 and RD6000 address TV operators' requirements for flexibility and video compression efficiency both now and into the future."

Pay TV powerhouse Sky passes 21 million subscriber mark

From http://www.digitaltveurope.net/404431/pay-tv-powerhouse-sky-passes-21-million-subscriber-mark/

A strong UK performance helped deliver exceptional full-year results for Sky, with the operator adding close to a million customers over the course of the full year while increasing revenue and profit significantly.

Delivering its first full-year results as an expanded operation spanning the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, Sky added 973,000 customers over the last 12 months, an increase of 45% on the previous year’s additions. Sky posted full-year adjusted revenue of £11.283 billion (€15.888 billion), up 5%, and EBITDA of £2.030 billion, up 10%. Operating profit was £1.4 billion, up 18%. Pre-tax profit was £1.196 billion, up 6%.

Europe-wide, the company had 21.006 million customers at the end of June, up 158,000 on the previous quarter, taking 53.783 million products, up 829,000 for the quarter. Churn was down – to under 10% – across all markets.

The UK and Ireland led the way, delivering revenues of £7.820 billion, up 6% and an operating profit of £1.35 billion. The UK and Ireland business delivered customer growth of 506,000 for the year, the highest for 11 years, taking Sky’s total above 12 million. The number includes the Now TV OTT service, for which the operator did not break out figures separately. Sky did say that it sold almost three times as many sports passes for the service as in the previous year.

Sky in the UK and Ireland added 3.3 million revenue-generating units, taking it past 38 million, including the addition of 113,000 TV customers in the final quarter and broadband additions of 96,000.

Sky Go passed the six million mark

Germany and Austria saw revenues grow from £1.262 billion to £1.377 billion, and operating losses improve from negative £57 million to negative £11 million. The company added 467,000 new customers, including 55,000 in the fourth quarter. Germany and Austria added 969,000 revenue-generating units, 56% higher than the previous year, including 127,000 new products sold in the fourth quarter.

The Italian unit remains – relatively – the weak link in the chain, delivering lower revenues of £2.086 billion due to rival Mediaset’s hold on Champions League football. The unit nevertheless contributed a 56% improvement in operating profits to £61 million and held its customer base stable at 4.7 million after three years of decline. Over the year, Sky in Italy added 387,000 RGUs, but saw a loss of 19,000 in the fourth quarter as a result of repackaging customers onto HD products.

Sky said its Sky Store movie purchase and rental services saw revenues grow by 77% over the year thanks to the launch of its ‘buy and keep’ service. Revenue from Sky Store, AdSmart and Sky Vision together was up 122%. On the production front, Sky said it had 35 projects in development, on-air or in production over the next three years, with at least 10 of these to launch as priority projects across Europe.

Sky said it was on track to realize its target of £200 million in synergies by 2017 from the combination of the three international operations, and said that it would implement a common look and feel across all its channel by next summer.

“The past 12 months have been an outstanding period of growth for Sky. We’ve successfully completed a deal that has transformed the size and scale of opportunity for the business whilst delivering an excellent financial and operational performance as more customers chose Sky and took more of our products. It’s clear that the steps we have taken to broaden out our business are paying off. By distributing our content over multiple platforms and launching new products and services, we are now able to offer something for every household,” said CEO Jeremy Darroch.

“The UK and Ireland, where our strategy is most progressed, put in a particularly strong performance. We passed the 12-million customer milestone with the highest growth in 11 years; we surpassed 38 million paid-for subscription products; and we delivered the lowest churn in 11 years. This is the direct result of the investments we’ve made in connected services and quality content with more than seven million customers now connected. Germany and Italy also posted strong performances. Germany delivered its highest-ever customer growth, while Italy maintained its subscriber base in a tough market. Both businesses also achieved significantly increased customer loyalty, thanks to continued investment in the customer experience.”


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Telstra to launch Roku streaming platform for Netflix, Presto and Stan in September

From news

The Telstra TV branded Roku 2.

STREAMING is about to get a whole lot easier in Australia, with Telstra looking to launch its own TV service called Telstra TV, which will offer all the local streaming offerings in one place.

Telstra has partnered with US streaming device maker Roku to be the platform for the new service that’s designed specifically for Australian consumers. The telco wants Telstra TV to be the go-to place for streaming TV and eventually wants to support every streaming service available in Australia.

Pricing and plans are yet to be finalised, but Ms Pollard confirmed that Telstra was trying to negotiate with Netflix, Presto and Stan to deliver a bundle price that would allow customers to subscribe to all three streaming services for less than $30 a month.

Netflix, Presto and movie rentals from BigPond Movies will be available when the service launches in September. Catch-up services will also be on offer, however Telstra hasn’t specified yet what specific channels will be featured. A Stan app won’t be available at first, however Telstra media managing director Joe Pollard told news.com.au that it would be available soon after the launch.

Netflix and its originals like Bojack Horseman will all be there.

Netflix and its originals like Bojack Horseman will all be there. Source: Foxtel
Ms Pollard couldn’t confirm whether Foxtel Play, the pay TV company’s catch-up service, would be supported on Telstra TV. She did, however, say that a full list of supported services and apps would be available closer to its September launch date.

If Foxtel Play did come to the service, Telstra TV would be the only device available where you could watch Foxtel, Netflix, Stan and Presto all on the same device.

Unfortunately for Netflix and Stan subscribers, both those services would still count towards your monthly data limit, but Presto would continue to be unmetered for Telstra subscribers.

The Roku 2 box, which Telstra is rebranding as the Telstra TV, is available for $US59 in the United States, so expect it to cost about $100 locally.

The device is praised as being one of the best, if not the best, streaming device on the market, with a speedy, easy-to-use interface and constant updates, so let’s hope Telstra keeps it that way.

Telstra to tackle Apple with launch of streaming platform

From http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/telstra-to-tackle-apple-with-launch-of-streaming-platform/story-fna03wxu-1227460792665

Telstra is pulling its T-Box personal video recorder from the market and replacing it with an entry-level streaming device that will pit the telco squarely against Apple as it makes a serious play at the millions of Australians rushing to on-demand video and TV services.

Telstra TV will see the telco enter an exclusive deal with US-based video streaming device-maker Roku, which produces puck-sized devices that, like the AppleTV, can stream high-definition television and movie content direct to TVs.

The Telstra TV service will be a platform offering consumers for the first time one place to ­access Australia’s three leading subscription video-on-demand services — Presto, Stan and Netflix.

A range of other apps, including YouTube, free-to-air catch-up channels and Telstra’s on-­demand BigPond movie service, will be available on the platform.

“We hope to make this the leading streaming platform for SVOD services, moving forward,” said Joe Pollard, Telstra’s head of media and marketing. “Apple TV is more of a closed ecosystem, where this will be more of an open system.

“We think this will slot into the market well and there’s a big addressable audience, with 70 per cent odd of the population not paying in some way, shape or form for video content.”

The launch of Telstra TV in September will mean the T-Box device — of which there are more than 800,000 units in the market — will be axed as the telco shifts its sights to price-conscious consumers, leaving its premium Foxtel (half-owned by Telstra and News Corp Australia, publisher of The Australian) service to the higher end of the market.

“We will not sell any more T-boxes once this device launches but we’ll continue to support it with content because the people who have the T-box love it,” Ms Pollard said.

According to leaked details of Telstra TV, the device will either be sold separately to Telstra broadband customers for $109 or bundled in a home entertainment offer of $89 a month that will include a broadband connection with 200GB of monthly data and free local calls.

Telstra is also considering ­offering users of the Telstra TV service a “Sports Pass” that will allow customers to purchase a weekly pass to a selected sports channel, including Fox Sports.

Telstra integrates Netflix, Stan, Presto into re-badged Roku box

From http://delimiter.com.au/2015/07/29/telstra-integrates-netflix-stan-presto-into-re-badged-roku-box/

news The nation’s largest telco Telstra today revealed it will launch a Telstra-branded version of the popular Roku TV streaming device to Australians, as the telco struggles to ensure its over-the-top services remain relevant in a next-generation viewing world which increasingly appears to be dominated by the likes of US giant Netflix.

In a post on its Exchange site, Telstra head of IPTV and Pay TV Eric Kearley noted that the re-badged Roku 2 device — which Telstra will sell as “Telstra TV” — would aggregate a number of TV streaming platforms for use by Telstra customers, including Foxtel’s Presto, Netflix, and Telstra’s BigPond Movies service.

A selection of catch-up free to air TV services will be available when the device launches in September, and the Stan platform will also be supported “later this year”.

“Australians have enthusiastically embraced video streaming as an entertainment platform and Telstra TV will differentiate Telstra as a provider of streaming content,” Joe Pollard, Telstra GMD Media and Marketing said in a separate statement. “Rather than restrict our customers’ choices, we want to host all the popular streaming video services on our platforms and make it easy for them to get all the content they want in the one place.”

“Roku is renowned for producing streaming devices with an exciting variety of entertainment choices and great value. Roku devices are popular among consumers in the US, Canada and UK. By combining our networks and content with Roku Powered players and the Roku platform, we will offer a brilliant streaming experience in the market designed specifically for Australian consumers.”

“We are already the network of choice for video for many customers around Australia and the demand for video content will only increase the need for superior networks to deliver this content.”

Roku has not previously directly sold its set-top box in Australia, but Australians have still been able to buy the company’s products and have them shipped to Australia by third parties.

The Telstra TV box appears to be based on one of the three Roku unit the company sells overseas. It is capable of outputting 720p and 1080p high definition television and Dolby Digital 7.1 sound. The unit comes with support for 802.11n dual band wireless and a 10/100 Ethernet port for connectivity. A MicroSD slot and USB port are included.

The unit features a Dual ARM A9 1GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, a 256MB Flash storage drive, a HDMI 1.4 port for outputting signal to a TV, and a remote for controlling the unit. BigPond Movies and Presto will be unmetered in terms of customers’ broadband data quota, but the other platforms’ data usage (eg Netflix and Stan) will still apply when used through the Telstra TV box.

Notably, it does not appear as though Telstra TV is a direct replacement for the Foxtel pay TV platform which Telstra is a joint shareholder in — the Telstra TV box will not support streaming Foxtel directly, only the more limited Play online service which Foxtel sells separately. Telstra has not yet released pricing for the device, although it apears as though it will include bundling options.

What I think we’re seeing here is a panicked reaction from Telstra to the almost overnight success of the Netflix Internet television platform launching in Australia.

Netflix only launched in March, but stats from Roy Morgan research show the platform already has more than a million local customers — more than ten times the number of any other Internet streaming service in Australia. And this huge customer base is only set to grow — I wouldn’t be overly surprised if it doubled by the end of this year.

This extremely rapid growth curve for Netflix in Australia means two things to Telstra’s management.

Firstly, it puts the limited success that Telstra has had with platforms such as BigPond Movies and the T-Box into perspective. Although the company has signed up quite a few Telstra customers to these add-on products, bolstering its underlying margins, there is no doubt that the overnight success of Netflix dwarfs these gains. There is also a huge risk for Telstra that its customers will start ditching the T-Box and BigPond Movies for the more agile Netflix offering.

Secondly, the success of Netflix entails huge potential financial losses for Telstra. The company’s fixed-line broadband profits are based on the assumption that almost all customers will not use the full download quota they are paying for. The more bandwidth Telstra customers download on their existing plans — and Netflix use sends bandwidth usage sky high — the more Telstra pays in terms of its own bandwidth costs, and the more its margins shrink.

Telstra’s extremely rapid launch of a re-badged Roku box in Australia is no doubt a tactic to deal with these issues — keeping customers on a Telstra set-top-box platform which allows Telstra to continue to market its own value-added entertainment services and pitch Foxtel Presto at customers as well. I also strongly suspect that Telstra will be pressuring Netflix behind the scenes to start paying cash money for the impact it’s causing on Telstra’s network.

However, this is a very short-sighted launch. The real issue for Telstra is not Netflix, and it’s not the T-Box. Re-badging Roku for the Australian market won’t solve its problems.

The real issue for Telstra is that it is struggling to reconcile its investment in Foxtel — Australia’s largest content delivery platform — with its own mission selling telecommunications.

Right now we have a ridiculous situation where a telco, Telstra, wants to bundle content on top of its telecommunications network, while Foxtel, a content delivery platform, wants to bundle telecommunications services with its content. Both are struggling with the area that is not their own — Telstra does not do content well, and I doubt Foxtel will do telecommunications well.

The solution needs to come in two parts. Foxtel must firstly come up with a way to stop losing customers and potential customers to Netflix. Netflix is a real and present threat to Foxtel, and so far Foxtel’s own online offerings have failed to address that threat. Bundling them with Telstra services is not going to help that situation.

When Foxtel has done that, Telstra must work closely with Foxtel so that customers are heavily incentivised to purchase both Foxtel and Telstra in lock-in bundles that they will never want to escape. The pair already do offer solid packages. But they’re primarily attractive to families with a lot of money to spend — the younger Netflix generation is not that keen. Telstra and Foxtel need to work out a way to target that generation better.

The nasty thing for both Telstra and Foxtel is that this is going to necessarily involve giving up some of the fat profits they’ve come to enjoy for the past two decades of partnership. But here’s a reality check: Netflix has changed the game. Telstra and Foxtel cannot hang onto the past.

The option that Telstra appears to be pursuing right now is to try to offer a Roku bundle with Netflix, Stan and Presto to customers for less than $30 a month. This will be a decent effort if Telstra can pull it off.

But I don’t think it represents the end game. That will require some deeper thinking about the fundamental relationship between Foxtel and Telstra. Nothing I’ve seen from Telstra so far indicates the company has yet gotten that right.

Fairfax boss warns Foxtel's Ten play will entrench Murdoch dominance

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-28/fairfax-boss-warns-foxtel-ten-play-will-entrench-murdoch/6654432

Fairfax Media boss Greg Hywood is hoping the Government and the competition watchdog see that the changes at the top of Ten Network are attempts by the Murdoch family to skirt media ownership laws.

On the surface it seems a strange time for chief executive Hamish McLennan to leave the Ten Network, with revenues finally rising, and long-awaited hit shows boosting audience share.

It is believed that Mr McLennan's exit, announced yesterday, has been orchestrated by the Murdoch family which is trying to reduce its direct links with Ten as it undergoes scrutiny from the competition watchdog over the proposed tie up between Foxtel and Ten.

Before taking over at the Ten Network in March 2013, Mr McLennan was Rupert Murdoch's executive vice-president at News Corporation.

Because there is controversy around this, and the Government doesn't want controversy, it walks away from doing things.

Mr Hywood believes the resignation is part of a carefully planned strategy to "de-Murdochise" perceptions about the future ownership of the broadcaster.

"If you put News Corporations' and the family's media interests together you've got - in an environment where you're supposed to have two out of three, either print, radio and television - what they've got is print, radio, television and cable," he told the ABC's The Business exclusively.

ACCC examining Foxtel's Ten deal

Mr Hywood said he is comforted by assurances from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) chairman Rod Sims that he is going to have a close look at the family's interests.

"[He] has to, it is a family business in the truest sense, and just because one family member has some over there and it is not within the official corporate structure doesn't mean anything," he argued.

The ACCC is currently reviewing the Murdochs' plan for Foxtel, which News Corp owns half of, to invest $77 million in Ten which could give the Murdoch-controlled media giant effective control of the channel.

ACCC boss Rod Sims says he is taking a holistic view of the Murdoch family reach in Australia.

Mr Hywood said he is constantly lobbying the Government and Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the matter.

"This is not about Fairfax wanting to buy a free to air TV station, this is about Fairfax saying that there should be a level playing field," he argued.

Mr Hywood said that immediate self interest led Prime Minister Tony Abbott to roll Malcolm Turnbull's plans to overhaul the outdated media ownership laws.

"Because there is controversy around this, and the Government doesn't want controversy, it walks away from doing things," he told the ABC.

He said he will continue to lobby the Government on the matter.

Vic racing available to regional viewers

From http://www.bloodstock.com.au/news/story.php?id=13152#Xbea03oAZJmAG3GR.97

Victorian racing will be available to 90 per cent of TV viewers after PRIME7 announced it will commence free-to-air coverage in regional areas.

The PRIME7 coverage on channel 68 in regional areas of Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia, the ACT and Gold Coast joined Seven West Media's free-to-air metropolitan area coverage on Channel 78 that began last month.

The Pakenham meeting on Tuesday is the first to be broadcast to the extended audience.

Racing Victoria CEO Bernard Saundry said discussions between Seven West Media and its affiliates in Tasmania, the Northern Territory and regional South Australia were still ongoing.

"I want to thank both PRIME7 and Seven West Media for their support of our regional viewers who are vital to the success and growth of our industry," Saundry said.

"Likewise, I want to thank regional punters, fans and participants who have been extremely patient over the past month where they've had restricted access to vision of Victorian racing."

Negotiations continue between Seven West Media and Foxtel around extending Channel 78's free-to-air coverage to the pay-TV platform.

Discussions between Racing Victoria and Tabcorp continue on a daily basis over the return of Victorian racing to Sky Racing's wall-to-wall channels.

Victorian racing can still be viewed on computers, tablets and mobiles via racing.com, sportsbet.com.au and crownbet.com.au and also in 92 retail TAB outlets in Victoria.

Advanced Comms + SatBroadcasting™ Advances Agreement Signed By RSC Energia + RSCC

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=870999790

[SatNews] Vladimir Solntsev, Energia President, and Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, have signed an agreement to cooperate in the field of developing advanced communications and broadcasting satellite systems.

Vladimir Solntsev and Yuri Prokhorov sign the agreement.

Working together, the two companies intend to use more efficiently the resources they have in order to design such systems. The plan is (i) to develop jointly the technical requirements regarding prospective systems of satellite-supported communications and broadcasting, including those for RSCC, (ii) to assess feasibility of applying new requirements to future communications and broadcasting satellites using the R&D and production potential of Russian space industry, and also (iii) draft proposals regarding the use of prospective domestic satellite launch systems.

Among those contributing to the development of new spacecraft will be Energia specialists who have attended training programs at Airbus D&S under the Express-series project.

Executive Comments

“I am convinced that our joint efforts will make it possible to expedite implementation of state-of-the-art processes and standards to ensure appropriate quality and reliability of satellite-supported communications services. Our cooperation will serve the objective of further development of Russia’s infrastructure of satellite communications and broadcasting”, said Energia President, Vladimir Solntsev, following the signing ceremony.

For his part, Yuri Prokhorov, RSCC Director-General, said, “The agreement we have signed is called upon to spur implementation of the 2016-1025 program to develop the domestic orbital constellation of civilian communications and broadcasting satellites involving Russia’s leading space industry enterprises that have the requisite knowhow and unique competencies in the area of space hardware.”

Globecast In The Bike Saddle Sees A Sea Of Yellow From Utrecht to Paris ... Covers 2015 Tour de France

From http://www.satnews.com/story.php?number=349943088

[SatNews] The first live broadcast began at 09:30 am each day, with the last at 18.45GMT, meaning the Globecast was more often than not the first to set up in the TV compound and the last to leave.

Globecast, solutions provider for media, announces that 2015 has contracted to bring one of the world’s great sporting spectacles to screens around the globe—the 2015 Tour de France. From the Grand Départ in Utrecht to the final iconic sprint on the Champs Élysées, Globecast successfully rose to both the technical and logistical challenges posed by this year’s event.

Globecast was contracted by both broadcasters and a corporate customer to cover the event including national, international and unilateral feeds. This involved eight HD SNG trucks, one mobile master control room, two microwave trucks and a 50m crane. The mobile master control room, which was moved from stage to stage, was designed to handle the feeds from the five motorcycles and two helicopters out on the course. The microwave trucks were strategically placed along each stage to receive and re-transmit the signals from the mobile vehicles. In total, there were 27 HD satellite feeds each day using four satellites.

The first live broadcast began at 09:30 am each day, with the last at 18.45GMT, meaning the Globecast was more often than not the first to set up in the TV compound and the last to leave.

Michele Gosetti, VP Contribution and Media Services at Globecast, says, “This year we faced the additional challenge of the final mountain stage ending at the top of Alpe d’Huez. Because of the landscape, the TV compound was actually 140 km away at Grenoble Airport. Globecast supplied a 10 Gigabit Ethernet fiber connection via parent company Orange. This allowed 16 TV signals from the Alpe, with four in the reverse direction as well as 24 audio links and three for data.”

Globecast traveled approximately 3,000 km in 21 days with the company’s Special Events team providing the understanding of how to bring such a huge event to the world.

Gosetti adds, “Our experience and commitment were essential on this project. We began building the mobile control room at 06.00 am each day and then dismantling it at 21:00 so that it could be driven through the night to the next location. The logistical challenges are considerable! But our ability to handle these, in combination with our technical expertise and the level of connectivity that we can provide, allows us to supply an unrivalled broadcasting package.”

SpeedCast Acquires Sait Communications, Gains Maritime Foothold in Europe

From http://www.satellitetoday.com/telecom/2015/07/28/speedcast-acquires-sait-communications-gains-maritime-foothold-in-europe

[Via Satellite 07-28-2015] SpeedCast has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sait Communications, a fast-growing maritime communications service provider in southern Europe. Sait Communications has been active in the maritime communications business for close to 10 years, and services about 2,500 ships, including many of Greece’s largest shipping companies. SpeedCast anticipates the acquisition will significantly expand its exposure to the shipping sector, particularly in southern Europe where Greece is one of the largest maritime markets.

Sait Communications has rolled out Inmarsat’s Fleet Broadband service to close to 1,500 vessels over the past few years, and has more recently started providing VSAT broadband services. According to SpeedCast, the combined entity will be one of the largest service providers to the maritime sector in the market today, servicing more than 5,000 vessels with a wide portfolio of communications and IT services.

“Our maritime business is a key growth engine for SpeedCast. With this acquisition, we are expanding our presence in major and fast growing maritime markets in southern Europe. These low VSAT-penetrated markets are well positioned for accelerated growth,” said Pierre-Jean Beylier, CEO of SpeedCast.

The transaction is expected to close on July 31. Sait Communications is SpeedCast’s second acquisition this month, following that of NewSat’s teleport and satellite services business.

India's advanced weather satellite INSAT-3D completes two years in orbit

From http://bharatpress.com/2015/07/28/indias-advanced-weather-satellite-insat-3d-completes-two-years-in-orbit/

Bengaluru: INSAT-3D, India’s Advanced Weather Satellite, has accomplished two profitable years in orbit, the Indian Space Research Organisation stated .

INSAT-3D is an unique mission designed for enhanced meteorological observations and monitoring of land and ocean surfaces for weather forecasting and catastrophe warning, ISRO stated.

The satellite was launched by European rocket Ariane VA214 flight from French Guyana on July 26, 2013.

INSAT-3D is the primary Indian geostationary satellite, outfitted with sounder instrument that gives frequent good high quality atmospheric profiles (temperature, humidity) over the Indian land mass and adjoining areas, it added.

The principal goal of the INSAT-3D mission is to offer top quality observations for monitoring and prediction of weather occasions in addition to for the research of local weather.

ISRO stated the state-of-the-artwork devices like “Imager” and “Sounder” onboard INSAT-3D satellite present a variety of atmospheric merchandise resembling cloud protection photographs, atmospheric winds, sea and land floor temperatures,humidity, quantitative rainfall, earth’s radiation, atmospheric profiles, ozone, atmospheric stability parameters, fog, snow and aerosols.

These merchandise are immensely useful in monitoring day-to-day weather and prediction of utmost occasions like tropical cyclone, thunderstorm, cloud burst and warmth waves, it added.

INSAT-3D has the excellence that its radiance observations and derived merchandise are being operationally assimilated in numerical fashions operated by national weather prediction businesses like IMD and National Centre of Medium Range Weather Prediction (NCMRWF).

Besides that, main worldwide businesses like European Center of Medium vary Weather Forecast (ECMWF) and United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMET) are additionally in search of prospects to make use of INSAT-3D derived atmospheric winds in their international fashions, ISRO stated.

It stated the achievements of INSAT-3D mission paved the best way for ISRO to develop into a member of prestigious worldwide teams like Coordination Group of Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) through the assembly at Boulder, Colorado in May 2015.

To obtain the worldwide local weather commonplace, INSAT-3D radiances are constantly monitored and calibrated by Global Space based mostly Inter Calibration System (GSICS) process to make sure that INSAT-3D observations meet the worldwide high quality normal, it added.


SBS D1 Changes (Via austech Tassie Devil post)

all are active (Australian beam)

TAS D1/T10

D/L FREQ.: 12362.375 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps

Not listed on Lyngsat

VIC D1/T10
D/L FREQ.: 12326.625 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps

Not listed on Lyngsat

WA D1/T10
D/L FREQ.: 12344.500 MHz
Modcod: QPSK 7/8
Symbol Rate: 14.294118 Msps
Data Rate: 23.0527 Mbps

Listed on Lyngsat but 4 MHZ difference in Freq?

More screenshots from Intelsat 19 TV Plus when seen FTA last week for a short time. Yes they were all playing Football!

Arena Sports 1

Arena Sport 3

Arena Sport 4

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Asiasat Feed log

3896 V SR 6111 SD ENC-B Horse Racing from Singapore, (FTA.)
3883 H SR 3599 $otv rath yatra ($Scrambled.)

4093 H SR 9875 $CZE 012A ($Scrambled.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder The Senior Open Golf Championship, Berkshire, UNITED Kingdom, (FTA.)
3889 V SR 9599 $CALI vs MALASIA ($Scrambled.)

Malaysia with a 'Y' missing.
4086 H SR 7199 $NASCAR (Actually FTA with a colour test pattern.)at the mo.

From the Dish

No Lyngsat

From asiatvro site

东经85.2度轨道位置的国际15号卫星Ku频段,Eurosport、Eurosport-2(俄罗斯)频道新增,设置12560 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-28]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Bober、Muzika(MPEG4)等全组频道改频率,设置12340 L 27500参数部分免费接收。[07-28]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AT2号卫星Ku频段,Muzika、Dom Kino(MPEG-4)等全组频道改频率,设置12207 R 27500参数部分免费接收。[07-28]

东经128度轨道位置的日本通信3号卫星Ku频段,Fashion TV HD(高清)频道加密,设置12553 H 23303参数有条件接收。[07-27]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,EBS Plus 2、CBS(韩国)等6个频道解密,设置12450 H 27489参数免费接收。[07-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,东森亚洲等替换卫视中文电影(Skynindo)等频道,设置4100 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Ruai TV(测试)频道消失,设置3932 V 15800参数无效接收。[07-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Cartoon Network(印尼)频道新增,设置3600 V 31000参数有条件接收。[07-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Da Vinci Learning等替换Jim Jam等(体育)频道,设置3780 V 29900参数有条件接收。[07-27]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Animax、Pop Channel(印尼)频道消失,设置3600 V 31000参数无效接收。 [7月27日]

东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Arirang(印尼)频道消失,设置3880 H 30000参数无效接收。 [7月26日]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Sat Info(测试)频道消失,设置3628 H 17986参数无效接收。 [7月26日]

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NBN satellite station going live outside Broken Hill

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-27/far-west-satellite-broadband-station-set-to-go-live/6650526

There's still no forecast date for Broken Hill city proper to be connected to the NBN.

The federal government is preparing to switch on a satellite ground station to support the National Broadband Network just outside Broken Hill.

The station is one of ten which will beam the NBN into the most remote parts of the country.

An interim satellite service was criticised for not being able to cope with local demand.

Visiting Broken Hill, parliamentary secretary for communications Paul Fletcher said the permanent satellite station would not suffer from the same problems when it is turned on in 10 weeks.

"These two new satellites are completely dedicated to NBN's customers and they can deliver a speed of 25 megabits per second peak speed down, and five megabits per second peak speed up," Mr Fletcher said.

"25 megabits per second is faster than most people in the cities are getting today on DSL [internet]."

The ground station will be switched on when an NBN satellite is launched into space from a base in French Guiana in 10 weeks' time.

Testing will then take place before the service becomes available to remote and rural Australians.

"Customers will be able to call up and place an order for this service from some point in 2016,"Mr Fletcher said.

"We'll be announcing the precise date when the satellite is successfully launched, and the in-orbit testing is successfully completed."

Mr Fletcher said there was still no forecast date for when Broken Hill city will see the NBN rolled out using the fibre-to-the-node technology.

Fox Sports is now going to stream all the Australian soccer games it doesn't already broadcast on pay TV

From http://www.businessinsider.com.au/fox-sports-is-now-going-to-stream-all-the-australian-soccer-games-it-doesnt-already-broadcast-on-pay-tv-2015-7

Pay TV company Fox Sports is joining the relentless march of online services, announcing it will start streaming the Westfield FFA Cup matches it doesn’t put to air from round 32, starting this Wednesday.

The deal means 20 non-broadcast matches will be streamed live on the Fox Sports website as well as on Apple TV via Fox Sports Now.

Fans will need a Fox Sports digital subscription to watch the games, or if they are a subscriber via Foxtel or digital subscriber through News Corp newspapers, the streamed matches will be available free via existing logins.

CEO Patrick Delany said the streamed games will have multi-camera coverage and full commentary.

Full replays will also be available online at the conclusion of matches.

Foxtel wants ‘flatter structure’, COO exits

From http://tbivision.com/news/2015/07/foxtel-wants-flatter-structure-coo-exits/462632/

Australian pay TV leader Foxtel’s COO, Rohan Lund, is leaving as the News Corp-backed firm seeks a “flatter executive structure”.

Lund joined Foxtel in 2013 from Seven West Media, where he was also COO.

From September, his duties at Foxtel will be split between an existing financial division, a broadband unit and a new products and operations division.

This restructure would allow Foxtel to “maximise the company’s ability to capitalise on recent growth initiatives and new product launches”, it said in a statement to local press.

Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein said the firm needed a “flatter executive structure by appointing senior executives to take direct responsibility for them”.

He referenced “significant changes” to the business such as the launch of Seven joint venture SVOD platform Presto Entertainment and new broadband products, and said discussions with Lund had resulted with the notion the COO post was no longer required.

Lund will remain with Foxtel until September “see through the remaining phase of the programs he has led and to help me with the transition into the new structure”.

Ten CEO Hamish McLennan resigns; ACCC closely examining Foxtel deal

From http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-27/ten-ceo-hamish-mclennan-resigns/6650192

Ten Network's chief executive has resigned from the broadcaster's top job after it tied up a deal with Foxtel, but the competition watchdog warns its blessing for that deal is not guaranteed.

The company's chief executive Hamish McLennan has resigned from Ten's top job after a little over two years in charge.

It will be the struggling network's fifth chief executive in the space of five years, and comes just after Mr McLennan inked a deal with Foxtel that will see the pay TV company take a 14.99 per cent stake in the free-to-air broadcaster, subject to regulatory approvals.

The outgoing CEO, whose resignation is effective from today, said his work at Ten is now done.

"The strategic arrangements announced on June 15, including the proposed investment by Foxtel in Ten and the transformative agreement with MCN [Multi Channel Network], mean that my role is complete," said Mr McLennan, who came to Ten after working as executive vice-president in Rupert Murdoch's office at News Corp.

Mr McLennan will be succeeded by Ten's current chief financial officer Paul Anderson, who has been in that role since March 2011 and at the broadcaster in various roles since 2003.

Current independent director David Gordon will take over as an independent chairman, a role Mr McLennan also held in an executive capacity.

That move is part of changes announced on June 15 that will ultimately see the board shrink from 10 to six members if the Foxtel deal goes ahead.

The six would include two independent directors (one of whom would be the chairman), one representative of Foxtel and three representatives of the existing major shareholders.

ACCC expresses concerns about sports rights, News links

However, approval of the deal between Foxtel and Ten is no fait accompli, with the competition regulator expressing serious concerns about it.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it will be forensically examining all of Rupert Murdoch's local media interests, as it considers the proposed deal that would see Foxtel own almost 15 per cent of the Ten Network.

Mr Murdoch's News Corporation has a 50 per cent stake in Foxtel and his son, Lachlan Murdoch, has an 8.5 per cent stake in Ten.

The ACCC's chairman Rod Sims said there is a complex web of corporate and personal relationships between the two companies.

"You've also got other News Limited executives with shareholdings in Ten as well, so we'll have to take all of that into account," he observed.

"We're really looking at, 'is there a substantial lessening of competition in any market as a result of this transaction?'"

Mr Sims said reduced competition for sporting rights is a key plank of the ACCC's consideration.

"In the past we've expressed concerns about sports rights," he explained.

"When you have any tie up between a free-to-air station and Foxtel - we'll obviously look at this more broadly - but sports rights will be a large part of the issues we'll take into consideration."

Ten shares were flat at 21 cents by 12:35pm (AEST).

FSMTC and ABS partner together to bring Connectivity to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)

From http://www.absatellite.net/2015/07/27/fsmtc-and-abs-partner-together-to-bring-connectivity-to-the-federated-states-of-micronesia-fsm/

Bermuda, 27th July 2015 – ABS and FSM Telecommunications Corporation (FSMTC) announced that they have signed a multi-year, multi-transponder deal on ABS-6, C-band. The capacity agreement will provide internet connectivity to support FSMTC’s growing business.

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) is an independent sovereign island nation consisting of four states: Yap, Chuuk, Pohnpei and Kosrae in the West Pacific Ocean. FSMTC is a public corporation established by the FSM to provide all telecommunications services.

FSMTC will use the satellite capacity on ABS-6 to connect Pohnpei to the other 3 states and one of its neighbouring islands, Ulithi. The much needed internet connectivity will support commercial, government entities as well as serving educational institutions and communities bringing economic and social benefits.

FSM is subjected to climate changes and disasters such as typhoons and reliability of service is extremely vital. The ABS’ C-band service is an advantage over other solutions with minimal inference from severe weather conditions. This service will offer crucial communications to ensure that the necessary infrastructure is readily available.

“ABS is excited to collaborate with FSMTC to provide reliable communications. We recognize the progress FSMTC has made and understand the challenges it faces to provide internet connectivity available to its economy and its nation,” said Tom Choi, CEO of ABS. “Through this partnership, we will work together not only to deliver constant connectivity to the Pacific but more importantly, enable FSMTC to grow as a business and serve its people of FSM.”

“The cooperation with ABS has given us the opportunity to grow our business. ABS has listened to our needs to provide cost effective internet access to better serve FSM’s population,” responded John Sohl, CEO of FSMTC. “The partnership with ABS supports our goal of satisfying the growing broadband demands and services that best meet our users’ needs in a wide geographic environment.”

About ABS:
ABS is one of the fastest growing global satellite operators in the world. ABS offers a complete range of tailored solutions including broadcasting, data and telecommunication services to broadcasters, service providers, enterprises and government organizations.

ABS operates a fleet of satellites; ABS-2, ABS-3, ABS-4/Mobisat-1, ABS-6, ABS-7 and the recently launched ABS-3A. The satellite fleet covers over 80% of the world’s population across the Americas, Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, CIS and Russia.

The new satellites: ABS-2A and ABS-8 are planned to launch in late 2015 and 2017 respectively. ABS plans to add more satellites over the next 2-3 years to its growing fleet.
Headquartered in Bermuda, ABS has offices in the United States, Dubai, South Africa, Germany, Philippines, Indonesia and Hong Kong. ABS is majority owned by funds managed by the European Private Equity firm Permira. The Permira funds acquired ABS in 2010.

For more information, visit www.absatellite.com

Skynet 5A satellite starts move eastwards

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Skynet_5A_satellite_starts_move_eastwards_999.html

Secure X-band and UHF MILSATCOM available for users in the Asia Pacific region by autumn 2015.

Airbus Defence and Space has announced that the planned 67,000 km move of the Skynet 5A satellite over the Asia Pacific region is on track. The move from 6 degrees East to 94.8 degrees East will expand Airbus Defence and Space's capability to provide protected and secure military satcom services to allied governments in the Asia-Pacific region. The satellite will be on station at its new location in the autumn this year.

Airbus Defence and Space announced the planned move of Skynet 5A military communications satellite at the Satellite 2015 Conference in March 2015. The relocation will extend the Skynet constellation coverage and services from 178 West to 163 East, including the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific region.

This will provide global military X-band and UHF coverage, expanding core service reach for the UK military and augment coalition capabilities in the region.

Allied nations, for example the five-eyes community (UK, USA, Australia, NZ, Canada), NATO and other governments operating in the region, will be able to access high grade resilient and secure communications services to enhance humanitarian and peacekeeping operations.

Airbus Defence and Space owns and operates the hardened Skynet X-band satellite constellation of 8 satellites and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the UK Ministry of Defence.

The contract also allows other NATO and allied governments to use the Skynet system to augment their existing services. Airbus Defence and Space also leases the X-band hosted payload on Telesat's Anik G1 satellite which covers the Americas and parts of the Pacific including Hawaii and Easter Island.

"The Skynet 5 constellation consists of the world's most powerful, nuclear hardened and protected, military X-band and UHF satellites," said Colin Paynter, Head of Airbus Defence and Space UK.

"With the move of Skynet 5A, we will expand the availability of our premium secure MILSATCOM services to allied nations in the region who need high grade resilient and secure communications services to complement their existing systems."

Beidou navigation system one step closer to global coverage

From http://www.wantchinatimes.com/news-subclass-cnt.aspx?id=20150727000068&cid=1101

Two navigation satellites launched by China on Saturday mark another solid step towards building a homegrown positioning system with global coverage, a lead scientist said Sunday.

Scientists put two satellites for the Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), an indigenous alternative to the US-operated GPS, into orbit Saturday at midnight.

According to Xie Jun, chief engineer of the Beidou project, the "twin sats" are designed to be "trail blazers" as the BDS expands its coverage globally.

Named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation, the Beidou project was formally launched in 1994, some 20 years after the inception of GPS. It was not until 2000 when the first Beidou satellite was launched.

Nonetheless, by 2012, a regional network had already taken shape, and the BDS is already providing positioning, navigation, timing and short message services in China and several other Asian countries.

Beidou is currently one of the four prominent navigation systems in the world, along with the US GPS, Russia's GLONASS, and the European Union's Galileo.

The plan is to set up a complete "constellation" of 35 navigation satellites and expand their coverage to the entire globe by 2020.

Saturday's launch of the "twin sats" — the 18th and 19th of the whole Beidou project and the third this year — and their mission to test navigation signaling and inter-satellite links, are a big part of that plan, said Xie.

"We have deployed a new type of signal format for the 'twin sats', which enable us to double the data exchanged between satellites within the same period of time," he said, "That means faster and better service for BDS clients."

Xie said scientists will examine the satellites' distance measurement and anti-jamming capabilities. They will also join the duo with the 17th Beidou satellite, launched in late March, in the mission of testing inter-satellite connectivity.

The inter-satellite links will also allow Beidou satellites to connect with their GPS and GLONASS counterparts.

"The compatibility edge allows BDS clients to use GPS data for corrections in positioning in order to improve service accuracy and convenience," Xie said.

"Though we started late, the BDS now could almost rival any foreign counterparts in terms of general performance. In fact, we might even have a little edge in the fields of regional enhanced services, positioning reports, and short message services," he said.


Xie said 98% of the "twin sats" components were domestically made.

"When we first started the Beidou project, China was not at the time technologically equipped to manufacture much-needed items of technical sophistication, so we had to buy them from other countries," he said.

Technology embargoes made it hard, and often the purchased items malfunctioned.

Scientists managed to break that barrier, gradually substituting foreign-made satellite parts with domestic ones, Xie said.

These include the rubidium atomic clocks. Dubbed the "heart" of the navigation satellites, the atomic clocks are the workhorses which send synchronized signals so sat-nav receivers can triangulate their position on Earth.

Xie said high-precision rubidium atomic clocks carried by the "twin sats" could provide more accurate positioning for the BDS.

A new-generation engine, measuring only 600 grams in weight, also helps the satellites move more precisely in space and can last up to 15 years, almost doubling the life expectancy of its predecessors.

Sky’s new 4K box ready to go (U.K)

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/27/skys-new-4k-box-is-ready-to-go/

Sky’s ground-breaking ‘Project Ethan’ set-top box is ready to be announced shortly, according to widespread media reports over the weekend.

The UK’s Sunday Telegraph said the unit, now dubbed the SkyQ box, will enable users to record four channels at the same time and – at long last – permit subscribers to transfer some programming to mobile devices.

Sky announces its full-year results this week (on July 29) and could use the occasion to make a statement about availability of the set-top box.

The Project Ethan box has been developed to handle 4K transmissions.

ClickSat to distribute YahClick satellite broadband in Pakistan

From http://en.dailypakistan.com.pk/technology/clicksat-to-distribute-yahclick-satellite-broadband-in-pakistan-876/

ISLAMABAD (Web Desk) – Yahsat, the Abu Dhabi-based satellite operator, has signed an agreement with new service partner Clicksat to distribute its internet broadband service, YahClick, to users across Pakistan. The partnership signing follows the official YahClick Pakistan launch on Monday.

Users will now be able to instantly connect to satellite broadband anywhere in the country using a compact satellite dish and modem, without the frustration of congested networks, including areas where terrestrial infrastructure is currently not available.

YahClick’s broadband service will be delivered by Clicksat offering in country technical, operational and customer care.

Clicksat, a marketing company of REDtone Pakistan, is one of the fastest growing satellite solution companies in Southern Asia, deploying over 300 VSATs in last year. Its services ensure seamless integration and stable solutions to offer the best possible service to the customer.
Located in four major cities of Pakistan – Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Multan – Clicksat is able to serve any part of the country with faster turnaround times.

Chief Commercial Officer David Murphy said: “YahClick has already enjoyed great success across the Middle East, Africa Central and South West Asia, with notable installations in banking, education and public services.

“With the ever growing demand for widespread access to reliable broadband internet, we are delighted to partner with Clicksat to extend our reach and enjoy similar successes in Pakistan.”

Clicksat CEO Nadeem Younes said: “In the past, satellite broadband internet connection was regarded as a luxury for the tech savvy people, however it is now critical technology for anyone requiring fast and reliable broadband services.

“Economic growth in rural communities is being hampered because there is little or poor access to the internet, whereas YahClick addresses these issues by being a cost effective, and versatile product that suits consumers, SMEs and corporations requiring reliable, fast internet access in untapped and underserved areas of Pakistan.”

Eutelsat Ka-Sat filling up

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/27/eutelsat-ka-sat-filling-up/

Ka-Sat, once thought to be something of a €400 million ‘ugly duckling’ on the Eutelsat fleet, is fast turning into a rather attractive swan.

Although Eutelsat has – to date – never broken out the revenue or profit margins on Ka-Sat perhaps more will be learnt this coming July 30th, when it unveils its end of year numbers (to June 30th).

What is known is that Eutelsat is declining new customer bookings in 28 French regions because two of the 11 beams that cover France are full. Eutelsat says that it has stopped taking orders until it can find additional Ka-band capacity.

Ka-Sat was launched in 2010 and operates from 9 degrees East. It carries 82 ‘spot’ beams, and with a design life of 16 years. Initially, the satellite’s mission was to earn €100 million in revenues with a 60/40 split in terms of consumer/business.

Eutelsat has been helped by French publicity and promotion of its National Broadband Plan which is calling for aggressive improvements to bandwidth speeds – which Ka-Sat can just about handle – of 30 Mb/s to 50 per cent of the nation’s homes by 2017, and 100 per cent of homes by 2022.

Eutelsat is already tapping into France’s Digital Divide voucher scheme to rural homes, and whereby residents can use the value of a voucher to cover the initial cost of the satellite receiving equipment and necessary connectivity, always considered to be a barrier to entry for many consumers.

DTH operators to add 8-9 mn subscribers a year: Report

From http://zeenews.india.com/business/news/technology/dth-operators-to-add-8-9-mn-subscribers-a-year-report_132281.html

Mumbai: Direct-to-home operators are likely to add 8-9 million subscribers per annum over the next three years as two listed operators, Dish TV and Videocon d2h, stand to gain big from digital conversions in the country.

"A 70 million analogue subscribers' opportunity will unfold over the next few years as voluntary conversions continue. Regardless of the digitisation deadline dates, DTH (Direct-to-home) companies will probably keep adding 8-9 million subscribers a year over the next three years," says a Deutsche Bank report.

The government has set a timeline to complete digitisation in four phases.

Phases 1 and 2 covering the metros and 38 large cities (cities with over over million population) are already over.

The Phase 3 deadline (all urban areas) is December 31, 2015 and the Phase 4 deadline (the rest of India) is December 31, 2016.

"Looking at the progress of cable companies towards digitisation, it looks likely that the deadline will be extended. We do not factor in any uptick in subscriber addition till FY17 on account of digitisation," the report said.

Out of the 270 million households, 170 million are TV households. Within these 170 million, 40 million are DTH households, 30 million are digital cable households, 70 million are analogue subscribers and 30 million are terrestrial households.

The report observed that broadcasters prefer DTH companies as they get a higher share of revenue from them compared to multi-system operators (MSOs).

"Since broadcasters get a higher share of revenue from DTH players, they favour higher DTH penetration. Broadcasters have entered into multi-year fixed cost deals with DTH operators. These are lump-sum cost deals, with single-digit annual inflation built in," it said.

However, it noted that broadcasters like Zee Entertainment and Star TV are pushing MSOs for higher payments.

"This cost push for cable will provide pricing headroom for DTH. Historically, the ability of DTH operators to increase prices has been capped by cable prices," it said.

Of the two listed DTH operators Dish TV and Videocon d2h, it said they can add 2.5 million and 1.8 million subscribers, respectively, through internal cash generation.

"According to our estimates, Dish TV will generate free cash flow of Rs 360 crore in FY17, while Videocon d2h will turn free cash flow positive by FY17," it said.

Russian channel pulled up by I&B ministry for indecent content

From http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/russian-channel-pulled-up-by-i-b-ministry-for-indecent-content-115072600115_1.html

Moscow-based channel Russia Today has been pulled up by the Information and Broadcasting ministry for airing a video clip containing several indecent shots last year.

The channel, which apologised for the mistake and assured that it will be more careful and vigilant about the content exhibited in India, was issued an advisory to adhere to Programme and Advertising Codes, according to the Ministry.

In its advisory, the Ministry said a show cause notice was issued to the channel after it was noticed that in December last year it ran visuals which appeared offending against good taste and decency.

Responding to the notice, M/s Lamhas Satellite Services Limited,as the distribution partner of Russia Today, submitted that they did not intentionally or unintentionally try to vilify the portrayal of women in general and that the show was an extract of another program purely based on abstract, experimental artistic pursuit as depicted in the clip.

It added that the channel did not aim at objectification of women in a detrimental way while also apologising on behalf of the channel.

The company also said that they had instructed Russia Today Channel to strictly abide by the Cable TV Regulation Act and it had assured to be more careful and vigilant about the content exhibited in India.

A representative of the channel also appeared before an Inter Ministerial Committee (IMC) which looked into the matter and admitted that it was a mistake on their part to telecast the programme.

The representative added that the programme was telecast during late hours under the impression that it would be watched by adult persons only and thus, would not be treated as a violation. However, she regretted the entire incident, the ministry order said



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Murdochs on notice over Foxtel grab for Ten

From http://www.afr.com/brand/murdochs-on-notice-over-foxtel-grab-for-ten-20150726-gii9by

Competition watchdog Rod Sims has put the Murdoch family on notice that all of their local media interests will be taken into account in his ruling on the controversial deal between News Corp's pay-television venture Foxtel and Ten Network Holdings.

"We will take a holistic look to try and understand what influence News and or Foxtel could have over Channel Ten that would be a level of influence beyond the 15 per cent direct shareholding that Foxtel would have," the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman told Fairfax Media in an exclusive interview.

His comments indicate that the ACCC will consider News's 50 per cent stake in Foxtel as well as News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch's 8.5 per cent stake in Ten through his private investment vehicle Illyria, which also owns radio company Nova Entertainment.

The approach could add a hurdle for News Corp and Foxtel in their efforts to convince the regulator that the deal would not give News and Foxtel effective control over Ten or substantially lessen competition in the market for sports rights and other content. Telstra owns the other 50 per cent of Foxtel.

First public commentary

It is Mr Sims' first public commentary on the complex deal announced last month which will reshape the local media landscape through the sale of 15 per cent of free-to-air broadcaster Ten to Foxtel, whose Multi-Channel Network will take control of the network's advertising sales. Ten will acquire 24.99 per cent of MCN.

"We are conscious that one of the News Corp executives (Lachlan Murdoch) has a shareholding (in Ten) separately and we will bear that in mind in our assessment of these things," said Mr Sims. "It is too early to say yet what our view will be but clearly the higher the level of shareholding the more likely it is that there will be greater control.

"There's no doubt that you can't ignore these things. You can't be mechanical about this. You have to take commonsense view of what the various ownership stakes mean."

The ACCC chairman, who sits on the four-strong mergers committee that is due to make a decision on the deal by September 10, has met privately with some of Foxtel and Ten's rivals who are concerned about the deal.

Mr Sims, who warned News Corp three years ago that it would struggle to get approval for any expansion into free-to-air television, also said that maintaining competition in the sports rights market would be key to the ACCC's decision.

The ACCC will ask whether will Foxtel have an incentive to partner with Ten in preference to other free-to-air networks such as Nine and Seven for the acquisition of sports or other program rights.

In 2012 Mr Sims blocked Kerry Stokes's Seven Group's effort to get hold of 50 per cent of Fox Sports through the acquisition of James Packer's Consolidated Media Holdings. The ACCC had voiced concerns that Seven's free-to-air rivals, Nine and Ten, would be disadvantaged in bidding for sports rights if Seven also owned half of Fox Sports.

'Very different' move

Mr Sims said that Foxtel's move was "very different" to Seven's and it was taking a smaller stake, but added: "There's no question that in the Channel Seven/Fox Sports matter our concern was largely around sports rights and there is no question that thinking is in our minds now."

Any free-to-air network needs to work closely with Foxtel in winning sports rights because it is the richest company, making almost $1 billion a year in underlying profit, more than the three metropolitan free-to-air networks combined.

Mr Sims acknowledged that the market for video content has changed since 2012, an argument Foxtel is likely to make, noting the explosion of competition for content, including from overseas multinationals such as Netflix.

Fairfax and the free-to-air broadcaster Nine Entertainment Co are both expected to make the case that the ACCC should oppose the deal in their confidential submissions to the ACCC (which were due in on Friday but could for which some parties have been given an extension).

Greg Hywood, chief executive of Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, said last month: "News Corp and its family interests have woven together a mix of their publishing assets, their interests in Ten, Foxtel, Presto and radio … they have gamed the government. It's supposed to be two out of three and it's more like five out of five."

Private concerns

The views of Seven West Media, which is Foxtel's partner in the video streaming venture Presto, are unknown. Some Seven executives expressed private concerns prior to the deal being announced about increased competition in advertising from a combined Foxtel/Ten sales force. Mr Stokes has grown increasingly close to Lachlan Murdoch.

Asked a series of questions about the potential influence News Corp and its various companies could exert over Ten and the possible impact on competition in sports rights, content acquisition and advertising, Foxtel said it would be inappropriate to comment in light of the various processes underway.

However, Foxtel CEO Richard Freudenstein added: "As I stated at the time this transaction was announced, Foxtel regularly does deals with free-to-air broadcasters where to do so is in the best interests of the business and adds value for our shareholders.

"This has included commissioning A Place to Call Home from Seven, acquiring the World Movies channel from SBS, jointly commissioning Gogglebox with Ten, entering into the Presto joint venture with Seven and potentially Ten, and doing sports rights deals with every network other than the ABC. We will continue to seek the best partnerships we can to deliver great content for our subscribers."

A Ten Network Holdings spokesman said in an emailed statement: "As you would appreciate, given that the matters are currently before the ACMA and ACCC for consideration, it would be inappropriate for Ten to engage in a public debate/make any public comment on the issues being considered.

"However, as a general response to your questions we do wish to make two points clear: the proposed arrangements do not give rise to, or contemplate, any exclusive arrangement with Foxtel for the acquisition of any content, including sports. Ten's ASX announcements which describe the arrangement reflect this.

"And the proposed arrangements do not give Lachlan Murdoch, Foxtel or News control over Ten and Ten considers that the arrangements do not contravene the BSA (Broadcasting Services Act)."

A News Corp Australia spokesman said: "Foxtel is a 50/50 joint venture between News Corp and Telstra and operates as a standalone business. Any questions in relation the proposed investment by Foxtel in Ten, are a matter for Foxtel and Ten."

A spokesman for Lachlan Murdoch said he was overseas and unavailable for comment

Foxtel and free-to-air gang up on Google over GST

From http://www.afr.com/brand/foxtel-and-freetoair-gang-up-on-google-over-gst-20150726-gii9ls

Foxtel and its bitter rivals in free-to-air television have have agreed to a rare show of unity by writing to the federal Treasurer Joe Hockey pressing him to make Google and Facebook collect GST on digital advertising sales.

Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey has had a letter from industry bodies Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) about the current GST rules.

Foxtel and its bitter rivals in free-to-air television have agreed to a rare show of unity by writing to the federal Treasurer Joe Hockey pressing him to make Google and Facebook collect GST on digital advertising sales.

In a letter sent to Mr Hockey on Friday, industry bodies Free TV Australia and the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association (ASTRA) say current rules for collection of GST on digital advertising sales by offshore entities "put local industry operators at a significant competitive disadvantage".

The letter, obtained by Fairfax Media, is circulated to the Prime Minister Tony Abbott and to the Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is believed to be strongly supportive of the push.

Free TV separately says the move would help the government offset the removal of television licence fees for free-to-air networks, the controversial issue which Mr Turnbull met executives to discuss last week. (ASTRA disagrees strongly on that point, however).

Mr Turnbull first raised the idea of a 10 per cent GST impost on digital advertising sales in March as a way to tackle the problem of overseas online platforms making very small tax contributions in Australia.

Proposal has not progressed

However, the proposal has not been progressed further by the government, which nevertheless extended GST to cross border supplies of digital products and services imported by consumers in its May budget – the so-called "Netflix tax".

PWC and the IAB put the 2014 Australian digital advertising market at $4.47 billion, of which almost $2 billion was for search advertising, a market dominated by Google.

According to the letter by ASTRA CEO Andrew Maiden and Free TV CEO Julie Flynn, internet advertising is the fastest growing segment of the market, gaining 13.7 per cent in 2014 (compared to 4.8 per cent for subscription television and 1.1 per cent fall for free-to-air television).

It adds: "However, we understand that because digital ad sellers such as Google base their transactions offshore, they are not required to collect and administer GST on these sales. This is the case even where the purchaser of advertising is an Australian entity and where the ads are served to Australian consumers.

"Google is no small player in this sector, reportedly collecting close to $2 billion in advertising revenue in the last year. It is our view that this loophole affords Google a competitive advantage in an industry in which any concession can significantly affect the competitive equilibrium."

Lost revenue

Ms Flynn told Fairfax Media: "The existing asymmetric tax arrangements are clearly harming our businesses. We are very keen to compete but as things stand we are being handicapped and clearly there is a large amount of revenue the government is foregoing by not taxing these companies."

Google Australia company accounts filed with ASIC say that for 2014 it earned $438.7 million in revenue, generated $58.7 million in profit and paid $11.7 million in tax. A spokesman for the company said: "Decisions around how GST is applied is a matter for government."

Facebook could not be reached for comment.

Critics of the idea point out that the vast majority of Google's customers are small businesses many of which could claim GST credits.

But former Foxtel and News Corp Australia CEO Kim Williams said: "When I was at News Corp I regularly made comments that there was sufficient evidence of an un-level playing field that required corrective action on both digital retailing … and a market in equilibrium in relation to advertising sales."

Ms Flynn says a GST on digital ad sales has the potential to raise "as much if not more" than the $153 million a year the government would lose if it stopped making free-to-air broadcasters pay 4.5 per cent of gross revenues in license fees.

But Mr Maiden said: "The free-to-air networks in Australia have privileges and protections that are unparalleled around the world so if they wish to lobby for licence fee reductions they will need to work out what they are willing to give up.

"The most obvious candidate would be to relinquish the broadcasting spectrum they won't need after they adopt technology to compress their signals, which could raise around $1 billion for the Commonwealth."

China Launches Pair of New-Generation BeiDou GNSS Satellites

From http://www.insidegnss.com/node/4597

China has launched two new satellites yesterday (July 25, 2015) for the nation’s Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS).

The satellites were launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in southern China. They're the 18th and 19th to join the satellite navigation system. The two satellites reached their target orbits three and a half hours after the launch, according to the Xinhua news agency.

Xinhua said the spacecraft will be used to test the new BeiDou Phase III navigation signal and inter-satellite links. As previously reported, in the current and final phase of system development now under way, China will migrate its B1 open civil signal from 1561.098 MHz to a frequency centered at 1572.42, which has become a common band for current and future GNSS signals, including the GPS L1 and L1C and Galileo’s E1. The signal modulation will also change from a quadrature phase shift keying (QPSKZ) modulation to a multiplexed binary offset carrier (MBOC), similar to L1 and E1 but with some unique characteristics.

The satellites, which may have middle Earth orbits (MEO), are the second and third new-generation BeiDou spacecraft placed in orbit by China, following a successful launch in March. In an interview with the Shanghai Daily published today, Xie Jun, chief engineer of the Beidou project, said the "twin sats" are designed to be "trail blazers" as the BDS expands its coverage globally.

The launch was the first employing the new Expedition-1 (Yuanzheng-1) upper stage, capable of placing satellites directly into GEO or MEO orbits.

Xie also told the publication that 98 percent of the two satellites’ components were domestically made, including the rubidium atomic clocks on board, and that the spacecraft has a projected life expectancy of 15 years.

BDS began providing services to civilian users in China and surrounding areas in the Asia-Pacific in December 2012.

Channels uplinked for beaming overseas have to follow laws of receiving country: Rathore

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/regulators/i-and-b-ministry/channels-uplinked-for-beaming-overseas-have-to-follow-laws-of-receiving-country-rathore-150724

NEW DELHI: Although the 36 channels uplinked from India and downlinked overseas are not bound by the Programme and Advertising Codes, the Indian government said that the uplinked content should not contain anything, which is against the sovereignty, integrity and national security of India as well as its relations with friendly countries.

The permission to these channels was given under the Uplinking Guidelines of November 2011.

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore told the Lok Sabha today that these channels will be required to ensure compliance of the rules and regulations of the target country for which content is being produced and uplinked.

These channels will be required to preserve the recordings of proceedings for at least six months for monitoring purposes, he said.

A majority of the channels are from the Zee Group targeting different countries including the United States and South Africa, while others include Raj TV and South Asia World TV.


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SBS agrees broadcast deal with BeIn Sport for continued Champions League coverage

From http://mumbrella.com.au/sbs-agrees-boradcast-deal-with-bein-sport-for-continued-champions-league-coverage-307923

SBS 2Pay-TV broadcaster BeIn Sport has on-sold free-to-air rights for the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League to SBS.

The Al Jazeera-owned channel bought the Australian rights for the competition earlier this month after outbidding long-time holder ESPN for them, as it looks to beef up its content offering in Australia.

The new three-year partnership will see SBS hold exclusive free-to-air rights, which will include one live match on Wednesdays and a weekly one hour highlights show on Thursday nights.

SBS previously held a similar deal with ESPN, and the latest agreement continues the broadcast partnership it has held with Europe’s premier club soccer completion since 1992.

Ken Shipp, director of sport at SBS, said he was pleased to have secured the deal.

“Football is becoming increasingly competitive in the Australian market – so we’re delighted that we’ve secured the rights for another 3 years,” he added.

“International sport is at the heart of SBS and reflects our unique Charter by connecting our diverse communities. SBS really loves Football, so we look forward to continuing our free-to-air coverage of the Champions League.”

It is the first major acquisition by BeIn in the sports rights field since it bought out Setanta Sport’s operation a year ago. The station is available via subscription online, or through a top-up payment on Foxtel and Fetch TV.

Foxtel looks to govt for salvation in piracy battle

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/entertainment/2015/07/24/foxtel-relies-government-combat-piracy/

The television service has touted new research suggesting government measures prevent piracy, but is this really the case? Mark Gambino crunches the numbers.

Foxtel has left their fate to the government in the battle against pirates.

A recent research report released by the Department of Communications has suggested that internet website blocking measures may prevent digital piracy.

The June 24 report into online copyright infringement, estimated that 43 per cent of Australian online users have consumed infringing content – that is, downloaded free music, TV, movies or video games via peer-to-peer connections – in the last three months, compared to 21 per cent of users in the UK.

The one major problem with this comparison is that online users in the UK have had access to a number of comprehensive streaming media services, like Amazon Prime and Netflix, for many years – the latter enjoying a presence in more than 1 in 10 households.

However, rather than acknowledging the affect of availability and access, across a span of years, the reason for this difference in statistics has been swiftly attributed to the UK’s extensive website-blocking measures.

Naturally, rights holders in Australia have been swift to jump on the site-blocking merry-go-round.

One such company is Foxtel, which released a statement “welcoming” the research earlier this week.

“The research clearly indicates that where governments take action to reduce levels of online copyright infringement it has an effect on peoples’ behaviour,” said Bruce Meagher, Foxtel Group Director of Corporate Affairs.

However, there is arguably a different interoperation of this data: that the results tell of a market where piracy has declined due to an easily accessible supply of timely content, all available at a reasonable price.

Amazon Prime content is only available in Australia through the use of a VPN.

“I don’t necessarily accept that that’s true,” said Bruce Meagher, Group Director of Corporate Affairs for Foxtel.

“Music may be available worldwide on streaming services on the day and date of release, but it is still heavily pirated.”

Meagher has been a loud voice in the war against online piracy, declaring that Australia’s new site-blocking measures will help “send the clear message to consumers that this activity is not only unacceptable, but illegal”.

For quite some time those involved in this battle have been locked in a ‘because they can/because they can’t’ debate: users pirate simply because they can or simply because they can’t access the content they want in a timely and cheap manner.

Data in this new report clearly indicates that content delivered in a timely, more accessible and cost-friendly manner could be the greatest carrot to dangle before repeat infringers; a sentiment echoed by Minister for Communications, Malcolm Turnbull.

“This criticism that our industry is not addressing the problem is demonstrably not true,” said Meagher.

“If you look at us, we release regular TV shows on or about the time of shows in the US. You can watch Game of Thrones sooner on Foxtel than you can in some US States, when you consider time zone differences.

“We’ve also reduced prices for our main service, but things have a cost. There is no model where you can just give this stuff away for free.”

However, it has only been in the last few months – when enough competition entered the market to force some monopolies to tumble – that this approach was embraced in Australia.

Six months ago, Australians had no access to Stan, Netflix or Presto, services that range between $9 and $15 a month.

Until January 26 (when Stan launched), services like Foxtel, Fetch TV and Quickflix were the only subscription services available, costing between $10 to $35 per month or more, each with varying degrees of on-demand content and titles limited by widely differing rights deals. Have they really been trying that hard?

Australia’s much-debated Anti-Piracy Bill, which will give rights holders the same powers as their UK counterparts, will go some ways to prevent online piracy. But we still have a long way to go before many Australians bring their ship to shore and buy digital content from legitimate sources.

Ultimately, if we want to see a greater reduction in piracy, the onus now rests with rights holders. For many companies, it’s challenging to consider that a profits-based approach to content delivery will force people out to sea.

By delivering a range of content that users want, in a timely and reasonably priced manner, there may be no need to call on the government to digitally scupper users who simply want to enjoy flexibility and variety in their entertainment hours.

The Great Australian TV delay

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/the-great-australian-tv-delay-20150724-gijd95.html

Many US cable network shows, like Halt and Catch Fire season 2, don't even have airdates for Australia yet.

Ask any avid TV fan in Australia and they will tell you that many of the best TV shows take weeks (or months) to air on Australian TV or become available via online streaming services.

That sentiment is reflected in my research on the highest rated TV shows of the first half of 2015. Even with the advent of Netflix and Stan in 2015, the research reveals that just four TV shows — out of 47 that were surveyed — were available in Australia on TV and online within a day of their international premiere (those four shows were Justified, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black, and Wayward Pines).

I've created a handy-dandy graphical guide so you can quickly spot the Australian TV Delay on your favourite shows. Green is good, yellow is OK, red and black are bad. Click here for a full-size PDF.

Start counting TV shows that are available on either traditional TV OR online within a day, and the number increases to 14 out of 47 (30 per cent). This includes TV shows such as Game of Thrones which was fast-tracked by Foxtel — and also available on Foxtel's digital platforms — but was not available on online services such as iTunes until 65 days after the international premiere (the day after the season finale).

It also includes Netflix Originals such as Marvel's Daredevil, which is available to every Netflix customer around the world simultaneously but is not typically licensed to traditional TV networks (Orange is the New Black, another Netflix Original, was an exception this year because it also aired on Foxtel).

The remaining 70 per cent of shows surveyed were not legally available within a day in Australia. And these TV shows did not just take a few days to arrive, the overwhelming majority took many weeks to arrive.

Worse still, 12 of the shows surveyed (26 per cent) still do not have a confirmed release date as of publication. These 12 TV shows include the critically acclaimed American Crime and season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire, which was nominated for 'Most Exciting New Series' in the Critics' Choice Television Awards last year.

Looking solely at the delay for TV shows to arrive on traditional TV, the numbers are really quite bad.

Eight TV shows arrive within a day (17 per cent), two arrive within a week (4 per cent), four arrive within a month (9 per cent), 12 arrive after more than a month (26 per cent) and 21 have no confirmed release date yet (45 per cent).

Put another way, just 14 out of the 47 shows surveyed are available on traditional TV in Australia within a month of their international premiere.

Switching to focus on the numbers on the delay for TV shows to arrive on online services, the numbers are similarly tragic.

Ten TV shows arrive within a day (21 per cent), one arrives within a week (2 per cent), five arrive within a month (11 per cent), 13 arrive after more than a month (28 per cent) and 18 have no confirmed release date yet (38 per cent).

All told, just 16 out of the 47 shows surveyed are available on online services in Australia within a month of their international premiere. Only one in three.

Netflix and Stan Shake Things Up

The first six months of 2015 saw the arrival of online streaming services Stan and Netflix, and they played a big role in the timely availability of TV shows in Australia. Because of their arrival, there were more TV shows available within a day on online services (10) than there were on traditional TV (8).

Stan brought Better Call Saul and Community, and Netflix brought 5 of its original TV shows to Australia within a day, meaning that without Stan or Netflix, just 3 TV shows would have been available in Australia online within a day.

Additionally, those 3 remaining TV shows (Justified, Mad Men and Wayward Pines) might be available online within a day, but they still aired on Foxtel first, and were delayed by a few hours before appearing on iTunes and other online stores.

The significance of all this should not be understated. In the context of TV shows in Australia, online has always been viewed and treated as a secondary medium where people could catch up on things they missed on traditional TV.

There have been some exceptions to this, such as when SBS airs Orphan Black on its online catch up service before it airs on TV. However with the launch of Stan and Netflix, Australians are now faced with the new reality that if they want to watch some of the most anticipated TV shows they are going to have to get it online.

It should also be noted that Netflix in particular has been doing an incredible job of creating high-quality TV shows. It was just a few years ago when House of Cards and Netflix original programming began.

To put that in perspective, out of the 47 TV shows surveyed this year, HBO is the network with the most shows in the list with 7, but Netflix is now right behind them with 6, well ahead of AMC and ABC America with only 3 each.

HBO Now and Showtime

This year has also seen some interesting developments in the United States, with premium cable channels, HBO and Showtime launching their own standalone online subscriptions. HBO Now, which costs US$14.99 a month, gives subscribers access to all of HBO's current and past original content, including Game of Thrones, True Detective, The Wire and The Sopranos. Showtime's service, which costs $10.99, is nearly identical and gives subscribers access to shows such as Homeland, Ray Donovan, Dexter and Weeds.

New episodes of HBO and Showtime shows are available through their online subscriptions at the same time that they air on US cable. Some Australians have been able to use VPN and DNS services to side-step the HBO Now and Showtime geo-blocking restrictions — giving Australians a way to watch new episodes without delay, whilst still paying for the content (although using these services from Australia does break the terms of service).

Some Improvement, Some Worsening on Last Year's Survey

Although I made some small changes to the way I present the data and increased the sample size, you can still compare these results with those from my article last year.

Overall, the situation has improved thanks to Netflix and Stan, which means that the number of TV shows available online within a day in this year's survey is double what it was last year.

But at the same time, the number of shows that take more than a month to arrive has ballooned significantly. Last year, 19 per cent of surveyed shows took more than a month to arrive on an online service, this year it doubled to 38 per cent — although part of that may be explained by the drop in TV shows that do not have a release date, which went from 52 per cent to 38 per cent.

In terms of traditional TV, the number of shows that take more than a week to arrive has also increased from 64 per cent to 79 per cent, although a big chunk of this can be explained by Stan or Netflix acquiring the exclusive licensing rights for a number of shows.

Extreme Delays Still Exist

As noted previously, 12 of the surveyed shows do not have a confirmed airdate.

Optimistically, that information could be confirmed tomorrow and the TV shows could air the following week. But it is just as likely that it could be many, many months before they air.

Let's look at the acclaimed show Halt and Catch Fire. It has taken Foxtel a whopping 357 days to air the first season (episodes also appear on iTunes after they air on Foxtel).

Amazingly, this delay meant that season 2 began airing in the US on 31 May 2015, weeks before Foxtel started the first season in Australia on 23 June 2015.

Foxtel said that season 2 will air this September.

There were lengthy waits for some of the other TV shows surveyed last year. There was Years of Living Dangerously, which aired in the US in April last year, and arrived in Australia in November on SBS, a delay of 226 days.

It took a staggering 389 days for Community season 5 to arrive in Australia, but it was brought to Australia with the launch of Stan which subsequently made season 6 available in Australia within hours of its international premiere.

Rectify season 2 also took a while to arrive in Australia, with a delay of 202 days, but season 3 (which has just begun) has been fast-tracked by SBS and new episodes are available on SBS On Demand within a few hours of their international premiere.

Questions to Foxtel, Stan and SBS

We sent some questions relating to this article to Foxtel, Stan and SBS. A Foxtel spokesperson spoke to me yesterday, but Stan and SBS did not respond to our requests.

A Foxtel spokesperson revealed that two of the shows that I have listed as "TBA" (Ballers and Halt and Catch Fire) will air on Foxtel this September (they didn't have a specific date).

I also asked Foxtel about this year's Game of Thrones season which aired on Australian TV at the same time as it did in the US. The Foxtel spokesperson explained that it was the first time they had aired a TV show from the US live, and that whilst they don't yet have any plans for bringing this to other TV shows, it is something they will consider for other TV shows in the future.

I didn't quite get a specific answer to some of my other questions but the Foxtel spokesperson did take a moment to note that Foxtel do bring a number of their shows to Australia "Express from the US" — whether it be live like Game of Thrones or after a 2 hour delay — for many of the HBO series and in the evening for others.

They also pointed out that Foxtel reduced the price of their Entertainment pack late last year to $25 and, as a special promotion, reduced the price of their Premium Movies & Drama add-on package to $5 for Foxtel Play customers during this year's Game of Thrones season.


I used Metacritic to compile a list of top TV shows. I only included TV shows which had a season premiere in the first six months of 2015 (1 January to 30 June). To rank the TV shows I used a combination of the critic score and the user score (weighted 50 per cent each).

Traditional TV includes Free-to-Air channels and Foxtel, including their respective catch-up services such as ABC iView, SBS On Demand and Foxtel Go. Online Services include online stores such as iTunes, Google Play and Xbox Video plus online streaming services such as Netflix, Stan and Presto.

Numbers may not always add up to exactly 100 per cent due to rounding.

Yahoo! More streaming TV for Kiwis video

From http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/70488154/yahoo-more-streaming-tv-for-kiwis

Kiwis have another television streaming option after Yahoo announced it's New Zealand service on Thursday.

Yahoo TV will be free, but you may not have heard of many of the shows.

It joins paid subscription services Lightbox, Netflix, Neon and Quickflix along with the free on-demand options from TVNZ and TV3.

Sin City Saints is one of the shows featuring on Yahoo's TV streaming service.

It features a mix of original shows from Yahoo, who are following Amazon and Netflix into making programmes, and reality television along with Australian favourite Home and Away.

The two shows it's promoting heavily are Sin City Saints and Other Space which are available for the first time outside the United States.

Sin City Saints stars Tom Arnold and Malin Akerman and follows a fictional Las Vegas basketball team. Hollywood Reporter called it "mostly unfunny".

The other show is Other Space which has Bridesmaids director Paul Feig involved. It's had better reviews with Metacritic giving it 63 per cent.

Other programmes include food-focused competitions such as The Great Food Truck Race, Cutthroat Kitchen and My Kitchen Rules Australia.

The other shows are lifestyle or E channel type programmes including All on the Line with Joe Zee, Life with La Toya, Tori and Dean: sTORIbook Weddings and Abby and Brittany.

All the shows are streaming from today at yahoo.co.nz/TV.

Latest wideband global satellite launches

From http://www.c4isrnet.com/story/military-tech/satellites/2015/07/24/latest-wideband-global-satellite-launches/30612949/

Air Force, Boeing team up for early-orbit operations

The seventh Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) has been successfully launched into orbit.

WGS-7 was lofted aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV at Cape Canaveral Wednesday. The satellite., the first of the Block II spacecraft in the WGS program, has sent signals confirming a successful launch, according to a NASA announcement.

WGS-7 offers 17 percent more secure communications bandwidth than its predecessors, said a news release by manufacturer Boeing. “By utilizing commercial processes, we are able to offer greater capacity at a lower spacecraft cost, resulting in more than $150 million in savings for WGS-7 through WGS-10," said Dan Hart, vice president at Boeing's government space systems division.

WGS-8, the next of the 10 satellites, is set for launch in late 2016.

China building huge satellite dish to make contact with aliens

From http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/china-building-huge-satellite-dish-make-contact-aliens-1512448

‘It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy’NASA/ESA/Hubble

China has begun the construction of the world's largest radio telescope in the hope of discovering intelligent life in far-flung galaxies.

The official Xinhua news agency reported that workers began assembling the massive dish, which will be bigger than 30 football fields, by attaching 4,450 triangular-shaped panels to the telescope's reflector on 23 July.

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) will have a perimeter of 1.6km and will be used to scan deep space for signals.

Xinhua quoted Wu Xiangping, director-general of the Chinese Astronomical Society, as saying that it will "greatly enhance" the country's ability to scrutinise outer space, with this being one area that China has fallen behind on, having to rely on "second-hand" data collected by other nations for some time.

Xiangping said: "Having a more sensitive telescope, we can receive weaker and more distant radio messages.

"It will help us to search for intelligent life outside of the galaxy and explore the origins of the universe."

Nan Rendong, chief scientist of the FAST project with the National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, added: "A radio telescope is like a sensitive ear, listening to tell meaningful radio messages from white noise in the universe. It is like identifying the sound of cicadas in a thunderstorm."

The satellite will be based in a bowl-shaped valley in the south-western province of Guizhou and five km from the nearest town, meaning that interference will be minimal. Construction on FAST will be completed next year.

China to launch scientific satellite in 2016

From http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/foreign/24-Jul-2015/china-to-launch-scientific-satellite-in-2016

SJ-10 satellite will carry out 19 experiments in six fields

A Long March-4B rocket loaded with CBERS-4 satellite, developed by China and Brazil, blasts off from its launch pad at Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in Taiyuan, Shanxi province, on December 7, 2014.

BEIJING – Chinese scientists are planning to launch a retrievable scientific research satellite in the first half of 2016.

The satellite – SJ-10 – will carry out research in microgravity and space life science to provide scientific support to manned space missions and space scientists on Earth, said project chief Hu Wenrui. All key components of the satellite have been tested and are functioning well, and it is expected to launch from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in northwest China's Gansu province.

The satellite will carry out 19 experiments in six fields included microgravity fluid physics, microgravity combustion, space material science, space radiation effect, microgravity biological effect and space biological techniques, Xinhua reported.

Eight experiments in fluid physics will be conducted in the orbital module, and the other experiments will be conducted in the reentry capsule, which is designed to return to Earth after 12 days in orbit. The orbital module will keep operating in orbit for three more days.

According to Huang Chenguang – vice head of the Institute of Mechanics with the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) – the SJ-10 is the second satellite in a space studies programme consisting of five scientific satellites. The SJ-10 project has been carried out under 11 institutes of the CAS and six Chinese universities in cooperation with the European Space Agency and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The first satellite of the space studies programme is a dark matter particle explorer satellite, expected to be launched by the end of this year. The programme also plans to launch a satellite for quantum science experiments and a hard X-ray telescope for black hole and neutron star studies within the next two years.

SES has 5 UHD channels signed up

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/24/ses-has-5-uhd-channels-signed-up/

SES has signed agreements for a further three UHD channels to be launched by the end of the year, and these are in addition to the 4K service already announced for Sky Deutschland and a shopping channel (pearl.tv) scheduled to launch in September.

CEO Karim Michel Sabbagh, in the SES half-year financial statement, said that revenues of €999 million (up 6.4 per cent y-o-y) with profit after tax up 13.9 per cent to €340 million.

However, currency fluctuations (and a strong US dollar) and later-than-expected launch schedule of SES-9 will impact revenues during this upcoming half-year, with (therefore) Full Year growth expectations falling by around -3 per cent (and EBITDA by -3.5%).

Sabbagh said that channel growth on the SES fleet remained strong with HDTV channels growing 13.9 per cent. SES is now carrying 6963 channels in total and 2069 in HD.

Contract backlog is €7.4 billion. The all-important satellite utilisation rate is 72.5 per cent (the same as last year).

But Sabbagh report further problems with some of the SES fleet. Further power degradation was noticed on AMC-15 (fully contracted to EchoStar) and on NSS-6 (five transponders) as well as AMC-8 and AMC-10.

SES has a total of seven new satellites under procurement and scheduled for launch between now (in essence Q4 this year) and H1/2017.

Egypt’s ERTU to be “completely restructured”

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/24/egypts-ertu-to-be-completely-restructured/

Egypt’s public broadcaster, the Egyptian Radio & Television Union (ERTU) is to be restructured in order to be more competitive against the growing importance of privately-funded commercial channels in the country and beyond.

The ERTU’s headquarters are in the Nile-side ‘Maspero’ building. According to Minister of Transitional Justice and ‎Parliamentary Affairs, Ibrahim Heneidy, a new law ‎is being drafted to bring Maspero under the ‎supervision of one authority. “This is in line with ‎Article 213 of the new constitution and aims at ‎promoting the competitive capacity of Maspero in a ‎market increasingly dominated by the private ‎sector,” Heneidy told parliamentary reporters in a ‎press conference in Cairo.

Heneidy said the new 2014 Constitution says that a national media authority be established ‎to take charge of supervising all government-‎owned audiovisual and digital media outlets, ‎developing their financial assets and reinforcing ‎their independence and impartiality. “As a result, a ‎legislative reform committee is currently in the ‎process of drafting a new law aimed at achieving the ‎philosophy of Article 213 and turning the anticipated ‎national media authority into a reality,” said Heneidy.‎

Heneidy also disclosed that the committee will hold ‎a number of hearing sessions this coming week to review ‎reforms proposed by Maspero officials, media ‎experts and former information ministers. “We want ‎the voice of the national media to be more influential ‎and competitive, not necessarily reflecting the state ‎or the government’s point of view but giving the ‎people a different background and vision about what ‎is going on inside and outside Egypt,” said Heneidy.‎

Heneidy said Maspero has huge technical and ‎technological capacities that have to be utilised to be ‎more competitive. It is generally accepted that some 30,000 staff are employed by the current ERTU. “We hope the new national media ‎authority will do this job: relieve Maspero of ‎bureaucracy, develop its financial capacities, and ‎help it deliver in-depth coverage from a ‎Egyptian perspective,” said Heneidy.


The "Free slot" channels on Intelsat 19 TVPLUS have been removed and there are 5 new Turkish radios (FTA)

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Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H ERT 2, ERT 3, Sports TV, Arena Sport 1/3/4, Sport Klub 1 Srbija and Sport Klub 2/3 have started on , Irdeto. Arena Sport 2 is now encrypted.
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SES 8 95.0E 11990 H A Dish TV Sri Lanka mux has started on , Conax.

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Measat 3b 91.5E "Astro" muxes have started on 10852 V and 10932 V.
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Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "Peace TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V "MRTV, MRTV 4, Channel 7 and MWD" have started on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 12272 V "Democratic Voice of Burma TV and Channel Movie" have started on , Fta.

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New government report shows the state of Australian Piracy

From http://www.news.com.au/technology/online/new-government-report-shows-the-state-of-australian-piracy/story-fnjwneld-1227452633816

WE’VE been threatened to have our internet shut off, threatened to have huge lawsuits thrown at us and been told our internet will be censored. But new research has shown that none of that will work in the government’s war against illegal downloading.

A report conducted by Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s office, in conjunction with the UK Government, has revealed the staggering scope of Australia’s online piracy.

The survey of 2630 people found that 26 per cent of all Australians had consumed at least one illegal form of media in the first three months of this year. In other words, one in four Aussies are pirates.

But the research revealed that the host of punitive measures floated to solve the problem simply won’t work.

Of the people who do consume media illegally, the survey found they would likely stop infringing if legal content was: cheaper (39 per cent), more available (38 per cent), and had the same release date as other countries (36 per cent).

Game of Thrones was again the most downloaded show in Australia this year.

The data found that to convince the majority of digital music consumers to pay for music, a single song needed to be priced at no more than $1.19 and a music subscription service would need to be about $5 a month — half what most services charge now.

In terms of pricing, TV and movie streaming services such as Presto, Stan and Netflix seem to have it right, with the majority of people willing to pay $10 a month.

To stop people from pirating, the research found that having all content available legally, under a fair-priced subscription service in a timely manner was by far the most effective way to stop pirating.

Yet despite this, the government is going ahead with piracy laws and allowing content owners to send threatening letters, which their own data from this report shows would only stop 20 per cent of people from pirating.

Netflix’s local presence doesn’t seem to be as big as first thought.

Interestingly, Netflix was the only legal streaming service known by more than half of Australians, with the American streaming company’s Aussie presence known by 51 per cent of internet users. Quickflix was known by 33 per cent of Australians and Stan 30 per cent, while Presto was merged with Foxtel, so it isn’t clear how well the Presto brand is known.

Interestingly, while pirating websites made up 48 per cent of digital movie consumptions, it was only responsible for 33 per cent of the digital consumption of TV shows, with internet users more likely to use catch-up services such as ABC iView and TENPlay.

It’s also worth noting that the government said that those who used virtual private networks (VPNs) or geo-dodging software to access international versions of Netflix did so illegally. This is the first time they have made such claims.

But perhaps the most telling part is how even the government acknowledges how out of touch rights holders are in combating piracy, noting that, “rights holders’ most powerful tool to combat online copyright infringement is making content accessible, timely and affordable to consumers”.

Something rights holders seem hell bent on not doing.

Research: Accessibility, affordability best anti-piracy tools

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/22/research-accessibility-affordability-best-anti-piracy-tools/

Research conducted by the Australian and UK Governments shows Australia has high levels of online copyright infringement and reinforces the need for international and industry cooperation to address piracy.

Both countries conducted surveys between March and May this year to measure online copyright infringement across different content types, with the Australian research closely modelled on the UK approach, which has been running since 2012.

The Australian survey carried out 2,630 interviews and found nearly half (43 per cent) of Australians who had consumed digital content in the period surveyed had consumed at least one of those files illegally, compared to only a fifth in the UK. The UK survey identified an increase in the take up of legal services since 2013.

The results highlight the importance of international collaboration to help understand the reasons for online copyright infringement, establish benchmarks, and share solutions.

The results also underscore the importance of governments working with industry to address infringement issues, and that a range of measures are needed to properly tackle the problem.

The Australian survey found people would likely stop infringing if legal content was: cheaper (39 per cent), more available (38 per cent), and had the same release date as other countries (36 per cent). 43 per cent of Internet users stated that they were not confident of what is legal online content.

Recent amendments to the [Australian] Copyright Act 1968, which enable the blocking of infringing overseas websites, and complement the Copyright Notice Scheme Industry Code that is currently being developed by both rights holders and Internet Service Providers, are part of the solution. However, rights holders’ most powerful tool to combat online copyright infringement is making content accessible, timely and affordable to consumers.

UK research was released later on Wednesday July 22

BBC Earth to launch in Asia

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/22/bbc-earth-to-launch-in-asia/

BBC Worldwide has announced the launch of new premium factual channel, BBC Earth, in Asia. From the smallest creature under the microscope to the limitless expanses of space, BBC Earth says it will “bring viewers face to face with heart pounding action, mind blowing ideas and the wonders of being human”.

BBC Earth is part of a global strategy created and shaped by research into audience demand. It is BBC Worldwide’s brand for premium factual content, from natural history and the human world to outer space and science.

David Weiland, EVP for BBC Worldwide Asia said: “The premiere of BBC Earth in Asia is an important step in BBC Worldwide’s strategy to inspire audiences with intelligent, distinctive content. With BBC Earth, we will now have a compelling way to share premium BBC factual content with audiences in Asia and around the world. With an increased investment into new and premiere content, we are confident that BBC Earth will strike a chord with viewers in Asia.”

The channel, a rebrand of BBC Knowledge, will launch on October 3rd.

Thaicom to spend Bt5 bn in 2015

From http://www.nationmultimedia.com/business/Thaicom-to-spend-Bt5-bn-in-2015-30264923.html

Thaicom will spend Bt5 billion this year, of which Bt3 billion will go to the development of the Thaicom 8 broadcasting satellite.

The rest will be lent long term to its 51-per-cent-owned subsidiary Shenington Investments to pay for a 25-year extension of the telecom concession of Lao Telecommunications Co, which was originally due to expire in 2021, Suphajee Suthumpun, chief executive officer of Thailand's sole satellite operator, said yesterday.

Shenington holds 49 per cent of Lao Telecom, which operates a telecommunications business in Laos.

Thaicom 8, which cost US$150 million (Bt5.17 billion), is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of next year and go into operation in the second half of that year. The company will pay about $100 million for this year's development cost.

Thaicom forecasts revenue growth of 5-10 per cent next year after Thaicom 8 is in orbit. Thaicom 8's transponders have already been 13 per cent pre-booked and that is expected to reach 50 per cent before the launch. Thaicom 8 targets broadcasters in Asean.

Thaicom's board recently approved in principle the loan to Shenington to extend Lao Telecom's concession to 2046.

The total amount of the loan, including interest, is Bt2.5 billion. The sources of the funds will be financial institutions and borrowings within the group. The loan is in proportion to the company's shareholding in Shenington.

The granting of the extension will enhance Lao Telecom's future growth. Shenington will gain recurring income from Lao Telecom's dividends, which will benefit Thaicom.

Thaicom looks for revenue growth of about 5-7 per cent and profit growth in the double digits this year, despite the slowing economy. Satellites are not vulnerable to the slowing economy since they are part of basic infrastructure.

Thaicom operates three functioning satellites - the IPSTAR broadband satellite, and the Thaicom 6 and Thaicom 7 broadcasting satellites - which carry 766 TV channels, of which 250 are foreign.

The company hopes to see more revenues contributed by its value-added services such as smart office solutions and Wi-Fi on planes.

Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT launch STB-less system

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/07/22/irdeto-samsung-and-smit-launch-stb-less-sysrem/

TransvisionIrdeto, Samsung and SMiT are launching the first broadcast Direct-2-TV (D2TV) system for the Indonesian market that does not require a set-top box.

This is the first pay TV service in Indonesia that is integrated directly to the TV, allowing Indonesian consumers to enjoy Transvision TV packages in an innovative and unique way.

The broadcast D2TV system is a product of the integration of Irdeto’s Keys & Credentials service and CAS with SMiT’s USB Conditional Access Module (CAM) and a range of Samsung TVs that do not require IP connectivity.

Transvision is now offering special packages to allow consumers to enjoy this innovative service with the purchase of one of the following Samsung TV models; 32J4120, 40J5120 and 48J5120.

“We are pleased to be working with partners like Irdeto, Samsung and SMiT, to bring the world’s first set-top box-free broadcast D2TV system to consumers in Indonesia, a promising market that is rapidly growing and highly competitive and where its population’s income per capita is constantly rising. This partnership provides operators like ourselves excellent mobility to introduce a pay TV service to customers who want a simple to use solution and still receive great content,” said Hengkie Liwanto, CEO, Transvision.

“From an operator’s point of view, this solution allows us to maintain a low cost in order to stay competitive, since USB sticks are more economical to manufacture compared to STBs, and need virtually no maintenance. We are confident that we will set a new benchmark for the industry and revolutionize the way content is viewed.”

Quran Hidayah chooses Globecast

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/21/quran-hidayah-chooses-globecast/

Globecast has been selected by Quran Hidayah International Network to provide a suite of playout and distribution services for its launch of 40 channels around the world.

Quran Hidayah is based on readings of The Noble Quran in multiple languages, the largest network to broadcast the Noble Quran with 40 channels in total (across 30 languages) being distributed by Globecast. Digital Media has been working with Quran Hidayah International Network to create these channels, providing a wide range of production services.

Globecast hosts Digital Media’s playout platform and provides the services around that to manage the playout servers. Digital Media is managing the content and uploading it using remote playout capabilities. For operators this means they can upload the content remotely, using a simple web-based scheduling app, organising the playlist via that application.

Globecast is also providing encoding and multiplexing and, of course, fibre and satellite distribution. The encoded signals are distributed globally on six satellites, with fibre distribution to the various uplink sites. The channels are distributed on: AsiaSat5 (uplinked from Amman, Jordan); Arabsat5C (uplinked from Amman, Jordan); Palapa1D (uplinked from Jakarta, Indonesia); Galaxy19 (uplinked from Culver City, Los Angeles); HotBird (uplinked from Paris, France); Hispasat1C (uplinked from Madrid, Spain).

The channels will also be distributed in real time on YouTube with Globecast providing the encoding/streaming to YouTube, using the live signal. All the satellite channels have been launched with a phased launch of the YouTube services through July.

CASBAA: Making Waves In The Broadcast Industry

From http://en.acnnewswire.com/article.asp?art_id=23999

HONG KONG, July 22, 2015 - (ACN Newswire) - This year's CASBAA Convention looks at the monumental sea change that is being experienced by the TV industry, and will explore how technologies, content, and services are leading the charge as the broadcast and digital landscapes become increasingly intertwined.

With the theme 'Making Waves', the convention will highlight how new business models are helping companies navigate these uncharted seas and take a look at the disruptors who are churning up the waters of business as usual.

One of the must-attend events on the Asia Pacific broadcast industry calendar, the annual CASBAA Convention is renowned for gathering a heavyweight speaker line up from key organizations across the industry to discuss the pertinent issues facing the TV business now and in years to come. With the convention moving to a new venue at the Intercontinental Hotel, participants won't fail to be impressed by the stunning views over Hong Kong harbour as well as the inspiring speaker and plenary sessions.

"Linear TV is still a major force in the Asia Pacific region, but there is no denying that the industry today is in a state of flux," said Christopher Slaughter, CEO, CASBAA. "These are very exciting times. Never before has there been such a strong opportunity to provide and distribute content to the consumer when, and where, they want it.

"With this rapidly evolving landscape, we encourage our members to make waves of their own by exploring new business models and strategies that will help provide dynamic content across a number of different screens."

This year's convention has the underlying theme of "disruption" running through all the sessions, which will include the latest developments in over-the-top (OTT) services, new programme formats, the role of venture capital in the TV industry and the latest advancements in technology, as well as the ever-critical matters of piracy, broadcast rights, and licensing issues.

The impressive list of speakers who have signed up to date to share their views include: Li Ruigang, Chairman, China Media Capital; Tom Mockridge CEO, Virgin Media; Dominic Proctor, Global President GroupM; Alon Shtruzman, CEO International, Keshet Media; David Shing, Digital Prophet, AOL; Jay Samit, CEO Seachange; Lauren Zalaznick, founder of the LZ Sunday Paper; Sam Rogoway, CEO, Victorious; Partho Dasgupta, CEO BARC India; and Mark Howard, Chief Revenue Officer, Forbes Media.

The CASBAA Convention also provides plenty of opportunity for members and delegates to meet and interact with industry colleagues. As well as the booth display area and networking lounges for guests to relax, there are the popular networking parties.

Supporters for the CASBAA Convention 2015 include: ABS, APT Satellite, France 24, InvestHK, ITV Choice, MEASAT, PwC, RTL CBS Asia, Scripps, Networks Interactive, SES, Time Warner, True Visions and Turner.

For further information about the CASBAA Convention 2015, please visit www.casbaaconvention.com.


CASBAA is the association for multichannel TV in Asia. Established in 1991 CASBAA has grown with the industry to include digital multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery. Covering Asia and 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. To view the full list of CASBAA members, and more information, please visit www.casbaa.com.

For enquiries, please contact:

Kevin Jennings
Programme Director,
Tel: +852 2854 9913
Email: kevin@casbaa.com

Amy Chan/Lucilla Lo
Ogilvy Public Relations
Tel: +852 2884 8421/ +852 2884 8651
Email: amy.chan@ogilvy.com / lucilla.lo@ogilvy.com


Established in 1991, CASBAA is the association for the multi-channel audio-visual content creation and distribution industry across Asia. The CASBAA mission is to promote industry growth in the region. In so doing, it seeks to:
- Represent: via government advocacy and interaction with trade organisations
- Inform: via conferences, roundtables, newsletters & publications
- Connect: via networking opportunities and informal gatherings.

CASBAA and its members reach over 500 million households within a regional footprint ranging from China to Australasia, Japan to Pakistan. More information about CASBAA can be found at www.casbaa.com

A competitor is trying to force SpaceX to reveal its secret satellite internet plans

From http://qz.com/460916/a-competitor-is-trying-to-force-spacex-to-reveal-its-secret-satellite-internet-plans/

Intelsat has asked US telecom regulators to reveal confidential parts of SpaceX’s application to fly experimental internet satellites, citing fears of orbital gridlock.

In the objection, Intelsat, a European firm that operates a major global satellite network, says it doesn’t understand “how the proposed [SpaceX satellites] could operate on a non-interference basis or meet the requirement to avoid collision with other satellites.” The company also filed a Freedom of Information Act request to reveal the confidential information, which includes technical details on SpaceX’s antennae, ground stations and “power flux density.”

SpaceX, which is making its first foray into satellite broadcast after becoming an important player in the launch business, says its filings should remain confidential, lest they provide an unfair advantage to competitors. The company’s response to the objection says the original filings already provide sufficient information for collision avoidance, and promises to release further details on transmission interference.

“Intelsat has long been a vocal proponent of satellite operators sharing information with one another to avoid or mitigate any potential interference issues that could disrupt connectivity,” an Intelstat spokesperson said in a statement. “It is helpful that SpaceX has provided additional technical information. We are continuing to review their submission to determine if it is adequate for us to complete a thorough analysis of the potential impact.”

SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment, but the company’s filing offered a potential ulterior motive in Intelsat’s objection: “Here it should be noted that Intelsat has invested in and entered into a ‘strategic alliance’ with OneWeb, an announced competitor to SpaceX’s NGSO system.”

Which is to say, it thinks Intelsat is playing a role in the rivalry at the heart of the renewed interest in satellite internet: telecom entrepreneur Greg Wyler’s OneWeb versus Elon Musk’s SpaceX. The two nearly collaborated before launching competing efforts to use hundreds of micro-satellites to solve the problems of orbital internet access.

The current fault line is centered on conflicting US and international rules about satellite transmissions. While Wyler’s OneWeb has international rights to the high-frequency spectrum preferred for space internet, SpaceX has moved to secure priority at the FCC. And both want to be the first to build, launch and deploy a working satellite constellation to establish the facts in the sky, so to speak.

SpaceX’s end-run around Wyler’s international permits has rubbed some in the satellite business the wrong way, especially as OneWeb has established partnerships with numerous incumbent players, including Intelsat, Airbus, and Hughes Network Systems. SpaceX, as is its wont, appears intent on going it alone when it comes to manufacturing and development.

But space is still a small business in terms of players: Even as Intelsat and SpaceX battle in regulatory filings, the companies have a contract to use SpaceX’s as-yet untested Falcon Heavy rocket to launch an Intelsat satellite. The first flight of that rocket has been delayed until late spring 2016 after the failure of the company’s most recent launch.

65m watch iPlayer overseas

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/22/65m-watch-iplayer-overseas/

Over 60 million people around the world are bypassing online restrictions to use the BBC’s iPlayer service, according to figures from research company GlobalWebIndex. It claims nearly 65 million people from abroad watch the UK licence-fee funded iPlayer service using proxy servers or virtual private networks (VPNs). In China alone it estimates that there are 38.5 million people using it.

Based on what the corporation previously charged for global iPlayer, which closed last month, the BBC could be missing out on many millions in potential income if it were collectable.

GlobalWebIndex carried out research interviews with more than 47,000 people from around the globe. This included people in countries such as China, India, Japan, the US, Brazil, Germany and France. Its report about the BBC iPlayer said: “Although the iPlayer is funded by the UK license fee and is therefore geo-restricted to be viewable only by people resident in the country, GWI’s data shows that the service has a huge global audience – with many turning to VPNs or proxy servers in order to access the service from abroad.”

Other popular services are equally watched in unauthorised territories with significant percentages of VPN users in China, India and Indonesia are accessing services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime as well as iPlayer.

The report said that at a global level about a quarter of online adults are using VPN technology. It added that accessing “better entertainment content” was by far the most popular reason for using them.

In every country that the report surveyed 1 per cent to 8 per cent of online adults admitted they were using VPNs and have accessed the iPlayer.

Discovery launches pop-up channel in Italy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/22/discovery-launches-pop-up-channel-in-italy/

Italian pay-TV operator Sky Italia has teamed up with Discovery Italia to launch a pop-up channel to mark 30 years since Discovery Channel made its debut.

Discovery 30, which will be on air until August 2nd, is dedicated to programmes that have made the history of the channel. Each day will be dedicated to a different programme (motors, technology, wild nature, business and engineering), considered among the “most representative” of the evolution of the channel. There will also be an “on demand” version, with much of the content available on the Sky On Demand platform.

Programmes to be aired include “Bear Grylls”, “Dual Survival”, “Top Gear”, “Curiosity”, “North America”, “Deadliest Catch” and “Mythbusters”.

The one-off channel is available on channel position 402, normally occupied by Discovery Channel+1.

Colors Infinity to go on air from 31 July in SD & HD

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/television/tv-channels/english-entertainment/colors-infinity-to-go-on-air-from-31-july-in-sd-hd-150721

MUMBAI: The new channel from the Viacom18 stable - Colors Infinity is all set to hit the television screens on 31 July, 2015.

Opening up the doors to international content, the channel's content is co-curated by Karan Johar and Alia Bhatt.

The channel will showcase a gamut of genres, ranging from drama, superheroes, comedy, fantasy, crime and thrillers to reality television with some of the world’s biggest shows across dancing, cooking, magic, singing and other lifestyle interests.

Colors Infinity will be available across all the major direct-to-home (DTH) and digital cable platforms in standard definition (SD) as well as 1080p high-definition (HD) format with Dolby S5.1 surround sound.

The launch line-up of the channel has international television series like My Kitchen Rules at 8 pm from Monday to Sunday, and back-to-back episodes of a new show like The Flash (season one), The Musketeers (Seasons 1 and 2) Forever (Season 1), The Big C (Seasons 1 to 4), Orange Is The New Black (Seasons 1 to3), Better Call Saul (Season 1) and Fargo (Season 1) everyday at 9 pm.


Some screencaps from TV Plus, when it was FTA a few days ago.

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东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Patrika TV Rajasthan(印度)频道消失,设置3966 H 14400参数无效接收。[07-22]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,国家地理悠人高清、Star Plus(MPEG-4)等全组频道解密,设置4013 V 7200参数免费接收。[07-22]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,PPV HD(高清)频道加密,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-22]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,CBN替换K-Net(韩国)频道,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[07-22]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Shopping Zone、Indiasign 2(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3876 H 14300参数免费接收。[07-22]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,HBO(高清)频道加密,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,Skynet PPV HD、Sky Net Movie HD(高清)频道解密,设置11010 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月22日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(Sky Net)高清频道解密,设置11010 V 30000参数免费接收。 [7月22日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Yes Indiavision、Shopping Zone(印度)频道消失,设置3894 H 13840参数无效接收。 [7月22日]
东经66度轨道位置的国际17号卫星C频段,Brindavan TV替换Yogi(MPEG-4)频道,设置3876 H 14300参数有条件接收。 [7月22日]

Stream Links

#EXTINF:-1, M4 Sport (HU)


Sorry , no news update today, due to lack of time



From my Email

From Asiasat

Dear all,

It has been well recognized the importance of C-band for Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) and it is critical to explicitly identify the threats of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) and International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT) on the C-band Satellite Networks.

AsiaSat is calling all administrations to action to say “NO” to any further IMT identification in C-band at the WRC-15, to protect the vital FSS services operating in C-band and safeguard against the detrimental impact from BWA/IMT.

We are pleased to share with you a white paper that we recently published and a new section on Protecting C-band in our website where the future articles and presentations on this topic will be placed.

Executive Summary:

Full white paper:

Protect C-band Resources Centre:


Thanks and Regards,
Lina, Li

Lina Li
Marketing, AsiaSat
T (852) 2500 0889 | F (852) 2500 0895

Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
12/F Harbour Centre
25 Harbour Road
Wanchai, Hong Kong
Visit us at www.asiasat.com

From the Dish

Intelsat 19 166.0E 12286 H "Halk Haber TV" is now encrypted.
Intelsat 19 166.0E 12526 H "Balkanika Music TV" is Fta.

Optus D1 160.0E SBS HD Perth, SBS One Perth and SBS 2 Perth have left 12407 H.

Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H "TV Globo Internacional Américas has replaced Jame-Jam TV Network" on , Irdeto.

Apstar 6 134.0E 4032 H "PNN" has started on , Fta.

Vinasat 1 132.0E 3480 V "NetViet "has started on , Fta.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Prime Asia TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 5 78.5E 3480 H "Champ Channel" is back on , Fta.
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3600 H "NetViet" has started on .
Thaicom 5 78.5E 3640 H "Somali Cable" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 3826 H "BBTV Channel 7" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 4120 H "Spring News TV" has started on , Fta.

Thaicom 6 78.5E 12687 V "TVD Shop" has left .
Thaicom 6 78.5E 12728 V "Shop Thailand has replaced 55 Channel" on , BISS.

Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11213 V "KTRK, Madaniyat, Muzika, Balastan and El TR" have started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3994 H "Colors Odia" has started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Fresh Oil TV" has started on , Fta.

From asiatvro site

东经90度轨道位置的雅玛尔401号卫星C频段,Raz TV(俄罗斯)频道消失,设置3645 L 28000参数无效接收。[07-21]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(高清)频道加密,设置11010 V 30000参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经116度轨道位置的韩星6号卫星Ku频段,KBS TV 1(高清)频道改格式,设置12450 H 27489参数有条件接收。[07-21]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,HBO HD(高清)频道解密,设置11010 V 30000参数免费接收。[07-21]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,POM 2015 1(测试)等全组频道消失,设置3851 H 14070参数无效接收。[07-21]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,MTV NA 2(测试)频道解密,设置3740 H 27500参数免费接收。[07-21]
东经105.5度轨道位置的亚洲7号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 2(香港)高清频道消失,设置3840 H 29720参数无效接收。 [7月21日]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News MP(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3920 H 13000参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Khushi TV(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置4076 V 3600参数免费接收。 [7月21日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Focus Haryana(MPEG-4)频道消失,设置4130 H 6400参数无效接收。 [7月21日]

东经95度轨道位置的SES 8号卫星Ku频段,Test 1、Test 14(测试)等全组频道消失,设置11990 H 43000参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,动物星球、迪斯尼(AVG)等全组频道消失,设置11676 V 28800参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经95度轨道位置的新天6号卫星Ku频段,探索频道、国家地理(AVG)等全组频道消失,设置11541 V 43200参数无效接收。[07-20]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Star Sports、Star Plus(印度)等6个频道新增,设置4013 V 7200参数有条件接收。[07-20]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,RT Movies替换L TV(MPEG-4)频道,设置4040 H 7500参数免费接收。[07-20]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,ABP Sanjha(MPEG-4)频道重现,设置3777 H 10900参数有条件接收。[07-20]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Sangu TV、Dhi Plus、TVM(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3847 V 7855参数免费接收。 [7月20日]
东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星C频段,Ananda Bangle TV、SK TV(孟加拉)频道消失,设置3847 H 5357参数无效接收。 [7月20日]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Colors Odia替换Rishtey(印度)频道,设置3994 H 4000参数有条件接收。 [7月20日]


CSIRO strikes deal for ET search

From http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/CSIRO_strikes_deal_for_ET_search_999.html

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has signed a multi-million dollar agreement with CSIRO to use the organisation's 64-m Parkes radio telescope in eastern Australia to search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The search will use 25% of the telescope's time for five years from July 2016 and will return CSIRO the cost of operating the telescope during the observations as well as contributing to an upgrade of the data systems used for this and other science.

The deal was announced in London [Monday 20 July] at a ceremony involving cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, SETI pioneer Frank Drake, Ann Druyan and Internet investor Yuri Milner, who is funding the project through the Milner Global Foundation. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation will administer the project.

"Parkes is one of the world's premier big dishes, with the outstanding ability to detect weak signals that a search like this requires," said Dr Lewis Ball, Director of CSIRO's Astronomy and Space Science division.

"We are thrilled to be part of this global effort, which exploits the huge advances that have been made in computation and signal processing since people first started hunting for ET.

"By taking part we'll also free up other funding to ensure the continuation of Parkes's world-leading research on gravitational waves and the new-found 'fast radio bursts'."

The Parkes observations are part of a larger set of initiatives to search for life in the Universe to which the Milner Global Foundation is committing US$100 million over ten years.

The ET hunters will also use time on the Green Bank telescope in West Virginia, operated by the US National Radio Astronomy Observatory, and a telescope at the University of California's Lick Observatory. More telescopes may join the project in future.

The search will target the nearest million stars in our galaxy, the plane of our galaxy, and another 100 galaxies.

It will be 50 times more sensitive than previous searches for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI), covering ten times more sky and scanning at least five times more of the radio spectrum - and doing so 100 times faster than previously possible.

Parkes has contributed to SETI searches before. In 1995 the California-based SETI Institute used the telescope for six months for its Project Phoenix search.

In another project requiring significant telescope time, Parkes was contracted to track spacecraft around Mars in 2003 and 2004 when NASA needed extra receiving facilities.

"That project reduced the time available to other observers but resulted in upgrades to some of the telescope's systems, upgrades that have benefited all Parkes users since," Dr Ball said.

Professor Matthew Bailes, ARC Laureate Fellow at the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, will be the Australian lead of the SETI observing team using the Parkes telescope.

"The petaflop signal processing system we'll develop in partnership will our collaborators at Berkeley and CSIRO will use the latest technologies to harness the power of the huge radio spectrum available to us," he said.

"It will be possible to not only search for aliens, but also naturally-occurring astrophysical phenomena at the same time. We're thrilled to be part of this extraordinary project."

Citizen-science project SETI@home will help to process the data and a team from the University of California Berkeley will analyse it.

All data will be shared with the public, making this the largest data-sharing science project in the world.

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation's connection with Australia began last year, when the Australian National University's Professor Brian Schmidt and colleagues were awarded the $3m 2014 Breakthrough Prize for their discovery of the accelerating expansion of the universe, work that had also netted them the 2011 Nobel Prize.

"The discovery of life on extrasolar planets would fundamentally change how humanity views its place in the Universe," Professor Schmidt said.

"The Breakthrough Prize Foundation's investment in the Parkes radio telescope will not only enable a search for extraterrestrial intelligence, it will also keep 'the Dish' at the forefront of international astronomy research for many years to come.

"I'm really excited that Australia can contribute so significantly to this endeavour."

Punters migrating to harness, greyhound racing as thoroughbred media rights battle takes toll

From http://www.smh.com.au/sport/horseracing/punters-migrating-to-harness-greyhound-racing-as-thoroughbred-media-rights-battle-takes-toll-20150720-gig39t.html

Hot dogs: Sky Racing's blackout has resulted in a surge in betting on greyhound racing.

Sky Racing's blackout on Victorian thoroughbred racing has resulted in a surge in betting on the rival harness and greyhound racing codes as the absence of vision on the primary driver for Australian wagering drags into a sixth week.

With Racing Victoria and Tabcorp, which boasts Sky Racing as its broadcasting arm, still yet to broker a new agreement on the return of Victorian racing to Sky's wall-to-wall channel, industry insiders are lamenting the stream of punters migrating to harness and greyhound racing.

Fairfax Media has been told the NSW TAB has seen wagering on Victorian racing across all platforms plummet about 17 per cent for the five weeks of the Sky blackout in comparison to the same time period before Tabcorp switched off Victorian pictures.

Only 92 TAB agencies have carried live vision of Victorian racing since June 16, when Tabcorp blacked out Foxtel subscribers as well as pubs and clubs after Racing Victoria's announcement it would sign a long-term media rights deal with Seven West Media.

By contrast corporate bookmakers Sportsbet and CrownBet have been the catalyst for a growth in online wagering on races south of the border having agreed on deals to stream live Victorian pictures for their account holders.

Worryingly for powerbrokers north of the border, the seeping of frustrated punters away from Victorian thoroughbred racing is also affecting turnover on NSW races.

It's understood the media rights bickering has resulted in total wagering on NSW thoroughbred racing falling about seven per cent with the NSW TAB for the five weeks where there has been no Victorian racing on Sky when compared to an identical time leading up to the blackout.

It seems the only beneficiaries have been harness and greyhound racing administrators, who have watched their own product record upswings in betting since mid-June.

It's believed harness racing has recorded the greater shift of the two, albeit just a small remedy to overall declining figures as greyhound racing steadily increases its market share despite the industry having damning live baiting practices exposed in February.

Tabcorp has repeatedly stressed it would not publicly comment on negotiations with Racing Victoria or turnover figures since the blackout.

The joint venture partners are continuing to negotiate a return of Victorian racing to Sky screens, but reconciliation has been slow despite the obvious impact on the bottom line for both.

It has meant free-to-air broadcaster Seven West Media is the only non-digital option to watch Victorian racing as it carries Racing Victoria's digital feed on Channel 78 as an interim measure.

But the channel is only able to be picked up in approximately 70 per cent of metropolitan households, freezing out a huge number of disgruntled viewers in country areas who haven't been able to access the channel.

Seven West Media will officially launch the new Victorian-only network on August 29 for Memsie Stakes day, the first group 1 meeting of the new season.

Meanwhile, Doomben Cup winner Pornichet made his first public appearance before a Cox Plate-centric spring campaign when finishing third in a Randwick barrier trial on Monday.

Gai Waterhouse's star was put under very little pressure by regular rider Blake Shinn when finishing third in a trial behind stablemate Excess Knowledge on a heavy surface.

Pornichet is on the second line of Cox Plate betting at $10 with Ladbrokes.


From Press Release

It’s a brand new world of DISCOVERY and the SKY’s the limit!

As part of their continual commitment to providing Kiwis with the most comprehensive entertainment offering in the market, SKY TV and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific today announced a long-term exclusive partnership for Discovery Networks programming in New Zealand.

The multi-year agreement also includes the addition of two brand new channels for New Zealand - TLC and Discovery Turbo - which will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers over the next few months as part of the basic subscription package.

“We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and today’s announcement is an exciting one as we further cement our partnership,” said SKY CEO John Fellet.

“We are proud to have Discovery Channel as a pillar of our basic offering having broadcast the channel since our UHF days in the 90’s. Now we are able to share six great Discovery Networks channels with all of our domestic customers, each offering the quality content they’re renowned for,” he said.

Discovery Networks’ current NZ portfolio includes localised versions of global brands Discovery Channel and Animal Planet and much-loved local lifestyle channels Food TV and Living Channel. The additions of TLC and Discovery Turbo will perfectly complement these, allowing for distribution of an even greater variety of premiere programming that will be embraced by Kiwi audiences.

“We are absolutely delighted to be further expanding our partnership with SKY TV. Our relationship over the past 20 years has been one of great collaboration and with the recent acquisition of Food TV and Living Channel, it has continued to strengthen,” says Mandy Pattinson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, ANZ & Pac Islands.

“Our commitment to driving value for subscription television audiences has been seen through strong investment in high quality and engaging programming, dedicated NZ schedules and local productions. Applying this same commitment to both TLC and Discovery Turbo, channel brands that we’re incredibly passionate about, we’re confident that SKY customers will love them as much as we do.”

Launching in September as part of SKY’s basic package is TLC, the exclusive home of programming from the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as great female factual entertainment programming including Say Yes To The Dress, Oprah Where Are They Now, The Little Couple, I Am Jazz and America with Lisa Ling.

And in November, Discovery Turbo will also be available to all SKY customers as part of SKY’s basic tier to become New Zealand’s one stop shop for adrenaline fuelled, motored entertainment dedicated to man and machine, such as Fast N’ Loud, Wheeler Dealers, Chasing Classic Cars and American Chopper.

Both channels will be programmed specifically for New Zealand audiences with a large variety of premiere series and programmes. Further schedule details for both will be released closer to launch.

The content deal also incorporates exclusive digital rights to provide access to thousands of hours of additional library content which will be available to all SKY customers across SKY’s product portfolio, and SKY’s Director of Content Strategy – Planning & Delivery Megan King added the agreement makes SKY’s offering even more appealing for those looking for an exciting television experience.

“As our industry evolves to respond to changing viewing needs, exclusive access to this quality and appealing content brings enormous value for our customers. This, in combination with the renewal of other key content suppliers across our platforms, considerably bolsters the entertainment offering on SKY and ensures that our customers are enjoying a world class entertainment experience,” she said.

(Craig's comment, but will they be in HD? I bet NOT!)

NBTC asks Thai TV to halt broadcasts Move would buy time to sort out finance

From http://www.bangkokpost.com/business/telecom/628804/nbtc-asks-thai-tv-to-halt-broadcasts

Transmitting dishes stand atop Baiyoke Tower II. Thai TV wants to scrap its year-old digital channels and focus on the cable and satellite platforms. (Photo by Pattanapong Hirunard)

The regulator has suggested that cash-strapped Thai TV Co suspend the broadcast of its two digital channels until it secures business partners.

The recommendation was made Monday during the first round of talks between the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) and Thai TV.

The Central Administrative Court on July 9 told both sides to negotiate and settle the dispute themselves instead of engaging in a lengthy court fight.

Thai TV lawyer Suchart Chomkul will discuss the NBTC's suggestion with chairwoman Pantipa Sakulchai. Both will go to court for additional hearings on the case today.

After the talks, Supinya Klangnarong, a member of the NBTC's broadcasting committee, said Thai TV should file a proposal to suspend the airing of its children's channel and news channel until it finds business partners or joint content providers.

The company is able to rent 40% of its airtime to other companies while sounding out business partners to hold a stake, actions that could improve its finances.

"We still don't want Thai TV to return the two licences and quit the digital TV business," Ms Supinya said. "If Thai TV lets the two channels go black without our approval, it will be banned from doing any broadcasting business in the future."

She said she understood the difficulty Thai TV faced in finding business partners after failing to make licence payments.

"What we can do now is give advice to Thai TV and try every means to prevent its two digital channels from going black," Ms Supinya said.

The NBTC said it could accept a temporary broadcast suspension of Thai TV's two channels. In the past, some satellite TV operators sought a broadcast suspension while undergoing the process of improving content.

Analysts said the NBTC got stuck with its own strict regulations and was trying every means to help Thai TV move on, short of quitting the digital TV business outright.

Col Natee Sukonrat, chairman of the NBTC's broadcasting panel, could not be reached for comment on the issue Monday.

Mr Suchart said Ms Pantipa would make the final decision about the company's future.

The company at first had set a deadline to stop broadcasting its two channels on the digital system on July 26.

Thai TV announced its intention to return its two digital licences to the NBTC after failing to pay the second instalment of auction fees worth 288 million baht in May.

The NBTC issued a deadline to claim 288 million baht from the company via a bank guarantee by tomorrow.

Thai TV faces a 300-million-baht loss from running the two channels for more than a year. The licence for the Loca children's channel is worth 648 million baht, and the one for Thai TV News is worth 1.3 billion.

"We will go ahead with our plan to move to the satellite and cable TV platforms no matter how the negotiations turn out," Ms Pantipa said.

The ailing company plans to shift its own content from Loca and Thai TV News to the satellite and cable platforms and replace them with home shopping and programmes about amulets.

Live news and folk music shows will continue to air on Thai TV News.


TV Plus on Intelsat 19 was FTA Monday morning. I managed to screen cap the channels, and will provide an update to Lyngsat soon.
It was interesing to see most of the sports channels were showing soccer, 6 or 7 games on at the same time. Including EPL.

Sunday feeds

Optus D1 12420 V 6110 3/4 "NNN908" NRL
Optus D2 12590 V 7200 FEED 3 House Rules Feed.

From my Email

From Alek (W.A)

Intelsat 180E 3901 LHCP??? Sr 13247 4:22 AFL seen, Australia plus programming feed?

From Gary

The GWN Backhaul tag has been replaced with "Bunbury Contributor" on Optus 10. It has also been showing Seven Network WA programming all afternoon instead of the GWN newsroom feeds

From saldav1

Weekend feed log
Asiasat 5

3686 H SR 5631 Ericsson Service CCTV Quan Jian Table Tennis, (FTA.)
3746 V SR 7120 $UKI 614 ITF DAVIS CUP - GRE vs FRA from The Queens Club, LONDON, (and is actually FTA.)
3716 H SR 7500 $TOP RANK WORLD ($Scrambled.)
4165 H SR 7199 $Players Update ($Scrambled.)
3855 H SR 7120 D 408 # 1_Hamburg HAMBURG Triathalon, (FTA.)
3908 H SR 7120 test WTA SWEDISH collector Tennis Open - Putintseva vs Larsson, (FTA.)
3876 H SR 7199 Telecity Encoder NEW vs TOT - SPURS TV, (FTA.)
4148 H SR 7120 PBC Boxing, (FTA.)
3667 H SR 7199 Service Name Still pic. of a Chinese community housing, (FTA.)
3845 H SR 7120 $kunshan ($Scrambled.)
4174 H SR 7199 $The Open Main Feed ($Scrambled.)
3945 V SR 7120 Tx4 RTR MSC-076 Judo Grand Slam, Tyumen 2015, (FTA.)
3955 V SR 7120 Tx5 RTR MSC-076 Judo Grand Slam, Tyumen 2015, (FTA.)

(Both tp's carrying parallel programming.)

From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12519 V "TVP Info"is now encrypted.

Express AM3 103.0E 11606 V "Rossiya 1 and Rossiya 24" have started on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 H "Vision 3 TV" has started on , Fta. African Major Prophet's TV has left.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12722 H "GMTV" has started on , Fta.

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

From asiatvro site

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Nhang Channel、DeeDee TV(泰国)频道新增,设置3545 V 30000参数部分免费接收。[07-19]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Netviet(泰国)频道开播,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Shakti TV、Royal TV(印度)频道消失,设置4133 H 11888参数无效接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,I Plus TV(印度)频道新增,设置4133 H 11888参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Kannada TV(印度)频道新增,设置3936 H 10100参数免费接收。[07-19]
东经83度轨道位置的印星4A号卫星C频段,Sadhna News(印度)频道消失,设置3920 H 13000参数无效接收。[07-19]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Satya TV(印度)频道消失,设置4117 V 8800参数无效接收。 [7月19日]
东经166度轨道位置的国际19号卫星C频段,Fight Sports(MPEG-4)频道新增,设置3880 V 30000参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]
东经140度轨道位置的快车AM5号卫星Ku频段,O-la-la替换Russkaya Noch(俄罗斯)频道,设置11557 H 22250参数有条件接收。 [7月19日]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Champ Channel(泰国)频道重现,设置3480 H 30000参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,News 1、N Channel(泰国)等全组频道解密,设置3600 H 26667参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经122度轨道位置的亚洲4号卫星C频段,AsiaSat Test Service(标清)频道改格式,设置4120 H 29720参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somali Cable(索马里)频道新增,设置3640 H 28066参数免费接收。[07-18]
东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Somali Channel(索马里)频道消失,设置3640 H 28066参数无效接收。[07-18]

东经78.5度轨道位置的泰星5号卫星C频段,Ch4-I Asia、Ch2-Moviesat(泰国)等频道新增,设置3476 V 15000参数有条件接收。[07-17]

Stream links

Deutsche IPTV

#EXTINF:-1, Das Erste
#EXTINF:-1, Sat.1
#EXTINF:-1, ProSieben
#EXTINF:-1, kabel eins
#EXTINF:-1, arte
#EXTINF:-1, 3sat
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Hamburg
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Hamburg HD
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Meck.-Vorp.
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Meck.-Vorp. HD
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Niedersachsen
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Niedersachsen HD
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Schleswig-Hol.
#EXTINF:-1, NDR Schleswig-Hol. HD
#EXTINF:-1, Phoenix
#EXTINF:-1, N24
#EXTINF:-1, n-tv
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How Netflix could become the Foxtel killer

From http://thenewdaily.com.au/money/2015/07/20/netflix-become-foxtel-killer/

The instant success of Netflix is likely to cut into Foxtel’s profits. Will it eventually take control of the home entertainment market?

Netflix is putting media giants like Foxtel under pressure.

For almost a century, incumbency was the key to building successful media businesses in Australia.

If you didn’t already have skin in the game – or the backing of a powerful media empire – establishing a foothold in the local media industry was almost impossible.

But the internet has changed all that.

Newspaper publishers and print journalists have learned that technologies of the new millennium can destroy longstanding business models in a relatively short time.

The demise of the print news market is the starkest example of how the internet can wreak havoc on established media empires, but it’s not the only battlefield.

In the past six months, the economics of free-to-air television and Australia’s dominant cable TV provider, Foxtel, have come under serious threat from online entertainment provider, Netflix.

The profitability of the local television industry is set to take some big hits after more than half a million households signed on to Netflix’s video-on-demand service.

For only $8.99, Netflix offers Australian subscribers unlimited access to more than 200 TV shows and almost 1000 recently released movies.

Aussie TV is big trouble

Efforts by local television networks to compete against Netflix’s video-on-demand service appear to have backfired.

Research published by Roy Morgan Research shows that the battle for online eyes has virtually petered into a one-horse race, with Netflix emerging as a category-killer after only a few months operating in Australia.

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The May subscription numbers for the Foxtel-backed Presto service and Fairfax/Nine Network-owned Stan were simply dwarfed by Netflix.

According to the latest Roy Morgan data, the gap widened dramatically last month, with Netflix reaching 1.42 million people in 559,000 homes by June 30.

The boom in online streaming services has spawned rapid growth in demand for internet service providers as customers have elected to take faster and bigger data plans.


Foxtel under pressure

Netflix’s tremendous growth appears to be putting a brake on the profitability of Foxtel’s lucrative cable television business.

In the last month Foxtel has been forced to reprice its basic subscription offer to $25 from $49 a month to meet the new competitive threat.

The extent of the early damage wrought on Foxtel by the Netflix phenomenon will be revealed next month when the cable television operator releases it profit result.

Foxtel, which is jointly owned by Telstra and News Corporation Australia, has a virtual monopoly in the cable market.

It raked in more than $550 million in profit in 2014, making it the main growth engine of News Corp’s local operations.

But the advent of Netflix has the potential to erode part of Foxtel’s subscriber base. We probably wont know what the material impact will be on Foxtel’s business model for a few years.

The rollout of the National Broadband Network could be a game-changer, which might force Foxtel to abandon cable altogether and compete directly with Netflix on the lower-cost internet platform.

One of the characteristics of online commerce that is not often appreciated by the general public is that it enables service providers to shift a big portion of their production costs to consumers.

Ultimately, consumers will have to pay for the high data volumes required to use online streaming services such as Netflix.

At some point in the future, Foxtel may find its capital-intensive cable network too expensive to carry.

Traditional media struggles as people move to digital platforms.

How far can Netflix go?

There is no doubt that Netflix is making waves among executives at Foxtel’s headquarters in North Ryde in Sydney, but its current offerings are not wide enough to trigger an immediate cleanout of the cable operator’s subscriber base.

Ivor Ries, a leading analyst at Morgans Financial, believes that the Netflix expansion in Australia is not likely to pose a critical threat to Foxtel until its adds live sports content to its catalogue.

“Competition in the subscription market has become intense because there is definitely a competitor that wasn’t there before,” he said.

“Foxtel and Netflix have very different offerings though, with Foxtel marketing a premium product.

“Overseas experience would suggest that there is a role for at least one multi-service provider such as Foxtel in our market.”

Foxtel’s ability to assemble an exclusive portfolio of live sports programs is its most valuable customer acquisition tool.

Because Netflix is not yet able to offer such content, Foxtel’s position as the leading subscription entertainment provider in Australia is not likely to be challenged.

However, its financial performance could be profoundly undermined because its most profitable margins are made on special subscription packages for movies and drama series.

Media analysts will be monitoring next month’s profit announcement for any indication of subscriber attrition in these parts of the Foxtel business.

Mr Ries said up to 75 per cent of Netflix’s customer base were people who had never had a Foxtel subscription.

He said Netflix’s long-term impact would hinge largely on improvements to internet download speeds because they would have an impact on the quality of its service offerings.

Foxtel in spotlight over customer 'spin-down'


Foxtel customers are re-evaluating their bills in the wake of its widely-publicised price changes.

From http://www.afr.com/business/media-and-marketing/foxtel-in-spotlight-over-customer-spindown-20150719-gie1zg

Foxtel is set to come under intense scrutiny when it reports fourth-quarter results next month amid evidence that a considerable number of its customers has abandoned its drama and movie packs – some of them in favour of new, cheaper streaming services led by Netflix.

The cable and satellite TV monopoly, which is owned by News Corp and Telstra, has experienced significant "spin-down" – customers cherry-picking channels and cutting their bills – since it changed its pricing model in November. Sources are divided on whether the negative reaction has been comfortably within the anticipated range.

Despite this, Foxtel is expected to have grown its subscriber base rapidly in the period to June 30, helped by chief executive Richard Freudenstein's decision to slash the price of its basic service from $49 to $25 and give households more chances to select which channels they want to receive.

The company, which makes about $1 billion in underlying profit – more than the three metropolitan commercial free-to-air network owners combined – is also expected to report record low churn (the percentage of customers defecting).

That is in spite of the troubled launch of Foxtel's iQ3 set-top box, the second part of Mr Freudenstein's three-pronged strategy to increase household penetration, along with its launch into broadband.

Foxtel's high-margin drama tier is thought to have been hit hardest. Like the movie pack, it costs $20 each a month. (The $25, lower-margin, sports package is not thought to have been negatively affected).

"The price changes were a bold move but intuitively, it is obvious that people may replace a $20 tier with a cheaper streaming service unless they can perceive value in hanging in there," said one industry source. "The industry all has a job to do to persuade people of that."

Foxtel created the drama tier in November. It features premium HBO channel Showcase, home of Game of Thrones, which was previously in the old $25 premium movies and drama pack.

Some of those reducing their Foxtel bills have signed up instead to subscription video-on-demand services, in particular market leader Netflix, which costs as little as $8.99 a month and is believed to have reached more than 500,000 Australian homes since launching on March 31.

Nevertheless, it is believed that spin-down peaked before Netflix launched in late March and has since levelled off, with some customers increasing their bills again.

Sources said the spin-down was largely by long-time consumers re-evaluating their Foxtel bills for the first time in years in the wake of its widely publicised price changes. "People are inherently lazy but if they see a substantive change they will pick up the phone," said one source.

Foxtel anticipated some customers would spin down when it changed its pricing, a move that was designed to boost its stalled premium cable and satellite subscriber growth, and indeed tackle the looming threat from subscription video on demand.

At the time Citi cut its profit and revenue forecasts for Foxtel for 2015 and 2016 in response to the investment in the new pricing, delayed iQ3 box and broadband.

Mr Freudenstein refused to comment on the forthcoming results because News Corp and Telstra are in blackout periods.

But he said: "Foxtel's new pricing and packaging strategy continues to be very successful. If you look at the third-quarter numbers, subscribers grew 7 per cent year on year and churn was 10.9 per cent, down from 13.1 per cent in the prior corresponding period ".

Foxtel has not released subscriber figures for its own streaming service, Presto, which it co-owns with Seven West Media. Stan, which is owned by Nine Entertainment Co and Fairfax Media, owner of The Australian Financial Review, has said it has had 300,000 sign-ups – which include those on free trials.

Foxtel has had tense discussions with Telstra's sales team as it puts pressure on the telco to meet challenging targets.

Friendless' free-to-airs to face grilling

From http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/friendless-freetoairs-to-face-grilling-20150719-gieelz.html

Nine Entertainment shares have plummeted 24.7 per cent since news of the profit downgrade hit the market.

Free-to-air broadcasters are "friendless" with investors but August's reporting season will give them a chance to address those poor perceptions, fund managers say.

Share prices for Australia's three commercial free-to-air broadcasters have taken a bashing since Nine Entertainment Co announced a profit downgrade in June, citing a soft advertising market.

All the free-to-air broadcasters have experienced double-digital declines in their share prices.

"They're friendless at the moment. People basically don't feel like they need to own them and feel it's not going to hurt them if they miss it," Nikko Asset Management portfolio manager Michael Maughan said.

However, Mr Maughan said that could change quickly.

Full-year results, due in August for Nine and its close metropolitan rival Seven West Media and October for third-placed Ten Network Holdings, would give free-to-air networks the first chance to tell the good side of the story, he said.

Nine shares have plummeted 24.7 per cent since news of the downgrade hit the market. The ASX announcement, made after market close on the Friday of Queen's Birthday weekend, prompted investors to punish Nine, with shares crashing 14.4 per cent once trading began on the Tuesday.

Shares are at $1.49. Nine's 2013 listing price was $2.05.

Tarnished whole sector

"To a large extent Nine tarnished the whole sector by blaming the market. Subsequently we saw from the SMI numbers that the dollars going into the free-to-air TV market weren't soft," Pengana portfolio manager Rhett Kessler said.

Frustrated with being lumped in with Nine following its downgrade, Seven reaffirmed its guidance. Seven shares are still down 23.2 per cent, at 91¢, since Nine's downgrade.

Seven holds a market-leading position in terms of revenue share, with the latest SMI figures showing the network had 39.3 per cent of agency spend in June. In the 2014-15 financial year it had 40.1 per cent of advertising revenue share.

Seven also undertook a capital raising in the second half, which diluted the share price.

"I think Seven West Media is ridiculously cheap. Particularly given the dividend is about to be paid," Mr Kessler said.

"Seven has held up pretty well. They've confirmed their numbers, they've done what I think is a fascinating deal with the Victoria Racing body, so they've effectively got a new revenue stream."

Despite growth for the overall advertising market expected to increase from $13 billion in 2014 to $16.4 billion in 2019, spend on free-to-air is forecast to stagnate at $3.83 billion, PricewaterhouseCoopers says.

Slightly different beast

Ten is a slightly different beast. On June 15 Foxtel and the broadcaster came to an agreement, under which the pay TV provider, 50 per cent-owned by News Corporation and 50 per cent by Telstra, buy up to 15 per cent of Ten at 15¢ a share.

MCN, Foxtel's joint-venture advertising sales business, will also take over sales for Ten, with Ten taking a 24.99 per cent stake in MCN, and the network will have an option to buy 10 per cent of subscription video on-demand service Presto – a joint venture between Foxtel and Seven.

Despite the pillar of support from Foxtel, which will inject $77 million, plus another $77 million following an additional capital raising, shares in Ten have dropped 12.5 per cent to 21¢ since Nine's downgrade.

"The real question on everyone's mind is are these companies a value trap or do they represent real value, because on any metric they now appear to offer really enticing value," Mr Kessler said.

There were structural headwinds from online disruption and looming sports rights costs. However, there was also an enormous margin of safety for investors given the current share prices, Mr Kessler said.

"There are parts of [free to air] that have strong futures and there are parts of it that are structurally challenged. The question is how much? It's very easy to say, 'They've got a problem, so they're completely stuffed' I don't think that's the case. The devil is always in the detail."

Mr Maughan said overseas markets like the United States and Britain were experiencing similar audience declines for television, but stronger revenue growth.

"Prices in the US and UK are going up more than audiences are going down, as advertisers have no alternative for mass audience and reach, so they simply pay the same or more for a lesser audience because of the relative reach of TV."

Upgraded Sky Pacific billing system

From http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=314235

FIJIAN Holdings Ltd subsidiary, Fiji Television Ltd, will roll out its newly-upgraded billing system for its pay television services on Sky Pacific.

Fiji TV said this was possible with the long running partnership between Sky Pacific and leading US-based Great Lakes Data Systems (GLDS).

The upgraded PC-based billing and subscriber management system was expected to offer a more user-friendly system and greater operational control.

"The new billing system is suited to Sky Pacific's growing subscriber base," said Fiji TV chief executive officer Geoffrey Smith.

"The additional features available in the new enterprise version offered under this new system will be a great complement to an already broad-based system, also boosting billing efficiencies overall."

Mr Smith said the new pre-pay billing system was also aimed at improving Sky Pacific's bottom line while providing its customer service representatives with the necessary tools to provide an efficient customer service and allowing Fiji TV to offer services that would drive customer loyalty and improve customer retention.

He said the new system also had the capability of informing Sky Pacific's local and regional subscribers directly via their own TV screens or emails of their personal billing details such as when their monthly payment was almost due.

China to buy struggling Sea Launch?

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/20/china-to-buy-struggling-sea-launch/

Sea Launch, the floating rocket launching platform, could be bought by the Chinese, according to well-sourced industry insiders. Sea Launch is officially headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, but its floating assets are in the port of Long Beach, California. Sea Launch uses a converted Norwegian oil rig as its launch pad.

Sea Launch is majority owned by Energia of Russia and the plan seems to be that China would then shift both the Sea Launch platform and its command ship to a Chinese port and use the pair offshore in Chinese waters.

The last successful use of Sea Launch was to launch a Eutelsat satellite in May 2014. Sea Launch went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2017. Sea Launch has no bookings in its launch manifest.

Motive goes to sea with MTN

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/20/motive-go-to-sea-with-mtn/

Motive Television, the technology provider to broadcasters and pay television operators, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with MTN (Maritime Telecommunications Network) Satellite Communications of Miramar, FL.

Under the MOU, the Company will provide Motive’s BYOD TV technology and paid engineering support to assist MTN in developing new services to be marketed by MTN to its worldwide clients.

MTN is the leading provider of communications and content services for remote locations around the world serving the cruise, yachts, ferries, oil & gas, commercial shipping and government markets. On 13 July 2015, EMC announced it had completed its acquisition of MTN. The combined global company retains the name ‘EMC’ and is now headquartered at MTN’s Miramar, FL offices.

Supported by one of the world’s most secure networks, covering 99 percent of the world’s populated regions and the majority of all ocean regions, MTN provides communications and content services to the maritime industry. These include end user products, enterprise and technical solutions, network management and bandwidth optimisation.

MTN extends its presence through a global network of Maritime Service Providers (MSPs) and Resellers.

Under this MOU, Motive will make the modifications and customisation necessary to make it possible for MTN to provide a demonstration of BYOD TV to its customers at a key trade exhibition in September 2015. Should MTN decide to go forward following the exhibition, Motive will complete a marketing agreement with MTN whereby MTN is licensed to market and offer such services to MTN clients and customers.

While it is not possible to estimate the ultimate value of this MOU and prospective marketing agreement, at this time the directors of the Company believe that partnering with MTN would have very significant value to Motive.

Leonard M Fertig, CEO of Motive commented, “Through partnering with MTN, a world-leading supplier of maritime communications, Motive can greatly extend the marketing reach of its BYOD TV technology to thousands of ships including ferries, cruise ships, yachts, and commercial vessels that are clients and customers of MTN for maritime communications services. This cooperation with MTN could quickly make Motive’s BYOD TV an industry-leading solution.”

USAF Launches 10th Boeing-Built Global Positioning System IIF Satellite Aboard ULA Rocket

From http://rapidnewsnetwork.com/usaf-launches-10th-boeing-built-global-positioning-system-iif-satellite-aboard-ula-rocket/80105/

That is exactly what happened at the very opening of a 19-minute long launch window on Wednesday, July 15. The weather was noted by one member of those viewing the launch with particular interest.

On-board cameras showed the launch pad below, then the clear outline of the cape as the rocket climbed through a hazy sky and out over the Atlantic.

After two planned burns, the Atlas V’s powerful engine, the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1, shut down 13 minutes later when it reached a preliminary parking orbit. “This protests the rocket from all the heat that builds up throughout the launch”. Russian made, the RD-180 has been a source of controversy ever since the 2014 Russian military actions in Ukraine.

The series of GPS IIF satellites built by Boeing provide the government with improved signals used to support the military during combat situations as well as civilians for their global economic needs.

Check back here for update’s on the conclusion of today’s launch.

Like the Falcon 9, the Atlas V is being prepared to launch astronauts from the Space Coast as soon as 2017, so its performance now has implications not only for high-value national security and science payloads but for human spaceflight. It will provide navigational assistance for US military operations on land, at sea and in the air.

The first of these launches will be helmed by the United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Boeing and Lockheed.

This week, Colorado’s aerospace industry, alongside the U.S. Air Force Space Command, celebrates 20 years since the Global Positioning System (GPS) was declared at Full Operational Capability (FOC) on July 17, 1995.

A press release that was put up yesterday announced that Colorado’s United Launch Alliance will launch the Global Positioning System IIF-10 mission from the Atlas Five 401 rocket launch in Cape Canaveral.

UK government mulls stronger anti-piracy measures

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/20/uk-government-mulls-stronger-anti-piracy-measures/

The UK government has launched a consultation on plans to increase the maximum sentence for commercial-scale online copyright infringement from two to 10 years imprisonment. Proposals set out in the consultation will bring penalties for online offences into line with equivalent offences relating to the copyright infringement of physical goods.

The proposed new measures will increase the sanctions for criminals who infringe the rights of copyright holders for large-scale financial gain and will make clear that online copyright infringement is no less serious than physical infringement.

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe said the government takes copyright crime extremely seriously. “It hurts businesses, consumers and the wider economy both on and offline. Our creative industries are worth more than £7 billion to the UK economy and it’s important to protect them from online criminal enterprises. By toughening penalties for commercial-scale online offending we are offering greater protections to businesses and sending a clear message to deter criminals,” she stated.

“Online or offline, intellectual property theft is a crime,” declared Detective Chief Inspector Peter Ratcliffe, Head of the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU). “With advances in technology and the popularity of the Internet, more and more criminals are turning to online criminality and so it is imperative that our prosecution system reflects our moves to a more digital world. PIPCU therefore welcomes today’s consultation for harmonising the criminal sanctions for online copyright infringement.”

At present, commercial-scale online copyright infringement is only punishable by a maximum of two years imprisonment, by comparison the maximum sentence for infringement of physical goods is 10 years. The UK’s creative industries, including film, television and music, are worth £7.1 billion per year to the UK economy and support more than 1.6 million jobs. The government says the new proposals will offer the creative industries further protection from large-scale online copyright offenders and act as a significant deterrent.

“This consultation is very welcome as we feel there is a clear anomaly in the way that online copyright infringement by criminal enterprises is treated by the justice system,” said Eddy Leviten, Director General of the Alliance for Intellectual Property.

The publication of the consultation follows the recommendations made in the independent review ‘Penalty Fair?’ and calls from the creative industries for harmonisation of online and offline copyright infringement offences.

Eutelsat 8 West B set for August 20 launch

From http://www.broadbandtvnews.com/2015/07/20/eutelsat-8-west-b-set-for-august-20-launch/

Eutelsat 8 West B’s shipment at Nice airport, France to Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in an Antonov aircraft. Photo: Thales Alenia Space

Eutelsat 8 West B has arrived at the European spaceport in French Guiana and is now in final stages of preparation for launch by an Ariane 5 rocket on August 20.

Eutelsat 8 West B will serve the broadcast markets in the Middle East and North Africa. It will shore up the 7/8 degrees West position, hosting Eutelsat and Nilesat satellites that serve over 52 million TV homes from Morocco to the Gulf.

Built for Eutelsat by Thales Alenia Space, the 5.8 tonne satellite is equipped with 40 operational Ku-band transponders optimised to serve DTH markets in North Africa and the Middle East. It will also introduce a C-band mission of 10 operational transponders connected to a vast footprint covering the African continent and reaching west to South America.

The launch is scheduled for August 20, during a launch window opening at 8:10 pm GMT and closing at 12:56 am GMT on August 21. The satellite will go into full commercial service early October following checks to validate its performance in orbit.

Videocon d2h expands HDTV portfolio to 37 channels

From http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2015072039136/videocon-d2h-expands-hdtv-portfolio-to-37-channels.html#axzz3gRL4eljN

Premium English language channels Star Movies Select HD and Fox Life HD have been added to Videocon d2h, claimed to be India's fastest growing direct-to-home (DTH) service.

videoconIn addition to strengthening the company's high definition (HD) Bouquet offerings, the addition of the two new premium channels is intended to validate Videocon d2h's commitment to providing Indian satellite audiences with high quality content across an array of genres and formats.

When operative, Star Movies Select HD guarantees to premiere two new films each month not previously released in India, in addition to airing a new film every day. For its part, Fox Life HD will feature a slate of scripted and non-scripted content appealing to and appropriate for the entire family. It will offer multiple audio feeds in Hindi, Tamil and Bengali as well as English.

The move takes Videocon d2h's HD portfolio to 37 channels, solidifying its position as a leader in HD programming. Videocon d2h plans to continue to add more HD channels, with the medium-term goal of carrying 50 HD channels.

"We have been relentless in our pursuit to gratify our customers with an exceptional viewing experience," commented Videocon d2h executive chairman Saurabh Dhoot. "Videocon d2h's substantial offer of wide range of HD channels is a testimony to that endeavour. We remain committed to expanding Videocon d2h's channel offerings and content as a means to providing a superior viewing experience to our customers, augmented by innovative technology and the best customer service. It's a simple plan that we believe will result in a major upgrade for India's TV viewing public."


Sunday, no update


Saturday, no update


Optus D2 "K24" is showing a promo listing freqs and satellite data.

Intelsat 19 "Halk tv" on TV Plus has encrypted, the channels tagged as "freeslot" now are showing "new channel coming soon" promo cards.

Friday night feeds

Service Name: STS
IS19Ku, 12529V, 7500sr, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Soccer

Service name: STS
D1, 12428V, 7000sr, 5/6, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, H.264 Video, 4:2:0, FTA , NRL?

Service name: MSat
IS19Ku, 12549V, 3500sr, 2/3, DVBS2/8PSK, 720x576 SD, FTA..Colour bars, then TV3 NZ cross to Rugby ground

Service name: IP-UPLINKS
D1, 12652V, 7500sr, 3/4, DVBS2/8PSK, 1920x1080/50i HD, FTA Tennis

From my Email


From the Dish

Optus D2 152.0E 12581 H "Canal 13i has replaced TVE Internacional Asia" on , Irdeto.

Palapa D 113.0E 4140 V "Al Jazeera English has replaced Film World" on , encrypted.

AsiaSat 7 105.5E 4165 H "Mega Movies, Mega Film and Mega Music" have started on , Fta. Filmazia, Film World and Aruj TV have left.

KazSat 2 86.5E Kazakh TV and KazSport on 11495 V are now encrypted.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 3919 H "Hungama TV" has started on , Irdeto.
Intelsat 20 68.5E 3930 H "UTV Stars has replaced Bindass Play" on , Irdeto.

Intelsat 17 66.0E 3968 V "Suvarna Plus" is now encrypted.

From asiatvro site

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HEVC Advance Patent Pool Creates Confusion, Lacks Transparency

From http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/HEVC-Advance-Patent-Pool-Creates-Confusion-Lacks-Transparency-105235.aspx

Details are sparse about HEVC Advance. The industry knew a second HEVC pool might form, but why do patent holders have a problem with MPEG LA?

In March, a new group called HEVC Advance announced the formation of a new HEVC patent pool, with the goal of compiling more than 500 patents pertaining to HEVC technology. Some were surprised by the announcement since MPEG LA already offers licensing for HEVC patents, but it’s not unusual for multiple patent pools to emerge. Philips and Mitsubishi have some essential patents and aren’t currently in the MPEG LA pool, so there was always the chance that another HEVC pool might be formed.

What caught people off-guard—and what I don’t like about HEVC Advance’s approach—is the group’s lack of concrete details and clarity of their intentions. Peter Moller, managing director of IP equality at GE (one of the pool’s backers) and spokesperson for HEVC Advance, would not give me any details on what patents HEVC Advance has, what the licensing terms are, or which HEVC applications they might impact. He also took a shot at MPEG LA, telling me that some patent holders wanted an alternative to MPEG LA, but wouldn’t tell me why, or what alternative HEVC Advance offers. The initial companies in the pool are “expected to include GE, Technicolor, Dolby, Philips, and Mitsubishi Electric” but no list—or even specific number—of patents has been released.

Moller said HEVC Advance will have more details to share in the coming months, yet he acknowledges that the patents have not gone through an independent patent evaluation process. Essential patent evaluation generally works by having an evaluator compare claims in a patent with the applicable standard specification (in this case, HEVC), and if one claim or more is necessarily infringed upon in connection with use or implementation of/reads on the standard, then that patent claim is determined to be essential. A new patent pool should have that completed and in place before announcing in the market.

Immature licensing programs—which is what HEVC Advance is—are a threat to everyone. Before launching, HEVC Advance should have been more mature, specific, and decisive if it is trying to position itself as a significant and industry-enabling HEVC patent pool.

Patent licensing and IP uncertainty are risks involved with any new video compression technology. Most in the industry have been predicting minimal concern on that front so far, given the well-structured nature of the MPEG LA patent pool, the fair licensing structure, and a general belief within the CE and codec vendor communities that the industry had learned from past experiences and would not adversely hinder HEVC uptake through patent uncertainty.

CE adoption numbers have been looking promising since late 2014, with many smart 4K TVs and newest smartphones from Apple and powered by Android offering built-in HEVC decoding capability. Around the world, 4K trials are also underway, most recently by Tata Sky for the Cricket World Cup, powered by Ericsson and Elemental.

The recent announcement by HEVC Advance throws a roadblock up against that momentum for several reasons. First, it offers no reassurance to potential licensees that they will be given a smooth path to truing up on past shipments and be offered reasonable and financially viable terms. Second, it is heavy on brand names and light on details, which does not generally reflect a mature program designed to maximize adoption.

We also have no clarity on the strength of the claims that the group is making, or what exactly these patents relate to. If they are for areas not directly tied to core video processing, such as audio or certain HDR techniques or specific filters that offer incremental improvement, then their impact could potentially be circumvented. But if they cover core video processing tasks within the HEVC standard, then we have a big problem on our hands.

The good news? The community has by and large had enough of patent-related disruptions, and so if the latter is indeed the case, expect some heavyweights to resolve the mess quickly and decisively.

You would think HEVC Advance would offer more details, but so far, it refuses to. Moller did tell me that the patents were “core” and “essential” to HEVC deployments, but didn’t define exactly what that meant.

Of the five companies HEVC Advance expects to have in the pool at launch, none would speak to me but GE, and it’s clear that this GE is currently leading the pool. This might be good for patent holders who have a clear desire to make money from their patents, but bad for the industry participants that might have to license them. Of course HEVC Advance puts a positive spin on it, saying it’s good for the entire industry, as it allows you to go to one place to license many patents, but there’s nothing positive about it if the licensing is cost-prohibitive.

One has to wonder why the five companies named in the press releases decided not to join the MPEG LA pool. They had the opportunity to join, but clearly felt they can earn more money with a new pool. We won’t know how much money until we see their licensing terms. If you want a breakdown on MPEG LA’s HEVC licensing costs, you can find them in a great article Jan Ozer wrote for StreamingMedia.com.

In a press release, Moller said that the “market is requiring a different approach to aggregating and making HEVC essential patents available for license,” but again, won’t say or detail how their approach is different. I also don’t see the “market,” defined as those who license HEVC patents, saying there needs to be an alternative model to what MPEG LA already has in place. Companies behind HEVC Advance simply want to get paid more than they could by being in MPEG LA’s patent pool, which we’ll know for sure when they disclose their licensing terms. As a CNET article pointed out, HEVC Advance promises a “transparent” licensing process, yet won’t share any details. There is nothing transparent about how it has come into the market.

Court victory for FilmOn in copyright licensing fight

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/17/court-victory-for-filmon-in-copyright-licensing-fight/

Internet television streaming company FilmOn has won a surprise ruling that it is potentially entitled to a compulsory licence to retransmit broadcasters’ copyrighted programming. US District Judge George Wu ruled in Los Angeles that FilmOn should be treated like a traditional cable system in order to transmit broadcast network programmes over the Internet.

Broadcasters contend that such retransmission violates their copyrights and threaten their ability to generate advertising and control subscription fees. Wu’s ruling suggested that FilmOn X is entitled to a compulsory licence under the Copyright Act to retransmit the broadcasters’ programmes if it meets the law’s requirements.

Acknowledging the major commercial consequences of his decision, Wu said he would allow an immediate appeal to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals. He also left in place an existing injunction against FilmOn X’s operations that the broadcasters had won in 2012, so FilmOn will still not able to stream their content pending the appeal.

FilmOn X’s lawyer, Ryan Baker described the court’s decision as “a win for technology and for the American public”.

“This advisory opinion contravenes all legal precedent,” said a spokesperson for Fox. “The court only found that FilmOn could potentially qualify for a compulsory licence, and we do not believe that is a possibility. The injunction barring Film On from retransmitting broadcast programming over the Internet still remains in place and the full burden of proof still lies with FilmOn. We will of course appeal and fully expect to prevail.”

The dispute stems from two lawsuits that Fox, Walt Disney Co’s ABC network, CBS Corp, Comcast Corp’s NBCUniversal and several others filed against FilmOn X in 2012.

A similar action saw the closure of Aereo following a US Supreme Court in ruling in June 2014 that the company violated the broadcasters’ copyrights in retransmitting their programmes to subscribers’ devices via the Internet.Aereo then unsuccessfully argued in a Manhattan federal court it should be seen as analogous to cable, eligible for a compulsory licence.

The judge pointed out that FilmOn tendered statutory licence fees in 2014 and that the Copyright Office neither accepted nor rejected the payments.

If the decision holds after the appeal, FilmOn will still need meet certain requirements to gain a compulsory licence, which will also depend on what the FCC says in its forthcoming rulemaking on the MPVD issue. The judge said that the broadcasters “point to no ways in which Defendants are in violation of FCC regulations” noting that FilmOn had offered to comply with any applicable regulations that arise out of he rulemaking.

Qatar’s beIN Media Group Set To Expand Into General Entertainment TV; Could Be Game Changer For Arab TV Industry

From http://deadline.com/2015/07/bein-media-group-qatar-digiturk-pay-tv-arab-market-jazeera-world-cup-sports-starz-netflix-1201478581/

EXCLUSIVE: Qatar’s beIN Media Group, already a major player in global sports rights through its beIN Sports brand, is set to expand into general entertainment programming. The new pay TV service will initially roll out across the Arab world in the coming months and could be a potential game changer for a region that has traditionally been dominated by free-to-air channels. While the Arab TV market has always had at least one major pay TV platform- previously the likes of ART and Orbit, currently OSN- there has arguably never been a company quite as deep-pocketed or ambitious to take on the over 500 free-to-air satellite channels that currently dominate the airwaves. Quite simply, the resources at beIN Media’s disposal ease the burden of needing to find a financially viable model of return. BeIN Media execs declined to comment.

The reasons behind the expansion into general entertainment fare are simple. With the company reaching a ceiling in terms of subscribers- commonly male-centric sports fans- beIN Media execs now want to target female subscribers. To that end, they have already begun serious discussions with a number of U.S. studios about taking over current pay TV market leader OSN’s output deals for Western films and series when they expire. Deadline was also informed by multiple execs with knowledge of the discussions that execs are also looking to see if any potential breaches of OSN’s commitments- such as non-timely payment- have occurred, thereby creating loopholes for those output deals to be replaced before their full term.

The pay TV landscape is changing rapidly across the Arab world. Starz launched Starz Play Arabia, its subscription online video service, across 17 countries in the Middle East on April 2 this year. Netflix is also expected to launch its own OTT service in Q1 of 2016. Two thirds of the Arab world’s population of 370 million people is under the age of 30. That youthful market is a hungry consumer of entertainment. While broadband penetration can be patchy across the region, mobile penetration is through the roof. In the U.A.E., for example, there are more mobile phones than there are people.

The Middle Eastern TV Market is a joke. It's on nobody's radar. The restrictions on their programming...

The Arab world is proliferated by free-to-air TV networks, with more than 500 channels vying for eyeballs and ad dollars across the region. Of those, the vast majority lose money but, given that many are owned by wealthy individuals or political/governmental entities, few, if any, ever shut down. While free-to-air has traditionally been the name of the game, there are some who have tried, generally unsuccessfully, to create a viable pay TV model. That could now change with the entry of beIN Media.

The less controversial, non-political arm of Qatar’s Al-Jazeera Media Network, beIN Media is already the dominant sports broadcaster in the Arab world and increasingly beyond after its successful re-branding from Al Jazeera Sports in 2014. The platform operates across the Middle East and North Africa, France, the U.S., Canada, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. Just this week, it closed a deal with Major League Soccer (MLS) to broadcast its games across Southeast Asia and Australia.

In an even more significant move, the company finally confirmed this week its long-in-the-works acquisition for Turkey’s biggest pay TV network Digiturk, for a figure believed to be in excess of $1 billion. That purchase was as much political as it was commercial given Turkey’s geographical and cultural proximity to the Arab world. Dubbed Turkish dramas have dominated Arab TV grids for close to a decade and offering content across both Turkish and MENA territories will potentially give beIN execs a scope and scale rarely seen in the region before.

This being the Arab world, however, politics is likely to have a say in just how successful beIN’s venture ultimately becomes. While the company’s initial focus appears to be on western entertainment, for it to truly establish itself it will need to move into local Arabic language programming. The Arab TV world’s single most important- and lucrative- season is the just finished holy month of Ramadan, when broadcasters wheel out brand new, big budget 30-episode dramas for the family to watch together in the evening as they break their fast. Broadcasters can spend- and make- up to a third of their annual budgets in that one month alone. The name of the game is local content. For beIN Media to break into that market, it will need to talk to the existing pan-Arab players who already dominate share.

What’s more, Qatar is something of a political lightning rod in the region. It remains bitterly at odds with neighboring giant Saudi Arabia. Arab viewers have largely ignored those considerations when subscribing to beIN’s sports packages, including for the World Cup. Football, after all, will generally trump geopolitics.

Whether the Saudi market- the single key advertising market in the region- or Egypt- the region’s next most important market and another political foe of Qatar’s ruling family- is quite so ready to allow for a Qatari-backed platform to get a foothold inside its home and access its daily family life is another question.

Whatever happens, the Arab TV landscape is set up for its largest shakeup in over a generation, arguably since the launch of the first free to air, pan-Arab satellite channel MBC in 1991.

Airtel Digital TV launches ‘Made in India’ set-top-boxes

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/dth/dth-operator/airtel-digital-tv-launches-made-in-india-set-top-boxes-150716

MUMBAI: Airtel Digital TV, the DTH arm of Bharti Airtel, has launched its first indigenously manufactured set-top-boxes (STBs), which are aptly called ‘Made in India’ STBs.

Conceptualised and designed in India, the HD STBs will be manufactured at a facility in Pune (Ranjangaon) with an aim to match global technology standards to provide the best of experience to customers.

The boxes will serve HD users to begin with and soon all Airtel Digital TV’s set-top-boxes will be manufactured in India. This move makes Airtel Digital TV the latest corporate to join the Narendra Modi government’s Make in India initiative. The launch promotes an ecosystem that will drive indigenous manufacturing of DTH STBs empowered with production capabilities as well as technical expertise within India.

When asked about the initiative, Bharti Airtel DTH and media CEO Shashi Arora said, “With this we aim to reduce our imports and thus help drive employment and growth within the country. In the long run, cost synergies will further help us extend more benefits to our customers.”

Based on an in-house design by MyBox Tech, which is a subsidiary of Hero Electronix, and ST Microelectronics, a multinational manufacturer of Integrated Devices and semiconductors, the STBs will offer features including Full HD 1080p support, MPEG-4 video with Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound, 5X picture clarity, unlimited recording (via USB-drive), and USB-based Wi-Fi connectivity for On-demand, Anytime TV and Interactive Gaming.

Welcoming this move by Airtel Digital TV, minister of state for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “It is great that Airtel Digital TV is aligning itself with our Make in India vision as this will certainly pedal the fast gaining momentum of the initiative further.”

Airtel Digital TV connection on these HD boxes will be available under various packages.


VisionAsia Are closing their DTH satellite service on the 15th of September and moving to an IPTV service. Which will use a new STB

Details are here http://www.visionasia.com.au/packages/

It also means some capacity on Intelsat 19 KU band will get freed up. I wonder which of the existing DTH providers will grab the extra capacity?

Indian "HITS" service starting in August via Thaicomn 7 / Asiasat 6 @ 120E probably on the regional asian beam, (see news section.) Some of you may remember a similar HITS service testing on Asiasat 4 Cband years ago.

Optus D2 TVP Info has encrypted
TV Globo is new on 12608 H V 2009 Apid 3009 (Irdeto)

TVNZ "one news now" app has launched (See news)

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Eutelsat 70B 70.5E 11294 H "UTV Bangla" has started on , Fta.

Intelsat 20 68.5E 12682 V "Fresh TV" has started on , Fta. NBC 1, Botswana TV, Lesotho TV, MBC, SABC 1, TVM 1, ZBC TV, TBC 1 and ZNBC TV 2 have left.
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东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox等替换Lifetime(印尼)等频道,设置3880 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经113度轨道位置的帕拉帕D号卫星C频段,Fox Sports 3替换欧洲体育(印尼)频道,设置3960 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-14替换东森幼幼(数码天空)频道,设置12401 V 22425参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,凤凰中文、东森电影(艺华卫视)等4个频道加密,设置12354 V 43000参数有条件接收。[07-16]
东经68.5度轨道位置的国际20号卫星C频段,Namastute(印度)频道新增,设置4184 V 21600参数免费接收。[07-16]
东经138度轨道位置的亚太5号卫星Ku频段,东森电影、凤凰中文(艺华卫视)等4个频道解密,设置12354 V 43000参数免费接收。 [7月16日]

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东经108.2度轨道位置的新天11号卫星Ku频段,Outdoor HD替换Fox HD(环宇卫视)高清频道,设置12711 H 30000参数有条件接收。[07-15]
东经75度轨道位置的ABS-2号卫星Ku频段,Ani(测试)频道新增,设置11045 H 44923参数免费接收。[07-15]

东经76.5度轨道位置的亚太7号卫星Ku频段,CCTV-12、CCTV-14(华人卫视)频道新增,设置12531 V 15000参数有条件接收。[07-14]
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With FreeviewPlus there are not enough hours in the day for all the new TV-watching options

From http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/with-freeviewplus-there-are-not-enough-hours-in-the-day-for-all-the-new-tvwatching-options-20150715-gi8h9i.html

Patience is starting to pay off for FreeviewPlus as audiences work out how best to use its many services.

After a tumultuous first year, Australia's FreeviewPlus catch-up TV service is finding its feet. It has been 12 months since SBS jumped the gun and launched Australia's first FreeviewPlus app – designed to stream shows you've missed to the latest generation of internet-enabled smart TVs. The cross-network catch-up TV service is gradually finding its way into more Australian homes, but tensions remain high between the networks and with the TV makers.

FreeviewPlus is a collection of six smart-TV apps, one for each of the five main free-to-air networks and a sixth app supplying a cross-network onscreen TV guide. You can launch the apps with a single button press, then scroll back through the guide to find shows you've missed and watch them streamed from the internet.

Designed to stave off competition from Foxtel and subscription services such as Netflix, FreeviewPlus is the only service to offer free catch-up TV from all five main networks. You won't find every show on television but the catch-up library is growing, from local productions MasterChef and Home and Away to foreign offerings Homeland and The Big Bang Theory.

SBS recently made headlines by withdrawing from the Freeview consortium, but talk of banishing the network from the FreeviewPlus onscreen guide has not come to pass. Despite reported threats, it's not possible for Freeview to disable the SBS FreeviewPlus app or pull the network from the airwaves.

Negotiations continue to bring SBS back into the fold but, even allowing for this conflict, FreeviewPlus is a rare show of solidarity between Australia's ever-squabbling free-to-air broadcasters. Yet despite their efforts, FreeviewPlus is still only available in five per cent of Australian homes. At the official launch last September, ten weeks after SBS jumped the gun, Freeview chief executive Liz Ross predict that FreeviewPlus would be in 10 per cent of homes by this September – leaving the service only two months to make up a lot of ground.

The fault doesn't lie with the technology. FreeviewPlus is based on the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) smart-TV standard, which is taking off in Europe and is about to launch in New Zealand. Australia's FreeviewPlus deployment had teething problems, and was delayed several times, but it has won praise overseas, winning Best Enhanced TV Service at the International Interactive TV Awards in Paris.

So what's holding back FreeviewPlus? In part, it's hampered by Australia's television networks being more interested in spruiking their new subscription video services, launched to compete with local pioneer Quickflix and foreign raider Netflix.

This year the Nine Network has teamed with Fairfax Media (publisher of this newspaper) to launch subscription video service Stan. Meanwhile, Seven has partnered with Foxtel to back Presto. Foxtel recently bought a slice of the Ten Network, raising the possibility of Ten throwing in its lot with Presto. These new streaming services are gradually coming to smart TVs and other home entertainment devices.

The subscription TV splurge might be pushing FreeviewPlus out of the headlines, but most of the blame for its slow take-up lies with Freeview's heavy-handed negotiations with the TV makers. It's recently changed tack in an effort to get FreeviewPlus into more Australian homes, but it may be too little, too late.

HbbTV is an open standard that can be built into any internet-enabled television, video recorder or set-top box. Freeview can't stop manufacturers offering the FreeviewPlus apps, but if they want to display the official FreeviewPlus logo they must abide by Freeview's rules regarding ad-skipping and fast-forward speeds. There's also a FreeviewPlus certification process to ensure the apps behave as expected.

A small market like Australia doesn't have a lot of negotiating power when it comes to dealing with international home entertainment giants, so many chose to ignore FreeviewPlus certification rather than jump through Freeview's hoops. At the launch last year only a handful of televisions from Sony and LG carried the FreeviewPlus logo. Minor players Hitachi and Bauhn came on board this year, with Samsung recently joining too.

Panasonic was expected to be a high-profile FreeviewPlus launch partner but it failed to strike a deal with Freeview. That hasn't stopped Panasonic releasing HbbTV-compatible televisions supporting all the new apps. You just won't see FreeviewPlus written anywhere on the box, not until Panasonic and Freeview settle their differences.

Meanwhile, Freeview's nemesis IceTV is adding HbbTV to its new Skippa personal video recorder, which is designed to automatically skip the ad breaks – ensuring it will never get the official FreeviewPlus stamp of approval.

Until now, you've needed to buy an expensive new smart TV to get a FreeviewPlus-certified device. The barrier to entry recently dropped with the launch of DishTV's $149 aerialBox T2100 – Australia's first FreeviewPlus-certified digital set-top box. DishTV's dual-tuner aerialbox T2200 personal video recorder will soon hit the shelves, relying on the FreeviewPlus guide to schedule recordings.

Freeview is working with Humax, Topfield, Altech and others to launch more FreeviewPlus-compatible PVRs in the next few months. To win over more manufacturers, it has relaxed its restrictions on the skip button, from a minimum of 10 minutes to only three minutes. This means viewers can skip around seven advertisements with a single tap.

While not endorsing the 30-second skip feature offered by some PVRs, the change is still a significant back-down by Freeview, which has stuck to its guns for seven years on the issue of ad-skipping.

In theory, this new generation of FreeviewPlus-compatible recorders should be some of Australia's most reliable PVRs. FreeviewPlus polishes the hotchpotch program guide embedded in the broadcast signal by the networks – standardising program titles and including to-the-minute accurate start times, which are updated every few hours. Compatible recorders can also add "post-padding" to allow for late starts, as well as check extra data embedded in the broadcast signal.

But in reality the new FreeviewPlus recorders can still leave you in the lurch, because the networks deliberately ignore their own schedules in an effort to thwart their rivals. Here, the broadcasters still show their true colours – putting network rivalry ahead of viewers. Treating loyal free-to-air viewers with contempt seems like a short-sighted strategy when you're trying to win their attention away from pay TV and the internet.

Presto finally getting HD streams

From http://www.techradar.com/news/television/presto-finally-getting-hd-streams-1299359

Presto has a pretty impressive lineup of content on both its TV and Movies service, but since it launched, the service has been stuck in the standard definition past. But that's all about to change, according to a post on its community forums.

As picked up by Gizmodo, the post announces that the team has been testing HD streams, rolling out 1080p programming in a test phase to the service. This means Presto customers could potentially find some HD programming on their device right now.

According to Presto, "Our plan is to progressively upgrade our content to be available in HD (where possible) and to also upgrade the enablement of HD on the devices and applications which Presto is currently available on – this may take some time, especially for some devices. We want to be sure our HD service is up and running before we start shouting about it!"

Double the data

Of course, all that extra quality doesn't come without its own cost, in this case significantly increased data consumption.

Presto says that an HD stream will consume about 3GB per hour, compared to 1.5GB per hour for SD, but on the upside, Telstra home broadband and Foxtel Broadband customers will get the increased quality included as unmetered data.

There's also going to be a boost to include 5.1 sound on HD streams, with Presto confirming there will be an announcement coming in the not too distant future.
•This announcement will probably influence our Presto vs Netflix vs Stan comparison

How is the new V8 Supercars television deal tracking?

From http://www.theroar.com.au/2015/07/16/new-v8-supercars-television-deal-tracking/

How is the new V8 Supercars television deal tracking?

2015 V8 Supercars Round 3. Perth Super Sprint, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia. Volvo Polestar

V8 Supercars is approaching the halfway point of its first season under its new television arrangement, whereby the whole championship season is live on pay-television network Fox Sports with six events live and the rest delayed on the free-to-air channel, Ten Network.

The record-breaking $241 million deal has been described by many as necessary for the series to sustain a healthy grid of competitors, though its late move to pay television compared to other Australian sporting codes has left many fans unhappy.

Many believed the $50 per month asked for fans to watch the whole series live would alienate the sport’s demographic, though others insist V8 Supercars has only followed the template of the majority of codes. After all, even AFL and NRL fans can’t watch every game on free-to-air networks.

But, based on figures following the most recent Townsville event, V8 Supercars is tracking on par with recent seasons that were exclusive to Channel Seven, which only really committed to live events with little in the way of additional programming.

On a like-for-like basis, comparing the same events year on year, the 2015 audience is up nine per cent. The biggest gain is clearly the total amount of coverage afforded to the series on Fox Sports, which telecasts the full day’s racing across a whole event in addition to regular replays and weekly non-racing programming.

So while the free-to-air presence is down, analyst Repucom found sponsorship recognition is 40 per cent greater on last year given the close to 300 per cent extra coverage.

Things are only looking up for V8 Supercars for the second half of the 2015 season. Of the remaining eight events on the calendar, four are live on free-to-air in addition to Fox Sports, including the main event, the Bathurst 1000.

With the three long-distance two-driver endurance events all live on free-to-air ahead of the Sydney 500 finale, there will be significant momentum across both platforms at a time when the AFL and NRL seasons wrap up.

While that’s little comfort for those who cannot afford a Foxtel subscription, it’s important to remember that the series may not have survived with a reduced free-to-air television deal, while the fan-base may have seen less and less of the series as free-to-air’s interest in non-prime time sports waned.

As the AFL, NRL and most other codes have proven, the Australian sporting television landscape has changed dramatically over the last decade and a Fox Sports component is the only way for codes to grow financially and to give the core fan-base the type of coverage it demands.

As V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton recently told V8X Supercar Magazine, “Ingrained viewer behaviour takes time to change. The thing that matters is the total cumulative reach of V8 Supercars into the community. And that’s increasing significantly.”

The next test of the new arrangement, though, will be the uptake of sponsorships from next season. A number of key backers are up for renewal at the end of the year. And they will be analysing the numbers very carefully. What they think could prove the true worth of the new arrangement.

TVNZ’s new digital-first offering ONE News Now (ONN) is live from today.

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ONE News Now is a purpose-built platform for multiple devices (PC, tablet, smartphone), delivering anywhere, anytime news with a focus on video content - and all about the now.

ONN is a direct response to how people are consuming media, utilising TVNZ’s considerable resources and credibility to deliver up-to-the-minute news as it breaks, wherever and whenever Kiwis want it.

It also builds on the success of TVNZ’s high-performing news and current affairs programmes*.

TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie says, “ONE News Now will transform how we deliver news in the lead up to 6pm. We’re clear leaders on air, and want to see this translate across into digital.

“Most New Zealanders are consuming news on the go and ‘stealing moments’ in-between their daily tasks to check in. We believe the vibrancy and veracity of video is something our viewers like, and it will be our key point of difference with ONE News Now,” he adds.

ONN features unfiltered breaking news and curated features through three channels: latest, featured, and popular. The evolving news feed and optional push-notifications will allow users to follow stories throughout the day.

To cater for the changes, ONE News Now has transformed the way news is gathered and published at TVNZ.

“We've really invested in our journalists and our technology to make ONE News Now a reality. All our reporters have undergone training on how to best deliver mobile-first news with an emphasis on video content,” Gillespie says.

ONE News at 6 will continue to deliver the news that matters most to New Zealanders.

“ONE News Now will certainly feed into ONE News at 6pm, I think to the benefit of the bulletin,” Gillespie adds.

ONE News Now is available as a desktop site, mobile site, iPhone app, iPad app and Android smartphone app.

To find ONE News Now, head to onenewsnow.co.nz.

Regulatory Challenges Undercut Power of Thaicom’s High-throughput Satellite

From http://spacenews.com/2014-top-fixed-satellite-service-operators-regulatory-challenges-undercut-power-of-thaicoms-hts/

At a time when high-throughput satellites, in both Ku- and Ka-band, appear about to disrupt the conventional satellite business, Thaicom’s experience with Thaicom-4/IPStar offers lessons. IPStar was launched 10 years ago in August. At the time, its 45-gigabits-per-second capacity was huge. Thaicom now says it has measured IPStar capacity as equivalent to 881 36-megahertz transponders on a conventional satellite — such as the Thaicom 5, 6 and 7 satellites also in orbit. Thaicom said that when Thaicom 8 is operational in late 2016, the company’s four conventional satellites will have a total of 115 transponders. But after a decade in orbit, and with a first-mover advantage so great it might have been a liability, IPStar’s growth has been stunted by the enormous regulatory challenges. A well-muscled satellite is one thing; getting landing rights in every nation in the satellite’s footprint is another. In a June presentation to investors, Thaicom said IPStar is only 57 percent used, compared with 100 percent for Thaicom 5, 67 percent for Thaicom 6 and 50 percent for Thaicom 7, in service for less than a year. Thaicom owns 14 transponders on Thaicom 7, with the remaining 14 transponders owned by AsiaSat of Hong Kong and marketed as AsiaSat 6 at 120 degrees east. Thaicom has scheduled the launch of Thaicom 8 in 2016. Built by Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia, Thaicom 8 is scheduled for launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. The company’s decade-long effort to build an IPStar business in Southeast Asia has illustrated the difficulty of the regulatory approval process, but has also demonstrated that landing rights can be secured. IPStar now operates in 10 nations providing broadband access and cellular backhaul, with 80,000 broadband users in Australia and New Zealand. The long-term stability of the Australian business is clouded by the imminent arrival of two large Ka-band broadband satellites by the Australian government-created NBN Co. IPStar also counts 17,000 corporate customers in India using the service to carry mobile traffic from areas without terrestrial links back to the telecommunications grid. In a business that startup operator OneWeb LLC hopes to serve with 648 low-orbiting satellites, Thaicom’s IPStar is already being used to connect 37,000 schools and government offices in Thailand and Malaysia. The Malaysian business has been helped by a 10-year contract with fleet operator Measat of Malaysia on the use of IPStar in that nation. Following the example of other satellite broadband providers, Thaicom is moving into the aeronautical market, signing a deal with low-cost Thai domestic airliner NOK Air. The question for Thaicom is what happens after IPStar and whether it can use its growing conventional fleet to serve as an IPStar backup if needed. The company has said it is weighing options for an IPStar follow-on. To ensure service continuity, a decision likely would need to be made by 2017

Astro, Kantar launch audience measurement system

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/astro-kantar-launch-audience-measurement-system--1092838

Malaysian pay-TV operator Astro has partnered Kantar Media to deploy the DTAM system to capture and collate viewing data from Astro’s 4.5 million households across Peninsular and East Malaysia. Kantar Media and Astro will offer advertisers and media buyers in Malaysia insight into the viewing habits of Malaysian pay-TV homes. The Dynamic Television Audience Measurement (DTAM) system uses Return Path Data (RPD) technology to capture and collate viewing data directly from Astro set top boxes.

DTAM’s targeted panel size of 5,000 is able to represent viewing behaviour of not only linear channels but also of HD channels, recorded and on demand viewing. DTAM will also be able to track viewership of advertising spots across all Astro channels.

DTAM comprises two viewer panels. The first panel consists of 70,000 IPTV/connected boxes - representing viewing habits of urban, affluent consumers, and the second, a recruited panel that comprises 5,000 homes - will be representative of all Malaysian Television households. It will combine viewing information with data on brand and product purchases into a single source tool for accurate targeting and ROI measurement. The recruited panel is made available to advertisers, media agencies and media companies so that they can access accurate, robust viewership data that is reflective of Malaysia’s diverse consumers.

Star One C4 satellite successfully launched

From http://www.telecompaper.com/news/star-one-c4-satellite-successfully-launched--1092811

Regional satellite operator Embratel Star One has announced the successful launch of the Star One C4 satellite, which will expand coverage in South and Central America. It is part of Star One's third generation of satellites, together with C1, C2, C12 and C3. The Star One C4 will use the Ku-band to enable the expansion of DTH services of operator Claro HDTV in Brazil and Central America. The new satellite will be placed at the 70 degrees West orbital position, a hot spot for satellite broadcasts to Brazil.

Air Force launches GPS satellite on Atlas V rocket

From http://www.statejournal.com/story/29554926/air-force-launches-gps-satellite-on-atlas-v-rocket

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The Air Force has a new advanced GPS satellite in orbit.

An unmanned Atlas V (five) rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station late Wednesday morning. It hoisted the 10th in the Air Force's latest-generation of GPS satellites.

On-board cameras showed the launch pad below, then the clear outline of the cape as the rocket climbed through a hazy sky and out over the Atlantic.

1st Lt. Alain Sothikhoun says the next GPS launch is scheduled for October. He says each new generation of GPS offers improved accuracy.

Sothikhoun says more than 1 billion people use the GPS navigation system any given day. In all, more than 30 GPS satellites are orbiting our world. Friday marks the 20th anniversary of when GPS was declared fully operational.

Telesystem launches DVB-T2 HEVC receiver in Italy

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/15/telesystem-launches-dvb-t2-hevc-receiver-in-italy/

Telesystem has launched the first third-generation DTT box in Italy, based on the DVB-T2 standard and equipped with the latest video compression codec HEVC.

The Telesystem TS6800T2 HEVC arrives on the Italian market one year before July 1st 2016 deadline, established by law, that sets the mandatory technical requirements for DTT boxes, in view of the upcoming introduction of the new DVB-T2 digital terrestrial standard in Italy

The digital receiver, which also includes a Media Player (with the possibility of reproduction in MPEG4 H.265 compression) and Digital Video recorder, is on sale in leading electronics retailers in Italy at a suggested retail price of €59.90.

Major UK copyright education campaign launched

From http://advanced-television.com/2015/07/15/major-uk-copyright-education-campaign-launched/

Representatives from the UK’s creative industries, supported by the government, have confirmed the agencies that will help to deliver a major multi-media education campaign aimed at encouraging consumers to do the right thing and access content from a wide range of legal services.

Almost two million people in the UK have jobs which are directly associated with creative industries and the programme – part of the Creative Content UK initiative – aims to provide future opportunities for young people and help continue the rapid growth in employment in the sector. By showing how to easily access content – such as music, film, TV, books, games, magazines and sport – from authorised online sources which provide a superior user experience, the campaign will encourage consumers to attach greater personal value to the creation of the content they love and highlight the increased choice that brings.

The education programme will target 16-24 year-olds, their parents, those responsible for household internet connections, as well as others who influence young people’s attitudes to accessing content. To capture the attention of these audiences, public relations firm Weber Shandwick will lead an integrated consumer, corporate and social PR campaign, with activities scheduled to start later this summer. Creative Content UK is working with Atomic London on advertising creative. Media planning and buying will be directed by ZenithOptimedia.

The campaign is part of the Creative Content UK initiative, a ground-breaking partnership between content creators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs), together with an education campaign part-funded by the government, aimed at helping reduce online copyright infringement. The initiative also includes a subscriber alerts programme, to follow after the education campaign launch, which will notify bill-payers if illegal content is being shared with other users through their internet connection.

Speaking to parliamentary representatives and stakeholders at the Alliance for Intellectual Property reception in the House of Commons, Janis Thomas, Education Project Manager, Creative Content UK, said: “We are delighted to have three highly-experienced agencies on board to help us create disruptive and engaging multi-media campaigns that will connect with the aspirations of young people. This behaviour change initiative is vital to the success of the sector and will ensure that we can continue innovating and taking risks on new artists and ideas. We aim to inspire individuals to make a personal commitment to the future of the UK creative industries and to the creation of music, film, games and other entertainment, which they love so much.”

Creative Content UK will be measuring the impact of the education campaign in a number of ways – including using extensive analysis conducted by Ipsos MORI. The surveys will help to assess levels of illegal consumption and correlating engagement across legal platforms, as well as attitudes towards the value of content and awareness of the programme as a whole.

Weber Shandwick Chairman Jon McLeod said: “As strong advocates of the UK’s creative industries, we are delighted to work with Creative Content UK on this exciting initiative. We believe in the value of creativity and look forward to showing consumers the importance of securing the future of innovative content.”

Jon Goulding, Managing Partner at Atomic London said: “As an agency we use creativity to inspire and encourage people to change their behaviour, so this comes as a dream brief for us. Whichever side of the fence you sit on, the issue is one that affects all of us as consumers and producers of content.”

ZenithOptimedia Client Partner Kevin Morton said: “We are delighted to be working with Creative Content UK and their partners on this ground breaking initiative, to help safeguard the future of the UK creative industries. Our entertainment clients are all affected by illegal consumption and copyright infringement, so we are looking forward to working with key partners and stakeholders to deliver a fundamental change in consumer attitudes.”

Hinduja's HITS platform NXT Digital to launch in August

From http://www.indiantelevision.com/cable-tv/msos/hindujas-hits-platform-nxt-digital-to-launch-in-august-150715

MUMBAI: The Hinduja Group has christened its headend in the sky (HITS) service platform as NXT Digital. The service is slated to launch in August 2015.

Speaking to Indiantelevision.com, Hinduja Ventures’ investment arm Grant Investrade managing director Tony D'silva said, “We had applied for the HITS licence in November 2012 and finally after a wait of three years, we have got the Grant of Permission Agreement (GOPA) license on 14 July, 2015.”

At the time of its launch, NXT Digital will concentrate on the phase III and IV digitisation markets, which currently have more than 110 million analogue TV households.

The platform has already started rolling out set top boxes (STBs). “We have already got order for 2.5 million STBs,” informed D’silva adding that deals with two broadcast networks has also been signed.

NXT Digital will launch with 150-200 channels in August and aims to take it up to 500 plus MPEG-4 encrypted services including HD channels with the ability to insert local channels as per requirement by October-November 2015. Not just this, the platform will also introduce value added service (VAS) like Darshan, TV Everywhere, Games and Learning by December, this year.

“We believe the platform will strongly support the laudable national mission to roll out Digital Addressable Systems (DAS) of broadcasting all over India,” said D’silva.

NXT Digital, according to D’silva, will not just help last mile operators (LMOs) and multi system operators (MSOs) in going digital as per government mandated standards and within set deadlines, but will also help them remain independent and retain the ownership of their network.

NXT Digital brand name and logo

According to D’silva, NXT Digital is a futuristic product, which caters to the next generation. Designed by Chlorophyll, the eagle in the logo symbolizes the empowered LMO/MSO who, with the new HITS platform, can soar into the skies with complete freedom and ownership, to achieve greater growth. The soaring eagle is also indicative of the reach of NXT Digital.

D’Silva said, “While HITS is the pipeline of content delivery, our offering will not be limited to encrypted television channels through digitally addressable systems. Instead, we will offer a rich bouquet of every kind of additional digital service such as VAS, OTT and others that will keep getting added. Hence, we decided to go with the name NXT Digital, and both, the name and the logo represent the next level in the digital technology we will offer.”

Research and outcome

In order to understand the market and the needs of the LMOs, the company undertook an in-depth research to find out the requirements of the distribution fraternity in December 2014. A research was conducted with 2000 LMOs, MSOs and their representatives across 120 cities in phase III and IV markets.

The research threw up six major requirements of the LMOs and MSOs. These were as follows:

1) Retain ownership of their network

2) Drive broadcaster deals

3) Package and price their offerings according to the needs of the